Monday, November 21, 2011

My Memories Suite Software Giveaway

I have never been much of a scrapbooker let alone being drawn to digital srapbooking.  It seemed way too complicated for me to learn, and I just didn't ever give it much of a try.  So when I was contacted by My Memories about hosting a giveaway of their scrapbook software on my blog, I thought it was a perfect opportunity for me to try out digital scrapbooking.

So I got the
software downloaded onto my computer and sat down to give it a try.  It was so easy! In no time I came up with this:

I just started selling Paparazzi jewelry and was having trouble coming up with a cute invitation for parties.

Now for the fun part....the giveaway!!  Here are the rules for entering:
Mandatory Entry:

My Memories , and leave me a comment telling me which digital pack or layout is your favorite.  Bonus Entries: (leave me a separate comment for each entry)
My Memories Blog and become a follower
**Become a follower of
My Memories Facebook Page

PLEASE LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS in your comments so I can contact you if you win!!  If I don't have an email address for the winner, I'll select a new one!

This giveaway will end on
Friday, November 25th at Midnight (MST),
and I'll announce the winner on Saturday, November 26th.  Good Luck!!
My Memories is giving all of my blog readers an AWESOME deal!! 

Use the code
and a $10 coupon for the My Memories Store!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I know I have been a total slacker lately and have completely neglected my craft blog.  Well, my hubby started working as a temp for a construction company back in July.  The pay was pretty good and we felt really blessed since we had been out of work for almost a year.  The company decided to hire him on permanently and we were thrilled! The only drawback was that they had to cut his pay.

We were struggling with incoming bills and from being finished with school (aka paying back student loans). I knew it would be difficult for me to find a part time job for several reasons.
1. I have no skills and no education.  Ok, I have some schooling done and I'm no dummy.  However, I can't type well, I only finished 2 years of college, and haven't worked for almost 5 years.
2. The amount I could make at a minimum wage job would only be enough to cover the cost of daycare.
3. The thought of working instead of being home with my kids was nauseating.

So, one day I was reading some of my favorite craft blogs and came across a NEW direct sales company called Paparazzi thanks to Michelle over at Someday Crafts

Here is a little bit about Paparazzi and what they have to offer as a company.

They sell fashionable jewelry and accessories at an amazing price. Every product is ONLY $5. The products are so cute and so reasonable that people can't help but buy a ton! Below are just a few of the offerings of the company.

 (Remember, they are only $5 each)

This business is similar to company like Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Stampin' Up (etc.) only much better. It is a direct sales company that is just getting started, and as I see it, has the potential for so much growth and success. Of all the direct sales companies that hold "parties,"
Paparazzi is, by far, the winner - in my opinion. Here's why I think this:

*The jewelry is inexpensive (everything is $5), adorable and current with the trends. The jewelry literally sells itself. People buy a lot of it because is costs so little!!!! Instead of buying one necklace at a store in the mall for $20 and then matching earrings for an additional $10, a Paparazzi customer can buy 6 pieces of jewelry for the same price!!! SCORE!

*The customer doesn't have to make an order, pay for shipping and wait a week to get their things. They can take it home immediately because the jewelry is on-site. And the consultant doesn't have to do deliveries and follow-up with problems that arise from wrong shipments!

*The commission rate on each piece of jewelry is great (45%). So for every piece of jewelry a consultant sells, they make about $2.25. I'm excited to have a party where $500 is sold because I will get to take home over $225 in one night. At most parties, a consultant will sell between $150-$350 in jewelry. That's $70-$157 for just 3 hours of work. Not too bad!

*"Parties" are actually open houses. Customers come and go at their own time and own pace. I don't have to say much because the jewelry sells itself. Set the jewelry up, and watch women hyperventilate over the great deal on a gorgeous product they want and already use. No high pressure speeches like I've felt at some Mary Kay and Pampared Chef parties!!!!

*The rules of
Paparazzi are very consultant friendly. You can put their product in retail sites. If you already own a business, you can add this to shelves. There are so many fun things I can do to sell this product that I wouldn't be able to do with some of the other direct sales companies.

*Paparazzi is NEW. For those people who join and start building a business, the quick growth they experience now will financially benefit them BIG TIME - especially in a few months (and years). There are less than 750 consultants in the whole company right now. Compare that to a company that has 100,000 consultants who have already done 1,000,000 parties.

*When a consultant books a party, multiple guests want to host a party to receive free jewelry. It has been easy to get parties planned (Because the company is new and not oversaturated the market with their product.) This means more money for you!

*On top of the direct commission a consultant earns when they sell products, they also receive money from people who join their team when they make sales. This is a great chance to be a leader and a friend. There always seems to be promotions for great prizes going on too!

I think that finding
Paparazzi is going to be such a blessing to our family. I plan to benefit from all they offer.

I would love you to join my team for offering inexpensive, adorable jewelry to the world. Joining is easy and quick and you can start making money within the week.
If you live in Mesa, Arizona I have everything set up at my house and you are welcome to come for a private showing and to have any questions you have answered. Email me at for the address and directions.

Please feel free to visit the Paparazzi website to learn more about the company! The "Opportunities" page has more information about how this company can benefit you financially, how much it costs to start your own business and states the policies and procedures. (Click on the buttons at the bottom).

Please email ( me letting me know what you are interested in! I can get you products, have an open house for you or sign you up as one of my team members. If you have questions, please ask. If you want to join as a consultant, my sponsor ID number is #1841. Hopefully, you will see Paparazzi as one of your lucky breaks in life and a blessing to your family.

If you don't want to join Paparazzi as a consultant, but would like to get FREE jewelry and accessories, I would be thrilled to have an open house for you.  Email me ( to set up a date.

Here is a breakdown to give you an idea as to how Paparazzi has helped my family so far.

I bought their $300 starter pack.
I sold $308 at my first party. (So from here it is technically profit.)
I have averaged a $400 PROFIT per month I have been doing this. (Which is the amount of pay that was cut from my husband's job).

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fun Fact Friday

In America, every person eats an average of 46 slices of pizza per year. That's about 23 pounds of pizza consumed yearly.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'm being featured!

Hi, everyone! Today I am being featured over at Positively Splendid. So head on over and check out what I am doing over there today.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fun Fact Friday

According to the Farmer's Almanac, Phoenix, AZ is ranked #3 for best places to live in the US.
The reason being that Phoenix has sunshine 85% of the time. It also has the lowest relative humidity at 37% and rated fifth overall in terms of the least annual precipitation with 7.11 inches and eighth for the least number or rainy days (36).

Yeah, I really do love living in Phoenix.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Maxi Dress with Cascading Ruffles

I decided to make a maxi dress for C and was inspired by this one.

You can find the tutorial here.

Here is a picture of the delicious fabric I found. It was in the seasonal section at Hobby Lobby and I snagged the last yard of it with my 40% off coupon for $6!

First, I took a dress that fits C to measure the width and length leaving enough room for a seam allowance.

I had one big rectangle. On both of the end, I cut off two ruffles to make it easier to pin and sew.

Then, I pinned the sides together. I did it this way because I wanted the ruffles to be cascading instead of tiered.

After sewing the sides together I folded the top down and sewed leaving an opening to thread the elastic.

Now, I don't have a picture for this part but I took two strips of three ruffles and sewed it on for the sleeves. I didn't do anything to the bottom since the fabric is jersey and won't fray.

Super easy and oh so cute!

C did not want me taking pictures of her!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I've Been So Deprived...

...of PROJECT RUNWAY!!!!!! Oh how I have missed this show and am so glad it has started again.