Monday, April 25, 2016


~ ~ ANNOUNCING! ~ ~ 

To kick start the 2016 Christmas creativity in each and every one of you, we are hosting a blog hop starting here at Creating Christmas Treasures with TLC and ending at Paulette's personal blog at Create with TLC.
Every one of the Design Team Members for Create with TLC will be hosting a spot on this train ride (blog hop).  Each member will share a creation they did using at least one if not more of Paulette's elements from years past and the image they use will be available for free download on their site only.  So be sure to watch for more information to come.
DATE:  May 1, 2016
RSVP is not necessary, but to say THANK YOU is necessary
after you visit each artist's blog as well as Paulette's main blog!

Sunday, April 24, 2016


How to Be Happy!

Don't ever stop dreaming your dreams;
they're a very essential part of you.
Do whatever you can to make them a
reality by the course you take,
the plans you make,
and all the things you do.
Don't dwell on past mistakes; leave
yesterday behind you --- along with any
of its problems, worries, and doubts.
Do realize you can't change the past,
but just ahead is the future --- and
you can do something about that.
Don't try to accomplish everything at
once; life can be difficult enough ---
without adding frustration to the list.
Do travel one step at a time, and reach
for one goal at a time. That's the way
to find out what real accomplishment is.
Don't be afraid to do the impossible,
even if others don't think you'll succeed.
Do remember that history is filled with
incredible accomplishments of those who
were foolish enough ..... to believe.
Don't forget that there are so many
things that are wonderful, rare,
and unique about you.
And do remember that if you can search
within and find a smile ..... that smile
will always be a reflection
of the way people feel ..... about YOU!

Saturday, April 23, 2016


 Random Act of Kindness Gifts
Stocking Stuffers
Secret Santa Gifts
Teacher Gifts
Neighbor Gifts

1. We “SODA” like you. Thanks so much! (soda pop)

2. You are a “SOUPER” teacher. (can of soup)

3. You’re a “PEACH.” (peach jam, a fresh peach, or peach gummy rings)

4. To someone who always puts their best “FOOT” forward. (pair of socks, Fruit-By-The-Foot)

5. I could “BEAR”ly have made it without you. (Gummy bears or bear-shaped cookie cutter)

6. Thanks for adding “SPICE” to our lives. (jar of salsa)

7. Thank you for putting “COLOR” in my life. (box of crayons)

8. Here’s a bottle of LOTION for all the kindness you set in motion! (lotion)

9. Thank you! You’re one smart COOKIE. (plate or bag of cookies)

10. Not to be CORNY, but we really appreciate all that you do. (corn muffin mix, ears of corn, popcorn)

11. When it comes to teaching, you are “HOT STUFF.” (hot pad, Red Hot candies)

12. You’re a de”LIGHT” to work with. (candle, flashlight)

13. When help is needed, you’re always willing to “CHIP” in. (bag of chips)

14. Thanks to someone who really knows how to serve. (serving spoon)

15. I “DONUT” know what I would do without you! (box of doughnuts)

16. You’re worth a “MINT” (breath mints, Andes mints, mint brownies)

17. Thanks a “BUNCH” (bunch of bananas)

18. Thanks for adding PIZZAz to our meeting! (pizza sauce/toppings, box of pizza, gift card)

19. We think you’re “GRATE” (cheese grater)

20. Thank you for “CHEW”sing to come! (pack of gum)

21. We’re ROOTING for you. Good luck! (root beer)

22. It’s been a BALL working with you. Hope you have a BALL (popcorn balls)

23. Thanks for being there when KNEADED, for RISING to the occasion, for never LOAFING on the job, for helping others to HEEL. No matter how you SLICE IT, you do a great job! (loaf of bread)

24. Jelly is like love: you can’t spread it around without getting some on yourself. (jam or jelly)

25. You add SPARKLE and make life brighter wherever you go! (cleaners, sparkly lotion or lipgloss)

26. We’re NUTS about you! (bag of nuts)

27. You’ve been a lifesaver! (Lifesavers)

28. If friends were flowers, I’d pick you! (floral dish towel, fresh flowers, flower shaped candy)

29. Hope your day is SPRINKLED with laughter and love. (jar of sprinkles, cupcake with sprinkles)

30. Sending you HUGS and KISSES on your special day. (Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses)

31. Just POPPING by to say hello. (popcorn or soda pop)

32. We couldn’t re”STRAIN” ourselves from saying thank you. (strainer filled with treats)

33. No one MATCHES you! Thanks for all you do. (matches with or without candle)

34. Thank you to a “NOTEWORTHY” friend. (pencil and note pad)

35. You did a “BEARY” great job. To a “BEARY” great friend. (bear-shaped honey, gummy bears or   Teddy Grahams )

36. Da-“GUM” you are a great teacher. (pack of gum)

37. You are “PASTA”-tively wonderful! You did a “PASTA”-tively wonderful job. (pasta and sauce)

38. Snap! Crackle! Pop! We think you are really tops! (rice krispie treats)

39. Anyway you BREAK it, we think you’re the greatest (toffee or brittle)

40. You are the APPLE of my eye (apple anything---pie, lotion, muffins, candy)

41. You take the CAKE! (cupcakes or cake)

42. Whip up this MIX for a sweet tooth fix. (brownie, cake or muffin mix)

43. Here’s a little treat. Rise and bake, it can’t be beat. Warm, fresh rolls for you. Thanks for all you do! (Rhodes rolls or homemade frozen dough)

44. I really “CARROT” a lot about you! (baby carrots or carrot cake)

45. Here’s the SCOOP… you did a great job! (ice cream or ice cream scoop)

46. The kindness you show makes our friendship GROW and GROW! (potted plant)

Friday, April 15, 2016


Create w/ TLC blog and store owner is celebrating her birthday today!
Paulette shares so much with all of us and we want to give back to her,
so please send her some love and birthday wishes to make her feel as
blessed as we are with all her generosity!

Check back to each of the Design Team Members blogs for more
birthday gifts too!

Links to each of their blogs are located HERE.

Click on the card above to open it in a new window and save it to your computer to be able to use for your own birthday celebrations.

Be sure to check out all the goodies in her STORE and on her VINTAGE BLOG as well.  She has monthly clubs which are incredible to get deals on word art, vintage images, papers, subway art and whatever she creates that come directly to your email.  It is always MORE than the freebies she posts on her blog.  The Design Team is also working on building the 2016 CHRISTMAS TREASURES WITH TLC.  It will be opened with a BLOG HOP on May 1st.  So be sure to check back for that information too! 





Monday, April 11, 2016


I have taken a break from sorting papers and crossed eyes trying to focus on all these numbers just to get our tax receipts and papers in order...

Here are two free printable LISTS that you can save to your own computer after you open in a new window for you to use as needed...  All elements used for these are from Paulette at Create with TLC.

Hope you enjoy them.

We are still getting snow flurries and cold winds.  Although, I do look forward to some real signs of spring as of this week Thursday!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Free Printable 5x7 Cards

Hello...  The calendar says we are supposed to be enjoying SPRING and all the glory of warmer weather and sunshine, but all we are getting here at home is MORE SNOW!  The white stuff can seriously go away until later this year...  I am forever cold and shivering!

We have had some birds making their appearance, but not enough for me to think Spring is actually "just around the color".  So, I was inspired to make these printables using the colored bird images shared from Paulette at Create with TLC in two different clubs.  The image of the blue bird was shared in her Jan 2015 Club.  The other bird image and the paper fills are from the March 2016 CLUB.  The template is my own 5x7 Greeting Card template.

Please click on them to open them in their own window and save them to your own computer to print at your convenience.