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Simon Says Card Kit + January Life Updates

Hey friends!! 

Can you believe we are starting February this week?  Glory Be, time is flying!

I wanted to share a couple cards I made for fun and for weekly challenges today.  And I also wanted to share some Life Updates each month, so those are at the end of today’s post.  This is a big post, so grab your cuppa and enjoy!


First off, both cards are made from this month’s Simon Says Card Kit.  I love this kit!! 

So the first card is for the Coffee Lovers Blog sketch challenge.  You can find it HERE. 



The papers are so fun and they really did a great job coordinating the papers!  This pink patterned paper is awesome!!  YAY!!





For this one, I played with the sketch at Paper Players  .  I loved with Amy Rysavy did with her stickers so I did a similar things with them on the kraft cardstock.  I die cut the hearts from vellum so they were faintly there.  


I love how this card turned out!!  I really need to get some more of this patterned paper!! 



January flew by for us!!  While we didn’t have basketball taking up our weekends, we were able to enjoy more time at home! 

January marked a whole year since mom had her stroke and it’s crazy to me how quickly that time flew by.  Thankfully, she is doing well.   In January Dad also got the all clear from his cancer that took over their fall.  It was a crazy time for them, so seeing them both flourish now in January has been great!!

And speaking of the spry ones.  January brought Aunt Gene’s 98th birthday.  We celebrated with her a couple times at the Nursing home.  She loved it and was up and moving. 

I snapped this photo of her and my Grandpa who is 94.  (She is my mom’s Aunt, this is my Dad’s dad.  Winking smile


Weather has been typical of MT.  Cold and snowy in the am, warm in the pm.  LOL…  Thankfully, we’ve missed the major storms and right now, we hardly have any snow.  But we did enjoy it while we could. 

I used spray paint to paint on my spring flowers. 


We were able to finally meet our sweet Great Niece this last weekend.  She has some fiery red hair and it’s adorable.   She looks just like her big brother.  It was really fun to snuggle and visit them all. 

I am still hoping to get a trip to Billings in next month and more snuggles. 



I also thought I would add a couple Origami Owl Updates to my Monthly Updates post.   If you want regular updates, join my VIP group on Facebook.  Otherwise, I will only share what’s going on in my Monthly Life Update posts. 

This special for joining O2 ends this week, but there will be another if you join in February.  CLICK HERE to learn more.



I am also starting Live Facebook Jewelry Bars, so if that is something that you might be interested in, email me. This is the February Hostess Exclusive. 


And all of the new Spring Line is now available!!   Plus the Limited Valentine’s goodies!!



Blog Housekeeping Update

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Hey everyone - I did a lil facelift on the blog this week.  A fresh start to the New Year!

I have links to the important items up at the very top.  I also have them in my sidebar ----->

Are you following me on Facebook - created by Katie   Not only do I share my blog posts, but I will also share sales and fun things I might see around Facebook. 

I've also got a link to Bloglovin.  Make sure if you are on there, you add my blog. 

How about Instagram?  I've very active there, so follow me  @katieskiff

I am slowing going to be adding cards to my etsy store!  Check it out HERE or in the sidebar anytime.  You can see the lil thumbnails of the cards I have loaded.  I plan to add them twice a month and will notify you here and on Facebook. 

I've also added a link to my Origami Owl store.  I don't share that much here, but if you want to be a part of my OO VIP group, send me an email.  jstaskif @ yahoo dot com.  Or email is in the sidebar. 



That is all for today!  Be safe tonight while you ring in the New Year.  Come back tomorrow for a fun giveaway. 

Craftin Desert Diva’s Release Week + Updates

Hi friends…

Before I get to today's card, I wanted to share a quick update on life.  We've had a wild couple of weeks with just life itself.  We had events last week and were out of town for a couple days.  Thankfully this week looks quieter already.  Last week was dad's first treatments and it was a long week for both him and mom.  He isn't feeling great, but they were home for the weekend.  We got some time with them, and now they are heading back for another week of treatments.  

I haven't gotten a crafty thing done in the last week or this weekend.  I am in a bit of a funk and gave my head a break from it all.  I focused on some things that needed to get done at home.  

So hopefully this week I can get some new things to share with you! 

I will have a new video up Saturday for sure, and I am trying to upload a PURGE video.  It's huge!!  So prepare for that.  Hopefully by the end of the day. 


Today's card was made for last week's Craftin Desert Divas' Release week.  There is a whole new release of stamps going on this week and Tara is giving away this image on the website.   Make sure you are going to the event on Facebook - HERE.  

All items will be in the CDD Shop on 10/26 at 4pm EST. The special this release is FREE shipping with minimum purchase. US customers with $20. minimum order use code: 20SHIP for free shipping. International customers with $40. minimum purchase use code: 40SHIP for free shipping. Offer is not valid on previous orders, In stock items only. Offer valid 10-26 thru 10-31-16.


CDD Release Image

The image is called Raking Fall Fun, and it super cute!!   I also used the dies from Fancy Frames and Stitched in Circles.  The paper is from the Doodlebug line, Gingham, and of course, my favorite item of all – the sprinkles!  A new item in the CDD Store is the Washi Tape, and I used the black and white striped on the middle panel!


Make sure you grab this freebie and join our Release Week event!


Enjoy your day - May your Monday be short and your Coffee Strong!  

Thanks for the visit friends!! 

Quick Update

Hi everyone -

I  wanted to pop on to let you know that I will be quiet for a bit.  We are taking care of some family medical issues and I wanted to make sure I am available to my family. 

I have a few of my DT projects that will be scheduled and posting over the next couple weeks, but I know I planned to do a Halloween Series.  I just didn’t want anyone looking for it and wondering what happened. 

I will share more details later on, but we would all appreciate the prayers. 

TGIF | Live Events on Periscope and Facebook

Hi guys - as we go into the weekend I wanted to share a couple things with you.

First, I am expecting some fun things in the mail today and I wanted to share them live with you.  I am on Periscope so I think I will utilize that option in the future, but not today.

Today it will be a live Facebook event - probably about 4:oo p.m. MST.  It will be on the Created by Katie Facebook page, not my personal one.  Make sure you like that page so you can see it tonight!!


And then add me on Periscope - @katiejskiff 

Don't forget the J.  lol... 

I do plan to utilize that app more as I go forward with my crafts.  Maybe more for quick tips, some fun rambling, and for hauls.  I don't want to add hauls to my YouTube, so I will try Periscope. 


Also, make sure you are following me on Instagram too - I love to share things there.  You can find me there as Katie Skiff. 


OK - Enjoy your Friday!!


July In Pictures | What's Coming Up!

First off, I wanted to share some important things come for August

 Important Notes:

  • To kick off the month, the Riley & Co. Stamps is launching their August releases!!  I have A LOT to share with you!!  I'm so over excited about this!! 


  • On Saturday I will be sharing a HUGE announcement that will involve the Bible Journaling Videos you see here!  YAY!!


  • Next, August is going to be crazy for me on the personal/family side of things.  We kick it off with a 10th birthday for our baby.  *insert crying eyes*  Then fair, where we will be for a week without internet. (Kind of sounds good huh?) and will be busy prepping for.  Then I will be out of state for almost another week.  And I get back Monday and school starts Wednesday.  And then, yes, I go back to work.  *insert more crying eyes*  HA!!   


  • Blog post for August are ready to roll, but will be a little bit less often then usual.  I will be back to full swing in September. 


  • My CTMH Online Website will be open indefinitely right now.  I have put a lot of thought into this.  CTMH has been wonderful for me to share with you all, but now that I have the fun DT commitments, my time will be limited in what I can share.  Because CTMH has not been anything that was profitable to me, I've chosen to not invest any more of my own money into this. 

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We spent so much time at the lake, it was amazing.  We loved every minute of it.  But it really wiped us all out and we ended up with cold for a week.  Boo.

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We zipped out of town for Dr Appts and some favorite and new treats.


I finished off one more item on my Summer To Do list and got out Organization Station ready for Back to School. 

Road Trip 030 Road Trip 009We had more rain than normal for July ( well, all spring really.)  So we took advantage of it and played around in this pit at my parent's house. Yes, with a canoe!!  We had fun!!

Road Trip 002Two of my laying hens hatched three chicks each.  That doubled our dwindling lil hen house numbers!  YAY! 

Road Trip 002Thankfully rainy days were good days to get 4H books done. And thankfully, we didn't wait til the last week!  Now we are physically prepared.  Mentally?  I don't know!!

006We got a new game called Tenzi and we usually have to play a few rounds after dinner each night!

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So much going on.  I will be around when I can, but make sure you are catching me on Instagram to see what I'm up to!

I'll be back tomorrow with a new Linky Party. 

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Some Kind of Awesome


Yesterday, we are sadly celebrating a few ladies who are retiring this year at work.  I shared one of the cards awhile back and finished up this card this week. 



I created this card for the secretary at our high school.  She is some kind of awesome and has been working in this position for a long while!! 

I am using the Happy Days Paper pack and the Beyond Awesome stamp set.  I paired them with the new white twine and these fun sequins.  The sketch came from this week’s Mojo Monday.


Both the paper and this stamp set are part of my Online Card Class for May.  You can find the details HERE. 



We are rained out of some of our weekend events so I’m going to tackle some things around home this weekend.  We are on the countdown to 4H pigs arriving and it’s time to let the turkeys out of their pen. 

I hope you enjoy your weekend!


Thanks for the visit today!!

Life Updates

Hi there friends!!

 Happiest of Fridays! 

Family Updates

We are still in mid season of regular high school ball... but NO GAMES this weekend!  Praise!!  Tonight we are celebrating my great Aunt's 97th birthday.  Tomorrow I am hosting my Card Buffet and we might head to town for another birthday party. But otherwise, I feel so free!!  HA!! 

Both RC and McKinley are starting up their travel teams, and are excited, even if it's just beginning. 

I do think, that by mid April, I might have a free weekend of EVERYTHING sports related.  Tis the Season of life, right?  I wouldn't want anything else. 

I do have to say, tho, it's really cut into my watching of The Walking Dead and being caught up on the series before the new episodes air.  HA.  I am hoping for some Netflix and Crafts tomorrow.  HA!! 


Have you all found the Adult Coloring books?  I picked up this one at Walmart and I have to say, it's fun to have.  This particular night, RC was working on a lot of homework, and rather than play on my Kindle, I colored.   


Speaking of Netflix, have you watching Making a Murderer?  Thoughts?  We have two episodes left, and while I know it's from HIS point of view, it's still got me fired up!! 



Healthy Living Update

As I shared at the beginning of the year, I kicked things up in 2015 regarding my weight and health.  Since the New Year, our school group joined up with the Shape Up MT program.  Last year, even though I helped little, we won the weight loss group for the whole state!!  Plus, I got to know some of the other staff that I didn't know as well, due to our get togethers!    So I am looking forward to that.  One of them is currently doing the Sugar Detox I did this summer, and I planned to do that along with her but I wasn't very good the first week.  This week has been A LOT better!  Phew!

So not much to share as terms of loss or anything, but I want to keep updated on this on here.  I am also contemplating doing a Facebook Challenge group on the benefits of detoxing from Sugar.  I think after Super Bowl.  HA!  And I'll post here.






McKinley and I made these cute Fairy Jars thanks to Pinterest.  Now she is addicted!! 





Thank you for the visit.  Have a great day!! Have an amazing WEEKEND!!  BE FREE!! 

November Happenings | with Katie & Close to my Heart



November is full of lots of great things from Close to My Heart.  I created a quick video to run down everything for my YouTube channel.  



Stamp of the Month - Cheers! 2016



November SOTM Image

Hopefully, you saw the Blog Hop on Monday for the Stamp of the Month.  Check it out HERE. This is a super fun stamp set, and I can't wait to use some of the ideas from that hop!!  

As always, you can earn the SOTM for only $5 with every $50 purchase.  Remember, that if you are not interested in it, it would make a great gift for a crafty friend!  


Another promotion going on this month - Purchase a special Bundle and get FREE page protectors.

 Experience the beautiful Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop—available only during November! This workshop has been created using all the items featured in our campaign exclusive My Legacy™ album bundles, available during November for $71.80 each! When you purchase the album bundle, you will also qualify to receive a value pack of side load or top load Memory Protectors™ FREE—a savings of $19.95! Along with the album style and design of your choice, each bundle includes one Paper Fundamentals Enchantment pack, one Fundamental stickers Enchantment pack, one Peacock Fundamental assortment, and three sheets of White Daisy cardstock. You will then be set to turn these beautiful products into fabulous layouts using the new Simply Fundamental Scrapbooking workshop featuring five layouts you can make using all the supplies in your bundle..



I've opened up a November Gathering for you all to shop at!  Check out my webpage today!!


November Classes

My classes are changing just a bit to accommodate the numbers I had.  There is now no longer a Thursday Class.  

Check out my Class Post HERE.   These are the layouts we are making, as well as the card class we will be doing.  




We will be using the White Pines Workshop on the Go!  I can't wait!  



Because we will not be having a live in person class on Thursday, November 12, I will be doing a live Video Chat on my YouTube channel that evening. 

Make sure you stop by there and "chat."  I will be working with the White Pines Workshop on the Go and would love to have you join me!  





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Thursday, November 12th, I will be live on YouTube as I prepare for my White Pines Workshop on the Go class.  If you can't make it, and want to play along, be there then!!  If you do not have the WOG, please stop by my store and order one HERE.

I am excited to try this out with you all!



Another fun Announcement from CTMH!

Are you a planner fanatic?  CTMH announced their amazing new Planner System!  I am a little bit sad, as I just purchased my 2016 planner.  But I think I will get this to share with you all anyway. Right?  For you?  Ok.   

More details coming later in the month!  This planner kit will be available on December 1st.  



Now, I will leave you all with some fun images from Close to my Heart and their great Holiday products.  

Remember, the Holiday Expressions catalog is only good through December 31st!