Saturday, September 23, 2017

Free Halloween Printable!

Fall is officially here. Except in Oklahoma.... where it was 90 degrees today!  What the what?

I guess it's still "officially" fall but I could really go for cool weather.  I hate heat.

Anywho, with the arrival of fall, we know Halloween is just around the corner.  Not having kids, I don't have to make costumes or deal with trick-or-treating, but I still love making goodies for my co-workers and friends.

Since I got my fuse tool, I have been OBSESSED with all things shaker.  Shaker cards, shaker bookmarks, shaker dashboards for my planner....  So why not do a shaker Halloween treat bag?

If you're not familiar with a fuse tool, check this out:

Now that you are in love with the fuse tool like I am, what can you do with it?  I have a simple idea that will be a hit with all your pals.  Promise!

All you need is a printer, some paper and some 5x7 cello bags. (I got mine from Amazon HERE)

I guess you could call these "treat packs"?  I have no idea. I just think they're cute.  I basically took a printable card, put it in a 5x7 cello bag, added embellishments and/or candy and sealed the end with my fuse tool.

With my limited photography skills, it's very difficult to photograph a shiny, flimsy bag.  I kept getting a glare, so I just laid it down and hoped for the best.  If you want to give a treat without candy, you can add some sequins or die-cuts and just write a little note on the back.

In this one, I added a couple packs of Sixlets.  My hubby loves them.  I find the crunchy shell nasty, personally.

If you don't have a fuse tool, but still want to make these, you can easily fold them over and seal the back with some cute (and glittery!) washi tape.

Now for the best part - a Freebie!  I created these cards to share with you all.  Just click the link under the picture to download the PDF document for yourself.

If you make some, I'd love to see pics.  Post them on the Pink and Paper Facebook page and we can all share fun ideas!

Happy Creating!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

One more debt gone...

I just paid off a medical bill!  Woohoo!
I just paid off a medical bill!  Woohoo!
I just paid off a medical bill!  Woohoo!

(Picture me dancing around and singing those words at the top of my lungs..because that's what I'm doing.)

Since I've shared some of our debt situation with you guys, I knew you'd want to know that I just paid off a medical bill! Let me tell you why I'm so happy...

After The Great Meningitis Outbreak of 2014, we received 14 medical bills in the months that followed.

14! Holy cow, that's a lot of bills!

I had just gotten over this horrible illness (and had a "traumatic brain injury" as I'm told), so to say I was overwhelmed was an understatement.

I called them all, made arrangements to pay what I could, and prayed.  Insurance ended up covering a few of them and one actually wrote off the balance I owed.  Fast forward to 2017.  After way too many payments, we're down to 3 bills.

And today, I paid one of them off!!

This has been a long road and hasn't been easy.  Paying off debt SUCKS!

It's one thing to pay off debt that you acquired because you bought too many purses. But having to pay bills because you start having convulsions in your living room floor, go into a comatose state and end up in the ICU is a whole other ball game.

I pouted for a bit.

I had a pity party because "Why did I have to get Meningitis?".

I cried A LOT.

Then, I decided to be a grown up.  Things do not go as planned.  Life happens.  And sometimes it sucks and we just have to accept it.  

So, I added them to my list of debts and started paying.  A few were small enough they went away quickly.  But these last 3 have been hanging on for dear life.

Thus my happiness today.

Debt is the worst.  

If you think you MUST have a brand new, fancy car or you can't live without that designer couch...don't do it!  It's not worth it.  Take if from someone who learned the hard way.  Since we paid off our "BIG DEBT" (as we not-so-lovingly called it), we still owe on a few things. BUT not having that big payment looming over us every month is the most amazing feeling ever.  

I am still not always perfect on my budget.

I sometimes spend money when I shouldn't and have to swap things around to cover it.

I sometimes have an urge to charge something because I just want it soooo badly.

But I'm trying.  Every single day.  And Charles and I are daily making the conscious decision to NEVER go back to where we were. 

Happy Sunday, y'all!


Friday, September 15, 2017

Free Font Friday - Chesan

As you can tell, I lean toward swirly, fancy fonts.  But sometimes you need a funky, simple font....

Get this great font HERE.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Free Font Friday - Anydore

This one's lovely, folks! I can't wait to make some fancy planner pages with it!

Get this fabulous font HERE.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Pen Review - Staples Felt Tip Pens

I'm a sucker for a pretty pen.

This should come as no surprise to you if you've been around me (or read my blog) for any length of time.  I see those glorious pen bodies, in all the colors of the rainbow, and I must have them!

I was a gel/rollerball pen snob for much of my writing life.  Once I discovered gel pens, I left the world of ballpoints behind for a better way of writing.

Then came 2001.  I started dating my husband, who was taking some college classes at the time.  We swung by the school bookstore one night on our way to dinner and of course, I had to check out the pen section.

In that moment, my life changed forever.

I discovered Staedtler Triplus fineliners.

As I saw the rainbow display boasting 20 colors of inky goodness, I knew I had to have them. (They now have more colors - Yea!)  So, I looked at Charles with my sweetest expression and he dropped thirty bucks on a set of pens.  This was the moment I knew he was truly in love with me, by the way.  I mean - if a man buys you good pens, you've found your soul mate.

From that day forward, felt tip pens (also known as fineliners) replaced gel pens as my favorite.  And 16 years later, they're still one of my most loved sets.

There's a fine line between a good felt tip pen and a fine point marker and every time I see a new brand or style, I must buy them.

Last week, I found these:

They were around $7.00, which is a decent price for 12 pens.

Aren't they beautiful? I know.  It's hard to stop staring.

I opened them up, took pics, then promptly started writing with them.  And they are pretty good.  They are no Staedtlers, but I don't regret buying them.  

One complaint I have is the nubs on the pen body. (As you can see in the pic above)  They hurt!  After just a few minutes of writing, my finger hurt from those prickly bumps.  I don't quite get the point of them - Maybe they're supposed to be a grip?  

As for the ink flow, I feel they're a little stiff but after you write for a few minutes, they loosen up and the ink flows more smoothly.

Would I buy them again?  Probably, but only because my goal is to have a set of every pen at the store.  Yes, I'm serious.  Don't judge me.

I will use them but not all the time.  I cannot deal with those prickly nubs.

And that's my 2 cents.

Some of my favorite fine liners (including the Staedtler's) are:


As always, if you use the links above, it helps support Pink and Paper.

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Free Font Friday - Middle Class Script

Font Friday is back, people!

I used to bring you a fabulous, fantastic font every Friday (say that 5 times fast!) but I got lazy and that was that. Just because I wasn't posting doesn't mean I wasn't finding fabulous new fonts, though!  Here's one of my new faves:

Isn't it adorbs?  I just downloaded this today and couldn't wait to share it.  You can get it from my favorite font site HERE.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Easy DIY Washi Tape Projects

I {heart} washi tape!  Like, seriously, I love it.  If you're going to have to tape something, why not use fancy tape instead of boring, clear Scotch tape?  My motto has always been "Why be boring?".

Every time I go to Michael's or Hobby Lobby, the washi tape calls out to me.  It's as though it's saying "Cheryl, I'm a sad, lonely roll of washi just looking for a good home.".  And just like stray animals, it jumps into my cart and I just don't have the heart to tell it no.  

My washi collections has grown exponentially over the last few months (thanks to those enablers on some Facebook groups I belong to) and I'm starting to get a good organization plan in place.  

This is ONE of my boxes of glorious Washi Tape!
Because I have so much tape, I decided to see if I could find some uses other than decorating my planner or envelopes.  Here are some great ideas I found:

I have several of these projects on my list to try.  I promise I'll share pics of my attempts when I do them!

Before I go, I thought I'd share some links to some of my favorite washi deals. As always, using these links helps support Pink and Paper and helps me continue to share fun things with you!


Happy Washi Crafting!