Saturday, January 29, 2011

Just a Note...

Today when so much "communicating" is done online or by e-mail, getting a card in the mail is extra special! What girl doesn't love receiving mail. :) Birthday cards, thank you cards, or "just because" cards mean so much to the receiver when they are handwritten. You are giving a piece of yourself when you take the time to hand write your note.

Who can you bless today with a hand written card?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Giveaway Reminder

Just a quick reminder that there is just one week left to enter my giveaway! Don't miss out on your chance to win a $20 gift certificate to my shop! :) I've just added several new items!

Hot Pink & Black Twirl Skirt

Remember, you can get extra entries if you share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or by e-mail.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

500 FREE Busines Cards

Here's another great offer from Overnight Prints. Using the code 9WANR6FL you can get 500 FREE single sided Business Cards. All you'll pay is the shipping costs. Shipping is $7.95 which makes the cards only about $0.02 each! Hard to beat that price even if you print your own. :)

If you're in need of some new business cards, this is a great way to get them. The quality of these cards is excellent and the free glossy coating makes them extra nice. You can choose to either upload your own design, or design a card using their advanced designer.

This coupon code expires February 28, 2011.

Friday, January 21, 2011

FREE Photo Card plus $25 Shutterfly Credit

Right now at Shutterfly you can order a FREE Photo Card ($2.39 value) with the code CARD4U. You'll still need to pay shipping ($0.99), but it's still a great deal. You can choose to have the card sent to you or directly to the recipient. I've done both ways and been very pleased. This coupon expires February 1.

Also speaking of Shutterfly photo cards, if you have a blog or website, you can get a $25 Shutterfly credit just for posting a photo card project on your blog or website! If you're new to Shutterfly, this would be a perfect way to try out their products!

Once you've created your photo card simply go to "My Projects" and select the photo card you want to use. Click the "share" button on the right hand side of the page. Follow the directions you are given and once your project is posted (and if you have a Blogger account it's REALLY easy), e-mail the link for your post to the e-mail address you are given. They'll check out the link and send you your code!

This promotion ends January 31st and the $25 Shutterfly credit must be placed in your account by February 15th. but you'll have until August 31st to actually use the code.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sneak Preview

I just got pictures from one of my photographers a few days ago. I haven't had the opportunity to get these dresses listed in my store yet, but I thought I'd give you a sneak preview of what's coming.

Are these sisters adorable?! :) Check out their Mommy's Etsy shop for more cute pictures.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Half Price or FREE Amazon Gift Cards!

Today only, Living Social (an online deals site), has $20 Amazon gift cards for $10! If you order from Amazon, you may want to check out this deal. To make it even better, after you purchase this deal (which is only good TODAY), if you refer 3 friends and they also purchase this deal, you'll get your $20 Amazon gift card FREE. You can order one card per e-mail address.

These Amazon gift cards don't expire, so you can hold on to your card until a really great deal comes up or you were going to purchase something anyway.

If you're interested in this deal, I'd be grateful if you'll be one of my 3 referrals by using this link to sign up. Once you've signed up, if you don't see the Amazon deal, go to "more deals" and choose Chicago, and you'll find the Amazon deal!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Shutterfly & Artscow

I'm definitely not a professional photographer, but I do enjoy taking nature photos when I can. In the spring and summer when the flowers are in bloom, it's fun to take my camera outside and see what I can capture. Flowers make beautiful photos, but when you add birds, bees or butterflies, then the photos are even more special! :)

Once I have captured a photo I like, I enjoy turning those photos into photo cards (like the one in the post below), calendars, or other photo gifts. Shutterfly and Artscow are the two photo companies I have used the most, and I really like both of them.

Shutterfly offers really nice photo books, calendars, photo cards, and many other photo gifts besides many sizes of photo prints. I've been pleased with everything I've gotten from them. You can also get CASH BACK on your Shutterfly purchases when you order through Shop at Home, Big Crumbs, or E-bates! Combining that with a free shipping promotion and/or sales, and you can get a really good deal on your photos or photo gifts! If you haven't tried Shutterfly yet, you can get 50 free photo prints just for signing up!

Artscow is another of my favorite photo places! Not only do they have wonderful photo gifts (books, calendars, mugs, magnets, key chains, tote bags, camera cases, etc.) and prints, they are also known for their great coupons and FREE product codes!  When you sign up, you receive 1200 free photo prints (600 4x6 and 600 5x7), 3 free 8x8 photo books, plus other gifts! There is also a forum where you can ask other members for certain coupon codes or share ones that you aren't going to be using!

If you're in need of photos or photo gifts, I'd encourage you to try out one of these photo sites!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Butterly and Lilacs

Classic Without Edge 5x7 folded card
Unique party invitations and announcements by Shutterfly.
View the entire collection of cards.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Great Offer at Overnight Prints

I've ordered from Overnight Prints twice before, and have been very pleased with the results! Their business cards are sturdy and beautiful with a nice glossy coating to them. You can get them printed with one side or two.

I've also ordered magnets from them and just received my order a few days ago. They are also very nicely done.

If you're in need of any business cards, magnets, postcards, or other related items, now would be a great time to try them out! Now through January 10th, they are offering a coupon code JAN20 for $20 off an order of  $20 or more! This offer does not include shipping, but it's still a great deal!

Check out Business Cards, Postcards, Flyers, Brochures, Letterhead , Greeting Cards & Envelopes Overnight

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sneak Preview

Here's the latest creation from my sewing room. I have two of these made a 3/6 month size and an 18 month size. I'm waiting to send the bigger one to be modeled and photographed, but I thought I'd give my blog readers a sneak preview of the little one before it's even in my shop. :)

Isn't it sweet? The turquoise snowflake corduroy is so soft and the jumper is fully lined with white cotton fabric. I have more of this fabric waiting to be used (I purchased in on a really good sale), but first I have to figure out what to make with it. Any suggestions? :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

My First Giveaway

I am excited to announce the very first giveaway on my new blog! As we welcome in the new year and get settled back into to daily life after the holidays, I want to give you the opportunity to win a $20.00 gift certificate to my Artfire shop! You can read my introduction to my shop here.

There are many ways you can gain entries into this giveaway, but before you can do any of the extra things, you must complete the mandatory entry. Please leave me an e-mail address (to be used only for this giveaway) when you comment so that I have a way to contact the winner.

Mandatory Entry:
Visit Joyfully Sewn Designs, browse around, then come back here and tell me your favorite item in my shop AND leave me your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win.

Extra Entries (please leave a separate comment for each one and don't forget to leave me your e-mail address!):
*Blog about this giveaway (5 entries)
*Tweet this giveaway (can be done once a week)
*Share this giveaway on Facebook (1 entry)
*Sign up with any of my referral links on the right hand side of this page (1 entry per sign up)
*Make a purchase from either my Etsy or my Artfire shop (10 entries)
*Follow me with Google Friend Connect (1 entry)
*Share this giveaway with friends through e-mail and let me know you did (1 entry)

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your comments and feedback. This giveaway will close on February 3, 2011 and the winner will be chosen by This giveaway is open to anyone 18 or older worldwide.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Would you like a fun puzzle to challenge your brain on this first day of 2011? Check out my sister's blog for a fun poem with a hidden message plus more poems and stories. :)