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I’ve been keeping a little secret for months and I am so excited to finally share it with you  !!!!

Last  year we joined up with Serena from The Farm Chicks show and hosted 5 Be Crafty Workshops during the amazing Farm Chicks Vintage + Handmade show. It was such a highlight from 2017. I am so excited to announce we will be there again this year!!!!  This year we have some really exciting things planned and can’t wait for you to join us.

Sign up’s will go live tomorrow at 8am Central time . Space is V E R Y limited, we sold out last year so call your friends and start planning.

And of course I can’t host a workshop a lone. The amazing Lesley Zellers + Sara Parsons will  be joining in !!!

We are so excited, and can’t wait for June to arrive !!!!


  • January 18, 2017 - 12:29 pm

    laurie magpie ethel - Yah! I hope we get to visit a bit more this year. Farm Chicks is already on my calendar…can’t wait!ReplyCancel


Katie Bohn for winning the Maggie Holmes + Crate Paper Chasing dreams sample pack giveaway. You should see a email from me in your inbox !!!!! Have so much fun creating with the beautiful collection.  xo


  • February 21, 2017 - 8:33 pm

    Katie Bohn - Hello Amanda!
    I’m so sorry, but I have to laugh at myself. I was just cruising through your blog and admiring your vintage Shasta and I saw this. I can’t believe I won! I totally missed the email you sent me and I’m sure its long been deleted. Many apologies. Could you email me again?
    Thanks so much,
    Katie BohnReplyCancel

Hello Friends !!!!

It’s been a little quite around, I hope you all had a wonder Christmas and a very Happy New Year. I took a couple weeks from this space to enjoy the holiday’s and enjoy some time to just be .  I am SO happy to be back and get in the rhythm of things and start creating again.

Today, I am excited to share with  you another amazing collection from Maggie Holmes + Crate Paper. It is such a honor to be apart of Maggie’s design team. I can’t wait to get my hands on all the pretty papers and embellishments .


Highlight your favorite life moments in beautiful shades of pink, blue, and green with accents of black and gold. Products feature fun patterns such as florals, cute creatures, cameras and hearts. Delight in every moment with Chasing Dreams!

>>>> G I V E A W A Y >>>>>

I am excited to giveaway a sampling of products from the new collection , leave a comment below telling us what your favorite product from the new collection and what your most excited to create !!! Winner will be announced on Friday !!!





  • January 10, 2017 - 6:41 am

    Nicole Ciaffone - Gorgeous collection!! Love those prize ribbon die cuts. Can’t wait to use them for my daughters ski competition layout!! **heart eyes**ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 12:27 pm

    Courtney Howard - Her ephemera packs are always my favorite! I love layering them on cards and scrapbook pages! I need to do a feww special pages for my daughter, she turned one in november and i’ve been too busy to have a layout done. The ephemera would be perfect for that. Thanks for the chance at a giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 12:57 pm

    Amy H. - I love the colors sooo much. Not really sure what I will make yet. I’m thinking maybe some cute signs for my sweets that I make & sell. 🍪🍫🍭ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 1:04 pm

    Beatriz - I LOVE Maggie’s designs! My favorite is the ephemera pack. I can’t wait to make a mini album with this collection!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 1:10 pm

    Katie Bohn - The sparkly gold combined with the whimsical pastel shapes makes me swoon…and want to grab my tape runner! 🙂 I’ve been searching for a sweet and whimsical design like this to make a mini-book of selfies I forced myself to take with me and the kids. LOLReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 1:24 pm

    Melanie - Maggie ALWAYS tops her last collection….. love the Paper. Perfect for a baby book I’m working on.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 2:34 pm

    Katie Bohn - Love the sparkly gold with the whimsical pastel shapes. The vintage-inspired buttons? Perfection. I’ve been looking for just the right design for a mini-book of selfies I forced myself to take of me and the kids. LOLReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 3:51 pm

    jasmine - I think my favorite is going to be the chipboard… and also the word and label stickers. I always end up using those in everything. I am definitely most excited to put together a gorgeous little mini album!! I love the colors and icons in this collection. So pretty, fresh, and fun!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 4:33 pm

    Tiffany Julia - Always love a pretty Maggie Holmes collection! Love that all her collections match each other too! I love the assortment of stickers this collection has! Those phrase stickers with the foil are lovely! Love all the book elements too! Can’t wait to play with this collection in my travel journals, minibooks and planners!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 6:54 pm

    Bethany Engstrom - Everything is my favorite, but I absolutely love the ephemera pieces!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2017 - 9:14 pm

    Tammy - I would be over-the-moon happy with ANY of these products to use on my crafting projects. I am starting a paper crafting project this year in memory of my mother who died last May and hope to incorporate lots of fun items to make it ever so special.ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2017 - 3:46 am

    Sophie K - I’m obsessed with the super cute buttons! I’ll be using this gorgeous collection to scrapbook some of my 21st photos (finally). The colours are a perfect match!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2017 - 3:54 am

    Katie M - Excited to use the puffy stickers in my planner! Love it allReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2017 - 9:55 am

    Jackie H - I like the gold puffy hearts and the black accents!! All so pretty!!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2017 - 12:11 pm

    Amanda - such a pretty collection. I love the gold details and the colorful birds!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2017 - 2:22 pm

    Su - Everything looks amazing! I especially love ephemera packs! I would love to craft with these with my nieces the next time I see them. They love to make things for their friends like birthday cards, gift cards, etc!ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2017 - 8:21 am

    Denise Bryant - I love those gold puffy hearts!ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2017 - 10:12 am

    Miriam Prantner - Loving the ephemera, but really I love it all!ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2017 - 2:23 pm

    Izyan Farhana Zulkarnain - Hello Amanda!

    Thanks so much for this lovely giveaway. I have always love Maggie Holmes collection 💖💕💖 and d new Chasing Dreams is really gorgeous and lovely 😍 If I were to choose, definitely I will choose d Ephemera and Stickers pack. They are wonderful to be used in my journaling and scrapbooking, as well as for memory keeping 🎁 Seeing how beautiful Maggie displayed bits to pieces d whole collection in her new blog, it is a ‘must’ to get this collection!

    Wishing you A Happy New Year 2017 filled with love and happiness 🎉🎉🎉

    Lots of Love ❤

    My Instagram: hanawithlove09ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2017 - 8:01 am

    Leanne Best - Thank you XX. I love the diecuts and the green floral paper – stunningly beautiful and will match up and extend some older Maggie Holmes papers I have.ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2017 - 11:32 am

    diane - I just Love her flowers. Love them layered with tulle, paper or fabric lace. Can’t get enough of the colors! Love, Love that typewriter. Now, If I could just find a real one just like it…ReplyCancel

  • January 14, 2017 - 2:09 pm

    JennaO - I love the gold hearts 🙂 I would love to create birthday cards 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2017 - 12:09 pm

    Iina - Gorgeous collection, again! I love especially the stickers and ephemeras. These would look super adorable in my baby girl’s album!!💗 Fingers crossed, because it’s almost impossible to find Crate Paper products in Finland😭ReplyCancel

Well, here we are just four days from Christmas. Have you shopped till you dropped, or maybe your smart and avoided all the crowds at the mall and did your shopping online.  I finally got all my item’s crossed off my list and now I have shopping bags sitting in multiple spots in my house with gifts just waiting to get wrapped.

And now the fun begins , wrapping all the gifts.


After gathering all my wrapping supplies I had my gift all wrapped . I used  a few of my favorite papers from Maggie Holme’s Gather paper collection to create a couple cute gift tags.

Using a cardboard star as my template, I traced around my pattern papers to create the star shape and then used embellishments to finish them.


I love using my We R Memory Keepers typewriter to write notes and messages.  I typed a Merry Christmas message for each star tag using  card stock paper vs. light wright printing paper.

tyepwriterdeerOnce I had my messages typed, I cut the paper in flag like shapes and attached them to my stars with adhesive. On the polka dot star I used hot pink thread and sewed it onto the top of my tag.



Making your own gift tags are fun and it add’s a little personalization to your gift that any recipient will love !!!








It’s that time again for the making of the yearly Christmas hot cocoa spoons. This year I took it up a notch and used gold spoons that I found for only $2.00 at Target !!!  I love making these spoons for friends who have little ones.  I feel like these spoons have now become a tradition, and I’m ok with that.


Let’s get to the making .. these spoons are really easy to make.
 1. Melt down chocolate bark on low heat.
2. Using a small spoon I carefully filled the gold spoon with a little chocolate. Once the chocolate was added to the spoon I carefully tapped in on the counter to get the chocolate to spread evenily.
Add any kind of toping you wish while the chocolate is still soft. My favorites are mini marshmallows, sprinkles and crushed  candy canes. I found it to work best if I had all my topping ready as the chocolate starts to dry as soon as it’s removed from the oven.

closeupspoonsSet the spoons aside for an hour to let the chocolate harden . When they are all done drying enjoy or package up for gift giving !!!

Sidenote: These spoons are made to be used as a extra spoon full of chocolate and should be used with an  already made cup of hot cocoa


 You can see previous years of hot cocoa spoons here and here !!

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