Sunday, November 30, 2008

A visit with Santa and MACC Holiday Boutique

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
Ours was nice and quiet. We stayed close to home. Thanksgiving day was spent with my in-laws and the next day was spent up in San Francisco with my parents, brother, and his children.

Today, we went to Valley Fair Mall to visit Santa Claus. If there is one Santa Claus you MUST visit, it's this one. He is just the best! My boys were both terrified in previous visits but this one... he really takes his time with each child and makes sure that your wait is worth every second. Best example is what happened this morning after we were done with our visit with Santa. The nicest people standing in line behind us had this little girl with them who was so upset at the thought of having to take a photo with Santa. The dad had her in his arms and walked off after a quick visit, letting the mom take care of the older son's visit with Santa.

Here's a picture of Santa looking over the letters that the boy had written for him. One for each member of the family... isn't that sweet?


Then Santa decided he didn't want the little girl to leave like that, so he got up (much to the dismay of the girls who were in charge of photographing... lol!) and he took another few minutes to have the dad and little girl return to the area and have another "chat". She calmed down and was smiling long enough for me to take this adorable picture.


So if you haven't already visited with Santa, go to Valley Fair Mall on Stevens Creek Blvd. You won't be disappointed!

My boys' picture with Santa that I took from the side:


MACC Holiday Boutique:

So most of you know that I'm a preschool teacher at the Moreland Area Community Center Preschool(Eastus Campus). Well, MACC is hosting a Holiday Boutique
on Thursday, 12/4 from 5:30-8PM. 15-20% of all sales will be donated
back to the MACC. This is a great opportunity to pick up some
creative and/or handcrafted gifts for the holidays (or for yourself!)

The event will take place at MACC's Eastus campus, located at 4660
Eastus Drive in San Jose (behind what used to be Rogers Middle School - now EDSS).

The following vendors will be there that evening:
Saratoga Baskets (gift baskets)
Baskets and Bouquets (gift baskets and candy bouquets)
Creative Memories (scrapbooking)
Discovery Toys (toys!)
Georgia Miss (bath and body care)
Martini Giselle (handmade jewelry and soaps)
Saratoga Baskets (gift baskets)
Shepard Scarves (handknit scarves)
Stampin' Up (rubber stamping, scrapbooking, and more!) --> ME :)
Yeah Hello (creative jewelry)
Handmade Totes by Especially Scented
Plus the Girl Scouts will be hosting a bake sale!

You are welcome to visit and shop!
Please stop by and say "hello". :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


Isn't this little guy cute? I made several of them for Ken's kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday. I used them as placecard holders.

They had a performance first thing in the morning.
Ken's first official performance on stage...


Then they gathered for a quick class photo that Kevin took. Good job, Daddy!


The Thanksgiving Feast went amazingly well, considering we had to seat and feed over 120 kindergarteners. Here's Ken with his good friend and classmate, John. Ken wants Kimo to know how much he was missed! He's hoping Kimo is feeling better and will be back to class on Monday. :)


Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

MLO updates, Copic markers pre-orders, and Monday's Fun Day Winner!

Hello! What a busy weekend! We flew down to Los Angeles and the days before/during/ and after have been one BIG blur! lol! Ever wonder why Thanksgiving always sneaks up on ya? I am never ready for how fast it rolls around every year. Maybe it's because the stores decorate for Halloween and then they just jump right into Christmas that I forget about Thanksgiving. Well, my in-laws host Thanksgiving at their place on Thanksgiving Day. Oh yes... and thank goodness my brother's sons are allergic to my cat and he's refusing to come here for Thanksgiving. Instead, we're going to have Thanksgiving on Friday up in San Francisco at my parents' home. :)

Ken's kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast was today. I will post pictures from it tomorrow. It went amazingly well, thanks for the most part to Terry, my co-room parent, who ordered and picked up the HUGE Boston Market meal for us. There were over 120 kindergarteners to seat and serve!

Now, I have several updates from Memories Live On... and one very exciting announcement from the store! Are you ready?

Post-Thanksgiving SALE!

It's that time of the year when the sales begin... so after you've done the early bird rounds at the department stores come on over and do some guilt-free shopping of your favorite scrapbook products and brands! We're taking 25% off the price of albums and tools and 15% off Cricut cartridges and accessories. Everything else will be 20% off, including items already in the sale bin! More details about freebies and a make & take event during the sale are available on our website. Our sale hours are Friday 10am-9pm and Saturday 10am-6pm.

Marah Johnson Classes

There are just a couple of spaces left in the two classes Marah will be teaching on Dec. 10th. There will also be 4-5 kits available for each class so if you can't make the class but love the projects call us soon to snag your kit! 408-446-9901.

Holiday Wish ListShop Without Spending

Take the guess work out of gift giving for the family and friends who will be racking their brains about what to get you this year. Fill out a page in our Wish List binder and all they have to do is come in and point to the items on the list. We'll take care of the rest. If you're a member of our discount club, your gift buyer will receive that discount as well AND what they spend will go toward YOUR points (unless, of course, they happen to be members of our discount club also). Purchases over $25 will also receive complimentary gift wrapping. It doesn't get much easier than this!

Now for the HUGE announcement...

Copic Marker Pre-SaleBuy 2, get 1 FREE!

I am SO excited!!
We're bringing in Copic Markers!!
We will soon be carrying all 200+ of the original Copic line as well as the top 72 Sketch colors.
To kick off this move, we will be taking pre-orders starting Wed. Nov. 26th. For every 2 pens you pre-order, you get 1 free (and yes you get to pick the free pen color too). If we receive your order by Dec. 2nd you are guaranteed to receive your entire order. If we receive your order after that, we can't guarantee that you'll get every color you want. Pre-sale ends Dec. 10th. Our Copic markers are expected to arrive by mid-December. Visit our website or call the store at 408-446-9901 for more details.

Monday's Fun Day Winner
of the Autumn Leaves Stampology Manhattan Icons stamp set...

I had my son draw a name and you are my lucky winner!

Please email me your mailing address at

Thank you everyone for entering! There's more posts coming so keep checking in!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday's Fun Day!

I was waiting for Photobucket to let me in... it keeps freezing at the log-in page for some reason.
Anyways, I can't wait any longer so I am going to post this week's Monday's Fun Day without a picture and search for a photo site in the mean time.

I was in the store last night and found this stamp set...

Autumn Leaves Stampology - Manhattan Icons

Isn't it beautiful?

It's an amazing set of 11 neatly-sized clear stamps on 2 sheets that are conveniently packaged small for easy and flat storage. SO cool! You would never know there's 11 small stamps in this small package!

So this can be yours if you just post a comment here!

Let me know if you collect anything.

I collect owls and Japanese dolls and lots of scrapbooking / stamping stuff. ;)

If you post to your blog, you get a second entry! If you don't have a blog, just send a shout out on a forum or email a friend or two and send them my way... just have them post here that heard via forum post or email coutesy of you!

Have a fabulous day friends!

Sassafrass Lass Class, Marah Johnson's Coming to Town! & Monday's Fun Day Winner!

Sassafras Lass!
This Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 from 10:30am to 12:30pm our rep for Sassafras Lass will lead a make and take to introduce some of the new collections from this adorably hip line:

The make and take is FREE and will take only about 15 minutes, so drop on by sometime between 10:30am and 12:30pm. We hope you to see you there!

Marah Johnson is coming to town!

We are also excited to announce that we will begin taking sign ups for two different classes taught by Marah Johnson of Creative Imaginations. Her classes will be held on December 10th from 10:30am - 12:30 pm and from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Check our website for more details.

Monday's Fun Day Winner!

Since I had people posting to their blogs or sending shout outs (if you don't have a blog), I put everyone's entries into a box as they came in all week. Some had two entries since they got a "bonus" for the extra post to their blog / shout out.

Drum roll please.....

Joni... you are my Monday's Fun Day winner!!

I will be going in to the store this afternoon to pick up today's Monday Day's Fun Day blog candy from the store. I will post it up later tonight. Please come back for another chance to win!!!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday's Fun Day!!

Monday's Fun Day hosted by Memories Live On!

Fade-resistent dye ink Memento in Tuxedo Black!


As always, the package sent to you will include additional surprises... you won't be disappointed! I promise! Memories Live On is where I teach and they have decided to support my "Monday's Fun Day"! WOW! How is that for AMAZING?

THANK YOU Vivian and Mort for taking this on!

How can you get in on this Monday's Fun Day? Post on here, something stamping related that is on your wishlist. It can be something you wish you had on your craft table this minute or something you wish your lss would carry for easy purchase. :) If you have more than one thing on your wishlist, then list them all!!

This Monday's Fun Day will go on all week until Sunday. A winner will be posted Sunday evening.

Come back with a link to your blog with a post on there for this Monday's Fun Day for a second chance to win!!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Holiday Happenings at Memories Live On


Holiday Happenings at Memories Live On

Wish List and Free Gift Wrap

Have you had your eye on a cool new tool? With the holidays around the corner, it's time to make your wishes known! Come make a Wish List of your "dream" scrapbooking items so that the people who will be giving YOU gifts this season will know exactly what to get. Even better, if you're a member of our discount club and already receive a discount of 5%, 7.5%, or 10%, the buyer of your gift will receive that discount too! And the cherry on top? If the purchase from the list is more than $25, we'll gift wrap it for free!

Out of this World" Contest

Now thru Dec. 5th


If you missed our last email, you've got to check out our "Out of this World" Layout Contest. The rules are super easy and the prizes are super BIG! You could win a Cricut Expression, two free roundtrip tickets on Southwest, or a whole gaggle of other goodies. Prizes total to more than $1000! For more about the contest click


November Classes

Lauren's Purse Album Class - November 15th (11a - 1p) $25


Dawn's Deck of Cards Class - November 15th (2p - 4p) $25


Alicia's Kid's Make & Take - November 22nd (2p - 4p) free

Holly's Holiday Garland - November 23rd (2p - 4p) $25


Our November Classes are filling up, but there are still spaces left in some classes. If you haven't checked out the images and descriptions online or in the store, you're missing out on some great values! Call us at 408-446-9901 to sign up for the classes you want. If you have kids, remember we host a free kids' event once a month. Check out our class calendar here!

Other Major Events

Here are just a few of the other major events we're in the processing of planning:

Sassafras Lass Make & Take
Classes with Marah Johnson
"Shop the Catalogs" Sale
Holiday Open House

These are ALL happening in November or December so keep an eye out for future emails and updates on our website

Tic-Tac Snowman


We've had so many requests for instructions on the Tic-Tac Snowman created by KT for her October class that KT has generously allowed us to offer it as a kit! For only $5, you get detailed instructions and materials pre-cut and ready to assemble for 1 Tic-Tac Snowman. This project doesn't take much paper so you can get a LOT out of just 1 background sheet! And it's super easy to make so you can make dozens in no time at all! Imagine how your co-workers, friends, and family will smile when they see this cute snowman treat!

Changito & Fluffles Holiday Acetate Class Thanks:


A BIG "Thank you" to Christie Gilcrest, Karen MaKay, Michele Tripp, Rachel Kong, and Sandra Baldry, for joining me this past Saturday at Memories Live On for my Changito & Fluffles Holiday Acetate Cards Class. I have to say that I have never had so much fun teaching a class before! You ladies had me laughing so hard! It was a pleasure working with you and I look forward to more events in the future with you all!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

It's time to heat things up!

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling cold all the time now! lol!
I had to go shopping for some new sweater and warmer clothing for the winter!

Last night, it was my turn to post a challenge for the my fellow Nimbees on our N.M.B.S. blog.
I reached for my heat tool and my embossing powders and came up with a heat embossing challenge for them.

The first card I had already made for a workshop and I decided to use my Versamarker and Glassy Glaze Enamel to add a little accent to the stamped images. Here's what I came up with in just a few minutes:



Stamps: Deer Friends (hostess set)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Corner edge punch, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle punches, Glassy Glaze Enamel, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail adhesive

Here's the card I made for the challenge:



I stamped the tree 3 times in Versamark and embossed them all in gold embossing powder. Then I trimmed out a section from 2 of them and layered them onto the bottom tree on my base cardstock.

Stamps: Scandinavian Season
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja BreezeInks: Baja Breeze, Versamark, So Saffron
Accessories: silver brads, Scallop Square punch, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' dimensionals, White 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Snail adhesive


Saturday, November 01, 2008

Treats... no tricks!

Well, as always, I am a little behind but still wanted to share a few pictures from yesterday.

A card to share...

A nugget holder...

A spider in a bag...

The spider out of the bag...

A little basket of treats for a friend...

Mrs. MacDonald & Ken:

A few good punkins:



Cousins undercover...

Piper fell asleep before making it out the door, so she was unable to join the Matsumoto cousins for this year's trick-or-treating with Papa. However, I wanted to share this most precious photo of her with you!


Hope you all had a very Happy Halloween!!

~ Jane