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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Great Gift Idea's for $20.00 or less

Etsy is a great place to find great gift ideas. I have found a few that I like and wanted to share in this treasury. I hope you enjoy and can support these great artists and crafters.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Artist and Crafter Spotlights

In an effort to introduce new artists, crafter, etsian, or small businesses, I will start having a weekly spotlight. The first spotlight will be January 1, 2012 to January 7, 2012.  If you are intersested in being a  spotlighted artist, crafter, etsian, or small business I just have two requests.

1.  Follow this Blog.
2. Like my facebook page at:!/pages/Aunty-Ms/149811541738807

Once you follow and like me. send me an email to:  In the email please provide me with your name, facebook page (as I will like you too), your business information, website (if more then one) and email. I will then put your name in for the random drawing to be "Artist and Crafter Spotlights".  Weekly I will pull a name and you can win a spot.

If you win a spot I will send you interview questions. I will do up a blog with your answers and add pictures f rom your store. If you would like any specific pictures you can add those in your interview question responses.

Once you are selected I will blog your interview and post it on my facebook page. I will also twitter it on my twitter account (you are more then happy to follow me on twitter at:!/AuntyM_s ).

I also recommend you tell all your friends.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Great Gift Ideas for $10.00 and Under

Etsy is a great source for unique and thoughtful gifts. I put together a treasure of some fun and affordable gifts that are $10.00 or less.  Take a peek! Favorite the treasury and add some of these wonderful stores to your favorites.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Creative Contest Theme: Winter Wonderland

I am hosting a creative contest for anyone who is interested.  The catch here is that you have to use a creative memories product.  Follow this blog and Like my Facebook page.  Then you create your own masterpiece.  Here are the rules in order to enter:

1.  First, you have to "Like" my facebook page at!/groups/335115932379/

2.  Second, you have to follow this blog

3. You need to create anytype of papercraft (ie. scrapbook, scrapbook page, frame, wall decoration, greeting card, box, anything you can think of with papercrafts) the them is Winter Wonderland.

4.  You have to use the Creative Memories Snowman Mini Pocket Punch

and Snowflake Mini Pocket Punch. 

If you don't have either of these you can order them from my website at:

5.  Entries are due on December 31, 2011 at Midnight PST.

6.  Post your entires on my facebook page at!/pages/Aunty-Ms/149811541738807

7.  January 1, 2012 I will set up an album with everyone's entries on my facebook page for voting and I will also blog everyone who enters entries. 

8.  Voting will be open on my facebook site from January 2, 2011 to January 12, 2011.  Your job would be to tell all your friends and family to vote for you.

The person with the most votes will win the Nancy O'Dell "Secret Ingrediants" Scrapbooking idea book (retail value of $19.95).

Good Luck! Tell your friends!

Help Support Small local businesses

Yesterday, I did a craft fair at St. Pius Church in Lombard, Illlinois.  I met some amazing crafters and venders.   Please help support these amazing people.


From Barrington, Illinois.  Amazing beaded jewelry made from crystals and fine stones.  Her Etsy store can be found at:

Beautiful gift ideas for Moms, sisters, daughters, friends, Grandmothers and so much more!

The Fitting Piece

Breathtaking! Skill and art meet to make classic treasures.  Anton Dimov is from Villa Park, Illinois.  His skill is amazing.  He has beautiful art work that is just captivating. And My favorite are his amazing ornaments.  Please check out his etsy store:

Absolutely amazing art.  I personally bought an ornament and the skill and talent just brings more love to my home.

Coocoo Nana

This amazing crafter from Morton Grove, Illinois makes wreaths that brighten your home and bring style and pazzazz to your home. 

Please support this artist by visiting her etsy store at:

Please support Coocoo Nana.  Bring a spice of life to your home!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Support Small Business Saturday

Enjoy this fun treasury that I put together.  Don't forget today is Support Small business saturday.  As a thank you for your support please feel free to shop at Aunty M's and Aunty M's two and use this coupon code: THANX4SHOPPING2011  this is for 15% off of your order.  Coupon is good from Friday, November 25, 2011 to Monday November 28, 2011! Thanks for shopping!

Also a big sale on my Creative Memories Website. Spend $225 at my website and get $90 in free scrapbook product at
Visit my website for more sale ends 11/25/11

If you are inclined to follow, like or favorite me! Thanks for all your support!

My Twitter:!/AuntyM_s

 Thanks for all your support!


Thursday, November 24, 2011


To celebrate black friday and the beginning of holiday shopping use coupon code: THANX4SHOPPING2011 at Aunty M's and Aunty M's two this weekend. Coupon is good from Friday, November 25, 2011 to Monday November 28, 2011! Thanks for shopping!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Where to find me

If you are inclined to follow, like or favorite me! Thanks for all your support!

My Twitter:!/AuntyM_s
... Etsy:

Creative Memories

  Thanks for all your support!

Upcoming Craft Shows and Events

Mark you calendars for these fun Craft shows. Aunty M's will be there with great new products. They won't be listed on my Etsy site unless they don't sell at the Craft Shows.

Saturday, October 29, 2011  9:00 am to 3:00 pm Free Admission. Fun fresh Craft show 10th annual.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
5650 N. Canfield Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60631

Saturday, November 12, 2011  10:00 am to 4:00 pm Aunty M's & Creative Memories. This is a HUGE Craft show with over 100 crafters and approximately 10 Venders. Admission is $4.00 an adult. don't miss this great event if you are in the Chicago or Chicagoland Area.
Resurrection Craft Fair
7500 W. Talcott Ave
Chicago, IL 60631

Saturday, December 3, 2011 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Aunty M's & Creative Memories.  This Craft show is to help get donations for Willowbrook High School Concert Choir.  Come buy food, raffel tickets and enjoy live choir performances while getting unique fun gifts for the holidays from many local crafters and venders.  Contact me if you are a crafter interested in getting a booth.
St. Pius
601 S Westmore Rd
Lombard, IL 60148

Willis (Sears) Tower Climb 2011

Not only do I have this fun little business but for the last three years I have climbed the 103 floors to the observation deck of the Sears Tower. This is challenging, tiring, fun and most of all rewarding. The Climb is set up by Rehab Insitute of Chicago (RIC). Each climber raises money that benefits RIC and the patients at RIC. The most rewarding part about the climb is coming out of the staircase and to have patient's in wheelchairs that are unable to walk up the stairs, greet you with big smiles of appreciation. I know that the exhausting and amazing climb is well worth it.

I am still seeking donations for my climb and this year my cute little son is joining me. If you can please donate. Thanks so much. Please go to the website and see the great stories from other climbers and patients. It is amazing.

There are several climbs in most of the large towers around the world including the Hancock building in Chicago and the Empire State Building in New York.

All these great climbs benefit great organizations.  If you can't donate check out these climbs and try to participate.

Monday, October 3, 2011


EtsyCouponCode - Your place to get Etsy Coupons before you Buy on Etsy.: '

Lots of other great coupons at this site, not just for Aunty M's

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cricut Expressions 2 exclusively from Creative Memories

I am very excited to introduce the Cricut expressions 2 and the exclusive cricut cartiridge available only from your creative memories consultant. This is for sale as of today! 

As a special all my customers who purchase a cricut expression 2 from October 1, 2011 to October 15, 2011 I will give you a $15.00 gift certificate good for $15.00 in FREE product when redeemed from me your favorite consultant! Scrapbooking/Tools/Cricut® Products

Don't miss out on all the cute new products in addition to the Cricut expressions 2. Fun new pages and embellishments for halloween, and Christmas. For Breast Cancer Awareness month lots of great products to support and scrap an album for a beloved surviver....
Happy Shopping!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Challenge for September 2011

I am part of Scrapbook Ninjas Etsy Team.  I joined in the September 2011 challenge with my cute little album

There are a lot of great entries in this months challenge from other Etsy Team members. This is a great way to see lots of wonderful talent. 

Go vote! You can join scrapbook ninjas website and read lots of great articles, visit other etsy stores, enter monthly contests and so much more!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

CM how to video

The Creative Cuts Collection has been out for a year. I love this product and want to share it with you. This demo created by CM is a great tool on how to use the collection.  Enjoy!

If you are interested in any Creative Memories products let me know!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Looking for a wonderful group of Scrappers?

Visit Scrapbook Ninja's on Etsy, facebook, twitter and

This is a great group of small scrapbook businesses. Find uniquely hand crafted cards, albums and supplies

September 2011 New Creative Memories Products

The new products are amazing. I love the colors.  Great new albums and more. visit my site to view the products. You can place your order online at my website 24/7 or with me directly. Scrapbooking/New Products&dpr=Shop&ds=


Etsy Team Scrapbook Ninjas is having a sale this month. Check it out!

CM Rewards club

Don't forget to take advantage of this great offer. September sign up is cheaper!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

CM Product Demo's

I am so thankful that Creative Memories is now listing product demonstrations online. this is a great one that will help with many of the great new tools available. Contact me if you are interested in hosting a show or ordering products.

Item of the week August 21, 2011

These adorable penguins are ready to spread joy and love. My newest creations! These cards will make wonderful Winter greetings or Christmas cards. I am planning on making more as they turned out so adorable.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Scrapbook ideas

I don't encourage the use of acid and ligin paper. This is a cute idea. To alter the use of a book (which I won't cut up a book either) I would recommend the use of stamps with words and using a destresser on the paper.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Die Cuts

I can do many beautiful custom die cuts. I have a lot of die cuts listed on my etsy site. Let me know if you are looking for anything special. With fall approaching I thought I would post one of the cute pumpkin die cuts.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

New listings on my Etsy store

I posted a lot of fun new listings at Aunty M's today. Holiday cards, ornaments, vintage pharmacy/apothecary items and more. Visit my store and enjoy!


In anticipation of reaching 100 sales in my Etsy store please use coupon code: auntyms100 to receive 10% off your retail purchase from August 6 to August 13, 2011. Happy Shopping!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Favorite Item of the week

I decided I would share some of my favorite items. To start I absolutely love how this card set turned out.  Deep down I hope it doesn't sell so that I get to use these cards.

This is a five card set of Alice in Wonderland themed Halloween cards. Paper is from Graphic 45, one of my more favorite paper companies.

Currently these cards are listed on my Etsy store.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Paperbag Scrapbooks

My dear friend Amanda, taught me how to make these fun and unique, paperbag scrapbooks.  Paperbag scrapbooks make wonderful gifts.  I have several avaliable at my etsy store for sale and plan on having more up for sale this month.

What I like is that they make cute gifts. All you need to do is add your pictures and journalling your gift is ready to go. These cute scrapbooks sit well on desks, thus you can have many different pictures to lighten your day and remember fond times with friends and family.

Looking for a specific custom made book. Let me know I always take custom orders.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

CM wonderful new products available as of July 1, 2011

The new Border maker! This is a great video to watch to help you see how to use the new product. It helps a lot to watch someone, at least for me it does. Fun new products to make your pages pop!

CM Cropping Demo

I love this product. Thanks to Creative Memories for inventive products and these wonderful how to use videos.


Perserving your quilts and scrapbooks

Growing up in a home with parents who were antique dealers, I learned the value of preserving any item.  This value has stuck with me for years and has become not only a passion but it has extended itself to my main hobbies of quilting and scrapbooking.

I always found it fascinating a that articles of clothing and quilts had survived over the centuries. My young mind, wondered why and how did these items survived.  Simply said, before the industrial revolution and the boom in industry and technology life was green. Green equals preservation.

The reason that antique quilts and clothing survived was because they were made from natural fibers such as cotton, linen, wool, and silk.  The natural fibers breath better, take longer to biodegrade if they are stored in an appropriate place, are more durable, and are renewable by their nature.  When using synthetic material, it is 100% man made are less durable, since they are synthetic the structure of the fibers are weaker, they don't tend to shrink, however the fibers wear out much faster.

Synthetic fibers began appearing in the late 1890's through the present. Polyester first appeared in the 1950's and gave cotton a run for it's money. However, in 100 more years the clothing and most of the quilts, unless it was produced from natural fibers, will not be around to see what the clothing and quilts were like from this time period.

With this in mind, when I am quilting or sewing anything I only use natural fibers. My favorite and the fiber I use the most is cotton. Cotton has a lower shrinkage rate, is durable and breathable which makes the material great for clothing and quilts. I use 100% cotton batting and thread when sewing my quilts. When a synthetic blend is used 50% cotton/50% polyester the synthetic fibers will eat away at the natural fibers making the positive qualities disappear.

Acid and ligin, every scrapbooker's nightmare, Why? Simply they biodegrade quickly and will ruin everything in it's pathway.  If you were to take a newspaper clipping and put it on an acid and ligin free sheet of paper, in time as the newspaper yellows the acid and ligin free paper will also begin to yellow and become more fragile and brittle.  Many of the old photo albums have PVC in the plastic and the pages have acid and ligin filled glue/paper. This is why the pictures begin to yellow.  Over time the pictures will be completely destroyed.

I always recommend that if you purchase a photo album please make sure that they are acid and ligin free and PVC free.  As a creative memories consultant and a scrapbooker I highly encourage preservation.  To ensure that your pictures survive many generations make sure all the paper, page protectors, and albums are acid, ligin, and PVC free.

Many times you will see on packages of paper or stickers that they are just acid free. The acid is very harmful however the ligin is more harmful and will yellow the paper and the pictures faster. All creative memories products are acid, ligin and PVC free. Many other companies are also acid, ligin, and PVC free; K & Company, Cricut/Sizzix paper goods, D&W, and many more. Read the labels. If it doesn't say best to not purchase the paper, albums ect.

I love brads however the metal in the brads are harmful for the paper as it will also slowly eat away at the paper and the pictures. I tend to use the  brads on cards and paperbag scrapbooks but not in my big albums.  If you use ribbon make sure it is cotton any synthetic will eat away at the paper and photos also.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Photos: ideas and thoughts

Recently, I was sent a box of pictures from my family. They were sent to me because I am the scrapbooker and I am also the family member who does genealogy.

As I went through the box I noticed the majority of the pictures didn't have the names of the individuals on the back of the photos or where the photo was taking place. I was so thankful that my grandmother wrote down names and in some cases actually wrote down what was going on in the photo.

I then realized, I haven't written on the backs of all my pictures. If something were to happen my children would wonder what was going on in the pictures and potentially who are those people. With this in mind my new project for myself is to date each photo, name the individuals in the picture and give a brief explanation.

Journaling is not only for your scrapbooks but for you photographs too. If they aren't in your album how will anyone know what is going on in the picture if it isn't on the back of the picture.

Ad I must advise please make sure to use a photo safe pencil or pen when writing on the back of you pictures. Creative Memories carries pens and pencils safe for writing on your photos.  You can also pick up pens or pencils from your local scrapbook store. Please ensure they are photo safe, also acid and ligin free.

Great Ideas with Creative Memories Products

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NEW CM product

Starting October 1, 2011 Creative Memories Consultants will be selling the NEW Cricut Expression 2! I am very excited for this opportunity.

As more information becomes avaliable I will update this post. Stay tuned for more information.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Aunty M's

Welcome to Aunty M's

I am a mother who happens to love quilting and scrapbooking. These hobbies turned into a business venture in 2004 when I started doing craft shows and my business, Aunty M's  came about. Thanks to the encouragement and support of my children, family and friends my talents for quilting, card making, and scrapbooking is shared with many.

Please feel free to visit my Etsy site and enjoy browsing or shopping. 

My intention with this blog is to share my knowledge, skills and crafts. Hopefully get some wonderful suggestions from friends, family, future friends and more.