A Gift To You Part Three: Free Printable! Christmas Countdown!

I hope you are all enjoying the Free Printables I've been giving as my little gift to you this holiday season! Since today is the last day of November, I figured it was very necessary to make this next paper gift a Christmas countdown!

There are two pages to this one!  The first as shown, and the second includes a bunch of blank balls to place on top of the current day. When you reach that special Christmas morning, you'll have a tree full of shiny decorations!

Preview and download here now!
As always, these are high quality printable files and look best on a crisp cardstock!

Are you as excited for Christmas as I am? I know I'll be using my countdown!!  It should help me hurry up with my shopping too!!

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Missed a printable? Check out the past ones here:
Christmas Wishlist
Holiday Gift List


How To Make Your Own Scratch Off Cards! DIY TIME!

Scratch-off cards can be used for tons of promotional ideas, and if you've ever wondered how to make your own, I'm going to show you how easy it is! I made these Secret Savings cards for a past venture and included them with my orders for a limited time.

Now, I'm going to show you how to make them! It's the easiest thing ever, all you need is this stuff:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Silver acrylic paint (the dollar store!)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Paint brush
You will first need to make your little cards or whatever you want to contain the scratch off.  I printed my little savings cards on thick cardstock.

Then you'll need to grab your tape. Cut it to fit your scratch off area. In my case, the yellowish box that holds the secret savings code.  Apply the tape to this area only.

Now, mix up your scratch off solution!  Just get a little container and mix 1 part dish soap to 2 parts silver paint.

Paint over the tape you applied with the paint solution.  The first layer doesn't look like much, but it will soon.

You'll need to let this layer dry completely before applying another layer.  In total, my cards took 4 layers to completely hide the text underneath. This is why it's best to do a bunch at once!

That's pretty much it! When it's completely dry, you're good to go! Test one out (I promise, it's lots of fun!). The paint will scratch right off and reveal your secret!

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Last week

Sunday is my winding down day. Dustin works Saturdays now as well so I only have Sundays to spend the entire day with him. Yesterday I spent relaxing like I said I was going to do, and making some new little plush magnets in the meantime.  I also managed to set up the Christmas tree by myself and surprised D with it when he came home.  I'm pretty sure he was just relieved that I didn't have to force him into helping me decorate it this year haha.

Things I love waking up to:

Cute emails in my inbox... and this little guy fast asleep in his daddy's spot... complete with pillow and everything. My two favourite boys <3

There is a peek at my new vehicle!  I am in love with it. It's perfect and probably the warmest thing in the world!  Hello, it has butt warmers. I'm pretty stoked about this because after driving a car from 1995 for six years, features like this blow me away.

Our recent guilty pleasure has been this delicious pull-apart rosemary bread and this spinach/cheesey dip from M&M Meat Shops.  I am in heaven whenever we eat it.

Here is a shot of the Christmas tree all up and decorated!  I'll take proper photos later, but for now this will do. That room is going to be so festive!

Lastly, the most unattractive photo of my eye ever in existence.  My eyelids were completely swollen Fri-Sat because I am an idiot.  I've had this happen a few times and always thought it was certain makeup I was using... so eliminated those eyeshadows from my collection. After it happened yet again on Friday, I thought it was a certain brush I was using... but after some research I found out that the brush I thought it was, was synthetic (My normal brushes are goat/pony hair... that sounds so weird, but they're MAC anyways.  This brush I only use occasionally turned out to be synthetic (Urban Decay).)  Apparently, synthetic brushes are hypoallergenic so that ruled that out. In fact, I should have been more allergic to the animal hair types than anything, which I use every day without issues.

Then I did some more detective work and realized that before I was using my eyeshadow, I wiped my brushes on a piece of toilet paper. After my eyes were bugging me throughout the day, I used toilet paper and makeup remover to get it off. It got worse.  Then I realized that this seemed to happen every time toilet paper was involved.  Don't ask why I use toilet paper... I do my makeup in the bathroom and it's the closest thing haha. So anyways, not to self: Never use toliet paper to remove makeup again. I'm back to normal now, but now that I know what's causing it I'll knock on wood that it never happens again.

Other things that happened this past week:

What did you get up to this weekend? Did you spend all your money during Black Friday, or did you choose not to partake?


Black Friday Handmade Deals and Discounts

Well, my Black Friday sales are live! Check out my deals in yesterday's post now!

I asked you all to share your Black Friday coupons/deals with me over on my Facebook page and had a great response! Here are some awesome deals happening in the handmade world... be sure to check them out!

25% off sale with code BLACKFRIES at checkout.   
Plus, all orders of $60 or more get FREE SHIPPING (refunded through paypal)!
First 25 orders get a Secret Savings scratch card for future discounts!
These savings are valid until Monday the 28th

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15% off all photo prints! Already reduced!

Early bird special: 3-5am 40% off all orders. Code: SAVE40
5-7am - 30% off all orders. Code: SAVE30
7-3pm - 25% off all orders. Code: SAVE25
3-midnight - Free shippin. Code: FREESHIP

Code BLACKFRIDAY30 gets you 30% off
Order before noon and get a free gift with your order!

Code BLKFRIDAY gets you 45% off your entire purchase!

20% off and free gifts with orders!

Code BLACK20 for 20% off your order
Plus FREE Crane earrings if you order by noon CST!

Code KATROCK gets you 30% off Holiday Cards
Free shipping until 11/27!

Code THANKSGIVING2011 gets you 20% off and entered into a giveaway!

Code DREAMERS gets you free domestic shipping

Code BLACKFRIDAY11 gets you 40% off your entire purchase!

20% off the Black Chalkboard Piggy Banks (includes personalization)

‎30% off with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2011 and a free plush key chain or charm with orders of $50 or more before shipping costs (Nov. 25-28)

30% off purchase with code CYBERMONAP

Free U.S. Shipping with code FREESHIPUSA (Nov. 25-28)

25% off any order with "blackfriday25" coupon code

Coupon code WOOPWOOP gets you 20% off all weekend long
Place an order on Friday, get an extra item of your choice free!

Use coupon code LCBLACKFRIDAY20 for 20% off your total purchase

Use coupon code starting Nov 25 for 20% off your order. Orders over $30 will receive a free gift($10 value)!

Use code SMALLBIZ20 through Cyber Monday for 20% all items in our shop

Starting Friday Nov 25-Nov28 use code blkfricybermon35off to get 35% off all items 

Enter "SUPERSALE" at check out and get 25% off!
All items will be gift wrapped. sale is going on now through Monday night!  

Use code BLACKFRIDAY001 for 10% off! 

20% off EVERYTHING, including custom orders. Code GRANDREOPEN20. 

 30% everything on Black Friday w/ code "BLACKFRIDAY30"
Free Shipping + Free Earrings/Ring on Small Business Saturday/Sunday w/ code "SBS2011"
15% off + Free Earrings/Ring on Cyber Monday) w/ code "CYBER15"

 Code HOLIDAY gets you free shipping and a free gift with every order!

‎25% off entire shop using code THANKFUL 

35% off with code THANKS2011 
free goodies with each purchase! 

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This Saturday only! Receive a coupon for 30% off your next purchase when you buy something on Small Business Saturday (Nov 26)  

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25% off using code GIVING25

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Buy a $20 Gift Certificate, get $5 FREE! $50 Gift Certificate, get $10 FREE! $100 Gift Certificate, get $15 FREE! FREE surprise decal with every decal purchase! Friday - Monday

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Use the code FRIDAY at checkout now through the end of Friday for 20% off entire purchase

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 Black Friday - use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY30 for 30% off entire order! Saturday and Sunday - code TURKEYWKEND20 for 20% off of entire order. Cyber Monday - code CYBERMONDAY for surprise discount!

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40% off starting today and continuing all weekend! Use code blackfriday at checkout.

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‎25% off Black Friday with Code BLACKFRIDAY

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ALSO, Check out this MASSIVE Black Friday giveaway I'm participating in over at Through The Eyes Of The Mrs.!


Black Friday Announcement!

Here it is! My Black Friday announcement!  We don't have Black Friday in Canada, but that's never stopped me from indulging in the online offers before, so I've got you covered this weekend!

My shop will be having a 25% off sale with code BLACKFRIES at checkout.  Plus, all orders of $60 or more get FREE SHIPPING (will be refunded via PayPal within 24 hrs)!  These savings are valid from MIDNIGHT (EST) TONIGHT until Monday the 28th.

Oh wait, that's not all though. The first 25 orders will be getting these awesome little Secret Savings cards with their purchases!  I made each of these have different savings amounts and unique codes, so you can save on your next purchase as well (all the way up to 50% off!)!  Just scratch to reveal the Secret Savings amount and your unique code!

(Scratch off card tutorial coming soon!)

I'll be unleashing some new things tomorrow as well. Not too many, because I've been busy as it is, but here is a sneak peek:

If you're having your own Black Friday sales, head on over to my Facebook profile and leave a comment on this status!  I'll be making a post full of great savings tomorrow! Don't forget to grab my "shop handmade" banner in the left column to spread the handmade love!!

Are you ready? Will you be taking part in black friday shopping savings?
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