Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Keeping BUSY- DEBUTING in HALLMARK STORES

I am very excited. I have been so busy lately that I have been trying to play catch up. Last week, I flew to LA for the day for meetings and to plan upcoming products going into Hobby Lobby that I have designed. It is so exciting to see my passion and ideas for designing evolve. I have in many ways simplified my life and home. Well, don't look at the kits going to Australia in my living room right now!!!!!!  ha.... Gentry has been doing the Australia kits for me and I am so very thankful for this. I have had  to step back and see what I could and wanted to do. It's been just what I needed to do to feel more inspired and more in balance. I want to blog more. I know I will get back to my regular routine again. 



More than anything. I am doing MORE to just feel and have PEACE in my everyday life. It really begins with me. It begins with each of us. It is how we choose to look at things. 



Oh Cooper.... this baby is full of SWEETNESS!!!!!!!

I spend time with the grand babies and my children every week. I know that my priorities and foundation is my family. The big benefit to owning your own company is that you can work when you want to. The negative is that in running your own business there is "no time off." It's 24/7 and so I have learned to STOP and take the time.  My girls will call me and I try to rework my schedule to be available. When I lost Tyler I realized how very unimportant "things" in life can be... that at times seem to be "so important." I watched Cooper a few times the past few days and I absolutely LOVE knowing that my girls know how much I want to do this. I loved knowing I could get him to sleep laying in my arms. This is WHAT MATTERS to me. 


Taylor has her hands full. I know she would be okay if I shared how hard it is to take care of two babies. Her husband works very long hours and there is times when she just needs help, someone to talk to and just someone to help hold the babies. I want to be there for her and for those babies. This time is hard but I tell her often how fast it will pass. I can't believe that Beckett and Capri are 5 months old now!!!!!


This guy has really been an inspiration to me. Yes, this darling guy. He really believes in me. He loves our children and REALLY loves the babies. I see how my boys see him as a dear friend. I guess this would be the word I would describe. Most men could not handle the tender situation he married into. Brian has been loving, kind and there is such a peace in our home. He loves to cook for us, and this is one of this love languages. My girls always ask what he is making and LOVE that he likes to cook for us. It's really just his kind and tender heart that often makes me cry for no reason. This is something very sacred and special to me. I just am so very grateful.  I adore him and I love him very much.



My son Zach has been working on his mission papers. PINCH me!!!! Just like Matt, Seth, and McKay- Zach wants to serve a mission for our church for two years. He is so excited. I have scaled back my entire Summer of travel so I can get him on his mission and spend time with him and the family. Seth is coming home from his mission on April 1st. He and I email every Monday. Today he let me know that he wants to go to his dad's grave as soon as he leaves the airport. THIS brought tears to my eyes. I know that Tyler is so proud of him and is so proud of our children. There is not a day that goes by that we don't talk about Tyler and know that he is watching over us. 

Whew... well, I want to share something exciting. I have my NEW TC magnet boards in several Hallmark Stores. These are the designs in the stores.



HEART with GOLD... swoon!!!!


All because two people fell in love....


INFINITY... LOVE



You can find my magnet boards RIGHT NOW in the following Hallmark locations. I'm excited. I would love it if you see them or purchase them if you would post a photo and share it with us. 

AMY'S HALLMARK SHOP #327
SOUTHLANDS SHOPPING CENTER
6150 SOUTH MAIN ST. STE. 101
AURORA, CO.  80016

AMY'S HALLMARK SHOP #288       
HANOVER SQUARE
7 HANOVER SQUARE
NEW YORK, NY.  10004

HALLMARK CREATIONS #104
DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE
21001 N TATUM BLVD
PHOENIX, AZ.  85050

AMY'S HALLMARK SHOP #865
BRIDGEPOINTE SC
2210 BRIDGEPOINTE PKWY
SAN MATEO, CA. 94404

AMY'S HALLMARK SHOP #369
ALLIANCE TOWN CENTER
3025 TEXAS SAGE TRAIL
FORT WORTH, TX.  76177

HALLMARK CREATIONS
PLEASANT VALLEY SC
7532 BROADVIEW RD
PARMA, OH.  44134

AMY'S HALLMARK SHOP #885
NORTHRIDGE PLAZA
15230 W. 119TH ST
OLATHE, KS.  66062

AMY'S HALLMARK SHOP #621
FISCHER MARKETPLACE
14929 FLORENCE TRL
APPLE VALLEY, MN.  55124  

AMY'S HALLMARK SHOP#494
ARBOR PLACE
6700 DOUGLAS BLVD #1100
DOUGLASSVILLE, GA. 30135

AMY'S HALLMARK SHOP #376
AVON COMMONS
35910 DETROIT ROAD
AVON, OH.  44011

These were photos from Hallmark Creations in Phoenix, AZ!
Love!!


 LARGE magnetic canvas art boards. I am telling you the GOLD is so beautiful!!!!!



*They come with gold TC magnets to hold your stuff.


This is seriously a DREAM come true. PLEASE if you could do ONE thing for YOURSELF.... follow YOUR heart. Follow your own dreams. Never stop and GO for it!!!! 

Believe in YOU....

Okay if you go to Hallmark PLEASE send me photos and I would LOVE to see these in person.  I am tempted to get on a plane and go see these cool magnet boards myself. 


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DIY PHOTO SHOOT with LOVE


Seriously can this be any cuter?  Two weeks ago, we had a photo shoot in my home. Actually this is my bedroom. We opened the curtains so we could have natural light. The girls wanted to do take photos of Capri, Beckett and Cooper.


It was hilarious to see all of us trying to get them to smile, stop crying, stop sliding, etc. Babies can be quite the challenge when they are so young. 



However, it's worth it to take the TIME. We can never go back and take these photos of them at 5 months old. Yes, Beckett is the big flirt in all the photos. *tip- all white background is great for baby photo shoots. Simple print the photo and place inside a card!!!



*CARD Materials- YOU ARE GOLD TC artwork available at Silhouette. TC wood Grain Embossing folder- Craftwell, TC tab die- Craftwell, and TC Project Pink papers,


You could add photos to a LOVE card for Valentines too!!!!!!!
*Teresa Collins LOVE Fiskars punch.


Here you simply place the photo on top of tag. Cooper was loving the photo shoot and this was my FAVORITE photo from the day.


I loved this one the most of Taylor holding her twins. This one is printed 13x19". This is the "gift" for Travis for Valentines. I don't know what I would do without this printer!!!!!You've seen me using the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer here on my blog, on TV and on My Craft Channel. It's my favorite crafting tool that I use daily. I love that I can print my 4"x6" photos all the way up to 13"x19". 



This is the   Canon SELPHY CP910 Compact Photo Printer in gold that was exclusively featured at Joann Fabric & Craft with Canon. This was my favorite photo of Cooper from our photo session. 

I used both of these printers to print from home. I hope I have inspired you to do a little photo shoot yourself and more importantly to PRINT them out and put them in a card or frame them. I promise it's worth it!


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Free Love Printable with CANON



Valentine's Day will soon be here and its not too early to start creating cards and projects for your loved ones!  Today I am sharing these free printables you can print out as an 8.5 x 11 sheet and cut apart to use!  


>>Click Here to Download PDF Printable<<

Below are some ideas to get give your creativity a jump start!



*TERESA COLLINS CRAFTWELL EMBOSSING FOLDERS & PROJECT PINK COLLECTION
IN CARD PROJECTS BY JENNIFER HAGGERTY.





WHY NOT FRAME THE TAG AFTER YOU PRINT IT OUT?

I PRINTED THIS OUT ON MY PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer


NOW you are ready for LOVE!!!!
ENJOY...




Thursday, January 14, 2016

HOME FROM CHA

ONE word...

                               AMAZING

I'm home now and trying to play catch up and finalizing some wonderful new product going into Bed, Bath & Beyond this week. I am so thankful that I have been growing in so many design arenas and opportunities and it was FUN to finally be able to share what I have been adding to my product selections. 


My TC Fiskars array of products were a MASSIVE hit. I think the TC monograms, my banner tag punch with eyelet setter (get them with my gold eyelets!!!), gold ruler, gold stapler were some of the favorites. Also, the state punches were a hit! I absolutely LOVE working with Fiskars. The big talk is my ongoing sales of my GOLD TC trimmer. 

I did PERISCOPE from the show and since I just joined a week ago, I have added quite a few followers. THANK YOU! I am doing another periscope TODAY from my office. 

I have MUCH more to share but I have a important lunch meeting. It's the best kind. I'm meeting Taylor, Gentry, McKay and the babies for lunch. THIS is WHAT makes me so very happy. I am so happy, so thankful and just GRATEFUL. 



This is the greatest most wonderful special blessing in my life. These kids and Brian are my biggest fans and I am so much MORE because of them. 


Watch for more about CHA. I just wanted to share a little bit now and to say THANK YOU to everyone for being so amazing. 

Also, make sure you are following me on my business Facebook page. I have posted more videos on upcoming events. I am headed to Australia, Germany, Mexico, South Africa and MORE in 2016. I am one busy girl and I hope to see many of you on my fun journeys. 




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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CEO of MEMORY KEEPING

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It's probably one of the things that we all have in common. It's now past Christmas, and as we remember the holiday did you take photos to remember the special moments? Christmas is a time for taking photos. I would guess that each of us took a lot of photos.  I also hear from people who get so overwhelmed that they end up taking zero photos. I look at Christmas and every holiday differently since my mother died. I hate to really verbalize it, but I think EVERY year, is this our last Christmas with "someone"? Did I take enough photos and capture the feelings and people? I know that I cherish the photos of Ty's last Christmas with us. He had lost his hair and had just got out of the hospital. He wore a gray knit hat and a big Cabela's coat. I know this because I have photos to look at. My kids have these photos to remember our last Christmas together. He didn't want his photo taken looking like he did. So I took candid photos. I took photos knowing how important would become to us. 
So I have this commitment to my family and to me. Well, it's a personal commitment. I see myself as the CEO of memory keeping for our family. I am happy to say that my girls have now joined my company and take tons of photos. I have given them all printers to print out their photos. In fact, this year Taylor was thrilled when I gave her my Canon SELPHY CP910 in Gold. It's really a good day when she can get out with 4 month old twins so she likes to print her photos from home. I printed our Christmas photos last week. Have your printed those memories out? Are they still on the media card? Or do you find that you look at your phone to see the memories?



This is a few of the photos that I printed out from this past Christmas holiday. I printed these photos on the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer.

I realize that no one else is going to be as passionate as me in my family as the  memory keeper. I wanted to capture it all. This was Cooper, Beckett and Capri's FIRST Christmas. If I don't take the time to take and print the photos, I know it will most likely not get done. I take this role to heart. Photos help us remember. I know this all to well. So often, I have heard the familiar words, "It is just another Christmas. The photos are all the same year after year." I know it may seem that way, but I see it differently because I have lost my mother and husband and know that the photos I have mean everything to me and my children. I see it as a way to document each year and the people in your life you care about the most. 

So I printed all the photos that I took from Christmas this year. Yes, I even printed the photos that were not "perfect." I placed them inside the TC Gold Photo Flip Book. I wanted to document this FIRST Christmas for the family.

Look at the twins. They will only be 4 months old once. I can't go back and take these photos.  


These photos are keepsake. They will be precious photos that my grandchildren will want to see when they get older. They won't remember this time, but the photo will take them back to a time they won't remember. Who doesn't love looking at photo albums of your baby photos?


I took photos of what the house looked like decorated.


We have the Christmas Eve open PJ's for the family. We took photos by the tree of the girls wearing the new PJ's that they got. It's these special memories that are so important to print out.

I decided to FRAME this photo that I printed. I love these three girls. I loved how much they LOVED the putting on the PJ's and taking this photo. This is a happy photo. 

So I hope you feel inspired today to print your photos out TODAY of your Christmas. Get those precious photos off your camera card or cell phone. I know you will be thankful that you did.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

CHA 2016 Day One Review!

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The first day of CHA is always exciting and I hope you've been able to view my Periscope live feeds! I'm so excited to debut my new products partnering with Clearsnap, Fiskars, and Craftwell!

Yesterday I did a make and take with my Studio Gold GOLD flip books and new pigment inks and wood stamps.  Most are available now on Amazon and look for them in your local retailers this spring! You will love the beautiful, crisp colors in the inks! 


I also debuted NEW punches with Fiskars as well as did a make and take in their booth!  Not only am I releasing the state, monogram, and Eiffel Tower punches, I also have a STAR, CHEVRON, ARROWS, XOXO, TRIANGLE, BUTTERFLY, and BANNER Tag Maker as well!  


 Here is me demoing the new punches in the Fiskars booth! I hope you will love creating with them as much as I do!  My new punches will be available March 2016 so look for them at major craft retailers!

Last, I visited the Craftwell booth again doing a make and take with my Teresa Collins Embossing Folders, Dies as well as my die cutting machine: the Cut-N-Boss!  

Here is me showing crafters how to create a Card Keeper using the Cut-N-Boss! I feel so blessed to partner with a great company!


Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello! I always love meeting new friends as well as seeing old ones!  



I ran into interior designer and TV personality Mark Montano and snapped a picture with him!

Today I had interviews with Create & Craft TV as well as Scrapbook Expo!  I can't wait to share more of what my company has is store for 2016!!  

Saturday, January 9, 2016

CHA 2016 Opening day + NEW Announcement!

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The first day of CHA is always an exciting one and today is no exception!  Don't forget to follow me on Periscope at @teresacollins1 at these times to see me LIVE in my partner's booths!  I can't wait to show you what I've designed for this year!




Also, I now have my Teresa Collins designs in cut file form available in the Silhouette Shop to purchase!  I hope you'll check them out and share your creations with me! 

Yesterday, I debuted my new punches with Fiskars! I love them and am so excited to share with you!
I've designed monogram punches, as well as state shapes, and an Eiffel Tower.  






 Looking forward to a fun day chatting with new and old friends!  I feel so blessed to be a part of the crafting community and I hope you like what you see today!