January 9, 2016

Cha2016 sneak peeks

The 75th anniversary of the craft and hobby association begins! 

The hot trend seems to be water colors. Tim Holtz and prima are two among many offering up options. It just reminds me of the stamping up water color crayons and the water brush. Perhaps, it's what's old is new or maybe there's a new twist or angle as Tim Holtz likes to put his spin on things?

All week Tim Holtz has been giving sneak peeks! Tim holtz has crayons which everyone seems to be chattering about. Check his blog for a whole week of posts. 

The prima offering just looks like a palette with pretty packaging. I'm leaning to say it's a grown up version of crayola. 


I guess as industries are giving grown ups their own coloring books, they figure adults need their own crayons? Although I've seen many using copics with the adult coloring books. 

OLY*FUN™ fabrics remind me of a throw back to my friend's 80's Halloween wedding. He had a metallic sports jacket that he made. Oh if I only had that picture digitally at hand to show you what I mean. You can see their selection here: https://www.fairfieldworld.com/store/?fwp_category=fabrics&fwp_brands=olyfun&fwp_size=bulk-bolt

Oh my! 12 more stickles colors! I remember the time these hit the market years ago! So many of us were clambering to get them all! I must confess that I haven't purchased them in years. Are these still a thing or are they like the skittles that were the rage? Do you remember dying the skittles with the alcohol inks?

Here's ranger inks press release: 

My favorite part of each show is the display that graphic 45 has for their new launches in their booth. 
They have been doing sneak peeks on their blog each day this week. Here's the first one: 

Enchanted forest would be great to create to showcase a London trip or around that area. 

City scales is great for European travel. http://g45papers.typepad.com/graphic45/2016/01/graphic-45-cha-sneak-peeks-day-1-cityscapes.html#entries

Ad tech has scented glue sticks. Apple, French vanilla, pumpkin pie and Christmas trees. I think that I will stick with diffusing Young Living essential oils instead that have therapeutic benefits. Yldist.com/sweetsassydiva 

Either on trend or being pushed by a lot of marketing, it seems many are coming out with a plethora of planners. It appears that A5 is what most are offering. 

I'm old school and used a Franklin planner. I tend to use my digital devices lately but, am leaning to a smaller pocket size Franklin covey as of late. I love the real leather offer. Even a plastic and cardboard planner from a new hybrid company set me back around $80.  I thought I would check it out ESP as it had a rad color! Yep got me there! 

It seems many companies are offering different papers, washi tapes and other accessories. The design teams are showing you how to craft into your calendar. I wonder if we can get away with this during a board meeting or at our work desk? Um excuse me mr bossman while I go grab my copics to color coordinate my schedule and timeline. I'm not sure if they're trying to bridge the gap with hybrid calendars. I know I still have stacks of pictures trapped digitally on my computer. Even Becky Higgins hasn't cracked the code for my back log. 

Some of the companies offering calendar options are papers by graphic 45 in 12x12 and 8x8. Then, I've seen full on binders from the happy planner, Marion Smith, and Simple Stories. I am sure there are more. It seems there's a lot of companies jumping on board. 

What are you seeing as trends? Or do you just not get it? 

To give you an idea of the size of this event, check it out here: http://craftandhobby.org/eWeb/docs/2016WShow/2016CHAMEGAFloorPlan.pdf

December 30, 2015

The Countdown is ON!

It's that time of the year where you reflect on what you accomplished and set goals for the new year.  

It's also a time that I celebrate another year with Young Living. I thought that I would share with you and I know you have been watching my emails and posts on social media and my blog. I have seen so many blessings and improvements to our family as well as my friends that have started on the Young Living oily journey.  I know you have seen it too!  

I totally know that Young Living oils, supplements can benefit you and your family too!  Make 2016 your year! Let's get this health and wellness thing under control. Life is a lot more fun that way! 11 oils + diffuser + extra goodies! It's a sweet deal and I know sweet deals! Just ask my husband! I'll be here every step of the way to help you figure them out! Promise.  Those little bottles are calling to you! Join my group and we will do this together!

We have some great ways that you can include essential oils into whatever your goals are for the new year and have some groups for help and encouragement on various topics.  Be sure to check them out in our private group.  If you need an add, let me know. 

Also, I wanted to take this time to extend a special offer to you thru 12/31/2015.

Bobbi Jo 


December 27, 2015

Get your Jingle on!

I made some rice socks. Warm them up and add a drop of peppermint! Great for achy muscles! Or add lavender for relaxing and winding down before bedtime.

Tutorial instructions: 

Buy a pair of socks, add 5-6 cups of white rice. You can tie the end of the sock into a knot. I think it looks better sewn. 

Place in your microwave to warm up at 30 sec intervals until warm. Be careful not to get it too hot. Then, add a drop of peppermint or lavender essential oil. 

You can buy your Young Living essential oil at yldist.com/sweetsassydiva

These make great 12 days of Christmas gifts and keep a set for yourself too. 

December 16, 2015

Itovi device

Have you seen this? It's like the zyto scanner but, for the smart phone! Uber portable and convenient!

The iTOVi device is compatible with the following:  
iOS: Requires iOS 8.0 or later
Android: Requires KitKat (4.4) or newer.  


Make sure you email them after you reserve yours at the above link at support@itovi.com to tell them to enter my Referral ID:   fc53d75a-d63c-4ae3-a153-08c62330cded


Please use my code: Referral ID:   fc53d75a-d63c-4ae3-a153-08c62330cded at checkout

Here is the link to use to reserve it by 12/31/15 (this guarantees you the lifetime free subscription):


Then, email support@itovi.com and tell them to enter my Referral ID:   fc53d75a-d63c-4ae3-a153-08c62330cded


OK, I just ordered the following Itovi device today (so I don't know much besides what I've seen on the website). What I saw that I like...
 1) Lifetime membership - No monthly subscription
 2) Small hand held device that works with both Apple & Android
 3) Referral program (to earn it for free).
There is a new scanning product called iTovi (https://itovi.com/ ) that has been on the market for 7 months. It is akin to the Zyto scanner but operates faster and runs off your smart phone instead of a computer.
It is being offered until the end of the month with a phenomenal promotional offer that is good until Dec 31st. 

My Referral ID:   fc53d75a-d63c-4ae3-a153-08c62330cded


Free training: 

Bobbi Jo 

See below details on how the device is similar and different from the Zyto. Here is the deal for the introductory promotion.
1. Pay $39.99 a month for 12 months and you own it outright and never pay another dime but have lifetime access, no subscription fees ever! (good until Dec 31st) or
 2. Pay $399.99 and have lifetime access at no extra cost, no subscription fees ever. (Gooduntil Dec 31st)
 3. If you aren't happy with it, you may contact them within 15 days of your first sync and they will refund you.
 4. When you refer people who pay the subscription fee you will get 5% of that. (after31 Dec)
**Here is a link to the offer:
Once the promotion Is over this will be priced very similar to the Zyto compass. It will be about $500 to buy and access will be $39.99 monthly.
 This is an excellent introductory promotion, if you want a scanner for your family and to help your downline members and friends, I highly encourage you to get in on this!
Over the course of a lifetime of use you are saving thousands. It is small enough to carry in your pocket. It measures about 3 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 3/4".
You have to use a referral number - names do NOT work. If no one you know has purchased one yet, use mine to start 

Here are the benefits of this device:
 1. It is very small and portable. It fits in your fist so you can carry it in a pocket or purse. Hello! Scanning on the go! 
 2. You can still scan animals and small children. It would actually be much easier with this device.
 3. It runs from your smart phone and you can print the report from there or message or e-mail it to the person scanned.
 4. This device also gives you an overall wellness score in its readout.
 5. Like the Zyto Compass it does reference oils and supplements.
Some other differences:
 1. This device will not give you radically different readings, if you do subsequent scans in close succession.
 2. Currently, this device only give you the top three choices you are scanned for but they are updating it next month to show many more. 
 3. It is compatible with IOS and Android systems. For IOS you must be 8 or higher, for android it needs to be kit kat or higher.
 This link shows a great video
It uses the same technology as the Zyto...GSR (galvanic skin response), but some additional technology that is used in medical devices and things that you are already familiar with like the FitBit (and similar devices) and also takes into account your BMI (body mass index).
This device is a little more affordable than the Zyto Compass and one convenient feature is that it is very portable. The device is held in the hand rather than the hand resting on a hand cradle. It operates from a Smart Phone (either iPhone or Android....with certain system requirements).
 It is small and compact and wireless, that makes it very convenient and you could carry with you and we all have our cell phones, right?
 It also gives you an overall wellness score and tests more than 200 bio-markers vs. 76 (for the Compass).
From Itovi...
 Due to tremendous response to our December Promotion, we have far exceeded our referral program allotment. We are so very grateful to all of you who have helped spread the word! 
 Those who purchase December 17-31, 2015will still be granted the lifetime memberships.
 Here is our new referral program which begins January 1, 2016
 Purchase Option 1 
 $49.99 up front
 *(12-month contract)
 For those who purchase option 1 the referral program will be as follows:
 3 Referrals = Your Monthly Subscription drops to $29.99 
 10 Referrals = Your Monthly Subscription drops to $19.99
 25 Referrals = Your Monthly Subscription drops to $9.99
 100 Referrals = Lifetime Subscription. No Subscription Fee ever again!
Purchase Option 2 
 $399.99 up front 
 12 months subscription free 
 $29.99/month subscription (begins month 13) 
 For those who purchase option 2 the referral program will be as follows:
 7 Referrals = Your Monthly Subscription drops to $19.99 
 22 Referrals = Your Monthly Subscription drops to $9.99 
 97 Referrals = Lifetime Subscription. No Subscription Fee ever again!
Thank you for your tremendous support.

November 12, 2015

Free Thanksgiving Cards

Get some free downloads at Craft Direct to create these three Thanksgiving Cards!

I love this collection and somehow the middle one "give thanks" with it's simplicity is my favorite.  Which one do you like best? 

The card on the left with the turkey was created using the Cricut Explore Air. These files are svg format so, you can use it on Silhouette or other machines too. 

Download the files at: 


November 11, 2015


Here is a Harvest card using Country Life and Mystical Garden Imagine Patterns and Color Cartidge!


Forest green card stock

Country Life Cartridge

Mystical Garden Imagine Patterns and Color Cartridge

Brown/clear stickles

Grey Sticky pearls

Green ribbon

For this "Fall" card, Summer mixed original and Imagine cartridges. Green card stock made the 4.5x 6.5 card. I used the "stock images" on my Imagine to layer pattern paper (cut @ 4.5) and solid brown (cut @ 4). The wheat crop (cut @ 3.5) was made by just mixing different patterns from "mystical gardens". The words "Harvest" (cut @ .7) was again different patterns on this cartridge mixed together. The green ribbon was just taped along the top of the card and a knot was tied to form the bow. A mixture of brown and clear stickles to make it sparkle and to finish the card.  See the added grey pearls in each corner. Enjoy and Happy Fall!

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