Saturday, December 20, 2014

Simple Christmas Thank You Cards!

I feel that I'm not done with my holiday preparations until I make my Christmas Thank You cards. I've already given and received some amazing gifts for the holidays so I made some adorable and simple Thank You cards to let my loved ones know how much I appreciate their kindnesses.


Bow Punch Builder #137414
Colors: Garden Green, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler


Tree Punch #135859
Colors: Real Red and Coastal Cabana

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stampin' Up! Bow Builder Punch!

See how to make these little bows with the Bow Builder Punch offered in the Occasions Catalog for ordering on January 6th!  By the way, the number of glue dots used: 6

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rolled Sugar Cookies for Christmas Gifts!

Here's the cookies my kids and I made prior to my Packaging with Appeal Class.  They are Alton Brown's recipe for Rolled Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing.



Three cookies fit perfectly into each of the bags and boxes we made.  These cookies are REALLY yummy.  I gave them out to my son's bus driver and the mailman.  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Packaging with Appeal Class


Here are some of the projects we'll be making at my Packaging with Appeal Class this Tuesday night!


A goodie bag and gift box waiting to be filled with cookies, and a gift card holder.


A 4" by 4" gift box (the largest size the gift box punch board makes)



A 1.75"by 1.75" gift box (the smallest size the gift box punch board makes) and a 3.25" X 3.25" X 1.75" gift box.  The tag is embossed with white embossing powder.  The flower is made with the Starburst Framelits and Filter Papers sprayed with Bermuda Bay Refill Ink in a Stampin' Spritzer #126185.

Stampin' Supplies Used:
Envelope Punch Board #133774, Gift Box Punch Board #135863,  Petite Cafe Gift Bags #135826,  Under the Tree Tag a Bag Accessory Kit #135865, Nordic Noel DS Papers #135822, 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Festive Designer Kraft Paper Rolls Package

Hi Everyone!
I designed a package for my son's grab bag party at school.  I used paper from one of the Festive Designer Kraft Paper Rolls and a coordinating Trim the Tree DS Paper Stack paper.  What's inside you ask?  $5 worth of school supplies, triangular Crayola Crayons and multiplication fact flash cards.
More packaging ideas to come...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Card

This year, instead of Christmas cards, I decided to give everyone Thanksgiving cards.  This way, I can focus on the Holidays and giving without the pressure of having to get all my cards done.  We'll see how it goes.  Here's the card:

Stampin' Supplies Used:
Stamps: For All Things (Wood) #135152, Fall Fest (Photopolymer) #135194
Ink: Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow Classic Ink Pads
Paper: Whisper White, Hello Honey Cardstock
Accessories: Heating Element, Versa Mark Pad, Gold Embossing Powder, Filagree Frame Textured Embossing Folder, Ovals Thinlit Die, Tangello Ribbon

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Card from Stamp A Stack Class

The last card I'm showing is the Thanksgiving card we made at my Stamp A Stack Class last Tuesday.  BTW, did I mention I'm giving Thanksgiving cards out this year instead of Christmas cards?  My son doesn't like the idea but my husband does.  I just want to let all my friends and family know that I am grateful for them.  But this is not the card I will be giving.  I'll post that one on Thanksgiving day!


Ingredients:
For All Things Wood Stamp Set #135152
Soft Suede, Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss Cardstock #115318, #101650, #133668
Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede Classic Ink #133642, #131173, #126965, #126978
⅜” Stitched Satin Ribbon #133668



Monday, November 10, 2014

Merry Card for Stamp A Stack Class

Here's the third Christmas card we'll be making tomorrow night at my Stamp A Stack Class.

Ingredients:
Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, and  Whisper White Cardstock#131203, #133679, #100730
Seasonally Scattered Wood Stamp Set #135020
Gorgeous Grunge Wood Stamp Set #130514
Versa Mark #102283
Silver Embossing Powder #109131
Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246
Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizazz, Soft Sky Classic Ink #133644, #131180, #131181

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Christmas Cheer Card

Hi Everyone!
Here's the second card we'll be making at my Stamp A Stack Class next Tuesday night at my house.


Ingredients for this card:
Cheerful Christmas Wood Stamp Set #135146
Garden Green and Whisper White Cardstock #102584/#100730
Real Red Classic Ink #126949
Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker 
Brights Candy Dots #130931
Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Folder # 135818
Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon #134563

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Trick or Treating Party!

We had so much fun last night at our annual Halloween party!  We had chili, chicken soup and friends and neighbors came by and brought even more food!


I wanted to show you the cupcakes I made using the Motley Monsters DS Paper as a decoration.  All I did was cut out two of each monster and glue them together with a toothpick in between and inserted them in my cupcakes!  Fun, fun.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nordic Noel Christmas Card

Hi Everyone!
Here's one of the cards we'll be making at my Stamp-A-Stack card making class I'm offering at my house Tues Nov 11 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM.


I cut out the houses from the Nordic Noel DS Paper and added dimensionals to the back of each of them so that they would "pop out." I just love the Nordic Designer Buttons that coordinate with the paper I added to give the finishing touch to my project.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gluten Free Biscuits

I just love the recipes in the 100 days of Real Food Book I've been reading.  Here's one of them called Super Easy Whole Wheat Biscuits but I modified for my husband who is mostly gluten free.


I just replace the whole wheat flour with Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Flour and Pancake Mix.  They came out a somewhat dry but aren't real biscuits somewhat dry? 


Hope you enjoy them if you decide to give the recipe a try.  I freeze them for a quick extra to my meals.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Fun Class Projects

I'm so excited about the New Holiday Catalog and all the fun things in it for fall and the Holiday Season!  I have my October Fun Class coming up this Oct 14th at my house and these are the projects we'll be making!

Ingredients:
135820 Color Me Autumn DS Paper $10.95
135158 Freaky Friends Wooden Stamp Set $21.95
135838 White & Tangerine Two-Tone Trim $4.95
135837 Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim $4.95
135853 Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies $32.95

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dove Promises Chocolate Treats for 3rd grade Sunday School Class

I had to come up with a craft for this Sunday for our 3rd grade Sunday School class.  The Bible Story we are using is how God kept his promise to Abraham and Sarah.  So I decided to use the Dove Chocolate Promises and my handy dandy Scallop Punch to create these crafts.  Their memory scripture is Ps 9:10 so I included that on the craft, too.


I made 24 of them as we usually have about 20 children in our class.  


Ingredients Used: Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point Cardstock, 1 3/4" Scallop Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch.  I used Windows Word to create the scripture in a circle.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pumpkin Made with 2 1/2 inch Circle Punch

 I can't get enough of pumpkins around this time of year.  This is one of the projects we'll be making at my October Fun Class I'm holding at my house Tues, Oct 14th.


I used the directions to make this paper pumpkin from the Stampin Up Blog but used the 2 1/2 inch Circle Punch to punch out the 12 circles, Other supplies used: Color Me Autumn DS Paper and Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim.  The banner was made with Whisper White Cardstock stamped with the "give thanks" stamp from the Good Greetings Stamp Set.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pumpkin Made from Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die

I just LOVE Fall!  It's my favorite time of the year.  I bought alot of fun stamps, ribbons, boxes and bags for fall from the Holiday Catalog.  I will be showcasing more projects in the weeks to come.


I used the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die to create this adorable pumpkin.  For the stripes I stamped the line stamp from the Work of Art Stamp Set in Soft Suede Classic Ink.  The Natural and Old Olive Two Tone Trim for the stem can also be found in the Holiday Catalog.  I used the Good Greetings "boo" stamp to add some fun to the tag.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Giant Summer Rambo Apples!

My family and I went apple picking at our local farm, Sun High Orchard, last weekend and we came across these amazingly big apples called Summer Rambo.  They are sour so they're best for cooking. We only picked a small amount of apples but the Summer Rambo's were so big, the order came to over $11.00!  Here's the recipe I'm planning to use with these apples.  I'll let you know how it came out.

This is how the recipe should come out.  You can also put the apples in a pie plate if you don't have the wide mouthed 1/2 pint jars.


Enjoy!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Back in the Swing of Things

I have been SO busy since school started helping organize my kid's binders, making sure they have all the supplies they need for school, preparing healthy meals, completing forms and going to sports practices, that I haven't had much time to stamp.  Eeek!  Now that is a scary thought.  In an attempt to stamp SOMETHING, I'm including my efforts here until my schedule gets on track.



These are clip boards I made for my kids as a "reward system" my friend, Lisa, showed me at a teacher's meeting at church.  You see, I have all boys and they are"tactile," meaning, they learn by touching and manipulating things.  The stamp set I used is Dear Heart and I cut the stars out with the Stars Framelits in their favorite colors, Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.



I've put together a reward system that, for the next 17 days, they can earn a certain "prize."  For my oldest, it's the Apple iPhone 6 that's coming out next Friday.  For my middle guy, it's a cell phone, and for my youngest, it's a watch.  For every day they do the required task they "struggle" with, they get to move a penny one space down.  After 5 days they should have moved all the pennies and they record the tally and start again until 17 is reached.  If they don't do the task, they don't move a penny and their desired prize is one day farther away from being earned.  So far the system is working like a charm.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Convention Make and Takes and Workshop Projects!

Here's some of the great projects we made at Convention 2014!


We made 3 notecards using the Amazing Birthday Stamp Set and Gift Card Enclosure Pack Envelopes and Star Framelits.  Colors are Tangerine Tango, Hello Honey, Real Red and Lost Lagoon.


More make and take projects...


The "thanks" sentiment is heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Embossing powder and a Versa Mark Pad.  I sponged Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist Classic Ink on the tag.


I love this project because we made one card simple...


and another one stepped up but using the leaves and honey comb embossing folder.  Love it!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Everyday Occasions Card Class!

Here are the two cards we'll be making at my Everyday Occasions Card Kit Class in September.


For the flower card I punched out 5 scallops from the 1 1/4" Scallop Punch in Crisp Cantelope and Calypso Coral Cardstock.  Then I used the Fringe Scissors to cut out the middle of the flower.  I made cuts down a 1" strip of Hello Honey Card Stock and then made cuts again to make the fringes even thinner.  I hot glued the center into the flower and the flower onto the card.


For this card I used the accessories in the Every Day Occasions Card Kit but heat embossed the kraft scallop "for you" sentiment in White Embossing Powder.  Then I used the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set to make the polka dots on the feathers from the Kit using Basic Gray and Crumb Cake Cardstock.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Family Trip to Knoebels!




 This is the entrance to Knoebels in Elysburg, PA



 Taking the tram to the amusement park from the parking lot.



Waiting to get splashed on the Skloosh.




Going on the Black Diamond Ride, a ride through a coal mine furnished with all the trimmings of a real coal mine, including skeletons!


Yes, I really did go on the Phoenix (the 2nd best wooden roller coaster in the country) and will never do that again.  It was SCARY and Hunter and I thought we were going to fly right out of our seats.


Me and Hunter on the Skyride


Funny sign at a water fountain at the park "Old Faceful."


We always have a great time at Knoebels!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scrapbook Page Ideas from Convention 2014!

Here are some of my favorite scrapbook pages that I saw at Convention. 


 I love the stitching they did around the picture and the cardstock.  Circle stamp used is from Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set and Whisper White Craft Ink Pad



This 12 x 12 layout was made with the Every Day Adventure Project Life and Accessory Kit.  I am biased towards this one because it features their pug. Maggie.



 They used the Every Day Adventure Project Life and Accessory Kit for this layout, too.


Love this page made with Flowerpot DS Paper and Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set 


 A little blurry but this one is simple and elegant made with Water Color WonderWashi Tape, Elegant Butterfly Punch and Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ribbon Flip Flops, Glass Table Decor and Treat Bag Samples from Convention!

Wanted to share some great projects from my recent Stampin' Up! Convention trip to Salt Lake City....


I just love these "doctored up" flipflops!  What they did was buy inexpensive flipflops and then tied the new 1/4" Cotton Ribbon in various colors all around the pair of flip flops.


Diann and I loved these glass decorative table accents!  You can get these clear glass table accents and punch out a flower with the 7/8" Scallop Punch in any of the DS Papers and Voila!  Instant inexpensive yet charming table accents for your party.


More glass table decorations using my favorite DS Paper, Flower Pot


Finally, we loved these treat bags for every occasion: there's one for camping filled with smores ingredients, Fourth of July filled with Red Hot Candies and even milk bones for the dog!  Ribbon used: 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Popovers for Breakfast!

Woke up late this morning, beautiful summer morning, kids are starting to wake up so I'm planning to surprise them with homemade popovers.  Did you ever have them?  They remind me when I was a little girl and me and my sister would sleep over our friends house and her mother made the BEST popovers.  They'd be high and hollow inside, so you could fill it with lots of BUTTER.


I filled these a little more than 2/3rds full.  I really want to invest in some good popover tins.  These I think are a bit smaller.


I baked these for half the time on 350 because they are smaller tins.


They are just as yummy as I remember them being as a kid.


Here's the recipe I used from Martha Stewart:
PHOTOGRAPHY:

    YieldMakes 6

    Ingredients

      • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing tin
      • 1 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 2 large eggs
      • 1 1/4 cups milk

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a popover tin.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Pour over flour mixture, and fold until just blended.
    3. Fill the popover cups two-thirds to three-quarters full.
    4. Transfer tin to oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees, and bake until well browned and crusty, about 20 minutes. Remove popovers from the oven, and unmold onto a rack. Puncture the sides with a sharp knife to let steam escape, and serve immediately.