Monday, November 30, 2009

Cookie Exchange Party

Maybe it has something to do with the time of year, but it seems like I've read a lot of posts lately about messy desks/craft areas. Mine is worse than it's ever been I think! I wanted to make some little treat boxes for a cookie exchange party I was going to Saturday, but had to keep the stamping extremely minimal, since I was working with a super small area of my desk! My goal has been to clean off my desk for the last week; maybe after laundry and dishes I will finally start on it today.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I don't have any paper project to share. Just a picture of yummy rolls. My mom is such a wonderful baker, and made rolls not just for Thanksgiving, but pretty much any special occasion. I think I was probably 12 years old before I realized that there was such a thing as store bought rolls. I love to make these rolls now for my family, and they love eating them as much as I did as a kid! The rolls, more than turkey or even pumpkin pie, make my Thanksgiving feast complete!

Wherever you are today, I hope you have a wonderful one, and hopefully a chance to spend it with family and/or friends. And spend a few minutes to count your blessings!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Well, it's time for another fun Papertrey Ink blog hop! The challenge this month was to create a quick and inexpensive wrap or tag that could be used for "grab and go" gifts for the holidays. Well, the other night I was quickly trying to make my kids' teacher and bus driver gifts. I thought, "Oh, these will be perfect for the blog hop, too!" Well, I think most people were thinking of Christmas, while I have a Thanksgiving project to share. Oh, well, it's all for fun, right!

These templates go together quickly. And using just a few sheets of cardstock, and part of a sheet of designer paper, these are cheaper than any packaging from the dollar store [my other source for last minute wrapping]. I stamped the "I am thankful for you" stamp, adhered it to a scalloped circle, and was going to find a way to attach it to the outside of the package. The pattern seemed too busy to me, and was competing with the stamped image. So I was just going to save them for another project, when my mom said, "Why don't you glue them on the inside of the package?" She saved the day! I didn't get the greatest picture of these the other night. Then today I found out that my son forgot to give his two teachers their boxes. I was bummed they didn't get their goodies, but excited to at least get a better picture. He brought them to me from his backpack.....totally smashed! Oh, well.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! I've got my pie ready, hot wings dip ready, deviled eggs cooked but not smashed. I'm ready to put my feet up and get some inspiration. The eggs can wait!

Stamps: PTI Fall Elegance
Ink: PTI Chai, Pure Poppy, True Black
CS: PTI Kraft, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise
DP: Basic Grey
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Punches

Monday, November 23, 2009

Butterflies for you

Good morning! It's Monday, but it doesn't really feel like it to me. Maybe it's just knowing that there's a holiday this week helps it feel less "Monday-ish." Here is a card I made for a friend, but didn't want to post until I was sure she'd gotten it. I was inspired by this card here. I ordered this butterfly set because I loved the shape of the butterfly, and I haven't used it nearly as much as I thought I would. When I saw that card, I knew I wanted to case it. Using the butterfly 3 times on one card makes me feel better about not using it as often as I thought I would!

Stamps: PTI Life, SU Great Friend
Ink: PTI Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding, Summer Sunrise, True Black, Versamark
CS: PTI Plum Pudding, Ripe Avocado
Accessories: PTI Raspberry Fizz Ribbon, Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A notebook and Cinnamon Swirled Apple Bread

Maybe you've noticed lots of cool notebooks popping up in blog-land. Papertrey Ink has a great set to make these little notebooks, and while that set is on my "someday" list, I don't have it yet. But when I saw this great notebook made by Betsy Veldman, I knew I had to make a notebook for my daughter. Well, my next problem, besides not having that stamp set, is that I can't sew. Not at all. It is not on my list of skills. So, I used my digital scrapbooking supplies to get as close as I'm going to get to real stitching. My daughter loved the notebook, and so I considered it a success.

I also have a quick recipe card to share with you today. I love this cinnamon swirled apple bread. I made some for a friend from church the other day, and she requested the recipe. I made a quick recipe card for her. The recipe and instructions are quite long, so it didn't leave much room for any added pizazz. But I like that the background paper makes me think of cinnamon! Also, my recipe is changed somewhat from the original. The original calls for apples not applesauce. When I'm in the mood to make this, I never seem to have apples, so I fiddled to see how I could make it with applesauce instead, which I always have on hand. And the original recipe called for walnuts or pecans, which people in our house are allergic to. So if you'd like the original recipe, visit the link above. I always mix this in my kitchenaid mixer, and it goes together quickly. Even though the instructions are long, it's not a complicated bread to make. If you make it, I hope you like it as much as we do!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fun news

Well, here is the card to go with my good news. I submitted this card as a Guest Star Stamper entry at Papertrey Ink, and I won for "Best Use of Previous Set." I cannot even tell you how excited I was to find out!!! My family thought I was acting a little crazy, but I was in heaven. Finding out that I won made my whole day. I could not wipe the smile off of my face! So, that is my good news that I was very excited to share!!!

Stamps: PTI Background Basics: Text Style, Friends 'Til The End, Life
Ink: PTI Chai, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening, Plum Pudding, and Ripe Avocado
CS: Rustic Cream, Spring Moss
Accessories: Top Note Die, Scrapper's Floss, Dimensionals

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Loving life today

Can I just say that I am loving life today!!! I found out something super fun that I can't wait to post about. But we're headed out the door so I need to keep this short. So I have my fun stamping thing to talk about later; and then to make my day even better, my Bengals beat the Steelers just moments ago. My brother is a huge Steelers fan and has been talking junk all week. Well, last night I made my yummy hot wings dip. This stuff is awesome all year round, but I especially love it during football season. I made this recipe card last year in a recipe swap I was in. I've posted it before, but like I said, it was last year, so most of you have probably not seen it. And I'm loving that my Bengals won, so in honor of my team beating my brother's team, here's a yummy football recipe for you to enjoy (doesn't that little Bengals flag just look great in the back of the truck!!!).

Friday, November 13, 2009

Season of Giving

Well, I woke up to snow in the mountains. I'll admit that I hate the cold that comes in winter, and I'm not very fond of snow....especially driving in it. But it makes everything gorgeous! If I could just stay home every day all winter I'd be okay with snow. I know I've been sharing some Christmas cards lately, and that it's still November, but this is prep-time for Christmas! Today's card is made using one of the Digiments that will be released tomorrow. And, if you're curious as to why I titled my post season of's why: You can get all 24 Digiments for $8.00. And, if you buy one set, you can receive a second for half-price, to give to a friend! {Now I feel like Bob Barker, but I'm continuing on.} And if that's not enough to entice you, go visit the Digiments blog, leave a comment on any and all of the release posts this week, and you will be entered to win the entire release for free!!! I told you it was the season of giving. If you're looking for more inspiration, visit any of the Design Team members' blogs. They are some talented ladies! You can find links on my left sidebar, or on the Digiments site. But, don't forget that the release is tomorrow, so for a chance to win the goodies, visit today! And if you are a digiment user, I'd love to see what you make with your stuff. It's always fun to see how other people use the same supplies, in different ways. So if you do, visit and leave me a link, I'd love to see what you make!

Stamps: PTI Tree Trimming Trio
Digiment: All The Best (November 2009)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Birthday to my VIP!

I've fallen a little out of the stamping groove, again. I have had ideas for several projects, but they haven't all been turning out how I pictured. So I sat the stamps aside, and I have been working on my scrapbook pages again. This week my daughter is the "VIP" in her class. That means she gets to have the class' stuffed dog Patch come home for the week, she gets to take the Incredible Edible Estimation Jar to school, and she gets to have a little scrapbook page all about her on display all week. Well, today is also her birthday! She's so excited that she is the VIP and birthday girl in the same week! I can't believe that my baby is six! So here is the scrapbook page I made for her to send to school. She loved it, even though she informed me that yellow is really her favorite color now, not pink!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thank You!

When my son's church teacher found out that our whole family had been sick, she brought us over a huge basket full of goodies. She had stuffed a basket full: soup, goldfish crackers, chex mix, cookies, more cookies, orange juice, oranges, grapefruit, and a card and book for my son. In addition, she gave my daughter a big stuffed dog that is now named "Wolfy." Wolfy has blue eyes just like my daughter and she thought that was so cool. So this is the thank you card I made for his teacher. I really wanted to do something spectacular, so I kept trying to think of some idea that would just be an over-the-top kind of card! I was thinking and thinking about what to do, and finally just went with one of my favorite layouts of all time. I guess CAS is my comfort zone, so instead of trying to make an over-the-top kind of card that would turn out blah, I just did what I felt comfortable with. Yes, I have used this layout a lot, but I've always liked how it turned out. I hope she likes it, because I really want her to know how much our family appreciated her thoughtfulness.

Stamps: SU Botanical Blooms, River City Rubber Works, PTI Background Basics: Text Style
Ink: PTI Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Ripe Avocado, True Black, & Versamark
CS: PTI Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Rustic Cream
Accessories: Top Note Die, PTI Sweet Blush Ribbon, Glitter Glue

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Merry Little Christmas

Today's card is made using a Studio G sketch challenge posted on Paper Craft Planet. My son's school class has been practicing for their Christmas program, and he comes home singing Christmas songs almost every day. I am not intentionally trying to skip over Thanksgiving, but I was definitely feeling festive yesterday, so I went with a Christmas card for this sketch. I love the song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It's one of my favorite Christmas songs. It's a gorgeous sunny day here, but I guess Christmas will be here in no time, so it's not a bad thing to be getting a little stash of Christmas cards built up.

Stamps: Studio G
Ink: PTI Chamomile, Pure Poppy
CS: PTI Rustic Cream
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Ripe Avocado Satin Ribbon