Wednesday, January 31, 2007

{ happy cupcake day }

Here's a cute card I made yesterday. I started it the other day by stamping the cupcake image on glossy, then coloring it with markers and covering it with stickles. I also poked teeny tiny holes with my teeny tiny hole poker around the edge and then put a dot of pink on the hole.

Did you notice how I altered this stamp? When we were at Classic in Chilliwack the other day my oldest daughter immediately spotted a cupcake stamp (she knew I'd been wanting one). When I saw it I wasn't that thrilled with the star on it, but she suggested that I should just cut off the star. What a brilliant kid! So anyway, when I got the stamp home I heated it up for 15 seconds in the microwave and very carefully removed the star.

Have a good day everyone! It's a beautiful sunny day here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

{ a jill creation }

Here's an adorable card that Jill made today when she was over for a "crafternoon"! We had a fun time stamping & cuttlebugging & chatting the day away. I can't think of a more enjoyable and relaxing thing to do on a Tuesday, can you?

I love how the cuttlebug die cut peeks out from behind the "welcome little one" layer. Isn't that cool?! And the color spritzed layer looks really neat, too.

Thanks for coming to stamp, Jill!

Monday, January 29, 2007

{ Cheesy Macaroni }

Here's my version of macaroni & cheese from scratch. This is what we had for dinner tonight (with broccoli soup and steak, how's that for a weird combination?). Anyway, here's the recipe...

Cheesy Macaroni

Pasta, cooked

Saute in sauce pan
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion

1/4 cup flour

Stir with a whisk until bubbly.

2 cups milk
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 pinch nutmeg
freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp. seasoning salt

Stir over medium heat until thickened.

1 cup cubed cheddar cheese

Stir until melted. Pour over cooked pasta and heat through. You can also put it in the oven with grated cheese over top and bake or broil it, but I didn't do that this time.

{ we have a winner }

Wow, this has been an exciting blog candy give away!! I never expected *SO* many comments - what fun!! And, yes, I did read them all and I plan to go through them again and click on all of your blogs if you have a link there.

I know you're all dying to know who one a Bella stamp!

The winner is...............

Robin Pillen!!

Robin said...

These bella stamps are just adorable! Great card! The last thing I stamped was several valentine's day cards yesterday. robin pillen January 29, 2007 7:19 AM
Robin, please email me with your snail mail address and your choice of one Bella stamp and I will order it to be mailed directly to you.

Thank you all for entering my draw! Please bookmark my blog and come back for another visit. I plan to give away goodies on a regular basis.

Have a great week!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Caramel Apple Brownies

Caramel Apple Brownies


2/3 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup chopped apples

Caramel Icing:

½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup milk
2 cups icing sugar

First make the brownies. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Measure in the flour, baking powder, salt and apples, and stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Spread batter in a greased 9 by 13-in.  baking pan and bake at 350°F for 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Let cool completely before icing.

To make the icing, melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the brown sugar and milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat, let cool and stir in the icing sugar. Spread onto cooled brownies.

Friday, January 26, 2007

{ cricutted card }

The other day when I was over at Stephanie's she forced me to use her cricut (yeah right, she had to twist my rubber arm). You see, she is convinced that I need one, just as I am convinced that she needs a cuttlebug, but it's all good.

So anyway, I cut out a whole bunch of different things on her cricut and today I put them all through my xyron so they are ready to stick down.

Here's the first card I made with one of my cricutted, xyroned flowers. Isn't it cute? There are hole pokes all around the flower, but you can barely see them! I guess I need a bigger hole poker. I just used a thumb tack. Plus I used the new corner punch I got today at Classic in Chilliwack.

{ whoops }

You know that delicious recipe for chocolate brownie cake I posted the other day? One of my stamping friends tried it out and let me know that it didn't turn out (thanks for letting me know!!). So, I asked Stephanie to double check it against her recipe and ..... WHOOOOOOPS ..... she forgot to type: 2 Cups of Sugar!! LOL So, if you scroll down you'll see that I've edited the post to add the sugar. If you've already copied or printed out the recipe please make that change or you'll have some pretty funny brownies.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

{ re-run with a twist }

I know I showed this card before, but I wanted to show you the neato watermark I just came up with! I was dying to know how someone got a cool flower on their watermark, so Nancy suggested I use a dingbat font... so I found one and used it here!! What fun! :-)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Stephanie's Chocolate Brownies

Stephanie's Chocolate Brownies
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1 cup chocolate chips

Put all ingredients except chocolate chips in a bowl in order and mix on low speed till smooth. Add chocolate chips and gently mix in. Bake in a lightly greased 9 x 13 pan at 350° for 30 min. Test with toothpick.

Chocolate Icing
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp cream
4 tbsp cocoa

Mix until smooth.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

{ nugget purse tutorial }

Today on Dawn's blog she has posted a fantastic tutorial for those adorable little nugget purses. Wouldn't these be so cute for your kids to give to their classmates for valentine's day?!

Click here to see her tutorial!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

{ my stamping space }

New expedit shelf from Ikea. I also got those white boxes and the metal boxes from Ikea yesterday. The white boxes contain my punches and the small metal box contains my reinkers. On the top of this shelf I have the initials of everyone in my family in SU monogram stamps.
Yikes! I thought I had more buttons than this LOL. They look pretty pathetic in that big vase.

I got 3 of these $2 vases from Ikea. This one has some large flower brads in it (thanks Amy!)

These cute little jars were from... guess where.... Ikea!

My girls decided this vase had to be used for bits & pieces of ribbon, and I agree, it looks wonderful!
Here's my "Cuttlebug Corner"!

Ribbon holder from Stephanie (she sells them now!). Ink pad holder from Ma & Pa!

Cards from friends.

I got these 4 little shelves from Ikea, too. As soon as I saw them I knew they'd be perfect for displaying stamp sets. I will put my current favorite stamps here or seasonal stamps, etc... stamps I want to look at!
This sewing desk belonged to my great Aunt, then my sister had it for awhile and now I have it. There is an old old sewing machine inside.

{ nancy inspired card }

Yesterday Nancy posted this pretty card on her blog, so I decided to sorta copy it. Of course once I got to my stamping table I'd forgotten exactly what her card looked like, so this is what I came up with.

The colors I used are Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery. The bits of ribbon are from Costco. I used SU Trimtastic and SU Everyday Flexible Phrases and the Birthday Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

On Nancy's card she swiped the embossed part with white craft ink using a paper towel. Well, I thought I would save 3 and a half seconds by grabbing a kleenex and doing the same thing - big mistake! The kleenez left bits of, well, kleenex all over the ink pad!

See my neat ribbon filled vase? My stamp room (corner) is undergoing a makeover, so that is a little sneak peek. Once I get it all organized I will take more pics!

Thanks Nancy for the inspiration for this card!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

{ all in a day's work }

This morning when I was at Wal Mart I decided to buy an apron pattern, fabric and some ric rac to make 6 little aprons for my daughters valentine cookie party! I just completed the first one now so of course I had to post it here! Once I have two done I'll take a picture of the girls wearing them.

I hope it doesn't snow tomorrow because I've got things to do (visiting, haircutting, dinner) and people to see (Kerry, Sarah, Stephanie)!

{ scs sketch challenge }

I've seen so many neat cards done using this Splitcoaststampers sketch that I had to give it a try myself.

Card details: kraft, close to cocoa, chocolate chip card stock. Looks like spring SU stamp set, costco ribbon, prima flower, SU brad colored with a chocolate chip marker, cuttlebug thanks embossing folder.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

{ cuttlebug for kids }

Yesterday when the girls came home from school I surprised them with a glue fest at the kitchen table. I had die cut and embossed a whole pile of red, pink and white things with the cuttlebug and let them go to town with creating their own valentine cards. They had so much fun! Aren't their cards cute?

Today we are snowed in (again! what is with this weather?), so the girls are continuing to work on their cards.

Monday, January 15, 2007

{ thank you. yes you! }

Here's a little thank you card for all of you! I am so amazed that people actually come to my blog regularly and am so appreciative of the nice comments you've been leaving for me!

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you!

Have a great week!



Card Details: Ribbon from Costco, flower brad from Michael's, prima flower was a gift, the faux diamonds were from the dollar store. I used the cuttlebug thanks folder, scallop oval punch, cool caribbean, chocolate chip and confetti white card stock.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Baking :: Melting Moments Cookies

Melting Moments

1 cup Butter (not margarine), softened
1/3 Icing Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
1/2 cup Cornstarch

Mix together well. Knead to form ball of dough. Roll into 1" balls. Press with glass. Bake in 325 F oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Decorate with pink icing (butter, icing sugar, water, food coloring).

Saturday, January 13, 2007

{ quilt top is done }

I just finished sewing together the top of my quilt! It was hard to get the entire thing in the picture. It's a square in real life. The next step is to add a border. I think I will do quite a wide border so it hangs down over the edge of the bed. Notice the paisley in some of the chocolate brown triangles? I love anything paisley, so when I saw this fabric I knew I'd have to include it in my quilt! If you'd to take an up close look, you can click on the photo.

Paper Crafts :: Name Banner

I made this name frame for my cousin's baby. I'll give it to her along with a crocheted cotton blanket. I'll try to find a pic of it to post here as well, in case you're interested. Plus I'm giving her the pink baby card that I posted awhile ago.... and melting moments cookies with pink icing. (Company's Coming Cookies cookbook).

To make this name frame I used a cuttlebug alphabet, cuttlebug scallop flower and Stampin' Up! paper and card stock. The little pink bows were on candy canes the girls got for Christmas. The finished size is 4" x 10".

{ quilt blocks are done }

This morning between baking baby shower cookies, bundling up kids, talking on the phone and answering emails I finished sewing the 12" x 12" blocks for my quilt!

Right now the blocks are laid out on the carpet waiting for me to sew them all together. I better get back to the cookies! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

{ chocolat quilt progress }

I'm amazed at how quickly my quilt is getting done! Of course I have been working on it practically all day everyday this week.

Today I plan to assemble the pieces into 12" x 12" blocks.

I am so pleased with how this is coming together! I'm already thinking of other quilts I want to make when this one is finished.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

{ ribbon. ribbon. ribbon. }

Doesn't my ribbon organizer look amazing now that it's full?! Last night we went to Costco and got a box of 40 assorted rolls of ribbon for $24.95 CDN! This morning when I was working on piecing my quilt I kept getting distracted by my ribbon, so I had to stop what I was doing and organize it, and, of course, take a picture of my now full ribbon organizer.

If you're interested in having one of these neato ribbon organizers you can email my friend Stephanie or leave a comment on her blog. Her husband makes these awesome organizers. I'm not sure how much they sell them for, but I know it's very reasonable.

{ blog candy }

Here's the amazing gift I was telling you about yesterday! Thanks again Amy!

Monday, January 08, 2007

{ blah card }

This card is kind of boring, but I decided to post it anyway. LOL. I have no idea why! I like the cool ribbon slide... it was another item from my CST Christmas gift exchange.

Today I got most of the pieces cut out for my quilt top (not the border or the binding, I'll do tha later)! I'm glad I made a new year's resolution that is fun to keep.

I received FUN snail mail today... Amy from Heartfelt Greetings sent me a gorgeous tag, a beautiful card and a package of 45 Bradletz Big Flowers. Thank you so much Amy!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

{ versamark resist }

This card utilizes a piece from my card starters drawer. Awhile ago I was experimenting with the versamark resist technique when I was looking for ideas to teach at my stampers club.

To do this technique I stamped the flowers using versamark ink on white glossy card stock and then brayered over it with Stampin' Up! orchid opulence classic ink. Once it was completely dry I wiped the versamark off with a kleenex. This resist technique leaves kind of a subtle image, whereas if you were to do the embossing resist your image would *POP* a lot more.

To finish off this card I put the versamark resist piece into the cuttlebug (of course!) thanks embossing folder. I then layered it onto orchid opulence card stock and then onto a 4" square confetti white card base. For embellishments I used Michael's ribbon, SU silver cord, white brad, metal rimmed vellum tag and a few silk flowers. I then sponged the edges with orchid opulence ink to give a bit of a softer look.

{ cuttlebug.... is there anything else? }

I don't think so! I recently went through my scrap drawers and my "card starters" drawer and put just about everything through the cuttlebug!

This card came from leftovers from a batch of 50 cards I made for the Stampin' Up! Regionals in '06. The card stock & ink are ruby red and cameo coral. The ribbon is SU cranberry stitched ribbon. I used the cuttlebug thanks embossing folder and the charms die to get that cute little tag.

I love how the cuttlebug adds dimension and texture to the card stock. I've always loved the look of dry embossing, but couldn't be bothered to fiddle around with a stylus. To me, it felt like running your fingers across a chalk board, plus it is so time consuming and makes my wrist ache.... so the cuttlebug is like a dream come true.

Last week I had ordered a whole selection of cuttlebug embossing folders and dies from an online store... and from looking at their website you'd be under the distinct impression that they had everything in stock that I ordered... they processed my payment and THEN told me that nothing was in stock and they didn't know when it would be. How disappointing! Now to wait for a refund. :-|

Thankfully I found a trusted vendor that I could order them from and her prices are lower, and she doesn't even ask for payment info until the order is ready to be shipped. Plus she's giving me free shipping. What could be better than that? If you need anything from Provocraft or Ellison let me know and I can put you in touch with this vendor.

Do you want to know what I ordered? :-)

Provocraft (Cuttlebug):
Bloom Dots
Script Texture
Textile Texture
Stylized Flowers
Die 3x3 Dandelion
Die 2x2 Sliders
Die 2x2 Scalloped Squares
Die 2x2 Stamps
Die 2x2 Tiny Tags
2x2.75 Decorative Circles
2x2.75 Stitched Squares

Ellison (Big Shot):
Big Impressions Starter Kit, which includes: 1 Impressions Pad, 1 Sheet of Silicone Rubber and 6 Texture Designs - Daisies/Paisleys, Diamonds/Squares and Weave #1/Weave #2

Friday, January 05, 2007

{ quick trip }

A couple days ago we came home from all of our Christmas travels. We had unpacked everything, did all the laundry. Then we decided to all hop in the van and take off to the Sunshine Coast for a few days! It's so beautiful there, even in the middle of winter as you can see in the photo I took last night. In real life the mountains were absolutely pink at sunset - very gorgeous!

While in Gibsons I visited my favorite little quilt shop - Carola's - and did a little shopping in order to stick with my New Year's Resolution. I resolved to make a queen sized quilt in 2007 for our bed. I bought a variety of Moda Chocolat fabrics! Now I'll begin researching exactly what kind of quilt I want to make. I plan to keep it quite simple since I am still a newbie and don't want to get overwhelmed with some intrcate pattern. I think I'll stick with squares or rectangles. I figure the fabric is beautiful enough that a simple pattern will still look stunning.

Also, when we were in Sechelt I ran into the mall to pick up dessert to take to my Aunt & Uncle's place on our way to have dinner with them and I realized I hadn't brought my knitting *gasp*! So, I took a little detour into a shop that carried a good selection of neato yarns and I got a nice ball of Icelandic wool that is the color of pea soup and my first pair of bamboo knitting needles. I had no idea they were so inexpensive... $2.49! And they are so nice to knit with. While we were away I started knitting a pea soup scarf. I might as well start on this year's Christmas gifts now!

Have you set any crafty new year's resolutions? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear about them!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

{ cuttlebuggy }

Here's another of my cuttlebugged cards! The cupcake is a sticker... my daughter wanted to buy me a cupcake stamp for Christmas because she knew I'd been looking for one. Anyway, she couldn't find one at Michael's so she found these cute stickers instead. The ribbon is also from Michael's.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

{ back to regular scheduled programming }

Well, Christmas is officially over at our house... this morning we un-decorated and put the house back to normal. It's nice to be able to see the living room floor again, but the girls weren't too happy to have the tree gone.

Here's the first card I completed using my new Cuttlebug. I used the Swirls Embossing Folder on Stampin' Up! Pink Passion card stock and then cut out the flower shape using Coluzzle.

The "For You" stamp is from Stampin' Up! Be Happy stamp set, the metal rimmed tag was in my CST Christmas gift (see below for all the juicy details of that amazing gift). The flowers are prima and the pink brad is SU. The scallop circle punch is of course the Marvy Uchida Scallop Giga Circle Punch. I don't own this punch, but I reiceved some of the punchies in a rak. The pink flower was cut out with my Cuttlebug.

I've made about 4 more cards with my Cuttlebug that I will post very soon!