Thursday, April 26, 2007

{ birthday blog candy }

Well, my birthday is coming up so I thought I would celebrate it with a little blog candy! I will edit this post to let you know what the prize will be once I decide. To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. I will draw a name on my birthday - May 3.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

{ altered letters }


I can't wait to meet baby Nora Grace today and give her this gift! Mostly I can't wait to hold her... the only problem is I will then want one. ;-)

Project Details:

  • Small Wooden Letters - Michael's
  • Patterned Paper - SU
  • Flowers - Prima
  • Buttons - SU
  • Ribbon - Daiso
  • Bling Brad - Making Memories? (probably)
  • Adhesive - Modge Podge
  • Tip - when tracing the letters onto the paper use a PEN! A pencil will leave marks on the letters that is nearly impossible to remove or cover.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

{ craft bee ideas }


I've been thinking of a few ideas for a class at an upcoming craft bee. What do you think... if you were attending a class would you like to make projects like this? How much would you pay for a class where you made these 2 items?

Project Details:

  • Idea for the frame from my lovely SU demo, Sarah.
  • Frame & Tin - Michael's
  • Paper - Costco
  • Plain twill & stitched ribbon - Stampin' Up!
  • Twill with words on it - lovely RAK!
  • Flowers - Prima
  • Brads - unkown
  • Stamp - Rhonna Farrer
  • Ink - versamark, SU craft bravo burgundy
  • SU color spritzer & creamy caramel marker
  • Coluzzle
  • SU sanding block
  • Adhesive - Terrific Tape, Uhu glue, SU dimensionals, Modge Podge.
  • Photo- Sandra & Me.
  • Watermark by me.

{ SU club projects }

Wow, what a beautiful Saturday it is here! It's the perfect spring day.

Here's one of the projects we made last night at Sarah's super fun SU club! We decorated baby formula cans and made stamped candles. It was fun using this alphabet set since it's one I don't own. Hmmm I wonder if I "need" it now. ;-)

Sarah graciously let us take home some extra cans to decorate... so I now have a couple more to play around with. Although when my girls saw them they said they wanted to decorate them, so we'll see.

ETA: I saw this poem on SCS and plan to print it out and put it on the lid of this can:

Baby books are great ideas,
but sometimes you're too busy.
Living with a little one
can put you in a tizzy.
Milestones pass too fast at times
to find the proper page,
so jot a note of each event
with date and baby's age,
like, "took 3 steps on June the 1st"
or "teething - 5th of December"
Then drop it in this memory can
to help you to remember!

Project Details:

All stamps, ink , paper & ribbon are © Stampin' Up!

Designs by Sarah.

Custom watermarks by me.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

{ pajama party invitations }

Card Recipe

Card design and all supplies came from Paper Pretties.
Stamp: Stamping Bella
Designer Paper: Paper Salon
Card Stock: unknown
Brads: American Craft
SU Perfect Layers Tool
Fiskars Exacto Knife
Fiskars 12" personal trimmer
Making Memories Piercing Tool
Watermark: made by me. :-)

  • Prismacolor pencil crayons with gamsol and a stump (isn't there a catchier name for this technique?)
  • DTP (direct to paper) with SU chocolate chip, SU tempting turquoise.
  • Color Spritzing (SU color spritzer & markers)
  • Ink: black StazOn,

Monday, April 16, 2007

{ rak from dawn }

Here's a beautiful thank you card I received from Dawn Mercedes. Dawn won blog candy from me recently. Thank you Dawn - it's so pretty!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

{ pretty simple card }

Card Recipe:
Patterned Card Stock: Crate Paper
Other Card Stock: Bazill
Bling: Heidi Swapp
Piercing Tool: Making Memories
Piercing Template: Lasting Impressions
Piercing Mat: Lasting Impressions
Adhesive: Terrific Tape, Sakura Glue Pen for the bling.
Grosgrain Ribbon: unknown

Have a good week!


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

{ craft critique }


Today I have an article published on the Craft Critique website! Feel free to check it out.


PS... an update on my quilt progress... I am now in the process of embroidering the wide borders for Rachel's quilt. I was going to keep the quilt a secret from her, but she spotted it and asked me who I was making it for. I asked her why she wanted to know LOL. She said, "I really really really wish it was for me because I really really love it!" So, of course I had to tell her I was making it for her. :-)

Some of you were wondering about what pattern I'm using for this quilt... you can see the pattern here. I really like their patterns... they're so pretty! When I am finished my current projects I want to get another one of these patterns... maybe the pears or one of their little embroidery projects. I think they would make nice gifts.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

{ cute new stamps }

Good Morning!

Have you heard of Maryse Carrier stamps? A few years ago I bought some of her stamps and just loved the whimsical, fun style of them. Now Maryse has just released her brand new line of stamps that are sold in coordinated groups. My favorite one is Les Fleurs as shown here. Isn't it nice?!

I was just browsing Maryse's site and noticed that her shipping charges are very low, which is a definite plus for me!

The stamp groups are $12 CDN each and the shipping within Canada is:

1 GR = $1.95CND
2-3 GR = $2.75CND
4-9 GR = $3.95CND

Maryse Carrier is based in Quebec, Canada, but they also ship to the US and other countries as well. The stamps are un-mounted, deeply etched, gray rubber; very high quality.

Have a great week!


Saturday, April 07, 2007

{ I sell ink pad shelves! }

Did you know that I sell ink pad shelves... and ribbon racks? Just click the picture to the left to find out all the details. The prices are really reasonable and the shelves are nice & sturdy. I love having all my ink pads right in front of me and organized by color family. Please email me if you'd like to place an order! Thanks to those of you who have already ordered. I'd love to hear some feedback about how you like your craft racks.

Click here to visit my new "Craft Racks!" blog.


{ first flower appliqued }


Here's the first flower I appliqued last night. I don't have the right kind of foot for this, so it didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped (it couldn't possibly be the operator of the machine. No, of course not. LOL). I ran around town today trying to find an "open toe foot" that will work in my Pfaff Varimatic 6085, but nobody had one! So, if you have one sitting around collecting dust please drop me an email. I'd love to buy if off you.

I hope you're all having a great weekend as you celebrate Easter!


Friday, April 06, 2007

{ getting ready for primitive applique }


Over the last couple days I cut out all the flowers & leaves to get them ready to appliqué to Rachel's quilt. They are now glued in place and ready for me to start stitching. I'm just trying to figure out if I have a presser foot that will work to do this job! The stitching will be done 1/4" in from the edge. The pattern calls it "primitive appliqué". Once I get these sewn into place I will embroider the vines on the wide borders. First I need to buy some embroidery floss and figure out how to do a chain stitch. I'm sure I've done it before, but it's been awhile.

Happy Easter!


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

{ quilt progress }


Look what I sewed tonight! This is the center of the quilt I'm making Rachel for Christmas. When it's done each square will have a flower appliquéd in the center complete with leaves and a vintage mother of pearl button. By the way, does anyone know where to get such a button? I need 41 of them! There will be flowers appliquéd all over the wide border as well.

This is a fun quilt to make (so far). It's nice that you don't have to worry too much about matching points.

The next step will be continuing to cut out the flowers and leaves and then I will trace the design for the vines on the borders. The vines will be embroidered and then I will machine appliqué the flowers into place. I am hoping to machine quilt this one myself.

Did you notice I'm starting a list of stamping tutorials on the right? I've been collecting a few from Allison's awesome blog. If you have a tutorial on your blog I'd love to add it to my list! Please leave a comment here with a link for me and I'll add it right away. Thanks!

Happy Easter!


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut Butter Cake

1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 cup cold milk
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
1/2 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
2 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on package in two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Cool 10 min.; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. Meanwhile, pour milk into medium bowl. Add dry pudding mix. Beat 2 min. or until well blended. Add peanut butter; beat well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
MIX peanuts and melted chocolate; stir until evenly coated. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate 10 min. or until firm.
PLACE one of the cake layers on cake platter; spread with 1 cup of the pudding mixture. Cover with remaining cake layer. Gently stir whipped topping into remaining pudding mixture. Spread over top and side of cake. Decorate with chocolate peanut clusters. Store leftover cake in refrigerator.

{ hearty beef stew }

This week I challenged my husband to come up with the menu plan. Not only did he take me up on the challenge, but he also went out and bought all the ingredients for me. What a guy!

So, tonight we're having stew - and it's already made and in the crock pot! Here's how I made it (I didn't use a recipe):


1 lb stew beef (already cubed)
1/2 cup flour, seasoning salt, fresh ground pepper

Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in frying pan. Add floured beef and cook until nice & brown.

Remove from frying pan and place into crock pot.

Peel & Chop:


Add to crock pot along with 2 cloves of minced garlic.

Pour 1 cup of beef broth over everything. Sprinkle with parsley, fresh ground pepper and a little more seasoning salt. Add a couple of bay leaves. I don't even stir it until it's been cooking for a few hours.

Turn your crock pot onto low and leave it there all day.

{ a joy rak }

Today I received this beautiful card in the mail from Joy G. Joy was a member of my downline when I was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I see you've been using your cuttleubug - lots of fun, eh?! It was very thoughtful of you to send me a card - thank you!

{ a peggy rak }

Yesterday I received this beautiful springy card in the mail from Peggy Lo. I love the cheery colors. Peggy your card was a bright spot on a *snowy* spring day! Thank you so much!

You can visit Peggy's blog here:

The Life of a smallpigpig.

Monday, April 02, 2007

{ started rachel's quilt }

Last night I started on Rachel's quilt! I bought a Crab Apple Hill pattern/kit from Quiltopia's booth at the sewing show. The pattern is called Bramble Rose Quilt. I am surprised how little fabric comes in the kit for the price I paid for it. It only comes with about half as much fabric as the pattern calls for. I knew it didn't come with backing or binding fabric, but I expected there to be enough to do the front. Thankfully I have some scraps that will coordinate well with it. Since it's a scrappy sorta design it doesn't matter if the fabric matches perfectly, I guess. This is my first time doing "real" applique and so far I like it! This morning I had to swing by A Great Notion to pick up some scissors for cutting out all the little flowers & leaves, though. My honkin' big fiskars weren't doing the trick!

{ there's snow on our daffodils }