Friday, December 31, 2010

A Yummy Tradition...

When my mom lived here, she would make these wonderful cookies called Rosette Cookies.  I had always helper her make them when I was younger.  The process is really quite simple...mix the batter and then use a rosette iron to fry them in Crisco. mom moved away a few years ago and we haven't had Rosette Cookies in awhile.  This was the year I revived the tradition.  My grandmother gave me a rosette iron last year...I have been told it is at least 60 years old.  I called my mom for the recipe and got to work teaching Riley how to make the cookies...she did a fantastic job!  We were able to package up a few containers for my cousins (who LOVE these cookies) for Christmas and make a few extra for us.

Supplies:  Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Paper, Kraft & Pale Pink Cardstock, White Gel Pen, Scallop Punch, Pink Glitter, Chipboard Letters

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Just a Quick Note...

I thought I would put together a set of useful note cards for a few friends this Christmas.  There is actually a fourth card that did not make the photos for some reason...but can you tell I got some Papertrey goodies in the last few weeks...I used a few of the new stamp sets from November.  I almost love packaging as much as creating the cards.  The color scheme is black, pink, white & grey.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Family Christmas Cards-2010

For the original inspiration check out Dawn McVey's blog HERE.  She created these wonderful hostess gifts for the upcoming holidays.  I was happy to finally use the ever popular doily on my card front.  I already wanted a red, black & white theme to the holiday cards to I was very happy when I found a paper pack at Hobby Lobby with amazing holiday paper in those very colors.  I antiqued the doily with Chamomile tea dye duo and I die cut a piece of black felt, the flowers & the ric rac strips.  The inside is empty so I can include our family picture that we are taking at Disney World...we might be doing it when you are reading this post actually.  Some other great finds I found today while out & about...Martha Stewart punch around set on total clearance at Michael's ($12.00), Valentine acrylic stamps (never to early to start on those), adorable clear acrylic birthday set (both stamp set were like $3)...also when I got home my new PTI order I get to play with those goodies later tonight...especially the banner builder set.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

7th Grade Social Studies Project-The 60's

My oldest daughter had a social studies project this was on the 1960's.  She chose The Supremes...I have always been a fan of them so I was happy when she chose them.  I was able to contribute my Cricut to make the actual Supremes...

I also used my Sure-Cuts-A-Lot to cut the letters for the board as well...I really like that I can download different fonts and cut them out.
And here they are on stage.

 When we got to the actual social studies fair, we were pleasantly suprised she took 3rd place.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Loving the Raisin Boat Stamps...

I normally don't do as many layers as I did with this card.  I finally used some older birthday paper that came in a page kit (the page was never done...hahaha) and the image and sentiment (outside of card & inside) came from the Raisin Boat stamps I "rented" this month.  Yeah, it's like Netflix :).  The card is actually pretty heavy and I think it will take extra postage to mail.  The envie again is decorated also.  I used Stickles to add a bit of bling to the candles.
Finished card size:  4.5" x 5.5"
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink-November Blog Hop

Can I just say how excited I am that this is my first blog hop with PTI!!!  I have see incredible work already with the tags that have been posted on Nichole Heady's HERE to see the others.

Here was this month's challenge:  TAG TIME

Recently the design team and I put together a variety of holiday tags that are perfect to keep on hand

for quick wrap options. Now it's your turn to inspire us and the rest of the Papertrey community! Design

a holiday tag or two using all of your favorite goodies and share it with all of us! We will all have plenty

of inspiration to create a large stash and try to get ahead of the hustle and bustle of the season!

Here is my submission...

Here is a close-up of the flower...

I created the tag from my Cricut Tags, Bags & Boxes cartridge...I gae it the same dimensions as the PTI Tag Sale die.  I then stamped the strip on the bottom (PTI-Background Basics: Spots & Dots) in Staz-On Black and then went over it with the outline image with SU! Red Craft.  I created the flower from an old book with PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die and used the Chamomile ink spot to distress or age it a bit.  I used a red button I picked up at Micheal's the other day in the $ spot (it was a real cute container with lots of buttons.  I was also able to use another new Bow-Easy that I just picked up...I made the red bow with it...I feel like I cheated-but it really came out wonderful.  Let's see...I also used the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages...I almost forgot.  The paper came from a pad I picked up at Hobby Lobby the other day...our family cards are Red, Cream & Black again this year...partly because we are on our way to Disney World on Monday and that is where the family picture is being taken this year...with what else but...Mickey Ears...:)  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Simple Friend Card...

Here is a simple friend card I made...I was going through all the old old old blog posts from Nichole Heady at Papertrey Ink the other day and came across a card similar to this one...I used a sentiment from the Flutterby Friend stamp set and paired it with one of my favorite InkaDinkaDo stamp set...the name escapes me.  I used a clear button with some natural twine for the embellishment.  I punched a slit punch in the side of the card and threaded the ribbon through it.  Of course I had to embellish the envelope also...who doesn't want a pretty envelope arriving in their mailbox?
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My First Card can help me win!

I submitted a card I did awhile ago to last week and I got an email today that my card was selected for this weeks contest.  You can help me win by voting for my card.  I have never entered any contests before or even thought I would have a chance to win...Please click HERE to vote for me...thank you  :)!!!! Pin It

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Papertrey PALs Pallenge #17 & Raisin Boat Stamps

It's been awhile since I have lasted posted, its time to get back to creating!  Since I have been gone, I have discovered 2 pretty awesome is a very talented bunch of gals on the Papertrey Ink forum called Papertrey PALs...I have joined their group and this is my first pallenge submission.  The pallenge was to use embossing on your project.  You can check out all the other submissions HERE.  I have been sitting on this Cuttlebug embossing folder for a long time...I don't actually remember ever using it.  and that leads me to the second awesome discovery...Raisin Boat Stamp Company.  I know, you want to know what makes them different than all the other companies out there...well this one is a lot like Netflix in that I can "rent" the stamp sets and then return them when I am done.  Their website is HERE.  I totally recommend checking them out.  The images used on this card are from the Wish Big stamp set.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Happy Birthday...

So PTI is having their countdown to their September stamp release...this could be another good month...:)  Nichole created a card yesterday (click HERE to view) and it was my inspiration for this card. 
Stamp-PTI Piece of Cake
Cardstock-SU! Rose Red & Barely Banana
Ink-Versamark, Rose Red, PTI Fresh Snow
Other-Nesties, Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser, jute twine & misc buttons
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

PTI-Friend Card

I made a quick card with another set I just received...called Flutterby Friend.  I was cruising through the gallery at Papertrey Ink and came across a beautiful card created by Betsy Veldman, click HERE to view it.  She cleverly used the larger butterfly to create a wonderful background paper.  I used Fresh Snow ink to create my background...I have to say, the ink almost gave the images a raised up was really quite cool. 
Other products used:  MS Border Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, PTI Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die-large die, SU Cardstock-More Mustard & Marigold Morning, SU ink-Marigold Morning, Basic Brown, So Saffron.

PS...also got my first floral frog to display the current cards on my work table.

Other things that happened this weekend...What else do you do with a 3-day weekend?  Organize.  I went through every inch of the scrapbook/computer table after finding some great inspiration HERE.  The following pictures are just a sliverof what I organized...everything now has a place and I am happy to report I found approx. 25 rolls of adhesive...I hope this will eliminate me buying extras that I just don't need.

The other thing we did this weekend was celebrate Labor Day...It is no secret I have a crush on The Pioneer Woman...I have made every recipe in her cookbook and I am an avid visitor to her blog.  If you have never heard of Ree Drummond, I encourage you to visit her HERE.  She was once a city girl now living on a ranch raising kids, cooking and takes amazing photos.  I found her recipe for Restaurant Style Salsa...can I just say...YUM!  It even looks like the salsa we get from our local Mexican Restaurant-Lomeli's.  HERE is the recipe.  I know this recipe was outstanding...because the bowl was empty at the cookout and the leftover I had hidden in my fridge went missing about 9pm last night...never to be seen again!
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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Halloween Duo...

I used a different stamp set today...I have always wanted to try the Just Rite Stamp Sets...I finally bought the Halloween set from my LSS.  I was also able to use more paper I bought 1-2 years ago at a scrapbook convention.  I love when I am able to use older products...however I am also the same person who will buy a beautiful candle and refuse to burn it...same with shoes...not burn them, wear them out.  Here are the products I used on these cards:  PTI eyelet die, PTI Mat Stack 2 die, MFT lg. scallop die, Rusty Pickle Addams Family Paper-Wednesday DSP, Unknown script DSP, textured solid cardstock from Hobby Lobby, Just Rite Halloween Stamps, Martha Stewart Drippy Goo border punch, DMC Floss, olive buttons, and circle punches.  I used the negative space for the Mat Stack 2 die to create the second card...I used pinking shears to trim the ends.
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Monday, August 30, 2010

Celebrate... seems all of my posts have a Papertrey Ink stamp...I can't help it when I get them through the BST forum on SCS...I have gotten quite a good collection at a really good price.  Today's card is from my newest stamps set that arrived today...called Piece of Cake.  I also used my Nestabilities and the Eyelet Die from PTI.  Once again my most favorite border punch from Martha made an appearance as well.  I thought this would make a really cute bridal shower card.  I also did a little something extra on the envelope to match the card.  Enjoy!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Sweet Pea Baby Card-Girl

I am not sure how well you can see the image on this says "Sweet Pea" and it is a sentiment and image from PTI "Green Thumb".  I also finally used some Melissa Frances paper I bought 2 years ago at the Scrapbook Convention I went about paper-stashing.  I also used my brand new die from PTI called Spiral Notebook Page.  I antiqued the paper using Chai and Chamomile ink spots also from PTI...can you tell my order came in today?????!!!!!  I only ordered dies and ink, but I was still just as excited.  It was a very very very early (1 month early) birthday gift to me.  I really have to get a hang on the Chai and Chamomile ink spots...they were pretty juicy and I think I need to wear them down a bit before they look right to me.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thankful Card

I worked on a different type of card today...a little more clean & simple.  What I used on this project...VersaMark Ink, clear embossing powder, Text Boxed Stamp set (PTI...of course-bought on SCS--cheap), cream colored cardstock, pre-made kraft card (pkg from HL on sale this week for $4/pkg 50 cards/envies), jute string.  The finished size is 5x7, a bit bigger than what I have been working with. 
The inspiration comes from Nicole Heady's blog for the August release tonight.  She created a card with a new set and I used the jute string like she did on her card.  I did use the largest hole in the Making Memories eyelet setter to create the circles to thread the jute through.  I love how this card turned out.
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pieced Card

I saw a card similar a few months ago in Papercrafts Magazine.  I think it was more of a sunshine look.  I remembered how they said if you are going to do this type of card, you need to cut the layers of paper together so they assemble easier on the card.  I went a step further and embossed each piece with a different embossing folder.  I also swiped some Whisper White Craft Ink along the sides of the card to finish it.  This card is already packaged and ready to basket is getting quite filled with cards...I make sure to do at least 2 cards each time I make them. 
Finished size card:  4"x5.5" 

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Live Your Bliss

I love this phrase..."Live Your Bliss".  This is another simple blank card that I am making for the craft show.  I used my newest Cuttlebug embossing folder "Argyle" and I created these pinwheels to adhere to the card.  HERE is the tutorial.  It was posted today on Facebook through Splitcoast Stampers.  It comes from a really awesome paper artist named Eryn Hagen...she is from a company called Ippity by Unity (?).  I followed her tutorial for these pinwheels...these are also created from a 2x2 inch square.  I think I may be trying one a bit bigger for another card.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Retirement Card

I have been working on a few cards for the craft fair and I thought I would share what I have been creating in the card department.  I wasn't doing very elaborate cards, but I thought I would offer a few.  Those who know me, know I absolutely LOVE Papertrey Ink...ironically enough I haven't placed an order with them for stamps in over a year.  I know, I weird.  Every month I watch with baited breath as PTI releases the new stamps, dies, ink, embellishments for the month and I think..."I am definitely ordering this month!"   I even go so far as to put the stamp sets in my shopping cart...I always make sure I have $65 dollars so I can get FREE shipping...and then I click close on the website.  I just really can't afford is a luxury that just isn't on the radar for me.  I instead search Ebay and Splitcoaststampers for used sets at a better price.

I have made it a mission for me to find the cards I love from Papertrey Ink and create my own version if you will...Click HERE to see the card for my inspiration.  It was created with their new woodgrain impression plate.  I found a Tim Holtz impression plate today at Hannah's, I used a random small floral clear acrylic stamp and my favorite set from Papertrey Ink that I got off of SCS called Mega Mixed Messages.  I finished it off with a little aging with some brown & vanilla ink and some brown rustic twine.

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Quick Birthday Card

I had to come up with a quick birthday card today for a birthday party my youngest was invited to.  She forgot it when she left, so I was able to photograph it tonight before we get it to her tomorrow.  I love a few things about this card...the textured paper, the flower, and the letters.  I actually found these letters in the Target $1 Spot when I was visiting my mom in Herrin IL...I bout like 5 packages (different styles) and they were all $1 each.  The letters let you throw together a very fast card while still making it look like it took you more than 5 minutes to create...this one came in at under 3 minutes from start to finish. 

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