Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hittin' The Highway Scrapbook Page

Simple scrapbook page I made for my Photo Of The Week album.

This photo was taken as a few of us were driving to a car show.

Papers from and old Die Cuts With A View stack.

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Journal Cards for a Baby Scrapbook

All images from various stamp sets and wheels,
all now retired, and sold by Stampin' Up!

One of the projects I thought I was going to be able to do
while recuperating from surgery last month.
I had no idea that I used abdominal muscles
while rubber stamping !!!!
Seriously, my second week of recovery I thought I'd try
to stamp and color these "journal cards", 
but simply stamping pulled the surgical site, causing too much discomfort! 
I nearly finished them up the other day.
I have yet to color the baby animals quilt block
and I'll "shadow stamp"a square of pink ink on one 
and blue ink on the other cards with the saying.

The original plan was to make these then redo two old pocket photo albums,
removing some photos to make space to add these cards while I was laid up.
That never happened.................. oh well, maybe one day this winter
while I am cooped up in the house staying warm during the predicted
severe winter ;) I like winter - when it snows! 
I dislike the lack of sunlight.
This year I am planning on spending more time in the
craft dungeon with several daylight bulbs glowing,
working on photo albums while listening to music
in hopes of fending off the winter blues.
In the mean time, I need to get out and enjoy
these perfect fall days, soak up the sunshine and 
cool, crisp fall air !!!!!

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fresh From The Garden Tomatoes and Bruschetta Pizzas

(I meant to post this in late August!)

Just when the tomatoes started ripening,
horn worms feasted on my
tomato plants as well as the tomatoes themselves,
grrrrrrrrrrrr! I lost half of them.

We were then hit with a heat wave,
record setting high temperatures and no rain for a week
soon followed by sever storms then fall like weather.
No more tomatoes from my plants this year,
and there were soooooo many green ones on them still ! 

The 17 large tomatoes we did get were pretty tasty.
I had enough to share with my parents, too,
so that made me (and them!) happy.

The bruschetta pizza above is super simple to make,
the recipe was found on the back of a box of 
Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with  Garlic mix.
It is also online at their website, I'll share it below



  • 1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix [or Onion Soup Mix]
  • 2 cups seeded, chopped tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 (12-in.) thin crust prebaked pizza crusts
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Combine Lipton ® Recipe Secrets ® Savory Herb with Garlic or Onion Soup Mix, tomatoes and oil in medium bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Put crusts on baking sheets. Evenly top crusts with tomato mixture. Top with shredded mozzarella.
  3. Bake 10 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • Tip: Don't have a pizza crust? Try using a loaf of crusty Italian bread.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Never forgetting 9/11/01
I want to take time today to make more hand made cards to add to those I've completed so far this year to send to Operation Write Home.    

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thanks, Veterans Scrapbook Page

I finally made it down to the craft dungeon for a while the other day.
This was the first time I've spent much time down there since having surgery,
creating three fairly quick scrapbook pages.
I know I can't tug open heavy drawers and such just yet,
but I was able to get enough basics out to complete a couple
more scrapbook pages for my 
Photo Of The Week scrapbook album.
I have thirteen more pages to complete before it is finished.
It has been kind of fun, but I do think I prefer digital scrap booking ;)

On to the page featured today:
In 2012 I made nearly 100 hand made
Thank You cards 
to give to Veterans on an Honor Flight.
I took a photo of some of them,
as I always try to photograph my projects.
With Veteran's Day coming up,
I decided to submit one of those photos to
our local newspapers Photo Of The Week contest.
I was surprised that they chose it as one of
the "honorable mentions" to be printed in black and white.
This page is meant to show that photo off.

Closeup to show the layering of various paper punched stars
and the hand piercing around the stars. 
You can also see the subtle dry embossed wide lines.

I used the old Plaidmaker template from Stampin' Up!
(it was meant to be used as a stencil)
and an Empressor tool stylus to make the wide
dry embossed lines on lightweight 12 x 12 white paper.
The paper is what came in the sleeves of the scrapbook
I am using. Although it really is too light weight to 
make a nice page, I decided to use it anyway
because the lines would be easier
to emboss on it. I simply ran my thumb
along each groove, creating small indentations
where the stencil was which made it
easier then to go back over with the stylus. sketch I used as inspiration

Thanks for looking =)