Sunday, November 23, 2014

Money Medallion Flower Tutorial - 5's Challenge at Anything But A Card

I like to make giving money as gifts fun when possible. See some of the other fun ways I've presented cash here.

I came up with the lolly flower money idea last month and since I used $5 bills, I decided to save this project and share it for the 5s Challenge at Anything But A Card this month :)

Below are numerous photos that show how I made this flower so it will take a while to load.

Don't use too heavy duty/permanent tape,
you don't want to ruin the money !
I use just sticky enough tape so that it held together
for a couple of hours until I could give it to the recipient.


Scrap paper to safely adhere the leaves to the bottom of 
the flower and top of the package without ruining the money.
I glued the scrap paper to the bottom of the flower
(a punched circle of lightweight chipboard).

Thanks for looking =)
Take a moment to visit the Anything But A Card challenge blog for more inspiring projects from our designers and fans- and make something to share with us !

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Record Snow, Record Cold

Couldn't resist bring Frosty out for a photo op
with the snow falling on the fall pumpkin decorations 

These photos were taken during the "snowstorm" we had 
here a couple of days ago. Unusual , especially to end up with
2" of the white stuff in the fall. In fact, it set a new
record for this date. It was followed by a record tying
low for this time of year: 13 degrees this morning
with wind chills far below that ! 
The entire US is seeing winter arrive early,
some places will likely be buried under feet of lake effect snow.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pirate Ship Digital Scrapbook Page

This is a quick digital scrapbook page I put together to share with family members that were a part of the cruise we took a few years ago. I have been going through old photos to see if I had any of my extended family members that would be worth sharing with them and possibly make some digital scrapbook pages for. This is one of them.

I did a search for a "free pirate digital scrapbook kit" and this is one that came up in my search.
This cute mini kit can be found here as a direct download at the end of the post. It's free ! If you use it, be sure to thank the designer. I am going to go leave my thanks along with a link to my layout. I imagine she'd like to see what I made with it.

I used the My Memories Suite 5 software to create the page. It is pretty easy to use outside content in the program (the program includes lots of great kits and items). I make folders on my desktop to the items I want to use on the layout, then do a Browse through the program each time I want to add outside content in. It is just a couple more steps, but works well. The biggest quirk I've found so far in doing it this way, when adding a shape (such as my two paper layers which are square Shapes and the custom made banner), the paper must be filled into the Shape as a Photo. For some reason the program will not allow papers to be found as an outside item, they must be installed into the software. That is easy enough to do, too, but I don't want  a gazillion extra papers and embellishments installed into the program, possibly slowing it down not to mention taking much longer to scroll through the lists to find what I want.

If you don't already own My Memories Suite 5 software, you can buy it at Use my affiliate code STMMMS23251 to get $10 off of your purchase, a 6x6 photobook (for a small shipping fee) plus a coupon code for $10 worth of digital content from the store ! The store has thousands and thousands of different styles and types of digital download content plus there are always sales and freebies. Soooooooo many awesome digital goodies to choose from it is honestly a bit overwhelming !

Lastly, a quick reminder that you have until November 22nd to share Anything But A Card creations this month at Anything But A Card ! Take a moment to see the variety of creations the designers have shared this month and if you have the time, make something crafty to share. There are nearly 90 entries so far. Wow, what a great variety of inspiring projects !!!

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Snowfall

Doesn't look like much more than a really heavy frost, does it ? 
This is the total accumulation from the snow late yesterday afternoon
and overnight. 
Earliest snow I can remember in a long while.
Hopefully not a sign of things to come the rest of the winter.
Last winter was brutal and we are all hoping for a milder one this year !

This was a local weather forecast from Monday:
I don't see any snowflakes on Thursdays forecast ! 

After taking a quick walk to take photos,
Ohmygosh, it smelled so good all day !

Here is a photo of my first attempt at them:

They were fairly easy to make, but the recipe is more expensive
than most things I make. It was sooooo good though! 
This is a 6 QT crock pot nearly full,
more than enough to share with my parents on this winter like day.
The recipe was found at

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014