Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snowman Punch Art

Another old card I never shared. Totally inspired by an old sample in a Stampin' Up! idea book - but I created the snowman with paper punches instead of a rubber stamp image !  I loved the card but didn't have the stamp set they used so i improvised with what I did have and love how it turned out. Plus , I made a paper punch button to make the card more flat, mail friendly.

Check out another punch art snowman I made and entered into a contest years ago:
Punchy The Snowman

My Memories Suite Freebies - Pie Boxes!

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Not only are there templates to create the pie boxes, there are several components (digital papers and embellishments) that you can use separately to make other things with !!! FREE for a limited time only.

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Over The River Holiday Card

Another oldie I am finally getting around to sharing. In 2008 I made several Christmas Cards using cute images from many of my old stamp sets . They all needed to be colored in, so I used an aquainter and ink from my ink pads to water color them in.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Snowman Happy Holidays Card

A little bit of Crystal Effects on the light bulbs really made them pop ! 

Holiday Hedgehogs Cards

Two more Christmas cards I made, sent out several years ago but never shared on the blog.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Stamped Address Labels Card

Address labels stamped with images and inks from 
Stampin' Up! then layered onto 
Silver Metallic and Night of Navy card stocks.
Border edge punch, unknown manufacturer.
Ribbon from my scraps stash, unknown manufacturer. 

Christmas Card - Country Living Kit Stampin' Up!

Ummm, yeah, I think I went overboard on this one !
All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!, most of which are now retired.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Spiced Cranberry Coffeecake - recipe

Another yummy recipe I tried to make for Christmas breakfast. I made two different , new to me recipes and shared them with my family on Christmas Eve so we would all have something special, and already made, on Christmas morning.

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  • 3/4 cup(s) (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
  • 3 cup(s) all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
  • 1.50 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1.50 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1.50 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1.50 cup(s) lowfat buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon(s) grated orange zest
  • 2 cup(s) spiced cranberries or store-bought cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup(s) roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1.25 cup(s) confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoon(s) milk
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- by 13-inch baking dish with butter and lightly dust with flour. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, then the buttermilk and orange zest. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated.
  3. Spread half the batter into the prepared baking dish. Dollop 1 cup cranberry sauce over the top, then gently spread, swirling it into the batter. Top with the remaining batter, then dollop with the remaining cranberry sauce.
  4. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top and bake until the cake is golden brown and a pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  5. While the cake cools, make the icing: In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the warm cake, then let cool completely before serving.

Pineapple Banana Hummingbird Loaves - recipe

Yummy, moist  bread I made for Christmas breakfast. The recipe was found in an ad for Dole in a magazine.

I found it posted online here as well:


      1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
      1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) vanilla flavor instant pudding & pie filling
      4 eggs
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1 can (20 oz.) DOLE® Crushed Pineapple, 
      juice drained and 1 cup reserved
      2 medium, ripe DOLE Bananas, well mashed (1 cup)
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
        Cream Cheese Glaze (recipe below)


    • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    • Combine cake mix, dry instant pudding, cinnamon, reserved pineapple juice, eggs and oil in large bowl with mixer 2 minutes, or until blended.  Add crushed pineapple, bananas and nuts; mix just until blended.
    • Pour prepared batter into 5 foil mini loaf pans sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Bake 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.  Cool completely.
    • Drizzle Cream Cheese Glaze over cooled loaves.  Garnish with additional chopped pecans, if desired.

    Cream Cheese Glaze:  Combine 2 oz. softened cream cheese with 1 tablespoon milk and 1/2 cup powdered sugar; drizzle over cooled loaves.

    Variation:  Omit DOLE Bananas, substitute with 1 cup Maraschino cherries, drained and cut in half and remove ground cinnamon.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Reindeer Gift Bags

Totally inspired by a segment on our local news yesterday.
They made reindeer face pancakes with bacon for antlers,
whipped topping for eyes and a maraschino cherry nose. 

I used brown lunch sacks, 
pipe cleaners and circles punched from
 card stock to make these silly guys !

Monday, December 24, 2012

"Snowmen" Candy Bar Wraps

Simple project to cover a candy bar , it could certainly have many more details to make it more cute.
Here is one a made years ago and entered into a contest that also holds a gift card:

Wrapped with white copy weight paper.
Stamped with my home made Snowmen face stamps.
Buttons stamped with the eraser end of a new pencil.
I stamped craft paper twist ribbon with white ink and snowflakes stamps. Let dry well before attaching.

Rubber scraps and wooden game pieces (Jenga) were used to create the stamps !

Polar Bears Card - 'Tis The Season

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Fruit Basket" Snowmen Gifts

Wrap pieces of fruit with white tissue paper 
Stack in a clear cellophane bag 
Embellish as you wish

The little envelopes on the front hold gift cards !

I used :
mini donuts
1/4" hole punch = eyes, mouth, buttons
black, orange, white card stock
snowflakes die
white gel pen  = accents on eyes
fabric scrap = scarf
cellophane bag
white tissue paper
clear drying glue
 clear tape

 I just saw the most recent challenge at
since it is "Anything Goes" this time,
I'll enter these fun snowmen =) 

Thanks for looking !