Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Speed Scrap Digital Page -

Ha, ha , ha ---------------
I didn't even put it together until just now:
The photo is of our "speedy" new Mustang on the
SPEED Scrap page =)
I used the soon to be released kit Dawn's Kiss
by Loni at GraceBlossoms4U.
I tried to make a "masculine" page with this lovely kit.
and submit your project before noon CST
to earn a free $5.00 coupon to the store

. For those of you who are already in 2014, you may still play

  1.You’ll need at least one pic unless you want to make it a journaling page, some long, flat elements like ribbons, a few papers.

2. Make a ‘bed’ with your ribbons and put your main pic over it. You can use as many ribbons or whatever as you like, or you can just use a few and duplicate them.

Here are the rest of the steps so you can work at your own pace. Post layouts within 3 hours from now to qualify for the prize 3. Add 2 papers to your background and arrange them however you want. Layer them so you can shadow them nicely.

4. Add any additional pics, but make sure the pics are overlapping just a bit on a corner of the main pic.

5.Add a third paper and make a border with it down one side opposite your pictures.

6. Add embellishments down the side edge of the last paper. Add a title and some journaling if you like.

7. Add anything else your page needs, post in the thread and in the gallery. Remember to leave love for the others.

Post layouts within 3 hours from now (8:57 AM CST) to qualify for the prize

REMINDER: TODAY is the last day to get any of her kits for half off in the store !
This is also the last day to earn coupons to her store by leaving comments on pages in her gallery, among other things. She has been the featured designer the past two weeks at Scraps-N-Pieces.

My Longest Receipt Ever!

This is surely one of the longest receipts I've ever received -
Nearly 3/4 of it is "Extra Bucks" I earned back on the purchases I made.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Origami Folded Money Christmas Tree Swing Card

A fun way to give money as a gift I made this past Christmas.

I used the circle swing card thinlits die from Stampin' Up ! to make the card base from Glorious Green card stock.

I die cut a light blue textured piece of card stock with a Nestabilites die to make the circle.

Scraps of torn white paper were used to create the snowy ground.

The trunk is a scrap of chipboard painted brown that was laying on my work table (rather than go cut up a piece of brown card stock).

The decorative piece of paper on the right is from an old Christmas paper stack by Die Cuts With A View.

Tiny star paper punched then coated with gold glitter glue.

Hand cut banners with hand written names.

Instructions for folding the Christmas tree can be found here:

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Digital Kit - Dawn's Kiss

A  couple of quick pages made with the newest kit from 
Loni at GraceBlossoms4U.
It will be available in her store at
January 2nd.

Here are the preview images from this lovely kit:

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

"Don't Let Anyone Pick Your Wallet" Greeting Card

The card was given with the wallet in the pocket
the way one would be.
The top photo shows it pulled out and slightly askew
so you can see the wallet and texture on it.
The photo directly above is meant to show
the dimension this card has.

Mini wallet with real money attached by removable adhesive.

Use a stylus and scoring board to create the corduroys.

Use a water based marker to ink up only the portions of 
a rubber stamp that you wish to stamp.
If you don't have a pocket stamp,
you could still create one by using the marker
along a straight edge to create stitching.

Before adding the belt and wallet.
Notice all the stitching I added with a marker
and the differing directions of the cords.
Also, I slightly puffed out the pocket and belt loops
before I adhered them with strong double stick tape.
Be sure to leave the top of the pocket open !

A fun little card I came up with to gift money to my brother in law
for Christmas. 
It is supposed to resemble corduroy pants, belt and wallet.
I did spend a bit too much time on the details, 
even going so far as to draw in stitching and
changing the direction of the cord along the waistband.  

The texture on the belt and wallet was created by crinkling card stock and 
running it through an embossing folder several times.

Thanks for looking = )

Friday, December 27, 2013

Assorted Greeting Cards

These are the greeting cards I gave my mother in the hand made box. These are made from kits that Stampin' Up! sold.


I scored two lines along the top of the die cuet edge.
I also added the Prima flowers and paper punched
leaves. It was too plain and boring as it was in the kit.
The center of the flowers also have the itty bitty
punched out pieces from the die cut edge 
glued underneath a pearl accent. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Handmade Greeting Card Box

This is the box I made from chipboard that came with a pack of 12 x 12 paper. It is the perfect size to hold a dozen hand made cards. I gifted it to my mom for Christmas.

I've given the dimensions above. Score, cut and glue together.

It is covered with designer paper (retired Sycamore Street) from Stampin' Up! using a strong double stick tape to adhere the paper to the chipboard. I covered the sides by attaching two separate pieces, one piece would cover two sides. The piece of paper I cut to cover the lid is 1/8" in width and length than the cardboard piece.

The flowers on the top are made with textured card stock from Stampin' Up! and the new spiral flower die that will be in the Occasions Mini Catalog. These were the very first flowers I made with it so they don't look so great. The second set I made for another box (I'll share it once I complete the set of cards that will go in it) look a bit better.

The ribbon is also retired and was a special bundle from a Stampin' Up! Saleabration a while back.

Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss card stocks were also used as well as a retired flower punch to create the leaves.

The scallop circle was cut with a die from Nestabilities.

I'll share the cards I made to go in it in another post.

I haven't done a challenge in such a long time. I already had the box made when I saw this challenge so since it hadn't been posted yet, I will enter it. Be sure to read the spotlight artists blog post and drool over her fabulous paper flowers !

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas, Merry "Cat"mas

Looks like I made the "naughty" list again this year, ha ha......
that empty stocking on the far right is mine :(

Then again, we did bring this home last month......... 
Still (im)patiently waiting for the roads to clear so I can drive it.

Merry "CAT"mas !

Yes, someone figured out how to climb
the Christmas tree -
we now have several broken branches....

 The tree will be packed away very soon.
Perhaps next year Hyla will be not quite so curious.

Kitty, good old girl 

Too bad it didn't look like this outside today
(or better yet, SNOW on the ground!):

A not so great photo of ice covered trees the other day
as I was driving down through the valley.
Soooooo pretty !

It is not nearly as lovely out today:
cloudy, cold, dreary, no snow. 

Merry Christmas !

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Time To Bake The Cookies.............

My first batch, Kevin And Amanda's Secret Ingredient Christmas Cookies, was done late last night. I stumbled across this yummy recipe last week and decided to give it a try. It is quite a bit of work (for me, personally), but they were very good. If I make them again, I will leave small pecan pieces in the mix. 

Kevin & Amanda Secret Ingredient 
Christmas Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup whole pecans
1 cup quick one-minute oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the Rolling Mixture:
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

1. Melt butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium to medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted and begins to foam, start whisking constantly. Once the butter is brown and has a nutty fragrance, transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool.

2. Meanwhile, toast the pecans in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 4-5 minutes until the pecans are dark brown and smell toasted. Immediately transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Add the oats and pulse until the oats and pecans are smooth and combined. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and whisk in the flour, baking powder and salt until well combined.
3. Next add the sugar and brown sugar to the cooled brown butter and beat on medium to medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another 2-3 minutes until well combined. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.
4. Use a medium (1.5 tbsp) cookie scoop to form dough into balls, then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes until edges just start to turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

The  second, Oreo Cream Cheese Cookies, a recipe that a friend pinned to her facebook wall, was completed by 6:30 AM today. Now there is an apple pie my dad requested in the oven ! Next up, gooey butter cookies for my daughter and chocolate chip cookies for my son (although I don't think we really need more cookies!). 

Oreo Cream Cheese Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
2 cups Oreo crumbles

Preheat oven to 375, line a cookie sheet with parchment. I have found that parchment keeps the cookies from spreading too much, as they tend to do on a greased pan or a silpat.

In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and cream cheese until thoroughly combined.

Add sugar and vanilla, mix well.

Add flour one cup at a time and mix on low just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

Pour Oreo crumbles into a bowl. Scoop dough out and roll into roughly 1.5" balls, then roll in cookie crumbles, coating thoroughly. Be sure to cover the dough balls really well in crumbs, as this is what holds the cookie together while baking. Space cookies about 1-2" apart on sheet. Bake on center rack about 14-15 minutes and allow to cool on sheet several minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
What's that, a Christmas tree in the background of the photo of the cookies ? Why yes, yes it is ! As I was making the Sugared Pecan Cookies last night about 10 PM, hubby decided to drag the tree out - then proceeded to walk away leaving Hyla kitten unsupervised. She never climbed it, but she did have too much fun attacking the branches and hopping around the tree stand. I had to call it quits baking to keep shooing her away from the tree and make sure she didn't eat any of the needles that had fallen on the floor. Not sure how much I will get accomplished today despite being up since 5 AM if she keeps messing with the tree! Geeesh. 

I won't have time to post them today, but I made a neat box to hold hand made cards for my mom and a cool pants with wallet and belt card for my brother in law. I finished them up last night. I'll post the how to's later this week.
Merry Christmas !

Edited to add a photo of the freshly baked from scratch,
even the crust is home made,
apple pie - yum ! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Why I Have No Tree This Year..............

The monster kitten Hyla I'm afraid would 
attempt to climb a Christmas tree or 
play with the ornaments.

She'd definitely play under the tree skirt  
(she loves to dig into blankets, clothes, etc)
and attack the fabric Nativity set
(she tears up lots of little toys as it is).

Rather than risk any damage she may cause
to the tree, decorations, house or herself,
I opted out of putting anything up this year :(

Imagine my surprise when I  rounded the corner into the kitchen
and had two eyes glowing down at me !
I quickly scolded her as I was going for the water bottle.
She came down on her own seeing me go for the squirt bottle!

Not sure why she loves to attack paper towel rolls,
but anytime a roll has been within her sight/reach,
she tears into it. 

The rubber mats on my craft dungeon floor
are another favorite thing to destroy.
She is finally broken of that:
I stewed red paper flakes and black pepper
then brushed the water onto the mats.
I had to do this several times, but she hasn't 
torn them up for a few weeks now.

The new in January leather computer desk chair lost it's battle
with her claws. No matter how many times she was squirted 
with the water bottle or chased off, even covering the chair
with blankets or spraying it with something, she would not 
quit attacking it. 

She is the same way with the curtains -
and she KNOWS she shouldn't be climbing them.
There are little pinpricks of light that shine through them
now, here and there. They are over a dozen years old
so they could stand to be replaced at some point -
but they were still like new
as they are in the used once or twice a year dining room !

She has been the most destructive kitten I have ever had.
Why don't I have her declawed, you ask ?
Because I want her to be able to catch the critters that make their way into our old, country house !

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Digi Page - Kitty

A quick page I put together as a sample of my work using a digital kit from Shel Belle Scraps.
I applied to her creative team last week and was asked to make something with her free kit.
I received word Friday that I was not accepted.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Festive Flurry Giftwrap and Tag

Happy First Day Of Winter !!!!!!!!!!!
It certainly doesn't look very winter like here today,
it is raining - and raining and raining ! 
We did see 6" of snow last weekend, 
but after a record setting 71 degrees yesterday,
and todays cold rains, it is gone except
for a few piles here and there. 
No White Christmas for us;
it's looking like it will be mud brown ;)

If you don't have brown paper packaging to tie up with string, 
you can reuse a brown paper bag to make cute gift wrap!

Simply stamp with your favorite images 
(permanent inks or craft paints work best)
and create a coordinating gift tag. 

I used Festive Flurry stamps and dies,
Cherry Cobbler ink,
Cherry Cobbler textured and Kraft card stocks.

The "pearls" are actually little dots of 
dimensional paper craft paints.

Large metal backed pearl brad for the center.

Twine to hang with.
This gift tag can become an ornament. 

Thanks for looking =)