Monday, December 31, 2007
I thought I'd share another Hanna creation from the new Valentine set. It will be available on Friday, January 4th over at Hanna Stamps. It's a fun little set with lots of cute accessory stamps that just scream romance!
I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2008!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
I personalized the note cards by running them through the computer and then adding the stamped image. Then I thought the the stick-on labels were a fun idea so they could include their name on their sheet-music. They all loved the gifts & I was so pleased that I could show them my appreciation of their wonderful gift of music.
This picture is from my kids piano recital yesterday. They all played their Christmas songs beautifully with love (and a few nervous jitters). These were their happy faces once it was all over.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
You've seen the Nugget tins before, but here they are packaged for teacher gifts with a yummy Coldstone gift card for the kids teachers. And, another one was packaged with a handmade bracelet, a coffee mug and a Starbucks gift card for my friends at work. I had a basket full of these wonderful tins this year & they all came in so handy! This is definately something I will do next year ~ have a basket of handmade goodies available for last minute gifts or fillers.
Monday, December 17, 2007
The Snowman tin is a gift I put together for a friend. She loves coffee and chocolate ~ so that was pretty easy! The cute snowman tin was $3.99 from Target.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Hanna Stamps (Perfect Package & Things Hanna Would Say); Cardstock ~ Real Red (SU) & MOD (Autumn Leaves); Markers ~ Copic; Brads ~ Stampin' Up!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Last night we celebrated Megan's birthday with her new favorite cake, German Chocolate. WOW ~ where does the time go? She is so grown up!
Friday, December 7, 2007
Supplies Used (All supplies are from Stampin' Up!): Stamps ~ Snow Jumbo Wheel, Season of Joy; Paper ~ Soft Sky, Old Olive, Fall Flowers DS paper, Sahara Sand; Ink ~ Soft Sky, Sahara Sand; Punches: Scallop Circle, 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 1 3/8" circle, small oval circle & large oval; Ribbon ~ Soft Sky; Scissor - Mini Scallop (Fiskers); brads ~ Making Memories & SU; Embossing Plate ~ Cuttlebug.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Holiday Cheer (Lizzie Anne Designs); Cardstock ~ White (Papertrey Ink), Green Galore, Real Red (SU); Ink: Real Red, Black, Green Galore; Punches/Die Cuts: Scallop Circle (SU), Ovals (Nestabilities); Ribbon ~ SU and other miscellaneous red; Pattern Paper ~ Memory Box; Jewels ~ K&Co.; Oval Punch ~ SU.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Today's creation was completely inspired by my good friend, Michelle Wooderson ~ maybe I should say completely CASE'd! When I saw this card back in September, I knew I had to have this stamp! You see, I'm the Library Director at our church & I knew this would be perfect for thank you notes to my staff. Thank you Mishie for your wonderful ideas!
Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Stamping Bella (Bookworm), Fontastic B/G, Lizzie Anne Designs (greeting); Cardstock ~ (SU) Really Rust, Old Olive, Soft Sky, River Rock; Pattern Paper ~ SU, Fall Flowers; Ink ~ Black Craft ink, Copic Markers; Cuttlebug flower die.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
One of the recipes I remember the most growing up was Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. My mother would spend hours grating carrots & chopping nuts by hand and then mixing up the cake from scratch. It's a whole lot easier to make this cake now with Mix Masters and food processors ~ that's for sure!!! We used to make small loaves of cake and give them to all our neighbors as a Christmas treat. Those are some wonderful Christmas memories of growing up ~ holidays were special to my mother & she loved to go all out. She's been gone for 3 years today & I'm so glad I have this special memory of her. I've made these cakes on and off since I've been married, but plan on doing it once again this year so I can share them with our friends and neighbors.
I think one of my favorite things about the Christmas season are the traditions we carry on with our children. We've pulled some from our families & we have started some new ones of your own.
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. cooking oil
2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
2 t. cinnamon
3 c. grated carrots
1 c. chopped pecans
dash of salt
Sift flour once, add soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Sift again & set aside. Mix sugar & oil. Beat 1 minute. Add 1 egg at a time, beating after each. Add carrots, mix well. Add dry ingredients gradually. Add pecans, beat 3 minutes. Pour into 3 (9 in) layer pans. Bake 20 minutes at 350. May also be baked in a 9"x13" pan for 45 min. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting when cool. Serves 12-15 people.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 ~ 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
1 ~ 3 oz. pkg cream cheese
6 c. powdered sugar
1 stick margarine
2 t. vanilla
Can you say YUMMY!!!! This is by far the best Carrot Cake I have ever had!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Holiday Cheer by Lizzie Anne Designs; Cardstock ~ Real Red Textured, Green Galore, white; Ink ~ Real Red, Green Galore & Black (SU); Pattern Paper ~ Memory Box Christmas Pack; Other ~ Nestabilities Die Cuts; Velvet Ribbon (unknown); Jewels (K & Co); Circle Scallop punch (SU).
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Now I'm off to finish my Christmas cards in mass production ~ 90 of them ~ BLECH! I won't be able to bring myself to mass produce anything until next Christmas!!!!
Supplies Used: All Stampin' Up! Cardstock ~ Purley Pomegranate, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla; Pattern Paper ~ Holiday Harmony DS paper; Stamps ~ Priceless; Ribbon ~ Mellow Moss Taffeta; Eyelets ~ Always Artichoke; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
So are you just DYING to find out how you can win this awesome set? Well Kristi, the owner of Hanna Stamps has offered each person on the design team a chance to offer Thankful Blog Candy and she will send one winner from each site the brand new set! How cool is that???? So leave a comment on this post letting me know what you are Thankful for this holiday. I will randomly select the winner on Sunday at 6:00pm (ET).
Here are the Rules: (1) Leave your comment on this post; (2) post your comment before 6:00pm on Sunday, November 25, 2007; (3) only one comment per person; and, (4) you need to respond to me by email within 24 hours with your snail mail address and permission for me to pass your address to Kristi, and she will mail the winning set. If the winner doesn't email the information by the deadline, a new name will be randomly selected.
I'm in full swing with making Christmas gifts right now. I seem to start collecting stuff all year and then try and figure out later what to do with everything. The other day, a friend sent me a link to Erika Martin's blog. As soon as I opened the link, I knew what I would do with my little calendars and chipboard coasters. I had everything in my stash that I needed to complete this cute little project. The little calendars are from the Michael's dollar spot. They came attached to a piece of cardboard along with a note pad. I ripped them apart and used the calendar and the magnet that was on the back of the cardboard and now I have a bunch of note pads that I can do something with as well ~ I still have to figure that part out.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Supplies Used: Tins ~ Nugget Tins; Ink ~ Real Red, Green Galore, and black; Pattern Paper ~ Doodle Bug Christmas Dots, Real Red Textured Paper, white; Ribbon ~ May Arts & Michael's; Punches ~ SU Scalloped circle & 1 3/8" circle; Other ~ Avery Labels (#5160).
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I also wanted to thank everyone for all the nice comments about our sweet Kayla. Your words and sentiments were so comforting to us this weekend.
OK ~ back to stamping! I promise I will have some fun stuff to show tomorrow. I've been a busy girl.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Hanna Stamps; Cardstock ~ Bazzill & Crate Paper (Cowgirl); Markers ~ Copic & SU; Ink ~ Black Craft.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I hope you enjoy my newest Hanna creation. She will be available from Hanna Stamps on Friday, November 16th.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
These are the next 4 pages of my family calendar this year. You can see all details in my post from yesterday.
Tune in tomorrow for the last 4
Saturday, November 10, 2007
So here are the details ~ I bought an inexpensive calendar program at the local office supply store and I input all the family birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. I made them a custom size of 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" and I print them out on cardstock. Then I use my Rubi-Coil machine and spiral bind them. (You can also take them to the office supply store to have them done for about $2 or so).
I make the base of the scrapbook page 7" x 7" so that once the year is over, it can be removed and slipped inside the 8" x 8" scrapbook that I gave to each grandparent a few years ago. It's great because not only do they have a calendar to enjoy each year, but they also have a scrapbook to enjoy for years to come that show the kids getting older.
This year I decided to use pictures from our Alaska trip last summer. So I got all my pictures printed & started working on my pages. I decided to use up some of my retired Stampin' Up! scrapbook kits because the colors are perfect for my Alaska pictures.
So here is the first installment of pictures - January through April. Stay tuned for May through August tomorrow.