Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Cards and Food Packaging

Stopping in real fast to share some gifts I put together this past week for my Moms Bible Study Group.

This is a mini card that fits into this Glassine bag from Papertrey.  
The card is 3 1/4 x 4 1/2, which is such a fun size to work with.

I have a lot of these jars, so I thought it would be neat to load them up with fudge.  I painted the lids with Chalk paint from the Martha Stewart Collection.  I printed off the label and drew on the little pictures (saw the idea on pinterest, but the link said it was spam, so not sure how to share that).

Here is the gift bag full of cookies!

Here is a close up of the Glassine Bag!  I love those little bags! 
I die cut the Merry from the Wonderful Words Die Collection at PTI.
I couldn't go without adding a doily, I think it just finishes it off nicely! 

Thanks so much for stopping by


Monday, November 19, 2012

Never Fail Rolls

Today, I am sharing a recipe that comes from a recipe book my Grandma used all the time.  It is one of my favorite cookbooks (Kansas Kountry Kitchens from 1987), because every once in a while I come across  little notes on her favorite recipes.  I just love seeing her handwriting! :)  . 

While looking for a yeast roll recipe for my husband I came across this one:

Never Fail Rolls

3/4 c. milk                                            3/4 c. warm water
1/4 c. sugar                                          1 pkg. yeast
2 1/2 tsp. salt                                       4 1/4 c. flour
4 1/2 Tbsp oil       

Heat milk, sugar, salt and oil; cool to lukewarm (I actually did this in microwave).  Put warm water in bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let dissolve (about 5 minutes and this should be a large bowl).  Stir in lukewarm milk mixture.  Add 2 1/4 cups sifted flour.  Beat until smooth (did this in mixer).  Stir in additional flour (approximately 2 cups). 

Turn out on lightly floured board.  Knead until smooth and elastic, then place in a greased bowl.  Cover with shortening and then cover with a towel.  Let rise until doubled in bulk (about an hour).  Punch down and turn out on lightly floured board.  Knead and put in desired roll shapes. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes.  Watch them though, because recipe didn't actually say time or degree to cook (weird).

This was the strangest recipe, because it wasn't specific about anything (I added some notes).  I was so worried about them not turning out, but they were pretty great and my husband loved them.  So I guess that means they truly are Never Fail or lets hope!

Note: This recipe won purple ribbons at the Kansas State Fair for 7 years in a row!!

PS:  I plan on making these for Thanksgiving !!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Published Cards April and August 2012

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January 2012 CARDS
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February 2012 CARDS

Thanksgiving Dinner Placecards

I received my first Studio Calico card kit yesterday and was OH so happy to get right to work (During nap time of course).  

I think the feathers will go nicely with our Thanksgiving decor!

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Craft Room Art

I have a slight obsession lately for making art for a craft room that I don't have. :(  I hope to have one someday, but right now it isn't in my near future.  Anyway, the other day I woke up extremely motivated to do something crafty.  I got the kids around and headed to Hobby Lobby with my coupon.  

Here is the finished project.
 The supplies:  Derwent Watercolor Pencils, Black Staz On, Paint Brush, water and 8 x 10 Canvas.

 Start in the middle,

 then measure out.  

All the jars ready for coloring!  They aren't perfectly stamped and that's ok, I still really love the look! 

 Now, you will find all over the internet that you will need special goop on the canvas before watercolor will stick.  All I did was paint, then dry it really well with my heat tool.  It worked really well for me! 

Finished and ready for buttons.

I will end with a simple little card that I love!  This card use a Hey Day Butterfly and  paper and  from Studio Calico.  I am loving orange right now, and have noticed I use it for every occasion.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Christmas Cards

I am so excited, I actually got my Christmas Cards done for the year!  It only took one whole nap time to knock this out so I am pretty excited! I decided to try a new color and added Pinefeather to my collection, I really like it for Christmas, not sure about other times.  Also, really loving the Tremendous Treats: Christmas!!  I plan on making some gifts tags and embellishments for wrapping later.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

"Hogs and Kisses" Card and a Banner Tutorial

Today, I have a really cute card to share that is so simple to make!  I recently purchased the "Farm Fresh" stamp set from PTI.  I have to say I am in love with this set!  The best part is that it's great for gender neutral cards, which is something I have always struggled with.

Everything on this card is from Papertrey Ink, so pretty easy to find.  I chose Melon Berry and Aqua Mist (2 favorite colors right now) and went to town.  Love how this turned out!   It was hard to capture in the picture, but I used Versamark Ink to create a farm background behind the pig.

Next up, a little banner project!  I am in love with banners, I see so many ideas on Pinterest and I just can 't help myself. (I am hoping to make one for the new babies nursery)  Today, I am sharing with you a banner that can be for all seasons!  While at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago I came across a Canvas Pendent Scrapbooking album by Maya Road.  There were six pages for $6!  I couldn't resist, because I knew I could stretch this for all season. 

Right now I have it ready for FALL, but with Velcro it can be used year round! 

I hot glued the Velcro pieces in the center of the banner, then added my embellishments.

These little round burlap circles were right next to the banners at Hobby Lobby.  So cute!!  I made the little jar embellishment with  the Dear Lizzy Jar Set.  As you can see everything is able to come off due to the Velcro   I only used 5 of the banners so I would have an odd number, but with different seasons you could always add more banners .  

Here is the finished project hanging up on my window mirror.
Total Cost for this project was $8, of course I had paper and ink on hand.
Plus, don't forget Hobby Lobby coupons and save even more!

 I must add that I made this window like 8 years ago. I found the idea in Better Homes and Gardens or something, the old fashion way, before Pinterest! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed! 


Thursday, October 25, 2012

October 2012 Blog Hop: Non-traditional Color Schemes

Just dropping by to share my Blog Hop Card.  Here is the color combo I went with, I was trying to challenge myself a little.  

  The lighting was terrible, we are having a bit of a cloudy day.  These are some of my favorite colors,but this was challenging in two ways.  First, making this a Christmas card and secondly, I only had a small amount of hibiscus burst.  It has certainly been hard to make cards lately, because we are expecting our 3rd child in March.  I have been super tired and sick .  It was really nice to get to sit down and play with some paper! 

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Paper Crafts Readers' Choice

Hello All,

I am so excited to share the news that I am up for Paper Crafts Readers' Choice.  I would really appreciate if you could go over and vote for me! Just click on Hollie Shepard's Card from Joplin, MO  Paper Crafts blog

Thanks Again,


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Dad's Day

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all getting to spend time with your special Dad's today.  My little family is going to spend sometime with my Dad today.  We are taking him to his favorite chicken house to eat some yummy food.  I have been truly blessed with some great father figures in my life (including a great father for my children), so with just one weekend to celebrate it makes for a very busy weekend. 

Today I am sharing one of the many cards I made this week.  I bought a couple new stamps from Lawn Fawn and I have to tell you that the Dad's Day set is very versatile.  I can't wait to sit down and play with it again. 

I pulled out my exacto knife for this little number and I am super happy with how it turned out.   I love making a stamp stretch, and cutting out the tie really made the card pop. 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hello Sunshine

Hello All,

Just stopping in to share an entry for the Paper Smooches guest spot.  I found a lot of cute digi stamps over there that are too good to pass up!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

May PTI Blog Hop

 When I first saw the inspiration for this months blog hop an idea for a card popped right into my head.  I just has to find the time.

 I absolutely love the colors in this picture!  I love the texture of the first plate, so to give my card some texture I embossed a doily onto my card.  I really love how it turned out! So fun and really fast! 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

PTI April 2012 Blog Hop

Stopping in for the second time today to share my card for the PTI April Blog Hop!

I love the inspiration, so full of spring colors (Pink is my favorite by the way)!  I came up with this card in record time today, because I could hear my boys waking up from nap time.  

Supplies: Everything is PTI except
Charcoal Ink by Color Box
Watercolor Pencil: General's 716 Heliotrope

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Just Thinking of You

Today I am sharing a Clean and Simple Card using Dear Lizzy's Jar Stamp.  It is the most precious stamp and using it makes me feel all bubbly.  Spring is so happy, so I needed this stamp for Spring time cards!! 

Papertrey Ink (Cardstock, Ink, Aqua Mist, Sentiment stamp from Mat Stack 2) 
Clearbox: Charcoal Ink

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Make it Monday #59

Hello there,
It has been a while since I have had the time to make a card for the Monday Challenge over on Nichole's Blog. Friday I happened to watch the video Erin made on computer generated sentiments. ( I just so happened to be looking for a little something extra for my friends wedding present.) I saw this video and decided to make some personalized stationary. I can't tell you how excited I was to see how simple it was to make something look professional! I am going to be using this technique a lot.

The cards are a little on the simple side, but that is really the look I was going for. I was scanning the pinterest for color combos and came across this one. Love it!

Love the handy boxes you get from PTI stamps!! I use them for card sets.

Supplies: Dies: Fillable Frames #7, Stamps: Sweet Spring, PTI Anniversary Set 2012

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Birthday


March is a big month for Birthdays in my family (including mine), so I thought I would pop in and share a Birthday card I made for my Sister-in-Law (she just turned 11).

Last month I bought some Patterned Paper from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection. It is such a happy collection. I also had to snatch up a couple American Craft Stamps including this one. Cute Cute is all I can say!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in,


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Quinoa Crunch and Berries

Hello, today I just have to share one of my new favorite breakfasts, Greek Yogurt with Quinoa Crunch and Berries. Once you mix this stuff up it is so easy to grab breakfast really fast (which is great with kids, my boys eat and are ready to play so I have to hurry).


1 cup quinoa

1/4 cup flaxseed

1T honey

1 T olive oil

1. Mix all ingredients together. 2. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 375 deg. F oven until lightly browned. (You might stir every 10 minutes for about 25 - 30 minutes.)

3. Let cool, crumble.

Serving Size 2T.

Calories per serving: 131.2

Recipe is from "The Master your Metabolism Cookbook" By Jillian Michaels

Place 1/2c. Plain Greek Yogurt in a small serving bowl with a 1/2c. of your favorite berries, then top with 2 T. Quinoa Crunch and drizzle with 1/2t. honey.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine for a Friend

Hi There! Today I am stopping in to share a Valentine's Day card I made for a friend.

I have been trying to use my dies in different ways, so for the first card I cut 2 1/2 inches off the bottom. Then I die cut half of Mat Stack 5 and added Sweet Blush cardstock from PTI to complete the card. You may have noticed the cute little heart. That little number was crochet by a family friend and she gave me some to use for cards! They are so fun!

This next card was something I put together for a PTI Challenge, but do to poor lighting I couldn't take a picture in time. I thought I would share it anyway. I really like how it turned out and love this paper from My Little Shoebox

Thanks for stopping by,


PS: I got a new watermark recently and love it!! It was only $2 from Karen over at THE SWEETEST THING blog!

Friday, February 10, 2012

PTI Day 5: Sketch #5

Today I am back again playing along with the PTI gang in the sketch challenge. All the sketches were really awesome, but #5 stood out to me. Here is my take on the card:

I took my picture a little late so my picture doesn't have the best lighting. :( I am really happy with how the card turned out. I am so in to stamping on pattern paper lately. Today I used Rosie Posie on some My Mind's Eye from the Lost and Found set. Rosie Posie by the way is my favorite stamp set right now. It goes with anything! :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, February 9, 2012

PTI Day 5 : Pinterest Inspiration Card #2

Here is my second card for the Pinterest Inspiration contest:

Thank You so much for stopping by,