Snowman Cards

This is one of the Christmas cards I made this year.  How stinkin' cute are they? They close together so they fit in an envelope then open to revel the rest of the card and sentiment.  I wrote on the back so not to mess up the cuteness of the front.  And yes they were very labor intense.
Unfortunately l am not creative enough to come up with this idea on my own, but fortunately I have the world wide web readily available so I can rely on someone else's creativity. So if you want to know exactly how to make this card, hop on over to Dawns Stamping Thoughts and watch her fabulous video.


Halloween cards

I have the best intentions of sending out cards for my customers birthdays, since it is supposedly my business and all, then something happens and before I know it their birthday is past and they haven't received a card.
So now to make up for it I made up Halloween cards and sent them out to everyone I know( everyone that I have their address for anyway)  turns out I only know 20 people. Since I don't really get into the ghosts and goblins kind of thing I went with this instead.

I used an assortment of background paper and each one turned out a little bit different.

I used my favorite bow tying method, the fork bow.
I hope they all arrived safe and sound.  I did  bring one to the post office with the bow on before I put all the bows on to make sure they wouldn't take extra postage.



This is what I made as little thank you gifts for my customers this time around.
 I had a bounty of 5  x 7 double sided designer paper left over from one of our Stampin' Up event projects so I made cute little tag holders.
 I also have a bounty of buttons, so I made snowman tags along with a few other tags using some retired Stampin Up cardstock.
This is the end result.


Stampin' Up Event

I just realized that I loaded all my pictures from my Stampin' Up Event and never posed them.  So here they are.
These boxes reminded me to popcorn boxes,  So popcorn boxes it is.

This was my Monday morning group.

What happy smiling faces for a Monday morning.

This was my evening group, they need wine to make them happy.

This was my Tuesday morning group. They are card making experts.

These are the projects we made.

These are a couple of ideas for the window frame.  My kids are each going to get one of these on the Christmas tree with a baby picute of them and a little something inside.

Sorry it's sideways I can't turn it so you will just have to turn your head.

These are the desserts.  They remind me of cows.

The dessert was super easy.  I just used what I had in the house with the exception of the Ready whip. I Started out with a brownie mix made using the directions on the package.  I cut them into bite size pieces.  Then made cheesecake pudding and added about a cup of cool whip. I layered the brownies and cool whip mixture, then I had some leftover peppermint patties from the snowman projects so I chopped them and placed them on top.  I covered them and put them in the fridge overnight.  Right before serving I topped with Ready Whip.


Super Easy Card

I had a weekend with my fun and crafty group which brought us to a Hoppy Lobby, Now you may think that's no big deal, but when the closest one is 100 miles away, it's pretty exciting stuff. It's a dangerous place to go when your house is for sale and you are trying not to bring anything new into it, but they had washi tape on sale and it doesn't take up must space so I couldn't resist.
I could hardly wait to get home a try it out.
 It would have taken less then 3 minutes to make if it weren't for the chalk tape that I stamped on us white ink, that takes a little longer to dry, it is one of the quickest cards I've ever made.

I even took it one step further and put a couple of strips on the inside. This one is going off in the mail today to my neighbor who is recovering from a fall.
Opps, here is a side note I just touched the white ink and I guess it never dries on the chalk washi tape. I made it last night and it's still not dry, but the good think is that is can be easily wiped off with a damp paper towel. 



When my daughter was home I was going to have her model a couple of scarves for my blog, but I totally forgot so I had to use my standby model.  You know which one I'm talking about.
The one that's isn't very cooperative.  I told her to look at me and this is what she did. I'm sorry Lucy but this is the price to have to pay for being in this family.
These are two different scarves, they are just the exact same color. This one you can pull up over your head so it acts as a hat as well, but Lucy would have no part of that. 
I have a very good reason for have two scarves the same color, (actually I three) as some of you know we went to Florida for two weeks last winter and I brought  along a little crocheting to do, just in case. Well it was so cold down there I spent the evenings inside crocheting so I ran out of yarn. I went to JoAnn's and bought the wrong yarn, do you know they have at least three different weights of yarn all in the same color?  Well this is what I did with the left over yarn. You can find the original scarf here.
And as long as I'm in the scarf mode I don't think I ever posted a picture of the other Rapunzel scarf I made so here it is.
This last one was supposed to be a knitting project.
It was one of those when you buy the yarn you get the pattern for free. My friend that was with me convinced me I could handle it. She bought some yarn as well and whipped hers out in no time.  After struggling with mine she helped me get started but as soon as she wasn't by my side it all went down hill and after ripping it out four times I hinted that she should make it for me and I would pay her, but nope, she told me I could do it.  Well I did it alright, I ripped it out one more time and crocheted it instead.


Pop Up Card

I love pop up cards so I made this one for my neighbor after she fell and broke a couple of bones.
I like that they are three dimensional any they fold flat so they can easily be mailed.


Stampin' Up Thank You cards

These are the cards I made to toss in the bag for all my customers that placed an order at my last Stampin' Up event.


Microwave bowl cozy

I think these bowls are just genius.  They have been around for a while but are totally new to me. A cousin received one for her birthday and when I saw it  I knew I needed to have one or two so I looked on line and found a free pattern.

You just place your bowl of soup, oatmeal or whatever you wish the cozy, pop the works in the microwave, and when you pull it out you have something to hang onto so you won't burn your hands. How smart is that and why didn't I think of it?


Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

I had a request for the bar recipe that I served at my Stampin' Up event so here it is.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars 
Preheat oven to 325
1 (18.25) package yellow cake mix  (I used caramel cake mix)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used a caramel almond spread)
2 eggs
Combine in a large bowl and mix until smooth.  Press into a 9 x 13 pan reserving 1 1/2 cup mixture to crumble on top.
1 (12 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
Melt in a small pan and pour over cake mixture.
Crumble the reserved cake mixture on to top evenly.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting into bars

Stampin' Up Event

Here are the pics from my last Stampin' Up Event.  Of course once the guess arrive, we start having so much fun, I totally forget to get my camera until everyone one has left the scene.
I had asked everyone to bring show and tell and if they did they would receive small gift. So I made these little envelopes and poked a couple of fun things inside.
For this card we stamped the image, then used the aqua pen to water color the soup bowl.
This one is a fun fold card made using the  Sprinkles of Life Stamp set and the tree builder punch set.  I just love the tree branch inside with the teeny tiny bird in the nest.

This is made from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and tree builder punch set as well but takes on a totally different look.
This little beauty was made using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set.

The last project is a cute little bag made using the bag punch board. I love the Bohemian designer paper and the dotted lace trim bow.




More Recycling

Just when I think it's safe to throw something away ....
I came across some cute little cell phone holders made from cassette tape holders.
Luckily I tossed out a bunch before I came across this idea or I may have been temped to keep them but I have a couple that didn't get chucked yet so I turned them into these ...



Etsy Shop

I am trying out some new thinks for my Etsy Shop this this is one of my creations.  They come with a choice of a pin back or a clip which is really nice for scarves, purses or pet collars.