Saturday, August 31, 2013


I made this card today which could really be used in several ways, whether it be a sympathy card or a "thinking of you" card, etc. 
First I ran a white card through one of my Cuttlebug folders, then I blotted the raised design gently with black ink.  I also took a piece of black and white designer paper and ran it through the same cuttlebug folder and cut it to fit inside the center image. 
Second, I did some heat embossing with a couple different stamped images from the Unity Stamp Co. and used a glossy black embossing powder from American Craft.
Lastly, I used some additional paper pieces, pop dots, ribbon and the black/silver gem?  Folks, that was a broken piece of jewelry I saved.  Save all your broken jewelry because you never know when just the right piece might add the perfect touch to your design.  And no, I am not a hoarder.  Well, maybe just a little.....*grin.
(One more thing......the "thinking about you" tag, actually I glued it in such a way that it juts out in a curve off the page.  You can't really tell from this angle.)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Oh my, Fall Snack Mix.....

So I'm making this awesome recipe I found on Pinterest and I realize I'm out of parchment paper and foil,  so how to cool the mix from the oven?   Scrapbook paper!   One of the perks of being a crafter -  there's lots of paper!  My Pinterest - click here  If you would like the recipe, click my Pinterest link, then visit Crissy at and tell her thanks for the recipe.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Celebrate card

I made this card for a challenge with the Unity Stamp Co.   I used several ink colors on the tag,  including yellow,  blue and orange,  mainly on the edges.   Then I heat embossed my stamped image in gold embossing powder.   I used my Tim Holtz distresser (pictured below) to rough up the paper edges and also did a little sanding.   Finally I added some dimension with the raised leafy paper (courtesy of my Cuttlebug),  and embellished with some twine and ribbon.   This versatile card could be used for a birthday,  graduation or any celebration.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rockin' birthday card

This card is so easy to make it's ridiculous.   First,  let me say I hardly ever buy scrapbook paper packs unless they are on clearance.   I found a cute rock n roll 12x12 paper pack originally $19.99,  for $4.00 and change.   I also buy blank cards on clearance too.   Always shop the clearance section of your favorite craft store!   So,  I layered a gray card with a piece of the rockin paper and trimmed a coordinating piece with guitars to lay diagonally.   Next,  cut out a 3'' circle and edge it with black ink for dimension.   Stamp your Happy Birthday image and embellish.   I used a mini musical note punch that cost $1.00 from Michaels.   Add a pop dot to raise the circle for added imagery.   Great for a boy or a music loving guy!

Monday, August 26, 2013


I wanted to show you this card I made recently for another Unity Stamp challenge.   The wording and image were a digital print out that was colored in.   This was actually my first attempt at coloring so I was really happy with how it turned out.   I added some doilies in the background that I antiqued with some Tim Holtz distress ink and embellished with some Websters pages trim.   So pretty!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ah, Sunday afternoon

So I'm hanging at... wait for it..... You guessed it,  Starbucks.   Got my church on today at Heflin Baptist where the best preacher in Cleburne county,  Alabama raises the roof every week.   My hubby and the 11 year old want to hang at Books-a-million for a bit which is code for '' drop mom at Starbucks ''.   No complaints here!   Happy Sunday everyone.   Maybe I can squeeze in a nap later......

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Baby Baby Baby

What did you do today?   I spent my Saturday making invites for a relatives baby shower.   I blocked out the phone and address for purposes of this post (with the baby bottle,  ha!) but I sure had fun making them.  
I embossed the card using my Cuttlebug  and made some bow ties with ribbon and a bow icon which I cut out with the Cricut Playful Pups cartridge.   To finish it off , I inked the embossed image,  added a mustache brad,  and for the back side,  I added a little washi tape.  Cute!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Easy Chinese

Did you know that Hamburger Helper has expanded their products to include Sweet and Sour chicken?   Oh my.   Now don't turn your nose up just yet.   I considered myself to have quite the flair in the kitchen but my entire family loves this stuff.   My son had a slight meltdown when I brought home chicken one night but made a different recipe.   Needless to say,  there is peace tonight and smiles all around.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Coffee? Yes, please.

Those who know me,  know I love my Starbucks.   I would like to be able to say I have an allegiance to one brand,  but alas,  that is not the case.   The fact is,  if there's a reward program out there,  by cracky,  I'm signing up.   With that being said I love the Starbucks reward program  (I'm a gold card member,  ahem) but I also love the Dunkin Donuts app where you get special offers every month.   Yesterday I redeemed my DD offer for a small latte for 99 cents.   I also had an offer for a 99 cent muffin.   Had to do two separate transactions but I'm okay with that.   By the way,  I highly recommend the toasted almond latte and the peach cobbler muffin.   *grin

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Baby shower card for a boy

If you are new to card making,  I have an easy card for you to make.   I layered this basic white card with a yellow piece of cardstock.   Take a 2'' hole puncher and punch a piece of paper or use a template if you have one.   I placed my circle  template centered over the card and blotted inside the circle with blue Colorbox ink.    Let your ink dry before stamping your chosen image in black.   Add a piece of ribbon and you are done! 
Tip:  Use a heat embossing tool to quickly dry the ink.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spooky Halloween card

I made this card for a challenge with the Unity Stamp co using the spooky stamped image.   I used a puncher for the left side of the card and lined the holes with silver brads.  I placed a square piece of paper over the stamped image and then sponged around it.  Then I drew a few spiders, added some sparkly stickles glue and some ribbon for a cute spooky card!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Waffle brownies?

You heard it right.  Had these for my sons sleepover last night.  Prepare your boxed brownie mix as directed,  spray your heated waffle maker and cook for about 5 minutes.  Works best if you ''flip'' them onto your plate.  Top with a scoop of ice cream and suddenly, you're the best mom ever!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sleepover tonight

My 11 year old is having a sleepover tonight so I made this cute invitation.  I've fallen in love with the Unity Stamp co. and used this adorable tent stamp.  I sponged in some ink from Colorbox too.  I found the paper punch super cheap from TJ Maxx. You NEED to check them out for awesome deals on scrapping supplies. The washi tape I found at Target on clearance. I usually get my crafting supplies on clearance or with a coupon. That's the only way to go! Love how it turned out and I hear the kids loved their invite too.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My very first post....let's show a card!

This blog is going to be mostly about crafting and food.  Two things I know a little about.  Stick around long enough and you'll find I've got a pretty crazy sense of humor too.  But first off, let me show you one of the first cards I made.  I have a Cricut die cutting machine that I've had for about 4 or 5 years.  These machines use cartridges with different fonts, designs, etc. 

This card was made several years ago but since this is my first post, and this Fall/Halloween card was also a first, I think it's fitting that the two go hand in hand today.  I did use the cricut to cut out the tree and the fence but it's been so long ago, I couldn't tell you which cartridge I used.  I'll try and be more mindful with future posts.  Feel free to view my Pinterest page below which has more of my projects.  Thanks for looking!