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Some Of My Favorite Creations To Date

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Another Eggshell Pin

Hi everyone!

I am still finding stuff I made with eggshells that I never posted.
Here is another pin.

The reason I am looking for this stuff you ask?
My tutorial on how to make an eggshell mosaic on Split Coast Stampers.
I hope you will head over there and check it out.  :)

Flower and leaves are Prima and the beautiful glitters are from Art Glitter.

True :D

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Check Out My Eggshell Mosaic Tutorial That I Created For Split Coast Stamper's Resources Forum

Hi Everyone!

I was asked to do another tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers.
This time, it's on my Eggshell Mosaic technique.
I hope you will check it out!
It is super fun and super easy!
This is the card I created for that tutorial.

The cardstock is all from Discount Card Stock, the ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and the pearls from Want2Scrap.

Here are some other projects I have used this technique on. It's not just for cards. :)



Please head over to Split Coast Stampers, check out my tutorial in either pictorial or video format and leave me some love. ;)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Another Blitsy Haul!

Hi Everyone!

I got some HaPpY MaIl yesterday. My latest haul of FREE STUFF from Blitsy!

Click the photo for a closer look

Not a member? Why not? Don't you want to start earning credits for free crafty supplies too? 

I love sharing good things and great opportunities with my friends. I hope you will check it out! :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Inky Antic's and Action Wobbles Co-Hop!

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to the Inky Antics and Action Wobbles co-hop!
We are super excited about us Inky girls hopping along with the Action Wobbles girls this month.
If you are here from Monica's blog, you're in the right place. If you just happened onto my blog, you will want to head back to the Inky Antics blog where it all starts. :)

For my card, I used Inky's #10144E "Another Jack" and #10692D Med "Happy Halloween, plus an Action Wobbles.

Click the super quick video to see the card in action. ;)


Card Recipe
Inky Antics: #10144E "Another Jack" and #10692D Med "Happy Halloween, plus an Action Wobbles
Graphic 45: "Happy Hauntings"
Discount Card Stock: Midnight Black, Intense Kiwi, and Brilliant White
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Sheer Two Tone Stripes assortment
Copic Multi-liner pen, Prismacolor pencils, and Gamsol

You can buy Action Wobbles directly from Inky Antics HERE.

The blog hop starts today and ends tomorrow at midnight. Please visit each DT member's blog to view their projects and leave a comment for each. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win an awesome prize. (only 1 comment per blog please) Inky Antics will be drawing three people's names at random to receive an Inky Halloween clear set and a dozen Action Wobbles. The winners will be announced on Monday so make sure and check back on the Inky blog to see if you are one of the lucky winners! The AW folks will be giving away even more Action Wobbles so there will be lots of prizes to go around!
Your next stop on the hop is Heather's adorable blog.

Thanks so much for WOBBLING along with us today! :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine Blog's Graceful Leaves Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! 
I welcome you to my blog, and another CardMaker hop, as enthusiastically as I welcome the first signs of Fall!
It's my very favorite season. I don't know what I love more...the cool crisp air, the sounds and rich aroma of fallen leaves crunching under my feet, or the beautiful foliage as it turns it's many shades of splendor.
I can't share the feel or the smell of Fall with you but I can share some of the colors of God's paintbrush!

The CardMaker girls have all created cards for you today inspired by Fall leaves to herald in the new season.
Here is mine.

Right now, the leaves on our Flaming Maple are just starting to turn from green to a burt orange color and I tried to capture that on my card since we are celebrating the first day of Autumn. In a few weeks, I will be able to break out with vibrant oranges and unbelievably beautiful reds. :)

Here's a shot of the inside.

This was a fun and simple card to create so I thought I would share some of the creative process with you.

First I stamped the beautiful #9902F "Every Leaf Fluttering" sentiment from Inky Antics onto a 5"x3 3/4" piece of Brilliant White cardstock.
Then I took some leaf dies and cut out stencils from scrap cardstock.  I placed the leaf stencils over my card front and spritzed them with assorted colors of mists.

After I have done all of the leaves, I placed a scalloped circle over the sentiment and misted the entire card front with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle mist to give the entire card some shimmer and shine.

The leaves I punched out to make my stencils, were still laying on my table, so I thought I would incorporate them into my card as well. I sprayed them with pretty heavily with mists.

I hate wasting all of the mist that is left laying on my non-stick craft mat, so I took a piece of scrap paper and soaked it all up. There were a few white spots on the paper after I turned it over so I added just a bit more mist to fill in the bare spots.

I let all of the pieces dry, used the color matched paper that I created with the left over mist for the second layer of the card, and the trimmed off scrap pieces to accent the inside. Then I add the leaves that had started out as scrap pieces from my stencil making step with foam dots.

This card really just evolved into what it is by me using what I had on hand. I had originally planned on it being a simple white card with a few misted leaves and a bow when I started out :)

Once again, I used another byproduct for crafting. I had picked some leaves from our Maple tree for the photo shots of my card. They were very pretty and I hated to waste them, so I used some Mod Podge and a canning jar to create a coordinating Fall candle. :)

#9902F "Every Leaf Fluttering" from Inky Antics
Gold Ore Metallic, Brilliant White, and Midnight Black cardstocks from Discount Card Stock
Gold seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Provo Craft Cuttlebug 2x2 Fall leaf die set
Ranger Ink: Butterscotch and Meadow Color Wash sprays, and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist.
Mod Podge

Thanks so much for dropping by!
I hope you take time to enjoy the beauty of the ever changing colors of Fall.
I would love to know what your favorite thing about Fall is!  
Pop it in a comment below before you go. :)

Here are the links to the rest of the CardMaker girls blogs so you can hop by and check out the stunning projects they have prepared for your viewing pleasure.

Brooke (CardMaker blog)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sharing My Blitsy Deal!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all don't get tired of seeing me go on and on about how awesome Blitsy is but I am going to give you a visual as to why, instead of just telling you about it again, because you are my crafty friends. I want you to reap the rewards too! 

I just placed another order today with credits earned by posting/sharing about Blitsy. Look at the receipt and you will see that my order total was $15.90. That is shipping (plus a little that I went over by). Blitsy's sale price totaled $152.95 but together the retail price would have been $227.00. So...I got $227.00 worth of crafty goodness for just $15.90! and this is the 12th time I have placed an order like this in less than a year! See why I love them? :) 

It just takes a second to sign up and it doesn't cost a thing. Start sharing and you too can earn crafty credits!

Here are just a few of the items that are on sale at deep discounts right now. :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

My Day to Post on the CardMaker Magazine Blog. ;)

Hi Everyone!

I would like to invite you over to the CardMaker Magazine blog to check out the article I wrote for today. I created a hand-painted sugar cookie to coordinate with one of my newly release stamps from Inky Antics.
I will show a peek here, but for a closer look (and a look at the cookies before they were painted) please VISIT THE CARDMAKER BLOG.  :)

Thanks for HoPpInG by!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop and My Halloween Cookies

Hi Everyone and welcome to another Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop!

If you are here from the Really Reasonable Ribbons Ramblings blog, you are in the right place.
If you just happened on to my blog, you will want to go back one step to start at the beginning.

Regular followers of my blog,  know that I have started sharing my baked goodies on here as of late too. Why not combine my love of all things sweet and my love of pretty ribbons?

The September Ribbon Club Kit has all of the fun colors that we normally associate with Halloween, (even though, they can be used as every day ribbons as well).
I know it's early, but it put me in the mood for some Halloween cookies. 
We will have to eat these and I will make more for Halloween. 
I used my "Spiced Orange Sugar Cookie" recipe, so they are extra tasty! :)
These would be great for you to make for your special little ghouls and goblins too!

Click on photo for a closer look.

I simply made sugar cookies, using some of Wilton's Halloween Cookie Cutters, frosted them with Royal Frosting, let them dry, then made these fun little gift packages.
The background cardstock is Bazzill Two Scoops in Prickly Pear, Pumpkin Pie, and Black Cow, all from Discount Card Stock. The designer paper is from Graphic 45's "Happy Hauntings" stack.
The pretty bows make the packaging complete! :)

Here is a peek at all of the ribbons in this month's set as well as the frosting colors I mixed to match it. 

Not a member of the ribbon club yet? What are you waiting for? Who wouldn't like to get a surprise package of beautiful ribbons every month? CLICK HERE for details.

I should also mention that Really Reasonable Ribbon is currently in the middle of a design team call! 
We are looking for talented crafters and artists who love using ribbon, work well with deadlines and have great personalities. If you are a card maker, scrapbooker, hair bow maker, paper crafter, ribbon artist, altered artist or if you do anything fun and unique with ribbon please apply.  Our readers are looking for variety, so don't be afraid to show your creative side.
Click here for details.

For my cookie recipe, CLICK HERE.

 Your next stop on the hop is sweet Linda's blog.

I am super excited that one of my very best friends...Lisa Lara is joining us on the hop as a special guest designer this month! Look for her blog along the way and make sure and give her some ♥! :)

Don't forget to leave a comment to increase your chances to win a fun prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! :)

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Quilt Block Cookies and Spiced Orange Sugar Cookie Recipe!

Hi Everyone!

I have been busy making cards for special projects, that I can't share at this time, so I thought I would share something else.
I am also a quilter and...I love to make cookies, and have combined the two loves to make these fun quilt block cookies. I have to admit that it's not my original idea. I first saw something similar on Pinterest from Emily and Amy's Treats.

Mine are 2 1/2" squares, all with different "fabric" designs. 

The hard part was deciding which quilt pattern to photograph them in. 

Here's another.  ;)

I thought I would share a tasty recipe with you as well. I started with this awesome End All For Vanilla Sugar Cookie recipe from Lila Loa, then added a few ingredients for a different flavor. So...here is my twist.

Spiced Orange Sugar Cookies

1 cup salted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange extract
the zest from one orange
3/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 cups flour

 Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, vanilla, orange extract, orange zest and cardamom. Mix well. Add baking powder and salt and mix to incorperate.  Add flour 1 cup at a time. Chill in refrigerator for at least an hour. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Bake at 375 F for 5-6 minutes, or until just barely starting to color on the edges. 
I used Royal frosting to decorate mine, but you can sprinkle with sugar before baking or use  Butter-cream frosting if you would prefer. 

I just had to share this photo with you too. I splurged and bought myself some red enameled stainless steel mixing bowls and this was the first time I used one. The butter looked so cool in it that I had to pop a photo. It's hard to tell where the butter stops and the reflection starts! :)

If you would like a link to a great Royal Frosting recipe and some awesome tutorials, check out this post at The Sweet adventures of Sugarbella.

Thanks so much for dropping by!
Hope your day is a sweet one! :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

More Sweet Treats to Share

Hi Everyone!

Hope you don't mind me sharing my goodies on my blog. I know most of you are here because of my cards. :)
I made some truffles for a friend who is on Weight Watchers. They are 2 points each so she can have one a day on the days she has extra points to use. 
They are strawberry, vanilla and chocolate.

Any flavor of cake, baked per recipe. Cool and crumble. Add enough frosting (I use homemade Butter-cream) to make it just moist enough to form a ball. Start with 1/8 cup frosting. You don't want them soggy. Roll into 1" balls, then dip in melted Candy Melts and drop on waxed paper. Decorate to your liking before candy hardens.
They store at room temperature for about a week or in the fridge for a couple of weeks in an air tight container.

I also made some "HOME" themed cookies for some friends/family that are house hunting. :)

Thanks for dropping by!

Art With Sugar and Flour

Hi everyone!

I thought I would pop on and show you some goodies that I created for a friend's function last week.
I don't care what medium I create in....I just love creating! :)

My first ever "ruffle" cake.

Royal frosted sugar cookies.

Cream cheese butter mints.

And a Pineapple Upside-down cake turned right-side-up and frosted in the shape of a "50". :)

The cakes look small but they really weren't. That was a deep table! :)

Hope your day is a SWEET one! :)