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Friday, January 13, 2017

More Birthday Projects and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed more birthday cards for the month of January and here's a design that can be modified with various DSP and embossing folders for any occasion. I really need to have more versatile cards like this made ahead so I can send out a card without having to set a bomb go off in my craft room!

Recently, my co-worker cleaned out her craft room and bestowed upon me a plethora of paper crafting toys! To thank her for her generosity and for making me do a happy dance, I made a card and purse as a big thank you:

Cute by the Inch, Stampin' Up
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Up
A Big Thank You, Papertrey, Ink


Pinterest Pin HERE
(Includes Directions HERE)

My Matching Purse:

This purse was created by the blog poster
to hold a set of cards and includes
a wonderful video tutorial!

Original Pin HERE
with Video HERE

This has been one of my most favorite projects to create. Give it a try and create a set of 4 cards with the same papers used to create the purse for a lovely color coordinated gift set just like this:

Original Pin HERE

Here are the pieces needed to make this purse:

For box base:
5" x 8" card stock
Score at 1" on all four sides

For handles:
1" x 11"
Score @ 1/2" along
the 1" side - Start and stop
at 1 1/2" from top and bottom

For sides:
4 1/2" x 12"
4 1/2" x 7"

Top border pieces:
2 each of
3/4" x 11"
3/4" x 8 1/2"

For an Easter basket version,
check out this video from

...and last, but not least...I made this birthday card for my husband's assistant and BIG Tim Burton fan - especially the Nightmare before Christmas:

I would have never thought of this card on my own had it not been for this version on Pinterest:

Original Pin HERE

Friday, January 6, 2017

Retirement Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterst Pins

One of my best friends has retired and today we had a chance to celebrate it!

The inside sentiment says:
Let the relaxation begin!
(happy retirement)

From the SU stamp set:
CONGRATS (Retired)

Inside pop up from SU:

(I made the sentiment on the card front
with my computer.)

Here's my birthday version of this
card using a 
DCWV double-sided
stack of coordinated papers from
JoAnns that was 50% off - yippeeeee!

Background stamp set:

Here was my Pinterest inspiration card:

Original Pin HERE

...and a few other retirement cards that caught my eye
that could also be modified for a number of occasions:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

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Original Pin HERE

...and finally this clever punch card:
Original Pin HERE

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Ideas and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

Give out loads of holiday smiles with this
terrific gift card and Hershey Kisses holder:

The Santa is actually a Target Gift card and I put the gift receipt in the top pocket. Normally, the gift card would go in the pocket and you can check out the how-to video thanks to this Pinterest pin:

Original Pin HERE

...and another blogger's Christmas variation:

Original Pin HERE

Here's a cute Snoopy card idea made with punches:

Original Pin HERE 

It gave me some inspiration to create a
few birthday cards this month:

I got the little Woodstock online as a piece of clip art that I printed and cut out. You can print my version HERE. After I cut out Woodstock, I cut the legs from the body and pasted them in a sitting down position.

Here's a lovely way to send out a thank you
or a December birthday card:

Inside View:

Tree and Bear Stamp Set:
White Christmas from Stampin' Up
Simply Wonderful from Stampin' Up

This was my Pinterest Inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

My MISTI helped me mass produce this card for all of the thank yous I'll need this holiday season, and a mask let me sponge in the SU Pool Party ink where needed.

These little treat boxes were based on a previous post HERE:

Finally....a table centerpiece that's
quick and easy:

Original Pin HERE

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year
and I'll be taking time off from blogging to enjoy it.
Happiest of holidays with abundant joy
and creativity in 2017!...
and I like to end each year with this poem
that my friend, Michele, sent to me
many Christmases ago:

Twas the night before Christmas, I’m glued to the tree.
I’m wondering what Santa will bring just for me.
Could it be new cardstock or inkpads or lace?
"Or stamp sets," I said, with a big smile on my face.
And that’s when I saw him..."Hi Santa," I said.
To which he replied, "You should be in bed!"
"Oh, dear!" I said, "I’ve just been caught...
But I was hoping to see what goodies you brought."
He took a brief look at my room where I work.
Then he shook his head quickly, and left with a jerk.
...And I heard him exclaim, as he put it in gear,
You’ve got enough crap, I’ll see you next year!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Paper Divas
and the Very Best of
Pinterest Pins

I'm so lucky to be in a group of talented paper crafters and we call ourselves the Paper Divas. I hosted our last meeting and here are some of the items we created and shared:

The inside of my card was the result of
this Pinterest pin:

Original Pin HERE

I made a Pilgrim version like this for each person 
and put it at their place setting for a good laugh!
I got the idea from this pin:

Original Pin HERE 

Katie taught us how to make these lovely
card boxes that held 4 cards with envelopes:

This is the SU embossing set for the outside flap:

The flap closes thanks to a little
circle of Velcro that Katie brought
on Amazon.com.

She even made a template for each of us!!

...and here were her 4 cards inside the box:

Using SU products, Katie made these two
cute Christmas cards, too:

Alice Brown let us make this stunning card:

This was a Starbucks gift card favor I had
at each person's work area:

These holders were so much fun to make thanks to
a pin that includes a fantastic how to video:

Original Pin HERE

...and here was the Taste of Home dish that we feasted upon.
I made the whole thing in my cast iron skillet, but a
a casserole dish works well, too:

Cornbread Taco Bake

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 package (8-1/2 ounces) corn bread/muffin mix*
  • 1 can (2.8 ounces) french-fried onions, divided
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • (I added 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic once the ground beef was browned.)
  • Directions

    1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the corn, tomato sauce, water, green pepper, garlic and taco seasoning. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
    2. Prepare corn bread mix according to package directions for corn bread. Stir in half of the onions. Spread over beef mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes.
    3. Sprinkle with cheese and remaining onions. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and a toothpick inserted into corn bread layer comes out clean. 
  • *Try experimenting by adding various items to the cornbread mix such as olives, green chilies, etc.