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

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.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Wedding Cards and the
Very Best Pinterest Pins

We had a bridal shower recently in our family and these were some of the cards made for other family members to give to the bride:

Pinterest Inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

 Original Pin HERE

I loved how this card turned out:

Pinterest Inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

This was an experiment that
worked out just fine:

I used my Cricut for this card:

Inside Sentiment
SU Stamp Set: Simply Wonderful

Pinterest Inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

...and here's one more project I made for the
shower thanks to Pinterest:

I bought indoor/outdoor black paint at Michael's
for the groom pumpkin and hand-painted
the lower 1/3 area of the fake - but
real-looking pumpkin.

Original Pin HERE

Friday, October 21, 2016

My Halloween Card and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I found this DSP with a metallic silver design and
when I sponged black ink around the edges,
it made the silver pop even more!

Inside Sentiment

Bat Punch = Martha Stewart
(Sentiments Done on My Computer)

...and here were the cards that gave me inspiration:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Check out this fall treat:

Original Pin HERE

I made them for a party, put them on a metallic tray and they were a big hit! So easy, too!


Friday, October 14, 2016

Cards from My Pen Pal
and the Very Best of Pinterest Pins

My pen pal, Leslie-Ann, in BC, Canada has been the source of multiple happy dances lately thanks to the lovely cards she creates and sends my way! Here are some of her most recent pieces of art:

Leslie-Ann sent me these pics of products used:

She put this die on the inside of the card.

This is the purrrrfect card for my cat-loving friends!

Here are some more cat cards on Pinterest:

Pinterest Pin HERE

Pinterest Pin HERE

Pinterest Pin HERE

Pinterest Pin HERE

Pinterest Pin HERE

Friday, September 30, 2016

Halloween Treats and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

Original Pin HERE

The FREE printable files to make these Tic Tac treats are from a site called Somewhat Simple and can be found HEREThe pin above is from a site called Cupcakes and Bling --- now that's a great name for a blog! 

I used an envelope punch board to create these cute little treat boxes from Pinterest. They measure 2 1/4" wide by 3 1/4" tall and result in the perfect paper project for Halloween or Thanksgiving. 

The Hershey Miniature chocolates nestled in the boxes already come in fall colors and prints, so they're the perfect candy to use for this fall treat box! 

Four boxes can be created from one piece of 12"x12" DSP and using double-sided DSP gives a nice contrast to the finished mini totes if you adhere the side flaps to the outer side panels. Here is the wonderful video tutorial which also has a quick link of :

Original Pin HERE

The only thing I changed was the diameter of the hole punch at the top. I preferred a 3/4" punch instead of the 1". You can see the difference in the two punch sizes on my completed boxes in the first pic of the totes above.

....and one last Halloween treat box that is very cute and clever from Chick N' Scratch:

She created a terrific video, too:

Original Pin HERE

My Version:

Enjoy this fall season with some paper-crafted treats for friends and family!