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Friday, April 25, 2014

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
New Home and New Toys!

Janneke, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator : Congratulations
LOVE this new home congrats card --- so simple but it sings to me! Notice how the embossed red roof and small pearl add to the overall professional look of this card. (Click HERE for the original pin.)

Love the negative frame!
The flowers on this card are peel and stick embellishments from the minds at Martha Stewart. Michael's sells them in the MS section and I've already gone through two packages of them! After seeing this pin, it looks like it will be package #3! (Click HERE for the original pin.)

Nature Tiles by atsamom, via Flickr
Another simple card and a great way to use that last scrap of printed DSP that you can't bear to toss in the trash! Cut into 3/4" squares, add a stamped image and sponge on some ink to the edges and BAM! - a card made in a jiffy for any occasion! (Click HERE for the original pin.)

LOVE THIS! * Memory Box * stamping up north
I just bought a smaller version of this Memory Box die...now it's time to use it! (Click HERE for original pin.)
...and here are a few more clever ideas for this die:

ink up the negative side to create this
Ink up the negative panel on an embossing folder = BRILLIANT! Click HERE for original pin.)

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(Click HERE for original pin.)

Friday, April 18, 2014

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS: Christmas in June Card Chicks Party


I'm already starting to think about projects for our awesome card club to make at our annual Christmas in June party. This year, I think I'll give a magic box assembly demo like the one below. It's a project that I discovered last year thanks to a previous PIN IT FRIDAY FAV post:

MAGIC BOX 

...then I'll have each Card Chick bring some sort of simple tag project for all of us to make. That will give us a variety of tags that we can put into the 4 little boxes like I did below:


A wonderful set of directions to assemble this magic box can be found on the blog A Life as Lou - just click HEREA box like this could be made for any occasion with sweet little surprises - like chocolates! - and notes put into each of the 4 smaller boxes! My mother and MIL would love a gift like this =)

NOTE: A tag measuring 2.5" x 2.5" or less fits into this tower of boxes. So...I started looking on Pinterest this week to find some tag examples to show everyone what can be made for tags...and here's what I found:

GIFT CARD HOLDERS by Tammie Edgerton, #GiftGiving, #Tags, #Christmas
Click HERE for Original Pin

Stampin' Up! Gift Tags
Click HERE for Original Pin

xmas tags
Click HERE for Original Pin

Christmas tag
Click HERE for Original Pin

My Stampin' Up! Christmas tags this year!
Click HERE for Original Pin

Michael's and Joann's also sells tags in packages that can serve as an easy base for the tags (just trim off the length and sides as needed). It's an easier way to go if you want to make these magic boxes and tag sets to give as gifts:

Graphic 45 Staples Tag Album Regular, , hi-resMaya Road Manila Shipping Tags #2, , hi-res 

I'll ask the ladies to keep the layers to a minimum and keep the tags on the simple side since we'll be making so many tags plus the box at the party. Something like this is gorgeous, but it just won't fit into our little boxes!

Stamping to Share: 9/26 Stampin' Up! Delicate Doilies Designer Rosette Christmas Ornament
Click HERE for Original Pin

Sunday, April 13, 2014

MY FAVORITE CRAFTER

I have a neighbor, Ava, who loves making crafts as much as I do, and we get together from time-to-time to have some fun with some of my paper crafting toys. It's truly amazing how quickly she learns new things, pays attention to the details and can look at a sample then make it her own! Today, she came over for some craft time and was happy to find that one of my buddies, Mel, had dropped off some things just for her =) 


In just a little time, Ava had made a bunch of projects and was eager to drop off some bunny car racers that she made for her two friends across the street. 


Twinkies, peeps, Jelly Bellies and marshmallows are always a treat for kids of any age - including my twenty-something sons! 


Ava makes my heart happy to see how much she enjoys the creative process and how much she enjoys seeing the final product --- now that's the sign of a true crafter! Today I learned about rubber band loom bracelets and baskets from Ava. Remember those pot holders we made back in the 60's? The look of the items made with this rubber band loom reminds me of those pot holders! I wish I had taken a close-up pic of Ava's beautiful rainbow bracelet she made and was wearing today. It looked a bit like one I found on Google:


I'm so lucky to have someone right next door who shares my love of crafting and who helps me use up some of my supplies so I can justify buying the next new paper crafting toy I see! Thanks, Ava (...and thanks to your mom for letting me post these pics of you on my site)!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

LAST EASTER CARDS and
GOURMET DIVAS MEETING

I've put my last Easter cards into the mail and here's a final version I made for my parents and in-laws:


Inside Text

I love a dose of humor in a card!...and speaking of humor...my sister gave me this card for my birthday:


Thanks, Sis!

...and speaking of fabulous...my FABULOUS pen pal, LA, sent me the most magnificent card that made me do a BIG happy dance. The beautiful combination of textures, colors, die cuts and that Coco Chanel saying were extraordinary in every way...so I had to frame it for my craft room! 

I just found a new sign to hang over the door to my craft room that I now see every time I leave my craft room and it says "Go Out There and be AMAZING!" --- it makes me happy =)

I had my cooking club friends over last Friday for a deliciously fun meeting! I made the favors with my new envelope punch board thanks to a PIN IT FRIDAY FAV (posted HERE). I added a small bag of Jelly Bellies to it, but after a few other Easter craft projects I made, there's still about a half of a Costco-size container of Jelly Bellies left - DANGEROUS is all I can say!


The ladies each made their own bunny racers, too:


I made the first batch of bunny racers with yellow bunnies, but I like the way the blue bunnies stand out even if they do use some sort of toxic dye to get that electric shade of blue - LOL!

My cooking club buddy Fran gave each of us this card below and it reminded us of the hours of endless fun we had as kids playing dress up! Glitter has been added to every outfit on this card, but it hardly shows up in my photo. I do use a lot of Stickles glitter glue on cards --- I even added it to the bunny card at the top of this post to highlight the ears and tail =)


...and finally...I made one of my family's favorite breakfast and breakfast dinner items called French Toast Bake. It's the perfect dish to make for company because it's made up hours before serving, refrigerated, then placed in the oven for 45 minutes before serving. The recipe follows below:


FRENCH TOAST BAKE

Ingredients
  • ½ C. melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 C. brown sugar
  • 24 King Hawaiian rolls cut in half to create a top and bottom
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ C. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • Powdered sugar

Directions: Melt butter in microwave and add brown sugar. Stir until mixed well. Pour butter/sugar mixture into a 9”x13” pan and spread evenly. Beat eggs, milk and vanilla until thoroughly mixed. (I use the beater attachment from my immersion blender.) Place a single layer of rolls into the pan with the top side of the roll facing down and the cut side facing up. Spoon half of the egg mixture evenly over the rolls and sprinkle with cinnamon. Add the second layer of rolls with the cut side facing up. Spoon the remaining egg mixture evenly over the rolls and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover and chill overnight (or make several hours before serving). Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes). Cut a serving and flip it over to reveal the top of the roll. Spoon some of the butter/sugar mixture on top of each roll and finish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Serve if desired with warm maple syrup, bacon and sausage. Recipe serves 8 people.

Friday, April 11, 2014

PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS:
More Easter Project Pins

I posted a Pin It Friday Fav
awhile back for a unique box
and finally had the chance
to make one myself!


Click HERE to view the
measurements and
video tutorial at the end of
my March 14th post.

I pinned this lovely centerpiece idea:

Easter Gift Jars
(Click HERE for original pin)

Because I didn't have jars this size,
I used a flower vase I already had:


Here are a few more clever Easter 
projects on Pinterest last week:

Barbara's Craft Circle: Basket Diving Bunny - Punch Art Easter Card
(Click HERE for original pin)

This cute little Easter chick wishes you a Happy Easter!  Basket is made with the largest oval framelits.  See more details on my blog;  http://stampinbj.typepad.com/weblog/2014/03/easter-chic-basket.html  BJ Peters
(Click HERE for original pin)

Blog Hop 2
(Click HERE for original pin)

(Click HERE for the original pin)
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

CARD PARTY PICS

Here are some of the pics from our fun night with the Card Chicks. I saw these Easter treats on Pinterest and had to try making some myself:
Bunny Racers
Close Up
Best vanilla cupcakes on the planet...plus
...we had a delicious blueberry
cake from Rina!
 
 Arielle and Kevin
 The Birthday Girl!
Kev and Rina!
 
 Me and Rina
 Pics by Kev
 A Selfie with Aunt Janie!
Christie, Tiff, Rachel and Michele
Katie and Janie
...and here are the wonderful favors:

Inside Rachel's egg were some
candies that I used
to make this display: 

Today, Rina showed me her
latest creation for
someone at her office
getting married:
SO Clever!