Happy Birthday Water Color Pencil Card


Today’s card is a Happy Birthday card using the water color pencils from Stampin’ UP!.  I used the pastel like colors and my Aqua Painter to get the above effect.  I wasn’t sure I like it at first, but after letting it dry completely I ended up really liking it!  The sentiment is from the Perennial Birthday stamp set.  I stamped it in Staz On ink and then added some glitter glue drops (Stickles) for some sparkle.



The card dimensions are as follows:

Base – Balmy Blue – 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at  1/4

DSP Mat – 5 1/4 x 4

Coastal Cabana or Mint Macaron Mat – 4 5/8 x 3 3/4

Water Color Panel – 4 1/2 x 3 1/2

I tied a bit of ribbon on the bottom and used a knot rather than a bow.  (I think this ribbon was from my stash so I listed a SU ribbon in the supplies below that should work). 

The cardstock is from my stash and not SU, but I would think that Balmy Blue would be a good substitute and maybe Coastal Cabana or Mint Macaron for the minty green color.  




Likewise the pattern paper piece is from my stash but one of the designs from the Subtles DSP pack would look great with it I think.  (I am listing the SU supplies that would go good in the links below even though I did not use them in my sample).  


I used watercolor paper for the focal image, be careful not to get this too wet, it will warp!  Make sure your water color image is completely dry before stamping the sentiment or trying to put the card together.  I also recommend using a strong adhesive, such as the liquid glue, tear and tape or the Fast Fuse (Tombo xtreme if you have none from SU) because when you use water color paper it tends to be thicker and harder to adhere using something like Snail. 

Supplies are listed below, thanks so much for stopping by!  

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Snowman on Dirty Ice!

If you grew up on a dirt road in the Midwest then you will probably appreciate today’s card!  


Doesn’t it look like he’s skating on frozen dirt???  LOL  It was not my intention to create that, but unfortunately it’s how it turned out!  I kind of like it though!  I used the Spirited Snowmen stamp set from the Holiday catalog along with my Stampin’ Write Markers for the coloring.  


The DSP I used was from the Dashing Along pack, which I don’t think is available any more as it was part of a promotion in September.  But you could easily substitute another DSP to get the same effect.

So just how did I create that delightful dirty ice???  I used my Crumb Cake ink pad and a blender pen brushed across the bottom of the focal image, then used Glossy Accents to create the “ice”.  Now if you’d prefer clean ice, you could add just a very very light wash of maybe Pool Party or some very light blue or aqua ink, then cover it with Glossy Accents.  

Anyway, dirt on the ice or not, I still like it, just like I still have super fond memories of skating (and falling!) up and down that dirt road of my childhood.  Those memories are priceless!  

Thanks for stopping by everyone, supplies are listed below.  Have a great day!!!

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Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker

Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker
Blender Pens



Southern Baked Beans

Southern Baked Beans; Paula Deen

This recipe is from Paula Deen and it is sooooo good!!!    (and no, this is NOT a low fat recipe, LOL!)
1/2 pound bacon
1 large onion, diced
1 16 ounce can pork and beans
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
5 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons ketchup
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a skillet fry bacon until crispy and crumble.  In the same pan using the bacon drippings, saute the onion until brown.  Mix bacon, onion and drippings with the remaining ingredients.  Pour into a baking dish and bake covered for 45-60 minutes.  
Yield:  4 servings

Drawstring Bags

Who doesn’t need all kinds of bags and totes, especially when you have kids?!  I love these little bags I made for my twins, plus I made a “big girl” one for my sixteen year old!  

I was inspired to make these by watching Dana from Made Everyday.  Her video is below, thanks Dana for sharing your awesome talents!

Here are the two bags I made for my twins:


Of course my Matthew had to have sharks for his bag!  I used fat quarters to create the bags.  I got mine at Walmart where they are less than $2.00 and come in lots of cute designs.

Here is Amy’s bag, princess themed for her!


Here is another view of Matthew’s bag showing it open:


I used ribbon for the drawstring but you can also use cord if you prefer. 

Watch Dana’s video below to see just how to put the bags together.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderfully crafty day!


Holiday Catalog CASE Card

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Hi everyone! As I type this blog post wayyyyy before Christmas, it is miserable outside!  Very cold and rainy.  It’s October and the only thing keeping me going is knowing that the winter holidays are right around the corner.  Which means I better get busy making my Holiday Cards!

Luckily I have the 2018 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ UP!  Not just a slim book full of products, but also full of ideas!  The card I am sharing today is a CASE’d card.  What does CASE mean?  Well, in Stampin’ UP! lingo, CASE means Copy And Share Everything.  The catalogs make CASEing easy, there is literally a wonderful idea on nearly every page!

Here is the card for today:


Isn’t it pretty?  The inspiration for this card is found on page 28 of the Holiday Catalog.  The products used to create it are part of the Joyous Noel Suite.  When you see products listed in a “suite” that means Stampin’ UP! has listed all the products that will coordinate together to create gorgeous images.  


I didn’t have all the products in the suite so I did need to change things up a bit, but that’s okay!  That’s what CASEing is all about!  Taking a design and making it your own.  For instance, I didn’t have any way to make the little indents in the corners of the card, so I used a corner of my Everyday Label punch to get the effect I wanted.  Worked like a charm!  I also didn’t have Ovals Framelits so I again used the Everyday Label punch for the sentiment piece.  


The Merry Merlot Ribbon was another bit I didn’t have.  Luckily in my stash I found a scalloped border die cut from an ages old Stampin’ UP! kit that I actually found in a thrift store!  (see why being a hoarder can sometimes be a good thing?  ha ha!)

The catalog shows you a picture but doesn’t give you details so here is what I worked out for my card:

Base – Sahara Sand – 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

Whisper White – 2 pieces at 4 x 5 1/4, one scrap piece for the sentiment piece

Inks – Merry Merlot, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide

I also used the Clear Wink of Stella to add shimmer.

I also used the Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper in Tranquil Tide for the branches, which I punched out using the Sprig Punch.  The punch and the stamp set that I used (Peaceful Noel) are available in a bundle, which will save  you 10%!  



Though I didn’t use any Designer Series Paper on this card, the Joyous Noel Specialty DSP in this Suite is AMAZING!  Really beautiful paper!  


I finished the inside of the card too!


For the sentiment on the inside of the card I used an image from the I’ll Be Home stamp set, also in the Holiday Catalog.  The other images are from the Peaceful Noel set.  I believe I used Tranquil Tide and Merry Merlot Ink.  


Next time you get stuck for an idea browse the catalogs, you’ll get unstuck in no time!  

Links for all the products used are listed below.

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Sprig Punch



Happy Harvest Blessings Card – Stampin’ UP!


Today I have a card to share that I actually made several days ago.  At the time I made it I didn’t have all my ink pads, but luckily I did have some of my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I love the Stampin’ Write Markers, they are so versatile and since they are filled with the same exact ink as is in the ink pads, they are a great way to add to your color collection while sticking to your budget!


For this card I used the Country Home stamp set from Stampin’ UP! which is in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I also used the Country Lane Designer Series Paper, also from the Holiday Catalog.  These items are part of the Country Lane Suite that can be found on page 43 of the Holiday Catalog.  


For cardstock I chose Crumb Cake, Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White.  I then chose the polka dot pattern from the DSP pack.  I think these colors make the perfect autumn color scheme!

*I also used one more pattern from the pack, which you can see on the finished card

The measurements for the card are as follows:

Card Base – Crumb Cake – 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2

Blackberry Bliss – 1 piece at 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 and 1 piece at 3 1/4 x 3 1/4

Whisper White – Focal Image piece at 3 x 3, Inside panel – 4 x 5 1/4

Polka Dot DSP – 1 1/2 x 5 1/2, Green and White DSP – 1 x 5 1/2


I stamped the above image from the Country Home stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the focal image piece.  I then took the sentiment stamp and curved it on my block to achieve the effect above.  I used my Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write marker to ink the sentiment.  I love how it turned out!


I used various Stampin’ Write markers to color my image (sorry I forgot to write them down!)  I tried to use autumn colors but I think it did come out a bit too dark.  I used a white gel pen to add some white details to the image.



The rest of the card came together pretty quickly.  I layered the Blackberry Bliss with the DSP pieces and adhered them to the left of the card front.


For the inside of my card I stamped the above sentiment from the Country Home Stamp Set on a panel of Whisper White using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  


After mounting the focal image to the mat of Black Berry Bliss I wrapped some Braided Linen Trim around the bottom portion and tied a bow.  I wasn’t sure about this trim when I first got it, but I love it now!  It adds just the right “rustic” touch.

To finish the card off I used Dimensionals to adhere the focal image to the front and added Wink of Stella and Stickles Glitter Glue for some sparkle. 

Hope you like the card, you can find all the supplies I used in the links below.  Simply click the links to be taken to my online store.  *Remember to use the current Host Code in the left sidebar on any order under $150 to earn a FREE gift from me! (for orders over $150 do not use the Host Code because at that point you would be qualified to earn your own host awards!)  

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Frog in the Ditch – An Americanized Version of Toad in the Hole

*originally published in my cooking blog “One Bite at a Time: From My Kitchen to Yours”

When I first published this recipe my dear Mother In Law, Margaret, was still alive and well and happy.  Sadly, we lost Margaret six years ago to cancer.  This blog post is dedicated to her memory.  We still love and miss her so! 

toad in the hole

I love British food and having a British husband has opened all kinds of new food experiences and recipes to me!  My mother in law is quite possibly THE best cook in the world, when we visit England I live for her home cooked meals.  She makes an awesome Toad in the Hole, which, if you are not familiar with it, is basically sausage in a pastry like batter.  When my husband moved to America he brought some pretty good British cookbooks with him and I’ve had fun trying to replicate the recipes.  NOT an easy task though since American ingredients differ greatly from British ingredients!  Take sausage for instant.  In Britain they have the most wonderful sausage full of flavor.  It has a lighter texture than American sausage (their hot dogs are different as well).  Problem is you can’t find British sausage here, at least not where I live!  And believe me, we have looked!!!  The same with flour.  With American flour you get a tougher, flakier pastry than what you get with British flour, which gives you a softer, more substantial pastry.  This is why the bread you find in British grocery stores is soooo good!  Not the light squidgy stuff we get here.  British bread makes the best toast!  The closest I have been able to find here to British bread is Italian or the specialty bakery bread that costs $$$$.
It’s so disappointing that there is a common misconception that British food is bland and tasteless.  NOTHING could be further from the truth!  Trust me, I am just about THE pickiest eater you will find, and I love pretty much everything I’ve ever had to eat in England.  (exceptions being Branston, Marmite, Christmas pudding and Blood pudding! Ick!)  
So on to the recipe!  The traditional Toad in the Hole, prepared correctly, is delicious but it takes a lot more work and patience than I currently have!  Plus like I said, I don’t have the proper ingredients.  Still, Glen and I have managed to come up with what we think is a suitable substitute to have here in America.  When we visit England we get to have the real thing from Glen’s mom!  This recipe has been adapted by yours truly from Delia’s How to Cook Book One.  Hope you like it!
1 tube of breakfast sausage (I use the mild but it’s up to you)
3/4 cup white flour
1 large egg
3 fl oz. (75 ml) semi skimmed milk (I am guessing this means 2%)
2 fl oz. (55 ml) water
salt & pepper
1 onion, sliced and separated into strips
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon sugar
Pre-heat your oven to 425.  Mold the sausage into links (I usually get 5-6).  Cut your onion.  Mix oil and sugar in a bowl and toss the onion to coat.  I use a small rectangular (glass) baking dish (sorry can’t remember the measurements, smaller than the 9×13).  Spread your onions on bottom of pan, place sausage links inside.  Cook in oven till done, I usually give them 30 minutes just to be sure they are done!  
Now you are ready to mix up the batter.  Sift the flour into a large bowl, make a well in the flour with a large spoon, break the egg into it and add salt and pepper.  (I also had a sprinkle of onion powder).  Whisk the egg into the flour.  Measure your milk and water into a measuring jug and gradually add the liquid, whisking  until smooth.    When your sausages are done, pour the batter over them and return to the oven.  Cook for another 20-30 minutes, be careful or it will burn and you won’t be able to cut it!  
I make a brown gravy to serve over top (usually just the brown gravy packets).  A typical serving is two sausages in the batter.  It may be tough to cut so use a sharp knife (thanks again to American flour!)  Serve with mashed potatoes and for that authentic British twist baked beans on the side!    
Not sure how many this serves, it’s perfect for Glen and I so if you have a bigger family you will want to double the recipe and use a bigger pan.
Now I’m sure there are better American versions of Toad in the Hole out there, I haven’t looked, but this is the one we use and enjoy.  You can use a link sausage if you like, but in our experience it lacks that authentic British flavor.  Feel free to tinker around with your recipes, that’s what makes them fun!!!
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Charm Square Quilted Bag From Alanda Craft

You all know I LOVE Miss Alanda from Alanda Craft!  When I saw her video for this adorable quilted bag made with charm squares I knew I had to make one each for my girls!  

I made one for them both but for some reason did not get a finished pic of Maddie’s.  Here is the one I made for Amy:


Isn’t this adorable???  Amy loves it.  It’s funny I told her that she could use it to keep her underwear and jammies in when we went on trips.  Later I went to get her dressed for the day and all her underwear was missing!  I finally found it – in the bag!  Ha ha!  I have to keep reminding myself that kids like to take things LITERALLY!

The bag is super simple to make, I just followed the instructions provided in Alanda’s video which I am posting below.  My only oops came when I forgot to add the fuseable fleece!  Soooo, Amy’s bag is a bit thin, but I am happy to say that it is still holding up strong, even with her stuffing various things into it.

The bag is created using Charm Squares.  If you are not familiar with Charm Squares they are small, about 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 squares of fabric used in quilting.  I got mine from Walmart, I think there were about 23 squares in a pack for under $5.  You can get a bigger selection at Michaels but the price will be higher.  OR you can cut your own squares from your scraps.  I did need to add a few extra squares from my scraps because I didn’t have enough for the project but it worked out fine.  

Here is the layout for creating the bag (this is actually the layout for Maddie’s bag!)


Here is Alanda’s video which shows the entire process.  Now I need to make one for myself!  🙂

Thanks so much to Alanda for her awesome creatiions!

Clearance Rack, FREE Stuff!, Hostess Code, Stampin' UP!, World Card Making Day 2018

New Hostess Code And World Card Making Day!



Happy rainy Monday (here in Michigan anyway!) everyone!  Just a quick post today to let you know there is a new Hostess Code for the month of October.  I talked about this in an earlier post so you can check out the details at this link Hostess Code Explained 

I also wanted to let you know about the World Card Making Day specials at my online shop for the week of October 1-7, 2018!  You can see all the fabulous deals by clicking World Card Making Day Specials

We’ve also just added Stamparatus Accessories to the online shop, so be sure to check those out here:  Stamparatus and Accessories

And finally, make sure to check out the Clearance Rack each time you visit my shop!  It was recently updated with some FABULOUS deals and these are only available while supplies last!  Clearance Rack

As always feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, etc!  

Enjoy your day and try to stay dry!

Special Offers, Stampin' UP!, World Card Making Day 2018

World Card Making Day!


Did you know there is an actual DAY to celebrate what we love, making cards????  How cool is that!  I hope everyone gets a chance to be creative in some way, not just on this awesome day but every day.  I know my life changed for the better once I stopped dreaming about crafting and started DOING!  So grab some paper, some glue, scissors, clay, fabric – anything and start having fun!

And if you need some supplies for all that fun, well I just happen to know where you can get some heh heh!