Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I used the 'make a wish' sentiment by MFT and the window punch to "cut" it out. A couple brads at the top to balance it all out... and... done! Putting together cards with the images already colored sure does make it feel quick & simple! :)
Middle of the week -- how ya doing?! How's the Christmas prep coming?
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
My kids loved this little mouse and thought it was cute he "even had icing on his hands!" :) My number one cards are birthday cards.... so I thought this little guy could help replenish my birthday card stash! The process on this one... ran the base through the cuttlebug, and the pumpkin pie designers paper is from Stampin' Up!. I got a new set of stamps by Clear Expressions (by Hampton Art) called Birthday Best & that's where the sentiment is from. I'm looking forward to playing with this new set & seeing what I can come up with :) Accessories are some organdy ribbon (stampin' up!) and large flower eyelets, pink (stampin' up!), flower is from prima & the little yellow brad was from my stash -- unknown! I finally got all my brads/eyelets organized! Feels good to go to that basket & have it all there organized! I colored on my new fav Neenah paper with my Copic makers. I'm hoping Santa brings me a few new colors! :)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
All those fall colors are gone now -- we are knee deep in snow, big blue skies... so very pretty. It sure does make it feel Christmasy!! On the island it was hard to get into the excitement of Christmas so early with all the muck & rain - the city here turned all its lights on last night & it feels SO festive. Need to get our little outdoor lights up this weekend too I think! :) Enjoy your weekend & family time -
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
enjoy your day - stay warm!
Monday, November 17, 2008
The "cover" is just chipboard (cardboard!) that is cut 8.5" square. I'm working at covering that. All the inside pages vary.... I didn't have as many *cool* papers as Ali does over on her blog, but we were creative & worked with what we had on hand. We cut some papers 6x8.5... others an even square, we used a 6" square vellum envelope, a 6x6 scrapbook insert, assorted design papers cut in different widths & heights and even cut up a baseball card file keeper. I'm excited to see it all come together. I love it that it doesn't have to be perfect. So I'm writing in my daytimer to pull out the photo printer and get it SET UP (yes... it's still packed with more boxes than I will ever admit!!) the week before December. We'll be printing our photos often!! If you're going to play along and work on a book, please post a link in the comments -- I'd love to see your progression as well.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I love this idea she posted about a December journal scrapbook:
You really should check it out. I think I'm going to have the kids help me work on this today. It'll be a nice lazy activity after church - as we look out at the white, fluffy snow.....
yup - I just might! Stay tuned :)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I also hope to stamp & have a few more things to share with you, but for the weekend, I'll share a recipe with you -- some comfort treats :) If you have a bread machine this is SO easy. Mine broke (I only used it for dough anyway).... if not, you'll have to make the dough on your own, but - it is worth it :)
Combine first 5 ingredients in a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave at high for 3 min. Cool 5 min. Follow manufacturer's instructions for placing milk mixture, flour, yeast & egg into bread machine, & select dough cycle. Start machine. I'm going to give this a try with the regular "old-fashioned" bread making process -- I'll let you know how it goes.
Remove dough from machine (do not bake!). Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, & knead 30 sec. Cover dough, let rest 10 min. Divide the dough into 24 equal portions, shaping each into a ball. Cover remaining dough to keep from drying). Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar & rind. Dip each ball into 1/4 cup melted butter, & roll in sugar mixture. Place balls in bottom of a 10" tube pan (I've also used a bundt pan) coated with cooking spray. Cover & let rise in a warm place (oven with the light on is good), Free from drafts, 45 min. or until double is size.
preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bake at 350 for 35 min. Cool in pan 5 min. on a wire rack' remove bread from pan. Cool bread 15 min on wire rack.
combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar & orange juice. Drizzle mixture over loaf, and serve warm.
Friday, November 14, 2008
One was SHARPENING your PUNCHES! Do you find that your punches are getting dull? After you punch something you see a torn or tattered edge... no longer that smooth, crisp finish? Have you heard the latest.... goodbye sandpaper... hello popcan?
Check out Linda's blog for a video tutorial... I think I just might have to try this one!
I have been struggling with the Crop-o-dile. I admit it, I was challenged. Of course now I just figured out I was doing it BACKWARDS! Ack. Where has my brain gone?! Then on top if it I was always curious as to what settings to use... well. Marie Kirkwood had a great idea, check her blog out here:
The last one I wanted to share with you is a repeat... I've shown you this one before, but it's a great collection of scrapbooking sketches from Elsie -- who is such a fun scrapper!!
A few friday tips... enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I am almost done all my Christmas cards... whew... big job. Looking forward to playing with some of my new stamps as well as making up some tags for Christmas gifts. I guess my next project will be teacher gifts -- I was happy to hear from a couple of you as to what you were doing this year, if you haven't posted a comment, I'd love to hear more ideas !!! :)
Exactly SIX MORE WEEKS until Christmas... I KNOW!!! That means only 5 shopping weekends left! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here.... snow is falling!!
Enjoy your day,
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The base is Almost Amethyst - one of my favorite SU colors! I ran it through my favorite (at this moment) cuttlebug folder Swiss Dots. I don't have the scallop punches so I use my slit punch to make the scallop border. If you don't mind the little bit of time, it's $7.50 instead of $19.95 ;) Then I'm still in my USE IT UP MODE and I pulled out my diamond brads (from the old SU Vintage Brads) that are NOT my favorite, but seem to work with this card. The sentiment 'birthday wishes' is a rub on. I find that stamps don't stamp well & clear on the textured cardstock, so I always grab my rub ons for that.
Enjoy your day!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
The card. yeah. Not my favorite, but thought I'd "show" you it anyway. Ran strips through my cuttlebug and sponged the edges with brown ink. Not sure what it is, what it's missing.... but kinda blah - boring - .... back to the stamping table - I will find a Christmas card I like, I will....right?! Enjoy your cocoa sippin', snow fallin (?) weekend!
Friday, November 07, 2008
I saw these two colors on my mess of a table and they caught my eye. Elegant Eggplant and Rose Red -- eww.... but then I though - YUMMY... love that contrast. SO.... I gave it a try. :)
What do you think?
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Here is a great tutorial that you can check out with step-by-step instructions (and photos!!) of this is a technique you want to try! Check it out here. Most shaker cards are "filled" with microbeads, but you can use anything! Coffee grounds, glitter, I've used fake "snow" in santa's beard... possibilities are endless. Anything small. I have a couple to show you:
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Some details on this one -- a little paper piercing at the top, I ran the bottom piece through the cuttlebug, tore (can't see it very well with the ribbon there), and then dragged a sponge dipped in close to cocoa ink across the top. Some wine organdy ribbon with copper cord around the front and some layered punches for a little dimensional :)
Dare I say Merry Christmas? Next time you're getting groceries... tuck in a few stocking stuffers & get started (chapsticks, lotions, yummy hair products, fancy coffee.....)
hope your day is going fabulously!
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Trust you are enjoying your weekend -- a guiltlessly dipping into your children's halloween candy! mmmmmm......