Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Wrap Up

I finally put away all of my Christmas decorations today.  Whewwww!  I love the Christmas season but I am also happy to see my house return to normal.  I LOVE keeping everything neat and organized.  Christmas with kids home from school = unorganized mess.  Anywhooo, I wanted to share some of my Christmas creations with you.  I found it to be rather difficult to post during the holiday season.  So here is my Christmas wrap up.

I think this card was my favorite. I love the stamp, On Dasher, On Dancer, On Visa, On Mastercard!. This stamp is from the Scrappy Moms set "Winter Wishes".

My first ever Joy fold card. I love this style card and it was perfect for my cookie party. The die cuts are from SVG Cuts.

I love my Forever Young cartridge and I loved making it into a Santa Baby card.

Lotto ticket holder for the hubby. Unfortunately we did not "Win for Life". Ohhh well next time!

This card won the Simply Pam challenge, woohoo! My little nephew brings a lot of luck!

Mary at Cardz TV made my Christmas by having a very easy gift card holder tutorial. I love this because I can whip these up in no time. I gave this one to the bus driver and the one below to the teachers.
I really love this card.

This card was attached to the gift basket I gave my aunt and uncle. Filled with some yummy treats, Cinnamon Swirl bread, Champagne and Cran-Raspberry juice.
I used my ribbon and rosettes cartridge to make a tag for the drink recipe, Poinsettia
1/2 champagne flute of Brut Champagne
1/2 Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice
I also served this at my cookie party and the ladies went nuts for it.

My cookie party favor, a treat bag (purchased from the Christmas Tree Shop) filled with Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate cookies. These were also a hit and looked much prettier than the chocolate cookies I put in here for the picture. I had the table decorated so nicely but I couldn't find time to take pictures. Ohhh well at least I got to enjoy the champagne.

Cookie treat boxes for neighbors, bus driver and teachers.

Lastly, treat bags that I made with the Baby Steps cartridge for classroom giveaways. Filled with pretzel, Hershey Hugs and M&M's.

That's my Christmas wrap up. I didn't get to make as many cards, tags and treat bags as I would have liked but I did get to spend a lot of time with my kids and husband and that's what matters most.

Looking forward to crafting with you in 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

2012 What Happened to 2011

I know everyone says this but, What Happened to 2011????? Can it be the end of the year already? 2011 was a great year for me. I accomplished some goals I had set for myself and that makes me happy. Life is good!
I also discovered a whole new world of crafting with my cricut and some awesome blogs. Everyday I look on my computer and I am amazed by all of your creativity, talent and amazing style. Thank you for inspiring me!

So one of my favorite blogs, Cards by Jovan has a challenge that I HAD to enter. Make a New Years card. I was planning on making a card for my in-laws since we will be celebrating the first half of New Year's Eve with them. Here is what I came up with.

Card Recipe
Pre-made black card from Michaels measures 4.25 X 5.5
Wedding (solution cartridge) Champagne flutes cut at 3"
Baby Steps- 2012 cut at 1"
Simply Charmed- Cheers cut at 1"

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year! What are your goals for the new year?

I am entering this card into the following challenges
Cards by Jovan
Creative Cutter Room
Whimsical Wednesday Challenge

Monday, December 26, 2011

Scrappy Moms Challenge

I have a very quick post tonight.  I really should be organizing the crazy amount of gifts my children received but I thought I could sneek in a quick post for the Scrappy Moms Challenge.  The challenge is to "make a project that includes a bag."  My first project is a treat bag that I gave away to my guests at my cookie party.  I had high hopes to capture all of my "kreations" on camera but reality struck and I was busy running around serving drinks, getting lunch ready and making sure everyone was having a good time.  Anyway I took this picture today so the adorable Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies that I had in the bag were all gone so I substituted a chocolate cookie.  I purchased the bag at the Christmas Tree Shop and I made the tag from my NEW Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge.  I love the way the rosette looks, like a snowflake.  My  stamping job was not so good and that is why this one stayed with me.  My guests received the better ones.

I also made a small treat bag for a class giveaway with the Baby Steps cartridge. The bag can be found on page 70. I added a rosette and tag once again and filled it with treats. The treats are pretzel with Hershey's Hugs and a M&M in the middle. Super easy to make.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baby's 1st Christmas

So today I have a quick and super easy card.  I made this card for my adorable nephew.  He will be celebrating his first Christmas this year and I wanted to make a special card for him.

I wish I had a stamp that said "Baby's 1st Christmas" but I didn't so I had to make it on my computer.  I'm not lovin' the way it looks but I really wanted it on the stocking cuff.  I'm sure he won't notice it! Haha!

Card base- Michael's pre made card measures 5 X 6.5
Cardstock - Recollections Jolly and Bright, Bazzill
Cartridges- Elegant Edges, Simply Charmed
Sentiment- Computer generated

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

DIVA and a Winning Ticket

December is flying by faster than I can craft.  I have so many "to do" items that I'm afraid I won't be able to get them all done.  I can however, check off two items, card for my sister in law and lotto ticket holder for my hubby.  The card is very simple and was made specifically for the M.A.G. challenge.  The challenge this week was to use  this image only.

My sister in law is a DIVA.  Loves all things girly so I knew I could make a Christmas card for her with this challenge.  Here is what I came up with.
Very simple, yes, but also very "her".  Like I said she is a DIVA and loves to shop.  I used the emblem for the frames and the shopping bags are the tags but I cut off the top point.  I added some of her favorite stores to the front of the bags.  The dress is embellished with the polka dot embossing folder and I added stickles to the white portion.  I hope she likes it.  It seems like I'm always using the Forever Young cartridge for her cards.

I also used the Forever Young cartridge for my husband.  I know, I know what cut on that cartridge could possibly apply to a man.  Well I used the emblem from page 43 once again and made a lotto ticket holder.  I filled it with  Win for Life lotto tickets, who doesn't want to win that!  I also used the same emblem for the frame and used my scrappy moms Winter Wishes stamp for the center.  I think that stamp was perfect for a lotto ticket holder don't ya think? 

Well I'm off to work on more holiday cards, crafts, cookie party placecards, etc, etc.

I am linking this post to the following challenges
Fantabulous Cricut
Scrappy Moms

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Cookie Exchange

I feel like it's been a long time since I posted. I scored some hot deals at AC Moore and Michaels on black friday.  What am I most excited about?  The Elegant Edges cartridge I picked up.  I've wanted this one for a while.  I LOVE it!  There are so many unique cuts that are perfect for cards, banners, signs, and scrapbooking.  I think I'll be using this one a lot.  Can't wait to make some new stuff for my etsy shop. 

Now for my card.   I am hosting a cookie party this year.  I invited some stay at home moms in the neighborhood and my mother and mother in law.  I wanted to make cute invitations and here is what I came up with. Note,  I went a little picture crazy.

I'm soooo happy with the way they turned out.  I found a tutorial for the joy fold card here.  It's a super easy card to make.  My paper was not double sided so I added some extra paper cuts.  The paper is from Recollections Jolly and Bright collection. I love this paper pack because it's fun and whimsical.  Exactly the way Christmas should be, especially for a cookie party.  I embossed the front card with D'Vine Swirls and printed the invitation on my computer.  All of the die cuts on the front are from SVG Cuts Christmas Cookie Party.  This set is awesome for Christmas time or for anyone that loves to cook and bake.   I added some faux stitching on the dress and oven mitt.  I think it gave it a little some extra.  The "your invited" stamp is from Fiskars All Year Greetings.  I also included a list of the cookies on a cookie sheet.  How stinkin' cute! 
I'll be posting more decorating and papercrafting ideas for the cookie party soon.  I'm thinking placecard holders for the recipes, treat bags for all of the guests, and a drink recipe or two.

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I'm linking this post to the following:
CARDZ TV-  OK I'm stretching this a bit since the challenge is to create a card with an image that starts with the letter "S".  I have a spoon on my card so I know I'm reaching with this one but it's an "S" right?
Fantabulous Cricut

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

M.A.G. Challenge #53

Good afternoon.  Before I head out to the Thanksgiving feast at school I wanted to post a card for the M.A.G. challenge.  This week the challenge is to use only the images on page 70 in the Sweet Treats cartridge.  Luckily, I have this cartridge and a bunch of 6 year old birthday parties approaching.  I have two parties in February and one in April so I thought I could use this challenge to get a jump start on their cards.  This challenge was difficult because I wanted to use another image like a tiara or shoe or dress up clothes but I stuck with the images on page 70 and here is what I came up with.

I used Bazzill paper for the base.  Zebra paper that I ordered online and I'm not thrilled with.  I hate the way the white shows through the black.  I knew I wanted to use the dots in some way and then I thought if I have them hanging it might be cute.  I cut the number 6's at 1.5 and 1.25.  I stitched around the pink six with my gellyroll pen, added some pearls to the black dots.  I cut my sentiment border with my paper trimmer and stitched around the edges with my gellyroll pen once again.  The sentiment is from Scrappy Moms.  I won the Happily Ever After set recently and I'm so excited to use it.  I also added some stickles to the diamonds on the sentiment.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Yummy Pumpkin Muffins

Last week I promised I would post a pumpkin recipe this week.  I made a pumpkin bundt cake earlier in the week.  It's one of those recipes that's been in my baking cookbook for years but haven't tried it.  Well I tried it and it wasn't worthy of a blog post.  Just ok in my book.  Not that it's in my cookbook anymore.  That baby was tossed in the garbage after my second bite. 
Sooo today my little one was sick and nothing cheers her up like helping Mama in the kitchen.  She picked a recipe and off we went.  The result, a recipe worth blogging about.  Yummy! 

Now if I can find time to make that pumpkin smoothie that's on pininterest Mama will be happy!

Moist Pumpkin Spice Muffins (With Cream Cheese Frosting)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 heaping cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup golden raisins (optional; I did not add them)

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously grease 12 muffin tins.

Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Cut in butter with two knives or a pastry blender until all incorporated. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg, and vanilla. Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. Add raisins.

Fold gently until mixture is just combined. Pour into greased muffin pan—batter hardly ever fills all twelve unless you keep it down to 1/2 full. Sprinkle generous amounts of cinnamon-sugar over the top of each unbaked muffin. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to cool. Ice with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup softened butter
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 pound powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients on high until soft and whipped. Spread onto completely cooled muffins, or place into a large pastry bag with a large star tip and go crazy!
Store in fridge, as icing will soften at room temperature.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gratitude Card and Gift Idea

This weekend I got to have a little me time to craft.  Thank you hubby!   I wanted to make some teacher gifts and cards.  It's always nice to thank them for helping my children learn and grow.  It's amazing to see how much they've learned since September.  I made these pumpkins for the teachers.  They are easy to make.  I used SCAL to cut the leaves from SVG Cuts Harvest Hill Collection.  I also used SCAL to cut the words Give Thanks.  I picked up the pumpkins at Michaels.  I used Mod Podge to glue the leaves and Give Thanks to the pumpkin.  I added another layer of Mod Podge on top and once it was all dry I sealed it with a spray.  Added a little gold and brown satin ribbon to the stem and viola. 

A cute thank you gift for the teachers. 
I am including this card with the pumpkin. 

The pumpkins are cut from SVG Cuts Harvest Hill collection. I used my eksuccess dotted scallop punch on the gold paper. I cut the oval in SCAL, added stitching to the edges and stamped the word Gratitude. I added a green rhinestone to the "i" in gratitude. I found the patterned paper in AC Moore last year. I love it! The gold paper is the reverse side of the patterned paper. Don't you just love it when you can use both sides of the paper. Makes me feel like I'm getting more bang for my buck.

I'm linking this post to the following challenges

My Sheri Crafts
Whimsical Wednesdays

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Turkey Supports Vegetarians

I have a funny card for you today.

I made this 5x5 card for several challenges. My favorite little turkey is from Create A Critter. I embossed his feather with D'Vine swirls. I added a little flower and some bling to his hat. The top of the sign is from Create A Critter. I added a cream center so I could type my sentiment on my computer. I added a handle to the bottom. The pumpkin is from Create A Critter and the apples are from Doodlecharms. I used my Martha Stewart punch to make a border for the top and bottom. Definately not my best punch job. I hope you like and get a few laughs.

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I am linking this post to the following challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut
Die Cuttin' Divas
More Than Favors

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

M.A.G. Challenge #52

I finally have a cartridge for the M.A.G. challenge!  Each week I've been checking their challenge blog but no luck, I didn't own the cartridge they were using.  Then I picked up the Simply Charmed cartridge recently and I was so excited to use it for the first time with the M.A.G. challenge.  The challenge is to use only the image on page 75.  When I looked at the design teams cards I knew I had to do something creative.  That team is sooo talented.  I decided not to do a birthday card.  I thought of New Years Eve and the horns and confetti that everyone using to celebrate.  I knew I wanted to use white silver and black but I needed an accent color and I thought red was perfect.  So here is my New Years card even though I'm not ready to say goodbye to 2011. 

My card base is black and measures 5.5 x 4.25.  I added a white layer and then embossed a black overlay with the D'Vine Swirls folder and added red glittery card stock to the bottom.  I used my Recollection punch on the red card stock and cut my horn, confetti and balloons at 3 1/2.  I used my GellyRoll pens to added stitching to some die cuts.  I also inked them and added stickles to make them extra festive.  My sentiment is printed from my computer. 

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hey, Pumpkin

This week over at Scrappy Moms Stamps the challenge is to create a 3D project that uses twine and/or a button.  I knew I wanted to use one of the 3D boxes from SVG Cuts.  At first I was going to use the cake slice but I had a hard time scoring it.  I got frustrated at 11:30 at night and decided to try the Christmas Tree Box.  It's shaped just like a cake box but much easier to score.  Here is what I came up with.

A pumpkin pie cake box or according to SVG cuts Christmas tree box.  I used Bazzill paper in string of pearls, tangerine, and mud pie.  Coredinations paper in Chocolate Mouse for the crust.  I scored the Chocolate Mousse paper so it would look like real pie crust.  Inked the edges to give it depth and a warm just out of the oven look.  I punched the string of pearls paper with my Martha Stewart punch and glued it to the mud pie paper.  I thought this made it look elegant and super yummy.  My faux whip cream is a cotton ball, that I pulled apart.  I adhered it to the box with glue dots.  I added a button and created my own twine with embrodery floss and my kids orange marker.  Hey, you can't have every product out there! Then I cut the tag with SCAL inked the edges with StazOn Timber Brown and used the Special Delivery Scrappy Moms stamp set.  I cut the Hey, Pumpkin stamp into two pieces so it would fit on the tag.  Who would have thought the Special Delivery stamp set would have a stamp I could use for Thanksgiving.  Now, what should I fill the box with, left over Halloween treats or a cute Thanksgiving bib for my nephew.  I think I'm going with the bib for my nephew.

Enjoy your weekend.  Next week I will have a yummy pumpkin recipe to share, stay tuned!

I am also entering this post into the following challenges
Scrappy Moms Stamps
Whimsical Wednesday
My Sheri Crafts

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you to all of our Veteran's

Today is Veteran's Day.  A day to thank all of our Veteran's for their sacrifice.  I found this picture and wanted to share it with all of you. 
Wow!  Brought me to tears.  Can you ever thank a veteran enough? I don't think so.

I made a card for Veteran's Day.  I plan to mail it to a VA hospital that is near us.  I am also entering this card into the Celebrate the Occassion challenge blog.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Give Thanks Turkey

OK, I admit I'm going turkey crazy.  I'm in love with that little turkey on the Create A Critter cartridge.  He's so stinkin' cute.  This time I used him in a totally different way.  I used him for a cute kids project.  Let me back track here and explain a little.  Last year I made a Give Thanks tree with my kids.  Each day we added a new leaf to the tree.  On the leaf we wrote something that we are thankful for.  Some of the leaves included hugs, mommy, daddy, family trips, cleaning up toys (ok that one was mine but I really am thankful when they help clean up), etc...  This year I thought about doing the tree again but then I looked at that little turkey in the Create A Critter manual and said he's perfect.  I cut his body and then I used an oval from SCAL for the feathers, triangle for the nose, free handed the red thingy (not sure what it's called), googly eyes, free handed the hat.  I also cut Give Thanks in SCAL, G-Unit font.  I used my studio G stamps and stamped each feather with Thankful for....  Now the kids can pick a feather each day and write something they are thankful for.  The Give Thanks turkey is hanging in our kitchen hoping to make it past Thanksgiving.  Good thing he's made out of paper. 

I am linking this post to the following challenges
Paper Playtime
Sun Scholars
Between U & Me

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Turkey Bowl

Happy Friday!!!  I'm so happy the weekend is upon us.  Earlier this week I checked out  Die Cuttin' Diva's and found this awesome challenge, It's Football Season! Let's make a project using a football theme.  I was so excited and had a million ideas floating in my head.  First I needed to finish up an Etsy order and then I could get to work on this challenge.  My husband is a HUGE football fan.  On Sunday mornings he plays football with a group of local guys, then comes home watches the pre-game show then its JETS and GIANTS games.  Daddy is not to be disturbed, good luck with that!

For the past 10 years my dear hubby has organized a football game on Thanksgiving morning.  It's become a fun and memorable tradition among the guys.  They call it Turkey Bowl and it's something he begins preparing for in late September.  He steps up the work-out routine and begins to recruit all the guys.  It's something he loves and looks forward to all year.  So I thought it would be cute to make him a special card for the day.  Here is what I came up with
My little Turkey Bowl.  He even has a football helmet.  I love it and can't wait to give it to him. 

Card Recipe
6.5 x 5 card
Papers, Bazzill, and various scraps
Sports Mania for football and helmet both cut at 2 1/4
Create a Critter Turkey cut at 3 1/2
D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Sentiment printed on my computer using the Hurry Up font and Rockwell Bold
Staz On Ink, Timber Brown
Google Eyes
Pop Dots

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I am linking this post to the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Diva's
Simply Crafts
Whimsical Wednesday
Paper Playtime

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins!

One of the things I love most about fall is desserts.  Apple and pumpkin desserts that is.  They make your house smell heavenly.  I have a few go to pumpkin recipes but I always like to try new ones.  I saw this recipe on allrecipes and decided to try it out. 

I think I will give this recipe 4 out of 5 stars.  Not my all time favorite but a moist and fluffy muffin.  The butterscotch surprisingly pairs well with the pumpkin and gives it a sweet kick.  I'm all for sweet!
Everyone at our playgroup seemed to like them.  I enjoyed the pumpkin spice coffee that I drank with it.  It definitely put me in the fall spirit although I prefer my Iced Pumpkin Cookies that I posted about here
They are one of my favorite pumpkin desserts.  I may have to make them later today.  If you try either recipe let me know.  Happy baking!

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins
Recipe courtesy of All Recipes
I made mine regular size but you could also do mini as the recipe states.


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 (6 ounce) package butterscotch chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Sift together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and pumpkin in a separate bowl. Mix the flour mixture with the egg mixture. Stir in the butterscotch chips; pour into each cup of the muffin pan to about 3/4 full.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Turkey Poop?

I told you to stay tuned for a Thanksgiving craft and viola!

Turkey Poop!!!!  I thought this was a cute classroom giveaway. Sure to make the little ones giggle. My little turkey is from Create a Critter and cut at 2.5.  I used my gellyroll pen to stitch the edges and I inked all around his feathers and body.  I made the sentiment on my computer.  Gobble Gobble

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Fantabulous Cricut
Simply Crafts

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Wrap Up

Happy Halloween! It has been a long, fun, sugar induced day here. We started our day with
ghost pancakes! The kids loved them and were super excited to start the morning off with a chocolate treat, I used chocolate chips for the eyes. I made some special treats for the kids classes.
Witch's Hats!!!  This project was so easy my little one was able to help me . You take the stripped Keebler fudge cookies, dip a Hershey's Kiss in orange chocolate melt and gently press it onto the cookie.  Easy Peasy!

Candy Corn Pretzel Rods. Another one of our countdown to Halloween treats, you can see previous post here. Dip pretzel rods in white chocolate, spoon on orange and yellow sprinkles or drizzle more melted chocolate in yellow and orange. An easy treat topped off with my Scrappy Moms Stamps.

This past weekend we attended my sister-in-laws annual Halloween party. I made this wine tag, actually a rum tag.
 I punched a 1 1/2 inch hole at the top for the bottle neck, scored the K and Company paper then cut the spiders with the Doodlecharms cartridge. I used my Cuttin' Up cartridge for the martini glass and of course my Scrappy Moms Stamps. I torn the edges of the sentiment tag and added a lot of ink to give it an old scary vibe. Here's a better shot, no pun intended.

So now Halloween is over and I need to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas! Stay tuned for a cute Thanksgiving idea.

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I am entering this post into the following challenges
Decorate to Celebrate
More Than Favors
Scrappy Moms Stamps