... must have awfully soft hands. Tonight I attempted to "make my own" pie crusts for Thanksgiving (we won't even discuss the outcome) and our recipe called for shortening... (wow was that a blast from the past... you know, the days when all you had to keep your brownies from sticking to the pan was Crisco?)... anyway, let's just say that I don't think I'll need to put hand lotion on for weeks after revisiting that stuff. I now remember why my mom always wore plastic gloves when she would grease our birthday cake pans:)
Anyone up for some super quick, semi-handmade holiday cards? I know, I know... we want to send everyone on our list beautifully crafted cards that look like we toiled on them for hours, but lets be realistic... how many of us have that much time? Sometimes it best to save those works of art for our very special friends.
Here are a few ideas for whipping some cards that are clearly homemade... just not super complicated;)
1. Start with a package of die cuts, 1" wide strips of coordinating patterned paper, and blank cards & envelopes.
2. Lay out strips on your cards about 1/2" from the bottom of the card.
3. Now embellish...
Variation 1 (super quick, super simple)
layer die cuts on top of your patterned paper
Variation 2 (super quick and simple)
staple twine across patterned paper
use pop dots to add dimension to your die cut
Variation 3 (quick & simple)
ink all edges
use pop dots to add dimension to your die cut
add a bow
Variation 4 (simple)
add stitching (it screams "I'm handmade")
There you go... four quick and simple cards that you can make in a matter of minutes, using any die cut pack and patterned paper:). Happy card making & thanks for coming by!
Today I'm thankful for...
1. preschool Thanksgiving parties
2. chocolate cupcakes
3. breakfast, lunch and dinner with my whole family
products: patterned paper: (Mistletoe & Co. North Pole by Pink Paislee), die cuts (Mistletoe & Co. punchouts), ribbon (American Crafts), twine (Darcie), ink (Chestnut Roan chalk ink by ColorBox)
Looking for ideas for holiday treat packages... gift bags, canisters, food wraps, etc? Look no further, check out Paper Crafts Connection's November Challenge Gallery... this month they are looking for their reader's best ideas... perhaps you too can join in on the fun too?
Here's my "go to" holiday treat... I simply fill these little cans with Oreo Ball Cookies(btw, whoever 1st created these delightful little treasures was genius!!!), decorate it with some delicious paper crafting goodies and this delectable gift is sure to please any office pal, teacher or neighbor. Thanks for stopping & happy gifting!
Today I'm thankful for... 1) CBS News Sunday Morning 2) getting dressed slightly before noon 3) Sunday Stuff
Products: patterned paper (Mistletoe & Co by Pink Paislee) ribbon (Michael's Crafts), embellies (Making Memories), twine (Darcie), border punch (Fiskars)
Hi all! Just a quick post tonight with my take on Laura's Sketch 39 at 2S4Y. It seems like its been a decade since I played along over there so I am excited to be able to get this done...
I used more of my new Pink Paislee purchase to complete this one... patterned paper here is from their Mistletoe& Co. Collection. And don't you just love that fabric patch?
Thats all I have for tonight. Have a super Sunday:)
Today I'm thankful for... 1) a half clean garage 2) candy cane kisses 3) the cashier who didn't take the easy road and let some guy cut right in front of me because he could walk faster w/o two kids in tow
Yesterday I was thankful for...(yes I forgot to post this part last night;) 1) a hubs who could never leave his kiddos 2) convos with like minded people (sometimes its refreshing to not feel like you're the odd one out) 3) sunshine
(to see what this thankful stuff is all about, click here.)
Just a quick post with a fun project you can make with your kids or grandkids. You may already have what you need on hand... the basics are : apples, toothpicks, gum drops (or mini marshmallows), colored paper, and googly eyes (or a black permanent marker which you could use to draw the on).
Instructions are pretty self explanatory. If you have any questions, please let me know. Have fun!
Today I'm thankful for...
1) two year olds that sit and just enjoy being with other kidos
Tonight I've got a little Pink Paislee goodness with an uber cool sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. If you're up for a busy December... you can throw your hat in the ring to be their guest designer the month.
Here is my entry based on their sketch and the prompt: Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.
Title: pie and pilgrim hats...
Journaling reads: "This Thanksgiving is the year of pie and pilgrim hats. After helping Daddy make his famous apple pie, Campbell just couldn't stop trying ALL of the pies and Hadley didn't take that silly hat off for weeks. 2008
Now, if you love Pink Paislee product as much as I do, you can stop over at A Walk Down Memory Lane for their November challenge with (none other than) Pink Paislee. Prize? Pink Paislee (of course;) So here is a card layout that I designed for the contest. I hope you enjoy!
This is a quick one to make:
1) cut card from kraft
2) adhere thick strip of patterned paper on card, inking the bottom edge of pp
3) sew top edge of card with (what I call) a crazy stitch and add black ribbon along bottom edge
4) sew around edge of Pink Paisley's postcards and adhere to card with pop dots
5) stamp leaf on kraft and cut out
6) adhere leaf to card with pop dots, add burlap bow and rhinestone
Today I'm thankful for... 1) hats that make children so cute 2) Daddy's who work at their daughter's school (even if its a co-op & they have to clean the bathroom:) 3) Grandma's who deliver matching, fight and fuss free outfits Products: kraft (Paper Reflections), patterned paper (Amber Road: Autumn Blossom & Bonfire by Pink Paislee), other (Amber Road: Postcards), fiber (Brown Burlap Twine from May Arts), stamp (Nature Clear Stamps by My Tattered Angels), rhinestones (Me & My Big Idea), ink (Charcoal Chalk by ColorBox)
So we are gearing up here for our big Thanksgiving Feast. Anyone have a magical pumpkin pie recipe that you would want to share? I volunteered to bring one to our celebration and pumpkin pie is just one pumpkin creation I have not mastered yet.
While surfing around looking for some ingenious ideas for the holiday, I came across the following I thought I'd share... so if you're up for some Thanksgiving fun follow along...
So if you are like me and your pumpkin pie is average, you can kick it up a notch by making it look better. Right? Check out all of the ideas that Martha has for decorative pie crusts. (Cooking a turkey? there is also a million tips at Martha's site for that too).
Did you know that even our government has info out there on Thanksgiving? Click here for things like American recipes, turkey cooking safety tips and out of this world Thanksgiving celebrations. Who would have imagined?
New to Scrap that Poetry? Just jump on over to read the poem and see what it inspires in you. Leave us a link to your layout and win a RAK!
And for further inspiration, here is a little card adapted from the poem...
Inside reads: "... and I wanted to be everything I could be."
I'd love to see your work over at Scrap that Poetry. Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Today I'm thankful for... 1) late night snacks with my husband 2) contagious laughter 3) pink ribbon on the Christmas tree (yes, we are a little ahead of schedule this year;) Products: patterned paper (My Mind's Eye / Just Dreamy), kraft (Paper Reflections), letters (Tinkering Ink), buttons (Basic Grey, Autumn Leaves & DeNami Designs), misc. (rhinestones)
Just a quick post tonight... I've missed playing along at all of the great challenges out in blogoland, so I thought, what better one to start back than with Moxie Fab World's Plum Crazy Challenge?
The premise is to create a project that captures the essence of plum in its design.... so here's a little wedding card inspired by plum"ilicious" wedding photos that I saw in a magazine at the hair salon. You just never know where you'll find inspiration for your next moxie card...
2) my hubby who actually took off a holiday (may be the first this year)
3) pony tale holders (best way to skip a bath so you can go play at the park)
Many (many) years ago I watched an Oprah show that had Dr. Phil as a guest (yes, this was years before he had his own show) & he suggested starting a journal where you simply jot down 3 things that you are grateful for everyday... well, this stuck with me (not sure why because not much does). Easy peasy, right? Well it was, but most importantly it taught me to appreciate the little stuff... not just the big obvious stuff. I ended up filling journals all though college, but sadly lost touch with it as my life got busy with work, marriage, kids and life.
So this year I decided that it was time for me to bring what I call my daily 3T (Thankful for Three Things) journal back to life & I'm going to share it with you through Thanksgiving. Perhaps you'll start one too? Its a great way to slow down, reflect and appreciate your life at the end of each a every day.
Enough sappy reflection... here is a Thanksgiving card I have to share created with Darcie's Clear Flourish Pumpkin set.
Well, I'm off to Mom's Night Out for my daughter's school (another thing I'm thankful for;). Have a great Thursday!
Hi everyone... it is so good to be back after our lovely but bittersweet vacation. I say bittersweet because our favorite time to travel is this time of the year and next year Campbell starts school, so farewell my friend, my favorite fall vacation... farewell until 2024. During this time of the time of the year when we slow down to take time to count our blessings, I am truly thankful to spend two uninterrupted weeks with my family during this glorious time of the year.
A few photos from our trip....
Week 1: Massanutten Resort, VA
where we met friends like this...
Week 2: Palm Coast, FL
where we met friends like this...
Two awesome weeks, both very different from each other... what a wonderful time of the year to be able to enjoy such a thing. On this Veteran's Day, thank you to all who have given your time and your efforts to protect and defend this great country. It truly is a remarkable place and we have you to thank for that!
As George Elliot says, "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
I couldn't leave any word of this poem off of my layout. My journaling (around the top of the LO) reads: "Can you find it? Can you find the bit of heaven that children find everyday? Can you find where the sidewalk ends?"
This little guy is one of four cards that I was able to create from my page scraps. I think this patterned paper is so gorgeous that you only need a little to make a stunning card... less is more:)
Take Care! Products: patterned paper (Bridgeport by SEI), butterfly & border punch (Martha Stewart Crafts), pearls (Kaiser Craft), ribbon (The Paper Studio)