Sunday, December 10, 2017

More Christmas

This card was pretty easy to make.  Just die cuts, sequins, ribbon, and a pretty snowflake charm.  


Friday, December 8, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

I have been slowly working on my Christmas cards.  I ended up with three major designs that I made many of, and then a few one offs.  I will be sharing over the next few days.  First up is what I thought would be a simple design of sponging blues and a little stamping, but the sponging required that I mask or make a template so it ended up more time consuming than I originally thought it would.  In any case, I do think the end result is quite lovely.


I used Distress Inks for the sponging.  The tree and the sentiment are from Stampin Up sets, and the snowflakes are from various sets.  I added a little shimmer to the snow banks and sequins too.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Packing In The Protein

Recently I received a coupon from Kroger stores for a free bottle of Bolthouse Frams Plant Protein Milk.  It's a non-dairy milk like drink made from peas!  I know it doesn't sound appetizing, but seriously it's pretty good!  I tried the unsweetened, but they have vanilla, chocolate, and original varieties.  This "milk" has 50% more calcium than dairy milk, and 10 grams of protein per serving versus just 1 gram in almond milk.  Plus, it's vegan, non-GMO, and doesn't contain dairy, lactose, buts, soy, or gluten!

First of all I tired it alone - in a glass and drank it just like I would a glass of milk.  While it isn't exactly like milk, it decent.  Then I tried it as a creamer in my coffee.  It worked great, and it was a good feeling to know I was getting so much protein and calcium in my morning coffee.  Next I asked my husband to try it in his daily smoothie.  He has a smoothie every day with yogurt, bananas, and strawberries.  He gave me two thumbs up and said it gave his smoothie a milk shake like texture.

From there I've used it as milk substitute in my baking and cooking.  I used it in mashed potatoes, meatloaf, and cookies.  Everything has turned out perfectly and no one knows they're getting extra protein and calcium.  I highly recommend this wonderful product!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

My wish

Made two of these cards for a winter themed swap.  I cut the letters with my scan n cut and stacked them four deep. 


Monday, November 6, 2017

Birthday cards

Some birthday cards I made over the weekend. 




Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall is in the air - finally!

Made a couple of Fall cards since it's started to feel more like Fall outside.  Simply stamped some leaves and sponged on some distress inks. 



Sunday, October 29, 2017

no Panko? No Problem!

I just signed up for another Kroger Mission.  This one sent me a free box of Rice Bitz cereal.  I thought a bit about how to use this other than the usual bowl of cereal with milk.  While cooking today I was cutting up some chicken and I thought I would crush some of the cereal and use it to bread some chicken nuggets.

I first dredged the chicken in seasoned flour and then dipped it in some whisked egg, and then coated with some crushed Rice Blitz cereal.  Then I pan fried the nuggets.  I served these with honey mustard dipping sauce and they were sublime!  Very crispy on the outside and tasty!  If you are ever short on bread crumbs or breading, I urge you try some crushed Rice Bitz.  Of course, if you just want a bowl of cereal they are delicious as well!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Birthday candles

Here are a couple of fun birthday shaker cards I made with a cut file from The Cutting Cafe.  They do open up like a card.  I used a little more glitter than confetti in the second one and all the static made it cling to the window so you can't see the paper.  Oops!  Oh well, it's still a fun card.





Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fresh From The Freezer

As some of you know I accepted a mission from my Kroger store which involved trying foods from the frozen aisle.  The mission is soon coming to an end.  Today for lunch I had this amazing Lean Cuisine Marketplace spinach artichoke ravioli.  I love that meals like this make eating healthy easy and so tasty.  This one box is one serving, so I didn't have to guess if I was eating a correct portion.  The whole meal was less than 300 calories.   I also really like that I was able to taste something new - yellow carrots!  This seriously is one delicious and filling lunch.  I will be buying more of these! 
I urge you to join the My Magazine Sharing network affiliated with your Kroger store to get some good deals and lots of recipe ideas.

If you don't have a Kroger store in your area, there are other stores under the same umbrella  - Ralph's Dillon's, Baker's, Gorbs, Fry's, Smith's, King Soopers, City Market, or Fred Meyer. 


On The Mend


I got some new band aid dies not long ago, and they came just in time to make a get well card for a friend.  Super fast and easy card to make!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Triple Fall

I joined a swap to make Fall themed cards using the triple stamping technique.  I pulled out my many leaf stamps and went to town.  I used water color pens to color with.  Had a fun time!  I think I may try Christmas themed triple stamping cards soon.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

The old general store

This month's Progressive Freebie challenge at the Outlawz has a General Store image provided by Mary Smith of Createful Heart.  Everyone did such a beautiful job with the image.  I struggled a bit with it because I couldn't think of any kind of theme to use the image for.  I finally went with a "thinking of you" card.  I urge you to go to the challenge and see what everyone else did.




Monday, August 28, 2017

Birthday cards

Just wanted to share a few birthday cards.  







Monday, August 7, 2017

Birthday Milk

Here's a card I made for Fest Friday challenge at the Outlawz.  I chose the theme "cows".  This particular cow is from Eureka Stamps and is called Valentine Cow.  The background on this card is a skin I made with some acrylic paints.  I love the texture it adds.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tangle Fish

The Progressive Challenge at the Outlawz is under way for the month of August.  This month's image is from Jean Chaney.  She created a wonderful angel fish, and another one with Zentangle designs in it called Tangle Fish.  Jean says:

As a Certified Zentangle teacher, I feel it is important for you to know that these images, while using some of the patterns of Zentangle are in actuality ZIA’s (Zentangle Inspired Art). The Zentangle® method is an easy to learn, relaxing and fun way to use structured patterns to create beautiful images. Do read more about this method from the founders of this meditative approach to art on their website. Zentangle.com

I chose to use the Tangle Fish for my project.  At first this image just screamed "shaker card!" and that's what I set out to do.  However when it came time to assemble the card I changed my mind and made a gel card instead.  It's been a long time since I've made a gel card, and I have to say that with the new fuse tool it's much easier than it used to be!  Plus it's good that I put the tool to some use since I've rarely used it since I bought it over  a year ago.

I used a cutting file from The Cutting Cafe for the fish bowl shaker card.  Regina has so many different kinds of cutting files.  I highly recommend her shop!  Now for my card


The sequins and pearls are glued directly to the image.  Only gel is in the pocket.  I hope you will come and play along with us at the Progressive Challenge!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Challenge cards

Here are a few cards I've made recently for some challenges.  The first card was for the Festive Friday challenge and the theme was swimming.



Another one for Festive Friday challenge and the theme was bees.  I made this as a thank you card for a couple who live across from my work place.  They brought over a whole bunch of zinnias from their garden and it brightened up our office for over a week.  Plus this couple raises bees, so I thought the image was perfect.


And lastly, this one was for the Paper Ala Mode challenge where we were to make a card inspired by a song.  My song was "She Wore An Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini."



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Baby congratulations

I got some exciting news that one of my nieces is going to have a baby!  I made her this quick, but cute congratulations card with a free digi of a pacifier and fonts on my computer.




Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas in July

Hi everyone.  I wanted to share a card I made for the Festive Friday challenge at the Outlawz.  I chose Christmas for my holiday.  What I wouldn't give for some July snow right now!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This is for the birds

Hi everyone.  I'm just trying to post some of the cards I've made but haven't posted about.  The following are all cards that feature birds.  



Saturday, July 1, 2017

going to the dogs

Hi everyone.  My post today is all about dogs!  First off the Progressive Challenge at the Outlawz this month has an image of a dog from Anne's Digital Art.  Anne is so generous with free images, and she does awesome pet portraits!  Here is the card I made using her dog image


Then I also recently joined a swap to make a card with a dog or cat on it.  I ended up making lots of cards for that.  Here are some of them




Then I made a couple of birthday cards with dogs.  One is colored and one is paper pieced.






Friday, May 26, 2017

Real Stamping

I just wanted to share a few cards I made recently.  These all use a stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  Real stamping this time - no digis!  





Friday, May 19, 2017

Two challenges

The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is to use the spotlight technique.  This is simply where you pick a portion on the image you want to draw attention to in some way.  We are sponsored by Lemon Shortbread, and I used this cute Halloween Girl and chose to spotlight the Halloween elements in the image.  I first die cut that portion out, then colored it and put it back in it's place with a slight dimension.


I missed posting about the challenge last week because I was at my daughters awaiting the birth of my 2nd grandson Zack.  He was born Monday morning and weighed in at 8.5 pounds!  I am happy to report that both he and mom are doing great.  It was such fun being there.

Anyway, last week's challenge was to make a masculine card.  We were sponsored by Beccy's Place and Dr Digi's House Of Stamps.  I chose a silhouette image from the Splish Splash set at Beccy's Place.

My first card I printed the image and then cut it out with my Scan n Cut.  I water colored the background with color burst paints.  Once everything was dry I glued the image to the card and added some rain drops with some crystal lacquer.


When I saw the negative space left where the image was cut out, I wanted to use it too and I love how it turned out.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Paper Ala Mode is On The Move

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is a fun one this week - make a card with movement.  I always enjoy interactive cards.  I made a sliding pull card using this Chicken image from Toadstool Printables.  The paper for our challenge this week is from Art Wildflower Digi.  We each made a short video showing the movement on our cards too.


Here's the video so you can see how it pulls open.  Special thanks to my husband for demonstrating the card while I filmed.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Name that Letter

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is up and it's a fun challenge this week.  We are supposed to use something, or more than one thing that begins with the first letter of your name.

I used this Floral Heart from Sheepski Designs and made this card.  My "H" is the heart and the holes at the bottom in the border.  I also have the H in happy!


The I filled in for Debbie.  She chose Jo's Daffodils from Sheepski Designs.  Her "D" is the daffodils of course, but I added diamonds in the embossing and I used distress markers to color it with.


  It's also fun to see if you can find how many things everyone used on their cards!  I hope you'll come play with us!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sparkle and Shine

The Paper Ala Mode challenge is about sparkle and shine this week.  We are sponsored by Sasayaki Glitter Stamps and Nikki Burnette.  Here is my card using Lissa Fairy.  I used Wink of Stella on her wings, the butterfly, and on some of the flower petals that are on the flowers die on the edge.  I also added some silver foil to parts of her dress, and I used some little shiny flower shaped pearls to the center on the the flowers on the edge.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Rainbow Shaker


This was fun to make with one of those shaker card kits from Queen and Company.  


Sunday, April 16, 2017

This is not for everyone

Hey everyone.  Let me just say that this post is not for everyone.  If poking fun at political things isn't your cup of tea then please forgive me and don't look any further.  I recently found a set of dies that I thought were really cool.  It is a set of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dies.  I don't think I've ever before seen dies of political figures.  Anyway, I had to snap them up!  

I then made a series of birthday cards to send to my sister leading up to her birthday.  I timed it so she would receive a card a day in this order








Unfortunately, I don't think my sister saw the humor in my cards.  Oh well - maybe I'll send her a Mother's Day card that says "making your mother's day great again", and then a 4th of July card saying "making your 4th of July great again", and then a Halloween card saying "making your Halloween great again"... or maybe not.