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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Water Bottle Treat Holders

I'm done! 60 total! Oh, boy for a minute there I didn't think I would! These water bottle treat holders are for Monday's Certified Career Fair at work. All we have to do now is hang each holder on the water bottle for each Administrator doing the screenings on prospective new teachers to our District.
The last time I did a mass project was for a baby shower where I went all out~40+cards; each card was heat embossed inside and outside the card. I know I have a sample somewhere... Anyways, this is what kept me so busy all week!

Getting Creative with Ann

Thank you Ann for the stamping goodies!!! I received this awesome happy mail from Ann at Ann's Creative Corner!
I've been playing along Ann's weekly fun challenges. I was so surprised t0 find out Iwas the winner for entering the above card for Ann's You've Been Framed challenge. I encourage everyone to visit her blog and play along. This week's challenge is Think Ovals!
BTW this is my very first time winning anything ever on challenges!
Thank you Ann!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thanks

I work in the Human Resources Department of our local Shool Distirct. In less than a week, our Departmnet is holding our 5th annual Certified Career Fair. At this fair we have our Principals, Assistant Principals and Administrators meet and screen with applicants hoping to work in our District.
As a token of our appreciation to our Administrators for helping us out with this event, I suggested that that we could make this water bottle treat holder for each of them ~ 60! Yes. That's right 60!
Our District's color is blue. I threw in silver cardstock to give it some color, and I stamped the background with SU! On the Spot stamp with white craft stamp pad. I used 2 white brads to make the pouch. We will place a pen, drink mix and a mint in each holder. The sentiment comes from SU! Full of Life stamp set.
This holder is my sample. I will present it to our Department tomorrow morning in our meeting. Hope they like it.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Green & Yellow

Spring Fever is here! I can't seem to put away my green stamping stuff away and hoping it gets a little warmer & sunnier today. Again I find myself playing with several challenges to combine in one card. I don't know if this is easier or I'm making it more difficult, but I have fun!
3-for-1
  1. Dutch Dare #36 Green & Yellow: use green & yellow as main colors
  2. Stamp Something 3D: stamped & cut out flower image from SU! Looks Like Spring flower
SU! Frames with A Flourish, Looks Like Spring & Circle of Friendship stamp sets, DP, SU! CS, Garden Green stamp pad, Zots, button, ribbon, flower embellishments, SU! flower punch

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Circles & Swirls

I decided not to wait 'til the last minute to finish a challenge...so here it is: Tag, You're It! Week 46 ~ Circles & Swirls ! Whew! Now I can go to bed in peace! LOL!
I used this pretty DP given to me at Christmas by my friend Karen. Thanks Karen! The middle strip of CS is embossed on both edges with the Cuttlebug embossing folder circle border. The sentiment reads: "Sending You Birthday Wishes; Your Special Day". The lace actually is sticker paper lace and comes in a roll. I'm pretty content with the end result.
SU! Circle of Friendship stamp set. ribbon, yarn, silk & paper flowers, rhinestone brad, circle brad
Ollie & Phibbs Our Kitty Kats Oliver & Phoebe (black & white) intrigued & nosy by my fading flowers!
SCS Big Sister Nature Lover
My Divine Secret Sibling Big Sister Nature Lover (SCS Round 1, 2009) is an amazing crafter! Take a look at these two gifts I received from her this month. An altered glass picture frame with rub ons (no picture yet~I'm waiting for a very special one). Just Beautiful!
Now take a look at this most adorable & so ever cute Spring clock! Can you see the ladybug? Isn't she cute! Wow! I'm speechless!
It is absolutely so wonderful to receive handmade gifts like these when they're specially made thinking of you. Thank you Big Sis!


Amaryllis Week 7
It finally bloom, but there is more to come!

Happiness Always

4 Challenges in 1 Card
This is my second challenge for Getting Creative with Ann. For this week's challenge #29 is You've Been Framed! which is to use a frame somewhere in the card. I used a square punch to cut out the middle of the stripe CS, then I mounted the stripe frame over a stamped image. Using foam dots, I then mounted the frame over the Garden Green square. The stripe frame is made out by recycling a birthday card I received a couple of years ago.
I incorporated the 3 following challenges to create this card:
  1. SCS Ways to Use It Challenge 206 : Stripes~ use striped paper, striped stamps or create your own stripes using your choice of media
  2. SCS Limited Supplies Challenge 208: feature any shade of green
SU! Happy Harmony & Oh, So Lovely stamp sets

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Lovely Award from Poppy!

Today I received my very first Award ever!!! Poppy has made my day with this wonderful award. I am so thrilled and happy! Poppy, thank you so much for thinking of me!
Now I have to reciprocate, and I've chosen the following great Ladies:

Love & Romance

This week's Tag, You're It! challenge was to create a theme around Love & Romance! I guess I was not too much in the mood for Love & Romance, because my tag turned out too childish, and I'm definitely not too crazy about it! But here it is...
I used stickers, ribbon, and a heart embellishment. The middle half hearts are cut out from a store bought thank you card I received over 2 years ago. I cut out the bird stamped image from an envelope where my Valentine card came in from Karen.
Tag, You're It! Challenge week 45~Love & Romance, faux sewing, recyclables

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

One Button Challenge

This is a card I make over and over again when I need something simple and special as a card to give away or to give as a card gift set. I first made this card sketch/theme at Vivian Potter's SU! classes. Thanks Viv!
I made this card using this week's CAS02 Challenge at SCS: One Button Will Do
SU! Craft Rose Red, Glossy White CS, ribbon, button, black marker, ruler, Kissing Technique, SU! stamps

Monday, February 16, 2009

Blooming!


Just wanted to share my beautiful blooming flowers from Hubby!
Speechless!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Spoon Full of Doodles

I had not doodled in a long time and it was very therapeutic! I visited a Spoon Full of Sugar blog and this week's challenge was to Doodle Doo. I doodled around the edges of the card with SU! Brocade Blue marker. The stamped flowers come from a clear stamp set by Inkadinkado called Doodle Flowers. This set of stamps was given to me by my Big Sister Linda Borneman. Thanks Linda! The sketch is this week's SCS Sketch Challenge SC215.
SU! Textured CS, Buckaroo Blue stamp pad, SU! Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun & Apricot Appeal, button, thread, glitter glue, sponged edges, CB EF Stylized Flowers

Chocolate!

Another card using Mojo Monday sketches: week Mojo73, & the theme is from Stamp Something Chocolate Challenge in honor of Valentines.
Who doesn't love chocolate! I don't know anyone who doesn't like chocolate, oh wait...my brother doesn't like chocolate!!! I knew all along that something was wrong with him!!!
SU CS & DP, Clear Mini Stamp set by Inkadinkado, brad, ribbon, googly eyes, CB EF Perfectly Paisley, chalk, SU! Pretty in Pink & Close to Cocoa markers

Buttons, Bows & Boobs

A very simple card for this week's SCS Inspiration Challenge #167: Artfull Bras Project. I chose Buttons & Bows & Boobs Bra by Sandra Baker as my inspiration which went well with this week's Dutch Dare challenge #35: buttons & bows. I just hope that a cure is found very soon so women don't have to live in fear anymore!
SU! stamp, SU! background stamp, glitter glue, button, Pearl thread, SU! CS & glossy white CS, hardware

Fab Vintage

This is my very first vintage card! I admire other creative vintage stampers, but this art/technique is difficult for me...but gave it a try anyways. Vintage is really a "s-t-r-e-t-c-h" for me, so I decided to use this week's SCS Limited Supplies challenge LSC207. What do you think???
I did this week's Fab's Big Christmas card week #6 challenge and along with this challenge, I used Friday Sketchers: sketch #39.
SU! Close to Cocoa, White Craft, & ColorBox Cocoa pigment ink, InkaDinko stamp, Michael's sentiment stamp, SU! Pretties Kit's pearls, DP, SU! Simply Home scrappin' kit CS & DP, Generations Poinsettia embellishments, Seagull scallop sicssors, Nostalgia corner edgers scissors, SU! Real Red & Mellow Moss markers

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A is for...

Hubby and I took a road trip today and went to Ajo, Arizona. Ajo is about an hour & a half from where we live. We chose Ajo because I had never been there before, and was not disappointed at all. I found it very charming. I loved the openness of the land, and it was such a beautiful day!
Spanish Colonial architecture

A typical house in Ajo.
I loved the ristras hanging in front of the house and glass entrance door.
A picture taken from the middle of the street looking into the Plaza.

On our way back to the Valley, we took the Old 80 Highway (between Gila Bend & Phoenix) instead of taking the heavily traffic newer highway. I didn't even know this back road existed! We plan to go back to this road and take pictures of the area.

Amaryllis Week 6

The amaryllis is getting so tall!
A little close up of a very beautiful flower ready to bloom. Can't wait!

Friday, February 13, 2009

French Martini
Indgredients:
1 1/2 oz vodka; your choice
1/4 oz Chambord®
Raspberry Liqueur
1/4 oz fresh pineapple juice
Directions:
Shake with ice and pour into a cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel twist. Serves 1.

Flower Delivery

My "Sweet Swede" had flowers delivered at work for me! Isn't he "Swede"!
Childhood Memories
Picture found: WeHeartIt.com

Happy Valentine's Day

Loads of love!
Picture found: MarthaStewart.com

Flowers

Arty Girlz Weekly Challenge #72 ~ Flowers
I am trying to finish off this set of Simply Scrappin' kit from SU! Summer Home, which is perfect for this week's Arty Girlz theme challenge: flowers. I love the colors and paper texture of this kit set. I did not use any stamping in creating this card. Somehow I feel like I'm cheating!

I Am Chocolate



You Are Chocolate



You make people feel euphoric and dreamy. You're very addicting.
You definitely drive people to passion, lust, and even obsession.
While you are quite sensual, you are also comforting.
You sure know how to work your magic. It doesn't take long to get someone to love you.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Together

I almost didn't have time this week to do this week's Tag, You're It! challenge by fabulous Kath! It has been just one those busy weeks! I used SU! Summer Home simply scrappin' kits. I had this leftover kit from a project I did over the summer I think...honestly, I can't remember what I used it for?!?! Oh, boy! I lost it!
I pierced around the edges of the tag and did faux sewing using a white gel pen. While going through my Mason button jar, I happened to find this lonely white heart. I think it finishes off my tag.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hunky Dory Cupcake

This week's SCS Inspiration Challenge IC166 comes from a great little website Hunkydory Home which features bright funky & quirky handmade home accessories to make your home "hunkydory". I chose this cupcake picture as my inspiration for my birthday cupcake card.

Last week's SCS Try A New Technique was to make a recessed window. This technique was a lot easier putting it together a second time.
In creating this card I used this week's theme challenge from Ann's Creative Corner. This week's GCA28 challenge (Getting Creative with Ann) is to create a card/project with a theme of celebration! For example, congrats, new baby, new job or birthday. Any type of event that would require a celebration.
SU! Sassy Susie & Treat Yourself stamp sets, SU CS, DP, glass beads, Diamond Glaze, brads, ribbon, rhinestone, Pink Passion & Basic Black ink


Sunday, February 8, 2009

We Kiss

I think I accomplished creating the most fearful of all cards ~ "a masculine card!".
This is my first challenge using one of Courtney's Tuesday's challenges, #24. We all know how difficult it is to make masculine cards ~ it is for me!
This week's featured stamper at SCS is Karen Dunbrook FS105. I chose this card as my inspiration. Congratulations Karen!
SU! white craft, SU! white kraft & black CS, DP, brads by Recollections, SU! scrapbook stickers, Die Cuts with A View Vellum "Quote Stacks"

Saturday, February 7, 2009

So Sweet of You

I created this card using 4 challenges. I have a headache!!!


  1. Color Throwdown 28: Pink Piroutte, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red

  2. SCS's Limited Supplies 206 : the only stamp you can use is a sentiment; dress the rest up with paper, punches and/or embellishments~SU! So Many Scallops: So Sweet of You & French Script

  3. SCS's Ways to Use It 204: find ways to layer embellishments~rhinestone stickers, ribbons, Cuttlebug Script & Border embossing folders, brads, button, thread, ribbon, silk & paper flowers

Fab Polar Bear

Cute sleepy baby Polar Bear! This is my 3rd Christmas card for the year so far. I'm hoping to make enough cards so I won't panic at the last minute before Christmas...
I didn't do any stamping whatsover. I used my 2 Cuttlebug embossing folders: Snowflakes & Snow Dots. The snowflake embellishment is actually a Christmas ornament I got from the $Tree store last Christmas. The cute Polar Bear embellishment is from my Big Sister Linda Borneman, SCS Divine Secret Sibling.
Thanks to CCEE's Tosh Leyendekker for the great sketch design I was able to create this card.
SU! white glossy CS, Turquoise CS, snowflake ornament, Recollections dimensional stickers

My Gift to Myself

For Christmas I gave myself a gift~a 7" digital photo frame! I thought that it would be better to see my pictures daily rather than scrapbooking and putting the scrapbook away to collect dust, or show them off when we have company,...
For over a month "my gift" was in the trunk of my car! I just never got around taking it out of the box and displaying it! I'm bad! I wonder what other goodies are in the trunk?
Actually the reason it was in the trunk this long was because I was going to place it on my desk at work. But since my workplace is now all into going "green" and saving $$$, I will not be able to have it at work. I thought that by seeing my pictures of my life/family/friends at work, it would remind me why I work so hard and be thankful for what I have...

Amish Friendship Bread

I was given a starter bag & baking directions from Cora, co-worker, couple months ago, and ever since I been baking this bread. I actually call it cake, because to me it's more of a cake like consistency than bread. The recipe calls for instant vanilla pudding, but I have used instant chocolate pudding and sprinkled the top with chocolate chunks. Hubby happens to have a very "sweet tooth" and loves this cake; as you can see a big piece of cake is missing already! He has requested that the next cake I bake, I use pistachio instant pudding. I'm sure it will turn out very good as well.
I freeze the starters and take out a bag when I'm ready for the next cake. It works well and I not baking every 10 days. The remaining bags I give to friends and family.
If you have not been given a starter bag, I'm sure you can google it, and find out how to get the starter going.

Here are the directions that came along with my starter bag:
Amish Friendship Bread
Do not refrigerate starter!!! If air gets into the bag, let it out. It is normal for the batter to rise, bubble & ferment.

_____Day 1: Do nothing; this is the day the batter was made!
_____Day 2: Mush the bag
_____Day 3: Mush the bag
_____Day 4: Mush the bag
_____Day 5: Add to the bag: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, & 1 cup milk
_____Day 6: Mush the bag
_____Day 7: Mush the bag
_____Day 8: Mush the bag
_____Day 9: Mush the bag
_____Day 10: Follow the following directions below & then bake!

Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl & use a non-metal spoon. Add 1 ½ cups sugar, 1 ½ cups flour, and 1 ½ cups milk. Stir until smooth. Take 4-gallon size zip-lock bags & put 1 cup batter into each bag. Let air out of the bags. Put today’s date on each bag. Keep starter bag for yourself & share the other 3 bags with family or friends, along with a copy of the recipe & if desired, a sample piece of your baked bread.

If you keep a starter for yourself, you will be baking every ten days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Only the Amish know how to create the starter, so if you give them all away, you will have to wait until someone gives you a starter back.

BAKING DIRECTIONS
Take the remaining batter (after the 4 starters have been measured out) and add:

3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoosn almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
Nuts if choice, optional

Mix until smooth. In a small bowl, mix together ¼ cup sugar & 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, set aside. Grease 2 loaf pans with non-stick spray. Sprinkle some of the sugar mixture into each pan. Pour batter in each pan and sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. You can also use mini loaf pans & and it will make 4 mini loaves.

Vodka Greyhound

What do you make when life gives you grapefruit???
VODKA GREYHOUNDS,

of course!

Vodka Greyhound

  • 2 oz vodka, your choice
  • 5 oz grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed is better

*Pour vodka and grapefruit juice into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well, and serve.
Serve in: Highball Glass

*BTW I don't measure, I simply pour to my taste! And for testing purposes I just happened to have a very strong glass of this concoction, and my opinion is "delisshhious"! I mean d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! Try it!

Grapefruit

As I mention before, it is citrus season in our Valley. Hubby & went picking grapefruit yesterday afternoon. From the look of it, he did a great job watering and taking care of the "Old Grapefruit" tree. These grapefruits are so sweet that there's no need to add or sprinkle sugar.
These bagfulls show only what we picked from what we were able to reach. We need to work on the top of the tree with the citrus picker tool...fun!

Juicy fruit!
Thank God for electric appliances!
Sweet juice~

Amaryllis Week 5

It's GROWING!
See that crooked small stalk...well, it looks like a blossom ready to bloom...hmmm?