Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Ornament Exchange

Marsha at Sassy Mini Dolls hosted a Christmas Ornament Exchange blog party and today is the big reveal.
My partner happens to be Olivia from Simply Sunshine & Daisy's.
I've had the great pleasure to get to know Olivia. She's a delightful young woman, and I love reading her daily blog entries!

I received this adorable snowman Christmas tree ornament from her. It reminds me of a court jester!
Olivia also included a package of hot cocoa, a stamp with my initial "O" which I promptly stuck unto my "O" bag, and glittery blingy stars that a I can use for my crafts.

Thank you Olivia!

And guess what? She was my swap partner, and you can visit ther blog to see what I sent her.

Thank you Marsha for hosting a fun swap and getting us into the spirit of giving!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thank You

I made a set of thank you cards to thank my friends and co-workers for the great birthday gifts and wishes.

For these cards I did a technique called faux letterpress. Basically what you do is ink a Cuttlebug embossing folder. It was very easy to do and not messy at all! The ink just washed away. Another new technique was to stamp the sentiment on the ribbon.
Easy peasy!

Fancy Corners

I made this card for a co-worker who just retired from our school District.
I had been wanting to CASE this card by card crazy at Splitcoaststampers for a while.
I used Cuttlebug's Fancy Corners embossing folder for the 4 squares, which I then distressed with a sanding block. The stamped image is from SU!'s All I Have Seen.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Collage II

I was just not satisfied with my card...something was several spritzes of white frost shimmer!
Now I am done!

Christmas Collage

I am spending my Saturday afternoon making our Christmas cards.
This is the one, and now I need to finish 40+... Now picture me doing a "Kevin scream" from Home Alone! Ahhh.....!!!

I played with the ribbon trying to make it look just perfect, but finally gave up!

Inside message...

Friday, November 26, 2010


Last Sunday I attended Vivian's SU! Make & Take. For this month's class we didn't stamp, we made a frame featuring our last name. We also had the choice of the word "FAMILY". For my frame I chose our last name OHLSON.

We punched flowers, birds and borders...used the Big Shot to cut our letters, and the hearts. I learned to use this marvelous new tool called a Japanese Screw to punch holes for the brads...amazing tool!!! You can use it to punch holes anytime! I want one!

I made one for my Mom, but hers says FAMILY.
This could be my Christmas gift to family and close friends...I better start working on it!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fresh Cut Friday

I am joining Liz's Fresh Cut Friday at Rose Vignettes.
I had planned on treating myself to sunflowers today, but I ended up stopping at the nearest garden store to pick up my fall/spring garden flowers.
I brought home petunias, geraniums, stock, snapdragons, and potting soil.
I love flowers especially in my garden!
I have to go back to the garden store tomorrow to get more soil and maybe more flowers and plants!!!
Thank you Liz for a wonderful way to treat ourselves to fresh flowers! Until next time...
Now don't forget to stop by Rose Vignettes and take a look at beautiful fragrant bouquets other bloggers treated themselves to!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Recipe Swap

I'm participating in Courtney's Chicken Dinner Recipe Swap (aka StampinMama86 over at Splitcoast).
A co-worker shared this recipe with me. I overheard her giving her college son directions on how to make this, and I asked her for her recipe of Italian Spicy Chicken Pasta. It's not spicy at all unless you choose to use spicy Rotel tomatoes & chilies.

Spicy Italian Chicken Pasta
2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken (I use Costco Rotisserie chicken)
8 oz. Velveeta Cheese (or more)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel tomatoes & green chilies
1 package cooked Fettuccine (or your choice)
Parmesan Cheese

Mix Rotel tomatoes, cream of chicken soup & Velveeta cheese. Heat until cheese is melted. Add chicken & stir. Remove from heat when well heated through. Serve over your favorite hot cooked pasta, and sprinkle with Parmessan cheese. Enjoy!