Friday, June 28, 2013


Sharing a few recipes I've tried and enjoyed lately!
For a Reese Cup taste - skip the peanut butter icing and use this instead:
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Glaze
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup milk
1. Melt chocolate, peanut butter, and corn syrup together. Cook mixture is smooth.
2. Remove from the heat and whisk in the milk, beating until smooth. Use while still warm.

I used Maple Syrup instead of corn syrup -- YUMMY!  When I make it again I will leave the sugar out it's plenty sweet w/out sugar!

I used 1/2 the cream cheese and sugar and it was still plenty!
I also added blueberries to mine -- in between the cream cheese and top crescent roll layer!
I made this for breakfast and it was a big hit with both my husband and our Navy friend!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Google Reader

Posting a link (to a fellow bloggers post) telling you about the changes coming to can now follow me in Bloglovin'  by clicking the button on my sidebar.

Sock Monkey Bags

I made this little sock monkey "purse" to use as a gift bag for my niece when she has her baby boy.
I thought maybe she could use it as a book bag for church (?) when he gets a little bigger.
Since I didn't really have a pattern I made a mini one first --- just to try the idea out.
I lined both of them to add stability and keep things from catching on the yarn that attaches the mouth, ears, eyes etc. It also looks a lot neater and keeps small things from falling through the bag!
If you'd like to make one of your own -- here is the only free tutorial  I found on-line.
 from Futuregirl

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Welcome Little Monkey

Remember the niece that I did the sock monkey baby shower for?
Here's the baby card I made to take to the hospital when she has her baby boy (little monkey).....Hopefully Soon!!!
As soon as I saw this Curious George coloring page I knew I had to incorporate it into my card somehow.
I decided to cut the vines off and hang him on the clothes line with some onesies. 
Here's the inside of the card:
Supplies used:
  • Stamps
  • Chalks
  • Cloud pattern (for masking)
  • Paper shredding scissors (grass)
  • DMC floss (line)
  • Brads
  • Markers
  • Punches
    • Scallop Oval punch
    • Bird punch (Martha Stewart)
This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Here's a simple masculine card I made using a free coloring page.
You can find lots of fish coloring pages online -- something suit whatever style you like.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Country Cards

I needed thank you cards for some dear friends that are chicken farmers. 
I couldn't resist buying  a few cute (and cheap) graphics from Digi Web Studio to make them with.
I'm not sure you can see it in the above picture, but the items on the window sill and the clouds are popped up.  I also added some homemade white flower soft to the clouds for extra dimension.
Here's the inside of this card:
 Card #2 also has popped up items on the front for added interest and depth.
I also added a bit of clear glitter to the bee, heart, butterfly, and egg. 
A little bit of glue and glitter along with some faux stitching and wa-la --- simple and easy country cards!

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Get Well Soon!

Here's a get well card I made for a little girl in our church that was sick.
You can find the bandaid printable here. (click bandage)
Supplies used:
This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Rag Doll

Here's a rag doll I made for a friend in Indiana.  
 To see another doll (made by me) in this pattern click here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day Gifts

Here's a simple gift for guys -- we gave these out at church this year for Father's Day.
 The idea came from here....Little LDS Ideas
You can find a free printable here....Frugal Coupon Living.

Birds Nest Freebie

Sharing two cards I made with a birds nest freebie I created.
The torn and inked edges add an aged look to the images.
Here's the freebie for you to enjoy!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Lover

Here's the Father's Day card I made for my hubby - the book lover! 
I cut strips of patterned paper at different widths and used a circle punch to make the ends rounded. 
I outlined the books with markers and added a title, author, and stripes to dress them up.
Here's the inside - decorated with dictionary page and washi tape.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sea Themed Father's Day

I created a sea themed Father's Day card for my Dad using a variety of stamps and stamp sets. 
Pretty simple and straightforward to make.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

For the mechanic!

Here's another Father's Day card -- this time for a mechanic friend.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Father's Day Cards

I usually try to fit my cards to whoever I'm sending them to -- matching them up to their hobbies/interest. 
The above card is for my father-in-law, the gardener!
I found the free clip art here - I coupled it with some recently purchased paper (from a friend - thanks Christa!) and added a cricut cut out "Dad" to the top corner. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Another Graduation Card

Here's another graduation card I made in a bird theme.
Here's how I did the inside:
Supplies used:
  • Dictionary page
  • Scallop Circle Nestabilities
  • Threading Water Border Punch (Fiskars)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ribbon
  • Washi Tape
  • Chipboard Birds
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Stamps
    • Birdcage from Recollections
    • Bird from Owl Garden (Hampton Art)
This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday

Monday, June 10, 2013

Graduation Cards

Sharing a feminine and masculine graduation card made with my own homemade clipboards!
Here's the card with the mini clipboard pulled out.
To make the clipboards I simply copied a clipart clipboard to Word and then re-sized the top part to fit my need. After printing it out I used it as a pattern to make my own clipboards without dies!
The board part is simply kraft cardstock with rounded corners. 
Supplies used:
  • Dictionary pages
  • Brown ink
  • Tattered Floral Die (Tim Holtz)
  • Flower Soft
  • Crinkle Ribbon
  • Graduation Stamp Set (Hampton Art)
  • Yellow Embossing Powder
BTW - here's another cute way to use the mini clipboards -- to write a little note:
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Word Art Wednesday

Friday, June 7, 2013

Living Room Decor

A man from church gave me several country looking shelves to use in my house. 
I decided to make a wall collage with one of them and made a primitive print to match.
I made the framed print by using graphics from:
Primsy Doodle, Digital Web Studio, and Scrappin' Doodles
and word art from Papercraft Memories.
I also painted the cream mat green so as to match the print better.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Living Room Decor

 One last item for the graduation table  - also used to re-do part of my living room.
A framed hanger.
To make this I shopped the thrift store (again) and found a frame that I liked. 
I tore the (ugly) art out of it, brushed on some cream paint, and added some twine.
For the clothes pins I stamped "fly" and "soar" on some and covered the rest with dictionary pages and tiny birds.
 Another dictionary page pennant banner completes the look and ties it all together.
Here's a view of sister #1's graduation table:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Living Room Decor

(This post continued from yesterday and the day before)
After arriving at my in-laws house (3 states away) my other sister-in-law (also graduating) decided she wanted help with her table as well!
I ended up using some sunflower stuff from her room and the above window/mirror I found at a "junk" shop not far from their house.
Here's the little dictionary page nest I made -- you can find instructions to make your own here.
 I also made the mason jar lamp out of a blue jar given to me by a friend some time back. 
Inside are sewing themed items.
Here are a few photos of how the 2cd sister-in-law's table turned out:
Not too bad for only a few hours to get this together!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Living Room Decor

(Continued from yesterday)
While away I visited a Kirklands store (with another sister-in-law) and found that beautiful bird picture and nest there! Since their prices are so reasonable -- I added both of those to the graduation table decor.
 Here's the candle I altered to match the table decor.
I made a mini dictionary page pennant banner for it -- added a twine bow and blue button.
Here's the lacy looking chalkboard I also found at Kirklands (love that store!).
I added the two burlap roses to it and hung it on the door between the living room and my bedroom.