Friday, October 31, 2008

Yippee! It's Friday!!!!

Happy Friday Everyone! My, my, it has been a busy blogging week for me. And it's not just limited to blogging - just busy in all areas.

Today I just wanted to share a few more of the cards I made with my November Cupcardstogo kit. And word has it that there are very few of these left - so if you want one, you had better hurry.

Here are some cards. The kit contents include papers from 7Gypsies, Fancy Pants, Dream Street and GCD Studios, rubons from Melissa Frances and tag stickers from 7Gypsies. Oh, the cute little owl transparency is from Fancy Pants. He's one of my favorite elements.

Okay - whew! I'm worn out and looking forward to a great weekend. Have a wonderful one.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cricut, Stamping and Punches

I've just been playing around a bit with my Cricut and a new punch. I was browsing thru Michael's this week and saw a beautiful lace border punch. I had to have it. If you read one of my previous posts, you saw where I was doing some "fall" cleaning and trying to use up some of my older papers on cards. What fun that can be!

Papers are from Fancy Pants and Basic Grey. I used the Home Accents Cricut Cartridge for the apple. I love this apple! I especially love it because it makes great cards for teachers as well as for other things. The stamps are from Odd Bird Planet.

This card uses my fancy smancy lacy border punch from Martha Stewart. Isn't it just FUN! I did two layers of border in different papers. Papers are Basic Grey and KI Memories. Apple from Home Accents (Cricut) and stamp is from Odd Bird Planet. (Oh - I found the border punch online. It's called the Doily Lace Edger Punch and you can get it at Emma's Paperie at the moment)

Last card for today. I used more Basic Grey papers, Martha Stewart lacey border punch, stamp from Odd Bird Planet and the flowers were cut from the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. I used a gel pen on the stamped letters.

I'm having a blast trying to get some cards done with my pre-cut papers AND I'm finally using up those papers that I just "had" to save for something special. Yeah - I know you know what I'm talking about. hmmmmmmmmm. I'll leave you with that thought. :)

Oh - and one more thing. Don't you love peeks!!! Here's a peek of the Lime Tart November Full Tart. Doesn't that just look yummy!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Some Yummy Goodness

I have some yummy goodness... both the visual and the physical. Well, it will be visual until you actually make this for yourself. The first bit of yumminess comes from Papercrafts Magazine. The special publication is called PC Gourmet, and it's filled with recipes from soups and appetizers to main dishes and everything in between. This will make a wonderful Christmas gift for your papercraft buddy - so order before they are gone!

A little tidbit for you - I'm a contributor to this book and my absolutely fantastically wonderful recipe for Louisiana Gumbo is in this book. I can say that because my sisters were over for Christmas last year, and they didn't think I can cook. Well, who was asking who for the gumbo recipe??? You will WANT this book.

So today I'm happy to share a recipe with you! This recipe comes from Papercrafts Pro Alisa Bangerter.

Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits
Alisa Bangerter

This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad.


2 c. flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 1/4 c. milk
Chives (optional)


Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

To accompany this recipe, Alisa has made this adorable project. I've included the supply list and instructions so you can make this, too. Just in time for Halloween!

Enjoy Halloween Tag
Designer: Alisa Bangerter

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3" x 4 1/2"

1. Make tag from cardstock. 2 Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk. 3 Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere. 4 Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape. 5 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.

I can't WAIT to try this recipe and project. I hope you enjoy this. Thanks, Papercrafts and Alisa, for allowing me to share these with my readers.

And just a reminder, if you haven't checked out the Cupcardstogo gallery - it's a must see. The November kit ideas are awesome.

Here are a few of the cards I made with this kit. Papers include GCD Studios, Fancy Pants, and 7 Gypsies.

I'll share some more later. Enjoy your day!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Orange, Brown and Green

Orange, brown and green. Golden, copper and rust.... don't you just love fall colors!! My parents drove up to Canada 2 weeks ago - they thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the fall foilage along the way. I wish I could have been there with my camera... although it would have taken me two weeks to arrive at the border because of all the stopping for photos. Anyway - the day before they left to come back, my mom called to tell me it was snowing! That was last Tuesday. They got home Friday and when I asked about the ride back, she said "All the leaves were gone". Wow - that fast.

Well - here in the south, we haven't really had "fall" yet. LOL. But having to put on a light jacket in the mornings and evenings is one step closer. It was beautiful this week, so we took a spur of the moment trip to the pumpkin patch.. which is in fact actually a huge lawn next to a church scattered with pumpkins imported from Mexico. Now, I'm thinking....okay, so why is it we can't grow pumpkins around here, but they grow in Mexico? Isn't Mexico hotter than Louisiana?

Anyway- I just love my new camera. As always, I never think I take enough pics, but my family thinks otherwise. At least I won't make them go back for another take. I couldn't wait to play with my photos and scrap a few of them.

This page uses Scenic Route papers, actually from 3 different lines: Sonoma, Laurel and Sumner. Don't you just love that you can mix up the lines and they coordinate. The chipboard flowers are also Scenic Route and the stickers are from Basic Grey.

My little miss has been going to the pumpkin patch since she was 20 months old. I remember her first trip to the pumpkin patch so well. We let her ride around in the wagon and run all over the place. And when we left, we rode her to the car in the wagon. She didn't know we were leaving until we picked her up and put her in the vehicle - that's when the waterworks started. Here's a photo of her during that first trip.

And here she was last week.

I used my October Studio Calico kit for this page. The papers are all Sassafrass Lass.

Don't forget to check out CupCardsToGo! Today is the reveal day! Here are a couple more sneak peeks until then.

Have a wonderfully colorful Fall day!


Monday, October 20, 2008

Fall Fever and a peek

Is there such thing as fall fever? Do people do fall cleaning? I feel like I need to clean out my paper stash, but, the thing is, I really want to use what I have. So, I decided to trick myself into producing some creative mojo to get some things cranked out. Here's what I did.

I went through my stash and looked for coordinating papers, being sure to mix brands. Then I cut the papers into 6x6 quarters. Next I pulled out coordinating ribbon and whatever else would work. And viola, I had a card kit ready for use. Here's what I made yesterday, just for fun.

This baby card uses a mix of Prima Muse, Scenic Route and KI Papers. The ribbon is Piggy Tales, die cut heart is from Fancy Pants and the rub ons are One Heart, One Mind.

The miss you card uses Tinkering Ink and American Crafts papers.

I just love the bright greens in this birthday card. The green paper is Luxe Designs. The floral paper is Tinkering Ink and the plaid is American Crafts. The sticker is from Bazzill.

One more card using bits and pieces of leftovers. The papers are Sassfrass Lass and Scenic Route. I cut the flower from a dictionery sheet using the technique posted here from Katja Lampert. My flowers don't look near as fluffy as hers, but it's a great technique.

I hope I've inspired you to do some fall cleaning - cleaning out the stash and transforming it into something creative. If you do, let me know.

Now - on to something fun and exciting - especially for you fellow cardmakers. Have you heard of the new card kit club called CupCardsToGo? I have some sneak peeks of some things I made with the very first kit! This November kit will be available in about a week and let me tell you - I absolutely devoured it! Here are a few peeks.

Oh and some other good news! I made my first etsy sale last week - only 2 days after I opened my store. That was really encouraging.

Now, I need to decide if I want to actually do some fall 'spring cleaning', or more creative stuff. Gosh, maybe I can do both. Have a wonderfully creative day!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy all the day long

I should say "happy all the week long". I've gotten goodies of all kinds this week. Today I got an e-mail from Meredith who has an Etsy store at MaggieSueDesigns. She was welcoming me to Esty and asked if she could feature me on her new blog, which welcomes new Etsy Shops. Check out here blog at Maggie Sue's Designs Blog. Thanks, Meredith. I'm extremely honored.

Well, yesterday was a really fun mail-day. I won a prize from Hilary, and it came yesterday. It was the Celebrate the Holidays publication from Scrapbook Trends and Oh My - it's full of wonderful goodness! And thanks, Hil for the adorable jar full of candy corn!

I also received another wonderful mail surprise. Kim Hughes sent me the Birthday Bash stamp set that she designed for Cornish Heritage Farms. I had a blast staying up late playing with those stamps. Want to see what I made?

These cards us papers from Fancy Pants' Sweet Spring collection.

These cards use papers from Piggy Tales' Tortoise and the Hare collection. So fun for these birthday stamps. I used markers, gel pen and glitter on the cupcake.

This last card uses Pink Paislee paper. I confess, I'm a hoarder. I've had these papers for months and just couldn't cut into them. But since I did a layout a few weeks ago - it was easier to use the scraps. I just love this red floral paper.

Oh - and I have to give you a "psssttt". I really don't want to, but they asked me to. Webster's Pages has a giveaway on their blog. A really nice giveaway. And one that I really, really, really want to win. I can wish extra hard because it's my birthday month, right? I'm wishing really hard. But anyway - if you love their stuff... check out the new collection they are giving away...because when I win this collection you will be drooling over the creations I make.

And last but not least - have you noticed the new link in my sidebar of scrappy places?? If you like cards, you will want to know about this new kit club coming soon. It's called CupCardsToGo and it's as yummy as it sounds! Check it out.

So - whew! That's it for the day. It might be it for the week. We'll see. But I will be back as soon as I make my first Etsy sale. I did have an inquiry which I thought would be a sale by now - but I'm still waiting. Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Flavor the the Day is Lime

The Lime Tart October gallery is now live! I just LOVE seeing all the new creations. That means I can share my creations made with the A La Tart October kit. This kit featured papers from Webster's Pages, some embellishments from Heidi Swapp, three adorable stamps from Odd Bird Planet, some vintage sewing patterns... gosh - too much to list.

Here is a page I did using photos of my little miss when she was a bit wee.

And here some cards. The get well card uses shrinkie dink for the base flower. I cut the flower base with the cricut fairly large, then put it in the oven.

Be sure and visit all three of the Lime Tart Kit Galleries:
October Full Tart
October A La Tart
October Half Tart

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.
Psalm 84:10
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.