Monday, November 28, 2011

Hand penned for the holidays

Well if you live in the States I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and the Black Friday sales.  I had a hectic week and not getting accomplished everything that I wanted too.  But I did want to share with you this elegant card that I discovered during a blog hop recently…check it out!


I don’t know how well you can see the texture going on here with the tone on tone features but it is very very elegant.  You can find the instructions by going to this link here.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Taking a Hiatus

Hi Friends,
I wanted to let you know that I am going to take this week off and I didn’t want to have you wondering where I was.  In case you didn’t notice on the countdown Christmas is fast approaching and I have so much to do.  I still have more Christmas cards to make, teacher’s gifts to make, projects to finish.  I will be showcasing all of these in the next few weeks so you can prepare yourselves.  While your here use the QR code to keep informed of my blog updates and until then I will see you Monday.
Hang in there we will get through this holiday together!Open-mouthed smile

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Trivia Question Answered!

This weeks trivia question was, ‘What is the oldest Christmas Parade in the world?’  The answer is this:

In 1905 , the worlds first Santa Claus Parade was held in Toronto.  It was a small affair that year, amounting to a solitary Santa walking from the city’s Union Station up Yonge Street to the Eaton’s department store.  The parade quickly grew and, despite financial difficulties that nearly derailed the event in the 1980’s, the Toronto Santa Claus is still a popular annual tradition that is broadcast around the world.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I was picked for a blogger award!

Well this just completely made my day, I received an email yesterday from a wonderful lady who picked me to receive this cool blogger award!

I was shocked, thrilled and completely surprised!  This is what she said:

“I just stumbled upon your blog and you have a really great craft site! I like that you showcase so many different crafting ideas and your other projects are interesting too. You have great photography and your instructions are easy to follow and thought your site was particularly exceptional.”

So I am going to send out a shout out to all of you for being so kind to take the time to visit me, for letting me share my life with you and for sharing my love for all things crafty!  Thank You!

I will see you tomorrow!Open-mouthed smile

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Video and Trivia Wednesday

First of all I have to share with you a Christmas video that my daughter Paige did for a school assignment.  I think the spelling errors make it just that much more special…

Now the trivia question for today is:
What is the oldest Santa Claus Parade in the World?
Click here to take survey
Get the answer on Friday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Well if you are a regular reader of my blog then you are aware that one of my children is Celiac.  My eldest was diagnosed in 2009 so we had to make some adjustments in our house when it came to baking and cooking.  That being the background another piece of information is that my husband’s family is very large and we always celebrate Christmas early (sort of like a family reunion) and one of the best loved deserts is called, ‘Death by Chocolate.’  Paige being Celiac I made a Gluten Free version of the ‘Death by Chocolate!’  Check out this yummy picture…IMG_6611
Here is the recipe starting with the cake:
  • 1 1/2c Gluten Free flour (1 1/4c rice flour, 1/4c of tapioca flour)
  • 1/2 c cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. guar gum or 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 5 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c water
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add all liquid ingredients and mix well.
  3. Bake in greased and floured 9” square pan (or lined with parchment paper), at 350 for 30 –35 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
When the cake is done let cool then cut into small pieces
Now the ‘Death by Chocolate’ part of the recipe:
  • 2c of whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1 pkg of chocolate pudding
  • 1 pkg of skor chipits
  1. Start by mixing the package of chocolate pudding as per it’s directions and set in fridge.
  2. Using your mixer whip up your whipping cream and when it is close to being done add your vanilla and sugar.  Beat until stiff
  3. Mix your chocolate cake pieces with the chocolate pudding, adding half of your skor chipits and all of your whipping cream together in your bowl.
  4. Just before serving decorate the top of your desert with the left over skor chipits and ENJOY!
Because this is a Gluten Free desert there are no calories ha ha ha ha.
Since Christmas is on the countdown, every Wednesday I will have a trivia question for you to answer on your knowledge of Christmas trivia.  See you tomorrow!

Monday, November 14, 2011


Well I asked my nephew what his favourite Sesame Street® character was and three guesses?  Cookie Monster!  Big Bird is still my fav, however, I wanted to make something that included the card AND game all at the same time.  Take a look…

I made sure that I put a magnet in Cookie Monster so when he played the game the card part would stay closed.  As for the Tic Tac Toe pieces I made two different colored chocolate chip cookies.  His reaction, “Mini chocolate chip cookies Mom!”  He liked it!
Tell me what you think?  If you would like I can put together a quick tutorial later this week if you want?  Leave a comment and let me know!  Have an awesome day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Christmas Banner for Friday

Wow, I sure hope you enjoyed the Sudsol Blog Tour yesterday.  So many amazing projects, I hope you bookmarked them for future use.  I wanted to let you know that there is a new feature on my blog…at the bottom of every post now, you are able to download the post as a PDF file and/or print the post, if your interested.  It is the little green button at the bottom.

Thank you to those who left all of your kind comments on my projects yesterday, you really made my dayBe right back

Today I hope I make yours.  A fellow demonstrator Cindee Wilkinson shared with us a Christmas banner which she used our new Simply Scored tool to make.  So of course I had to make my own version too, here are some pics

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I really had a fun time making this and I finally have a good reason to those little wooden wreaths that I have been hoarding the last few years.  I wouldn’t make anything for my door that I wouldn’t be proud of showing it off.  I really hope you like it.

I grabbed my distressing kit and used the blue to stamp the Merry Christmas and edging of the Very Vanilla CS.  I wanted a little bit different coloring here so I could add interest.

Here is a list of the products I used:

  • Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Cherry Cobbler CS
  • Distressing Tools
  • Old Olive 1 1/4” Grosgrain Striped Ribbon
  • Very Vanilla CS
  • Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink Pad
  • Basic Pearls
  • Small Wooden Wreath
  • Buttons
  • Basic Pearls
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Simply Scored Tool
  • 3/8” Velvet Stitched Ribbon
  • Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
  • Hand Penned Holiday Stamp Set
  • Stocking Builder Punch

For exact measurements and how to make those medallions you can find the tutorial HERE

Have an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I hope you really enjoyed the last blog, weren’t they awesome projects!  I hope you enjoy mine!  I really went out of my comfort zone when I made these and this time two out of the three projects I used tutorials that were provided on Sudsol for FREE when you become a member.  You can try a FREE 2 week trial if you are a demo by clicking on the banner!

Here are my projects!

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The common theme between all of my projects happens to be using the new Stitched Felt Winter Wishes product out of our current holiday mini.  This first project I took the tutorial out of our SUDSOL patterns for the Diorama card.  Honest to goodness I thought the measurements were wrong because it does actually fit into our medium envelopes and it was too easy.  That's my problem, when I think a project is too hard I get intimidated but when I make the attempt and discover how easy it is--I go into shock--LOL

The supplies for this project are:
  • Stiched Felt Winter Wishes
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
  • 2.5" circle punch, Decorative Label punch
  • Silver Glimmer paper
  • Mini glue dots
  • Very Vanilla CS
  • Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
  • Wild Wasabi Classic Ink Pad
  • Dimensionals
  • Sticky Strip
Now for my next project I also used a pattern from SUDSOL.  It's called the Center Step Card, once again I used the Stiched Felt Winter Wishes.  Take a look...

I apologize for the light difference on these pictures but here is the list of supplies I used:
  • Whisper White CS
  • Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
  • Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Wild Wasabi classic ink pad
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Dimensionals
  • Snail
  • 3/8" Velvet Stitched Ribbon
  • Simply Scored Tool
  • Fiskars Paper Cutter
  • 2.5" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch
  • Word Window Punch
Last but not least this one is by far my favorite as I like to do punch art.  Now you might see this one is similar to others that are out there but the use of our Stitched Felt Winter Wishes and the Velvet stitched ribbon might just make the difference.  Who knew that the Builder Bird Punch could be so useful.  Take a look!

Here are the supplies for this project:

  • Cherry Cobbler CS 8.5 x 5.5"
  • Whisper White CS 5.25 x 4"
  • Daffodil Yellow CS 2 x 6"
  • Basic Black CS 3 x 3"
  • Wild Wasabi CS 8.5 x 11" (you will go through that when you punch out the branches)
  • Stitched Felt Winter Wishes
  • Wild Wasabi Classic Ink pad
  • Calypso Coral Classic Ink pad
  • Bird Builder, Stocking Builder punch
  • Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in Stripes
  • paper snips
  • Stitched Stockings Stamp set
  • 3/8" Velvet Stitched Ribbon Very Vanilla
  • Mini Clothespins embellishments
How to information:

  1. This step is easy, fold over your Cherry Cobbler CS in the landscape side.
  2. Grab your Stripes folder and your Whisper White CS and put it through your big shot.  Now cut out the middle section by 2.75" on both sides and leave approx 1.5" from the top.  Sort of making a window here.
  3. Attach your Basic Black CS to that with your snail.
  4. Grab your Bird Builder Punch and punch out 3 birds in daffodil yellow.  Cut the beak off and sponge the edges with your Calypso Coral Classic Ink.  Place them together with snail then put it into the middle of your fireplace.
  5. While your at it grab your Wild Wasabi classic ink and stamp your stocking.  Punch it out with your Stocking builder punch.  Set it aside.
  6. Now sit back, relax, grab your Bird builder punch and your Wild Wasabi CS and punch away the branch section lots and lots (Love the wording here, LOL).  When you are done that, cut off the excess of the stem and start attaching them to the top of your fireplace.  Play with it here, there is no right or wrong, just try to make it full.
  7. After you have zoned from doing that, grab your 3/8" Velvet Stitched Ribbon and place it across your stems and attach with either snail or sticky strip to the back.
  8. Grab your mini clothes pins to attach your stocking and your mitts around the flame (not too close you don't want them to catch fire ha ha).  I found that I had to add a couple of mini glue dots to the mitts to keep them in place.
  9. Then attach that whole piece to your base using dimensonials.
Because this one is a little time intensive I would recommend that you make two since you will be cutting the Cherry Cobbler into two pieces out of the 8.5 x 11 and when you cut out the Whisper White.  I hope that little tidbit helps you out.  Now my next dilemma, which lucky family member is going to get these little beauties this year.  Ha ha! Please leave a comment and tell me what YOU think?

Again I have to thank SUDSOL and all the members within, who without their support and inspiration, I would not have been able to do these projects on my own.  If you haven't yet, be sure to at least give it a try with the 2 WEEK FREE trial by clicking HERE

Now on to the rest of the tour by clicking the 'next button' and may the fun continue!  Thanks for stopping by.  :)

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

Gluten Free Sugar cookies

Well I am not sure about how these turned out.  Rule #1 with gluten free baking, use a binding agent such as guar gum or xantham gum (which I did).  Rule #2 let the baking cool completely before moving.  Rule #3 when modifying a regular recipe, modify your cooking time be extending at least 5 minutes longer than what the recipe calls for.
Now because my Sudsol sisters requested that I try this recipe and to use our new cookie stamps so I did.  What I learned was this—no matter the recipe and tips and tricks—when it comes to gluten free cookies that it is best to stamp the cookie AFTER it comes out of the oven.  I learned this because I stamped before (then gasp it spread) so I said what the heck and stamped after.
Here is a picture of the cookies and yes I know they look terrible.  (if I had more granulated sugar, I would make an attempt at batch number 2)  I will try again this weekend.  So here it is…
So here is the recipe I used:
4 cups flour (3 c mixture of rice and potato flour/1c tapioca flour)
4tsp guar gum
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla or fresh vanilla bean
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
A little extra flour for rolling.  Oven at 325 (Preheat of course) and I would cook them for 25 minutes.
Now again the trick here is to stamp AFTER they have cooked, let them cool before moving, then decorate them with icing to enhance the image.  I didn’t have enough icing sugar to even make that attempt.
Now the biggest test of all was the taste test, 1.  Batter test yummmy! 2.  Child tested and approved – BONUS!!!!
Ok so that is my first attempt at these cookies and don’t forget tomorrow is the Sudsol Blog Tour!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How Was Your Halloween?

We sure had a quiet night here last night.  Less than 30 kids showed up at our door so all of those Halloween treat bags that I made went out and hopefully appreciated by the parents.  On the news we were told that the kids should eat all of their candy last night then brush their teeth as eating a little bit a day will cause more cavities.  DH won’t allow that LOL.  Well Alyssa dressed up as a rock star, take a look…


and Paige dressed up as a Pumpkin…


These next few pictures is only HALF the loot they got…




Now if your Celiac or know someone who is, like my daughter Paige we had to go through the candy and sort through things that she COULD NOT have, which are:

  • Doritos
  • Liquorice
  • Chocolate bars such as Smarties, Crispy Crunch, Mr. Big and anything that might have crunch.Nuts are the exception unless you have a nut allergy in your house.

So needless to say we had to do trades with Alyssa and what was left over Mommy and Daddy got!  Woot Woot!

Right now I am working on a case from another project that I have seen that will grace my front door this holiday season.  I should have it done to share with you tomorrow so watch for that and my question to you…how many kids did YOU have at your door last night??

See you tomorrow!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Wow we had an awesome weekend, hope yours was too!  Are you ready for Halloween, we are!  Tomorrow I will post pictures of the kids in their costumes and with all the loot they came home with.

This weekend we celebrated Alyssa’s 8th birthday.  She is growing so fast it in and of itself is scary.  My babies are growing up so fast!  So of course it was a Halloween celebration and frankly I really was impressed with how my cake for her turned out.  She wanted a spider web cake and with the new cake turntable and edger I bought this is how it turned out.  Take a look…


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I would make the ‘Cake Boss’ proud!!  I will send out more photos tomorrow, I just thought I would share what has been going on in my life with you!  Don’t forget, November 3 starts the Sudsol Blog Tour, so be sure to stop by that day!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011



Mark your calendars and join Stampin' Up! as we celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day with a four-day online event, November 4-7. This event is for everyone!!!
  • FREE digital downloads
  • Project ideas
  • Announcement of 2011 My Digital Studio Contest winners
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Today I decided that I was just going to make something for the sake of creating and nothing else.  No tutorials, no stress, just for fun!  On the Inkspiration 4U Christmas Edition 2011 there was a color challenge for the week which included the Stampin' Up! colors Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Gold.  My title does say 'fear of vellum' and to be truthfully honest I have had a fear of vellum for many years.  I love the elegance it brings along with a touch of class but...I never could get it to work right.  I tried printing on it, overlaying, but until I became a SU demo I never had stamped on it.  Well today is the day...take a look...

I used our gold embossing powder and embossed on the vellum!  I really like the new 3/8" quilted satin ribbon in the Cherry Cobbler (which by the way has become my new holiday favorite color!!) which you can find in the new holiday mini.  Add some gold brads and I think you have a winner.

Now I will be slammed these next couple of days as I will be volunteering at the school with a ton of errands so I don't know if I will be posting.  That being said I plan on making something special for my nephew for his birthday (a tad late) but I won't be posting it until later Friday afternoon.  So if you don't hear from me you know why.  Until then, I will talk to soon!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!!!

Mark your calendars for NOVEMBER 3, 2011 folks!  Because it's time for another SUDSOL Blog Tour!!!

Another fun and exciting tour is about to begin for the Christmas Holidays.  Woot Woot!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Temporary Post

Sorry ladies just checking to see if this will post on my facebook page.  Hopefully I will see you tomorrow!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Joy Rising!

I am still here!!!  That is if you have been wondering where I have been the last two days.  But since you are following and I consider you my friends the least I can do is share with you what has been going on while I have a moment.

I meant to blog on Wednesday but a crisis developed here so that had to be dealt with and by the time I was going to check in and say hi, the email update wouldn't have made it in time.  That day over.  When they say bad things happen in threes well that is true.  My precious baby Bella (she is my dog) got into something that day and got really sick, woke me up at 2AM Thursday morning still throwing up and just kept going on.  It was so bad she had some blood in it around 6 am.  I bet you are wondering why I didn't take her to the vet, well that is easy enough no money.  So with all of the errands I had to run I was worried that she wouldn't make it but GOOD NEWS she relaxed and got better!

Now I have been watching Oprah's Life Class on her network called OWN, I must be going through a mid life crisis (Bwaaaa haaaaa) as I have a had a few AHA moments.  One of which is I have finally figured out my calling of getting enjoyment out of making people happy and seeing their faces of joy from when they learn something new.  In other words being able to teach what I love to do!  One of the winners from my blog candy said this (and made me cry while reading it)

"Holy Moly!!!!  This is totally awesome!  Thank you!!  Thank You!!   Thank You!!!!
I am eager to check out The Frugal Scrapbooker club. My customers will be eternally grateful! :)
And, the Christmas Edition of Inkspiration 4U...great timing.
I have a couple craft fairs coming up and know I will get some great inspiration from this.
Love the sketches, too
Oh, did I say  THANK YOU!?!?!?!
Stampin Hugs,
Debbie Flattum"

Oprah calls it 'Joy rising' and speaking of 'Joy Rising' I am having a class this weekend and I know you can't physically be here so if you want to participate I have made 3 PDF tutorials on the cards.  Here is a teaser picture of them and you can order them on the cheap!

You can order the PDF's here for only $8.98 for the 16 pages.  Until Monday, have a great weekend and thank you for sharing your time with me  :)


Tuesday, October 18, 2011


This is going to be a quick post and I must admit I cheated  -)  Well that all depends on what the intention was.  I WILL be doing a hard copy version of the two pictures I have of my daughters skating for the second time but I thought I would do a digital version for now until I get the photos printed.  I will be uploading it to the Sudsol gallery later today for the Scrapbook Challenge and speaking of which I will be announcing shortly the date of the next SUDSOL BLOG TOUR!  I am a part of it again and this time I am second on the list!!!  (Blushing here) but I am really impressed at how the projects turned out!  Really went out of my comfort zone for these and have to figure out which lucky family member will get them for Christmas, he he (Blushing still  :))

Ok, ok here is the scrapbook page and then off to the business chat on Sudsol.  Have an awesome day ladies and heh---thanks for stopping by  :)

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Monday, October 17, 2011


Wow, I want to send out a HUGE thank you to all of you who left kind comments and started following my blog via email updates.  I would love to see more followers so if you happen to be visiting and your new please be sure to sign up for my newsletter and for email blog updates!  This is how I keep in touch with you!

I would like to announce my blog candy winners:  Deborah David and Debbie Flattum are the winners of the two free passes to the Inkspiration 4 U Christmas Edition AND

Debbie Flattum is also the winner of the 6 month subscription to my 'The Frugal Scrapbooker' virtual online club.  Congratulations to both of you!!!

I also wanted to share with you today just how proud I am of my daughter and who says you can't train these kids to look after your stamping stuff.  Take a look...

She always cleans the stamps before she changes ink and put the stamps back when she's done.  She was making her own birthday invites and she will be 8 on October 30.  I am very proud of her in how well she takes care of these things and how much enjoyment she gets out of it! 

Now I am off to make my projects for the next Sudsol Blog Hop next month.  I will see you tomorrow!!!

Friday, October 14, 2011


I have to say this is just getting ridiculous, this year is not over and I yet again, have to attend another memorial service tomorrow.  Found out a very dear friend passed away last Saturday and therefore another memorial service.  So this time taking my own advice I made two of these cards today so I have an extra one for just in case.  It really is a very elegant card, I love the color combination with the unique embossing technique, while utilizing Stampin' Up!'s new In Colors for this current year...Take a look...

I told you it is beautiful, what a classic card this is.  Download your FREE PDF tutorial by clicking HERE!!!

Don't forget I will be making those drawings tonight with for the blog candy winners and will send them an email tonight to let them know.  I will announce the winners here on Monday.

Remember I don't blog on weekends but from my house to yours, have a safe and blessed weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Today on my blog I am announcing my very first virtual online club.  Read more to find out the blog candy...

The Frugal Scrapbooker
Your Virtual Online Scrapbooking Club

For the do it yourselfer!
Confused, lost, frustrated, and lacking inspiration!
Thinking you don’t have all the hours in the world to scrapbook!
Let me show you how you can save time, supplies and money!
Let me show you some inspiration!
Let me show you how you can accomplish multiple pages in a small amount of time!
This is a virtual online scrapbooking club that I will provide you the following:

·        15 scrapbook layouts, that are simple and easy to follow every month (which are NOT featured on Sudsol)
·        You can customize your scrapbook sizes from 6 x 6 up to 12 x 12 page layouts
·        Learn my own personal hints and tips that I use to make my own scrapbooking easier
·        You can join on a month to month basis or get a 3 or 6 month membership
·        Get discounts on all my other online classes and tutorials.
·        Take what you learn and do it on your own time and in your own home.
·        It will start on October 20th and you will receive an email on the 20th of every month!!
Testimonial – I just love Teresa's scrap layouts - I use them all the time for classes and my clients love it. "they are very easy to interpret for any occasion to help complete a scrapbook."
Start Today!
4 FREE layouts on the month to month subscription
6 FREE layouts on the 3 month subscription
8 FREE layouts on the 6 month subscription

Choose Your Subscription

Here it is:  I am giving away one 6 month subscription!!!!

To win you need to do this:
  1. Click on the left link and sign up for my email updates for my blog!
  2. Leave a comment below this post telling me that you have done that & a comment and your email address on how this club could benefit you!
It's just that simple!  I will make the draw via on lucky October 14!  I will privately let the winner know via email that night and make the announcement on my blog October17th.  Good luck!


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