Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all having a wonderful New Year's eve and being Safe! I am feeling lowsy, so I'm staying home. I'm not much of a party animal anyway so, that isn't a 'new' thing for me. My kids are all out partying tho. (in a very 'non' party sense of the word)
I finally managed to escape to my craft room for a few minutes today. I need to start on my swaps for Leadership so....I'm going to have to find more time to get in there!
This little card is made from one of the catalog pre-order sets that will be in the new catalog that comes out January 18th. We haven't had any Bee sets in the SU catalog for quite a while. These little guys are just so cute, I had to get them. I stamped the hive with basic black, colored it in with a mustard marker and then added some clear embossing using the Versamarker. Bees are stamped twice; once onto the hive paper and once onto scrap paper. I cut out the bodies from the scrap paper and mounted them over the bees on the hive paper. This is my option for popping up items without having to cut out the little bitty parts, like the legs on these bees. I added some clear stickles to the wings instead of 2 way glue and dazzling diamonds because...I didn't want to get up. Tummy ache. Anyway, I think this may be close to a swap for next week. I will most likely change the colors and add some more bling....we shall see!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas

I am so busy with Christmas I have let my blog slide a bit. I wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas! I will be back with great stampin ideas in a few days. Promise!
I love this time of year. Especially this year since my sweetie managed to get two weeks off of work. yay!! We went ice skating yesterday and plan to do lots more family activities during these two weeks.
Here we are at the rink. Nobody broke! I fell once, and banged my knee pretty bad, but other than that we did great!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Mono Love and Cheer

Are you done with your Christmas cards? It's not too late! Especially if you decide on a quick and easy card like this one. Super easy! The card base is 6 x 3 with a rectangle of coordinating DSP on top. In this case, it is all Riding Hood Red. I used my Big Shot to punch out the Peace&Love&Cheer border and then cut it apart between words to use only the Love and Cheer part of it. I cut it out in Riding hood and white so I could layer them. I added some silver mini brads to the bottom corners and jazzed them up a bit with my 2-way glue pen and some dazzling diamonds glitter. The ribbon is Celery. The only tricky part on this card is getting it glued down. It is a bit too thin for the snail so I had to use tom bow or 2 way glue. I don't normally use 2way for cards because it just doesn't hold well. But since this was so fine, I figured it could work. It is still holding so, it must have!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The butterfly room

I have been busy with my organizing business. I am having such fun!! I wanted to share another before and after series with you. This is a sewing/guest room. The room was full to the brim when we started. We did our sort, toss and organize and it came out awesome!! This is another fire client so we put her sewing desk in front of the window. One of my favorite parts of this room is the dresser. It was mostly empty when we started. We changed that! Instead of the traditional clothes in a dresser, we repurposed it for the sewing area. The drawers are all organized and labeled for different sewing tools and accessories. We didn't go out and buy anything! Small clear plastic tubs the client already had were used inside the drawers to house the patterns, ribbons and trim and other notions. She also had a lot of fabric. We used large tubs in the closet to organize her fabric by size and use, ie: quilt fabric, clothing fabric, etc. We also made a tub for current projects that we put on top. TIP: Instead of just stacking the fabric in the tub from the bottom up, we turned the tub on it's side and stacked the fabric in that way. Then, when we sat the tub upright, it is easy to see all the fabric instead of just what is on top.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Taming the tree

I love real Christmas trees. I love the smell, the look, the...'realness' of them. That being said, we have a fake one. I know, but the real ones are so darn expensive! The thing I don't understand about fake trees is...why do they drop their needles? Makes no sense to me.
Our tree has all different kinds of ornaments. We tried to have a 'theme' a few years back but that plan was thwarted when we left all our 'themed' ornaments in our house in Alabama when we moved. (actually, the movers left them, but I've moved on...) I made these cute little package ornaments for our tree this year to house those little gifts that sometimes get lost under the tree. I got the idea for these from the RubberStampDiva. She is the queen of all things punched. Check out her blog. It will amaze you what she does with punches. I went a little crazy with my tree, adding the super chunky glitter from Stampin' Up! with crystal effects. It really sparkles! These triangle boxes are super easy to make. Cut your paper to 8 x 4. Score across the middle at 4 inches, and mark the middle of the short sides at 2inches. Score a line connecting the middle score at 4 to the middle side mark at 2. This should give you a long rectangle piece of cardstock with two triangles scored, meeting at the middle. Are you getting a picture? Fold in the side flaps and then fold it together. Punch holes on both overlapping sides and string some cording through it to hold it shut. Hopefully that made some sense. These are great for those small gifts we all want, or a small key to that new car. :o)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas 'wonder' land

Meaning....I 'wonder' if I will be close to ready for Christmas when it gets here. I don't know about you, but I have lost a few days or even weeks lately. I can think of some things I would rather lose than days....
Sarah had a Christmas concert last night for strings and choir. She did great once we got to the school. She had a bit of a melt down on the way that made us late. Our cafeteria is the size of my family room so, being late means you sit in the courtyard and watch people walk in front of you while you strain to see the show on the small TV hanging from the ceiling. Long story long, I have no pictures to share of her concert. It is sad....but she has another one tonight. Maybe I'll get lucky!

At my stamp a stack last Thursday night we did some fun Christmas projects. One of them was these cute gift tags. These are made entirely from punches. I shamelessly copied them from Mercedes Weber. They were just TOO cute not to! As is usual, I have my wonderful customers that must do projects exactly as they are presented....and then there are the ones that must change what ever I do. I love them both! Here are some variations on a theme. Aren't they adorable?
Check back tomorrow. I have more great things I have copied to share. LOL

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Deck the halls!

I heard someone say that there were only two weeks til Christmas. AAH! I didn't realize we were so close? I know, it is the same every year. It sneaks up on us all I think. I had wanted to make a Christmas garland with my Big Shot when Halloween was here and then I forgot. I don't know...maybe a FEW other things going on in my life. Anyway, I was talking with Shari about our stamp a stack class tomorrow night and she mentioned chipboard ornaments and all came back to me. Garland! Oh yeah! So, here is the garland I am offering tomorrow at our stamp a stack. I know, there isn't technically any stamping on here, is all Stampin' Up! stuff. We are using a very cool thing for our'll have to come to the class to find out what it is! (or email me and I will totally tell you)
Here is another version that I hung on my Christmas tree. I think I will use ribbon next time and just tie it around the top and bottom of the O, what do you think? I love these little letters! You can't see it too clearly in this picture, but the letters are covered with DSP from Stampin' Up!s holiday papers. The letters are tied together with linen thread and there are beads at the top and bottom from the Pretties kit. I used them for the sparkle and also to weigh down the letters so they would hang nicely.
Happy Christmas decorating!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

I'm a pumpkin junkie!

I absolutely love pumpkin pie! I love the fresh kind with the chunks of pumpkin in it the best. I usually buy a lot of pumpkins after Halloween and cut them up and freeze and can them so I can make pumpkin pie all year round. (this could explain my weight gain.... nah!)
Yesterday, during my normal 'Sunday night baking routine' I decided to try a new pumpkin recipe. It was such a total hit, I thought I would share it with all my cyber friends. This recipe is from a 1989 hometown best cookbook, originally from the Parker Ward Relief Society in St. Anthony, Idaho.
Give it a try and let me know if you like it!

Pumpkin Pie Squares:
1 cup all purpose flour ( I used whole wheat....that is all I ever use)
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked ( I used whole raw oats...)
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 cups cooked, mashed pumpkin (from the can!)
2/3 cup sugar
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon (don't try the whole sticks...too crunchy LOL)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2/ tblsp butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
whipped cream (or vanilla ice cream!)

Combine flour, oats, and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in 1/2 cup butter with a pastry blender (or large fork) until mixture resembles a coarse meal (or your hand totally gives out...this does count for your daily workout!) Press mixture evenly into an ungreased 9 x 13 x 2 in baking pan (pampered chef stone baby!) bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Combine pumpkin and next 7 ingredients, stirring well. Pour over baked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Place 1/2 cut brown sugar in a small bowl, cut in 2 tablespoons butter with your handy fork (or the sissys can use that pastry cutting thing...) until mixture resembles that coarse meal again. Stir in pecans (there is a reason you don't try to cut in the directions!) Sprinkle over pumpkin mixture. Bake an additional 20 minutes or until set. (mine was done in 10 so, check it!) Cool ...(ha! everything pumpkin is better steaming hot!) and cut into squares. Serve with a dollop (coolest word of the day) of whipped cream. Yields 1 dozen....or enough for my family each to have a small piece and the rest was devoured by mae and me for lunch today!
Enjoy!! Note: this is NOT a diet snack! LOL

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Turkey Hangover

Okay, so I don't really have a turkey hangover, but I couldn't think of any better excuses for being a bad blogger. I'm sure you all have missed me terribly! LOL
We had a fairly good Thanksgiving over here. I was horribly homesick this year for some reason. I've decided we need to go home next year. Hopefully my organizing business will be able to pay for that. Yes, that was a hint! If you need an organizer, please call! Here are some pictures of one of my current jobs. This is a craft room, before

And this is the after shot. Isn't it an awesome room? Because of my clients personality, we put the table in front of the window to give her the light she needed. I tell you, I didn't want to leave! One of my goals is to not spend much on containers. In this room, the only things we purchased were some photo bins (not in this picture, but they went on the shelves) . $33 total! Not bad at all!
We are currently working in her sewing/guest room, so stay tuned for more pictures soon!