Friday, February 29, 2008

Amazing Sharpie Deal!

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Here's a GREAT deal on a pack of Sharpies from Office Max.
Just $2! Good through 3/1/08.

You'll need to print this coupon from Money Saving Mom.

ETA: Just got back from getting my Sharpies! It's a 12 pack for $2! Regular price, $21.99!
And ~ you can get 2 pack for $2 each with the one coupon!!!

And don't forget this Michael's coupon good through 3/1/08.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Pink Felt Bird

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A 2nd post for today!

Trying to step out of my comfort zone. I've been loving the bird stuff out there!
Cut this little guy out of pink felt. Tried to copy the patten from Paper Crafts March 2008 p. 50.

The Thanks is embossed in winter white.
There is a self adhesive rhinestone in the prima. And a brown brad for the bird's eye.

Stamps: Much Appreciated
Paper: White, Chocolate Chip, The Paper Studio Coco & Pink SM Polka Dot
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: SU winter white ep. ribbon, prima, self adhesive rhinestone, brown brad, pink felt from WM, D'vine Swirls CB folder, dimensionals

A Baby Sweet Pea

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I decide to make a run to Michael's yesterday, haven't been since some time in January! You're shocked, I know!
I saw this adorable stamp in the $ bin....I've seen it before but it didn't do anything for me in the past. Yesterday, however, it just jumped out at me and I knew I wanted to paper piece it with this Certainly Celery SU designer series paper!

Stamps: M's dollar stamp
Paper: white, SU dsp
Ink: basic black
Accessories: organdy, slit punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Thank You Jennifer Nellenback! ...and a cool way to do photo corners...

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WOW is all I can say! I won some amazing blog candy from the fabulous Jennifer Nellenback! Thank you SO MUCH Jennifer!

I had so much fun making this Thank You card for her incorporating the CM paper and Boho Backgrounds that I received from her.
I stamped Boho Backgrounds on the twill.

I learned this cool way of doing photo corners from the talented AmyR: See her tutorial HERE.

Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, Much Appreciated
Paper: Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Creative Memories Cherish
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: twill, old brad, prima, slit punch, small flower punch by Punch Bunch, Textile CB Folder, square punch for photo corner, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Scalloped Ladybug

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Look at this adorable card on Caroline LaBel's blog!

I just had to try it myself! It is 4 scalloped circles folded in 1/2 and then glued together.

Stamps: Curvey Verses, Soft Swirls
Paper: White, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, SU dp
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: brown brads, scallop circle punch, corner rounder

Monday, February 25, 2008

Soooo YUMMY!!

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I tried two new recipies last week. They were Soooo YUMMY that I just have to pass them along!!

Chicken Cheese Enchiladas
(From: Pillsbury Simply One Dish)

If you have time, refrigerate the chicken in the taco seasoning mix for several hours. This allows the spices of the seasoning mix to flavor the chicken.

1 package (1.25 ox) Old El Paso Taco seasoning mix
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
½ cup water
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breats, cut into bite-sized pieces or strips
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (12 oz)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ teaspoon salt
1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso chopped green chiles (I had to leave these out b/c I bought jalapenos by mistake)
1 egg
1 jar (16 oz) Old El Paso Thick ‘n Chunky salsa (I used homemade salsa from Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, gave it a really fresh taste)
1 package (10.5 oz) Old El Paso flour tortillas for soft tacos & fagitas (6 inch) (12 tortillas) (I used larger wheat tortillas, and made 8)

Heat oven to 350.
In resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix taco seasoning mix, oil and ¼ cup of the water.
Add chicken pieces; turn to mix. Refrigerate at least 5 minutes but no longer than 12 hours.

In medium bowl, 2 ½ cups of the Monterey Jack cheese, the cilantro, salt, ricotta cheese, chiles and egg.

Heat 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add chicken with marinade; cook and stir 5 to 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.

In ungreased 13x9 inch (3 quart) glass baking dish, mix ½ cup salsa and remaining ¼ cup water.
Spread evenly in bottom of baking dish.

Spoon 1/3 cup cheese mixture down center of each tortilla. Top with chicken; roll up.
Place filled tortillas, seam side down, over salsa mixture in baking dish.

Drizzle enchiladas with remaining salsa. Sprinkle with remaining Monterey jack cheese.

Bake 20 to 25 mins or until cheese is melted.

HIGH ALTITUDE (3500-6500 ft) Heat oven to 375. Bake 25-30 mins. Cover with foil during last 10-15 mins of bake time if tortillas begin to dry out.

Trust me, you don’t want the nutrition info. ;)

Banana Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (2 bananas) mashed ripe bananas
1 egg
2 cups (12 ounce package) semi-sweet chocolate mini morsals

sifted powdered sugar

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.
Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl until creamy.
Beat in bananas and egg.
Gradually beat in flower mixtre.
Stir in morsels.
Spread into greased 15x10 inch jelly-roll pan.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Cut into bars.
Makes 6 dozen bars.
I stored mine in the refrigerator and then warmed in the microwave ~ tasted like fresh from the oven every time!


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Hi to all my precious readers!

Just wanted to pass along something I've learned recently...
My dear friend Jamie told me about how you can get CHEAP and FREE stuff at CVS! Here's a great blog that explains everything so well: Money Saving Mom On the right side of her blog, she's got 2 articles to help you get off to a great start: CVS 101 and Making CVS Work For You.

I've also come across other blogs that are helpful in frugality and inspiration:
Be Thrifty Like Us
Thrifty Florida Mama
Beans & Rice
Biblical Womanhood

I'm finding more and more amazing blogs each day. I'll start a list over on the right column.

Happy bargain hunting!

Michael's Coupon Online

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Just passing along what I found out from Crafty Engineer:

Michael's Coupon Online!!
Good for this week only!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Thank you eP!!!

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WOW ~ I won the Hey There Cupcake upload drawing over at Eclectic Paperie ~ Thanks SO MUCH eP!!!

This card will be on it's way to y'all soon!

"Foil" wrapper colored in Copic Spica twinkling pen in Silver. There are also dazzling diamonds glitter in the frosting and Martha Stewart glitter in tourmaline on the cherry!

Oh, and clear dew drops randomly on the dp.

Stamps: Much Appreciated, Stampendous Hey There Cupcake
Paper: white, regal rose, American Crafts simply chic dot board
Ink: basic black, rose romance, Copic Spica twinkling pen in silver
Accessories: circle punch, scallop circle punch, clear dew drops, mini glue dots, dimensionals, hot pink ric rac, quickie glue pen, dazzling diamonds, martha stewart glitter in tourmaline

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thank You Julie Brooks!

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I won some FABULOUS blog candy from Julie Brooks!
Thank you Julie! OMGosh, I LOVE everything SO much!

There is a self adhesive rhinestone at the beginning of the 'T' and then a rhinestone brad in the primas for some bling! The 'thank you' is embossed in black.

Stamps: Much Appreciated
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Flip For Fun Dutch Girl: Klara
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Black ep, self adhesive rhinestone, primas (from Julie!!!), rhinestone brad

Friday, February 22, 2008

It's an IKEA ad!

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Got an IKEA ad in the mail yesterday and there were some great images/colors so I got out my square punch!

Stamps: One of a Kind
Paper: white, Rose Red, Basic Black, IKEA ad
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: square punch, dimensionals, CB Stylized Flowers folder

Thursday, February 21, 2008

To My Moo

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Yep, Moo isn't a typo, it's what I call my Mom! (and, no, I'm not referring to a cow, it was originally moolynn but has since been shortened to Moo)

I am in love with Memory Box penguins and polar bears!

This little guy is coverd in Dazzling Diamonds and his skates are colored with a twinkling Copic Spica pen in pink. I looove my glitter! ;)

Stamps: All Year Cheer III, Memory Box Skating Bear
Paper: White, Black, The Paper Studio Pink w/ White Swirls
Ink: Black, Spica pen in pink
Accessories: circle punch, scallop circle punch, quickie glue pen, dazzling diamonds, dimensionals, ribbon, 1/16th hole punch, slit punch, corner rounder

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Thank you MiMi!

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This is for my Aunt who sent us a FABULOUS Valentine package.
Thanks MiMi!!!

The heart flowers were colored in with Spica pen in red so they are nice and shimmery.

Happy Stamping!

Stamps: Noteworthy, M's $ stamp
Paper: white, red
Ink: black, certainly celery, spica red glitter pen
Accessories: circle punch, scallop punch, ribbon, CB D'vine swirls folder, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

My First Time to use Rub-ons!

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I know, I'm SO behind the times!! ;)

This was my first time to use RubOns!
That top row of brown prettiness is a rub on by Cosmo Cricket....LOVE it!
It went on so smooth, like the package says: rub 'em on like buttah!

The 'happy birthday' is embossed in white.

Stamps: Stampabilities Happy Birthday 10 FR1040
Paper: Chocolate Chip, My Mind's eye
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: White ep, ribbon, gold brad, primas, corner rounder, dimensionals, Cosmo Cricket Autumn Borders Rub-ons

Monday, February 18, 2008

Hey Chick!

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Oooo, this was so fun to make!

Saw a card in the March 2008 Paper Crafts that was my inspiration, p. 51, bottom, by Betsy Veldman.

The chick is paper pieced!

Stamps ~ Imaginisce Chick
Paper ~ SU dsp
Ink ~ Basic Black
Accessories ~ white brads, white ric rac, CB using Sizzix alphabars

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Thank You GinaK!!!

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I won a drawing on GinaK's blog, A Day in the Life, during the last release!!! I chose this BEAUTIFUL He is Risen set.
Thank you SO MUCH Gina!!!
Go check out GinaK Designs if you haven't already, FABulous stuff!

The cross and 'He is risen' is embossed in copper. The cross is mounted on SU's metallic copper paper.
I sprayed the whole thing with Snowflake Glimmer Mist so it has a little shimmer.

I'll be sending this to her once the mail is up and running again on Tuesday.

This set is going to make amazing Easter cards!

Stamps: GinaK's He is Risen
Paper: Vanilla, Copper, My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie Mademoiselle Sisters Floral Pattern
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: copper ep, primas, antique copper brad, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Snowflake

Friday, February 15, 2008

An Early Mother's Day card

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Found a challenge over on Han's Crafty Creations to make a matching Mother's Day Card and Tag.

The Happy Mother's Day is embossed in vanilla on acetate.
I love the softness of this pair!

ETA: The acetate is a rectangle, slightly smaller than the dp. It's tucked under the ribbon corners as well.
Juanita B ~ thank you so much for all of your lovely comments, send me an email...over on the right side of the blog...

Stamps ~ All Year Cheer II and III, Heidi Grace Winnifred Street
Paper ~ Vanilla, Anna Griffin, Acetate
Ink ~ Close to Cocoa, Versamark
Accessories ~ vanilla ep, ribbon, gold brads, slot punch, prima

Thursday, February 14, 2008

GinaK Challenge 4 of 4

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This is the last of the challenges, ENGKD28, from the GinaK release party.

It is a box! It will fit A2 size cards perfectly!

Check out this fabulous tutorial by Kelli.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Stamps ~ Little Hellos, Memory Box Posey Penguin
Paper ~ Vintage Violet, Vanilla, Cosmo Cricket Storytime Jumping Joan
Ink ~ Black, SU Markers: Apricot Appeal
Accessories ~ Red Spica glitter pen, word window punch, dimensionals, ribbon, staples, hodgepodge hardware

And the Winner is....

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..... cathy m

Cathy, I'm about to email you!

Woo Hoo! Hooray! Congrats to Cathy!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated.
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Of Course, A Challenge!

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This is the 3rd out of 4 challenges, JBGKD28, from the GinaK release party Sunday night.

The Fleur de Lys is stamped in StazOn on acetate.
And, I needed vanilla brads so I took some silver ones and embossed them in vanilla! Just dip your brad in versamark, then the ep and heat!

Thanks for the sketch Julie! Be sure to check out her blog...hint, hint...

Get your comment in for the Joyful Gems drawing before I post the winner on the 14th!!
Stamps ~ Stampabilities Classic Fleur-De-Lys GR1072
Paper ~ Vanilla, Anna Griffin, acetate
Ink ~ Black StazOn, Versamark
Accessories ~ dimensionals, scalloped scissors, ribbon, brads with vanilla ep

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Another Sketch Challenge

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This is for Sketch Challenge #3, EMGKD28, from GinaK's party Sunday night.
Thanks for the FABulous sketch Erika!!

The chick is embossed in black. Those are clear dew drops from Ellen Hutson's store.

Enter the Joyful Gems drawing before I draw Thursday!

Stamps ~ M's $1 stamps
Paper ~ white, Apricot Appeal, Regal rose, SU dsp, MM
Ink ~ versamark, basic black, SU Markers: So Saffron, Apricot Appeal
Accessories ~ black ep, clear dew drops, robbin, ww punch, dimensionals, mini glue dots

Monday, February 11, 2008

'Dressy' Sketch Challenge

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This is for a sketch challenge by Carolyn King from the GinaK party last night.

I embossed the dress in black on DCWV vellum. There's some bling on the waist of the dress and the 'y' of 'joy'.

I just love this sketch and this was so fun to create!

Happy Stamping!

...Oh sure to enter the Joyful Gems drawing...

Stamps ~ Stampabilities Dress F1112, Kolette Hall Joy from M's $ spot
Paper ~ Vanilla, Black, The Paper Studio Vintage Black Damask, DCWV Vellum Vines Black
Ink ~ Versamark
Accessories ~ black ep, black satin ribbon, black organdy ribbons, scallop circle punch, slot punch, dimensionals, rhinestones, corner rounder

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Hippy Hippo

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This adorable Hippo is from the Just So Hippy set designed by Melanie Muenchinger (aka melmel on SCS) over at GinaK's.

This is for Beate's weekend sketch challege WSC34 over on her blog Fresh & Fun. Her blog is amazing...go check it out!!

I got these FABULOUS Just So Hippy images from the PIF Stamped Images thread. Come join the fun! We're in the forums under swaps, everything else. Currently in Round 12!!

P.S. Don't forget to enter the Joyful Gems drawing!

Stamps ~ Just So Hippy from GinaK Designs
Paper ~ White, Soft Sky, SU dsp, Making Memories Meg Paisley
Ink ~ Black, Copic BG10 Cool Shadow, SU Marker Regal Rose
Accessories ~ word window punch, ribbon, dimensionals, flower bling

Friday, February 8, 2008

Sweet Little Penguin

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This is for an ATC swap over at Tracy's blog Eat, Sleep, Stamp.

I just LOVE penguins! This is my first Memory Box Penguin! I've since gotten Gift Penguin and have Iceberg Penguin on the way. ...and a couple the polar bears: Snowball Bear and Skating Bear...
I'm lovin' Memory Box!!

Don't forget to enter for the Joyful Gems on the post below!!

Stamps ~ Memory Box Posey Penguin, Stampendous Hey There Cupcake
Paper ~ white, unknown dp
Ink ~ Basic Black, SU Markers: Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal
Accessories ~ corner rounder, self adhesive rhinestone, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds

Thursday, February 7, 2008

JenMarie's Joyful Gems!

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My first Blog Giveaway!

I have been so blessed and won several blog goodies here lately so I want to share with all of you! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your kind comments.

I really appreciate all the comments of what to call my Blog Candy.
I love Juanita's suggestion of 'Joy' as it is such a joy to give. Thanks Juanita!! And many of you suggested Gems so I decided to combine the two!

What you are looking at in the picture above:
Cloud 9 design chipboard stickers
Cloud 9 design epoxy accent stickers
Cloud 9 design sparkle run-ons
2 Studio g clear sets
2 rolls of ribbon
Beaded Pen
Self-adhesive rhinestones
Small stash of primas and flower brads

All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post before I draw the winner on Thursday, February 14th!!
I will either draw out of a hat or use a random number generator.
(Please, US and Canada mailing addresses only.)

Thanks for playing!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Gotta Love Fluffles

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This is for CC143 on SCS ~ this was my 1st time to participate in a color challenge!!
The colors were: Old Olive, Certainly Celery and Summer Sun
I got this fabulous Fluffles image from the PIF Stamped Images thread on SCS. If you want some new images to play with but don't want to buy the stamp...come join us! We're in the forums under Swaps, Everything Else. We'll be starting Round 12 tonight or tomorrow. You can jump in anytime!!

Stamps ~ Warmest Regards, Snail Fluffles
Paper ~ White, Black, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Certainly Celery dsp
Ink ~ Black, Versamark, SU Markers: Summer Sun, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel
Accessories ~ black ep, black brads, ribbon, dimensionals, diamond stickles, quickie glue pen, dazzling diamonds, small wavy scissors, ticket corner punch

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Supah Sparklin' Cupcake

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I'm LOVING this Hey There Cupcake set by Stampendous!! Until May 2008, it is only available at Eclectic Paperie.

This card has been uploaded to the eP gallery for a chance at a drawing for a $15 gift certificate to eP!
If you'd like to be in the drawing, make a card with this set and upload to the eP gallery by Feb 9, 2008.

The frosting is covered in SU Dazzling Diamonds and the cherry is coated with Martha Stewart Glitter in Tourmaline.


Stamps ~ Stampendous Hey There Cupcake
Paper ~ White, SU dp
Ink ~ Basic Black, regal rose
Accessories ~ scallop square punch, white ric rac, quickie glue pen, dazzling diamonds, martha stewart tourmaline glitter

Sunday, February 3, 2008


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...what should I call Blog 'Candy' for my Blog?

I've been picking up things here and there so I can have a drawing soon.

I've been blessed recently with winning some amazing blog giveaways and want to pass along some goodies to one of you.
I'll get a drawing posted this week.

If you have any thoughts on what I can call my 'Candy'...I love to hear it!
Happy Stamping!

ETA: Just wanted to say THANK YOU for all your suggestions....keep 'em comin'!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

This was the first...

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...card I made when I got my Cuttlebug back in November.

DH surprised me with a CB for Christmas!
I got it early though because we were in Michael's in November with a 50% off coupon, they didn't have what I went for so we ended up getting the CB for 1/2 price. Woo Hoo!

He had even already ordered me embossing folders from Eclectic Paperie !

Stamps ~ Noteworthy, Heidi Grace Winnifred St
Paper ~ White, Barely Banana, Black, Really Rust
Ink ~ Really Rust, Black
Accessories ~ Textile embossing folder, silver brads, dimensionals, self adhesive rhinestone, Michael's $1 ribbon

Friday, February 1, 2008

Sweet lil Cupcakes

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This is for Weekend Sketch Challenge #33 from Beate's blog Fresh & Fun.

I just got my Stampendous Hey There Cupcake set from Eclectic Paperie and HAD to ink it up ASAP!!

There is TONS of glitter on here! 1st cupcake has dazzling diamond icing. 2nd has a Martha Stewert Tourmaline glittered cherry and a Silver Spica'd wrapper. Then the 3rd cupcake has MS Tourmaline icing!

The cupcakes are popped up on dimensionals.

OK...I so want a REAL cupcake now...

Stamps ~ Stampendous Hey There Cupcake
Paper ~ white, tempting turquoise, Rose Romance, SU dp, SU dsp
Ink ~ Basic Black, SU Markers: Rose Romance, Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories ~ white brads, white ric rac, word window punch, square punch, dimensionals, quickie glue pen, dazzling diamonds, MS tourmaline glitter, copic Spica silver pen