Saturday, May 30, 2009

Recipe Swap Workshop

What a fun day! I just completed my Recipe Swap Workshop and boy am I tired. Not to mention stuffed with some yummy food! The workshop was a big success. All of the recipes were wonderful and the recipe books turned out so cute. I will forever treasure by book and all of the recipes from such talented women.

This was also one of my customers last class with us {unless she comes back to visit} ! She just married her sweetheart a week ago and will be moving across country. Julie has been a fun, big-hearted, laugh~a~minute gal and we will all miss her. Good luck with your big move and many happy moments to you and your hubby. Never stop crafting and creating!!
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Here are some pics of the yummy food and our crafty gang!

The Recipes of the Day:

Pat's Veggie Pizza
Slow Cooked Mac~n~Cheese
Dirty Rice
Fruit Ambrosia
Tooty Fruity Sugar Cookies
Strawberry Whipped Sensation

Here's my recipe: Layered Mexican Dip

1 package 8 oz light cream cheese

1/2 cup shredded hot pepper jack cheese

1/4 cup bean dip

1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa

1/2 chopped green onion

1/4 cup sliced ripe olives

Place cream cheese in mixer bowl. Beat on low/medium speed for 30 seconds. Stop and scrape the bowl. Add the pepper jack cheese and mix again for 30 seconds.

Spread cheese mixture on 10 inch serving plate. Spread bean dip over cheese. Spread salsa over bean dip. Top with onions and olives. Refigerate until ready to serve. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy! {I like a variety of chips; yellow corn, whole wheat and blue corn}

P.S. Our friend Nikki is expecting her second baby {she's the one glowing in the photo} and she received a little gift from my daughter and I today. I will post pictures of her sweet girly present soon!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Snapping Circles!

My Nephew recently had a Birthday, so we did some shopping for him. My daughter picked out his gift. He loves our Silly Six Pins interactive game. So my daughter found him another interactive game called Gator Golf. I thought it was perfect for him too, especially scince he has the perfect patch of turf in his backyard already. How wonderfully it worked out that I have the cutest alligator stamp for the card to adorn the gift! Here is my first attempt at one of the circle templates in the new Wishes book. And of course I had to match the colors with the wrapping paper!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Good Recipe

Nothings better than a good recipe, especially when it is shared between friends or passed down from generations. Next weekend I am hosting a recipe exchange and attendees will make a fun recipe pocket book. In addition to making the book we will be sampling the foods from those recipes being shared. I used the new Animal Cookie papers which I felt gave the book a 'retro' feel. I also liked the "cooking girl" from the Ms. On the Go stamp set. The new Recipe Box stamp worked perfectly and has many more possibilities. I will post more pictures from the event, I can't wait to see and taste all of the food!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Color Combo Deal

I've been having some fun with color challenges. I've sort of become addicted to them. On Monday's you can find a color challenge over on KJ's blog as well as CTMH founder Jeanette Lynton's blog. This week I needed to come up with a project for my daughter's school group and instead of creating from just one color challenge I merged them together. The Sweet Leaf and White Daisy are from KJ's blog and the Indian Corn Blue and Sorbet are from Jeanette's blog. Go check out what other crafty creators came up with, then challenge yourself to do something fun!

Supplies for hershey bar wraps: Cardstock; white daisy & sorbet, Stamps; Star Struck, Good Times, Inks; sorbet, indian corn blue, sweet leaf

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Springy Colors!

This week's color challenge over on KJ's Blog was very "springy". The colors are so light and playful. I thought that flowers worked perfectly into the design. I also wanted to do some random stamping. It is a technique I love and have not done for some time now. The template for the card was from the new Wishes book... of course! I did change the dimensions just slightly though to accomodate my "scrap" piece of random stamped cardstock. Hope you like it. Remember to check out other artwork using the same color scheme here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Card File Box Finale

I have been posting pics of my recent card file box projects. Here is the final one, I promise. My Scramp Club members will meet this Friday and are excited to learn how to make these. This one is decorated with the new Treetops stamp set and in addition to the box they will make a coordinating card using a new template from Wishes! Check it out.

Friday, May 8, 2009

A couple of wishes...{cards that is}

Just a couple of cards I made using the new Wishes book. By the way, it is available to order now and worth every dime!! Love, love, love this book.

The first card was made using the "name plate" template.

The second card was made using the "Bullseye" template and the new Tinkerin papers.

Supplies: all CTMH unless noted otherwise

{Card 1} Cardstock: bamboo, dutch blue, white daisy, Ink: tulip, dutch blue, Stamps: Star Struck, Say it in Style, Embellishments: spiral clip in topiary and brads in tulip (brown twine is not CTMH)

{Card 2} Cardstock: white daisy, twilight, goldrush, sunny yellow, Ink: twilight, garden green, goldrush, sunny yellow, B&T paper from Tinkerin papers level 2, Stamps: Star Struck, For Every Occasion, Embellishments: bigger brad in sunny yellow (small brad is not CTMH)

Here is an image of the Tinkerin papers in the new Summer Idea Book!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

KJ's Color Challenge #5

This weeks color challenge over on KJ's Blog is really unique. I try to stick with the exact CTMH colors in her challenge, but ended up changing just one color. For good reason though I assure you. I thought that I would kill 2 birds with one stone as they say. I volunteered to create 30 thank you cards for those parents that donated to the school for teacher appreciation day. I saw KJ's color choices and thought they would be fun. However, because I chose to use a bulk card base and envelope, I needed to substitute White Daisy for the Vanilla Cream. I think that the Vanilla Cream looks fantastic with these colors, but the White simply just brightened the colors and looks good too!

Supplies: All CTMH; Cardstock (white daisy, goldrush), Stamps (Friendship Blessings, Thank You), Inks (Creme Brulee, Goldrush, Juniper)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Album Complete

I tend to get so wrapped up in my projects for classes and workshops, not to mention the constant flow of Birthdays and special events, that I let my own album sit unfinished. This weekend I made it my goal to sit down and complete my 2008 album. I like to keep my albums in chronological order and I was stuck on a vacation that we took back in August of last year. This past Saturday I hid out in my scrap room and worked diligently to complete the final pages. I finished 8 pages on Saturday and 2 more yesterday afternoon. I would have completed them all on Saturday, but had to take a time~out for a broken washing machine. {they sure don't make things the way they used too!} Needless to say my entire 2008 album is finished. This is my thickest album yet, filled to the brim with my memories. Here are just a few of my favorite layouts from last year: