Tuesday, April 29, 2014

We're So Proud!

Hi Blog Friends!

I would have been here sooner, but we caught a nasty cold/flu over Easter weekend.
 I called the pharmacy one day to have some prescriptions filled & I could tell it was a busy, stressful day for all there.
 First, my call was answered after ringing off the hook--- I was near hanging up.
 The poor girl that answered the phone sounded a little exasperated & aggravated at my call, but she took my order & by the time I had given her all my information, she was changed!
 She could tell I was sick & her attitude toward my call was totally different.
 I had to giggle. I did sound that bad!
 After going through boxes of Kleenex, Chicken Noodle Soup & cold/flu medicine, here I am! I'm not quite over it yet! If you see me out in public, I'm the one with the red nose & froggy voice! LOL

I have a Graduation Card to show you today.
Our son is Graduating from College soon & we are all so proud of him!
If you've been following me for awhile, you know the struggles we've gone through with the Public Education System & the struggles of dealing with bullies.
College was a time for our son to flourish & shine.
His major was in Mathematics & a minor in Physics.
He will receive recognition for Community Service while in College--
he worked with under privileged children & wants to continue this.
He will also be recognized for being in
Kappa Mu Epsilon
which is a National Mathematics Honor Society for Students of Mathematics.
The requirements are a completion of three college mathematics courses, a ranking in the upper 35% of your class, & completion of three semesters of college courses.
Our son will be doing his Graduate Studies this fall going for his MBA.
I am a very proud ma-ma!

Here is his card:
This card measures- 5 1/2" x 6"

I used the sketch from Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.
(You still have time to jump in on this challenge. It closes May 4th, at midnight PT.)
Check here:
The Challenge is #6- A Sketch With A Twist. Use one item that was old-- That would be my Red card stock. I buy the good stuff & then hang onto it for special occasions. LOL And to add one new item--that would be the Paper Studio Designer Paper. Picked up specifically for this card. And how did I combine them? They work well together, don't you think? One always has to have good card stock & nice designer paper.

Of course, I used a Flourishes set- Hats Off To You.
A wonderful set by Lauren Pope.

I purchased this set about a year ago when our daughter graduated from High School.
 I was looking for "The Perfect Graduation Stamp Set."
 There are other images in this set that are wonderful too, even a computer!
 Give Flourishes a call if you are looking for the perfect Graduation Stamp Set!
Call: 850-475-1575
Call Toll Free: 888-475-1575
I'm sure they'll take your order.

Here's the inside!

 So, what do you think?
Let me know? I'd love to hear. All comments are very much appreciated.

One Proud Ma-Ma!

Supplies not mentioned above:
Flourishes- Classic Window Template Die
Spellbinders- Classic Circle Die
SU- Real Red Card Stock
Grafix Vellum
Paper Studio- Designer Paper
Black Embroidery Floss
Gold Twisty-Tie (for the tassel)
PTI- Star Gazer Die
Glue Dots
Derwent Metallic Gold Colored Pencil
Jolee's Boutique-Mortar Board
Faber-Castell- Perfection Pencil Eraser
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Do NOT contact me in any way in the future!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hi Blog Friends!

Easter is the time for fresh beginnings.
 Christ dying for our sins that we might be made new in Him!
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away behold all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Today I have a special treat for you!
I made some little Easter Baskets with special tags & a sweet treat!
I love the set by 
 Flourishes- Easter Wishes
 & this is the set I used to make my tags.
This set just has a nice Vintage feel to it which I love!
If you haven't gotten this set, just give Flourishes a call to see if they have it in stock!
Call: 850-475-1575
Toll Free: 888-475-1575
Take a peek at what I've made:
 The little baskets were made with SU-Petal Cone Die & you're just getting a peek at the tags here.
(SU- has the SU Petal Cone Die in the clearance area.
 Personally, I don't like to spend top dollar for these dies.
 I wait till they're on sale.) 

Here's a better look at the little basket & one of the tags. I actually changed where I put the tag, as I decided to add it to the outside of the cellophane wrap.
I love all the bright Spring colors!

 Here is the Blue tag.

This one is for our son, in one of his favorite colors.

A pink tag.

This one is for our daughter in her favorite color.

A yellow tag.

The yellow tag on the green basket for one of our daughters friends.

A purple tag.

The purple basket for another of our daughters friends.

I just think that Easter Egg image is perfect for these little baskets.
 I love the fact that you can color them any color you want for your project &
 did you notice the glitter?
 Love it!
This set has several images & several sentiments that go with it.
 It is a wonderful Easter Set.

Now, that Easter Egg image also conjured up some memories for me.
 My mother would make us wonderful homemade Chocolate Easter Eggs when I was younger & I have made these goodies for our children too!
 This recipe comes from the Columbus Dispatch in April 7, 1966, by Daisie C. Wilson.
Seriously, I could NEVER get enough of these scrumptious chocolaty treats!

Take a peek:
Oh My, they melt in your mouth!

Here's the recipe so you can make them for your family.
 Believe me, they'll fast become a family favorite & tradition!

1/4 lb. Butter, melted
1 Large package Chocolate Pudding Mix (Not Instant)
1 lb. Confectioners Sugar
1/2 c. Milk
1 t. Vanilla
Unsweetened Chocolate
1 c. Chopped Walnuts

Melt butter. Add Pudding & mix, blending well. Add Milk & bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to boil 2 min's. or until mixture thickens.

Remove from heat & add Confectioners Sugar all at once; add Vanilla & Nuts. Stir until smooth.

Using a large Tablespoon, mold the stiff mixture into egg shapes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 min's.

Dip molded eggs into melted Unsweetened Chocolate & return to the parchment paper & refrigerate until dry.

Decorate as desired. (I use Betty Crocker Canned Icing)
Makes 12 Large Eggs.

This Icing is yummy on these Chocolaty eggs & even has the tips for decorating!
I also used these items for packaging them up to deliver them!
 This is the first time I've used these Baking Cups.
 I've admired them for awhile, but I discovered they are a little stiff & they need to be pressed out a little to hold the eggs.
 The Mini Loaf Kit offers cardboard to place the eggs on.
 In the college dorm room it gives a surface to slice the eggs on & of course a bag to slide it into. Then, the student can keep them in their refrigerators for freshness & keep the buggies out!
 (Believe me, the bugs will love this!) LOL
Another idea: 
 Use Peanut Butter non-bake Fudge for the center, (My husbands favorite!)
 Vanilla Pudding & add Merichino Cherries,
 or any other flavor of Pudding that needs to be cooked.
Hope you enjoy your Easter with your families & remember what this season is all about.
 Not only the death of Christ our Lord, but HIS RESURRECTION!

Happy Easter!

*** This will be entered into the Simon Says Challenge***

***Also entered into the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog***

If you have any questions about the supplies used or how I made the Easter Basket just leave me a comment & I'll be happy to answer your questions!

Don't forget to tell me what you think! I'd love to hear!:)

*****UPDATE: My project has won "Favorites" over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!*****

Monday, April 14, 2014

Little Easter Lambs & Winners Announced!

Hi Blog Friends!

Oh my, the weather is gorgeous today &
 I haven't even found time to sit out on the porch as I'd hoped!
My little fingers have been busy today & sticky sweet!
(Something yummy to show you later this week!
 No worry, they're easy enough for you to make in time for Easter!)

Here are some Little Easter Lambs to get you started if you haven't been working on your Easter cards yet.
 Just a little something to send our kids this week even though, they will be coming home for Easter.
Made with:
Flourishes- Easter Wishes.
  These cards are only 3"x 3" so they're easy enough.

Colored with Prisma Color Markers, & I used SU- Framelits Window Frame Collection for the die.

I added Fun Flock to this sweet little lamb.
 The enamel dots are "home-made."
(Using Pony Beads-these are the smaller ones,
 place on a baking sheet with parchment paper & baked at 450 degrees for 5- 20 minutes.
 Watch them closely!
20 minutes or over will change the color of the beads.
 Don't forget to ventilate the room as it gets a little smelly!
 The longer you bake them, the wider & flatter they will get.)

The inside sentiment is from the same set- Flourishes- Easter Wishes;
" My soul will rejoice in the Lord & delight in His salvation."
Psalm 35:9

Now, to announce the winner's of my challenge!
A big "Thank You" to all those that played along!
 I know Jan Marie enjoyed receiving all of the lovely creations that came her way.
Many played along & didn't jump in on my challenge I've heard,
 but Jan Marie is very much appreciative of your thoughtfulness, as am I!
"Thank you Ladies!"

The winners:
1.) Gracie-http://gracielliedesign.blogspot.com/
2.) Laughingstamper- Paula-https://plus.google.com/106199604799900239748/posts
Becky- http://diamondintherough24.blogspot.com/

Ladies, please contact me with your addresses so I can send out your prizes!
I didn't mention this before but, I have gone over 100 posts & with this post, I have posted 122 posts!
So, I will be sending you a little something extra, (a $34.95 value),
 including you Becky for playing along!
 (So Becky, do send me your address too!)
 I'll get your prizes right out to you!
(I am waiting for something to arrive in the mail to finish off my surprises for you!
 But, be assured I will get everything mailed off pronto!)

See you back here later this week for a sweet Easter recipe that kids young & old will love!
(Something Chocolaty!)

Oh, how I love Easter!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Liebster Award

Hi Blog Friends!

I was sitting here working away on a project for next week-Easter, & an e-mail came through...
My friend Gracie nominated me for the "Liebster Award!"
You can find Gracie here:

Thank You Gracie! 

I in return, am to nominate 5 others who have blogs with under 300 followers.
 Hope you take the time to visit each of  these ladies.
 I know they'll love to see you!
Here are my nominees:
1.) Catherine Bennett- http://catherine-bennett.tumblr.com/
My dear friend of many years!
2.) Nancy-http://www.nickelnook.com/2014/04/happy-news-for-all-of-us-o.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheNickelNook+%28The+Nickel+Nook%29
This dear sweet lady is such an encourager & fellow paper crafter!
Linda travels the world & shares her knowledge of Tea; I do love tea!
4.) Amanda-http://lejardindepapiers.blogspot.com/
A "new" follower & a very nice lady & fellow paper crafter!
An "old" follower & a very nice lady & fellow paper crafter!

Rules for Participating in the Liebster Award Nominations:
1.) Leave a "Thank You" for the Liebster Blog Award persenter on your blog & answer 11 questions they presented.
2.) Link back to your presenters blog.
3.) Copy & Paste the pink Liebster Logo to your blog.
4.) Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award who have less than 300 followers & create a list of 11 new questions for them.
5.) Inform them of their nomination.

Gracie had these questions for me:
1.) When did you start stamping?
I was introduced to stamping about 17 years ago, & bought a few stamps, but I didn't really dive into it until 2007.
2.) Name one blogger on your reading list- Valita of Valita's Designs & Fresh Folds-
She's the lady to see for wonderful life-like paper flowers!
3.) Cat or dog?
4.) Orderly or Messy?
Well, I'd like to think I'm orderly, but I think my husband would tell me otherwise! LOL
5.) Favorite way to color?
That is hard to say, it depends on the effect I want & I enjoy trying new things!
 If I had to choose, water coloring.
6.) Favorite Creation?
My Tea Cup Template that you can see on my blog.
7.)Pet peve?
Dust, once you clean it up, it just reappears!
8.)Favorite Vacation Spot?
Home, we're home-bodies & just enjoying being home.
9.) Favorite Movie?
Sense & Sensibility
10.) Best Day Ever?
The day I began my life as "Mrs. Green!"
11.) Other Hobbies besides stamping?
I used to like to cook till I took up stamping.
 (No wonder my husband talked me out of selling SU &
 told me to keep selling Pampered Chef years ago! LOL)
Knitting, & embroidery,
(These are only done every so often!)
& Decorating our home; as an "artist,"
 I have to have pretty surroundings.
 I've always been that way!:)

Here are my questions for my nominees:
1.) What is your passion?
2.) When did you discover your passion?
3.) What is your favorite food?
4.) Are you an extrovert or an introvert?
5.) What is your favorite color?
6.) What is your favorite style of dress?
7.) What is your style in paper crafting? or in writing for my writer friend? or in Tea Time for my Tea friend?
8.) What is your favorite season?
9.) What is your favorite CD or Music group?
10.) Who was your favorite teacher & why?
11.) What is your favorite tool? (according to what you do of course.)

Thank you Gracie! It was such a surprise to get your e-mail & find out about the Liebster Award!
I am delighted to have been chosen by you  & to participate in this fun chain.
Hope everyone enjoys this fun event!

Most Honored!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"An Elegant Spring!"

Hi Blog Friends!

First of all, I want to remind you about my challenge & give-away!
Today, at 6 p.m. the challenge will be closed,
 so you'll want to jump right in quickly so you don't miss out on the give-away!
I'll be watching for your entries!

Today, I have something special to share with you!
 Remember me telling you about a box I mailed off last week, to a sweet lady?
 Just a little background... I began following someone's blog quite awhile back & I was blessed that she noticed my comments & contacted me! 
What a sweet lady!
She sent me one of her fabulous cards (which sits on my desk now), & even some goodies! 
So, I thought I would surprise her in return! 
She loves color & butterflies!
 So, I wanted to incorporate these things into my project. 
Of course, I had to use Flourishes Images! 
Take a peek at what I made her!
I call it,
 "An Elegant Spring!"
 I wanted a white on white look, but it's hard for me to leave it like that, LOL.

I just have to add gold with my Gold Krylon Pen. Gold just makes things elegant.

I used Flourishes- A Year in Flowers-2, along with
 Flourishes- Classic Hourglass Template Die.
Coloring my images with Prisma Color Markers (Alcohol).

The inside, sentiment is done with Flourishes- Picking Wildflowers.
I used SU- Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, MS- Crystal Fine Glitter & Best Occasions- Glitter Paper Pack, along with Paper Studio & Kaiser Craft pearls.

There's more!

One of my China Tea Cups made with the same set, Flourishes- A Year In Flowers 2 & filled with
 Hershey's Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Almonds!

Some of the details? 
My little tag is made with Flourishes- Classic Tags & Template Dies &
Flourishes- Tiny Flowers & Tags Stamp Set. (The back says, "Just for You.")
Notice the little dew drops on the rosette?
 Those are Paper Studio Rhinestones.

And notice the Butterflies?
 Those are from Flourishes- Old Tea Rose & 
 Flourishes- Friendship & Flowers, both are Sam Pickard's designs.  Just attached with glue dots.
I love the butterfly on the cellophane bag, because it looks like it's actually flying!

Here you can see the inside sentiment for the Tea Cup.
 I used Flourishes-Old Tea Rose again, by Sam Pickard.
 The little flourish & bee are from
 Flourishes- Tiny Flowers & Tags. 

Here is the Gift Combo, "An Elegant Spring!"

Do you think she'll like it?
I know she'll like the chocolate! Who doesn't love chocolate? LOL

About my Challenge & Giveaway here:
Ending today at 6 p.m.

I can't wait till  the butterflies start appearing here!

Supplies not mentioned above:
My Tea Cup Template
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen-Gold 250** (Gold Stippling on flowers)
Encore Gold Ink
Scotch Glue
Needle & Thread

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mark Your Calenders, IT'S A PARTY!

Hi Blog Friends!

Just wanted to pop in here & let you know of something going on at my friends blog!
Mark your Calenders:
Gracie has joined the Design Team over at: 

Gracie wants you all to know, you're welcome to come & help her celebrate!

 I'll be there Gracie! :)

About my Challenge & Give away here:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Happy Birthday to You!"

Hi Blog Friends!

Have you ever thought you were caught up & then discover, huh-oh, you weren't?
That's what happened to me this week as I was boxing up a surprise for a super nice lady,
 (I'll show you next week what's in the box!)
  Thinking I was caught up on what I had to do for the week,
I remembered, I'd forgot...! 
So, I went to work last night making a birthday card for a friend!

Of course, using Flourishes images!
I chose to use Flourishes- Wild Roses.
 I believe this set is by Sam Pickard.
I also decided it was time to use some paper crafting goodies some friends had sent me.
So, I went to work.

Here's what I came up with:
I know this paper looks kind of office- like with the tags,
 but mixing things up a bit, is when you get pleasantly surprised.
The designer papers are by Fancy Pants Designs- Trend Setter.

I made a tag using SU- Chalk Talk Die &
slipping it into a glassine bag-from Stampington,
 that I attached to the front of my card.

Here's a close up of the tag front:
 I used Prisma Color Markers to color in my image, & Stickles- Crystal color
 to add sparkle for the center of the flowers & dew drops.
I also used EK Success Millennium Collection Pens for the faux stitching.

The back of this tag:
I couldn't leave it blank.
 This sentiment is from Flourishes- Friendship & Flowers,
 another Sam Pickard design.
The little flower is from Flourishes- Tiny Flowers & Tags.
And some more of the faux stitching.
(Yeah, it's a little wonky, but ssh sometimes, that's how I sew too! LOL)

Here you see the the Birthday Sentiment- from Flourishes- Sentimental Favorites,
stamped with Stazon Ink.
 (You need to use Stazon because of the waxy surface.)
The little tab sticker on the side is by Basic Grey (Capture) 
 & the sentiment used there is by Flourishes- Angelic Love. 
My little chipboard flower is by Bo Bunny.

The inside,
 just stamping  Flourishes-Wild Roses, by Sam Pickard again.
 Leaving enough room to write a personal note.

 More faux stitching on the front of the card & SU- Corner Punch for the bottom corners.
Hope you like!

DON'T FORGET! (Like me...)
About my challenge & giveaway, you still have time to participate.
Check here:
(Thank You ladies who have already sent Jan Marie cards, regardless of my give-away.
 Jan Marie told me they are coming in.)

Happily Stamping Away!

Supplies not mentioned above:
Paper Studio Paper
Memento Ink

***I will be entering this in a Simon Says Challenge***