Friday, November 21, 2014

Donut Card

Clip art images were used for the coffee cup and doughnuts.  I found them online, traced, printed and cut them in Silhouette software.  They're colored with Promarkers.  The doughnuts are pop dotted for dimension.

Six Flowers Card

I CASED this card from Melanie Brown's blog post back in 2011.  The flowers and leaves are from the Cricut Essentials cartridge.  I traced them in Make The Cut software and cut them using my Cameo.

It's a simple card to assemble...once you get all the flowers cut and placed.   There are twenty pieces on the card front!

30 Minute Card

The flip flop images are free clip art found online.  I resized and regrouped them to fit onto the A2 card front then colored them with Promarkers.

It did take longer than 30 minutes to get the images just the way I wanted but once it's printed and adhered onto the card front, it takes less than 30 seconds to color.

This card was CASED from one seen online.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

30 Minute Doily and Butterfly Card

White on white cards look very elegant to me.  This one was inspired by one seen online.

The butterfly is from the CTMH Artiste cartridge, traced and cut with Make the Cut software.  I added a shadow and pop dotted it as well as the filigree portion of the butterfly for added dimension.

The sentiment is stamped in gold metallic ink, but it appears silver in the photo.

Charger Plates 2012

This is a collection of the plates I did last Christmas.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe was found online.  Since I had all the ingredients on hand, I decided to try it out.
I'd rate it a "4".
I used mini chocolate chips and omitted the nuts.  It makes a nice, soft cookie. I used real butter and they're very buttery tasting.

Bisquick Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
2 3/4 cups Bisquick baking mix
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1/2 cup nuts, chopped, if desired (optional)

Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix butter, sugar, vanilla and egg.
Stir in Bisquick mix, chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet, 
about 2 inches apart; flatten slightly. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
 Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blue Embossed Butterfly

Three embossing folders were used on the layers.  I scored the square underneath the butterfly, added a bow and some Chestnut Roan inking.

Dandelion Card

The embossing folder is from Darice.  I used a Stampin' Up border punch on the top and bottom edges.  The embossed image was colored with Promarkers.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Loving Life Card

This went together so quickly that I'd almost consider it a 30 Minute Card.  I used some embossed 12 x 12 cardstock for the base, printed the sentiment and used a Stampin' Up border punch on the top and bottom edges, then punched three embossed hearts out and pop dotted them all for dimension.

Six Flower Petal Card

I love these loopy petal flowers.  One of the punch companies made them in three graduated sizes a couple of years ago and I really wish I'd bought them while they were still available.  Make The Cut and Google image search to the rescue!  It was a simple process to find a clip art shape online, trace and resize it using the software.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters


I walk down the street.
             There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
          I fall in.
          I am lost...I am helpless.
                          It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
          There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
          I pretend I don't see it.
          I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in this same place.
                          But it isn't my fault.
 It still takes a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
          There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
            I see it there. 
            I still fall's a habit...but,
                                     my eyes are open.
                                     I know where I am.

          It is my fault. 
          I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.
          There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
          I walk around it.

I walk down another street.

                                            Portia Nelson
                                            There's a Hole in My Sidewalk     

Friday, November 14, 2014

White Chicken "Chili"

Years ago I had a recipe for making a white version of chili using chicken and Navy beans.  It must have gotten lost in the remodeling of our house.  Tonight I "re-created" it and it's really pretty good.

It has a lot of broth, so it's more like a soup than what we consider chili.  You could use 2 cans of beans and it would still be good.


1 ½ cups diced onion
2 T. vegetable oil
1 can Navy or Great Northern beans, undrained
1 large can Swanson chunk chicken breast,  undrained
½ of a 4 oz. can chopped green chilis
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. cumin
1 can Swanson chicken broth

Saute’ onion in oil until almost tender.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer until heated thoroughly.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rose Wreath Card

I'm particularly pleased with the way this turned out.  I used Make The Cut software to cut a 2.2218 x 2.0312 inch oval from white card stock and then embossed it with a Stampin' Up folder.  A pink shadow layer was added.

The rose wreath stamp is from an old set of Stampin' Up stamps.  It was colored with Pale Pink and Meadow Green Promarkers.

The small pink flowers were done with a Bitty Punch, the greenery is a Martha Stewart  branch punch; the flower centers are Pearl Pen dots.

The card base was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  The layered ovals are pop dotted for dimension.  The bow is done with Baby Pink ribbon.

What's Cookin' ?

The pots are on the From My Kitchen Cricut cartridge.  I traced them and cut them with Make The Cut software.  The faces are Peachy Keen stamps.