Monday, August 29, 2016

Swirly Bird In Colors

Here is another card created using the Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating dies. It is a total copy of a card I saw on Pinterest with a link to the creator,  I liked everything about her card when I saw it~~colors, design, everything.  I changed the sentiment and added a few of the Enamel Shapes which are fast becoming a favorite embellishment.  

On another note, I attended my first Facebook Party.  Had no idea what to expect.  My friend, Nancy, hosted the Facebook party for her daughter's new endeavor.  Her daughter was a teacher and is now a consultant for Usborne Books & More.  This company sells children's books for all ages.  We have always been big on books in my family, so this was a fun way to be introduced to new books.  During the party there were videos, conversation, prizes and more.  Plus, I did not need anyone to drive me anywhere!  I shopped in the comfort of my own home!  If you have babies and small children or grandchildren, I would say this is a website worth checking out.  Nicki's website is  Have a great day!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Clean and Simple Happy

Since the watercolor scraps were still out from yesterday's card, I used the scraps again for today's birthday card.  It is cute,clean and simple!  I punched the balloon using the SU balloon punch and the happy is again from the MFT dies.  I added star sequins from the SU Brights Assortment and completed the card with retired baker's twine.  Couldn't be a much easier and quicker card than this one!  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Watercolor Birthday

The stamp set, Balloon Celebration (pg. 24), is a set that I have not yet justified purchasing as I already have balloons and dies from  other stamp sets/stamp companies.  So to remind myself that I can make cards using what I already have, I got on with making today's card. I think I have mentioned before that I use my mistake/practice watercolor pieces for die cutting.  And that is what I did.   I used the "happy" thinlet from My Favorite Things to cut the word and Lawn Fawn dies for the party balloons from unused water colored pieces.  The background is also a water colored piece.  I was playing with different colors of blue and purple Distress Inks and this piece reminds me of the sky.   So I made a perfect little birthday card with what I already own.  Of course, the SU set continues to call my name as I already have the punch!  But then if I sent a card that said, "Come, let us sit together and drink. . .", my friends would wonder what was wrong with me using wording like that~~LOL!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Today's post is about a company I was introduced to a when I was sick, Wildtree.  This company is about preparing food that is simple, healthy and natural.  I hosted a Wildtree workshop at my house a couple of weeks ago for the Cricut ladies.  For the workshop, we each chose a "Workshop Bundle" that we wanted to use to make our freezer meals.  In the Workshop Bundle you get all the spice and oils you will need.  In addition, prior to the workshop, you need to grocery shop with a list provided that includes all the veggies, meats/fish, etc. needed to prepare the meals.  Then you have to cut everything up and bag it for the workshop.  It was a bit of work and I would say that between the $80 Workshop Bundle and about $120 for food many would consider this a bit pricey.  That being said, I doubt I ever shopped for 10 meals at one time nor cut, sliced and diced for 10 meals at once!  And just so you know, I like only chicken breasts, very lean ground beef/beef/pork so I probably spend more than most on groceries.  Since it is just John and myself most nights, I made 14 meals so my cost per meal comes out to about $14.  And I could have divided more of the meals, too.

On the day of the workshop, all the ladies came with their ice-filled coolers of  food in their zip lock bags.  At the workshop you receive your Workshop Bundle and proceed to add the oils and spices to your freezer bags of meats and veggies.  The recipes are provided.  Labels for the bags are provided and when the afternoon is over, you have a minimum of 10 freezer-ready meals.  I now have enough spices/oils to make most of the 10 meals again at least once if not twice which brings down the cost per meal.   This photo is a sample of the recipes you receive with your Workshop Bundle.

We have had a few of the meals by now and each was very good.  Last night we had Chiptole Lime Fajitas which were excellent.  I defrosted the meal during the day and while I cooked rice, I cooked the fajita meat/veggies in a skillet.  Not a much easier dinner than this!  So for what seemed like a lot of work preparing this dinner a couple of weeks ago,  there was little for me to do before putting dinner on the table last night.  I heated the flour fajita shells, too!  I am looking forward to doing this again but trying a different Workshop Bundle.  If you ever thought about having a Wildtree workshop, I will tell you that from my point of view it is well worth the time, effort and money to host or in which to participate.   That being said, if I was going to a Wildtree Workshop, I would bring all the cut and chopped veggies. but not the meat.  I would add that when I got home.  It is less to carry and less to worry about keeping cold.   Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sending A Smile

When I went thru the new Annual Catalog a few months ago, the Love & Affection stamp set
caught my eye.  I purchased it and my mind drew a blank when it came time to create a card.  I don't even care for the samples to copy~~LOL!!! So here I am three months later and this is the first card I am creating with it.  The card is quite simple but it is pretty.  I used a few of the images from the set and Night of Navy ink.  The sentiment, also from the set, was stamped and then carefully die cut (the sentiment just fit perfectly) using a die I purchased from Dave's Dies which coordinates with the Endless Thanks stamp set banner.   Again, I stacked three of the banners so that it stood out on the card. A little sponging on the banner and some white sequins completes this card.   I wonder how long it will be before I create another card with this set?  Have a great day! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Polka Dot Cupcake Day

My friend, Kathy Z, is celebrating her birthday this week.  Now that I know Kathy received her birthday card, I can post a photo of the card.  I just think the little girl (Cupcake Day by My Favorite Things) is too cute.  This time, I stamped her dress on pattern paper with Black Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The embossed lines made it much easier to fussy cut the adorable polka dot dress.  I created the "blue board" by sponging a white piece of cardstock that was framed with painter's tape to create the border around it. The black layer was embossed with the SU polka dot embossing folder and the pink balloon, shoes and bow complete the card.  Have a great day!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Off The Grid Thank You

I used old product and new on today's card.  The retired Off The Grid background stamp was stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I then sponged various colors over the grid~~Soft Sky, Sugraplum, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe. The white die cut "thank" (I cut off the s)from the Hello You Thinlets set stands out against the sponged colors.  "You" was stamped and punched out using the Washi Label punch. The Bakers Twine looks so cute on this card, but the prettiest of all are the new Fancy Frost sequins which will be available on September 1st when the Holiday Mini goes live. (My friend in Florida received her Holiday Mini in the mail yesterday!)  The sequins are a beautiful assortment of Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum and white gold.  They don't show up on the card as well as in real life, but they are beautiful sequins.  Once again, I have to thank Pinterest for having so many cards from which to get ideas.  Have a great weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time!