Monday, November 30, 2009

Graphic 45

Just a little share for the day . . .
I love to use the vintage-looking Graphic 45 papers on non-vintage looking layouts. I made the ruffles on this page with papers from the Renaissance Faire line:

Oh, and if you read my last blog post about my first attempt at cooking a turkey, I'm happy to report that it was delicious!! My husband said it was the best turkey he's ever tasted.  My girls are picky eaters, and even they loved it!  The stuffing . . . not so much. You win some, you lose some . . . right?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thanksgiving is almost here! I'm doing something I've never done before: I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my little family. I have to confess that I don't like to cook and I don't do it as often as I should. The thought of cooking a whole turkey is VERY intimidating to me, but I've been gathering tips and recipes for days now so I *think* I'm ready to jump in. My biggest fear is that I will undercook the turkey or do something to it that will give my family a stomach ache, so I'm being careful to follow all the thawing and cooking precautions. I think I've got that part figured out. What I'm not quite sure about is the actual recipe. I'm going to experiment with different spices and seasonings . . . kind of a mish mash of a couple different recipes and recommendations. I know I should probably follow one recipe my first time, but I figure that I'd throw caution to the wind! I have my fingers crossed, but just in case things don't go quite as planned, I'm keeping the phone number for the local pizza place close by.

If my turkey dinner doesn't go quite as planned, that's okay. Thanksgiving is more about family than it is about the food, and as long as I have my family with me, I'll be a happy camper. I am so thankful for my wonderful family. And I'm thankful that we have our health and a roof over our heads (knock on wood).

On this day of giving thanks, I also want to say thank you to all of you who come visit my blog. And thank you so much for the sweet comments. Your comments are much appreciated and they always brighten my day!! THANK YOU!!!!

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it's filled with lots of love and fun!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Prima goodness and Shimmerz Design Call announcement

Happy Wednesday! Everyone who knows my scrapbooking style knows that I absolutely looooooooooove Prima!! Almost every page I do has at least one Prima product on it (usually more). Well, I decided to play along with Prima's October Build a Page challenge, and I made this layout based on the monthly sketch. Everything on this layout is made by Prima:

The colors in these new Prima paper lines totally sing to me!

On another note, Shimmerz just announced a Design Team call! If you love working with shimmery, sparkly mists and paints, this is a GREAT team to be on! Here are the details: Shimmerz Design Team Call. Go check it out!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mini chipboard frames from the A Million Memories November kit

The A Million Memories November kit comes with a pack of adorable American Crafts mini chipboard frames. If you like to add fun little details to your pages, these frames have a lot of potential. I posted a list of ideas on the AMM message boards. Here are some examples:

1. Use them as picture frames like I did on this layout:
2. Use one as a base or frame for your title:

3. Back the frame with a piece of a dictionary page, then add an embellishment (in this case I added one of the Prima pebbles from the kit):
4. Cut out a specific word from a dictionary page:
5. Add Stickles or glitter:
6. Paint it and top with Glossy Accents, then add rhinestones:
7. Fill it with mini pearls or seed beads and add a title. For this one, I painted the frame and added Glossy Accents. Then I filled the center with mini pearl beads (adhered with glue). I used a “Happy Birthday” rub-on on a transparency, cut it out, and then I glued it on top of the beads. Now I have a cute greeting to add to handmade birthday card:
8. Wrap embroidery floss around the frame:Check out the A Million Memories design team gallery and see the other ways the talented ladies used these cute frames!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Graphic 45

Whew! It's a very busy week. We went to Santa Barbara for a few days to celebrate my husband's and my daughter's birthdays. It was the first family vacation we've taken in a very long time. A good . . . no, make that a GREAT . . . time was had by all! Now I'm busy planning for my daughter's birthday party this weekend. We're doing a small party with just a handful of her friends, but it's still a lot of prep work (cleaning the house, getting the party favors, decorations, and food, planning activities, etc.). I also need to pick up stuff for her classroom birthday celebration later today. Plus I have a gazillion phone calls to return at work today. Calgon . . . take me away!

But before I jump into the tasks of the day, here's a layout I made with papers from Graphic 45's Renassaince Faire line. I just love my little girls!! They really are my world!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop!!!

If you've come here for the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop, you're in the right place! Welcome!! Today is the first day of the Blog Hop, which features the 8”x8” Treasured Family Recipes Album. There are 24 designers who have created wonderful pages to inspire you. Plus we are all sharing some of our own delicious recipes. If you've already visited the previous blogs on today's list, I'm sure your mouth is watering!

If you didn't arrive via the CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hop and you want to play along, head over to so you can get the instructions and start from the beginning.

I have to confess that I'm not a very good cook (though I make a mean macaroni and cheese from scratch). I do love to bake, so I decided to share a couple yummy brownie recipes with you. Here are my album pages from the fabulous Treasured Family Recipes kit:

Everything you need comes in the kit, except for adhesive and recipes. I added the ribbon and mini red stones.

And here are the recipes:

Super Duper Fudge Brownies
• 1 cup butter
• 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
• 2 cups white sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate. Stir until blended. Remove from heat and add the sugar. Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla. Combine the flour and salt and add to the chocolate mixture (don’t over mix at this point). Fold in half of the chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top of the batter.
3. Bake in oven about 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely and cut into squares.

Toffee Brownies

• 2 sticks butter
• 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 2 cups sugar
• 4 large eggs (not extra large or jumbo)
• 1 1/4 cup flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 bag chocolate chips
• 1 package of toffee bits (Skor Bar Bits) on top.
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a med saucepan over low heat, melt butter, unsweetened chocolate and vanilla. When melted, turn off heat and mix in sugar and eggs.
3. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add in chocolate mixture, then fold in chocolate chips.
4. Pour into baking pan and sprinkle toffee bits on top of batter.
5. Bake for 30 minutes.

As a continuing part of the celebration, CC&M is giving away great prizes. All you need to do is go through the blog hop and leave comments on every blog. After you have finished the blog hop, return to and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning a prize. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the prize!

Be sure and check back at tomorrow for the Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Album Blog Hop. There will also be 24 designers who will be showcasing their great creations and sharing holiday recipes.

Now head on over to Pam Smerker's blog and see what she has in store for you!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Million Memories kit layouts

Happy Friday!! I'm sharing the layouts I created with the beautiful A Million Memories November kit. I love the mix of Prima, Basic Grey and Pink Paislee papers in this kit.

Here is a layout I created featuring a picture of my grandparents from the year 1918. I really need to do more of these heritage pages. I think they'll be a special treasure for my kids and for their kids.

And last but not least, here's a page featuring pictures of me and my oldest daughter. I used Sea Foam Shimmerz Spritz and a butterfly mask on white cardstock.

I created a little instructional tutorial on A Million Memories with some tips on different ways to use the mini chipboard frames that came with the kit. You can find the tutorial here.

One another note, I'm going to be participating in a fun blog hop on Monday and Tuesday, so be sure and check back!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

More Cosmo Cricket

As I mentioned in an earlier post (see my "Know This" layout a couple blog posts down), Cosmo Cricket recently sponsored the A Million Memories design team. Thank you, Cosmo Cricket!!! I got to play with papers from the Earth Love collection. Here are the other projects I made with these fun papers:

And here's a little card I made:

Thanks for stopping by!!