Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blog Candy Winners

Boy, did I absolutely LOVE the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! There were nearly 300 entries -- loads of caffeinated inspiration!

I want to personally thank everyone that stopped by my blog, especially those that were kind enough to leave a comment. As promised, I'm sharing a cuppa' joe via three little Starbucks gift cards for three sweet commenters. I'll contact each winner by email. Congrats to the following Java Mamas --

  1. wendipooh13
  2. Maura
  3. Laurel Beard
Thank you one and all...and aren't you glad it's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas?


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

If Elvis and Starbucks were around at the same time, I think his lyrics would actually be -- "I'll have a brew, brew Christmas without you..."

Welcome to the Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I'm so thrilled to be a part of this fun, fun event and I want to thank Amy Tsuruta for orchestrating it. Who better to be Queen of the Coffee Lovers, right?!

I have a multipurpose coffee themed project to share. I've used the Bo Bunny Christmas line called Candy Cane Lane for several projects this season, so I thought why not keep that going? I love the colors and the retro feel to it, but I wanted a card that was a little feminine for a girlfriend's gift.

I used Lawn Fawn's Love You A Latte stamp set and embossed the cup and swirly, steamy "happy holidays" onto vellum card stock to create an overlay for the patterned paper notched banner. A bit of soft pink chevron ribbon from May Arts completes the banner. But wait...here's a surprise!

This little banner is really a bookmark! I used Basic Grey's small magnetic snaps, slit the fold on the top of the card, and slipped the bookmark into it. The bookmark keeps safe the pretty vignette going on beneath it -- a vellum card stock embossed panel below a paper doily, and then a San Diego destination-themed Starbucks gift card inside a small glassine bag.

It's the gift that clearly keeps on giving! It's not a fancy-schmancy over-the-top card, but I know someone who's going to love it!

Now I have a little gift for YOU, my coffee loving friends. I enjoyed this treat at The Making Place's birthday party last week and LOVED it! Cheryl, the lovely owner, shared the recipe, which she got from Serena Thompson's book The Farm Chicks Christmas

Coffee Latte Punch

1/3 cup instant coffee powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 gallon 2% milk (8 cups)
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

Heat 1 cup of water to boiling in a medium saucepan; add the instant coffee powder and sugar, then stir until dissolved. Set aside until cool. Pour the coffee mixture into a large container and stir in the milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.

Thirty minutes before serving, pour the coffee mixture into a large punch bowl. Stir in the half-and-half. Using a scoop, add the ice cream to the punch bowl and let sit until most of the ice cream has melted - approximately 25 minutes. Gently whisk the ice cream into the coffee mixture until incorporated and serve.

And if you've been patient enough to get to this point, I've got a bit o' blog candy for you - (if your comment doesn't link to you, leave contact info). THREE random, lucky folks will enjoy a cuppa' joe on me -- I've got three Starbucks gift cards to give away! Be sure to leave your comment before midnight on Sunday, December 14.

Thank you for stopping by and may all your holiday wishes come true...be safe, be happy, be caffeinated!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Let's talk turkey

I know it's been a while since we last chatted, so I wanted to share a little crafty project for Thanksgiving...gobble, gobble!

At my house it's going to be a day spent with turkeys and these guys are "stuffed" with NFL M&Ms, can you believe it? Turkey and football -- what better combination?!

This Amy Robinson design is from the Silhouette Design Store. She's got several other holiday buddies to cut and fill!

Here's to an enjoyable Thanksgiving filled with lots of reasons to be thankful -- gobble 'til you wobble, people!

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Monday, October 6, 2014


So I took a day off last week. Yep, right in the middle of the 8-5 work week. I took a card making class (instead of teaching one) and had a blast! Peggy Jo Ackley, of Pink Ink stamps, taught her colored pencil techniques.

Love this one...

I didn't veer from her samples so I could work on the techniques.

Did I mention I picked up a few of her wood mounted, red rubber beauties?

I plan to expand my love of colored pencils and old school coloring!

I finished up the cards (plus an additional kit I purchased on said Ferris Beuller's Day Off) on World Card Making Day. Yep, how apropos!

Hope your WCMD was a blast!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Best Friends

I'm on a roll!

I'm teaching at The Making Place AGAIN on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. and this is what we're making...

Best Friends waterfall folio/album -- make this with me!!

I know. Seriously, is this not the most fabulous vintagey paper line you've seen in eons?! I loved the waterfall folio Ginger Ropp, design team member for Graphic 45, shared so I just had to turn lots of that gorgeous Graphic 45 "Raining Cats & Dogs" paper and embellishments into an interactive album like hers!

Interior of folio -- waterfall pages on right and fun pocket with tags on left

Flip the pages and fill with fur baby photos...

The colors in this line are just magical and the old fashioned images are divine! I love all the dogs, cats and pretty ladies among the old timey flowers and prints! My photos have a vintage cast to them, but I know you'll love the poppy red, lagoon blue, and striking black as much as I do.

The album is surprisingly uncomplicated to make, so later on you can create lots of different folios using a variety of papers and goodies.  This one is perfect for all of us "pet moms" with fur babies. It can easily be fashioned for dog or cat lovers.

Join us for a morning full of crafty fun at The Making Place in Escondido, CA.  Call the store and reserve your spot -- (760) 739-8605 -- the sooner, the better!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Boxes, Bags & Tags, Oh My!

I've got the perfect class to get you in the holiday mood!  Now if you're like me, you love the holidays...the gifts, the cards, the baking.  But, I like to keep it simple and, well, awesome!

With that said, I'm teaching a new class at The Making Place on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m.  It's called "Boxes, Bags & Tag, Oh My!" and we're going to make a nice variety of gift giving packages that will make your recipients squeal with delight, and will keep you sanely crafting without a lot of stress.  All the projects can be modified for ANY occasion, too!
...at The Making Place, Escondido, CA

We'll decorate a simple gift bag that will just need a swath of tissue paper stuffed into it and you'll be able to hand over those baked goodies, hand knitted scarf or any other little gift with pride and joy!

Then there's the super simple and super useful pillow box!  I'll show you how to use that new We R Memory Keeper's Pillow Box Punch Board.  You'll whip out a pillow box for EVERYTHING!  Perfect "wrapping" for a gift card, a little candy or whatnot.

Finally, this one is a favorite because it's easy to make, fun to receive and packs a lot of WOW!  This candy bar slider package comes complete with a little chocolately goodness...
(1) Closed                                                                   (2) Open -- what a surprise!

Space is limited, so be sure to call the shop and reserve your spot ASAP.  You'll just need a basic tool kit -- everything else is included!
Call (760) 739-8605 to sign up today!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happy International Coffee Day!!  What's not to love about a steaming cup of joe?! I'm so happy to participate in today's Coffee Lover's Blog Hop along with about a gazillion other crafty peeps who share a "warm affection" for the caffeinated karma coffee provides.

Here's my ode to joe -- an Art Impressions favorite of mine -- Cathy Caffeine! I stamped her on a To Go cup-shaped card front made on my Silhouette Cameo and just smudged the edges with some Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters and Tea Dye to give the cup a well loved look.  Then I had to sparkle up the HOT JAVA logo with some Stickles.

Caution: the beverage you're about to enjoy is HOT...thank you very much! I love coffee, I prefer it simple and hot. While I completely enjoy trying specialties from trendy coffee shops, I'm happy with a simple brew (and even use my Keurig frequently - with Dunkin Donuts or Timothy's German Chocolate Cake pods)  :-)

There are loads of giveaways today and check out these awesome sponsors:

Be sure and check out all the fabulous coffee themed creations on the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop...thanks Chaitali and Amy!

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