This is a little penguin card I made using my nestablities label set. I plan on making the entire set with the santa and all. They are just too cute!!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Me, my two brothers, my nephew and my mom!
Me and my mom!
Me and my nephew. He is 15 and is 6' 3". He had his knees bent in the picture so that we could get a good one!!!
Every year my family come to my house on Christmas Eve to celebrate, eat some food and exchange gifts. We had a great time tonight. I spent the day cooking and getting things ready. We ate then exchanged gifts. We all had a good time!!! It's always great to get everyone together. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Today I have been busy in the kitchen! Jan over at the stamp shack posted these yummy looking Pretzel Treats so I had to make some too!!! They are super easy. Just take some Snyder snap pretzels and put a Hershey's kiss on top of each one. Stick in the oven at 170 for about 4 minutes then take out and push a m&m in the center. Your done!! The second picture is of my spiced pecans and spiced walnuts:
4 cups walnuts or you can use pecans
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon or to taste
salt to taste
Blanch walnuts in boiling water for a few seconds. Remove nuts from water and place in a bowl.Mix the nuts with sugar until you can't see any sugar on the nuts-it should liquefy and cover the nuts Place oil in sauce pan and heat about 3 minutes. Place nuts in oil, do in several batches, and be careful the oil will foam up. Cook until the nuts are lightly brown.Place cooked nuts on a foil covered cookie sheet and let cool.Mix the spices together and sprinkle over nuts making sure every nut is covered!!! EAT!
Hope you all are making some yummy treats too!!!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Well finally I've been working on some cards!! I decided to play with a set of stamps I got for my birthday and haven't used yet. The set is from The Paper Studio and is called Botanicals & Birds. I fell in love with them when I saw them at the store. The set contains about 14 stamps and each are equally as beautiful!!!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is one of Tim Holtz stamps. I love his stamps. They are so pretty!!! I used an ink blending tool to distress the edges. That is a wonderful tool to have. If you don't have one and you use distress inks you really should think about getting one. It's made by ranger: http://www.rangerink.com/products/prod_inkssentials_blendingtool.htm
If you have one of the handles for alcohol inks you can use that and just buy the foam pads. The handles are basically the same. Give it a try if you haven't yet!!!
I found this stamp at M's and thought it was so cute. I copied the layout from one of Pams layouts. Do you like my background? I put a clear plate upside down in the snow and then put my card on top of the plate!!! I love snow!!!!!! I'm sorry it's gone already. I miss looking out the window and the white wonderland.......maybe we will get some again in another four years!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It's a big deal around here when it snows. It doesn't do it very often!! It's fun to go out and play and listen to all the kids outside. I can hear a bunch of kids laughing and having a good time!!! I had to dig out the gloves to make the snowmen....I tried doing it bare handed but my hands starting hurting. This is really exciting!!!!
I have been oohing and awwwwing over Tim Holtz tag's this past week. I did one of them a few days ago and it didn't turn out so well. Yesterday I went to my LSS and bought a couple of his small stamps and decided to give it another shot. I think it turned out ok this time around. I made my own mask out of cs, wasn't the best thing to use but my swirl die cut wouldn't cut the acetate. I also made my own shimmer mist, which really is easy and I encourage you all to try it. It's a lot cheaper then buying it too!!! Well if you haven't checked his tags out here is the link: http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/ I love following his blog, he always has great ideas!!!
I didn't really have a use for the tag so I decided to make it into a card!! I cased a card from Pam's blog. I think it makes a nice card. I just took the ribbon off the tag and put a brad in it's place. I don't own any border punches so I took my nestabilites and made the scalloped edge.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This is the front of the finished recipe book. I hosted this swap over at the Stamp Shack. There were 6 categories and each person had to make 6 cards per category. They then sent them all to me and I swapped them out, made the dividers and the cover then bound them. I did this swap last year too, it really is a great book when it's all put together. .
Monday, December 8, 2008
Yahoo!!! I can hardly believe that I've had 10,000 hits on my little ol blog!!!! When I started it I was sure that no one would visit, boy was I wrong!! Thank you all for making my blog a success, now I better get on the ball and make something to post!!!
Well I just can't seem to get into the swing of things. I haven't really made anything for almost a month. I just haven't had any creativity. I went in my craft room yesterday trying to make Christmas cards but nothing came out. I sat there and sat there and sat there. I know in my brain there has to be some ideas I just can't get them to come out. I promise as soon as I make something I'll post it!!! Maybe I will have something spark my creativity in the next few days.