Please excuse the broken picture links on the blog. I'm in the process of moving all of my pictures from photobucket to smugmug and it's taking a lot of time. thanks for your patience!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Magnifying glass anyone?

I got some Justrite stamper stuff in the mail today. I got the wooden circle, a set of borders and centers, and the small letter set. Let me tell you, when they say small they mean teeny weeny small. It took me all of 30 seconds to lose one of the things and probably 30 minutes to find it. It was a miracle I found it at all. They are about 1mm x 2 mm (maybe a tiny bit bigger) and gray, so they blend nicely into any and all shadows. Plus I have this hi-low carpet in my scrap room and stuff really hides in that. So anyway by the time I found it I was completely out of the mood but I forged ahead. I made this simple card using a sketch from one of the Joy of Cardmaking magazines. After I had my patterned paper thing on the front all cut, torn and sewed, I noticed I had included the Stampin' Up logo on the corner. ARGH! So I got out my Close to Cocoa ink (which matches this paper) and my Tim Holtz foam inky thingy, and inked up the edges. I thought it covered it up rather nicely. The picture came out a little funky. My DSLR is acting up on me so I decided to try my old G2. Poor thing-it barely works anymore.

materials list:
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Whisper White
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up Petal Patch Designer Series paper
Inks: Stampin' Up (Close to Cocoa and Certainly Celery classic ink and Bashful Blue craft ink)
1-3/4" circle punch
1/4" circle punch
Sewing machine
Tim Holtz foam ink spreader thing
Stampin' Dimensionals
Letter stamps: Justrite Stamps
flower stamp from the Stampin' Up Big Pieces set

edit-now that I look at it more closely, I think I put the S on upside down-on both places!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Copic book page links

I uploaded these to my website but I am not sure on the status of that right now so if they don't work or they quit working, let me know and I can find another host. I am planning to discontinue my paid site and just use the blog. In the meantime I haven't gotten a bill or been charged for probably 2 yrs and half the time I can't even log into my account area (like right now).
Small book pages
Large book pages

edit: my old website is not working anymore so I've uploaded them to If anyone knows of any better file storage site please let me know.

Copic book

I found the idea for this book on this blog by scs member 3 little love bugs. I thought it was such a great idea so I copied it! I made one large version to keep in my stamping room and one small version to keep at the computer or in my purse so that when I shop for copics I know what I have. I know it's hard to believe but I've bought the same thing twice before. So anyway this is the outside. I made them pretty plain because they're just for me.

Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (small) Fancy Pants Designs (large)
Letters: Cricut Mickey Font on the small one. KI Memories Bubble Letters stickers on the large one.
Prima Flowers and a brad on the large one

This is the inside. I didn't want to use the chart that 3 little love bugs used because I couldn't cut it out neatly with a margin on the outside so I made my own in Word. My original plan was to make one with the 22 lines and then one with 44 but after typing in 322 colors and numbers, I decided that was enough so I just made the smaller tables close together and used that for the larger pages. If anyone wants this chart let me know and I'll figure out a way to post it. I colored it all in before I bound it so that it would be easier to avoid the bleed-through. I will have to be sure to only color on one sheet at a time for any color updates. On that sheet on the left of the small book, you can see an extra bleed-through. That's where I dropped a pen before I had a chance to cap it. Bummer but I wasn't going to redo it. These pens color and bleed through FAST!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Blog candy has been delivered!

Yay! Congratulations Erin! I wanted to wait until she got her pkg to post this topper that I made. I put the topper on the bag very crookedly. Once it was stapled on I wasn't going to mess with it but I didn't think she'd mind.

Greeting cut on the Cricut using the Alphalicious cartridge
Cutie Pie designer series paper
Mini Glue dots and Doodlebug glitter for the flower centers

Sunday, October 19, 2008

And the winner is...

Erin!! Ok so it was 12:01. I got distracted. So here's the thing (apparently they're not on the same time zone as me?):

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-10-19 04:01:08 UTC

Erin's comment
I'm not to late am I....Stampin up stuff yepeee... Gale I want it all....I just might have to do some blog candy too, sometime soon...

So Erin, send me your address and I'll get your goodies sent right away!!

Friday, October 17, 2008


I've been doing nothing for the past few days. I got some goodies in the mail but haven't used them. I've had a cold for the past 6 days so I am feeling sorry for myself. I'm SUCH a baby when I'm sick. Almost as bad as a man, if you can believe that. I'm not too sick to do the blog candy drawing though-don't worry! However, I don't know why I put that link at the top since the blog candy post stayed on top for the entire week. hehe. I was going to make a card or something tonight but my dishwasher seems to be on the fritz (actually it's the water heater that's messed up but the dishwasher uses hot water so therefore it's not working so great either). So I am off to hand wash the dang dishes and off to bed.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Blog Candy-finally!

I'm giving this away to pay-it-forward for the scor-pal fairy bringing me a scor pal complete with mat and extra scoring tool. It took me a while because I wasn't placing an order until October 1st and I wanted to have the items on hand before I posted it. As much as I love Stampin' Up, they do have backorders from time to time. So anyway this is what I'm giving away. I may do this again some time because it was fun picking out stuff to give away. The giveaway consists of one pack of Stampin' Up Designer Brads (Filigree assortment), one pack of Stampin' Up's Clips assortment, one pack of Stampin' Up Designer Buttons, and one bottle of Frosted Lace Stickles. All you have to do to enter is post a comment. You don't have to post something profound or anything-just any comment will do (as long as it's not mean or nasty). If you don't have a blogger blog where I can get ahold of you (should you win) be sure to check back after I do the drawing. I'm going to use to draw it so it's all nice and fair. I'll do the drawing around midnight eastern time on Saturday, October 18th. This is my first ever blog candy so I hope I don't screw it up! Here are the goods:

I will try to put a sticky post at the top of my blog for a reminder until I do the drawing.

edit-OOPS on the date! lol. I put August..duhh... When I was getting ready to type it I had August in my head and I said to myself, "self, do NOT type August". And there I did it anyway. So now it's fixed and it's October. NOT August! That would be a LONG contest!

One year old

This layout is for the Walk Down Memory Lane design team blog sketch challenge (that's a mouthful!). I pretty much followed the sketch exactly. I cut the petals out freehand and then stitched around the edges. The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye. The darkest cardstock is KI Memories, the medium pink cardstock is Bazzill and the lightest cardstock (journaling strips) is Stampin Up. The flower center is a die cut shape from My Mind's Eye (it was all one set of paper and elements). The letters and number are cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge. I cut the number 1 from thin chipboard using my new deep cut blade. The scallops are just circles that are partly under the strip of patterned paper. Click on the picture to see it bigger but be warned, it is pretty big (about 150 kb).

Monday, October 6, 2008

Easy apple crisp with cheese

I don't know about other people but I had never heard of having cheese with apples. Maybe I'm sheltered. Anyway my husband loves this apple crisp with cheese recipe that I got from his mom. It's easy too.

Apple Crisp with Cheese

4 or 5 apples (I usually use yellow delicious apples)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup (4 oz) velveeta cheese, cut up (see note at the end of the recipe)

Preheat oven to 350°. Peel apples and cut into slices (I peel first, then cut into quarters, cut out the core, and then slice across each wedge into about 1/8" thick slices). Put them in a baking dish-I use an 11 x 7 dish but I have also used a 9 x 9 dish. The apples should come about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way up the dish. Sprinkle apple slices with cinnamon and mix them around to coat them all. Add the water but don't pour it right over the apples or all the cinnamon will come off. I carefully pour the water in between the apples. Set aside.

In a medium size bowl, mix the flour and sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the cut up velveeta and toss to coat. Sprinkle evenly over the apples in the pan. Bake about 50-60 minutes.

note: Cheddar cheese can be used for this recipe but I have found that it gets hard and chewy. For the velveeta, I use lo fat and also, I slice off about 1/4" slices and then cut them up into about 1/2" squares. You have to separate them with your fingers to put them in the dry mixture and it will be messy but it's worth it. If you buy the pre-grated velveeta that's even easier. I haven't tried it yet.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Baby Giraffe

These pictures were taken about 3 yrs ago at the Indianapolis Zoo. I could not find any info on this little guy but he sure was a cutie. Cardstock is Bazzill, patterned paper is KI Memories. The giraffe and the letters were cut from the cricut Zooballoo cartridge (the tail on the g is hard to see in the scan-it's easier in real life). Ribbon is from American Crafts, felt flowers from Stampin Up and brads from Bazzill. This is a sketch challenge from the design team blog at A Walk Down Memory Lane. Click on the picture to see it bigger (it is hard to post layouts here-I don't want to post great big files because I know some are on dialup).

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