Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Card 2013

Submitted by Linda
Normally, Michelle and I choose the same Christmas card design and then mass produce them together. But this summer, we had different ideas, so we worked together, but on different cards.

Here's my inspiration. I took one look at this Memory Box Country Landscape die and promptly ordered it. I love the white on white. So fresh. So wintery.  I don' t know where I found this picture, so I apologize for not giving the proper photo credit.
Here's my take. I turned it horizontal, added a silver embossed greeting, and still it needed something. I tried glitter, a tiny punched star, and ended up with this tiny rhinestone. I love how it is a subtle shout out to the Star that pointed the way to hope, redemption, and peace.
Currently, the cards are all sitting nicely in the box where they have lived since the late summer. I'm working on getting a family photo, where we all look genuinely happy. We'll see how that goes- ha!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Lisa Super's Sampler Kit

Submitted by Linda
You may remember our post about the Remnants of the Past last June, and MY FAVORITE FIND. Well, I got started on my sampler kit, and I have to say, it is one of my favorite projects, and was so fun to do! Here is Lisa Super's sample: (Click HERE to see her amazing vintage stuff.)
While in Clovis in September, I found a teeny tiny doggie button. I knew that would be my starting point, and so I stitched my house and grass, referring often to Lisa's sample.

Then I started adding ribbons and buttons from the kit, and others that I had bought 
in the Carolinas and at Mindy's Needlework Factory in Eugene, Oregon.
I then started to worry about the layout, so I plopped a bunch of stuff on the fabric, and snapped a photo with my phone, so I could refer back to it.
I had to fill 49 spaces. Below shows it with only 12 spaces left.
Now all the spaces are filled and I love, love, LOVE it! I ended up using some old embroidery and lace from my Grandma's stash, which makes it even more special!
Now to decide how to finish it. I could bind it and hang it on a cute hanger/clip thing, like the sample, but I'm leaning toward having it framed. Either way, I will love having it around.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Magnetic Coaster Calendars

Submitted by Linda

Does anyone remember Steven Covey's quadrants in his "First Things First" book? His four quadrants make so much sense to me, and I love living my life in Quadrant 2, where I work on important things, but before they become urgent.  I'm not a happy camper when I get into the urgent side of things, so I love to get things nailed down, buttoned up and all set before the deadline. 
So you won't be surprised to see that I'm ready for 2014 with new 'coaster calendars' to give my teacher friends. This time I used my October afternoon "Cakewalk" and "Farm Girl" stuff, and boy are they cute. Well, at least I think they are.
I just learned from Susan Branch that when you wake up on the morning of a new month, you say "rabbit rabbit!" to wish for luck that month. I love that idea so I texted 'rabbit rabbit' to my mom, to Michelle, and to my boys (who were probably irritated by it rather than charmed). Anyway, I love the idea, and I'll be saying it each time I turn the page on my calendar.
I usually buy these little calendars at Stamp Your Heart Out in Claremont, but, alas, they've been out for awhile. I believe you may be able to find them online, if you need a cute little new year's treat!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Notecards

Submitted by Linda
I just had to share my classroom Christmas cheer! I made these snowman faces out of paper lanterns for my classroom, copied from Pinterest, of course.
I always like to make a few blank Christmas notecards to use as a 'thank you' or to give away in a pack of several. This year I was inspired and here's what I came up with (I mean copied).

For this one I used old Chrismas Carol music that I bought this past summer in the Carolinas.

This technique is fun. Punch and attach your circles before embossing your card stock. I love the glimmery silver on this one, and the hip chevron design.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Print Poetry: There's Only One You

Submitted by Linda
Ok, blog followers!!! This is the final post about the Print Poetry cards, I promise! I used up most of the paper and most of the coordinating card stock. I have some scraps and a bit of ribbon yet, but all in all, I'm pleased that I no longer will be considered a hoarder. (Just don't ask Craig about that. He may disagree!)

This card idea (like many of the others) was CASE'd right off of Pinterest. Super easy to cut out the swirly design, sponge it up, add a a greeting (on the blue and green card I used "Vintage Verses". The greeting on the red card is Kristina Werner's designs from Simon Says Stamp).  I then added a bit of seam binding or ribbon and a brad, and it's done!
I like these generic greetings, because they can work for any occasion.
The two contrasting papers on this one really pop!
Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Print Poetry and Tiny Curly Label Punch

Submitted by Linda
Here are more cards made throughout November when I was determined to use up some of my Print Poetry paper.

The good news, is that these cards use tiny pieces of paper, so I had plenty left for other projects. The finished card size is 3"x3", and is the perfect size for a gift enclosure card.
Here are some other color combos!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

S'mores Dessert

Submitted by Linda
So Michelle's friend Carrie (who is now also my friend) recently had a birthday and wished to get out of the desert for a weekend of crafting.  My house was the destination and it became party central! (If you know us, then you realize that we weren't 'forty somethings gone wild' or anything). The focus of the weekend was wearing stretchy pants and tees, eating Weight Watcher approved food except for  the birthday girl's requested dessert: "No Bake S'mores dessert"! (We won't mention the VANILLA POPCORN but the link is here if you're interested in the recipe.)
The recipe reminded me of the old-school 'chocolate eclair cake', except that marshmallow creme was added to the filling instead of vanilla pudding.  The chocolate ganache was amazing with a bit of salt in the recipe.

I took the opportunity to serve it up on my pretty Petit Point dishes. Notice that it's sitting on grid paper. We took a break for dessert, then it was back to crafting!!!!
No Bake S'mores Dessert

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2-3 hours (overnight is better)
Pan Size: 9.13
Servings: 18 (It's very rich - so small pieces are AOK)

I halved the recipe to make a smaller cake and used a 9x9 pan - however, I think next time I would go ahead and make it in a 9x13 pan because the half-recipe of filling didn't seem like enough.

1 box graham crackers
2 tubs (7 oz) marshmallow creme
1 tub thawed Cool Whip (I used the lite version)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. salt

Using a mixer, blend marshmallow creme with cool whip until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Line the bottom of the dish with graham crackers. Spread on third of the filling over the crackers, then layer crackers and filling so that you have 3 layers of crackers, ending with the filling on top. Over medium low heat melt the chocolate chips and cream until smooth. Keep stirring until the two ingredients are well combined and then turn the heat off. Add the salt and about every 5 minutes whisk the chocolate until it is cooled but still pourable (5 - 20 minutes). Pour the chocolate over the top and spread it evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.