Sunday, February 28, 2021

Assorted creations

My friend Olga had a birthday in January. To celebrated she had a party where we could all decorate pots. This is my pot part way through the process.

I have added to my Copic collection twice recently so wanted a better way to be able to access them when making cards. I found this DIY pattern on Pinterest. I got off measurements some where as mine only has 5 vs 6 shelves and looks good that way. I did learn when they say craft knife that an Exacto knife works way better then a box cutter, unless mine was just too dull.

The girls’ dorm had a welcome back party after Christmas which I made and decorate a bunch of heart shaped sugar cookies for. 


Happy Mail

Continuing with my card theme, hoping to fill my blog with many more, here are a few more cards I’ve made so far this year. Two just because cards with a thank you card in the middle. I’m really enjoying all the fawn Lawn Fawn critters to stamp with.

 This last one I free handed the images by looking at some images I liked.

Celebrating over the Hill

 This year I turn 40 as do many of my friends. I slacked on cards for last years’ crew, sorry guys I still love you! However, this year I thought I’d try to make special cards for each of my friends. Here are cards for the first three of 2021.

A few other non 1981 babies are having birthdays this year too.

This last one was my first attempt at a shaker card.

Valentine’s Day - Share the Love

 This year post Christmas I increased my craft kingdom by inquiring some distress oxides and new stamps. I enlisted these new acquisitions to create some fun Valentine’s cards to send to my friends. I have decided with the more home bound nature of people these days, thanks to COVID, that I would aim to be better at sending out “happy mail.”

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Crafting with friends

I enjoyed visiting my best friend Karrina. While we didn’t get to do as much crafting together as we might have liked this visit we did have fun doing some. We enjoyed a lot of game playing this trip too which was a lot of fun a trip to her friend Ellie’s paper craft shop and Joann’s. One of the activities we did was play with distress ink. These are distress ink tags I made. I bought some paper at her friend’s shop that coordinated with my little critter stamps. I used the paper I bought, my newish copper embossing powder, Copics and my gifted pendant punch to make the following cute card.


8th Birthday, Celebrate Katie!

We were on vacation to Washington state over Katie’s 8th birthday this year, as a result she celebrated multiple times. On her actual birthday she had a bunny adoption party at my sister’s house with her cousins Anna and Emily. We made chocolate water cake cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting in cupcake form. I need to make sure my sugar in the frosting dissolves all the way next time and trust it will get more fudge like as it cools before whipping it up. We made marshmallow fondant bunny ears, hearts and butterflies for cupcake topper directions. Katie really enjoyed the process of the fondant.

Her second main celebration was pool themed at my best friend’s house and shared with her birthday twin, my friend’s mom Ivana. They both have September 4th birthdays. I had suggested chocolate cake, white frosting, teddy grahams and life safer gummies but I was hands off for the construction and creative process after that. Most of the creative assembly was all Katie.


Putting the Happy in Birthday

A good friend, my dad and a niece all celebrated birthdays in July or August. I made these cards for them. The last card was for a staff member who had to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test. Thankfully she never had many symptoms and is all clear now.


Buns of Steel

Ok, so maybe these are buns of yeast. My friend is head of our school cafeteria and shared her delicious dinner roll recipe with me.  Thy are so nice and fluffy. I made some rolls to share with my neighbors during an outdoor picnic.


Celebrating turning 4

My niece turned 4 this year and I had seen this cute idea for a card that I decided to make as her birthday card. It turned out that it was a longer labor of love then I anticipated but I think it turned out really cute. I have a very similar fabric project that I need to complete for Katie that I initially started when she was three. Fingers crossed maybe I’ll be motivated to finish it for Christmas 2020.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Keeping Snail Mail Alive 🐌

An eleven year old boy on campus saw me walking with an envelope in my hand. He asked me where I was going and I told him to my mailbox to mail a letter. He replied, “You know you can send letters on Facebook (messenger).” However, I think it’s fun to receive physical surprises in your mailbox so long live snail mail.

I created this card for the Pacific Union to thank them for taking all the Holbrook staff out to eat for a special celebration at the Turquoise Room in Winslow, AZ.

This was a card I mailed to one of our faculty family students who was at home due to school closures on his birthday. He actually shares the  same birthday as me.

This card took me a while to reach a background method for the mountain that I liked. In the end I decided on color burst on water color paper with the stamped image on vellum as an over lay. I sent these out as birthday thank you notes.

One of the most special birthdays all year is that of my best friend Karrina. I wanted to make sure I wished her a happy first 39th birthday this year.

This bee card was inspired by the lemon yellow favorite color of the recipient and the gift of honey comb it would accompany. 

Completed card front.


I used this wish brush in gold to paint on a little something/something to to the bee, yellow combs and combs on the back of the envelope. 


It really shinned and sparkled in the sunlight.

I came up with a fun project for another friend who had studied chemistry. I was able to practice my wood burning skills but cheated with a black sharply on the really small stuff. It was the perfect thickness to include in a card.

Friday, June 26, 2020

When in doubt... When in quarantine... bake!

My sister had these famous Nanaimo bars as one of the dessert options during her wedding weekend. Created in Nanaimo, British Columbia this magazine claims them to be a popular food item to serve on Canada day (July 1st). I recommend only making a half a recipe unless you are planning to share as it’s hard to stop eating them once you start. Delicious!

My Facebook friends really need to stop posting tempting recipes. This recipe is one my friend Joy settled on as producing the most amazing ginger snap cookies after trying multiple recipes. After making them myself I’d have to say I agree and so do the multiple product testers I enlisted to help 

Ginger snaps. 
In a bowl combine
2. 1/2 flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
2 t powdered ginger (or half fresh and half powdered)
1/4 t cloves
Set aside.

dissolve 2 t baking soda in 1/4 cup warm water
Set aside.

In another bowl:
3/4 cup butter with one cup sugar until well blended.
Add 1 beaten egg and 1/4 c molasses. Beat until fluffy and sugar is well dissolved.
Add the soda mixture and 1/4 of dry ingredients mix well after  each addition of dry ingredients.    
Should feel like play dough. Chill a couple hours.

Divide dough into fourths. Roll one fourth at a time into a snake. Cut into pieces about 3/4 inch. Dip cut side into granulated sugar and place on a cold cookie sheet sugar side up. Do not flatten.
Bake 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes. flatten. Should be just firm. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for as minute. Cookies crisp and darken as they cool.