Thanks for visiting me! I have some things to make today and tonight so I will try to post again later. Have a wonderful day!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thanks for visiting me! I have some things to make today and tonight so I will try to post again later. Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We were up really late last night watching a movie and playing new video games. I couldn't get online for some reason even though we re-started the computer a few times. That was a bummer.
They are heart shaped stones in two different shades of purple. The ring has tiny diamonds on either side as well! I love the shape of the pendant and I love the thickness. The chain actually goes between two layers of hearts instead of a loop on top. And the bottom portion has tiny diamonds as well. I love, love, love them! I was shocked! I haven't taken the ring off since I put it on yesterday morning.
I have to share another gift with you as well but I haven't taken pictures yet so I'm not gonna tell you what it is yet. ;) I will be back in a little while to share....
Thanks for checking in on your busy day! Hope you all have a great day!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sorry I haven't posted in a couple of days; work is kicking my butt! Here is the peppermint bark recipe. It's so yummy!
What you will need:
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate. Use a good brand, or a brand that you would eat by itself. I actually used Baker's chocolate.
6 ounces white chocolate. Again, I used Baker's chocolate. Just make sure whatever brand you use, that the white chocolate has cocoa butter in it.
1/3-1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy; candy canes or starlight mints.
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
First line your pan with aluminum foil. I actually used a plastic tupperware bowl instead. But I did line it with foil because it makes removal easy!
Melt the semi sweet chocolate with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. I used a clear glass bowl and it does get hot! LOL Immediately pour the melted chocolate into the pan and tilt the pan from side to side to spread it out and it makes an even layer. Refrigerate until it hardens; about 30 minutes.
Then, melt the white chocolate with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Immediately pour the melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate and tilt the pan from side to side to flatten it out. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes evenly over the white chocolate while it's still melte. Refrigerate until it hardens; about 30 minutes.
Remove the Peppermint Bark from the pan by lifting the edges of the aluminum foil. Peel back the foil and cut it with a knife or break it up with your hands.
Thanks for checking in! Have a wonderful night!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I made peppermint bark and fudge tonight! OMG the peppermint bark is so stinkin' good! I have never made it and was a little nervous but pulverizing the candy was fun! LOL I am definitely going to make more tomorrow!
I also decorated one of my teacher journals today. It's so cute! I will share pics of it tomorrow, along with some more snow pics!
I ventured out four times today! Stupid me! Driving was treacherous! I had to take Katie to work this morning at 10, then at about 2 pm, I went back to her work to buy some stuff for making the candy, then at 6:30 I had to go pick her up from work, and then at 8:30 tonight we drove to Michaels, which took a good 40 minutes! All four trips, my van was having a hard time gripping the road everytime I went uphill or turned! So stupid to go to Michaels. When I got on the highway, a big diesel passed me in the fast lane and kicked up a bunch of powdery snow into my windshield and I couldn't see A THING for a good 20 seconds!! I was so mad and my heart was pounding! I had to let off the gas pedal and start really slowing down. I was trying not to just mash on the breaks! In the meantime, I couldn't see where I was going. Thank GOD that part of the highway is straight. Otherwise, I would have gone off the road. I just kept the steering wheel still and was preparing myself for hitting a guard rail or something. I was freaking out! But then the dust settled and no one else passed me the rest of the way. But the roads weren't even plowed! Not the highway or the surface streets. Not good to be driving out in a snow storm like that. LOL. Don't ask me why I went! LOL. I had a coupon for an extra 15% off my total purchase including sale items. So I got a great deal on wrapping paper and christmas cards! LOL My friend was picking on me when I told her where I was going! :)
Anyway, just wanted to share my day. Oh, and I also had to snowblow the driveway! Nice fluffy snow so it wasnt' too bad but sometimes that thing is such a beast to manuever.
So I will check in again tomorrow, share some pics and some other stuff. I think the kids are going to have a snow day tomorrow. Oh and I will share my recipes too. Have a wonderful evening. I am off to bed. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
If you live in New England, you've been getting this crazy snow too!!! We are expecting a big storm tomorrow into Monday! We just went through a snow storm yesterday and the one coming tomorrow is supposed to dump more snow than this last one! We are also getting a storm on Christmas Eve! We are defintely going to have a white Christmas this year!
Today is my Friday and I have lots to do this weekend! Food shopping, wrapping, cards, and finishing some teacher gifts! Looks like we are going to be snowed in with more than 12 inches of snow up here close to the Canadian border in Vermont! This is supposed to be tomorrow's storm alone! Our snowblower is going to get quite the workout in the next week! LOL.
So I'll be home, doing crafty stuff and drinking hot chocolate! :) If you have to be out on the roads during this storm, stay safe! Drive slowly! I was fish-tailing this morning on the way to work on the highway.
Thanks for checking in! See you tomorrow!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Now on to the JustRite Stamps. Hopefully you all took advantage of the buy one get one free sale they recently had on starter sets!!! Right now they are having a sale 25% off select items so check them out! You can still get stuff in time for Christmas!! Well my friend ordered all of the buy one get one free sets except for the baking one. I can't wait to play with them!!! We got three different fonts and the Christmas set and one more set, I can't remember what it is right now. But I have to tell you, I even love the box they come in!! Really cute sturdy cardboard boxes! I cannot wait to rip the cellophane off! LOL. I have the Small Letter Set and the Harmony Classic Circle II Stamp Ensemble coming soon!!! :D (that's me smiling really big!!) LOL
Anyway, thanks for checking in tonight! Off to bed. Got a long work week this week; won't have much time for fun! :( So you may not see me much this week. Have a wonderful night and I'll try to update you soon with my new stamp sets! ;)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I wanted to share with you a great little tool I recently purchased made by Making Memories. It's very inexpensive too! It's a paper piercer/sylus in one! Click ~here~ to see what it looks like. I love it love it love it! I have the standard piercer but I had used it so often to re-open glue bottles that it doesn't poke as nicely anymore. I found this at Michaels but you can also get it at Addicted To Rubber Stamps. It makes very tiny holes which I really like and it fits nicely in the holes in the SU Paper Piercing Template. My other piercer was making the holes bigger in my template! It also has a nice shape to the handle so it's easy and comfortable to hold. It has a lid that covers the piercer but it also has an indentation in it and this indentation fits onto the the piecer so that when you turn it (like unscrewing a cap) it comes out. You can flip it around and re-insert it to use the stylus end of it. It's cool! For less than 3.00 it's a steal!
I also have the Making Memories Edge Scraper for Distressing your paper, chipboard, or cardstock. It's awesome! Easy to hold and really roughs thing up! LOL
And just arrived!!!.....My Glue Gliders!! Yay!!! I can't wait to try it! I will let you know what it's like soon! Have a wonderful night!! Thanks for checking in!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Where's Jazz, you ask? I dunno! I tried to ambush him and take pictures of him, so I went to the backyard to find him and as I got to the deck in the back, I peek underneath it, and I see him on the other side of the house, just rounding the corner!!! LOL. He heard me coming, little stinker! Anyway, I hope you are all having a great weekend so far! I get to sleep in tomorrow, thus the late post! It's almost 11. I never stay up this late on a work night. Well I take that back.....Sundays I do because my shows are on! Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I plan on cleaning my craft room, making some stuff and go to Michaels. Maybe not in that exact order but something like that! heeheehee. Take care!!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
~Martha Stewart gel adhesive
I cut 12 squares out. Mine are 1-1/2" squares but you could go larger or smaller depending on what size ornament you want. I made the cone shape with each square and glued the edges together, slightly overlapping them. I used the blue glue pen to do this and held it still for a second with tweezers. I cut a circle out (white cardstock) as the base (with my colluzle) and folded it in half once, unfolded it, and folded it in half again the opposite way. This makes a nice "bulls eye" in the center so I could make sure the cones were straight. As I made the cones, I glued them on the base with the Ultimate Glue. Then I started the glittering process! I spread glue in the cones one at a time and poured some glitter in and swirled it around. Then tapped the excess out. Do one cone at a time!! After they were all glittered, I set this aside and worked on the medallion. I punched the circle out with my marvy punch and then I did lots of paper piercing! At first it started out as just piercing on the scalloped edges then I started making lines going into the center and then I just filled it up! LOL. I added stickles to each scallop but you can't see it very well in the photo. I then put 3 pop dots (stacked) in the center of my cones so that the medallion would stick up enough. Then I punched out two snowflakes and layered them alternating the points. I put a brad in the middle and then attached it to the medallion with a glue dot. Lastly, I put stickles all over the snowflake. Oh and added the ribbon! What do you think? I love it! LOL I am definitely going to make more!! If you haven't tried them, you should; they are fun and so sparkly! ;) Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This first picture shows the second section of my planner; the card list. I stamped the owl twice, colored him, layered him and adhered him together. The letters are individual clear stamps.The next one is on the back of the card list page. This is a pocket to hold postage stamps. Sorry it's a little blurry; I dont' know what happened.
This is the next section called Wish Lists. This is where my kids' lists will go. Each one will have their own page or so. And this is the inside back cover. This list pulls out so I can write the groceries that I need, and take it with me.I have two more sections to put in, and haven't gotten to them yet. But I will soon! Thanks for stopping by; let me know if you have any questions!
My ornament making days are over. LOL. I actually started making clay ornaments too and have some of those still but on one, the snoman's head fell off and on the other, the big snowball fell off. I have to fix them! LOL. I love making ornaments but I just don't have the time this year. I may try to fit in some time on Christmas Eve when the kids are doing their gingerbread houses, but we'll see! Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions about the ornaments above, please let me know! Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
So we put our tree up last night and decorated it. I have to take some pics so I can show you! We had to move our TV stand to free up the corner of our living room! LOL
Today we went to a family Christmas party. Everyone in Jared's guard unit had to go. It's a small unit so we all fit in one house, very squished though! LOL. That was fun except for this evil cat that was there! LOL. I took Lauren to the bathroom and when we came out, there was a cat on the bed and so I went to pet it. I put my hand by it's face so it could smell me and IT BIT ME!!!!!! Then as a split reaction, I was mean and flicked its butt with my finger! Then it hissed at me! LOL. I couldn't believe how mean this cat was! LOL
Then we drove home in a snow storm; snow and wind like crazy! It took us almost an hour to get home when it should have taken about 20 minutes. I was going about 20 MPH on the highway. There were emergency vehicles all over the place helping cars and SUV's out of the ditch and median! I swear people just don't slow down enough in the snow! We have a wind advisory tonight with sub-zero temps! Brrrrr.....
Okay on to the oven........we were baking fries and all of a sudden the oven starts beeping and the display was flashing and it locked on me!! The oven door is locked and no matter what we tried, it won't open. So tomorrow I have to call Sears for a repair service!!!!! Not happy about that! Hopefully we have an oven for Christmas! :(
So needless to say, I didn't get to make anything this weekend! :( In about 20 minutes my Sunday night shows start, so I won't be able to post anything even if I made it beforehand! I'm sorry, I know I promised. I'm bad!
Oh I forgot to say that I have been getting wonderful Christmas cards from my Kota buddies!!! It's a group of ladies on SCS who started a pen pal list and we exchange cards. It's a small group and many of us have gotten to know each other pretty well. It's a really fun, and sweet group of women! Thank you so much for the beautiful cards, ladies! They are awesome!
Anyway, this post is so long! Sorry about that! I will see you all later.....have a wonderful night!!!!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
So anyway, just wanted to check in real quick. Thanks for stopping in! I promise to have something creative to share this weekend! ;)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Meanwhile I am going through all my blog updates. I have signed up for so many newsletters that it takes me a good 2 hours to view them all! That's okay though, I love it! I also had to check out the SU sale that's been so excitedly talked about! I plan on ordering some things but I also want to take advantage of the sale at JustRite stamps that I shared with you earlier. It's so hard to pick a starter set though; I love them all!
This year I have much to be thankful for. First, my family. We are healthy, we have a roof over our head, we have food on the table and we have each other! After two major surgeries in the family this year, we are grateful that we are all healthy now. In case you are new to my blog, I had emergency surgery at the end of March to remove my gall bladder. And my 9 year old son had emergency surgery just a few weeks later to remove his appendix! Not a fun spring this year! But we are all recovered and back to normal; whatever that might be! LOL.
I am also grateful that we both have jobs! So many people we know lost their jobs recently and I can only imagine what that must feel like just before the holidays!
Of course I am grateful for all the little things in my life and my beloved dogs, but I am so lucky to have the relationships that have with my family and close friends. I have made a few very close friends this year and it's been wonderful. And I feel this year, my family is a much tighter unit; it's awesome. So many of our friends have "lost everything"; their homes, their wives or husbands, children, pets, jobs..... We feel so lucky to have each other.
My thoughts are with those of you who have lost something close to you this year; whether that be a loved one, a pet, or an income. This time of year makes us think of those things much more and it's extremely hard during the holidays. I miss my parents all the time but the holidays are hard. I just count my blessings, which are many, and focus on the positive things that we have encountered this year. I always say to myself when I am feeling sorry for myself, "someone out there has it worse than me....." And it's true! So I count my blessings and thank GOD for all those things that I might take for granted!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday!!!! Thanks for stopping by today!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I took both covers off before I did anything to the front. I wanted to cover all of the black faux leather stuff. First I laid the cover down on the cardstock and with a pencil marked the holes. Then I trimmed the cardstock to allow for 1 inch excess all the way around. I adhered the green cardstock with Perfect Paper Adhesive and a 1 inch foam brush. I allowed this to dry and then started the image. Once it was dry, I turned the cover over so I could see the holes and then using my crop o dile, I re-punched the holes into the green cardstock. I layered the cover with old olive and then the pattern paper from KaiserScrapbook. And finally my stamped image.
The inside of the front cover is also adhered with PPA. I cut this paper to allow for 1/8" border all the way around so the green cardstock would show. I again covered up the holes with the paper so when it was dry, I flipped the cover over so I could see the holes again (from the front side) and then re-punched the holes. Then I put the covers back on the book.
This little snowman is from Inkadinkado as well. I stamped him, embossed him, and colored him in with my Prismacolor markers. I added the light blue ink to the edges as well.
You can see in the picture above a calendar peeking from the right side. I made that up in my computer. (the grid and month part) and then I stamped all the numbers. I stamped some images to coordinate with the month of November and colored them in the same as the snowman. I wish I had smaller numbers to use but I didn't. And I didn't feel like typing them in when I made the month template; I don't know why.... But I'm not showing you the calendar part because I'm not done with it. LOL I will show you more of the book as I complete more of it. :) So far, I like how it's turning out and it's fun to make.
Thanks for stopping by! Check in again to see more of my Christmas Planner!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
First if you don't know about JustRite stamps, or you do and you haven't purchased any yet, now is the time to do it! They are having a buy one get one free sale until Nov. 30th. Click here and check it out! I have been dying to get some of these stamps!
Next, did you know that the Cuttlebug and the Stampin Up's Top Note Die can be used together??? I didn't know that, and I asked Angie over at Chic N Scratch and she wasn't positive so I did a search on SCS and I found this thread! I want one of those dies but I didn't want to buy the Sizzix machine! I think I might try my friend's first in my CB and see how it comes out.
Next, Krissy at Hanna Stamps lost her dad this week and her story really touched me since I lost both my parents and I sent her an email. Read her story here and I'm sure she'd appreciate some more cyber hugs....
And I know there was something else I wanted to share but now I can't remember. LOL. I will be back later and I am going to try to make something when I have a chance today! Thanks for checking in! See you soon!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful night!
Monday, November 17, 2008
So I am going to type out a tutorial right now and post it on another post. So here I go..........off to type it up... lol
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Are you getting any Christmas shopping done yet? I have been doing most of my shopping online this year and am almost done. This is the first time since I've had kids that I have started this early! But I am determined to stay away from the mall this year! LOL. I have only had to make one trip there so far.
I plan on getting myself some things as well ! LOL I am in love with JustRite stamps and want to get a starter set soon. And I want some more Prismacolor Markers. What are you dying to have? I"d love to get more ideas on things I need! ROFL!!
Thanks for checking in!!! Have a wonderful day! Leave me a comment with your wish list; I'd love to see it!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Hey I added the logo "stamping top 50" to my blog and I am excited to see that right now it's at 103!! I couldn't believe it when I saw it the first time. I thought it had to be mistaken. LOL. So thank you for visiting me and making that possible!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful night!!!!! Talk to you soon!
Monday, November 10, 2008
I did dig out my webcam today and I am going to figure out how to do some video tutorials. I am off work tomorrow and I have to go find a microphone, cuz my puter doesn't have one built in and then try it out! I also have a video camera but I need another cord I think to make that one transfer over to my computer. Anybody have any clue about that? It's an older camera so it doesn't have a USB port on it. It has a S-Video connection so somehow I can get movies onto my computer with that. I know I've done it before about 4 years ago but one of my dogs chewed through that cord a few years back! Stinkin' dog! LOL
Anyway, check back later tonight or tomorrow morning and I will have something posted. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great night!