Today’s layout (10-30)

Rather than sharing a card, I thought I’d share a layout today.

That little spud with the curly red hair is me. ūüėČ

That Mickey doll of mine was pretty much stuck to my side during that time.

Made this one a couple months back, but I never got around to sharing it.

The letters are from American Crafts. The papers are from October Afternoon and Lasting Impressions.

The little digital frame is from Photoshop.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Today’s card and a plug (10-28)

Hope my mom isn’t peeking.

Meet today’s card, which is for her. ūüôā


The “arrgh” and skull and crossbones are by the talented Kim Hughes and are from her stamp collection over at Cornish Heritage Farms. The “another birthday” is from A Muse Artstamps.

The patterned papers are from Pink Paislee and American Crafts.

I also want to share a little peek with you.

This week, Paper Crafts magazine is promoting the new “PC Gourmet” idea book This is a kickin’ book that will be out very, very, very soon, and I’ve been invited to share a peek recipe and project from the book here.

First, here’s a yummy recipe for Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits by Alisa Bangerter.

This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad.

You will need:

2 c. flour

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

4 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt

2/3 c. butter or margarine

1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese

1 1/4 c. milk

Chives (optional)

Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

And here is a Halloween tag, which Alisa designed to go with the biscuits. 

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin‚Äô Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3″ x 4 1/2″

1 Make tag from cardstock. 2 Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk. 3 Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere. 4 Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape. 5 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.

I could stare at this tag all day long. I love what Alisa does with paper.

You can pick up a copy of the book by clicking here.

Thanks for stopping by today! ūüôā

Today’s card (10-25)

My feet are killing me after a couple busy days. And I’m still out and about today so very little time to play at the¬†old craft table.¬†

Needless to say, today’s simple, little¬†card is somewhat similar to a card I shared earlier this week.

The faux distressed edges technique I talked about on Wednesday came into play with this one. ūüėČ

And that’s some rockin’, sockin’ ¬†Stickles from Ranger in the middle of those dandelions.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back tomorrow, I hope.

Today’s card (10-24)

I’m out and about right now so all I have for you today is a card.

The fun little pirate-themed stamps are by the ever-so-talented Kim¬†Hughes and are part of her¬†stamp collection over at Cornish¬†Heritage Farms.¬†I’m such a fan of her happy stuff.¬†¬†

I’ll have another card for you tomorrow.

And Frugal Friday will return next Friday. ūüėČ

Thanks for stopping by!

Today’s card (10-23)

I’ve got a¬†no-frills card to share with you today.

The card looked a little plain after I stamped the flowers so I used a red pencil to give it a little additional color.

It’s already on the road to a special friend who is¬†really¬†hurting after losing one¬†of her¬†grown daughters suddenly on Tuesday.

I’ll be back later.

DIY Wednesday (10-22)

It’s DIY Wednesday, and I’ve got a fun, faux distress technique share with you¬†today.

First, let me show you a card.

See those white edges? That’s the faux distress look I am talking about.

It was very, very, very easy to create this look. And here’s how you can do it, too.

First, you are going to need a pretty detailed background stamp. The one I used here is a denim texture stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. Another one I think works good for this kind of look is the Architecture background stamp from Art Declassified.

You are also going to need a dark colored stamp pad, a card to stamp on and a small stamping block.

Set your stamp rubber side up on your table.

Ink up part of the stamp by tapping the pad right on it. Keep tapping until your stamp had a nice coat of ink on it.

Set your card on the inked area of the stamp.

Hold it steady with a couple fingers on one hand.

Then, use your fingers on the other hand to rub a stamping block over the image. Be sure to refrain from rubbing everywhere. That way, you get those nice white edges.

When finished, lift up your card and proceed as you wish. ūüôā

Easy peasy.

That’s it for now. I’ll be back tomorrow.¬†

Thanks for stopping by today!

Ps…. I forgot to mention the flowers and sentiment on this card are from Kim Hughes’ Silhouette Blooms 2 set from Cornish Heritage Farms. The graph paper is¬†from Scenic Route.

Today’s card (10-20)

Another day.  Another card.

The paper and sticker are from Scenic Route. The gems are from Me & My Big Ideas.

I¬†got a little adventurous this one and did some piercing along the leaves. Not sure I love the look with this paper, but it’s different from my same old, same old.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Today’s card (10-19)

Meet today’s card.

I actually made this card the other night while I had my stash of google eyes out.

I’ll be donating this in a few weeks for a card drive¬†benefiting kids in need of a little cheer.¬†

And, really, what little kid doesn’t love a little google eye action? ūüôā

The patterned paper is from Scribble Scrabble. The chipboard is from  American Crafts. Hello was stamped with a clear stamp set from Stampendous!

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back tomorrow.

Frugal Friday (10-17)

Yay! It’s Fruuuuu-gal Fri-day! ūüôā

Today’s cheapskate trick is a one I like to call my “easy-peasy Faux Paint” technique. It’s a technique that gives a project the look of painted edges without you ever having to get your fingers dirty.

The first thing you are going to do is raid your office supply stash for a correction tape runner. The one I am using here is a Dry Line Mini Liquid Paper one from Paper Mate. ¬†I’ve had this one for probably 4 or 5¬†years. Let me just say that¬†a little bit goes a long way. If you don’t have one, you can pick up one at pretty much any box store in the office supply aisle for under $3.

You are also going to need a nail file, paper you want to work with and scratch paper (to work on).

Let’s get started.

Set your paper on your desk.

Roll the correction tape along the edge of your paper so you have a nice, solid¬†white line. Repeat this step until you’ve covered all of the paper’s edges.

Now, comes the tricky part.

Hold the paper steady with one hand. Hold a nail file with the other. Slowly rub the nail file along the correction tape lines. Fleck off the tape until you have a nice, rugged faux paint look you are happy with.

I highly recommend this technique for any card maker. However, if you are a scrapbooker, be warned. If you are scrapbooker who really worries about the safety of the materials you put in your books, you probably want to pass on this technique. I personally tend to not be a worrier so it’s OK for my scrapbooks, but I firmly believe what goes in a book is a personal choice for each scrapper.

Anyway, that aside, here’s a card made with this faux paint technique.

I used the tape roller to do the card’s¬†edges. ¬†I also used it on the circle.

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll be back¬†during the weekend!