Thursday, March 23, 2017

Music Note Birthday Card

I have a friend who is an excellent piano player.  She even tried to teach me piano when I was a child to no avail.  So when her birthday rolls around I try and create a card that has to do with music.  Last year at the Craft Fair, I purchased this great stamp of sheet music.  I made a tent card out of SU's Basic Black CS for my base in a A2 sized card.  My layer is 4" x 5 1/4" of SU's Whisper White which I stamped my sheet music in Basic Black.


I used my Sweet and Sassy Framelits to cut out two hearts.  I applied a scrap piece of Real Red CS on my base card and then popped up my layer with some dimensionals as well as the smaller heart.  I used part of the sentiment from SU's Party With Cake and popped that up as well.


For my inside sentiment, I used SU's Party With Cake as well stamped in Basic Black.  This card came together really quick, and I loved how the cutout hearts looked on the front.  We have had a very busy week.  My daughter's fiance had major cardiac surgery yesterday for a torn heart valve, and I'm so pleased that the surgeon was able to repair it and he is doing well.  We also had Jennifer for her first overnight last Sunday which was so much fun.  She was so good and definitely kept everyone's heart happy.  I'm pleased to say that our snow is melting and with rain in the forecast I hope its days are numbered!  Sarah's birthday is Sunday - hard to believe that she will be 15!!  Where does the time go?  Enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,

Nancy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Pencils

I wanted to make something for Jennifer to take to daycare for St. Patrick's Day to give to her friends.  I saw this at DYI and thought it was so cute,  They made their own shamrock out of CS, but I really didn't like how it turned out, so I purchased these cute shamrocks at the $1 store.


I put them in a paper cup just for ease of traveling.  She was so excited when she saw them.  She loves all that sparkle!  I just cut two slits in the shamrocks so I could slid the green pencils through,


 Then I computerized this cute little saying - How lucky for me to be friends with you - Love Jennifer.


Since I'm half Irish, I always have the tradition dinner for St. Patrick's Day - corn beef, cabbage, red potatoes and carrots.  While I was looking for a dessert, I found this bundt cake on Pinterest.


It turned out so good.  We had to taste it tonight to make sure!!


It's hard to tell in the picture, but the cake is green!  It was so simple to make.  Here is the recipe:

Shamrock Bundt Cake

1 (18.25 oz.) package of yellow cake mix
1 (3-4 oz.) package of instant pistachio pudding mix
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. almond extract - I left this out due to reviews against it
drops of green food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.

In a large bowl mix together cake mix and pudding mix.  Make a well in the center and pour in eggs, water, oil, almond extract and green food coloring.  Blend ingredients, then beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.

Pour into prepared 10 inch tube pan.  Bake in preheated oven for 50-55 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly pressed.  Cool in pan for 15 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

When cool, dust with powdered sugar or drizzle with glaze.  The beautiful green color is a beautiful surprise when you cut into it.

We are still digging out of almost 2 feet of snow and ice!  What a mess!  Then this afternoon we got another 2" of snow.  Hopefully, Spring is on its way!  We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nancy

I have entered this post in Cardz TV Anything Goes Designers Challenge #5.



Friday, March 10, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Card

Here is another card I made for St. Patrick's Day.  I had been wanting to use my tree stamp I had purchased last year at the Craft Show along with the stub shamrock.  They are both from Stamps by Judith.


I knew I had them packed away in a box and was able to find them.  This card was so simple to put together.  I used SU's Garden Green for my base and SU's Very Vanilla for the layer I stamped my tree on.


I used my Teeney Tiny Wishes stamp set for the sentiment and popped it up over some thin gold thread I had.


I used my St. Patrick's Day greeting again for the inside with some shamrocks floating around.  I wanted to get them in the mail before the snow came today.  We watched Jennifer yesterday and she had fun with some shamrocks I had purchased from the $1 store.  By the time Mom came home, we had decorated a lot of windows!!  It snowed most of the day, but we only got a few inches.  Joe is getting ready for the next storm which is due next week, which is supposed to be a big one.  I told him his plowing days were over yet!  Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stop by,
Nancy

I entered this card in Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #233 - Holiday


Sunday, March 5, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Card

Well, I finally got back to finishing some cards that I had started.  Jennifer came up yesterday, and we were too busy having a tea party to make cards - so today was the day!  I saw this card on Pinterest and changed it up a bit.


I used SU's Old Olive CS and the matching DSP I had left along with Whisper White.  My first layer was 3 3/4" x 5" and the second layer was 3 1/2" x 4 3/4".  I used my dot embossing folder and then punched out hearts with my punch.  I cut out my own stem and used some buttons and twine for the center of the shamrock.


My sentiment came from SU's Teeney Tiny Wishes.  That set was definitely worth the money.  I have used it over and over again!


My inside sentiment is an Inkadinkado stamp that I have had for years.  I bring it out every St. Patrick's Day to use.  I love the saying!  I have some more cards that are laying on my desk to finish.  Hopefully, I'll get them done before the 17th!!  I'm also looking for something for Jennifer to take to daycare for her friends.  It is a challenge - no food!




Believe it or not we had snow here along with nasty winds on Friday.  It is still so old that the ground its still covered.  I have hope though.  My daughter and Jennifer went to Tractor Supply this AM to get some bird seed and the ducks and chicks have arrived!!  That means Spring has to be on its way!



Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Birthday Card

This week I needed a birthday card for Jennifer's Dad.  I didn't have a lot of time but this card came together rather quickly, and I like how it turned out.


It was pretty clean and simple.  I used Sky Blue for my base card.  My first layer in Daffodil Yellow was 3 3/4" x 5".  My next layer in Sky Blue was 3 1/4" x 4 3/8".  Using some DSP and Daffodil Yellow I used my balloon punch to make some balloons which I popped up on dimensionals.  My greeting was stamped in Basic Black from SU's Perfect Pairings stamp set.  I used SU's Avant Gardens to make my stems and decorated one balloon with a rhinestone.


I stamped the inside of my card and I was done.  Sometimes I hunt and peck over what paper to use but these colors just seem to go together.  I had a rough week.  On Wed. while going into my craft area my walker tilted and I fell, with my head hitting the desk and ending up on the floor!  I really have no idea how it happened, but I guess that's why they call it an accident.  My glasses went flying but fortunately, my cell phone was within reach and I just started pressing numbers.  The first number was Rachel's as I had just finished talking to her. She didn't answer but I left a message.  The second number was Dave - my daughter's finance.  He didn't answer.  The third number I tried was my daughter who was working an hour away but she called Dave.  Joe had gone to the store for some milk, so I laid on the floor until I heard the garage door open and in came Joe, Dave, Rachel and her boyfriend all at once.  After deciding that nothing was broken, they managed to get me up to my relief.  I had a nice bump on my head and my elbow was tore up a bit.  Today is looks all yellow and green!

Needles to say, I took it easy the rest of the week.  Jeannie and Jennifer came to visit for the day yesterday loaded with dinner and flowers.  Jennifer was so cute.  She wanted to see my boo-boo.  When I uncovered my elbow, her eyes got really big and then carefully covered it up again.  She informed me that she had picked out some tulips for me  so I would feel better.  Gotta love that kid!! So you can see why this card turned out very quick and simple.   Jeannie hung my curtains in the craft room and Joe and Dave brought up some of the furniture, so we are getting there.  We went from warm weather to cold weather with rain and then some snow today.  Personally I have had enough of this weather and am looking forward to spring.  I started some St. Patrick's Day cards and they are laying on my desk lookibg to get finished.  Tomorrow's another day!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Nancy

I entered this card at Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #231 - Anything Goes.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Yummy In My Tummy Shaker Card

I wanted to make something different for Jennifer for Valentine's Day.  I had purchased SU's stamp set Yummy in My Tummy and made this into a shaker card.  It turned out so cute.


I used Real Red CS for my base card - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored in half.  My layer in Black was 4" x 5 1/4" .  I stamped my monster in Basic Black on Whisper White layer of 5" x 3 3/4".  I embossed a window sheet with the sentiment in Bubble Gum Pink and used some foam sheets to create my shaker.  I put in some Sprinkle Embellishments and backed it with some Black CS.  Even with the sentiment, I felt like it needed something else, so I decided to quill two red hearts to put on the front of the card.  I used to do a lot of quilling and really miss it.  There is just so much time in the day for fun!!

I forgot to take a picture before I gave it to her.  By the time I did, she had enjoyed a lot of shaking as you can see with the wrinkle!!  It was such a beautiful day - heat was off and windows opened!!  Tomorrow is going to be even warmer !! Hope you are having a great weekend as well!

Thanks for stoppig by,
Nancy

Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentine Goodie Bags

I'm almost through making goodies for Valentine's Day!  I just love this holiday!  Today's post is a cute little bag of goodies that I made for the hospital and Wellness Center.  I saw this great VIDEO  at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts Blog.  They came together so easy and quick.  Here are a few that I have left.


Fortunately, I had the little bags, but I'm sure your local craft store has the same sizes.  I made 25 of them in no time,


I need to find a home for these tomorrow, or they will be too tempting for us!  As I was making them, I realized that this little goodie bag could be make for any occasion.  They would have been perfect for Jennifer's daycare - but no candy!  Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day tomorrow!

Thanks for topping by,
Nancy