Thursday, November 29, 2012

Flower Folds Metal Embossed Tea Light Holders

Here is the first of my Christmas projects.  My friend Denise and I made one and I loved how they turned out, so I decided to make some for gifts for the girls to hand out at Christmas.  I was surprised how quickly they came together.  I love how the embossing changed the look of the metal.

We saw these done by Monica Weaver.  She has a great tutorial and also a PDF file you can download with all the information.  She does amazing things with metal sheets!  The only thing I did different was glue on my tea light holder so it would stay in place.  I personally will use a battery operated tea light for safety.  The girls have already claimed some!

This post is my entry over at Cardz TV DT Challege #20 "To Die For" in which we have to use a die cut for our project.  Stop bye and check it out!

Hope you are staying warm!  Have a good weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Fun & Recipe

We had so much fun over the Holiday weekend!  It's hard to believe that the girls are headed back to school today - even with the snow!  Sarah spent most of the weekend with us as Rachel ended up with a cough.  She drew this great picture and wanted to share it.  I loved how it turned out.


We made Pop Up Pancakes for breakfast yesterday - their favorite!  It is so quick and easy!

This recipe makes 24 muffins and I usually cut it in half.

1 cup milk
1 cup flour
6 eggs
1/4 cup melted butter
dash of salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease your muffin tins

I like to mix all the ingredients in my blender as it does the best job of getting it smooth.  Pour the mixture into your greased muffin pan(s) and bake for 15 minutes or until puffy and golden on top.  If they were well greased they should pop right out.  The puffiness will die down as they cool and will become more like a cup.  Now is the best part - the toppings!  Believe me we have tried everything on them!  We usually put on some butter, syrup, fruit and of course some whipped cream (which Poppy always has on hand).  I have even put on jelly and peanut butter!  Add some cooked bacon on the side and you're all ready to eat!

Sarah helped me get ready for Xmas - all the decorations are up and we are in count down mode!  I have some projects that I have already made for the teachers that I will be posting soon. 

Rachel is at the Dr.s office this afternoon - hope you feel better soon!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Card

I mentioned that I would be posting some Thanksgiving cards and here's another one.  I fell in love with this stamp and make several of these cards every year.  I'm always laughing while I'm coloring the turkey!


A2 Base card - 4 1/4" x  5 1/2"
Layer - 4" x 5 1/4"
Paper - Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Crumb Cake - SU
Stamp - Inkadinkado
Accessories - Spellbinders Petite Scalloped Oval Small & Large, Embossing folder - 
                      Stripes, Colored Markers
Emblishments -Bakers twine

Everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving this week. It looks like we are going to have some nice weather.  Alot of cooking and eating to be done!  Have a good week and a wonderful Holiday!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

P.S. - I entered this card in the PPT Anything Goes Challenge #89.  Check it out at Cardz TV.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Curly Paper Wreath

I was checking out some blogs when I came across this Youtube video and fell in love with this wreath!  I wanted to make my other daughter a wreath but didn't know what until I found this video.  Here's how it turned out!

I made a fall wreath but you could make this for any occasion - any size!


10" wreath form
6 sheets of DS double-sided paper 12" x 12" cut into 1/2" lengths
Straight pins with metal heads
Bone Folder
Ribbon or seam binding

Before you start, check out the video from For Love of Paper.  When I was watching it and she said it was only going to take 1 hour to cut and curl I thought - yeah - sure!  So, I timed myself and it did only take me 1 hour to cut and curl the paper and another hour to pin the curls to the frame and tie the bow!  I couldn't believe that I made this wreath in 2 hours - even my husband was impressed!

I'm actually thinking about making myself a Xmas one if I get everything else done on my to do list!  It's hard to believe the holidays are upon us.  The girls have off a few days next week for Thanksgiving so I'm looking forward to spending time with them.  Have a good weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Clean and Simple Thanksgiving Card

I love a clean and simple card and this is one of those!  I saw this type of card on a few blogs and loved the look!


Paper - Crumb Cake - SU
Stamps - Leaf stamp - Michael's, Thankful For - SU
Ink - Creamy Carmel, Chocolate Brown - SU
Emblishments - lace, ribbon

I made an A2 size card - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  I used my leaf stamp that I had purchased from Michael's $1 bin and stamped it 3 times on the front of the card.  I love those stamps and the price is right!  I remembered I had this lace so it was time to clean out my sewing bin until I found it - LOL!  I then tied some 1/4" ribbon around the front of the card and stamped my sentiment on the front and inside and the card was done - clean and simple!

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving will soon be here.  I always feel that this holiday gets neglected.  It seems like we always go right into Xmas after, I will be bringing you a few Thanksgiving cards.  Hope your week is off to a good start and pray we will keep our electric through the next storm!

Thanks for stoppin bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Paper Rosette Wreath

I love rosettes!  They can be embellished in alot of ways and used on many types of projects.  I made this fall wreath for my daughter for Thanksgiving and loved how it turned out!  There are alot of videos out there if you have never made rosettes and even a cricut cart which has alot of different rosettes you can create.

For this wreath, I used a basic 10" foam wreath and wrapped it in ribbon before I placed my rosettes.  You can adhere your rosettes to the wreath with hot glue, but I choose to use straight pens.  This method allowed me to re-position the rosettes if I choose to. 

I used three different sized rosettes.  The largest rosette was created using paper strips sized 1.5" x 12", the middle sized rosette was created using paper strips 1.25" x 10" and the smallest rosette was created using paper strips 1" x 8".  Score your strips at 1/4" each and fold the paper into an accordion style fold.  Adhere two strips together to create a continuous ring and then form your rosette.  I made about 36 rosettes but the amount will depend on how big or small your wreath is and how full you want it to be.

After the rosettes were formed, I inked up the edges and adhered some buttons for emblishments.  I then decided to add some ribbon to the bottom for extra decoration.  This is also a good way to use up some of your scraps.  Have a good weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Fun!!

Hope all are safe and surviving Sandy!  It was a big mess here all week - we just got our power back this AM but there are alot of people still without. Schools and work have been canceled for the week for most and gas is hard to find, and if you do the lines are very long.  We were lucky and only lost one pine tree on the side of the house but the devastation is great all over.  My Halloween was postponed to this Saturday, so the girls are looking forward to coming up and celebrating. Here are the girls dressed up for their Halloween last week.

 Rachel as a Cat!
 Sarah as Katy Perry!

My friend Denise sent me this recipe and I loved it!  The spiders turned out so cute!  The only change I made to the recipe was I used a yellow cake mix as that was all I had on hand.  Check out Skinny Taste for all the ingredients!  The girls went crazy over them!

My other contribution to the party was a big pot of Beef Barley soup.  I found this recipe years ago and when I want something to take to a pot luck or a party, I love to make this soup.  It always gets great reviews!


2 lbs. ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped
2-3 stalks of celery
3 cups water
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) beef broth
1 cup quick-cooking barley
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
2 tsp. Worchestershire sauce (the girls prefer if I do not put this in)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried basil

In a dutch oven, cook beef, onions and celery until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.  Stir in the water and broth; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat.  Add barley; cover and simmer for 10-20 minutes or until barley is tender.  Stir in the remaining ingredients; heat throughly.  I love to freeze the leftovers and have in my freezer ready for a day when I don't feel like cooking.  The problem is I usually don't have much leftovers!

Have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah