Thursday, February 21, 2019

Party Pandas St. Patrick's Day Card

Well, we survived the snow and ice storms this week.  Not much snow but a lot of ice which is melting away today!!  It is suppose to be in the high 50"s - crazy weather.  I'm back with another card using the Party Pandas.  I love this adorable set.  I saw this card on Pinterest and decided to make it using what I had on my stash.  That's what makes CASing so much fun.  You can make the card with the goodies you have on hand.

My CS for this card was Lemon-Lime Twist, Basic Black, Whisper White and DSP from Basic Grey.  My measurements for the Basic Black layer is 5" x 3 3/4".  My layer for my DSP is 3 1/4" x 4 1/2", the Basic Black frame layer is 4" x 2 3/4" and the Whisper White layer is 3 3/4" x 2 1/2".

I used my Stamparatus to stamp my image just in case I needed to stamp it twice but it turned out great the first time.  I didn't ink up the balloon in the stamp image.  I stamped the image again on the DSP scraps and then cut out the pants.  I know I have a small die for the shamrock but it is still evading me.  It's somewhere - does anyone else have that problem??  My plan was to use the die on my DSP but instead I found some shamrock stickers in my stash and used them for the balloons.  I also used some green rhinestones for the Pandas eyes.

I did find my St. Patrick's Day stamp with the poem.  I've had this stamp for years.  It is from Inkakinkado.  Then I used some glitter stickers on the inside sentiment.  I always feel like St. Patrick's Day and Thanksgiving Day get overlooked by the other holidays.  Since my Mom was part Irish we always celebrated St. Patrick's Day when I was a kid, and I continued to do so with the traditional corn beef and cabbage.  We used to go to the parade as well but with my MS it's too much now, so we watch on TV.  Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sweetheart Cupcakes

First of all, we want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day - we hope you have a wonderful day no matter what you decide to do.  I usually post craft/cards but every once in awhile I share a good recipe that I have stumbled onto.  Today is one of those posts.  I usually make Joe/kids a pink cake with lots of red hots, but I saw this recipe on Allrecipes and decided to try it.  Fortunately, it worked out as I didn't have a back up plan! 

It makes 24 cupcakes using a white cake mix and then just coloring the batter into 2 different colors.  I had everything on hand except the raspberry candy oil, so off Joe went to the store.  I was going to make it without it but I'm so glad I didn't.  It made the taste so yummy!

I am always on the look out for a good icing and on the bottom of the recipe is also a delicious recipe for icing.  The nice thing about this recipe is that you could use any food coloring for any holiday.  This icing makes a lot which would be perfect for a cake as well.  I'm definitely going to be making this again in the future.

I love when you cut into the cupcake and you can see the different colors!  How neat it that!  I have to warn you that one is not enough!!  The sun is out and melting the mess, so we are on our way to NJ.  We'll drop some off for my daughter and family and also bring some to Jennifer and her Mom who we are meeting for dinner. 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentine Goodie Cups

Well, I'm looking out my window watching the snow/rain come down turning to ice and wishing it would get warmer but no such luck.  The roads are terrible!  I just texted my daughter that maybe she should stay at the hospital tonight inside of driving home.  It is a real mess outside. 

Today I wanted to post the goodie cups I made for the Wellness Center.  I had ordered these adorable cups/lids last year when I made them for Halloween.  As you know, one of my resolutions is to use up extra craft items so I decided to make some Valentine  goodies with the remaining cups.  They are 4 oz. and I ordered them online from the Restaurant store.  They come in large quantities, but now I'm down to a handful.  I had made a template and kept it which was nice, so all I had to do was start tracing and cutting from DSP.  Some people use tear and tape to adhere the DSP on the cups but I prefer my tombow glue as it gives me some time to reposition it if I have to.  The template is not perfect as each cup can vary in size a bit but it comes pretty close.

Here is the first bunch I made.  I also used some Washi tape and decorated the rim of the lid.  I love that Washi tape is so flexible.  I didn't get too fancy with them by adding hearts, etc. as I made a lot but decided to use up some Popsicle sticks I had in my stash and add some sticky hearts on the end.

I think they dressed the cups up and gave them a cute Valentine look.  I put in some mini candy bars and some kisses and they fit perfectly.

These cups also used up some of my DSP that I had lying around.  I think they turned out really cute!

This is one of the trays I used so it will be easier for my daughter to carry them to the Center.  Again, I urge crafters out there to contact their local Senior Centers, Wellness Centers, Nursing Homes, etc., and make some goodies.  They always look forward to these little surprises and are so appreciative.

Well, I hope everyone has some exciting plans for Valentine's Day.  We are all suppose to meet for dinner over in NJ with Jennifer and her Mom, so I hope this nasty weather clears up.  Everyone in the Pansy Patch hopes you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day no matter what your plans.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Sunshine Wishes Valentine Card

I have another Valentine Day card for you today!  I am definitely on a roll.  I made a couple of these to mail out and in my hurry to get them to the post office I didn't take any pictures.  Has that ever happened to you?  Fortunately, I was hand delivering one to my daughter and her finance, so I torn her envelop open and took a picture.  I saw this in different versions all over youtube and loved how it turned out.

One of my resolutions this year is to try and use some of the stamp sets that don't have much ink on them.  This stamp set - Sunshine Wishes - is one of them.  I used the framelits for the hearts and word love.  To organize my stamp sets, I took pictures of each stamp set and put them in a binder and then stored the actual stamps alphabetically on my shelf.  I also just keep the matching/dies with the appropriate stamp set.  I love this system, but now realize that I should probably take pictures of the dies/framelits as well, so I know what I have of them.  Another project!!  I love this DSP - All My Love.  The hearts are made using Real Red CS and some scraps of the DSP.

For my inside sentiment, I used the Sealed with Love stamp set again and some scraps of the DSP.  I thought it needed something else on the front, so I used some red rhinestones I had in my stash.  I got another envelop out for them, so all it good!!  Have a great weekend.

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I entered this post at Simply Create Too Challenge #146.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hey Love Valentine Cards

Here is another cute Valentine Day card that I made.  This is using the new SU's Hey Love stamp set.  I used some of these stamps on Jennifer's classmates Valentine boxes.  I think they are just adorable!

I used Basic Black CS for my base card and the the first layer is with the new All My Love  DSP.  I just stamped two of the Hey Love stamps for my sentiment, colored them in with my markers and layered the rectangles with Basic Black CS.

For my inside sentiment, I used the Seal with Love stamp set and used up the scraps of my DSP.

This card came together really quick.  I love making Valentine Day cards.  So cheerful and bright!  Hope everyone is having a good week!

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentine Card with Party Pandas

Today I have another Valentine's Day card using the Party Pandas.  This stamp set is perfect for Valentine's Day cards.  Since I have a bunch of kids to send cards to, I made another version.  This time I used Whisper White, Real Red and Powder Pink CS for my card.

I used my floating hearts embossing folder on the Powder Pink CS and then my Sweet & Sassy Framelits to cut out a heart in the middle.  I stamped my cute little panda on a scrap piece of Whisper White ad then mounted it under the Powder Pink CS covering up the balloon.

I then put my cards together and punched out a small heart in Red Glimmer paper to take the place of the balloon.  I then added some extra hearts using my punch. 

For my inside sentiment, I used SU's Sealed with Love stamp set again.  I love the script on this sentiment.  I have been working on my goodies for the Wellness Center and hope to finish them up soon.  Have a great week!

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