Archive for March, 2008

The Colour Purple

I heard about the Purple challenge on Steph’s blog. Her Card is absolutely amazing, you should check it out.

I don’t have a lot of purple, so I thought that it would be a challenge. Man, I can’t believe that near 15 years ago that was my brides maid colour … I’M SORRY, girls! Thank goodness, they are my friends, most people wouldn’t have done that. Don’t get me wrong, I like purple, it’s just I was kinda having a hard time putting something together. Others did great with their go’s.  Here was my attempt:

I didn’t have a lot of “purple” so I used whatever I had: this weird ribbon with little ballerina bears & hearts on it, that I must have bought for my DD for some craft or maybe her hair. File that under the “what was I thinking” category. Yes, I hid the bears under the CS. I also used the Rhinestone Brads … sparkle & bling is really fun for me right now. Also using Cuttlebug embossing folders, with my ole’ Sizzix machine. I only have a few of these because our Michaels store only carries a few (DH is happy about that, I believe, LOL)


While DH patiently helped DD study for her Grade 3 math test tomorrow, I kept the boys busy with youtube surfing on RETRO Muppets. I must have been asked to watch this at least 5 times.


By the time it was bath time, the boys were humming it & I couldn’t get it out of my head. Too Funny.


Here’s my submission for Taylor’s Cupcake Challenge. She had such a happy idea for a card I couldn’t resist. I haven’t used the Treat Yourself stamp set in a bit.

To see some fantastic submissions, check out the code TECC9 on SplitcoastStampers.

Just one more pic of the sparkle:

Gotta go, or we’re going to be late for the service.

Origami Treat Holder … to hold a cookie or two.

I was perusing SplitCoastStampers, as I have for years, but have never joined it until this week. Anyhow, I saw Robin’s very cool Tart & Tangy Treat holder & had a flash back to making those as a kid (but mine was made out of the lined paper I tore out of my Phonics Exercise pages).

Anyways here is a link that I found that is pretty straight forward … look at it before trying to go by my photos.

Here is my take on the treat holder using the new S.U. Designer Series Paper – Afternoon Tea … so pretty. Kinda’ leaning towards Earth Elements shades, my fav.

Robin said she made hers 6″x6″, which is a fantastic idea, because you can get 4 out ONE 12×12 DSP. Plus it fits bite size brownie cookies just right (make ‘em small, eat more). So copy and share everything … here is my take on Robin’s treat bags:

Quarter the paper … 6″x6″:

Fold the square in half:

Fold the bottom up to meet the side … this is more clear in that link I gave above.

Now unfold that last fold, it was just a guideline for the next fold.

Now fold the right hand side up to meet the crease guideline.

And bring the other side up … looking kinda like a McDonald’s Fries box, no?

Now fold down one of the top flaps over.

Now make it 3-D by opening the top & pushing the bottom in a bit.

I’ve made this more complicated that it is, after all if a kid can do it, so can us big kids too, & in prettier paper.

Thanks again Robin for the inspiration!

Always a good time to bring cookies, brownies, deserts of any kinds to the neighbours.

Kristina’s Color Inspiration #3

I was hoping I had the colours for Kristina’s Color Inspiration #3.

Kristina’s Inspiration was from Pier I Imports. Because I didn’t have PP in the challenge, I tried something I saw Dawn use here and here. I loved both of her cards, the polka dot thing, just too cute. I used an old Stampin’ Up stamp set called Simple Shapes & the SU Rub Ons. I also used a lacé template (sorry this is the only link I could find) to cut out the folded circle. (hadn’t used it in a while so I was a bit rusty)

Here’s that template that I’ve had for years & dug out today.

Happy Bundt Cake

Here’s some baking from Easter Monday, double batch, one for a friend & one for my munchkins:

Occasionally, I pour melted semi sweet chocolate (+ a wee bit of shortening & light coloured corn syrup mixed with melted chocolate) over top of it & let it harden, then sprinkle powdered sugar over top. My Malcolm loves this.

I made the chocolate covered banana bread & put some chocolate covered pretzels along side it, for a friend who loves the salty-sweet thing . The pretzels were alphabet pretzels so the chocolate around the outside of the cake is written “Happy Birthday Paule”. I am not a decorator, needless to say, but it was fun.

I’ve had this recipe for years, as everyone has a banana bread recipe to use up the “bananas in the freezer”.

Cream together:

1/2 cup butter (or shortening), 2 eggs, vanilla to taste, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Add 4-5 mashed bananas

Mix & add to above

2 cups flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, pinch of salt.

Add in 1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk. (to sour milk use 1/2 to 1 tbsp of vinegar to milk & let stand for 5 minutes).

Place in greased bundt pan & bake at 365-375 (depending on your oven) for 50-55 minutes.

Cuttlebug in the Ole’ Sizzix Machine

I can’t keep up with all the new toys out there, not enough room (or cash) in my craft cubbie in the basement. I did; however, see this beautiful embossed card from Karen which I loved & she had used the Cuttlebug. I don’t own a Cuttlebug. I can’t go out & buy one right now, so I was hoping I could adapt the Sizzix Machine. I found this woman on Youtube & Bob’s Your Uncle, I can use what I already have. Yippee, no more shelf space needed.

It worked well .. & I love the embossing, a whole new texture!

Will have to look at the alphabet sets next … oh dear, more shelf space.

Busy and Blessed Weekend

It was a busy, busy weekend, as it was for many other families, I’m sure. We had our Egg hunt before the Easter Service and it was quite funny in that “baby brother” didn’t so much find Easter Eggs as he did traffic control his older siblings treats into his basket.

Here are the kids just after we came home from Church. Malcolm’s shirt was a little disheveled & he was ready to “get into normal clothes”. He agreed to 1 picture … there ya go, I take what I can get!

We delivered little Easter Chocolates to the kids on our street. (no, this is not all of them, I just stopped halfway through to take a picture). I got the idea of the my cousin, Marlayne, who made York Peppermint Patties flowers using the scallop punch, so clever. Marlayne used lollipop sticks, but I didn’t have any so I used those appetizer forks & that seemed to work well.

We also had our annual Green Eggs & ham breakie. Well, to be truthful, I don’t eat the green eggs. It’s DH idea & he makes them. The kids get a kick out of watching him eat the Dr. Seuss classic.

Also had my birthday on Easter. I don’t remember ever having my bday on the holiday before, so it was a bit odd. Over indulgence all together. My brother & sister in law had us over for supper on Sunday & we had a wonderfully moist turkey dinner & a birthday cake.

What a weekend, what a lot of food! mmm

Easter Egg Decorating

Thought I’d try something new this year to make a “speckled egg” look.

Enter the S.U. Colour Spritzer Tool, like an air brush using markers. I think next year I’ll try it “not so close” to create such an intense splotch on the eggs. I might try to blow the eggs out too, but this year, all I did was to boil the eggs in water, dye, & a bit of vinegar. (Oh yes, I also put elastics around them first, as per my son’s instructions, from his Grade 1 teacher).

I dried the eggs a bit (they were still quite warm) on styrofoam, with straight pins supporting them. (I saw that clever idea in the Martha Stewart magazine … brilliant, as it cuts down on the mess.) I’ve heard that there’s a great tool for blowing the insides out of the egg … but I couldn’t find it locally. So these hard boiled eggs will get tossed out next week.

I used 2 colours: Old Olive & Not Quite Navy. I was hoping for the Robin’s Egg Look. My DH said, it looked kinda’ frightening, as he couldn’t imagine the unghastly size of a robin that would lay those. None the less, I like the colour, it goes great with my chocolate brown drapes.

a wee bit more drying … but still warm.

Voilà Speckled Blue Eggs. No big mess with “toothbrush flicks” of paint. All done inside of an hour. Remember I have 3 kids pulling at me, while I try to do anything, so cut the time down appropriately.

Kristina’s Colour Challenge #2

I love going to Kristina’s Blog on a daily basis. She always has new ideas & her idea this week was from a funky coloured kids room. These are the S.U. shades for her Colour Challenge #2:

I’m not sure about the yellow: So Saffron Colour, as I think the yellow I have isn’t right, but it was filed under Saffron, so there ya go. I would have checked it (besides the catalogue), but didn’t have a colour swatch … will someday organize my “zone” better.

We moved into our house just over a year ago & the backyard was essentially empty. I have a dream of an Irish Garden, lush & overtaken with different flowers. Each year I plan on adding to my ‘wee getaway’. There are cedars now, & spring bulbs hiding under heaps of snow. I think this year, maybe adding grapevines along the side fence. Ahhh summer …