Saturday, February 28, 2015

Favorite Recipe Blog Hop

Welcome to our Favorite Recipe Blog Hop.  If you are just arriving to our hop you are in the right place for your first stop and don't forget to visit won't want to miss any of the amazing  Recipes that we have to share with you! 

In addition to seeing some awesome recipes and/or projects, there is a chance to win some blog candy! To be eligible to win the blog candy, you must leave a comment on each stop in the hop as well as hitting that little "follow" button! Winner will be chosen on Sunday, March 7th so you have all week to hop through !

For this hop I am giving away to one lucky winner is this great Project Life Recipe Pages Kit by Becky Higgins. I have one of these myself and I am using it to pulled together all of our families favorite recipes along with pictures, and tips and suggestions to give to my Daughter when she gets married.

So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you.

I created some recipe cards in Panstoria Artisan software.  I used Tim Holtz distressed digital kit and Segoe Script font.  I created the background with various elements and decreased the opacity.

This recipe is a go~to easy dinner recipe that really satisfies.

This recipe for thin mints came from my mother.   My mother crushes star mints for the top and makes them at Christmas.  I am constantly asked to bring them to parties all year round so I don't add the crushed mints.

Your next stop will be with...


If you get lost along the way here is the entire 

line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project.

1. Robin ~

2. Janet ~

3. Miranda ~

4. Alicia ~

5. Connie ~

6. Michelle Kinde ~

7. Jessica Douglass Wilson ~

8. Audrey Dickinson ~

9. Liz Mullen ~

10. Theresa Rawlins Knopf ~

11. Michele Smith ~

12. Rhonda Helm ~

13. Sarah Biswabic ~

Thank you for hopping along with us today, I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Adventure Box with Quick Quotes Gypsy Road

Hi!  Alicia here today with an altered project for Quick Quotes!  I have been moving my scrap room and came across a cigar box and my creative juices started to flow! It was just before Valentine's Day so I thought of my husband and what a great gift I could make.  I started with the brand new Gypsy Road paper collection.  I measured all the surfaces and cut pieces of paper to fit.  Despite measuring there is always so adjustments to be made especially when you want the lid to close.  I did remove the original hardware, cover the box and replace it for a finished look.

I added plenty of pieces from the Quick Quotes Bundle Travel and cut some travel related die cuts.  I fussy cut a piece of Gypsy Road 100 for the stamps and used a piece from Frames Bag-o-Chips to frame the "address".  I found a cool stamp and used Coal Miner PowderPuff Chalking Ink  to "cancel" the stamps.

I sprayed the exterior with a couple of different spray inks to distress and used plenty of Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking inks to color, edge and distress.

I added just a drop of enamel accents to make a center for my compass.

I distressed the interior lid with plenty of Rusty Nail PowderPuff Chalking Ink, it was the only part left uncovered because I like the logos.

And finally a side view that shows the "handles" I die cut from Celebrate 400

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!

Quick Quotes products used:

Other products:
K & Co Madeline Clear stamps
Misc rubber stamps
Quickcutz compass die
Spellbinders Grommet tag one
Ranger enamel accents black
Ranger Perfect Pearl Heirloom gold
Heidi Swapp bronze spray ink
Tim Holtz charms and gears
misc gears and brads

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Graphic 45 You Rock masculine card

I did another Pinterest inspired card.  Here is the original pin:

A Paper Melody: MFT's March Teasers Day 2 - Rock On! look at the burlap. #cardformen. For My handmade greeting cards visit me at My Personal blog:

Here is another one.

Graphic 45 A Proper Gentlemen paper
CTMH stamp You Rock stamp
A Jillian Vance Designs Music Speaks stamps and die
black card stock
black glitter card stock
neutral card stock
embossing folder diamond plate
Fancy metal brad
Creative Memories star punch
Momento black
TH Distress ink Antique Linen

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch with Quick Quotes Alton

Good morning!  Today is the second card sketch for February from Sketch n Scrap!

Here's my take:

I used some of my Alton Collection papers from Quick Quotes.  I thought it was a pretty for a Congrats card that would be good for male or female.  I experimented a bit with some clear thick embossing powder to add a little texture on the diamond stamps.

The inside:

Close to my heart stamp sets:
American Craft ribbon
Spellbinders label
Jenni Bowlin background stamp
embossed with ultra thick clear powder

I would like to add this to the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Birthday! Mixed Sentiments card set

Good morning readers!  Recently I participated in a Mixed Sentiment Card Swap.  Here is the video that we used to study the technique:

I created several versions.  We only needed to send one but I sent the "friend" version and the blank one.  I made on for my Dad's birthday coming up in March and one for a FB friend.

The blank version:

My dad's version with sticker letters:

The Ana Liza version:

The friend version:

High Heels Bazzill card stock
white card stock
Stampin Up Raspberry Ripple
Versamark and Judikins black detail embossing powder
Close to my Heart sentiments from:
Artiste Birthday Collection, Celebration, Hooray Bouquet, Just to Say
various sticker letters

I would like to enter these in the following challenges:

Thanks for checking out my latest creations!  Sketch N Scrap has their next card sketch on the 20th be looking for that post!  

Monday, February 16, 2015

Quick Quotes Joy Ride Suitcase Pop Up card

Good morning Quick Quotes readers!  Alicia here today with a neat card inspired by the New Joy Ride papers at the Quick Quotes store!  So many vacation photos were swimming through my head when I saw this new paper!  However, I just purchased this die and thought this was a great way to sample the Joy Ride collection.  I feel the key to a good die cut card is to layer and layer and then layer again!  I made 4 cuts total.  First I cut the base out of  Joy Ride 100 paper, then I cut another full card out of Joy Ride 400 paper.  I didn't need the entire card cut for the other pieces so I used scraps of kraft and black card stock to cut just the suitcase and the handle and then fussy cut.

Finally, I began to add embellishments.  Die cut flowers out of the reverse side of Joy Ride 100 paper and some scraps of the same paper to cover the chip board buckle from Frames Bag o Chips.  I did a little shaping on the flowers, covered the edges of the Joy Ride 400 paper layer with some rough braided twine and added the paper covered buckle.  I cut down the sentiment and layered it on some Joy Ride 200 paper.  It really reminds me of how I am counting down the days until vacation in April!  

Quick Quotes Products Used:

Other products:
Sizzix Pop N Cut suitcase card
Kraft and black card stock
Anna Griffin Ribbon
Hobby Lobby lace 
a brad

Thanks for stopping by today!!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thank you with Stampin Up and We R Storytime

Good morning and Thank you for being a reader of my blog!

I made this card for a card swap with a "thank you" theme.  So I made several, I can see now this card is a little crooked.  I will have to straighten this up!  I used only about 3 sheets of 12x12 paper to create about 10 cards.  I used every little scrap as you can tell by the thin striped section and the small rectangle on which I stamped the flourish.  I also used my favorite old punch (SU curly label) and the new smaller curly label!

W R Storytime Gretel, Rapunzel, and Frog Prince papers
SU Curly label and Petite Curly label punches
SU Pretty Petites and Cute & Curly stamp sets
Scrappy Cats designer flourishes stamp set
SU Going Gray pen
Recollections Vintage black ink
TPC Studio black shimmer card stock
Quick Quotes Coal Miner Powder Puff
Queen & Co yellow bubbles

I also used an old sketch I found:

I would like enter this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, February 8, 2015

My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Card set

Today I broke out a 6x6 paper pad and along with an old sketch, I whipped up an entire set of cards! I have had this stack for a while and already made a few cards with it.  The My Mind's Eye Bluebell paper and accessories made a great set of masculine cards.

I did throw in a few flowers for a couple of less masculine cards.

MME The Sweetest Thing Bluebell 6x6 Paper & embellishments
SU Close to Cocoa & Not Quite Navy inks
Mixed Media Denium ink
Prima Seashore stamp set
CTMH Seaside Greetings
Spellbinders Shapeablities grommet tags

I used an old sketch for this card:

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

(SU Close to Cocoa & Not Quite Navy are two of my oldest inks but I have refills!  In fact I had to refill the Close to Cocoa for this project)


This card was featured at Cre8ivecindy's Manly Monday!  thanks Cindy!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Science Rocks Blog Hop

Welcome to the

 Science Rocks Blog Hop

Come pour and stir, boil and test!
Being a scientist is the best!
 We are so happy you decided to join us for this geeky yet super smart blog hop where we will explore all kinds of Science related projects. You should have arrived from Jenny
If you wish to start at the beginning, Connie Can Crop is the first stop on the Science Rocks blog hop.

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented crafters who are here sharing their ideas and creations.
We have an amazing sponsor and giveaway for this hop!


They will be giving one lucky winner a gift certificate to spend on their super cute digital artwork and digital stamps.
Please visit them online at
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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish this hop and leave your comments.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave your blog love along the way!

We have your formula for fun!
Ready to have an Explosive time?

I made a scrapbook layout of one of my son's "experiments".

Bazzill Card stock
Creative Memories card stock and printed paper
Cricut carts:  Be Young Be Happy font, Groovy Times lava lamp, This & That gear
Staz On black
Inkadinkado Test tube stamps
Kiwi Lane: Elements 1, 2 & 3 Accents 6 & 6T
alcohol markers
American Craft slick writer black
Creative Memories sticker letters
Quick Quotes midnight confession

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

11. Holli-

Thanks for stopping by and I would like to enter my project in the following challenges: until 2/28 (#1/3 use stamp or digi) until 2/28

Thursday, February 5, 2015

To the one I laugh layout with Quick Quotes Celebrate

Good morning Quick Quotes readers!  Alicia here today with more wedding photos,  I have created a double page layout and I used the beautiful and limited Celebrate paper this time.  I was first inspired by the vellum wedding quote "A Toast".  I knew I had some lovely pictures of the toast at my wedding to use and I went from there...

The quote had some beautiful butterflies on it but I wanted to make them pop.  I took a water pen and dabbed it in my Bloody Mary PowderPuff and my Rusty Nail PowderPuff inks and colored on the back of the vellum behind the butterflies.  I tried to stay in the lines but because I was coloring from behind any little mistakes are behind the black lines and won't show.  I also used adhesive under the colored areas and tucked the top under the ribbon for a secure but unnoticeable adhesion.

I used my Cricut and cut some butterflies out of the Celebrate paper.  Of course, every piece was inked generously with my Powder Puff chalks.  I also had some of the wide Cranberry Grosgrain ribbon that matched the Celebrate paper perfectly!  It was so wide I thought it looked good as a title ribbon across the top of the layout.  I took the title from the quote and cut it with my Cricut.  I wanted a different font for at least one word.  I found this large foam "laugh" stamp and used Bloody Mary PowderPuff ink to stamp it.  I notched the ends of the ribbon and still had a bit left over.

I created some folded ribbons with the remainder and notched those ends and topped with one of my butterflies.  I added a few gems and all done!  A simple but elegant layout!

Quick Quotes Products:

Other Ingredients:
Recollections Rhinestone stickers
Creative Memories Divine Wedding Cricut Cart (wedded bliss font)
Close to my Heart Artbooking (butterflies) & Art Philosophy (bracket layer) Cricut carts
Kiwi Lane Designer template Large Bracket 3
Heidi Swapp white damask sticker
misc foam stamp "laugh"

Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday Winner!!

Good afternoon dear readers!  I have picked a winner from all those who answered my question about which version of the tic tac toe card you liked!  With the help of the winner is LIZ!!!

Great cards! I like the uppercase tic tac toe best but both are adorable

So Liz, shoot me an email under the contact me button with your snail mail addy and I will put a little something in the mail to YOU!

Thanks to all who commented!

Have a great day!