I do apologize for not posting anything lately... I will be back with Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge on Thursday night!!
My husband and I are moving our plant and two businesses to a temporary location before we build our own shop. It has been NUTS to say the least and we threw in a drive to Rhode Island and back this past weekend for a trade show.

Anyhoo*** I must get back to organizing my desk and trying to find my file folders and tape dispenser...

Wish me luck!!!


Happy Birthday***

This is a card that I put together with bits of paper from my bit bin.
The paper medallion if also made with a leftover strip... You can see the tutuorial HERE***
The sentiment is from PTI with a rhinestone to the side as well as a larger gemstone in the middle of the paper medallion..
Enjoy and have a great day!!!


Spring Tulips***

Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend***
This image is from PTI's "Vintage Picnic" set, stamped in black memento ink and colored with Copics.
The designer paper is October Afternoon and the strip down the side is a scallop border nestabilitie. I also outlined the white circle with a scallop circle in red...
Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping in***



Easter is fast approaching. Today let us make some creations that are Easter themed -- these could be projects that are specific to the Christian celebration of Easter itself -- or more generically to spring and the the new birth of flowers, grasses and fresh new life. And remember, this challenge is not limited to cards only -- anything goes -- so have fun!

I chose to make a little box.... you can find the recipe on Kelly Lunceford's site HERE...

I covered parts of it with designer paper from the Garden Variety Mini Deck.

The Easter basket image is a Stampin Up design colored in with Copics and glittered up a tad..

The sentiment is from The Cats's Pyjamas and the primas are from my flower stash..

You can use a sticky backed velcro closure for this which I didn't have on hand or you can use any type of closure you would like.
I am going to make a few of these for my nieces for Easter and fill them with candy!!
Check out Sharon's site HERE for all the details and also check out the design team's Easter creations***
Marlene - HEART SPRING - our guest designer for March


Butterfly wishes***

Just a quick card today... The nestabilities are cut from white and navy cardstock. PTI text background is stamped on the white.
The butterfly is also PTI's "Butterfly Dreams" stamped and cut out, popped up with a piece of twine for antennae and a little trail...
The ribbon is also PTI...
Have a great day everyone***


Cupcake flowers***

No food today!! My husband and I were busy all weekend so last night we had eggs and toast...
This card uses a stamp from Lockhard Stamp Company, stamped up with Memento black ink and colored with Copics... The cupcake liner was paper pieced with the back side of the paper I used here. It is from Little Yellow Bicycle called "Sweet Love."
The scalloped border is one of PTI's new dies and the ribbon is also from PTI..
Have a great day everyone and thanks so much for stopping by***



Adding texture to cards is fun. Today lets try to add texture, but still keep it clean and simple. Those 2 challenges may seem to be incongruous, but let's try! I think we'll get some pretty results!!! Your texture can come in any form -- embossing, distressing, adding embellishments for dimension -- whatever you like -- just add some fun texture to a CAS creation!!!

I don't use my Cuttlebug folders as often as I should and thought that this would be a great way to add some texture and still keep it CAS.

I used my distress inks and water first to color a piece of white cardstock. I used Peeled Paint and Antique Linen. Dry it thoroughly and iron to flatten.
Run it through your Cuttlebug or Big shot with a folder. I used the leaf one.

I added a piece of ribbon turned back on itself with a detail rhinestone. I also put the corners through my corner rounder for a little more detail. No sentiment this time. I hadn't decided what to use but will probably do a birthday sentiment on the inside.

Check out Sharon's site HERE for all the details and all the other design team members creations***

Marlene - HEART SPRING - our guest designer for March

Have a fabulous weekend and thanks so much for stopping by***


Easter Bonnet***

I think this stamp is just the cutest thing and that sentiment is perfect!! They are from "The Cat's Pyjamas"...
The tag is from Staples and I used distress inks and water to color them up... They will curl up so just use a dry iron to flatten them out. The image is stamped with black memento ink and colored with Copics... The sentiment is popped up with a dimensional.
The ribbons are bits from my stash...
Have a great day and dust off your Easter Bonnet***



This card is made using a new set from PTI called "Dot Spot". I inked up some of the images with Majestic Blue versafine ink and stamped them on white cardstock and used the same ink to give the edges some color ... I used my distresser to rough them up too.

The sentiment is from PTI's"Signature Greetings" set stamped in the same ink...

The ribbon is from Sharon's store.... and the edge punch is from Martha Stewart...

Thanks for stopping in and have a great day!!!



Friday night we treated our two sons and their girlfriends to a special dinner.

Since spring is almost here I decorated the table with bright colors.

Our younger son Tyler has been accepted into several of the Master's programmes that he has applied to so we wanted to celebrate his accomplishments.

Here is the centerpiece... I found this cool Easter egg wreath many years ago so put my candle on a white cake stand that I have and then circled the wreath around the candle.

Here is Tyler with Alix.....

This is Landon and Britt....

Tyler requested the following menu***
Filet of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce
Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Broccoli and Asparagus with Parmesan cheese
Naan Bread
Salad of mixed greens with an Italian vinaigrette
Mixed berries with sweetened whipped cream

We had a fabulous evening and I must say Brian and I are VERY proud of all of them***



Today's STAMP SIMPLY Challenge is a color challenge*** Pink and Green with a little brown thrown in for good measure.. One of Sharon's favorite color combos... Link up your creation on Sharon's site on Mr. Linky so we can see what you come up with!! And take a look at Sharon's fabulous creation HERE***

As you probably have guessed I am a big Papertrey fan... And Sharon's challenges are supposed to be simple... So I took a bloom and a leaf from PTI's "Flower Garden" set and stamped it in Vintage Sepia versafine ink onto some bits from my bit bin in pinks and greens. I love to use those bits when I can..

The most time consuming was cutting them out. I arranged them onto some brown cardstock, popping up one of the blooms. Just to anchor everything I added two strips of cream cardstock and added glitter to one of them just by adding a strip of double sided tape. The sentiment is also from PTI.

Take a look at all the other fabulous creations from out Stamp Simply Design Team this week and try this color combination yourself...









Marlene - HEART SPRING - our guest designer for March


Easter Table Mat***

I made this Easter Wool table mat for my Mom for her birthday***
Have a great everyone and thanks so much for stopping by***



Good morning everyone!! Well what a weekend.
Friday night we were in Stratford (Ontario) having dinner with friends.. We went to Pazzo's and had wonderful food. I wish I had brought my camera to take pictures... Great Italian fare...Pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, ceasar salad, squash soup.. It was all yummy!

Saturday night we went to other friends for dinner so needless to say we were spoiled...

Since it was so sunny here all weekend I got the itch to start spring cleaning. Long story short I didn't feel like cooking a huge meal Sunday night so took LOTS of short cuts.

I had stuffed agnolotti in the fridge, mozzarella cheese and a jar of vodka sauce.. I boiled up the pasta, drained it and layered it with sauce and cheese in a 9 x 13 " pan. Threw it in the oven and presto - dinner*** I added some cheese to some molisana bread and put it under the broiler. A light salad topped it all off...

Still a lovely dinner but QUICK*** and makes use of what you have in your fridge...

I was reading Cathy's post today at the
"Noble Pig" . Go there and just read her ode to the Supper Club!! You think you have died and gone to food heaven!!

Have a great day everyone***



Hello everyone!! I missed you last week... My husband and I were visiting family for the weekend!! Great time... I am back and Tammy Hershberger has very kindly agreed to co-ordinate this week's challenge...

Use your border punches to create a card or project... Or use your corner punch to create detail in your creation. Check out Tammy's project HERE for some great inspiration and Sharon's project HERE ***

I just love the box that Sharon made a couple of weeks ago so I thought I would try to incorporate my punched detail into another box that I am making for a friend. Sharon's tutorial is HERE for those of you who haven't seen it yet..

I cut the lid for the box and then used Martha Stewarts dot and scallop punch along the edges. You have to cut a bit of each side off so that it sits properly and looks neat and tidy... I then added a strip of black cardstock so that the detail stood out. I then completed the box lid with designer paper out of my bit bin, ribbon from Sharon's store, and a butterfly from PTI... I also used some designer paper to line the bottom of the box just for a little added interest.
On a sad note for me, Julie from OUT TO IMPRESS has decided to step down from the Stamp Simply Design Team... I will miss you sister!! I think that means a trip to Montana is on the horizon!!

Deb Neerman who was our guest designer last month will be stepping up and will be a regular on our team now... Welcome Deb!! We love ya!!

Marlene Bender is March's guest designer... Check out her creations HERE ***

And last but not least check out all the fabulous projects from our team this week!! And if you are going to join in the fun don't forget to link up on Sharon's site with Mr. Linky so we can see what you did***

Tammy - http://www.stamphappy-tammy.blogspot.com/

AJ - http://www.thewillowgarden.blogspot.com/

Jennifer - http://www.thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/

Deb - http://www.deborahlynnesdreamincolor.blogspot.com/

Jenny - http://www.onekraftykat.blogspot.com/

Barb - http://www.barspaperpursuits.blogspot.com/

Barb - http://www.barbschram.blogspot.com/

Deb - http://www.debneerman.blogspot.com/


A new zippy***

Hi everyone!! I found this fabulous fabric and I needed to make a zippy bag!!

It's a big one too. 12" x 15" *** Lots of room to hold all your stuff!!

I added a heart bangle too to open and close it with!!



Little One ***

Good morning!! I have another niece that is due to give birth to her daughter any day now so I made this little box to hold a onesie..

The box is made following Sharon's tutorial HERE.

I made mine two inches deep so just changed up the dimensions a bit.

I used Papertrey Ink's "Baby Button Bits" stamped in pinks and soft greens. I used a scallop nestabilitie to cut out the pea pod and popped it up with some dimensionals.

The buttons and ribbon are also PTI.

Have a great day everyone!! And thanks so much for stopping in***



I had a bowl of grape tomatoes on my counter and had to use them... Cut them all in half and throw them on a baking sheet, salt and pepper and good extra virgin olive oil.

I also added 4 cloves of garlic still in their skins.

Mush them all up so they are all coated with the oil and make sure they are all cut side up.

Roast slowly for about 2 hours at 250 degrees.

Here they are out of oven. They are so sweet and the garlic is soft.

Squeeze the garlic out of their skins and into a small bowl.

It was clean out day in the fridge and I had half of a very hot calabrese salami left over from my party last weekend. I cut it into strips along witha large shallot cut into slices, parsley chopped and parmesan cheese cut into slivers.

Boil up a package of your best spaghetti....

Put everything into the skillet except for the tomatoes and garlic with some olive oil and let it saute for about 10 minutes.

Just before the pasta is done toss in the tomatoes and garlic.

Transfer your pasta directly from the boiling pot so a little of the pasta water clings to the strands.

Combine the pasta with the tomatoes, shallots and salami, mix well and then add the parsley at the last minute along with the slivers of parmesan.

Don't use that crap out of plastic tin they call parmesan... Use good Parmeggiano Reggiano.. it should be stamped on the side...

This was delicious. Try it!! Clean out your fridge and tell me what you made***

Enjoy and thanks for stopping in***