Happy Birthday ***

I have a bunch of birthdays that I need to make cards for and now that the posties are back to work, I can get back to work.

I used a piece of white cardstock and smudged on a light blue pan pastel.

The chicks and flower are from Dana Reaveley's set "How does your garden grow".... I stamped them once on the white cardstock and then again on colored cardstock and cut them out.

The sentiment is from Anna Wight***

Enjoy and thanks for stopping in***


On the Menu Monday***

Yvonne at StoneGable is hosting "On The Menu Mondays"... Click on the button on my side bar and it will take you to her site.. Lots of gorgeous pictures, recipes and treats!!!

I started with some herbs from the container on my deck... Rosemary, oregano and parsley.

Added a little basil...

Chopped the herbs up along with two large cloves of garlic, added some red chili flakes, and lemon zest along with the juice of half a lemon. Put the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a bag along with all the goodness and marinated them ALL day!!

Corn from the market rubbed with olive oil, salt and pepper and the other half lemon ready for the BBQ!!!

Everybody off the grill ready for dinner***

Set up outside for a nice leisurely dinner***

A quick salad to go along with dinner.. a citrus vinaigrette too!!

I added some capers on top of the grilled chicken and squeezed the grilled lemon on top as well. When you grill lemons they get SO juicey... delicious***


2 teaspoons good dijon mustard

2-3 teaspoons honey

juice of 1 lime

juice of 1 lemon

A bit of zest of both

put all the above in a jar and shake well.

Add really good extra virgin olive oil, about 1/2 a cup and shake until emulsified.

salt and pepper




I used "Sweet Threads" paper from Basic Grey and did a little stitching. The chipboard stickers are also from Basic Grey's "Sweet Threads" collection.

The die cut banner and sentiment are from PTI. The sentiment from their "Wildflower Garden" set.

Simple seam binding bow and off onto my shelf until the postal strike is over...


Life is Sweeter***

Designer paper from the "Lime Twist" collection by My Mind's Eye, poppies by "The Artful Stamper", sentiment from Hero Arts.

I stamped the poppies and quickly colored with Copics. My sewing machine went a little haywire on me so I had to add a little green flower to cover the mess.

Thanks for stopping in and have a fabulous day!!


Feel Better***

This is an old stamp of mine from Stampendous. Inked in Memento black ink and colored with Copics.

A little distress ink in Pumice around the edges. Seam binding wrapped around the one edge and a tag and sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

Have a wonderful Monday!!




New Stuff***

For the background of this card I used Pan Pastels... They are SO nice to use. I used several blues for the sky and green and white for the bottom of the card

You have to use Krylon fixative to spray your work before you stamp and color..

I used a Penny Black stamp, inked in Black archival ink. The sentiment is PTI**

I used these Peerless water color sheets to color the flowers... Just dipping a brush into water and picking up the color off the sheet...

Great colors and very vibrant...

Have a great day everyone***


Two cards done with Papertrey Ink's "Botanical Silouhettes" . The wedding gift tag uses the flowers from the "In Bloom" set and a sentiment from "Botanical Silouhettes". Colored with Copics and a wide satin ribbon added.

This card was also done with "Botanical Silouhettes", simply stamped with New Leaf and Orange Zest inks.

Thanks for stopping in!!


Sharing recipes***

Here are a few of the recipes from our girls weekend away*** Mary was kind enough to share hers***


2 large Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
2 green onions
2 tbsp. dark agave syrup ( or honey)
1 tbsp. whole-grain mustard1 garlic clove minced
Watercress, optional
1. In a medium bowl, combine apples, cranberries, onions, syrup, mustard and garlic, toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate several hours.2. Place salad on a bed of watercress, if desired, and serve.


6 chicken breasts ( I used boneless and pounded them flat)
1 cup fresh goat cheese to which you add in and mix 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano leaves and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and ground pepper to taste

Make a horizontal cut in each chicken breast to create a pocket and stuff with cheese mixture. (I found it easier to pound the breast flat, spread the cheese mixture on top and then roll up tightly)

Season outside of chicken with pepper and then roll 2 pieces of Prosciutto around breast tightly and then wrap in plastic wrap. If using boneless chicken, secure with toothpicks, being careful to remove when serving.Preheat grill to medium, indirect heat (350).

I placed the chicken in a grill safe pre-greased foil pan and then placed directly on grill. This way there is no concern of burning or loosing your cheese mixture as it melts. If you are brave place directly on a well greased grill.Cooking time will vary, likely 15-30 minutes, depending on the size of your breast.Let meat rest 5 minutes before serving. Boneless breasts can be cut into slices prior to serving,


1 1/2 pounds crabmeat
1 cup panko crumbs
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped green onion3
tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon worchestire
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or parsley or coriander
1 large beaten egg

Grilled corn kernels is a nice option.

Mix all together and form into patties.

Mix a little melted butter with panko and coat patties on all sides.
Grill on 350 degree preheated BBQ. I suggest on a grill foil pan so that if the cakes break apart you don't loose any crab.Be sure to flip carefully, once, until golden.
Serve with any fresh fruit salsa


Be Silly***

A cute little flower with a silly face!!

Kim Hughes "Friendly Flowers" set paper pieced with bits from my bit bin... Seam binding bow!! and Bo Bunny gems***

Have a great day!! and an even better weekend***


Step Card***

I needed a quick card but saw this step card on SplitCoaststampers and had to do it***

I used PTI's kraft cardstock and Basic Grey's Sweet Threads designer paper and chipboard pieces.

The bow is made out of seam binding, and the sentiment is PTI!!

Here's a side view... Not as hard as it looks.

Check out the tutorial HERE***

Have a great day!!!



It was that time of year when I get to spend two or three days with my birthday buddies!!

Just had to share... Good food and the best of friends!!

Mary's stuffed chicken and apple salad with my leftover couscous and stuffed pepper!!

Deb's QUINOA salad...

Crab cakes with a peach salsa!!


Winners ***

Hi everyone!! So I took all the Canadian names, put them in a bowl and put all the US of A names and put them in a bowl.

Here are the winners of the PTI Anniversary Sets


Brittany Gale

Glenda Brooks

Amy Tsuruta

Email me girls with your addresses and I will get your sets out ASAP***





I have 4 sets of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Set "Botanical Prints" to give away... Leave a comment and become a follower... I will choose 4 lucky winners at the end of business Monday, June 6th 2011.



Many mistakes***

This is what happens when you make a few mistakes, cover them up and decide... what the heck... I will post it anyway...

I used a Heidi Swapp mask with Broken China and Wild Honey distress stains on a piece of ivory cardstock just to see what would happen.

I didn't like the bottom so I ripped it off. I stampe the sentiment the first time and it was crooked so I ripped that off as well.

I ended up with this and in real life it doesn't look that bad.

Happy Day to you***


Enjoy Your Journey***

I used Tim Holtz's "The Journey" clear set on this card. I used a piece of manila cardstock and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain and Broken China distress inks.

I stamped the car twice and cut one up and popped it up with dimensionals.

It's always fun working with Tim Holtz stamps...