Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Small Business Saturday (and coupon!)

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope each of you have plans to spend the holiday with loved ones and eat lots of delicious food. I'll be up on Ohio with my husband's side of the family, where we'll have a full house of 30 or so people!

Everyone knows about Black Friday following on the heels of Thanksgiving, but do you also know about Small Business Saturday? It is a day to support your small local businesses, in contrast to the big box stores. I'll be participating in Small Business Saturday this weekend by offering a coupon for my Etsy shop.

By using coupon code SBS14, you will receive 15% off your entire purchase now through Saturday, November 29th! I have Christmas cards, cute holiday gift tags, and cards for all occasions.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holly Bough Card

I am participating in a holiday craft fair next weekend with some talented local crafters, so I am definitely getting in the Christmas mood! Here is one of the designs I will be offering.

I've had the idea for this rumbling around in my head for a while now, so it was fun to finally see it come together. 

I die cut the holly leaves from a textured green card stock. The red button is actually sewn to the card front with baker's twine and tied in a loopy bow. The sentiment I found in the Michael's $1 bin several years ago!

SUPPLIES Stamps: sentiment ($1 bin at Michael's)
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI), Old Olive textured (SU!)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versa Fine)
Tools: Holly Jolly die (PTI)
Embellishments: red button, baker's twine

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Spider Tags

I'm sneaking in one more Halloween project for you. Gift tags are one of my favorite things to make so I couldn't help but make a few for Halloween. These would be cute on treat bags for little ghouls and goblins. :)

I die cut the tag shape with Papertrey Ink's Tag Sale #3 die and then stamped the spider and web images. I used a fine point sharpie and a ruler to draw the thread the spider is dangling from. A simple sentiment and some orange and white baker's twine finished them off!


Stamps: Creepy Crawly (Inkadinkado), Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Tangerine Tango (SU!)
Tools: Tag Sale#3 die (PTI), black fine point Sharpie
Embellishments: Clementine Baker's Twine (Maya Road)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Banner Cards

Hello! Today I have some Halloween card inspiration to share with you. These are a variation of some birthday cards I have available in my Etsy shop. To make these I picked out a variety of Halloween themed pattern papers and die cut banner shapes from them. I then shuffled the die cuts around into coordinating groupings.

I arranged three banners across the tops of 4 bar sized cards and then machine stitched them in place, leaving the thread tails long to mimic the ends of the string that would hold up a real banner. It is finished with one of my favorite Halloween sentiments from Inkadinado's Creepy Crawly set. They turned out very cute, if I do say so myself. :)

Have a fun and safe Halloween this week!

Stamps: Creepy Crawly (Inkadinkado)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI), assorted pattern papers
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Tools: Banner Builder dies (PTI), sewing machine

Friday, October 17, 2014

Apple Cider Pound Cake

Ah, fall. My favorite season of the year. Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, roaring fires and delicious smells of spices baking in the kitchen. Everyone seems to snuggle down with loved ones when shorter days and cooler weather come back at the end of the year. Fall, though, has been a little late in coming to the South. Cool weather flits in for a tantalizing day or two and then the temperatures soar back up to the mid 70's. But now that it is mid-October I don't care what the thermometer says, I am going into fall mode!

The recipe for this Apple Cider Pound Cake was a happy discovery on Allrecipes.com a few years ago, and I pulled it out again last week to make for a group at our church.  Our kitchen smelled divine while this was baking! And as none of the cake was left at the end of the night, I know you'll love it, too.

Apple Cider Pound Cake from allrecipes.com

3 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. butter
6 eggs
3 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 c. apple cider
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking soda

In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir together all dry ingredients; set aside. Combine cider and vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with cider mixture to batter. Mix until well blended. Spoon into greased 10-inch angel food cake pan or fluted tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until cake tests done. Meanwhile, combine all icing ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. While cake is warm, drizzle 1/2 of the icing over cake. Serve remaining icing over individual cake servings, if desired.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Ruler Growth Chart

Hello! It has been ages since my last blog post, it is good to be back. If you are anything like me, you have a constant backlog of projects you want to do or have started to do and haven't quite finished. Life is a busy thing. With that in mind, I am always excited when one of those projects gets completed! 

I had the idea of making a ruler growth chart back before my son was born. It was actually one of the things I had pinned to his nursery inspiration board. But knowing I wouldn't need it immediately, it sat on the back burner. By the time his 1st birthday rolled around, I had at least purchased the pine board from the hardware store and was able to mark off how tall he was on it. A few months later I stained it. And a few weeks ago I finally added the lines and numbers. All before he hit the ripe old age of 18 months no less. Ha!

As I mentioned, this was made from a simple pine board I bought at the hardwood store. It measures 6' x 8". I stained it with Special Walnut and then marked off the lines in 1" increments with a pencil. I then went back over the pencil lines with black paint (the perfectionist in me is trying not to agonize over the wobbly hand painted lines. . .) and then I stenciled on the numbers at each foot mark.

I love how it turned out! I plan to record my son's height every 6 months or so. Besides loving how this looks, I like that this is something we can take with us when we move. If we had marked off his height on a wall or door (like we did when I was growing up), we'd have to leave it behind when we eventually move. Now I have a durable, portable, growth chart, that is cute enough to leave out!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Botanical Father's Day Card

Need some inspiration for Father's Day? This year I went with a nature inspired theme and kept it simple. I love the layered leaf fronds across the top with the sentiment nestled inside. The paper is a rustic white card stock with flecks of fiber in it. If you love it as much as I do, pick one up in my Etsy shop to give to your dad, too!


Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, World's Greatest (PTI)
Paper: Rustic White (PTI)
Ink: Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss (SU!), Smokey Shadow (PTI)