Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Simple Easter Cards

These are three cards I made using a free tulip image from Fred She Said.

The tulips in the middle were shaded with Stampin' Up chalks, and the other two were done with my Prismacolor pencils. The lace is a Martha Stewart punch which I distressed along the edge. The papers are from my stash. There are some mini-brad embellishments on 2 of the cards as well.

These were a wee bit faster to put together than some of my Tilda creations, but when you suddenly realize Easter is less than a week away, and you haven't made cards, you can't spend hours on each one, though my heart went into these too!

Tomorrow I'll be doing some Easter baking, but I might just sneak a little card break in there!

Thanks for visiting--I hope to see you again soon.

Book-page Mod Podge Blossoms

Check out this fantastic tutorial to make your own flowers! If only I wasn't working today...!
Mel Stampz: Book-page Mod Podge blossoms--(3D cherry blossoms à la Fred She Said)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sailor Tilda in the Rain Card

Here in Connecticut, we have had two days of torrential rains! It has been bleak and soggy, and the wind made waves in the puddles in my backyard. My husband Dan suggested that Tilda might be up to her ears in water. Sounded like a card challenge to me! So I picked up the gauntlet, and here is Sailor Tilda in too much rain...

Sailor Tilda by Magnolia Rubber Stamps
Cloud/raindrop stickers from my Creative Memories stash
Yellow satin ribbon
Various card-stock scraps
Sentiment stamp by Stampin' Up!

I drew the water and rain drop ripples around Tilda, after coloring her with my Prismacolor pencils, cutting around her outline and gluing her to the blue card-stock. I drew the little background raindrops and added a drop of silver Stickles to make them shimmer.
Glued on the ribbon, tied a bow and glued the bow to the ribbon.
Has the rain stopped here? Almost. All things considered, we don't have to build an ark just yet, but we had a good 6 inches of rain, so I'm glad it is just about done!

Tomorrow I'll show off some of the simple Easter cards I made, using a free tulip digital image from Fred She Said.

Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Magnolia Card Hyperlink

Check this out!
I was trying to figure out how to create a hyperlink in the blog. Silly me, there was a button there all the time that will do it for you!
I wanted to make it worth your while if you click is an adorable Magnolia card on Moralia's was a new one to me...hope you like it!

Just Magnolia Week 48 Challenge

I am so excited to be able to share my first Magnolia card on my new blog! This is also one of the new stamps I just ordered from the Magnolia-licious store: "Sweet Tilda" is all that!

I used Prismacolor pencils to color Tilda and the chicks (Stampin' Up!). The pansy and sentiment are clear stamps from Studio G . For the ferns and leaves, I used Martha Stewart punches and I hand-cut the little peach flowers so they would match the little peach flowers in the background paper. (Background paper: {note}worthy Addie Ledger Floral by Making Memories Wholesale; the green papers are the backside of that paper. All other papers are from my stash.)

This made a cold and gray Sunday morning a little brighter for me...I hope it does the same for you and your day!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Court of Honor Casserole

Today was my son Andy's Boy Scout Court of Honor. (Andy is a Life Scout, working towards his Eagle award.) There are 2 banquets each year, spring and fall, and the springtime one is a potluck. I always feel self-conscious about bringing a casserole for a potluck, because I am afraid no one will like it. Well this one was a hit! It was gobbled up, and the teenage boys gave it two thumbs up! This is all that is left:

The original recipe for "Creamy Beef Casserole" came from I was missing one of the soups, so I had to substitute cheddar cheese soup, and I thought it needed a little flavor boost, and by the time I got done, I decided it was more my recipe than the original, so I am sharing it here.

Court of Honor Casserole
Serves 8-10, more if it is part of a potluck, with other entrees

2 pounds ground beef, browned with 1 large chopped onion and drained
12 ounces of egg noodles, cooked and drained
1 (15 oz) corn, drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sour cream
2 TB worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried minced garlic
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp dried oregano
1 TB dried parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup dried breadcrumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, or the pot you cooked the noodles in, combine all ingredients except breadcrumbs and butter. Stir until well mixed. Transfer to a 3 quart baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray. In a separate bowl, stir together butter and breadcrumbs; sprinkle over casserole. Bake casserole uncovered, in 350 degree oven, for about 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cardmaking and re-purposing

Today I am cheating, because I actually made this a couple of days ago, but I wanted to share it on the blog. My co-worker had this very nifty little bag, that she got when she bought a greeting (calm down, not everyone likes to craft their own cards!). She knows how crafty I am, so she gave it to me to do something with.
I turned that little bag into an envelope for a custom designed card to match it!
I used various card stocks that I had on hand, hand-drew the flowers, leaf, etc using colors from the bag. I cut them out and applied them to the burgundy background.You can see the envelope in the first picture. Above is a close up of the card.
The stamped "Hugs and Kisses" is from Stampin' Up.
Because the envelope is so decorated, I had to put the addresses on with labels, but I think it is a fashionable re-use for that little-old bag!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

I am a Blogger?

What have I made today? Why, a blog, silly!
I cannot believe I have my own blog!
Welcome to anyone who joins me on this journey.
Hopefully we will have a great ride!