Saturday, December 3, 2011

Blog Hops Today

Today I'm participating in two Blog Hops....  please click on the one you are looking for....

Christmas Cards & Cookies Blog Hop

Secret Santa Blog Hop

Hope you enjoy looking through both hops...  Have a Merry Christmas!

Secret Santa Blog Hop

Welcome to the Secret Santa Blog Hop on Dec 3rd, 2011. Come hop along with the talented ladies who decided to join this hop and surprise their partner with a great project.  We’re super excited to be doing this hop together! We hope to give you some great ideas and inspiration through out this amazing blog hop.

To be eligible to win 1 of the five grand prizes, which is 10$ worth of files at Creative Kuts, you MUST:

1) Go through the entire blog hop and leave a comment on EVERYONE'S post.

2) Become a FOLLOWER of everyone's blog including Creative Kuts blog which can be found here @

3) Visit Creative Kuts Store (you will need to do this to meet the last requirement) @ .

4) You MUST visit my blog and leave a comment on my blog for the day and also become a follower at "Scrapping With Lisa" and my facebook page:.

5.) At the end of the day you will end at Creative Kuts @ You will need to leave them a comment stating you have made it through the entire hop and you will also need to leave in your comment what is your favorite pattern set in their store.

Be sure to hop through the entire hop to be eligible for the grand prizes, as well as all the other blog candy throughout! We hope you all enjoy this hop and find a lot of great ideas, inspiration, and most of all have loads of fun!!

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way.

My project today is...

made a Christmas Card Holder.  It's made with 11x11 Chipboard, Ribbon and Paper.  I also couldn't resist adding a little bling.  This is the first time I made something like this, I hope you enjoy taking a look.  I appreciate any feedback you may have.

Please go to Lisa T's Blog, you go here next!!!  

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again real soon.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas Cards & Cookies Blog Hop

Welcome to Round One of the Christmas Cards & Cookies Blog Hop! You should have come from blog Janet's Blog . If you are starting here and wish to hop from the beginning of the hop, please visit Dena’s blog.    

There was so much response to the Christmas Cards & Cookies Blog Hop that it had to be split between two weekends. This is Round One and begins Saturday, Dec. 3rd, continuing through Sunday, Dec. 4th. Round Two will be held next weekend. We have a talented group of women who love papercrafting and baking. Each of them is sharing a recipe for a yummy Christmas treat along with a Christmas card or tag. Hopefully, you’ll pick up some great ideas for your own Christmas gift giving this season. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy!

Let's start by taking a look at a couple of cards....

My daughter Shae created the snowman cards....  She used Stampin' Up stamps from a few years ago, Staz On Black Ink, Stampin'n Up markers and Stickles.  She did an awesome job!

I made these cards, using the Stampin' Up "Tidings of Joy", Staz On Black Ink, Stampin' Up paper in Real Red and Old Olive along the Brights Designer Paper, Stampin' Up Markers, twine and buttons.

Now for my Cookies

Meringue Coconut Macaroons

1/2 cup Egg Whites (about 4)
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 1/4 cup Sugar
3 cups Flaked Coconut
30 Red or Green Candied Cherries

In a large bowl, beat the egg whites, vanilla and salt on medium speed until soft peaks form.  Gradually add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff, glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes.  Fold in coconut.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls at 2 inches apart on either a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment paper.  Top each cookie with a candied cherry.  Bake at 325 for 20-23 minutes or until firm to the touch.  Remove to wire racks to cool.  Store in an airtight container.

I hope you enjoy, my family loves these treats and all the other baking that happens during this time of year.  

I wish you all a Merry Christmas! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please be sure to visit Christina's Blog next to see what she has to share with you!

Below if the complete blog hop lineup:  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Stampin' Up Online Extravaganza - let's go shopping!

Stampin' Up Online Extravaganza, our annual sale to kick off the holiday shopping season, it will run through Wednesday, November 30, 2011. You can order online, or give me a call and place an order.Be sure to take advantage of great savings, like FREE digital downloads valued at $40 when you buy My Digital Studio Express, 60 percent off select Designer Fabrics, and 30 percent off an exclusive ribbon bundle! You can also let me know if you'd like a complete list of what's on sale, I'd be more than happy to email that to you. My website is

Winner of Thanksgiving Blog Hop

I'm sorry for the delay, but here is the winner according to

1. Sharyn Knox said...

Very pretty album. I am a follower, but it isn't showing me as one :(

Congratulations Sharyn, please email me your address and I'll get this in the mail to you right away.  Thank you for visiting my blog.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Recipe and Baking Blog Hop

Welcome!   You should have come from Laurie's Blog, if not you may have missed some great inspiration and will want to start from My Cricut Craft Room so you don't miss any of the awesome recipe projects .

We have a couple of great crab apple tree's in our back yard and this year we decided to pick the apples and make something with them, so I decided to try my hand at jelly making.  

I decided to do a layout showing off my jelly making skills.  :-)  

Crab Apple JalapeƱo Jelly

 2 pounds crab apples (1 kg.)
1-1/2 cups water
red wine vinegar
3-3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup sweet green peppers
1/3 cup hot peppers
Crab apple pectin gives a good set to this hot pepper jelly. Mix and match hot peppers for color and degree of heat. 
When chopping hot peppers, wear gloves and don't touch your face or eyes.
In Dutch oven, combine apples with water. Cover and bring slowly to simmer; cook until apples are very soft. Pour into colander lined with square of dampened muslin and placed over deep bowl. Weight down with saucer and heavy can. Let stand until dripping stops. Discard pulp.
Pour collected juice into liquid measure; add enough vinegar to make 3 cups. Combine in saucepan with sugar. Bring to boil, stirring. Add peppers; boil briskly for 8-10 minutes or until set. Stir for 7 minutes to prevent floating peppers.
Pour jelly into hot, sterilized 8-oz sterilized preserving jars. Seal with two-piece canning lids. Let cool and refrigerate. For long-term unrefrigerated storage, process in boiling-water bath for 5 minutes immediately after sealing jars.

This is an awesome recipe.  Give it a try!

You have one more stop, so hop on over to Erica's

Below is the remainder of the line up.... so hop on!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Blog Hop

Welcome to the

"Thanksgiving" Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this super-fun hop showcasing cards, layouts and projects that feature everything to be thankful for!!  You'll find an array of ideas throughout the hop -- We hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!!

If you've hopped over from Mindy's Blog, then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to join our Thanksgiving  FUN, then head on over to Lynda's Blog to start at the beginning!! This is a TWO-DAY hop, so be sure to catch both days for maximum ideas (you'll find the entire line-up below my post)!!

For the hop today, I've created .......

Thanksgiving Mini Album - Cover
Thanksgiving Mini Album, Pages 2-3

Thanksgiving Mini Album, Pages 4-5

Thanksgiving Mini Album, Pages 6-7
Thanksgiving Mini Album, Pages 8-9

This mini album is from Paper Loft.  I took what they had and added my own embellishments (stickles, buttons, bling and a few extra words here and there.  I edged each sheet of paper with ink (silver and brown).  I can't wait to add pictures from our family get together this year.  I pray that all you have a blessed Thanksgiving.  

One thing that my family does on this day is remember all the blessings that God has given to us.  We each take the time to say what we are most thankful for.

Now for some Candy......

Leave me a comment letting me know how you are enjoying the hop and all the projects.  It would be great if you followed my blog.  Thanks again for checking out my project. 

Now hop on over to Lisa's Blog

Below are links to BOTH days of the hop so you'll be sure not to miss a THING!!

DAY ONE (November 15):

DAY TWO (November 16):

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Cupcake

Here is another Birthday Card.  I just received my kit from Stampin' Up and was excited to see that there are coordinating stamps and punches, so I decided to try my hand at that.  I used the Create a Cupcake punch and stamp set to create the little cupcake in the corner.  Stay tuned as I begin on this exciting journey with Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy Birthday Card - Celebrations Cart.

I was trying to come up with an idea for a different card for my sister-in-law's birthday and thought of this.  I used the Celebrations Cartridge, embossed the paper with the Cuttlebug Swirls, the paper if from DCWV (Linen), the ribbon is from Michaels.  I love the colors.  

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Halloween Card - Stampin Up

I made this card for my Blog Hop Winner.  I had some older Stampin' Up stamps that had this cute little witch, so I decided to finally try out my copic markers.  I really need to learn how to use these markers, the colors are awesome.  The ribbon is from Michaels, I loved the colors!  I hope you enjoyed the card.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Blog Hop - Glamorous Side of Scrapping

Welcome to the Halloween Blog Hop for Oct. 21!!! If you just came here to see my blog I hope you go back and check out the hop from the first starting with Ashley!! If you came here from Lynda you are on the right track!! Don't forget to leave a comment and follow everyone's blog so you will be eligible for the grand prize that Ashley is giving away!!! It's a $50 gift card to the winner's choice of Michael's, Jo Ann's or AC Moore!! I'm also giving away blog candy for leaving a comment here and for joining my blog as a follower!! So please leave a comment and don't forget to leave a way for us to contact you

The sponsors of this hop are:

Make It Crafty - 1 digi
*Must visit their Facebook page and "Like" them

Joy's - Halloween Puns stamp set
*Must visit their Facebook page and "Like" them

Cricut Craft Room - Cricut cartridge, twine and goodies
*Must follow her blog and say hello on Facebook

And now the GRAND PRIZE!!!!
Given by Ashley @ the Galmerous Side of Scrapping
$50 gift card to the winners choice of Michaels, Joanns or A C Moore

*Will have to comment on every blog in the hop
*Become a friend of each blog

Here is my the card I created for the hop....

I used the cricut cartridge Happy Hauntings.  I cut the imagae at 3 1/2 and used scrap paper I had on hand to make the cuts.  I found this glitter paper at Michaels.  I'm having so much fun doing these hops, its making me think outside my comfort zone. 

Your next stop is Shannon, make sure you take the time to visit all these wonderful ladies and leave them some encouragement.

Oops, I almost forgot... here is some candy for one lucky hopper.... make sure to leave a comment, with a way to contact you and become a follower of my blog.  Good Luck and Happy Hopping:

Here is the entire line up.....
1. Ashley -
2. Lisa ~
3. Ellen -
4. Dena -
5. Zenita -
6. Gina -
7. Liz -
8. Cindy-
9. Cyndie -
10. Lisa -
11 .Mindy -
12. Staci ~
13. Vicki ~
14. Amy Jo ~
15. Maria ~
16. Janet~
17. Jearise -
18. Lynda -
19. Carol -       <~~~~~ You are here
20. Shannon -
21. Erica -

Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Trick or Treat" Halloween Hop

Welcome to the "Trick or Treat" Halloween Blog Hop!!

We're so happy you could join us for this super-fun hop showcasing cards, layouts and projects that feature everything fun about Halloween!!  You'll find an array of ideas throughout the hop -- From decorations to gift ideas and more, we hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!! This is a TWO-DAY hop, so be sure to catch both days for maximum ideas (you'll find the entire line-up below my post)!!

We can guarantee LOTS of treats on this hop (and maybe a few TRICKS too)... So let's get hopping!!  If you've hopped over from, Claire over at Scrap My Way then you are in the right place!!  If you've just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you'd like to join our Trick-or-Treat FUN, then please CLICK HERE to start at the beginning with Lynda's blog because...  It's always a TREAT to start at the start!! :)  We have a WONDERFUL Grand Prize for one lucky hopper today -- A Gift Certificate for Sweet Stamping Treats!!  To be eligible, please visit each "Blog Hop Stop" and leave a comment!!  One random winner will be chosen on Friday, October 21st (giving you plenty of time to finish the hop)... For more details on what you could choose if YOU are the winner, please be sure to visit our sponsor:

Sweet Stamping Treats

For the hop today, I've created .......

Card Size:  4 1/2 x 5 1/2
Paper: Background on the card was from KC & Company; Cut-outs: Recollections (Gem Stones) from Michaels.
Sickers: KC & Company
Cut-Outs from the Happy Hauntings Cart:  Tree Size 3 1/2"; Ghosts 2"
I added glitter to the ghosts for more dimension.  

I also created a 2nd Card from some scraps that I had around my scrap room.  I am rediscovering card making without the Cricut.....  

Okay now on to the fun stuff.... TREATS

To be eligible to win, become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment with contact information.  I will have choose the winner on Tuesday, October 18th.  Please check back to see if you won!

Thank you again for checking out my project...  Now hop on over to Suzanne at the Cricut Craftin Grammy and remember to visit all the stops for more chances to WIN!!

Below are links to BOTH days of the hop so you'll be sure not to miss a THING!!

DAY TWO (October 16):

Saturday, October 15, 2011

RAK Partner Card - September

Card I put together for my September RAK Partner.  Used divine twine, Close to My Heart Stamps "Bee Happy", Cuttlebug and the Create a Critter Cart.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Birthday Card - Black & White

I made this card for my friend who's birthday was today, so I whipped this card up for her.  I used some scrap SEI Paper, Prima Flowers, Irock, and misc. stickers.  I love creating on the fly.