Cute and Simple

Sometimes the best looking cards are the simple ones.  I am on a window cut out kick.  I will take a normal A2 sized card and cut out a small square on the front of the card.  Then I will put a small decorative element inside the card, just a teeny bit smaller than the window I cut out.  That is it.  Nothing fancy.  But somehow it seems elegant to me.  Of course I might just be a little biased.

The most recent card uses kraft grey paper, with a small purple flower.   The flower was punched with a stamping up whale punch.  I adhered a little pink rhinestone in the middle of the flower for a little bling.  Everything looks good with a little bling!

This card was quick and easy, but a satisfying project.

Cute and quick flower card
Cute and quick flower card
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Mustache Madness!?!

I just finished making 150 mustaches on a stick for our upcoming retiree dinner.  This event will be so much fun!  We have a circus theme and every attendee will get a mustache and a clown nose.  These will go great in our photo area, along with our circus animals and strong man bar bell.

Mustache on a Stick
Mustache on a Stick

Everyone looks better with a mustache!

Being sick sucks!

I went on vacation to Arizona for spring break and came back sick as a dog. My throat is still sore and I have a lingering cough.  Usually I can deny being sick, but it didn’t work this time.  Of course work did not stop, and I have been leaving the house at 7 AM and coming home at 7 PM, so I haven’t gotten the rest that I need.  Good thing I love my job!

I was finally able to do something crafty this week. My friend’s daughter is getting married in May and her bridal shower is in a week and a half.  For the shower my friend asked me to make favors, little wedding dress boxes.  I gave her three options to choose from:

Dress Box with Satin Ribbon
Dress Box with Satin Ribbon
Dress Box with Pink Bling
Dress Box with Pink Bling
Dress Box with Flowers
Dress Box with Flowers

Which box do you like the best?

I look forward ward to getting back to my year of craftiness; more projects and more blog posts!

When You Are Stressed, Make Something!

I have been just a little stressed out at work recently. A colleague retired and we don’t have a replacement yet.  So I am pulling double duty.  It has been fun learning, but I need something to calm down my brain when I get home.  So I have been using my craft room full of toys to destress my life.

This weekend I opened up a new ink for my letterpress.  A beautiful deep purple. I pressed a bunch of “Happy Birthday” tags to use on cards.  Once I have a good example I will post a picture!

I also made up some cute construction themed party invitations using the Stampin’ Up set “Fun on Wheels” set.

Construction Themed Party Invitation
Construction Themed Party Invitation

Baby Shower!

This past Saturday I co-hosted a baby shower for one of my good friends. You would think I would have gone way overboard on decorations and favor boxes.  But I didn’t.  I spent all my energy on the food!  I made a delicious baked French toast with pecans, mini quiche (vegetarian and with ham), deviled eggs with a hint of habanero sauce, a cheese plate, crackers, fruit, yogurt, chips and mini cupcakes.  Everything was so tasty.

Tasty Food for the Baby Shower
Tasty Food for the Baby Shower

I did one crafty thing for the shower.  I put together a mini album where each guest wrote a bit of advice then we added a picture.  Here is what a blank page looked like.

Baby Shower Book
Baby Shower Book

The basic recipe for the baked French toast is:

1 French baguette, cubed

8 eggs

2 cups milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

Topping

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup butter

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

1/2 cup brown sugar

Put the bread in a 9 by 13 pan, mix ingredients and pour over bread.  Cover and put in the fridge overnight.  In the morning, mix up the topping and sprinkle over the top. Add pecans if you want.  Bake for 1 hour at 350.  Yummy!

It’s Craft Day!

My friends and I decided we need to spend more time hanging out.  So we are instituting a monthly craft day.  Every one brings her own project, and the hostess of the month makes a light lunch.  Today was our first craft day.  Our crafts included knitting a scarf, digital scrapbooking, creating a stash of cards, felting and making party favors.  It was a blast getting some work done and chatting.

Lunch was a fabulous home-made white bean and kielbasa soup with fresh bread and pie for desert.  Health and delicious!

Ingredients
1 pound dried white beans (such as great northern or navy)
14 ounces kielbasa, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
5 ounces baby spinach (6 cups)

Directions
1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the beans, kielbasa, broth, tomatoes (and their juices), onion, garlic, rosemary, and 1 cup water.
2. Cover and cook until the beans are tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 5 to 6 hours.
3. Just before serving, stir in the spinach. Serve with the bread.

i was working on party favors for my friend’s son’s first birthday.  They are having a farm themed party, so cute.  The favors will be a small box filled with treats and toys.  The boxes will have a little sheep on them with the sentiment “Thank Ewe!”  Hoe cute is that!

I used the Stampin’ Up set On the Farm, with black Memento ink and colored the image with Copic makers.  The sentiment was printed.

Thank Ewe!
Thank Ewe!

Tickled Pink!

Stampin’ Up! makes the cutest stamps.  I buy new sets and used sets and may have even stolen a set from my sister once.  I have even bought the same set more than once!  I was so excited yesterday because I had four eBay packages waiting for me when I got home.

The stamp set Very Punny is fabulous and I had fun putting together this tickled pink card.  I stamped the little pig on a white background, colored him with Copic markers, mounted him on a medium pink square and put it all together on a light pink card stock.  Hope you like him!

Tickled Pink Blank Notecard
Tickled Pink Blank Notecard

A year of craftiness