Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Polar Express Breakfast

Hello blog friends!

My "In Real Life" friends have been asking me to post this…so they can all copy :)

It isn't my idea, I saw it on Pinterest last year or so, I just improved on the idea.  With an egg allergy in our house, I make most things from scratch.  But, I have found a good, organic pancake mix that is egg free.  Arrowhead Mills.  I use low fat buttermilk as the liquid and add a few tablespoons of greek yogurt to pump up the protein.  Turkey bacon makes the antlers; blackberries,  strawberries  and whip cream finish off Rudolf.



To "build" Rudolf, I make a large round pancake, then a smaller oval pancake, then a very small oval pancake.   I put the bacon down first in the antler shape I want, then the large round pancake anchors the bacon, next add the medium oval pancake about 1/2 way off the round one to create the muzzle.  Last, the smallest oval pancake is torn in two to make the ears and tucked in front of the bacon and behind the "head".  Then I pour the syrup on, spray on the whip cream and add fruit and serve to some really excited Small people. 

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Nice List

Hello blog friends,

Well.  Two months since my last post again.  Uggg.  Grrr.  Life.  Graduate student.  Full time single Mom.  We all know the drill.

Joy, our Elf, has been a fun Christmas presence for the last few weeks.  He will be leaving shortly, and let me in on the preview of the "Nice List Declaration" the Small people in my life will get this year.  I know of 26 different special kiddos who will be receiving a special little surprise in their stockings Christmas Eve morning!


Full of special Santa touches, from the peppermint ribbon, to sparkly snowflakes, to the gold stamp indicating this is "o.f.f.i.c.i.a.l.". It is the real deal. 

The back of the certificate has a gold embossed image of the Big Man himself!


Don't forget the envelope!  Also gold embossed from Santa and it will arrive via the Polar Express, of course!

You can create your own certificates using these stamp sets from Papertrey Ink: Here and Here and Here

Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Autumn Thanks

Hello blogland!

Hmm.  Well, almost two months since my last post.   I thought graduate school while finishing my AAS AND while being a single Mom would be a great idea.  It IS a great idea, I just have no time to do anything fun...like create cards.


My birthday was last month, and I needed to create some nice "thank you" cards for the wonderful gifts I received.  The leaves are just beginning to turn here, and I was very inspired by the changing weather.


This was simple, and super easy to create and easy to switch the color scheme.  (sorry about the cell phone images...taking pics on the fly...)Almost everyone contacted me and said "Wow!!" so I know it was a winner.

Papertrey Ink: Mighty Oak die, Thank you die.  Kraft card base with various color combinations.

Sigh.  Back to studying.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Here comes Halloween!

Hello blog land!

Papertrey Ink had another Make It Monday that turned my creative wheels in motion.  This one is all about white crayon resist...hmm....interesting!  I love to make Halloween cards almost as much as Christmas cards!  Let the Halloween card making begin!

So, I dug through the kids crayons (they are crayon hoarders, there are jars of them everywhere!) and started scribbling and misting.



I stared with basic white card stock and colored the white scribble area with a white crayon.  Then inked around the edge with Orange Zest ink, and wiped off extra.  I spritzed with Gold Glimmer Mist, then stamped the rest!



I created the second card in a very similar manner, except the background is only Glimmer Mist.  Then I stamped the images in both grey and black and die cut the "31st".  





Too much fun!  With mainly boys in my family, I'm always trying to make cards that boys will like, or at least not be embarrassed to open.  

All items Papertrey Ink. :) Stamp sets: Mr. Bones, Friendship Fall Jar Fillers.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wishing you sunshine!

Hello blog friends!

Papertrey Ink posted a new Make It Monday challenge... stamp a random background.  So up my creative alley!

Moxie Fab World also has a challenge called The Trendy Triangles.  Plus, Simon Says Stamp also has a triangle challenge up!!   The thought of how to use triangles has been bouncing around my noggin...sometimes ideas come immediately, sometimes they need to marinate.  This was one that marinated...  I was working with the PTI die from Sweet As Can Be (the ice cream die) and knew it had a great triangle I could use.  It made me think of sun rays...wha-laa! An idea!

As it is a dark and cloudy day today here... perfect to bring a little sunshine in!







 I created the raindrop background and used a sentiment from Scattered Showers stamp set, and the Cloud die (all from Papertrey Ink) to complete my card.  The clouds are attached with foam pop dots for added dimension.


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a sunny day. :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sweet for the sweet!

Hello blogland!

Papertrey Ink has a challenge up for Make It Monday, Double Background Challenge.

I actually had a bit of time and created two cards!  Woo Hoo!!  This card was created using scraps from my previous card, scroll down if you wish to see that one too.

Using  Sweet As Can Be stamp set and die,  I quickly whipped up a generic card...could be for a birthday? As a thank you card?  Thinking of you card?!

Take a look-see at this super quick card:


I know how hard it is to see the "double background", my sunlight left quickly...On the oval die cut (Spellbinder oval die)  I stamped the word "sweet" and the cherry from Sweet As Can Be set and stamped using VersaMark.  Here is an up close and personal photo, hopefully you can see those images!


A little touch of Diamond Stickles for accent, of course. :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh baby!

Hello blog friends!

Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge was to create a "double background" with our stamps. This challenge was right up my creative alley.


Using a multitude of different stamps, all Papertrey Ink:  Background Basics: Text Style, Polka Dot Basics, Wonderful Words: Baby (and the die)  and Polka Dot Parade #5, I created this simple and too cute card. 


I stamped the backgrounds using VersaMark and VersaMark Dazzle.  I thought it was really cool that the VersaMark "pushed" the ink away when I stamped the cute little birdy!  So the bird has a texture too.  The music notes were stamped in Tuxedo Black, but I off stamped one time so they would appear very soft in the background.  I wanted the black "baby" to be the focal point, and everything else soft and baby sweet. 

I think I'm going to try this with really bright colors next! 

Thanks for stopping by!