Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Nestabilities Anyone?

Short post, but just curious... I have an opportunity to purchase the whole set of circle nestabilities at a really great price (a friend doesn't want them), but I already have the large scallop circle set, which would then mean I would have two. I don't need two of the same set - I know, not a phrase we crafters often here ourselves saying - LOL! So, I would like to sell mine.

I used only one of them once, so they are not in their original package, but I could put them in a CD case for you??? I just haven't had the time to use them. Would anyone be interested in buying the set I currently have? I want to sell them for $22 plus shipping, and would likely only take Paypal. Let me know if you are interested, otherwise I might just put them on ebay - UGH! Thanks!

Have a great day/night!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

One More Thing...

One more thing before I leave the computer for the day... I wanted to share a fabulous Blueberry muffin recps that I found at LOVE that site! I have made it several times an changed tings a bit here and there and found that this version is THE best! For us busy moms out there, this is a quick and easy way to get another serving of fruit into our kids, (we all know how hard that can be sometimes :-) Try it out!

World's Best Blueberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar (I don't use that much, I use a little more than half cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I substitute with unsweetened apple sauce)
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup FRESH blueberries (frozen really do NOT taste the same)

1/2 cup white sugar (I use brown or topping)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil (or apple sauce or you can half/half this) into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.

To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

Delicious! Start your Sunday off right! Enjoy!

No Where Near Needing This...

Like I said last week, although my blog took a little time off, I unfortunately did not. We had a showcase day at my MOPS group a few weeks ago to show off our home businesses. Now I don't really have a home business per se, but since people had been encouraging me to show others what I can do, I thought this might be a good opportunity to do that. So, this is one of the projects I did for that showcase.

I am in Love with Cosmo Cricket's Sugar line! It is so girly, yet it's classic too. I have decided that is what my daughter's room will be decorated with. I am going to cover her name letters with it too. I just love the colors and the patterns! Gotta stock up now before they yank it from the shelves to make room for the new stuff, which I have to tell ya does not make my heart go pitter patter :-( like this does.

Guessing by now everyone knows how to make one of these! I used Maya Road rub-ons for her name and the flower is from MM. I did cover the inside with paper too, and attached an organza pull ribbon bag to keep the tooth and money in.

I actually got three orders for these in their choice of color scheme. Not bad!

So, what do you think?

OK, well off to clean and hopefully stamp tonight. I have a lot of painting to do to - you'll see that next. I miss my stamps! :-(

Have a fabulous Sunday!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

What I Used:

Paper: Cosmo Cricket Sugar Collection

Accessories: Maya Road rub-on letters, MM rub-on flower, Ofray cream satin ribbon, organza bag (inside), MM Copper Flower Brads, Tin

Sunday, April 20, 2008

A Little Something...

I wanted to share this project because this was very special to me. A while back in this post I wrote about my cousin, Tricia, who was going to be starting chemo for ovarian cancer. Anyone who knows Tricia (or as she calls herself these days *wink* Patty) knows how much she loves to play waitress. She takes coffee orders at every family get together. She never makes the coffee, just likes to take the orders :-) So, when she finished her last chemo treatment, we went up to visit and celebrate with her and her family. She was too busy on the phone with her boyfriend to really notice we were even around :-) but she did enjoy this little gift I made for her - her very own personalized notebook. My 11 year old cousin was there and she loved the polka dots, apparently they are big right now among the tweens :-) She had polka dot socks on and a bandana to boot, so I know my notebook was cool (is it still cool to say cool?) LOL!

The notebook was actually pretty before I covered it, but I did it anyway. I covered the notebook with Mod Podge and adhered the paper, and added the rub-ons (American Crafts) for her name. The P and the heart chipboard are painted with Making Memories Specialty Glaze in Ruby, see the close-up it's pretty shimmery (love it!). I sprayed the cover with an acrylic sealant before I attached the ribbon.

The sentiment obviously has special meaning for her now more so than ever; I know it does for me.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! We will be very busy again, starting with my son's t-ball game at 8:30 am - UGH! We are test driving cars this weekend for my hubby, I'm praying that goes well because me and car salesmen don't go well together :-(

What I used:

Stamps: PTI Out On A Limb

Paper: MME patterned (I think), Pink is Carnation from Martha Stewart, PTI White

Ink: Staz On Black

Accessories: Ribbon Michaels Basic Basic Collection, American Crafts rub-ons, Mod Podge, Acrylic Sealant, Scallop scissors, Making Memories Specialty Glaze paint Ruby, Black brads MM, Flowers Prima, Chipboard letter Colorbok and heart MM

It's Been Forever...

It has been a while since I last posted. We have been doing a lot around here. We had a *HUGE* yard sale last weekend and I spent many, many, many hours going through closets, drawers, cabinets... to get everything out of here. Unfortunately, it rained at 11:00 so we didn't sell as much as we would have liked, but we made some ***mad*** money and the rest goes to the American Veterans, so we feel good!

I also spent a great deal of time getting a portfolio of things together for a showcase day we had at my MOPS group last Thursday. That is probably the biggest reason I haven't posted. I was busy gathering goodies for the show and creating like mad. It was pretty successful, not all my stuff is stamping. I have a lead to be commissioned on painting some canvases for a woman who makes beaded things and bows. She sells at a lot of craft shows and wants to make some of my stuff part of her booth. I'll show you the biggest seller in a post this week.

For now, here is a card I did for our MOPS coordinator who just turned 40 a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we were not able to go to her party, since we had NO babysitter. We don't have any family around here, or at least none that we claim :-). So finding sitters has proved to be our "BIGGEST" problem over the years. My kids do just about everything with us, we don't have much of a choice. Good thing we like them! :-)
So, for this card, pretty self explanatory really. This was my first tent topper. I bought these stamps from Shannan Teubner (thanks Shannan! :-) a while back when she was selling some of her "old" stuff. It's true what they say "One (wo)man's trash, is another (wo)man's treasure!" I love this martini girl!

I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS to match the polka dot paper, which I think is MME. The scalloped bottom is done with a corner rounder. The scallop around the image is done with scissors, while the scallop around the sentiment is a marvy punch. I don't have the oval nesties *yet*; they're on my long list! I added some stickles across the top of the drink for some added sparkle, and colored some faux baubles with a sharpie to match the ribbon . I popped up the sentiment with dimensionals and other than that, pretty darn simple!

Hope to be back this week with some more samples. Things are dying down a little around here, so perhaps I will...

Have a great week!

What I used:
Stamps: Inky Antics
Paper: PTI White, Base is Carnation by Martha Stewart, Polka Dots MME, Pink is Prism (don't know what shade)
Ink: Staz On Black
Accesories: Faux Baubles from Michaels, Sharpie marker, Lime Green Stickles, Liquid Pearls in Petal Pink, Prismacolor Pencils and OMS, Scallop scissors, Marvy Mega Oval Punch, Oval Coluzzle, Paper Piercer, Ribbon Basic Basic Collection rom Michaels, dimensionals