Friday, November 21, 2014

Crafty Secrets Retro Kitchen Get Well

Hello dear friends!
Today I have a card to share using one of the new kitchen digital sets from Crafty Secrets.  This set is called RETRO KITCHEN DIGITAL KIT and it is AWESOME!!!

OMG!  I actually remember a lady from my childhood who had a kitchen that looked JUST LIKE this paper!  Who remember the old 'Congo Wall' (Congoleum Tiles) ... LOL yep I'm aging myself again!  I think it came in Cherries or Apples ... aahh the memories of days gone by!  LOL

Anyways, I just love this color combo (so bright & cheerful) and the cute image made me smile so thought it would be perfect for a get well card!  The sentiment panel comes BLANK ... I simply stamped the sentiment in manually this time around.  You could also use many of the Crafty Secrets sentiments available to fit any occasion.  

By simply adding a little red gingham ribbon/bow ... this card was FAST and EZPZ!! 

Be sure to pop on over to the Crafty Secrets Store and check out all the AMAZING SALES going on right now!  Sandy is switching to ALL DIGITAL so she has a warehouse full of goodies to sell at a VERY REASONABLE PRICE ... here's the link!

AND REMEMBER ... we have a Monthly Linky Party the 1st Monday of Every Month over on our BLOG!  All you need to do is create ANYTHING using a Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage item and you qualify for some FREE GOODIES!  That's right ... EVERYONE'S A WINNER! 

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend!!
Till next time . . .

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ladybugs for Londyn

Hello my friends!
WOW!  Such a busy (but fun) time of the year!
Had GREAT FUN baking cookies with my daughter & granddaughter yesterday.  
We used only two different batters ... oatmeal and chocolate chip ... but modified them to create 3 different kinds from each batter.  I will share one of those recipes with you at the end of this post ... White Chocolate, Pecan, Banana Cookies ... so be sure to check it out!

But before that I'd like to share with you a gift set that I was commissioned to do for one of the Managers at the local Bob Evans, for her little granddaughter birthday the end of the month.  The little one's name is LONDYN (isn't that adorable) and they call her LADYBUG ... hence the theme for this collection.  I created her birthday card, tissue box cover, photo frame and an altered canvas.  Have a peek ...


 Grandma Mariea was very happy with the collection which of course made me VERY happy!  It was fun to do and I look forward to hearing back after the birthday party on the 30th.

Now about those cookies ...


1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 banana, mashed
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tespoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 to 8 ounces white chocolate bar, chopped 
(I used white chocolate chips)
1 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preheat oven to 375.
Beat butter and sugars until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well.  Add vanilla and vanilla.  Add flour, cornstarch, salt and soda.  Mix well.  Add chocolate and pecans,  Mix gently.  Chill dough about an hour (oops didn't do that! lol)
Using a small ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheet.  
Sprinkle with coarse salt.  (oops didn't do that either, just added table salt to recipe, lol)
Bake 10 minutes or until browned on edges
Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

Even after my couple of Oooops ... they still taste really good!
Can you imagine how awesome they would really be if you follow the recipe!  LOL!
Hey!  I was on a roll and who has time for minor details!  LOL!

Anyways it was fun ... cookies are good (scale went UP this a.m. ... drat!)
But best of all ... the time spent together was PRICELESS!
LOVE MY GIRLS!!!  (and my boys too!)

Craft show tomorrow ... I'd better get my ducks in a row!
As always . . .

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dies R Us 1000 Likes Facebook Giveaway

Hello My Friends!
Dies R Us just passed 1000 Likes over on our Facebook Page and we would like to celebrate with a Giveaway Event!  Here's the details ...

For your convenience here are the links:

Remember to leave a separate comment for each part you complete.
Hope you'll come join in the fun and GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! with Dies R Us

Hello my friends and welcome back!
Tuesday is my day to do my best to inspire you with a creation made using dies from the Dies R Us Store! Today's creation utilizes three dies, 1 holiday design paper, 1 stamp and a touch of Sparkle!!  EZPZ and ADORABLE!!

The background paper on this card creation is actually closer to the color in the last picture in this post (light grey with white snowflakes) ... don't ask me why my camera insists on changing the colors of my cards from time to time.  Actually the sepia tones would have been nice too!  Hmmmm!   LOL!

The dies used on this card are:

A simple touch of Stickles helped add that holiday sparkle I was looking for and of course just had to let Santa get a word in with my 'Our Lady of Rubber' HO sentiment stamp!

With gorgeous dies like these, you can have beautiful holiday cards ready to send in no time at all.  And this time of year with so many things to be done, that's of great benefit!!

Please be sure to stop over at our Dies R Us Store for all your holiday die cutting needs.  And if it's challenge fun you're looking for, check out our Dies R Us Challenge Blog ... a new challenge goes live on the 1st and 15th of each month with one lucky winner receiving a gift prize to the Dies R Us Store.  Hope you'll come play along!

Well, that's about it for me today!  
Are you as crazy busy as I am right now?  
Shew!  This is maddening ... but so much fun!  LOL!

Thanks for the visit and as always . . .

Monday, November 17, 2014

Being SQUARE with Squigglefly

Hello All!
It's time for a new challenge over on Squigglefly and today's theme is to 

create a SQUARE card! 

Now I must admit square cards are something I rarely do ... mainly because here in the USA postage is MORE for square cards then it is for rectangular cards!  And, since I do sell my cards at craft shows, many people don't want to be bothered with the additional postage and just don't buy them!

Anyways ... here's my card for today's challenge and I've used this adorable Christmas Bird image by artist Sal Scheibe.  I've used my Spectrum Noir pencils and markers for my coloring and then used chalk to create the background sky.  I also used Liquid Pearls to create the snow ... can't have Christmas Birds without snow! And, since they are Christmas Birds, I felt a Merry Christmas (by Cheery Lynn Designs) sentiment was in order!  VIOLA!  Ready to mail ...

I do hope you'll come share YOUR square card creations with us at Squigglefly!  And if you need more inspiration, be sure to check out what my fabulous team mates have created!!

Hope to see you there!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a WONDERFUL WEEK AHEAD!!
Till next time . . .

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Looking out the window ...

Hello my friends!  Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!
As usual, I'm busy preparing for my end of the year craft fairs but after talking to my friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) I decided to take a break away from craft fair items and play along in a fun challenge she steered me towards.  

The challenge is called 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and the current challenge is
Yep, it must be Christmas and involve a window.
Diane knows I love creating this type of card so she didn't hesitate to tell be about this fun challenge.  Thanks my friend!!!  Be sure to check out HER POST HERE for the card she created ... it's beautiful!  I told her I thought it was funny that her card is "from the outside looking IN" and mine is "from the inside looking OUT"!!!  LOL ...

Here's what I came up with . . .

  My image is stamped on white vellum then colored on the 'back' side using my Spectrum Noir markers.  I know dye markers are better for this technique but without thinking I just started using my alcohol markers and I think they came together just fine!  
Now of course I couldn't just stop at ONE card!  So, here's another card using the same technique.

Since I am in need of several more holiday cards not only for my craft fairs but for my own personal friends, I decided to create a couple more 'windows' which will be turned into Christmas cards later in the week.

Here are a few other challenges I'd like to share in today then I really MUST be getting back to my craft fair projects ...
Alphabet Challenge -  T for Traditional Christmas
Chocolate Coffee Cards - Favorite Holiday (Christmas)
Word Art Wednesday .- Anything Goes 
C.R.A.F.T  Challenge - Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes 
Craft A Scene Challenge - Trees, trees, trees

OH and by the looks of the radar here in NE Ohio, I just might have this sort of view out my own window come tomorrow morning!  They're calling for 1-3" tonight and another 3-5" tomorrow!  Gee ... guess where you'll find me!!  LOL!
Yep ... tucked away in my cave just crafting my little fingers to the bone!  LOL!

Happy Day and as always . . .

YEP!  They were right ... here's what I woke up to this morning!
The 1st photo was the view out the side lights of my front door at 6:45 a.m.

This is looking out the back sliding door around 8:00 a.m.
AND, it's still coming down (10 am)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Crafty Secrets Kitchen Memories Booklet

Hello my friends!
Today I have a fun project to share with you that I've created using the new Crafty Secrets Kitchen Memories Digital Kit!  OMG if you haven't checked out these new Kitchen Digital Kits yet ... jump over RIGHT NOW!!!  So many fabulous papers, images, ephemera that I had to make myself STOP adding pages!  LOL!

 I am so pleased with this project!  
Aren't the covers beautiful!

And to think ... it all began with empty cereal boxes and this FABULOUS NEW KIT from Crafty Secrets!!  Not only do they have this new kit but they also have a new RETRO KITCHEN DIGITAL KIT that is equally AWESOME!!!  Even though I do recycle, I can't bring myself to toss these in the bin ... they are perfect for times like this!

Now for a peek at the inside pages ... ALL created using this one kit!!  
I could have gone on and on and on ... so much fun!!
(you can click on these image to enlarge)

 Page 1 and 2 ...

 Page 3 and 4 ...

 Page 5 and 6 ...

 Page 7 and 8 ...

Page 9 and 10 ...

 So there you have it!  Don't you just LOVE IT!!!
Yes, I did a lot of fussy cutting ... not that you have to, I just like doing that!  LOL!
And I did a little playing around with the fruits and vegetables by 'grouping' them together in WORD before printing and fussy cutting.  I also resized the recipe cards before printing ... THAT is one of the wonderful things about using digital images ... you can resize to fit any project!!

Oh and in case you're interested ... this booklet is 5.5" x 7" in size.

Here are a few challenges I'd like to share today's project in:
Try it on Tuesday Challenge - Handmade/Homemade
Craft-room Challenge - Anything 3d
Party Time Tuesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday Challenge - Three or more papers
All Crafts Oct/Nov Challenge - Anything But A Card
The Crafting Cafe - Not a Card

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by and I do hope you'll pop over to our Crafty Secrets Blog  there is STILL TIME TO PLAY IN OUR LINKY PARTY ... 

AND, check out our Crafty Secrets Store ... so much you will miss if you don't!
As always  . . .

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Tags

Hello Everyone!
Are you as busy as I am?  Whew!  
I'm trying to get enough prepared for my last two craft fairs for the year and even though I'm making good headway, there's always something else I want to do besides what has been depleted from the past 3 shows!  LOL!  Stay focused Darlene!!
  Anyways, today I'm working on some TAGS and thought I'd share a peek with you.

 This is a FABULOUS way to use up those scraps (of which I have accumulated a mountain of)!  The tag base is cut from the white & ivory off cuts from my A-6 size cards and the decorative holiday papers are also off cuts from previous projects.  Some I've added holiday die cuts to the front others I've simply added a sentiment.  ALL have a To: and From: stamped on the back.

 Here are a few challenge to share in today:
Crafty Ribbon Challenge - Christmas Creations with Ribbon
 NEXT UP ... Tissue Box Covers!
Here you see I have some cut/scored and ready to start assembling.  I sold ALL my holiday tissue box covers at the show a couple weeks ago so need to get hopin' on these!  Hopefully I'll remember to snap a few photos to share with you when they are completed.

Okay ... break time is over!  Back to crafting & creating!
I hope you'll stop back tomorrow when I have a FABULOUS PROJECT to share with you using the new KITCHEN digi sets from Crafty Secrets!  I think you're going to love it as much as I do!
Till then and as always ...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sisterhood - 'Thanks'

Happy Day my friends!
Today I have a card to share that was created for the new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters.  Our theme today is

(use the word THANK on your card ... i.e. Thankful, Give Thanks, Thank You, etc.)

Terri is today's hostess and we are happy to welcome THREE new Step Sisters for our November challenges.  Please pop over, show them some love and come play along!!

 For today's card, I found this ADORABLE Ruth Morehead image over on Pinterest and felt it was just perfect to express thanks.  After printing, I did a little fussy cutting around these cutie pies and popped it up just a bit with dimensionals.  The sentiment was computer generated below the image before printing and this fabric pumpkin ribbon was a gift from a friend.

We at the Sisterhood are certainly THANKFUL for all the wonderful inspiration YOU have shared with us this past year and look forward to having you join us as often as you possibly can.

I would like to share my card in the following challenges:
{PIN}spirational Challenges - Photo Inspiration

DREAM it UP! Challenge - Thankful and Thoughtful

THANKS again for taking the time to stop by my blog and as always . . .

Papers:  SU Really Rust cs, Graphic45 'Domestic Goddess' dp
Accessories:  Fiskars swivel craft knife, SU dimensionals,  Pumpkin ribbon

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sparkle and Shine with Dies R Us

Good Day my Friends and Welcome Back!
It's Tuesday and that means it is time once again for me to share a card I have made to hopefully inspire you using various dies from our Dies R Us store.
Today I'm creating with the traditional Christmas colors of Red, White & Green as well as a very simple, yet elegant design.  We all love that little touch of sparkle, so I thought a dab of Stickles and Diamond Dust was in order to help highlight these gorgeous dies.

Dies used are:

Remember, if by chance the die you are looking for is out of stock ... simply click on the 'Put Me On The Waiting List' tab, add your information and you'll be notified as soon as it's once again available (which usually isn't very long at all!). 

This card is SO pretty IRL ... I wish you could see all the sparkle and shine in my photos.  Either way, it will be so much faster making my holiday cards this year with the help of the gorgeous holiday dies available at our Dies R Us Store.

With the holiday's quickly approaching, you'll be seeing a lot of Christmas inspirational cards from me over the next several weeks!  Otherwise I'll never get them all done!  LOL!  If you are in need of inspiration in using die cuts ... the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog is the place for you!  Each day Monday - Friday our team members share with you THEIR style and inspiration.  Please come check us out!

A few challenges to share in:
Card Mania #59 - Use your dies
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas
Get Creative Challenges #1 - Anything Goes (twist-stitching)
 Love To Create Challenge - Anything Goes
My Craft Creations - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards Challenge #6 -  Anything Goes
Through the Purple Haze - Use Punch or Die

Don't forget about the fun we are also having at our DIES R US CHALLENGE BLOG?  A new challenge goes live on the 1st and 15th of each month with one lucky winner receiving a gift prize to the Dies R Us Store.   The current challenge is THANKFUL and runs through Thursday, the 13th.  New upcoming challenge (15th) will be ANYTHING GOES - CHRISTMAS!! I hope you'll come join in the fun!

Thanks again for stopping by today and as always . . .

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Random Act of Kindness Challenge

Welcome my friends!
Today I have a fun creation to share with you that I created as my DT inspiration for the new challenge at 613 Avenue Create Challenge #97.  
Yes, we are an ANYTHING GOES challenge, but each time we have a TWIST theme.
It's to your advantage to use the twist when you can!
Today's TWIST THEME is:
(Make Someone Smile today!!!)

We have THREE amazing sponsors for today's challenge!  Be sure to pop over to the challenge blog and check 'em out!  Of course you'll see samples created by Team A for each of these wonderful sponsors!  Today I have the pleasure of creating with an image from QKR STAMPEDE!

I've decided to create a Gift Card holding Side Step Card for my favorite waitress at a local restaurant.  She is always cheerful and gets our order in lickity split!!  Of course, it helps that we always order the same thing every time ... LOL!  But even so, when she seeing us come in the door our order is in and hot coffee is on it's way!

For my creation I have used this adorable Santa image called Santa's List (digi24240) from QKR Stampede.  I've colored him with my Spectrum Noir PENCILS and used scraps of holiday design paper for the background.

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, the Paper Studio design paper
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Merry Christmas' # B186, Memory Box 'Snowflake Corner' #98238, Spectrum Noir pencils, Fiskars swivel craft knife (fussy cutting), SU pot dots

A few challenges I'd like to share in today are:
MilkCoffee Challenge - Hand Color Image
Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge - Photo Inspiration (I used the colors)

Scrapy Land Challenge #5 - Anything Goes using dies available at their store.
A Random Fan Challenge Blog Challenge #18 - Red, White & Green
Craft Room Challenge - A Vintage Christmas
Crafty Calender November Challenge - All About Christmas
Kit and Clowder November Challenge - Christmas

Please come join in our challenge fun at 613 Avenue Create!
Thanks for stopping by!  Till next time . . .

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Masculine cards . . .

Hello my friends!
I hope you're having a fabulous week!
I have SO MUCH to do in my cave between my DT obligations and getting enough cards/goodies ready for yet another show coming up on the 21st but instead I've been having fun and enjoying a surprise visit from crafting friends who popped in from Illinois (more on that at the end of this post!).

Oh, and for those of you who have asked ... last weekend's craft show at our local high school was FABULOUS!  I sold LOTS of just about everything ... cards, tissue box covers, Hershey pouches, Nugget boxes, Emery Board covers ... yep it was AWESOME!!!

Now, even though I've been playing outside my cave,  I did take time to create some much needed MASCULINE cards for my stash the other day and thought I'd share a few with you today.  I always get such a great response from cards I've created using my Stampscapes Stamps and I think they are the perfect images for the guys.  At last week's show I actually had a compliment on the fabulous array of masculine Birthday cards I offer ... but was asked to make more masculine GET WELL cards too since they are so hard to find!

These cards really didn't take me any time at all!  That's just one of the things about Stampscapes that I LOVE!  You can create a scene so quickly ... looks so complex but it's really so easy! 
 I've had this big stack of 6x6 Stampin' Up papers that one of my SU suppliers was selling for $5 a pack a few years back and I had totally forgotten about them.  Several I thought would work great for today's cards and since they are double sided, I simply scored and folded the back side forward to create my coordinating decorative panel.

A few challenges to share in are:
Craft a Scene Challenge - Trees, Trees, Trees
Little Red Wagon Challenge #262 - Home is Where Your Heart Is
Paper Shelter Challenge #181 - For the Man in your Life


Yep ... crafting friend Bette Henson [on the left] (one of the ladies I met at Joan's Gardens workshops out in Indiana several years ago) surprised me with making a trip to Ohio along with her good friend Sharri.  Their actual destination was Amish Country (southern Ohio) but 'since they were in my neck of the woods', took the time to come visit my home, meet the hubby and do dinner together.  
 That was on Monday and they were headed to Berlin, Ohio for the remainder of the week to take in the Amish sights.  THEN ... a text invitation on Tuesday led me down to link up with the ladies once again for a day of unique experiences and fun!  Here's a few peeks at our day:

 Yes, the Amish were out if large numbers for today's auction of Hay, Livestock, Fresh Produce as well as the Flea Market.

Here's Sharri and Bette waiting for the Livestock Auction to being.  Under advice from the guys sitting in the row behind us ... we moved out of the 'splash zone' to a higher (and safer) location before it began.

Bette had her registered number all ready JUST IN CASE she decided to bid on something!   I wasn't sure how she was going to get it all back to Illinois but I'm sure she had a plan!  LOL!

We were a bit disappointed since the Chicken Auction wasn't until 1:00 and there was only going to be standing room ... so we had to skip that one!

I wish I would have gotten a photo down at the HAY ROLLS auction ... that was really WELL ATTENDED!  Of course with winter coming on and everyone having horses & cows to feed ... I'm sure it was an important time!

If you follow me on my FB page, you already know about this adventure as I did take the time to post a little about it there too.

Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen was our lunchtime destination.  I simply enjoyed the salad bar (trying to be good ya know!) ... AND it left me room for that wonderful Amish Blackberry Pie!!  LOL!

On our way down to Walnut Creek Stores, we stopped by the Wendell August shop to check out their hand hammered items ... what beautiful works of art.  AND look at this ... claims to be the LARGEST AMISH BUGGY in the World!!  The wheels on this thing stand 5' high (and I'm only 5'2" ... yikes)

 Well had such a good time!  We laughed & laughed while driving through the different Amish towns as Bette wanted a photo of EVERYTHING and insisted she was going to tow one of these Amish buggies back home to Illinois behind her little Prius car!  LOL!

Along the road we spotted this Amish gentleman taking in the corn for the winter.  Of course with a horse drawn machine.  LOTS of work but he was doing a fabulous job!  And, God granted him another beautiful day to get it done!  Here's a larger view ... looks like he'd been at it all morning!

 Well as I said at the beginning of this long post, I have A LOT of crafting to get done so I'd better get busy!  Thanks so much for stopping by ... I can't tell you how much your support and comments mean to me!  Happy Day All!!

As always . . .
Recipe for cards:
Papers:  Very Vanilla cs, various SU design papers
Stamps:  Stampscapes Cabin - 140E, Cabin with Fence - 144F, Pin Row - 150E, Fence - 289D, Anita's birthday stamp
Accessories:  Spellbinder Classic and Scallop Circles and Ovals, Tim Holtz distress inks, sponge daubers, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Elizabeth Craft Get Well #790, Martha Stewart border punch