Friday, May 30, 2008

Happy 55th Anniversary

This afternoon's card is one that I made for my in-laws for their 55th Wedding Anniversary next week. Can you believe they've been married for 55 years? It's really quite a remarkable accomplishment! It amazes me, with so many couples nowadays that hardly make it for a few years let alone that many years!

I pondered over a design to do for their anniversary card and I finally just decided on something soft and flowery. I kinda like the clean lines of this card, I just hope this is appropriate for the occasion...any thoughts out there? I'm more than open for suggestions. :)

It's beautiful and sunny here today, I'm feeling much better today, just waiting on Jim to get home so we can go get some more mulch and black earth for finishing up the yard work that we have on the go. Our yard is starting to look a lot nicer and it's definitely nice to see the warmer weather here to enjoy.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Garden Silhouettes (SU), Wonderful Words (SU)

Cardstock: Soft Sky (SU), Blue Bayou (SU), White Linen (CRS)

Tools: White Gel Pen (Signo -SU), 1/8" Dimensional Squares (EK Success), Paper Piercer, Piercing Mat, Piercing Guide

Embellishments: Sheer White Ribbon (Michaels), White Brads (Making Memories)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Chocolate Truffle Pouch Tutorial

I've had several people ask me for the measurements for the little Chocolate Truffle Pouch that we made at our SU party a few days ago. I thought I might as well share them with you all, so here they are:

Pouch Directions:
~For the base, you'll need a piece of plain cardstock, we used (SU) Bashful Blue - 1 1/4" x 2"
~For the sides of the pouch, you simply punch out two (SU) Scalloped Circles using a coordinating patterned paper. Attach them to the bottom of the base piece, with exactly 6 scallops on the bottom of each side, adhered with double sided tape.
~At the centre of each of the two scalloped circles, add an eyelet about 1/4" from the edge for the lace closure.

Truffle Wrappers:
~Cut a piece of patterned paper (the same as you used for the scalloped sides of the pouch) - 1" x 3". Add a piece of double sided tape to one side and wrap your Hersey Chocolate Truffle with it, with the seam at the bottom.

Place the wrapped truffles in the base of your pouch, feed sheer ribbon (12" in length) through the eyelets from the inside out and then tie it in a bow on the top.

So, that's it! Ta-da! You're done! How easy was that? Have fun with these and try not to eat too many truffles while your getting the supplies ready! lol :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Housework Funny...

I decided to make a funny card this afternoon with a few stamps that I borrowed from Kim. By the way, I really do housework...I don't like doing it, but I do it! I just don't feel like doing housework today, so I thought this might be appropriate for how I feel with being sick and I thought this saying was too funny! :)

Well, think I'll go have a rest seeing as Jim got home from work early and he can watch the kids.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Classy Lady with Drink (Rubber Romance), Housework Saying (Inkadinkado), High Rises (Art Impressions)
Cardstock: China Red Linen (CRS), Flat Black (CRS)
Tools: 1/8" Dimensional Squares, Scissors

Gone Fishin'

This card is the 3rd project that we made at our SU party on Monday night, however, the plan was to use the golf themed set from SU, with the large layer having the golf club and a ball image stamped on the bottom half circle. Happy Father's Day stamped in the top left corner and little do-jiggers stamped in the long, narrow layer. Well, I don't know anyone who golfs, but I really liked the layout of the card, so I thought I would change up the stamps to be something I could give to my Father-in-Law for Father's Day. He lives right on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick which is famous for it's Salmon. He loves to fish, so I think this will be prefect for him.

I wish the fish image had been in the other direction, but oh well, we can't have everything can we? lol :) I got the fish stamp at Michaels, it's one of their 'Canadian' themed ones for $1.50 - can't really go wrong there. I used my clear alphabet stamps from Doodlebug Designs to spell the Gone Fishin', but I free-handed the fish hook with a pencil and coloured over it with a black gel pen. I stamped 'Happy Father's Day' on the inside of the card. I think he'll like it.

Well, I'm taking a few days off work...unfortunately it's not going to be a vacation...I have the stomach flu quite bad and I'm exhausted. Them, this morning I woke up with a cold and I can barely speak. Just wonderful! Anyway, I should be able to get in some crafty time during my time at home. Sitting is ok, I just don't have the energy to clean or mop the floors that are in need of being done! Oh well, too bad, they'll just have to wait!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

RAK's from Catherine and My Mom

Catherine surprised me with this sweet thank you card that she made for me. I spied a deal on Cuttlekid dies at Michaels and picked her up a couple of them and this was her thank you card for them. It's perfect as she knows how much I worship coffee! lol :) We're both trying to think up an idea for a coffee IV so we can get the coffee directly into our systems! Just kidding we're not quite that bad ...but it's close! Thanks again, Catherine, I love it!

Hurray, I'm finally recruiting my Mum as a card maker! lol :) She's been after me for several years now to start scrapbooking and I'm just starting to get the urge to really try it. She's already scrapped me, my kids and my wedding, so I'm not sure what else is left, but I can carry on where she left off with my kids and continue on with special times within our family. It's really a nice way to look back at pics, just so much work that goes into it. Anyway, I love the card that Mum made for me as a thank you for taking her out to supper for Mother's Day and for the gift that I made her. I love getting together with my Mum for special crafty time. We don't do it as often as I'd like, though, we'll have to work on that now that the weather is nicer and I don't mind driving the hour to her house on clear roads.

I also keep forgetting to post this super cute birthday invitation that Catherine made to give to my girls for her son's upcoming 4th birthday party. Isn't the spaceship a fun idea and I love the use of the fibres as flames coming out the back of the rocket. Very cute and my girls loved it! :)

Well, I think that's all I have to share for now. I'll try to get some crafty time in later on today so I can share something else.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Projects from our SU Night

I have lots of things to show you in the the next couple of posts. First, I'll show you the projects we did at our SU get-together on Monday night at Kim's place. Louise was hostess for us and kept us all laughing with a bit of hysterics...perhaps the most silly I've ever seen us all...what was in that coffee, Louise? lol :) Louise also made a couple of Strawberry and Orange Jello Cheesecake pies for dessert....very yummy! We're all waiting for the recipe! Thanks again so much to Yvonne for bringing us some great projects to do for another fun night out! Sorry if we got out of hand again... lol :)

Our first project of the night was a cute little chocolate truffle pouch. A super cute idea as a wedding favor or simply a special little thank you to give to someone. Who doesn't like chocolate and who could resist when they're done up this cute! :)

This is a pic of the little Chocolate Truffle Pouch that we made using a small rectangle of cs, two punched scalloped circles of patterned paper, some double sided tape, and two more rectangles of patterned paper for the chocolate wrappers. We added the eyelets using Yvonne's Crop-o-dile and I had my first 'WOW' first experience with a Crop-o-dile. Perhaps the birthday fairy will bring me one of those in a couple of weeks, too! lol Then we finished it off with some pretty white sheer ribbon. Super cute!

Here's looking down at it to give you a better view of the laced closure.
This is what the little pouch looks like with the chocolates removed. You attach the scalloped circles on the bottom of the rectangular piece of cs, measuring to have exactly 6 scallops on the bottom side for each scallop.
This was our next project and I liked this one so much I ordered the stamp set that we used for the flower, 'One of a Kind.' I love the way we used dimensional squares to create the flower. Lots of cutting, but worth it in the end for the final effect. It's a flap card where the flap closure goes in back of the stamped flower layer. I really like the 'Stitched' background stamp that was used for this card, too. When I saw it in the catty, I kinda though, yeah, there's nothing special about that, but after using it, I really like it. I didn't order it, but maybe down the's only on the wish list for now.
Here's an angle shot to show you all the dimensions .
This is just the card opened to show you what it looks like from another angle.
This is the beautiful card that Val made for our Card Challenge. I drew Val's name so I got to keep her card, that she actually CASE'd from me so that was kinda funny. Our challenge was to CASE a card from someone else in our group and you could CASE the card in entirety or change a few things on it. I really love the softness about her card and I'm sure you all know that I love butterflies and dragonflies so I was thrilled to get her card. Check out her cool bow, too. I'm gonna have to try to figure it out, she said it's done like you tie a man's if only I knew how to tie a tie! lol :) Thanks so much, Val! It's a keeper, for sure! :)

This is the card of mine that she CASE'd.
Ok, that was a long post...didn't foresee it being that long...I have some more cards to show you, but I'll create another post for those! lol :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kim!

This is the card that I made for my friend, Kim for her upcoming birthday next week. (I gave it to her last night at our stampin' night at her place.) Kim is such a sweet person and I feel as though I can talk to her about just about anything...and no, she's not my shrink! Just someone who listens to all my rants and ramblings! lol :) I have enormous respect for her and love her sense of humour and the kindness about her.

So, here's to you Kim, for a very Happy Birthday! I luv ya, Chick! :)

I'll post our projects from last night in my next post, just gotta take pics of them all...

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: 'flower' - Embrace Life (SU), 'make a wish' Clear Stamp (Studio G)
Cardstock: White and Black Linen (CRS), Sky Blue (SU), Vellum Cardstock (SU)
Sky Blue (SU), Blue Bayou (SU)
Patterned Paper: Fresh Print - Blue Raspberry Collage (Déjà Views)
Tools: Paper Piercer, Piercing Mat, Piercing Guide, 1/8" Dimensional Squares, White Opaque Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Embossing Tray, Paint Brush, Heat Tool
Embellishments: Self-Adhesive Clear & Green Rhinestone Gems (Finishing Accents - Darice), Light Blue Brads (Making Memories), White Sheer Ribbon (Michaels)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Bees

This is the card that I decided to CASE for the card challenge for tonight with our group of friends. The challenge was to look at the blogs or online galleries of all the girls in our group and choose one card to CASE and to be swapped out among us. We could CASE the whole card in entirety or we could change a few things in the card, maintaining the same basic sketch, just change some of the colours or embellishments, etc.

This is the card that I was CASing by Kim. I changed up the stamps used, I think she actually used some patterned paper for the background, but I made my own using different stamps. I also chose not to use ribbon and I used a bit of bling as an embellishment in it's place. I think it turned out to be a 'Happy' card for sure with nice bright colours.

I'll post the cards tomorrow of what we make at our SU night.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Bees (Hero Arts - I think), Clear Design - 'Designer Butterflies' & 'Messages' (Hero Arts), Serendipity (CTMH)

Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate (SU), Flat White (CRS) Ink: Purely Pomegranate (SU), Gable Green (SU)
Tools: Slit Punch (SU)
, Scalloped Circle Punch (Marvy)
Self-Adhesive Clear & Green Rhinestone Gems (Finishing Accents - Darice)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Watercoloured Vellum Flowers

I can't tell you how much I love this flower image from the Embrace Life set from SU. I love to stamp the image onto vellum and watercolour the bottom side and watch as the colour dries and the petals curl up and give the flower such a neat effect. You can get such an elegant look to use on your project. This vellum cardstock from SU is fabulous! I've worked with several brands of vellum and none of them compare with this cardstock weight. It's great to work with and doesn't crack so easily like some of the other stuff does.

I got the inspiration for this card from my friend, Kim. I saw this card on her blog and I knew a variation on it would be perfect for a card for my Sister-in-Law. Sadly, her Mom just passed away and I wanted to send her a special sympathy card to let her know she's in our thoughts.

Well, I think I'll call it a day. I'm gonna try to sneak into my crafty space tomorrow before I go to work...I've still got a few cards on my 'to-do list' to make before the weekend is over, so stay tuned. :) Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Supplies: Stamps: 'flower' - Embrace Life (SU), 'thinking of you' - Clear Stamps (Studio G - Michaels)
WaterColour Crayons: Regal Rose (SU)
Ink: Purely Pomegranate (SU)
Cardstock: White Vellum Cardstock (SU), White Linen (CRS), Purely Pomegranate (SU)

Tools: Cuttlebug, Textile Texture Embossing Folder, 1/8" Dimensional Squares, White Opaque Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Embossing Tray, Paint Brush, Heat Tool

Embellishments: Light Pink Sheer Polka Dot Ribbon (Michaels), Light Pink Brads (Making Memories)

Blog Candy Winner and Some Ideas

Drumroll, please...........and the winner via is:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-05-23 12:11:42 UTC

That's Nancy Freckelton!

Nancy Freckelton said...

Dear Julie love your swiss dot card. I just joined the Cuttlebug club and saw your name.
Hope to be exchanging cards with you soon.

Congrats, Nancy, I'll get your goodies out to you in the mail later today! :) Thanks to everyone for playing along in my little giveaway and for all the great ideas for altering things, I hope you all stop by again soon! :) Some of the suggestions were to do picture frames, clipboards, clocks, coasters, journals, tin cans, accordion books. I've done all of of these and they're actually some of my favourite things to alter. I've updated my slideshows on my sidebar and there are pics of all the altered things I've made, I've you'd like to take a peek.

Somes other ideas that I was given but haven't tried yet...

Picnic table - sounds like a neat idea, but I don't have a picnic table and to be honest I think the scale is too big even for me! lol :)
Planter box - Sounds like fun, humm, I'm thinkin'...
Tray for carrying drinks outside- I made one for my Mum, might have to make another one for me, but get brave and use Envirotex this time! lol :)
Metal - I don't think I've ever worked with metal, no wait a sec, I have altered metal tins and containers...I'll have to think about that one...
Using chipboard more often - I have a ton of it here, and don't seem to use it very often at all. I'll work on that Shannon! lol :)
Altoid tin - I've never worked with these, although I saw a super cute idea recently that I'd like to case...stay tuned!
Baby food jars/Juicy Fruit Gum Containers - Haven't done these before, I looked at one of the gum containers a while ago before throwing it into the recycle bin. I think the curves angles of the container intimidated me. I think I just prefer clean angles that I do have to fuss over.
Table decorations for Memorial Day/Canada Day - I'm not big on ideas for centerpieces, but I'll have to think about it!
Tea containers and kitchen canisters - Both these ideas have plagued for for a while, I'd love to alter Jim's ugly tea container, but I don't like the idea that I can't wash them afterwards, that's what stops I guess for now I'll have to leave that one unless anyone can give me some ideas on sealing it to be waterproof.
Kleenex boxes - I usually only use the Breast Cancer themed boxes, and I've looked at them regarding altering them into somethings, so always seem to come up at a loss. The little books incorporating them sound like a great idea, though.
and last but not least,
Ribbon boxes - I spied one these at Michaels yesterday and I think I might just have to go back today and get a couple...I'm thinking they have 'altered item in waiting' just screamin' out from them! lol :)

Well, it's raining here today so I think it'll be a good day to stay inside for the most part. I have several cards that I need to make, lots going on right now. I'll be posting something later today.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

25K Blog Candy

**This post will be a sticky note at the top of my blog until the draw date, please scroll down for new posts.

I realized that I've just recently surpassed 25,000 hits on my blog. If you'd like to post a comment on this post, I'll enter you in for a draw for a few goodies from me as a little thank you for stoppin' by to visit....I just need to go shopping for the goodies! I appreciate all your comments so much. They really make my day to read them, so many people are so kind and others bring a smile to my face and or make me laugh out loud! Thanks for that! :)

The giveaway will include:
~'Lotus' Designer Mat Pad by Amy Butler - 18 Double-Sided Sheets - 4.75" x 6.75" (K&Company)
~4 Clear Acrylic Stamp Sets:
Birthday, Just a Note, Family and Congrats (Studio G - Michaels)
~Note Book and Pen Set (Studio 18 - Michaels)

So, what you need to do is leave me a comment by Thurs. May 22nd, giving me ideas of new items to alter, or something that you'd like to see me try. I'm always up for a challenge, so challenge up! lol :) Can't wait to see what you all suggest. I'll draw a name using on Friday morning, May 23rd. Good luck!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Elephant Birthday Wishes

This is a fun card that I made for my friend's little guy, Diego, who just had his 4th birthday. I'm always at a loss as for what to do for a boyish style card, I kinda like to 'girly' my cards up and somehow I don't think the boys would appreciate them! lol :) Anyway, other than the flower eyelet for the eye, I don't think this looks too girly. I hope not anyway! I CASE'd this card from my friend, Val. She's got lots of great cards in her gallery, you'll have to check them out, she's one talented little lady! :) This is the super cute girly card that I CASE'd from her, but I had to alter it a bit for a boy. Diego is big into Monster trucks, but I couldn't think up an idea for a truck card and I saw the one that Val did and I thought it was cute and would do the job instead. I hope he likes it even though it's not a truck! :) This card folds open at the top of his blanket on his back.

Well, it's after midnight and the morning is gonna come early. So, I'm gonna call it a day, although I probably won't be able to get to sleep anytime soon...I've received so many great ideas from my blog candy question about possible things to alter, and now my brain is working in overdrive thinking of ideas about altering those things! Why can't we as women just turn our brains off at night, why must we stay up all hours of the night thinking about things? lol :) Anyway, I'm rambling again..

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Cardstock: Soft Gray (Bazzill)
Patterned Paper: Blue Raspberry Stripes - Fresh Print (Déjà Views)
Tools: White Gel Pen (Signo - SU), thumb tack, Silent Setter, Scissors, Foam Letters (Wal-Mart)
Embellishments: Lime Green Flower Eyelet, Plum Jumbo Brad (Dollarama), Silver Cord String

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fun with Swiss Dots

I had a lot of fun playing this morning with my new Swiss Dots folder. Thanks to Kim for picking it up for me! I waited too long to go get it after I knew they were finally at one of our local stores and when I got there, there weren't any left! So, Kim to the rescue...she actually had doubles of the Swiss Dots and the Paisley, so I bought both off her. :) I think this card turned out to be a fun looking card, I think it'll be appropriate for a birthday or perhaps the arrival of a new baby girl. I just learned today that a friend in our playgroup just had a new little baby boy...yeah, gotta love new little babies. Now, we just need a new little girl in the group for me to give this card to! lol :)

Well, Jim's bringing a friend home for supper tonight for a 'Thai' themed I should actually be making the dinner instead of making cards and blogging...even though it's a lot more fun! Anyway, I had better get the show on the road, somehow I don't think they want leftovers instead of my Thai dinner! lol :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: 'joy' - Boho Blossoms (My Favorite Things), Butterfly - Natural Beauty (SU)
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise (SU), Groovy Guava (SU), White Linen (Bazzill)
Ink: Basic Black (SU), Tempting Turquoise (SU), Cameo Coral (SU),
Black (StazOn)
Tools: 1 1/4" and 1" Circle Punches (Creative Memories), Aqua Painter (SU), Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Paper Piercer, Piercing Mat, Piercing Guide
Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (SU), White 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon (Michaels), Antique Brass Frame and Brads- Hodge Podge Hardware (SU)

Monday, May 19, 2008

A few laughs for ya...

A friend of mine emailed this to me tonight and it's just too funny not to share!!! I'm sure you'll get a laugh out of them, too! :)

Careful Out There:

We had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.' I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, 'NO, it's not.' Four is larger than two..'

We haven't used Sears repair since.

My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter. She said, 'you gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.' She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said 'We're sorry but they could not do that kind of thing.' The clerk then proceeded to give me back$1 and 75 cents in change.

Do not confuse the clerks at McD's.

I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here!
I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'

From Kingman , KS

My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for 'minimal lettuce.' He said he was sorry, but they only had iceburg lettuce.

From Kansas City

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, 'Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?' To which I replied, 'If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?' He smiled knowingly and nodded,
"That's why we ask.'

Happened in Birmingham , Ala.

The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, 'What on earth are blind people doing driving?!'

She was a probation officer in Wichita , KS

At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker. She was leaving the company due to 'downsizing.' Our manager commented cheerfully, 'This is fun. We should do this more often.' Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.

This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.

I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.

A deputy with the Dallas County Sheriffs office, no less.

When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the drivers side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!' His reply, 'I know. I already got that side.'

This was at the Ford dealership in Canton , Mississippi


They walk among us... and the scary part is that they VOTE and


Friendship is Joy

I saw this card a while back on the blog, Heartfelt Greetings by Amy Westerman and I knew right away that I wanted to CASE it with a few slight changes. Amy does absolutely beautiful work and she has so many creative ideas. I swear she can work with any patterned papers together and not only make them work, but make it look like they were always meant to be together! I seriously don't know how she does it! Definitely a skill I wish I had! lol :)

I really like these colours together and I had fun playing with the Boho Blossoms flower to create the background for this card. I masked off a portion of the flower and only used one petal to make each section of the background. I'm lovin' this MFT set, I'm not gonna want to give this set back to Kim...I think I better order my own set right away and perhaps it'll be here before I go to see her next week! lol :)

Well, lots to do tomorrow, gotta go get some rest.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Boho Blossoms (My Favorite Things), Butterfly (Magenta)
Cardstock: China Red Linen (Bazzill), Charcoal Flat (CRS), White Flat (CRS), Tempting Turquoise (SU)
Ink: Basic Black (SU), Tempting Turquoise (SU), Black (StazOn)
Tools: 1/8" Dimensional Squares (EK Success),
1 1/4" and 1 1/2" Circle Punches (Creative Memories), Aqua Painter (SU)
Embellishments: Self-Adhesive Clear Rhinestone Gems (Finishing Accents - Darice)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ice Cream Cake

I made this ice cream cake the other night when I had some of the girls over to stamp and a they wanted the recipe for it, so I thought I'd post it here in case anyone else was interested, as well. It's a super easy cake to make and very yummy. :) The top picture is a slice of the one I just made, and the pic of the whole cake above is one I made last year, but I used sliced almonds instead of slivered almonds. Either as yummy. For the whole cake, I used Vanilla ice cream and for the one I just made, I tried using French Vanilla frozen yogurt, I liked it just as well, and a lot less calories, so that's good. Hope you like it! :)

Well, I'm heading into crafty land to create something...I'll be back later tonight or tomorrow to post it.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Here's the recipe:

Julie's Ice-Cream Cake

2 cups flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup margarine, melted

1 bottle (250 ml) butter scotch / caramel topping
2 litres vanilla ice-cream/frozen yogurt
3 tbsp. sliced or slivered almonds

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Take ice-cream or frozen yogurt out of freezer to partially thaw.
~Stir together first 5 ingredients, arrange crumble mixture onto a 9” x 13” baking sheet.
~Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
~Add ½ of crumble mixture to bottom of large spring form baking pan.
~Drizzle on ½ of butterscotch topping, then 2 litres of vanilla ice-cream; spread smooth.
~Add remaining ½ of crumble mixture over ice-cream.
~Drizzle on remaining ½ of butterscotch topping over crumble mixture.
~Sprinkle sliced almonds over top.
~Freeze overnight to firm up again.
~Remove from freezer about 15 minutes prior to serving. Use a sharp knife dipped in boiling hot water, then dried, to cut the cake for a nice clean cut.

Enjoy! :)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Altered Clock and Jar Candle Lid

I had a really nice time last night with having a few of the girls (Kim, Louise and Catherine) come over last night to stamp with me. I got a bit frustrated as I ruined the first clock that I made, I used Chocolate Chip ink to do the numbers and they just didn't show up well enough, so today I re-did the whole clock face, this time using VersaMark and White Opaque Embossing powder. Now, I think the numbers really pop. I'm quite happy with how it turned out this time. I hope Brenda and Tim like it in their new home together. :)

I also finished the lid to the jar candle last night that I made for them earlier. I borrowed this stamp from Kim and used her Nestabilities to do the scalloped circle layer and the embossed circle. Wow, the Nestabilities are so cool...I really need to get some! ...Perhaps the Birthday Fairy will buy me some next month for my 34th Birthday! :) The Boho Blossoms set from MFT is on my wish list for the near future, as well. It's such an elegant set, I just love it and I think it looks really nice with the 'Tiara paper' on the jar.Well, I only have a couple of hours before I need to go to work and tonnes of stuff to do around the house. I'll be back tomorrow with another creation.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Boho Blossoms (My Favorite Things), Clear Stamps - Scribbles Number 2 by Rhonna Farrer (Autumn Leaves)
Patterned Paper: Bohemia - Backyard "Adventure" Dragonfly/Brown (My Mind's Eye)
Cardstock: Flat White (CRS), Soft Gray (The Paper Company)
Tools: Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Scissors, Terrifically Tacky Tape (ProvoCraft), Silent Setter (for hole punch in centre of clock for clockworks to come up through), White Opaque Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Embossing Buddy (SU), Embossing Tray, VersaMark, Paint Brush, Heat Tool

Friday, May 16, 2008

Bridal Shower Frame and Altered Jar Candle

***I know I already posted this card, but I just wanted to share it again, to show you that it matches the next two projects that I've made.

These are two of the projects that I've made for Brenda's bridal shower this weekend. I'm still working on something else, too...I'll post it tomorrow after I get it done. I really love this 'Tiara' patterned paper, I hope Brenda likes it as much as I do. I think it has such an elegant look and I hope that she likes the frame enough to grace it with some of her wedding photos down the road. Sorry for the poor picture of the frame. I had some real issues trying to photograph it, after about a two dozen attempts, this is the best one...isn't that sad! I cut out the patterned paper mat myself, and I also cut out the white mat for the frame using matboard.

The co-ordinating jar candle that I altered has the most delicious smelling candle inside. The scent is Chocolate Hazelnut, it's such a yummy smell that I bought one for myself as well, I keep it in my craft room and I keep taking the lid off to smelling it. Ohhhhhh, yummy goodness! Ok, enough about the candle! lol :)

A few of the girls are coming over tonight to stamp with me. It'll be nice having them in for the evening. Well, gotta go get the house tidied up for them!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Cake and Best Wishes (Studio G)
Patterned Paper: The Goods - Tiara (American Crafts)

MatBoard: White (DeSerres)
Embellishments: Silver Satin Ribbon (Michaels)
Tools: Craft Knife, Cutting Mat, Ruler,
Terrifically Tacky Tape (Provo Craft), Black Picture Frame (Zellers), Jar Candle - Debbie Travis Designs- 5" high and 3 1/4" in diameter (Canadian Tire) ...Yes, you can find wonderful things at the hardware store! lol :)