Thursday, October 13, 2011

Encouragement Cards

This weekend, I am attending our annual STARS retreat in Kerrville with 40 women who we have been preparing and praying for the last 10 weeks. I made these cards as my love letters for each of them. Totally different than any card I had made before but I am mostly pleased with them. I knew I wanted to use an old hymnal that Mike had found in the attic but when it came down to chopping it up, I got kind of sentimental and decided to scan a hymn and make copies. I distressed the copies (first time) with Tim Holtz' distress ink then stamped a flower on top, added a little bling and  finished by adding Mathew 11:28 to the inside.

Peace and Pretty Paper!
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Happy Anniversary Horace and Darlene

Horace and Darlene celebrated 15 years of marriage today. I used my new Stampin Up owl punch and made this little card for them. (H-Man has his eye on Darlene! Isn't it cute?)
Need to to go. I am working on 40 special cards for an upcoming event next week. I have a lot to do! 

Peace and Pretty Paper,
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Under Construction

Please pardon my blog mess. I was attempting to add the super cute background and header Cheryl created for me and I have totally destroyed my layout. Ho hum... I'll brush up on my HTML and get it up and looking pretty tomorrow...hopefully.

Peace & Pretty Paper


I made these ornaments for each of the girls on our Florida getaway. I cut the letters out with vinyl and cut some scrapbook paper circles and put them in the bulb. Easy schmeasy!

Peace & Pretty Paper,

Cards, Cards & More Cards

I have made more cards than anything else lately...and used every stinkin one of them. I love giving hand made cards. Need to go, I need 40+ for an upcoming project. Will I make it? I hope so!!!!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Productive Day

Some ladies get together up at church once a month and scrapbook. I decided to join them today and invited the lovely, Cheryl Gembler to join me. It was a relaxing and fun day. (I always have fun with my rock star friend!) My card stash is quite low and I have tons of paper so I decided to make cards using scraps and left over supplies. These are some of my better creations from today.
Cute little (free) digital stamp cupcakes....I love to color!
The inside sentiment...I LOVE it!
Scraps and a rubber stamp.

Such a happy card!

I wish I had some more of these scraps. I think this card came out quite nice. The sentiment is a rubber stamp.

I love this little guy! He is a digital stamp I colored wih copics.

Peace and Pretty Paper,


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Friday, August 5, 2011

A Bumble Bee For A Baby Boy

A sweet friend is having her first baby any day now and I have been meaning to deliver this night light for William's room for sometime. I thought if I posted a picture of it, she will probably see it and then I can't drag my feet any more! It is stinkin heavy! His room is bumble bees and light green. I thought this would be a nice addition. I put the light in the top so she can use it as a bank later if they like. It is big - 9"x 9" (did I mention heavy?) and I backed it with a pretty green paper - the photo doesn't show that very well. I hope L-J likes it!

I have finally started working on goodies to take to Florida next month. Those are top secret...I will post those pictures after the big trip. I'm getting excited!

Peace and Pretty Paper,

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Getting Back to My Roots

I have been trying to get back in touch with my creative side lately. I have been doing some crafting (but need to do MUCH more) and a little bit of baking. Hubby's birthday was last week so I made one of his favorite desserts. Cream Puffs! Very easy and I was quite impressed with the outcome! I have been asked to make them again, and I will. I have made a note to bake a little longer next time - until a little more brown.
I have included the recipe from  in case you would like to give it a try.

Fuji Cream Puffs

Makes 10 large cream puffs (or 20 medium, or 4 dozen mini cream puffs)
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter (4 ounces)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
3. Bring the water to a boil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the butter.  When the butter has melted, add the flour mixture all at once and stir vigorously.  Cook and stir until the mixture forms a ball that doesn’t separate.
4. Remove from the heat and cool slightly (about 1 minute).  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one until the dough is smooth.
5. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 2-inches apart onto a greased baking sheet.  Or transfer the batter to a pastry bag with a round tip and pipe circles about 2-inches in diameter and about 1-inch apart onto greased baking sheets.  Bake the puffs for about 30 minutes until they are golden brown and puffy.  If the puffs are medium-size, bake for about 22 — 25 minutes, and if the puffs are mini-size, bake for about 17 — 20 minutes.  Remove the cream puffs from the oven and cool on a cooling rack.
  • Almond Cream Filling
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • I teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Mix together vanilla instant pudding mix, cream and milk and extract. Cover and refrigerate to set.