Monday, November 29, 2010

Bookmark Calendars for Craft Show

Ok, so today will be the last of the craft show items that I donated to our church's annual craft/bake sale. I found the file to make these bookmarks over on Splitcoaststampers. One of the ladies always shares her calendar files with the rest of the community, YEA!! I just stamped a few random flowers around, mounted it on card stock and than laminated them, very fast and very simple too.
Have a great day! The next couple of post I will share the two recipes that I used for the bake sale items, OH are they ever YUMMY too!!! Mary

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Magic Reindeer Food for Craft Show

Well did you all make it thru Thanksgiving? My husband and I had a very quite one, just the two of us. We did this last year and enjoyed how quite and peaceful it was, so we decided to do it again this year too.

Now on to the post! In the picture above is a cute idea that I first saw on Angie Kennedy Juda's blog. Here is a link to her video:
You use oatmeal and cookie sprinkles (some use glitter but there could be a problem if the birds are attracted to it and eat some, that is why she used cookie sprinkles). I used my Stampin' Up Top Note die to make the bag header and a retired stamp set called "Deer Friends". I put some Diamond Glaze on the nose to make it shiny. This would be a nice little item to give to the kids or grandkids on Christmas eve, so Santa knows where to drop off the presents!! Click on the picture to read the poem.

Thanks for dropping in to see me, have a wonderful week-end......Mary

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope you all have a wonderful day filled with good food, warm memories and family!!

Oh and if you can, have a crafty day too!! Mary

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cocoa Cards Craft Show

Hi all! Here is another craft item, could use this too for co-workers and would not be hard on the budget either. Also got this on the craft thread at SCS. You cut your cardstock like you would if you were going to make a card. I put a medium glue dot in the back center (inside of card) than put a packet of hot cocoa mix on it so that is would not fall out. Than I decorated the front. I used a retired Stampin' Up set called, "Like It A Latte". Than I put a small glue dot on a Bogdon's Candy Stick, they are peppermint flavor and made right here in Kansas City, and attached it to the front of the card, ran ribbon around the whole card. I used some old cardstock and designer paper, good way to use it up and help at the same time too!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Elf Pillows Craft Show 2010

Here is another craft item for the church craft sale. I do wish I had a elf stamp, this really needs one, oh well. I've priced this little bags of candy very low so that the seniors at church will be able to buy them, we have a large senior population. This too was found at SCS in the craft show thread. Hope you are enjoying seeing all of these cute little items! Mary

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rudolph's Spares Craft Show 2010

Ok, here is the craft item that I put together using the red M&M's for the craft show at church. I used Stampin' Up's retired hostess set called, "Deer Friends", what a cute set it is too! The Rudolph Spares I typed up on the computer and use SU oval punch to punch them out with, very easy and quick this way. I colored in the deer nose with red marker than applied some Diamond Glaze so it would be shiny! Found this on SCS's craft thread too. Have a great day and take some time to play too! Mary

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Grinch Pills for Craft Show 2010

Happy Wednesday to all! It is cold and raining here, brrrr.

Today I want to share with you this cute little craft item that I'm going to donate to our church's annual craft/bake sale that will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday. The president of the ladies club at church sent out a letter asking for new ideas for the show and I thought to myself..."hmm, why not just make some stuff up and donate it". I'll just drop it all off at church when I drop off my two baked goods. Money is going towards the "new boiler" fund. I used Stampin' Up's Top Note die cut for the bag cover. You are suppose to put this on a container of Tic-Tac's but I could not find any green ones, so I bought a sack of Christmas M&M's and used those instead. I'll show you in a couple of days what I did with the red M&M's. My friend Chanda, re-sized the cute Grinch image and poem for me, I found that over at SCS on the Craft show thread, I get alot of "crafty" ideas from SCS, COOL site!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Blue Christmas Card

Hi, well are you getting sick of seeing Christmas cards? Hope not, here is my third attempt at some cards. On this one I use Stampin' Up's embossing folder called Northern Flurry, and the stamp set called, Christmas Greetings. I also use Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds on the snowflakes (click on picture to see the glitter better). Than I tried sponging the background, very soft and subtle. The hardest part on this was removing the extra heat & stick powder, otherwise this would have been a super fast card to make.

Well this is what I have so far for Christmas card ideas, I may try a few more and make a decision on which one to go with. I usually try and have them done by mid-November as I have an elderly lady that I buy, address, sign and mail all of her Christmas cards for, as she can no longer do it. Maybe I'll show you some Thanksgiving images that I used for Thank you cards, I don't normally send out Thanksgiving cards, except for one.

Hope you have a crafty day.....Mary

Friday, November 12, 2010

Embossed Christmas Tree Card

Well here is my second attempt on my trial Christmas card run. I love the clean and simple design of this card! It is my favorite, so far! I used another stamp from Archiver's that I purchased last year. They had a sample card at the store that I really liked, but this card is not based on it. I also embossed two lines, one above and one below the sentiment to help draw your eyes to that part of the card. The "peace" is from a retired Stampin' Up set called Wonderful Words-II. Now I cut the cardstock that the tree is stamped on, thru my Big Kick, with one of my Nestie shapes to cut and emboss the shape. Than I used a Krylon Silver Leafing Pen to do the edges with. I need to practice that step some more! Here is a link to the Christmas card that inspired me to make this one: it is just BEAUTIFUL! I used silver embossing powder that has some sparkle in it, LOVE IT!

Hope you all are finding inspiration to make your cards with, have a crafty day....Mary

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Diamond Dust Christmas Card

Hi to all! I'm going to share one of my trial run Christmas cards with you today. My friend Chanda sent this link to me and I wanted to give it a try. First I had to order the supplies that I would need to make it. The stamp is from Northwoods and I found it last week, on sale, at Archiver's (it gave me another chance to color)! I used Stampin' Up's Heat & Stick powder, Dazzling Diamond Glitter and markers. I used a Dove blender pen to color the image with. Now I don't think that I will use this for my Christmas cards, 30 to color would just take too long to do, but I will send this to one of my special friends. You'll have to go on over and view the cards that they made, they are so pretty and sparkly too, just like, well, Diamonds!! You should see my craft just sparkles all over!

I've had fun the last couple of days playing in the craft room and hope you like seeing my creations too! Have a GREAT DAY!!!! Mary

Monday, November 8, 2010

Painting With Embossing Powder Technique

I'm so excited to show you this card that I made yesterday! It is a new way to use your embossing powder. I found this new way over on Sandi MacIver's blog, you can see her post here: My husband needed a thank you note to send to a male friend, so I thought I would try this technique out and just love how it turned out! The stamp that I used is an old one that I won on e-bay, probably about 10 years ago, from Rubber Stampede. I also used Versamark ink. The "thank you" stamp is from Wonderful Words, a retired Stampin' Up set. I used gold, silver and black embossing powder. To see the card up closer, click on the picture.
I've also been working on designing my Christmas cards, so I'll be sharing those over the next week with all of you. Hope you have a crafty day...........Mary

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Treat Box Card

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to share with you a card that I made with directions that my friend Chanda sent to me. You can see hers here, she decorated it for Halloween:

I am able to get two cards out of one sheet of 12x12 card stock with the directions that she sent to me! Thanks Chanda, you're a peach and a wonderful friend!! The stamp set is from Stampin' Up called Tree Trimming. I used Versamark ink and than sprinkle on some gold, silver and copper embossing powder. As you can see I put Hershey's nuggets in the side. These would be cute decorated for Thanksgiving and than placed on each person place setting for Thanksgiving with a message to each person. Here is a link for directions/video on how to make one of these cards:
Hope you give it a try, they are easy and fun to make!
Hope you have a crafty day..................Mary

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Faux Leather Techinque

OK, here is the other faux leather that I tried and I really like it much better with the tan fun foam. I know that the stamp set is not a manly stamp but I still like the look of it. I left off any sentiments so if I need a quick card, I already have one in the craft room ready! Here is the link again for this techinque:
The stamp is from Stampin' Up- Because I Care and the green cardstock is embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder from SU. I used my Bow Easy to make the bow.
Suppose to get really cold tonight, hard freeze, hope it kills all those little things that make everyone sneeze! Hope you have a crafty day...............Mary

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Crock-Pot Taco Soup

Hey everyone, hope you are all doing well. I made this soup yesterday and thought you might like the recipe for it. It makes a whole crock-pot full of soup, so make sure you have plenty of help to eat it, serves 8.

Crock-Pot Taco Soup

1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 - 16 oz. can chili beans, with liquid

1 - 15 oz. can kidney beans, with liquid

1 - 15 oz. can whole kernel corn, with liquid

1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce

2 cups water

2 - 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes

1 - 4 oz. can diced green chile peppers

1 - 1.25 oz. package taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned, over medium high heat. Drain, and set aside. Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, green chile peppers and taco seasoning mix in the crock-pot. Mixing well to blend. Cook on LOW setting for 8 hours.

I like to serve mine with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and tortilla chips. If you want it spicer, replace one can of diced tomatoes with 1 can of Ro-tel tomatoes.

I found this recipe on

Hope you enjoy it.......Mary