February 23, 2021

Sweet Treats!

I invited two neighbors in for an afternoon of stamping. We had a wonderful time. Because there were only two people, the cards we made were a bit more involved. Prior to starting the third card, I popped a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls into the oven. We enjoyed them with coffee and tea after all of the hard work!

It was so sweet when Chris commented on the afternoon and how she enjoyed being spoiled. She said that as a mom, she isn't often spoiled and she really enjoyed the afternoon. I like to spoil my stampers! I always create a treat for each stamper as a stamping favor. Spoiler Alert! Hee-hee, pun intended 😄

I followed a tutorial by Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie. The ladies loved them!

Here is one of the cards we made. This chick just cracks me up!

I'm planning my class for next month and will offer it at multiple times so I can keep the class size low and comfortable for everyone. I miss my groups of stampers.

Hope you find some RnR in your craft space today!

February 16, 2021

Happy Birthday Jaxon!

Today my middle Little, Jaxon, turns 7! He was born in Louisiana. I was able to hold out until August and then had to take a road trip to take in as many baby snuggles and smooches as I could get in a five day stretch. I was so happy when my nephew moved his family to Wisconsin. Although my Littles are 2 hours away from my home, I see them regularly. I love those little squirrels!

Typical of most kids, Jaxon likes to play video games. He received a vintage Pac Man game for Christmas. I thought he'd enjoy this card.

My other 2 littles have birthdays in March. I'll be sure to share the cards I make for them.

Happy Birthday Jaxon! I love you to the moon and back 💖💖💖

February 9, 2021

Valentine Wishes

This past weekend I shopped for chocolate and came home to play in my craft room. Paper and chocolate - who could ask for more??

Buffalo check is still all the rage so I thought I'd incorporate it into a Valentine card.

I pulled out the retired Sweet and Sassy Framelits and added some embossing for interest. This would be appropriate for a male or female.

Now for the chocolate.

I filled an A2 Acetate box with Dove Dark chocolate and a string of fairy lights. The piece of DSP was embossed with a retired heart folder. I randomly placed a few punched hearts into the embossed impressions. Prior to gifting, I will turn on the lights - too cute!

I dove into my stash and found a retired vessel to fill with Reese's Butter Peanut Butter Cups as my son called them when he was little. The box includes a gift card and is a Valentine treat for my now 22 year old.

I hope you're making use of the great Stampin' Up! products you have on hand.

Sweet wishes to you!

February 2, 2021

Start the Month With a Pop

Sometimes it's fun to have a good play in the craft room; you never know what may pop up!

My neighbor asked me to create Christmas, anniversary and birthday cards for her family for 2021. She had quite the list! She asked for pop-up cards for the anniversaries. I had the tutorial and then perused my stash to find paper I thought would work. Neither card was completed in one sitting. I took my time creating and had fun doing so. 

I added a pocket to the back of the box and created a coordinating card so a note and gift card, check or cash could be included. I did make bespoke envelopes for each of the cards.

I hope the cards are enjoyed!

January 26, 2021

Let the Sparkle Continue!

 If you're looking for a way to add some sparkle to the next treat or host gift you give, look no further.

I cased (copied and shared) this idea from Rhonda Wade, such fun!

A dear friend invited me for dinner and I wanted to take a special treat. I mixed together some homemade caramels, an acetate card box, some silver and gold wrappers, ribbon and embellishments. The real spakle in the box? Fairy lights! As I tucked my caramels in the box I threaded a strand of fairy lights into the box. I used a 4" wide piece of dsp to wrap the box and finished it with white ribbon, silver sequinned ribbon, silver and gold braid. Before leaving my car to enter my friend's home, I turned on the fairy lights.

Other sweets to add to the box would be Dove or Merci chocolates, mini Hershey bars or other sweets that don't exceed 5/8" in height. Think Valentine's Day!

You can find the fairy lights here. If you'd like to make the caramels, they're really quite easy.

Homemade Caramels

1/2 lb butter with salt (2 sticks)

2 1/2 C light brown sugar

1 C light corn syrup

1 C sweetened condensed milk

Combine ingredients in an 8 cup bowl, cover with parchment paper.

Microwave on 100% for 5 minutes, stir well with a wire whisk. (watch closely for boil over, just open microwave to stop cooking, let it settle down and continue cooking again.)

Microwave another 5 minutes, stir well.

Microwave another 5 minutes, stir well.

(Place a plate under the bowl to catch any boil over, and return it to bowl.)

After microwaving is done, stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

Line a 10 x 15 cookie sheet/jelly roll tin with parchment paper, having paper up all 4 sides of the pan.

Pour the hot caramel mixture into pan and let cool completely.

When cool, lift parchment with caramel out of the pan, cut into bite size pieces. To cut caramels, use a pizza knife or a sharp chef's knife. Spray with Pam to make it even easier.

I made this in a 1000 watt microwave; you may have to lengthen cooking time 1-2 minutes in other microwaves.

If you like a sweet/salty taste, after caramel is cool, sprinkle sea salt on top of it.

I cut into 1/2" x 1" logs and wrapped it in papers from the candy making area at Hobby Lobby. I bought 2 packages of 48 wrappers each; I could have used 3. You can also cut your own waxed paper.


January 19, 2021

Winter Sparkle

I've stepped out of my home to some beautiful January Wisconsin mornings. These sites were the inspiration for my holiday thank you notes this year. 

It's a bit difficult to see the embossed layer of "snow".

Wink of Stella to the rescue! 

The layered bit of red in the tag comes from an envelope/card I received many years ago. It has a velvety texture; I just couldn't throw it away!

When looking out my craft room window, this image is a common site - including the cardinal!

Happy stamping!