Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cutting Cafe Configuration Box

This week on the Cutting Cafe, the DT is creating projects using the Configuration Box file or the Large Gift Box.

I chose to try the Configuration Box. The 2" depth was too much for me as I knew I didn't have enough things to fill it up so after cutting all the pieces, I trimmed 1" off all the sides. I now see one other DT member folded her sides in half, so I want to try that next time.

I love the song "Beautiful Things" by Gungor, so went with that theme. You can listen to the song here. I typed most of the words to the song for the center of the box, then typed a fitting verse for another section.

Two of the box pieces I put in backwards and cut designer paper to be the majority of the design.

All of the papers are from a paper kit I got from Hobby Lobby by Bo Bunny. Here I added one of the paper flowers that I made for a previous challenge using the Paper Flower file, a cut up paper daily, a ticket, and beaded pin. I don't know who makes the ticket or pin, they were items that were given to me. I have a box filled with little things like this that I get out from time to time to add embellishments to my projects.

After I cut all the boxes, I cut the patterned paper and adhered to each of the inside sections.

In this section, I added another of my paper roses, daily pieces, verse that is typed and cut with Nestibilities die, hand crocheted flower, and Basic Grey button.

I also used the following Tombow products for this project: Mono Multi, Xtreme, Mono Adhesive Dots, Power Tabs, and Foam Tabs.

I hope you enjoy this project and stop by the Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow and view the projects the DT created for this challenge and leave a comment for a chance to win three files of your own choosing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 14

I have a bit different pin to share with you today. I tried my hand at homemade liquid soap. I was bummed when it didn't look like it worked, but you have to let it set and completely cool before it thickens.

While it DID thicken, it is kinda sticky, so we just mixed it with some liquid soap that we already have and it is fine, so it's just helping stretch the bought liquid soap.

This is the pin and this is the recipe post. You just use a bar of soap (I used a bar we had made ourselves), glycerin and water. I also added some orange oil that I had purchased to make scented soap.

Here is where I grated the soap

and then here where I stirred in the water, glycerin and scented oil.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blog Hop with Regina

WOOHOO!!!! Tombow is Blog Hopping with Guest Designer Regina Easter! Regina is the owner of Cutting Cafe and you all know how much I love her Digi and Cutting files!

Since we are hopping with Regina, it was only fitting that I use her files for today's project. The hardest part was choosing what file(s) to work with! I changed my mind so many times, but since Easter is coming up and I needed more "baskets" to fill with goodies for the special people in my life, I decided to make another scallop basket like these I did here.

I used Cutting Café's Circle Scallop as well as Bunny Trio Card & Bunny Shaped Card files to create this fun Easter basket.

In order to enter to win the prize shown below, please comment on all the Design Team’s projects this week as well as “Like” TombowUSA and The Cutting Café on Facebook. Tombow will announce our winner on Monday April 14th at 3:30 P.M. EST!

Now it's time to head over to Melissa's blog to see her fantabulous creation!

Here is the line up if you need it:
Tombow Blog
Regina Easter
Tombow Blog

I am linking this up to DL Art's April Challenge

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cutting Cafe Egg Goodie Box

It's an Easter Themed Week on Cutting Cafe. We are finally having some warmer weather (suppose to be 80° today!!!!) that it is easier now to think in terms of Easter...just last week we had snow!

I chose to use the Egg Goodie Box file from our choices of Easter files to use. I love the bunny cutout option for the top of the box.

I distressed all the edges as well as the bunnies tail (pom pom ribbon from May Arts) with tea dye ink.

I also used the zig zag option for the side of my box.

Remember to head over to the Cutting Cafe blog in the morning and leave a comment for a chance to win 3 files of your own choosing.

I am linking this up to DL Art's April Challenge

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

May Arts Retro Color Craft Challenge

I am so excited that I was chosen to create a project for May Arts Retro Color Craft Challenge and had so much fun! I really love how my project came out. We had such gorgeous colors and yummy ribbons to work with. This is the Pinterest inspiration we had to go on..
retro inspiration
and here are the ribbons we got to choose 4 from:
retro inspired ribbon

I chose to make this "Choose Joy" banner for my project. The ribbons/colors just say "joy/happy" to me. 

I cut the background banner pieces from Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons' Simple Banner Shapes at 4" x 5 3/8", then reduced the size to 3.5" x 4.75" and cut the top pieces. I adhered the top to the bottom banner pieces with Tombow's Mono Adhesive Removable and then sewed them together. The removable adhesive held the pieces together while I sewed and doesn't gum up my sewing machine needle. I then glued each piece to some chip board (AKA cracker box) with a Mono Glue Stick.

Then using Mono Adhesive Dots, I adhered May Arts 1.5" Lace Ribbon (some I already had on hand) across the center of each banner and then adhered a strip of Faux Suede Ruffle and Elastic Sequin Center ribbons on top of the lace.

I created the rosettes with Tim Holtz large rosette die and with Mono Multi Liquid Glue added some tinsel rope behind each rosette and the Pink Pom Poms to the points of each pennant.

The rosettes were attached to the pennant pieces with Power Tabs. The letters that spell "JOY" were cut 4 times with plain cardstock and once with patterned paper using my Silhouette and Jester font. They were layered with Mono Adhesive Dots, covered the top with Mono Aqua Liquid Glue and then covered with glitter. Using Xtreme adhesive, I adhered the letters to the center of each rosette. For the "J" I typed the word "choose" on some patterned paper and then hand cut it in a banner shape and sewed to a coordinating piece of designer paper. Punched a hole in one end and tied to the "J" with Elastic Sequin Center ribbon.

To finish the banner off, I punched holes in the top corners, ran Sheer/Ruffle Edge Ribbon through and then tied some bows and adhered with Power Tabs.

Be sure to stop by the May Arts blog here to leave a comment on your favorite project for a chance to win 2 rolls of ribbon of your choice.  

I am linking this up to DL Art's April Challenge

BFB I Like Giving by Brad Formsma

I received I Like Giving from Blogging for Books in ebook form.
I Like Giving: Experience the Daily Miracle of the Generous Life - eBook  -     By: Brad Formsma

This book is filled with lots of stories about people who went above and beyond in their giving and really made me think about ways I could give more. It's more than just giving financially and the stories share how the giver was blessed as much, if not more, than the one who received.

I really enjoyed reading this book and think you would like it as well.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 13

This week I have a couple more biscotti recipes to share with you that I have pinned.

The first one is Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Very yummy and a keeper
 The recipe calls for chocolate and peanut butter chips, but I didn't have peanut butter chips so left them out. I spread melted chocolate bark on the tops of them and then added some peanut butter to white bark and drizzled that on top

The next batch I made was Brownie Biscotti. Another very yummy treat, but will do some changing up on the recipe for the next batch. This is very crumbly and I don't think the butter to dry ingredients ratio is very good, so when I figure that out, I will share. But the flavor is so good! This recipe calls for almonds and I love the crunch.

We are not coffee drinkers, but these both are great with hot chocolate, not so much with hot tea.

Have you made anything you've pinned lately? I would love to hear about it.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Frugal Friday 4-4

The last 2 weeks were quieter...had a bad root canal experience, so wasn't out and about much

*downloaded from books from Bookbub

*watched a movie on Netflix. We don't have it, but son does and we watched it when he was home on spring break

* gallon of orange juice for 99¢

*quart of vanilla yogurt 99¢

*Easter M & M's $2.50...this may seem extravagant, but I always have holiday M & M's out in the candy dishes and was excited to get them this cheap

*checked out some books from the library

*dried clothes on the line...had to watch the weather for the week as we would have nice one day, snow the next, 50+ mph wind the next, so just kept track and did laundry in the good days.

*making Easter and May Day basket goodies

*used $1 off coupon on batteries

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


We are creating with Big Girl images this week on Cutting Cafe. I chose to create a tall card that fits a business sized envelope with Big Girl Mckenzie.

I printed her out and colored her with colored pencils and then blended with Gamsol. Her dress is cut and I made my own collar and trimmed the dress bottom a little bit and added the ruffled edging.

The words were typed on the computer and printed out and trimmed.

You will want to stop by the Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow to see what the rest of the DT created with these files. If you leave a comment there, you will be put in a drawing for a chance to win 3 files of your own choosing.

I am linking this up to DL Art's April Challenge

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Showers Challege

This week on Tombow is our challenge week and Jennie Garcia is our hostess. She chose "April Showers" as her theme and for some reason this one really stumped me. Maybe because it's been so long since we've seen rain I forgot what it looked like! LOL!!

Then it hit me and I decided to share this card I designed for a bridal SHOWER that I am hosting in APRIL for my DIL2B. Ü The jar template is from Cutting Cafe's Jar Shaped Card & Shaker Card Cutting Files.

I used Mono Dots Adhesive Runner for the lid. This is especially helpful with such tiny pieces. to hold down the pieces while I added the adhesive, I used Mono Removable Adhesive to all the pieces on a scrap piece of paper and then just added the Dots Adhesive all at once. The rest of the pieces were adhered down using Mono Adhesive Permanent.

I created the label on the computer downloading a chalkboard background and then typing in Bridal Shower with a chalkboard font. Kassy is decorating the wedding with mason jars and is a teacher, so I was trying to combine the two in the invite.

The card opens from the top and on the inside is all the necessary info.

Why not come and play along with us this week for a chance to win some fabulous prizes? Go HERE to upload your creation...any thing that says "April Showers" to you.

You have until  Monday April 7th at midnight to participate!
Remember that voting starts on Tuesday April 8th so tell your friends to vote!
Winner will be announced on Wednesday April 9th!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 12

Last week I shared THIS basket that was inspired by THIS pin which was inspired by THIS pin which was made from a paper plate. Ü

Well, scoring and cutting a circle is not all the easy, as you need to have 90 degree angles. So as I'm making the first one, I'm thinking "why not score the cardstock BEFORE punching into a circle?"  WA-LA it worked!

The pink check is from Fancy Pants' Hopscotch line and the flower paper and embellishments are from My Mind's Eye. The ribbon is vintage seam binding.

Here are the scoring measurements I used to do this...

On a 12" x 12" sheet of cardstock, score one edge at 3",
turn 90° and score at 4.5"
turn 90° and score at 3"
turn one last time 90° and score at 4.5"

**note: the reason I didn't score at 3" and then at 9", then turn and score at 4.5" and 7.5" as this *should* have given the same size is that not all cardstock is exactly 12".  So this way each end has the same measurement and the center which will become the bottom of the box measures approximately 3" x 6"...possibly a hair smaller if the paper isn't exactly 12" x12".

After scoring, I then punched the sheet into a circle using WeR Memory Keepers Lucky 8 Frilly Lace punch.

Then fold all the edges on the score marks already made and THEN cut on the 3" score lines opposite each other like shown on the tutorial. (the instructions say to cut 2.5", but you lose 1" when punching into a circle, so that is why I scored at 3")

Finish putting together as the tutorial showed.

11 cookies fit perfectly in the box, so I'm thinking maybe add 10 and a couple of tea bag packets for a fun gift.

If you don't have the Lucky 8 circle punch, just cut a large scallop like this one from Cutting Café's Circle Scallop file. I just enlarged the scallop circle to fit my scored 12" x 12" paper and cut, then finished it out just like the others. I used one of my flowers from CC's Paper Flower Template. I believe this is my favorite box so far.

The cookies are Molasses Cookies and I use our apple molasses that we made a few years ago when we had soooo much cider from out bumper crop. After the deep freeze was full and over flowing and we gave gallons and gallons away to friends and family, we boiled a huge canner full of apple cider down until it was thick molasses. I love the flavor it gives these cookies. You can use any molasses to make them though.

Molasses Cookies
3/4 c. margarine, softened
1 c. white sugar
1 egg
1 T. water
1/4 c. molasses
2 1/4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
3/4 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream margarine, sugar, egg, water, and molasses. Add dry ingredients; mix well. Shape into balls and roll into sugar. Place on greased cookie
sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tombow is Hopping with MME

I love My Mind's Eye! They are so generous with the goodies they sent. It was hard to decide what to make so I made a few things to share today. I still have bunches of goodies left, so will be able to lots more papercraft projects in the days to come.

If you came from Tina's fabulous blog, you are on the right track of the hop. If not, be sure to hop over to the Tombow blog to start, so you don't miss anything.

For my first project I created this fun basket made with my new toy; WeR Memory Keepers Lucky 8 punch, MME's lovely designer paper from their Now and Then Dorothy line. Such pretty spring colors (even though we got snow yesterday!) to play with and get one in the mood for spring to come.

I used Tombow's Extreme Adhesive to hold the box together. The tutorial for this box can be found here & here

The tutorial shows you can fit cookies into this box and I had planned to make some, but Wed I had a root canal and things didn't go so good, so in too much pain to bake. Then I thought why not see if my biscotti will fit. It does! Perfectly!! I placed 4 biscotti (2 cranberry orange pistachio and 2 cranberry pistachio) along with 4 French Vanilla tea bags. I will definitely be creating many more of these boxes to go with my homemade biscotti that I've been making lately.

For my next project, I created more of these little boxes using the Envelope Punch Board and this video. They are super easy to make and even easier using MME's Now and Then Dorothy designer papers and chipboard & brad embellishments along with Tombow's Extreme Adhesive .

Commenting for your chance to win this blog hop prize will end March 30th  at Midnight EST!
We will announce the Winner on March 31st   via our Social Media outlets!

The prize will include:

Blog Prizes
To be eligible to win, please comment on each of the designers projects and don't forget to "Like" My Mind’s Eye on Facebook Page and "Like" the Tombow Facebook Page. If you don’t have Facebook, still comment on the projects and Tombow will select someone to win a prize just for playing!

Now it's time to head over to Tamara Jensen's blog to see the lovely project she created for this hop.

Here is the line up for the weekend:


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cutting Cafe Flower Pot Card

This week is all about flowers on Cutting Cafe. We were challenged to use either the Flower Pot Shaped Card or Sentiments Stems and Flower Tops file.

I chose to go with the Flower Pot Shaped Card file. This file was so much fun to play with. The hardest part was deciding which papers to use.
I decided to go with a green background to the cut flowers and off set the flowers a bit so that it would look like leaves behind them.

For the dots in the middle of the flowers I punched 2 circles from chipboard (AKA Pop Tart box) and one from the patterned paper to give more dimension. I also rolled the petals with a crochet hook (you could use pencil, paintbrush, etc) to also give dimension to the flowers.

Don't forget to stop by Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow to take a peek at the rest of the DT's creations AND to leave a comment for a chance to win 3 files of your choice!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 11

I have 3 yummy recipes to share today that come from Pinterest. After making the biscotti last week, I've been on a biscotti kick. DH is even eating them with tea (we are not coffee drinkers) and youngest DS is home for spring break and I have him eating them too.

Here is Cranberry Orange Pistachio Biscotti pinned from here. The only thing I did different was to add orange juice (from the orange) to the almond bark that I melted to dip the biscotti in (they showed to drizzle on top).

and just Cranberry Pistachio that I got from here. I baked for 25 minutes, then cut and layed on one side for 10, turned over and baked another 10 rather than what they said. They would have been burnt crisp if I would have baked them as long as they said to.

I also made some orange scones with this pin/recipe

All 3 were absolutely delicious and I will keep making them.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

BFB Miss Brenda and the Loveladies

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell is a heartwarming true story that I rec'd as an e-book.

I LOVED this story! Brenda fights for the female ex-cons from an Alabama prison in a home that she called the "whole way house". A place for the women to go to learn how to be in the real world as most of them had spent 20 years in prison. This came about as she almost went to prison herself.

It brings their stories to life and gave me a whole new look on women in prison and how we all have our own "addictions" and problems, but they just got caught.

Miss Brenda wanted a safe home for these ladies that had a God centered place of love and hope. Miss Brenda tells her own story in this book and how she learned as much from the ex-cons and they did from her.

I highly recommend this book. It will make you think twice before judging why they land in jail and what their lives were like before they went there.

I received this e-book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Frugal Friday 3-21

Here are my savings from the last two weeks

*dried clothes on the line

* we don't have a Safeway close to us, but my oldest does, so whenever he is coming home, he always calls to see if I need anything. The past 2 weeks they had milk for $2.99/gal, Wishbone dressing for 99¢, and 32 oz bag of shredded cheese for $5, so I had him pick me up some. I always keep Italian dressing on hand to marinate chicken breasts in and then grill them.

* 10 lb chicken breast on sale for $1.98/lb

*bag of baby carrots for 69¢

*hot dogs for 59¢; normally wouldn't have bought these, but had my nephews over and they like them. Bought buns on sale for 99¢

*box of mac and cheese 50¢; again only bought for nephews as I prefer homemade mac and cheese

*earned $5 in swagbuck dollars

*downloaded free books onto my kindle from Amazon, Blogging for Books, and Bookbub

* 2+ lb pkg of boneless Pork Loin ribs for $1.99 regular price $4.20

*hung clothes on the line

*opened south porch doors in the afternoons when sun was shining to warm house, was able to turn heat clear down during the day

*large tube of Crest toothpaste for 99¢

*ordered a photo book thru Shutterfly with a coupon code and only had to pay shipping. This was my first time and can't believe how long it took. I have great respect for those that do this regularly.

Tombow/Stampendous Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tombow/Stampendous Blog Hop!

If you came here from Tobi Crawford's blog, you are in the right place. If not, be sure to visit her blog, so as not to miss out on anything.

For my project, I created a box using this tutorial. The flowers and sentiment are from Stampendous' Thoughtful Wishes clear stamp set. The center of the flower are from their Vinyl Sticker sheets in silver.

I stamped the flowers onto designer paper and then colored with coordinating Dual Brush Pens for shading. The box was put together using Xtreme adhesive. Using strong adhesive is important when making boxes so that the sides don't come apart and your goodies fall out.

For this hop, we have a VERY Special surprise! We will have not 1 but 3 LUCKY BLOG Hop winners!

The prize for this week is:
Jumbo Cling Rubber Spider Mum
Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle
Dual Brush Pen Set, 10 Retro
Tombow’s NEW XTREME Adhesive

To be eligible to win, please comment on each of the designers projects  and don’t forget to “Like” the Stampendous! Facebook Page and “Like” the Tombow Facebook Page. Commenting for your chance to win this blog hop prize will end March 23rd  at Midnight EST!

We will announce the Winner on March 24th  via our Social Media outlets!
If you don’t have a Facebook, still comment on the projects and Tombow will select someone to win a prize just for playing!

Now it's time to hop on over to see Lea Kimmel's lovely creation for this hop.

Here is the complete line up:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cutting Cafe Going Green

This week's challenge is anything green for Cutting Cafe's Design Team. I chose to use the Milk Carton file and some embellishments from My Mind's Eye.

I enjoy creating little boxes like this to fill with goodies and give out to friends and family.

Be sure to stop by the Cutting Cafe tomorrow to see the other green projects the DT created and leave a comment for a chance to win 3 files of your own choosing.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 10

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today I have a couple of recipes to share with you. Over spring break I had my two little nephews staying with me and I told them we would make sugar cookies. The oldest decided we should make them with M & M's, so half of the recipe was made with them and the rest were plain.

We rolled them out and cut them into shamrock shapes. The baked, frosted and added sprinkles. This is the recipe that I used from Pinterest. They were okay, but not really my favorite.

I sent the M & M cookies home with the boys and sent the others with Benjamin, Kassy and created some for Aaron as well.

Then I made cookies for grown up...oh my!!! Chocolate Orange Biscotti. My first time ever making biscotti and I will be making it lots more! I created these using this recipe. I had one with hot chocolate last night and it was soooo yummy! I sent some of these with Kassy to have with her coffee.

The only thing I did different was after cutting them, I baked for 10 minutes then turned and baked 10 minutes instead of just baking for 20 minutes after cutting. I had read other recipes that said to turn them, and am glad I did, because I think they would have gotten too dark on one side.

SOOOO sooo yummy! Can't wait to try some of the other recipes that I have pinned for biscotti.

Kassy and I have decided we need to open a shop. I will make bistcotti, cupcakes, breads and she will make the flavored coffees. Ü

Chocolate Orange Biscotti by Shugaryweets(with my changes in baking)

Chocolate Orange Biscotti
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 16-18 slices
    For the Biscotti:
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp orange flavoring (extract)
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • For the Garnish:
  • 1 orange zested
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until combined, about 2 minutes. Add in eggs, orange extract and orange zest. Slowly add flour and baking powder.
  3. On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, shape dough into a 12inch by 4 inch rectangular log, patting evenly (will be about 1/2 inch high). Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and slice biscotti into 16-18 slices. Arrange slices on their sides, leaving a little space between each slice. return to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes, turn them over and bake another 10 minutes. Remove and cool completely before garnishing.
  4. When cool, drizzle melted chocolate over each slice. In a small bowl mix the zest of one orange with the sugar, using a fork. Sprinkle immediately over the melted chocolate. ENJOY!\
**To drizzle chocolate, pour melted chocolate into a small ziploc bag. Snip off the corner and drizzle over biscotti.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

BFB A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley

A Stillness of Chimes: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Meg Moseley

One of the things I love about Meg Moseley's books is that you aren't sure how it is going to end. A Stillness of Chimes is no exception. I stayed up way late a couple of nights to keep reading and guessing and had no idea it would end the way it would.

A Stillness of Chimes is about Laura Gantt, a teacher in CO, who comes home to GA to settle her mother's affairs after her death. Her father disappeared 12 years earlier and believed to have drowned on a fishing trip. Now rumors are swirling around that he has been seen.

Laura and her ex-boyfriend Sean try to find the truth about what really happened 12 years ago. Sean believes Laura's father is really dead, while Laura is beginning to believe the rumors.

I highly recommend reading this book. I received this e-book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

preview to Chapter 1
Meg's blog

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cutting Cafe Shaker Cards

This week on Cutting Cafe the Design Team is creating  Shaker Cards. We had 13 different images to choose from. So much fun and so hard to choose, but I finally went with this fun canning jar image.

I used some new designer paper I bought from Hobby Lobby...a 6 x 6 My Mind's Eye Collectable "Remarkable" Paper Pad. Love the colors and the blue reminded me of an old blue Mason jar and the floral of  vintage fabric.

I used the center piece that cut out from the jar for the inside to stamp a birthday sentiment on. The sentiment  on the outside of the card comes from Every Day 1 Inch Greetings.

Don't forget to stop by the blog tomorrow to see what the rest of the DT created with this file and to leave a comment for a chance to win 3 files of your choice.