Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 35

I'm a day late with my pin this week. Too much was going on yesterday to get this up even though I already had this project done.

This is another Sunshine Basket. There is no one pin that this is fashioned after, but the idea. You can go HERE to see my Sunshine Inspiration Board, as well as just search for Sunshine Box or Basket.

This is my 3rd basket that I've created, and I am so enjoying collecting yellow goodies and filling a personal basket to fit the person I am giving it to in hopes of adding a little sunshine to their "cloudy" days. Each person I have given to so far have either had cancer, a death in the family, or some really hard stuff going on in their lives. I think this would even be a fun basket to receive "just because". I know it would brighten my day just knowing someone was thinking of me and cared enough to add some love to a gift. What I like about this project is that there is no right or wrong way to make it, no limit to one's creativity or imagination.

I started off with a basket that I picked up at Goodwill for 50¢. I try to find really nice, sturdy baskets that the receiver can then use again for personal use or to fill with goodies and pass on to another. I look for anything yellow whenever I am out and about shopping that can be added in and then when I know who I am giving it too, add some more personal type items that I know they will enjoy.

I like to make these baskets as frugally as possible. I was able to get the mug & dish towel on clearance for 50¢ each. The notecards were created from printing for free HERE and adding some of designer paper from my stash to pretty up.

Also included is some fun yellow pkg'd candies, straws (because everything is more fun when drinking through a straw Ü), homemade lemon biscotti, lemon zinger tea bags, pretty pencil, yellow Bic Pen, sticky note pad, microwave popcorn, and lemon scented hand soap. The pretty ribbon tied to the basket was free as it was used as gift wrap on one of the wedding gifts of B & K's and she's not fond of yellow so let me have it. It was the perfect accent to tie the basket off.

This lovely basket went to my SIL. Saturday, she as well as my DIL had a girl's day out in GI and we went shopping, out to lunch, shopping, had our nails done (a first for me) and more shopping. I was able to pick up a few more yellow goodies to get another head start on a basket for when the occasion arises. After I know who it will be going to, I will add more personal goodies to it as well.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tombow's Challenge: Books

This month's challenge is hosted by Jennie and the theme is books! Here is what Jennie said:

Since September 6 is Read A Book Day and September 8 is International Literacy Day, I want to do a book related challenge. It could be a bookmark, use book paper, a quote from a book, etc.”

I love creating with book pages and am glad I have an excuse reason to do so again. Ü

Here is a quick and simple card using a page from an old book, This card uses a daisy from the PreColoured - Fall Flowers & Paper Pricking Template Sheet set from FredSheSaid. I used Tombow's Mono Adhesive Permanet for all my adhesive putting the card together.

As with all our challenges, there is a prize to be one to one person who plays along with us in our challenge. Be sure to stop by the Tombow blog for all the details.

We will NOT have voting this time, Tombow will select a winner at random. The Winner will be announced 9/24.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blog Hop with Guest Designer Diana Larson

Tombow is blog hopping with Diana Larson today. The Design Team along with Diana is creating fall themed projects for you. I don't know about where you live, but here we've been having temps in the 30's at nite and 70's or lower during the day. We have even had snow in NE this week! I ♥ fall and hope this doesn't mean we went from summer to winter! I want my long fall months first. Ü

I created this fun BOO Banner using Inky Antics 10710 F Mortimer Mummy image for the "o's". The "B" is from Cutting Cafe's A-Z Huge Letter Sheets file. I used lots of Tombow adhesives:
Mono Glue Stick-adhering paper to chipboard AKA cracker boxes
Mono Adhesive Dots: scallop triangles, sentiment banner, mummy circles to heavy cardstock & B
Mono Adhesive Permanent: straight edged triangles
Mono Multi Glue: tulle & rosettes
Power Tabs: Buttons, Bows, Mummy Rosette pieces and "B" piece

Now how about a chance to win some fun Tombow product. In order to be qualified to win this amazing PRIZE, PLEASE comment on each of the designers projects. Tombow will announce a winner Monday 9/15.

The Prize includes:

It's time now to head over to the super talented Melissa Cash. If you get lost along the way, here is the lineup for this hop:

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Precious Remembrance/Tombow Blog Hop Day 3

Today is the last day of the Tombow/Precious Remembrance Shop Hop. I had so much fun creating with the 3 amazing stamp sets they sent the Tombow DT to play with and will be creating more with them in the days ahead. I love their images and will definitely be wanting to add to my PR collection. 

This card is created using the Oh So Fun Stamp Set. I love anything jar related and this is just a fun stamp set! I stamped the jar in black on watercolor paper and added just a little bit of color using Dual Brush Pen #528 to the jar. I colored the banners with #'s 249, 837, and 743 and drew little bows connecting them with # 026.

Now for the amazing prize!

The Prize will include amazing products from BOTH Companies:
From Tombow the Winner will receive:
        MONO Glue Pen

From Precious Remembrance Shop the Winner will receive:
         Coffee Love Stamp Set
         Oh So Fun Stamp Set
         Thanks Stamp Set 

In order to qualify to win this AMAZING prize you must:

1. Comment on each of the Design Team Member's blog post AND the Company Blog post.
2. Like BOTH TombowUSA and Precious Remembrance Shopon Facebook.

The Winner will be announce on Tuesday September 9th. Now it's time to head over to Sue's Blog.

Here is the hop Line Up for Sunday:
·        TombowUSA Blog
·         Marie Browning
·         Rosemary Dennis
·         Lisa Elton
·         Debbie Fisher
·         Sue Lelli
·         Kim Bell
·         Melissa Cash
·         Melissa Chipperfield
·         Geri Freeman
·         Jennie Garcia
·         Andrea Budjack
·         Precious Remembrance Shop

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back to School

The Cutting Café DT is headed Back to School on the 7th. I love anything apple and school related and had so many ideas in my head it was hard to come up with which one to do!

I have seen several cards/projects on Pinterest using a shape that can be folded in half to make into an accordian shape of sorts. I used the Apple Shaped Card Cutting File for my apple, the stem, leaf, and sentiment from Apple Treat Box, and the bracket background piece is from Set of 7 Shaped Cards. Tombow's adhesive made this super easy to put together.

I really like how this turned out and now need to look for other shapes Regina has that this technique could work with. Another nice thing about this is that you can open the apple and it lays flat for an envelope and/or mailing.

Tomorrow Regina will be posting links and pictures of what the other DT members created. Leave a comment on the Cutting Cafe blog and you will be entered for a chance to win 3 files of your choice.

Precious Remembrance/Tombow Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of this weekend's Tombow and Precious Remembrance Blog Hop! If you just came from Lisa's Blog, you are in the right place along the hop. If not, be sure to start on Tombow's Blog so as not to miss any important info and inspiration.

I used the Coffee Love Stamp Set for my project today. As soon as I saw the coffee cup image, I thought of THIS tutorial and knew I wanted to create another one. Oh my! The cup was the perfect size for this project and I love how it turned out. I went with a fall theme in colors and can't wait to fill the cups with treats and give to a special friend.

I stamped the coffee cup image with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Ink and then did some shading with Tombow's 026 Dual Brush Pen from their new Muted Dual Brush Pen Set. I also used 947 from the same set to color the heart image from the same stamp set and stamped it on some diagonal designer paper. I love how the image looks like a coffee ring/splatter, but with a heart in the middle. CUTE!

I used Tombow's Xtreme Adhesive to construct the box and to adhere designer papers to the mini coffee cups.

Now for the amazing prize!

The Prize will include amazing products from BOTH Companies:
From Tombow the Winner will receive:
        MONO Glue Pen

From Precious Remembrance Shop the Winner will receive:
         Coffee Love Stamp Set
         Oh So Fun Stamp Set
         Thanks Stamp Set 

In order to qualify to win this AMAZING prize you must:

1. Comment on each of the Design Team Member's blog post AND the Company Blog post.
2. Like BOTH TombowUSA and Precious Remembrance Shopon Facebook.

The Winner will be announce on Tuesday September 9th. Now it's time to head over to Sue's Blog.

Here is the hop Line Up for Saturday:
·        TombowUSA Blog
·         Marie Browning
·         Rosemary Dennis
·         Lisa Elton
·         Debbie Fisher
·         Sue Lelli
·         Kim Bell
·         Melissa Cash
·         Melissa Chipperfield
·         Geri Freeman
·         Jennie Garcia
·         Andrea Budjack
·         Precious Remembrance Shop

Friday, September 5, 2014

Precious Remembrance/Tombow Blog Hop

I hope you are ready from some Fun Ideas and Great Prizes this week from TombowUSA and Precious Remembrance Shop. We will be hopping with Precious Remembrance Shop September 5th -7th . If you're here from Lisa's blog, then you’re in the right place,  if not then you may want to start at the beginning from the TombowUSA Blog .

For my first project, I created a card using Precious Remembrance's Thanks Stamp Set and Tombow's Mono Adhesive Permanent and their new Muted Dual Brush Pen Set.

Here is the hop Line Up. Friday:·         TombowUSA Blog
·         Marie Browning
·         Rosemary Dennis
·         Lisa Elton
·         Debbie Fisher
·         Sue Lelli
·         Kim Bell
·         Melissa Cash
·         Melissa Chipperfield
·         Geri Freeman
·         Jennie Garcia
·         Andrea Budjack
·         Precious Remembrance Shop

The Prize will include amazing products from BOTH Companies:
From Tombow the Winner will receive:
        MONO Glue Pen

From Precious Remembrance Shop the Winner will receive:
         Coffee Love Stamp Set
         Oh So Fun Stamp Set
         Thanks Stamp Set 

In order to qualify to win this AMAZING prize you must:

1. Comment on each of the Design Team Member's blog post AND the Company Blog post.
2. Like BOTH TombowUSA and Precious Remembrance Shop on Facebook.

The Winner will be announce on Tuesday September 9th

Now it's time to head over to Sue's Blog.

Frugal Friday 9-5-14

* I had mentioned on my don't buy anything challenge that I would be buying peaches if I saw a good deal. I scored big time! HyVee had Colorado peaches (the only kind I like to buy) for 88¢/lb! I couldn't believe it AND we were in Kearney that weekend moving Aaron back to college. Perfect! I called my oldest DS to tell him and he had me pick up a box for him and DIL as well. I bought 4 boxes, gave some to Aaron to eat on and canned and froze the rest, plus made jams and jellies you can see on my post HERE.

*used a coupon/code to get 12 free note cards from Shutterfly. I only had to pay shipping. I had done this once before and they were the nicest quality cards. I picked a card template where I could add my own photo. This is a picture of some flowers I had taken a few years back in the fall when visiting my brother and SIL in Geneva. I had gone for a walk with my camera and these were so vibrant and beautiful.

*rec'd free subscription to Family Fun. They always have a lot of fun craft and food ideas

*watched free movie on Hulu:
   The Bouquet

*Entered 4 Kellogg's Reward Codes to get 400 points, then found out from a blogger friend that they would let me do it again, so did

*earned $35 in Swagbucks

*gallon of 2% milk for $2.99

*close dated Mozzarella block for 99¢

*made Monkey Bread and Ham Balls for Aaron to take back to college for some meals. Also sent hamburger and shredded turkey and12 banana peppers with him as he was wanting stuffed peppers. That will help him out with a few meals.

*ate the majority of our meals from the pantry and freezer for even more savings last month
*4 lb sugar 99¢

* Campbell's Tomato Soup 69¢ each and then had a 40¢ off coupon for 3, so that made them 55¢ and 56¢ each.

*Prego Pasta Sauce 99¢ each and then had a 75¢ off of 2 coupon, so that made them 61¢ and 62¢ each.

*chicken breast on sale for 98¢/lb! Great buy! We eat a lot of chicken a lot of different ways.

Please share your frugal tips. I love to learn even more ways to save.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 34

Happy Labor Day! Last Week was a Peachy Week. I was able to purchase Colorado Peaches (the best kind to get) for only 88 ¢/lb!!

This weeks Pinned It Made It comes from THIS pin. Jalapeno Peach Jam....YUM! I remember having this many years ago (so long ago, I'm not sure where LOL) and remember really liking it. Oh my, it's even better than I remember!

Jalapeno Peach Jam


6 Pounds Fresh Peaches (about 15)
6 Fresh Jalapenos
6 Cups Sugar
1 Large Lemon, juice only (I just used 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice)
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 (1.75 oz.) package Pectin
  • 1 Wash fruit and jalapenos well. Puree peaches in a food processor until slightly chunky. Some chunks are good. You don't want it completely smooth.
  • 2 Process the jalapenos separately until they are a very fine dice.
  • 3 Add peach puree and jalapenos to a large pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring regularly.
  • 4 Stir in sugar, lemon juice, and pectin. Continue to stir until everything is dissolved.
  • 5 Continue to let the jam simmer for another 15 minutes to thicken. Add a small amount of butter which will help prevent foaming. If any foam does come up though, try to scrape it off the jam.
  • 6 Boil your jars and lids for ten minutes to sterilize them. Once they are sterilized, use a funnel and ladle to fill each jar, leaving about 1/4 inch of room at the top of each jar.
  • 7 Wipe each jar clean and place a clean lid on it. Then screw on the band that holds the lid in place. Be careful. The jar will be very hot!
  • 8 Place all the jars in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes to process them. Make sure the simmering water covers the jars by at least an inch.
  • 9 Remove the jars and let them cool completely for 24 hours. At that point if there are any jars that aren't sealed well (if you can press down the center of the lid and it pops up) then put on a new lid and band and re-process the jar in boiling water.
  • 10 Store sealed jars in a cool dark place for up to a year.
I also canned peaches, froze peaches and made peach seed/skin jelly.
14 qt canned
8 VERY FULL qt frozen (probably more like 5 cups in each bag)
12 pint canned (these are for Aaron to take to college)
16 large jelly jars and 2 regular jelly jars Jalepeno Peach Jelly
16 regular jelly jars of Peach Seed/Skin Jelly

We've already used 2 jars of the Jalepeno Peach! We've had it with cream cheese and crackers, on hamburgers, fish, and last night I used it as the marinade on chicken wings. So yummy!

Cutting Cafe Labor Day Sale

Today Cutting Café has an AWESOME SALE - BOGO:

This sale is good from today until 11:59pm September 1st 2014.
HAPPY SHOPPING............

Go HERE for more information on this awesome sale!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sticky U

TOM-14034-Sticky U_R2

Hello and welcome to Sticky University! This year Tombow is introducing Sticky University AKA StickyU! They sent out their latest adhesive product, Xtreme Adhesive to designers of all media who signed up. This adhesive is 5 X’s Stronger than our standard tape runner. It works on a variety of hard to glue surfaces such as cardstock, cork, wood, fabric, glass, plastic and rubber.

In return, each designer received a Sticky U t-shirt and have been posting their projects on social media. You can view these posted so far by going here. This week the Tombow design team is posting their Sticky U projects.

I created this Stationery Caddy by Cutting Cafe. When creating something like this, you need a very strong adhesive as you don't want it falling apart. I used Xtreme Adhesive to adhere all the box pieces together as well as the designer paper to the box.

In the back of the box are these notecards for my DIL who is a 5th grade teacher. I made some for her last year, but needed to change her name as she just got married to my oldest son in May. Ü I used Mono Adhesive Dots to adhere mini apples on each notecard. The notecards are from Cutting Cafe's Mini Notepad Printable Set and the apples from Apple Treat Box file.

Kassy decorated her classroom with Husker Decor, so in the front box sections I included Husker sticky note pad and lip balm.

I strongly dislike photos of myself, but we were to take a selfie of us wearing our Sticky U shirt, so here I am...For those who haven't seen me lately, Yes my hair is shorter. I had 6" cut off. Ü Made it more curly too, which you can't tell so much in this photo.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 33

In my Frugal Friday post I mentioned that I made Benjamin a Snicker Cheesecake for his birthday. I found the recipe HERE on Pinterest.

And here is the goofy birthday boy and his bride.

Snickers Cheesecake
from all recipes.com

This layered dessert recipe starts with an Oreo crust, then a layer of chopped Snickers, then cheesecake batter and, finally, caramel sauce and peanuts. Creamy, sweet, and with a crunchy crust, this cheesecake is a dream dessert.
  • Yield: Serves 10
  • Prep time:25 Minutes
  • Bake:1 Hour, 5 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.17


  • Crust:
  • 24 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 regular-size Snickers bars, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted and salted peanuts, optional


1. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap bottom and sides with 2 large foil pieces. Pulse cookies in a food processor until crushed. Pulse in butter. Press into an even layer in pan. Bake until firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.
2. Make filling: Place a roasting pan filled with 1 inch hot water on oven's center rack. Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar; beat for 1 minute. Beat in eggs. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch.
3. Sprinkle Snickers over crust. Pour batter into pan; place in water bath. Bake until cake is set around edges but still jiggles in center, about 55 minutes.
4. Remove cake from roasting pan; remove foil. Place cake on a rack to cool. Cover and chill until firm, 4 hours or up to 1 day. When ready to serve, drizzle top with caramel sauce and top with chopped peanuts, if desired.

**I made homemade caramel for mine using this recipe

Homemade Caramel:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tbls water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tsp vanilla extract

1.  COOK:  In a small saucepan, briefly stir together sugar and water and bring to a boil.  Continue cooking on medium-high heat, without stirring, until the mixture turns DARK amber in color.  About 7-8 minutes.2.  ADD:  Remove sugar and water mixture from heat and slowly add in cream and vanilla.  Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture is completely smooth.  Then set aside until it is cool to the touch.  About 30 min.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Frugal Friday 8-22-14

*cut DH and DS hair

*eating cucumbers, zucchini, beans, a handful of peas I found on the smashed vines!, onions, and peppers from the garden

*been very frugal about only buying milk, cheese, eggs, spices for the month of September. I did buy bread because it was just too hot to bake and a bag of chips Sunday when we found out at church that there would be a potluck meal after the baptism. We weren't going to be going home, so needed to take something. Ended up with 1/2 bag left, so DH was able to have some chips with his sandwiches.

The challenge also states that you can buy food for special occasions, so bought cream cheese and 3 snicker bars to make Snicker Cheesecake for Benjamin's bd. We celebrated Sunday (early) as Aaron goes back to college today.

*helped Aaron buy a car at a great savings. DH has been on the internet for HOURS, looking for the best buy. Found one in Lincoln. While there we ate at Famous Dave's. While this was not a frugal meal (in a way it was, cuz we didn't go there until 3 pm, and there was so much food we didn't need supper), it was our first time there and they had us sample all 6 of their BBQ sauces and tell them which was our favorite. As we finished our meal, they brought us each a full size bottle of BBQ sauce! So if you go there, and it's your first time, be sure to let them know.

*gave a handmade gift (crocheted baby hat) to a friend who just had a baby girl

*was able to buy Benjamin's bd gifts from Amazon with my Swagbucks points

*earned another $30 in Swagbucks that I redeemed for Amazon

*was given some left over mashed potatoes and beef 'n noodles. All I had to do was add a salad and supper was ready. Ü

*was given left over hamburger from monthly Ladies Night Out (from a local business and the are very good!). Froze them and have had 5 meals from them.

That's it for the past 2 weeks. What have been your frugal savings?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE Planner

I love the file that we were challenged to use this week on Cutting Cafe. Regina designed this awesome file called The Planner that is FULL of files that you can use to personalize a planner for yourself.

I printed several of the pages for my planner, but since I don't have a small binder, it was going to be WAY too thick, so I just used personal info, months, meal planning, shopping, notes, doodles, and to do in mine. I will use the address pages and dates to remember for a birthday/anniversary type planner.

Here is what I created. I may add ribbons to the rings, not sure since I plan to carry this in my purse when needed. I don't know if all the use I plan to give this will keep the ribbons on.

I used cardstock for the divider pages and copy paper for the printed out sheets. I also used Tombow's Xtreme adhesive for the whole project. I am so excited about this planner and can't wait to use it!

Be sure to stop by the Cutting Cafe blog tomorrow to see the creative ways the DT used this file. While you are there, don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win some files of your choosing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 32

Today's Pinterest inspired recipe comes from THIS pin called Kentucky Hot Brown Bake. It was pretty good, but next time I would use thinly sliced turkey from a baked turkey rather than the pkd stuff. Very hearty and I think I might even try it with ham.

Kentucky Hot Brown Bake
Yield: 9 servings
  • 8 oz package refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 lb. package smoked turkey lunch meat
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  1. Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 2 squares.
  2. Place one square in bottom of 8" pan that is greased or lined with parchment paper.
  3. Press dough to fit pan.
  4. Layer with half the turkey, bacon, cheese and tomatoes.
  5. Pour half the eggs over the top.
  6. Repeat the layers.
  7. Top with remaining dough square.
  8. Pour remaining eggs over top.
  9. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, covered with foil. Remove foil and bake another 20-25 minutes.
  10. Let sit at room temp for 15-20 minutes before serving.
This recipe is adapted from Mr. Food's Italian Layer Bake.
You will need about an hour total to bake and let it set after baking.

Tombow Birthday Challenge

August is Design Team member Melissa's birthday month and she is the hostess this month for Tombow's monthly challenge. Melissa chose birthday cards as her challenge to us.

This card is created using Inky Antics stamped image, Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils, Mono Adhesive and Mono Glue Stick.

Be sure to stop by the Tombow blog to see how you can win this fun prize in honor of Melissa's birthday challenge:

The challenge prize includes:
Power Tabs
MONO Multi

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hopping with Walnut Hollow

This weekend Tombow is blog hopping with Walnut Hollow. I love Walnut Hollow's projects and chose their 6 x 6 Basswood Canvas. Oh how I wish I had a BUNCH of these! I love the 6 x 6 inch size. Perfect to create fun wall hangings (or they sit) for gifts. The background paper is My Mind's Eye and the rest are from various Fancy Pants Designs collections. I love that I can mix and match them.

My favorite "go to" adhesive for adhering paper to wood is Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. Using a foam brush, I completely covered the wood canvas with the Aqua Liquid Glue and then adhered the paper to it. I let it dry completely (very important) and then applied glue to the apple pieces and applied it to the newsprint paper. The apple was resized and cut from Cutting Cafe's Apple Treat Box file and the "seeds" were punched with a heart punch.

The sentiment was typed on MSWord and then cut out and all the squiggles were done with Tombow's Mono Twin Permanent Marker (It's on sale right now!!). To finish the canvas off, just apply a coat of  Mono Aqua Liquid Glue over the whole thing and it is permanently sealed.

Now would you like to win some Tombow and Walnut Hollow? Below is a picture of what you can win. Be sure to hop on over Chris and Melissa's blogs today, check out their awesome projects and leave a comment.  

Don't forget, this hop goes on all weekend and be sure to check out the following blogs on Saturday and Sunday. Have fun hopping!