Saturday, October 20, 2018

Halloween Loaded Bag

Welcome back to another Cutting Café bi-monthly challenge. This week's challenge was a "freebie" week, meaning the design team gets to choose any file(s) they want to create with. I chose to use Halloween and Fall Basic Shapes with the ghost to create this loaded Halloween bag. I am in the process of making 13 bags for nurses in the NICU where my granddaughter has been since August 27th.


Each bag has a Halloween themed notepad, fun straw, packet of apple cider mix, wrapped Hershey candy bar, pen or pencil and an altered clothespin with a magnet on the back that can be used on the refrigerator (or wherever they like) to hold notes, photos, etc.

I am making these as a thank you for the great care my granddaughter and kids are receiving from these wonderful nurses.

I will post the others that I made when I get them all done and photo'd.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Halloween Pillow Boxes

Pillow Boxes for Halloween is the challenge this week on the Cutting Cafe. I used the pillow box form from Halloween Pillow Boxes and then for the one on the left, I cut the skull from Halloween Photo Props.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pumpkins

Can you believe that September is more than 1/2 over? Time has been flying by. Regina of Cutting Cafe challenged the design team to create a project using pumpkins from any of these files. I love anything fall related, so the only hard part of this challenge was to decide what file to use as I had so many ideas, but not time to make everything I would like to. I used two files that I have listed below my project.

Happy Halloween sentiment from 3 Halloween Treat Cup Cards
Pumpkin from Halloween and Fall Basic Shapes

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hearts for the NICU

It's "Anything Goes" this week for the Cutting Cafe challenge. My granddaughter, Saoirse Grace (pronounced "sirsha" entered this world 10 weeks early August 27th, weighing 1 lb .5 ou and measuring 13" long.

My daughter-in-law showed me a fabric heart with a poem that she received while there and asked if I could make a few more for her.

I used the heart from the Cutting Cafe's Heart Envelope Shaped Card Template and manipulated one of the hearts to the size I needed. The hearts need to be no smaller than 5.5" and no larger than 8". I decided to not only make some for her, but to make extra and donate them to the NICU unit where my sweet grandaughter is.



Here is the poem that goes with them:

Wear this cloth against your breast.
Near your heart and warm caress.

Place it close to your baby’s face
allowing your presence to fill the space.

Your baby will feel your love is near,
in scent and warmth when you cannot be here.

Allow the milk you so tenderly share,
to be the connection for you
and the one you hold dear

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Fun with Rosettes

The Cutting Cafe design team is creating with Regina's Fun with Rosettes file this week. I combined that file with THIS youtube tutorial for the candy box to create this fun project.


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

2018 goals check-in July

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in JanFebMarAprMay, Jun

*note: some of these are completed, I will continue doing them, but won't keep updating the totals

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...I have decluttered 1579/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...

*total to date: 51/40**COMPLETED**

3. Create 365 cards...I am behind on this challenge, it may not happen this year*total to date: 85/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...

21. Christmas Lasagne made this for our Ladies Night Out "Christmas in July" theme
22. Rhubarb Cake with streusal topping; one of the best rhubarb cakes I've had
23. Frosting
24. Sour Milk Cake

*total to date: 24/24 **COMPLETED** 

5. Read 25 books...

23. "Round the Corner" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
24. "Undivided Heart" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
25. "A Place to Belong" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
26. "The Celebration" by Wanda Brunstetter27. "The Blessing" by Wanda Brunstetter

total to date: 27/25**COMPLETED** 

6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this and probably won't at this point

7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...2 new this month, but I can't show as they are gifts that haven't been given yet


total to date: 12/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.

13. gift basket to a friend
14. surprised someone with supper
**total to date: 14/12
**COMPLETED** 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Cutting Cafe Typewriter

I chose to use Typewriter Shaped Card for my project this week for Cutting Cafe.


I didn't think I was going to get a post up this week. If you are reading this and you believe in prayer, please pray for our family, esp our oldest son, daughter-in-law and unborn baby girl. The pregnancy is a high-risk one and there are some hard things God is taking us through right now.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Christmas in July: Cocoa Pockets

This week's challenge is "Christmas in July" and we could use any file we wanted. I chose two: Christmas Pockets and Christmas Mini Words to create these fun cocoa pockets.

The Christmas Pockets comes with different sizes and cut out shapes. I chose the snowflake pocket as it was the perfect size without having to resize it for the cocoa packets I had on hand. 

To create the same pocket with the candy cane and tree, I just removed the snowflake and added in the other shapes.


When it gets closer to the holidays, I will add some mini marshmallows and mints and/or candy canes or stir sticks.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store. 

2018 goals check-in June

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in JanFebMarApr, May
I'm a little late checking in, but here are my June updates:
*note: some of these are completed, I will continue doing them, but won't keep updating the totals

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...

I have decluttered 1400/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...this challenge ran from Feb 14 -  March 31, I did 32/40 bags. I am going to continue this challenge throughout the rest of the year.


*total to date: 46/40

**COMPLETED**

3. Create 365 cards...
I am behind on this challenge, it may not happen this year
*total to date: 81/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...

18. Dark Chocolate Rhubarb Brownies
19. Rhubarb Cookies w/ Cream Cheese Frosting
20. Kraft Shake n Bake copycat this recipe is the perfect amount for 2 leg quarters. growing up, my mom used to make shake 'n Bake chicken. I couldn't believe how much this smelled like what I remembered from my childhood.

*total to date: 20/24 

5. Read 25 books...
23. "Round the Corner" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
24. "Undivided Heart" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
25. "A Place to Belong" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright
26. "The Celebration" by Wanda Brunstetter
27. "The Blessing" by Wanda Brunstetter

total to date: 27/25
**COMPLETED** 

6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this and probably won't at this point


7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. 

slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...

made 4 burp cloths using this tutorial





total to date: 10/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.


13. gift basket to a friend
14. surprised someone with supper

**total to date: 14/12

**COMPLETED** 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Christmas Animals

This month is Christmas in July on Cutting Cafe. This week we were challenged to make a Christmas card using any of Cutting Cafe's shaped animals. I chose the elephant from the Elephant Shaped Card set. I know my card doesn't look very Christmas-y, but it needed to be pink for a very special baby girl's first Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Be sure to visit the Cafe daily OR subscribe to their store. They will be offering Christmas sets at a discounted price for their Christmas in July Celebration.... 
here is the first... 
http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2018/07/christmas-in-july-discounted-sets-.html


Monday, June 25, 2018

Cutting Cafe Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!  Migdalia you are the winner of the Mason Jar Shaped Card Template and Cutting File. Please contact me at debbiedeefisher@yahoo.com and I will forward to Regina to get your file.
Your USA banner is Fantastic!!Amazing job! Love it!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
Mrodriguez860@hotmail.com
Crafting with Creative M

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cutting Cafe Blog Hop~USA Jar Banner

This week we have a fun blog hop going on with the Cutting Cafe Design Team. If you came from Lisa Snowdy's blog you are in the right place. If not, be sure to start at Regina's blog, so you don't miss a chance to win some awesome files.

Each team member playing along will have a project and we get to give you a chance to win the file that we chose to use. So be sure to stop by and comment on each blog for a chance to win.

I chose to use the Mason Jar Shaped Card Template and Cutting File and this is the file that you can win! Be sure to leave a comment below and I will pick a name using random.org Sunday, June 24th. You will need to leave me a way to contact you.
I love anything Americana (maybe because I'm a July baby?) and created this USA jar banner. The font is MTF Jumpin' Jack. You can download it for free here.
Next on the list is Maria Luisa. Hop on over to say hi to her.
Here is the list of everyone playing along. Some of these links may not work until tomorrow, so  be sure to try again in case they don't.
Mitra Pratt
Audrey Long
Sheryl Wilder
Lisa Snowdy
Debbie Fisher **You are here**
Maria Luisa
Shanta Newby
Krista Norman
Tina Goodwin
Kristi Steinbeck
Thank you for stopping by! Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win the file(s) they are giving away.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fish Shaped Card

I'm back with a Cutting Cafe post. I was gone for a bit do to some health issues as well as some other hard stuff. Life can be hard! But I'm glad to be back to creating again.

This week we were challenged to use fish bowl or fish files. I chose the Fish Shaped Card to create with. I had a box of scraps that I've been working out of to make cards, so decided to use the scraps to make a fish card and I think it's a fun scrappy fish!


Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

2018 goals check-in May

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in JanFebMar, Apr

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...

I have decluttered 1357/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...this challenge ran from Feb 14 -  March 31, I did 32/40 bags. I am going to continue this challenge throughout the rest of the year.


*total to date: 39/40


3. Create 365 cards...
none this month, I thought March was a hard month, but May has been worse. Some major issues with my health and a double funeral with my dearest friend passing away a week later has been almost too much.
*total to date: 68/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...

13. Rhubarb Streusel Cake with Vanilla Sauce (I retyped the recipe and have it posted below as the link has spelling and other errors)
14. Garlic Roasted Asparagus with Bacon and Feta Cheese (so good! we've had twice already)
15. Creamy Italian Asparagus good, but I would use 1/2 the Italian seasoning. I didn't like it overpowering the asparagus, but otherwise, very good
16. Shaved Asparagus Pizza this is sooo good!
17. Asparagus Gratin it was so-so

*total to date: 17/24


5. Read 25 books...

20. "The Road Home" by Beverly Lewis
21. "The Sister Circle" by Nancy Moser & Vonette Bright (this is book 1 in the series, definitely looking for the others. loved this story line)
22. "The Seekers" by Wanda Brunstetter

total to date: 22/25

6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this


7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. 

slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...

made these using this and this tutorial


total to date: 9/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.


10. shared rhubarb cake with vanilla sauce with someone

11. gave someone rhubarb
12. made cinnamon rolls and delivered

**total to date: 12/12


Rhubarb Streusel Cake with Vanilla Sauce

Cake:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • Streusel Topping:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
    Vanilla Sauce:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking dish and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar for the cake. Beat in the egg. 
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter/sugar mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating just until moistened. Fold in the chopped rhubarb. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the batter to the edges.
In a medium bowl, combine the streusel topping ingredients, mixing them together until the mixture is coarse and combined. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the batter. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the top of the cake is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
For the sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add the sugar and milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened (it will thicken more as it cools slightly). Remove from the heat; stir in the vanilla. Serve warm with the cake.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Book Review: "The Road Home"

The Road Home by [Lewis, Beverly]
"The Road Home" by Beverly Lewis is an Amish story about Lena Rose and her family. Lena is the oldest of nine children and after her parents are killed in a car accident, the family is split up and she has to move from Michigan to Pennsylvania to live with family she has never met.

The youngest of the siblings is just 6 years old and she struggles the most missing him as she has been like a mother to him.

She sends money home from working in PA, waiting for a job to open up in MI, so she can move back home to be closer to her family. One thing after another happens to prevent her from leaving and eventually she comes to love the Lancaster area.

This story started out really slow for me, and didn't seem very realistic, but I kept reading and it ended up being a nice story.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Monday, May 7, 2018

Lip Balm Holder

A few weeks ago, I had shown Regina and the team a lip balm holder idea I had seen online and had asked where one could buy the plastic containers. A team member led me to Frantic Stamper and then Regina designed this amazing file Lip Balm and Chapstick Holder making your own with clear cardstock that she also carries in her online shop here. I was completely out of clear cardstock, but I did have some of the plastic pouches that I had ordered from Frantic Stamper, so I used Regina's cutting file making the center cut a little bigger to hold my plastic pouch.
This was such a fun project to make and I am going to be making many of these! Thank you Regina for another super fun file to create with!

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog later today to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 goals check-in April

You can read more details about my goals HERE and how I did in JanFeb and Mar

1. 2018 in 2018 Decluttering Challenge...

I have decluttered 1324/2018 items from my home

2. 40 bags in 40 days...this challenge ran from Feb 14 -  March 31, I did 32/40 bags. I am going to continue this challenge throughout the rest of the year.


*total to date: 34/40


3. Create 365 cards...
I created 18 cards this month (I'm a bit behind, but I made a whole bunch of card fronts, so if I can get those finished up in May, I might be back on track)
*total to date: 68/365

4. Try 2 new recipes/month...

9. Carrot Cake Cheesecake (made for Easter)
10. Instant Pot Easy Chicken Wings (a winner and I've made twice so far using my own sauces)
11. Cream Biscuits (okay, but won't make again)
12. Orange Rhubarb Muffins (very moist, but could barely taste the orange, so will add orange essential oil next time)
*total to date: 12/24

5. Read 25 books...

17. "Where the Fire Falls" by Karen Barnett
18. "Welcome Home: Our Family's Journey to Extreme Joy" by Kimberley Woodhouse (I read this during our power outage due to the blizzard. Really put things in perspective!)
19. "936 Pennies" by Erin Lynum

total to date: 19/25


6. Put items on Buy/Sell/Trade...still haven't done this


7. Completely decluttering and organizing my creative space. 

slowly working on this as I work on the rest of the house as well

8. Create/Design/Etc 2 pinned items/month that are not food related...

made these using this and this tutorial and just combined some of the info from both.
total to date: 7/24

9. Twelve RAK's for the year...if you are unfamiliar with RAK, it stands for Random Acts of Kindness.


None for this month

**total to date: 9/12