Sunday, July 31, 2011

You Mean The World To Me...

I have been on a card making roll since I finished the Summer Card Camp through and I am ready to share one of my recent creations.  Since I last visited Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA, I have been drooling over the Impression Obsession Cover A Card Stamps!  I had a hard time deciding which to purchase first, but when I saw the Map stamp, and the Cloud stamp, I knew right away those would be my first purchases.  My husband never gets too excited about the cards I make, but he went out of his way to comment on this:
Cardstock:  PTI (Enchanted Evening, White) CTMH (Bamboo)
Stamps: PTI (Masculine Motifs, Tiny Treats Christmas) Impression Obsession (Cover-a-Card Map)
Ink: CTMH (Bamboo) Color Box Chalk Queue (Chocolates and Blueberries)
Dies: PTI (Mat Stack 1) Nestabilities (Lacey Circles)
Ribbon, Button, Hemp: CTMH

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

More Summer Card Camp!

I love this week's color combo, and I've got lots of ideas swirling around in that brain of mine!

Cardstock: PTI (kraft), CTMH (sweet leaf, juniper, twilight, crystal blue, white)
Stamps: PTI
Ink: CTMH (twilight)
Ribbon: CTMH (sweet leaf collection)
Die: PTI
Border Punch: Martha Stewart
Other: Copic Markers, Prisma Glitter

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011, Week Four!

It is Monday and that means there is a new color challenge posted for the Summer Card Camp.  I have lots of ideas churning, but thought I'd get a few cards posted asap!
 Card #1:
Cardstock:  PTI (white), CTMH (sweet leaf, juniper, twilight, crystal blue)
Ink: CTMH (black, twilight)
Stamps: CTMH
Die: Quickutz

 Card #2:
Cardstock: PTI (white), CTMH (sweetleaf, juniper, twilight, crystal blue)
Patterned Paper: PTI
Stamps: CTMH
Ink: CTMH (black, twilight)
Die: Quickutz

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Online Summer Card Camp 2011, Week 3!

Well this is the half way mark on the Summer Card Camp!  I have to say, if nothing else, I have overcome my fear of sitting down with a blank card and just going for it!  This week's colors were so much fun!  I have lots of other ideas running around in my brain, but I just haven't had the time to get them on paper.

 Card #1 was inspired by a gift card holder made by Latisha Yoast in PaperCrafts Magazine 350 Cards & Gifts.
Cardstock:  PTI (kraft), CTMH (chocolate, vanilla cream)
Patterned Paper: CTMH (That's Amore)
Stamps: PTI
Ink: ColorBox (chalk)
Ribbon: CTMH (red), Unknown (chocolate)
Rhinestones: CTMH
Die Cut: PTI
Other: Glimmer Mist

 Card #2 was also inspired by a designer, Vanessa Menhorn, in the same publication from PaperCrafts.
Cardstock: PTI (kraft), CTMH (chocolate)
Patterned Paper: CTMH (that's amore)
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: ColorBox Chalk
Flowers: CTMH
Rhinestones: CTMH
Button: CTMH
Hemp: CTMH
Border Punch: Martha Stewart
Ribbon: Unknown

Monday, July 11, 2011

Do I want a brownie or a cookie, brownie or cookie...

I've had those days, days when I really don't know what I want...  Sometimes you just wish you could have the best of both worlds, chill it out, take it slow, then you rock out the show.  You know, mix it all together and you know you have the best of both worlds.  Sorry, I have an 8 year old who loves Hannah Montana right, that song is always in my head!  When I stumbled upon the recipe for Brookies, over at I knew I had to make them!
First make the brownie portion:

 Melt 2 sticks of butter in a saucepan, then stir in 2 1/4 cups of sugar.  Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, but not letting the mixture boil.
 Pour butter mixture into bowl and beat in 4 large eggs, 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon espresso powder (if desired).  Next mix in 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour and 2 cups of chocolate chips.  
 Spread brownie batter into a 9x13 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Now for the cookie part!

 Beat together 2 sticks of butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until creamy.
 Add 2 eggs, one at a time, until combined.  Mix 2 1/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, then gradually add to the egg and butter mixture.  Stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips.
 Drop small spoonfuls of cookie batter on top of the brownie batter in the pan.  Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into brownie portion is almost clean.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011, Week TWO!

Phew!  I am just making this assignment by the skin on my teeth!  I am such a bad blogger, so I hope you forgive me!  However, I am not without an excuse...  This past week I was lucky enough to have my sister, her husband, and two girls visit us in Baltimore from Nebraska.  We tried to see it all in just the 5 short days they had here with us.

We went to Hershey, Pennsylvania,
 Washington D.C.,
 Baltimore's Inner Harbor,
 Asseteague Island,
 and Ocean City, Maryland!
  (I'm exhausted just listing it all...)

Anywho, I threw these cards together one night and just got them photographed today.  Again I do not  have a supply list and have been thinking of ways to make sure I can remember everything from now on.  Maybe if I had a post it for each card and wrote down the supplies as I used them?  Any suggestions are welcome.  Also, I've noticed how some bloggers have small photos or icons of their products they used.  How cool is that?!?!  I'm going to have to look into it!

Okay, here is this weeks color challenge:
Card #1

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white), CTMH (other)
Stamp: CTMH


Cardstock: PTI (Kraft, light green, white), CTMH (dark green)
Stamps: PTI (stripes, sentiment), CTMH (silhouettes)
Die Cuts: PTI and Spellbinders
Twine: CTMH (hemp)

Card #3

Cardstock: PTI and CTMH
Stamps: PTI (clouds), CTMH (sentiments)
Die Cuts: Cricut 

Oh, and we have visitors arriving tomorrow for another week!  I hope I can get into my craft room and get my cards done for next week!  

Until then my friends!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer Card Camp 2011, Week One!

Lucky, lucky me!  I am so happy that I won a spot in the Online Summer Card Camp 2011!  Each week we are given an assignment and asked to post it in a class gallery for the chance to win prizes!  This week we were given a color challenge and asked to make a card with these colors.

The first card I CASE'd from Jennifer McGuire's blog, just to get my creative juices flowing.  I am ashamed to admit that I can't seem to find her card that I used for inspiration as I found it on my iPhone and since then I have lost it! 

 Next I decided to use my all too often neglected Cricut Machine to make a round card!

And last, but not least, the Cricut was used again to make an Argyle card.  

I really had fun with this and I cannot wait until next week's challenge!