Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cookie Book

Remember those cookies mixes I was packing up? Well I received the cookies from the swap along with this cool little recipe book. Thanks girls! Kathy stamped ginger bread men, house and candies so we could decorate the cover however we wanted too. This is what I came up with. I'm happy there were extra houses as I wanted to make my house taller. I cut one in half then glue the bottom on my house. The candy was punched out with 1/4 and 3/4 circle punches then popped on the roof of the house. Added a little bling to the center of each candy. Then added a door, window, candy canes. You can't tell by the photo but for the window I cut part of the center open so it will open.

Course I had to add some glitter on things so I used Stickles crystal and candy cane by Ranger.

I did want to thank the ladies so much as they sent my cookies in re-usable plastic containers. Its the gift that will continue on after the cookies are gone. Oh and by the way......cookies were awesome.......back on my diet tomorrow. Holidays are over. Now I'm off to take down my tree. It's always sad to take it down, but the New Year is tomorrow so its out with the old!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Look Ma! No Layers!

Just love how simple this looks.

I have always liked how Kraft card stock, and Red and White ink
look together.

Stamp Set: Happy Hearts by SU!

Now that the holidays are almost over
time to switch gears and start thinking
about Valentine's day.

Rough day at work yesterday. Very BUSY!!! With all the snow that the east coast got slammed
with everyone is calling in either to buy snow blower parts or to buy new machines. And of
course they want to have it yesterday which isn't going to happen. Some folks don't understand
that things take time to mail out. Again I'm thankful that this is a short work week.

Speaking of snow we got some white stuff. Monday morning there was about 2 inches, and I see that today we received more snow last night. About 6 inches of the white fluffy stuff on the
ground. We couldn't have snow for Christmas but it looks like we will have a white New Year!

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Karen 188

Monday, December 28, 2009

Silly Snowman

This silly little snowman holds one package of instant
hot chocolate. To make:

Start with standard A2 size envelope. Seal the envy shut.
Cut off 1/2 inch from one short side of the sealed envy.
Run larger part of the envelope through paper crimper.
Make eyes with 1/2 and 3/4 inch circle punches. Nose is just a triangle. Blush the cheeks with inked sponge. Add
highlights to the pupils with white gel pen, make mouth with fine line black marker. Hat is made using black card stock and Top Note die (SU) Fold up one edge of die cut to make hat brim. Add ribbon and snowflake. Glue hat back to 1/2 inch cut part from the envelope. Insert hot chocolate package and the hat.

Snowed lots last night and it would just figure that the day I have to go back to work I have to get up early and shovel out my car. JOY!!!!!!!!!!! Least I only have 3 days to work this week then I'll have a 4 day weekend. YAY!

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Keyboard

John was really happy with his new keyboard. He plays guitar but mentioned to his sister that he would like to learn the keyboard. We found a good deal on one at BJ's wholesale.

Sarah got the family Beatles Monopoly for Christmas. We had a blast playing this on Christmas Eve. Everyone was doing some wheeling and dealing. After all was said and done Skip won the game. SHHHHH don't tell him we let him win. LOL He got some good trades from me and Sarah.

Well I just got finished doing a workout. I have been lazy this week and haven't made time for my workouts. Now I'm trying to get back on track. The Brunswick Rec center is offering 50% off there memberships for the month of January. So I'm thinking about signing up for a year. Will be nice to have an indoor track to walk around. I could
just go the mall and walk but I really dislike the mall.

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Karen 188

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hobo Bag

Love this hobo bag that my friend Connie made me for Christmas. So colorful and roomy! I'll be using this one for my yarn projects. Funny thing about this bag. I knew Kathy was working on several of them for gifts and I had to let her know that I would love to have one also. Didn't know that Connie had already made me one! Big thanks Connie!

Picture of Sarah and Jason taken Christmas day. They were on there way out to visit Jason's family and they just looked to cute together that I had to snap a pic. More pictures tomorrow. Right now I'm off to the movies to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie. Can't wait!!!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

OMG! Had the best Christmas Eve! Both the kids were home and we played board games and opened up the presents. I'll be sharing more photos throughout the weekend.

I opened up presents from my friends in Texas. All three of them spoil me. Thanks girls!!!!

I really love the elephant teapot and cup. The votive tea light holder I got for my birthday. I didn't know then I'd be getting more items to go with it. Big Thanks KAT!!!!!!!! Kat also made this card. She's been sending me encouragement cards and for the month of December they have all been Christmas ones.

Okay I need to get to bed as it's 1 in the morning. Sarah and Jason will be coming over for brunch at 11 then my sis-in-law Cheryl and my nephews Corbet and Neil will be coming over for dinner.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ever Just Want to Make....

a very simple card with no layers? That's what I was in the mood to do.

Still playing with Puns from the Past. I really
feel like its from the past seeing how I've had
this set for a year and have not used it.

Vanilla cardstock base. Eraser made with Cameo
Coral. Brush part of eraser made with Going
Gray. Antique silver brad just in the top layer
of the brush part. Pop dots hold the eraser
in place.

I never thought I'd ever say it but I'm sick of shopping! Seems like that is what I've been doing
during my entire vacation! LOL

Yesterday I went with John as he didn't have his shopping done. Of course when that
was finished mom got to wrap them up! Started my day going to work to pick up the spiral
ham and pies that I ordered. The pecan pie I got for hubby was still warm from the
oven. Smelled so yummy!!!! I called Skip from the car and told him he was very lucky
that I didn't have a fork with me, or I would have been in the hatch back feeding my face!

This morning I'm off to the nursing home to deliver homemade cookies. Later in the day we
will be visiting with Skip's sister and having cake. His mom's birthday is today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE!!!!! Who I believe is 75 years young today.

Very Merry Christmas Eve to all.....

and to all get to bed early tonight so Santa will arrive!

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Karen 188

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I got to make a card! Yay! Love having vacation time. Even though I've been really
busy with getting holiday stuff done...
I'm grateful to get in any and all
stamping time I can get.

Stamp set by Stampin'Up! Puns from
the Past. I found this great designer
paper by Basic Grey that was perfect to
to use with the antique tools in this set.
Colors: Sage Shadow, Really Rust, Black,
and Vanilla. Added some ecru lace, and
black ribbon for trim. Then added
a paper flower with a gold brad.

So Skip was laying in the living room floor. He had
asked me to sit on his back to crack it. Thank
goodness I weight less now and can do that for him.
Of course Burbank our cat never missing
an opportunity to find one of "his" humans in a
position that he can lay on jumped on his back and
proceeded to fall asleep, and remained there even
when Skip started to get up off the floor. It
was so cute couldn't resist snapping some pics.

We went out and did some more last minute
Christmas shopping. Found a keyboard for John.
Sarah told me he was wanting one. He does play
guitar but wanted to learn piano also. It's a Casio
and has lighted keys. I think the rest of the family
will have fun with it also. Shhhh don't tell
him we bought him one!

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Karen 188

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Minute Christmas Card

So I don't know where the month went...but I do know that it just flew by I found myself this past Friday with no Christmas cards made or sent out to family and friends. I stayed up till 3 am churning out 25 of these cards. Skip helped me address and sign them. Got them in the mail Saturday morning. Its a simple design but I think they are cute. Stamp set by Inkadinkado called Pattern Play Holiday. I got the set at Jo Ann's when it was 50% off. I really bought it just for the bird, but I like the other designs in the set as well.

Other items in the card: Floral BG, and word from Yuletide Montage (SU), colors: Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Rose Red

Sarah stopped over yesterday. We spent the day shopping, had lunch, then home to bake Christmas cookies. Still have some more batches to make today. Going to bring some of them to the nursing home for the residents, and staff.

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Karen 188

Monday, December 21, 2009

I Won The Decorating Contest.....

at my workplace. How cool is that? I decorated my cube to look like a gingerbread house. Won a gold medal and bragging rights. LOL Had lots of fun doing it and it did make the month of December go by a little quicker as I was counting the days to the 18th. I'm on vacation all week. Loving it!!!! Enjoy the pictures.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


I made this darling ornament over the weekend, and will be making several more of them.

Colors: Bashful Blue, Cranberry Crisp, Apricot Appeal, Black, Always Artichoke, and Brushed Silver cardstock.

I cut two circles using the Coluzzle system. Circle diameter is 3 3/8. Circles are held together with brushed silver cardstock that was punched with tab punch. Bird started out as a circle then was cut in half. For the wing....pardon the pun.......I just "winged" it. LOL After I cut the wing to the shape I wanted the edges of the bird was sponged with Cranberry Crisp ink, and the wing was added using pop dot. The face is black cardstock punched with Boho Blossom punch. Funny thing about that....I don't own that punch. I did trace the punch from the SU catalog using pc paper then cut it out. Next I traced that on black cardstock and cut out. Thank goodness my friend Lisa has the punch and did some punch outs for me. They are currently in route to me. Thanks Lisa!!!! The bird nest is leaf punch from Martha Stewart. Oh and I have to do a product share with you. This the best quick dry glue I have found. Its by Scotch called Quick-Dry Adhesive. No-run, mess free, precision tip, and Photo safe...acid free. It is wonderful. "Quick" go out and pick some up. YOU NEED THIS GLUE!!! Wonderful for paper projects and dries clear.

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Karen 187.5

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cookie Exchange

So my gal friends in TX are having a cookie exchange and I asked if I could be in it too even though I'm in Ohio and they would have to be mailed. Hadn't been in a cookie exchange one for a very long time, and thought it would be fun. I'll give the cookies to hubby Skip as I'm sure he will enjoy them, but I did find out that one of the girls chose to make a Weight Watcher cookie as two of us are following that plan. Big Thanks AMBER!!!

The exchange isn't till the 20th of this month but I wanted to get all my out of town boxes in the mail so I went with a cookie mix instead of baking the cookies. Of course I'm doing a more point friendly cookie also. I found the prefect container for the mix. These auto coffee mugs were wonderful because they had a removable paper insert that allowed me to stamp my own design. I used a big wheel with white craft ink on navy blue cardstock. My two years of working at the YUM YUM tree (candy/gift store) really paid off as I was able to wrap the filled mugs in clear cello wrap and add a snowflake package tie. The recipe card was made using SU Retired stamp set What's for Dinner. The Lets Bake Cookie stamp is by See-D's.

Okay now for the recipe:

Breakfast Cookie

1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsweented apple sauce
3 oz rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 raisins
1 1/3 cup non-fat dry powdered milk
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

pre-heat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. I use butter flavored Pam. Drop cookies by teaspoon so there are a total of 16 of them. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
Each cookie has one point value.
You can make 4 large breakfast cookies from this recipe instead of 16 small ones. Point value for each would be 4 points. They are so yummy right from the oven.

Only things my friends will need to do is to add the apple sauce. Very simple!!!

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Karen 187.5