Friday, October 29, 2010

It's the Great Pumpkin Patch . . .

Hi gang!  It is almost Halloween, and I am so ready for it!  Well, not totally ready, I still have to get some candy, buy and carve pumpkins, and finish decorating the house.  I guess I am not ready at all.  Maybe I am better off showing what I have done.

Here are my kids in their costumes, ready for a day of fun at their school.

Pretty spooky right?  They were thrilled with how they looked.  I like it when they want fairly simple costumes. 

They also wanted to bring some treats to share with their classmates.  I got the inspiration for these from my friend Lisa when she had put them on her blog.

They are so cute.  I made them using My Digital Studio and the Pumpkin Patch digital brush set.  I simply printed out a loaded sheet of these on pumpkin pie cardstock and punched them out with my 1 1/4 circle punch. and punched the larger layer with my 1 3/8 circle punch.  Then, I sponged each layer and distressed them.  After that it was just a matter of assembly.  I wanted to save my Old Olive gros grain for some Christmas project I have in mind, so I used some ribbon I had lying around from my pre-demo days.  I haven't used non-Stampin' Up! ribbon in a long time, and you can sure feel the difference in quality.  I LOVE the quality of all of our products.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Hi gang!

I hope all my Canuck friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We had a great time at my home.  There was so much of everything.  As always, the food was fantastic.  I also (with the help of Charlotte, my daughter) made some very cute decorations.

All very nice, right?  Here is a closer look:

I made one of these little votive holders for everyone that came.  I used the Fancy Favor Die and the Autumn Spice designer paper from the Holiday Mini catalog.  I punched out the shape using the Decorative Label punch and lined it with our cardstock vellum.  I sponged all the edges with Early espresso ink to age it up a bit.  I added a ribbon handle and a tag and Voila!  a lantern.  It is lit using a battery powered tea light.  I combined them with the paper pumpkins for a beautiful table centerpiece.

By each persons spot there was a little place marker box.  The boys and girls each had their own.

I love these!  Each of the boxes (box #2 and the Big Shot) were filled with a napkin and chocolate, then, I just used the Build a Bear dies, designer paper and punches to create the front and placed them on the table.

Everything looked so pretty sitting on the table.  We left them there and served ourselves from the counter.

I also made some little drink pouches for the kids to give to their teachers.  These were inspired by my friend Lisa and I think the teachers all really liked them.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

As Promised -aka- Thankful 2.0

Hi again,

I just have a quick little post today.  I promised to share with you the revised, rethunk, redone Thankful frame.  So, here it is:

Honestly, I think I like it better.  And, look at the cute little designer paper pumpkins that I made to go along with it.  This has got my thinking about a whole set of Thanksgiving table decor.  So, because organizing a dinner for my whole family will not keep me busy enough (e-sarcasm), I have decided to add some other stuff to the To Do list.

I am off to craft (and do laundry and dusting, and floor washing, and menu planning)

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Still Thankful

Hello again!

I have a funny little story to share.  Not 10 minutes after I took the pictures for the previous post, I went to my computer to update my blog about how thankful I am.  Just as I finished hitting the "publish post" button I heard a big crash from upstairs.  I went running up to see that one of my Thanksgiving frames had slipped off the display and the glass broke into a bunch of tiny little shards.

I know what you are thinking . . ."How is that funny?"  Well, truthfully, it really isn't.  But, after a few days of mourning, and a few more days of avoiding, and several more days of cutting for our World Card Day, I decided I was thankful again.

I am thankful to have the opportunity to make another project, without having to start completely fresh, and have it be very different from the previous one.  So, while the glue dries on that, I want to share a couple other things I am thankful for.

I am especially thankful to have such a great group of stamping friends.  Each and every one of the ladies I spent Saturday with made my day wonderful.  I am blessed to have Lisa as an upline, and Heather and Tara as sidelines.  I couldn't have imagined that when I started as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, that I would find such a caring and supportive group, but there they were, and have continued to be so supportive and welcoming.  So, thank you so much ladies, for being wonderful, caring, and completely you!

Here is the recipe for the fantastic Pumpkin Dip that Lisa referred to in her blog.

1 block cream cheese
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 - 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 jar marshmallow fluff
1 large tub Cool Whip.

Cream together cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth.  Add spice and jar of marshmallow fluff, stirring until mixed completely.  Add you tub of thawed Cool Whip.  The texture will change from smooth and creamy, to fluffy and almost like a mousse.  Serve with ginger snaps, cinnamon cookies, graham cracker, apple slices, or just straight off the spoon.  YUM!!!

I am also thankful for this dip.

Thanks for stopping by.