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Hop winner, Christmas, birthdays, pictures.. Oh my!

“Oh my”, indeed.

Jeepers where has the month gone? (My inner 90 year old self just came out with that snazzy ‘Jeepers’).

 

Christmas has come and gone and here I am pouting in my craft room corner shoving truffles down my throat thinking, “And I didn’t even get to start the 99 1/2 Christmas projects I had planned” Seriously.. I had piles and oodles of stuff I wanted to do and time slipped away. Again. I am just always doing SO much. I like to keep busy, but I keep myself TOO busy at times. And with that comes my new years goal..

SIMPLIFY MY LIFE.

I am very much in a ‘happy spot’ with my DT’s.. family life, etc. BUT.. I need to work on removing the ‘life clutter’ and remind myself I do NOT need to be super mom (wait.. who am I kidding? Yes.. I do! lol) I don’t need to be a ‘professional everything’ as my friends like to call me.. and I need to learn to not add so much to my plate. My plate is overflowing onto the floor and I am slipping in my own mess at times! (Especially around holidays).

 

Anyhow, time to get you all caught up and such! First off.. the EP blog hop winner.. yes.. over a week late to posting this, I am SO sorry! I usually email winners and not post, but I get emails/messages asking about hop winners.. so.. I will be sure to post them to the blog from now on.. like a good girl. Go on.. throw me a treat! *wags tail*

So, the winner of the EP kit of their choice is….. Myoriah!!! She said, “Cute projects as always. Love the gift bag you did. Can’t wait to see what you do next. Thanks for chance to win.”.

*throws confetti*

Yay! (email has been sent, Myoriah!) Thank you ALL who took time to join our hop and comment! I know all us EP DT members appreciate the love and sweet comments from you!

 

Moving on to CHRISTMAS! AKA: The holiday that I ALWAYS say I am going to ‘scale back’ and I ALWAYS manage to get ‘worse’ and ‘worse’ every year. Santa needs to get whacked upside the head over here! I have no shame in saying that we play up Santa and loads of gifts over here. It’s how my family does it and that’s that. (of course we also focus on family, etc. as well). We had a fantastic Christmas day with my mom and brother here. She recently split from her jerk of a husband and couldn’t afford a Christmas this year so we ‘adopted them’ lol. Can I just say it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE to shop for a 13yo boy? (note to self, do not let my sweet little son age). Thankfully, he needed shoes, clothes, and books so that made up most of his gifts. It was nice to see them smile.

And of course my little monsters made out like bandits! Seeing the pure joy and excitement gets me all sorts of crazy! It’s like a drug for me. That’s why I do all these parties, etc. Their excitement just FEEDS me! Seriously, I don’t need a thing for Christmas, just my family and their smiles does it for me! (although a NICE espresso machine would be amazetacular)

 

Here’s just a few pictures of my kids on Christmas day!

  • Here they are so patiently waiting to open gifts from Santa! Love these kiddos!

 

  • My little guy got some Legos! LOTS of Legos here this year….

  • I wasn’t kidding about the Legos.. lol. This is just part of my younger daughter’s pile.

 

  • We even had Lego head buckets! Aren’t these awesome?

 

  • Watch out for the Hulk!

 

  • Love this photo of my girls chit chatting and opening their gifts :) It’s very rare if they get along, lol. A Christmas miracle right there!

 

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday!!! Mine was filled with LOTS of joy, family, food, hugs and kisses from my kiddos and coffee. :)

 

Moving on to YESTERDAY! My sweet, sweet boy turned five. How this happened so SOON.. I have no idea. Really.. life does pass by in a flash, doesn’t it? I love watching my children grow and seeing what amazing people they are becoming, but it really is bitter sweet. *sigh*

This little guy was born with a hole in his lung.. had surgery when he was two days old. It was nearly a week before I could even hold him.. and going on two weeks old before I could bring him home. It was so tough for my husband and I. I know some parents have had it much worse and I am SO thankful it was a ‘short’ NICU stay for him, but it was hard. On my way out of the hospital we passed right by the NICU where he was and I LOST it. How was I going home WITHOUT my baby? I would wake up during the night to ump milk and just CRY beacuse I should have been holiding him for those feedings.

I am so thankful all went well and he is a healthy and VERY happy little boy. My 5 year old little man!

He has got to be one of the most outgoing, fun, caring children I know.  He has such a deep soul and I hope he never loses that. I have no doubt he will be an amazing man someday!

(Pictures were taken just a few days ago!)

 

And here I am today. The crazy month of December is coming to an end and the new year is almost here. I can not wait to see what 2013 has in store for my family and I! I hope you ALL have an amazing new year. Much health and happiness to all of you! And as a blogger and crafter, I hope to keep you all entertained and inspired! I will try my hardest not to get boring, lol.

 

And in case you all were wondering.. it’s snowing in my back yard right now.. but not my front. My socks don’t match.. I am wearing grandma slippers and a leopard print Snuggie FREEZING while sucking down ice water (I am a big time ice chewer.. horrible habit!) and at least 4 times while typing this blog post I have Googled hair styles and shades of red to show my hair dresser next week and have had probably a total of 3 minutes of conversation with.. my cat.

Yeah. What was that I said about simplifying? lol.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!!!!!!  


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Echo Park DT December blog hop!

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, December 23rd to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, December 24th so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won!

 

So, I have been sick over a week now and haven’t really been in the crafty mood. So this on is simple.. and this post is short and to the point (If you’re a regular reader of mine, you know I love to ramble, lol). I am FINALLY on the tail end of this sickness and am happily crafting and prepping for all the fun in store for the next week! Sooooo stinkin’ excited for Christmas! Santa went a bit crazy again… and I don’t care! Every year starting in October I give myself the good ‘ol.. “You WILL behave this Christmas. You will NOT go overboard” talk.. Pssssssh. I’ve come to realize this is just ‘me’ and it would take a darn near miracle for me to not be a crazed Christmas buffoon. My husband says he has accepted the crazy. LOL!

Anyhow, (I almost started rambling there for a minute, lol) I made this cute ‘present’ gift bag using Echo Park’s This & That Christmas. It’s VERY simple. I honestly wanted to do more, but it wasn’t happening. Still very cute and useful though!

Now, I have been designed for SVG Cuts for almost 2 years now (small break in that time, but still..) and I haven’t really given much look at this cute present bag in the Christmas Gift Bags & Boxes SVG Kit until recently. I have used that star bag SEVERAL times though! So it was something ‘new’ for me. I actually have another version of this bag that I need to finish. At his rate, it might not be until after Christmas though, lol. I need to get busy baking soon.. Mmmm.. cookies before crafting!

 

Before I send you off to the next blog, I wanted to share these cute tags using the Happy Holidays mini theme!

Totally cute, right? I love how the journaling cards made perfect tag bases!

 

Annnd.. one last thing. A recent Winter Wishes project! This one is a FREE PDF download HERE. This one is great for a gift giving! I got my cute little tin pail at the Dollar Tree.

 

OK, friends.. time to send you off to Linda’s blog!

 

Here’s the blog list in case you’re lost.

*waves* see ya later!


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EP’s Photo Freedom ‘Dear, Santa’ kit!

Hey, hey! Are you all staying warm? I am sitting here with some coffee and my little space heater TRYING to stay warm. We got some snow last night and while I just LOVE the snow, I hate being cold when I can’t cuddle up by a fire or in my warm cozy bed. But, I have a few things to share and thought I better get to blogging! So.. here I am. Freezing just for you guys.

So, I am sure you’ve all seen me mention a billion times that I am not a ‘scrapbooker’. I am not exactly sure WHY I don’t scrapbook. I have three beautiful monsters and a fantastic camera that I know how to use properly.. We do plenty of fun stuff to make memories of.. but yet, I leave folders and folders of photos on my computer and don’t print them. I have TONS of paper.. I just don’t ‘get it’. I have tried several times to create a layout and 1 ou of 5 times ends up in something worth sharing. I see all these AMAZING scrapbookers who’s style I love and I love what THEY do. But when it comes to my pages.. I don’t want tons of journaling.. ink splatters.. giant flowers, etc. I just want it ‘clean’. Then I stare at it forever saying to myself, “Is it done?.. It doesn’t look done.. I am pretty sure I am sitting on my cat’s tail right now…” Poor kitty. Really though. I just need to find a ‘flow’ and a style for ME and have at it. But, until then.. I have Echo Park’s PHOTO FREEDOM!

I am FREEEEEEE… That’s how I felt when I started playing with the Dear, Santa kit. I was SO stressed at first. I even contemplated asking our DT coordinator to be skipped for this DT assignment. Nope.. I sucked it up and found some cute photos to print. I laid them all out on the table with my Dear, Santa kit, took a deep breath, and jumped in!….. And I survived! Really, people. If you’re like me and not much of a scrapbooker THIS is for you. No joke. I think my issue is trying to ‘fill up’ that big ‘ol 12×12 page (I know you can do smaller pages, but I like the look of the larger pages). With the Photo Freedom kits that ‘scary big page’ issue is broken up into this little ‘you can handle this’ sections. Once I stopped looking at it as a big scary 12×12 sheet I had to fill up, it all came together.. a little section at a time.

I did choose to keep my pages simple and clean and focus on the pretty pictures. I absolutely HATE my writing (AKA: chicken-scratch) so I avoid journaling (Santa needs to being mama a typewriter!). I also wanted to show the collection nicely, so I didn’t mix in much from other companies as far as stamps, alphas, and embellishments go.

So, here they are! My five Photo Freedom Dear, Santa pages! YAY!

 

My first page focuses on Christmas morning. (Gah! Seeing this makes me so excited for Christmas!! 12 days, peeps.. TWELEVE DAYS!!!!)

I love these die-cut numbers from Lori Whitlock! They were the perfect little added touch to my page.

 

The second page shows my youngest daughter getting her most wanted gift, a Nintendo DSi XL. She was THRILLED! Again, I added in some die-cuts and then a bit of some American Crafts white glittery alphas.

 

This page is all about gingerbread fun! I printed a 6×8 photo to split, which I think was a great idea! It’s such a yummy photo and just needed to be BIGGER! For the ‘JOY” card, I used my craft knife to cut out the middle of the circle to use as a frame. CUTE!

 

This one is my favorite, I think! I just love the aqua blue and teal! This page shows when our elf ‘Snowflake’ came and brought some Polar Express fun!

I printed the main photo onto textured Carta Bella cardstock.. came out GREAT! It’s just a tad small for this section of the page protector, but it doesn’t look bad. As you can see I die-cut some vellum snowflakes, added some stamping, etc. I really just love this little section!

 

This one.. to be honest.. is kinda ‘eh’ for me. For one.. it’s a 12×12 full page (you know.. the scary 12×12 pages I mentioned earlier? lol). I just added a photo of one of my trees, some ‘negative’ snowflakes with vellum behind them, and some rub-ons. Nothing crazy exciting.

 

What do ya think? I was pretty excited to share this with you all! The whole ‘pocket’ scrapbooking is so crazy popular right now! So what about you?.. If you’re a scrapbooker have you given this ‘style’ a try? And if you’re like me and don’t really scrapbook, have you thought about giving this Photo Freedom stuff a go? It really does make things so much easier!

 

You can see all the current and upcoming Echo Park Photo Freedom kits HERE. For a little how to on one of my pages (4×6 horizontal) you can get the free PDF download RIGHT HERE.

 

And before I let ya go, have you heard about the AMAZING giveaways happening over at SVG Cuts? You MUST check it out! A spectacular 12 days of Christmas giveaway packed full of amazing prizes such as; Sizzix eclips, Silhouette Cameo, Unity stamps, giftcards, paper and embellishments, a pile of buttons from Paper Play Studio (That’s me!) etc. It really is amazing! Day 2 is under way so be sure to check it out! Yes, it’s all happening RIGHT NOW! Good luck to all who enter!

I’m off! See ya again soon!
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Doodle-buggy cuteness

Who loves some Doodlebug Designs?! I love the cartoony cuteness of it and it’s GREAT for kids crafts like cards, tags, goodie bags, etc. It’s always a ‘go-to’ when I need to create a fun and cutesy project. I needed a cute Christmas goodie bag so I whipped up this adoooorable bag with a few files from SVG Cuts and Doodlebug’s ‘Santa’s Workshop’ papers and stickers.

How can you not smile at that? I thought the little window with the elf hanging out was a cute touch! He wants to hang some candy canes on the tree!…

…. Or beat Santa and the other elf with them.. he is kinda looking at that other elf with a crazy eye “I’m gonna get you” expression… he looks like he would snap at the sight of a simple crooked bow. Eh… Either way, it’s cute!

See the cool tree? Ya see how it’s ‘folded’? Super easy to do with SVG Cuts’ Christmas Cheer SVG Kit. (Tree card). I love how it adds a bit of dimension. I added some ‘ornaments’ with Epiphany Crafts round 14 shape tool.

“Hi, Santa!!!”

For the bag I used SVG Cuts Vintage Halloween Bags (I cut the handle off and added my own with large eyelets and wire) and the scalloped window was created using the Scalloped Shapes Collection. 

 

And while I am on the topic of SVG Cuts, did you SEE the new kit? Back pats for me since I suggested this stuff, LOL! We are big.. biiiig.. almost to a creepy level Elf on the Shelf fans here so I am SUPER excited about this, I just need to get some light ‘skin’ colored paper first.. and that won’t happen until Saturday. Waaaaah…. Such a bummer! I guess I could use burnt oraneg and make the elves overly tanned Jersey Shore-esque, LOL! But hey, YOU can play! Use code ‘FREEGIFT’ and get it FREE with a purchase fo $9.98 or more!

Introducing, Santa’s Helpful Elves!

Alrighty, folks.. I’m sick.. AGAIN!…. I know.. how do I manage to stay alive at this rate. Yes, I really am sick like every other month lately. It’s quite ridiculous. Plus I am in full swing Santa mode over here! Baking, gifting, celebrating, etc. so I might be a bit quiet the next week or so while I drown myself in gift wrap, cookies, fudge, prime rib, and peppermint mochas.


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A TREE-mendous tree card!

Hello! Happy Monday!

I’m just doing a quickee card share today. Hoping not to start my blabbering and randomness since I have things I should be doing other than blogging. What?… No.. that’s not my son you hear asking for lunch. Must be the neighbors parrot or sumthin’.

 

Just between you and me.. my neighbors don’t have a parrot.

 

Anyhow, I had this little idea for a ‘branch’ tree card for awhile.. like.. a whole 3 days. lol. It looked cute in my mess of a head so I was excited to try it out.. and what-do-ya-know.. it came out pretty cute! Very quick and easy to make, too!

I just used the little branch from SVG Cuts ‘Spirits of Christmas Past SVG Kit’ (in the extras folder) and made various sizes. I lightly glued them into position and then stitched down the center to create the tree. Neat-o! *high five*

The papers are from Simple Stories ‘Handmade Holiday’ and the stamps are Lawn Fawn (snowman and snowflakes) and Unity (sentiment).

Isn’t that snowman adorbs?.. I want him life sized in my house!

 

That’s it!

Wow.. “Hey, Ma! Look at me… finished a blog post without causing my readers finger cramps from scrolling!”

I feel like I need to say something else.. it’s tooooo shoooooort…

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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Peppermint Brownie Pops Recipe

So.. I was at Starbucks, yet again.. and had a sweet tooth….. Umm.. yet again.. so I decided to try their peppermint brownie pop. I died. In a good way… lol. It was so yummy with the slightest peppermint flavor. A PERFECT treat for the holidays. However, at $1.50 each.. eh. Not something I would get often.. and I surely wouldn’t gift them to anyone! MINE!

However, my inner Betty Crocker was screaming “You can maaaaake them yourseeeelf”.

So, that’s what I did! And um.. mine taste better! BROWNIE POPS FOR ALL!

The downside to this. I have a pile of them in my house right now! GAH!

(Is that not a delish picture?…. *pats myself on the back*)

 

I have created a recipe and a little ‘how-to’ for all you who wanna indulge a bit this holiday season!… Or hide in your closet shoving them down your throat. Either way, enjoy! So get outta those skinny jeans and slide into some stretchy waist pants and let’s get started!

 

Stuff ya need:

  • Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix. ‘family’ size… (we all know we don’t share with these ‘family’ people. We enjoy the guilt of eating the whole pan to ourselves right?.. ) Anyhow, I found this brand works best. Then again, I only tried one other mix before this one. If ya wanna be all fancy and such, make ‘em from scratch!
  • Oil, eggs, candy canes, Wilton white chocolate candy melts, clear sugar sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks
  • 9×9 baking pan (or 8×8)
  • A treadmill… to burn off the first batch you somehow consume in less than 24 hours.
  • Christmas music

How-to:

  • Bake the brownies! Make them DEEP. 9×9 or 8×8. This makes less ‘crusty’ parts that don’t mix well into the ‘smooshed’ brownies. For the Betty Crocker fudge brownies, I used 1/4c LESS oil than recommended. Crush up 2-3 candy canes really fine and mix into the batter. Bake as directed.
  • Once the brownies cool, scoop out the center. Again, avoid the ‘crusty’ edge parts. You don’t really want that mixed into the pops because it creates a weird texture and the balls won’t roll as nicely.
  • Roll ‘em up! Roll the brownies into 1.5″ balls… I won’t judge if you roll yourself ‘special’ 3″ balls. Set onto a plate with a sheet of wax paper over it. Stick a lollipop stick about 3/4th way into the brownie balls and then FREEZE. This is key to ‘perfect pops’. You’ll see!….
  • Once they are frozen, leave them in the freezer while you crush up some candy canes (4-5 works fine for a batch) and melt your white chocolate. Be VERY careful not to ‘burn’ the white chocolate as you’re melting because it won’t ‘run off’ the pops as nicely. If the white chocolate stays thick on the pop it’s just WAY too sweet and harder to bite into.
  • Take 3-4 pops out of the freezer at one time. You’ll want them to stay as firm as possible or you’ll have pops sliding off the stick, etc. trust me, I am a pro at this now.. I didn’t get this big ‘ol butt by eating carrot sticks, people!
  • Dip pops one at a time into the white chocolate. WORK FAST, the frozen pops will set the chocolate pretty fast! When you dip, make sure you cover all the way to the base where the pop meets the stick. This will ‘seal’ it onto the stick really well.
  • To get a smooth finished look, gently tap the stick onto the dipping bowl as you slowly rotate the pop. Once you notice it starting to set, add some sprinkles and candy cane chunks. Then set the pop aside to firm up! if ya do this right, the chocolate will NOT drop.

TIP: If you have a piece of styrofoam handy this works GREAT to stick the pops in while the chocolate sets. You can grab a 5×5 square piece from the dollar store, that’s what I use!

  • Simply continue those steps until each pop is done.

That’s it! They look so pretty when done! Create a gift basket by sticking a piece of styrofoam into the basket and creating a pretty pop arrangement. I plan on putting little baggies and ribbons over each one to send in to the school for the teachers. Yummy, yum!

Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


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Latest SVG Cuts project – Happy Holidays Treat Mug

Heeeeeey there!

So excited to share my latest  SVG Cuts project! I knew I wanted a ‘mug’ for holiday goodie packaging.. SVG Cuts does have a cute teacup in the Tea For You and Me kit, but the style just would not work. I needed a mug, darn it! Soooo.. I made a mug from a beach pail.. Oh, yeah! And the best part is, it actually WORKED, lol (I won’t get into how many ‘flop’ projects I’ve had.) I am not one for making the ‘outside the box’ projects.. my brain doesn’t work like that, but I gotta say.. I felt all crazy cool making my mug from a pail, LOL! *does a little dance*

So, here’s my holiday mug treat holder! I was going to put marshmallows in it, but the caramel popcorn looked prettier. Besides, I rather eat popcorn instead marshmallows, lol.

Not that I eat stuff I use for projects or anything… *wipes popcorn crumbs off my face*

Isn’t it so ‘warm’ feeling? I love the papers I used! I used some Simple Stories with a small touch of October Afternoon and Echo Park. My favorite part.. besides the popcorn of course, is the snowflake with that big ‘ol wood button!

I was pretty amused with the fact that the boxwoods I made from SVG Cuts 3D Wintergreens Kit actually came out.. and what’s this?… Those shiny red things.. “Oooohhhh.. shiiiiiiny” lol. I used my Epiphany Crafts shape tool (round 14) for some ‘berries’.

Yes.. to YOU!….. I am so nice, right?

Just don’t be mad if the mug is empty when you get it.

LOL..

In all honesty, I’m actually not big on popcorn… and this set still looks exactly like the photos, popcorn and all. No crumbs on my face to wipe off.. etc. I am such a fibber.. waaah. Lying to my blog readers for their entertainment. *hangs head* Although, were you really THAT entertained at the thought of me eating popcorn?..

Maybe if you have a unshowered chick eating popcorn at her craft table fetish or something. Weird.

 

Anyhow, if ya want to make one for yourself you’ll need these SVG Cuts kits. Even if you don’t wanna make this super cool mug, you still need these kits, so click on over and snag’em!

A little more kits than I normally would use, but sometime’s you just NEED something from another kit to make it look just right. For example, I used just the little pitcher handle from the Home for the Holidays kit, that’s it.. But the mug would not be the same without it!

Now, for all the sizing deets, head on over to THIS blog post! I walk ya through step-by-step on how to make this! If you make one.. or 100.. share them on my Facebook page (and SVG Cuts page) We all LOVE to see our (DT members) work recreated by the SVG Cuts fans! makes us feel like cool kids. Although, I am cool either way, so.. yeah.

 

Anyhow, while I am talkin’ SVG Cuts, did you see their announcement for the 12 days of Christmas? Almost wish I wasn’t on the DT so I could play along.. lol (not really!) But seriously.. GREAT prizes, peeps! Sizzix eclips, Silhouette Cameo, paper, embellishments (including some from my shop, Paper Play Studio!), $100 gift card.. So be sure to be on the look out and join in the fun! It’s gonna be ah-maaaaaaazing!

 

Alrighty, time for me to stop yappin’ and send ya packin’.

No.. no need to read that last sentence again.. it was lame enough the first time around.

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Welcome to the Echo Park November blog hop!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!! *waves* Thanks for joining us for the Echo Park Paper monthly DT blog hop! I always love you all stopping by to tell me how much you love me, lol jk! (But.. feel free to! Heh!)

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, November 25rd to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, November 26th,  so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Good luck!

 

I have two little projects and a recipe to share.. oh, yes! It’s that time of year! All our butts will grow two sizes and I am here to help! No need to thank me.

But just in case you’re lookin’ forward to a more round back side…. You’re welcome.

 

First up I have this DARLING snowman container. This doesn’t have too much Echo Park going on, but that’s ok! That’s why I have two projects to share. For both my projects I used Echo Park Paper’s ‘This & That Christmas’. So lovely!

I mean seriously. I die. How CUTE is this? Look at this face! Looook!

To create this I used my Sizzix eclips cutting machine and the SVG Cuts kit,  Christmas Open House. I absolutely love how this snowman goes together! A perfect sized treat container, too! I cut the body out with Carta Bella kraft cardstock which is GREAT for die cutting. It’s nice and thick and holds shape very well. I used some Echo Park clear stamps (Holly Jolly Christmas and Season’s Greetings from 2011) to stamp brown snowflakes all over. The idea of this was inspired by my friend Thienly (since she recently did a kraft paper snowman), and also the banana bread packaging that I am about to share..

Yup! ‘nana bread packaging.. here it is! Mmmmmmm! Smells SO good! If you wanna smell some too.. I am going to share the recipe with ya in a bit! Until then, feel free to lick your computer screen.

A big yummy loaf of greatness!

Yes, folks.. dust off that paper crimping tool! I love mine and especially love it over kraft cardstock! Made a beautiful textured bread wrap. Love the look of the brown stamped snowflakes all over.

See that ’25′ flair? That’s from my little flair shop, Paper Play Studio! You can find it in the December Daily 8pk of flair!

And TODAY (Monday 11/19) is the last day to use the code ILOVEPPS for the buy 2 get 1 free deal! This is my LAST sale of the year!  Check out my FACEBOOK page for more details or head on over to the store to check out all my FLAIR!

Sooooo.. here’s where I ask ya, “What did ya think?.. You likey?”..

I hope I’ve inspired ya.. and if not.. I hope you leave here with a craving for banana bread at least! LOL!

Not inspired and hate bananas? Well, you’re just no fun then!

 

I am kidding of course.. You’re still fun…. ish.

 *wink*

 

Preheat that oven, y’all and find some practically rotten bananas!

Here’s the RECIPE I use. I do make it my ‘own’ though. I use 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 4 VERY ripe smallish/medium bananas (mash ‘em reaaaally good.) And people, for the love of muffin tops, use REAL butter! It makes all the difference in your baking. Oh.. and I do 1/2c brown sugar and a 1/2c white sugar. PERFECTO! This recipe is FABULOUS and peeps ask me all.the.time how to make it.

Now that I’ve rambled, threw some photos at ya, and made you hungry, I will send you off to the sweet and talented Linda Auclair

If you happen to stumble upon my blog, or ya lost your way.. here’s the hop list! Remember to leave comments for a chance to WIN!! PLEASE try to remember to leave a way to contact you. If you enter your email address for my blog, it will NOT show up when you post. Only I will see it….. and I only send SPAM emails for discounted Viagra to people who don’t like bananas.

That’s it! Have a great week!

Huh.. just realizing that someday someone might Google ‘discounted Viagra’ and end up on my blog.. LOL! “I don’t have that, but here’s a very exciting paper snowman to look at!!”


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*crickets chirping*

*whack.. whack.. whack.. *

No.. I’m not whacking at you.. I’m whacking at all the crickets that are hanging around in here! Get on outta here you crickets with your big heads and weird skinny legs!

Holy moley.. seriously, Tamara?! You haven’t blogged since October 19th?..  *hands head* Major blogger fail.

 

If anyone is still around here, I am SO sorry to have neglected my blog. I got a few “Are you alive” comments/emails and I’m here to say.. yes, I AM alive. (Well, as alive I can be without any coffee in me yet)… So I guess that would be more like, I am here.. but I’m totally a zombie. Braaaaaaains.

So, what HAVE I been doing if I haven’t been hanging around my blog entertaining you all?.. Well, let’s just say I have been busy and just ‘mentally’ tied up. I had a rough mid/end of October and early November but I brushed the crafty funk away and have projects in the works and it feels goooood! Life sometimes gets in the way, ya know? It can’t always been crafting, fun times, wearing underware on your head, and coffee.. lol.

 

Anyhow, I have a few things to share! Just some cute cards I have created for Echo Park.. my paper lover. Most of you might have seen these on EP’s blog.. but I love ‘em, so they need to be on my blog, too!

First up is a 3D ‘tree’ card created with This & That ‘Christmas’ collection. This collection is just SO beautiful! I think this card came out really cute. That woodgrain paper is so lovely!

If you want to give this ‘cone’ tree technique a try, I made up a little (and perfectly pin-able) tutorial!

 

 

1). Cut 3-4 circles. My largest circle was about 3 – 3.25″. Make each additional circle slightly smaller than the previous one. Fold circles in half to create a ‘guide’ line.

2). Open up circle and using the guidelines you folded, add a very thin line of glue. Adhere together on opposite ends along the folded line.

3). Pinch and fold into a cone shape (photo does not show my circle adhered, so you could do it without step #2, but it does help it fold nicer and more evenly)

4). Repeat with all your circles and then adhere/layer them into each other like shown. Then adhere to your card, layout, etc.! Super easy and a great way to add dimension!

If you give this a go, I’d love for you to share it on my FACEBOOK WALL! I always love to see your projects inspired by my work.

 

Now here’s a very sweet little shaker card using Echo Park’s mini theme, ‘Happy Holidays’ I LOVE the colors and stickers in this theme and wish it was a full collection. I can’t get enough! I created this card by creating a scalloped oval die cut window with a sheet of acetate and glitter behind it. Creates a fun wintery scene with the tree stickers. I added a cluster of embellishments with buttons, stickers, and twine! My favorite! I love to jumble things together and didn’t realize I did that until Mary (From SVG Cuts) pointed it out.. then I was like, oh yeah! I am a total cluster-er. lol!

I just love those little candy stickers! I topped them with a round Epiphany Crafts epoxy sticker.

 

Since I am on the topic of Echo Park, did you SEE the new collection? Are you feeling the ‘love’?… I know I am! Can’t wait to get my hands on this pretty collection. This collection will also have embellishments! Such a treat! Click HERE to view the full collection!

 

And let’s not forget PHOTO FREEDOM! I just got done with my assignment using the ‘Dear Santa’ kit. I gotta admit, I was a little ‘worried’ because this is something I’ve never done before. Did I mention layouts and the like scare me? lol. Buuuut, I DID it! I even enjoyed it! I can see how this kind of ‘scrapbooking’ is becoming so popular now. It’s EASY! Slide some pre-made images in the sleeves, add in some photos and a bit of embellishing and ta-da! Awesomeness! If you follow me on my INSTAGRAM you might have seen a few peeks of my work.  I can’t wait to share them with you all! There’s a NEW free idea book out to show you ways to use the Photo Freedom kits! Check it out!

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Alrighty, peeps! Time to head off of here! Thanks so much for stopping by and I am happy to be ‘back in action’.

Now.. time for that coffee.. at.. oh.. 3:30pm. GAH!


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Great Impressions Stamps and Echo Park Paper DT blog hop!

Lookie who it is! JUST who I’ve been waiting for.. YOU! *waves*

 

Welcome to the Great Impressions Stamps/Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team and Great Impressions Stamps Design Team are showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. ONE winner will be selected from EACH blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing, and a set of two stickable stamps from Great Impressions Stamps.   To qualify for the kit and stamps, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, October 21st to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, October 22nd so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won. (Mine may be a day or two late..) I am also going to throw in this flair collection from my shop, Paper Play Studio! This has been one of my best sellers, it’s beaaaautiful!

If you’ve just stumble upon my blog, you will want to start at the top of this blog hop list! You don’t want to miss any projects, right? Let’s not forget the multiple chances to WIN!

 

 

I had a lot of fun working with these cute stamps from Great Impressions Stamps! They are GREAT quality and stamp very clean, as I am sure you’ve noticed from the designers before me! I used Echo Park Paper’s ‘This and That Christmas’.. So just by using those stamps and that paper, it’s automatically a kick butt project!.. Right? *nods*

I made a cute card and gift box set! I think my blog name should be ‘Happy Life, allimakeisboxes’. LOL. If you are a regular around here you know how I love me some packaging. I always have a gift or treat to give.. yet when it comes time to giving, I don’t wanna give out my ‘cool’ stuff, lol.

 

Here’s my project! Ooooh… Ahhhhh… Ahhh-chooo! (sorry that sneeze snuck in there.. )

Awww, yuh! Not bad for a last minute project, eh.. ehhhhh?… Go me! (Totally was busy this past week/weekend and had to get a project done the day before this hop started.. got this lovely set done in about 1.5hrs… Two points for me!)

Not sure what the ‘points’ are all about.. but it sounded good.

100 points to you for being here! You can get yourself a giant sticky ‘slap hand with that! (You know.. all those cheap crud toys that are worth five cents.. yet you spend $20 in tickets for it? lol)

 

Anyhow, check out the cute dark brown snowflake stamps on the woodgrain paper! It’s so subtle.. unlike myself.

This darling gift box was created by cutting the ‘glove box’ file from SVG Cuts ‘Mothers Garden’ SVG Kit! It’s fabulous and a perfect size! (although I switched up the top and added in stars in my eCal cutting software)  This would be great for cookies, etc.

I think I say ALL my packaging ideas are great for treats and cookies.. LOL. Soooomebody likes treats!

Really though.. what else can I say?

“This is the perfect box for your gum wrappers, nose hair trimmings, and used toothpicks!”

Yeah. Treats it is!

This card is ‘the card the wasn’t suppose to be’… I was stamping on a Canvas bag and felt like a turd. I JUST made some canvas stamped bags and my regular blog readers might start to get bored with me. “Hey, Tamara.. While you’re stamping on that 100,000th canvas bag, why don’t ya shove your head it in?.. Booooring”. So, to prevent this, I cut up the bag and slapped it onto a card base after I frayed the edges and stitched around them. Add on some ribbon, button, brad, and a sticker.. why.. You have yourself a cool and unique card! Yes.. I amaze myself! I love when things just ‘happen’. I thought the card needed something with it, so while resisting the urge to stamp 20,001 more canvas bags for my project, I made the gift box.

Are you tired of my rambling yet? I am sure you’d loooove me to ramble on for days, but I have some trash TV ‘reality’ shows calling me from my DVR… “Taaaaaamara.. come watch us so you can feel better about yourself” I can choose from Hoarders, or New Jersey Housewives. lol. Both? Me thinks so!

I will now send ya off to Jennifer I am sure she will have some lovely stamped yumminess for you!

And since I am soooo close to my 3,000 followers on FACBOOK.. will you please come ‘like’ me if you wanna be a cool kid? It’s true.. My followers are the coolest around! Dooo iiiiiit! *smiles* I promise not to sneeze on you anymore.

Feel free to pin my project! My green ‘pin it’ link is not working, but you can use that snazzy gray/red one! THANKS!

 

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