7.24.2014

it's my party...

I've been MIA for the last two weeks because it was that time of year again... Girl Scout camp! No matter my best intentions of scheduling blog posts for while I'm gone- it just never happens.  
 
So I'm popping in quickly to share a card. Land of Nod had this darling image of a little girl (at least I think it's a girl!). Of course I had to add wings. 
And sparkle. 
And then a hat with a pom pom.
There are a couple more cards but they'll have to wait for another day...

xo,

7.10.2014

salted caramel icebox pie...

oh my.
I have a recipe that just HAS to be shared. Perusing Pinterest over the weekend, I ran across this fantastic recipe from Bake Or Break. Seriously, if you haven't checked out her site before- I'm just warning you... it's heavenly. Everything she makes is fabulous.

Since we were going to have dinner with friends tonight and it is just too damn hot to cook I thought this pie would be perfect.
I mean, really, how can you possibly go wrong when you begin with caramel sauce and heavy whipping cream?
and a chocolate cookie crust!
OK, so I forgot that the crust had to be baked- but it was only for 10 minutes so the kitchen didn't heat up too much...
 Looking good so far...
AND we're folding in the salted caramel topping before putting it all in the cooled crust and letting it sit in the refrigerator till tonight... 
Whoops. I totally forgot to take a photo of the finished pie before it went into the fridge. 
And then I forgot to take one before we ate it. ALL.

This was the only bite left and I am sharing it with you!
You've gotta make this pie.

xo,

7.08.2014

stickles love...

Truly. Stickles love... 
A few years ago you couldn't have convinced me that I'd be using glitter on everything I make. EVERYTHING. Didn't think I was that type of glittery-girly girl but, oh how wrong I was! 
I am asked at every class I teach- 'what color Stickles did you use on this?'  I stumble and stammer while trying to explain that I have, uh, a slight problem with the sparkly stuff. If people knew that I had this many bottles they'd think I was nuts. Maybe.
So an organization system is definitely needed here to coral all that glittery goodness. The bulk of my creative supplies is stored in those white 'cubes' that are part of the system that M's sells. Originally I had half a drawer set up for the tiny bottles but they were multiplying quicker than bunnies and eventually I was opening the drawer, dumping the new bottles in and desperately trying to close the drawer.
THIS WAS NOT WORKING!!
Last week I finally took the time to sit down and add more dividers to completely fill the drawer. It's easy to do- chipboard strips cut to the length/width of the drawer (it's a square) and I cut "notches" halfway up along one side of each strip. Next I nestled them one right on top of another until the entire drawer was done.
I also make a small sample circle of each color on white cardstock, cut out with a circle punch, and then glue it onto the bottom of the bottle. This keeps me from constantly having to pull the bottles out to see colors.

Oh yeah- did you notice that they're all upside down? Well if you didn't already know... it keeps the air bubbles out so that when you use them it eliminates the stupid 'blobs' that spurt out and ruin a project.
Now ya know.

xo,

7.04.2014

be free...

Happy fourth! 
Just a quick pop-in to share a patriotic tag I made last week...
She was so much fun to work on- I love a red/white/blue combo so it wasn't hard to find things to use. The tag actually has a purpose too... but you'll have to wait to find out what it is!

Hooray for the red, white and blue!

xo,

6.16.2014

hooray for the red, white & blue...

Every year I teach a new patriotic banner. This year I fell in love with the barn-star die and just HAD to use it somewhere!
You can't beat red, white & blue for a mix of colors- it looks great every time.
Here's the barn star up close (and blurry!)...
I LOVE the dimension!
Unfortunately, this photo doesn't show the layers of the vintage image but trust me, she is and she's covered with sparkle.
The red star crystals were perfect for the bottom of the points!

If anyone is interested, kits are available here...
(along with more photos)

xo,
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