Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thinking of you cards...

 Hi everyone! Here are a couple of simple yet elegant cards that I made for a couple of friends that are in the hospital and nursing home. I thought that maybe if they received a handmade card it might lift their spirits.
I used the DCWV Mariposa paper which is one of my favorite collections because it has so many butterflies in it and you all know that I love butterflies. then I also used some of the Stampin' Up cherry cobbler ribbon that I got on clearance for less that $2 a roll. I might add that their ribbon is really a good quality ribbon and you get a lot more on their rolls than what you normally do when you purchase it from a craft or hobby store. So keep an eye out on Stampin' Up's site for when they run it on clearance and be sure to stock up. I was able to get some of the cherry cobbler and a pink one as well.
I hope that you all have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sweet and Sour Kielbasa

I've been sick for so long and am craving some more good home cooking. I made this back in August and it has become a staple meal for us. I haven't made it since Aug but thought that I would share the recipe with you. You will notice in the picture that I used two different kinds of pasta because I was running short of the rotini noodles. It didn't make any difference in the taste of the dish so feel free to substitute. It's so good and such a nice hearty meal.

1 pack of Kielbasa sausage
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion (chopped)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 box Rotini noodles
1/4 cup of crushed pineapples (drained)
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp butter
Place olive oil in a LARGE skillet on medium high heat. In a separate pot place pasta with water and boil for 7-8 minutes. Slice kielbasa and place in skillet with olive oil. Add onion and bell pepper with the kielbasa until the kielbasa starts browning up. Then add brown sugar and crushed pineapples and stir. Once mixture comes to a boil reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Drain pasta and add salt, pepper and butter and gently blend. Place pasta on plate and top with kielbasa mixture. Enjoy!
4 servings
**Please note that I found this recipe a while ago on a website called At home with Nikki

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thank you cards using Gorjuss Girls stamps...

 Hi everyone! I thought that I would share with you some thank you cards that I made. I've been sick with bronchitis for over a month now and have had a few fairly good days but only about a handful of days where I've felt like doing anything other than laying in bed coloring images. But on the days that I did feel fairly good I made sure that one of the things that I did was make thank you cards for those who have cooked and made food to bring to me. It was more of a blessing than these ladies will ever know. The first one is the one that I made for my sister in law who brought me supper two times! Ohhh and it wasn't just anything it was my all time favorite comfort food. Soup beans, cornbread, fried potatoes and one of those meals even had some good ole fresh greens! YUMMY! Thank you so much Cathy, it was so good and my mouth is watering right now just thinking about them.
This second thank you card went to a neighbor to the right of me. Mary Jane brought me some homemade broccoli cheddar soup and cornbread. It was really good as well. Having some good homemade food tasted so good considering the fact that I haven't felt like cooking. I just don't have that kind of energy. It took me much longer than you think to get all of those mini albums completed and I would have to stop and lay down numerous times. My energy level is horrible right now and I just pray that it gets better soon.
Thank you again ladies for the meals. They were greatly appreciated.
Thanks to everyone else for stopping by and I hope that you are having a good day.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Breast Cancer Survivor mini album project using Gorjuss Girl image...

 Hi everyone and welcome back. This is the last of the Breast Cancer projects that I've made. This is the idea that I was telling you that I had originally. I knew that I wanted either pink and white stripe or pink and white polka dot paper along with the chalkboard paper. I had planned on writing on the chalkboard paper but realized that my white marker was just about dried up and my faber castell markers kept wanting to smear so this was what I wound up doing.
 Of course I wanted to put one of the pretty Gorguss Girl stamped girl images on the front cover that I had colored up and then I used some glitter paper that I ran thru my Big Shot to add on top of the chalkboard oval and between the two I think that it showcased the pink ribbon nicely. The girl image is just the icing on the cake I think....have I mentioned how much I'm enjoying coloring with these new Spectum Noir markers lately?
 The pages for this mini album pull out in an accordion type style. Again, I was using whatever papers that I could find that had pink on them.
 I did add some punched pink ribbons to the pages but left them plain so that it wouldn't be intimidating for whomever receives it and so that the pictures are the focal point.
Thank you all for stopping by and I hope that each and every one of you are having a wonderful day. May I also ask that if you're able please do something to help support these ladies who have been stricken with this horrible cancer. We need to stick together and do what we can to help them and show our support in their recovery and to raise money for more research. If you can participate in one of the walks please consider doing so. Have a wonderful day everyone.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fight like a Girl mini albums for Breast Cancer Survivors project..

 Hi everyone! This is something else that I made for Breast Cancer survivors. I couldn't find a paper pack that was specific for Breast Cancer so I made my own pink ribbon and pulled all of the loose pink papers that I thought would be pretty together that I have. I didn't realize how low I was getting on pink paper until I went to make these two little folio albums. Apparently, I've been making loads of projects using pink lately. But even though I didn't have a specific paper pad or collection, I still think that these turned out really pretty.
 I layered up several of the punched out pink ribbons and glued them together then ran them thru my Big Shot with and embossing folder so the ribbon would have some texture to it. and covered the spines with two layers of solid pink and white cardstock that I used a doily edge punch on.
 Then I added some little pink tiles that I had found at Tuesday Morning for $1.49 for a little bit of bling. And again I've used that cotton ribbon that I picked up at the thrift store. I tied knots at the bottom of each tail of the ribbons.
 As you can see the inside isn't all pink. I used the pink papers that I had and pulled other colors that looked pleasing to my eye and would go nicely together. They are all from different brands but seem to work.
 I did however go to Hobby Lobby and buy the pink stripe paper because I originally had another idea that you will see in tomorrows post. In the inside of the binding I added a punched pink ribbon as a little embellishment.
 As you could see in the above pictures, I didn't put embellishments on the pages. I did that on purpose so that it wouldn't be intimidating for the recipieant and the pictures could be the focal point.
This is what the backs of the mini's looks like.
I hope that you all are enjoying the projects that I made for these survivors. Come on back tomorrow for another project share. I hope that you're having a good day and thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Earring project....

 Hi everyone! Here are some earrings that I made for breast cancer survivors. Not only these but numerous items will be distributed around the United States to those who are suffering with the awful disease. I hope that the ladies who receive these really like them and makes them smile.

Thank you all so much for stopping by...we have 2 more days of projects that I will be sharing with you. I hope that you are all having a wonderful day.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and projects...

 Hi everyone! For the next 3 days, I will be showing you projects that I've made for Breast Cancer victims and survivors. Myself along with numerous other ladies in my crafting group are making things to give to these ladies....these fighters! I am so honored to be a part of this wonderful group of ladies that give without ever expecting anything in return other than the knowing that it might put a smile on someones face if only for just a little bit. The good Lord above blessed me with a crafty talent and I am a firm believer in sharing that and using it for good.
 So each of these little girls are stamped out and then I colored them up using my new alcohol markers. I have been sick with bronchitis for a good month now and so sitting and coloring has been one thing that I have still been able to do while laid up.

 I used a sizzix flip it die to cut the cards out. The paper is by Crate paper. I had picked up a 6x6 paper pad at Tuesday Morning for only $1.99 and it just happened to have a couple of sheets in it with the little bows. I thought that was perfect.
 I hope that you enjoyed seeing the cards that I made and remember for the next 3 days. I will have posts with Breast Cancer projects.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you're having a good day.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Steampunk Princess pennant

 Hi everyone! Here is a pennant that I made a while ago and just haven't felt up to adding it to my blog. The digi I found online and it was free. I used my alcohol markers to color her. After I placed the designer paper over the pennant I went around it and dry brushed some white paint to give it a more shabby chic look.
 I used Wild Orchid Crafts flowers on this project and after placing and gluing the flowers down, I used some snowtex to give the piece and even softer feel. I also added some bling in certain spots on the project.
 I used a vintage doily that I had picked up a couple of years ago in Oklahoma while I was out thrifting. I think that it made a nice backdrop along with the patterened paper for the colored digi. You can print this digi off to color for yourself at There are more
 I then added some cotton ribbon in each corner. I had found an entire ball of that ribbon at my local thrift store for only .15 and love the feel of it. The little butterfly is one that I made myself using clay.

This is the back view of the project. I just love these doilys and it's so hard to find pretty vintage ones so I was tickled to find the ones that I did. I'm hoping to find more here locally. I keep looking for them but so far no luck.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you're having a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Firefighter Appreciation Cards....

 Hi everyone, This is actually the second set of cards that I made for Firefighter Appreciation. I'm sorry but the first ones that I made I sent off before taking pictures of them. These cards along with
 about 100 more will be sent out to fire departments all over the country just to thank those brave men
and women who put their lives on the line every time that they clock in to work. I love doing things like this for variety of different good causes but this one really held a special place in my heart considering the fact that my oldest brother is a fireman.
Thank you all for stopping by and I have some more things to share with you. I am going to try to put them on a schedule so that for a while you will be for sure getting a new post from me each day for a bit. Have a wonderful day everyone!