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Saturday, August 22, 2015

August Stamp of the Month S1508 Framed

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Earlier this month I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Santa Clara with a couple of my girlfriend and what a great time we had.  I bought way to much as usual but it was all for projects that I was working on and I will share them later when they are done.
We went to the all night corp on Thrusday night and the Make and Takes and got some great deals on lots of stuff that I couldn't live without.  Well I am sure you know how that goes.

Here is just one of the paper packs that I bought.  I don't know why but this paper was just calling my name and I couldn't walk away from it.  I just used this months CTMH SOTM S1508 Framed.  I really like how simple and clean the cards are.  You can cut them out by hand like I did or you can use your Cricut and the new Artistry cartridge Z3167
You can check it out here


The art work in the background was done by my 4 year old Granddaughter.  I love it!

Friday, August 21, 2015

It's here Artistry Cricut cartridge from CTMH

Here is the latest Cricut cartridge from CTMH  Artistry!  It has backgrounds and all the shapes for embellishing your Scrapbook pages or your Card.  You paper crafting will never be the same.  This cartridge is fantastic.  Get yours here.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Check back for some videos using this cartridge!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Get Organized for the month of August with CTMH

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...This month of August it will be easy to get organized with our Marker Roll-Up and our Accessory Roll-Up.  When you purchase any of these you will get a little something special with it.



Simply place an order for the Accessory Roll-Up and get 2 New Base & Bling Style sheets for Free OR-


Place an order for the Marker Roll-Up and get a D-size stamp set Balloon Wishes for Free

Yes if you order both you will get the stamp set and the Style sheets for Free
Be sure to check these and all the rest of our Organizational tools here !

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Rocky Fire in Lake County California #rockyfire

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...It's been awhile I know but a lot has been happening in my life lately that has kept me from my blogging.  So I am back at it again.
I have a couple of things to share with you all starting with the #RockyFire in Lake County California.  It started on July 29th and as of right now Aug 4th it has burned over 65,000 acres and is only 12% contained.

This is what it looked like on Friday July 31st.  My husband and I needed groceries so on our way home we decided to drive up to one of our favorite spots to view the lake and this is what we saw. Don't worry it was a paved road we were on.

I can't believe the way the smoke made the water look.  It really changed the colors that you see.  It was eerily beautiful.
I took several different shots, so here are some more from the same day.  This one is looking at Mt. Konocti.  The sun was bright over head but the haze and smoke layer were lingering over most of the lake and the surrounding areas.


 This was on Sunday evening in the Oaks before the Y where 53 and 20 meet.  I don't know how the Firefighters do it.  There are just Rig after Rig going to and from.  I have seen Burbank, Monrovia, Cloverdale, Grassvalley, Ukiah, and that was just at a stoplight in Lakeport.  They have come from all over.  Thank You! is never enough but Thank You to all the personnel that have made the call to put their life in harms way to save others.


This was at dusk but you could tell this was going to be a rough night for everyone with homes near and for the Firefighters trying to protect everything and everyone in its path.


On Monday we were at dinner with friend and this is what we could see.  The lake was calm so you could see the smoke in the reflection on the water.  We had several planes of all different kinds flying over and dropping the retardant on the fires that were all around.  This plume was just one of many that were flaring up here and there at different times.

I can't forget about the full moon that happened too!  July 31, 2015 I think actually was the day before the full moon but the color was amazing.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Freezer Meals Workshop

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Well this is a new one for me.  Yesterday I went to a Pampered Chef Freezer Meals Workshop with Natalia Bello.  You had to bring all the ingredients I did my shopping a our local FoodMax and it cost me $178.00 I did buy mostly Organic.  We prepared 10 freezer meals and each one would serve 4-5 depending on your family.  Since we are a family of 6 now we will see how that works.  Two of them are kids and picky eaters so it should be just fine.  Well except for the Smokey BBQ Pork Tenderloin Sliders.  I think that one will be the big hit.  We shall see!
You are able to pick which menu you wanted she had about 16 different ones to choose from so that is nice.  She does Paleo, Vegetarian, Glute-Free & Dairy Free, Kid friendly, they come in Crockpot, Grilling, Soup and Stews so you can make a choice that fits your life style.

Here we all are well except for me of course.  Natalia is in the lower Rt hand corner.  You will recognize most of them from our Bon Appetit Cooking Club.  Cathy, Pam, and Jeannie.  Neva and Carol were there too.

Lets get started!  Natalia had everything we needed.  All the bowls, measuring utensils, spatulas, knifes, were provided by her.  She was our sous chef and chopped everything up as we needed it. She rinsed and helped as need.  I was a fun day with lots of laughs.  On the table you can see the round cutter called The Close and Cut that was a very handy tool for cutting chicken breasts in half.  The pamper chef knifes are nice too.  She had all the recipes for us ready to go at our own pace.  Natalia also had labels pre printed for us to just stick on our bags with the name and cooking instructions and how many bags for that dish, like 1 of 3 and so on.   That will be very helpful in getting the ones you need for that dish.

Everyone is had at work. Sometimes following directions is hard especial for me.  Here I go taking pictures again. Natalia set up garbage and recycling bins at each table to make it easy to keep everything tidy.  Natalia set up a bowl for all the vegetable scraps so I could take it home to our chickens they will love that!  See everyone is very happy...

Natalia even had a table for use to put all our meals as we made them up.

It took about 3 hours for all 6 of us to finish up.  Then the clean up began.  It is way more fun with friends and all by yourself.

Here we all are with all our meals ready to go home and up them in the freezer.  So nice to know that at least 10 times I don't have to come up with another idea of whats for dinner.  Yeah me!!!!


We loaded everything up and into our coolers and home we went.  I will be doing this workshop again.  Thanks Natalia Bello for a great afternoon.  Thanks ladies it was a great way to spend the day!

Here it is all loaded up in my freezer and ready to go.
We will be having the Smokey BBQ Pork Tenderloin Sliders tonight for dinner so I will let you know what the family thinks.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

June Kard Club Swap

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Wow it's Summer all ready!  I am already behind in my posting. So that means that Christmas will be here before I know it.
Our theme for June was Sympathy.
To start us off is Tamara she use the Stampin up embossing folder and the butterflies.  These are older and no longer available.
Tamara use Pearls in the center of the flowers.
Deepest Sympathy is a Stampin up stamp.

Debb made a Dog Sympathy card.
Sometimes our pets leave the biggest holes in our hearts.  The paw print is a stamp from Life Stamps called Cat2Stamp.  She use some raised embellishments that she had in her stash on the card too.

Kathy also made a pet Sympathy Card.  The stamp set is **** On the inside is a story about the Rainbow Bridge.  I still can't read it with crying.

Lani did a Garden Gate scene .  She used a stamp set from Art Impressions the sentiment is from Stampin Up.

I did a Rose themed card from Anna Griffith and my Explore.  It is from Anna's Garden and Cards and Embellishments,  The With Sympathy was cut from Wild Card and the frame piece is from Art Philosophy.  I used Daisy White, Pixie, Thistle, and Bamboo.

Laurie made a card using her Silhouette.  She did not remember the name of the cut but it makes a gate fold card with the Tree of Life in side she used a boarder punch along the bottom under the sentiment.

This is Jeannine's card.  She took a patterned 12 x 12 sheet and cut in into 6 pieces.  Then she punch a circle out of each one.  The scalloped circle is cut from a matching darker cardstock and placed over the missing punched circle and the patterned piece is stamped and placed back over the top of the dark scalloped circle.  So easy and so beautiful.

This one is Donna's she used an Impression Obsession die DIE200-1 cut right on her card.  So delicate!  Then backed it with a patterned handmade paper and linen and added her sentiment.  The picture does not do this one any justice at all.  It's beautiful! The ink is Brilliance: Victorian Violet, Stamp: Just rite Clear large,  Fancy Sentiments #CR-03815.  The border punch is from Martha Stewart.

Our host Cathy made both dog and cat cards.  I am a dog lover so I took the dog one but the cat one was cute too.  She used the Disney Classics for the Cat Figaro.  The dog is from the Toy Story Cartridge and the  

Here is the inside to Cathy's card.  The paw print is a punch and the Heart is from Hanna Montana cartridge.

This was our Make and Take card it uses a solid background stamp that you stamp in VersaMark and emboss with clear detail and then you color in the voids which in this case were the flowers and the stems.  She cut some butterflies out of silver glitter paper and there you have it.

The inside was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch along the bottom and another glitter butterfly was added.

We also did a travel fan and with matching bag.  The are great to just have in you handbag so that when you need it you have it.


We stamped our image in stayzon and then used markers to color them in as soon as you color it you spray it with a solution of 90% isopropol alcohol and water.  This makes the colors run and you then twirl the fan and watch the colors run together and swirl so easy and so beautiful.  The yellows and oranges seem to do the best.

You then do the same thing to the bag.  Let it dry and pop it in you purse.


Our Dessert was wonder full.  Cathy made a Fruit Torte that uses a roll of Sugar Cookie dough in the roll not the squares.  It was delicious!


Add a scoop or two of Ice Cream and there you have it!


What a fun evening it was!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

What Catches Your Eye

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...We were at dinner with friends and I walked out the front door with my dinner.  I had to set my dinner down and walk back to the spot where the arch framed this view perfectly.  The only thing I did was sit down on the steps and center the archway.  The sun was just going down so it did the highlighting for me.  How great was that!


I might have to turn this into a watercolor or an oil painting.  Who knows maybe Rolf Lygren will paint it.
I will have to use this as an inspiration for my crafting too.  I love the way the sun lit up the palm tree.  It was so beautiful in person and to capture it well Priceless!!!