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Friday, December 30, 2011


It seems as though we just got through with a very hot summer here in Texas, but I needed to do a LO for my son's album, and haven't finished using the photos from his trip to the Gulf of Mexico, so I dove into this LO with a great deal of pleasure, paint, ink and mists! 
Canvas is always good for masculine pages and I used some of my Maya Road chipboard alphabets as a mask, then traced around the shape of the letters for definition. I frayed the edges for a tattered look.

From my stash I used netting, shells and a Mother of Pearl button.
Products used:

     Advantus / Cropper Hopper / Tim Holtz: 
          Grungeboard Elements, Dots
          Idea-ology Collection, Journaling Tickets
          Idea-ology Collection, Memo Pins
          Mini Mask, Compass
          Vintage Metal Accents
     Color Box: Petal Point Archival Dye Inkpad, 
     Creative Imaginations: 
          Oceana Collections paper 
          Oceana Collections clear stamps
     Gotta Mesh: Islander
     Maya Road: Mini Alphabet chipboard set,    
     Mudpuddles: Malibu
     Ranger Ink: Inkssentials Glossy Accents
     Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Frozen Lake

Hope this added a little sunshine for you on a cold winter day! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


This is a LO that I did using some papers and embellies from my stash that I'm trying to use up. Techniques used are distressing, inking, machine stitching and layering. The photos are of my living room and dining room decorated for Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2011


I don't know about you, but I really do NOT like fruitcake! I always felt like the individual ingredients would be good if they were prepared a little differently. I've modified a recipe that was given to me in 1993 for fruitcake cookies, and hope you can use this in your collection of Christmas recipes. It only takes about 30 minutes prep time plus cooking time. 


In a large bowl, combine a 16 oz. mixture of candied fruit (cherries, citron, pineapple, raisins) that is already chopped with 3 cups of chopped pecans. 
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons milk over this mixture and stir well. 

Combine the following ingredients to make the flour mixture: 
     1 1/2 cup flour
     1 1/2 teaspoon soda
     1/2 teaspoon allspice
     1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
     1/2 teaspoon cloves

Combine half of the flour mixture into the fruit and nuts and stir until mixed well. 

     1/2 cup margarine (one stick)
     2 eggs
Then, add to the creamed mixture:
     1/4 cup whiskey....this is the really GOOD part! 

Combine the creamed mixture with the fruit and nut mixture. 

Last, add the remaining flour mixture and stir until combined. 

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  

Bake at 250 degrees for 25-35 minutes. 

Yield: Approximately 5 dozen cookies 

The most important thig to remember is to share them with the people you love! 


One of my family's dearest friends passed away over the weekend. We are all saddened and pray that His light and love will get them through the difficult days to come. My father and this dear man were in first grade together and remained fast friends throughout their lives. I can just picture both of them up in heaven having a grand time being together again! God BLESS them both! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011


This is a mini album that I made for the Crafty Scrapper design team. 

A little background information about this album is that Liz had been to prom the previous year with a dear friend of hers. She discovered that prom didn't exactly live up to her expectations, so by the time she was a senior, she was a little jaded about the event. She didn't want to wear a real girly formal like she had the year before and had seen photos of female stars wearing tuxes for women in a magazine. She was inspired to wear a tux, which she thought was tres chic! We found a pant suit that looked very much like a tux and I sewed on the rhinestones.....just the perfect touch for a girl who rarely does whatever "they" are doing!  

Products used: 

AUTHENTIQUE Uncommon Collection paper
BASIC GREY Little Black Dress Collection paper
BAZZILL BASICS: Cardstock, Raven
ECHO PARK: Be Mine CollectionAlpha Stickers
     Chipboard Dress Form Book
     Christmas Words Keychain Set
     Gingham Pointe Blossoms, Black
     Mini Alphabet Chipboard Set: Jonathan 
     Ornate Botanical Blooms: Bright Pink

     Small Organza Roses Ribbon, Black, White

          and Hot Pink

     Trinket Pins, Hearts and Crystals
     Trinket Pins, Flower, White Pearl
     Wire Flower Clips
     Vintage Embellishment Bits Pack
MAY ARTS ribbon and netting
MY MIND'S EYE Lost & Found Two Collection 
PRIMA Cartier Collection Ribbon Flower 
     Embellishments: Smoke
     Archival Ink, Jet Black
     Stickles, Magenta
     Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Tissue Wrap
      Floss, Baker's Twine, Tertiary
ZIG 2 Way Glue
ZIP DRY Paper Glue
ZVA CREATIVE: Self Adhesive Pearls

The lyrics to "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" from the musical, Annie Get Your Gun, came to mind when journaling this mini album. The original lyrics are by Irving Berlin. I used a little poetic license and changed the words to fit the occasion. 

Thanks for your comments! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011


The front entrance to our home is decorated and ready to welcome visitors, so come on in and have a cup of hot mulled cider! 
Our formal dining room table is decorated with this quaint little snowy village and golden twig place mats. 
In our formal living room, our tree is decorated and lit for some late night reflection on the reason for the season. The shape of an angel can be seen in the foreground as she stands on the coffee table. Still on my "To Do List" is a little more shopping, wrapping presents and mailing Christmas Cards. Last, there will be lots of time spent cooking in the kitchen!

Hope you are having a very busy and meaningful holiday season! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Last Christmas, my brother in law left his hat and
cigarettes here at our home and Lee let me take some pictures of him as he was clowning around with the hat and cigarettes. The pictures made me think of the "Rat Pack".....Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.

Just FYI: Cigarettes are harmful to your health! 
Products used in this layout are:

7 GYPSIES Watch Face
     Burlesque Collection patterned paper
     Single Swirl
     Musician Playing Trumpet
      Distressed Brick
     Organza Roses Ribbon (hot pink)
     Journey Accent Photo Edges 
     Vintage Embellishment Bits Pack
     Philosophy Tags
     Ruler Ribbon 
     Light Bulbs
     Key Holes
     Long Fasteners
     Muse Tokens
     Time Pieces
     Adage Tickets
     Crackle Paint (Black Soot)
SAKURA Jelly Roll Pen (white) 
RANGER Archival Ink (Jet Black)
VIVA Precious Metal Colour (Rose Pink) 

From my stash: 
     laser cut gears
     old watch lens
     corrugated cardboard
     metalic letters

Thursday, December 1, 2011


My dear friend, Shawn, is celebrating the first anniversary of her blog, "Poetry in a Pot of Tea" ....so, LET'S HAVE TEA!
Although  Shawn and I have never met in real life, she is a sister in my heart. We first met at Scrapbook.com and share our lives over the Internet. Every month we have lots of fun exchanging goodie boxes filled with scrapbooking supplies, tea, beautiful cards and dark chocolate! We have a lot in common and love to share with each other. Please stop by Shawn's blog and help her celebrate one year of blogging happiness! She is having a wonderful GIVEWAY for following her blog! Check it out! 


HAPPY TEA SIPPING....especially to "Micupoftea"!