January 29, 2013

Card Class Clean and Simple 2 - Day One

Well, I did it! I completed my first official card from the Clean and Simple 2 Card Class.  Day one was focused on craftsmanship - chock full of tips, techniques, and cardmaking awesomeness.  I do appreciate how clean and crisp the cards turn out.  I may even fully embrace this CAS style! 

I only did one card for now, because I'm a day behind and I want to catch up.  The sketch I used really appealed to me.  It was from Kristina Werner. (I was drawn to her video with her pretty purple nail polish!)

In my typical style, I went down a different color "road."  Hey, I'm a CAS newbie - I have to move into this genre SLOWWWWLY.  So I went with cocoa instead of white. :)

Here's a lookie!
Paper - Bazzill
Stamps - Hero Arts Glow Girl CL650
Ink - Stazon Timber Brown
Other - Hero Arts Stamp and Cut Arrow D1072, Studio Calico Huey's Chevron Mask, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Sunshine, Sakura Gelly Roll Pens Clear and Copper, Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Circle Small

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  I'd love to hear your comments.

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January 28, 2013

A Really Quick and Easy Breakfast

Good morning readers!  It's a cold, snowy day here in New England and I had some recipes I wanted to try.  One of them is this recipe for Crockpot Oatmeal with Apples.

I found this on Pinterest, which is always "iffy" in my eyes.  Since it's a simple recipe with ingredients that are relatively inexpensive, I figured it wouldn't be a total loss if it failed.  Well, it WORKED!  My husband said it was the best oatmeal he ever ate and that it tasted like apple pie!  I have to agree.

It literally takes no more than five minutes to throw together.  Do it at night and you have a warm, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast in the morning.  It keeps for a week in the fridge.  Please give it a try!
photo courtesy of  Pinterest

                      Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples

Serving Size  : 4-6, depending on your preference    

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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  2             apples -- peeled and sliced
 1/3           cup  brown sugar
  1             teaspoon  cinnamon
  2             cups  oatmeal
  4             cups  water

In order, put sliced apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour oatmeal then water on top. Do NOT stir. Cover and cook (overnight) for 8 – 9 hours on low.  Serve with milk.

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Per Serving: 243 Calories; 3g Fat (10.1% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 50g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 14mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Fruit; 1/2 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.


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January 19, 2013

Hero Hostess Blog Hop - My Giveaway Winner!

And the randomly chosen winner is Buffy Esser!  I have sent you an e-mail Buffy!  Congratulations! Pin It

January 16, 2013

Day Three Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop 2013 - And a Giveaway!

Welcome to day three of the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop, featuring stamps from the newest catalog release!  I am so excited and honored to have this opportunity to be participating in the Hop for the very first time, as I am one of the newest alumni!

You should have arrived here from the lovely and talented Sally Sherfield's Created by Sally blog.  If you want to return to the beginning of the hop, HERE is where it's all happening!  Please report any broken links to Tami.

I made four cards to showcase some of my favorite stamps from the new 2013 catalog.  I will spare you the details of how I created each card, but please feel free to e-mail me if you are interested!
Stamps: S5637 Tiny Ink Spots, F5728 Six Petal Flower, CL650 Glow Girl
Paper: Snow layering paper
Inks: Mid-Tone Shadow Inks Navy & Pale Tomato, Shadow Ink Butter Bar, Neon Pink &Yellow Dye Ink, 
Other: Lil Inker Square Die, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags die
Paper: Snow layering paper, Bazzill Licorice
Inks: Stazon Black, VersaMark Watermark 
Other: Zing Mustard Embossing Powder, Creative Impressions ribbon, Queen & Co. pearls
Stamps: CG509 Leafy Vines, CL476 With Sympathy
Paper: Tim Holtz Large Manilla Tag, Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings Collection, Bazzill Candy Bar
Inks: Stazon Brown, VersaMark Watermark, Tim Holtz Tattered Rose and Fired Brick Distress Ink 
Other: Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, May Arts ribbon,Sizzix Embosslits Beautiful Wings, My Favorite Things Bracket Die
Stamps: CG404 Heart Leaf Background, CL586 XO
Paper: Snow layering paper, Lagoon and Red Digital Color, Ellen Hutson Vellum
Inks: Stazon Blazing Red, VersaMark Watermark 
Other: Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Fancy Dies D1063 Renaissance Heart, Queen & Co. rhinestones

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day's starting post at the Hero Club Blog.  The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

I also want to share my excitement by having my own little giveaway of some Hero Arts goodies!  Just leave a comment on this post & I'll randomly draw a winner on Saturday.

Next up on the hop is the sweet and creative Linda Wetterlin and her blog Scrappin,' Stampin,' & Singin'. Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're enjoying all the eye candy my sister Hosti have created for you!

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January 13, 2013

Exciting News Over at Hero Arts Blog!

We are going to be HOPPING!  Join us January 14-18 for the Hero Hostess Blog Hop, showcasing stamps from the latest catalog release!  I will be participating with my fellow hostess alumnae!  Lots of prizes and I will be having a giveaway on my blog too!

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