One Picture A Day Challenge

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For a few years now, I've been inspired by both Ali Edwards December Daily  and Becky Higgins' Project Life. Prior to the month, Ali would make a mini album and then each day of the month she'd take one photo that would represent that day to put on the page with journaling. Becky's project life is a full product line and movement that suggests doing this 365 days instead of just one month. Both women have encouraged me to think outside the box when it came to documenting my life with photos. I used these concepts as combined inspiration on my #16 of my 30 Before Thirty list, take one picture a day for one month. I chose last December as the month to do this challenge. Whether, it's one week, one month or one year, I highly recommend everyone gives this a try once in their life. Sure ... Continue Reading...

Handmade with Love II

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As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I'm happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received. My birthday was in February. A dear, creative friend, AL, was kind enough to make this ring holder (yes she does glass blowing)! She knew how I was patiently waiting to get engaged and was thoughful enough to make this ring holder in hopes I'd be using it soon after. Just a few days ago, that day came so I can now use this ring holder!! (PS look forward to more wedding related crafting posts in months ahead! In 2012, I will be a bride, maid of honor and ... Continue Reading...

King of the Kids Table

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Happy Thanksgiving all! I know people who host, like my mom, spent this morning trying to figure out where to seat everyone, if there are more visitors than  chairs at your kitchen table. Last year, we broke out into a mixed second table that wasn't all about kids. But with Mr. Blake now here, at only a few months old, I think he may claim to be king of the kid's table. If you have a child and a kids table at your Thanksgiving feast or Holiday dinner, then maybe he or she needs this King of the Kids Table design to wear! (get one for Christmas!) Related Posts: Present for Daddy ... Continue Reading...

Favorites Party – Part II The Details

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As promised, here are a few more details from the Favorites Party! Thanks for coming tags I had been inspired by the paint chip crafts I kept finding on Pinterest, in particular this one by BellaCarla with a stamped image. I grabbed a few paint chips from Home Depot with a fall palette in mind to make my thank you tags. I cut them in half, stamped a polka dot pattern with Pigment Ink and did a little heat emboss action to add texture. Add a printed phrase, a heat embossed owl and a ribbon and voila, a pretty thank you tag! (supplies: Stamps - Hero Arts, Stamp pad - Color Blox, Materials - Inkadinkado Embossing Powder, Ribbon - Martha Stewart Crafts) Cupcake Recipe #13 on my 30 Before Thirty list included making cupcakes from scratch. I went ... Continue Reading...

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

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One time on a business trip a few years back, I had dinner at the 360 degree restaurant at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. I had this delicious pork chop and apple skillet meal that in just checking on the website, they no longer serve right now. (here's the menu if you want to check out other delights!) I never did forget that dinner and planned to find something similar that I could make for D. I found this Caramel Apple Pork Chops recipe on Allrecipes.com and finally made it the other night! I really like this site as I can save the recipes in a virtual recipe box, but I also love to read the first few reviewers who always have helpful alterations.  As per suggestions, I pan seared my thick pork chops in the skillet before putting it in the oven to bake. After making ... Continue Reading...

Favorites Party

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This past weekend I hosted my first "Favorites Party." I learned about this concept over a year ago via Inchmark blog and have been seeing it pop up recently. A Favorites Party is where each person selects a favorite thing or two to introduce to the group. It can be a favorite cosmetic, snack, gadget etc. Each guest presents their favorite thing and brings 5 of the same item with them (they can be different flavors or colors). In our case, we set a $5-$10 price total for whatever your favorite(s) were so that no one spent more than $50. (Tip: email invitees prior to ask if the price limit works in their price range). When you arrive at the party you write you name on 5 slips of paper and put it in a bowl. Each person picks 5 slips of paper, making sure they don't get their own. Then ... Continue Reading...

Mini Envelopes on Cards

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(photo source: Danielle Flanders blog) I recently saw this card on Pinterest from Danielle Flanders' blog which inspired me to break out my Martha Stewart Scoring board and make my own mini envelopes on cards! Under the MSC tool, there is a hidden envelope guide. Place the guide in the top left corner of the board and follow the directions for the size envelope you want to make. In this case, I wanted to make a small one that fit on the front of a card. I cut my paper to 5 1/2 x 5 1/2" and made the four score marks it showed me on the guide. After some quick folding and gluing, I made this adorable little envelope. Since the envelope already has a spot for a message, I didn't think this card needed to be the traditional folded type. Instead I stacked the elements on the front of ... Continue Reading...

Tuesday Trigger: Beads and Baubles

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Remember this post about Papercrafts magazine's inspiring challenges called Trigger Tuesdays? Well I was inspired again by their choice of design and had to play along! Last week's inspiration was this Beads and Baubles design: (photo source: Jane Dean Etsy shop) It's based on a bracelet they found on etsy from this designer. I loved the color palette with the mints of pastels, bright yellow and turquoise, and gold metals and came up with this birthday card for my stock pile: You might not be able to tell, but each circle is a gold swirl design that was stamped in gold then embossed for a glossy texture design. Here's a close up: I was inspired by the color palette and round beads of the original bracelet and I'm pretty happy with the results. Thanks again for the ... Continue Reading...