Gifts From the Garden: Wall~Hanging

  • This was a project we made at my last workshop. . Again, Spring was on everyone’s mind and  new sprouting gardens. This wall-hanging would be a nice decor to any wall. What a thoughtful and pleasing gift this would make too. Once the component pieces were stamped they were then matted and adhered to this canvas panel. These panels can be found in any local craft store. They come in bundles of six for a very small price. 

Stamp all the components on Whisper White Cardstock in the following inks:

WATERING CAN~ 2″ x 2″ Stamp in VersaMark then heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder    Basic Gray Mat is 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

WELLIES~ 2″ x 2″  Sweet Sugarplum Ink         Sweet Sugarplum Mat 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

GARDEN GLOVES~1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ Marina Mist Ink   Marina Mist Mat 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″

GARDEN SAYING~2-1/2″ x 1″ Pear Pizzazz Ink       Pear Pizzazz Mat 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″

FLOWER POTS~ 3″ x 2″ Pear Pizzazz Ink and another in Calypso Coral Ink Cut out the Calypso Coral pots and glue them on to the Pear Pizzazz ones.  Calypso Coral Mat 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″

GARDEN SPADE~1″ x 2-1/4″ VersaMark, then Silver Embossing Powder.  Basic Gray Mat 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″

Adhere all the stamped garden components with Tear and Tape which works like a charm! Add a pretty ribbon hanger by stapling it on the back.

Embrace the day and it was great of you to stop by!




February 23: Banana Bread Day

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The addition of mashed, ripe bananas to a cake-like batter is what gives banana bread its distinctive taste and moistness. What better opportunity to enjoy a slice with a cup of tea or coffee than on Banana Bread Day?

Banana bread first started to become popular back in the 1930’s, during the Great Depression. Cultural historians suggest that resourceful and creative housewives of the era created the recipe as a way of not wasting over-ripe bananas. In fact, the riper the bananas, the better the taste of the banana bread, so it ended up being a very clever creation! It is traditionally known as a “quick bread”, but is actually more like a cake in both texture and flavor.

Extremely easy to make, banana bread is still a favorite way to quickly bake up a special treat for the family. Modern-day breads also include the addition of chocolate chips, nuts, or even dried fruit. Why not experiment and come up with a bespoke banana bread recipe that everyone will love?


1 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.dashed-blog-divider

Circle of Spring: Birthday Card

With Spring approaching fast, this would be a perfect card to make for that special someone born this season of renewal! Fairly straight forward, this card would still be a lovely card to receive–as well as make.

Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Whisper White was used to create this card. (The card is not pink-ish in real life-sorry about the bad exposed photo! ) The layers are as follows:


  • Calypso Coral 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
  • Whisper White 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ plus a 4″ x 4″ piece for wreath
  • Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/2″



  • Stamp the wreath, from the Circle of Spring stamp set, in Old Olive Ink, color it in with Watercolor Pencils and with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits and Big Shot cut it out.
  • Stamp the bow from the Circle of Spring stamp set, color it and cut it out with the same framelits.



  • Line the wreath up over the top Whisper White layer and in the middle of the wreath stamp “Happy Birthday to You” in Basic Black iInk.Layer it all like the photo using Dimensionals behind the wreath


Spring is closer than you think, so make dure to make up some of theses cards for all those loved ones born in the Spring!

Remember to make what you love and love what you make!

Embrace today,



Flourishing Phrases in Copper


I know I’ve posted a few cards using this Flourishing Phrases stamp set, but each time I use it,  it looks completely different. For this card I decided to go with contrasting colors, Copper Embossing and coloring. I love the look.



  1. Chocolate Chip 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ and 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
  2. Very Vanilla 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 3″ x 4-1/2″ for stamping
  3. Flirty Flamingo Scrap


  1. On the 3″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla stamp the flower image in VersaMark, sprinkle on Copper Embossing Powder and melt it with a Heat Tool.
  2. On a scrap of Very Vanilla stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Thoughtful Banners Greetings in Flirty Flamingo Ink.


  1. With the Tags and Labels Thinlits and the BIG Shot cut ot the greeting and using the next size label cut out the Flirty Flamingo.
  2. Color in the stamped copper floral image.
  3. Cut up the right side of the stamped layer and around the flower image to create the piece shown in the photo.
  4. Adhere and layer the card as shown.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Stamp On!

Embrace the day,





Handmade Robot Valentine’s Day Card

My Grandson Jackson loves robots. Here’s the Valentine’s Day Card we worked on and made. The robot was computer generated part by part. A hershey chocolate nugget was used and wrapped in Valentine’s Day paper. So cut and so Jackson!


Another Love Notes: Valentine’s Day Card

Here we go again with the Love Notes Framelits I’m loving them for all kinds of embellishments. The scallop heart border looks so complicated, but of course it’s simple to make with the Love Notes Framelits and the BIG Shot!

🎀 A Quick 5-Step “How To”:

  1. Cut your card base from Whisper White at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score it at 4-1/4″. Cut another piece at 5″ x 2-3/4″. Cut a 5-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Real Red.
  2. Place the scallop edge die from the “Love Notes” Framelits, along the right edge of the card base and cut along the edge.
  3. Using the “Sending Love” designer series paper, cut out three of the largest hearts mixing up the patterns.
  4. Stamp “happy valentine’s day” from the Good Greetings stamp set in Basic Black Ink.
  5. Adhere the layers as shown. Stack the hearts and with All-Purpose Glue affix them to the top layer.

And, there you have it; a quick 5-step card for you to make.

Happy Card-Making!



Love Notes: Valentine’s Day Card

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, here’s a fast yet  fanciful card to make just in time to ive to your Valentine! The Love Notes Framelits have everything you need to create this card.

Here’s what to do:


Cut an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Whisper White and score it at 4-1/4″ This is the card base.

Cut another Whisper White piece at 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ 

Cut a Real Red piece at 2-3/4″ x 5″


With the “Sending Love” Designer Series Paper and the Love Notes Framelits, cut the scallop heart strip, the envelopes, card, hearts and teeny note card. To make the heart pocket heart:


Stamp “My Valentine” from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set in Real Red Ink.

Layer the card as shown in photo’

Thanks once again for stopping by, and while it’s too late to order the Love Notes Framelits intime for this 🎀 Valentine’s Day 🎀 you can order it and be prepared for next year. This framelit set can alo be used for wedding and anniversary cards.

Check back for one last Valentine Card Idea. And, please leave me a comment on what types of cards, projects and tips you’d like me to cover. Your feedback is ALWAYS welcome.

🎀 Embrace the day,



Flourish Valentine’s Day Card


Once again, I have used the Flourish Thinlits to create this paper-cutting themed Valentine’s Day Card. I just love the , Scherenchnitte look without the fuss of fussy cutting!



  1. Real Red 6″ x 6″ card base and 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ for heart
  2. Designer Series Paper 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ for scallop circle
  3. Whisper White two  5-1/2″x 5-1/2″ one for the layer and the other for Flourish cuts


  1. With the Flourish Thinlits and the BIG Shot cut six of the medium floral dies
  2. Next cut the medallion from the Flourish Thinlits
  3. From the Real Red card stock cut out the scallop heart from the Heart Thinlits (retired)
  4. Cut the large scallop circle from Designer Series Paper using the Circle Thinlits (retired)


  1. Using Real Red Ink, stamp the “happy valentine’s day” greeting in the bottom right hand corner of the Whisper White 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece.


flourish-valentines-day-card-detailPUTTING IT TOGETHER:

  1. Adhere the medium floral cut outs to the center of the medallion with Multi-Purpose Glue taking care that they are spaced equally around. This is done easily by lining the floral cut outs up with points of the medallion.
  2. Carefully gkue the medallion piece on to the heart,
  3. Adhere and layer the card as shown in the photo.
  4. Add a Basic Rhinestone to the center of the medallion and Basic Pearls on every other scallop along the heart’s edge.

See what you can do to capture the “Scherenchnitte” look by using different dies. Experiment with different color card stocks and designer series papers. Lots can be accomplish and createde with just a little imagination.

Thanks ever so much for your visit.






February 7: Send A Card Day

Everyone loves and appreciates their friends, and we all just assume that they know how much we care and that we are always thinking about them. Sadly, many of our friends will experience loneliness and feel under appreciated from time to time. That’s just how life goes. That’s why Send a Card to a Friend Day exists, and why year after year it is so popular!

A small gesture that we may not think make any difference could actually make our friends’ day. All it takes is a cute little card with a nice personal message in it to put a smile on their face. This could be an e-card that you send to them online, a store bought card, or better yet, a home made one that oozes thoughtfulness, ideal for your extra special besties. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on celebrating your friendships on this special day!


February 4: Homemade Soup Day


BIG, oops! Forgot to post this on Saturday!

Soup is a common meal in many countries and probably dates back to the invention of the earliest cooking pots. Today it’s easy to open a can and heat some premade soup, but soup is even better when it’s made at home. Soup is easy, cheap and usually quick to make and can be stuffed full of healthy vegetables. When better to enjoy a delicious bowl of soup than Homemade Soup Day?

The origins of Homemade Soup Day are lost in time but you don’t need to know how it started to celebrate the day. Certain soups are traditional to particular areas, such as Borsht in Eastern Europe or the well-known Italian soup, Minestrone. Unusually, the famous Spanish dish Gazpacho, is generally eaten cold, making it perfect for summer.

The internet is full of recipes for soup so find one you like the sound of and get cooking! Below is my Chicken Gumbo Soup Recipe.

3 tbsp. butterchicken-gumbo-soup
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 to 1 1/2 c. cooked or canned okra
1 1/2 qt. chicken stock (can use canned broth]
1 (16 oz.) can tomatoes, chopped
1 sm. bay leaf
1 tbsp. parsley, minced
1 c. leftover chicken, chopped
Melt butter in saucepan. Saute onion and green pepper until golden; add okra. Stir in chicken stock, cooked tomatoes, and bay leaf. Cook over low heat, simmering gently for about 45 minutes. Season to taste. About 15 minutes before serving add minced parsley and cooked chicken. Serves 4-6.

Thanks for stopping by,




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