Saturday, February 28, 2015

Favorite Recipe Blog Hop

Welcome to the 

In addition to seeing some awesome recipes and/or projects, there is a chance to win some blog candy! To be eligible to win the blog candy, you must leave a comment on each stop in the hop as well as hitting that little "follow" button! Winner will be chosen on Sunday, March 7th so you have all week to hop through !

For this hop Robin at Create-A-Latte is giving away to one lucky winner this great Project Life Recipe Pages Kit by Becky Higgins. 

You should have arrived here from Liz's blog.  If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop click on the blog photo at the top of this post to be taken to Robin's blog. 

Here is my project for today's hop.  I created a digital scrapbook layout featuring my Grandma Bernie and a donut recipe from her recipe box that I inherited when she moved into a nursing home.

Here is what the journaling on the page reads:

There is something sacrilegious about having my Grandma, Father Paul’s donut recipe and Homer Simpson on the same scrapbook layout, but who loves donuts more than Homer?

This is my favorite picture of me and Grandma Bernie. It was taken at my surprise 40th birthday party.

Grandma Bernie worked for a long time as the secretary to the priests at the Retreat Center of the Basilica of Our Lady Of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. Father Paul was one of the priests there.

When I inherited Grandma’s recipe box, this recipe for Father Paul’s Donuts was in there. What I love most is that is in Grandma’s handwriting.

In case you can't read the recipe, here it is:

Father Paul's Donuts

Makes 10 dozen

6 3/4 lbs Gold Medal Flour
1 lb Crisco, melted
1 tbsp Salt
18 Eggs
9 pkgs Yeast, dissolved
3/4 lb Sugar
Enough water to make a soft dough

Mix ingredients as for sweet rolls.
Knead A LOT
Fry 395* in deep fat.

Just like Homer, I love donuts too! I'm sure I won't ever need a recipe for them that makes 10 dozen but it is a great thing to have.

I tend to be the lazy cook who makes donuts using store bought biscuits-in-a-can.  You know the ones I mean, the kind you unwrap the label and whack on the counter to get open.  Just heat your oil, whack open a can, cut the biscuits in quarters (for donut hole sized donuts) and fry til a nice golden brown. Then just drizzle with a glaze made of powdered sugar and milk (or use lemon juice instead for a sweet-tart glaze) or if you want it even easier just shake the donuts in a paper bag with some sugar and cinnamon or powdered sugar.  OMGoodness are they good!  Eat warm right from the bag, snuggled up with the family. 

Now that your mouth is watering and you are thinking something like this...

it is time to head over to see what recipe Michelle has for you. Hope you are enjoying our little hop and that you will stop by my blog on regular basis to see what crafting thing is going on. 

If you get lost along the way here is the entire 

line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track 

and not miss a single project.

3. Miranda ~

7. Jessica Douglass Wilson ~

10. Theresa Rawlins Knopf ~

13. Sarah Biswabic ~

Thank you for hopping along with us today, I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Don't forget to comment on each blog and follow too. 

Happy Crafting and Cooking

Friday, February 27, 2015

LOAD215 Update

Here are my layouts for the last week.

A layout about me and my good friend Jenna and our adventures stopping along the
road at various "oddities" on the way home from one of our schools.
Jenna no longer works for Lifetouch and it makes me sad not
to see her everyday, but oh the memories we have are wild. 

This was the only day in 2014 that we made it to the lake to swim.  Summer 2014 wasn't
exactly warm enough for swimming on a regular basis, but we found a day when it was
above 80 degrees and a few of the family could get away to one of our wonderful
state parks and hit the water. Well it looks like we are having so much fun, doesn't it? We are when
these pics were taken by me, but then we headed for home and realized that we were all
horribly burned. I was sick for days and had 2nd degree burns over most of my body.  My poor
niece Loagan had 2nd and 3rd degree burns and had to be taken to the hospital.
And before you start shouting at me to use sunscreen...WE DID! We applied sunscreen every
1/2 hour the entire time we were there (which was only about 4 1/2 hours) what we didn't know is the
sunscreen we had just bought that morning was expired. So word of caution~~~ CHECK THE DATES!!!

This is a recap page of Christmas 2013.  Can't believe my girls are all grown up. 

This is a two page spread of a scrapbooking getaway

weekend with my BFF.

Work party layout.

This one is filled with old pictures, but aren't those kiddos cute!

Two page layout of my
Lifetouch TS Territory Photography Crew from 2012.
Only a couple of these people are still with that office.
Some have moved on to other jobs and some, like me,
have changed to other territories with the company. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Technique = One layer cards

I know I said there wouldn't be any Tuesday Technique or Friday Challenge posts this month, but I had to share these cards with you.  I also didn't complete my GOC homework for this week. I'm behind. What's new!  So let's get inky today for our Tuesday Technique and maybe by next week I'll have something good to report on the GOC.

I made a bunch of one layer cards with just distress ink, a little spray mist, a couple of stamps and some cardstock bases.



So, what do you think? I think they turned out pretty nice. I especially like the ones with the black trim and yes they are one layer cards.  I just masked off the color and added the black ink.  I used Stampin' Up white embossing powder for the sentiments and flowers on the bottom set of cards.

So go and get inky!

Happy Crafting


Friday, February 20, 2015

LOAD 215 Update

Well it's been a crazy week and most of my pages were digital layouts that I could throw together in a few minutes, but that's OK!

So here they are, hopefully you'll find a little inspiration.
Another cruise page. This one is the afternoon spent at the
 Mayan Ruins in Cozumel, Mexico

A page for our beloved Sierra.  She is a Daddy's girl for sure. 

Two page spread of my "Other" Dad.   I really like how it turned out.

The final page to Rachel's 13th birthday party pages. 

Page I created for Valentine's of Hubby & I. 

Another cruise page.  This is the girls and I exploring Key West.

That's all for today.  Check in next week for more on this adventure for LOAD215.

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Update on my progress through the GOC...

As you may recall from my post a couple weeks ago, I am taking part {AGAIN} in the Get Organized Challenge by Tiffany Spaulding, organizing guru, creator of The ScrapRack and Totally Tiffany products and one of my crafting superheros.

Well, we are through week 3 of this round of the GOC.  I made it through week 1 with flying colors, week 2 took me a little longer but my paper was in pretty good shape before we started so it wasn't to bad to just spruce it up.

If you'll recall from the video{click HERE to see that video tour of my mess} , I said I was going to change how I stored my basic 12x12 cardstock.

Here is the after picture

There is a box for white cardstock, one for brown/cream, one for gray/black and
the fullest one is my Stampin' Up 12x12 paper. 

The pile to the left is printed paper that still needs gone through to decide what to purge.
The paper on the top left is stacks/pads/kits.
The top right is more kits. That I will move after the purge.

I already like it so much better.  I can access the paper so much faster and easier than when it was in those paper trays.  I also can just grab the box and bring it to my desk or pack it in a tote for crops/workshops, which I couldn't do with the trays.

Week 3 is Embellishment Overload - tackling the small stuff. Let's just say this one is my evil nemesis.
I have struggled with this particular hurdle in each of the many GOCs that I have participated in.  I WILL CONQUER THIS!

I'll post pics of this either later this week or early next week. I'm not going to get this one done as quickly.

Today's new weekly challenge is Stamps, Punches, Embossing Folders and  Die-Cutting Systems. 
This won't be hard, since I have mine organized in a way that works for me, so I'll just be tweaking a bit and working on updating my index/catalog. 

BTW it is not to late for you to get in on making your crafty space more organized.  All of the past GOC videos are available on Tiffany's YouTube Channel. 

Also thought I'd include a picture of my newest Totally Tiffany Metal Maid purchase. This is the Stadium Arranger. I love it! I'm storing the inks/stamp blocks and adhesives that never leave my desk.  They are my most used items.  I also have my texture paste/embossing paste and my two favorite embossing powders in there. 

I'm storing my Fiskars stamp press under it, since it is to big to go inside.
Everything is at my fingertips. It is AWESOME!!!!
Thanks Tiffany for your wonderful creations to make life easier.

Happy Crafting (and Organizing)


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!

Thought I'd share the Valentine's Day digi layout that I made and posted on Facebook for my hubby.

Also I'd like to share something that I hope you will enjoy.

I highly recommend going to see Chonda Pierce anytime you get the chance. 
I've seen her in concert a couple of times and you will leave blessed, changed and with tears of joy and laughter running down your face. Wear your waterproof panties! You'll be peeing yourself from laughing so hard.

She has suffered so greatly with the loss of her mom and husband over that last few years and this movie is the real look at the journey through that suffering and how she still found joy and laughter.
I can't wait to see it.

Here is the link to her YouTube channel. Check her out. I dare you not to laugh.

Friday, February 13, 2015

LOAD215 Update

In case you are not familiar with LOAD {Layout A Day} click HERE for my explanation post and HERE for my post on the benefits and trials of a LOAD challenge from a blog hop on LOAD in 2013.

So this week has been a little on prompt and a little off.

A simple page, but I love how it turned out. These are my wonderful in-laws, who played
Santa and Mrs. Claus for my hubby's company Christmas Party (1998)

A digital layout for the prompt about which book from your childhood,
had the most influence on you.

Another digital layout for the prompt on what would be the
title of the book about your life. 

Off prompt page on one of the 5 dogs currently inhabiting our home.

This page is actually on prompt of very little writing on the page.
This page is all about our first beagle Bailey.
Well that's another 5 days of LOAD.  See you with another update next Friday.

Happy Crafting


Monday, February 9, 2015

True Stamp 2015 Registration NOW OPEN!

Use code STAMPLOVE at checkout to save $45 through 2/16.

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Dear Stamper:

Back by popular demand – True Stamp 2015! True Stamp is the ONLY place on the Internet where you can get the best in live stamping instruction and inspiration. With classes brought right to your desktop, there’s no need to change out of your PJs because you’re logging on, right from home!

All the best people and things, right in one place! Learn new skills while getting a new take on old faithfuls… You’ll put your own stash of stamps to work while finding new favorites to fall in love with! Read on to find out more about this groundbreaking event and our incredible sponsors.

lain small round Lain Ehmann Producer, True Stamp

P.S. Registration is open now for early birds ONLY!


“Here’s what our stampy attendees get:”

Inspiration and Education from six A-list instructors…

Prizes and freebies…

Virtual goodie bag…

All for one low price…

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Complete list of class descriptions coming soon!


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Use code STAMPLOVE at checkout to save $45 through 2/16.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Science Rocks Blog Hop

Welcome to the

Come pour and stir, boil and test!   Being a scientist is the best!

We are so  happy you decided to join us for this geeky yet super smart blog hop where we will explore all kinds of Science related projects. 

You should have arrived from Sandy's blog @

If  you wish to start at the beginning, Connie Can Crop is the first stop on the Science Rocks blog hop.

This is a one day  blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented  crafters who are here sharing their ideas and creations.

We  have an amazing sponsor and giveaway for this hop!

They will be giving one lucky winner a gift certificate to  spend on their super cute digital artwork and digital stamps.

Please visit them online at
What do you  need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish this hop and leave your comments. 

Winners will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can  Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave your blog love along the way!

We have your formula for fun!

Ready to have an Explosive time?

Today, I have a few cards for you.

I used Ranger Distress Inks and Heidi Swapp Spray Mists to create these "galaxy" backgrounds. For the first card I used a white paint pen to create the "constellation" and white embossing powder and Versa Mark for the sentiment.

For the second card I used Wendy Vecchi Transparent Embossing Paste over a star stencil, then I created the background with the Ranger Distress Ink and Heidi Swapp Spray Mists and an epoxy sticker for the sentiment.

The third card uses a vellum sheet for the sentiment. 

Up next is Jessica @

Thanks for hopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along  the way:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Friday Challenge: Not this month...LOAD215 Instead

So there won't be any Friday Challenge posts this month, instead I'll be posting my progress in LOAD215.

In case you are not familiar with LOAD {Layout A Day} click HERE for my explanation post and HERE for my post on the benefits and trials of a LOAD challenge from a blog hop on LOAD in 2013.

This year's LOAD challenge is all about being inspired by children's literature.  There is a daily prompt that gives you an place to start.  One of the things I love most about LOAD with Lain Ehmann is you are not penalized if you don't use the prompt of the day.  As long as you create and upload your layout, you are doing the challenge.

Some days the prompts immediately take me to a memory and I know right away that is what I want to preserve in a scrapbook for future generations.  Other days, no matter how long I think about the prompt, nothing comes to me and that's ok. On days like that, if even after seeing others in the challenge upload their completed layouts and I'm still drawing a blank on the prompt, I just go with the flow and create a layout for one of the million other memories or events that are still waiting in all those boxes you saw in the my GOC-before video on Wednesday.

So here are this weeks layouts.  I hope you'll find inspiration in them.

Day 1: This is the opening page of our 1st cruise that we took in November.
We had a ball and I can't wait til the next one.

Day 2: A page for my baby's 13th birthday party.  She is going to be 19 in May and
she has very little in her books. It sucks to be the baby sometimes.

Day 3: Another page for the birthday party. 

Day 4: Another page for the birthday party.

Day 5: It only took 5 days for me to actually do a layout that was on prompt.
Thursday is a color challenge prompt and today it was black/white/red.
I had no problem with this one.  I just grabbed this photo of hubby & I from our wedding,
22 years ago and a couple of diecuts and some red cardstock
and the layout came together in no time.  
Stop back next Friday to see how the next few days of prompts inspire layouts.

If you want to try your hand and creating a layout out each day you can click HERE for my Two Weeks = 14 Layouts Challenge that I posted a few weeks ago.

If card making is more your thing than I encourage you to check out my other blog HERE.  For more details on that challenge blog click HERE.  

Well that it's for today.  I hope you've had a productive crafting week.

Happy Crafting