Friday, June 28, 2013

4th of July!

My friend gave me this cute jar she made ~ didn't she do an awesome job!  She even covered the bottom of the Hersey Kisses with matching paper inside! I am truly blessed to be surrounded by true, genuine people!  Love ya!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

4th of July Treats

I made up these treat bags for co-workers for 4th of July holiday!  They love when it's a holiday as I spoil them!
(dies used: Nesting Scallop Circles and Star)

Monday, June 24, 2013


Another great recipe I have to share!!  Again I found some Butterscotch Chips and searched for a recipe ~ this is what I found and WOW! they are yummy!!  If you have a sweet tooth (my daughter does and told me these are the best cookies I've made!) then you will love these!  You can print a copy here.   Enjoy!!

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine , softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick-cooking or regular rolled oats , uncooked
  • 1-3/4 cups (11-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Butterscotch Chips                     
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. 
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips; mix well. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. 
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mini Cards

I made 6 mini cards (4x4) for a Card Class coming up in July ~ be sure to check them out at Paper Cottage.  Here are a couple of them.

(dies used: Nesting Frame 10 and Anchor)

And have you seen the Envelope Punch Board???  It is so awesome ~ make any size envelope for any size card!  Works perfect for these small cards.

Friday, June 21, 2013


It's my Nana's birthday next month and can you believe she will be turning 97!  Way to go Nana!  Lots of memories to share for generations to come!  We love you!!
(dies used: No.73, Scallop Border and Cake & Cupcake)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June QuicKutz Club

June QuicKutz Club kits are ready for pick-up!

This month's project shows the new Shape n Tape and how fun it is to use!  I created this card with many different dies and embossing folder as well as tape sheet.  Hope this project inspires you to purchase and use some of the Shape n Tape!
Die of the month:

This little doily is great for any project!  Check out what I did with it:
(dies used: Butterfly Punches and Doily (exclusive June Club die))

(dies used: Fry Box, Nesting Frame 4, Citrus and Doily (exclusive June Club die))


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Layout & Cards

I love Doodlebug Designs and their new Stars & Stripes line was perfect for the awesome picture of my kids I had!!  Here is the layout I did with inspiration from Doodlebug.  I created 4 cards from the left overs when I was done.  Hope these inspire you to scrap your 4th of July events!!  Enjoy!!
(dies used: Nesting Squares, Photo Corners, Tape-It Kit and Nesting Lace Circles)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Bags

I made up these cute little summer bags filled with treats for friends.  Inspiration from Betsy Veldman and then I just used what I had and my style.  I also had inspiration from the little hand sanitizers I found at Bath & Body Works ~ just I filled the little bags so full that they didn't fit! Love the rolled up towel (aka: paper) that I can put a message on for the receiver......

(dies used: Flip Flops and Glasses)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blog Challenge

I love the card sketch for this month's Cards Blog Challenge so decided to participate! 

Here is the sketch:

Thought instantly about stars and the great papers by Bella Blvd. and this is what I came up with.  This card will be perfect for my Mother-in-law's birthday coming up soon!

I discovered another way you can utilize Nesting Dies!  Check it out ~ I used the middle part of a hexagon die cut to create a unique strip for my card.  Just think of all the different banner shapes you can make with all the different Nesting dies!  I'm going to try a flower next!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Doll Stamps

I'm having fun playing with the Prima Doll Stamps!  Here are 2 tags I designed using 2 different dolls.  Love how you can change them up depending on what you want.  I think these dolls will make perfect cards to personalize for friends. Change the hair color and clothing to suit the person I'll be giving to! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


So I found a package of peanut butter chips in my fridge and started "goggling" recipes. Thought I could accomplish two things, keep the kids busy doing something today and use up the chips!  I discovered this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker and thought I'd give it a try................YUMMY!!  And it passed the kids and husband test.  Make a batch for your summer guests ~ just add ice cream and you have a perfect dessert!
For a printable version, go here ~ Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yield: 32 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 to 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan; set aside.
2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until creamy and light. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Reduce speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing only until the flour is just incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, mix in the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
4. Turn out the mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, or until the center is set. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars and store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Paper Doll

I'm so excited to share with you the doll I created from the new Prima mixed media doll stamps!  I'm just thrilled how cute she turned out!  Stamping has come a long way and using it for paper piecing is such an awesome effect.  Look for this little darling to show up on a Page Kit I've designed for Paper Cottage soon...............

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Get your Star dies out!

Yes it's that time of the year again ~ 4th of July!!  I made a couple of cards using Bella Blvd. All American Line.  I also picked up the frame at Craft Warehouse and used the scraps to make a great table accent.
(die used: 2x2 silhouette star)
(dies used: 2x2 silhouette star and 2x2 star)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Card Class

I have a card class coming up in June. This month's theme Birthdays!  Who doesn't need some birthday cards on hand. Come join me or get a kit to go and create these cards:

(dies used: Nesting Circles and Balloon)

(die used: Candles)

(die used: Birthday Cake and Cupcake)
(die used: Birthday Cake and Cupcake)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Color my World

Are you going on a trip this summer with little kids??  Make up a travel coloring container just for them!  Here I used a clear pillow box (which you can purchase at Paper Cottage), filled with crayons and added some paper and ribbon.  I made up the "you color my world" printable which you can print for yourself here.  Add a coloring book for the little darling and you are set to keep them busy!  Enjoy!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Free Printable

I made up these bags for my daughter's birthday party ~ quick & simple little Thank You's!  The paper bags can be purchased at Paper Cottage in chevron, striped or polka dot prints and a rainbow of colors.  I made the Thank You circles which you are welcome to print here.  Enjoy!!

Teacher Gift

I made up a couple of these flower pots for the Teacher's end of year gift.  Just like the flower pot I had made before, just changed the theme with school papers.  Great gift for years to come!