Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cricut Recipe Book

I received a Provo Craft YourStory Photo Personal Bookbinding Kit as a gift and wanted to make a Recipe Book for my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law.  

I made a trial one first just to see what stamps to use and where I wanted everything.  I assembled my Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety paper, Kate's Kitchen and From My Kitchen Cricut Cartridges, Stampendous Recipe File and Unity Stamp Garden Variety stamps. 

Then I started cutting my pages and Cricuting my cards, tabs and words.

The stamp set had a limited number of section names so I had to categorize the recipes according to what the stamp set had.

I had collected favorite recipes from my husband, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and my husband's grandmother along with a few of my favorites.

I used the "From the Kitchen of" stamp on the back of each card to show who the recipe came from.

I even had one from my great grandmother.  I especially like the measurements such as "minced onion" and a "package of cheese".

I had fun working with my Cricut E2, Cricut Craft Room, Cuttlebug and different materials like The Twinery Twine and new techniques. 

Hope the Ladies like their books and the recipes are passed down to the next generation.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Snow Cookies

You know a cookie recipe is going to be good when the first ingredient is one pound of butter!  

 This recipe is one of my favorites. I don't know where it originated but I got it from a lady in our church when I was in high school

2 cups butter ( 1 lb)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
powdered sugar   

After you cream the butter and sugar; add the vanilla then blend in the flour.
Divide and put on waxed paper and make into rolls.  Refrigerate and slice.

They can be pretty close together because they don't spread out at all. 

Put on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes

Do not let them cook until dark or brown on the edges.  They are burned.

You want them to look like they just went in.

And the bottom is just brown. 

Put some powdered sugar in a sifter and 

shake on the cookies while they are still hot.

Try one.....

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Snowflakes made with the help of my E2, 

Art Philosophy cartridge

Cricut Craft Room and Martha Stewart Score Board

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Tone on Tone

I have always liked using one color in different layers.

Teal worked well since I had the Teal base paper, the argyle pattern paper and Versa Magic Chalk Ink in Turquoise Gem.

The little Hero Arts flags are cute and the pattern worked with the DCWV adhesive background paper.

I do like to add a little something on the inside of the card.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

So you think you know Yummy

I have made Pumpkin Bread Muffins before but none as good as the ones I made tonight.

They were light, fluffy and just delicious.

 It may be that the pans I used made the difference. 
They are silicone pans by Wilton that I got at Michael's.

I divided the recipe batter between the two pans and had a little bit more in each mold than I wanted so the muffins rose a little bit over but it just made more goodness to eat.

The patterns came out nicely and the parts of the mold that were closest to the baking sheet underneath cooked just a little darker and helped make the shapes look even better.

You can see how high the muffins got and that they don't stand up well on their own.  I guess I'll have to try again.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy October Birthday

Hey to all my friends and family who have birthdays in October!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Feels a Little Like Fall

I like the sunny cooler days that just make you want to be outside.
But it is hard to scrapbook or make cards that way.  ~Balance

I am finished getting the pictures on my scrapbook pages and now onto the journaling.  But it is almost October and time to start on Christmas gifts so I'll probably do that instead. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

I'm still here

For anyone interested, I've been busy scrapbooking a trip I took in February with my mom.

I've also been very busy with work and even got to go to Wisconsin and do some training.

I will try to post again soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Simple Circles

I like simple.

~simple patterns
~simple designs
~simple colors

I had fun making my own patterned paper.  I saw some really neat stamps by PSA Essentials.  Since I don't have them, I tried the same look with a circle dot stamp I do have.  


Cute baker's twine pom-pom from the Twinery.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thinking of You

Today is my brother's birthday. 
He likes cartoons so I made these Dr Seuss pillowcases for him. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Welcome Home

My daughter came home after a long trip with her Granny.

I wanted to let her know she was missed and that I am glad she is home ♥

I used the Cricut American Alphabet that is in my 5th Anniversary E2, my favorite EK Success punch, the Martha Stewart Score Board for the rosettes and Gelly Roll Clear Star pen for trimming

Cute animals in that cartridge too for my animal lover.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Best Wishes


My husband and the office building security guard developed a little friendship over the last few weeks.  This man was getting his degree and will be returning home.  My husband asked me to make a card to send him off with wishes for a great future.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


 All the cards I made yesterday used my leftovers. 

When you use the pop dots you are left with a sticky foam skeleton that can be used as well.  It is actually a little more sturdy. 

These two cards were made from one large placecard that had my name on it.  The paper/design on the right covers up the letters.  I wanted summer cards but the cream color seemed like it called for brown tones which look more like autumn.  So I found some summery looking flowers from adhesive backed paper that I haven't used as much as I thought I would. 

 I pulled the blue and red (using my new Twinery baker's twine) out to try to summerize the design along with some summery buttons.  I don't love these cards but I think they would convey Birthday Wishes.

The leftover paper from my Cricut Expression 2 bird cutout made a simple card that I could embellish with cute teeny buttons.  The E2 makes it easy to have usable scraps. It shows exactly where the image will be cut out and paper can be sized then placed on mat accordingly.  Then you have negatives to use as well as the intended cutouts.

Cards are fun to make because it is a little challenge of color, design and purpose on a small scale with a short completion time. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Painted Cards

 So I had to try making my own cards using the techniques I learned at Archiver's Bold Background Card Class.

I had some little acrylic paints leftover from another class.  Because the paints were in little tubs, I had to use a paint brush to put the paint on the stamps.

 The images didn't come out as clear as in class where we used the dauber paints. 

I liked using supplies I already had to make the papers and stamps coordinate.  

My daughter even liked how they turned out.