Memory Game

Happy Wednesday.  We are halfway there.

Forgot to mention the winner of the books from the other day.  The lucky one is Shannon Ketchum!  Thanks for playing along.

Thought I would share another of the "educational" projects I made for Creating Keepsakes a couple months back.  A few people asked how I made the cards I made for a personalized memory game.  They were quite simple.  Just punched many circles of the same color and size.  On one side, I glued a stamped image or photo.  After making sure that there were two of each circle card, I laminated them with the no-heat lamination sheets.  Colin has a lot of fun with these.

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(c) Creating Keepsakes

Anyone else use their scrap goodies to make things for their kids?  Toys, etc?

Sorry for the quick post.  Allergies have me really tired.  Switched to a new medicine tonight hoping for relief.  More soon…

Total Randomness…

Lots of random things for this Tuesday. :)

A little update on Eric, the little boy who we are now collecting cards for.  He has hit a very rough spot and could use some serious prayers.  Please please please think of him and his family.  I pulled together all the cards we have for him so far (it was a lot!) and am shipping them tomorrow.  You can read more about what is happening with Eric HERE.

As far as names for cards we have received for the card drive, Jana has updated her list.  I think we are over 1300… and I just opened a TON more today, which Jana will add in the next few days.  You are all so wonderful for sending so many cards in!  I am shipping another box to Kate tomorrow, too.

Oh, and be sure to click HERE to see a great photo of Kate and her family.  Love it!

Next up: There are some great things over at 2peas in the Garden.  Here are some faves:

  • Laura Kurz is the coolest.  And THIS page is, too.
  • Jen Gallacher is amazing.  Lovin' THIS layout.
  • AWESOME Kandis Smith cards HERE.
  • Fabulous eye candy by Stephanie HERE.
  • Mary Macaskill has been a favorite scrapper of mine for a long time.  HERE is a good reason why.

Moving on: Found this card on my computer so I thought I would post it here.  It uses one of Tim Holtz's awesome stamps – a splotchy butterfly.  Love it.  Distress Inks, water and Perfect Pearls.  Yum.

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How about another recipe share?  This is a favorite of mine.  Got it from the stamping retreat I go to often.  I changed it a bit to fit what we like here, thus the strange amounts of things.  It is a double batch – lots of great leftovers.  This could easily be changed to work with other ingredients.  This is a healthy one.

Crockpot Taco Soup

1 1/2 cans corn (do not drain)
2 cans red beans (do not drain)
2 cans diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 1/2 lb. ground round (I use Laura's Lean)
3 1/2 packages taco season
1 1/2 packages Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Dry
2 small cans tomato sauce

Brown meat and drain well.  Throw everything in the crock pot and cook for 4-6 hours.  Or more.  Really doesn't matter.  It will make your house smell delicious.

See you tomorrow.  :)

Quick recipe share

Hey, there.

I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that I was making some wonderful Pumpkin Bread – making my house smell wonderful.  I am getting lots of requests for the recipe, so I thought I would share it here.  This recipe is from my mother-in-law – she is the absolute best.  My favorite thing about this recipe?  It makes two at once.  One to keep and one to give.  Love to share food, too. :)

Pumpkin Bread

4 eggs
3 c. sugar
1 c. cooking oil
1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
3&1/3 c. flour
2 tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
2/3 c. water
1 c. chopped pecans (optional)

Beat eggs. Add sugar, oil, pumpkin, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Mix.
Stir flour, soda, and salt together in a separate container.
Add flour mixture alternately with water to pumpkin mixture.
Add pecans, if desired.
Divide batter into 2 greased loaf pans.  (I think metal or stoneware pans give the best results.)
Bake 1 hour at 350, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool about 10 min. on wire rack.  Then remove from pans.
Cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap or foil.
This bread freezes well.

Speaking of my mother-in-law… she (along with my awesome father-in-law) will be here in a few days.  They will be holding the fort down while Ken and I head for a few days in Bermuda.  If anyone out there has been to Bermuda, I would love to hear your favorite things.

Just got done watching Dexter.  WOW.  Wow.  WOW.  Didn't see that coming!

OK… going to bed early. NIght.

Cards for Kate and Eric Update and some shares…


Just wanted to say that I am amazed at the cards rolling in.  And not just for Kate, but also for Eric!  That makes me so happy!  I will be working on sorting through them tomorrow – it is a big task.  And, you are not too late to send them in!  Just try to get them here by the end of October.  We have 90 awesome prizes waiting to be won. :)

And, I got a message from Kate's grandma and mom.  They both told me how much the family appreciates everything we are doing for them.  (I plan to share their emails here… just want to get their permission first.)  So… for all of you who sent cards – you should feel really good knowing you helped someone miles away.

Thought I would share some other random things I have made lately.

This one uses a stamp set from one of the companies who donated a prize for the card drive –  They have their own line of cute clear stamps HERE.  I got a kick out of THIS stamp set and I used it to create this card for Audrey.  I think she will love it – we are always having to fight off mosquitoes in the summer – they love us.  Also, the background is a Hero Arts border swirl – a must-have new stamp – find it HERE.

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Supplies: stamps except the background swirl which is Hero Arts, Copic Markers, Corner Chomper, Hero Arts flat metallic thingies, May Arts silk ribbon, glitter pen (for the wings), Colorbox chalk ink

Great news: Looks like TONS of new Hero Arts stamps are 20% off HERE.  Go get 'em while they last.

Since I shared a card I made for Audrey, I thought I would show one I gave to Kay.  This one also answers a question I get from lots of people: "What do you do with all the accents you make for your article in Creating Keepsakes?"  Well, I turn a lot of them into cards for the girls.  Here is one that I did just that – threw it on a card that was stamped with the same stamp as above.

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(c) Creating Keepsakes

Anyone doing anything nice for the weekend?  We are going to pick apples tomorrow.  Colin is so excited.  Praying it isn't too cold!

Take care…

Dry Erase Book and a giveaway…

Happy Wednesday.  Just have a few things tonight… and a giveaway. :)

For all you cardmakers out there who love to help others, I have a link for you.  A kind angel is collecting handmade Christmas cards to raise money to help her nephew who is very ill.  Click HERE for more info – what a darling boy.  I will be sending lots in.

Next, I have received lots of questions about the dry erase book I had in Creating Keepsakes a month or two ago.  It is an American Crafts album (my fave) with the page protectors that came with it.  These page protectors (as do all) work great with dry erase pens.  So, I just create pages to put in the album.  I have a font that is for tracing and can create any words I'd like.  (Read more below on an easier way to create your own.  And, once again, forgive the poor photos.)

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Here is after Colin did a bit of tracing…

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(c) Creating Keepsakes

We loved this book.  However, I have since changed our system so it is easier to take places.  I now have a full-sized binder that zips shut.  It is filled with office page protectors.  I print lots of different activity pages and put them in there.  Most I download from the internet, but some I create or tear out from activity books.  This way he can do the pages over and over.  (I hated that we pitched so many pages before this.)  This has worked so well for him – we are now using it for reading and adding stuff.  If you are interested in pages to download, click HERE or HERE.

So… giveaway time.

I love these albums from Cosmo Cricket and realized I had two extras.  So, I am sharing.  Just leave a comment here by Saturday night at 11:59pmEDT telling me your favorite fall meal.  (I need ideas.)  A lucky winner will get these babies…

Cosmo prize

Have a great night.

Fall Stamp Camp Week 2: Video on Backgrounds

Hey there.  Hope your Monday is treating you well.  I got to play with the cutest new 2010 Hero Arts stamps, so I am a happy girl. :)

Quick note: Please visit Kate’s blog… and keep those prayers coming! I admire her parents so much.

Next, I am hosting Week 2 or the Fall Stamp Camp over at 2Peas.  I am showing you some ideas for cool backgrounds… all using the same supplies.  For more info, click HERE. And, you can play along for a chance to win some great goodies!  (I know Hero donated some good stuff.)  Info on that is HERE.





(c) – Click HERE for info.

Also, be sure to check out Kelly Purkey’s fabulous font class HERE.  Love that layout.

Date night tonight.  Woohoo! :)