October 30, 2012

More Single Stamps!

     A few weeks ago Stampin' Up! announced they would be selling individual stamps from the Perfectly Penned, Word Play, and Seasonal Sayings stamp sets.  Due to the popularity of this promotion Stampin' Up! is adding ten more individual images - including 3 that you've never seen before!

Here are the details:

  • Order numbers for the stamps can be found on the flyers (link at bottom of post)
  • Stamps will not be sent in typical packaging, they'll arrive in a cello bag
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only
  • There's NO limit on how many stamps you can buy (think Christmas gifts!)
  • Offer ends January 2, 2013

Single Stamps: Assortment 1 (here)
Single Stamps: Assortment 2 (here)
Word Play (here)
Perfectly Penned (here)
Seasonal Sayings (here)

To place an order at anytime check out my website (here).

October 27, 2012

Spooktacular Sale!

On Monday October 29th Stampin' Up! will have a Spooktacular sale.

For 1 day only Stampin' Up! will offer 15% off almost every stamp they sell!  Beginning at 12:00am and ending at 11:50pm  every stamp in the current catalog will be on sale.  There is no minimum to purchase and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.

Stamps not included in this sale are hostess sets and bundled stamp sets.

To place an order visit my website (here).

Remember this is a 1 day only sale!

October 26, 2012

A Little Christmas Sparkle

     Hello!  Today's card was inspired by Connie Babbert's Watercolor Winter card over on her blog, Inspired Treasures (here).  I {loved} everything about her card and decided to keep the layout the same but change up the color and dust off my heat tool!
    I can't tell you the last time I pulled out my heat tool and embossed - it's been ages!  And I've also had a package of silver glimmer paper sitting in my paper rack for almost a year now... thought I should get some use out of that, too!

Stamps: Watercolor Winter
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, silver glimmer paper, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Tools & Accessories: Heat tool, pewter embossing powder, seam binding ribbon, dimensionals

October 23, 2012

Homemade Apple Crisp

     Hello!  My normal "homemade" apple crisp consists of apples and a box of Concord Foods Apple Crisp mix.  You know, the one in the red box that's always hanging around the apple section of the food store.  But after a trip to our favorite apple orchard, Carter Hill, and a little research on the internet, I decided to make apple crisp from scratch.  
     This recipe comes from Taste of Home (here) and is super easy to prepare.  The original recipe calls for 10-11 cups of sliced apples - yikes!  Since I'm not feeding a small army, I decided to scale down the amount of apples and went with 5 large apples, sliced.  I prefer my apples to be tender, almost on the mushy side so I let the crisp bake for a full 60 minutes. 

     According to Aaron, this is the best apple crisp I've ever made and I'd have to agree.  The apples are tender and juicy while the crumb topping is buttery and slightly crunchy. Each of us went back for a second helping!  And there's a bonus to baking with apples - you get that wonderful apple smell wafting through the house!  

Easy Apple Crisp

  • 5-6 large apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cubed

1.  Preheat oven to 375.  Toss apples, sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in large bowl.  Place apples in 13"x9" baking dish.

2.  Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, baking powder, nutmeg and 1/2 tsp cinnamon; cut in butter until mixture is course and crumbly (feel free to use your hands to do this!).

3.  Sprinkle mixture over apples.  Bake for 50-60 minutes or until apples are tender.  Let cool for at least 15 minutes, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Enjoy!

October 19, 2012


     Hello!  Today's card was inspired by LeAnne Pugliese's Fall Sympathy card over at SCS (here).  I loved everything about her card and decided to change the sentiment and use the the Day of Gratitude stamp set.
     Again, in the theme of using what I have on hand, I used the retired Poppy Parade ink and card stock to create the fall colors.  Cajun Craze would be an excellent substitution.

Stamps: Day of Gratitude, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Poppy Parade (retired), Old Olive, More Mustard
Paper: Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, First Edition DSP
Tools & Accessories: Big Shot, Bitty Banners framelits dies, button, linen thread

October 16, 2012

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

     O.M.G.   These cookies are incredible!  I found the original recipe on a delicious blog, Cookies and Cups (here) and thought I'd give it a try.  
     You might remember that last year at this time there was a canned pumpkin shortage due to summer droughts in the mid-west.  Not being able to make my famous pumpkin whoopie pies made for a very looooong fall and winter.  This year, however, our local grocery store is well stocked with Libby's Pureed Pumpkin and I was able to stock up this weekend.  The cashier did give me a funny look when I placed 10 cans at the register but you never know when there will be another pumpkin shortage (especially if this recipe catches on)! 
     There are literally three ingredients in this recipe.  I think it took me longer to get out and assemble the hand-mixer than it did to prepare the batter.  Shelly recommended topping the cookies with buttercream frosting.  She happened to have leftover homemade frosting in her fridge, I happen to be good friends with Betty Crocker and she let me use hers.  You can certainly leave them unfrosted but really, who would want to?!   

3-Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1 box cake mix (I used yellow)
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2.  Mix 3 ingredients in medium bowl until lump-free (I used a hand mixer but you can mix with a spoon).

3.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets.  Bake for 15-17 minutes.

4.  Allow to cool completely on wire rack before frosting.  Enjoy!

October 12, 2012

On a Dark & Dreary Night...

     Hello!  Today's card was inspired by Cards4Ever's Birthday card over at SCS (here).  I loved her layout and decided to change the theme from birthday to my favorite holiday - Halloween!
     Lately, I've been all about using what you have as opposed to purchasing something you may only use once or twice - this includes stamps.  While I absolutely {love} Googly Ghouls and Monster Munchies in the Holiday catalog, I decided to get a bit more use out of my Dark & Dreary stamp set.  
     I had a hard time deciding which paper combination to use and I'm still not sure I like the one I chose.  I have a hard time using different patterns on the same card, I like everything to be matchy-matchy!

Stamps: Dark & Dreary (retired)
Ink: StazOn Black
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Howlstooth & Scaringbone
Tools & Accessories: Glimmer brads, black grosgrain ribbon (retired), dimesionals

October 9, 2012

Single Stamps?!

     Stampin' Up! is trying out something new!  We're excited to offer customers the chance to buy single pieces from these select stamp sets: Word Play, Perfectly Penned and Seasonal Sayings.  The offer will be available now through January 2, 2013.

A few things to remember
  • To view the stamp sets and find the stamp item numbers download the flyers below
  • Stamps won't be sent to you in typical cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags.  If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four (#119105)
  • This offer is available for clear-mount stamps only
  • The stamps do not come with a clear-mount block, you'll need to buy a block separately if you don't already have one.
  • There's no limit on how many pieces you can buy
  • This is a limited time offer, so take advantage of it while you can!

Word Play flyer (here)

Perfectly Penned flyer (here)

Seasonal Sayings flyer (here)

October 5, 2012

Merry Little Snowflakes

     Hello!  Today's card was inspired by bon2stamp's Jolly Little Snowflakes card over at SCS (here).  I loved absolutely everything about her card and changed only the sentiment.  This card was incredibly easy to make and could easily be produced in large quantities!

Stamps: Jolly Bingo Bits, More Merry Messages
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, White craft
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Kraft
Tools & Accessories: Seam binding ribbon, rhinestone jewels, corner punch

October 4, 2012

FREE Gift with Purchase!

     It may only be October but, Stampin' Claus is comin' to town!  Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing pack when you purchase the Ornaments Keepsake set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty DSP.

Choose from the following options: 

Retail Value
Special Price
Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132261Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132262Christmas Gift Pack (wood-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132263Christmas Gift Pack (clear-mount bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Just a few things to remember:

  • When ordering online you must use the item numbers listed above to receive the special price
  • This promotion has no limits - for every bundle you purchase  you'll get a FREE paper-piercing pack.  They make great gifts!
  • This promotion ends October 31

To download a color flyer click (here)

To place an order online click (here)

October 2, 2012

Dutch Apple Cake

     Hello!   Today's recipe is one I found on the Taste of Home website (here) It's apple season and once Aaron brought home a peck of apples from Carter Hill Orchard (here) I knew I'd be baking with them!
     Dutch Apple Cake is incredibly moist and dense, it almost has the density of a pound cake.  I used Macintosh apples and found that the apples almost melted into the loaf after baking.  Absolutely delicious!
     This recipe is quick and simple to make but does take a while to bake.  The apples must be cut and allowed to sit in cinnamon and sugar for an hour before the batter is prepared.  Also, the original recipe says to bake it at 300 for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours but I ended up baking mine for over 2 hours! 

Dutch Apple Cake

  • 3 medium, tart apples peeled and cut into 1/4" slices
  • 3 tbsp plus 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt

1.  In large bowl combine apples, cinnamon and sugar; let stand for 1 hour

2.  Preheat oven to 300.  In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add vanilla.  Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and blend until smooth.

3.  Transfer batter to a greased 9x5" loaf pan.  Push apple slices vertically into batter, placing them close together.

4. Bake loaf for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!