Friday, July 29, 2016

Simply fabulous

Thoughtful Banner and Duet Banner Punch what a combo! If you have not seen the stamp set, check it out now! It has tons of words you can put together whichever way you wish! AND they are petite so they fit perfectly into the Banner Punch. So fun!

As you can see I used  Bow Builder Punch at the bottom of the card just because it sounded like a good idea. I love the little bows you can create with it without much effort at all.

Oh yeah, the colors in today's card are Flirty Flamingo (for the base), and the inks are Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzaz, Pool Party, Black and Daffodil Delight. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Much appreciated


It's fun to create cards with fun folds and awesome techniques and all but sometimes simple is just as pretty. I water colored the background with Pool Party and Sahara Sand. I you have never used aqua painter for water coloring, it truly is a neat tool.
The flowers are from In the Meadow set which I totally love and the greeting is from Helping Me Grow. Simple and fast, I think that sometimes it totally works. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Aussie bites

Our friends bought these at Costco and I totally fell in love with them. Like totally, totally, totally fell in love with them. It was sort of love at first bite! They are delicious and very filling. Perfect for breakfast! I found this recipe at and I made slight modifications to it but for the most part it is a complete copy cat. Enjoy!

  • 1¾ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup dried apricots
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed
  • ¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup cooked quinoa
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 24 count mini-muffin pan or 12 count regular muffin pan (for larger ones) .
  2. Pour 1 cup of rolled oats into a food processor. Process for about 1 minute until oats are pulverized.
  3. Add in the remaining ¾ cup rolled oats, sugar, dried apricots, raisins, flax seed, sunflower seeds, coconut, quinoa, chia seeds, and baking soda. Pulse until apricots and raisins are in small bits.
  4. Pour in honey, melted butter, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Pulse just until combined.
  5. Divide batter among the prepared muffin tin.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown for the mini muffin pan or 15 minutes for the regular muffin pan.
  7. Remove pan from oven and let cool in pan on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and let cool completely on the wire rack.
  8. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container for 4 to 5 days. Most likely it will last only a day!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Oh, Happy Day Stamp Kit

What I love about Oh, Happy Day Card Kit is that it comes with 13 stamps, clear block, ink and all the precut goodies and embellishments to create 20 cards. Anyone can do it  because it is simple, fast, fun AND because everything is included, you don't have to be crafter to give it a go.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Shredded beef tacos

There is a place  around here where they make hands down the best shredded beef tacos. The unfortunate thing is that they are at least an hour away from us and over the years have become pretty pricy. So I looked and searched and looked and searched  for recipes that could maybe come close to the amazing taste of those tacos. And.... Halleluiah, I finally got it!! This recipe is amazing, it's very simple and is just finger licking good! I usually make a huge batch and freeze half of it for those busy nights when you just don't have time to cook but really don't want to eat fast food.


2.5 lb. Chuck Roast
14 oz. beef broth
1.5 T chili powder
1/2 T cumin
1/2 T onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Throw everything into a crock pot and let it cook for 8 to 9 hours until the meat falls apart. Tear it into pieces and drench it in juices. I usually reduce the juices by cooking them without meat for 15 minutes or so, just to intensify the flavor. I then add them to already shredded beef. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Happy Birthday, Pal!

Hello there Stampers!
Have you ever seen  an elephant paired with a mouse that was not cute?? Of course you haven't!
Today I combined Love You Lots stamp set with the Balloon Punch and the Party Pants set. I used Blushing Bride as the main player and off set it with Basic Grey. You can imagine how excited I was to get to color... You know how I am about coloring! Oh darn, I used some Wink on Stella on the balloon. Can you tell? Enjoy!