Monday, May 26, 2014

Feelin The Flow

Yesterday I talked about Pinterest and the inspiration I get there.  But recently I've gotten A TON of inspiration from Stampin Up products.  I never used to be a lover of Stampin Up.  They'd have a few neat things in each catalog, but I never saw more than a few at a time.  NOW.... I can't seem to get enough!!!  The most recent product of my infatuation are the cards pictured above.  This is the Hip Hip Hooray card kit; you get 20 cards for 20 dollars complete with cards, decorative stickers, twine, clips, three stamps AND an acrylic block!!! Now that is not my pic pictured above, that pic is from Stampin Up demonstrator Tami Waddell.  It is featured on her blog HERE along with many more great projects.  My Hip Hip Hooray card kit is with my own Stampin Up demonstrator being featured on her display.  But I've certainly taken the inspiration from this kit and RUN with it!!!

Here's a graduation card I made using some miscellaneous paper I picked up along with Deep Red Cling's Quantum background stamped on black cardstock using Stampin Up's Craft pad in Whisper White.  I also used a couple of Stampin Up stamps from Hello Lovely and All Year Cheer III.  The word bubble was created using a Stampin Up Word Bubble framelit.  To make it over sized, I simply built the standard sandwich and ran it through the Big Shot until I heard ONE click.  That meant one side cut, but the other side didn't.  That allowed me to line up the cuts with my paper trimmer creating the exact size of word bubble I wanted.  I finished off the corners using a corner rounder.

Again, I used miscellaneous paper I have in my stash with on of the hearts from Stampin Up's Heart to Heart punch and their Banner punch.  The notebook paper was die cut using Paper Trey Ink's Notebook die, and the clip is an extra clip from the actual Hip Hip Hooray kit.  Another really cool thing about this kit is that there are extra pieces to incorporate into additional cards so you're really getting your money's worth!  The Sentiment is from Stampin Up's Perfect Pennants.

HELLO!!!  I swear I have used the three stamps in this kit more than any other stamp set I own and I've only had this kit for like two weeks!!!  The "Hooray" sentiment is from the Hip Hip Hooray kit and actually says, "Hip Hip Hooray, It's Your Day!"  I just taped over all the other words with scotch tape before inking. Spellbinder's Label's one was used for this masterpiece along with Stampin Up's Chevron border punch and their small star punch.  The paper is all from my stash and in fact, ALL of this card is from my scrap pile.  It wasn't until I put the card together that I noticed "IN" is featured inside the star.  Had I had a bigger piece of the text scrap, I would have made sure an appropriate word could be seen through the star window.  But for scrapper... you make due with what you have sometimes.... and I'm confident that whoever receives this card made with love will most definitely be "in hooray"... whatever that means.  LOL! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Me and Pinterest

Seriously, how much do we love Pinterest!?!  A couple months back I pinned a video tutorial of this INSANELY cute alligator card and I FINALLY had time to make it today.  It features a 2014 Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration stamp set called See Ya Later (sorry folks, if you didn't already get it from Stampin Up, you're gonna have to peruse ebay) along with the Decorative Dots embossing folder also from the Sale-a-Bration.  To see the tutorial, click HERE.  But this isn't just about copying someone else's designs, this is about getting your hands dirty and trying something new to get your own mojo working.  I'm talking about inspiration

So here it is.... I MADE this adorable creature.  I didn't like the last line on the sentiment so I simply taped over it with scotch tape before inking.  AND THEN..... this little guy led to THIS little guy:

Not exactly perfect.  I used a Spellbinder's petite oval to round off the bottom.  I'm going to play with that a little.  A Stampin Up demonstrator friend of mine is going to bring me her Adorning Accents Edgelits.  I'm thinkin that just might be the perfect fix.  But until then, I'm pretty thrilled with how cute this is.

I think my favorite part of this little birthday note card is the fly (NOT a Stampin Up stamp BTW)!

Welp, back to Pinterest for more inspiration!!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

One Great Day

It is SOOOOO hard working on a goal you've been working on, what seems like, forever!  Most of the time I am often overwhelmed by the overall enormity of it.  But then there are days like today where the stars seemed to align and I just feel like I've gotten it right.  So I've decided to forget my goals and start working on just having one great day.  Today was that day.

The starting line was set today and just for today.  I set my goals the minute I woke up and spent about 5 minutes visualizing what today was going to be like.  I told myself, "I am good enough.  I am good enough to succeed at my goals just for today."  And I set about tackling JUST TODAY.

Welp it is a little after 9 p.m., I reached the finish line and had one great day.  I fulfilled EVERYTHING I spent the morning visualizing.  I had a couple of minor hiccups (and only one tantrum), but the day rounded out nicely and I did it.  I reached ALL of my goals for today.  Here's to tomorrow being one great day!!!!

* Job 22:28   You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Almost A Keeper.... Almost

This is the one that's getting away.  I made this book for my mother-in-law for mother's day using my ALL TIME FAVORITE stuff.  Suddenly I DON'T want to give it to her.  This turned out WAY better than I envisioned and I want to keep it..... is that bad???

I have to keep telling myself that this is MORE than a just a pretty bound book, this is a problem solver.... a problem solver for my mother-in-law!!!!  My mother-in-law forgets things as we all do.  So to combat this, she writes everything down in notebooks, many notebooks, notebooks that get lost with her thoughts.  So for this mother's day I decided to make her a "master memory" book.  The problem is I used all my favorite things.... I should probably just keep it shouldn't I????

I haven't made a bound book in a LONG time.  WHY didn't I expect to love this so much? Here's a side view.... check out all that dimension!!!  I used some of my favorite ribbons from the Teresa Collins World Traveler line, Prima Vintage Roses (LOVE), Spellbinders Wonderful Wings and Labels 20 and Bo Bunny paper from the Gabrielle line.... MY LAST TWO SHEETS!!!!  I think I might be hyperventilating!!!  The bling is Zva Creative remnants and the lettering is Tim Holt's Typeset strip die.  Is it hot in here?

THIS is why I made this book (click on pics to enlarge).  This book is a perpetual notebook.  It has three sections made out of heavy chipboard:  Places To Go, Things To Do and Stuff To Know.  The back of the book contains multiple sticky note pads:

Whenever she has stuff to write down, all she has to do is write it on a sticky note and then place it in the appropriate section and she will no longer have information that she has to hunt for and with one place to find ALL her notes, she won't have to worry about searching an endless notebook collection for notebooks she misplaced.  And when information on a sticky is no longer needed, she can discard the sticky leaving room for another bit of new information.  Problem solved!  Well, HER problem is solved.  The new problem now is that I don't want to give it to her anymore. I love it.  I want to keep it for myself.  She doesn't even have to know I made it. 

Except I DID finish this one off with my mark.... and I did make this one with love, so I guess I'll give it to her.  [*SNIFF*]


Saturday, May 10, 2014

I've Got A Doozie For You

You guys... THESE TURNED OUT AMAZING!!!!  Seriously, they are like little cheesecakes!  They're RAW, gluten free and vegan.  And with no baking, these babies were quick.  I found them HERE, gave them a go and they are PERFECTION!!!!

So you'll want to start with the cream (I made a couple of small variations to Sunwarrior's recipe):

1 Cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
Pinch of Himalayan crystal salt
1 Heaping tsp. coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice of one small lemon
Zest from one small lemon

Combine all ingredients in a high power blender for 1 minute.  Place in fridge to cool/set up.

1 Cup almonds
4 Dates pitted
Splash of Vanilla Extract

Place almonds in food processor and grind into a chunky, meal consistency.  Add dates and blend until the mixture looks crumbly and forms a ball when pressed.  I store my dates in the fridge, if you do the same, be sure to pull them out with plenty of time to get them to room temp.  Cold dates WON'T WORK!!!  Add vanilla and pulse about 5 times.  Using a muffin pan (I used my Pampered Chef Square Brownie Pan), press a small amount of the crust to the bottom and along the sides of each well to form a "cup".  Be sure the crust doesn't have cracks or holes.  Put crusts into the freezer to firm for about 1/2 hour.

Once firm, fill each cup with cashew cream and garnish with your favorite fruit.  I did blueberries because I LOVE the flavor of blueberries and lemon.  But you really can play around with the flavors here.... cherries I think would also be a winner.

Oh, I hope you guys give these yummy and healthy desserts a try.  I wouldn't classify these beauties as "guilt free", but I WOULD classify them as good for you!

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