Monday, November 24, 2014

Sign Up now! December Stamp Classes

Also ladies...My December Classes are coming up soon!  I am going to list them again and if you will take a moment to let me know if you will be attending I would appreciate it.  We are all going to be getting very busy this week and I don't want you to forget!  I will have to get supplies ordered quickly because the holidays will slow down ordering and delivery, so PLEASE just go ahead and reply after you read this.  I know myself, if I Put if off and think I will do it later, I will forget and then miss the deadline and miss the class!
So don't miss out! 

Stamp A Stack
Thank you and Get Well Cards – Make 12 cards, 6 designs, 2 of each design plus envelopes and storage cases for your cards.
Date: December 6th – Saturday
Time: 9:30-11:30
Where: my house – 5825 Lyons Rd, Garland
Cost: $25 or $15 with a $35 min. order

RSVP AND Class Fee due November 28th

Christmas Card Class #4

This class includes the White Christmas Stamp Set and the All is Calm Designer Washi Tape. This is a fun little set and it is a photopolymer set! And you will have left over washi tape to take home! We will also use the new Lucky Stars embossing folder with this set which I will provide, (but you will want it)!

Date: December 7th, Sunday
Time: 2:00
Where: My House
Cost: $40
Please bring your clear blocks to class
RSVP and Check due by November 28th

Stocking Stuffer Class

This is a very popular class, so sign up early! You will come and make small cute gift and packaging items that are inexpensive and easy to reproduce. They are perfect for teachers or coworkers or your own family’s stockings! This is perfect if you just need a little something to give someone to show you care.

Date: December 5th, Friday
Time: May come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00, class will end at 9:30
Where: my house
Cost: $25 (if you place a $35 order that day, your class fee will be $15)
RSVP and class fee due by: November 28th

Wrap It Up! Class

Do you love to put handmade tags on your Christmas gifts? Well come to this class and get stocked up! We will have Hot Chocolate and a treat and you will make as many tags as you want during our class time. I will also show you how to make a treat bag with your DSP! Your Class will include the Cheerful Tags Stamp Set, Under the Tree Tag a Bag Accessory Kit AND your own pack of Trim the Tree DSP Stack! I will show you how to make tags using the kit, the paper cutter and punches. You should have left overs to take home and make even more tags for your gifts!

Date: December 13th, Saturday
Time: 9:30- 11:00
Where: my house
Cost: $35
Bring your paper cutter and scissors to class
RSVP and class fee due by December 5th

Classes will pick back up in January! Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Check out this incredible Online Extravaganza
with Stampin' Up! 
It's the best SU Black Friday sale I've seen yet!  If I didn't have most of it already I would so take advantage of it. I may find a few things I still need!! I love a good sale!
Stampin' Up! has released the information about their annual
It starts on Monday, Nov. 24 and goes through Tuesday, December 2nd.
  • There are SOME items ONLY available on Monday, Nov. 24 (see below)
  • There are SOME items ONLY available on Monday, Dec. 1 (see below)
  • EVERYTHING else on the lists below are available the entire 9 days, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2.
  • Everything is "while supplies last."
  • Everything may be purchased in my  ONLINE STORE beginning Mon. Nov. 24
  • I have 5 goodie bags of FREE product to give to the first 5 online orders over $50.
  • Local customers can contact me to order or place orders online.

Fall themed Baby Shower

My daughter Megan and I hosted my younger daughters baby shower yesterday. My fourth grand baby and Jen's third is due January 30th. Another little boy, Emerson Rhys. We had so much fun planning and putting it all together. I wanted to share some pictures with you.

 Check out the diaper owl!

This arrangement was made in my great grandmothers bread bowl
  I hand painted the acorn in the jar behind the apple pies and painted the mason jars.


Our menu was Bacon Jalapeno Dip baked in a pumpkin, Mini Apple Pies, Ranch Dip and Veggies, Pumpkin Crack Dip with apples, Apple Cider and of course the S'mores Bar.  So fun!



                                                                                         This crock pot Apple Cider was so good!


Roasting marshmallows

Friday, November 14, 2014

Trim A Tree Christmas Card

This card turned out so pretty.  It is made with All is Calm Designer Paper and Washi Tape, Tree Punch, and On Point Embossing Folder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Carmel Apples

Aren't these cute?  I don't remember who originally created these but I thought they were so cute, I did them for my Team Meeting swap and then I had my Hostess club make them last month.  I filled mine with caramels. These were made with Stampin' Up!'s Curvy Box Framelit. There are tons of ideas for this little box out there.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Date Night

I was perusing Pinterest one day, (don't you love Pinterest/)and I came across an idea for date nights.  As I kept looking into this topic I found a ton of great ideas.  I decided to take an idea I found in a few different spots which was to make up a date night(or day) for every month and give this to my husband as a Christmas gift.  I am still working on my envelopes, but I started thing....we don't spend enough time together. We are together, but we don't really spend quality time together.  I know some of you know what I am talking about.  I stated planning dates for us NOW, trying to do some different and special things.  This was one evening I planned last month. I made a tent with various sheets and Mosquito netting, blankets, pillows and of course twinkle lights! It was quite a chore making the tent, but it was so fun and romantic.

 We played a game where we had to highlight words in a book to make a message to each other.  Once we highlighted the word we would write the page number on a pad of paper.  When we were finished we gave the book and paper to each other and we had to go through the book and write the words from each page to decipher the message.  It was fun! And funny!

 We had dinner on the back porch before walking down to the tent for the evening.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Refrigerater Oatmeal!

Have you tried this??  My daughter introduced me to this.  I am going to give you the link to the sight where I got all of my recipes. Two weeks ago I made up enough for the weeks breakfasts. I made the Raspberry Vanilla and the Mandarin Orange.

This week I made a couple of Pineapple Coconut and a Blackberry. I substituted blackberries for the raspberries and omitted the vanilla in the Raspberry Vanilla recipe.

This is different, but it is good and easy and ready for you in the morning! It has a good amount of protein and fiber. If you are doing WW the points range from 6 to 8.  Not bad for breakfast and you can always add a piece of fruit.

Click here for the recipes The Yummy Life 

Monday, November 10, 2014

November Stamp A Stack - 2nd part

Here are the other 3 cards from November Stamp A Stack. (I found these ideas on Pinterest and changed them somewhat according to supplies I had on hand.) 

 Gifts of Kindness stamp set #130441 wood, #130444 clear
Very Vanilla card stock # 101650
Early Espresso ink #126974
Bitty Butterfly Punch #129406
Lovely Lace Embossing Folder #133737
Beautiful Wings Embosslit #118138
Labels Collection Framelits # 125598
Rhinestone #119246

Fall Fest stamp set #135194
Four You stamp set #130535 wood, #135362 clear
Very Vanilla card stock #101650
Crushed Curry ink # 131173
Cajun Craze ink #126965
Garden Green Ink #126973
Soft Suede ink #126978

 Four Feathers stamp set #135050 wood, #135053 clear
For All Things stamp set #135152 wood, #135155 clear
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set #130514 wood, 130517 clear
Feathers Framelits #135852
Crumb Cake card stock #120953
Naturals White card stock #102316
Hello Honey ink #133643
Tangelo Twist ink #133646
Mossy Meadow ink #133645
Gold Sequin Trim #132983
Crumb Cake ink #126975

December Class:

Stamp A Stack

Thank you and Get Well Cards – Make 12 cards, 6 designs, 2 of each design plus envelopes and storage cases for your cards.

Date: December 6th – Saturday
Time: 9:30-11:30
Where: my house – 5825 Lyons Rd, Garland
Cost: $25 or $15 with a $35 min. order

RSVP AND Class Fee due November 28th

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My healthy Lifestyle Story

My personal story.

So I told you about our family healthy lifestyle competition.  I have to tell you that I have started time and time again over the years.  I gain and lose, gain and lose.  I hope this time I can make it stick!  I hope doing this little competition with my family, supporting each other will help. 

I get to the point where I really hate myself!  The way I look, the way I feel, my clothe don't fit, I have no energy....I just finally get fed up!  Do you ever get to this point?

So here I am starting all over again.

I have started going to a yoga class and I am trying to get back to walking/jogging.  When I did this a couple of years ago, I FELT SO MUCH BETTER! I was running over 4 miles a day, doing some yoga and Weight Watchers.  I had lost 17 pounds!  I still had a ways to go but I was feeling better physically, mentally, and I was starting to have more self confidence.  I ran two 5k's and did fairly decent.  Then I hurt my leg.  It was 2 years ago this past September.  I waited a while to go to the doctor and when I did I found out I had a bad Stress fracture in my thigh bone.  So.....I was out of commission until about February.  Well, needless to say, I got out of my habit, routine, the holidays came around, I quit going to WW and here I am back where I started. The weight just kept coming on gradually and before I knew it I was Miss Piggy again.  

It is so easy to slide back into old habits. Life is so much easier when you don't have to work at something; when you can just stay in your comfort zone. But the fact is you do have to work at it.  If you want results, you have to put in the effort.

I am hoping that I will stay on program and stay consistent this time around.  I want to feel good again.  I am getting older but I don't want to be old!  I want to be healthy and energetic for my family and my grandchildren. So wish me luck.  I will keep you posted!

November Stamp A Stack

I hold these card classes once a month!  You should join us!! We make 12 cards, 2 each of 6 designs.   This is three of the cards from November's class. I will post the other 3 tomorrow.  Again I found most of thee ideas on Pinterest. Thanks to all who share!

White Christmas stamp set#135767
Watercolor Winter Too stamp set #136819
All is Calm DSP #135823
Lost Lagoon 3/8 Silky Taffeta Ribbon #135841
Basic Gray Ink #126981
Lost Lagoon Card Stock #133679
Whisper White Card Stock #100730
Circles Framelits #130911
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter #133751

 Fall Fest stamp set #135194
Seasonally Scattered stamp set #135023
For All Things stamp set #135155
Fun Fall framelits #135856
Crumb Cake card stock #120953
Very Vanilla card stock #101650
Pumpkin Pie ink #126945
Soft Suede ink #126978
Mossy Meadow ink #133645
Thick Bakers Twine-Baked Brown Sugar #135639

 Lovely as a Tree stamp set #128655 wood, #127793 clear
For All Things stamp set #135155 clear, 135152 wood
Crumb Cake card stock #120953
Early Espresso card stock #119686
Mossy Meadow Ink #133645
Early Espresso Ink #126974
Linen Thread #104199

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Healthy Shrimp Pasta Salad

This was Dinner Thursday night.  it was really good!  I got the recipe from Favorite Family Recipes.

This Shrimp Pasta Salad is only 200 cal. per cup and 4 WW points!

This bowl is holding 2 cups.  I had plenty of points left for dinner!

I had a bowl of salad and 1 cup of blackberries which are ZERO points!

Shrimp Pasta Salad
1 lemon
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 TBSP fresh dill
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups uncooked bow tie (farfalle) pasta
1 pound medium shrimp, shelled, deveined and cooked
1 cucumber, sliced
3 carrots, sliced
1 red pepper, chopped in thick chunks
4 green onions with tops, thinly sliced

For the dresing, zest the whole lemon and then juice it.  Combine the zest, lemon juice, mayonaise, sour cream, fresh dill, and salt.  Set aside.

Cook pasta, shrimp, cucumber, carrots, pepper, and green onions.

Pour dressing over salad ingredients and mix well.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but several hours or overnight is best.

Serving size: 1 cup
Calories: 200
Fat: 2(g)
Carbs. 21 (g)
Protein: 14 (g)
Fiber: 2 (g)

I added some celery and I didn't have green onions so I just chopped up some regular onion.  Easy and yummy!