Monday, February 27, 2012


This is for the last CAS challenge for this term...a color challenge! Razzleberry and white! Easy right? Yes, unless you are down to your last half of a piece! Its hard to tell but the mat behind the white panel is all cut out in the center! LOL TFL!

stamps: Papertrey Ink Butterfly Dreams, Think Big favorites #12
paper- SU rich razzleberry, PTI white
ink- versafine onyx black
accessories: CTMH rhinestones

stamps- PTI mega mixed messages
paper- SU rich razzleberry, PTI white
ink- rich razzleberry, versafine black onyx
accessories- Cuttlebug dies, CTMH rhinestones

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Happy Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras time is always so fun for me, we never had anything about it up North but down here it's all about the party! I made my very first King Cake this year...we used to have one shipped up from NOLA every year but this year I tried it myself! Came out fabulous...right down to hiding the plastic baby in it!

I know, it actually looks more like a giant bagel but it tasted like King Cake! Here is the recipe I used from all



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Scald milk, remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of butter. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of the white sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. When yeast mixture is bubbling, add the cooled milk mixture. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the remaining white sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat the flour into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours. When risen, punch down and divide dough in half.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  5. To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.
  6. Roll dough halves out into large rectangles (approximately 10x16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Push the doll into the bottom of the cake. Frost while warm with the confectioners' sugar blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

PS I omitted the raisin cause I no like

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Mardi Gras!

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Monday, February 20, 2012


This is for the Clean And Simple challenge on SCS this use faux stitching! I love it and use it a lot but when I had to use it I actually had a hard time! This may be a little CAS + for me but I think it's still CAS at heart! It only took me 20 minutes to do and that's with cutting out the roses! Thanks for stopping by!

stamps: Close to my Heart, Fiskars
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Close to my Heart (Roxy)
Ink- Stampin up rose red, real red; Versafine black Onyx; copic markers; sharpie for faux stitching

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Good Luck!

This is for the Clean and Simple challenge this week...a sketch from our own Nancy! I also am entering this in the Cas-Ual Fridays challenge to use paper piecing! I needed a card for the music director of our school who is taking our school's band to the St. Patricks Day Parade in NYC! I think she will get a kick out of it! Thanks for stopping by!

stamps: Flourishes- Fight like a Girl, PaperTrey Ink- mini messages
cardstock:Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: SU
Accessories: divine twine, Sizzix embossing folder

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Sunday, February 05, 2012

chevron birthday

Another birthday card...gotta build up my stash! I actually made this one a while ago but I don't remember posting it here! I even used glittered embossing powder (gasp!)

All supplies fro Papertrey Ink...;)

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Winter Birthdays

Sending out some winter birthday cards to my peeps back home in NY! They still haven't gotten any real snow, but I'm sure it wasn't 82 like it was here in Florida today!

All supplies from Papertrey Ink....;)

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