Sunday, November 29, 2015

colourQ challenge #318

This week's colourQ challenge colors are perfect for autumn. It's still pretty warm here in East Tennessee, but we have been blessed with some beautiful fall color - the trees have been gorgeous shades of brown, yellow, orange, red, and my 5-year-old's favorite, burgundy! I used PTI's new stamp set, Phrases & Praises, which I already know I'll be using a lot. I just love large script sentiments! I smooshed kraft, honey, and rust inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed the block with water, and then gently placed the block on a piece of white cardstock. It took several tries to get something I liked but keep trying if you do this technique. I stamped the Scripture in espresso and die cut leaves in the other three colors to frame the sentiment. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Cornbread Dressing Casserole

This is my very favorite cornbread dressing and since I can't find the recipe anywhere except in my recipe book, I decided to put it here so all of my faithful followers (Mary Ann!!) will have another delicious Thanksgiving recipe in your arsenal of delicious recipes!!


4 slices bacon (you're already hooked, aren't you?)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
2 cans (15 oz.) cream-style corn
1 cup sour cream
1 stick butter, cut into small pieces
3 large eggs, beaten
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 T. poultry seasoning or dried sage
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees - spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside - cook bacon till crisp, them drain and crumble, reserving 2 T. drippings in skillet - add onion and celery to skillet and cook till translucent, stirring often - remove and cool slightly - combine cornmeal mix, sour cream, butter, eggs, parsley, poultry seasoning and pepper thoroughly - add onion, celery, and bacon - pour into prepared dish and bake for 45 minutes (or longer) till lightly browned or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

colourQ challenge #316

OMGosh!! This week's colourQ challenge colors nearly killed me!! I only had the olive ink pad and my attempt to colors acrylic stamps with markers was, like it always is, disastrous. So, Dusty Durango ended up looking more like Pumpkin Pie, and I subbed an old curry colored cardstock from SU! for Hello Honey. But, if you ignore a few color inconsistencies, I think you'll love this card as much as I do!!! I used PTI's new set, Cup of Cheer, because who can resist a cute coffee set with dies for all those adorable cups!! The sentiment is from another coffee stamp set but I have no idea which one or who made it. I hope you had a great day and that you thanks all those special veterans in your life. They are the reason we are the land of the free!

Edited: I replaced the picture of my card after I stamped in Tim Holtz's Wild Honey distress ink a little bit of steam from the sentiment set I used. What a tremendous improvement this little detail adds! And to make sure the steam fit into the space above the cup, I masked the cup with a piece of paper and perfectly placed the steam.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Celebrate the Magic of Christmas!!

Nothing thrills my little heart more than finding a card on Pinterest that I can actually complete without pulling my hair out and that's what I found today! My sweet daddy LOVES Bill Gaither and his tremendous singing group, and they are coming to town in concert the first of December, so he is getting an early Christmas present! But I needed a masculine Christmas card for his tickets so this is the one I made just now. I love green and blue together, and I just happened to have this piece of patterned paper by Pebbles called Stargaze (there are constellations on the reverse side). The plaid doesn't scream Christmas but with a tree from SU! Lovely as a Tree and a holiday sentiment, it's PERFECT! I used Tim Holtz's Mowed Lawn distress ink and PTI's Hawaiian Shores ink and cardstock. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

colourQ challenge #315

This shouldn't come as a surprise but I had none of this week's colourQ challenge colors!! So I subbed Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint and Mermaid Lagoon and SU! Rose Red and Really Rust - I think they're fairly close. This stamp set is a PTI anniversary set, Funky Florals, that I borrowed from my dear stamping buddy, Leigh Ann. This was a challenging color combo for me and I don't love the way I put the colors together, but craft time is fleeting this week so here ya go! And, as I am prone to do when I'm not super confident with my design skills, I added a few rhinestones. When in doubt, EMBELLISH!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle card

We have a precious little friend in Morgan's preschool class who was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago. This past week, her treatments were pretty tough on her and she hasn't been able to come to school. We figured she wouldn't be able to go trick-or-treating last night, so we took some treats to her! The owl topper was a cinch to make with circle dies and the Bigz Top Note die. I don't have a white gel pen at the moment (tragedy!!), so I punched a little circle with my tiniest hole punch and adhered it to the black eye circle. Our little friend looked so cute dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle so, today, I made her a little ninja turtle card that I found on Pinterest. I used oval and star dies, an embossing folder, and a few sticker letters. I absolutely love how it turned out and I think our friend will love it, too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!