Saturday, October 9, 2010

CASE Study No. 9 /Passion for Papertrey

When I read that the Muse for October over on CASE Study would be Barbara I wanted to try and play along at least one time.  So lucky for me I needed a birthday card for Opa ( Curt's Dad ) today and I went to work.

Here is the card that we needed to use for our  "Study"


I loved this card from the moment I saw it in the original post.  Honestly I love every post from Barbara she is one of my go to gals for tea in the morning hours before the ankle biters wake up.

There is also a challenge over on A Passion for Papertrey to use an Autumn theme in your card so I am going to use this for that challenge as well!!!

I love the layout of this card so that was more of my focus here.  I had made some of this background paper last month for the Blog Hop over on PTI and I thought it would be perfect for a male themed card.  



I added the woodgrain impression plate and I inked it up before running it through my CB.  I did not have a edge punch that I liked for this so I used my rick rack die on the bottom.

And here is a photo of Curt and his dad.  The stump where the bottles are sitting is a fresh cut from them working days on getting a HUGE Oak tree down.  Opa is 85 today and takes no medication.  He worked just as hard a Curt did to take down the tree by using his mind to figure the cuts and where it would fall so it would not fall on the house.  The whole process was perfect and the neighbors still talk about how it fell like an accordion right in the middle of the lawn.
God Bless Opa!!!!




Thursday, October 7, 2010

Christmas Card

I am suppose to be doing other things but I needed a mental break and Curt had to go out for more packing tape and a book donation run so I came up with this little card for my stress relief.  I cannot believe how many boxes we have packed and stacked ........ CRAZY!!!  And now the break is over ~~  Chat soon!!!


Close up of the Snowflake with all the yummy glitter
The snowflake is 2 layers held together with foam tape.  Have GREAT DAY!!!!

xoxoxo
Sue Ann


Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas Card and Bookmark

The rain and clouds do not seem to give me a break so these photos are not too good, not to mention my usual complaint that I have NO light in this house!!!!

The bottom part of this card looks the same as my table but it is not....... arrrrr.... it is Scarlet Jewel with a text stamp that I just got on Ebay from SU.  I have so much of this ribbon it is crazy so I wanted to try and come up with one of the cards we will send for Christmas.  I try to do all the cards and then mass produce.  My intention was to use this ribbon 2 years ago for Birth Announcements for baby Ava and I had it all cut and ready but needed a photo, sadly we lost Curt's mom a few days before Ava came and I never made the announcements.

There is brown scallop under the ribbon, it looks really nice and for sure I will make maybe 10 more of these.  I also used a Gold gel pen to highlight the pinecone.

I would have tried to wait for a nice day but that is not suppose to come until the weekend and my time for doing blog posts for a few weeks / month is coming to an end.  Any vols to help me unpack ??





This is a bookmark I made this morning after my PTI box arrived.  I am putting this with the gift that was in my last post.  She is an avid reader and her mom would always tell me how she falls asleep reading so I thought this would be perfect.  

I love how this turned out.  When I was thinking about the sentiment I was going to use I thought it needed something around it so I thought about the small die from 2 for Tea and then I thought that I needed a layer for that but I did not want it to hang over the edge ...... enter scallop die and felt ....... it matched up perfectly so I layered the felt between 2 bookmarks and took out the ol sewing machine.  I also used that same stamp from SU for the background on the front and the back.  The blue bead is a Greek Evil Eye that one of my Greek friends brought back while she was visiting family.  I have one I wear all the time and thought I would share this one with this sweet young lady.



Thanks for stopping by today and off to do some more packing.
Do you feel my STRESS ??

xoxoox
Sue Ann






Friday, October 1, 2010

A Gift and A Cherry on Top

Ah the beginning of college and being away from home.  
 A sweet girl *I ADORE* has just left for college and I thought I would send her a little treat.

This is the card I made for her...there was always a hug and smooch for her when I saw her.

The photo below is a travel mug that I made for her that I saw in
this post from Lisa Johnson.  I bought the travel mug from the same company Lisa mentioned in her blog post that day.  I LOVE Life... the images are so perfect for a project like this because there is that really long image that will take up some height.  



The next photo is of the packaging for the Banana Bread I am making for her Monday morning.  How much do I love Everyday Treats??  




I bought her some napkins with her initial on them for her room but of course I could not send them in the original packaging so I put them in a wax paper bag and made a cute little tag and decorated a clothes pin to keep them closed.


Banana Bread


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature, plus more for pan

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon table salt

  • 3 mashed very ripe bananas

  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Whole Yogurt ( Brown Cow is the BEST!!!! )

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/2 cup chopped chocolate chips


  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat to incorporate. 

    In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt  and mix in with butter mixture until just combined.  Add bananas, sour cream and vanilla and then stir in the chocolate chips.

    Bake on 350 for 65-70 minutes.  If you have a dark pan then reduce your temp to 325.  

    Oh and do not forget to use your butter wrapper to wipe over your pan before you flour :)

    I love to do these as muffins also :)

    For this I did the small paper like pans from Sur La Table for .50.  I can get about 4 from one recipe.

    So that is it for the project and now for the present I received




     My friends Laurie and Nerina gave me the Cherry on Top award ~~  so excited ~~  love you girls!!!  
    You both inspire me every time I go to your blog's and for sure make me a better crafter ...... 

    And now I am suppose to share a photo and tell you something about myself 
    How about a fun fact~~

    I took Belly Dancing for months, hip scarf and all.  I was very serious about the class because it is so good for your abs but sometimes when I realized what I was doing well I would start laughing......
     I mean come on I am wearing a black unitard and a Hawaiian Shores hip scarf with hundreds of "coins" hanging off the double layered edges.
    Can you believe I got kicked out of class one night
    I still do it sometimes at home and wear my hip scarf and act like Barbara Eden in "I Dream of Jeannie"

    And here is a photo ........ of the kiddies who are a few sandwiches short of a picnic.


    And now I am suppose to pass this along to some of the people who I think are the 
    "Cherry on Top" 

    because they are totally amazing putting patterns and papers together.  These 2 ladies really amaze me every time I see they have a new post.  LOVE YA

    well because I look at her work and think OMGracious and of course she is always tempting me with goodies from MFT.

    She always has something fun on her blog and she is a total sweetheart~~~

    She always has the most amazing creations on her blog 

    Boy I have made so many friends in this short amount of time...

    Thanks for the award Laurie and Nerina. 
     I did not get dressed for the red carpet to make this post because I have a house full of sick kids :)