Saturday, September 20

Pasta Demo @ Macy's

Macy's is having a huge sale this weekend. I was asked to go in and promote the KitchenAid attachments. Here's my little display. I made pasta using the Pasta Roller Attachment

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Thursday, September 18

Bella Rose Dreams

This is one of the cards my group made for stamp club last week. I got the original idea from Deanna at this blog. I love this Dreams Du Jour stamp set, especially with the Bella Rose paper and these colors.I added a Chocolate Chip layer, changed the ink to Chocolate Chip Craft and embossed with clear powder, changed the ribbon, stamped the butterfly image from the set in Versamark ink on the top half of the card and colored more of the image. I also added a couple of layers and stamped the inside which is one of my favorite things to do..
Recipe: Stamp Set: Dreams du Jour
Card stock: Ruby Red, Old Olive, White
Chocolate Chip craft ink & clear embossing powder, Chocolate chip wide ribbon &Versamark
Ruby Red, Regal Rose, Old Olive markers, Old Olive ink & aqua painter.

Little Bitty Autumn Thank You Notes

I am still making thank you notes for my sister in law. She said she wanted all shapes and sizes, so I made up these little 3x3's using the retired Love Notes from the 2006 Holiday Mini that were available in True Thyme, Cranberry Crisp and Vintage Violet.

These were easy peasy.... I just ran the front of the card through the Cuttlebug using the Textile embossing folder and adhered the More Mustard maple leaf. Ta-Da, I was done! The sentiment on the leaf was computer generated, I punched out the leaves using an ancient EK Success punch that I have had forever and used sponge daubers and various Earth Element colors to add some dimension.

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RAK from my Upline

My Upline Denise had her quarterly meeting the other day, she gave us all this cute little favor. Isn't it the cutest thing you've ever seen??? This was made with the Big Shot die cutting machine, the pillow box die, our fabulous Bella Rose DSP and our Red Riding Hood ribbon. I am dying to get that die now--

Thanks Denise!

Proud Mommy Moment

Micaela is in a the pre-k 3 program. Last week she had her first 'assignment'. She had to take her favorite RED item to school for 'show and tell'.
We started by looking around the house for red items. She headed straight for the kitchen, grabbed a dishtowel, a red spatula out of the drawer and pointed to the Red KitchenAid stand mixer on the counter.

Long story short, she really wanted to take the KitchenAid stand mixer to school to show her friends. As much as I would have loved to have done that for her, I just didn't think it was very practical. After much negotiation, (negotiating with a 3 yr old is not easy) we settled that she would take the red KitchenAid hand mixer and "show" pictures of the stand mixer.
Of course I had to stay to photograph the moment. I am so proud of my girl! Thanks for letting me share.

Macy's Shop for a Cause Event

This weekend, Saturday, September 20th I will be promoting KitchenAid at the Shop for a Cause event at Macy's Stonebriar Centre in Frisco from 11 to 3. I will be in the housewares department demoing the Pasta Roller Attachment. If you've wondered how the attachment works, now is the time to see it LIVE! Please stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

Wednesday, September 17

Fall Baking

I went to visit my local Sur La Table store over the weekend. They have the cutest mini pumpkin pans by Wilton. I just love individual serving molds and I think these are adorable.

Teacher Appreciation Purses

I am on the teacher appreciation committee at one of Micaela's schools. Every month we're going to do a little something for all the teachers and staff. Our date for the first token was a week after we met so we decided to go the simple route and get the teachers Sonic gift cards since there is a Sonic very close to the school. I couldn't bare the thought of just handing out gift cards so I volunteered on my own to make some sort of holder.

Last night when I started the project, I really didn't know what I was going to do. In the end, I went with one of my old faithful projects that I learned early on when I became a demonstrator.... a little purse card. I've made hundreds of these over the years.

I struggled with the color scheme because they want us to stick to the school colors which are purple and gold. I decided to go the pastel route on the purse because I just couldn't bring myself to use the colors 'full strength'.

I made 20 of these babies.

The font is cuttlebugged with the swirl embossing folder. I used my brand new Spellbinders Nestabilities to make the top flap and then just punched 1/8 holes in the scallops to dress it up. I used some pastel brads to make a clasp for the purse and a dime size Velcro cirlce cut in half to hold the flap in place.

I printed the inside of the card on the computer and used some white
holiday sparkly gift wrap twine for the handle.

The teachers will get these tomorrow and I hope they like them. Thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, September 16

Busy... Busy...

I can't believe how busy September has been for us. We went on a weekend trip after Labor Day and it's been non-stop. Micaela is in two preschool programs so everyday I am taking her somewhere and then heading off to work for a full day. I've managed to work on a few projects late at night and will be sharing them in the next few days.

Thursday, September 4

Halloween is around the corner

Halloween is around the corner. I was visiting my local Williams Sonoma store over the weekend and they have a whole collection of fun baking items for Halloween.

My favorite was this set of Stamped Cookie Cutters. They are a set of four cookie cutters, a flying witch, pumpkin, cat and skull (not too crazy about skull).
First, you use the nylon cutters to shape a flat cookie from rolled dough. Then gently press the spring-loaded stamp to add imprinted detail. Pressing harder creates a cutout surface. You can also sandwich a flat cookie and cutout cookie, with a filling of frosting or jam in between. Aren't these adorable?

Green Tip #1

Each year the average American throws away about 100 polystyrene foam cups, each expected to last over 500 years.


Bunch of One Sheet Wonders

My sister in law asked me to make a BUNCH of thank you notes for her. I decided the one sheet wonder technique would be the fastest way to make alot of cards quickly. She wanted simple, tailored cards in earth tones, (she likes brown, blue and green) so I mostly used papers with those colors. All the designer papers I used were 12x12, typically each sheet yeilded enough to make 6 to 8 cards. I didn't use a pattern, just cut the dsp into blocks and started layering. The sentiment was computer generated. I used a circle label Avery template in Word but just printed on card stock.

Here's a sample of each of the sets I made for her. No stamping involved, just paper & punches-- easy peasy!

This last set is my favorite... I made 8 cards with this paper. The circles were dry embossed, I almost don't want to give her The paper is from the Nana's Kids glitter stack by DCWV. (Available at JoAnn & Hobby Lobby)

I am back...

Didn't mean to take such a long break. We went to Vegas for my BIL's wedding, it was fabulous. Had out of town company twice and then started to get Micaela ready for preschool-- so I blinked and it's now September. I love autumn!