Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Loving my Cricut Explore!

I've had my Cricut Explore for almost two years, but have rarely used it.  It's just not something that enters my mind.  I even forget I have it.  I'm so use to doing digital scrapping now, and have recently gotten into coloring, and cardmaking using watercolor pencils & stamps, that that was my main focus.  I really love using watercoloring in my card making, however, buying stamps can get quite expensive.  There had to be a better solution, and there was.  My Cricut!  Why oh why haven't I been using this wondrous machine?  I made two Father's Day cards with it; one for my husband, and one for my father-in-law.  I am becoming a new fan of this machine!  My next goal is to tackle a vinyl project!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wes, Mickey & the Skylanders!

My oldest grandchild, my sweet little Wesley, turned 5 years old on June 7th!

At only 5 years old, Wes is a true gamer!  Right now Skylanders are his fav!

One happy little boy!
All birthday cards were created by me with the help of my Cricut Explore!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Stampendous' Seed Catalog Stamp, Towbow Brush Markers, Ranger Distress Inks & Distress Glitter. Graphic 45 background paper "Home Sweet Home"

Monday, May 15, 2017

50 Years of Love & Counting

Love Anniversary Card
CTMH My Acrylix Stamp Sets Smitten & The Giving Hand
Anna Griffin Clear Cling Stamp Set purchased from HSN many moons ago
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Water Pen Brush
Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Saturday, May 13th, 2017, was my mother & father-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary.  What a special day for them.  We weren't able to have a big celebration, as my father-in-law has been very ill recently, and is regaining his strength in a subacute rehab facility at this time, so we brought the celebration to them!

Happy 50th Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Beautiful & delicious anniverary cake by our local Shop Rite market!

My husband, and his sister, with their mom & dad!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thinking of You...Hidden Lane

I changed this Penny Black "Hidden Lane" stamp into a water scene.  I think I've found my new passion, stamp & water color card making!


Penny Black Stamps- Hidden Lane
Inklings Shimmering Watercolors
Tombow Art Pens Dual Brush Markers
Ranger Distress Ink Pads
Tsukineko-Memento Dew Drops Dye Inkpads

Versamark Ink Pad
Generic Watercolor Set

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bye Bye Dandelion

The Crayola Custom 64 Crayon Box
Color # 1: Dandelion
Color # 2: White
Color # 3: White
Color # 4: Dandelion
In Stock

So yesterday I broke down, and for only $12.99, I ordered myself a custom box of Crayola crayons!  Did you know you could do this?  I only found out recently.  What a great idea!  Now some of you may be wondering why would one need to order custom crayon colors.  Well, if you do colored tinted stitchery, you know what I'm talking about!

I'm a huge fan of Crabapple Hill Studio, & Meg Hawkey embroidery & quilt designs.  Right now I'm working on "Dance by the Light of the Moon", a whimsical Halloween design.  I think I own at least six or seven of Meg's patterns, and seriously, I want them all!  

Per Meg Hawkey's instructions, "All areas to be tinted with crayon must be colored with white crayon before applying the colored tinting.  This smooths the fabric surface and helps the colors blend more easily".  Let me tell you, you can go through quite a bit of white crayon!  As far as the dandelion color goes, it is a great color that works well with all Crabapple Hill Patterns, but especially the fall & Halloween patterns.  Crayola has recently retired the Dandelion color, so hence, the stockpiling of it before it's gone forever from Crayola's warehouses.  

Right now I'm working on the first panel of "Dance by the Light of the Moon".  This is such a fun pattern!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Just A Pretty Little Birthday Card!

I made a sweet little birthday card for my sister, Mary Ann!

Close To My Heart Stamps- Toadstools

Penny Black Stamps-  Holiday Snippets
                                    Woodland Beauty

Inklings Shimmering Watercolors
Tombow Art Pens Dual Brush Markers
Gel Pens
Glitter Gel Pens
Ranger Distress Ink Pads

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Who Loves the Carrot Cake Cookie at Hollywood Studios?

Carrot Cake Cookie at Writer's Stop
Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells
Disney carrot cake cookie fans, you can make it at home! You use to be able to purchase this favorite Disney park treat at Writer's Stop in Hollywood Studios. Now that Writer's Stop is no longer there due to the expansion of the park & construction of Star Wars Land, the beloved cookie has been moved to Sweet Spells!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Food & Wine, Liquid Nitro Truffle, & a Fabulous Sunday Brunch!

Wow, wow, wow!  So these last three months really got away from me!  What happened to my determination to make sure I updated this blog in a timely fashion?  Life, again, or my type A personality that if  I can't write an amazing, eye catching, super interesting post, I'm not posting anything?  Ugh.  Anyway, no time like the present, right?

So it seems the last time I posted I was telling you all about our upcoming Disney World trip.  It was wonderful!  Great weather, & fun times.  My husband ran his first 1/2 marathon, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and he did it in a great time for him.  We attended the last Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party of the 2016 season, and the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, both held in the Magic Kingdom on select nights.  I really enjoy those two events, but I do believe the Halloween party is my fav.  I'm not a parade person, but I love the Boo To You Halloween parade, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular show (Hocus Pocus is one of my very favorite movies of all time), and the Hallowishes fireworks.  Honestly, I think it's worth every penny.

We also consumed a lot of delicious food at Epcot's Food & Wine Festival.  One of my favorite items was the, tah dah...
Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel Sauce

Oh my gosh, this was soooo good, and I'm not even a sweets person!  I actually had two of these on our trip.  If you get to go to the F&W Festival this year, you can find it at...

Another first for us was the "Sunday Brunch at the Top" at the California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  This was by no means a frugal thing to do, but again, was so worth every penny.  My husband & I loved the food selections, the Bloody Mary bar was OMGosh!, and, we got to spend time with a friend of mine who lives in Jerusalem, Israel, and was visiting Disney World the same time as Harry & I.  Unbeknownst to either of us, we each booked a dining reservation here, and they were an hour apart.  We tried to change our reservations to include all of us, but this is such a popular event that there were no more reservations to come by, so my friend, DeeDee agreed to arrive early, at the time of our reservation, & the hostess graciously seated us together! Here are some pics of the brunch...

My awesomely delicious Bloody Mary!

We had a view of Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom!

Bloody Mary Bar

Me, DeeDee & Harry

Hope you enjoyed this little installment!