Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I believe I have mentioned before that my friend Beckie does a monthly craft night. I love it because then I get cute crafts that I don't have to think up and she gets all the supplies and has them ready for you! This was last months. I was originally going to paint it, then she suggested modge podging paper on it instead. Glad she did, and I knew of the perfect paper to do it with. I used one of CTMH's newest paper packets called Veranda. I also used Cocoa Grosgrain ribbon and two pewter brads. I used CTMH's distressing ink in chocolate to distress the edges. The paint color I used is called Burnt Umber. Thanks Beckie you're awesome!

Monday, February 15, 2010

True Friends

5 years ago I quit my job to stay home with son, then 9 months old. It wasn't my most favorite job, but I worked with the most wonderful people. I was sad to not see and talk to them on a daily basis. Life took over and I kinda lost touch. Every so often I'd get an email and more recently, facebook messages. We decided a lunch date was way past due. I wanted to bring them a little something because I had found this great quote and had made a tag, I just needed something to attach it to. After pondering and looking for a week an idea finally came to me the night before we were going to meet. When I'm having a bad day there is one thing that can usually make it better....a fabulous treat. I discovered these wonderful squares of joy last summer at our local Maverick. I even dream about these little lovelies. What better thing to share with your friends, then one of your most favorite things that bring you such happiness.

CTMH Products Used (listed with item # then name of item): X7119B Veranda Level 2 Paper Packet, X5642 Cocoa Cardstock, Z2114 Cocoa Ink Pad, Z1300 Just Blooms White Daisy Collection, Z1217 Metal Brads Assortment. If you'd like to order any of these items call, email, or click HERE to go shopping!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Just in time for Valentines Day. I've had this recipe for awhile and wanted to try it. I don't know why, but I crave sugar cookie dough and cookies. Then I make them, eat too much and am sick. These turned out great! I didn't have butter flavored shortening, so I used regular but I suspect they'd be even better with the butter flavored. I got this recipe from another Close To My Heart consultant's website. Her name is Karen Pedersen and these are her cookies.

Karen's Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
makes about 4 doz. depending on size of cookie cutter

Cream together:
2 C. sugar
1 C. butter flavored shortening
2 C. sour cream

Add and beat:
1 eggs
1 tea. vanilla

Stir in:
4 1/2 C. flour
1 tea. soda
1 1/2 tea. salt

Roll out on a nicely floured counter. Knead in as much more flour as it feels it needs before you roll it out. Roll to about 1/4" thick and use cookie cutters of your choice. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until done.

Butter Cream Frosting (also Karen's)

1 stick butter, softened
4 C. powdered sugar
1 tea. vanilla
dash of salt
1/4 C. milk (or a bit more if needed)

Put all ingredients in mixing bowl and beat until smooth. You can add a few tablespoons of cocoa to make chocolate frosting, a drop of mint extract for mint frosting, or even just food coloring for color.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

For Those You Love

Valentine's is coming. I've never really liked the holiday, but I have to admit I do have fun making cute cards and gifts for those I love. I wanted to give you a few ideas that are easy to make and will show your loved one how much you care.

Can: Open the bottom of any size can and empty the contents. SAVE THE LID! Clean and let air dry. Decorate and then fill with goodies. Use a magnet to hold the lid in place while you apply liquid glass, or hot glue to seal the can again (the new seal should be on the bottom).
Bagelope: Take any sized envelope (long ones work best). Seal the flap down. Cut about 3 inches down using decorative scissors. Decorate, fill with goodies, then slip the "lid" back on.
Goodies: Get a bag of Hersey's nuggets and a package of address labels. Take a sheet of labels and random stamp the whole sheet. You'll want it to be pretty crowded. Peel off the label and stick around the nugget candy. So easy and so cute! Treat boxes: If you would like detailed instruction on any of these please email me.
Note: Unfortunately the stamp sets I used are retired, BUT there are a ton of new cute ones to choose from. You can go here to check out our selection.