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Happy 4th of July

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On our way out the door to celebrate with friends, but just a quick drop in to wish you a Happy 4th of July from the heartland! I hope it is a safe and joyful holiday for each of you! 

Easy Eagles… always a hit! 

  • 12 oreo cookies – separated with cream center removed
  • 24 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 of a brick of white chocolate melted
  • 2 cups of coconut
  • cashew halves
  • black decorator icing

Roll a marshmallow in melted white chocolate and then into shredded coconut. While still soft, place a cashew halve into marshmallow to form the beak. Set on an Oreo half using melted white chocolate for “glue”… add black eyes with decorator icing. Let white chocolate set to firm for easy handling and transporting!

Happy Birthday, America!

Refresh. Recharge. Retreat.

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What lies ahead maybe one of my longest blog posts ever, but I have so many pretty pictures to share… I just got home yesterday from a fabulously refreshing retreat… it was a weekend of laid back stamping and crafting that I had been invited to by a friend. It was held at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, KS… just about (lucky me!) 30 minutes from my home. Don’t my Copics look right at home on the welcome bench?

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The event circled around a fabulous workroom with plenty of space for your 15 newest (since I only knew 2 people before I went) friends! Can you even?

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Jen Shults and I may have both come home with fabric to make bunting for our craft rooms. Bunt everything!

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This was my personal space for the weekend, and I had plenty of room for my tools and new Copic Carry Case that I received for Christmas. The light-weight case is made of plastic and aluminum, and it will hold an entire collection of markers with plenty of room for other crafty necessities. I use empty 36-piece clear cases to organize my markers inside the case.

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Lots of yummy food over the weekend. This was from our lunch one day at the Bread Basket in Newton, KS. It was a super delicious soup, salad and sandwich shop where everything is homemade. No frozen piecrust here. Your grandma would approve. I had a taste of a friends pecan/coconut/chocolate pie called “JACKPOT”… and this restaurant definitely was, all the way around.

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Our workspace was on the main floor, but up this back butler staircase and around the corner is a piece of crafty slumber heaven.

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The bedrooms were just as cute as you’d imagine they would be… This was mine.

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All the bed covers were beautiful, old quilts.
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Fun colorful curtains and wall decor. 

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I got a lot of cards made through the weekend, and this was one of my favorites. The cool folks at Concord & 9th sent everyone this adorable Pop Art Pineapple stamp/die set. It had been in and out of my cart several times, so I was THRILLED!

wood-project The first craft project we did was a wooden heart kit that many of the girls purchased from Heart by CC. I loved this project. I just wish we would have taken a photo of all the different finished pieces because they were all different.

 

 

paint-paletteDoesn’t this just scream HAPPY?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is my finished heart. I used Special Walnut stain on the back board and acrylic paints for the individual pieces. After staining and painting, I applied a thin layer of wax paste to my pieces, but you could totally skip that step. I think I was the only one who did that, and it wasn’t obvious in the end. You can see a lot of samples for this project by look at this Instagram feed.

felt-art-project Our next project was a felt flower wall hoop. We used a collection of rolled and flat flower dies with felt from Taylored Expressions. Taylor’s felt is so, so nice… Beautiful, rich colors and great 100% wool felt quality. Cuts like a dream in the big shot.

 

 

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Here I was playing around with my layout before I glued pieces to my hoop.

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My finished project that I’m hanging in my office. {{love}}

hearts Lori Craig The last non-stamping project that we did was a little nail, string art piece. We painted a wooden block and then used a heart shaped die as a template to nail little tacks, then we used string to twine around the nails. So easy and adorable. Loved this one, too!

 

 

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Finally, here’s a little watercolor that I did from an image that had been at our work station upon arrival. I have a little detail work to do, and then I think I’ll be framing this for my office, as well. I’ll be sure to share when I’m finished.

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This was our full group on the porch before dinner on Saturday night. So many beautiful new friends. Laurie Willison and Amy Kolling were fabulous hostesses! I’m so grateful for the invitation to attend and their new-found friendships. Love.

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So, my Copic Carry Case and I are home, sweet home again, but already dreaming of going back… Something about being around so much color and vibrant personality. It’s so, so good for the soul.

Thanks for indulging me such a windy post. I appreciate you stopping by. I have more finished cards and projects to share, so I’ll be posting those through the week. See you again soon!

Felt and Ribbon Rainbow Bookmark

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Happy New Year’s Eve today! I hope you had a beautiful Christmas and holiday season with friends and family! I know that we sure did.

My oldest daughter had asked for a study Bible for Christmas, and earlier this week when we were studying together she mentioned needing a bookmark. So, this morning I pulled out some felt and Hot Ribbon to make one for her that would be flat in her book and hopefully hold up a little better than paper. Teenagers aren’t known for gentle ways. LOL

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Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly

Last Saturday afternoon, in between last-minute card mailing, shopping and wrapping, my husband helped me make a double batch of Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly with the annual box of Ruby Red’s we purchase from the FFA (Future Farmers of America).

I know it’s not a card, but this will be a treasured recipe for years to come. It was easy, looked beautiful in the jars, and it tastes wonderful. I wanted to share.

We gave almost all of our jars away to friends and family, so I’ll be making one more batch that will have to tide me over until next year’s box arrives.

Three cups sounds like a lot of fresh-squeezed juice, but I got that from 4 grapefruit, so definitely not too hard or time-consuming.

Happy New Year!

Kansas Wheat

I’ve got something paper crafty to show you, but it’s going to have to wait until tomorrow…My mail just came, and I am so excited about a special delivery.

Jenni Horne and I have been friends since the 90s when we lived in Georgia. We went to church together, and were part of a group of people that make up such a valuable part of my little family’s history…A lot of twenty-something couples (many so newly married that there were no kids, or plenty of kids on the way!) that laughed together, worshiped together, hung out together eating fried fish and wild hog and steaks and potluck dinner fare (in Georgia, that’s just about the best eating – honest!). We were a Sunday School class that loved Jesus, and we loved each other.

Jenni has been an artist all of her life. From the womb. Different mediums and different looks. Always so uniquely her. I have several pieces of her art and jewelry that I’ve collected over time.

So, when I was working on colors and art for my living room during a decorating spree a few months ago, I *knew* I wanted something special, something one of a kind and something that spoke to me. I called Jenni and asked her if she would be willing to create a painting for me. She does this amazing process with texture and paint. I’d been drooling over other creations on her blog and etsy shop for the last few years.  Today, this 30×30 masterpiece arrived.

I *love* it! I love the depth and the movement. The colors are perfect. I treasure that it was painted by someone I know.

Kansas Wheat speaks to me. I am a Kansas girl. I was born there, raised there for a period of time, graduated high school and college. Met my husband there. I’ve lived there multiple times throughout my entire life. When I say I’m going home, that’s where I go…Kansas.

Thanks for allowing me to process gush…and if you have a minute, take a peek at Jenni’s blog. You’ll be thoroughly entertained. She’s a teacher (both art education in her local community and Art & Soul Retreats), an artist, a business owner, a blogger, an interior decorator, a wife, a mom, a lover of Jesus.

She’s the real deal, and I love her.

 

I threw the box away!

In December, 2009, we had a co-worker of my husband and his wife over for dinner. In a 10-minute discussion with the wife over dessert, she convinced me that I *needed* a Cricut. The Cricuted this! and Cricuted that! I ordered one the next day. It has sat on a shelf in my office, in the box, ever since. Correction: in February, 2010, I removed it from said box cut out two little elements that I slapped on little mailboxes for my girls’ Valentines. Cricut went back into the box. It just felt like I needed a class to operate it, kind of like my camera. That’s another story.

This week, our Product Focus review team at Splitcoaststampers reviewed a great product called Cricut for Beginners DVD. I’m not a part of the official review team, but I did preview the product, and WOW! Cricut made easy. I quickly cut a stack of these ‘thank you’ images for some long overdue thank you notes that I need to send, and finished 6 cards with pre-printed a•muse notecards and polka dot ribbon in nothing flat. LOVED the DVD.

You can read the full SCS Product Focus review here. Great feedback from some ladies you respect and some pretty projects to gaze at.

Oh, our trash runs on Wednesday. This morning, I threw the Cricut box away!

No fancy schmancy card …

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Just thought I’d share a favorite picture from CHA Anaheim.

I have loved working with this girl.

When I could have been stamping…

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… I made a little trip out to the garden.

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Then I chopped it all up in my Kitchen Aide.

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I’ll be glad I gave up some stamping time come January. Don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by.

Anna tagged Val, Val tagged me…

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I got tagged by Val. Thank you so much. :)

I was to go to my 6th photo folder and pull up the 6th picture. I wish I were organized enough to have more than 6 photos in the file where this one is housed. Yep, file number 6 contains one little ole’ picture that I took earlier this month on my phone. I’m gonna have my hands full with this little lady. She’s been able to wink since she was 2 – and she knows how to use it. Help me!

OK – to tag 6 more unsuspecting friends, alpha order:

Here’s what you do, girlfriends:
•Open your photo folder on your computer
•Open the 6th folder of photos
•Select the 6th picture
•Post the picture on your blog with a description
•Invite six friends to join the challenge
•Link your six friends to your blog post