Sunday, January 31, 2010

Makeup For The Weekend #14

Hi everyone!! Hope you all had a great weekend! This weekend I decided to play with PaperMakeup Stamps and participate in their challenge. I own some of their adorable stamps~ the fairies being my favorite!, so when I saw the colors of this weeks challenge it was a no brainer.
A gorgeous color scheme and an adorable new fairy named Isabella is where I began my card.
How beautiful is this bedroom? I would love it to be mine~ Here is my take on the challenge. I took the polka dot theme and made my own on the robins egg paper with some aqua ink, and the polka dots on the black paper were already there. That paper is from Paper Pizzazz.
I stamped Isabella on Gina K pure Luxury paper with Memento Black Ink. She is colored with Copics, and then her wings are glittered, and now all sparkly~ Cut out with Nesties, and matted twice with black, and then shimmer scallops. The black was cut with a Martha Stewart punch. White satin ribbon from my stash is tied into a bow.
The great sentiment is also from PMS stamps, and goes perfectly with this image to me.

The card is made on a 6 by 6 black base which is Stampin Up cardstock.
I am sorry for this not-so-great photo, but my cameras softwear has seemed to magically disappear from my computer. So no cropping this time. Sometimes my DH helps??? me by cleaning up the computer. He might have thought this program was from an old camera. Otherwise- it had just vanished into the nite~
Many thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Any Foodies Out There?

I know, I know, this is supposed to be a papercrafts blog ~ but I have 2 good reasons to make this post!
One of them is, I am not very quick when it comes to creating. I need to take my time and think things out, or I am never happy with the results. I am currently working on "3" baby girl books at the same time. My 2 stepdaughters and their cousin are all welcoming little girls into the family, so rather than do one at at time, I am doing all 3. More to come on those in the next post.
More importantly, this is what I made for dinner the other nite!! It is a Greek Gyro, but made with meatballs, as I dont have a vertical rotisserie. They are called Keftedes.
They remind of a woman I worked for when I was doing home visits as a nurse. She was an older Greek lady, and although she couldnt cook anymore, we used to sit and talk about all the wonderful Greek dishes she used to make. Keftedes were one of her favorites. So when I saw this recipe, I had to try it.
There is a wonderful blog called Nook and and thats where I got this recipe. It is simple and delicious! The meat is half ground beef and half ground lamb. My husband doesnt like lamb, but as it is such a big part of Greek cooking (and Gyros) we could not omit it. And he loved these! Then its just some onions, tomatos and lettuce cut up. Fresh dill, and Tzatziki sauce. Combine all this on flatbreads and there is your dinner!
The recipe made 20 plus meatballs which was enough for us to have dinner, lunch the next day, and a few for the freezer. If you like Greek food, especially Gyro, go over to Nook and Pantry and give this recipe a try. You wont be disappointed! Heres to you Ethel!
Many thanks for stopping by....

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


This past week my daughter and I took Michael back to school up in Boone, NC. The weather and the terrain is about as opposite as you can get from our part of the state. We leave in the most southeastern region you can get and still be in the state. Our land is flat, the temperature warm and the beach at your doorstep. We dont even own boots, mittens or hats.
The school, on the other hand, is up high in the mountains, very cold most of the time, and there is LOTS of snow!! When we were there, the temp hovered around 21 degrees. BRRR...
But growing up in NY, where snow was part of winter, seeing it was kind of nostalgic. I liked it. The cold I could do without, but snow is so pretty unless you have to drive in it. Here are some photos of our hotel. We stay here every time we are in Boone. TT is sitting in the lobby, waiting to go back out in the snow.
Here she is by the huge stone fireplace. The fire is always on, and there are comfy chairs and computers there, along with a big screen TV.

This is in front of the hotel. Thank goodness for snow plows.

Michael decided to stay in an apartment this year, rather than the dorms. After what seemed like endless searching, we were very lucky to get this place as a sublease till summer.
Here is the living room. It comes fully furnished, and has alarms, sprinklers and is nice and warm.

This view shows the kitchen and eating area from the living room. The far room in the background is Michaels room.
The door in the kitchen is to their own laundry room. He shares this apartment with one roomate, whose room is on the opposite side than his.

A big screen TV and Michael in his room putting stuff away.

Inside view of the laundry area. Alot better than having to go to the laundromat in the snow. And no coins to save!!

This is inside Michaels room. Theresa is watching his TV while we set things up.
He also has a private bathroom in his room, with a full shower.

A kitchen shot after we went grocery shopping.

This is the view from the stairway up to his second floor apartment.
Thats my car on the left. It had never been in snow before...
It was sooo dirty when we got home, I took it straight to the carwash.
And lastly, a photo looking towards the building. Pretty nice, huh?
Many thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, January 3, 2010


First I would like to wish all of you a very happy new year!!! May it be productive, happy and healthy~
My sister has a holiday birthday, so I thought it would be fitting to show you all this card today. Although made as a birthday card, it could just as well be a great New Year card, girls nite out, or bachelorette party card. Its a digi stamp (I'll get back you on the maker)~ I have made an easel style card again, with DCWV cardstock, and lots of unknown patterened paper.
She is colored with Copics, and her lips and drink are done in Stampin Ups Crystal Effects. I love how her full lips look so much more "pouty" when shined up. The ribbon is may arts.
Sentiments are from Print Works and Rubber Soul. The pretty little flourish stamps on the inside are from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Flowers are prima. Crystals, unknown.
Doily Lace punch is Martha Stewart.
My sisters favorite drink is a blueberry martini, and that is why the drink has a light blue tinge to it.
She recently came over and made us a pitcher, and boy are they good. The blueberry vodka smells delicious!
I also love the sour mix added to it, as sweet/ salty or sweet/tart are my very fav combos!!! The rimmed sugar around the glass is icing on the cake.

Many thanks for stopping by, and here's a toast to a great New Year!!!!!!!!