Monday, August 30, 2010


Hi everyone!!! Glad to be back~ I have had a very busy summer, traveling, company, parties, etc. I will share all that with you. But first, I would like to share some photos from a friends babys' first birthday yesterday.
Here is Derik, enjoying his birthday cake. He is too adorable. I made his birth announcements last year, and the year has seemed to fly by.
I made him an easel card with a Mo Manning digi stamp. I think it looks just like him!
The papers are all from a baby boy scrap pack that Ive hoarded for awhile. Its called Baby Boy Tablet Block and is by Deja Vues.
Image is colored with copics.

The tablet has all kinds of alphabets, tags, little envies, and borders~ all which make for a quick card!
And everything goes together!

This closeup shows how I made the water. After coloring in his skin, I lightly went over it with B000, a super pale blue. When that was done, I took my SU Crystal Effects and filled in the pool to make it look like there is really water in it. I was very pleased with how it came out.
Many thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, August 7, 2010


My new post with a great recipe posted under the "Blue Eyes" post for some ??? reason. Please scroll down one to see it. Thanks!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Are what inspired me to create my most favorite scrapbook layout to date!!!!
Sometimes the best things just kinda happen by accident. I was actually working on a journal that I purchased from the Inspired Workshop back in may. I had painted the the first page of that journal in a pretty teal blue.
Not one to want to waste all the excess paint on my brush ( I always seem to put too much paint on), I decided to smear it on a clean sheet of cardstock. I literally grabbed what was closest to me, which was a grayish-taupe kinda color.
I then just brushed the paint on the center of the paper until there was nothing left on the brush.
When it dried, I really liked what I saw. A happy accident~~
I am in the process of trying to complete a scrapbook from our recent trip to Colorado to visit family. Believe it or not, it will become the first book actually completed from start to finish.
Anyhow, when I saw the pretty blue color, I immediately chose this photo of Madelyn. I liked the play of the blue eyes, blue paper thing going on.
Clean and simple is what this page is- and I love it!!

Again, I went to my desk and reached the closest scraps (honestly, these were the ones just sitting there). After distressing them with my Heidi Swapp tool, I just adhered them in a random row to the left of the photo.
I made the flower by using a pink base, a hand stamped neutral color, a turquiose flower and a beige rosebud that I made myself. I made it out of 5 prima flowers I had laying around. Remember the old ones that we all got when there wasnt much choice of flowers, yep- thats them. a little glue and you now have a beautiful rosebud!!

Lastly, I added this rub on, and Voila!!! My favorite page is now complete!!
Cound'nt have been easier~

Please let me know what you think of my page~
Many thanks for stopping by....

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Although this is not a recipe blog, I wanted to share a yummy summer pie with you all...
In North Carolina, we grow some awesome blueberries and even have a huge (for our standards) blueberry festival. It takes place the last weekend in June. There is music, dancing, crafts, a beer garden, antique car show and everything blueberry!!!!
The blueberries are sold in large cases and they often sell out before the day is half over. We buy the large case, eat some right right away, cook with some, and freeze the rest.
The other day I took a pint out of the freezer to make this awesome Blueberry Sour Creme Pie. Oh, the fair also sells a little cookbook each year with local people submitting recipes. This recipe is from the 2005 edition and is one of my favs.
Here is the pie before it goes in the oven for the first time:
It goes back in after a bit, as you need to add the topping.
Heres what it looks like when its all done!!!
If you have some blueberries available~ give it a try!!

1 cup sour creme ~~ 3/4 tsp almond extract
3/4 cup sugar ~~ 1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 Tbsp all purpose flour ~~ 2 1/2 cups fresh bluberries
1 egg beaten

6 Tbsp flour ~~ 1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chilled, unsalted ~~ 2 Tbsp sugar
butter, cut into pieces


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in blueberries. Spoon into crust. Bake 15 minutes.

For topping: mix flour and butter in medium bowl until small clumps form. Mix in pecans and spread evenly over pie. Bake until topping browns lightly, about 12-15 minutes. (mine took a bit longer). Cool pie to room temperature.
Refrigerate any leftovers.

Many thanks for stopping by....
Let me know if you bake it!