Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Frosted Designs Card Sketch #13

It's Lucky 13!  This sketch is just beautiful and I had so much fun creating this card!  First, let me show you the sketch:

Now, here's my card:

I used the new Stella papers from Close To My Heart®.  Don't you just love the colors? The Baker's Twine in a coordinating color just adds the finishing touch!

Now, you better head over to Frosted Designs to see what the rest of the Design Team has done with sketch and to see the fabulous prize!  I'll give you a hint:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Weekend Project

I found this cute little table at a yard sale for $5.  Since I can NEVER pass up a bargain, it came home with me. 
I almost forgot to take the "before" picture!  As you can see, I had already started sanding.
Here is a close-up of the finish that needed to go:

I wasn't going for the crackled-alligator look.

After a little time with my palm sander, the table reached this stage:
Since I was planning on painting it, there was no need to remove all of the paint - just the crackles!

After a couple of coats of white enamel - the transformation:

This little beauty is going to live on the landing of my stairs.  I think it will have a lamp on it -or maybe, a plant!

Linking to Primitive & Proper

Friday, February 17, 2012

And the Winner Is....

...Shelly Lynn!

Congratulations, Shelly Lynn.  You will receive this adorable stamp set:

Please contact me with your mailing information!

Thank you to everyone who left me a comment.  I read each and every one of them and also visited your blogs.  Such talent out there!  I hope you enjoyed the Blog Hop and you'll all keep stopping by to see what's new! 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Design Team

We have a new Design Team at Frosted Designs.  There are many familiar names, but we've added some new ones. 
Here's my team:

Sketch Along Tuesday Card Team

Click on their names to visit their blogs!  I know they'd love to hear from you!
Please visit Frosted Designs to meet the rest of our team.  I know we're going to see some amazing artwork!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Frosted Designs Card Sketch #12

I hope you're enjoying the blog hop.  Be sure to see the previous post for the details!

The first order of business to to wish all of you a very
Happy Valentine's Day!
How sweet is that face?

On to the new sketch:

Here's my interpretation:
This card was made with the new Florentine papers from Close To My Heart®.  I just love the colors!
Be sure to head over to Frosted Designs to see the prize.  You will definitely want it!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Love is in the Air Blog Hop!

If you have arrived here from Debbie's Blog, you are in the right place!  Welcome to the third stop on the hop!

I created the "Cupcake" with some inspiration from my fellow Close To My Heart Consultant, Cindy Prado.  Thanks, Cindy!

So, you're saying, "A cupcake. What's the big deal?" Here's the view from the back:

I plan on filling it with some chocolate!
Chocolate IS a big deal! - at least in my world.  I consider it the 5th food group!  I know, I need help!!

Cindy used the image from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge®.  I had some of these in my stash of goodies:

I covered it with some papers from the Stella Collection from Close To My Heart®, crimped the yellow cardstock for the cup, and added some hearts.  It's a quick and easy gift idea!

Now, on to the details of this hop!

First, I have a prize to give away:

Aren't they the sweetest bunnies?  And they're just in time for Easter!

Here's how you can win this stamp set:
1.  Become a follower of this blog.
2.  Leave me a comment letting me know that you are following my blog.
3.  Post this giveaway on your blog (if you have one).
That's it!  Pretty easy, huh?
I'll pick the winner on Friday, February 17th!

Now, there are more prizes, since this is a Frosted Designs Blog Hop!  Check this out:
This part is important:  My part of the phrase is:
is celebrating.
After you have visited all of the blogs and you have the entire phrase, be sure to e-mail it to Diana at danica4us@yahoo.com
You have until next Thursday to e-mail her.

Your next stop on this blog hop is Joanne's blog. I know you'll love what she has created!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Just in case you get lost, here is the list of participating blogs:

1. Barb  http://barbcraft.blogspot.com/

2. Debbie  http://lovelifeslittlepleasures.blogspot.com/ 
3. Ann  http://annsnovemberrose.blogspot.com/
4. Joanne  http://www.bigislandlady.blogspot.com/
5. Lydia  http://www.kiwimumscraps.blogspot.com/ .

6. Angela  http://www.angemuir.blogspot.com/ 
7. Teresa  http://www.teresajaye.blogspot.com/
8. Erin R.  http://scraps-of-reflections.blogspot.com/
9. Kelly  http://scrappin-sisters.blogspot.com/
10. Erin B  http://scrappin-sisters.blogspot.com/
11. Boys Rule Scropbook  http://boysrulescrapbookkits.blogspot.com/
12. Melissa  http://melshappyscrappyplace.wordpress.com/ 

13. Beverly  http://scrappinthread.blogspot.com/

Have fun!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wine Cork Wreath

In case you missed it, here's the tutorial from my Guest Post at The Ivy Cottage.

Hello, Everyone!  My name is Ann and you will find me over at Ann's
This is my little piece of the blogging world where I share the things I love to create. Stop by sometime, I love making new friends! 

I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a hopeless collector.  There's nothing I like better than snooping around flea markets, antique shops, estate sales, and junk shops - there is always a wonderful treasure to be found!  In addition, I love to papercraft, refinish, and repurpose old things to be used in my home.  That being said, let's get started with today's project:

The Wine Cork Wreath

Now, if you're anything like me, you've been saving wine corks for forever because there is a fabulous project that you will just HAVE to make with them.  The problem is, you haven't found it yet! Have no fear, your project is here!

To get started, you will need lots of these:
How many, you ask?  I estimate that I used between 200 and 250 corks. 

You will also need a straw wreath, like this:
Don't forget to remove the plastic!

This next step is extremely important!

Wrap some wire around the wreath and make a loop for hanging.  There is nothing worse than getting your wreath all done and then say to yourself, "Hmmm, how the heck do I hang this thing!?!

Now you're ready to get started.  Be sure to cover your work surface to protect it.  I used a lovely old vinyl tablecloth that I had laying around.  You know the one - you look at it and say, "I actually bought this  -  What was I thinking?!"  It's OK, it's perfect for catching all of that hot glue that drips!
Plug in the glue gun, put the straw wreath on the lovely vinyl table cloth and start gluing corks around the outer edge.

Contine to glue them on until you have a layer of corks on the inner and outer edge of the wreath.

In this photo, you can see the wire I attached for hanging.

Continue with two more layers and a layer across the top:

This forms the base of the wreath. You'll notice that I used the corks that I had a lot of.  You want to save the interesting ones for the top, where they'll be seen.  I also used the the "non-cork" corks.  If you are a wine drinker, I'm sure you've noticed that many wines are using plastic instead of cork as stoppers.

Now for the fun part!  Start gluing corks randomly on the wreath. 

If you look closely, you can see some of those corks that I used as the base.

When you are done, your wreath will look something like this:
The last thing left is embellishing!  I decided to add some grapes and a simple bow.  You choose.  The best part about it is:  if you don't like it, remove it and add something else!

Voila! You have a beautiful wreath to hang on the wall and you used up those corks you've been saving!  I also made a wall hanging with corks, but that's a story for another day!  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.  You can find me over at http://www.annsnovemberrose.blogspot.com/.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Amanda Said, "Be My Guest!"

That's right!  I'm guest posting at The Ivy Cottage

Here's a peek:

I hope you'll stop by Amanda's blog and read my tutorial!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Yes, you read correctly.  There is a cookie that combines red velvet AND cheesecake!  I found this recipe somewhere on the internet - my apologies, I don't remember where.  They were a huge hit at Christmas, so I thought it was time to share them with all of you in time for Valentine's Day!  Here's a look at the finished product:

You must keep in mind that these are GIANT cookies!  Here's a picture of one in my hand:
Aside from the fact that I am not the best at drizzling - LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT COOKIE!  You know you want to make some, so here's the recipe:

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Yield: 10 giant cookies
Cook Time: 11-13 minutes
Red velvet cookies with a creamy cheesecake filling and a drizzle of white chocolate. These bright red cookies are perfect for Christmas or Valentine's Day.
For the cookies:
1 box red velvet cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cheesecake filling:
4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the white chocolate drizzle:
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips, melted

1. To make cookies, in a large bowl combine cake mix and flour. Whisk until clumps disappear. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake mix, flour, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. The dough will be oily. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
2. To make the cheesecake filling, using a mixer, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. ( I put it in the fridge for a bit so it is firm enough for the next step) Using a teaspoon, scoop out cheesecake filling and place on a plate. Continue scooping out cheesecake filling into teaspoon balls until you have 10. Place plate in the freezer and freeze for at least two hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. To assemble the cookies, take about 1/4 cup of red velvet cookie dough and flatten in your hands. Place a teaspoon of cheesecake filling in the center and wrap the cookie dough around the filling. Gently roll into a ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Scoop onto lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheets. Only bake 3 cookies at a time. The cookies are large and will spread. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the cookies begin to crackle. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
4. Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl or over a double-boiler. Drizzle the white chocolate over the cooled cookies. Let the cookies set until the chocolate hardens. Serve and enjoy!

Happy baking - and eating!  Be sure to stop back and let me know how you like them!