Saturday, June 29, 2013


No, I'm not planning for Halloween already...although it's not a bad idea!  Today's challenge at My Time To Craft is MASKING.  

This is a very simple technique.  All you need is some sticky notes and scissors.  In order to create a look that images are behind/in front of each other, you need to stamp your images on the sticky notes and cut them out.  Stamp your first image as you normally would, then cover it with one of your 'masks' made from the sticky notes.  Stamp the image again, overlapping the first image that is covered with the mask.  If you wish to stamp more images, keep using your masks, and, as in this example, you'll have whole bouquet of flowers!

I finshed this card with some inked edges, twine and a button!
Be sure to stop over at My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team has in store for you and share your own creation!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  We're having temperatures in the 115 degree range.  Hopefully, it's a little cooler where you are!

Linking to Heart2Heart.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Flag - From Paint Stirrers!

Hi All! I'm back again with a Pinterest-inspired project.  This one may be a little late for Flag Day, but, you have plenty of time to make this one before July 4th!

Don't you just love it??

Here's how you can make one for yourself:

First, go to your local home improvement store and ask for some paint stirrers.  I received a handful with a smile!
Please note, you need 8 paint stirrers. 
 One will be cut in half to support and hold together your flag!

In addition to the 8 paint stirrers, you will need:
  • newspaper to cover your workspace
  • painters tape
  • acrylic paint in red, white, blue, and gold
  • acrylic antiquing medium
  • a paint brush
  • sandpaper
  • glue - I used E-6000
Start by laying 3 of the stirrers together and tape off the section that you want painted blue.  I painted both sides and then took them apart and carefully painted the edges.
When the blue paint is thoroughly dry, retape the blue side of the stirrers and paint the rest of them red or white.  Remember, your top stick will be blue and red.  Continue painting until all the stirrers are covered.  Nothing is attached yet.
I just layed them together for this pic, so it looked like a flag.

The next step is sanding.  I was going for a distressed look, so I sanded all of the edges and then wiped them with antiquing medium.
This pic shows the top 3 antiqued.

After that, I painted a wooden star gold and it was time to assemble the flag.  The 8th paint stirrer was cut in half and I used E-6000 to attach it to the back. 

 I stapled the cord, 

turned it over and glued on the star.
I do plan to use a spray sealer on it for protection.  
My inspiration came from HERE.

I hope you like this little project and will give it a try.  Be sure to let me know how yours turns out!  

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Wednesday Wisdom #4

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

It's time for a recipe from Pinterest! You can see the pin here.  This recipe is easy, tasty, and is easy to adapt to what you have in the kitchen.  Take a peek:

·         1 cup cooked rice, warm or at room temperature
·         1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (or other leftover meat, like shredded pork or beef)
·         1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
·         1 green onion, finely sliced (white and green parts)
·         1/2 red or green pepper, diced
·         1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
·         juice of 1 lime
·         1/2 tablespoon chili powder
·         1 teaspoon ground cumin
·         1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
·         2 cups shredded cheese (I use a combination of Monterey jack and sharp cheddar)
·         Sour cream (optional)
·         6 burrito-sized flour tortillas
1.       Mix rice together with chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese and sour cream. Sprinkle cheese over tortillas, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges, then arrange chicken and rice mixture down the center of each tortilla. (Optional: I like to dollop little bits of sour cream over the cheese before arranging chicken and rice mixture down the center – it makes the wraps delightfully creamy.) Roll stuffed tortillas, leaving edges open and slightly flatten the wraps with the palm of your hand. Spray seam-side of the wrap lightly with cooking spray.

2.       Heat a large non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat for 1 minute. Arrange wraps, seam-side down, in pan or griddle and cook until golden brown and crisp, about 2-3 minutes per side. Cooking them seam-side down first helps seal the long edge so they don’t fall apart. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining wraps. Serve warm.

Thank you to Mel's Kitchen Cafe!

Now, I did not have green onion, so I substituted red onion.  I also didn't have any lime juice, so I used lemon juice.  The meal was still a hit.  Here's what mine looked like:
Not the best picture, but you get the idea!
I'm thinking of adding some diced green chilis next time!  Give this one a try and let me know what you think!  

Monday, June 24, 2013

CK Convention & Four Layouts

I am now fully recovered from CK Convention. I can't believe how much my feet and legs ached after walking around all day! I left the house before 8 to pick up my friend, Tammy and I didn't walk back through the door until after 8:00 that night!  Twenty years ago that wouldn't have fazed me in the least, but, now....  

On our way to the Convention Center, we came across this sign just leaning on the wall.  Naturally, it was a photo op:

We checked-in and received our badges, wrist bands, and programs.  

Since we had early entry, we only had to wait a few minutes until the Vendor Fair opened.  We had an hour before our classes started and we made the most of it.  I managed to buy my pin (you can see it on my badge in the pic above), a t-shirt, and an adorable scrapbook kit:

Can't wait to start this!

Our classes ran from 10:00 till 2:00 with short breaks in-between. 

Snacks were an important part of the day:
We didn't eat a real meal until after 5:30!

Here is the proof that we did some serious work in our classes:

One perfectly good manicure sacrificed in the name of scrapbooking!  LOL

Here are the acrylic layouts we made:

We also took a card class and a chipboard book class with cool closures.  I haven't finished those projects yet.  That is one thing you need to know about these classes.  You don't get to finish your projects!  You are there to learn the techniques and you finish them at home.

After our classes, we headed back to the Vendor Fair and shopped for the rest of the day. We discovered that the way we scheduled the day allowed us to miss the crowds.  We thought the Vendor Fair was pretty quiet in the afternoon and after talking with a few people, we discovered that it was crazy all morning - while we were taking classes.  It was so nice to do some leisurely shopping without having to fight crowds! 

We didn't do anything crazy.  The funniest moment was when we were on the way to get some dinner.  The elevator doors opened and we both tried to get out at the same time.  Yes, with all of our "stuff" we got stuck!  No one was there to see it - dang!  I would have loved a picture!!!!

Thanks, Tammy, for making this such a fun day!!!!

I hope there's a CK Convention coming to a city near you.  It is well worth it!
If you'd like to read about last year's convention, you can!  Just click HERE.

I'm off to check a few things off on my Summer Bucket List...
Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Spots & Stripes

I'm currently "recovering" from CK Convention!  Be sure to stop back soon to hear about all the fun!  I promise to have pictures!!   Update HERE.

But, for now.......
Break out your spotted and striped goodies and join us for this challenge!  I made this card to look like a present using the Cricut Artiste Cartridge:

Add a banner, a flower, and some bling, and you're done!  I just love it when a project comes together like that!  This card opens under the flower - it folds down.  
Join us at My Time To Craft - we'd love to see what you create!

Linking to Frosted Designs.
               Make It Monday

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Better Mousetrap

It's the second week of Summer Break and things have been busy.  I did go in to school for two mornings and worked with my principal on some planning for next year.  The rest of my time has been spent on healing the knee (which is feeling better, thank you!) working on projects, reading, and Father's Day. I hope all the Dads out there had a great day.  Ours was a busy one.  We had a houseful - the kids, their girl/boyfriends, the dog, a get the picture!  Be sure to see what I gave my hubby HERE.  It's really cool!

The project I want to share with you today has been on my Pinterest board for awhile!  You can click here to see the original.  Here is how I created mine:

I started by removing everything but the large metal spring.  If you look at the one on the right, I sanded it a bit, because, originally, I was just going to paint it.  After painting, I could still see the imprint of the brand, etc.   soooooo, I got out the scrapbook paper and the Mod Podge.  It covered it beautifully!  THe only thing left to do was embellish, add a magnet to the back, and add a note!  

The result?  A Better Mousetrap - aka - note holder - perfect for the fridge!
And, can I tell you, that spring will hold just about anything. Keep in mind, it's designed to kill a mouse.  Disclaimer: No critters were harmed in the making of the project!  My keys were no problem.  Just make sure you use a strong magnet!

I plan to make a few more, and I'm going to try covering the entire base with paper.  I may have to update you when I make that one!  In the meantime, give it a try.  I'd love to see/hear how yours turns out!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

The Pick-A-Palooza

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day!  I just wanted to write a quick post to share what I got my hubby this year...

If you have a guitar player in your house, this is the perfect gift.  It makes guitar picks out of old gift cards and credit cards.  I had originally seen this on Pinterest, so, I went to my favorite place to shop.  That's right, Amazon - and there it was!  

Now, I do not represent Amazon or Pick-A-Palooza, but I will tell you this, HE LOVED IT!  When he shared it on Facebook, all of his friends went nuts!  One friend even ordered one for herself.

If you need a gift for the guitar player who has everything, I highly recommend it!
Have a great week!

Saturday, June 15, 2013


My Time To Craft has a new challenge for you - A Tryptic. What's a Tritpic, you may ask?  It's a card (or image) in three parts.  Since it's summer and I love watermelon, I created this card:

I have had this stamp set for years and it is one of my favorites!  I stamped the image with black ink and sponged the color on.  I think the gingham background says "Picnic". 

Please stop by My Time To Craft to see the rest of the beautiful creations.  The Design Team hopes you'll be inspired to join us on this one!  

Have a great weekend - maybe have some watermelon! ;)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Book #2: Where the Heart Is

If you're looking for a "light, summer read" this is the book for you.  It's about a pregnant 17-year old girl who is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Walmart during a cross-country trip.  (I know, it sounds hokey, right?) She is left to her own devices to find her way in the world and along the way she meets some wonderful people who become her friends.
Although much of the plot is predictable, it tells the story of a young girl learning many lessons as she grows from a teenage girl into a young woman.  It also brings meaning to the quote, "Friends are the Family You Choose".  

I enjoyed the book, and I think you will too. No big mysteries or plot twists, just a nice story.  Grab a copy and take it to the beach!

Now, you may be wondering how I've managed to polish-off 2 books in a week.  After all, I only published my Summer Bucket List a week ago today. Welllllll, do you remember the part of the list that said 'lose 10 pounds'?  I decided to start a Cardio program on Monday.  My knee didn't like it.  I've been spending quite a bit of time sitting in the recliner icing and elevating.  Getting old is not for wimps!  

I'll keep you posted... ;)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Chicken Tortilla Soup - Easiest Ever!

Hi Peeps!  I'm sure you can tell I'm on Summer Vacation because I'm back again with another post!  I made this for dinner last night and it is one of my hubby's favorites.  I'm 99.9% sure I found this recipe on Pinterest, but when I went to look for it there, it was nowhere to be found!   guess I'll have to pin it, but, please, if you know where it's from,  let me know so I can credit that cook!

Doesn't that look yummy?

Here's the recipe:

Add the following to the crockpot:

1 package of boneless chicken breast - I add mine frozen
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of water
1 jar of salsa - 24 oz.

Cook on high for 5-6 hours.
Use a spoon and fork to break up the chicken so it's shredded/falling apart.
Add some cumin and garlic powder - I don't measure, just shake some in 'till it feels right!
Simmer on low until you are ready to eat.
Serve with tortilla chips and cheese on top - I used jalepeno cheese.
You can also garnish with diced red onion and/or avacado.
It doesn't get any easier than that!

So, tell me, what's for dinner tonight????

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Book #1: The Great Gatsby

I just finished my first book on my Bucket List of 8 for the summer.  After seeing the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, I knew I had to read the book.  This is not typical for me.  Usually, I won't see the movie before I read the book.  I will tell you this, the movie storyline stayed very close to the book.

Let me just say that both were fantastic!  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, this is a novel written about a group of wealthy New Yorkers during the Jazz Age.  There are so many things to tell you about all of the characters, but I don't want to spoil anything if you haven't yet read it! In my opinion, it's a tragedy, I loved it, and I highly recommend it!
Be sure to stop back for my Summer Bucket List Updates and have a great week!

Saturday, June 8, 2013


...or a fairy tale!  Alice in Wonderland is such a facinating story and I've always been intrigued by the tags that say "eat me" or "drink me".  So that was my focus!

I stamped the teacup and background using a stamp set that I've had for awhile. The string that is attached to the tag is from a real teabag -  Be sure to see the rest of the DT's work at My Time To Craft and join us in this challenge!

We are under a heat warning this weekend (108 today), so I'll be spending my time indoors.  It's the perfect opportunity to get started on my Bucket List!

Have a great weekend all!

Friday, June 7, 2013

On the First Day of Summer Vacation...

...I created my Summer Bucket List!

Making a list of things I want to accomplish over the summer is something I always do.  This year, I am writing it down here, for a couple of reasons.  First, it holds me accountable.  Since you're reading it, I'm sure you'll want to know about the progress I'm making.  Second, This ties in beautifully with the new look at November Rose!
So, here we go:

2013 Summer Bucket List
  1. Lose 10 pounds.  There, I said it!  This is something I really need to do! I'm carrying around this extra weight and it's not good for me.  I'd really like to lose more, but I figured 10 pounds was a great start.  Wish me luck - I'm gonna' need it!!!  Especially since a friend of mine just posted on Facebook that today is National Donut Day and I can get a free donut at Dunkin Donuts!  Gotta love friends!
  2. Create one new thing from Pinterest each week for a total of 10 projects.  Since I'm going back to work mid-August, that should be about right! 
  3. Complete 10 scrapbook pages.  If you follow me, you know I'm an avid paper-crafter.  My scrapbooking tends to get lost in the shuffle.  So once again, it's about accountability!  
  4. Attend CK Convention.  If you recall, my friend and I were there last year and had a blast.  Time for round 2 - you'll want to check in to see the antics this year!  Remember the "Feeding Frenzy"??
  5. Read 8 new books.  I was going to say ten, but that might be a bit ambitious!  After all, I'm going to be busy!!!  
  6. Take a trip.  We're thinking about the mountains, to get away from the desert heat!
So, there it is!  My Summer Bucket List has been made public.  I hope you'll stop back to see my progress.  It's going to be fun!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Did You Notice?

The other day, I mentioned some changes coming to November Rose.  Well, I got started on it today.  Just a few, hopefully subtle changes.  I adjusted some widths and colors and then some fonts. Fancied them up a bit, without making them difficult to read.  Some fonts are beautiful, but they can really make reading a chore.  I hope I didn't do that!  Let me know if the text of my posts should be larger - I'm going back and forth on that one!

Now that those things are taken care of, I will begin work on the REAL changes. Since the beginning this blog has been a venue to showcase and share my paper creations, with a few other things thrown in occasionally.  It is now time for those "other things" to play a bigger part. Here are a few things you'll see:

  • Wednesday Wisdom - Join me every Wednesday for a quote, funny remark, and/or picture.
  • Pinterest Posts - Since I am hopelessly addicted to Pinterest, my goal is to try a new pin every week.  You never know what it might be!
  • Household Projects - This will include everything from gardening to refinishing and repurposing.
  • Daily Life - These posts will be about life experiences - conversations, observations, and anything else that may happen.
I hope you'll join me in this new adventure in blogging and share with me your thoughts and observations in your comments.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you'll be back soon!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Make a Bookmark

Welcome back, friends!  I can't believe it's June already - just a few days of school left and then the summer is all mine!  I'm going to be making a few changes here, at November Rose.  I hope you'll stop back soon and let me know what you think of them...

Now, on to this week's challenge:  Make a bookmark.

This bookmark was made entirely with things from my stash:  black cardstock as the base, a flourish stamped on Kraft, and a few flowers attached with a brad.  Corner-round the edges, add a little ribbon, and you are done!

Be sure to hop over to My Time To Craft to see more beautiful bookmarks made by the rest of the Design Team.  Then, we hope you'll make one of your own to share with us!