Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Challenge #194- Twice Is Nice

Good snowy morning to just about everyone in North America and good day to the rest of the world as well.  We are experiencing an amazing amount of early snow here with no end in site.  Just to give you an idea, here is what it looked like a week ago.
And we have lots more snow than that now!

Enough of that, let's get to our top 3 from Challenge #192:

Congrats!  Please feel free to post our badge on your blogs.  Great cards by all our entrants and the decisions were hard.

Now for this week's sketch:
Our theme: Twice Is Nice (use it or not)

And the beautiful cards from our team:

Wow! ladies, your cards are nothing short of spectacular this week.  Each and every challenge, I thank my lucky stars that I have the best design team on the web.  I know you will inspire our followers to create some beautiful cards of their own and I cannot wait to see them.
Everyone, have a great week!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Challenge #193 - Respect

Good morning and happy winter-come-early.  We have a few inches of snow here so it seems winter is now officially here.  I do not mind the snow - in fact I like it - but I do NOT like sub zero weather which I am sure is on its way.  After all, where there is snow there is cold.

Did anyone make those yummy treats from last week?  You should, they are really good!

Now for our top three from challenge #191.  Great cards, all.

Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to you three for making our list.  Please feel free to post our badge on your blogs.

For our sketch and theme this week, I chose RESPECT.  It is Remembrance Day here in Canada and Veteran's Day in the U.S. so it seemed a great theme to me.  But there are all forms and illustrations of the word.  Here is our sketch:
And some very respectful cards from the team:
(respect for our heroes)

(respect for friendship)

(respect for friendship)

(respect for parenthood)

(respect by saying thanks)

So many things to respect in our lives and so many ways to respect them.  Our designers have created beautiful cards all so unique and all so appropriate for our theme.  Thank you, ladies!  Now it is your turn.  Remember you do not have to follow our theme as long as we can see the sketch (or its inspiration) somewhere in your card.  Hoping you enjoy your week!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Sweet Tooth

Good morning!  I apologize but I forgot to put up the two sweets recipes I promised on Wednesday, so here they are:

Jan Del Bone's Homemade Caramels
1 cup butter
2 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup light corn syrup
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
Optional kosher salt

In large saucepan, melt butter.  Add brown sugar, and salt and mix well.  Stir in corn syrup, gradually add milk, stirring constantly.  Cook and stir over medium heat until it reaches 245 on candy thermometer, it takes about 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat, add vanilla, and pour into greased 9x13 pan.  Let cool, add a sprinkle of kosher salt to the top for an extra treat.  Cut into 48 pieces.  Optional: wrap in candy or waxed paper.

This is really really easy, and makes a great gift.  If you leave out the kosher salt you will have missed out on the best part !

Brenda Kroeker's Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup soft margarine
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp b. soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup choc. chips

Mix first 4 ingredients, stir in remaining ingredients. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet. Bake @ 350 Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.Do not overbake.

Now, I have to tell you, both recipes are DELICIOUS!  My grandson's class had a bake sale the other day so I made both of them.  And I had to taste both before sending them to school - LOL.  They were yummy and each and every item sold.  I think you all should give them a try.
Thank you ladies!!!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Challenge #192 - Warm and Fuzzy

Hi and happy Tuesday!  I would like to say "thanks" to everyone who participated in our October event.  It was a lot of fun for me - and I hope - for you.  But now November is here and the holidays and cold weather are right around the corner.  And that means crafting. Our challenges are the perfect medium for doing your holiday cards so I am sure I will see many winter and holiday related cards on the site for the next little while.  I cannot wait.  So now, down to business (and fun).
First, here are our top 3 for challenge #190:

Very cool "out of the ordinary" Halloween projects, ladies.  Congrats to you and thank you to all our participants -I hope you had fun.

Before I get to this week's sketch, I just wanted to let you know that we ended up getting two recipes for our "sweets" cookbook - not much of a cookbook, I am afraid.  I will post those recipes on this site tomorrow in a separate post.

And now, our sketch.  The theme "Warm and Fuzzy" is completely optional.
And here are the samples from our team:

Beautiful, ladies!  I can see lots of holiday cards in the works.  Thank you for your inspiration.
And thanks so much to all of our followers who visit our site and take part in our challenges each week.
Happy crafting!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Challenge #191-Black, Orange And Yellow

Happy Tuesday before Halloween, everyone!
I have really enjoyed our October full of fun (maybe more than you have, LOL).  I am going to start the post off with a quick decoration idea which I came up with twenty years or more ago and it is still going strong.  I took a log, some paint, a drill and a dowel and here is what I created for my walkway:
Jack-o-lanterns you do not have to worry about scooping the innards out of!

Now, on to our top 3 for challenge #189:

Congratulations, ladies!  And a spooky thank you to everyone who participated this week.

Next, we have our recipe contest.  Unfortunately, not too many people jumped on my bandwagon.  We only  had two entries and both of these ladies (Jan Del Bone and Brenda Kroeker) will receive prizes.  Just email me your addresses and I will send your prizes later this week when I go across the border.  I am going to collect any other recipes anyone may want to send for one more week to see if I can get enough for a cookbook of sorts.  Just email them to cherylsteve.robinson@shaw.ca.

On to this week's sketch:
Our last Halloween theme is to use Black, Orange and Yellow (if you want)
Here are the examples from our talented team.

Wow! ladies.  Your cards rock!  With all these interpretations of our sketch, I am sure you will inspire our followers to create awesome cards of their own.  And I for one cannot wait to see them.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Challenge #190 - Spooks and Other Scary Things

I have to say that I am having a great time during our little October event.  Several of you took the time to hop around and unscramble our words, and, judging by the comments and emails, you had fun.  I let Random Generator pick our winner and it is CATHERINE GRAY.  Congratulations!  Please email me your mailing address so I can send you your prize.

We also had one follower who attempted to guess the identities from the childhood photos.  PETRA HELLER is the brave lady.  Please email me as well with your address and I will get your prize to you.

(This week's fun addition will be at the end of the post so remember to read all the way through.

Now for our top 3 from Challenge #188 ....

Great cards, ladies!

Now for this week's sketch...and a bit of a different twist to the theme.  Our theme is "Spooks and Other Scary Things", a fun one by itself.  But I have asked our designers to go one step further - to create any other project but a card and I am asking you (if you want) to follow this guideline as well.
Our sketch:
And here is what the design team came up with:
(art journal page)

Wow, these "non cards" really rock!  I am sure our followers will be inspired to create their own special Halloween projects.

One more little treat for you, Sara H. also created a wonderful haunted house last year .  Here is the link (if you want to know how to make it)

Lastly, here is our fun, interactive event for this week.  Please email me with your favourite candy or cookie recipe and I will randomly draw one winner for a prize next week.  Entries close on Sunday at 6:00p.m. EST.  I will also compile a "cookbook" with all the recipes I receive which everyone can download next week.  This is open to followers and designers as well.  (my email: cherylsteve.robinson@shaw.ca).  Yummy, yummy!

Have a great week!