Thursday, November 8, 2012

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #90: Creating Focal Point Sentiments with Stamps & Dies

This was a fun challenge! I used the new Peaceful Pinecones stamp set. I die cut the word COZY instead of stamping it. I ran the letters through my Xyron machine and added flock that I had completely forgotten about. The flocked letters were so easy that I plan to use the technique more often.

Winter Woodland Christmas

Its looked like a Christmas workshop around here the last few weeks. There is glitter from one end of the house to the other. I thought I would give you a peek at whats coming to Brandywine Designs in the next few days!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Make It Monday #89: Creating Windows

This weeks Make It Monday's was to make a window with a cut out. I went a step further and made it a shaker card. The little frosted pine cones and vintage mica will be in my etsy shop soon. I just adore PTI's new Pine cone stamps! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yellow Roses of Texas

Today is Papertrey Inks July Blog hop. I was so ready for this. I have been making Halloween for days now! I craved pretty summer colors! This challenge could not have been more perfect. I made my own background paper using Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, and Berry Sorbet. I love this technique so much I have already used it several times. I got the inspiration from the sweetheart master stamper Dawn Mcvey. Enjoy hopping!

All Items PTI
Ink-Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Smoky Shadow
Dies-Sweet Life, Delightful Doilies, Fillable Frame #4, Double Ended Banner
Stamps-Sweet Life, Fabulous Frames,Fillable Frames #4

Other: Linen and Canvas impression plate, buttons, sewing machine, vintage lace

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Wow is it Tuesday already?! I have been way too busy getting ready for boyscout camp and family vacation, also my dad and two brothers had a birthday. Not to mention dreaming up and creating Halloween stuff in 100 degree heat! Yikes.
I used a random number generator and it choose #4! Congrats Amy:
Can't wait to see your Halloween creations, and your wee pink album kit is precious. Please put my name in the hat! - Amy

I'm sorry you all couldn't win! Thank you for commenting.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mid Summer Give Away

I have been working feverishly the last few days to update my shop. I have some kits and new tags available right now. I'm creating some spooky new Halloween items coming soon to my shop. I thought I would do a GIVE AWAY! I created some PINK PEONIES MINI ALBUM KITs.  I am giving one away. Just comment on this post from today to next Tuesday and I will enter you into a random drawing. I think these pretty pink albums would be perfect to scrapbook a little girls birthday, your favorate corners of a studio/craft room, or even just a special summer day.

I have had a lot of request to bring back my Haunted Cupcake Cottage Kit. I added a few to my shop!

Have a lovely day!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Zucchini Banana Bread

I'm really awesome at eating baked goods, but not so great at baking. One of my goals for this summer is to get better at baking. I had some zucchini from my garden, tons of fresh eggs from my chickens,  and a bunch (no pun intended) of overripe bananas. I wanted something healthier than banana bread so I went with Zucchini Banana Bread. I looked and looked for just the right recipe and didn't find it. Sooo I adapted several and made my own and to my astonishment its really good!
My son and stepsons even liked it! Here is the recipe:

Healthy Zucchini Banana Bread

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  •  1/2 cup of splenda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  •   1 teaspoon salt
  •   5 small overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Whisk together white flour, wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon,  and salt.
    3. In  separate bowl, beat the eggs.
    4. Add the sugar, oil, and mashed bananas to the eggs; mix well.
    5. Add the vanilla.
    6. Combine  wet and dry mixtures. Stir until  combined.
    7. Fold in the zucchini and walnuts
    8. Pour into 2 lightly greased loaf pans (9x5-inch).
    9. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

    Happy Baking!


    Wednesday, July 4, 2012


    Happy 4th of July! I thought I would share the only patriotic crafts I had time for. I took some embroidery hoops and made them into decorations. Have a safe and fun day!

    Monday, July 2, 2012


    Port Aransas, Tx

    I hope you're having a fabulous summer! I will be back soon with a give away!

    Sunday, May 20, 2012

    Hogs And Kisses

    I escaped pool cleaning for a little while yesterday to make this card. I was inspired by THIS card.
    (All Items Papertrey Ink)

    Stamps: Background Basics: Farm & Barn Stamp Set, On the Farm Stamp Set

    Paper: Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream

    Ink: Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores
    Dies: Papertrey Ink - On the Farm Die

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Summer Is Almost Here

    We have been super busy but, finally school is winding down. The last few weeks always seem crazy! I found some time to create.
    I'm still in love with strawberries. I have made two of these gift baskets and added them to my shop.
    Cant you just see some kind of baked strawberry treat all wrapped up these items!? Cuteness!
    Hope your day is sweet! 

    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Make It Monday #65: Background Patterns

    I decided to live on the wild side and use my paper scraps diagonally instead of across. All the papers are Papertrey Ink. I don’t know why the turtle dots look blue. They are aqua. Enjoy!

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

    6x6 Paper Scraps & Ink Storage

     I thought I would share with you how I store some of my supplies today. Since I have taken up card making I have been collecting 6x6 paper pads. They fit perfectly in this basket I bought at Hobby Lobby. Its very sturdy and has a great handle. It has held up really well for all the traveling back and forth from shelf to table. Those paper pads may be small but all added up can weigh quite a bit.
     Now I really like to save every tiny scrap of paper. But, I also want to know what paper pad it came from. I take a glassine resealable bag and attache it to the back of the paper pad using my ATG gun making sure the top or flap is on the front. Now I have a pocket to store all my scraps in! So far this has worked really great for me.
     I thought I would also show you my current ink storage. I'm not in love with it because its not portable but its doing the job of seeing all my ink easily. I bought a Expandable Shelf Organizer from Lowe's. I just put it in my shelf and added ink. It also works great for storing wood stamps.

    I added a "Follow Me" button at the top right side of my blog.
    Thanks for stopping by! 

    Wednesday, April 25, 2012

    PTI April Blog Hop

    Photo Credit

    I'm so glad I get to participate in this months blog hop! Its the first time in months I have been home on the 25th. The above photo is the inspiration we were to use. Of course I LOVED it! All my favorite patterns and colors. Instead of a card I made this little canvas to hang in my kitchen. I used the new Strawberry Patch stamps and dies again. I'm completely obsessed with strawberries now. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Hopping!

    (All PTI unless Noted)

    Dies/Stamps: Strawberry Patch Set, Berry Basket, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers Stamp Set, Tiny Tags Die
    Paper: Aqua Mist Pattern Paper Pack, Pretty Party (Crate Paper), Je tadore (Making Memories), The Girls Paperie
    Other: Flowers & Mini Aged Clothes Pins (Brandywine Designs)

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    Make It Monday #63: Glitter Die Cuts

    It feels so awesome to get back to making cards. I have been so busy. Creating cards is such a stress reliever. I need to make myself carve out more time to do them.
    Today's Make It Monday challenge is to use Die cuts with glitter. I have been doing this awhile and love it. Its so easy! I use a Xyron sticker machine. I have the tiniest one to the biggest one. I love them.
    This card was inspired by the spiritual work I have been doing. I have been going through some rough stuff life has been throwing at me. I have been trying to learn how to live in the moment and reduce stress. I have been taking a quilt to the back yard, laying in the grass, and just enjoying my surroundings. It works like magic. No matter what is going on I become happy,calm, and in the moment.  So this is my Enjoy Every Moment Quilt card!

    Pattern Paper: 6x6 Pretty Party by Crate Paper
    Dies: PTI Strawberry Patches, Label Basics
    Stamps: Label Basics, Strawberry Patch Sentiments, Pretty Peonies
    Ink: Versa Fine Black, PTI- Pretty Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
    Other: Martha Stewart Glitter, Xyron, Vintage Cream Card Stock (PTI)
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