This is my place to share with family and friends. You might find handmade cards, digital scrapbook pages, photos or a little chatter because those are the things I love. My blog is a work in progress, so be patient with me. Most of the time I think I will be talking to myself, but hey, I'm used to that!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I have a card to share tonight....

I want to share a card I made for my brother-in-law Dave with you. I have been trying to use card stock and paper that has been around awhile so I pulled out some very unique card stock from Club Scrap. I also used the Stampin' Up! "On Your Birthday" set and some SU Natural Hemp Twine. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A thrift store find.......

When you are a crafter, everything relates to you in that way. When I found this rotating CD storage rack, I immediately saw that it would hold a lot of my unmounted stamp sets. I am steadily unmounting my favorite retired stamps and putting them in CD cases to free up space in my Iris cards and in the craft room. This $3 treasure will hold 80 sets of unmounteds. It is so nice to have them so handy too! Keep your eyes open, Stampers! You never know what you might find.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Black and bling all over...........

The glitter addiction seems to be still going strong. This one is black but has black Spica pen glitter on the petals of the flower. The photo doesn't show it much because it is subtle. I really like black but this is a lot of black even for me. I did another "Bring on the Bling" class last Friday for the Silver Spring Stampers (that makes three in a row)and used some of the same cards I've already posted. I did do one new one and I will post that tomorrow. I still need to photograph that one. I think I am starting to get over the glitter stage now, at least for the time being. I am not promising anything!

Supplies: Stamp: Penny Black, Cardstock Stampin' Up! Shimmery white, Basic Black, and Real Red. Accessories: Big Shot, Cuttlebug embossing folder, and black and white checked ribbon.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A slipping and sliding.........

birthday cake card. I love this little stamp set from Stampin' Up! This one is a keeper! Who doesn't love birthday cakes? I think the slanted mats add to the illusion of the cake layers sliding. What do you think? Does it, or does it just look wrong, lol?

Supplies all from Stampin' Up!
Stamps sets: On A Pedestal and It's Your Birthday. Card stock:Pretty in Pink and Close To Cocoa. Ink: Pretty In Pink, Close To Cocoa, Real Red, and Chocolate Chip. The brown designer paper is from Candy Lane which is retired. Punches: Scallop Circle and 1 3/8 Circle punch. Crystal Effects on the cherries.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Zucchini Relish recipe.....

As requested, here it is. If you are not familar with canning procedures, please check out this site to learn everything you need to know.
Fresh Preserving

8 cups chopped zucchini (approx. 10-12 med)
4 cups chopped onion (approx. 4 -5 med)
2 cups chopped sweet green peppers
2 cups chopped sweet red or yellow peppers ( I used one cup of each)
8 TBS salt 8 tsp celery seed
7 cups sugar 4 tsp mustard seed
4 cups cider vinegar
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Combine zucchini, onion, green , red and yellow peppers. Sprinkle with salt.
Cover with cold water. Let stand for 2 hours. Drain veggies, pressing out
liquid. Combine remaining ingredients in a stock pot and bring to a boil.
Add veggies and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour hot into hot jars , (following
water bath method of canning rules) leaving 1/4 inch of headspace. Process 10 min in the boiling water bath. Makes about 8 pints.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


My friend Carol, who is a fabulous cook gave me her zucchini relish recipe and I made some! This is not just for hot dogs, it tastes great as compliment to grilled salmon and just about any meat. It is a sweet relish and so good.

Fresh zucchini or green squash, lots of onion, green, red, and yellow sweet peppers. Lots of chopping for sure! I had to chop the ingredients by hand because the food processor was making the mix of vegetables smaller than I wanted. I was looking for some crunch to it and it turned out just right. So worth the work! I will definitely make this again.