Thursday, February 28, 2013



Quiet Valley

 Hey there, hi there!
 We have a special treat today and another hop for Stuck on U Sketches...this time with the great Whimsical Wednesday blog! I had the pleasure of being on the team some time ago...very fun! So I'm glad to be doing a hop with them this time around!

 We are also lucky enough to have some sponsors for the hop Prairie Bird Boutique, you'll receive some gorgeous crinkle ribbon and from SK digi's a shopping voucher for the store! Cool, right? Thanks so much for those awesome prizes ladies!

 On the hop you should be coming from Sandi's blog? In the right place? If not, the hop list will be at the bottom of the post...hopefully you are on track since our hop just started! LOL!

 You'll find the sketch at SOUS (where the hop is beginning) so check that out over there...otherwise let's get to my page! 





 This was from a year ago when my hubby and I got a glorious couple nights away to beautiful Yosemite. There was pretty much not a soul there and though it was cold, there wasn't snow and therefore not too bad. We got a hike in and even had some snuggle time along the river...it was one of the most peaceful trips I've ever had...

 Here are the goodies I used...

Papers~
Bo Bunny Forever Fall
Echo Park Times & Seasons
Ink~
Distress Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Forest Moss
Paint daubers in brown and white
Stickers~
Echo Park Times & Seasons
Embellies~
Canvas Corp, canvas and cork
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die
twine
Tim Holtz tiny attacher and memo pin, washi tape
brads, Recollections leaves

 Ok, let's get you folks moving, thanks for coming by. I'd super love to have you follow me if you like! ;)

 Next stop on the hop is the always fabulous Nanne


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Practiced Pin: Funfetti Dip, Banana Bread and Lemon Cookies


Practiced Pin

 Hi friends! Hope every one is doing well!
 I have been wanting to start sharing some recipes with you all for awhile and decided, today is the day! Most of my recipes do come from Pinterest. I can't tell you how amazing that site has been for me! Totally changed my eating life! I used to spend hours and hours trying to search the web for recipes and then after starting up on Pinterest realized that was the place to find all those recipes! Yay!

 So I thought I would start some new posts on my blog about what I've actually MADE for pinning. Not just pinning...now isn't that a thought! LOL!  Hence the post title....practiced (because I actually DID it) and pin since the recipe came from there! 

 First up is Funfetti Cake Dip! I've already handed this recipe out to the other mom's at school! I made this to share at a party and all the children (and parents) sat around this bowl! It is a must for any occasion that's going to have kiddo's around! All the recipes are the same, pretty much, but thought I'd still share the link below. 

 I used this recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny. Funfetti Cake Dip
 The only change is that I used nonfat vanilla yogurt because it was on sale. It was still delish! I also used more sugar free Cool Whip then the recipe called for (using up what was left in the container). What I did not read in the recipes....warning....this makes a TON of dip! You'll have a ton left over or you can get little containers and share them with whomever else is at the party. 
 Next time I have this I'll serve it with fruit! 


 Oh...these cookies! I made them during Christmas, just after finally getting over scarlett fever! These are now one of my all time favorite cookies!

 Lemon Crinkle Cookies , I followed the recipe but found it didn't make all that many cookies...if you want to eat them like I want to. So anytime I make these I'll just go ahead and double the recipe! =) But really...apparently award winning recipe! Go them! =)  Took me awhile to realize what LDS was. Duh.

 And the Buttermilk Banana Bread, I've been making banana bread for years using my mom's recipe which is pretty much the same as the link, I am sharing the link though because this was the first time using buttermilk...omg! Best banana bread ever! I did tweek it though so I'll share what I did (my changes will be color coded). 

3 cups flour
½ tsp salt
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
½ cup chopped pecans (optional) I can't stand adding nuts to baked goods
2 cups sugar
½ cup unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (or substitute 1 cup milk with juice of one lemon) only used buttermilk
5 - 6 very ripe bananas I always end up adding more since our banana's are always huge
I've also added a tsp of vanilla. I believe that vanilla makes the world a better place. 
And 2 heaping spoon fulls of orange juice frozen concentrate. (the stuff in the can found in the freezer section of the grocery store). The bread does not taste like orange, but somehow it adds another level to the bread! Gotta try it! 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Prepare two loaf pans by buttering and lining with parchment paper.
You may ask yourself, as I did. Why butter the pan and still add paper? Well first, don't "butter" just use a cooking spray, way easier. The spray or butter helps to keep the paper in place. Finally had that light bulb moment to figure that one out! 
Sift or whisk flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Add pecans if using, then set aside. In a separate bowl, cream sugar and butter. Mix in eggs, one at a time, then add the bananas. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk, alternating until incorporated.  Try to end with the dry ingredient addition, and be sure not to over mix.
Bake in buttered loaf pans for one hour or until toothpick comes out clean.
I don't know if it's because of my grande banana's but this always makes a ton of bread. Sometimes I will cook this in a 9x13 pan and cut into smaller pieces and thaw, but normally I cook these in 9x9 pans. Why? Because I don't have regular loafs pans. So there. I also cooked at a bit higher temp, 325. And checked after 20 minutes and added minutes until I it looked right. Toothpicks can lie. 



Well I hope you all try these out!
 I honestly have so much more to share with you all, can't wait!

 See you back on Friday for the Stuck on U Sketches and Whimsical Wednesday blog hop!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Anniversary ~Papertrey Ink Blog Hop~


Happy Anniversary

 This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my husband Grandparents 65th anniversary! It was a treat to see all the cousins and to spend the time with family. My grandparents are all now passed but I never grew up knowing them, so my husband's Grandparents are the first experience of really having any in my life...it's nice!
 I'm so lucky that all my kids have 2 sets in their lives! Such blessings!

 Ok, well anyone that frequents my blog will know that I am a major Papertrey Ink fan...big. As a matter of fact, their stamps and other products are probably the only thing on earth that I purchase that is not on sale...including food, including...uh, anything. I'm a frugal girl to say the least...but not when it comes to this company! 

 So...today I'm sharing a card full of PTI products for their new blog hop....

Monograms




Papers~
PTI kraft
Stamps~
Mat Stack 3 and die
Wreath For All Seasons
Background Basics: Text
Turning a New Leaf and die
Inks~
Distress Shabby Shutters and Vintage Photo
Die/Punch~
PTI Block Letter Upper Case
Fiskars butterfly
Martha leaves
Shine~
Perfect Pearls (text stamp covered in Bronze and Gold)
Perfect Pearls mist over floral cluster (Gold and White)
Embellies~
Prima flowers
Pearls

 Sweet! Thanks for visiting! SO glad to finally get around to hopping with them...been forever!

~Leah

Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Day ~Artful Delight Sketch Challenge~


Happy Day

If you are looking for my Stuck on U Sketches post, you can find that here!

 So guys, I really think I've finally found my stride and have been having the most wonderful time creating! There was a bit of a time when I had to force myself to make something...
 I know so much of that has to do with having a new crafty space and having it setup to access everything more easily! 

 Well since I have indeed been creating I have another layout to share with you all today for Artful Delights February sketch.

 Going to keep this a shorty in text....hope you don't all mind! Surely you won't! =)





Papers~
We R Memory Keepers Anthologie
and embossed stickers
Inks~
Distress Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint
Shine~
Distress Stickles Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick, Faded Jeans
and Picket Fence
Embellies~
Prima blooms, Iamroses leaves, jutes, pearls, brad (MME)

 I really enjoyed the Artful Delight sketch and the chance to really layer up the neat prints from this paper line. I guess that's a fun part about some sketches, you really get the max out of your printed paper...and we alllllll have enough printed paper (or can you ever really have "enough"?)

 And I've just got a couple challenges to add this to as well...perfectly for....

 4 Crafty Chicks ~twine
 Penny's Paper~ anything goes
City Crafters~ all that glitters


 Thanks for visiting!

 ~Leah

Thursday, February 21, 2013

#1 Teacher ~SOUS Die Cut Challenge Write!~


#1 Teacher

 So I guess I have always loved paper...as I child I would find games or things to do that included paper. I'd cut jewelry ads out and organize them and play store, or I'd use sheet after sheet of paper and get all the play phones out and play "operator". I'd have yarns tied to thumb tacks and write messages and transfer "lines". I also would ask for office supplies for every holiday! Ends up that I love to write as well! Journals, notes...just love the act of writing! I am such a note/list maker!

 Good memories.

 All that was the inspiration for the newest Die Cut Challenge over at Stuck on U Sketches...

WRITE

 I also LOVE myself some of these themed die cuts along this line and was super excited to work with this idea I had! I had also thought that I should of done this exact design and scrapped my own love of paper and writing...but as usual, the kids won out!






Papers~
We R Memory Keepers Hall Pass
papers, borders, embossed stickers and tags (all from the set)
Stickers~
date only, Echo Park
Diecuts~
Silhouette Cameo- Echo Park Pen, Pencil and Paintbrush (no paintbrush though)
(Papers~ Bazzil Dotted Swiss and card stock)
Embellies~
Want 2 Scrap and Craftaroo- gems and pearls
O'Scrap extra large brads

 Best part of this layout is that I actually was able to create it on a day when my whole family was home! Hubby included! You all know that's rare! Plus, I also made homemade chicken broth and lemon chicken and spinach pasta! =)

 Oh, I won't be around this weekend...we are hitting the road for Great Grandma and Great Grandpa's 65th wedding anniversary! Isn't that wonderful! I can't wait to see my husband's family and his awesome cousins. Makes me wish so badly we lived closer...would be such a blessing to have both sides of the family in one place. But I'll settle for a small road trip, hope the kids are good! Wish me luck! 

 See you all soon then....

 ~Leah

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

These Are The Days


These Are The Days

 What is up my people!
 Hope you are all doing fantastic!
 I've been a busy Momma lately with lots of baking and cooking and creating projects! 
 I noticed that I must have been hibernating these last months and knew I needed a change this year. So each day I am trying to make count, no more sitting on my butt. No more spending all day of FB (which I'm kinda new to for the most part). So each day I find a project to do, something to reorganize. I work til nap time, have lunch and then create until it's time to pick the big kids up from school. It's been a great routine! And my house looks great!
 And how dare I forgot to mention...that for Lent, I gave up sweets and TV. God probably doesn't want us making a big deal of "hey what did you give up?" but still fun to see what people do, or don't do. And most importantly, for awhile now I am really getting into reading the Bible. Cause, isn't that the point? Ok...moving right along...getting a lil' chatty now....



Papers~
Basic Grey Gypsy (no clue how old this line is!)
Stamps~
Pink Paislee Hometown Summer
(girl, watermelon and popsicle (tone on tone stamping on pink background)(see above)
Hampton Art-sentiment
Inks~
Distress Tumbled Glass, Black Soot
Shine~
Distress Stickles Picket Fence, Black Soot
Stickles Baby Pink
black embossing powder 
black pearls
Punches~
Fiskars wave
Diecuts~
Sizzix flourish

 And here's the sketch I designed...


 Thanks for visiting today! I am thrilled to share Friday's layout with you, so make sure to come back!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Friends Are Rare...


Friends Are Rare...

 We are enjoying ourselves a 4 day weekend and are about to head out to the park so I am going to keep the text very short today!
 But I really wanted to share some Valentines cards I made for my best friends...
 I also finally got it into gear enough to play with some challenges as well! Yay!

 To the Design Team members coming to stop by...thanks for leaving comments!



Papers~
My Minds Eye Pretty Please (pink polka dot)
and white card stock
Stamps~
Papertrey Ink- Half & Half (sentiment and blue plaid)
Friendship Jar: Spring (notecard stamp)
Dies~
Half & Half die, hearts die PTI


Nutcrafters~ love and friendship
Crafty Sentiments~ Valentines
Craft Us Crazy~ Show Us Your Favorite (using stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink!)
Everybody Art~ hearts
The Paper Shelter~ Be My Valentine (Valentine's were made for my best girlfriends who deserve a Valentine too! =)
Southern Girls~ Bling It On (all my glittered hearts and card stamp)
Pin and Tack~ Anything Goes
Loves Rubberstamps~ All About Love (because there's nothing better then showing love to your friends! =)

 Thanks again all who visited! I appreciate it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love You With All My Heart ~SOUS February 15 Sketch~


Love You With All My Heart

 Hi amigo's! Que pasa? Hope everyone is doing extra fine on this Friday! Not sure about you folks but the kiddo's have an extra long weekend, Friday through Monday off. I'm babysitting and having some friend time today and otherwise have an uneventful weekend. So looking forward to that! We'll have some beautiful weather so hopefully we can get outdoors! 

 I'm so excited to share this project with you all! Created using my sketch for Stuck on U Sketches. 
I tried and tried to find a shape that would stretch correctly around both of these photos but just couldn't find anything. The great part about designing a layout using any kind of electronic cutter is having design software. Sadly though it didn't work out for at least that part of the sketch. I still stuck with the design by having a different panel under the photos. But moving along...





Papers~
My Minds Eye- Love Me
Basic Grey (blue swirl)
Glitz Sparrow (using solid b side)
Diecuts~
Silhouette Store- title, thin arrows and hearts (all resized for heart layer in title piece)
Inks~ 
Distress Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick
Embellies~
Diamond Stickles, Tuttifrutti.
Assortment of gems

 Cute, right? And perfect for something a lil' Valentine's Day! I pulled those 2 photos out and cried...hehe! Such a Mommy moment! But I miss those little ones...having kids close together stinks because those moments are gone so much more quickly! 

 Ok, see ya in a bit....

~Leah

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Snapshot Friendship ~Artful Delight Sketch~


Snapshot Friendship

 So I've had my eye on Artful Delight for a long time and decided to get busy and start joining their challenges! I've done both sketches for the month of February but going to share my card first. 

 I hope that you like!

 Tonight is Ash Wednesday service at church and tomorrow my hubby and I are celebrating our FIRST ever Valentine's Day by going to a special event at church as well...we've been married 10 years but don't do the holiday much, except for cards. LOL! Which I have to share at some point as well...but I'm off to do some special baking for Valentine's treats for a couple of my best Mom friends and for the kiddo's tomorrow night! I think I'll also make some more cards today...I've been on a roll people! 




 Papers
Recollections Autumn (all prints), kraft card base and white card stock
 Stamps~ 
Papertrey Ink Shutterbug Special (camera), Background Basics: Postmarks 
 Dies~ 
Papertrey Ink Shutterbug Special, Turning a New Leaf
 Punches~
 Martha flowers and Fiskars butterfly
 Inks~
TPC Studio Chocolate Ink, Distress Vintage Photo, Broken China and Shabby Shutters
 Embellies~
 blue pearls, blue gem brad (MME) and twines. 

 Thanks for visiting today! I'm excited to come back and share more...hope tomorrow, a day like every other day, is filled with just a hint more love! 

 ~Leah

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Robot ~Die Cut Challenge


Happy Birthday Robot

 Don't you just LOVE Friday's! I do and I'm a SAHM, but still...love seeing friends and family and love the precious days when my man is home from work and we get more uninterrupted family time! Plus it's a refresh from the week and some reminders during church of what I need to keep in mind for my week to come...

 So I'm sure you are all exhausted after the week's worth of hopping...but hopefully the time was well worth it! The inspiration alone was crazy, I think! What a team! What a treat to help lead Stuck on U Sketches! 

 I'd like to again thank everyone who left comments and for my new followers! Woohoo! Stay until the end for the winner of my blog candy from the hop!

 Okay, okay...we've got a new Die Cut Challenge....

balloon!

 That's a fun one and not to mention what the girls have created...fun fun week! 



 What a cutie this fella is!

 What did I do.....?
Papers~
Papertrey Ink- base, black card stock, light orange DCWV and orange print
KI Memories
Emboss~
Tim Holtz gears
Stamps/Inks~
Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames sentiment
Distress Black Soot
Diecuts~ 
Silhouette Store- Balloon Robot, Echo Park tabs and labels, Sunburst
Embellies~
Craftaroo Baltik Blue pearls and Cuttlebug snowflakes (stars used)
Black Diamond Stickles and Glossy Accents (over cupcake)

Well, now that I shared all that crafty goodness...wanna know who my blog candy winner is?

Cheryl Bullock!
(Thanks so much for participating in the hop Cherly and for deciding to follow my blog, that is very cool of you! And by the by,  I totally adore the avatar photo you chose! Just awesome!)
You have a week to claim your prize, leave me your email or email me! Thanks again hun!

Okay, my peeps...check you all soon! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Wishing You Happiness~Congratulations


Wishing You Happiness~ Congratulations

 Hey Hey! Hope you guys aren't totally sick of us at SOUS after all that hopping the last few days! But I do want to thank everyone that has come by and to my new followers! Thank you SO much for thinking my blog worth checking out again! Awesome!

 I am your hostess this month and so here's another sketch from muah to you! Hope you like! 


 My childhood bestie and her wifey just had their very first baby, baby Irelynn! And I thought that I would create a little card for them. This size card is actually a favorite of mine, the business card size. It's neat and something different and allows some neat designs. 



 And what did I use???

 Papers
My Mind's Eye Love Me (love print) and Pretty Please (stripes and blue, used both sides). 
Black and white card stock.
 Stamps/Embossing~
cling flourish stamp, black embossing powder, Paper Studio Tiny Hearts embossing folder, Wishing You Happiness- PTI Mat Stack 4 and Congratulations- PTI Fillable Frames sentiments.
 Inks~
Distress Ink Tumbled Glass and Worn Lipstick (inking on printed papers) Victorian Velvet (with Warn Lipstick and Black Soot) stamped with Half & Half stamp and die by PTI
 Dies
Sizzix flourishes, Silhouette Store Toys- toy and baby doll

I have to keep a notebook now for what I add to a project as I'm making it...not so easy! LOL!

Ok y'all...see ya Friday!

~Leah