Monday, September 29, 2008

Coffee First, Wishes Second

It took me a long time to get into the Stella stamps, but now I just loveys her! Her personality makes me laugh and she is fun to color! Do you remember how Tinkerbell had to think "happy thoughts" and dust herself with Pixie Dust before she could fly? Well, Stella needs her java before she can grant wishes~my kind of girl! LOL

Stamps: stella has her fix by Jan Dolby for Stamping Bella; coffee cups by Hanna Stamps~Cafe; sentiment by Memory Box
Paper: SU Paper Flowers and Wild Wasabi
Inks: Memento Tuxed Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Donuts in Pink Orchid, Bella's Dots in Glitter Pink Orchid, Nestabilities

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Happy Autumn!

I live in New England, and it's my favorite time of year~Autumn! The leaves are changing early due to our unusually low temperatures. That means it's time for all things Autumn~for me, that includes anything pumpkin! Yum! Here's my favorite recipe for my favorite Autumn treat: Pumpkin Bread Pudding!

Bread Pudding
2 cups half and half
1 15-ounce can  pure pumpkin
2 large eggs
1 cup (packed) plus 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
1 & 1/2 tsps. pumpkin pie spice
1 & 1/2 tsps. ground cinnamon
1 & 1/2 tsps. vanilla extract
10 cups of 1/2" cubes egg bread (about 10 ounces)
1/2 cup golden raisins if desired (I usually don't use them)

Caramel Sauce
1 & 1/4 cups (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup whipping cream

Powdered sugar


Bread Pudding: Whisk half and half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in large bowl until well blended. Fold in bread cubes. Stir in raisins if using, Transfer mixture to 11x7 glass baking dish. Soak in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake until tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Caramel Sauce: While bread pudding is baking, heat brown sugar and butter in medium saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Whisk  well. Whisk in cream and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth, about 3 minutes. 

To serve
Sift powdered sugar over bread pudding. Drizzle with caramel sauce.

Refrigerate leftovers and reheat in microwave.


Friday, September 26, 2008

You're the Icing on the Cupcake!

This is my first Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge (TECC35 on SCS). I made this for my great-niece, who is turning 4 in a few weeks. She is having a cupcake party!
Lori, shh...don't tell Lexi!

Stamps: Merry Muffins by Stampendous; Cupcake Background by Inky Antics
Paper: Misc. Solids
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Garnet, Stickles in Stardust, SU Ribbon Slot Punch, 3-D Dots, misc. ribbon

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Where's the Tree?

Pia Puddingtop is just precious! She has an ornament in her hand, ready to decorate!

Stamp: Pia Puddingtop by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella
Paper: Debbie Mumm's Harvest & Holiday Glitter Matstack
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Spruce, Bella's Favorite Ribbon in Marshmallow, SU Ribbon Slot Punch

Stella Grants a Wish

This line of stamps is so funny! 

Stella is a fairy godmother, and the images are just darling! This is for BCC47 on SCS.

Stamp: Leaning Tower of Stella by Jan Dolby for Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Cranberry, Ocean, Blush, and Key Lime; SU Paper Flowers DP
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Garnet and Crackle Green, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Stickles in Icicle, misc. ribbon

The Cutest Little Red Sox Fan EVER!

Most of you know that I am a HUGE Red Sox fan! I try to watch every game. One of my favorite players is Curt Schilling, even though he has been on the DL for the entire season. Yes, I have a Schilling jersey~complete with #38 and his name! So, as you may have guessed, Emma is well equipped with Red Sox gear. On Tuesday night, the Sox clinched a berth in the play-offs. For yesterday's game, Emma wore her Schilling shirt to celebrate! Okay, the shirt is totally cool~but check out her little ponytails!

This is the exact face I make when the Sox lose! How did she know that? LOL

I taught her to make fists, pump her arms, and say "Go, Sox!" She doesn't haven't the "Sox" down quite right, but we're working on it. Check out her Elmo slippers. She wants to wear them 24/7!

Even Emma thought she looked adorable! She walked by the oven, saw her reflection, and kissed herself. Don't worry~the oven was off, and we quickly told her "No, Emma~hot!"

Yeah...I just love living in Emma-land!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Along Came Polly

Don't you just love this stamp? There's something so sweet about her!

Stamp: Polly Packages by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Garnet, Prima Paper Poinsettias, 3-D Dots, Scribbles 3-D Paint in Iridescent White Mist

1970's IT Girl!

This SO reminds me of junior high! I think I actually owned this poncho. LOL   This is for BSC47 on SCS.

Stamps: Beatrice Bellbottoms by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella; sentiment by Stamping Bella
Paper: DCWV Summer Textured Cardstock and DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies Matstack
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Dark Lilac, Nestabilities, SU Ribbon Slot Punch, Taylored Expressions Ribbon, Prima Paper Flowers, Brads

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

For Always...

Yesterday was my dad's birthday. He died 8 years ago, at the age of 80. Sometimes, it's hard to believe that it's been that long; other times, it still feels so new and painful...

When I was a little girl, I LOVED to pretend that I was marrying him! My mom gave me an old, sheer curtain which I would wrap around myself like a veil. I wore one of her fancy nightgowns, and I had a bouquet of plastic, yellow flowers. I would proudly march through our living room where my handsome groom awaited! One time, he gave me a "beautiful" dime store ring. It was gold, with a large red "stone." It's 38 years later, and I still have that ring. 

Here's an old Polaroid of me in my "wedding" dress, a photo of me with my parents on my real wedding day (which was 25 years ago, and I am still quite blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart, Rick!), and a photo of my real hubby in our favorite wedding photo.

I wrote this lyric in honor of my dad a few years back. Just thought it would be a fitting tribute for my dad's birthday.
 I love you, Daddy...

For Always

I was only eight years old
With a veil that Mama made
The dime store ring you gave to me
The plastic flower bouquet
You promised you would love me until the end of time
You smiled as you put your hand in mine...

I grew up and fell in love
Decided to get married
You walked me down the aisle
Said I'd always be your baby
You promised you would love me until the end of time
You cried as you slipped your hand from mine...

Watched you age, your hair turned gray
You said you were an old man
I wiped the tears from your eyes
As I held onto your frail hand
You looked at me with eyes that said
The things you couldn't say
I promised you that in my heart you'd stay
For always...

Living life without you now
It's still too hard to believe
Miss you more than I can say
At times I can barely breathe
I promised I would love you until the end of time
I cry as I long for your hand in mine...

Photographs and memories
Dime store ring is in a box
I pull them out from time to time
The years are no longer lost
I hear you say you'll love me until the end of time
I close my eyes and feel your hand in mine
For always...

(Written by Vicki Burns. Copyright © 2006 -2008 by, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

All Dressed Up

Last Wednesday evening, a group of us enjoyed the Fall Bella Bash on SCS. It was so much fun to chit chat with the sistahs! As part of our virtual party, we were given two challenges. For the first challenge, FFBB01, we had to CASE (sort of copy) a card from Laura's gallery (I chose Never Grow Up! BSC33), changing two or three things on your own card. 

I changed the image and the DP, and I used Bella's Dots instead of Bella's Baubles. The solid colors, Fiskars Scallop Edge Punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, and the sentiment are all the same.

Stamps: sentiment by Stamping Bella; Never Grow Up by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella
Papers: CTMH Autumn Terracotta, Sunflower, Olive, and Barn Red; DP is Sugared Luscious by Basic Grey
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Dark Cocoa, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, and Fiskars Scallop Edge Punch

Bella's Pumpkin Patch

The second challenge (FFBB02) was to use specific colors. I had a lot of fun with this challenge! I am blessed to live in New England, where I get to delight in the autumn splendor. This challenge made me eager for it to arrive~it's only a few weeks away!

Some fun details about the card: I used last year's photo of the trees in my front yard as "paper." I stamped the leaves onto the photo, cut them out, them attached them to the upper corners of the image. So my leaves are made from actual photos of my leaves! Then I "masked" the veggiebella stamp, taking out her basket of vegetables and the plants on the ground. I replaced them with a pumpkin (on a pop-up dot) and grass. Finally, I attached the wooden fence with pop-up dots to make her look like she is in a pumpkin patch. 
Okay, I am ready for Autumn!

Stamps: veggiebella by Stamping Bella; CTMH Autumn Gifts
Paper: CTMH Autumn Terracotta, Sunflower, Olive, and Barn Red
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Pop-up dots, photograph

Friday, September 19, 2008

Just Chillin'

This is my first MFT Challenge! It's for MFTSC48 on SCS. 
Stamps: MFT Baby It's Cold Outside
Paper: SU Brocade Blue and Pumpkin Pie; Snowflake Stripe by Allison Connors for Creative Imaginations
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas, CTMH Daisy White
Accessories: CTMH Paper Piercing Tool, Stickles in Frosted Lace, Snowflake brads, rick-rack

A Flower for You

This is for BCC46 on SCS. It's not one of my favorites...just okay. But I sure enjoyed making it!
Stamp: daisybella by Stamping Bella
Paper: SU Old Olive, Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Cameo Coral, and DP in Maine Blueberry
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots, CTMH Edge Distresser, Pebbles Inc. Pearlescent Chalk in Jewel Tones

A Little Bit Batty

This is for BSC46 on SCS. I flipped the sketch on its side so that I could put a moon behind the bat. 
Stamps: little witchy and battiful darling by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Orange, Black, Smokey Plum, and Sunflower; Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday Glitter Stack
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Solid Black, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ice Cream, Anyone?

This is too funny! Last night, Rick, Brittany, Emma (18 months old), and I went went out for dinner. We didn't know that on Weds. night, kid's meals are only $1.99. Usually, Brittany shares her meal with Emma, but this time she let Emma get her own meal. Well, it comes with a "Hoodsie," which is a miniature cup of ice cream toppped with whipped cream and sprinkles. While we were waiting for the Hoodsie to arrive, Brittany asked Emma ifshe wanted some ice cream (Emma nodded her head yes~this summer, she discovered that she LOVES ice cream). Then Brittany used crayons to draw an ice cream cone on Emma's placemat. Emma took one look at the placemat, picked it up, and licked the drawing! She thought THAT was the ice cream she was getting! She couldn't figure out why it didn't taste like anything, so she kept licking it! LOL Boy, was she happy when the Hoodsie arrived! Too bad I didn't have my camera with me. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stop and Smell the Roses

Okay, so they are painted roses. But "Stop and Sit on the Roses" didn't sound as appealing! I painted this a long time ago. It is on my front porch. I am amazed that it survives the New England weather!


Fairies, Fairies Everywhere

This is my favorite painted project! It is a jewelry armoire painted with fairies. I love the colors! Keep in mind that I did not draw any of this~I just traced and painted it. Sure wish I could paint like this now!

Hat Boxes, but No Hats!

Does anyone really use hat boxes anymore? Probably not, but that didn't keep me from painting some! They "nest" under a table in my living room. 

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fun Florida Fling!

We spent the weekend in Tampa, Florida for our niece's wedding. We thought we'd "rough it" and not bring any laptops. Rick and I both have cell phones with media service, so we thought we'd be fine. Well, we had full phone service, but the cellular media service was too slow to use the internet on our phones! Maybe it was a blessing in disguise~we weren't constantly playing on our phones!

We stayed in Treasure Island, at a hotel right on the beach. Emma LOVES the beach and the pool. We spent a lot of time playing! She still LOVES the hat that her Great Aunt Kristin bought for her last summer on Martha's Vineyard. 

Jennifer's wedding was lovely! She was such a beautiful bride, and her husband, Joel, is a sweetheart! The wedding and reception were both beautiful. My SIL, Merlynn, made all of the flower arrangements, the colored tablecloths, the tulle swags, and proabably many more things that I can't remember. Welcome to the family, Joel~we love you already!

We had a wonderful time! Emma enjoyed herself, too~lots of dancing and good food. She even made her own little veil from the table mint holders!

On Sunday, we hung around the pool with Rick's family until it was time to fly home.

Jennifer and Joel are enjoying their 3-week honeymoon in Roatan. We can't wait to hear all about it!