Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

It's blog hop day and while I normally am really excited about the challenge, this one stumped me a bit. And when I finally came up with an idea, I decided to try some water-coloring on the background and - well, let's just say - I am not much of a water-colorer!!

Here is the inspiration piece:

And here is my card:

The colors are a little brighter in person - but the technique? So not my thing. I sponged colors on the white cardstock first and then impressed it with the Cover Plate - Circle die. The mat (behind the sentiment also) is Winter Wisteria cardstock, the ribbon is Autumn Rose. Sentiment is from the Scrolling Script set.

Thank for hopping by! I'll be back soon with that technique I stumbled upon and mentioned in my last post. Have a great day!

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Just a little free time

Anytime I have a little down time, I try to fit in some creating, even if it's to make a card I don't really need at the moment. It just feels good to break open a stamp set to play with, choose colors and a design and end up with something that looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. This is a card I made on one of those down time evenings:

I used Papertrey Ink's City Scene set to create, well, a city scene! The taxi is added to the front with some foam tape for dimension. Simple but fun to make! Now if anyone moves into my neighborhood, I have a card ready to go!

I think the next time I have some down time, I'm going to create summer cards because I'm getting tired of arctic temperatures and snow!!

Be back soon with some more artwork and a little "technique" I discovered by accident.

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How about a smoothie?

Today I'm bringing you something other than artwork - a simple recipe for a delicious, low(ish) calorie smoothie! I finally found a great way to make a smoothie that has just the right mix of everything and has a great texture. Here's my recipe - I hope you'll try it.
Start with a cup of lowfat vanilla yogurt. I love the Kroger brand of Lite yogurt - only 80 calories for the cup. Of course, you can use a flavor other than vanilla but it's a great base for any fruit you want to add. Put the yogurt in the blender but hang on to the container!
Now grab your fruit - but here's the key - it must be fruit that has been frozen! I buy the small packages of raspberries (I think it's a 1/2 pint) and toss them in the freezer so I have fruit on hand for smoothies any time. I also put bananas that are too ripe to just eat in the freezer for the smoothies as well. You can also buy the bags of frozen fruit in the freezer section of the store but those are a little more expensive. It's more economical to save and freeze your own but if, for instance, you want to freeze a peach, I would cut it up and freeze it just long enough to be frozen, otherwise it may turn brownish.
Now fill your yogurt cup with your choice of frozen fruit and dump it all in the blender.
Last step, fill your yogurt cup one more time with milk. I use 1% to keep the calories down (102 calories for 6 oz. - the size of the yogurt container). Now add this to your blender.
Pulse until everything is well blended and pour into a nice tall glass and enjoy!

Here's mine - yum!!! Have a great day!
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Last 2 PTI challenges

These are my last 2 entries for the Papertrey Ink anniversary challenges. I waited until the last minute because these were also Valentine's items that weren't being delivered until today.

This is for the bags/tags challenge - a little something for my favorite grandson:

I used the Nuts for You stamp set to paper piece the squirrel for my tag. I freehand cut the little heart he's holding. I used some matching paper to create a band that wraps around the folded down bag and the twine goes through all the layers to tie everything together.

Here's a picture of our little cutie:

He's 16 months old already - where does the time go? And he is so full of the devil energy, you jus can't imagine! He keeps us all on our toes, that's for sure but we love him like crazy!!

This last card I made for Alex's Mommy and Daddy - my daughter and son-in-law - for Valentine's Day and is based on the metallics challenge:

We were supposed to use silver and/or gold and neutrals but I snuck in a little blue as well because I couldn't work the birds out in a neutral or metallic color. The cage is embossed in silver and the mat is a silver paper over a piece of Spring Rain cardstock. Inside the card says Happy Valentine's Day Love Birds :)

Thanks for popping by - I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!
See you again soon!

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Friday the 13th - lucky or not?

Today is Friday the 13th. I know that's a bad thing to some. In my experience, I have always had pretty good luck on the 13th. Can I recall any specific stories to share with you? Um, no. That's the old lady brain there for ya. I'm lucky if I can remember what I had for dinner yesterday (...or can I?)
Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to post a few Friday the 13th tidbits for you -
Friggatriskaidekaphobia is when someone is afraid of Friday the 13th. Nearly 20 million Americans are affected by friggatriskaidekaphobia. It’s also called paraskavedekatriaphobia. Being afraid of No. 13 is called triskaidekaphobia. Say those words three times fast.
There is at least one Friday the 13th in every year, and at the most there are three. In 2015, there will be three - in February, March and October.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt would never have a 13th guest at a meal, nor would he travel on the 13th day of any month.
The number 13 is considered lucky by Italians. I'm not Italian.
And finally, here's a little Friday the 13th humor:
Roger left for work on Friday 13th morning. Friday was payday, so instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with the boys and spending his entire paycheck.
Finally, Roger appeared at home on Sunday night, and obviously he was confronted by his angry wife, Martha, who castigated Roger for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions.  Finally, Martha stopped the nagging and said to Roger, 'How would you like it if you didn't see me for two or three days?'
Roger replied grimly, 'That would be fine with me.'
Monday went by and he didn't see his Martha. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results.
On Thursday, the swelling went down just enough so that Roger he could see Martha a little out of the corner of his left eye.
So how does the 13th treat you? I'd love to hear! And happy Friday the 13th to you!
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