Archive for August, 2009

Basket Fest!

Today was the 5th Annual Longabeger Basket Festival at Boyd’s Bear Country in Gettysburg, PA. I’ve gone every year, and for the past four, I’ve made my own basket there! If you’ve never made your own basket with Longaberger before, you have to try it! It’s a great experience, and it allows you to truly appreciate the craft and skill behind every basket.

I was paired up with Rob, a Basketmaker of 18 years. He was really patient, and funny too! Whenever I work with a Basketmaker I always ask two things – how long have they been making baskets, and what is their favorite basket to make. Rob’s fave are the larger baskets. He made a bunch of the Tour With Me baskets (see second pic below), but the one I received was made by another basketmaker. That would have been cool if I got one he made!

This was the first make a basket that had colored upsplints. The Merlot and Olive upsplints are perfect for fall! The form is the Canning basket form.

I still have to wait for my basket to completely dry before I put the liner and other accessories on….but here it is in all it’s glory! Looks closely to see the bear tack covers.

Even my English Bulldog Ellie Mae loves Longaberger! This is the Tour with Me basket – the only way to get one of these is to bring a Tour to a Longaberger event, like Boyd’s, or to the Homestead in Ohio. This is the third Tour With Me basket that I’ve earned.

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August 29, 2009 at 6:59 pm 2 comments

Technique Tuesday – Poppin’ Pastels

This Tuesday I’m using the Stampin’ Pastels again to show another technique – Poppin’ Pastels.

Poppin’ Pastels is another super easy technique. Simply take your stamp, and ink it up in Versamark. Stamp on your paper or cardstock, then sponge pastels over it. To make a nice effect, try layering more two or more colors. The purples on my card are actually two different shades of purple pastels (Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum) – it gives a nice variegated effect.

One tip for using the pastels – they do tend to smear a bit, but you can keep it from smearing by spraying your image with a little aerosol hairspray when you’re finished.

All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Medallion
Colors -Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Pink Passion Stampin’ Pastels
Paper – Whisper White Cardstock
Accessories – Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon, White Jumbo Grommet

August 25, 2009 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Birthday Turtle

My mother in law loves turtles. She has turtle knick knacks, turtle jewelry, turtle garden art, and oh yea, a real turtle– a box turtle named Frederick.

I always try to make her cards with turtles. I was excited when I saw the Very Thankful set had a turtle image – and a really cute one at that!! Just a reminder, for every Very Thankful set sold, Stampin’ Up donates $2 to Ronald McDonald House, and I will personally match that for each set I sell. Click here to buy yours today!!

The card itself is cut out using the Square Scallop die. The Pretties kit flowers were dyed with reinker and the aquapainter.


All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Very Thankful
Colors -Tangerine Tango (retired), Old Olive
Paper – Hawaii Papaya (retired)
Accessories – Big Shot, Scallop Square Bigz die, Scallop Circle #2 die, Striped ribbon (retired), Pretties Kit, reinker, Aquapainter

August 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm 7 comments

Blankie for Rylee

My great-niece’s first birthday is quickly approaching. She’s a blankie baby — loves having one around. For her birthday I wanted to crochet her a blanket – but I was pretty short on time.

I used my Edgerydoo template to make the holes in a piece of fleece I purchased from Joann’s. This was my first time using it, and I have to say, I’m pretty impressed! The holes came out perfectly.

I chose a nice pretty scalloped border pattern from the Edgerydoo website. I was able to finish this in less than a week – I’m a very slow crocheter so I’m sure the normal person could do it much much faster!


August 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm 4 comments

Technique Tuesday – Chalkboard

It’s Tuesday, and while waiting for my all-time favorite show to come on (Big Brother!! – I’m a reality tv junkie), I whipped this up.

Since I got the Stampin’ Pastels a few weeks ago, I’ve had this technique on my list to try out. It’s called “Chalkboard” and is really easy to do! My goal is to feature a different Technique each Tuesday. We’ll see how well I do with that 🙂

To start, ink your image with a light colored Craft ink, and stamp on a darker colored cardstock.While the ink is still wet (don’t be in a hurry, craft ink takes a while to dry!), sponge on your pastels over top of the ink. Wait for it to dry, and Voila! For this particular stamp set, I then stamped the line image part right over top of the pasteled flower.

I find that solid images work better, but go ahead and try line art if you like the effect!

All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Greenhouse Garden, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Colors -Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Paper – Thoroughly Modern Designer Series Paper, Naturals White cardstock, Chocolate Chip cardstock
Accessories – Polka dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Stamp-a-majig, Very Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware, Stampin’ Pastels

August 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm 11 comments

What’s for dinner?

Tonight we had breakfast for dinner. I could eat breakfast 3 meals a day. Yum!

Hubs made Breakfast burritos tonight for the first time…we can now add this to his vast culinary repertoire of eggs and grilled cheese.

These were super simple to make. Just the ticket after a hard day at work!


  • Browned loose sausage (ours is from a pig we had raised locally)
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Freshly shredded Colby jack cheese
  • Jalapenos (I like Mt. Olive brand)
  • Tomatoes (fresh from my friend Tina’s garden – Thanks T!)
  • Guacamole (I like Wholly Guacamole’s 100 calorie snack packs)
  • All rolled up in a warm flour tortilla (corn tortillas would be equally as tasty)

August 17, 2009 at 6:47 pm 1 comment


I needed a quick card for my Father-in-law’s birthday…

I pulled out my good old Lots of Bots set…I think it’s perfect for masculine cards! I just watercolored it, and added a star punch and brad for a little pizzazz.

All Supplies Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps – Lots of Bots, Wonderful Favorites
Colors -Night of Navy, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Basic Gray
Paper – Naturals White Card Stock, Current Level One Hostess Patterns paper pack
Accessories – Small star punch, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware

August 17, 2009 at 8:00 am 5 comments

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