Christmas Penguin Card


, , , , , ,

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a cute penguin Christmas card that I will be sending out this year.  The idea is certainly not mine, but it is the sole reason I bought the owl builder punch. 🙂

I started by punching owls out of  Only Orange card stock. Then I punched more out of Basic Black card stock.  I cut the ears off both and the feet off of the black owls. I punched the vest and eyes out of white card stock.  The dots in the center of the eyes on most of the cards were done with a black Sharpie marker. I tried adhering the tiny little pieces from the punch, but that did not work out so well for me. The beak is the heart that is part of the punch.

The hat is made thanks to my awesome Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Barb letting me use her Jolly Hat Builder punch.  I had some contraband red glitter paper that I used for these along with some Neenah 110 lb white cardstock.  Very cute indeed!


I am bummed because I didn’t take notes as to which stamp set the Merry Christmas came from.  Sorry about that!

Stampin’ Up! product:
Card Stock: Basic Black, Only Orange, Real Red
Ink: Real Red
Other: Northern Flurry embossing folder, Owl Builder Punch, Jolly Hat Builder punch

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink white card stock, Neenah 110lb card stock, Christmas Red Stickles, black Sharpie marker, red glitter paper from Michaels (purchased at least three years ago! Yikes!)

Thank you for stopping by!

Heartfelt Sympathy


, , ,

I needed to restock my stash of sympathy cards. I loved this stamp set, and I am glad I bought it right away. It did not stay in the catalog for long.

I went with a card that is all the same color. I don’t do this often, but I think it turned out pretty. The goal was/is to start using some older DSP that I have had for far too long.  No more hoarding! The paper is 6×6, so I used the scraps to punch out the butterfly. I love being able to use the scraps like that.  Wasting is just not my thing.


I thought the swirls of the DSP worked well with the image from the stamp set.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Heartfelt Sympathy
Card Stock: Wild Wasabi
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Other: Elegant Butterfly punch, Pattern Pack DSP

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock, Notched corner punch

Thank you for stopping by!

Cream Puffs


, ,

One of the biggest draws to the Wisconsin State Fair is the cream puffs.  People absolutely love them. I think they are ok.  I have always preferred my Mom’s homemade cream puffs. I’m not sure which cookbook she took this recipe from, but it is a keeper.  She always served them with French vanilla pudding inside. YUM!!!

Mom said it would be ok to share the recipe with you all, and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do if you decide to give them a try.

Cream Puffs
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs
Confectioner’s sugar

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat water and butter to rolling boil. Stir in flour. Stir vigorously over low heat about one minute or until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at one time; continue beating until smooth. Drop dough by scant 1/4 cupfuls 3 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from draft. Cut off tops. Pull out any filaments of soft dough. Carefully fill puffs with French vanilla pudding (or filling of your choice). Replace tops and dust with confectioners sugar. Refrigerate until serving time.


Tropical Chic Thank You


, , ,

I love the Caribbean. Tim and I have had the privilege of visiting twice. We hope to get back soon.

This stamp bundle was available from Stampin’ Up! in the catalog last year. The stamp set and dies are still available though! YAY! Let me know if you need a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Tropical Chic stamp set:

Tropical Dies:

I am not fond of fussy cutting, so it makes me very happy that Stampin’ Up! is coming out with more and more of these bundles with the coordinating dies. It makes card making so much faster and easier.

I used the Rock n Roll technique for the hibiscus. I think the colors work great together! When using this technique, you should always use your lighter color first, and then rock and roll with your darker color. That way you won’t get the darker ink on your lighter ink pad. Trust me on this. 🙂

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Tropical Chic
Card Stock: Melon Mambo
Ink: Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi
Other: Tropical Dies, dimensionals

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink white card stock

Thank you for stopping by!

Rustic Caramelized Onion Minestrone



Our dear friend Leslie dropped off a container of this a while back when we were going through a rough time and needed some help.  We thought it was very tasty!  I have not made it myself, but I did enjoy eating the batch that Leslie brought us. It was very good.

This recipe comes from 12 Tomatoes. They have a lot of great recipes over there. Be sure to check them out on Pinterest and/or Facebook.

Rustic Caramelized Onion Minestrone

Rustic Caramelized Onion Minestrone


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen


  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a soup pot. Add onions and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring frequently for 2 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium low, and continue cooking the onions, stirring occasionally, until they are very soft and light brown in color, 20-30 minutes.
  • Add garlic and stir until fragrant.
  • Pour vegetable stock into the pot slowly. Stir to scrape up and incorporate brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in tomatoes, cannellini beans, potatoes, carrots, celery and seasonings. Bring mixture to a slow boil then reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add green beans and peas. Stir well, and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls, and serve with an optional side of crusty bread!


Beautiful Day Flower Card


, , ,

I love the Beautiful Day stamp set. It has a huge pretty flower and a huge pretty butterfly. There are so many things you can do with these stamps. I also like the sentiments that come with this set.  You can find it here:

Let me know if you need to be hooked up to a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

I used a kaleidacolor ink pad and my brayer to ink up the background. When I do this, I do not push the colors together, and I roll the brayer in one direction. I almost always start at the bottom of the stamp or card stock and roll toward the top, lift the brayer, and do the same until I feel it is inked as much as I would like. I was taught to not go up and down.


I like the look of the background better on glossy card stock (butterflies), but I think this background is really pretty too.  It has flowers and butterflies, so of course it is pretty! Right? 🙂 I punched the butterflies out of scraps that were leftover.

Stampin’ Up! product:
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Day and Watercolor Wash
Card Stock: Tempting Turquoise and Glossy
Other: Elegant Butterfly punch, Rhinestone jewels, brayer

Non SU! Product:
Neenah 110lb card stock, Papertrey Ink white card stock (card base), Calypso Kaleidacolor ink pad, scallop lace corner punch

Thank you for stopping by!

Another Hummingbird Card


, , , , ,

I just love this stamp set. I am going to get my money’s worth out of it.

I love coloring the hummingbird with my SU markers and then cutting it out with the dies.  I wish Stampin’ Up! would have kept this bundle around for a while. It is so pretty!

I colored on the stamps with my markers, huffed on the ink to reactivate it, and then stamped my image. I did this with the hummingbird and the hibiscus.

The hummingbird is adhered with dimensionals so it is popped up just a bit.

I love how bright this card is. Some days we need the bright colors!


Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamps: Humming Along
Ink: Glorious Green, Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach
Card Stock: Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach
Other: Peekaboo Peach ribbon, Hummingbird framelits, Layered Leaves embossing folder, dimensionals

Non SU! Product: Papertrey Ink white card stock

Thank you for stopping by!

Crack Chicken Noodle Soup


, , ,

Hello everyone! I made this recipe recently so I would have some soup in the freezer for a quick meal to thaw out for us.  I found it to be salty, and I am not sure how one would fix that. If you have any ideas, please let me know.  I am not one to add salt to anything, so maybe for most people it is fine. I am guessing it was the salad dressing and seasoning mix, but I truly don’t know.  I do like the soup.  It is a thicker soup, and I really like those!

Instead of the bacon bits, I baked a pound of bacon, broke it up and used that. I did not feel it was too much bacon. 🙂

This recipe came from the brilliant folks over at Plain Chicken. I have made and shared a lot of recipes from over on their blog.  Good stuff! Here is the link:

Crack Chicken Noodle Soup
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (You can use rotisserie chicken)
1 (10.75-oz) can condensed cheese soup
6 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 (1-oz) package Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
1 (2.25-oz) package Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8-oz dried fine egg noodles, uncooked

In a large stockpot/Dutch oven, combine cooked chicken, cheese soup, chicken broth, milk, chopped celery, sliced carrots,Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix and Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until vegetables are soft.

Stir in dried noodles and shredded cheddar cheese. Cook for 5 minutes, until noodles are soft.


Fall Flower Thank You


, , , , ,

Hello everyone!

I will be mostly sharing cards for a few months. Life has gotten a bit out of hand, and I will share all of that in another post another day.  For now, I will be sharing cards.

Gina K Designs has a neat thing going on most Saturdays at her store Village Paper & Ink in Greendale, WI. It is called Scrappy Hour. You get to make a neat card, and then you can shop for a while!  I love Scrappy Hour, and I try to get over there as often as I can. I am so spoiled that Village Paper & Ink is not very far from home.

A few weeks ago, after making the card she featured, I did a bit of shopping. She had (maybe still has?) some really pretty fall themed DSP.  I fell in love with three different patterns. The one I used in the card share for today is from Photo Play Paper and is called Blessed.  Let me tell you, I love the name!  The following info is on the little piece that runs along the bottom of the page: Blessed M4P Fall Item #MPF9544.

I am making very simple cards for now due to some restrictions I have with using my left arm.  I was able to make these pretty easily, and I hope you like them!  I had two sheets of the paper, so I made 12 cards.  I made four birthday, four thank you and four thinking of you. They are all the same other than the sentiment on the vanilla piece.


It was very helpful that the flowers on this paper were very close to Stampin’ Up’s Cajun Craze.  I am sure they also match some of Gina K Design’s colors as well.  I would say Tomato Soup, Faded Brick, Tangerine Twist, and Red Hot would work well with this paper.

The sentiment piece is attached using dimensionals. That helps get it up over that ribbon easily.

Please forgive my lil snafu on the bottom right corner. I need to put a new blade in the paper cutter.  I wish they lasted longer!

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Much Appreciated
Card Stock: Cajun Craze
Ink: Cajun Craze
Other: Starburst Punch, Vanilla ribbon, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle Punch, dimensionals

Non SU!
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream
Photo Play Paper Blessed

Thank you for stopping by!