Stampin’ Pierce Mat


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Hello everyone!

Today’s post would normally be a card share.  I wanted to share with you a great tool that I bought after seeing it used several times in card making videos.  This is something everyone that uses photopolymer, clear mount or cling stamps should have on their card making table.

I used to have huge issues getting nice and clear images from stamps. I would get frustrated. I almost tossed one of my clear mount stamp sets because I was SO frustrated that  I could not get a complete and clear image.

This tool is the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  The description on the Stampin’ Up! website says it is used to protect your work surface as you paper pierce.  I am sure it does!  It can also be used to get even pressure and ink coverage when stamping with detailed or background stamps.

This 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ mat has made all of the difference. My images stamp very nice now, and I am so happy about it! I figured I needed to share this. The best part? IT IS ONLY $5.00 (USA).  Seriously!!!


Who would have thought something as simple as this mat could make such a difference!?

As always, please let me know if you need the name of a great Stampin’ Up! demonstrator to work with.

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂


Poppy Seed Salad


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Hello everyone! I have not been cooking and trying new recipes lately. Life has been keeping me on my toes.

This recipe was shared by my dear friend and Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Barb. She made this for a Stampin’ Up! event at her house. It was so popular. A lot of us asked her to share the recipe, and she did! Barb did note that she substituted strawberries for the apple and pear. It was SO good! This would be nice for any family picnic or pot luck meal. It is a refreshing salad.

Poppy Seed Salad
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 cup canola oil
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds

Salad Ingredients:
1 apple, diced
1 pear, diced
1 bag spinach
1 bag romaine lettuce
1/4 cup craisins
1/4 cup salted cashews
1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Mix ingredients for dressing. Add apple and pear (they won’t brown). Add remaining salad ingredients right before serving.


Hibiscus and Hummingbird


I fell in love with hibiscus flowers when we were on vacation in Jamaica. They are such beautiful flowers. They come in a variety of colors as well.

Stampin’ Up! came out with their Humming Along stamp set, and I had to have it. It has a hummingbird, hibiscus and nice sentiments. There were also matching dies!

Newton’s Nook came out with a neat hibiscus stencil set during their latest release (July 19, 2019). I had to have it! It is a two piece stencil set that layers so neatly! I did the flowers first, and then I put the leaves stencil over that and colored the leaves in. I used daubers to color.

The hummingbird is colored with Stampin’ Up! markers, and then I huffed on the ink to rejuvenate it right before stamping.

I made four of this card. I will be keeping all of them for my personal use. Two have the Old Olive Thinking of you Sentiment, and two have a Calypso Coral Thank You sentiment. All four have the Old Olive ribbon.

I did not take a picture of the inside. It is a piece of Vintage Cream card stock. I used the hibiscus from Tropical Chic stamp set. I used the Rock N Roll technique by inking it with Summer Sun first and then rolling the edges on the Calypso Coral ink pad. I used the large leaf from that same set to decorate my envelope. Here is a link to the stamp set. There are matching dies as well!


Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamps: Humming Along, Tropical Chic, Heartfelt Blooms (Thinking of You sentiment)
Card Stock: Calypso Coral, Summer Sun
Ink: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Summer Sun (ink pads and markers)
Other: Old Olive Striped Organdy ribbon and Hummingbird framelits

Non SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock
Newton’s Nook hibiscus stencils

Thank you for stopping by!

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad


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I could seriously sit down with the bowl of this and a fork and eat til I cannot eat anymore. I love it! It is kind of a lot going on, but worth it!

I requested help from Chef Andrew regarding the spices for this recipe. I thought it would need more. I am so thankful for him and his patience with me!

I got to thinking after I made this that the frozen Mexican Street Corn from Trader Joe’s probably would have been AMAZING in this recipe. I am going to try that next time!

I baked my bacon as taught by Chef Andrew, and then broke it up into little pieces.

For the pasta, I used elbow macaroni and ditalini to use up partial boxes.

The original recipe I was working with can be found here:

Below is the recipe as I made it. Please enjoy!

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
2 cups pasta (small bow-tie)
3 cups corn (2 15 oz cans drained or 3-4 ears of corn)
1 large avocado, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 small Serrano peppers finely chopped
1 lb smoked bacon (baked or fried)
1 10 oz. queso fresco cheese
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup mayo
4 Tablespoons lime juice and the additional that went into the bowl as I attempted to measure
2 teaspoons lime zest
2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Make sure the pasta is completely dry.
2. Corn: if using corn on the cob: Heat the grill to medium. Pull back the husks to the base and take off all the silk from each ear of corn. Fold back the husks into place.
Place the ears of corn in a large bowl of water with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10 minutes and then remove from water and shake to dry. Place the corn on the grill, cover the grill, and cook for 15-20 minutes turning the corn every 5 minutes.
You’ll know the corn is done when the kernels are tender and easily pierced with a fork.
Alternative #1: use pre-roasted canned corn — drain and allow to dry. Alternative #2: use regular canned corn: heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes or until very hot. Drain corn and place in a single layer and cook for about 5 minutes stirring once in between or until browned. Avoid stirring too often as this will keep the corn from getting a good roast.
3. Meanwhile prep the veggies: chop the avocado into small pieces, coarsely chop the cilantro, very finely chop the Serrano
4. Bake or fry then crumble the bacon.
5. Crumble the cheese.
6. Add black beans if desired.
7. In a large bowl combine the completely dry and cooled pasta, cooled corn, avocado, cilantro, Serrano, bacon, and cheese.

**If you don’t plan on eating this in one sitting and immediately after making, don’t add the avocado. Add it in separately right before enjoying.**

Toss together.

In a small bowl combine all of the dressing ingredients and whisk together until completely combined.

Toss with the salad and enjoy!

Links to Stamping Stuff


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My dear friend Elise suggested that I create a post with links to where I do my stamping supply shopping.  I think that is a good idea.  She is one smart cookie isn’t she? 🙂

This got a little long winded, but it is full of a lot of info!

I do not get compensation for recommending any of these products. I just love the products and like to share good deals with my friends.

Stamps, Ink and Embellishments:
If you have followed me for any time at all, you know I am a Stampin’ Up! junkie. I absolutely LOVE their product.  It is all color coordinated, and it works very well to have your card stock, ink and embellishments all the same colors. I love the bundles they sell in which the dies and stamp sets coordinate.  If you need a referral to a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please let me know.  You can shop online here:

Card Base Card Stock:
For my white and cream/vanilla card stock, I buy from Papertrey Ink.  I love how heavy their card stock is, and I prefer my card bases to be a heavier card stock.
The Vintage Cream does come in other size packages, but I am pretty sure this is the best deal for your money.

Clear Bags:
I like to store my cards and matching envelopes (remember – no naked envelopes!) in clear bags. These are nice for gifting your cards if you don’t use a clear box as well. I love to gift my massage friend with thank you cards, and I prefer to put them in these bags so I can fit more into a gift bag rather than the 8 I can fit into a clear box (link coming up). I also like to put cards that I donate into these clear bags. The bags I donate include a card, matching envelope and a quarter sheet of paper with the inside greeting stamped on it facing outward so they know what it says inside without having to open the bag and pull everything out. Check into the economy shipping when you order, and consider ordering in large quantities with friends to share the expenses. 🙂×146.html

Regular envelopes:
If you are placing an order with Clear Bags for your clear bags, consider ordering your white envelopes from here as well. I have not used these, but with shipping it might work out better for you. Here is a link to the A2 envelopes through Clear Bags:

I order my envelopes from Heinrich Envelope Corporation. Back in the day when I was making cards to donate to our military, they were our go to company, and I still like them. I order 1000 envelopes at a time. Again, if you find a few people to order with you, split the shipping, and I think it works out better.

Card Boxes
If I am gifting card sets, I prefer to put them (most of the time) in these clear boxes. Now the description says they hold 12 cards and envelopes. My experience has been that eight cards are plenty in these boxes. They are easy to use, and I usually just wrap some pretty ribbon around the clear box and attach a tag. I have one card facing out on each side, and since our cards are so pretty, I don’t feel the need to wrap. If you are ordering card stock from Papertrey, consider ordering these at the same time IF you need them.

I bought my ATG years ago at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon. I was just looking online, and the only local place I can find it is Joann. Get yourself a % off coupon if you want to buy one of these. I love it. It is not heavy or difficult to use. Honest!

ATG Tape
I order my ATG tape from Tape Depot. I personally use the 1/4 inch, but I do have friends that prefer the 1/2 inch. Both are available from Tape Depot. I got all silly last tax season and ordered myself a full case. 🙂 Yes, it was a bit pricey, but it will not go to waste, and it works out to $1.09 per roll vs. $2.17 per roll if you only order 12. Please double check pricing. I have no control over price changes. They do occasionally send coupon codes via email (usually around holidays).

Standard ATG Tape (56720)

I do have two other stamping companies that I really like. I do not have much in my collection from either company, but they are both Wisconsin based companies, and I absolutely LOVE to support local companies. They have neat products as well. Please check them out if you care to.

Gina K Designs (Village Paper & Ink in Greendale, WI:

Newton’s Nook Designs:

Thank you for stopping by. I hope this post is helpful!

Fresh Mango Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken


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Hello everyone!

We received a mango in our Imperfect Produce box, so I figured making some salsa with it would be a great idea! This recipe sounded good, and it was.  I won’t say it was a favorite, but it did go over well.  I served it with a side of Knorr White Cheddar Queso Rice Side.

This smelled really good as it was cooking.  I loved how the mango flavor came out. I think, for my personal preference,  I needed to add more mango though. Next time I sure will! I think I would double it.

I used a Roma tomato. When I diced it up, it came to 1/2 cup, so I figured it was meant to be. 🙂

You can get some great taco seasoning from Savory Spice Shop here:

This recipe was found at

Fresh Mango Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken

1 1/2 pound boneless chicken tenderloins or breasts sliced thin
1 mango, peeled and chopped into small chunks
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (halved)
Juice of 2 limes
Cilantro, chopped (few pinches)
1.5 Tablespoons taco seasoning (divided)

Place onions in the bottom of your slow cooker, layer chicken evenly on top. Sprinkle one Tablespoon of taco seasoning over the top evenly. Add mango, tomatoes and cilantro. Pour lime juice over the top and sprinkle with remaining taco seasoning. Cook on high for four hours or low for 6.5 hours until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Enjoy!



Masculine Rooted in Nature Card


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I am so spoiled!  My dear friend Vikki let me use her Rooted in Nature stamp set and dies.  I have made a LOT of cards with them. Most of them are CASED, but I just love the cards. Today’s card is a Laurie original though!

Thank you tons Vikki!  Love ya!

I love this set because it is great for masculine cards. You know, the cards I struggle with.

I had a lot of fun embossing the leaves from this set into brushed copper card stock (retired of course), and I got to thinking, what about embossing the tree in copper.  I thought I had copper embossing powder. I do not. This tree was stamped with a copper ink pad and embossed with clear embossing powder. I tried it on brown and black. I am thrilled with how the black turned out. I tossed the brown piece. 🙂


The tree is embossed as I stated before, then I ran it through the Big Shot with the die, mounted it on brushed copper paper and mounted that onto Basic Black card stock. I think it looks sharp.

I haven’t put a sentiment inside this one yet because I am not sure what I will use it for.  It is a nice card for any occasion in my opinion.

Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamps: Rooted in Nature, Weathered
Ink: Encore Copper, Early Espresso
Paper: Brushed Copper, Basic Black
Other: Nature’s Roots dies, clear embossing powder

Non-SU! Product:
Papertrey Ink white cardstock

Stamp Set:
Papertrey Ink card stock:

Thank you for stopping by!

Elise’s Ramen Noodle Salad


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There is a small group of three of us that get together to make hand stamped cards, chit chat and, of course, eat!  Elise brought this ramen noodle salad to our last gathering, and it was very good.  I can easily see this being a great dish to pass at your 4th of July cookout or any party that you need to bring a dish to pass.  I brought home a dish of leftovers, and Tim really liked it too!  I’m glad I grabbed the serving I did when I did. 🙂

I will share the recipe as Elise gave it to me, but she made some changes to it and shared those as well.  I loved the changed up version.  Enjoy!

Thank you for sharing Elise!

1 pkg Brocco Slaw
1 pkg Cole Slaw (I used purple cabbage)
1 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup thinly sliced Red Onion
2 pkg Oriental Ramen Noodles (save seasoning packets go in the dressing)
1/3 cup red wine vinegar  (or blend with some Rice Wine Vinegar)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
2 packets ramen seasoning
Large Bowl: Mix brocco slaw, cole slaw, onion, and sunflower seeds
Small Bowl: Mix dressing and pour over the slaw mixture
Break raw noodles into pieces and mix into salad.
– I added a little more sugar to taste
– Onion usually gets chopped, but I found that slicing worked better with the longer pieces of the slaws
     – cut onion in half
     – cut a half onion again into halves or thirds from pole-to-pole to form 2 or 3 wedges
     – turn onion, and cut thinly across the wedges, and break apart
– Noodles will soak up the dressing, so don’t balk at pouring it all on
– If preparing ahead, I would suggest waiting to add the noodles until 3 to 6 hours or so before you serve


Heartfelt Bloom Sympathy Card


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I really thought I had posted this card already. I know I did over on Facebook. I think I’m officially losing my mind. LOL!

I just love this floral stamp.  It is so pretty. I have saved a ton of cards to CASE over on Pinterest.  This card does not have a butterfly. Crazy stuff huh?

I like the subtle colors for a sympathy card.  They are not my favorite card to make, but I do like to have a stash of them on hand.


Stampin’ Up! Product:
Stamp Set: Heartfelt Bloom
Card Stock: Crumb Cake and Perfect Plum
Ink: Crumb Cake and Perfect Plum
Other: Crumb Cake ribbon

NON SU! Product:
Scallop Corner punch, Neenah 110lb white card stock

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