Sunday, March 30, 2014

Vintage Styled Thank You Note

Good morning everyone.  I hope you are having a great day.  I needed yet another thank you note and I wanted it to be really special.  I decided on this vintage styled note.

Of course I needed some 3 Girl JAM supplies to pull it off.

Click on the pictures above to take you to the 3 Girl JAM store.  Be sure to use the code "CP10" on your 3 Girl JAM purchases to receive a great discount.

Other Supplies:
Echo Park This & That "Graceful" 6X6 collection
Recollections Spice Market cardstock
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream cardstock
French Doilies from Etsy
Hero Arts "All Occasion Messages" stamp set

How about a video?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, March 28, 2014

3 Girl JAM All Things Spring Blog Hop

Good morning everyone.  Welcome to the 3 Girl JAM All Things Spring Blog Hop.  We are so excited to be launching a new challenge and showcasing the gorgeous new LG Bundle.  We really hope you are enjoying the hop.  If you hopped over from the fabulous Nicole, welcome.  If you are just checking out DJ's Sundries today, you may want to start at 3 Girl JAM for the beginning of the hop.  Julie has some great blog candy to share.  Plus you don't want to miss any of the projects from the design team.

A little more about the new LG Bundle:

This fresh bundle screams spring showers and new growth.  You can pick up your bundle by clicking on the picture.  Plus, if you use the code "CP10" you can receive a discount on your entire 3 Girl JAM order.  Now onto my project.

I chose to play with the lemon-lime ribbon from the LG bundle and added some Iris to it to make these ATC's.  I also re-purposed some items.

Shirt tags and pins
K & CO paper
Basic Grey Serendipity and Shine On alphabet stickers
Crystal Stickles
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Unity stamp set - "Hello Pretty"
Clear embossing powder
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Foam tape, ATG, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents
Cousins butterfly charms

You might like to see the video here:

Be sure to hop through the hole hop to see some great projects from my design team sisters.
Here's the line-up just in case you get lost:
3 Girl JAM
3 Girl JAM Challenge Blog

Would you like an additional chance to win a fabulous prize?  Head over to the challenge blog and read the challenge rules.  Then link up your "All Things Spring" project for a chance to win.  You have nearly a month to enter so you have some time to order some pretty ribbon and make something fabulous.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sparkly Chevron Birthday Card

Top of the morning everyone.  I trust you are having a great day.  I have a super fun project that was inspired by Jennifer McGuire.  You can see her original video by clicking here.  My daughter really likes teal and brown and she also likes chevrons.  She recently celebrated her 19th birthday so I decided I would use teal along with the brand new LG bundle from 3 Girl JAM to create a sparkly fun birthday card for her.  I used silver to replace the brown.

The video will walk you through the glitter techniques as well as the card making process, so I am just going to list the supplies I used here:

Cricut Close to my Heart Art Philosophy cartridge and stamp set bundle
Teal and Grey cardstock from my stash
Paper Trey Ink white cardstock (card base)
Perfect medium and Pewter Perfect Pearls
Silver Glitter from EK Success
Teal glitter from a scrapbooking store (? brand)
9" Xyron
Heidi Swapp Chevron stencil
ATG and foam tape
LG Bundle from 3 Girl JAM (Click on the picture below to be taken to the store.  Be sure to use the code "CP10" to receive a discount on your entire purchase.)

If you are interested in the technique used to create the glitter background, please click on the video below.  It is a bit long, but it walks you through the entire card making process.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Distress Watercolor Thank You Note

Good morning everyone.  I have so many things to make right now that I spent some time recently crafting like mad.  I really needed to make some thank you notes and one of them had to be for a man.  There are so many fun things that you can do with Distress Inks and I have been really inspired watching Kristina Werner.  You can check out the video where I received my inspiration here.  It is pretty easy to come up with your own backgrounds by just taking a few simple steps.

I also wanted to join in on the current 3 Girl JAM challenge - Yellow, Orange, and Green with Ribbon.  Doesn't that sound like a good challenge.  I knew that the 3GJ Thank You flair and the Harvest Orange would be perfect for this fun card.  You can order your own by clicking on the links within the names of the products.  Don't forget to use the code "CP10" for a discount on any 3 Girl JAM order.

Other supplies used:
Distress Markers - Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Forest Moss
Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade
Watercolor Paper
Paper Trey Ink white cardstock and "Counting My Blessings" stamp set
Clear embossing powder
Recollections "Spice Market" cardstock pack (green)
Perfect Pearls spray (homemade)
1/2" Corner Chomper

The video below explains the process used to create this card (though I added the stitch lines after the video)

I am linking this to the current 3 Girl JAM challenge which you can find by clicking here.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Calm #3 Mixed Media Tag

Good morning everyone.  It is once again time to make a mixed media tag for a swap at Art & Sassy.  The theme for this month's tag was "doodling" and it was definitely a stretch for me.  I am not much of a doodler so I was quite nervous to implement this into a tag.  It ended up being fun to do.

Supplies used:
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (tag cut at 6.25")
Folk Art Pink Chiffon Pearl Paint
Recollections Clear Stickers
Sweet & Sassy stamps - The Future
Micron pens - black 03 and 05, purple
Bic Pens - Yellow, Green, Orange, hot Pink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
3 Girl JAM "Baby Girl" crinkle ribbon
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Grey
Pearl Bling (rope)
White eyelash trim
SEI "Charming" paper

How about a video?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Card of Encouragement

We all need to be encouraged sometimes, don't we?  Card making is one of the ways we can use to be an encouragement to someone.  This card was designed with just that in mind.

I absolutely love the way the 3 Girl JAM - Aqua Splash crinkle ribbon matches the designer papers.  It is part of the Caribbean Splash bundle and you can get yours by heading to 3 Girl JAM.  Be sure to use the code "CP10" to receive a discount on everything you order.

Other Supplies:
Iced Spruce Distress Ink
DCWV "Linen Closet" 4X6 pads
Sweet & Sassy "The Future" stamp set
Spellbinders "Labels 5"
Foam tape
Pearl bling
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thankful Beyond Measure

I have so much to be thankful for and I hope you do as well.  There is a special group of ladies in Farmington, New Mexico that I am particularly thankful for and I wanted to send them a card to express my gratitude.  I found these fun papers from the Basic Grey PB&J collection in my 6X6 pad stash and went to work.

My original plan was to use a cool technique I learned while watching Jennifer McGuire.  Unfortunately, that didn't come together well this time, so I'm going to have to practice a bit more.  I really like the whimsical feel the patterned paper adds to the card though.

I actually use quite a lot of thank you notes so I made 2 while everything was out.  They were slightly different so I decided to share the second one as well.

Hero Arts - Pale Tomato ink
Paper Trey Ink - "Counting My Blessings" stamps and die
Basic Grey "PB&J" 6X6 paper pad
Recollections "Spice Market" card stock
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, March 14, 2014

How about a haul?

Hello everyone.  I thought I would share a couple of haul videos I recently uploaded.  Hope you  are having a great day.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mixed Media "Calm" Tag #2

At the beginning of the month, I saw a friend post a very good question on Facebook.  Did March come in like a lion or a lamb?  It's been a bit difficult to tell for sure with the odd weather that we've seen.   I don't know about you but I think its definitely time for some more "calm" in my daily activities.  In fact, this tag was posted on YouTube and the 3 Girl JAM blog more than a week ago and is just now being posted here.  This set of tags had to include metal of some kind and I wanted to throw in some alcohol inks.  Even though I wasn't using glossy paper, I felt like I needed to try these.  I used quite a few other products and tried some new-to-me techniques.  Throw in some gorgeous 3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon - in this case  goblin green and iris  - and you are good to go.  Don't forget to use the discount code "CP10" when shopping at 3 Girl JAM for an extra little discount.

This tag used quite a few supplies and I will attempt to list them all below:
3 Girl JAM - "Iris" and "Dress White" crinkle ribbons
Tim Holtz - Word Bands, Melange tissue wrap, tinsel twine, Brushed Pewter Distress stain
Ranger alcohol inks - Bottle, Denim, Twilight Purple, Silver Mixative
Perfect Pearls spray (homemade)
Mod Podge
Foil letter Thickers from American Crafts
Bling from Prima, Want2Scrap, Recollections and Michael's $1 spot brand
Heidi Swapp - Chevron stencil
Inksentials - Foil sheets
Darice sequins
CTMH  "Art Philosophy" cartridge
Artist's Loft Modeling paste

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Marathon Cooking

When life is busy and days are long and tiring, its far too easy to grab dinner at the closest McDonald's.  That is not good for my pocketbook or my waist line.  I decided that it was time to fill the freezer with easy meal starters.  Like many of you, I have been pinning lots of freezer meals so I decided to start on Pinterest.  I headed to Over the Big Moon (click here).

To start with, I needed to figure out what I needed to buy.  I figured the easiest way to do this was to turn the recipes into a spread sheet.  I was then able to go through my pantry and make a shopping list.  Then I was off to the city to go to Costco and my favorite grocery store.  I have to say that I spent about $300, though I didn't use everything I purchased for these meals.  I did have quite a few of the staples on hand so $300 is a pretty good estimate.

*Quick tip - Saving the spreadsheet for future freezer cooking days will enable me to quickly build my shopping list.  Keeping it current as I add new recipes will create a master list.  Each time I sit down to create a menu, I can simply delete the recipes I don't plan to make that day.  Remember that you DO NOT want to save the list when you delete items or you will lose your master list.*

(Here is a glance at some of the items I used.  The Diet Coke was for me.)
 The next step was to cook the roast for the enchiladas in the crock pot overnight on Friday night.  It was ready to go when I was ready to start cooking Saturday morning.  Once I thought I had everything together, I looked at the clock and it was 10:25.  The first order of the day was to start with the spaghetti sauce and meatballs I had decided to add to the other freezer meals.  You can get the recipe for the meatballs here.

*Quick tip - when purchasing hamburger in bulk, I always try to choose the package that is closest to an even pound.  This enables me to more easily divide it into 1 pound packages for future meals.  The package that I chose for today's cooking was just over 6 pounds.  The meatballs took 4 pounds so I had 2, 1-pound packages to throw into the freezer raw.  Now I can use them for whatever I want.  You can also pre-cook it if you know you will be using it for things like tacos.*
The spaghetti sauce is something that we make every couple of months.  We just make it to taste and it starts with a gallon of tomato sauce, a couple of cans of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and ground sausage.  We add garlic powder, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, bay leaves, minced onion, pepper, and sugar and let it simmer in the crock pot for hours.  Since I was mass producing meals, I cooked it on the stove to speed it up a bit today.  While it was cooling, I moved on to the enchiladas.  Once those were finished, I packaged up the left over cheese and sent it to the freezer.

*Quick tip - A 5 pound bag of shredded cheddar was only $1 more than a 5 pound block.  Purchasing it already shredded was worth the 20 cents a pound to me.  Once I had used everything I needed for the enchiladas, I packaged the remaining cheese into quart bags and froze 3 and put the partial bag in the refrigerator.*

Stage 1 - 4 meals of meatballs, 4 spaghetti sauces, 2 pans of enchiladas, 3 quart bags of cheddar cheese & 2 , 1-pound packages of raw hamburger

Stage 2 was quick to follow using up the chicken thighs.  I had purchased 2 large bags of thighs at Costco (I think they were 6 pounds each), but was able to make the following meals using only 1 bag:

1 - Teriyaki Chicken, 2 Garlic Lime Chicken, 2 World's Best Chicken
The final stage required about 22-23 pounds of chicken breasts, but yielded a whopping 10 meals.

2 - Pineapple chicken, 2 - Cilantro Lime chicken, 2 - Creamy Chicken Italian-O
2 - Cafe Rio Chicken, 1 French Chicken, 1 - Sweet BBQ Chicken
* Quick tip - At each stage, I labeled the ziplock bags before starting to mix up the recipes.  It is much easier to label empty, clean bags.  Its also easier to keep things straight when the bags are pre-labeled.  Using a Sharpie brand marker is the best way to write on ziplock bags because they are less likely to smear. *

After everything was cleaned up, I glanced at the clock and it was 3:34.  That's makes 25 meal starters in just over 5 hours (not counting the roast that cooked the night before).  One pan of enchiladas was perfect for tonight's dinner.  I have to say that it was worth it.  There is a huge feeling of accomplishment knowing that there are plenty of healthy meals just waiting to be dumped into the crockpot.  Every one of them smelled delicious when they were being put together.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mini Postage Return Holders

Good morning.  I trust that you are having a great week.  I know that I am very happy to be at home today.  I did take some time to get a pedicure.  Aweeee. It was great.

Today I have 3 projects that I made for a swap at Art & Sassy.  "What are they?", you ask.  They are little pockets for a person to send postage in with their swap hosts.  They are so simple and I love the way they turned out.

I used the following supplies:
Card stock from K& Company.  They were just leftovers from other projects.
Flowers and lace with bling from Recollections
Red and kraft carstock from my stash
Purple paper from Core'dinations.
Tim Holtz "Odds and Ends" stamp with Memento tuxedo black
Magnet sheets from Walmart
Word bands from Making Memories
Prima "Say it in Crystals"
Cricut Artiste cartridge - "card-shift-R" at 4"

The original video I watched making these little holders can be found here.
My video:

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.