Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Little Red Wagon Challenge #170 - Jars!

Happy Wednesday!

it's my week to set the Little Red Wagon challenge and I don't know about you but I'm totally inspired by all the different ways people use jars, just search on Pinterest and you'll find hundreds.

So I thought why not have a challenge featuring jars. It can be a diecut, stamp, patterned paper or even a decorated glass jar.

I dug through my wagon, and using Basic Grey lemonade papers, the Papertrey Friendship Jar die and stamp set as well as the Button Boutique stamp set,created a jar filled with buttons to place on my card:

So why not play along with us this week and link up your creation over at Little Red Wagon.

We love to see what you create!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Cinnamon Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

I've been meaning to share this recipe for ages!

I'm not a big fan of banana baked muffins, loaves etc but this cake is not too banana'y'. And it makes such a large pan, it's terrific for a potluck.

The recipe is from The Idea Room blog.

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 dash salt
3 cups flour
1 pint sour cream (2 cups) or vanilla yogurt
Blend butter, sugar, bananas, eggs and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. In another bowl make the filling.

1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips (optional…but why wouldn’t you?)
Layer batter and filling twice in a 9X13 dish. Bake 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
* Sometimes the middle of the cake needs to bake longer. If so, put foil over the cake after the 45 minutes and bake it for another 5 minutes. Test with a toothpick in the middle to see if the batter sticks to it, if it comes out clean…the cake is finished.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Fun Photo on a Sunny Sunday!

I was cleaning out some of my online photos and found this fun photo of Brittany and I just had to share it!

It was taken at Smeeks in Phoenix last summer.

Hope you're having a good Sunday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Little Red Wagon - Text Me!

This week our Little Red Wagon challenge is to use text on your project.

I dug into my wagon, found some stamps and used script(it's still text isn't it?) on this card:

So dig into your wagons and if you can, please join us over at Little Red Wagon with your project, we love to see what you create!

Supplies used: Papertrey Ink - Background Basics-Postmarks, Happy Hydrangeas, Tiny Tags, Ripe Avocado cardstock/ink and Hibiscus Burst ink ; Stampin Up - Soft suede ink; Prima- Branch bark ink;Daisy Bucket - stamp

Friday, January 18, 2013

Some Handmade Christmas Cards and Gifts

Although I loved all the Christmas gifts and cards I received this past Christmas, the handmade cards and gifts are extra special to me.

And so here I am belatedly showing them off, but better late than never right?

So here we go.

From Jeannie, this embellished bottle brush tree.

From Regan, this lovely card.

From Linda, this gorgeous card.

From my Mom, this pretty card.

From Karen, this pretty treescape card.

Also created by my Mom, this glittery card.

From Kathryn, this pretty card.

From Dave and Sandy, this blue themed card.

From Dee, a card with a gorgeous photo of her family.

From Avril, this embellished teatowel.

Aren't they all beautiful?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Little Red Wagon #168 - Get into Shape

Happy Wednesday!

It's this week's Little Red Wagon challenge!

Tammy is challenging us to use a repeated shape on our project.

I created this card with repeated tag and heart shapes.

Dig into your wagons and if you can, please join us over at Little Red Wagon with your project, we love to see what you create!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Christmas Sweets, Decor and Charades

Well , here I am finally posting some photos from Christmas.

One of the things I look forward to every year, my Mom's baking.

Gingerbread, tarts, peanut brittle, fudge and more, all so so good!

And then for dessert, the traditional crepes frangipane and  a new recipe, black forest pavlova, both so good!

Mom's  seasonal village.

Mom's pretty  centrepiece.

Brianne and Dan wore matching sweaters!

And then after we warmed up with pictionary, we played charades, not sure what Steve is acting out here.

And Sherry's interesting pose.

It was a really fun day spent with and enjoying family.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Gift Wrap Ideas

Although I haven't officially made any New Year's resolutions this year I have a couple of goals in mind for 2013, one of which is use the stuff I have!

A great way to up bits of lace, trim etc is to use them to wrap gifts.

I wrapped a couple of gifts this past Christmas in kraft paper then added some lace, ribbon, pompoms etc:

I hope to share more gifts wrapped using bits of stuff I have throughout the year.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Little Red Wagon #167 - Bring on the Bling!

Time for another Little Red Wagon challenge.

This week Jan is challenging us to use bling on our project.

I created a card with a bit of bling, well ten 'blings' to be exact:

This card uses Prima Fairy Flora paper, Prima bling, With Love Cuttlebug border along with lace, flower and twine from my wagon.

So if you can, please join us over at Little Red Wagon with your blinged up project, we love to see what you create!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

2012 Christmas Tag Swap - Part Two

I'm back with the second batch of tags from my Christmas tag swap.

From Linda, this cute tag featuring the very current chevron:

From Grace, a cute snowman tag with a crackled finish that is barely visible in the photo:

From Dee, a sweet mitten tag with gorgeous embellishment:

From Jeannie a very pretty, kraft tag featuring upcycled packaging(from a Disney purchase) on the layered flower:

From Monica, a beautiful, very layered tag turned into a work of art:

From Brenda, a pretty golden embossed angel tag:

Another look at my dress form angel tag, very similar to Brenda's:

And finally Kathryn's tag was a tile turned coaster layered with pretty christmas papers:

All such unique tags, I love them all, thanks to all the ladies who participated!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Little Red Wagon - Happy New Year

Hello everyone!

Today is our first Little Red Wagon challenge of 2013.

Joanne has selected a New Year's theme.

I found a sweet vintage image online then created a card using items from my stash:

I even dug deep into my wagon to add a bit of Stickles to the roses.

Please link up your new year creation over at Little Red Wagon, we love to see what you create.

And thanks for stopping by!