Sunday, May 30, 2010

Patriotism

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            Please remember those men and women who keep us free today as you enjoy your holiday

                                                                                AND

                         Please join me on Tuesday and link up as I’m launching Tool Tuesday

               I’m anxious to be able to see what tools you have in the creative side of your life!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Going totally PRETTY Pink Saturday!

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Hi my Pink Saturday friends! I am here again to continue the celebration of  Pink Saturday's

Two year Birthday! ( I actually thought it was last Saturday!)

I’m sure we’re going to have a record turnout of Pink Beauties today and I love a pretty Pink Goodie or two, so that’s my vision for this party!

Lovely Clusters  is a blog I just recently stumbled upon and OH IT’S PRETTY, but it can be capital T trouble because the goodies link to Etsy beauties you may never have seen before like these…

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                                      These goodies were all in the “pink” category there.

                            Here are the links to the Etsy stores too in no particular order…

                                        Sunshinescot                       City Chic Country Mouse

                                        Sweet Gracies                      Gathering Vintage

                                        Simply Hue                          Leaves and Feathers

                                       Honey Pie Design               The world is my Studio

                                       Sandra Darling                     La Marquise des Anges

                                       Afiori                                        Life through the Lens

                                                      Package in Style

                                  Have fun browsing the Etsy shops and you’ll LOVE the blog

                                                                       Lovely Clusters

                            Have a beautiful Pink Saturday and please visit my Pink Saturday friend

                                                                   Tiffanee at One Crazy Cookie

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Family

Hi, Friends! I thought I’d share a couple of the professional photos our family had recently and how I’ve embellished them with my scrapbook creator…

Here’s the entire family…

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(Left to right: Husband Michael, Daughter Megan & her baby Madison and husband Oliver, my son Ben, Suzie Button, son Daniel, and daughter Katie)

This family portrait is a rare event around here, we hadn’t had a family photo since Katie was like 3 years old and she’s 21 now! EEK! I always just did the kids alone, always trying to lose weight, blah, blah, well, now I’m heaviest I’ve ever been and I just don’t care anymore, I want a family photo!

Next you’ll recognize my Miss Madison, my first sweet Granddaughter…

abfam3 Now you must admit this little face IS “Serious Sweetness”!!!

Next I found a sweet quote, and I think it really added to the feeling of the picture, don’t you?

abfam5 I have to admit I was quite nervous when this photo was taken! I am just off the camera there, ready to jump if Madison decided to take a swim in the reflection pool! ha!

Well, I could create on my scrapbook creator software all day, but I must stop now and get to work in my job! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tool Tuesday Debut!

atooltuesday                                             I’m a tool addict…. I want all the gadgets, all the goodies!
                           Whether it’s sewing, scrapbooking, creating an embroidered gift or a pillow
                                                    to grace my bed, I’m always looking for a new tool to
                                                                                 create with!
                              Sometimes it’s a conventional tool like the basics, scissors (lots of sizes!)
                                                                           thread, stickers, paper and glue
                                                   But more often what really gets me going is seeing a tool in use…
                                               via a video tutorial, a blog, or from a friend or a magazine…
                                                                                        Then I WANT it!
                                        This is a blessing and a curse, because you should see my chaotic craft room!
                                                            I think you’re familiar with what I’m saying…
                                        and I thought we could share our tools and what we’re using them to create!
                                 To begin “Tool Tuesday” I thought I’d share my NEWEST gadget…..
                                                            DRUM ROLL…..

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Yes, it’s a Sizzix Big Shot! It is a Mother’s Day gift to myself! Yippee!
What made me want this tool was seeing a blog hop party at Eileen Hulls' Thoughts from my Studio where they used the Sizzix Cake Die
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              And there were creations like this…
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                                                                   And this…
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                                                        Karen Burinston's I am not left-handed
              What I really liked about the features of the Big Shot were that it is universal and can
                                                       use any other brand die-cut, plus there are a lot of 3-D dies to
                        make awesome cards and boxes, etc. which really was exciting to me as when a craft
                                is 3-D, to me it becomes “real” not just a flat object, so it’s like it’s come alive!
                                 What tools do you have and how do you use them and what do you create?
                           Please join me on Tuesdays for “Tool Tuesday” and add your McLinky and join in!
            Here are the rules..
1. Share your tool and your craft and post it.


2. Share anything using any kind of tool that could result in goodies that include, but not exclusive to cooking, knitting, sewing, painting, paper crafts, metal crafts, blah, blah, blah... anything using a tool of some sort.

3. Please don’t link up to promote your blog post or another linky party.
     Also please link to the post for Tool Tuesday, not your blog.

4. Post my cute button on my side bar with a link back to Suzie Button Creations.

                    

Friday, May 21, 2010

Celebrating Pink Saturday!

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Yes, we’re having a Party Today and you’re invited! We’re tooting our horns and putting on

                      our special occasion outfits just to celebrate Pink Saturday and our lovely host Beverly

                           because this is our anniversary! Yes, Yes, it is!afree2

                                 Let’s announce our party to all!

                                               Please invite your friends, and I’m inviting some, well, one of my

                                                            FAVORITE party friends!

AMadMay                                                     Yes, it is! It’s none other than Miss Madison!

                                                       She’s wearing the ruffles and blowing some bubbles to say welcome!

                                  Attention! Attention! All party friends need to wear a Party Hat!

afree11                                                                   Martha Stewart Party Hats

                                            I’ve strung a garland and I’m preparing the punch…

afree13                                                                 Martha Stewart Festive Garland

                                                Well, LOOK, it’s Beverly herself, our lovely host!

                                                        And she’s brought flowers! How sweet!

afree6                                                           Yes, Beverly, those will be lovely on our table!

afree17                                  Well, what is a party without delightful and Yummy party food!

                                      What’s that, you say? Suzie Button, what is on the menu?!

                      afree3                                                                                        DIVINE!

                                       Please let our French waiter seat you, my Pink Saturday friend!

afree21                                                                He is a bit flirtatious but you can’t beat a French man!

                                                   Here is your appetizer…

 afree20                                                 Martha Stewart Summer Squash with Basil Pistou

                                             Yes, please enjoy yourself!

                                                      Now onto our main course…

afree22                                               Warm Chicken, Mushroom and Spinach Salad

                                                                                Delightful!

                                                 Would you like a side dish also?

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                                       After such a sumptuous meal, you might like to stretch your legs  a bit…

                                                                          Maestro! Music, please!

afree27                                                      Ah! Such a lovely tune, I think I shall dance!

afree4                                                                        OOHHH! Maybe I’m kicking just a smite too high!

                                                                                                 EEEKKKK!

                             Let’s retire to the gazebo for dessert….

afree30                                  We have a very sweet and summery dessert made especially for you!

                                                                         Layered Caramel Cake

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                                   Oh, thank you for noticing my summer decorations!

                                                 Yes, I did make them myself!

       afree31                                                        Martha Stewart Star Medallions

                                       We’ve hired entertainment for this special event also…

afree32                                                               How appropriate, a PINK poodle!

                                                            It’s been wonderful having you here!

                                                  Madison and I hope you’ll come back soon!

amay 017              Special Love and Thanks to Free Pretty Things for You for the FREE vintage images!

What you create Blog Party!

Hi, Friends! I'm a bit slow getting my post up today, but I don't want to be left out, so I'm scrambling here!
I'm joining in today on Andrea's What you Create Blog Party!
I LOVE to sew and just don't have as much time for it as I used to, plus I love swaps! I thought I'd share an oldie today with you that I made in my very first swap back in 2008 when I first started blogging...
It was a Wizard of Oz swap and I made this for my partner...
My first full length apron ever!
It was a tremendous amount of work, but I was so pleased with how it turned out!
I stitched "Close your eyes and tap your heels together three times and think to yourself, there's no place like home" on the apron ties!
I then wanted to complete the Dorothy ensemble in how I packaged it up...

Swaps are so much fun on both sides, the creating in our craft rooms
and the receiving of a box full of goodies on the other!
I hope to visit you in your craft room as we spread the creations in this blog party!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Embroidery Heaven!

Have you seen the latest DYI video?!! Love the beach towel and washcloth caddy!

I also love the embroidery tape they mentioned in the video and the threads up in the giveaway? Well, to-die-for fantastic if you embroider like I do!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Friendly Bloggers

Don’t you just love the most how friendly and sharing our blogger friends are?!

                                 I DO!

Thanks to my new blogging friend Elaine from At Home with Elaine for sharing where to find the book images at ScrapBlog.com

apoem2                                                                                This I Love!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Digital Fun!

I’m a fan of digital scrapbooking and seem to go in and out of phases where I’ll create a lot with digital and then I get away from it for a bit.

I was looking for some cool freebies out there, and my goodness are there a LOT of wonderfully talented and generous digital image artists out there!

I created this today in the middle of working my everyday job…

Adayin           the gorgeous lace background I found for FREE at Wishing on a Starr 

                            and the scrolly detail on the picture at Kelly Jos

                                     Beautiful gorgeous baby picture by Heather C. King Photography

This journey to find digital scrapbooking elements today all began because I found this beautiful blog… A Creative Mint who has amazingly gorgeous photos and drop-dead gorgeous digital frames and this one  really caught my eye…

aaabook                                                                                Pretty! Pretty!

  I wanted a digital book like this one for my blogging pictures and so I started googling…

                    I never found one, does anyone out there have any leads for me?

                                               What are your favorite digital sites?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Love at first sight?

                           Oh, well, not quite really at first sight, but DEFINITELY at first Bite!!!

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                                                   Here’s the recipe….

Peanut Butter w/ Chocolate Glaze Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

For cupcakes
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk

For chocolate glaze
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

To make cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin cupcs with paper cupcake liners

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until smoothly blended and lightened in color, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed during mixing. Mix in egg. Add vanilla and beat for 1 minute or until batter smooth.

On low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture and mixing until the flour is incorporated and the batter looks smooth.

Fill each liner with a generous 1/4 cup of batter, to about 1/3 inch below the top of the liner. Bake just until the tops feel firm and are lightly browned and a toothpic inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22 minutes. There will be cracks on the top. Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes in the pan on wire rack.

To make chocolate glaze
In a medium saucepan, heat the cream and butter over low heat until the cream is hot adn the butter has melted. The mixture should form tiny bubbles and measure about 175F on a thermometer; do not let it boil.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the milk chocolate and let it sit in the hot cream for 30 secs to soften. Add the vanilla and whisk the glaze until it is smooth and all the chocolate has melted. (Return the glaze to low heat if necessary to melt the chocolate completely, whisking constantly.) The glaze should be thick enough to hold its shape when spread over the cupcakes. If it is too liquid to spread, let it sit at room temp for 5-15 minutes, depending on the temp of your kitchen.

                             The recipe is from….

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                                                 Really, You must try this recipe! It’s double YUMMY!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pink Saturday Memories

Hi Friends! I am posting this morning instead of my usual late Friday evening for Pink Saturday

because I had been out late last night to see Little House on the Prairie the Musical here in Dallas

as part of the summer musicals!

It was such fun watching the story unfold of beloved characters from the Little House books that I remember just devouring when I was about 12 years old….

                              There’s “Ma” in her Pink prairie dress!

aprairie             I thought the musical was very well written and of course you can still hear the “half pint”

      in the  sweet voice when the wonderful Melissa Gilbert spoke! She has such a distinctive voice

                                        to me that epitomizes who Half Pint was.

aprarie2                                           Thoroughly enjoyable!

                                                     Please visit Alaina over at Arbor House Lane also on your

                                                                     Pink Saturday visits!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Beep! Beep! Here come the Cowgirls!

Yes, I’m still in just the beginnings of my craftin’ for the Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat coming up in June!

I’m still working on scrapbooking pages for a swap and a little bit of a book to follow suit!

I purchased the CUTEST Cowgirl image on Etsy from Vintage Bella's Shop and used it on the cover of my cowgirl scrapbook….

apc 002                                           Isn’t she a doll?!! I used a vintage rhinestone horseshoe for the closure!

I then found the cutest cowgirl truck stamp at Stamp Asylum in Plano, TX thanks to some sweet

help from their girls there and I used it as the end of my album, with a little surprise inside the trunk…

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                                   It again made it onto a page too….

apc 003                                            Pull out the card and write down the memories from P.C.!

                                              And just one more page to share today…

apc 005                          I’m trying to use elements that aren’t necessarily considered “cowgirl” and

                               integrating them into the overall effect to add some interest to the layout.

                                           Scrappin’ is FUN!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Simple Elegance

Sometimes beauty isn’t complete when you first find it…

       As was the case with this silver lovely I found at

                          Girls Gone Junkin'       

asilver 002           All the elements were there, the scrolly handle and legs…

            Plus the vintage patina on the silver…

                But the inside had no bottom!

T hat’s ok, it’s a great price and I can fix  her up….

asilver 001              Now the simple elegance is beginning to shine through!

        Plus she’s just perfect to hold the shimmery flowers

                                           I’ve made…. asilver 005                                                                              Yes, simply elegant!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Vintage book makeover

I was over at My Desert Cottage signing up for her blog “Where I create” party (You need to sign up too if you haven’t already!) and I was going through her tutorials and found a very easy and fun tutorial to turn a vintage book into a Desk Organizer.

I had a vintage book that I actually picked up in Paris when I went for a girl trip at the flea market…

abbook 004                        It has a gorgeous leather-like cover and I knew it would be perfect for this!

                                       I began folding all the pages, one by one…

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                                      And I scrounged through my images and papers to use and to

                                      create a nice vintage appearance to go along with the book…

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                                               And before I knew it I was finished…

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                                           A little more stamping on a vintage envelope to start off what it

                                                                      can hold now for me….

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                                                                          LOVE it!