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October 10, 2008

Stamping Picture Frames and another Baby Card…

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 2:58 pm

A friend of mine welcomed his second son into the family at the end of June.  In celebration, I stamped a picture frame for the little guy, and didn’t want to leave his big brother out, so I stamped one for him too.  I’ve never made picture frames before, but this was pretty simple and they turned out almost exactly as I envisioned them!  The card that I sent with the gift is below as well…




October 8, 2008

Operation Baking Gals – Round 3

Filed under: Crafts,Food — monee2000 @ 7:45 am

Well, obviously I lied.  I said I’d be updating this more frequently, and I sincerely plan to at some point.  For now, I will at the very least entertain y’all with a post for the latest round of Operation Baking Gals

This time I baked for CPT Christopher Dalske, you can read a little bit about him here.  Considering that he’s the unofficial morale officer, I have no doubt these cookies will be distributed to all around him, and I hope he gets a couple for himself too!


So, what did I make?  Once again I pulled out that incredible cookbook, Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan and chose 2 different types of cookies.  The first are Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters – which as their name implies has a little bit of everything in them!  They turned out perfect – I really enjoyed them and they were pretty simple to make…


For the second cookie, I chose something a little different, and one that I would have probably skipped over time and time again in usual circumstances, but I’m glad I made them – they turned out pretty tasty!  They were the Honey Wheat Cookies and their main ingredient, as you can see from the pic below is Wheat Germ.  Who in the heck puts wheat germ in a cookie and makes it taste good!?!?  Dorie, that’s who! The lemon zest really kicked these up.  I think I will make them for my dad sometime soon, they are cookies I think he would enjoy!  And I might make a slight modification and sprinkle some sugar in the raw on top before baking to give them a little added sweetness, although these are good as they are!

And last but not least, is the card!  This time I included a card made by one of my very best friends, Courtney.  She, myself and my other best friend Joanne got together one afternoon and had a great time making cards that we then shared with each other.  This was Courtney’s first time making cards, and she did a GREAT job!  I helped her design the card (there was a template we needed to follow for the swap) and then she was off to the races!  I loved the final result!



I hope you all have an incredible day!  I hope to post again very soon!  I just need to sit down on afternoon, write a ton of posts, and then schedule them to post automatically throughout the coming month.  Then maybe I will be all caught up!  And THAT’S a feeling I don’t experience often! Ha!

In closing, thanks Operation Baking Gals for such an awesome event every month and a HUGE Thank You to Chris and those around him for serving our country.  May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand…

September 4, 2008

Chocolate Chunkers, Snickerdoodles and a Thank You Card

Filed under: Crafts,Food — monee2000 @ 1:16 pm


For my first month as a member of Operation Baking GALS, I got paired up with Susan from She’s Becoming DoughMessTic, who is actually the brainchild of this great event!  We are baking for Christopher Handy, who currently has a lot of young guys reporting to him, so in baking for him, we were also sending a touch of home to a lot of youngsters that are bravely defending our freedoms.  If Christopher or his guys stumble upon this blog, THANK YOU AGAIN for your service – I sincerely appreciate all that you do!

So what did I make and bake?  Well of course I couldn’t let the package ship out without a card.  I wanted it to be simple, yet represent a little bit about me, so here’s what I came up with…



This could very well be the fastest card I’ve ever put together!  And I liked the outcome a lot.  But the guys really aren’t going to care too much about a card, so on to the good stuff…  I had a lot of chocolate in my freezer, and I wanted needed to get it out of the house!  I was looking through Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, probably my favorite cookbook for sweets now, and happened upon Chocolate Chunksters.  I will say that when I was scooping out these cookies, I was a little leary that they would stick together and actually bake into a non-crumbly mess.  And then when they first came out of the oven, I thought that they might be TOO chocolatey and would melt into a blob before they ever made it over to the troops.  I’m crossing my fingers on that one still!  But the day I was packing them up, they seemed more like a chocolate base cookie with lots of peanuts in them.  I’m hoping that they survive, and if they don’t, then I’m hoping that someone likes a blob of chocolate and peanuts! 



In addition to these, I thought I would make the classic Snickerdoodles – I knew they would make it there without melting, and who doesn’t like the simple goodness of a light cookie with a little cinnamon sugar on top?!?!  I got the recipe from Jayne of The Barefoot Kitchen Witch (she shipped these in her Operation Baking GALS package too!)  Of course I taste-tested them before sending, and they came out perfect!  I hope the guys enjoy these as well…




And after:



Thanks so much to Susan for putting this together!  I look forward to baking again for the troops next month – I’ve already got the cookies I want to send in mind! :o)


God Bless!

July 13, 2008

Baby Showers and Birthdays!

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 10:57 pm

I was able to create a few cards this weekend for a baby shower for my good friend Melissa and then for some birthdays that we’re celebrating at work this week.  I leave for Birmingham REALLY early tomorrow morning – so I wanted to get these posted before I left!

The baby shower card was a bit of a challenge because she has decided to be surprised by the gender of the baby -so it had to be a gender neutral card!  While it was challenging, this is probably one of my favorite cards that I’ve made…

These were for the birthdays at work this week.  I am just kinda “eh” about them – I like them, but I probably won’t be repeating them.  The one with the orange background, I like, but I wish I would have used yellow instead of orange, but didn’t have any yellow paper on hand – I’ll have to add it to my order at the next stamp camp!

July 10, 2008

Stamp Camp – June 2008

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 8:07 am

The theme for stamp camp last month was ‘Watercolor’.  We used a few different techniques including water color crayons and using drops of ink as well.  Most people preferred the water color crayons, but at the time, I really liked just the tried and true drops of ink with an aqua painter.  After having a few days separation, my water color crayon projects (the pear and the flower) didn’t turn out too bad after all… Not sure if it justifies the cost of the crayons though.










The theme for swap cards this month was ‘sympathy cards’.  Here’s the one I created – you’ll recognize the color scheme and stamp set from the bookmark I made earlier in the month.  I love chocolate (the color, and the food actually) with most colors, so this is one of my favorite color schemes.  And it happens to be one of my favorite stamp sets too – I just don’t get to use it all that often!


All I\'ve Created


Next month there’s no set “theme’ for stamp camp – we’re just making a variety of cards.  And the swamp is based on a layout – I’m interested to see what people come up with – myself included!

June 2, 2008

Baby Shower Cards

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 2:32 pm

So I went to a baby shower for a friend this weekend and made a couple of cards that turned out pretty cute…
The first one was for a gift for the mom (vs. a gift for the baby).  A group of us went in and got her a gift certificate for a pedicure or a massage, but wanted it to be pretty.  So I came up with this ‘presenter’ for the GC:



And then for the gift that I gave her, this is the card I made:


More projects coming soon – including birthday cards, sympathy cards, and bookmarks!


May 30, 2008

Multi-Event Card

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 1:47 pm

Last year I got a friend a gift that was a little more than what I typically would give someone, but it was for his birthday, his new house, a thank you for always watching my dogs when I needed him too, and just for grins I threw in Christmas as well…

Here’s what the card I made to go along with the gift looked like (the colors are a little distorted because I scanned this one in instead of taking a picture of it – oops!):



I should have more cards to upload this weekend!

May 20, 2008

Stamp Camp – May 2008

Filed under: Crafts — monee2000 @ 7:21 am

So each month I go to “Stamp Camp” hosted by my Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  We typically do ~4 projects and then there is a group of us that bring a card to swap based around a central theme.  I thought I would highlight these each month and I post any random projects I do along the way as well…


This month there wasn’t a ‘theme’ for stamp camp (sometimes it revolves around a certain technique) and the theme for the swap cards was ‘Kid’s Birthday’.


Basic Cards





Gift-card Holder:


front (I’ll be changing the scallopped piece out, I’m not happy with that part of it…)




My swap card!  I love this one…


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