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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Dog Cards

 The card above is made using heart shapes!  I used heart shaped dies I have.  A fun card to make:-)  I have used some SU DSP for the background as well as the strip at the bottom of the card.
These two photo's (above and below) are of some new Stampin' Up! card I got last week.  I was very disappointed with it as it does not fold neatly, but ends up with creases in it where I don't want it creased.  No matter how careful I was, it would not fold without the extra creases.  Very disappointing:-(  I ended up not using it as it did not look very nice.  For most of my cards I use cheap card from the $2 shop, and I have NO problems with it at all.  At $2 a pack of 20, I will definitely keep on using it.  

 Another dog card, once again made from heart shapes!  I wonder if I can make cat ones...?!
I made this card and gift bag from some Stampin' Up! dies and stamps.  The little white bag with gold stars came in a pack of six, from a local shop.  There are 6 bags for $3.  The stamp on the card say's, "...because you're awesome", and below it I stamped "Happy Valentines Day".  I forgot to photograph it after I had stamped it!  I made another card which I also forgot to photograph, and now I have posted it...oops!
Thanks for visiting, {HUGS} from me to YOU:-)

Saturday, 6 February 2016

What Do You Do With The Empty Box Your SU Stuff Comes In?! get in, look cute, get comfortable, turn around three times...
 ...and go to sleep for the rest of the day!
Well, that's what "Romeo-Valentino" did the day my Stampin' Up! things arrived recently!  He loved the noisy brown wrapping paper inside the box - the same paper I wanted to make paper flowers with - and just flopped down in the box for a big snooze! 
So, THAT'S what you do with the empty box your Stampin' Up! things come in...
P.S. what you can't see, is the fan beside him keeping him cool!

Two Cards and A Stamping Trick!

 I saw this cute dog card on Pinterest and just fell in love with him! (If this is your artwork, please let me know so I can give you credit!) He's made from heart shapes, even his tongue!  This one will go in my punch art book where I keep all my punch art idea's.  I will make another one to put on a card.
This card (above is one I made for a friend of mine who ALWAYS gives me a huge hug every time I see her.  She is such a lovely person and I just wanted to tell her how much I appreciate her and her awesome hugs!  She loved the card when I gave it to her:-)  I used Stampin' Up! dies, stamps and DSP for the card.
...and here's the stamping trick!  I had die cut these red and white flowers and stuck them on the white heart shape.  There were too many white spaces between the red flowers, and I wanted to stamp little flowers there.  Problem?!  When I put the tiny red flower stamp on my acrylic block I couldn't stamp as the block was too chunky and wouldn't fit between the big red flowers without squashing them.  I solved the problem (challenge?!) by getting one of my small peg stamps and sticking a tiny glue dot on the flat (top) end of the stamp, then sticking the tiny flower stamp to it and then stamping the tiny flower stamp where I wanted it!  If you look closely you can see the tiny flower stamp on the end of the peg stamp.  It worked perfectly!  The flower stamp came off easily once I had finished, without any damage to either the stamp or the peg stamp!  I have often had this problem and now I know how to solve it!
It's a wet day today and looks like the rain is set to last all day so I will be indoors stamping!  Happy New Zealand Day to all the Kiwi's reading this!  Have a great weekend!  {HUGS} from me to YOU:)

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins...Gluten Free!

...and they taste DELICIOUS!!  And here they are...
After seeing the dietician again I am back to being gluten free again.  I went off the gluten free diet for about a month just before Christmas.  I was finding it too hard and overwhelming.  However I have now been gf for 8 days!  I found a GREAT recipe for the above muffins, and believe me, you would not know they were gf as they taste soooooooooo yummy!  Here is the recipe:

Apple and Cinnamon Gluten Free Muffins)
2 1/2 cups self raising gf flour (I used Edmonds, a New Zealand brand)
2 tspns cinnamon (I added an extra tspn of cinnamon)) 
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 small size apples (I used three, it made the muffins nicely moist!)

Heat oven to 190C.
Mix flour, cinnamon, and 2/3 of the brown sugar in a bowl.  Make a well in the centre and add milk, oil and egg.  Mix with wooden spoon, and stir until just mixed.  Don't over mix or the muffins will be too firm when baked. Peel and grate 2 1/2 apples.  Fold into mixture.  Spoon mixture into muffin tins. (makes 12 muffins)
Thinly slice the half of the apple and add slices to tops of muffins. Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar onto the top of the muffins.
Bake muffins at 190C for about 20-25 minutes.  Stand in tins for 5 minutes when baked then transfer to a wire rack to cool.  If you want to you can drizzle with honey.  (I didn't, but it sounds yummy!)  
Previous to baking these, I had not had any success with baking gluten free.  Nothing tasted right and nothing was actually edible! 
BUT!!  I can assure you, these are seriously yummy!  I will definitely be baking some more of them, and soon!  This recipe makes 12 big muffins and I put them in the freezer to keep them.  When I want one I take one out of the freezer and put it into the microwave for 48 seconds (heating time will vary with microwaves) and in less than a minute I have a delicious fresh tasting muffin!
The added bonus of baking these was, the entire house had a beautiful fragrance of apple and cinnamon through it!  Even my cats seemed to like the smell!
I got this recipe from here  an it was in the gluten free section.  This is an Australian website and I find it really good.
The muffins were SO nice that after baking them I ate just wasn't enough!
I am not doing much stamping at the moment as it is sooooooooo hot/humid that I haven't got much energy/
motivation.  I also chopped my finger in the fan recently and haven't been able to use that finger as I had it taped up with stitches tape.  It's getting better now but the heat and humidity has got to me:-(  I am still enjoying checking out YOUR blog though, and will be back stamping on cooler days!
Thanks fro dropping by, {HUGS} to YOU from me:-)

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Happy New Year Card!

This is a card I made a couple of weeks ago. It has been sooooo hot and humid here, that I just don't have the energy to even lift a stamp off my desk, never mind actually stamp with it!!  The humidity has hit with a vengeance and it just knocks me off my feet.  I am spending a lot of time in front of the are my cats!
I cut the 216 using my Cricut machine, and for the heart I used a Stampin' Up! punch.  It was quick and easy and the recipient loved it!  The words are a SU stamp as well.
Gotta go, I'm melting all over my computer...
Thanks for visiting, {HUGS} from me to YOU:-)

Friday, 8 January 2016

OMG! Another Christmas Card?!

 Oh wow!  I'm off to a good start for my Christmas cards for next Christmas! This is another one based on the Jingle Belle Challenge: "Something Old Something New" theme for Christmas cards.
I have used my NEW star dies (yes, gain!), and my NEW border die, for the "New". 
 This (above) is the inside of the card.  For the "Old" I have used the stamp of the rubber stamp, (had it for years!) and the word stamp on the small cream coloured card.
 Also for the "Old" is the snowflake die on the front and inside.  I have had that for many years and have used it on millions of cards! The other "Old" is the punch I used for the mitten.  That is a Stampin' Up! punch I have had for a few years.  
This was a fun card to make and obviously it will need toe sent to a rubber stamping buddy!  Today is a good day to make cards as it is pouring down with rain outside:-(  I can't do anything out in the garden today (well, I could teach my tomato plants how to swim!) so I thought, "Why not stamp, Sunshine?!"  And I did!
Thanks for visiting, {HUGS} from me to YOU:-)

Thursday, 7 January 2016

First Card For 2016!

I follow Lorraine's blog and she is playing along with the Jingle Belles Challenge.  I thought I would give it a go!  The first card idea is "Something Old, Something New".  I have used my NEW star dies, and for the OLD I have used my "Merry Christmas" stamp I have had since time began!  It was a challenge because my brain is in "holiday" mode and did not want to take the hand brake off! Eventually inspiration flowed (well ok so it only 'trickled'!) and the card was made!  So here you are Lorraine M, my first card using my new STAR dies!  Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks for dropping by, {HUGS} from me to YOU:-)