Friday, 8 December 2017

November Challenge Swap

Despite an extended vacation in a warm holiday destination (take me back), I managed to get a card done for the November challenge.
I kept it simple and just used one set of Dienamics in a rainbow of colours. I'm low on birthday cards after making so many bee cards so I thought this would be useful and it came together pretty quickly which was also key.
Here's the die set I used...
And Keri used the Lawn Fawn Oh Snap! to make this adorable card...
Another monthly challenge in the books. Our December group card swap is coming up. It's always fun to see what everyone comes up with. Stay tuned.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

October Challenge Swap

Whaat? Me again? I needed to post our monthly swap cards. Neither Keri nor myself thought we would get them done but we both managed and on time also.

I used a new MFT die and I followed an idea I saw on Pinterest. Doubled it up so it had more depth and used my favourite Kraft and MFT stitched flowers (which were expensive so I'm making sure I get my monies worth by using them frequently).

When I find the time, I'm going to build a homemade light box and try and get better pictures of my cards. Hey, maybe that will make the 18 in 18 list.

And Keri used the Doodlebug Cream and Sugar collection for her card. Who doesn't love Doodlebug?
We are having so much fun with this monthly challenge. I can't believe we have kept it going for so long. It's a great idea to motivate yourself to get something done and use up those previously untouched items. It's also a great excuse to get together and have coffee with a friend.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

More Bee Cards

I'm back with the remainder of the bee cards that I made for the Crop...
I love this one from Lawn Fawn.
Another one using the Sissix Bee dies and a great font set from Penny Black
This one might be my favourite. I bought the bees to go with the paper and used the Penny Black Sentiment set again
Oh wait, this might be my favourite, I just adore Kraft and the stamps on the envelope were a nice added touch.
Then I prepped 50 of these for a make and take using a cute foam bee sticker. Too bad its a little washed out. The colours were really vibrant and they all went for a toonie each.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Bee cards

Whaaat? Another blog post? I finally can share some of the cards I've been working on over the last few months. I actually made 120 bee cards and was able to use them at the fundraiser for prizes and to sell. I must admit that not all of my ideas were completely original but I tried to use the products that I had and each card quickly became a new favourite. There were a few bee themed items that I never got around to using but I had to draw the line somewhere.
Here we go....
I loved using Washi tape for this card

This card was simple but I liked the popped up bee on the flower

I'm a big fan of the Sissix flip cards and they happened to have a bee die set as well.

I love the trailing heart, I think? it's Lawn Fawn
This card was soft and pretty. Perfect just to send a note.

That's it for today. I need to save some "ammunition" for another post.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Loonies for Lindor Cont'd

I have a few more photos to share from the Fundraiser. Thanks, Lori.
Yep, I baked all that bread.

Guess the honeycombs

Me and my girl, Friday/Keri

It was a busy day. I have passed over the much appreciated cheque to Autism Dog Services and I finally have all of the boxes sorted and put away and thank you letters sent. Many businesses helped to make this event a success.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Loonies for Lindor 2017

The Fundraiser was so busy I only remembered to snap a few photos. What a great day raising over $6000 for Autism Dog Services.
We were able to set up the night before which was great. SO many people chipped in as its a really big job.
Everyone got a really nice set of gifts including a loaf of freshly baked bread.
Liz made these super cute table numbers with a jar of honey as the base....
We had amazing raffle tables thanks to all the generous personal and corporate donors...
Here are just a few of the gifts that we had on our tables...
Lindor didn't win the giant sack of Benny Bully's but she was happy that a few Crump's Naturals products made it home.
We are happy to get back to our normal routine. Still unpacking and putting away all the boxes but happy with how the day went and looking forward to handing over a big cheque to a deserving organization.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

August and September Challenge Cards

Keri and I have been so busy getting ready for the Loonies for Lindor fundraiser, we barely got our cards in. But we had already doubled up because we missed August so we didn't want to get any further behind. WE managed to complete our 2 cards for the challenges. I'll go first because I think mine are a little more basic...
I used YOUR NEXT STAMP coffee stamp and die which I love and came up with this....
I love decorating the coffee cup. There are lot of options in this stamp set.
And I did a flip out card with a branch die that I had borrowed from Keri. I think? it was Altenew but I've given it back so I can't check. And we know what Keri's favourite bird is...
I love these flip out dies by Sissix. They take the guess work out of design.

Keri made this adorable card using MFT Elephants....
It's just the cutest little guy. I may have to borrow this set down the road.
And then she did an equally cute card..

This time using the Lawn Fawn Sunflowers. Perfect for a Fall birthday.
So we have kept up with our challenges. Not sure if October will be accomplished or not. Might have a bit of a delay on that one as well.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Girl's Getaway

Another great time of scrapbooking and hanging out with the best girlfriends at a lovely cottage with ALL the amenities. We had such great weather it was really hard to stay indoors and crop but we had some lovely times sitting out watching the day drift by. AND I got almost all  my bee cards done for the upcoming fundraiser.

I didn't have a lot of time to prep my food as I had been quite busy with a family wedding so I pulled out this old faithful that is so rich, it doesn't even require frosting plus its easy to make and keeps fresh for a long time.

Chocolate, Chocolate Cake
1 package Devil's Food Cake
1 6 oz package instant chocolate pudding mix (dry)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix everything together. Stir in chocolate chips and pour into a well-greased 12 cup bundt pan.
Bake at 350F for 50-55 minutes or until top is springy to the touch.
Cool thorougly in the pan then turn out onto a cake plate. Could be iced or dusted with icing sugar. 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Fudgy Brownies

Yikes! Loonies for Lindor registration opened this week and its been Cra-Cra!  SOLD OUT within hours with our biggest group yet. I'm excited yet a little stressed. The support is incredible and I can't wait to lay out our raffle table.

In the midst of all this, I was asked to make a few squares plus I'm starting to bake for the wedding of this special girl.
So I pulled out a reliable brownie recipe that I've been using for years. Sometimes I use the Company's Coming recipe which is a really popular post on my blog but I like this recipe as well.

Fudgy Brownies
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
2/3 cup cooking oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine flour, sugar and cocoa,baking powder and nuts. Set aside. Combine oil, eggs and vanilla.
Add to dry ingredients. Do not overmix.
Spread in a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until pick is clean.

Hint - I find they look slightly undercooked but when you take them out they tend to firm up, while remaining fudgy in the middle.

Frost with chocolate frosting if desired.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

July Card Swap

We had our cards done right on time and swapped but I'm only getting to posting now. It's been so long, I couldn't remember which cards we made so I had to ask Keri. And I just titled it the AUGUST card swap but its really from July. It's been a crazy month and the prep for our Loonies for Lindor fundraiser is kicking into high gear. It's so fun seeing the prize donations come in. It's going to be spectacular this year!

 So back to the cards. Keri used the adorable Aquarium stamp from Your Next Stamp that we had been eying for awhile.
And here is her card. The pop up creatures just makes the card.... and the hardwood floors. I can't even...
And there is a little doggie on it so its a WIN.WIN.

My card was fairly simple. I wanted to use the new scalloped border die that I got from Simon Says Stamp and I think my dog stamp was from Penny Black but I can't be sure....
I know the sentiment is a Penny Black sentiment. I love it and the words ring true.

We are going to double up our cards in Sept and miss August because we are both too busy to focus on our swap. So check back later. That doesn't mean we don't keep ordering new supplies. LOL.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lemon Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

It seemed like a lot of frosting when I was slathering it on the cake but it turned out to be just the right amount. This cake was a hit at a recent dinner party that I was invited to, at least with one of the guests who also ate it for breakfast the following morning. It's nice and light and lemony and you could put this frosting on a piece of cardboard and it would be tasty.

Lemon Bundt Cake
1 package of lemon cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1 3.4 ounce package instant lemon pudding mix (just the dry)
1 cup oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp lemon extract
1 Tbsp lemon rind

1 package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tsp lemon extract
3 1/2 to 4 cups icing sugar
1-2 Tbsp of milk
1-3 Tbsp of lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon rind

Prepare bundt pan by greasing and dusting with flour. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Beat cake ingredients together and pour into bundt pan. Bake 50 - 55 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Prepare frosting and spread on cooled cake. Enjoy. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit

I finally broke down and subscribed to the monthly card kits at Simon Says Stamp. They are a little pricey with the US exchange but I thought it would push me to try a few different products and techniques. Well, the last kit was certainly NOT in my wheelhouse and did I really like it. NO, not one little bit. But I'm frugal and the deal that I made with myself was that I had to make at least 6 cards with each kit or cancel.

So my friend Corrina and I got together and we each made 3 cards using the kit. I will copy hers and she will copy mine and this kit is history!

I also used a sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches so its a win! win!

This is one of the cards that I made and I know exactly who I'm sending it to...
Here's the other 2 cards that I made with the kit...