Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Our 4H club held our Activity day the end of January. We received an email with various things offered for the kids to do. (Some of these projects will be judged for the state fair later this summer.) When I shared the list with Hailey she had her choices picked in an instant, Hunter on the other hand is a schedulers dream! There was only one activity he really, really wanted and he was wide open for whatever else was available!! When the schedule for the day was emailed back to us, Hunter was not so sure about learning how to make lefse! He had only tried it once before and was not a big fan. Lefse is one of many new to us Norwegian foods we have discovered since moving to North Dakota.
 On Activity day time came for the boy to head to the kitchen, the nice lady demonstrating how to make lefse is one of Hailey's BFF's great-grandmother. She showed the the kids how to rice the potatoes and mix the dough, and then one by one each took his/her turn rolling out the dough until it was paper thin. Then using a long,flat woooden stick the rolled out dough is moved to a hot round lefse griddle. It browns very quickly and forms bubbles, which you smack with the stick to flatten. The stick is used to turn the lefse to cook the other side and then to remove it from the hot griddle. Butter is spread over one side and then it is topped with a good covering of cinnamon sugar before it is rolled up and eaten. Much to Hunter's surprise he really does like hot lefse (cold lefse, not so much.)

 I am using the Project Life system to try and get our stories documented. I used the Seafoam Core kit for my title card and a Design A Page Protector. I embellished with a little Washi tape (hurray for finally using my Washi tape!) Thickers, and Kaiser Craft yellow pearls. The little journal piece on the bottom left picture was cut with my Cameo.

In case you you want the recipe you can find one here-->

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Until later~

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Christmas Ornament Card 2014

 I found making my Christmas cards this year was so much easier once I had everything organized!!  Having everything in these baskets made it so much easier, and I didn't lose any time looking for lost supplies!
Once I decided on my layout and supplies I took a short cut that saved me tons of time. I wanted to use my Spellbinders scalloped rectangles for a couple of layers, but didn't want to crank them one at a time! So, I used my Big Shot to die cut one of each size I was going to use. Then I scanned those two die cuts with my printer, I was then able to use those files with my Cameo! I didn't need to cut my cardstock down to use in the Big Shot nor did I have to cut them one at a time! I was able to cut my 8.5x11 cardstock using page fill and they were cut very quickly.

 Instead of making a traditional A2 card I chose to make a hanging ornament. I stamped my sentiment on the back and added the year. (Oh my, looks like this one could have been lined up better. Opps!)
I used the Close To My Heart Mary and Babe stamp colored with Copic markers and popped the brown layer with foam tape. I used a tiny hole punch to make the tiniest hole to thread my cord through. Even though I made a lot of cards and each card had several steps involved it ended up being quite easy to mass produce.

I love my little basket of Christmas ornaments.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Halloween Mantle Decor

So, I forgot to post these last fall. Hubby had some 2x4s left over from a project and I claimed them. After he was so kind to cut them to size for me, I sanded them down, gave them a quick coat of paint and cut  some vinyl. I think they all turned out really cute!

 This is my basic mantle. 

 2x4 cats and pumpkin and jack o lanterns. I found the ideas on Pinterest and the vinyl faces were a file I downloaded from a Silhouette Facebook page.
(I never did decide how I wanted to add a stem to my pumpkins. Next fall I will commit to a stem! LOL Still not sure if I want to use a branch cut to size or a square block of wood.)

 My FAVORITE piece! (The files for the vinyl faecs came from a Facebook Silhouette page.) I love the mummy, I think she is so cute! Frankie is pretty cute too! 
(Ha! Looks like the top of my (stemless) pumpkin is cut crooked. Funny it doesn't look like that in person.)

Here is a happy trio of jacks. (What do you think of adding large nails as stem for these cuties?) I used these for Thanksgiving simply by turning them around to the backsides which don't have faces.
I do have a couple more things I want to add next fall. I just need to remind myself to not wait until the last minute to make them!
You can check out my inspiration by following these links:
Thanks for stopping by to see my Pintrest inspire Autumn mantle!
Until later~

Monday, January 12, 2015

NASV Note-Taker's Bible Review

I am a self-admitted Bible collector! I am always on the look out for a new Bible. Up until a couple of years ago that meant I was searching for a new King James Version, I then received a New International Version as a gift from my husband and things began to change. I have taught children’s Sunday School since 1983 and I found for the little ones I like to read the New Living Translation. When the New American Standard Version Note-Taker’s Bible came up for review I knew I had to have it!
 New American Standard Version Note-Taker’s Bible is the first Bible of this translation I have read. It is written in easy to read and understand modern language. This Bible also has the words of Christ in red; something I am finding to be more rare. In the back of the book there is a concordance, Promises from the Bible, Prespectives from the Bible, Ministry of Jesus, Teaching of Jesus, Miracles of Jesus and Parables of Jesus sections. These are nice additions to the NASV Note-Taker’s Bible, even if this is not an actual study Bible.
 Other than the version the thing that sets this bible apart from my other ones is the large margins for writing notes or Bible Journaling. I prefer being able to make notes right where I am reading instead of keeping a separate journal. I have taken advantage of the wide margins to doodle, draw and share my thoughts. 
I do not mind the hard cover, for once I think it actually works better for note taking. I do wish there was a little more space for writing.

**I received this Bible through the BookLook program in exchange for an honest review.**
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hailey's Santa countdown

I love kid crafts and crafty kids! That may be one reason I have taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for ages. And now I am involved in Hailey's Girl Scout troop. My own kids were involved in crafting from birth, and now they are both very talented and so creative!
This year Hailey made a Christmas countdown using cardstock and a file from the Silhouette store. It was so cute and she was so proud of herself.

 She wanted to write the numbers on the circles and and use them in Santa's beard. (It would have been cute using cottonballs too.)

She was telling me how cute he is, I agree.

 She is so proud of doing a good job.

hahaha or should I say Ho ho ho, she is so funny. 
This was a fun and quick craft and she enjoyed doing it. We did respite that week 3 times with boys!! The boys were playing video games so this gave us some special "girl" time together.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Home decor Family sign

Our 13th wedding anniversary is coming up the end of this month. It is so cold here (-45* on Sunday) and the kids are back in school, so to pass a little time I made myself an anniversary gift. I had seen an image online of birds on a branch, I immediately fell in love. It reminds me of hubby and myself with our 2 little birds.

I traced and cut the image with my Cameo, but not before I added weeding lines. Oh my, adding the weeding lines made weeding that font a breeze!! Thank you Youtube!!
 I painted my 1x10x24 with some brown acrylic paint before applying my vinyl. The hardest and most time consuming part of the whole project was deciding on the font I wanted to use. (By the way, it is from a free font site and it is called Precious)
Right now my sign is sitting on my mantle, I still need to decide where I am going to display it.
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Until later~

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My top 5 posts of 2014

A quick look back over 2014 brings a little surprise of my top viewed post of the year. But before I get to that I am going to share my next 4 top viewed posts.

My fifth most viewed post was my 2014 back to school layouts.
Number 4 reminds me of all the trouble I had making my Christmas cards. I never did share my finished card but instead had fun making this card. 
Cards, cards, cards came in at number 3.  
World card making day- Finally in 2014 I actually made cards on World Card Making day!!
And my most viewed post is............
 My 4th of July mantle!! After living here almost 3 years, I finally decided to change my mantle monthly. I am not sure why I never thought of that sooner! I have found this is the perfect spot to show case my Cameo projects! 
 (By clicking on the pictures you will be able to view my original post.)
Thank you for looking back over 2014 with me!
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Until later~