Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday Treatz


Happy Halloween

For a fun meal before the little spooks Trick or Treat,
make or purchase a Pumpkin Shaped Pizza!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday Tipz


Baking supplies are usually on sale before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Visit the local grocery and big box store to stock up for the holiday (and beyond) baking. 

Many products can be placed in the freezer for a longer shelf life.  

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Make Itz


This is a project that looks hard, but is very easy.
Many treat boxes can be made in a short amount of time to
be used for all types of activities. 
Just coordinate the paper and embellishments to fit the theme.


Pattern Paper (not too thick or it won't 'twist')
Double stick heavy duty tape
Small treats to fit inside


Use a 4.5x6.5 paper stack pack--no need to cut paper to size
(StampinUp has packs with 48 sheets of paper)
Make sure ends aren't taped in the same direction, but opposite--one end
is horizontal, the other vertical. This is what makes the treat box.

Finished Twisty Treat

Paper Stacks            

Double Stick Tape

Take one piece of paper and roll it 'long ways.' Tape to make a cylinder.

Press down one end, tape shut.

Add treats, 'twist' and tape opposite side shut.

Punch embellishment out of glitter paper. Attach.

OR add a bow or pre-made embellishment.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday Treatz

This recipe looks YUMMY. It is in the November 2013 Issue of Country Living Magazine.
Go to for more info.
I haven't tried it yet, but plan to on a cold winter day.
Love the smell of bread baking in the oven.

Buttermilk Biscuits

This recipe has been tested by Country Living

Cream cheese is the surprise ingredient in these bite-size delights.

Recipes adapted from Callie's Biscuits & Southern Traditions by Carrie Morey. Copyright 2013 by Carrie Morey. Reprinted by permission of Atria Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster Buy the book

Nutritional Information
(per serving)
Total Fat10g
Saturated Fat--
Total Carbohydrate37g
Dietary Fiber1g
buttermilk biscuitsChristopher Testani
Yields: 10 biscuits
Total Time: 40 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Oven Temp: 500
U.S. Metric Conversion chart
  • 2 cup(s) self-rising flour, plus at least 1 cup more for dusting work surface
  • 1/2 stick(s) butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon(s) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup(s) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup(s) buttermilk

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F, with a rack set in the middle. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, butter pieces, and cream cheese, using your fingers to cut in the butter and cream cheese until the mixture resembles cottage cheese. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add the buttermilk, and mix with your hands or a small rubber spatula.
  2. Sprinkle flour over the dough. Run a rubber spatula between the bowl and the dough, then sprinkle the exposed dough with more flour.
  3. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface. Generously sprinkle dough and rolling pin with flour. Roll out to a 1/2-inch-thick oval. (Do not knead.)
  4. Pour about 1/2 cup flour into a small bowl. Dip a 2-inch square metal biscuit cutter (see Note) into the flour; then cut out biscuits, dipping the cutter back into the flour as needed (as long as the dough remains wet on the inside, you can use as much flour on the outside as needed to handle it). Gather excess dough, roll it out to a 1/2-inch-thick oval, and continue cutting biscuits as above. Place biscuits, sides touching, in a cast-iron skillet or baking pan fitted with parchment. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.
  5. Place pan in the oven and immediately reduce temperature to 450 degrees F. Bake biscuits until tops are golden, 16 to 18 minutes, rotating halfway through.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Websitz


One of the projects I took to work on at the crafting get away was a
revival of the ONE SHEET WONDER template.
The technique involves cutting a 12x12 or 8.5x11 sheet of pattern paper to
embellish size A2 card bases made from neutral card stock.
The idea is to have as little waste from the pattern paper as possible.
10-15 cards can be made from 1 or 2 sheets of paper.
This is a great project when many cards are needed and/or
to jump start creative juices.  Double sided pattern paper will give more options.

-Use a simple template for your first project. The cuts I needed to
  make were complicated. 
-Find time to just cut out the pattern paper.
-Label envelopes to store the pieces until you are ready to put cards together.
-Have base cards cut and scored before adding embellishments.
-Lay out the cards before attaching to base card.

Check out these websites for more instructions and simple templates:

click here

click here

Here are some examples of cards I made with my OWS template and paper.
I made 15 cards from two 12x12 pieces of paper--no waste! Awesome! 
I added words and more embellishments.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday Tipz


S-t-r-e-t-c-h your crafting supply budget by watching for sales and
using coupons at your favorite stores and websites.

Check this one out:

Stampin' UP has 25 sets for 25% off for their 25th anniversary.

click here then click on store to see the list.

Email me at with your order before the weekend
so we don't miss the SALE!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday Treatz


Craftin' with Suz got a wonderful treat with a gracious invitation to
the Smokies to attend a papercrafting convention.
This is a new conference for me, so it will be fun to check out different vendors.
I will return next week inspired with new ideas!

 click here to read more about it. Click on Sevierville.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday Websitz

Check out the Duck Tape Website for some fun Holiday craft ideas,
especially the Halloween Ideas. Go to the 'Ducktivity' link on the website.

click here

Duck Tape® Trick or Treat Bag

Ducktivity provided by Duck® Brand

Be prepared for all the tricks and treats this year with this personalized Duck Tape® Halloween bag.
Skill Level
Approximate Crafting Time
25 Minutes

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Freebeez


Carving a Halloween Jack-o-Lantern has come a long way from the days
when we cut triangles for eyes, nose and the mouth.

Here is a link for free pattern downloads. Just print and carve!

click here

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday Treatz

This looks like an easy yummy recipe for Autumn Holidays found on!

No-Bake Pumpkin Butter Pie

By , Guide

no bake pumpkin butter pie
No-Bake Pumpkin Butter Pie
Diana Rattray

Pumpkin butter and cream cheese make up the filling for this quick and easy no bake pie.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 jar pumpkin butter, 9 to 12 ounces
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups whipped topping, thawed, and more for serving
  • Prepared graham cracker crust


Beat cream cheese, pumpkin butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon on medium speed of electric mixer until smooth and well blended, scraping the bowl occasionally. Fold in the 2 cups of whipped topping. Spoon into the prepared graham cracker crust and spread to smooth the top. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday Websitz

Halloween Crafts

here's a great resource for fun Halloween crafts and decorations, click on link:

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday Tipz

Planning Ahead

Even though we are crafting our Autumn projects,
it's not too early to start planning Winter Holiday crafts and gifts.
Craft magazines and websites have some great ideas.
Fix a cup of your favorite warm drink, put on your cozy PJ's, find
your comfy chair, grab your crafting resources and
take an evening to start gathering ideas!

Whoooo says it's not too early?

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Saturday, October 5, 2013


October 5th is World Card Making Day

Make a simple card and send it to someone who may need a 'howdy'!

Never Underestimate the Power of a Card, especially a handmade one.

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
        Maya Angelou

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Funnyz

There's a (Weird) Word for That
(from the October Reader's Digest)

-Petrichor--the scent outside after it rains
-Jillick--to skip a stone across the water
-Bibliobibuli--those who read to much
-Epeolatry--worship of words
-Pogonotrophy--the act of growing and grooming facial hair

What weird words do you know?

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday Treatz

Pumpkin Spice!

Fall is Pumpkin Spice Season.
Many coffee shops offer pumpkin spice beverages.
Flavored creamers can be purchased at your local store.


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Websitz


It's October and time to start thinking about Halloween crafts, treats and decorations!

click here for the Organized Home Website filled with great ideas!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuesday Tipz


Add deep purple to your Halloween cards, layouts and decorations. 
Deep dark purple embellishments, paper, diecuts, etc. can add a midnight spooky look to your 
paper craft projects. 


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