Made for Lots of Fun

Clear Scrap and Kaisercraft Scalloped Album

This album was made for “lots of fun” using Clearscraps Scalloped Square Album and

Kaisercraft’s “Hello Sunshine” 6 1/2″ paper pad.

  • To make the album even more fun and colorful, I sponged each page front and back with cactus green StazOn ink.



Clear Scrap Kaisercraft Scallop Album pages 1 and 2

Clear Scraps Kaisercraft Scalloped Album pages 3 and 4

Clear Scraps Kaisercraft Scalloped Album pages 5 and 6

Pictures from Sue’s Holiday Workshop


2014 Holiday Workshop Group Pic #18

As promised here are the pictures from this years Holidays Workshop.

I must say that I liked all three of the group’s pictures.  (not one eye closed)

2014 Holiday Workshop Group Collage

Thank you, to all the wonderful ladies that came this year to my Holiday Workshop,

I had so much fun.  O.K., I have fun every year.

But…I think this year’s group which included 9 new people was even more fun and enthusiastic

than ever.  I loved spending my Saturday creating with you all.

I was on such an adrenaline high after it was all over that I didn’t fall asleep until well after midnight.

For those of you that couldn’t come this year, we missed you, I hope to see you next year.

2014 Holiday Workshop Deflecto SignHoliday Workshop plates and sign

I love the chalk board frames that I received from my Deflecto Design Team box this month.

They worked wonderfully with my theme.

2014 Holiday Workshop Pic #2 2014 Holiday Workshop Pic #1

I made the Candy Cane Suckers with the help of my adorable grandson, Nick, who got sprinkles

everywhere and my lovely daughter-in-law, Bonnie.

I wouldn’t have been able to pull this all off with out her help.  Thank You, Bonnie!

(The Candy Cane idea is from Pinterest, you can see the pin here)

Thank You Again to everyone who came and helped.  (I kind of wish it wasn’t all over.)

Sue’s Holiday Workshop Recipes

I promised the ladies last Saturday at my Holiday Workshop that I would post my Sugar Cookie Recipe and Cheese Soup Recipe today.  (So Ladies, here it is)  Tomorrow, I’ll be posting the rest of the pictures from the workshop.

For the rest of you:

I know I’ve shared my favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe here on my blog before.

But, I think the meaning this recipe holds for me bears repeating.

When I was a new bride (32 years ago) I asked my mother for her Sugar Cookie Recipe.

(It was a Tupperware Recipe.)  She wrote it out on a piece of notebook paper.

Sugar Cookies

(I have always loved my mom’s handwriting)

It is now yellowed, stained with vanilla, brittle, ripped and creased.

But it is priceless.

Several years back after my mom was diagnosed with Dementia and she could no longer write

her name, I realized how important that piece of paper really is.  I now keep it in a protective sleeve.

I can help thinking of my mom every time I make them.

Sue’s Sugar Cookies

  • 1- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Cream sugar & butter, add egg & flavoring, mix thoroughly.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in.  (I dump)
  3. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375°.
  5. Divide dough in half & roll out on lightly floured Tupperware pastry sheet.
  6. Roll thin, but thick enough to pick up the design with the Tupperware cookie cutters.
  7. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each cutting.  Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible.  The least amount of working with the dough gives the best cookie.
  8. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 7 to 8 min. or until delicately golden.


Cheese Soup

  • 1 Qt. Water
  • 2 Cups Diced Potatoes
  • 1/2 Cup of chopped onions (optional:  I don’t add onions to mine)
  • 4 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Bag of Frozen California Mix Vegetables
  • 1 lb. Velvetta Cheese loaf  (also good with a little  extra)
  1. Boil potatoes, onions in water & cook.
  2. Add frozen vegetables & cook.
  3. Add mushroom soup and cheese.
  4. Heat & Serve

Do not allow soup to boil.

* I make this soup every Christmas Night.  After a long day of eating heavy foods it’s nice to have something warm and light to eat.


One year ago today…

After the Storm 11-17-13                                                                                               (photo from the Peoria Journal Star)

If you were to ask anyone who lives in the town of Washington

“What were you doing one year ago today?”

They can do you one better and narrow it down to the minute.

Everyone in town can tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing

at approx. 11 o’clock that unseasonably warm Sunday morning in November.

It was a day that changed our town and the lives of everyone who lives here.

There were 1108 homes damaged, 580 destroyed in just our town.

I don’t know how many in the surrounding towns.

It’s been a long tiring process for those who’ve had to rebuild.

And for many it’s still a long way off.

Yesterday at church, they gave crosses to the members that had lost their homes in last

years tornado.  (The crosses were made from old church chairs that dated back to 1912.)

Seeing the large number of families standing receiving their crosses was a somber reminder

of how much our church family and town was affected.

Washington strong 2    I remember.


Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts and more.

Upcycled Jewelry, Bags Belts and More

I was recently asked by Linda Peterson and Cisco Books to review Linda’s latest book

Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts and More.

As soon as I received the book, I immediately sat down and thumbed through all the pages.

I was amazed at the unique and creative ways that Linda uses everyday found objects.

Have you figured out what she used to make the belt on the front cover?

Soda Can Tabs!

Linda has added beautiful, detailed pictures with easy to follow instructions that makes

recreating these projects a breeze.  If you enjoy Indie crafts and up-cycling everyday

found objects then I highly recommend this book.

Frosty Winter Wonderland

Smoothfoam Snowman and Tree

Create your own Frosty Winter Wonderland using Smoothfoam’s Snowman and Tree Shapes and a 6″ Smoothfoam Disc.

Supplies Used:

  • Snowman Body
  • 2″ x 3 1/2″ Tree
  • 6″ x 1″ Disc
  • Textured Embossing Paste
  • Acrylic Paints:  White, Green and Brown
  • Paintbrush
  • Stickles Glitter Glues:  Frosted Lace, Diamond
  • Micro Brads:  Black, Red
  • Bamboo Skewer
  • Orange Marker
  • Brown Ink-pad
  • Ribbon, Buttons and Christmas Embellishments
  • Small Red Doll Sock
  • Craft Glue
  • Old Toothbrush


  1. Cover the Snowman, Tree and Disc with the textured embossing paste using your finger.  Allow to thoroughly dry.
  2. Gently dust the Snowman and Disc with brown ink using the paintbrush to accent the texture of the paste.
  3. Paint the Snowman with Frosted Lace Glitter Glue.
  4. Paint the Tree with Green Acrylic Paint, speckle white paint onto tree using an old toothbrush.
  5. Paint the Tree and Disc with Diamond Glitter Glue.
  6. Decorate the Snowman with Small Micro Brads for the eyes, the tip of a bamboo skewer colored orange for the nose, small red doll sock with the tip tied with twine for his hat, teeny tiny red buttons and a red and cream gingham bow.
  7. Insert Red Micro Brads into the tree for the Christmas Lights.
  8. Assemble onto 6″ base and glue into place.

It’s not too late to Sign Up… (NOW SOLD OUT)

Due to a few last minute cancellations…
We have a few openings in Saturday’s Holiday Workshop.
It’ll be a fun day of Holiday Crafting, Good Friends and Yummy Food.
Oh… Did I mention everyone wins a Door Prize?

Email me at: to sign up.

Holiday Workshop Post Card


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