Monday, July 30, 2012

More Fall Cards

Fall ... the season of change and I sure wish it would hurry up and do so! If only wishing would make it so. :)
This is not a typical sized card, but rather a tall ... skinny card.  Sometimes you gotta change it up a bit.
  Embossed background - Cuttlebug embossing folder. 
Leaves - Cricut Designer's Calendar cartridge
 Rake is handmade and inspired by my love of old garden items.  The more modern rakes on my Cricut cartridges just didn't give the aged feel I was looking for ... so I created my own by cutting strips of cardstock and gluing together.  To make the rake tines more realistic I curled down the tips.  

I purposely tried to rough the edges of this card for something different.  
Cricut Cartridges:
Simply Charmed - tree
My Community - fence
Designer's Calendar - leaves
That's it ... nice and simple.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Well, the triple digit temperatures continue on. :(  I figured my family needed something to help them beat the heat and I knew the perfect recipe for this.  Doesn't it look YUMMY?! :)
This recipe comes from one of my favorite Country Cookin' cookbooks.  It's really simple to make and it tastes like a Peanut Buster Parfait from Dairy Queen.  To get the full enjoyment it's best to let it freeze for several hours or overnight if you can.  Perfect make ahead dessert for that summer potluck.  Enjoy!

Buster Bar Dessert

1 pkg. Oreo cookies ... crushed
1 C. butter - divided 
Half gallon vanilla ice cream ... softened
1 lb Spanish salted peanuts
2 C. powdered sugar
2/3 C. chocolate chips ( I prefer semi sweet )
1 can evaporated milk 

Stir together crushed Oreo's and 1/2 C. melted butter.  Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Spread ice cream over the top of the Oreo crust and sprinkle with peanuts.  Place in freezer.  In a medium sauce pan add remaining 1/2 C. butter, chocolate chips, evaporated milk and powdered sugar.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.  This is the best hot fudge sauce and it's so worth the time rather than using store bought.  :)  Once you remove from heat let it cool.  Once cool spread over the top of your dessert and put back in freezer.  It's best once it gets good and frozen so don't rush it. ;)  Remove from freezer 10 or 15 minutes before serving.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012


With temperatures remaining in the triple digits and no rain in sight ... all I can think of is FALL!  The balmy afternoons and cooler nights make me want to bake, cook and enjoy home.  It's absolutely my favorite season.  For now I will have to resort to crafting and dreaming about it. ;)   
I created this card using the Grand Madison Window die.  Leaves are from the Cricut Designer's Calendar cartridge.  Pumpkin is made with a 1" circle punch.  I hand curled  thin strips of cardstock to add to the pumpkin stem.
I love the colors of fall ... they are so pretty.  I am finding in my crafting I love the addition of an unexpected color such as the blue along side traditional fall colors.  Pattern paper is from DCWV.  It's the fall stack from a couple years ago.