Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
There will be make and takes, layout contests, goodie bags, classes, prizes galore, meals & most importantly....vendors to shop from!!!!!!
This event is gonna run from 10AM until 11PM ~ that is insane!!!!!! If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see ya there!!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Hope everyone is ready to be spooked!!!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has never been easier! For a limited time, you can choose one of three different Starter Kits—stamp–focused, scrapbook–focused, or home décor–focused—and each one is only $119 (including business supplies)! Or, choose the standard Starter Kit—featuring $350 of stamping and business supplies for only $249—and get a stamp set of your choice from the new catalog for FREE!
Celebrate World Card Making Day!
From October 4-11, in celebration of World Card Making Day, get 20 percent off Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Sent® card kits and Card Elements—no additional purchase necessary! World Card Making Day celebrates the art and creativity of handcrafted cards, and these kits contain everything you need to create and embellish beautiful cards every day.
Stampin’ Up! is celebrating their twentieth birthday by giving YOU a 20 percent discount on a selection of birthday stamp sets with a $20 purchase of any Stampin’ Up! products. Birthday stamps are some of the most popular and widely used, so take advantage of this special offer before it ends October 31!
From October 1-November 30, host a workshop of $350 or more and get a FREE stamp set from the Fall-Winter 2008 Catalog Sampler in addition to the already fabulous hostess benefits! Space and time are limited, so schedule your workshop today!
From October 1-31, you can get a single large-tip Aqua Painter® for only $8.50. The Aqua Painter is an easy-to-use water coloring brush that gives fantastic results. A single Aqua Painter has never been offered before, and may never be offered again, so be sure to take advantage of this special offer today! For more information on any of these limited-time offers, contact me today.
Spooky Spider Décor Elements
Spooktacular Spiders Just in Time for Halloween!
Make your home and Halloween projects spooktacular this year with Spooky Spider Décor Elements! Decorate your candy jar to thrill the treaters, or adhere it above your door to scare off the tricksters. Spooky Spider comes in three sizes and is priced low so it won’t break your candy budget. These spiders won’t hang around long, so contact me today to get your Spooky Spider Décor Elements before they vanish into the night!
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114761 114764 Décor Elements Spooky Spider (S) $6.95
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114763 114766 Décor Elements Spooky Spider (L) $17.95
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Word has it that this is an actual letter from an Texan woman who sent her opinions, all typed up in one nice (some may say lengthy, but eloquent) letter to Proctor & Gamble, in regards to their feminine products and their current ad campaign ~ Have A Happy Period. Have a happy period. Are you kidding me? Why don't they have a joyous root canal! If the advertising slogan exec who came up with that little gem is a woman, P&G needs to do us all a favor and take her out now - she doesn't deserve to belong to the sisterhood. If it's a man, I'm really not surprised. I'm sure he's out there at this moment campaigning for effervescent mammograms and hallelujah pap smears.
I think Wendi has done a superb job at touching on some of issues that bother her (along with those belonging to most of the female population). Just thought this deserved a post to share with the sistah’s!!! Can I get a “Woot Woot Wendi”?
Dear Mr. Thatcher,
I have been a loyal user of your ‘Always’ maxi pads for over 20years and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without theLeakGuard Co re or Dri-Weave absorbency, I’d probably never gohorseback riding or salsa dancing, and I’d certainly steer clear ofrunning up and down the beach in tight, white shorts. But myfavorite feature has to be your revolutionary Flexi-Wings. Kudos onbeing the only company smart enough to realize how crucial it isthat maxi pads be aerodynamic. I can’t tell you how safe and secureI feel each month knowing there’s a little F-16 in my pants.
Have you ever had a menstrual period, Mr. Thatcher? Ever sufferedfrom the curse’? I’m guessing you haven’t. Well, my time of themonth is starting right now. As I type, I can already feel hormonalforces violently surging through my body. Just a few minutes fromnow, my body will adjust and I’ll be transformed into what myhusband likes to call ‘an inbred hillbilly with knife skills.’ Isn’tthe human body amazing?
As Brand Manager in the Feminine-Hygiene Division, you’ve no doubtseen quite a bit of research on what exactly happens du ring yourcustomer’s monthly visits from ‘Aunt Flo’. Therefore, you must knowabout the bloating, puffiness, and cramping we endure, and about ourintense mood swings, crying jags, and out-of-control behavior. Yousurely realize it’s a tough time for most women. In fact, only lastweek, my friend Jennifer fought the violent urge to shove herboyfriend’s testicles into a George Foreman Grill just because hetold her he thought Grey’s Anatomy was written by drunken chimps.Crazy!
The point is, sir, you of all people must realize that America isjust crawling with homicidal maniacs in Capri pants… Which bringsme to the reason for my letter. Last month, while in the throes ofcramping so painful I wanted to reach inside my body and yank out myuterus, I opened an Always maxi-pad, and there, printed on theadhesive backing, were these words: ‘Have a Happy Period.’
Are you f—— kidding me? What I me an is, does any part of yourtiny middle-manager brain really think happiness - actual smiling,laughing happiness, is possible during a menstrual period? Didanything mentioned above sound the least bit pleasurable? Well, didit, James? FYI, unless you’re some kind of sick S&M freak, therewill never be anything ‘happy’ about a day in which you have to jackyourself up on Motrin and Kahlua and lock yourself in your housejust so you don’t march down to the local Walgreen’s armed with ahunting rifle and a sketchy plan to end your life in a blaze of glory.
For the love of God, pull your head out, man! If you have to slap amoronic message on a maxi pad, wouldn’t it make more sense to saysomething that’s actually pertinent, like ‘Put down the Hammer’or ‘Vehicular Manslaughter is Wrong’, or are you just picking on us?
Sir, please inform your Accounting Department that, effectiveimmediately, there will be an $8 drop in monthly profits, for I havechosen to take my maxi-pad business elsewhere. And though I willcertainly miss your Flex-Wings, I will not for one minute miss yourbrand of condescending bullshit. And that’s a promise I will keep.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Chocolate Truffles are a rich and elegant, bite-sized petit four made with a creamy mixture of chocolate, cream, and butter to which various flavorings are added (liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried fruits). This mixture is really a Ganache that is rolled into mis-shaped rounds to look like the real truffle fungus that grows around the roots of trees in France and Italy. Piggies usually sniff these out....
Same goes in this case! MWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
Once the truffles are formed they are then rolled in cocoa powder to simulate the 'dirt' that the real truffles grow in. While cocoa powder is the traditional coating, truffles can also be coated in confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, toasted and chopped nuts, tempered chocolate, shredded coconut, or even shaved chocolate.
Now, the taste and quality of the truffle is primarily dependent on the quality of chocolate you start with. Remember not all chocolates are the same. Chocolate begins with the beans from the tropical tree Theobroma which translates to "Food of the Gods". There are three types of cacao beans (Forastero, Criollo, and Trinitario) and the type and/or blend of beans, their quality, and where they are grown all contribute to the quality and taste of the chocolate. Other factors affecting taste and quality are how the beans are roasted, how the beans are ground into a mass called chocolate liquor, how much extra cocoa butter is added to the chocolate liquor, quality and amount of other ingredients added, and how long the chocolate liquor is conched (processed). A chocolate with a velvety smooth texture will produce a truffle that is velvety smooth. However, the most important point to consider when choosing either a bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate for making your truffles is whether you like the chocolate when eaten out of hand.
Once you have decided on your chocolate, you then need to decide on your choice of alcohol to flavor your truffles and also the coating. The choice is yours but there are a few things to consider. For example, if you want a hazelnut flavored truffle it is a good idea to add Frangelico to the chocolate and cream mixture and then coat them in chopped hazelnuts. Or if you would like your truffles to have a coffee flavor stir about one tablespoon of espresso powder into the hot cream and then add Kahua to the truffle mixture. For fruit flavored truffles use 2 tablespoons of fruit puree or jam (raspberry or blackberry) in place of the alcohol. Orange flavored truffles can be made by adding about 1 tablespoon of orange zest to the hot cream. Let the cream steep for about 10 - 15 minutes and then strain out the zest. Then add Grand Marnier to the truffle mixture. There is also the option to add different flavoring agents other than alcohol. Chai tea can be steeped into the whipping cream & butter, and believe you me….curry powder & cardamom seeds add an amazing flavor when paired with the chocolate. As you can see there are endless variations to the basic truffle so experiment and come up with your own recipes.
Truffles store very well. They can be refrigerated for a couple of weeks or frozen for several months. However, truffles are best when served at room temperature.
8 ounces (227 grams) milk, dark or white semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons alcohol (Port, Bonny Doon’s Framboise Dessert Wine, Demi-Sec Champagne, Cognac, Brandy, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, Rum, Bourbon, Baily’s Irish Cream, or Kahlua to name a few) (optional)
Different Coatings for Truffles:
Dutch-Processed Cocoa Powder
Confectioners Sugar (Icing or Powdered)
Toasted and Chopped Nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios)
Time…4 hours including chilling. It is really easy to drink the remainder of the port in that time frame…I know. But it is essential that one re-corks the nectar to savor with the truffles.
For Truffles: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel bowl. Set aside. Heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir with a whisk until smooth. If desired, add the liqueur. Cover and place in the refrigerator until the truffle mixture is firm (this will take several hours or overnight).
Place your coatings for the truffles on a plate. Remove the truffle mixture from the refrigerator. With your hands, or else a melon baller or small spoon form the chocolate into round or mis-shaped bite-sized balls. Immediately roll the truffle in the coating and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or tray. Cover and place in the refrigerator until firm.
Now…for the Porto….
What in the World is Port?
The distinctive character of Port does not come only from its method of production. Like that of every great classic wine, it is also born of an association of climate, soil & grape varieties unique in the world. Being fortified, Port is capable of ageing in wood for much longer than most other wines – from two years to many decades, depending on its character and potential. It may mature in cask, vat or bottle - or a combination of these. These differing periods and methods of ageing give rise to a diversity of different styles, each with its own distinctive character and purpose.
Hands down my ultimate favorite…
Taylor 20 Year Old Tawny.
This is what I commonly refer to as the “nectar of the gods”! I had the privilege of working with the distribution agent for this company, and was spoiled senseless with the option of tasting all their ports. Taylor 20 Year Old Tawny is a magnificent and finely-balanced tawny of outstanding richness and complexity. The additional ten years of aging it has on the 10 year tawny produces a fine balance between the rich, raisiny fruit and the nutty, honeyed finish - a taste to linger over. This rare port is traditionally enjoyed as a dessert wine or at the end of the meal, or in my case….whenever I can get my hands on truffles.
I truly hope that this post has inspired a few of you to go outside the norm, and try my favorite pairing. Just don’t call me the next morning, complaining of hair cramps because you didn’t know when to stop!
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
While sifting through mounds of chocolate, a shiny black & orange box caught my eye one row over. As I approached this find, I thought to myself what a brilliant idea!!! Kernels popcorn individually wrapped mini bags of microwave popcorn ~ and are you sitting down...when it pops it pops "orange". Not from the butter inside the package, but from the small amount of food coloring (aka...die) dribbled into each package! Hey, it all can't be good for you!!!
Seeing as I had previously done popcorn wrappers for microwave popcorn and toothfairy tins in my last post...I had an ah-ha moment and thought this will be perfect for the little trick or treaters on Halloween nite!!!! (Not to mention, their mother's may ooooh & ahhhh at the packaging job that I am gonna do over them!!!!) So I guess I will be working diligently on that project for the next month and a half! LOL!!!
Because of my luv of popcorn...this got me thinking about what the worst Halloween candy we got as a kids was. The candy selection has come a long way since I was a little one (braving the cold, sometimes snow covered grounds in our plastic apron style costume that tied over our snowsuits, and not to mention the plastic mask that was sure to crack just below your chin from the bitter cold, and tear away at your lower jaw all night long!!!! Even the costumes are much more plush these days!!!)
So here is my top 10 list of thee worst candy to hand out on Halloween:
10. Mini boxes of Raisins ~ these always seemed to be covered in some wierd form of waxy crud, had to be washed before they were eaten, and let's face it....they were healthy!!! Come on people!! This holiday is about sugar, not spice!!!
09. Apples....after all...fruit is nature's candy! Now I don't know if they were bruised when they got dumped into my bag, but they sure always managed to come out that way. File that one right into the garbage!!! Uck!! P.S., Please see #10 for health concern.
08. Mary Jane Kisses ~ that would be the proper name for those taffy concoctions that are wrapped in the black & orange wrappers. This really has zero flavor to it, and you may just be deemed pathetic if you find yourself actually scrapping the bottom of your sack to eat these droppings. Shame on you people for buying these and passing them off as ligitamit "candy"!!!
07. Circus Peanuts - wow...these may even have less flavor than #8 - take a peanut and cover it in a rough bland shell, put it in a fancy box and call them Circus Peanuts!!! These always had a way of making their way out of their container (maybe it was the expensive packaging process) and into the bottom of sludge in the base of my bag.
06. Dental Floss or Toothbrushes ~ are you lookin to be cleaning hardened on egg yolk off of your front porch screen door on November 1st? I heard toothbrush work really good for getting into the screen netting. Really....how dare you!!!!
05. Double Bubble Bubble Gum...from last year!!! The stuff that you tear open and pop into your mouth, biting down and realizing your back molars just ripped out? Thanks so much for thinking of me!!!! You may as well have thrown in a handful of Chalky Valentine Hearts from February and some leftover Peeps from April! What the hey!!!!
04. Any, and I mean any...banana flavored candy. Laffy taffy, runts, whatever shape or form, this idea was simply WRONG!
03. Juice Boxes....ummmmmm....yah, I really don't have anything to add to that one.
02. Anything Carob - this is simply the wrong. Your 'mocklate' should never have crossed the threshold of your granola eating home into my collection of chocolate treasures. Cardnal rule of Halloween - don't mess with the chocolate....if it is safe for the dog to eat, I don't want it!!!!!
01. Pennies....for real. Look, you are a kid and you already have to lug around a pillowcase full of crap....as if it isn't heavy enough. Pennies are filthy, heavy and they are worth...well, you figure it out!!! That is really just ghetto!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I also did these cute little Microwave Popcorn Wraps. I used designer paper and a box of 10 mini Kernels popcorn packages....cut the DSP to size, wrapped and once again, created a template for the labels. I believe both the labels above as well as these ones will work with the SU punches. Hope you enjoy using them!!!
The label template is located on RHS under templates! Enjoy!!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We also made this adorable mini milk carton using the Pink Pirouette Card Stock, alot of patience with the Scor Pal, and stamped it up with Embrace Life & Taggers Dozen, both from SU! It wasn't the easiest 3D project to build but everyone was "tickled pink" when they completed it!! These are great to fill with little chocolate kisses, or better yet...a cocoa milk bath! See recipe below.
Chocolate Lover's Milk Bath
Mix together all ingredients and place in cello bag, seal & put in mini milk carton.
And finally....here is my first attempt at an Altered Paint Can! I simply LUV the brown, white & blue color combo on this designer paper - this paper is from A La Carte and is titled Focaccia! When I got to punchin the holes for the handle posts with my SU 1 3/8 " punch, I decided that this paper was just to yummy to waste...so I punched circles with all the leftover paper and POPPED my can!!! The detail is a little difficult to see in the photo but it just gave it some lovely dimension!!! This can is going to be full of chocolate themed yummies that I am going to send to my best friend out in Quebec...I am thinking it should be called "The Kids Finally Went To Bed" Can - so she will be able to put her tootsies up and feast on one of her favorite things....CHOCOLATE!!! I hope she loves it half as much as I loved making it!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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1. Leave a comment to THIS post and a link to your blog ~ tell me one feature on my blog that you enjoy and suggest a feature you would like to see added to my blog!
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I will have a number generator pick the 3 lucky winners!!!
**THIS POST WILL REMAIN AT THE TOP UNTIL THE COMMENTS ARE CLOSED AT 12:00 AM (MST) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th, 2008. I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS ON THIS BLOG THE SAME DAY AT 9:00 AM (MST) ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2008(Please scroll down for the newest posts!)
THANK YOU SISTAH’S!! ~ MWAH ~ AND GOOD LUCK!!!!!
Monday, August 11, 2008
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. Post the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate 7 other worthy bloggers.
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Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
This machine is going to rock your socks off!!!!! Ummm...lets see what I can tell you about it:
This machine will apply to a wide variety of crafters!! After researching, this machine is AMAZING!!!!!
The Big Shot works with ALL competitive dies (Cuttlebug, Cuttlekid, Quickutz etc.), and the steel rule dies can cut through an impressive list of 50 different materials including the following:
Light weight steel
Aircraft plywood (1/64")
Mat board (adhesive or none)
Foam with chipboard (.1)
Fine sandpaper (.00)
Extra thick template plastic
Plastic canvas (7 mesh)
Friendly (jewelry) plastic
100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax)
Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
Static cling vinyl
Warm & natural batting
Adhesive and non-adhesive flexible magnet
Heat n' shrink plastic
Adhesive and non-adhesive felt
Shiny self-adhesive and non-adhesive paper
Poly foam adhesive and non adhesive
3-D illusionary plastic
Glow in the dark adhesive and non adhesive
Personal Embossing Plastic (PEP)
Shaggy plush felt
And just when you thought that was all it can do…there’s more! Texturz plates enable you to add subtle background images to your cards and layouts. Fiskars Texture Plates will work as well. As will the Cuttlebug embossing folders!! Holy Batman!!! If it would just be able to clean my house once a week – I would REALLY be amazed! LOL!!
You don't need anything extra, just the original white platform and the 2 clear cutting pads that come with the machine. The big shot does not require the use of electricity- just a flat surface, therefore making it very versatile to transport!
You can start ordering the Big Shot and dies through me from Stampin’ Up! on September 2, 2008. Who wouldn't want this machine? Yeah I didn't think you could answer that?!!!!
Email me for a brochure firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 1, 2008
to offer you a multipurpose, manual die-cutting system! With the Sizzix Big Shot™ and dies from Stampin’ Up!, you can create multiple die-cut shapes, envelopes, and tags quickly and easily—a significant timesaver for workshop preparation and holiday projects! Use the Bigz™, Originals™, Sizzlits®, and Decorative Strip–sized dies to make personalized cards, scrapbook pages, home décor, and more. The Big Shot machine works with more than 50 materials, including card stock, Designer Series paper, fabric, chipboard, plastic, and more. The Big Shot uses our exclusive Stampin’ Up! dies or Sizzix dies—plus it’s compatible with other dies on the market. This will take the SU family in a whole new direction!!!