easy & economical VALENTINE cards

You know those packs of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock available @ Michaels and other craft stores that go on sale for sometimes 2 packs for $5.oo can really give you a lot of bang for your buck. For those of you who have been spending upwards of $1.oo for a sheet of cardstock for a 'card base' consider this - I made four cards from one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11". They were quick, simple and economical.

Here's what I did-

I took one chocolate brown sheet of cardstock cut it in quarters. So each card came out different; I folded some to open horizontal others vertical. Some were folded at the center point, others off center (these ones I added scraps of coordinating printed paper with or without a fancy edge cut made with decorative trimmer. Some corners I rounded off with scissors. All pieces went through my cuttle bug using the same embossing folder for each. Some I placed only the card front into the embossing folder (fold the backside around to the back of the folder so it doesn't get embossed) others the whole card got embossed front and back.

Although each used the same embossing folder to speed up productivity each one came out looking different with various finishing touches. I used a white gel pen to highlight some embossed areas and added some hand written words; one I rubbed a white ink pad over the embossing to give it a slight highlight. Finally I added a coordinating printed trim, ribbon, heart shaped brads, pink pearls, or paper flower here and there - and voila! I had the most productive & quick card making stint ever. All four done in record time.

I would love for you all to try this method -

1) one piece of 8 1/2 x11" card stock
2) one embossing folder
3) paper scraps for trim/embellishment
4) a bit of ribbon (optional)
5) one or two brads, buttons, grommets or other bits
6) each one different, while using same techniques

and email me your results to share with other viewers to my blog.

WANTED: KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Wanted, Waited, Finally got one ! :)
I have wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer for soooooooooooooooo looooooooooooooong !!

I have waited years for a KitchenAid stand mixer.

I had been saving up points by shopping @ Overwaitea - Save-on-Foods -Pricemart grocery chains, and was well on my way to getting one for free. Then one year we decided to use points instead of cash for our Christmas shopping for our son.

Needless to say I have slowed down on making home made goodies because I have been doing it all by hand. Seriously, I have been mixing primitively by hand with nothing but a bowl and wooden spoon in hand.

Finally I have a KitchenAid stand mixer!

My New KitchenAid stand mixer!

Yes I am the proud new owner of a gleaming new KitchenAid, even my husband is beaming! We carried it out to our car like a baby when we purchased it. Okay seriously, we carried it out like that mostly because we found it on clearance and it didn't have a box. That turned out to be an extra bonus - no box - an extra $25 bucks taken off! Great! It was on clearance because new ones were coming in for the Christmas season.

We priced out our mixer to find we had saved well over $135.oo. Plus we saved more on taxes that would have added up significantly to the regular priced ones. Yeah, I love a deal ! ;)

While taking a picture of our new KitchenAid & Banana Bread I had whipped up in it - to post along with this entry; my 12 year od son asked what I was doing taking a picture of it? "I'm taking a picture to post it on my blog". "Isn't that boasting?, he questioned me. "I'm not boasting" - I reassured him. "I'm just writing a blog entry about it, like an essay - but not to boast."

"Now can I have a piece of banana bread" he asks? "Not until I've taken a picture of it to add to my post, sorry!" 'click' "Here you go." Handing him a piece of banana bread. "No nuts in it?" "Nope, NO - NUTS, just the way you like it! :)
"Thank You!"

*Watch for future recipes w pics on my blog !