Happiness is…

...good cookies (see recipe below!).


...a nap in the warm sun.

...a mechanically gifted husband.  He fixed three things for me last night in about an half hour that I've been fretting over for a few months now:

1.  Baby monitor (It was not staying on and the volume dial was producing static noise.)

2.  My 2.5" SU circle punch  (It stopped punching!  *gasp!*)

3.  My digital SLR (It had a grey dust spot showing up on pictures and I was apprehensive about trying to resolve the issue on my own!)

Here's the previously mentioned cookie recipe:  (The flavor of these remind me of the Girl Scout Thin Mints!!)

Mint Chocolate Delights

2 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 c. (10 oz. pkg.) Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels

PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees F.
COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in morsels.  Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 11 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set.  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
YIELD:  about 4 dozen cookies.

We baked one dozen of these and then made the rest of the dough into cookie balls and froze them.  I think that was a wise decision as the ones we baked today are about gone already!  :)  These seriously need to be rationed!!  LOL!

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It’s a Spring Thing

Today started out all grey and dreary outside, but it's coming to a close with bright, cheerful sunshine!  I played along with today's Free for All Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  We were to use things that reminded us of a garden and spring.  I had to ink up my Changito monkeys as they were wanting to play in the flowers!  :)

Stamps - Stampendous (Changito Spring set)
Paper - Echo Park DP (Springtime), Paper Trey white CS, SU So Saffron, Certainly Celery CS
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, SU Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Rose Red
Accessories - sponge, Stickles (Yellow), jeweled paper flowers, Nestabilities (circle), SU label punch
Coloring - blender pen with ink pads

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Friday Favorite: Kitchen Helpers

It's the little things that make such a big difference for me.  I had a 30% off coupon for Kohls that was good for the last seven days and I couldn't resist grabbing a couple more packages of these wonderful microfiber cloths while shopping their clearance racks this week!  The package says they are actually dish towels, but I think they may be mislabeled because they are the size of the washcloths I bought some time ago!  They stay soft and wipe things up so nicely!  I won't buy another regular wash cloth again!  Here is the link on the Kohls website if you've been looking for new washcloths!  :)
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Just Dandy

I'm off to a slow start this morning, but after getting a simple card made, I'm feeling much more awake!  Gotta love a creativity kick start to my day!  Sometimes it's even better than coffee!  *gasp!*

I love this week's colors in the Color Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers!  Such soft, beautiful ones!  I'll be playing with these all week long!

I created a one layer card using a dandelion stamp.  I stamped it in two different colors and then stamped the sentiment in the same color ink as the cardstock (Crumb Cake).  I then used my glue pen to apply little dots of glue to the dandelions and sprinkled over them with glitter, shaking off the excess.  So easy, but I really like it!

Stamps - Hero Arts (Dandelion), SU (So Happy for You, sentiment)
Paper - SU Crumb Cake
Ink - SU Crumb Cake (sentiment), Bashful Blue, Soft Suede
Accessories - glue pen, SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter

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Seize the Cupcake

This time change thing has me yawning! I've had a cup of 1/2 caffeinated coffee (I'm trying to reduce and/or eliminate caffeine as much as possible.) and I think it might be helping! It's a gloriously sunny day today and that is a big deal on a Monday! Now if the temperatures would just raise themselves up about twenty or thirty degrees, I could take the boys to a park! Alas, it's not to be. At least not for now. We'll see what the rest of the week does!

I got some stamping in a little earlier today, so that feels good! I played along with Splitcoast Stamper's Clean and Simple Challenge to make an image that extends out of the box. I'd never tried this before, although, I'd wanted to some time ago and never gotten around to it. I started with a small, simple image for my first attempt. I think I'll be playing with this technique more often now that I got that first attempt out of the way! :)

Since I'm always running short on birthday cards, I made this one today:

Stamps - Hero Arts Cupcakes set
Paper - SU Sunny Days DP, Paper Trey white cardstock, kraft cardstock
Ink - SU Pumpkin Pie, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - glitter domes (orange), Stickles (Orange Peel), jeweled paper flowers (Color Me Crazy), Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle, oval), Quickutz embossing folder, sponge, foam squares
Coloring - Copic markers (R02, R05, R08, Y11, Y15, Y13, YR15, YR16)

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Color Challenged

I had to play one more time with the current Color Challenge (SU Concord Crush, Bashful Blue & Pear Pizazz) over at Splitcoast Stampers!  I really wanted a quick, one-layer card using the challenge's colors and this is what I came up with!

Stamps - SU Pocket Silhouettes, Hero Arts (sentiment)
Ink - SU Concord Crush, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizazz
Paper - Paper Trey white

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Sittin’ Around

Today's Featured Stamper is one of my favorites!  I was so happy to see bfinley's gallery chosen!  I had so much fun looking through her gallery, but it was difficult to pick just one to CASE!!  Here's the card I finally settled on:  Here for You!

I changed the following:
1.  The color scheme
2.  The DP
3.  The sentiment and its placement
4.  The ribbon

Stamps - Paper Trey (On My Couch, On My Couch Additions)
Paper - kraft, Paper Trey white, SU Basic Black, the Paper Studio DP
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - SU white grosgrain ribbon, Nestabilities, SU label punch, white gel pen, pearl (on cushion), SU Basic Black marker (polka dots on the couch), foam squares (raised the couch cushions)

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Life & Love

I played along with today's Free For All Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  Because I missed this week's Color Challenge and Sketch Challenge, I decided to try to incorporate those into my card for today also!  I absolutely love the sentiment from SU's Vintage Vogue set!

Stamps - SU Vintage Vogue Set (sentiment), Stampendous (Agapanthus Long)
Paper - SU Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz, Bashful Blue cardstocks
Ink - SU Concord Cursh
Accessories - EK Success border punch, Sizzix Embosslit (Beautiful Wings, SU), gemstones, Cuttlebug embossing folder, sponge

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Friday Favorite: Picture Addiction

I'll admit it.  I love pictures.  Up until a couple years ago, though, I had all my pictures stored in their original store envelopes, not in any particular order.  I came across the book called, Photo Freedom and was instantly hooked on the concept!  Today, I am proud to say that my pictures are organized and ready to scrapbook whenever I have the time and energy!  Don't worry, I am limiting myself to fifteen of these albums.  When they are full, I must either purge or scrapbook!  :)  Thanks, Stacy Julian!

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Simply Adorable

I'm thankful for some stamping time this afternoon!  It seems like this week has been a busy one with appointments on the calendar.  I think we're finally done!  Whew!

Today's Ways to Use It Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use felt.  I'd forgotten about some cute felt stars that I had stashed away for scrapbooking!  I love that this card only uses four products!  :)

Stamps - SU Warm Words set
Paper - Paper Trey white
Ink - SU Marina Mist
Accessories - Making Memories felt stars (Oliver)

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Caffeinated Humor

As I said in my previous post, I really like coffee themed cards, so when I discovered this week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use humor on a card, I couldn't resist getting a little coffee humor in!  I hope you don't mind!

Stamps - Totally Stampalicious
Paper - kraft cardstock, SU Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Tempting Turquoise cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush & Tempting Turquoise
Accessories - Nestabilities (Labels 10), SU 1" & 1.25" circle punches, Cuttlebug embossing border, SU buttons (Brights Collection), sponge, foam squares (to raise coffee mugs up a bit), twine

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