It's Independence Day here in the U.S.A!  I'm spending time with extended family for the holiday, but am writing this post ahead of time so it will post while I'm enjoying my time away! Week 256 - Pizza Over at CASology, we're introducing a brand new cue word and having a pizza party in the gallery!  With SugarPea Designs as our sponsor this week, I chose to use one of their adorable fox images (Fall Fox set), pairing it with pizza themed things from Lawn Fawn's Pizza My Heart set. 2017 July4 PIZZA closeup The fox was colored with Copic markers.  I added polka dots to the jacket with my Copic blender pen.  The lower two pizza boxes were masked and then I stamped, fussy cut and popped up the top box with foam adhesive for dimension.  I stamped a little red heart on the main panel, adding sparkle with a Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Glitter pen.  The main panel was die cut with a stitched die from the Mama Elephant Femme Frames die set. I hope you'll go check out the inspiration on the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog!  They'd love to hear from you! DT Badge
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Guest Designer:  Maja

Don't forget to link up your own PIZZA creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from SugarPea Designs!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Exciting News!

Exciting News!
I can finally share some super exciting news with you!  I am now on the design team for A Muse Studio!  I can't begin to tell you just how excited I was when I received the email asking me to join the team!  I may or may not have done a little happy dance... A Muse Studio Design Team Blog Badge Melissa Chipperfield   I've had A Muse Studio stamps in my stash for a few years now and to celebrate the exciting news, I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Squeeze the Day.  I watercolored the yellow splash and added a touch of sparkle to it using a Spectrum Clear Sparkle pen.  I stamped and fussy cut the lemon before coloring it with watercolor and adding shine with Crystal Effects.  The lemon image is popped up with foam dots for dimension.  I stamped the pretty sentiment in black ink.  The main panel is framed with black cardstock and popped up with foam dots.  I just love a bright, cheerful card and this particular set is perfect for the job! Get ready for the A Muse March new release!  We're having sneak peeks beginning next Tuesday, March 21!  New products will be available in the online store beginning Friday, March 24!  You'll want to check out the design team members' blogs for an entire week of inspiration!  Be sure and stop back here on my blog to see what I've created with the brand new spring/Easter release!  You're going to love all the new products that are coming!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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CASology Double CRUNCH

CASology Double CRUNCH
I'm back again before the weekend begins with another card for the current CRUNCH challenge over at CASology!  I just couldn't resist!  This is such a fun cue word!  I had some lovely craft time this morning with DD and we had a ton of fun! Week 238 - Crunch I used Lawn Fawn's adorable Donut Worry set along with the coordinating Donut Worry Lawn Cut die to create this appetizing clean & simple design!  Who doesn't like a donut with colorful sprinkles?! The main panel is die cut with My Favorite Things' Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die-Namics.  I stamped and die cut the trio of donuts first and then colored each one with Copic markers.  I added colorful sprinkles to one of them using different colors of Stickles.  The fun sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Both the main panel and trio of donuts are popped up with foam dots for dimension. Have a great weekend and don't forget to create your own interpretation of CRUNCH, linking up on the CASology challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CST) for your chance to win the prize from Lawn Fawn, this week's sponsor! Lawn Fawn   SaveContinue Reading...

Mashed Potato Pizza

IMG_5839 Happy weekend!  With the weather taking a cooler turn the past couple of days, I thought I'd share a recipe that's a family favorite!  Mashed potatoes and pizza don't seem like a likely pair, but they're the perfect match!  Seriously!  We typically have a fresh, tossed salad on the side to make up for the lack of veggies. I always start out by making pizza dough in our bread machine, but if I need something quick, I've used a boxed pizza crust mix.  Homemade is my first choice, but we all know sometimes you do what you have to do! 2016 July Mashed Potato Pizza This is usually a winter meal for us, but given the recent cool down in our summer weather, we've been hungry for it again! Enjoy!Continue Reading...

Mmm-onday & a Unique Blog Hop, Part II

Better late than never with my blog post today!  I wanted to remind you to go take a look at Kimberly's and Judy's blog posts today as they are joining in the Unique Blog Hop that I posted a week ago here on my blog!  I introduced Kimberly last week and wanted to introduce Judy this week!  She is one of the sweetest, kindest and most supportive people I know!  You'll find her commenting with sincerity and she always has an encouraging word!  Please be sure and go visit her blog today and get to know her for yourself!

Instead of a card today, I thought I'd share a favorite family recipe of ours.  Ever heard of bierocks?!  My DH ate these quite a bit growing up and now our family is eating them now and then too!

1.  Prepare a loaf of bread using the "dough" setting on a bread machine (or make a batch of bread dough by hand).
2.  Roll out the dough as if making cinnamon rolls (about 1/8-1/4 inch thickness).
3.  Brown 1/2 pound of hamburger.
4.  Add 3/4 small cabbage (shredded) & 1/2 of a diced onion (or substitute 1/2 Tbsp onion powder) to hamburger.
5.  Cook until cabbage is soft.
6.  Cut dough into 4-in. x 4-in. squares.
7.  Fill each square with some of the cabbage/meat mixure.

8.  Sprinkle a small amount of shredded cheddar cheese on top of each one.

 9.  Roll up each square & place on a cookie sheet.

 10.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

We enjoy dipping these in mustard.  The boys love ketchup as most kids do!  The boys wanted to help shred the cabbage today and I was thankful for the help as DD was in one of her clingy moods!

I hope you've had a marvelous Monday!

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