Thursday, September 26, 2013

Harvest/Halloween Blog Hop - Last Day!





Welcome to the Mark’s Finest Papers a Heinrich Co. Halloween/Harvest Hop. We have some great tutorials for you to make some fun and easy projects for this Halloween/Harvest Season. We will be giving away two stamps sets during this hop, so two lucky people will go home with both of these fabulous stamp sets. Be sure to comment on all the designers’ blogs. Our hop will run from September 24th-27th. Our two winners will be announced on September 28th. 


September 24th - Treat Holders

September 25th - Polished Stone

September 26th - Treat Bags

September 27th - Holiday Table Setting


All our tutorials along with many more are available on MFP SpeedyTV.  The company blog has direct links to the tutorials! http://marksfinestpapers.blogspot.com

Here's my offering for today's hop.  I don't usually make place cards or napkin rings for Thanksgiving, but I had so much fun doing these, that I might just change that in the future!  I found some paper in my stash with some Autumn colors, and between that, and some brown and kraft colored cardstock, I went to town!

I stamped and colored the three images from the adorable Mark's Finest Paper Fall Apples set coming out in October. There's a cut apple, an apple tree branch and a basket of apples...I used one for each of my items.  I colored the images with watercolor pencils and a water brush.  I found the "Pie Place Card" cut file in the Silhouette store and just couldn't resist the little pie to go along with all the apples!  On my recipe card is the time-tested instructions for a Dutch Apple pie that we make for holidays...sooooo yummy!  Here's the recipe, in case you're interested:

Dutch Apple Pie
1 large graham cracker pie crust
2 lg egg yolks slightly beaten
8 c sliced, cored, peeled apples (fuji’s are best)
1 ½ T lemon juice
2/3 c sugar
1/3 c brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ c flour
¼ t salt
¾ t cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
1 c flour
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c brown sugar, firmly packed
1 stick butter at room temp
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Brush bottom and sides of crust with egg yolk.  Bake on cookie sheet until light brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove crust from oven and reduce heat to 350 degrees.
Combine apples, lemon juice, 2/3 c sugar, 1/3 c brown sugar, ¼ c flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Mix well and spoon into crust.
Mix remaining flour, sugar, brown sugar, and butter with fork until crumbly.  Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples.
Bake on cookie sheet until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 55 minutes.  Cool on wire rack for 4 hours.  Serve at room temperature. 


Be sure to check out all of our designers who participated in our hop. The more you comment the more chances you have to win one of these great stamp sets.

  








Thanks for stopping by! We hope we were able to inspire you with ideas for your Halloween/Harvest season.


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Our Day In Seattle


Time for another Scrapbook Challenge over at MFP Speedy TV...YAY!  This week, we're doing Anything Goes!  I love it when we have weeks where we can do anything.  It gives me a chance to get caught up on my scrapbooking without having to fit my photos into a particular theme.  I have a stack of finished pages just waiting to be placed in books now!


Remember this challenge is strictly scrapbook layouts, no cards please.  You have to use stamps on your pages. They don't have to be Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co stamps but if you do use them you will be entered twice for a chance to win.  And here's the super-cute stamp you could possibly win this week!  


Back in 2007, hubby, the kids, and I all took a ride on the ferry over to Seattle for the very last Seattle Supersonics home game ever.  They moved to Oklahoma after that season.  We had some time before the game and walked around the city, and just explored.  We had a great time and found some fun fountains and water features we had never seen before.  We made a day of it.


We ended up asking a stranger on the street to take a pic of us.  Sadly, it's one of the few family photos of all of us together.  We need to work on that the next time we're all together again!


Since there were fountains in the background of all these photos, I thought it would be the perfect time to use the water lily and koi images from Mark's Finest paper's new stamp set, Koi Fish.


I decided to do a watermarked background again.  It's accomplished by using Versa Mark ink on a solid colored piece of cardstock.  It seems to show up better when a darker color of paper is used.  It leaves a distinct mark which gives you a very subtle but beautiful patterned background page.


I also used two sentiments from the same stamp set.  I used the phrase, "find peace" on one page...


...and I stamped the word "Love" three times on the other page, right beneath a sticker that says, "family."  I thought that was the perfect place for the sentiment!

For everything else:  I used a partial page kit I got at a garage sale last month from my sweet friend Becky.  There were all different colors and patterns of paper in the kit, so I cut all different sizes and made a strip and several banners for each page.  One of the patterns looks just like elementary school paper, so I decided to position that for my journaling, which I'll do in the future.  Beyond that, I added some embellishments that came with the kit, and some Candi, that I color-coordinated with the pages,



I hope you'll whip out a page and consider joining us this week! Just think, if you enter one layout each week (even though you can enter more than one) you'll be caught up on your scrapbooking in no time!  Or, if you're like me, you have so much to catch up on that it'll barely make a dent!  Haha!  But you know what?  At least I'm getting pages done, so that's a HUGE plus for me!  Woohoo!  You have until next Wednesday at 8 pm EST to ink up with us.  See you there!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

EEEK!

Happy hump day!!!  Maybe I should start saying happy PURPLE day since it's time for my weekly Purple Passion Column over at MFP Speedy TV  It's my little piece of the ning site that shows you different ways and ideas about working with my favorite color, purple, in and on your projects.


On my card this week, I used two different glitter techniques.  One of them, I've talked about before, stamping on Glitter Ritz, but the other one is done using tearable tape and microfine glitter.  I hope to have a video tutorial showing the process soon.

I used the ADORABLE new stamp set from Mark's Finest Paper called What A Scream. I used the same set a few weeks ago for another Halloween card.  I LOVE this set!  It's so cute!  I colored the adorable image of the ghost and pumpkin from the set, then at the last minute, I remembered I had won some Martha Stewart glitter stickers a few years ago.  It was a package of rats!  I never could figure out what to do with them, but when I saw the startled expression on the ghost's face, I thought the rats would be perfect, so I put two of them down on the bottom of the card!  Love it!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Harvest/Halloween Blog Hop - Day 2





Welcome to the Mark’s Finest Papers a Heinrich Co. Halloween/Harvest Hop. We have some great tutorials for you to make some fun and easy projects for this Halloween/Harvest Season. We will be giving away two stamps sets during this hop, so two lucky people will go home with both of these fabulous stamp sets. Be sure to comment on all the designers’ blogs. Our hop will run from September 24th-27th. Our two winners will be announced on September 28th. 


September 24th - Treat Holders

September 25th - Polished Stone

September 26th - Treat Bags

September 27th - Holiday Table Setting


All our tutorials along with many more are available on MFP SpeedyTV.  The company blog has direct links to the tutorials! http://marksfinestpapers.blogspot.com


So, as you read above, today's theme is the polished stone technique.  My background is super light, and looks even lighter on my blog, so maybe next time I might go for some darker colors.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks, so that might be part of the reason why.  But it was super fun to do!

I found a "Welcome Fall Card" file in the Silhouette store and thought it would be perfect for this project.  I just traded out one of the pieces for my polished stone piece.  Mark's Finest Paper is coming out with the PERFECT stamp set for Autumn cards, and I used it for this one.  It's called Fall Apples and it will be available in next month's release.  It is AWESOME!  It has three apple images, a little subway art image, and lots of fall sentiments.  I can see myself using this stamp set A LOT!



Be sure to check out all of our designers who participated in our hop. The more you comment the more chances you have to win one of these great stamp sets.









Thanks for stopping by! We hope we were able to inspire you with ideas for your Halloween/Harvest season.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Saturday, September 21, 2013

EEEP!!



Okay...I just HAVE to share!!!  I thought I should let you know that, from this point on, my blog should no longer be hosting crappy pictures!!  I can't even remember how many times I have had to post a photo that's out of focus, or with horrible color that's been edited to the point of not even looking like the original piece of work.

In keeping with my frugal ways, I cut a deal with a friend of mine.  She wanted a Cricut and I've been wanting a digital SLR ever since I first heard about them, 10ish years ago,  Soooo....I traded her ALL my Cricut stuff (a baby bug, and E2 Anniversary edition, 37 cartridges, and tons of other related stuff) for a BRAND NEW Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR camera and assorted goodies!!!!!!  Several of the items in the photos above came with the package I got.  The rest of it was stuff I got for FREE from Amazon using the gift cards I earned through Swagbucks (here's one of my posts about Swagbucks, if you're wondering about the free stuff!)

So...on the agenda today: I'm going to an all-day crop at a friend's house and in between paper crafting, I'm going to take TONS of pics!!  I can't wait to learn all about this wonderful new toy!  EEEP!!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, September 20, 2013

FREE SVG Cutting Files? Yes Please!


Woohoo!  It's FRIDAY!  We made it though another week, and now it's time to play!  I haven't donw a free SVG update lately so I thought it might be time for you to get your download on!!

Okay, I'm absolutely IN LOVE with the cute little guy this week, from KaDoodle Bug designs.  Look at that face!  He's a random freebie though which means he could change into something else at any time, so if you want him, get him now!


FREE SVG FILES:

New file DAILY - 

Miss Kate Cuttables actually has a DAILY freebie every day of the week!  Totally sweet and generous! Today's free file is a cute little turkey.

New file every MONDAY - 


Paper Piecings By Nikki ofers a free file each Monday.  Love love love her stuff!  It's also available in the Silhouette store now!  This week's free file is a "Boo" title with cute ghosts.

Little Scraps Of Heaven  You can access their freebies through their blog or their Facebook fan page.  This week's freebie is the cutest little hedgehog holding a pumpkin.


KaDoodle Bug Designs publishes new free files on Mondays and corresponding digi files on Tuesdays.  Now it seems they've really been outdoing themselves lately by also giving an assortment of free phrases each week! KaDoodle Bug has lots of freebies to choose from this week!  There's an adorable pumpkin teapot and a "you're a hoot" phrase.  She's also still rotating surprise freebies that change at random times. Right now there is THE CUTEST Bear hiding in a pumpkin!  But hurry if you want that one because it could go at any moment!

New file every TUESDAY - 

For those of you that own a Silhouette machine, don't forget that the Silhouette store has a free cutting file each Tuesday.  You need to download the free program to your computer (even if you don't own a Silhouette machine yet) to access the store.  Please keep in mind that the files aren't SVGs...they will only cut on a Silhouette brand machine, (SD, Cameo, or Portrait) so this will be a great option ONLY if you're planning to purchase (or already own) a Silhouette. You can download the free program HERE.   This week's freebie is a Spinner Card.  I could see making some really cool cards with this file and some stamps!

New file every FRIDAY - 

Designs on Cloud 9 They have adorable Teddy bears and other characters.  Lots of cuteness on this site!  This week we're being offered two files...a sweet little ghost with candy, and some caution signs.

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons offers a new free SVG file each Friday.  She even offers a newsletter subscription to remind you.    This week's freebie is a birthday gator!

My Scrap Chick offers a new file each Friday to her newsletter subscribers.  Click the link to subscribe.  This week's file is a "Trick or Treat" title.

RANDOM days, but new files regularly - 

Birds Cards - is an awesome blog with all sorts of amazing freebies!  On the blog this week are some embossed backgrounds and gorgeous birthday pennants.

SVG Cuts offers TONS of free files!  I believe they have said that there are over 200 of them available right now.  Make sure to sign up for their newsletter too. Every time they send a newsletter, they include a new free file!  Their latest offerings include a "Ladies Night" title and a cute hedgehog.  Also...happy wedding weekend to the SVG Cuts team, Mary and Leo.  We wish them all the best!!

Happy downloading and cutting!


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Christmas In September?


Merry Christmas!  Um...I mean, happy Thursday!  I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but I just can't help it since I'm in the mood, thanks to our Scrapbook Challenge this week over at MFP Speedy TV.    This week, the challenge is celebrating Christmas in September by making a Christmas themed layout.


Remember this challenge is strictly scrapbook layouts, no cards please.  You have to use stamps on your pages. They don't have to be Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co stamps but if you do use them you will be entered twice for a chance to win.  And here's the super-cute stamp you could possibly win this week!  Love love love this stamp! 

Here's my contribution for the week.  I'm a little embarrassed to say, that I'm scrapping Christmas photos from 2005! Yup...I'm a little behind!


In our family, for some weird twisted reason, we love to see who can give a gift so thoughtful and special, that it makes the recipient cry!  Yeah, we're weird!  But you get a lot of thoughtful special gifts that way!  One of the pages of my layout represent that back in 2005.  At the beginning of December that year, my husband got diagnosed with his third round of cancer...Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, that time around.  Without going into all the gory details, it was pretty scary.  Our daughter took it particularly hard since she was away at college and couldn't spend all the time at home that she wanted.  She was still home on the weekends, but it was rough on her.


That year for Christmas, among other goodies, we decided to buy her a fancy new journal.  She had completed her last one and needed a replacement.  Hubby and I decided to put a photo of the two of us in there and we each wrote her a loving, heart-felt note on the first few pages.  Of course with emotions running high, she read them and sobbed.  And of course, being the twisted Mommy that I am, I was right there to take pics of it all!  Thus the title, "We Got Her!"  Ha ha!


The second page of my layout is just some random cute pics we took during present opening time!   We always have lots of fun on Christmas morning!


I decided to incorporate some more of the cute little tags I made from the Mark's Finest Paper Holiday Tag stamp set. They went just perfect on the layouts and I love the extra sparkle and shine it gives the pages.


Only 96 more shopping days til Christmas!  Ugh...did I really just say that?  See you soon!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Glittery Christmas Gift Tags


It's time for my weekly Purple Passion Column over at MFP Speedy TV!  Only 98 more shopping days until Christmas! What?  Ugh...I was thinking there were a lot more than that and then I just went and looked it up!  Well, I guess it's time to start working on some Christmas tags.  I made some last year that went over really well with friends and family. So it's time to come up with something new and different.


I really get in a glitter mood for Halloween and Christmas time.  Everything is shine and sparkle, so I figure why not? Mark's Finest Paper came out with an adorable stamp set this week called the Holiday Tag stamp set.  It's the CUTEST set with a stamp for a holiday tag shape, and several Christmas images made to fit inside.  There's perfect sentiments in the set too!


I dusted off an old technique I've shown before, using Glitter Ritz and alcohol markers, along with stamps, to make glittery images.  It's a fun thing to do and gives you lots of bang for your buck...so to speak!


I hand-cut my own tag shape and then decided to go one step further and used Martha Stewart glitter for the different tag bases.  I almost sold all my glitter at a garage sale last month, and now I'm glad I didn't!  I used several of the sentiments from the stamp set to stamp the backs of my tags, so that I can write on them and actually use them.  I'll punch holes and add ribbon or twine when it gets closer to time to use them.


Since the time is drawing near, if you're looking for Christmas card ideas, I'm about to start my "Christmas Card Catch-Up" series again.  Stay tuned!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Are You Ready For Some Football?


Happy challenge day!  It's Thursday and that means it's time for the Scrapbook Challenge over at Mark's Finest Paper's MFP Speedy TV.  This week, we're doing ANYTHING GOES!  Since this is the sneak peek week for the month's new releases, all of our Design Team members are showing you samples from the new sets.  I can't wait to see all the other entries!


Remember this challenge is strictly scrapbook layouts, no cards please.  You have to use stamps on your pages. They don't have to be Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co stamps but if you do use them you will be entered twice for a chance to win.  And here's the super-cute stamp you could possibly win this week!  Love love love this stamp!  It looks like such a peaceful place to sit...I wish I could play for it!  If you love this image as much as I do, make sure to enter. Entries have been low so you have a great chance of winning!



In honor of the official NFL season starting last week, I decided to do a football layout.  The peeps in the pics are my son and  daughter-in-law.  There's a cute (well, maybe not so cute) story attached to these photos.


Shortly after they started dating, my son Chris, scored tickets for them to see the Dallas Cowboys at the new Cowboy stadium.  It was their first season open so tickets were SUPER hard to come by.  They went to the game and had a blast.  When the game was over and they were walking to the car, all of a sudden they both heard a big POP and Erin went to the ground.  For no apparent reason, her ankle just gave out.  Chris carried her to the car and the drove from the stadium directly to the hospital.


Sure enough, after an exam and x-rays, Erin's ankle was broken.  They continued their date as best they could in the E.R!!!  Romantic...not necessarily...but a great story to tell one day!


For my layout, I used my trusty Silhouette Cameo and several files from the Silhouette store.  I just love the "football frame" and the players!  I also heart the cute little Hospital sign!  For the pennant, I used Mark's Finest Paper's new stamp set called Tailgate Party.  This is a super versatile set for both football and baseball, and all kinds of BBQs and sports parties.  I stamped each flag on the pennant, and fussy cut them, then stamped the letter on each.  I wrapped them around some  awesome blue bakers twine and secured the whole thing with football brads.


 I hope to see you join us this week.  As mentioned above, entries have been low, so you have an excellent chance of winning!  You have until next Wednesday at 8 pm EST to link up.  Have a great week!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Halloween Already?


Happy Halloween!  Um, I mean, Happy Wednesday!  Okay, so maybe I got a little ahead of myself for a moment!   It's hump day and that means it's time for my Purple Passion column over on MFP Speedy TV! It's also sneak peek week at Mark's Finest Paper, which means we get to see all the new releases.  Woot!


Although I almost never send out Halloween cards, since my kids are grown now, I just fell in love with the new stamp set this month called What A Scream...cute cute CUTE!  Plus, It's an AWESOME way to use my favorite color...PURPLE!


I had so much fun making this card.  I used the cute little Frankenstein face and the Happy Halloween sentiment from the set.  I dug through my ridiculously huge hoard stash of paper and found some cute Halloween packs I got on clearance at Michaels last year.  I used lots of different designs and my Silhouette Cameo to cut banners for the top of the card, and then hand cut my Happy Halloween banner at the bottom.  I also used my machine to cut the scallop and circle that the cute little Frankie is perched on.  The scallop is hard to see, but it's behind the white circle.  I had some Martha Stewart buttons form Kay & Co. that I won as blog candy a couple of years ago, and thought they looked perfect to "hold" the banner.


I made a black card base and found a cute little ghostie on one of the 12 x 12 sheets I had in my stash.  I thought he was adorable, so I cut the paper down to go inside my card.  I used the "Boo" sentiment out of the same MFP stamp set to make the little ghost talk.  CUTE!


Have a GREAT week and thanks for looking!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, September 5, 2013

First Day Of Kindergarten!


Woot woot!  We made it over hump day and I can see the weekend fast approaching!  YES!  Until then, it's time for another Scrapbook Challenge at Mark's Finest Paper's MFP Speedy TV.   Since summer is over and it's time to hit the books again, we're doing a Back to School Challenge.  This week, use three things that start with the letter "R" in your layout.


Remember this challenge is strictly scrapbook layouts, no cards please.  You have to use stamps on your pages. They don't have to be Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co stamps but if you do use them you will be entered twice for a chance to win.  This week's stamp hasn't been announced yet, at the time of this writing, but I'll let you know what it is when I find out.  I'm sure it's going to be awesome!


I had to take a step or two down memory lane for this challenge since my kids are grown adults.  I dug deep and found some photos from September of 1987 when my son started his first day of kindergarten.  HOLY MOLY, that was 26 years ago!!!  Where in the world has the time gone?  Just don't blink, or you'll miss it!


My son is the oldest of my bunch, so his first day of school was particularly traumatic for me!  Of course, he was excited and made it through the whole day like a champ, but I thought I would lose my mind watching him get on that bus the first time.  As a matter of fact, after he got on the bus, I jumped in my car and followed him to school to make sure he made it okay!  And then I walked him to class.  He just REALLY wanted to take the big school bus that first day!


We captured pics of all the kids walking to the bus stop, the bus coming around the corner, and then all the kids running like crazy to get to the stop before the bus did!!!  My sweet little baby lined up with his fellow kindergartners and waited his turn. Once he was on, I walked back to the house crying my eyes out.  You can barely see me in the last bus photo with my head down.  I'm such a sap!  And of course, when he came home that afternoon, I cried all over again.  I missed my boy.


Okay...the technical stuff!  For this layout, I used another page kit from the garage sale I talked about last week.  This was actually a page kit for toddler pics, but it worked perfectly for my needs.  I inked up some chipboard pieces that came in the kit with some Quick Quotes chalking ink that matched the tones of my pages.  For the sentiments, I chose three of them from the Mark's Finest paper stamp set, Be A Showoff.  This is the cute little set that came out a few months ago that have the gorgeous Peacocks in it. 


Oh, and btw...my three "R's" for this week are ruler, red and ribbon!  Have a spectacular weekend and I will see you soon!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E