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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Happy National Coffee Day

Happy National Coffee Day!

I am mainly a tea drinker, but I do enjoy a hot cup of French Vanilla coffee from time to time.  Marie, on the other hand, has coffee flowing through her veins.  Her coffee consumption habits are such that she helps cement the country's reputation for being the biggest coffee consuming nation in the world.

With Marie and many of my friends in mind I recently created some coffee themed cards. 

I used some coffee bean patterned paper from a dcwv paper pad to create this first card.  A Sizzix mason jar die cut the card into its jar shape.  The sentiment was created from an stamp.

The coffee cups on this next card were created with stamps from PaperTrey Ink's "Heart-2-Heart #1 Mini Stamp set ".  I adhered foam tape to the back of some of the cups to add dimension to the card. 
Today's last card is a gift card holder.  It's a great card to give to a coffee lover along with a gift card to their favorite coffee source.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Hi Everyone!

I've been busy creating all sorts of things for Marie and Dan's upcoming wedding.  I'll be posting pictures of my creations for the bridal shower and the wedding in a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, my sister, Paula and her husband, Robert arrive in Massachusetts tomorrow.  They'll stop here for a quick visit before they head North to visit friends and family.  Then, they'll be back to spend time here in a couple of weeks.

I made a yummy bag of homemade granola for them to munch on as they travel. 

The recipe is from a great book I purchased while we were on vacation.  It's called Food Gift Love by Maggie Battista.  If you like to create gifts you'll want to find this book.  Maggie gives all sorts of suggestions on ways to create small batch food gifts and package them. 
Here's a description of the book.
In Food Gift Love, Maggie Battista, a food-gift guru and rising star of the blog world, celebrates her expertise in and enthusiasm for small-batch, hand-crafted foods. She features 100 memorable, edible gifts for any occasion with simple, delicious recipes, detailed wrapping instructions, and stunning photography. There are countless ways to share the pleasures of food with people you care about—from simple homemade infused salts and sugars to instant-gratification gifts like fresh ricotta and flavored butters; from jams, pickles, and vinaigrettes to irresistible cookies, desserts, savories, and spirits that will impress fellow food fans. There’s helpful information for creating your own Food Gift Love pantry at home as well as creative guidance on how to wrap food gifts with style. This book will inspire cooks, food-lovers, and DIY fans to be year-round food gifters.
I purchased the bakery bag that I used for the granola from King Arthur Flour.  I used some of my rubber stamps to decorate the bag.  The idea for decorating came from the above mentioned book. 
Have a great night!