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Vintage Valentine and GIVEAWAY

Finally I was able to spend 45 min in my craft room.  I have been cooking a baking a lot for my family over the past few weeks which has cut into my crafty time.  Honestly, after all the holiday crafting I just needed something else to focus on.
I got some new goodies and wanted to play.  I picked up Tim Holtz "Umbrella Man" die and a vintage stamp set with amusement park images.  I really like this die.  I'm not too sure why I do, it just feels so retro UK to me.  It's one of those dies I look at and think how much I like the look of it.  So I grabbed it. 

This vintage stamp set is by Glitz called Afternoon Muse.  I stamped the corner stamp at opposite corners in versamark and then clear embossed to create a resist.  This inks are all TH Distress inks, layered for this pretty Valentine look.  I attached a vintage lock to a hook clip as an added layer.

The Umbrella Man is cut 3 times.  I cut him first with a cereal box, then layered pattern paper and touched him off wi…

Wish I made this...

Isn't this a gorgeous card!  I wish I had made it.  However, I understand I did inspire it.  My girlfriend made is pretty Easel card for a friend.  I ask my extremely crafty friends to send me photo's of their projects so I can post them for you to see.  She used her Tim Holtz die with the dress form to cut out the form in cork.  Then added some cheesecloth and lacy ribbon as layers.  JUST LOVE IT!
I love all the layers and what a treat when you open the card.  Easel cards are my favorite to make especially if you want to add some heavy layers.  They display so well. 
So pretty opened up.  I love the pearl accents around the dress form neck.  And the film strip in the background.
Sorry, I've been MIA this last bit.  Last week I had a 4 day migraine.  So this week I feel like I'm playing catch on cleaning the house and piles of laundry! 
Thanks to my friend Dawn for sharing her beautiful card with us!

SMS Valentines Blog Hop and Release

The Scrappy Moms Stamps DT is hopping with "LOVE" on the mind just in time for Valentines.  You have finally made it to the end and I hope along the way you have some great inspiration for your special Valentine.  If you are just arriving on my Blog you'll want to start fresh over at the Boss Lady Melanie's  Blog.  If you have hopped and made it all the way to the end then you should be arriving from Trish'sBlog.

I made some Valentines treat bags for my Kids, complete with little shovels.  My set of "Crazy for You" didn't arrive in time:(  I know sad.  However, it is a Valentine's Hop so I used my Love Notes and DancingCircles sets.

I used the #2 tags to tie around each shovel and stamped this sentiment from Love Notes.  I punched my MS heart punch (the edge one) with these teeny hearts then glued them on the tag.
For this tag I used the "I Love You" sentiment from Dancing Circles, punched and added button with Twine.  Pretty!
For the last…

Homemade Doughnuts Oh Oh...

These are pretty close to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  We did have a Krispy Kreme and we called it "Slice of Heaven"  But as waist sizes grew, customers dwindled so Krispy Kreme left.  My kids are still on Christmas Break so instead of crafting I've been baking.  Two reasons 1; I get to play with my new Kitchen Aid Mixer and learn to make bread and 2; they sound like a herd of Elephants when I'm downstairs.
I was perusing Pinterestthis morning like I do every morning and came across this pin.  I like this no nonsense recipe.  I will post the website and link to the recipe at the bottom of the post. After letting the dough rise for an hour it doubles in size.  A little four is needed as it's a bit sticky.  Make sure to roll out to 1/2" thickness.  I went to thin the first time and had to redo it.

I used a large round cookie cutter to cut my donuts.  Then to cut the holes I used the metal lid from my Martini Shaker.  It worked but I may look for a teeny round cutter…

Creating with Flour

I've been baking again.  Today I tried making Bagels.  If you were onFacebook I was updating my progress.  And if you've been around awhile you know I love to cook as much as I love to craft.  Well, Santa brought me a new Kitchen Aid Mixer, Professional 600!  This baby is built to make bread and lots of it.  It will take me awhile to learn to make bread so here's my first kick at making Bagels I found on Pinterest.
I picked this recipe as I'm too impatient to wait overnight to make my bread.  This recipe is very easy to make in your stand up mixer. This recipe calls for 6c-7c of flour and my "old" KA Mixer would not have like that much but my new one does.  This recipe yields in my case 16 med/large bagels.  I divided the dough in half after a 2 hour rise and made 8 bagels out of each half. 
Here are 6 of the sesame bagels I baked after giving them a boiling bath in water.  Ugh should have taken a photo of that for you...
I made a selection of  bagels, 6 sesame…

First post of 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
I thought I'd start 2012 off with a simple quick THANK YOU card!  After weeks of gifting, parties and events it's sometimes nice to send out "Just a Note" of thanks.  These cards are fast and easy to make.  I simply stamped a music note background stamp then distressed with Walnut distress ink. 

I borrowed this wee stamp then punched it out with SU word window punch. 
In all I made 20 cards in under 2 hours.  On the inside I used a Scrappy Moms Stamps"Thank You" stamp.
Looking forward to a new year of crafting.  I have lots of idea's and projects planned:)