Valentine Candy Sticks

I’ve been on a Valentine’s kick lately!  For once I’m ahead of the game rather than behind (remember it was I who sent out New Year’s cards just a few days ago).

I started making these Candy Sticks for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Since they were such a big hit, I am now making them with a Valentine’s theme.  I’m using Valentine M&Ms and Red Hots – love those Red Hots!

The tags have been colored with Copics.  The Puppy Dog is from Michelle Perkett and the Love Note image is from Sweet Stamping Treats.  Both are digi stamps!

Waiting to see them?  Well, here they are…  in all of their sweetness….

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Today’s Quote
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.  ~Albert Einstein


Valentine’s Goodie Bags

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  It is the day to celebrate love and affection with flowers, cards, jewelry, and candy!  And look what I’m making for the day….

These pink on pink fabric drawstring bags can be filled with candy and other goodies for that special person.  They are fully lined complete with finished seams.  The drawstrings are made with coordinating fabric.  You’ll be seeing more of these bags in different sizes as they also make good gift bags, wine bags, shoe bags, water bags, and more…

I made the tag from a digi stamp, Puppy Love, designed by Michelle Perkett.  And, of course, it was colored with Copic Markers.


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Today’s Abundance
-An ordinary day
-Quilting inspiration
-Pink and Red – the colors of Valentine’s
-1 day closer to warmer weather
-Puppy play time

Pay It Forward 2011

In early January, a Pay It Forward challenge surfaced on Facebook.  The challenge read:

Pay it Forward 2011: I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They must in turn post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.

I took on the challenge and it didn’t take very long for people to respond.  I’m about ready to send off my handmade goodies to them.  Want a peak as to what they will be receiving?

The homemade goodies include mini wallets, key fobs/rings, and memo pads made from upcycled food box chipboard.  I will be mailing them yet this week so watch for them!

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Today’s Quote
“A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.”    Albert Einstein

Paperwings Blog Hop – “Tag You’re It”

Tonight is the monthly blog hop sponsored by Paperwings, a site devoted to demonstrators of The Angel Company.  Note though that non-demonstrators are able to view the many wonderful creations in the gallery!!

The theme for this month is “Tag, You’re It.”  So you are about to hop from one creative tag to another!  First, take a look at my creation.  I made a birthday card and gift bag using the Hieroglyph Horses and Trendy Greetings stamp sets along with the Hemingway Paper Collection.  All are from The Angel Company.

Now all I have to do is to get the birthday gift to fill the bag – usually it’s the other way around!

Please stop by the blogs of these participants who also have Tag Creations to inspire you!

Laurie U –
Lisa –
Shirley H –
Teresa J –
Julie R –
Chelsea –
Tina –
Carol N –
Laura –

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Today’s Quote
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
by Winston Churchill

Toot! Toot!

I won!  I won!  Yep – I won another TAC, The Angel Company, monthly contest that is held for demonstrators.  The theme for this contest was “Sweet Treats.”  This project was so very much fun to make!  I constructed several triangular cake boxes out of our Miss Moxie paper collection, decorated them with images from our Halloween Stamp Sets, made a Spider to sit on the top of the cake, and then filled the boxes with a variety of treats.

You can find a couple more photos of this Sweet Treat creation by clicking here!  Now I just have to be patient to get our new fall supplement so I can go shopping for free stamps!

Be sure to check out the other contest winners this month too…  you’ll find the whole list here.

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Today’s Abundance
-Watching the puppy frolic in the puddles, chasing the bubbles formed by the raindrops, not noticing how wet I was getting even with umbrella in hand – priceless!!
-Being honored by having my contest entry selected as the winner.
-Smell  and taste of coffee on a rainy, chilly day
-Text-messaging (you can teach old dogs new tricks)
– TAC’s sneak peaks of stamps to be available come October 1

What Happened to the Brownies?

This is a story about brownies from beginning to end!

First, you need a brownie mix!  Now in the good ole days I would have done this from scratch.  But, as you will see a mix brings with it new creative opportunities (and a lot less work for me)!  Follow the directions on the brownie package, put in the oven to bake, and start prepping for the “new creative opportunity.”  And what do you need for this?  Well, you need the brownie box, a paper cutter, some paper, a bind-it-all, some o-rings, and  wire snips.  On your paper cutter, cut the brownie chipboard box.  You will need 2 pieces the same size – one from the front of the box and one from the back.  Then cut your paper (you can use printer paper, cardstock, lined paper, unlined paper – the possibilities are endless).  I cut 50 pieces of paper 1/2 inch smaller on all sides than the chipboard itself.

You’re going to want to keep an eye on your brownies during this process.  It is all too easy to dive deep into this “new creative opportunity” and forget about the brownies, so do remember to check on them now and again!  Here are the baked brownies, fresh from the oven:

While your brownies are cooling off, turn your attention back to the cut chipboard and paper!  Now use the Bind-It-All and the O-Rings to make a neat, whimsical memo pad!

These fun memo pads can be made from all sorts of chipboard boxes.  Use them for your shopping and grocery lists, to leave messages, to sketch or journal in.  Carry a smaller one in your purse to make notes in while out and about.   Kids love them because the covers are delightful and different!  The possibilities are endless, as are the shapes and sizes that you can create!

Here is the link to Zutter’s site where they have basic information on how to use the Bind-It-All: There are numerous tutorials and project ideas on the internet – just search on Bind-It-All and you will have a long list of links to peruse through.

Hope you enjoyed this story of brownies!  Oh, and what happened to the brownies in the end?  Well, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!!

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Today’s Quote
Make a list of important things todo today.  At the top of your list, put “eat chocolate.”  Now, you’ll get a least one thing done today.    …Gina Haye

Reusable Snack Bags with Angel Wings …

Some of you may have seen (or even own) my Reusable Snack Bags featured in my AndMoreBags ETSY site.  Today, I am super excited to announce that I have designed a Reusable Snack Bag that combines both my ink and rubber passion with my fabric and thread passion!

Not only are these bags functional (i.e. carry your snacks) but you can also use them to support your business!  Just think of the conversations they will start around the lunch table or at school/sports activities.  Give one to those special customers and hostesses!  You can even use them at your classes/workshops – use them for snacks or use them to hold those small embellishments or pieces of paper for each attendee. The possibilities are endless!

The outer fabric is 100% cotton and is stamped with one of our Palette Inks using stamps from The Angel Company. The inner fabric is water resistant nylon. A strip of velcro extends across the entire opening. This secures the opening, as well as, keeps your goodies inside! And, all seams are enclosed!

Wipe out the inside with a damp cloth. You can also wash on a gentle cycle and air dry.

The snack bags measure approx. 7 x 4 1/4″ with an opening of 6 1/4″.

I am selling these 2 for $8 plus $1.75 shipping.  Just let me know which Palette Ink you would like when submitting the order.  Time from order payment via PayPal to shipment will be about a week.  Questions – just email me at

2 Snack Bags $8.00 4 Snack Bags $16.00 6 Snack Bags $24.00 For larger quantities, contact Rita at $0.00

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Today’s Abundance

-No snow this afternoon!

-Strawberry Banana Smoothie

-Tracks in the fresh snow from the backyard bunnies

-Dreams of spring, warm temperatures, and light breezes

-Did I mention no snow this afternoon?