Family Loves this Chicken Penne

We have a saying at our house when we try a tasty new recipe for dinner:  “I’d order it.” Of course, that’s only if it’s really good and I plan to make it again. If it’s bland, just so-so or down right tasteless, we really don’t say anything. . . and yes, that happens more often than I would like to admit.
But today I thought I would let you in on an “I’d order it” meal we had this week (several times if you count the yummy leftovers).… read more


Cute Little Chick Pic

Since my husband won’t buy me an actual peeping chick for Easter (something about coyotes and bobcats eating them or something), I decided to make my very own. I needed to dust off my Cricut machine anyway and I am always looking for a reason to pull out my ever-growing collection of washi tape.

This is a quick little project to create, and as long as you have the supplies on hand it can be really inexpensive to complete. Here’s what you’ll need to hatch your own little chick pic just in time for Easter day.… read more


A Bunny Banner all Your Own

Yes, Easter is just a few days away, but you still have plenty of time to whip up this cute little bunny banner just in time for the holiday. . . especially if you use an inexpensive roll of burlap as your base. Below you can see the basic supplies I used and some are optional, but the best way I’ve found to create a quick banner is to stay clear of large expanses of material and focus on burlap that is more user friendly.… read more


Age Terracotta Pots the Quick and Easy Way

As Spring arrives and folks think about planting, I’ve noticed a lot of attention has been focused on terracotta pots and how to age them for a more classic look. I’ve read several tutorials on how to get that wonderful white water scale look and to be quite frank many of them seem completely over-complicated without achieving much more than a simple white wash technique will provide. I’m not trying to belittle the creative ideas of others, but I do want to share with you a quick and easy way to achieve an aged look with water and acrylic paint in literally just a couple of minutes.… read more


Simple Sentiment for a Simple Sketch

Today’s Operation Write Home sketch challenge is a simple one, but one that can lead to all sorts of ideas. For my card, I simply let the kraft paper show through between the four different papers set at an angle. The papers are all from Amy Tangerine’s Ready Set Go collection by American Crafts and the little orange brad is from Creative Imaginations’ Narratives set. I wanted to keep everything clean and simple on the card, so I didn’t ink any of the edges and I stamped a simple sentiment that can be used for many different occasions.… read more


Saturday Sparks — Egg Dying Ideas

With Easter just a over a week away, I thought a bit of egg dying inspiration was in order for the day. I’m sure you’ve seen some of these ideas before, but I’ve compiled several techniques all in one spot so that you can pick and choose what might work best for you (and the little ones). That being said, if you have a creative way with Easter eggs I welcome you to share.

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A Flowery Sketch Five

This little card is my interpretation of the Mail It Monday sketch challenge this week. I used flowers instead of circles for my main elements and added a little bling for interest. The papers are all from the Authentique Something for all Seasons paper pack, and I used Liquid Pearls to create the scroll work effect. As usual, I inked all the edges for a little extra depth. This sketch is a simple idea but creates a card with impact.
Click on image to enlarge.… read more


Does God Have Bones (and Other Things My Three Year Old Wants to Know)

The other night as bedtime came (and passed) I was finally drifting off to sleep in a quiet house, when I heard a shout from the other room. My three-year-old son’s voice came wafting down the hallway asking, “Does God have bones?”
Now that’s a good one. I mean, I’m assuming God has bones since He made us in his image, but He sure doesn’t need bones or maybe doesn’t even want bones. I’m guessing gravity is a concept made for Earth, but who knows how Heaven really works.… read more


Kid-Friendly Rabbit Napkin Rings

Here’s a cute and quick craft to dress up your Easter morning table, and it’s so easy the kids can help you whip up enough for loads of guests or just enough for the family.

white or pink pipe cleaners
googley eyes
pink mini pompons
glue (quick drying craft glue works well)
cloth napkins


Find the center of each pipecleaner and curve it around a napkin and twist once. Then bend the two tails down to create the bunny ears and glue the ends to the twist in the pipe cleaner.… read more


Mail It Monday — Sketch #5

Welcome to another Mail It Monday sketch challenge! Today’s inspiration is simple but cute, and it can be interpreted in so many different ways. For instance, one of our designers turned the sketch upside down for her greeting card. I can’t wait to see what you come up with this week, but be sure to follow the guidelines and post them here by Saturday at 11:00 p.m. central time.

Our inspiration card is from Shari at The Cutesy Carrot.
Click on image to enlarge.… read more

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