Good morning from sunny California!  I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to bask in the sun for a little while . . .  it’s GLORIOUS!

As promised, here are the final two CHA projects I prepared for Spellbinders™.  Now that CHA has opened I’m able to share!

Since this is a rather lengthy post as it is, I’m not going to bore you with a bunch of lengthy details.  I know if you have questions you’ll either ask in the comment section or send me an email!   I’ve listed all the product used at the end of each individual project, hoping that helps!

My first is a Chunky ATC.  For these flowers I used a piece of foam and embossing stylus to shape them.  My video tutorial for that technique can be found here.  I used Grungepaper for the sprockets and the foliage.  The flower is made with designer paper.


More flowers and gears!


Chipboard alphabets for the word “fly”.  Don’t you just love that word?  Fly!  I almost wish I had picked it for my word of the year . . . FLY!  It means so much when you stop and think about it.


And because we are in the steampunk mode, a key.


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My final project is a wall hanging die cut and embossed from illustration board.  For this one everything is made from GrungePaper and the sentiment is from Wordsworth Remembering Famous Men.

I used a mini clothespin for the middle of the butterflies.  I took one apart, painted it black and then wound wire around the end for the antennae.

I love the color of the flower.  I used a combination of Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade.

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That’s all for now!  There’s so much to see and do today . . .  I’ll have more later I’m sure.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . .  life is short, embrace the adventure!


Morning. I’ve been feeling under the weather for the last couple of days, and there’s not going to be any stamping here again today. I got Jeanne to the airport yesterday for her flight home, and then had breakfast with my sister, mom and some of mom’s close friends. By the time I got home I was totally worn out. Any hoo, I drugged myself up, crashed on the couch and finally around 8:00 last night went to bed. I think it’s going to be another day just like that today!

What I’ve decided to do today is share some recipes with you. This goes back to the Lizzie Anne Blog Candy post about your favorite summertime desserts. I finally got that recipe from mom for the Banana Split Cake, along with a few others.


Melt 1 stick of margarine in a 9 x 13″ cake pan. Blend in 2 cups of graham-cracker crumbs, and pat evenly over the bottom. In a mixing bowl, beat at high speed for 15 minutes 2 sticks of softened margarine, 2 eggs, and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar. Carefully spread this blend over the crust. Slice bananas (about 3 large ones) until you’ve a layer covering the filling. Next, drain 1 large can of crushed pineapple, and spread fruit on top. Over all, make a layer of Cool Whip (one large container will do it). Last, sprinkle on 1 cup of coarsely chopped nuts and several well-placed maraschino cherries. Cover with waxed paper and leave in fridge for several hours or overnight.

This next salad, we had at my niece’s graduation party. My stepsister made it and of course we all had to have the recipe! Mallory is planning on taking this one to a party this weekend.


4 cups chopped broccoli bite size
1/4 cup Golden Raisins
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup shredded carrots
1 cup sliced strawberries 1/4″ thick, 3 slices each berry
1/4 cup salted peanuts

3/4 cup mayonnaise
½ cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons white vinegar

Whisk till fluffy
Toss with hands into salad.

Hope you guys enjoy these treats! Have a great day!

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