July 2014 Card Swap "Semi-Homemade"

Hello!  Our July 2014 Card Swap was held the last Monday of the month - it's challenge was to make a

This was a new challenge for us!  To take a pack of preprinted cards and add-to with added embellishments, from our personal supplies and some stamped items to create a unique card!  The results turned out FABULOUS!

We also had a treat this month.  Our team member Margie Robinson made refreshments for all - it was a FEAST to be exact!  Fancy Caesar Salad in a cup w/ baked Parmesan crisps, fruit pizza, chips, dip and mini quiches - oh my!  It was 'delish!  Thank you again, Margie!  She's a sweetie and a great cook!

Onward to the card swaps!  We had six swappers this month that created a 

This was my preprinted card that I grabbed up at Wal-Mart - in a 10 pack.  I wanted a manly color scheme and thought this card would fit nicely for my plan.

That's because I wanted to go with a 'Tache theme!!  It's everywhere; so I needed an excuse to buy some mustache crafting items!          
This card features a layered front with a 'tache embossed glittered top that had a cut-out insert of a stamped 'tache in the middle using the color scheme of blue, brown and grass green!  Embossed the envelope and added computer-generated "Fan{tache}tic" headings and sayings to it and the card!  This card would be suitable for anyone for anything!  I hope!

Pam purchased an animal print card; added texture with an embossing folder on both the envelope and card; embellishments of a glitz black bow, button and BOOM!  a fabulous semi-homemade card!

Angie's multi-layered floral semi-homemade card is a show-stopper!  The card showcase's a whimsical circular shape along with a bright summer color scheme - add the embossed texture on the inside, bright fushia stamping, ribbons and decorative brad- all adds up to a dazzling card for any female!

April started out with a card that held a variety of bold colors and patterns; she added flowers, rhinestones, stickers, net ribbon and embossed card-stock colored paper to complete this "Thank You" semi-homemade card!

Kimberly continue the gold embossing that was on her purchased card to the stamped inside of her card and on the matching envelope.  She also added eyelash yarn & ribbon for that texture bling to create a VERY elegant semi-homemade card!

Maria began with a zebra printed preprinted card - she created an embossed, stamped focal point, added embellishments, and punched flowers to create more appeal with layers of red and turquoise colors along with her whimsical stamped images - this is such a creative semi-homemade card!

In addition to our swap AND our feast - our fearless Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Maria Hale taught us a VERY, super-cool technique in making a tissue paper flower that looks like a carnation!  VERY appropriate in using for embellishments for a WOW factor on any project.  We also assembled a sack-envelope and a sweet card that featured a stamped 3-D layered flower with a bow!  Thanks Maria - she's the one to contact for your scrapbook and crafting needs from Stampin Up!  She is AWESOME!  (Just a little partial... can ya tell??)

This month was a great success!  - Here is a link to last month's card swap - "Movie Night".  Next month's challenge has been set - we're making CANCER cards; cards appropriate to be sent to our local cancer patients - we're making a swap card and some extra cards to be donated to our local cancer organization!  Childress can always use cards for this purpose - so if you have time - donate some cards & stamps !!  It will be used and definitely appreciated!!

Thanks for stopping by and letting us share our card swaps! Remember to hug the ones you love the most... until next time!

June 2014 Card Swap "Movie Night"

Our challenge for the June's Card Swap was "Movie Night"  including a color scheme of black and white...   This theme was an unique theme for our ladies to take and shine with their creativeness!  

     Holding the card swap at my house, I decided to make some quick party treats that went along with the theme for this month.  A simple stamped bottle tag that held a straw and fit over the neck of a cherry-limeaide drink bottle and a preprinted mini-bag of popcorn!  Who can watch a movie without popcorn...!!  Found the pdf for the popcorn bags here at this link.  Pam also brought each of us a box of Milk Duds!  These ladies are so sweet - there is always a refreshing, positive atmosphere when we all meet together!  So lucky to have these women in my life!!

Here are the cards for the swap... enjoy!

Oh my!  Is this card not "adorbs"??  The detail, the little intricate perks, this is such a WOW card.  Is anyone ready for a MOVIE NIGHT??  This card uses the black & white color scheme along with yellow and red.  It's the attention to detail that sends it over the top... check out the popcorn, ribbon, coke drink w/straw, film strip title - great job, Pam!

LOVE this whimsical card - remember the classic "Rocky Horror Picture Show" - Maria found inspiration from this movie - so cool!  This throws me back to my college days...  With the skull & bones along and the feminine hearts & stars makes this a fun, FUN card! Love the black & white polk-a-dot with red cherry & film block along with the lime green ribbon! And check out the POP of the inside with the 3-D effect of the cut-out spiral embellishment that carries out the color scheme through-out the card.

Has this card got "Glamour" or what... talk about the RED CARPET - this card has flashy style and detail.  The paper-pieced sunburst technique using black, white, glittery red and SILVER really add a fabulous look to the cover!  And check out the hounds-tooth tab closure with ribbon - so fancy! Inside continues the color scheme with lots of glitz stars and glam! April - this card is AWESOME!

Here's the perfect black & white MOVIE NIGHT card - with the classic repeat of the color scheme through out with different patterns really adds to this card.  The moveable clapboard adds a fun element on the front of the layered card along with ribbon and other embellishments.  Inside features a TICKET to complete your movie night theme!  Angie has created a "show-stopper" of a card here with her swap!

This is a postcard style swap that features a POPCORN coupon insert that pulls out and a card fold-out using the black & white color scheme with lots of yellow and red. On the card fold-out, it features movie theme cut-outs both on front and inside that awards the lucky recipient to a movie night!

Thanks for joining us and letting us share our card swap for June with you!  Here's a link to last month's swap here.   

     Next month's challenge is to create a "semi-homemade" card...  What is that, you ask - it's where you take a store bought card (ya know those cheap packs of cards...) and turn it into an original creation with the swapper's talent and supplies!!  This should be fun!  Be sure and check back for next month's swap!

     Hope you are enjoying your summer!  Remember to hug the ones you love the most... until next time!

Recipe Swap - Budget Friendly Florentine Mac 'N Cheese


Glad that you stopped by!  Today's post includes Alex's State 4-H Food Show entry for this year's competition! 

The theme this year for Food Show was to fix a "budget wise" recipe.  This recipe is just that - costing only $5.25 for the whole dish that serves 6 and its a HUGE serving - good for a "meatless meal";  that's .88 cents a serving.  The secret ingredient is SMOKED GOUDA cheese - O.M.G. - it is SO good!  The healthy hit is the added spinach.  By adding spinach into this classic dish, it ups the nutritional value up by 48%!  So you've got a great taste along with a healthy twist on a comfort food! 


Our local 4-H group leaves Monday for 4-H State Round Up held down on the Texas A&M campus.  Both of my boys have photography competing, our Childress Mohair team (Sheldon, Coleman, Alex & Aric) compete on Wednesday and on Thursday is Alex's day with Food Show!  It's going to be a great time!

Budget Friendly 
Florentine Mac ‘N Cheese

3/4 lb. (3 cups) Elbow Macaroni; cooked according to package instructions
3 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 cup Finely Minced Sweet Onion
1/3 cup All-purpose Flour
2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
4 cups Milk (2 cups whole milk / 2 cups 2% milk)
4 cups Spinach leaves; cut into 1/2" strips
2 cups shredded Cheese (1 cup White Cheddar & 1 cup Smoked Gouda)

In a dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat.  Add onion and saute’ until softened, about 3-5 minutes.  Whisk in flour until mixture is golden.  Gradually add whole milk, whisking constantly.  Add 2% milk; raise heat to medium-high, bring to boil and continue to whisk until sauce is smooth and thickened, 10-12 minutes.  Add salt and pepper.

Stir in cheeses until melted, add spinach to sauce; stir until spinach is wilted.  Add cooked pasta and stir.  Serve immediately!


Thank you to all that voted either grass green or navy blue placemat on facebook.  Your input was very helpful - Alex is taking BOTH and will decide on Thursday on which color to display his dish on for the public viewing!  Either one will be a great choice - I think!

Would love to hear your comments and suggestions for this recipe!  The only difficult item to find in this recipe - in our big C-Town, is smoked gouda - we have to buy it out of town.  Other than that, you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are enjoying the summer time! Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

Homemade "Leather" Cleaner... Love it!

Found a new HOMEMADE 

"Cost Efficient "

Leather Cleaner 

that I LOVE... 

and it's simple.  

We are the owners of two couches, love-seat & several chairs plus an ottoman ALL of leather...  it has been somewhat expensive to up-keep and clean these furniture pieces - UNTIL NOW...  


1 plastic bottle
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup regular white Vinegar
- shake before using!  

How simple is that??  I use a cotton rag, spray and wipe the furniture.  You could add some essential oil for fragrance - but the vinegar smell does not last long at all and is not overwhelming like I had anticipated the first time using this cleaner!  

So, if you've been spending $7+ for 30 leather wipe tissues and would like to save some $$ - try this homemade concoction!

Hang in there - it's finally the month of JUNE.  What do you have planned for the summer?  I now have the time to clean, clean, clean!  Something that has waited until now... how nice!  Be sure and check back soon! 

Remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

MAY 2014 Card Swap

Finally getting to post these incredible cards from our MAY Card Swap! 

The challenge this month was to design and create a card with a theme of COFFEE and to incorporate a special fold of some sort with the card and ribbon!  This was a FUN swap to design for... enjoyed this challenge.  Also, these ladies that are apart of this group are AMAZING!  True hearted, talented ladies that make time spent together so special!  Enjoy these creations! 

PAM  This elegant card with it's frilly lace, brown net bow and cream & brown color scheme just add up to a VERY sophisticated-looking card that provides such a feminine twist for this coffee loving presentation!  She even made a custom-sized envelope to match - AWESOME!

MARIA  Our fearless Stampin Up demonstrator always designs a specular piece of art within her card.  Presentation starts with a stamped decorated brown-paper bag - aka envelope with a glitzy red bow - inside you find a whimsical rosette ribbon stamped brown stock card featuring a color scheme of the new SU colors - LOVE this quote that is stamped inside - "Chocolate, coffee and men - some things are best rich"!  Absolutely a FANTASTIC coffee-lovin' card presented here!

APRIL  This creative fold card features a swing-out medallion that's stamped "whole latte love".  On the front features a "crystal effect" embossed coffee cup that is repeated on the envelope.  Inside, there is a ribbon bow embellished with pearls and room to write a special note to the receiver of this wonderful card!  What a WONDERFUL coffee-latte card!

ANGIE  This vintage style card grabs your attention quickly by the fancy fold of the stamped and cut medallion on front that cases a stamped image in the middle!  Hemp string adds to the creative style of this card.  With this card's fancy double-fold out for the inside - along with another brown paper cut-out medallion and stamped images - makes this card simply FABULOUS!

KIMBERLY  This tag/gift features a chevron-design pocket that actually holds a gift package of instant coffee for the lucky recipient.  A bright colored stamped "C" and a variety of ribbon makes this a perfect gift for any coffee lover. SUPER work, Kimberly!

Melissa  This neutral color schemed coffee lovin' card features a variety of textures on front with a stamped ribbon circle banner of "You're Cool Beans" and corrugated background.  Hemp ribbon and paper-pieced coffee cups add to the focal point for the front of the card.  Inside features a vertical opening, paper-pieced stamped cup along with a card holding pouch so you can include a gift card for someone special.  This stamp set is from the Gina K's stamp set - "You're my Cuppa Joe".  So excited to finally use this stamp set!

Hope you enjoyed this card swap!  These cards really are AWESOME!  Next month will feature cards with a "movie theme" using black & white in the color scheme along with a matching envelope...  Here's a link to last month's card swap here - April.  

On a personal note - the summer has officially started - yahoo!  Semester testing and graduation went fine - our senior graduates handed out "tie-dyed" roses - WOW!  Aren't they beautiful!  I was honored to receive 2 during the ceremony - love my students!!  NOW!  It's time to rest...  

Thanks for stopping by today, remember to hug the ones you love the most, until next time...

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