Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Anyway, it was a fun time! I got some money (thanks to Mom and Kristen who are enabling me to support my stamping habit :) ), a bottle of Baby Phat perfume which smells super-duper good! Plus I needed a new bottle to switch up with my Clinique that I have been wearing for years now...), a microplane grater (sah-weeet!), and some assorted other goodies.
The funniest gift was from my sister. She knows how much I love Rachael Ray (ps -- If you didn't know it I discovered her, duh!) and she got me this hilarious refrigerator magnet that has a picture of RR's photoshoot with FHM. AND......she got me the Rachael Ray kids songs CD. WTF? That just cracks me up! I'll post a pic of it later. That KP...she sure knows how to get the good gag gifts! :)
And yes, my mom made swiss steak, and yes it was DELICIOUS. I'm like, what do you put in this again? She's like, oh......just cream of mushroom soup and milk and Kitchen Bouquet. Ummmmmm, yeah. Too bad when I make mine like that it doesn't turn out like hers! I guess that's the home field advantage that all moms have!
But, I did bring two pies - banana cream and chocolate silk. Those I can do. And for all you banana cream pie fans out there -- here's my recipe, and bonus, it's super easy too! Good night!
Banana Cream Pie with Caramel Drizzle
1 banana sliced
1 ¾ C cold milk
1 pkg (4 serv. size) instant vanilla pudding
1 pkg (4 serv. size) instant banana cream pudding
1 frozen deep dish pie shell
1 tub French Vanilla Cool Whip
Caramel dessert topping
Bake the pie shell according to package directions. Arrange banana slices in bottom of crust. Whisk together pudding mixes and milk for 2 minutes. Gently stir in half of the cool whip. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate at least 3 hrs or until set. Top with remaining cool whip and drizzle with caramel sauce.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Well, I finally sent in my paperwork yesterday to become an SU demo! I'm so excited and especially anticipating that HUGE box of goodies that Mr. Brown will be bringing me. I added on the option to purchase the scrapbooking stuff, which includes an alphabet set, a simply scrappin' kit, and an album (among other things). I have a lot of friends who are into scrapbooking and not card-making, so I think my first workshop will be a scrapbooking camp. Now I just need my supplies so I can start planning!
This week is especially good too because I had a four-day weekend. Just the right amount of time off that I needed, I think.
That's all for now, I'm off to work! :)
PS -- I forgot to mention that I am selling a ton of my non-SU crafting supplies on Ebay (and some retired sets, too) since I cannot demonstrate those items. Among which are a scalloped punch, clear stamps, and some nice Colorbox inkpads. You can see everything here: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZchapin2508
If you see something that hasn't been bid on that you would like, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if it doesn't sell there, it's yours! Thanks!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The card above is for the challenge on Jen70's blog - you can find the link at right under 'Jen". I actually cased this layout from tashers on SCS, then found out the card I cased was for Jen's challenge too! Whoops! Hope I didn't break any rules there!
The card base is sage shadow CS, then a layer of basic black. The patterned paper is from Scenic Route and I love it! I stamped the heart from Simply said on vanilla CS and cut them out. Those are on dimensionals. For the sentiment, I masked off part of this stamp from Small Sayings and stamped with black on sage shadow. Then I punched it out with the word window punch and wrapped it around the panel. I love the look of the 'thanks' without the rest of the sentiment! This will go to Cari and Mike for the awesome cookout they hosted today. Thanks for stoppin' by tonight!
Stamps: Simply Said, Small Sayings
Paper: Sage Shadow, Vanilla, and Scenic Route DP
Ink: Sage Shadow and Basic Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, SU black organdy ribbon
8 oz cream cheese, softened
16 oz sour cream
1 packet taco seasoning
Assorted toppings - here I used the following:
Chopped red onion
Sliced black olives
Mix the cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning together with an electric mixer. Spread in the bottom of a pie plate. Top with toppings and serve with chips!
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Last night was a going away party for our friend John who's moving back to Chicago. We'll miss him! Adam and him have been friends ever since college when they interned together at Allsteel. Tomorrow we have a cookout to go to for another friend of ours who was recently engaged. So that means I have to get up in the morning and make something to take with us.....fun fun fun!
Well that's all for now, it's getting late and I got about 4 hrs of sleep last night. See ya later!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Today is my day off, however, so I actually did the color challenge. Very pretty combination of Blue Bayou, Sahara Sand, and Choc Chip. The stamp sets used are Year After Year and Absolutely Fabulous, and I also used some Soft Sky ink. Not one of my favorite cards... but it'll have to to for today!
Tonight I actually am going to my monthly SU class at my demo's house. I will probably order a stamp set from the new catalog, but I'm not sure which one yet. Kind of leaning towards Fabulous Flowers..... we'll see :)
When I found out about the new incentive that SU is offering for demos now, I totally wanted to sign up -- I have for a while anyway and this just seems too good a deal to pass up. I brought it up last night at dinner and boy, did that ever go over like a lead balloon with Adam! :) He just doesn't think that I have that many friends that I can sell to to turn a profit. Which, I have to admit, he's probably right. But I'm going to talk to Lisa tonight and see how it was for her when she first started out and maybe get some pointers. Being 24 years old, I don't have all that many friends that are into stamping or scrapbooking :)
No what's for dinner tonight for me. Adam is going to work out right after he gets off at 5 and I am headed to class at 6:30, so we'll be rolling our own tonight. I also need to get stuff ready for our yard sale this Saturday....ugh....... :)
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Paper - Olive Bazzill, Shimmery White, Chatterbox patterned paper
Ink - Black Stazon
Stamps - Whipper Snapper Mouse, AMuse sentiment
Accessories - Moss Organdy ribbon - SU!
Adam says it's ungodly humid outside today, so I don't think we'll be venturing out anytime soon, although I do need to go to the store and get some pork chops for supper. Darn.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Paper - Chocolate Chip, Bazzill Olive, Misc. Vanilla, Basic Grey Infuse
Stamps - Happy Harmony, Autumn Leaves Flourishes
Ink - Real Red, Timber Brown Stazon
Friday, August 3, 2007
I was awakened by my wife to claims of a bat-like presence in the kitchen.
I actually got out of bed, as I could no longer pretend to sleep through the yelling.
Sure enough, there is a bat flying around the kitchen.
I retrieve fishing net from basement.
Upon returning to the kitchen, net in hand, the bat retreated to the bathroom.
Discover bat hanging from shower curtain in bathroom, I catch bat in net, bat flies back out of net. Bat launches aerial assault at my head, succeeds in causing me to the drop net.
I retrieve net and track bat back into kitchen where I make a last stand against the bat’s incursion into my kitchen.
I capture bat in fishing net. Bat begins chirping loudly. I smack bat against refrigerator. Bat stops chirping.
“Treaty of Chapin” is signed between bat and homeowner. Bat is subsequently released back into the wild. (Yes it was still alive and capable of flying away)
This just cracks me up! This is an email that Adam sent out to all the guys he works with to update him on the status of the bat (we also had a bat in our basement a couple months back). He is so freakin' hilarous don't you think? Heheehehe :)
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
So I wake up (actually on time this morning, no snooze button) this morning at the butt-crack of dawn to what else??? A bat in my house! Oh Lord, how I do hate critters in my home. Eeek. Well, I was all freaked out and it was flying around the kitchen so I ran upstairs to get my sleeping honey, and let's just say that he was a little less than enthused to drag his butt downstairs to catch the darn thing. But, he did, he saved me! Yeeeeaaaah! Now I am thinking of making him a "batty" thank you card. LOL! (I'll post it if I do - hehe)
Anyway, I made this card yesterday just playing around with some of my new paper and ink. I learned how to make this larger scalloped square by taping 4 smaller ones together from Beate's blog (you can link to it on the right side of this page). Thanks for looking - I'm off to work!
Paper - Blue Bayou, Whisper White, DP by Creative Memories
Ink - Purely Pomegranate
Accessories - Slot punch, American Crafts ribbon