Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Another Watercolor Christmas Alternative

Welcome everyone! Today's post will be short and sweet given the long to do list we all have this week.  I am sharing the last of the alternative cards for the Watercolor Christmas Kit.  This kit was a lot of fun and I hope you have all found a little inspiration in the cards I have posted this past week.

One of my workshop attendees last week used the Watercolor Card Kit as an activity to share with her granddaughter this past weekend.  They had so much fun finishing all the cards from our class.  So glad I was a small part of making a wonderful memory for Lori Beth.

The Merriest Christmas Wishes stamp from the set is wonderful as a focal point for this card.  I followed the design of the original card in the kit but changed the color to Tranquil Tide which reminds me of the holly bushes that used to be in my front yard and coordinates well with the holly cut-outs in the kit.  I embossed the Tranquil Tide mat with Stampin' UP's Holly embossing folder.  I like the texture it adds to the card.

The gold envelope liners were repurposed to make a background mat for the card, the sentiment and small dots for embellishments.  I added the holly leaves from the kit and a white card base.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy week to stop by and spend it with me at The Paper Maven.

Do something creative today!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Spotlight - Awesome Pumpkin Pie

Welcome to Saturday Spotlight!  It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is almost here.  Where did the time go.  Today I am sharing one of my Thanksgiving traditions, awesome pumpkin pie.  This pie is a bit spicy and not super sweet.  

I am calling it a pie but you may have noticed in the photo there is no crust. I am sensitive to gluten so I do not put a crust on my pumpkin pie.  My family loves the filling more than the crust,  so this works well for us.  I usually top this with homemade whip cream.  Yum!

I also like to use smaller ramekin dishes and bake "mini pies".  They make a great single serving breakfast on the run or a delicious treat for family members to take home and eat the next day.  Everyone is very good about returning my baking dishes.  This ensures they will have a take-home treat next year!

Here is the recipe:

3 cups of cooked or canned pumpkin; 
2 cups brown sugar; 
1 tsp salt; 
2 tsp of cinnamon, ( I often add more cincinnamon)
1 tsp nutmeg; 
1 tsp ginger;  ( I usually double this amount)
1/4 tsp ground cloves; 
1/4 tsp ground allspice; 
4 eggs, slightly beaten; 
1/4 cup of butter melted; 
Mix the above ingredients until well blended
Pour into a 10 inch pie shell or bake without a crust

For a crusted pie bake at 450 for 10 minutes and then reduce the heat to 325 for about 45 minutes or until center is set.  

For a no crust pie bake at 325 for about 55 minutes.  

Thanks again for stopping buy.  Make sure you visit The Paper Maven throughout the month of December for lots of Christmas cookie recipes; a family tradition that spans generations.  

Do something creative today!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Water Color Christmas Kit Alternatives

Hello everyone!  Today I am sharing another alternative card to the Water Color Christmas Kit.  There are so many ways to make this kit your own. Since we are all super busy this time of year, it's a quick way to make cards for family and friends.

I really love how this card turned out.  Tranquil Tide works so well with the pre-printed Christmas trees in the kit. I made the base card from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and used Tranquil Tide for the first mat.  I cut the card from the kit into two mats and embossed with a Tim Holtz folder that coordinated well with the theme of the card.  I inked all of the edges with Tranquil Tide Ink and added a piece of matching ribbon. 

I thought the gold envelope inserts were georgous and did not have the heart to line my envelopes that way.  For this card, I punched a few tiny circles from the gold liners.  A small but dramatic touch. 

The original cards are pictured here.  They are so easy to put together.  Everything is cut out for you.  Just stamp and glue.  Check out your stash and see what you find to coordinate with this adorable kit.


Cherry Cobbler 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
Tranquil Tide 4 1/8 x 5 3/8; 2 3/8 x 3 7/8
Green shaded card base two pieces 4 x 5 1/4, dry emboss
Gold Metallic pen for stars on trees

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure you catch Saturday Spotlight this week.  I will highlight my favorite pumpkin pie. 

Do something creative today.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit Alternatives

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by today.  My sister visited last week so I did not get a chance to blog, but we crafted all week. I have lots to share with you over the next couple of weeks.  Where to begin is the challenge.  Let's start at the end of the week.

Last Friday I held a workshop.  My sister helped with the prep work so a big thank you to Cheryl for helping me organize and clean up!

I love the Watercolor Christmas stamps and decided that would be a great set to initiate new stampers to card making.  I had everyone buy the Watercolor Christmas Project Kit and the matching stamps.

Images @ Stampin' UP!
Whenever I work with a kit I can't resist changing the cards a bit. The two pictures you see are alternate card designs I used for the workshop. The cards had a Christmas theme and 20 cards seemed a bit stingy for this holiday.  I split the card bases where possible and ended up with over 35 cards per person. 

I will start with my favorite stamp from this set, Oh Joy. 

Here are the alternate cards created from the original diagonally striped card base. I cut the front of the card at 2 7/8 x 5 1/2 and repeated that  on the back to create the cards you see here.

Images @Stampin' UP!
You may recognize the design of the above card.  I used the same blueprint from my gender reveal card for this card.  You will find more information about that card HERE.  Instead of the Stampin' Up! Cable Knit embossing folder I used an old Tim Holtz embossing folder.

The second card is very simple and quick to make.


Whisper White cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
Emerald Envy cardstock
Basic Black 1/4 x 5 1/2, enough to die cut the large oval
Layering Ovals
Black Rhinestones
Gold Sequins
Emerald Envy Ribbon

Do something creative today!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Glitter Queen's Blog Hop - Home for the Holidays

Welcome to November's Glitter Queen's Blog Hop! So nice to see you stopped by today.  The theme this month is Home For The Holidays and that is exactly what part of my family will be doing this Thanksgiving. 

Those who are staying behind will be spending Thanksgiving with our best friends, Don and Debbie.  Don loves to cook and is also a Harley rider.  My card today is a thank you to Don for hosting turkey dinner while I am away.  He just happens to like Bourbon too!

Next along the hop is Kathie Steffke.   Take a look at the great project she has for you.  Its awesome!  Do you like what you see along the way today?  Please leave us comments to encourage our creativity and sharing.


Cherry Cobbler 4½ x 11½, scored at 5¾
Very Vanilla 4¼ x 5½; 4¾ x 3½
Early Espresso 5¼ x 4
Pumpkin Pie 5 1/8 x 3 7/8
Cajun Craze 5 x 3¾

Stamp Sets:
One Wild Ride
Beautiful Bouquet

Crumb Cake
Versa Mark

Clear embossing powder

Thank you for stopping by today.  Mark your calendar and join us every month for Glitter Queen's Blog Hop, same time same day (first Thursday).  Do something creative today!

Dawn Griffith
Dee Slater
Tracy Bradley
Michelle Veller
Debi Galloway        You are here
Kathie Steffke          Up Next