Monday, November 22, 2010

Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge…Christmas


Good morning, my friends!

Another month, another fun challenge for the Crafty Secrets Design Team!  This month we’re focusing on all the new & fabulous Christmas products…so many to choose from!

I’ve already shared a couple of pages from my Christmas chipboard album with you…here it is all together:


First, a couple that you’ve already seen:



Okay…here’s a new one.  This is me talking to Santa…my brother Steve waiting for his turn right behind me…about 1969…DSC06240_edited-1

This little sweetie is one of my favorite Crafty Secrets’ images…from the “Christmas” Creative Scraps.  I just had to add a little pom-pom to her hat…


I decided I’d better have a page to represent my husband Roger’s childhood Christmases as well…couldn’t be ALL about me, right?!  Here he is, a sweet little 5-year old in his striped Christmas jammies, along with a postcard to Santa, from Crafty Secrets’ “Christmas” Creative Scraps…


The last page…this cute little vintage image is from Crafty Secrets’ “Christmas” Images & Journal Notes booklet.  The first time I saw it, I thought of this photo of my brothers and me coming down the stairs the first Christmas morning after we’d moved to Ohio…1969…


I put my new jingle bell punch from the fabulous Miss Martha Stewart…love these!  Covered with some chunky glitter, of course…

I really enjoy seeing these little mini albums all bound together…the chunky boards, the multi-colored pages full of memories all tied together in one fun bundle!

This album—and the others I’ve used this year—are all from Maya Road and are available through Crafty Secrets.

I’ll be doing more of these for sure—I’m hooked!

And last, another view of Christmas…


The beautiful illuminated-style Nativity illustration is from Crafty Secrets’ “Christmas” Images & Journal Notes booklet…


…the beautiful angels watching over the scene are from the very new “Angelic Blessings” stamp set…such an elegant set!

 Angelic Blessings

I stamped the angels a few times on white and cream cardstock, cut out the pieces, layered them and popped them up…


…had to add copious amounts of iridescent glitter to the wings, of course!

The only problem with close-ups is that I can now see where I needed to trim this a little closer!  Oh well! 

I hope you’ll stop by and visit each of the other  girls on the Design Team…they always have such beautiful inspiration to share!

Vicki Chrisman Team Leader

Pam Hooten

Heidi Blankenship

Linda Duke

Michele Kovack

Melissa Phillips

Flo Teixeira from France

Julie Campbell—me!

Mary Hamer

Anna Wight (November Guest Designer)

Since my college girl is home for the week and my husband’s family is coming for the big day, I’ll be taking a bit of a blog break until just after Thanksgiving, so here’s wishing you all a most wonderful holiday week with family and friends!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

On the Road to Happiness…


Good morning, my friends!

Just about to head off to the craft fair that’s been occupying ALL of my time preparing for this week!

Sorry I haven’t been a very good visitor lately…I’ll get back to normal after Thanksgiving! 

Just a couple of things to share with you today…

First, a little card:


A wonderful vintage image from Crafty Secrets’ “Vintage Photos” Creative Scraps…I love this cute little couple! 

Of course this reminded me of another cute couple…

Dow & Velda with cool car

My grandparents, Dow and Velda, absolutely loved taking vacations.  I have so many photos of them on trips together all over the world.

They were always together.  I rarely remember one of them doing anything where the other wasn’t very close by…whether cooking, doing the dishes, reading the paper…or just taking a relaxing drive, they were side by side…

Julie in car with Grammie & Grandad, Nov. 1963

I love this photo!  They came for a little visit when I was about two years old…they lived in Phoenix, we were in southern California at that time…a fairly quick trip.

When it was time for them to go, Mom says I wanted to go with them, so they put me in the car, drove me around the parking lot of our apartment complex a few times, then dropped me back off with my parents…apparently that was enough to keep me happy!

These next pictures are so sweet of them…while not in a car, they’re awfully fun…and they’re together…

FAM HIST 3 (118)

Not sure where this is taken, but it’s probably in Canada…they visited there often, as Dow’s family lived there at the time…

FAM HIST 3 (120)

Don’t you just love the ‘50’s?  Dresses were just what you wore…even while taking a joy ride out on a lake!

Okay, now for a little treat!



1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 can dulce de leche
3/4 cup whipping cream
6 Tbsp. light-color corn syrup
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 tsp. vanilla


In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add sugar and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla; beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer; stir in any remaining flour.  Cover and chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

Line a 13x9” baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.  Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned.  Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Spread dulce de leche in a an even layer atop cooled crust.  In a medium saucepan, heat whipping cream, 6 Tbsp. butter, and corn syrup to boiling over medium heat, stirring to dissolve syrup.  Remove from heat.  Add chocolate and vanilla to saucepan.  Do not stir.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature to cool slightly.  Slowly pour chocolate mixture over dulce de leche layer, spreading evenly.  Cover and chill 1 to 2 hours or until chocolate layer is set.

Use the foil to lift uncut bars out of pan.  Cut into bars.  Makes 48 bars.

(Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens “Christmas Baking” magazine)


YUM.  If the title of a recipe has the word “shortbread” in it, I just have to try it!  These are simply decadent. 

Well, I’m off to the Craft Fair—wish me luck!  I’ll show you my little booth next time…until then, I hope you have a most wonderful weekend!