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A Challenge

 I was given a challenge to create something with this black and white image. So I thought oh what a great little ditty to do using my new Twinkling H20's. So I transferred the image to Stamp'in Up's watercolor paper (it is fantastic paper), then painted it with the H20's, then outlined it using my micron markers. The black marker outline really makes the flower pop.
 My lovely collection of HT0"s. The camera doesn't catch the shimmer of this paint, but it is there and it is lovely.
 I layered it on a bit of basic black card stock, and then on pumpkin pie card. I stamped the "for you" and layered it over really red card stock circle punch.
 I wound up some ribbon and stuck it on behind the "for you" greeting using pot dots and glue dots.
I kinda cleaned out the excess H2O's on my brush on the envelope and then traced the image again using micron black marker over the dried paint. This was a very fun challenge to do. Hope you enjoy it too.

What to do with all of these flowers

 I showed you this card a few days ago that I had made for club, and I sent to my top in sales on my team. Well after stamping all the flowers and cutting out just one I had a hand full left over. And they were sitting on my desk, and sitting and sitting and I almost tossed them out. BUT then I thought to myself, self...... I just challenged all my club gals to make something with there left over vases of flowers and bring it to next club and I would have a little prize for them. I cant very well toss these out.

 So I had some time one afternoon (oh don't tell anyone, that I had some extra time on my hands) and decided to color all those flowers and pots using my retired set of Stamp'in Up!'s watercolor pencils. I have always loved those pencils and wish there were not retired last year. So once I had all of them colored, blended with a blender pen and cut out, they sat for a few days more. The colors are so beautiful. It made me happy just looking at the pretty colors laying in a pile!
 I finally came up with this easy little magnet tag. It isn't much, but I do love the way it all turned out.
 I used a few retired greetings that would fit on the tag, that fit the gift. I used So Saffron card stock as it is a neutral and goes with just about everything. The sayings are heart warming, and would lift anyone's day.
I tied on white ribbon to keep it simple, besides I really wanted the pots of flowers to be the focus and I believe that was achieved. These will be great to tuck in a card or leave as abandonment art, or to give as the little treat to those who really do make something with there left over flowers from club. May you be inspired to make a little something with your left overs.

Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

A few of you know that the doctor put me on the Paleo diet because of all the tummy issues I have been having for a long time now. If you haven't heard of it, it is basically no dairy except for eggs, no grains, and no sugar. Ya Ya Ya I have heard it all.... oh so no food! hah aha!

It took some getting used to and some adjusting on how I cook. But basically I can have all the fresh veggies, and fruit, grass fed meats and nuts and seeds I want sort-of. So I have been doing pretty good about 90-95% of the time. It is hard to go out to dinner sometimes.

You know how I love to bake and share my baking. Well I came across an amazing bread recipe and after hunting high and low for the paleo ingredients to make it - it is really wonderful. You don't have to be on a diet or have any health issues to enjoy this. This bread is healthy and filling, and fills the need for chocolate .

The best part is that it satisfied my love of baking and using my Demarle pans. Not to mention my love of bread and cake and cookies and all the things I shouldn't have!  

 Cooling in the Demarle Loaf Pan
Cut into while warm and melted in your mouth yummy!

Okay so here is the recipe and a few tips that I did.

Coconut oil to grease the pan. Not needed if using demarle.

For the Bread:
4 med banana (about 1 pound)
4 large omega 3 eggs
1/4 c (1/2 stick) unsalted grass-fed butter, melted. I used a whole stick by mistake, and it turned out just fine.
1/2 cup Almond butter
1/2 cup Coconut flour (I found mine at Trader Joe's) I know this isn't much flour, but it really is all you need! I was surprised too the first time I made them.
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of fine-grain sea salt (I used what I had on hand)
I also added more Cinnamon to the bread mix, maybe 2 tablespoons. I love cinnamon!

For the Swirl:
2 Tablespoons unsalted grass-fed butter
2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips (I couldn't find these, so I used a Trader Joe's dark chocolate bar and chopped up what I needed
1 Tablespoon Organic honey. We get our honey from a local bee keeper, so I know it is the really good stuff!

Oven at 350
If using a metal loaf  9x5" pan, grease the pan and line it with parchment paper.
If using Damarle use nothing - ya that is the awesome part about Demarle!

Combine the banana, eggs, butter and almond butter in a food processor or mixing bowl and mix until the ingredients are well blended. I used my food processor as I just broke the bananas up to fit in the processor. I think you may need to mash them before putting them in a mixing bowl.

Add the coconut flour, baking soda, baking power, vanilla and salt and continue to mix until all the ingredients are well combined. TIP: I am old school, so I mixed the dry ingredients first, then spooned mixed the wet into the dry.

In a double boiler over medium-low heat, mix together the swirl ingredients. Heat, stirring often, until the chocolate has melted.

Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. As soon as you pour the batter, pour the chocolate swirl directly on top and use a knife to swirl the chocolate throughout the loaf pan.

Bake for 45 minutes, till toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. If using Demarle pan I baked for 35 minutes and it was perfect.

Remove from the oven, and let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving.

TIP: since I got 4 little loves, I cut two for the family to try and everyone loved it. I wrapped the other two loves in plastic and foil to freeze for later.

If you try this, let me know how it turned out. You can fine more recipes like this from the civilized caveman I do not get money for saying that, just wanted you to know where it came from. Enjoy.

Clearance Rack

Have you checked out the Clearance Rack items lately? Do you know that items are added often? Be sure to check it out and don't miss out! Just click on any of the few items listed here to take you to the right page to see all that is on sale now.
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Brights Core'dinations Cardstock
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Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
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Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper
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Cannery Set Framelits Dies
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Cheerful Christmas Stampin' Around Standard Wheel
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Cherry Cobbler 1 Grosgrain Stitched Edge Ribbon
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Whip It Up Wednesday Video

It isn't midnight yet and yep it is still Wednesday. We have been going all day long and I just now sat down to do the video as promised. I thought I had one all ready to go, but noooo I deleted it by accident! Ah - its just the way life rolls sometimes. Any hootals -

This video came from a request of Nita Taylor wanting to learn how to make boxes she could put her hand made cards into. Since I was in the mode for box making I thought it was high time to show and tell.

You will need one sheet of 12"x12" double sided designer series paper and one 12"x12" solid color card stock to coordinate. Sticky Tape or Fast Fuse. Paper trimmer with cutting blade and scoring blade on it.

Box size 4 3/4" x 6" x 2" deep will fit medium size 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" cards.

Box bottom: Cut the solid card stock to 8 3/4" x 10". Score all four side at 2". Fold score line. Cut on score line to form tabs at each corner. Glue the tabs to the inside to form the box. Watch the video to see what I mean. It is easier to video it then it is to write it!

Box top: Cut the designer series paper 9" x 10 1/4". Score all four sides at 2". Fold Score lines. Cut on the score line to form tabs at each corner. Before gluing to form the corners, this would be the time to trim each side down by 1", so the box top will not be as deep as the box bottom. This will let you see the bottom color of the box on the sides. Watch the video to see what I mean here too!

Put the top of the box on the bottom of the box and admire your creative work, now fill it with hand made cards. You can use it as a gift, or just keep it for yourself to use.

Tip you can change the size of this box to anything you need. Just measure what you want to put in the box, add 1/4"-1/2" to all sides of your item, then add 1" to 2" for the sides for the box. Remember to add additional 1/8"-1/4" for the box top.

If you make the top of the box the same size as the bottom of the box it will not go on very well and bind up the bottom of the box when trying.

Hope you enjoyed the Whip It Up Wednesday Video. Remember if you have any problems, just leave me a comment or email me for any help. Have fun making lots of boxes.

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Life is Beautiful

 Just a little Art Abandonment Sharing. If you are interested in seeing what this is all about. Go to to read all about it. Any size, any type, any kind of art can be abandoned for a lucky someone to find. It is really fun.