November 2011 archive

Rudolph Cake Pops



Hi, Christie here today bring you Monday’s Meal.  Well Christmas is right around the corner and I have parties to prepare for, so I hoped on Pintrest to see what I could find.  I have made cake pops before for Easter and I feel in love with these cute Rudolph’s.
























  • cake mix
  • frosting
  • chocolate bark or chips
  • M&M’s
  • little pearl sprinkles
  • food marker
  • lollipop sticks
  • baggies
  • pipe cleaners


  • cook cake as directed on box or recipe and cool
  • crumble cake in large bowl
  • mix in 1 can of frosting
  • form into balls
  • chill for several hours, until firm. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
  • place stick into balls
  • melt chocolate as directed
  • place on wax paper covered cookie sheet and let harden

You can find these on Lisa Storms’ blog

Water Color Saturday Freebie


Hi Shanna here, I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving and Black Friday. I thought since we just celebrated our Thanksgiving and are now officially in the 2011 Holiday season that I would make a photo card quick page for those of you who still send out Christmas cards to your friends and family. Before we get to the freebie though let me show you my inspiration for this card. Sugar Moon and Out of the Box Designs released a colab this month, WaterColor Christmas, and what a great kit it is. I really had a lot of fun designing a card from this wonderful kit. So if you like the freebie and want to purchase the full kit you can do so over at Divine Digital HERE.

 Photo Card Quick Page Freebie

Download Here

Hope everyone has a great Saturday and finishes up all their holiday shopping early this year!

Turkey Cupcakes


Thanksgiving is just a few days away and it is time to start preparing your menu. I don’t do the major cooking on Thanksgiving, but I do make the desserts, yummy.  Last year I was a bit rushed and found these cute turkey cookies on the Betty Crocker website.


I thought they were so cute, but I didn’t have anything to make cookies with.  I did however have cupcake mix, so I made them into turkey cupcakes.  I had the boys help me decorate them. My boys loved them and so did the other children. It was also something fun for the kids to do while dinner was finishing up so they didn’t get restless.

So this is very easy to do:

  • Bake cupcakes (or cookies) per directions on package
  • Use chocolate icing for the turkey body
  • Place candy corn around the top for feathers
  • Use yellow or orange icing for the beck and feet
  • Use green candy or icing for the eyes

I hope you enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!



Cluster Frame Freebie


Shanna here, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday. It’s crazy that the holiday season is coming up on us so quickly, I am so not ready. I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving early and give you this little freebie frame cluster that I made using Sugar Moon’s Mommy’s Little Helper kit.

Mommy’s Little Helper


Here is your cluster frame freebie I made for you to enjoy!


 Get it Here 







Tuesday Randomness: Another Recipe!


I realize Monday is our recipe day, but I just had to post this!  It’s a homemade Nutella.  We LOVE Nutella at our house, and this recipe makes 3 jars.  Yum!!  Thanks to The Eccentric Cook for this delicious recipe!



























Homemade Nutella

makes for 3 jars


200 g Hazelnuts  (7oz)

1 can Condensed Milk

255 g Chocolate – the darker the better (9oz)

1/2 cup hot Milk


Roast the hazelnuts for about 10-15 minutes either in the oven or in a dry pan over the heat.

When the nuts are ready put them on a tray or a magazine and let them cool down a little.

Once they are not hot anymore, place them in the food processor and start processing them.

It could be quite a while, if you don’t have a very professional machine, like me. The hazelnuts will become Hazelnut butter.

When you’re done with this, start bringing water to a boil. Place a big bowl over the water and melt the chocolate. Or use a double broiler if you have one.

When the chocolate has melted, pour the condensed milk in.

Mix them together.

Then get ready to add the mixture to the hazelnut butter and process it some more. Add the hot milk if you find it too dense, I did. But if you like it thick, then you can leave the milk out.

When it is creamy enough, Nutella has been created! Congrats! Brace yourself for some battle with yourself, it will be VERY hard not to eat a lot :)

Summer Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder


Hi everyone, Christie here bringing you Monday’s Meal. Now that Autumn is here and the days are cooler there is nothing I love more than a nice, hot bowl of soup.  This recipe is great, I love it.

Summer Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder













  • 1 medium uncooked Yukon Gold potato(es)
  • 1 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup(s) celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup(s) (chopped) onion(s), chopped (or 1 large shallot)
  • 4 piece(s) corn on the cob, kernels removed with a knife
  • 1 cup(s) sweet red pepper(s), diced
  • 4 oz Canadian-style bacon, diced
  • 2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste


  • Pierce potato in several places with a fork; microwave on high power until tender, turning over once, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool; peel and mash.
  • Meanwhile, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Add celery, onion, corn and red pepper; sauté over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Stir bacon and milk into saucepan; stir in mashed potato and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; stir to combine. Cover and simmer 10 minutes (do not allow to boil). Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.


recipe found on Weight Watchers

Another CT Spotlight


Good bright and early morning to all of our wonderful bloggers, scrapping friends and more! I hope so far this Sunday morning to going well of you! Today is another day to show off one of our amazing creative goddess’!! Her name is Kim aka kdk929. Here is what you need to know about Miss Kim…

Hello…my name is Kim and I am an addict (digi scrap addict, that is).

I am a SAHM for my 2 children, Jack (age 5) and Peyton (age 2). I started out as a paper scrapbooker back in 1999, though I wouldn’t show those layouts to anyone!!! I became addicted just after my wedding in 2003. I have always been a techy kind of girl and collected digital scrapbook materials long before I started to create anything digitally. I converted to digital back in January 2010 and never turned back. I still have a lot of my paper supplies, because I heard that the one that dies with the most scrapbook paper wins!!! I’m shooting for that prize! I am slowing letting the blood return to my white knuckled hands and releasing my supplies for making projects with my kids.

I first started using Missy and Crystal’s products at ESS (I know….I shouldn’t say it, but I did). I was a Pixie there and had the privilege of working with each of them.

Here are some layout’s done by Kim. This one is used using elements from Missy’s Beachy kit elements and can be found HERE. Be sure to leave Kim some lovin’!

This layout using Crystal’s Blessed Kit is one of my favorites of Kim’s and it can be found HERE as well.

As well as being an awesome, amazing, and very busy mommy, Kim also dedicates here time to  Forever Sisters Scrap Group (My 4 Princesses Designs and Robyn Pali Designs) and Kimberly Schlehahn (KS) Designs. I am also the Advertising Manager for Snips and Snails Designs.

Kim, all of us at Scrapping Artistry would like to thank you for all that you do for us there. Your layouts are amazing, and you do such a great job helping us advertise! Please everyone, leave Kim some love, because we all love her, and she deserves it!! Until next time….Have a blessed day.











Saturday Template Freebie


Shanna here, wishing you all a great Saturday and weekend. This week has been so busy for me, but I managed enough time to make this great Template for you. I also made a preview with the layout I made using this template I made.

 I used Missy’s Bits Garden Whimsy kit for my layout.


Here is the Freebie Template I have included for your Saturday freebie. Enjoy!

 Get it HERE

Autumn Inspirations



Did you get everything you wanted on DSD? If you missed the Divine Digital Build A Kit, you can still pick up all the lovely pieces!
All individual pieces are still $1! Look for the DSD Build A Kit category HERE

Missy’s Bits has this BEAUTIFUL new kit called ALMOST AUTUMN
The colors are just magnificent and inspiring!!


During this beautiful autumn and Thanksgiving season,don’t forget to take LOTS of photos! Here are some Sugar Moon and Missy’s Bits Kits to scrap those wonderful memories!

Are you signed up for the Scrapping Artistry Newsletter? If you’re not, please do – we always have exclusive freebies and other great stuff in each issue – you don’t want to miss out on the goodness. You’ll also get a FREE kit designed by Missy and Sugar Moon just for signing up!

Lastly, if you’re feeling like getting your Christmas on early, you don’t want to miss this BEAUTIFUL kit from Sugar Moon Designs and Outside the Box Studio. It’s called “Watercolor Christmas” and it’s on sale right now 30% off! It would be PERFECT for making Christmas cards or other holiday hybrid projects! It’s available now at Divine Digital and With Love Studio. It’s HUGE – 20 magnificent papers and over 80 elements – WOW!

Random Tuesday: Tips on taking better photos


Today I want to post some tips for taking better pictures for your scrapbooking pages.  Better pictures, will make your scrapbook layouts look even more awesome!  I’ve included some of my pictures as examples!


When taking pictures of children or pets, get on their level instead of shooting down on them.  It may not be as easy to kneel on the ground but the improved quality of the picture will be worth it.


Use the sun to light your photos.  Natural light will make a photo look more…natural.  Just be careful when taking pictures in full sun or you can get harsh shadows on your subjects.


Play with composition.  Try different things.  Focus on different subjects.  Think  outside the box!

Pay attention to what is in the background.  Move your subjects or move yourself to get a different angle if there is a cluttered or not so pretty background.  In this picture, if I had left the bench where it was originally, the background would have been a house, and some power lines.  Instead, I moved it a few feet to the right, and used an overgrown grapevine as the background.


The best tip is to just remember to experiment and have fun!  Don’t get too wrapped up in the technique, and miss the moment!


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