Saturday, October 31, 2009

The BEST Carmels Recipe from SEE's Cho.

This is the all time BEST Caramel Recipe from See's Chocolate
It is a recipe from a candy maker who we know.. who developed the See's Carmel.. :) and you are going to laugh at how EASY it is to I took this recipe to my son's school for his party.. we did caramel apples.. and EVERYONE wanted the recipe. well I thought.. Okay if everyone there wants it.. why not share it with you.. :) HUGS
Hope you have a wonderful weekend too..and a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!
1 can 14oz Sweet/cond Milk
1 cup Butter (the real stuff)
1 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
2 cups Sugar (white or brown I use half and half)
1/4 t. Salt
~Stir all together. Cook on medium heat in a heavy saucepan until 225 degrees for Carmel dip 234 degrees for caramels or Carmel apples. After it has reached the right temp. add 1 t. vanilla.
Makes 4-5 cups

for black Licorice Caramels
add 1/2 t. anise oil
and only 1/2 t. of vanilla
1 t. black paste coloring
**and use only WHITE sugar..

told you it was EASY Peasy!!!
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #2

The Play Date Cafe #2 Challenge..
Okay I have to admit.. these colors I don't know why.. but they were so hard for me to work with.. I swear I did like 3 different things, and didn't like any of them.. So then I had to make a treat bag for my little boys teacher for the Halloween party.. and I thought.. What they hay.. lets try these colors.. WOW!! the funny thing is.. I rather like how this turned out.. I guess it was just one of those.. get out of your comfort zones and just go for it moment.. so here is what I came up with.. I really hope you like it..

Here is the FREE Digi Stamp I made to go along with this challenge.. it will only be here for 1 week.. so get it while you can.. "Give a girl the correct footwear, and she can conquer the world.." as always same rules apply(see sidebar).. free link has expired.. but you can get it in my store.. look at top of blog for images available...Get this one HERE

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design teams entries..
Sarah Anderson
Sandra Kelly
Alison Spelman
Julie Ranae

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Play Date Cafe Challenge #1

Hey everyone!!! It's finally here.. Now you can play along with The Play Date Cafe Challenge. Can you tell I am sooooo EXCITED!!!!!! Each challenge will go for one week, where you will be inspired by the design team, there will be prizes, and special buttons for your sidebar for the winners of the challenges, and a lot of good people to have fun with and to inspire you. The women that are playing the challenges have A LOT of amazing talent. I hope you will come and join us and play along this week with us and every week after... Here is the CREATIVITY CHALLENGE for week 1 that the amazingly talented Julie came up with. I love the colors.. so much fun, and the inspiration for this challenge is so different from others. That is one of the things I love about the Play Date Cafe.. so come on and join us..
Here is the piece I made. I wanted to do something that went along with the photo for Challenge 1 but I wanted to make sure that it was a little out of the box.. so a little witch hat is what came to mind. I ended up covering a styrofoam "tree" one from the craft store. I made the base of the hat out of cardboard and covered it with paper. I then punched out 1" circles and glued them ALL over.. I took a piece of orange cardstock and wrapped it around the base of the hat. I then made a FREE OWL Digi Stamp(scroll down to bottom), when I envisioned this hat.. I thought automatically of a cute little owl.. so I made one up..I then added some white string a button spider with googly eyes too. I hope you are inspired and want to come and play with us at The Play Date Cafe.
Don't forget to grab the button that says "I play at The Play Date Cafe" from the bottom of my post. Put it on your sidebar, and go to Julie's blog and post a comment that you did so so you can be entered into some AMAZING blog candy!!

Don't forget to visit the other inspiring items that were made for this challenge from The Play Date Cafe Design Team
Sarah Anderson
Sandra Kelly
Julie Ranae

Click on the link to get your FREE DIGI STAMP from Stretch N' Bubbles...
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Getting to know the Play Date Cafe DT

Each day this week you can get to know a little bit more about the Design Team from The Play Date Cafe.. I have many times looked at a Design Team and wondered. Who are these people? How did they get to that place/talented level in their life... well for The Play Date Cafe Design Team.. You have the chance.. Today is getting to know a little bit more about ME!! lol :) Yep!.. I am the first.. so here is a tid bit.. about yours truly ME..
"I have been crafting all my life. Ever since I can remember I have made/created things. I really started Scrapbooking/Cardmaking in 1996 when my dear friend Lisa Bearnson introduced me to her new magazine Creating Keepsakes... After that I was HOOKED! I do both scrapbooking and cardmaking, each for different but similar reasons. I love to create, design, and do anything with my hands.
I have been published in MANY magazines, and worked for Creating Keepsakes as a designer for products sold on QVC, and have won many contests.. "
Want to learn more about me? Click HERE to take you to Julies blog to read the whole post..
Also I wanted to remind everyone about Julie's blog candy. Put the Play Date Cafe button on your blog and leave a comment on hers.. Link back to Julie's blog for a chance to win some AMAZING Candy... here is the button..

Tomorrow you will get to learn a little bit about Sandra.. so keep watching.. :) hugs
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Guess What

Okay.. I can't hold it in any longer.. I am on a NEW Design Team called the Play Date Cafe.. It is featured at Julie's blog, from Julie's Open Window . Each week there will be a fun, new, creative, different challenge to play in.. they will be held on Thursdays. The first one will start on OCT 22nd.. I hope all of you will follow along and play.. it is going to be such a treat. The women there are all very nice, and soooo talented. Once a month I will get to be the "host" of the challenge..
WAIT it gets better.. I know.. how could it right.. I mean.. I am on cloud 9 I am so excited for the challenges to begin.. sooo on OCT 22nd for our first challenge..If you play that challenge.. com back here and post me a link to your challenge.. so I of course can leave you some LOVE!! we all need some LOVE.. and because I will be giving away some BLOG CANDY!!.. not just any old BLOG CANDY!! this is going to be some store bought, some handmade from me.. YEP... something that I created just for this.. so if you like my style and you would like to win some of my creations.. stay tuned..
This is going to be such a FUN, CREATIVE and DIFFERENT Challenge.. EVERY WEEK!!!..
Okay the women I get to create with are SO amazingly talented.. and each of us are so unique and different.. there is something you can take away from each and everyone of us. Here are their blogs.. I hope you stop by and check them out..if you do I know you will LOVE what they create also.. SO what are you waiting for.. go check out their blogs.. :)
P.S. ... Julie is also giving away some Blog Candy.. so You have a chance to win hers also.. Double the candy.. Double the fun.. Mark your calendars.. THURSDAY'S The Play Date Cafe Challenges, First one starts.. OCT 22nd.. Don't miss it.. Keep looking here for updates also.. HUGS
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Friday, October 9, 2009


Here is a fun, cute new FREE of course Digi Stamp.. her name is Bonnie.. I hope you all enjoy her.. I will be making a Free Digi Stamp for my Followers only.. So sign up now.. before it's to late.. HUGS thanks for looking let me know what you think.. and if you like her..
Click on the Free Digi Stamp to download her.. let me know when you use one of my free digi stamps so I can come leave you some LOVE.. :) ENJOY
Here is a card I used with her..
Get this Digi Stamp HERE
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Just the 2 of us

This is another ADORABLE Digi from MO... and it is also for her Challenge using the color Purple.. and also for Caardvarks challenge using ribbon.. I frayed the ribbon and pleated it.. and stuck it around a really big black button.. but for some reason.. it looks just like a black circle on here.. so sorry.. it looks really cool IRL.. Thanks for looking.. HUGS

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Cute Dragon Card

This is an adorable image from Dustin Pike.. HE is AMAZING!!! You should totally check him out.. This sketch was from the Midnight Madness Challenge #22.. and also the Die Cuts R Us Challenge.. Using COLOR.. :) I used safety pins and beads, copic markers, my sewing machine and my square punch.. Thanks so much for looking.. HUGS

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My little Giraffe

Hey everyone... Okay so I took Penny Black's Challenge of making a "Fall colored" card.. and I used my FREE Digi Stamp.. I rather like how it turned out. If you would like this free Digi Stamp.. just scroll down a little bit.. Thanks so much for looking. HUGS

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

SCS Sketch Challenge

There is a really cute sketch over at SCS in celebration of National Card Day.. So I thought.. what the heck.. It was a lot harder than I thought to get all those papers in the correct spots and to look.. well good..LOL
I did A LOT of stitching on this one.. but I rather like the way it turned out.. Thanks so much for looking and for all the sweet comments everyone has been leaving me.. Please let me know what you think..
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hi.. Bird Card

Okay.. I got a really cute FREE digi stamp from Dawn Moore.. she has a bunch there.. I added some spots to my bird and I used Midnight Madness Sketch #21 and the Autumn challenge from Penny Black I love how my card turned out. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the 3 colors together.. but I did.. :)
**I am starting to create my own FREE digi stamps.. look at the post above this one.. spread the word..

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