Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Enjoying Fall Ya'll?

Hope you're all enjoying this lovely fall season! We are getting quite spoiled here in ND with very mild temps. I have a feeling we'll be in for a rude awakening come winter! Recently I hosted my "National Card Making Day Buffet". It was a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoy having these gals into our home. This is what we did:

I rarely use my Perfect Plum, but with the new Paper Patterns it was a great time to pull it back out! The stamp image is from Say With Scallops (this year's Ronald McDonald set!), which works perfectly with the new scallop square punch. The "hi" image is raised with dimensionals. Simple and fast note card!

Another simple note card with the Parisian Summer papers! This is a great pack with such a nice color combo that I'd never pull together on my own. Great time to put my much neglected Pale Plum to use! It is paired with burgundy and apricot ribbon. The flower image is from the Together Forever stamp set.

Next up is a card using one of my favorite sets these days .... Upsy Daisy. The Haiku paper pack is great for fall! More Mustard, Old Olive and Tangerine Tango ... with vanilla ribbon and the scallop border punch.

Some cards just look better with a square layout. So this is a little 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 card. Cut the usual way, just trimmed down on the end. The paper is from Autumn Vine in the new Holiday Mini catalog. We used the scallop circle punch, 5-Petal flower punch, 1 1/4" circle and 1" circle punches. Buttons are from Earth Element with some hemp. Sentiment is from the "Hi & Hello" set.

Next is a card that used NO stamping. :) This would be a great layout to use up left over scrapbook papers! The Hawaii Papaya is such a fun paper pack for fall. The squares are with the 1 3/8" square punch. The Chocolate Chip card base is scored at 4 1/4" so that the matted section sits onto the 4 1/4" square. Then the Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain along the side, with a little white flower from the 3 Flower Punch with an Olive brad.

And just in case 5 "entrees" weren't enough, we had a total of 8 this time! :) This uses the same type of paper pack as Hawaii Papaya, but is all in blues and greens ..... Maine Blueberry! Not Quite Navy paper and brad, Old Olive ribbon, Cute & Curly stamp set with coordinating punch.

To go with the "Birthday Celebration" of Stampin' Up! this month, we had to use the Crazy for Cupcakes set ... one of my favorite sets! The paper is the Murfield pack with Pacific Point and Kiwi Kiss. The balloons were stamped twice on the cream piece, then stamped again on Pacific Point & Kiwi Kiss, cut out and matted on. Yes I got flack for cutting out images! :)

And the last card is using the new Seasons of Friendship set from the Holiday Mini with the coordinating Autumn Vine paper! This set is SO versatile. We'll be revisiting again next month at the next buffet with the winter theme! Can't wait. :) Card base is in Sage Shadow and we now have matching ribbon for that color! All the leaves were stamped with Versamark on Sage Shadow, More Mustard and Really Rust, then punched with the 3/4" circle punch and raised with dimensionals. The sentiment here is from the above set Upsy Daisy.

As usual, we enjoyed much coffee while stamping and to celebrate the fall season we had my mom's Pumpkin Bread. It is the best! To care of some business, I'll post the recipe here. Hope you're able to enjoy some yummy treats with those you love this season.

Mom's Pumpkin Bread

Just add these ingredients in order:

1 cup oil
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
3 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie spice
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 small can pumpkin
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Mix all together well. Put into two greased & floured loaf pans. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

Pour glaze of milk, powdered sugar and melted butter & bit of cinnamon over bread while warm.

Count calories at your own risk!