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Funday Friday Challenge #43 - Tag You'r It!

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Welcome to another FundayFridayChallenge. This week's Challenge is: “Tag You’re It!” Create a project using a mini tag! Our sponsors this week is:
Fitztown and Bugaboo
Make sure to play along this week~you don’t want to miss a chance for a great prize!  Starts: Friday, March 28th 12:00 AM (central time) Ends: Friday, April 4th 6:00 PM (central time) Here is what I created for this week's challenge - and I even followed the challenge rules this week!

Fitztown has this beautiful butterfly digi stamp, called Garden 44, that I think can be so versatile! The original stamp is much larger and I think would make a beautiful background to a card or even a scrapbook layout. As you can tell, I like to pick stamps that I can picture using in multiple ways, not just for one project...usually. I made different sizes of the butterfly, used my water pen and SU markers to create pastel colored butterflies and fussy cut them all. I embossed tag base, made a banner and popped up my butterflies for dimen…

Tasty Tuesday - Addicting Granola

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Welcome back to another Tasty Tuesday. Today I am sharing with you my favorite granola recipe. After I made it for the first time it became my "go to" snack. I always have a batch in the fridge. I keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and it seems to last quite a while.


The recipe calls for making the granola into cluster balls but I just put it in a pan and break it up once it's completely cooled. I got the recipe from One Good Thing By Jillee. I find a lot of use things on this site so it is really worth checking out. A friend of mine adds milk and heats it up for breakfast. I just pop a few pieces anytime I want a "little something" to snack on.

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients
1 lb quick oats3 cups coarsely chopped raw nuts and/or seeds 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon2 cups dried fruit 1 cup, packed brown sugar1 cup (2 sticks) butter1/2 cup maple syrup1/2 cup honey1/3 cup water1/2 teaspoon salt2 teaspoons vanilla extractOptional: chocolate chipsDir…

Funday Friday Challenge #42 - Sketch

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Welcome to another FundayFridayChallenge. This week's Challenge is: “Sketch” Create a card, layout or project from this sketch!

Our sponsors this week is:
Kenny K
Make sure to play along this week~you don’t want to miss a chance for a great prize!  Starts: Friday, March 21st 12:00 AM (central time) Ends: Friday, March 28th 6:00 PM (central time)
Now you don't want to do what I did for this challenge! I totally forgot to use the sketch...my senior moments have started!  I did use an adorable set from Kenny K - Easter Accessories. And ironically, I even made two cards, one for each of my younger nieces for Easter...lol! But I will be making a card to go with the sketch later this week and updating this post so please check back Tuesday or Wednesday. But I have to get ready to catch a flight to Florida to visit my sister and BIL and I don't think the captain will understand my wanting to delay the flight to make a card. 

I printed out the digi stamp set and colored everything using my…

Tasty Tuesday - My Birthday Cake

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For today's Tasty Tuesday I am sharing my absolute favorite cake of all time - homemade poppy seed cake. 
It's not a lemon poppy seed. And this cake is super moist and tasty. This is the cake my mom has made me for years for my birthday. I've had roommates who used to toast it and add a little butter to have it for breakfast....and I quickly discovered that is a tasty way to have it for breakfast. I just tell myself it's like having a poppy seed muffin for breakfast...lol! 
This actually takes a little time to make. The recipe is on the inside label of the Solo brand poppy seed filling can. But I can promise you, this cake is worth the effort!!! 
Here's the recipe copied right from the Solo website: 
Ingredients 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 cup dairy sour cream 1 1⁄2 cup sugar 2 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 can Solo Poppy Seed Cake and Pastry Filling or 1 jar Baker Poppy Seed Filling 4  eggs, separated 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanill…

Funday Friday Challenge #41 - Clovers of Luck!

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Welcome to another FundayFridayChallenge. This week's Challenge is: “Clovers of Luck” Create a card, layout or project using Clovers! Our sponsors this week is:
Lawn Fawn  Lawn Fawn has some adorable stamps - you really need to check them out!
Make sure to play along this week~you don’t want to miss a chance for a great prize!  Starts: Friday, March 14th 12:00 AM (central time) Ends: Friday, March 21st 6:00 PM (central time)
Here is what I created for this week's challenge:
I made my background using the 3 Twenty Crafts Background Builder stamp set. then on the white card stock I used the 3 Twenty Crafts Simple Sentiments Thinking of You. Then I used a hexagon from the 3 Twenty Crafts Say it From The Heart set to create my background.  I used the "stamp off" technique to get a lighter color for the background. After inking the stamp I stamped it on a piece of scrap first then on my card. I used a heart punch to create my Clover of Luck and hand cut the stem. And as always, a …

Kits...

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Is anyone else like me - I get a kit and then it just sits...and sits...and sits...  I have kits from crops and ones that I have purchased. And they have all been sitting on my shelf since they came to live in my craft room. But, I'm going to scrap my stash - and have tackled a few kits! I admit, I have added a few embellishments to most kits and have also donated and used some for the Woman's Club I belong to since I do their scrapbook.

Here's a kit I received from a crop in 2009, or maybe 2010. But either way, it was time to use it up. So I did a layout for the Franklin Woman's Club. A bunch of us went to Teaberry's Tea Room in Flemington, NJ for the afternoon. If you are ever in the area, you don't want to miss it!
I did add the piece of lace and the Time for Tea chipboard. I colored the chipboard with my Stampin' Up! markers. I purchased the Time for Tea chipboard at my favorite scrapbook store - Joys of Life Scrapbooking in Mechanicsburg, PA. The websi…

Tasty Tuesday - Tangy Chicken Quesadilla

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It's dawned on me that my blog is Joyce' Creative Crafts...and More. But I haven't been doing much of the "and more". So I am starting Tasty Tuesdays. I love to cook (and eat...lol!) so I'll be sharing some favorite recipes. It'll be a variety of long time favorites, new favorites and some from my Tastefully Simple Recipe Blog. But for the most part all the recipes will be easy and quick to prepare.

Here is a oh so tasty and oh so easy Tangy Chicken Quesadilla recipe that I enjoy. There is something about a quesadilla...maybe it's all the gooey cheese but they are one of my favorite appetizer-meals.


Here's the recipe:

Ingredients
1 pkt. Chipotle Beer Marinade Mix , divided
1/2 cup beer (I use ginger ale) 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1-inch strips1 Tbsp. olive oil½ cup mayonnaise1 Tbsp. lime juice8 (8-inch) tortillas2 cups shredded cheese of choiceNon-stick cooking sprayFavorite taco toppingsFresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

D…

Funday Friday Challenge #40 - Anything Goes!

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Welcome to another FundayFridayChallenge. This week's Challenge is: “Anything Goes” Create a card, layout or project of your choice! Our sponsors this week are:
Bugaboo and Paper Nest Dolls
Make sure to play along this week~you don’t want to miss a chance for a great prize!  Starts: Friday, March 7th 12:00 AM (central time) Ends: Friday, March 14th 6:00 PM (central time) I used the Bugaboo stamp Critter Sign It - Dog and here is what I created for this week's challenge:

I have to apologize for the photography. I left my camera at the office and this was the best I could get my phone to do today. I think the phone knows I'm thinking of trading it in...lol! What I really liked about this stamp - aside from it's a dog stamp - is the versatility. I look at it and see a chalk board or a computer which gives me so many ideas and directions to take my card. But tonight I just wanted a simple "hello I've been thinking of you card" to send out. So I used my chalks to colo…

Is Your Stash Scrappin'?

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So I want to check in with everyone - are you using your stash? I have been really trying to use my stash and it feels really good! I've found the key for me to using my stash is keeping myself organized. Okay...everyone who has seen my craft room can stop laughing now! It seems my table and desk are always a mess and I have to "create" room to work. But I have been trying to get my paper organized. I have created some of my own "kits" out of paper that matches really nicely and embellishments I want to use with the paper.

The stickers and patterned paper are the same line from Sandylion so I wanted to keep them together. I added ribbon, buttons, a leftover journaling box, two pieces of leftover bling (a circle and a corner but they kind of got lost in the photo) and matching cardstock.  And I have everything together in a folder so it's ready to go when I am.

Another thing - I've organized is my scraps. I have to admit...I totally scraplifted this idea…