Sunday, November 10, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi, there!

I'm just popping in quick to share with you a Thanksgiving card made for my son, Jeremy.  And, a birthday card, which can be seen below.  The background for the above card was made using the tarnished foil technique.  We learned this technique from Brenda (Inskspired to Stamp)at the craft retreat that I went to last month.  I added deer from IO and the sentiment from Inkadinkadoo was gold embossed.  He was been working on our bathroom.  I told him it'll look like a hotel bathroom once he's all done!:-)  I'm so grateful for all that he does for us!

An inside view of the card...

Next up, is another card that I started to make at the craft retreat.  This technique was learned from Kara (Bright Hope Creations) using the Lawn Fawn Flippn' Awesome die, so fun!!  I made this card for my great nephew for his birthday last month.  Also, Lawn Fawn goodies from the Party Animal stamp set were colored with copics for each birthday scene.

And, the inside of the card...

I had a wonderful dinner with friends yesterday here at home with lasagna.  Also, I made an apple cider drink that was so good on a cold fall evening.  Below is the recipe for you to try, if you so desire.  We topped it off with a delicious spice cake that Angie brought for me, yum!!

Hot Apple Cider:

Ingredients     (I doubled the recipe)

6 c. apple cider
1 /4 c. real maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks(I used 1/2 tsp. cinnamon)
6 whole cloves(I used 1/2 tsp. cloves)
1 orange peel, cut into strips
1 lemon peel, cut into strips


1.  Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
2.  Place the cinnamon, cloves, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string.  (I put everything together into the pan and let it heat for 10 min. without using cheesecloth.  I then used a strainer to catch the peels, cinnamon, and cloves and poured it into a crock pot.  I turned it on high to heat and turned it to low to keep warm.)  You can ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

I've had a wonderful birthday celebration!  And, I thank all those who have sent me cards and birthday wishes.  Take care and thanks so much for dropping by today!



  1. I love how you used the sheets that we made at the retreat. So pretty. And as usual I am late to the party to get a card to you in time, but Happy Birthday. Hope you have a great day. I gave my interactive card to my Granddaughter for her birthday and everyone was quite impressed by it, including my son. Lol...

  2. The hot apple cider sounds wonderful and thank you for sharing the recipe. Such a beautiful cake and so glad you enjoyed your birthday celebrations x. The technique on the first card looks amazing and a card made with love for your son Jeremy. Such a fun birthday card with a stunning design. Both cards are fabulous x.

  3. I just posted to Greta that every time I see something made at the retreat it warms my heart and brings all those fun memories back again. I love your tarnished foil card, it looks fantastic. You decorated the flip card so cute. I'm saving mine for a special birthday and also so I can make it again! Your cake is beautiful and I bet it was yummy. The cider recipe sounds good too so I am copying it and saving it.

  4. Happy Belated Birthday, Maria! That cake is so pretty with the fall decorations! Thank you for the recipe! I just love what you did with both your makes from Brenda and Kara's sessions at the retreat! Your son will love that card! And the young'en will have hours of fun with your flip book!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. Well congratulations and happy belated birthday! Thanks for sharing that recipe - I just told my husband last week I could go for some hot mulled cider! Bam! The cake is gorgeous and I'm glad you had fun on your birthday! I love the cards too - the first is just perfect for a masculine make with that tarnished foiled look, and the flip card is adorable! Lots of fun to be had with that cute creation!

  6. Happy Birthday! I LOVE the cards and that foil technique is WOW!

  7. Happy Birthday, Maria! It looks like it was filled with yummy treats and good friends! I'm so happy to see what you did with Brenda's metallic panel and your flippin' awesome card! Can't wait to see pics of the bathroom when it's all finished!

  8. What a beautiful cake--glad you had fun with your family & friends! I totally love how you used the tarnished foil panel to make a card, Maria! Oh my goodness--your flip card turned out so cute! Mine is still unfinished. Maybe I'll send it to you to work your magic!