Merry & Bright Owl Card

I am in love with these Unity Stamp Company owl stamps!! They have them for just about any occasion and, of course, this adorable Christmas Owl I Want set had to find his way to my craft room.  đź™‚  I mean, just look at those eyes…how could I resist?!?!?

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To make this cute card, stamp the owl with brown ink on white card stock. Color with Copic markers, trim, and layer to red card stock. 

Emboss a panel of kraft card stock with your favorite embossing folder. This is a discontinued one from Stampin’ Up, but this Sparkle embossing folder from them would be a great choice! Or just use one you already have in your stash. Attach a strip of patterned paper to the embossed piece and attach the piece to a white card. 

Stamp the sentiment with red ink on white card stock and punch out with a scalloped oval punch. Attach the sentiment to the card. Attach the owl with foam tape.

Finding this little guy in their mail box is sure to make anyone smile!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Are you looking for an easy side dish to go with your Christmas ham? This tasty cranberry sauce may be just what you need! And with only 3 ingredients, it’s super simple to throw together.

You will need a 12 oz package of fresh cranberries (found in the produce section of your grocery store), 1 cup of orange juice (fresh or frozen – I just mixed up some frozen), and 1 cup of sugar. Mix the orange juice and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add in cranberries and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until berries begin to pop. This should take 10 minutes or less. Then just pour into a bowl and refrigerate. The cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. I usually make it the day before I want to serve it. It will keep several days in the refrigerator so you can have it with all your leftover ham sandwiches. 🙂

Here it is in the pan just before I took it off the stove…

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And after chilling in the fridge for a few hours…

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A little tart, a little sweet…a perfect holiday side dish…I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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…enjoy the simple things…

Have you sent out your Christmas cards yet? No? Me either! But I am working on getting them ready…

This is a great layout for making a lot of cards assembly-line style. And it’s a good reminder to enjoy the simple things of the season. đź™‚

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Stamp the snowman (sm. Harry from PrintWorks) 3 times with black ink on white card stock, trim, and layer to light blue card stock. Emboss a panel of white card stock with a snowflake embossing folder. (This one is from Stampin’ Up but it is no longer available. This Softly Falling embossing folder from them would work great, too!) Attach the panel to a white card. Stamp sentiment (from Pink Ink Stamp Co.) with light blue ink on the bottom of the card. Attach snowmen with foam tape.

I’m happy to say the this card is published in the Take Ten Winter 2017 issue by Stampington & Company that just hit the newsstands this week. đź™‚

Wishing you the simple joys of the season…

Anita

 

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Pumpkin Bread

Thanksgiving is over, but this Pumpkin Bread is so good that you will want to make it for all of your festivities between now and the new year!!

It’s very simple to make and you can use either fresh or canned pumpkin purĂ©e. We are partial to fresh pumpkin, but I’ve also made it with canned pumpkin and it is just as yummy. 🙂

Here’s a thick, warm slice with a little butter melting into it…Oh My!!!

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Pumpkin Bread

  • 5 cups flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups pumpkin purĂ©e
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (we like pecans)
  • 1 cup raisins or chopped dates (we like raisins)
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pans generously with nonstick spray. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. (I do this in my 5-quart Kitchen Aid mixer.) Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Then remove from pans and finish cooling on cooling racks.

Here are a couple of loaves ready to go into the oven…

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They smell heavenly fresh from the oven…

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This recipe makes a lot of Pumpkin Bread! I made three loaves in a 9 1/4 by 5 1/4 pan and one loaf in an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 pan. Of course you could cut the recipe in half, but why would you do that?!?! It freezes beautifully – just wrap it tightly in foil after it has cooled completely and pop it in a freezer bag.

You can also make little individual loaves that would make great Christmas gifts! Just make sure to adjust your baking time – I would check it after 25 to 30 minutes. Wrap it in foil with a pretty ribbon or put it in one of those cute boxes you can find in the baking section of your favorite craft store.

I hope you enjoy this yummy Pumpkin Bread!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Crocheted Addison Hat

I shared this Crocheted V-Stitch Scarf earlier this week. I wanted to make a matching hat and found this great free pattern for the Addison Hat on Pinterest. It is worked in shells and v-stitch so it goes perfectly with my v-stitch scarf.

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I used the same Red Heart Soft Yarn in Really Red that I used for the scarf. I wanted to add a flower so I used the flower from the pattern to the Crochet Cloche Hat. (I made a couple of those hats that you can see in this post.) After I attached the button, I sewed a safety pin on the back so the flower can be removed if desired.

Both the scarf and the hat work up quickly – they make great Christmas gifts!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crocheted V-Stitch Scarf

Is the weather getting chilly where you live? We are finally getting a nip in the air in Alabama – especially in the evenings. Time to get out the scarves! 🙂

This is one of my favorite go to patterns for a quick and easy scarf. This time I used Red Heart Soft Yarn in Really Red with an H hook. I used a little more than a skein (each skein is 5 ounces/256 yards) and my finished scarf is about 6 1/2 inches wide and 60 inches long – but you can make yours any length you’d like! It’s worked in a V stitch so it really does work up very quickly.

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Here’s the pattern:

Chain 35 loosely.

Row 1 – Double crochet in 4th chain from hook. (3 skipped chains count as a double crochet). *Skip 2 chains. Double crochet, chain one, double crochet (V-stitch) in next chain.* Repeat from * to* across until last 4 chains. Skip 2 chains. Double crochet in final 2 chains. Turn. (9 V-stitches and 2 double crochet at each end)

Row 2 – Chain 3 (counts as double crochet). Skip first double crochet. Double crochet in next double crochet. Work V-stitch in chain-one space. Repeat V-stitch across to last 2 double crochet. Double crochet in last 2 double crochet. Turn.

Repeat Row 2 to desired length. Fasten off and weave in ends.

I used this same pattern to make an infinity scarf you can see here. This is one of those “mindless” patterns that is great to work on while watching your favorite movie or TV show. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Thankful for You

There’s still time to make this quick card and get it in the mail in time for Thanksgiving!

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Stamp the owl (I found this one on clearance at Hobby Lobby) with black ink on white card stock. Color with Copic markers and trim. Attach to a circle punched from brown card stock with foam tape. Die cut a pierced circle from orange card stock (die is from MFTStamps Pierced Circle Stax) and attach to owl image. 

Emboss a panel of green card stock with the Cable Knit embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. Attach ribbon to panel and tie the ribbon with orange twine. Attach the embossed panel to a dark orange card. Attach owl image over ribbon with foam tape.

Stamp sentiment (from the Bountiful Owl set by Unity Stamp Company) with brown ink on white card stock. Punch out with an oval punch and ink the edges with brown ink. Attach to card and add 3 dew drops to finish the card.

So thankful for all of you!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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