Simply Merry Christmas

Hi Friends,

I always say I’m not going to let time sneak up on me and I’m going to start my Christmas crafting early. Well…once again, I am down to the wire trying to get all the things made on time!! Maybe 2019 will be different…a girl can always dream! 😀

Today I have a simple Christmas card to share. It comes together quickly and can easily be made assembly-line style. I cut, stamped, and embossed all my pieces first and then assembled all the cards. It’s simple but filled with warm Christmas wishes.

Simply Merry Christmas

The embossing folder I used is from Elizabeth Craft Designs, but it is no longer available. This Holiday Flourish folder from Echo Park would work great! Or just use whatever Christmas embossing folder you may have. The “Merry Christmas” stamp is an older one from Stampabilities – use your favorite Christmas sentiment stamp! And if you are in need of a scalloped oval die this set by Sizzzix is a great addition to your craft room.

To make the card, emboss a panel of red card stock and attach it to a card made with kraft card stock. Cut 3 banner shapes from patterned paper. I cut one banner 4 by 1-1/2 inches and 2 banners 3 by 1 inches. I used this Banner Triple Punch from Stampin’ Up to punch my banner shape, but you can easily cut it with scissors. Attach 3 banners to the card. Stamp the sentiment on kraft card stock with red ink and die cut with a scalloped oval die. Attach it to the card with foam tape.

Such a simple card – but filled with Christmas cheer! 

Simply Merry Christmas…


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S’mores Bars

Hi friends,

S’mores are the perfect campfire treat! But what do you do if there isn’t a campfire nearby? You make S’mores Bars!! 

I found this recipe for S’mores Bars {to Feed a Crowd} here on Pinterest. You bake them in a jelly roll pan so there really are plenty to feed a crowd. Perfect for a potluck or family gathering.

Chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows, and more chocolate – what more could you ask for???  🙂

Fresh from the oven! Look at all that yummy, gooey deliciousness!
So good!!!

You have to wait until they are completely cool to cut them, but I highly recommend putting your bar in the microwave for 10-15 seconds before you indulge. It makes them so gooey and delicious!! 😋

Happy Eating,


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Oversized Farmhouse Joy Ornament

Hi friends,

Have you decorated for Christmas yet? Due to a busy schedule, including a trip with my husband for a conference, I decided to decorate early this year. I had everything up before Thanksgiving!  😳 🌲

Although I have my favorites that I use every year, I love making new Christmas decorations to freshen things up each year. This Oversized Farmhouse Joy Ornament is super fun and easy to make.

I picked up my wood supplies at Michael’s along with the gray chalk finish paint and got the white chalk finish paint at Hobby Lobby. The wood circle is 9 inches across and the letters are 5-1/2 inches tall.


I painted the wood circle with 2 coats of white paint, letting it dry completely between coats. After the 2nd coat was dry, I lightly dry-brushed gray paint over the white. I painted the letters with 2 coats of gray paint and dry-brushed each letter with white paint. 

I glued the “J” and “Y” to the wood circle using E6000 glue. Then I glued the “O” on top of the other 2 letters. I added several red sequins to add a little color and shine. Then I glued a piece of twine on the back for a hanger. 

Here it is hanging in the middle of my grapevine wreath.
A closer look at the Oversized Farmhouse Joy Ornament.

This would make a great teacher or neighbor gift. You can easily make several in just a couple of hours! And with sales or coupons, they make very inexpensive gifts.

If you’re looking for another “Joy” idea, you can see this Joy Farmhouse Wood Sign I made last year in this post

I hope your holiday season is filled with Joy!


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Happy Thanksgiving

Hi friends,

It’s Thanksgiving in the United States today. I hope you are enjoying the day with family and friends!

Here are the details for this simple Thanksgiving card.

The pumpkin stamp is from the Pumpkin Patch set from Reverse Confetti. The Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is from Stampin’ Up and the swirl embossing folder I used is from Cuttlebug. I’m not sure if it is still available, but you can find a similar one here.

I stamped the pumpkin with orange ink on white card stock (here’s a good orange). Then I added the stem with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then added the curly vine with Olive ink. I trimmed the pumpkin leaving a tiny border of white.

To put the card together, I embossed a panel of orange card stock with the corrugated folder, tied some thin twine around it, and attached it to a white card. I embossed a piece of green card stock with the swirl folder and attached it to the card over the twine with foam tape. The pumpkin is then attached to the green piece with foam tape. To finish the card, I added 3 transparent orange gems in the upper left corner.

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving,


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Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Hi friends,

Are you looking for an easy weeknight dinner idea during this busy holiday season? This Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole comes together quickly by using a rotisserie chicken and bakes for 45 minutes – dinner can be on the table in about an hour!

Of course if you don’t want to use a rotisserie chicken, you can always cook your chicken ahead of time and freeze it to save prep time on the day you want to make this delicious casserole.

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken – deboned and shredded
  • 16 ounces shredded cheddar cheese – divided
  • 2 (10.5 ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 2-6 tablespoons chopped jalapeños (optional-if you want some heat to the casserole)
  • 8 large soft flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together shredded chicken, 8 ounces cheddar cheese, mushroom soups, chicken soup, sour cream, onion, green chiles, and jalapeños (if desired). In a large baking dish (mine is about 15 x 10 inches), layer 4 tortillas and top with half of the chicken mixture. Repeat layers of tortillas and meat mixture. Sprinkle remaining 8 ounces of cheddar cheese over the top.

Bake covered with foil for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 minutes longer until hot and bubbly and cheese is slightly browned.

Here it is ready to put in the oven…

Fresh from the oven and ready to serve…

So yummy!!

I usually leave out the jalapeños because I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food. 😜

I really like using a rotisserie chicken for the extra flavor it adds to the casserole. You can always buy the chicken when it is on sale, debone and shred it, and put it in the freezer so it will be ready when you are to make this yummy casserole.

Thanks for stopping by,


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Tiny Bottle Brush Christmas Trees on Vintage Wood Spools

Hi friends,

A few months ago, I picked up a bag of vintage wood thread spools at a local vintage store. The bag was filled with all different sizes and some of them still had labels on them. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with them – I just knew they had to come home with me. 🙂

I got the spools out recently to play and I remembered these mini bottle brush trees that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year from my local craft store. They are the perfect size to make Tiny Bottle Brush Christmas Trees on Vintage Wood Spools!

Here is how everything looked before I started my project. I love that some of the spools have labels printed right on the wood and others still have the paper labels on them. 


The first thing I did was to sponge brown ink onto the spools to give them more of a distressed look – I left the paper labels on and sponged them, too. I also sponged the bases of the trees. I used Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink with a sponge dauber to apply the ink.

Then I cut strips of printed scrapbook paper to fit around each spool with the ends slightly overlapping. I also sponged the papers with the brown ink to give it a more vintage feel. After that, I simply wrapped the paper around the spool, glueing the ends securely. (I love this Crafter’s Pick – The Ultimate! glue) I glued the trees to the tops of the spools and then added a button to finish them off using the same glue.

I absolutely love the way they turned out!!! They are so cute and so tiny and look adorable all grouped together. 🌲

If you don’t have any vintage wood spools – no worries! You can find wood spools at your local craft store that will work just fine to make these. You can also find the bottle brush trees in the Christmas decor or Christmas craft area of your local store. I think this would be such a fun craft to make with the kids for a cute little teacher’s gift!

Happy Crafting!


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Happy Cupcake Day

Hi friends,

Even in the midst of the preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the need for a birthday card pops up! This sweet little girl will bring big birthday wishes to that special person. 🙂

The little girl is an older stamp from My Favorite Things. It’s no longer available, but they have a great line of stamps called Pure Innocence with other sweet images. The sentiment stamp is an older one from Pink Ink Stamps, but any birthday sentiment stamp can be used. The Happy Birthday embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.


To make the card, emboss a piece of purple card stock that has a white core with the embossing folder. Lightly sand the raised portions to expose the white core. Layer to a piece of lighter purple card stock and attach to a white card. 

Stamp the girl with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink on white card stock. Color with Copic markers and fussy cut the image. Attach image to the card with foam tape. Stamp the sentiment with purple ink on white card stock, trim close, and attach to the card with foam tape.

This is a great layout to use any birthday images or sentiments you may have in your craft room. You can personalize it with the recipient’s favorite colors – and even make it a masculine card by changing the colors and the main image!

Thanks for stopping by,


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