Don’t you just love Mondays after a holiday?  Yea, me neither. Ha, ha.  Actually things seemed to be going fairly well.  I got the laundry done in record time, the office phones weren’t ringing that much and I’d done all the paperwork stuff before Thanksgiving so I didn’t have to do any of that but the internet…the internet just would not cooperate at all and I was trying to upload a video. I had to divide the video in to two separate files and re-edit and the first one is just now about to be done loading. I started on them THIS MORNING!!  Working through all that made my blog post for today super late.  This is not what I was going to share today but it’s the files I could get to while the video rendered and uploaded, so here it is.  Also, all the photos in this post are from my video camera as I didn’t have time to get the big camera out before I took this sample album over to Flossie Scrapper’s on Saturday.

This is my Gift Bag Christmas Album. I created it based on a tutorial by Creative Cafe Girl.  I changed it up a bit but the idea is from her tutorial.  I will be teaching a class on this exact album in December at Flossie Scrapper. You will receive the gift bags and all the papers, ribbons, plus stickers to make your album just like this one in your class kit.  Papers will be pre-cut for you too! To sign up, you need to call the store tomorrow or in the next few days as we have a limited number of kits.  Once all are spoken for, there will be no more!  Call (817) 295-7100 for the date, time and class fee AND to register.  I will also be teaching a Coloring Workshop where you will make 4 Gift Tags and you will color cute pre-stamped tags with your own alcohol markers. Class size is also limited for the Coloring Workshop.  Here’s a photo of the tags:


And here are the photos of the pages inside the Gift Bag Album….






The paper collection kit we will be using is Echo Park’s The Story of Christmas. Super cute!  If you live in the North Texas area, I hope you’ll join us at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua/Burleson, Texas for this class!  Remember, you have to call in and register.

Happy Crafting,



There will be no crafty post today or tomorrow.  I’m spending time with family today in Burleson to celebrate Thanksgiving and will begin to decorate for Christmas tomorrow and over the weekend.  I want to wish each of you that celebrate a wonderful and safe holiday. I am thankful for each of you that read my blog, leave me comments,  follow my YouTube channel, take classes and encourage me in my crafting endeavors! “See” you next week…

Happy Crafting!



Yum. This is a chocolate meringue pie! Delicious and Brandy’s favorite.  We’ll be making pies today.

There will be no crafting going on today and probably not for the next few days. And depending on how my Christmas decorating goes, there may be no crafting until next week!

Anyway, I thought I’d share our Chocolate Meringue Pie recipe.  My Mom always made hers the old fashioned way with cocoa but I like easy and good .  I’m not saying hers wasn’t good because it was but THIS is my go to recipe for Chocolate Meringue Pie….

Pie Filling

1 each (4.5 oz) box of chocolate Jello pudding, “Cook and Serve”

3/4 cup sugar

3 egg yolks (save whites for meringue)

2 teaspoons vanilla

2  1/2 cups milk

Mix Jello pudding, sugar, egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the milk in a small bowl.  Pour those ingredients into a pan with the rest of the milk.  Add vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly until it thickens.  Pour into a BAKED 10 inch pie shell.  Cover with the egg whites (see below) and brown in the oven at 350 degrees.  Take out as soon as it browns a little on the tips of the meringue (about 10  minutes) – watch closely as you don’t want to burn it!)

Egg Whites (Meringue)

Beat egg whites a electric mixer, slowly add about 1/4 cup sugar. Beat until it forms stiff peaks, then beat in the vanilla.

Happy Crafting and Baking!



Back in early 2011, before I had back issues, I dabbled in portrait photography.  And on a hot July afternoon, I went on a social shoot  in downtown Fort Worth with my daughter’s photography group to take portraits of my great-niece Megan.  Megan was super brave that day by volunteering to be the model for a whole group of photographers.  It’s not easy to have many camera lenses pointed at you and different people give you directions but she did awesome and I came away with these wonderful photos.

For those who may wonder why I’m posting photos here on my crafty blog, I’ll repeat that I  have a photography blog but haven’t posted to it in a long time and I plan to close it but  I don’t want to lose the photos from those posts so I’m gradually moving them over here; besides, it gives me something to post on Tuesdays. Ha, ha.

Happy Crafting and Picture Taking!


I knew I wouldn’t have much time to craft this past weekend, so on Friday I started early in the afternoon to work on my Finish it Friday project and I just kept on going until I had it FINISHED! It was too late to do a Friday blog post which is why the post is here today (Monday).  Anyway, there’s the finished Memory storage box on the left and the album on the right.

Here are the pages that I got done on Friday:


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In the photo below, you see the inside of the back cover which has the pocket as designed by Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon.  I added the Santa belt which is a paper tape from Little B.  I love that gold belt buckle!!  I also used that tape on other areas of the album as well as on the front and back covers.


If you love this project and want to create one of your own, you can purchase the tutorial from Kathy Orta King on her website at Paper Phenomenon.  Look for the “Photo Frame Keepsake Memory Box.”  For my project, I used a mix of Carta Bella Christmas papers and Recollection Christmas papers from Michael’s.  The chipboard elements and stickers are also from Carta Bella and I used a lot of elements from my stash .

I know it’s hard to see the flips and flaps and all the details of this album in photos so I hope to find the time to do a quick flip through video this week.  For us in the USA, Thursday is Thanksgiving and then Friday is usually a holiday too so I don’t expect that I will be starting a new Finish it Friday project until early December.

Happy Crafting!