Friday, October 8, 2010

Back to normal!

Looks like my blog is back to normal....those gremlins sure are little stinkpots when they come to visit! I'm glad it isn't just me having these troubles too!

Thank you to those that responded for reassuring me things would work themselves out!


My New Store Plus CANDY!!!!


I am excited to introduce to you my new store called Startistic Designs and I will be selling handmade items and a few crafty supplies. I will be adding items as they become available and if you would like to place a custom order you can also do that via e-mail.

In celebration of opening up my new store I would like to offer you some candy!! YAY! FREE STUFF!! LOL! :)

16 6x6 designed papers
4 6x6 coredinations starry night papers
2 rubber stamps (1 beach scene and 1 mountain scene)
Glittery Star stickers
Studio G stamp set
Sizzix star brass embossing folder (yes, this works in the Cuttlebug!!) WOOT WOOT!!
Assorted stamped images
Pack of 128 Alphabet rub-ons
** I might throw in some extra goodies depending on how many people enter this candy! The more people that enter the bigger the prize! **

Rules to enter:
1. Must follow this blog...please only follow if you like what you see and NOT just for the candy! Thank you! :)
2. Post about my new store and giveaway (you can use both pics above) MUST link to this post AND to my store!
(leave me a link with your name for 1 entry)
3. If you become a follower of Stamping Vacation and mention my name (Stacie) in a comment over there you will get a 2nd entry. If you have already done this in the past for me you still qualify for a 2nd entry! (Please leave a 2nd link with your name and SV behind it so I know you have done this.)

I will ship anywhere!
Candy will close on October 8th at noon EST.

Thank you so much for your support!! I really appreciate it!

Blogger Troubles!!

So I get up this morning and my blogroll is completely GONE!!! I have never had this happen before. I have tried restarting/refreshing and nothing is working. Any ideas on a fix?? What a grumpy way to start my morning.....harumph!

Oh and today is the last day to enter my new store candy!! Not many people have entered so your chances of winning are REALLY good!!!
* Please double check that you have followed the rules....I have clicked on a few random names and they are not eligible ... sorry but I must be fair! *


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Time for another Glitterbabe Challenge!!

Today we are being sponsored by Deedee's Digis and I must say she has some super adorable images and you really should go check them out!!

The challenge we are giving you this week over at Glitterbabe's is Anything Goes! And don't forget we want to see some sparkle on your creation!!!

Here is my card and the digi was kindly given to the DT from Deedee's Images!

** Yes, I know the ribbon doesn't look like it matches but I promise you it does! Drives me nuts when lighting doesn't work out well for photos but I tried! **
Hope you still enjoy looking at my card! :)

For Fun Challenges - Something never used before (Halloween style button)
Simon Says - Halloween
Fab N' Funky - Use a digi
Sir Stampalot - Autumn, button (scarecrow with pumpkin is a button) and bow!
Crazy 4 Challenges - orange, black, kraft, yellow, green
Top Tip Tuesday - To brighten up a plain black and white sentiment try adding a unique shape and outline with some colored glitter!

Monday, October 4, 2010

1 Happy Anniversary!

Digi is from Squiggle Stamps

Stampin' For The Weekend - Autumn Inspiration
Stamp Something - Celebrate
Squiggle Stamps - Use one of their images and an autumn theme
Kaboodle Doodles - Fall colors
Mojo Monday - Sketch (flipped)
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Numbers (I used the number 1)
Stamping Vacation Special Month - Sewing (I used faux stitching)
Stamping Vacation Embellish It - Use a leaf
Stamping Vacation Lots of Paper - More than one type of leaf
Mad For Markers - Color a digi with Copics

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Horse

Time for another Build A Sketch Challenge over at Stamping Vacation!

The image I used is from our wonderful sponsor this month and that is
Stamping Dragon Designs! You could win 4 free digi images from them and a $15 gift certificate to PTI from Stamping Vacation...all you need to do is participate in as many challenges as you can all month long at Stamping Vacation and we will randomly choose one winner for the prize!!!

In this challenge you will be given certain " puzzle pieces" to use to create your own sketch. I don't know about you but this ALWAYS helps me complete a card!! And being able to create my own sketch is really fun!

Here is a list of all the "pieces" you should have so far...if your just getting started go ahead and cut these up and put in a box for safe keeping:

#1 Black 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
#2 Gray 5 1/4 x 4
#3 White 3 1/8 square
#4 Black 2 1/2 circle
#5 Black 2 1/2 x 1 1/2
#6 Gray 5 1/2 x 1 1/4
#7 White 5 x 2 1/4
#8 White 3 5/8 x 1 3/4
#9 Black 1 7/8 scalloped square
#10 Black 1/2 scalloped strip
#11 Black 3 3/4 label panel
#12 Gray 3 1/2 x 1 1/4
#13 White 5 1/4 x 2 1/4
#14 Black 3 x 2 1/4 oval

This list can also be found on the challenge post HERE.

This month we are going to add another piece:
#15 Gray 4 7/8 x 2 7/8 piece

For this months challenge you are to use pieces #1, #2, #11, #12 and #15 to build your sketch... you have until November 4th to submit your creation!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar - Birthday
Stamp Something - Celebration
Paper Sundaes - Something from your stash
Stamping Vacation Animal Applause - Animal you would NOT want running in your house!
Mad For Markers - Color digi with Copics

More new recipes!!

Wanted to share two new recipes I tried out on my family a few nights ago....everyone really liked them. Even my hubby who doesn't care for stuffing liked this recipe!! :)

The above recipe is called "Peach-Glazed Pork Roast with Corn Bread Stuffing" and it is from my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

Non-stick spray
1 single boneless pork top loin (about 2 - 2.5 pounds)
ground black pepper
1 T. cooking oil
4 C. corn bread stuffing mix
3/4 C. reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 C. mixed dried fruit bits
1/4 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. peach spreadable fruit
1 t. finely shredded lemon peel (I used dried grated orange peel)
1/4 t. ground cinnamon

1. Lightly coat a 4 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray. Trim fat from meat. If necessary cut meat to fit in slow cooker. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. In a large skillet brown meat on all sides in hot oil. Drain off fat and set aside.

2. In a large bowl toss together stuffing mix, broth, dried fruit, and onion. Place stuffing mixture in slow cooker. Add meat. In a small bowl stir together the peach spreadable fruit, lemon or orange peel, and cinnamon. Spread over meat in cooker.

3. Cover and cook on low heat for about 5-6 hours OR on high heat for about 2.5 - 3 hours.

4. Remove meat from cooker and slice. Stir stuffing and serve!

Serves 8

And this yummy dessert is called "Cherry Almond Bars" and I got the recipe from my blogging pal Becky. Click HERE for the recipe!!
The only thing I messed up was I forgot to save some of the batter for the top ... oops!! But it still came out fine! :) I would also lessen the amount of almond extract because it is pretty strong but that is just my personal husband thought they were the best thing since sliced bread!! LOL! :)

ENJOY!! And if you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me!