Thanksgiving Success!

This year was the first time that we hosted Thanksgiving at our house and my first time to cook a turkey!  And I’m happy to report that it was all a success and the turkey came out great.  There were 15 of us and we all ate really well.  The boys took an afternoon trip to the movies and a large number of the adults (not me) took an afternoon nap.  I thought they were watching the football game.  I wanted to share some pictures including some of my decorations and Thanksgiving treats.

thanksgiving-blessing-mixI made Thanksgiving Blessing Mix and bagged it up for all the kids.  Well mostly they aren’t kids any more but that’s what I call them anyway.

  • I used the Gusseted Cello bags – they had them on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack – filled them with the mix.
  • Tied the bags shut with some of the wide striped ribbon in Chocolate Chip – it is retired now but we have lots of other ribbon you could use. The Burlap ribbon would have been perfect too – it’s in the Holiday catalog right now!
  • The tag is from the Tags 4 You stamp set – I stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla card stock and punched out with the Label Bracket Punch (you can get these as a bundle).  I sponged some Tangerine Tango and Summer Starfruit ink over the image to give it some fall color.  And attached them to the ribbon with a small safety pin.  We have some in the Vintage Trinkets embellishments.




I set two tables and used the Thankful Tablescape kit to make the place settings and the candle wraps in the Dining room.   Here are a few more pictures for you…

turkey-2This is my first turkey that I have ever cooked.  I bought a 20 pound turkey and did some research on the internet on how to cook it.  I decided to put in in a brine and then roasted it – first in a really hot oven to seal the skin and then turned the oven down and used the probe thermometer that came with my oven (first time to do that too).  It was all done at just the time I had planned – which I wasn’t sure that was going to happen but it did.

thanksgiving 5I tried a new salad recipe and a new green bean recipe (instead of the traditional green bean casserole).  Both were a big hit so I need to add those to my recipe box.



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I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving.  I was very grateful to have our families with us – parents, siblings, nieces & nephews – only a few people were missing.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

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Merry Chevron Treat Bag

I made this quick treat bag using the Chevron bags in the Stampin’ up! catalog.  I decorated it for Christmas but you could just as easily decorate it for Thanksgiving if you need an idea this week.


This is what I used to make the Christmas version

  • Chevron bag
  • Season of Style Washi tape
  • Expressions Thinlits dies & the Big Shot
  • Cherry Cobbler ribbon

The ribbon is easy to add to the top of the bag.  Fold the top over and punch two holes in it.  Put each end of the ribbon through a hole from front to back.  Now Pull the each end of the ribbon through the opposite hole back to the front.  Trim the ends of the ribbon.

Do you need something for Thanksgiving instead  – make these changes –

  • use Washi tape from Epic Day and Witches Brew packs
  • cut out Thankful instead of Merry matching the color to the Washi Tape
  • use a coordinating ribbon

Fill your bag with cookies or other treats – try a “blessing mix” for Thanksgiving.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope your Thanksgiving prep is going along as you planned.  So far so good for me.  Turkey in the fridge, recipes planned and ingredients bought, house is clean (for now).  I need to finish my table decorations and place settings – I’m using the Thankful Tablescape kit and mostly I have it done – just need to get it out on my tables mostly.


One Fall Day Scrapbook Layout

It has been a long time since I shared a scrapbook layout – it was August!  I was working on my class reminder email for the scrapbook class this week and wanted to add a picture and realized I didn’t have any recent ones.  But I found some that we made in the last few months and took some quick photos so I could add to my email and decided to go ahead and post here on my blog today too.  This is a perfect layout for this time of year.

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My yard is covered in falling leaves.  As soon as Greg cleans the yard the leaves are back.  Right now it’s a never ending battle.  And I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving!  Normally we travel to Virginia for at least the last 11 years.  But this year everyone will come here to our house and I’m going to attempt to cook a big turkey!

Here is a little more detail on the One Fall Day layout.

  • one-fall-daybackground is Sahara Sand card stock – drag the edges in a Chocolate Chip ink pad
  • cut squares from the Sweater Weather Designer Paper – draw doodle lines around all four sides with the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Stamp the Magnificent Maple stamp on Very Vanilla card stock, sponge some color on the leaf and cut out. Make 2.
  • the title uses the Fabulous Phrases stamp set for the “one” and the “day” – stamp and punch those out.  FALL is cut with the Big Shot using the Typeset Alphabet
  • to make the Chevron Design – I punched a piece of thin cardboard (what comes in the Designer Paper packs) using the Chevron Border punch to create a stencil – place the stencil on your background and use sponge daubers to sponge ink through the stencil. chevron-border-stencil
  • Add photo mats, additional die cut leaves and woodgrain buttons tied with Linen Thread.  one-fall-day-right
  • Add your fun fall photos to finish this layout!

Items from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog that I used on this layout include the Sweater Weather Designer paper, the Magnificent Maple stamp, Chevron Border Punch, and Truly Grateful stamp set.


Thanks for visiting my blog on this fall day!


Magnificant Maple Flip Card

With Thanksgiving creeping up on us later this month it is always a time to thank those around us.  Thank you for visiting my blog and supporting my Stampin’ Up! business!  I want to share this fun Thank You card today using the Circle Card Thinlits die.


One of my favorite thing to do right now is to use the strips of the cut Cotton Ribbon – I love the natural look that the fraying adds.  Here are some notes on how I made this card:

  • I used Chocolate Chip card stock – cut to the size of the die (its in the instructions that come with the die) – I think it was 5-1/2″ x 6″
  • Cut a piece of Sweater Weather Designer paper and glue to the right side of the card.  If you add the paper before you cut the card then the edge of the circle will cut out of the paper at the same time and in the right place.
  • Then line up the card stock in the die and cut it with the Big Shot – I use the Magnetic Platform for this die.
  • I used Gorgeous Grunge to add some interest to the front panel.
  • Tie the cotton ribbon strip around the edge of the card through the cut circle – I just tied it in a knot.
  • I used the 2-1/2″ Circle punch for two Sahara Sand Circles that will go on either side of the flipping circle.
  • Ink the Magnificent Maple leaf with Tangerine Tango ink and then roll the edges in Chocolate Chip ink (called the Rock & Roll technique).  NOTE THIS – I do have a tip for you here – the old style ink pads work much better for this technique.  The new ink pad brings too much ink to the edges of the stamp and there isn’t a soft change in color.  If you only have the new ink pads I would suggest using a sponge to add the darker color around the edge of the stamp.
  • I added some dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp to the leaves and also rolled the edge of the circle in the Chocolate Chip ink.
  • Stamp the Thank You (from Sassy Salutations) on the designer paper using the Chocolate Chip ink.


Thank you for visiting today!


Tuesday is the day

Tuesday seems to be the day of the week that all the new things are announced at Stampin’ Up!  So are you ready to hear what is happening?  I think I just need to make a weekly Tuesday post and give it a fun name – just not sure what to call it.  Any ideas?  “Tuesday Time”, “Tuesday Teasers”, “Time for Tuesday”, Hmm….


Let’s get to this week – lots to share so read through to the end….

  1. Weekly Deals – 10/29/13 -11/4/13 – Don’t miss out on this weeks deals – CLICK HEREweekly deal 10-29
  2. Holiday Tag It Bundles – 10/29/13 – 11/19/13  – Our two Tag It bundles include the tags, the ribbon, and the boxes to make your own pretty packages.  CLICK HERE.pretty packages
  3. My Digital Studio Seasonal Downloads & PRINT Sale – 10/29/13 – 11/30/13 – It’s the most wonderful time of the year-30% off select holiday downloads and print products!  CLICK HERE for the downloads.  Print products you will order directly from your My Digital Studio software.Demo_Header_MDS_Seasonal_Sale_10.29.13_US
  4. Digital Scrapbooking Days – 11/1/13 – 11/8/13  – The official Digital Scrapbooking Day is Saturday, November 2. But one day just isn’t enough, so we’re celebrating for eight! Digital_Scrpbking_Banner_2-002I’ll post more specific details on November 1st but look for a daily deal – a new download for 50% off, a freebie download on Nov. 2nd, Guest bloggers, videos, and challenges.
  5. My Digital Studio weekly Downloads – 10/29/13  – don’t miss the FREE November Wallpaper – CLICK HERE.mds downloads 10-29

If you haven’t tried My Digital Studio yet – you can try it free for 30 days!  Get your free trial HERE.

Wow – that is a lot!  Remember you can order online at my store any time – START HERE.  Or email me with your order.

Have fun shopping!


Wonderful Wreath Card

Come join me on Wednesday, October 30th for Card Maker’s Class.  If you are ready to start making Christmas cards you could choose this card made with the Wonderful Wreath stamp set.


Card Maker’s Class
Stamping with Monika
DATE: Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013
TIME: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
7013 East Hills Way, Woodstock, GA 30189

Basic Class Fee $15

RSVP for 10:00 am class
RSVP for 7:00 pm class

Lots of cards to choose from – birthday, thank you, fall cards, and Christmas cards.
Stamping with Monika
7013 East Hills Way
Woodstock, Georgia 30189


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