Monthly Archives: June 2013

Getting Crafty with Mosaic Madness


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Mosaic Madness.  I love this collection.  Stamps, embossing folder and punch — all coordinating.  I love sets that have coordinating items to match — it means there are tons of creative possibilities.  This is the card (standard A2) and matching envelope that the ladies made at a recent craft and pot luck dinner night at my home.  I had been asked to hold a card making night and the theme was a thank you card.  This set is perfect for thank you cards.. as well as birthday, thinking of you, congratulations, missing you.. whatever event you’d like to mark with a handmade card, this stamp set is perfect.

Card Recipe:

  • Card stock: Whisper White; Island Indigo
  • Stamps: Mosaic Madness; Banner Greetings (Hostess)
  • Ink: Subtle collection; Island Indigo
  • Embossing Folder: Modern Mosaic
  • Punch: Mosaic
  • Embellishments: ribbon (SAB); rhinestones
  • Adhesive: SNAIL; dimensionals; glue dots



The Secret to Awesome Frozen Perogies


For years I avoided perogies.  They just looked so disgusting — soggy, under-cooked, pasta-like things (can you tell I’m not holding back on my opinion??!) LOL  They reminded me of dim sum, another food that I’ve never acquired a taste for.  But I will eat frogs legs and alligator stew — go figure!

One night, we, Shannon, Dino and I were at my sisters home for dinner and it was perogie night!  Terrific!! LOL  Well, you can imagine how thrilled I was.. until I watched my sister make them and then I tried them.  I should probably admit that I had never actually tried perogies before that night — yes, awful, *gasp* I know!  Anyway.. Moving along…

How do you make non-slimy, really tasty, but oh, so unhealthy for you, perogies??  Well, I will share the secret:

You must boil, then fry, and then bake them!

What you need:

PEROGIESany frozen make and variety will do (I just found this image on the internet) — oh, you thought I was going to make them from scratch??!!  You’ll need another blog for that! LOL

If you’re still with me after the shocking discovery that I’m cooking frozen perogies.. What else you’ll need:


Chopped green onion


Chopped crispy bacon


Shredded cheese

and sour cream!  That’s it.  Oh, and a big pot, some water, a fry pan, oven safe dishes, a cutting board and knife and a cheese grater.

Ok, first.. prep:

Chop the green onion; grate the cheese.  Set aside.

Fill big pot with water, add a pinch of salt and a splash of oil.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In frying pan start cooking the bacon.  Remove bacon and set on paper towel to soak up some of the grease.  Keep the grease in the fry pan at a medium heat until ready to add perogies.

While cooking the bacon, bring water to boil.  Add the frozen perogies and cook at rolling boil until they all float to the top.  Normally about 10 minutes — you dont want to over cook.

Drain the perogies and add (carefully) in batches if necessary to the hot bacon grease in the fry pan.  Bacon grease should be at mid-high temp on burner.

Fry the perogies and flip until golden and glossy.  Transfer from fry pan to shallow oven-safe dish.

Sprinkle the perogies with the crumbled bacon and shredded cheese.


Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted.  Remove from oven, sprinkle with green onion.  Serve immediately with dollop of sour cream.

Please remember that photography is not my specialty 🙂

Rhonda Gabriele

Stampin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay


I am case-ing! (To CASE: Copy And Share Everything)

I ordered the Simply Pressed clay, unfortunately it was back-ordered and I’ve been waiting (somewhat) patiently for it to arrive.

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Yesterday was the day I came home to find it sitting, waiting for me on my doorstep!!! Woohoo! And now — I can play with it!

Just add a drop of ink and knead into white clay to create any colour you like.

I wanted to show you some of the ways you can customize the clay using brads and glitter and of course the molds (which my sister has generously lent me until I order my own set) — thank you, Sis!! 😀

From the blog of a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Please take a moment to click on the image and visit her site.

Hopefully this image will spark your own creativity when you’re using the clay — I know my creativity has been sparked 🙂


2013-2014 Annual Stampin’ Up! New Catalogue Bundles


There are 10 Bundles in the new catalogue. Here is a list of them complete with page numbers ….


Please note the products are not being shown at actual size.  See annual catalogue for correct sizing.

Chalk Talk Bundle –page 12

Buy the Chalk Talk stamp set and coordinating Chalk Talk Framelits dies (p. 187) at a 15% discount

$53.50 -132731 wood – mount Bundle

$45.75 – 132730 Clear – mount Bundle

Label Love Bundle – page 33

Buy the Label Love Stamp Set and coordinating Artisan Label Punch (p. 181) together at a 15% discount.

$44.95-132723 Wood – Mount Bundle

$37.25-132722 Clear – Mount Bundle

Wildflower Meadow Bundle page 83

Buy the Wildflower Meadow Background Stamp and coordinating Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder (p. 191) together at a 15% discount.

$26.95-132735 Wood – Mount Bundle

$22.75-132985 Clear – Mount Bundle

Flower Shop Bundle page 94

Buy the Flower Shop Stamp Set and coordinating  Pansy Punch (p. 183) together at a 15% discount.

$43.95-132727 Wood – Mount Bundle

$37.25-132726 Clear – Mount Bundle

Backyard Basics – page 79

Buy the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and coordinating

Backyard Basics Framelits Dies (p. 187) together at a 15% discount.

$52.50-132729 Wood – Mount Bundle

$44.95-132728 Clear – Mount Bundle

Mosaic Madness Bundle – page 123

Buy the Mosaic Madness Stamp Set and coordinating Mosaic Punch (p. 180) together at a 15% discount.

$46.50-132734 Wood – Mount Bundle

$37.95-132733 Clear – Mount Bundle

Beautifully Baroque Bundle – page 113

Buy the Beautifully Baroque Stamp and coordinating Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder (p. 191) together at a 15% discount.

$23.75 132732

Six-Sided Sampler Bundle – page 125

Buy the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set and coordinating Hexagon Punch (p. 180) together at a 15% discount.

$46.50 -132725 Wood – Mount Bundle

$37.95 -132724 Clear – Mount Bundle

Tag a Bag Bundle – page 158

$12.50 131371 – Bags and accessories in a bundle for 15% savings!

Tag a Box Bundle – page 158

$15.95 131372 – Boxes and accessories in a bundle for 15% savings!