Saturday, January 31, 2009


Hello! I am having a SLOW WORKING day. It didn't take me long to do this...the problem was interuptions from my children and getting sidetracked playing Scrabble on the computer. Here is a tip...don't try to play Scrabble AND Stamp at the same time. I think I am a HOPELESS multi-tasker. LOL

I used the Pigment Scrunch Technique, once again on this card. This time I used Pretty In Pink, Lovely Lilac and Bashful Blue for my Ink Colors. The technique made several sheets, so I have several pieces of cardstock in these colors and in the colors I used yesterday.

When I created this card, I used the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge for this week and the Bloggers Challenge this week was a HAPPY BIRTHDAY theme. Be sure to check out all of the Bloggers Challenge participants projects! They are sure to WOW you!

Here are the details on this card - Coloring Tutorial to follow...
Stamp Sets: Love Blooms, Distress Backgrounds and Frogetful Sam by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps,

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Lovely Lilac, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Black Adirondack, Colorbox, Copics see below
Accessories: Punch, brayer, Nestabilities, Sponge, Brads, Primas, Buttons, Linen Thread

Here is the beginning of the tutorial I promised! These are the colors I used...

Here is what you will need...


Something Sweet to Nibble On -

I always have a lemon drop or Wintergreen Breath Mints



Copic Friendly Ink- Adirondack, Brilliance, Distress, etc.

NOTE: I added Stickles to this after coloring. The ink you use with this is not water proof, so after this, I will not use that method again to add sparkle...

Don't forget the Sweet'n Sassy Stamps Blog Hop is happening. Hop on over to the following Blogs and see their creation!

and back on the SNSS Blog to wrap it up!

Chrissy D

Friday, January 30, 2009


Today is DAY TWO of the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog Hop!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is a sponsor to the Technique Junkies Newsletter. Do you subscribe? If you do not, I would really encourage you to do so! Each newsletter has step by step directions with pictures to do each technique. In addition to that, this month's newsletter is geared to techniques for stamping on a budget! How FABULOUS is that!? Be sure to check out the Technique Junkies Newsletter!

The February TJ Newsletter just went live yesterday, so I jumped right in to try out the Pigment Scrunch. With the small amount of material I used, I was able to make several backgrounds for use on future cards...

I thought these colors were fresh and bright and perfect for a BRIGHT card using my Autumn Blessings stamp set that is on sale right now at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Here are the details of my project:

Stamp Sets: All in a Row by SU, Autumn Blessings, Distressed Backgrounds and Trust In the Lord by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Cardstock: Gable Green, Basic Black, Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White

Ink:Colorbox Ink Refills, Basic Black, Copics

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Primas, Buttons, Glue Dots, Brayer, Rounded Tab Punch, Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Real Red 5/8 grosgrain, Black Hodgepodge

I rarely use Gable Green...reminds me of apples. What do you think?

Be sure to HOP over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs to check out their creations!

On the side bar is the rest of the DT, many of them play along during this week too!

One last thing! Korin has started to do weekly Sketch Challenges on Paper Craft Planet and this was also my take on this particular sketch. When you create a project using this sketch upload to Paper Craft Planet and use the Keyword SNSPCPSC2. Here is the link to Paper Craft Planet.

Have a fabulous day!

Chrissy D

Thursday, January 29, 2009


HELLO! Today is BLOG HOP day! This month Sweet 'n Sassy is having a Blog Hop and it will be a EXTRA PEEKS at Current Stamp Sets that are currently available!
My daughter, Grace wanted to play along too! So first I am showcasing her card. She is 7 years old and LOVES to stamp with me! She grabbed some of my scrap Designer Paper and used LOTS of glue for her beads. She used the Sweet 'n Sassy stamp set Love Blooms. This was Grace's personal lay out and design...
For my card, I used the Sweet Dreams set by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I colored the owl and the branches with my Copic markers. The moon I stamped in Gold Ink and embossed with Clear EP. I cut out sleeping Olivia and adhered it to the Brilliant Blue Cardstock that I had run through the Top Note Die. Isn't she cute? I personally am in a HUGE CHARACTER BUILDING OPPORTUNITY - so I thought the saying in there was fitting and I know, there is no place I would rather be than resting in the arms of Jesus! Olivia looks so peaceful here - Now, since this is a BLOG HOP you will want to HOP

Start on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog and head to

Chrissy D

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Hello! Have you ever made a card you weren't happy with? Well, I do LOTS of times and the one I made for this card was just OFF! So I took it apart and "FIXED" it. I liked both of the peices as individuals, but the way I colored the focal point and then add these STRONG colors...well, it clashed.
Add to that, the sad news a friend of mine was killed in a car crash yesterday, was quite shocking and I wasn't up to fixing it last night. I was thinking about the Brevity of life and how we just never know when it is going to be our time. Please keep her family in your prayers. The family members remaining are Dave (husband), Paul (college son), Michael (high school). I am praying that the testimony of God's Love in her life will draw them closer to God - may each of them hide under the shelter of the Most High and find rest, comfort and peace.
Give your family members extra hugs today!!! I gave my teen daughter one and she just gave me an odd look. Oh well. When she is "old" like me (not that I am old mind you, but to her I am), she will value those things much more, right? lol
Today's Challenge is a Color Challenge as you can see listed below. Add to that, the Technique Lovers Challende from Splitcoast... Designing with Paper Pleats (the chocolate/white panel on the left) and that is my card...
Here are the details on this card...
Stamp Set: A True Friend by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip DP, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pink Passion, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Top Note Die, Prima Flowers, 5/16th neutral brads, Bold Bright Brads, Riding Hood Red Ribbon, Scor-pal, sponge
I am now off to see everyone's FABULOUS creations... Take a few minutes and spread some love around to them. They all LOVE to hear your comments and I do too!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

Chrissy D

Monday, January 26, 2009


HELLO! Last week, I was not really in the stamping mood, so decided to take some time off. I am back now, and ready to resume my regular stamping schedule...

This weeks Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Challenge is to use a HEART on your project.
I chose the Stampin' Up Chipboard, grabbed the heart and painted it with Making Memories Paint Strawberries and Cream. Then matted it on Real Red Cardstock and trimmed around it. The Banner was something I dreamed up last night, but didn't have a stamp like it, so I drew one for this card.
The Forever and Always stamp is one from my Love Blooms image. When I laid it upon my acrylic block, I slanted it upwards a bit on each end so it would flow with the banner.
We would LOVE to have you participate in the challenge! If you choose to do so, post the link to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog and the other Design Team's creations...
I just noticed, I am over 80,000 hits! WOW! Who is up for some Blog Candy? I will be sharing some FABULOUS candy this week - so be sure to stop back when you have time!
I almost forgot it is MONDAY MAIL CALL DAY!!! I sent out 6 packages today! I want to send out 3 RAKS this week too - so I will do that tomorrow!
Have a fabulous day!!!
Chrissy D

Friday, January 23, 2009


HELLO! I have a 10-10-20 (10 cards that take approximately 10 minutes for $20-) Card Craze Class tomorrow and decided to keep todays post SIMPLE - Many of my friends, would think it would be impossible for me to make a FAST, EASY card with out all of the froo-froo, but even I can do a card like that. It takes me LONGER to create a simple card than a difficult one because my brain does not think that way. But I can occassionally pull it off.

This is one of the cards we will make tomorrow. I am in the mood for some warmer for some of you, you might think warmer weather? 70's or 80's? Frankly, I would be happy with 45-50 degree weather. My idea of an ideal temperature is 60 degrees, maybe 70, definitely not warmer than 75 degrees. Yes, I know, I am kind of sick that way. As long as the sun is shining, I am happy. Even if it is COLD.

Now, I will stop with my idle chit chat. Have you checked out the new Copic Club at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps yet? That is one SWEET deal!

Here are more details:

Stamp Sets: Summer Sentiments, Summer Fun by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Ink and Cardstock: Real Red, Summer Picnic, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Accessories: Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Circle Nestabilities, White Taffeta Ribbon, Red buttons, Mini Glue Dots

Tomorrow will be another card from my 10-10-20 Card Craze - something simple! I hope next week to get back to my normal stamping routine. This week I have not done much stamping!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

Chrissy D

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Hello! I do not have a picture to share today because my husband has my camera. I, of course have the digital card safely tucked into my computer, so he will be disappointed when he tries to use it. (OOPS)
Yesterday, I worked on making some card boxes for a Fund Raiser for the Contenders of the Faith Boys Club my son is involved in. This was the photograph I was going to take and share with you today, it was very simple. I am donating a 10 boxes of 5 cards, a Child Of God stamp set and 2 - $10- gift certificates. If you are interested, the raffle tickets sell for $1.00 and 100% of the funds will go to the Boys Club If you are interested, please e-mail me at and I can let you know my paypal information.
Here is a note from Korin...
Are you a Copic Junkie?
I sure am and so are many of the SNSS DT members. Chris, Faith, Deb and I will be Copic Certified soon and a few other DT gals already are. We'd like to offer helpful tutorials, tips and classes but we also want to make sure you can get your hands on these fabulous markers without breaking the bank. Soooooo, coming soon....the Copic Junkie Club!!! Many of you have been requesting this for some time, so we are thrilled to finally oblige :).
I have started a yahoo group for this club which will be a our sole means of communcation. Even if you are not ready to join a club just yet, you are welcome to join the group to see what it's all about. The address to join is:
More details will be coming soon, but for now, please vote in the poll to the right so I can get an idea of how many people are interested in joining and what their needs are.I can tell you that each club will run for 6 months and upon completion you will receive a FREE set (5) of markers! How awesome is that?? If you have any questions, please feel free to let either Chris (me) or myself know. ~Korin
For more information on this, click on the labeled section for Once a Month Cooking and scroll down. There are several posts with a variety of information on this subject.
I had a question the other day about our Once a Month Cooking. One of the first things you can do is pick the recipes you want to try. When choosing recipes, I try a couple of new recipes, but we also incorporate some of our families favorites. If your family really doesn't like a particular ingredient, then do not choose that recipe or try to think of an alternative ingredient to substitute.
Another thing to think about is, do you want to do this on your own or with some friends? When I did this by myself, I didn't necessarily cook 30 meals in a day, but I would take a recipe and multiply it x's 2-4 and then we would eat one in the evening and freeze the remaining.
Baked Potato Soup
Makes 4 servings.
3 bacon strips diced
1 small onoin chopped
1 clove garlic minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth
2 large baked potatos peeled and cubed
1 cup half and half
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
shredded cheddar cheese
minced fresh parsley
In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Drain, reserving 1
tablespoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Saute onion and garlic
in the drippings until tender. Stir in flour, salt, basil and pepper;
mix well. Gradually add broth. Bring to boil; boil and stir for 2
minutes. Add the potatoes, cream and hot pepper sauce; heat
through but do not boil. (Note: Freezes well at this point. Can
be put in crock pot and cook on low all day – no need to thaw
if frozen) Garnish with bacon, cheese and parsley.

Basic Meatballs
Makes 12 servings.
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup fresh parsley choped
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 pinch nutmeg
1 cup beef broth
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup beef broth
3 egg
1 tablespoon garlic minced
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 pounds ground chuck
Combine meat with mixture, stir through rally with fork. Oven
at 450. Golf ball size meatballs. Don't touch. Bake for 25
minutes. Keep juices for sauce.
7 points

Beef & Chipolte Burritos
Makes 6 servings.
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef round steak cut 3/4" thick
1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/3 cup onion chopped
1 can chipolte peppers in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 clove garlic minced
6 flour tortilla
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 6 pieces. Combine first 7
ingredients and put into ziplock bag to freeze. Thaw, remove
peppers. Place the rest into crock pot. Cover and heat on low
for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Remove meat from
cooker. Using 2 forks, pull meat apart into shreds. Place
meat in a large bowl. Stir in cooking liquid to reach desired
consistency. Divide meat amond warm tortillas, spoon it just
below the center. Top with cheese, salsa, roll up tortillas.

Beef Chimichangas
Makes 8 servings.
1 teaspoon salt
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons oregano crushed
1/2 cup taco sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 cup butter melted
9 7" flour tortillas
1/2 cup canned green chilis
Cooking Day:
Sprinkle salt in medium skillet. Place over medium heat. Add
beef, garlic, and spices. Cook until meat losses pinkness. Stir
in remaining ingredients. Remove from heat and cool. Freeze
meat mixture, using freezer bag.
Serving Day Instructions:
In skillet, melt butter. Dip both sides of 1 tortilla into butter,
drain off excess. Mount 1/3 cup filling on center of tortilla. Fold
tortilla in envelope fashion. Place seam side down in
ungreased 11x17 baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas
and filling.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Bake until crispy, about 15
minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and return for a few seconds.
top with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and aditional
sour cream.
14 points

Betsy's Chicken Enchiliadas
Makes 8 servings.
3 cups chicken cooked
1 can green chiles
1 7oz jar salsa
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 dozen corn tortillas
2 cups monterey jack cheese grated
vegetable oil
Preaheat oven 350 degrees. Mix chicken, chilis and salsa. In
separate bowl, mix cream and salt. Heat about 1" oil in fry
pan. Dip each tortilla in hot oil for 3 sec to soften. Drain on
paper towel and lay into bowl of cream to coat with cream. Fill
each tortilla with chicken mixture and roll them up. Lay in
greased bake dish. Pour extra cream over the top and
sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered for 25 min.

Bird's Nest Pie
Makes 8 servings.
8 ounces spaghetti
2 eggs beaten
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons margerine or butter
8 ounces sour cream
1 pound Italian sausage (bulk)
6 ounces tomato paste
1 cup water
4 ounces mozzarella cheese (sliced)
Break spaghetti in half and cook as directed on package until
al dente, drain. While spaghetti is warm, combine with eggs
and parmesan cheese. Use a spoon to press spaghetti into
bottom and up sides of a well greased 10 inchpie plate. Saute
onion in margerine, mix with sour cream, and spread over
At the same time, brown sausage in a large skillet; drain fat.
Stir in tomato paste and water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionaly. Spoon
over sour cream mixture. Cover dish with foil and freeze. put
cheese slices in a 1 quart bag; attach to side of dish.
To preparefor serving, thaw pie and cheese and preheat oven
to 350. Bake pie, uncovered for 25 minutes. Arrange
mozzarella slices on top; return pie to oven until cheese melts.
4 points

Cajun Chicken Strips
Makes 4 servings.
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast cut into strips
2 tablespoons butter
In a large plastic bag, combine the first six ingredients. Add
chicken, one half at a time. Shake to coat. In a large skillet,
cook chicken in butter 8-10 minutes or until done.
Serving suggestions:
Over lettuce or salad w/ salsa

Chicken Breast Piquant
Makes 8 servings.
8 chicken breast
1 1/2 cups red wine
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup salad oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Mix all ingredients; add chicken, put in large gallon baggy and
freeze. To prepare, put in large baking dish. Bake at 375 for
1 hr or until chicken is done.

Chicken Broccoli Divan
Makes 6 servings.
4 chicken breast cooked, shredded
1 pound broccoli cooked and drained
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 package cheddar cheese shredded
1/2 cup milk
1 box seasoned croutons
Combine all ingredients except croutons in 2 quart baking
dish. Add extra cheese on top if desired. Cook at 350 for 25
minutes, adding croutons to the top 10 minutes before
removing from oven.

Chicken Cheese Lasagna
Makes 8 servings.
3 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
1 cup parmesan cheese fresh, grated
1 medium onion chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon pepper
9 lasagna noodles
2 cups cottage cheese
2 cups chicken cooked, shredded
1 package frozen spinach thawed and drained
Melt butter and garlic stir in flour and salt cook constantly until
bubbly remove from heat stir in milk and broth. Bring to boil
stirring constantly boil stir 1 minute. Stir in Mozzarella, 1/2 cup
parmesan, onion, basil, oregano, pepper cook over low heat
stir constantly until cheese is melted. In ungreased dish place
1/4 cheese sauce, 3 or 4 uncooked noodles, then 1/2 of
cottage cheese then repeat this once. Top with chicken
spinach and 1/4 of remaining cheese sauce, the remaining
noodles and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan bake
at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes (until noodles are done) let set for
15 minutes.
Several of you asked about my husband's job. I added it to that same days post, but will let you know we are PRAISING GOD that his job was spared (for now). At this time, we are also saddened by the many friends who were let go. Please keep this in your prayers - the company he is working for has been GREATLY impacted by the auto industry and our economic state. There is a trickle affect going on - the company he works for builds radiators, conductors and other parts and when Chrysler laid off their employees - this trickled down to other facilities and affected their work volume too.
On a positive note, we serve an ALL POWERFUL GOD who is in control of all of these things. HE does NOT promise that things will be easy or pleasant for us in our daily lives, but He does promise that He will never leave nor forsake us. He is ALWAYS here to give us the strength we need to get through each day. All we need to do is trust in Him.
If you read your Bible, God's Word tells us in various places that you are LOVED, BLESSED, CHOSEN, ADOPTED, ACCEPTED, REDEEMED and FORGIVEN. (taken from Beth Moore's study, I'm Believing God.)
There is no such thing as trust and faith unless you have some unanswered questions in your life. If you know everything there is nothing to trust God about. That is where FAITH comes in.
I hope you have a blessed day! Thank you for stopping by.
God Bless You-
Chrissy D

Wednesday, January 21, 2009



What is the Belli Challenge you ask?

Each week, I try to give us a challenge that will use things we have lying around our stamp rooms or homes! With a constant flow of new things coming out, I tend to forget about the other things I have and they quickly become clutter!This weeks, Belli Challenge is to make a project with your INK REFILLS.
Here is what you need to do...
1. Anyone Can Play! Spread the Word! :)
2. Make a completed project with your INK REFILLS - I used them to watercolor but there are several techniques you can use...I was going to try one, but my creative juices were running dry this week. you could use your refills for Polished Stone, watercoloring... and these....
3. Share the link here in the comments linking to my Blog and CBC51. When you post to Splitcoaststampers or Paper Craft Planet or to your Blog, be sure and put CBC51 as the KEYWORD and mention of the challenge - with a link!
4. I will do a drawing and the person whose name I draw will be a BELLI GUEST DESIGNER the third week of February
5. Deadline for entry is Tuesday evening 7 p.m. Central time.
Last week's winner was Shannon Bracken - check her FABULOUS project out HERE. I love lighthouses and blues and her card is so pretty! Be sure to leave her some LOVE! :)

I feel like my MOJO and WOW factor has taken a short break. I am hoping now that some of the stress has passed for now, it will come back...I had big aspirations for this weeks challenge, but I just didn't get around to it, so I used the Ink Refills for thewatercoloring...

Here are the details for this project:

Stamp Set: On the Fly and Fundamental Phrases by SU,

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Old Olive, More Mustard, Ruby Red, all Ink Refills! Black Staz On

Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor Paper

Accessories: Chocolate Chip, Photo, Brass Brads, 1/16th punch

Be sure to check out the FABULOUS Belli Challenge Design Team's creations!!! Leave them a comment! We all LOVE to know what you are thinking about what we create. I know it makes me SMILE when you leave me a comment.

Holly Brown

Joan Ervin

Ceal Pritchett

Shelly Koskinen

Karen Gibson

Christi Thorsen


I have started a GROUP on the PAPER CRAFT PLANET! I will be listing the challenges there and would love to have you join in the fun there too! I will not be posting the prizes on the group at this time. Any participants that want to be included in the prizes will need to come here to post their links!

Have a blessed day!

Chrissy D

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today is Created By Courtney's Challenge day and it is a sketch. I was not feeling like stamping yesterday... so I do not have something to share yet. If I have time this morning I will make something this morning and share on my blog!
I did make this card on Sunday for the Featured Stampers Challenge on Splitcoast. Lorie Craig has a FABULOUS gallery - I chose THIS card to case and changed the colors, the shape Nestabilities and the stamps...
Stamps: Encouragement Scripture by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Paper: Basic Grey Eva, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Same
Accessories: Curved Rectangles Nestabilities, Pretties Kit, White Organdy

For those who are praying for us...we still wait. The lay offs started yesterday at noon. The company is laying off 170 people. Yesterday 40 people were let go. The remaining 130 will be affected today and Wednesday. I think the waiting is the worst. I have complete faith that GOD is in control - but the controlling portion of my soul WANTS to control this too! LOL I WANT to know now what my circumstances will be...does he have a job or doesn't he? You know?
James 1:2-6 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
I praise God that my circumstances do not change that HE is in control and knows all things...even what tomorrow holds...I am trying to not allow my circumstances toss my modd to and fro like someone with little faith. I am keeping my eyes on Jesus and grabbing a hold of the hem of his garment during the current unknown circumstances.
Now, enough about me! Let's get busy with the stamping stuff! LOL Be sure to check out the other Created By Courtney Challenge participants...
Inauguration 2009—a Moment of History and Healing for America
by Aimee Herd/Op-ed : Jan 20, 2009 : Breaking Christian News

"…this moment—unprecedented in our nation's history—goes far above personal views…"
All through last year's Presidential campaign—on both sides of the spectrum—feelings ran deep. And I daresay those passionate opinions have not abated much as President-elect Obama's Inauguration approaches.

But, as I watched Obama's speech this weekend, with the backdrop of the Lincoln Memorial, it struck me that this moment—unprecedented in our nation's history—goes so far above personal views…
For me, and hopefully for many, the event of Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration transcends political party and leaning… it is about healing. And the days after it; about prayer.
I realize, being white, that I cannot fully grasp the extraordinarily historical moment—when Obama is sworn in as the first black President of the United States—as one of my black fellow-citizens will. Nor will I experience, to that extent, the incredible achievement they must feel in their hearts.

But its significance is not lost on me. Whether or not I voted for President-elect Obama is not the issue, because the attitude at which this country has finally arrived, in being willing to elect a black man to its highest office, has been far too long in coming. It makes me feel very grateful to my parents for raising me with a true respect for all people regardless of color, religion or nationality, which is just Biblical common sense!

And so I ask, both those who voted for Obama and those who didn't, can we—if just for a day—lay down the political debate? Can we look beyond the labels of Republican, Democrat or Independent? Can we be joyful that America, on its highest level, is at long last breaking through an ugly barrier of ignorance and hate, and much like the day those cold cement chunks of wall fell in Berlin; hands kept apart are now joining together?

I hope each one of us, regardless of political persuasion, will pray for the continued protection of this man who has not let the prejudices of some keep him from pressing on to fulfill this calling in which he believes. Let's pray for protection for him and for his family.
As Christians, we are called to pray for those in office—no matter who they are. So let us pray in the days ahead for God's direction for this new President, as he leads this country we so love.
Just thought I would share that - since there is so much more going on than just our current economic state...
Hello Friends, Just wanted to give you an update on our job circumstances. Adam's department went through the lay off procedure today and he was not one of them, although they let go of half of his department. I praise GOD that Adam still has a job but will continue to be praying for those who were laid off. I know Adam is emotionally spent. We appreciate you lifting us up during this time!
2 Samuel 22:3 NKJV The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
Be blessed and have a great day!
Chrissy D

Monday, January 19, 2009


Today is MONDAY and that means Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Design Teams Challenge!
This week, I am the host - I chose an INSPIRATION challenge...
For more information about the challenge check out the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog!
I really had a hard time this week, the company where my husband works is doing a HUGE lay off today and this week, so we have been a bit distracted with the thought that he may not have a job tomorrow. If you are a praying person, would you please be praying for us and other families who are being affected by our current economy?

Here are the details of my card...
Stamp Sets: A True Friend By Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Disney Cinderella DP
Accessories: Primas, fibers, Dew Drops, Button, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

I am challenging myself to send out 3 RAKs. How about you?

Today I will also be focusing on
Proverbs 3:5 "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths."

Don't forget to check out the other Design Teams Blogs!

Chris Dickinson
Christi Thorsen
Courtney Fowler
Sandy Domelle


I pray you have a blessed day!
Chrissy D

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Family... Along with some Recipes for ONCE A MONTH COOKING!

I didn't have much time to prepare a project on Friday for Saturday. I was running some errands and went out to dinner with some friends.
Today I am ONCE A MONTH COOKING so below these family pictures is some recipes...

These two just got glasses this week! I think they both look GREAT!

I liked the second picture of Grace better but Adam looks like he is squinting...

Stove Top BBQ Chicken
Makes 4 servings.
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup catsup
1/3 cup water
4 teaspoons white vinegar
4 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed celery seed
2 pounds skinless chicken pieces
8 ounces egg noodles
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet; saute onion until tender.
Stir in catsup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire
sauce, chili powder, and celery seed. Bring sauce to a boil.
Add the chicken to the skillet, placing the side down that has
the skin removed; spoon sauce over the pieces. Bring to a
boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Turn
chicken pieces, and simmer covered for about 20 more or until
chicken is cooked through. Cool and freeze chicken and
To prepare for serving, thaw chicken and sauce; put in a large
skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until
bubbly. Cook package of noodles according to package
directions; serve chicken over noodles.

Taco Spaghetti
Makes 6 servings.
5 ounces dried spaghetti, linguine or fetuccine broken
1 pound ground meat
1 onion chopped
3/4 cup water
1/2 package taco seasoning mix
1 can corn mixed with chopped peppers drained
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (or mexican blend) shredded
1 cup salsa
1 can diced green chili peppers drained
2 cups lettuce shredded
1 medium tomato chopped
Cook pasta according to pkg directions, drain.
Meanwhile, cook ground meat and onion until meat is brown.
Drain off fat.
Stir in water and taco seasoning mix.
Bring to boiling and reduce heat.
Simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cooked pasta, corn, 1 cup of the shredded cheese,
salsa and chili peppers place in lightly greased 2 qt casserole.
Package up, lable and freeze up to 3 months.
To Serve:
To serve the 2nd casserole, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Bake, covered in a 375F oven for 1 hour or until heated
through, stirring once about halfway through baking time.
Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
Top with lettuce and chopped tomato.
If desired, pass broken tortilla chips and dairy sour cream as
additional toppings.

Taco Stuffed Shells
Makes 12 servings.
2 pounds ground beef
2 envelopes taco seasoning mix
8 ounces cream cheese cubed
24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1/4 cup butter melted
Additional Ingredients for each casserole
1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips
1 cup sour cream
3 green onions chopped
In a skillet, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Add taco
seasoning; prepare according to package directions. Add cream cheese;
cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until melted. Transfer to a bowl
and chill for an hour. Cook pasta according to package directions;
drain. Gently toss with butter. Fill each shell with about 3 T. meat mixture.
Please 12 shells in a greased 9 in. square baking dish.
(Sometimes, I freeze them on a cookie sheet in individual servings – and
then transfer frozen shells into a gallon size freezer bag. Cover and freeze
for up to 3 months. To prepare remaining shells, spoon salsa into a
greased 9 in baking dish. Top with stuffed shells and taco sauce. Cover and
bake for 30 minutes at 350. Uncover, sprinkle with cheeses and chips.
Bake 15 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with sour cream
and onions.
To use Frozen shells: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours
(shells will be partially frozen.) Remove from dish. Add salsa to dish; top
with shells and taco sauce. Cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
Uncover; continue as above.
Tater Tot Casserole
Makes 6 servings.
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion chopped
1 can french cut green beans
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 bag tater tots
Brown ground beef, drain. Cook with onion until onion is
transparent. Put onion/beef mixture into casserole dish.
Beans on top of beef. Spread cream soup on top of beans.
Top with tater tots. Bake at 350 for 45 min to 1 hour.

Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken in BBQ
Makes 6 servings.
6 chicken breast halves
1 bottle bbq sauce
1/2 cup italian salad dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl mix 1/2 the
barbeque sauce, Italian salad dressing, brown sugar, and
worcestshire sauce. Pour over chicken.
Cover and cook 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 on low. When
finished pour over the rest of the sauce.
9 points

Stuffed Peppers
Makes 4 servings.
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion chopped
1/2 cup rice
1 can tomato soup
1 can tomato paste
4 green pepper
Cook ground beef w/ onion. Combine all ingredients except
for pepper.
Cut top of pepper off, stuff with stuffing.
Bake in oven in 9x13 pan w/ little water, covered.
350 degrees, 1hr.

I am not sur eof which ones I have shared, but we are doing MORE cooking this weekend with a whole new grouping of recipes. I will be sharing those over the course of the next few weeks.
If you would have time, would you please keep us in your prayers? GOD is good and I have complete peace over this situation, but my husband does have some concerns. The company he works for is doing a 30% Lay Off on Monday. His job may be affected. GOD is ultimately in control of these things and will definitely provide our needs, but I ask that you would pray for those families involved, including ours. If my dear husband gets laid off next week, I may need to take a few days off of blogging... I will keep you updated.
1 Peter 1:6 (NKJV) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
I hope you have a nice weekend!
Chrissy D


Hello! This one may be short and sweet. :) I'll be back in awhile with more to say.
The Bloggers Challenge this week is the Same but different...
I chose the same lay out and changed the colors and stamps and the embellishments...
For my first card, I used my Winter At Home stamp set and colored it with Copics...
Here are the details...

Stamps: Winter At Home available at Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Basic Grey, Going Grey, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Brocade Blue
Ink: Copics, Black Brilliance
Accessories: Nestibilitiy Snowflakes, Lg. Oval Punch, 1 1/4 circle punch, rounded tab punch, Dimensionals, Pretties kit, White Gel Pen, Scalloped Edge punch

For this project I used the following:
Stamps: All Holidays & Fundamental Phrases from SU - Tilda stamp was sent to me from a friend, so I do not know the name of it! Sorry!
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Real Red, Barely Banana, Whisper White the DP is slipping my mind too! Must be tired....
Accessories: Big Shot, Buttons Sizzlet, Linen Thread, Primas, Flower Brads, Glue Dots, Stickles
Be sure to check out the other Blogger Challenge participants click on the icon on the side bar! Have a great day and stay warm if you live in the Midwest! Brrrr it is cold here!
Chrissy D

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Today is ROUND UP DAY on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog!
I made this pull out card by cutting a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock so it is 4"x12" (2 sheets) and scoring it at 4", 8" and then attaching the two pieces together.

Stamp Sets: Love Blooms and A True Friend
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Basic Grey DP Periphery
Ink: Black Adirondack, Copics
Accessories: Dew Drops, Chipboard, Nestibilities Labels One & Labels Trio & Small Circle Scallops & Small Circles, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Mini Glue Dots, Sponge Daubers

Be sure to go to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog today if you haven't been there already! And don't forget about the SALE! ALL Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps are on sale 20% off! Have a blessed day!

Chrissy D