February 25, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day (+ a week and a half)

I've been meaning to post the Valentine card I made for my hubby - how does life fly by so fast sometimes?!?!

I bought this cute 'Juggle Monkey' digital stamp image from dustinpike.blogspot.com. He has great stuff and it's really cheap, sometimes even FREE!! I bought my hubby Valentine boxer shorts that look just like this only in reverse colors many, many years ago - one of the reasons I wanted this image.

The 4 hearts and the monkey's face and bowtie are cut out and raised with pop-dots. The whole image is colored with Copic markers. I printed the 'Wild Thing' background on the computer and then cut it out with a Nestabilities die. I Cuttlebugged the embossed hearts, added a ribbon, a rub-on message and some heart brads. I had so much fun making this card. I also added 5 'Monkey Money' scratch off tickets inside - we hit the mega jackpot and won $1. We have decided to go all out and blow the whole thing at once. We're risky like that.

Hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day.....if you can remember back that far!! :)

Stamps: Dustin Pike digital image 'Juggle Monkey'
Paper: SU! Chocolate Chip, Real Red, White
Accessories: Red grosgrain ribbon, rub-on message, heart brads, pop-dots, crystal effects, Copic markers, printer, Nestabilities Labels One, Cuttlebug hearts folder

February 8, 2010

Superbowl snacks

This is the only way I get involved in anything football - fun shaped food.

I made these goodies for my hubby to take to his army unit during Superbowl weekend. I found football shaped pretzels and knew I wanted put them in Chex Mix (I love that stuff!!). I also made boiled cookies and shaped and decorated them like footballs. They are made from dark chocolate, oatmeal and peanut butter so they are practically health food :)

Boiled Cookies
4 Tbsp. butter
2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
1/2 cup milk
Heat in large pot over medium heat until boiling. Boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and add:
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick oats
Stir until combined and drop Tablespoon sized cookies onto foil. Cool until firm.

*These are a favorite cookie from my childhood. I turn 8 years old everytime I taste one :)