Monday, October 14, 2019

Every Little Thing!

If you love Purple and butterflies then this paper sweet is for you!  It is so beautiful with the Purple, Black and Julep (color of the year)!  I have had so much fun playing with these products and I'm sure that you would too!  Take a look here:

I would like to share some of the cards I have made with it!  These are Thank you cards that I sent to my customers this month!  I used the PML cards from the set.

This one is a shaker card I made!  I stamped on top of the acetate using Stazon ink.

This one is from the special we had in September called Share the Seasons.  It came with 2 thin cuts and 2 stamp sets.  You can still get them while supplies last with or without the stamp sets here:
It is so much fun to play with!
 On this one I stamped the butterflies in Wisteria on the lighter side of the wisteria paper!

I just love this one using some Sapphire in the paper pack and an old stamp set!  Also using the Thin cut from Share the Seasons which can also be purchased by itself through the year!  Here is the link:  There is also one with circles.

And then one more using the same thin cut.  You cut away where ever you want to make bigger stamping or embellishing areas!

I really love this one!

That is it for today!  I hope you all have a great week and stay warm!  Happy crafting!


Monday, October 7, 2019

Butter pie crust!

When I first retired, one of the things I wanted to do was to learn how to make pies!  My husband loves pie, especially Cherry!

So I searched through recipes and found one for butter pie crust.  Butter has to make it better, right?  The first one I made, My husband told me it was the best pie he had ever eaten.  So naturally I made a few more using these pie crust recipe.  I really hated doing it, it is sticky and the bottom crust seemed to be gooey!  It sticks to the counter and it never looks very pretty in the pie plate because it is so hard to work with.   Messy but it really did taste so good.

I always make my own filling too.  No high fructose syrup in this house.

So finally if you have to make pie, because your husband loves it you take your brothers advise and just buy the ones rolled up in the dairy isle.  So that is what I have been doing for the last few years.

I always get the response, thanks for the pie honey but it's not like your butter crust.  Ugggg!

So he has been working hard remodeling our office so I decided to make him a cherry pie with real butter crust.  The recipe only makes one crust so I had to double the recipe.

Not being a crust expert and not having done it in quite a few years I just doubled it.  Well I think I put in to much apple cider vinegar or ice water because it was so sticky.  I divided the crust in two and put it in the fridge for an hour like the instructions said. I knew I needed more flour so I put a lot on the counter, more on top of the crust and on my roller.

Oh wow this is pretty nice! I wanted to make the bottom crust thin so it would crisp up more NOT!  It completely stuck to the counter but I finally got the first one done and put it in the fridge in the pie pan.  Then the same thing happened to the second crust but I managed to get it in another pie pan and it was a mess.

Oh well, lets get this pie finished.  So I put the filling in the first crust and then tried to flip the other one upside down onto the top and of Corse you know it was just awful.  Ugliest looking pie but I trimmed it up and decide to just use a fork to try and get the two to stick together.  I dipped the fork in sugar and went around the crust adding sugar each time.

Well so the story ends that this is an ugly pie but Oh my gosh, the crust taste so good.  LOL!!!

There is enough crust left over so I prepped that into a disc and put it in the freezer.  The next pie will have one store bought and one butter crust.

I may try this again just to see if I can perfect it.  Here is the result.

I hope you all have a great week and happy pie making!

Hugs, Ronda

Thursday, October 3, 2019

PML cards take 2

Today I want to show you a group of cards I made using the PML cards from the Every Little Thing products that we have on sale now through October 31.  To see the entire pack of these cards just scroll a couple of posts back!

I just love how they turned out and it was so quick to do them.  I just used white card bases, trimmed down the PML card to 4 x 5.25 to leave just a little white edge showing.  I used our stitched circle thin cuts to cut out a circle of the Every Day Life paper and then used a smaller size in Wisteria to layer on top with my sentiment on it.  I used a little wisteria ribbon, a bit of Julep velvet ribbon and our Julep Sequins to embellish!  Julep is out color of the year!

To find all of the products used here just visit my website at

I sure hope you enjoy your day and please follow my blog and visit my website soon!

For the love of paper.  Ronda

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, Autumn Air!  This hop will circle around several Consultants blogs so just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful artwork.  Here is a complete list of all of the blogs incase you get lost along the way.  Just click here for the complete list !

You should have arrived from Jessica Kaiser blog, if so then your in the right place!

I decided this was the perfect stamp set for a layout and I enjoyed making it so much.  I used the Hawthorn paper collection along with the light side of Toffee for the base pages.  I hope you like it!

I used sapphire, sage and paprika for the stamping.  Do you see the sapphire stamping just above the saffron pieces on the bottom of both sides?  I really like that little stamp.  It just added a little color.  I layered the leaves around the stamping of summer and fall to give them some dimension.

I really love using different sizes of photo's on my layouts and I use Persnickety prints to print all of my photos.  They have so many options and the photo's are wonderful quality.

I can use the 3 x 4 spot for a photo or put a PML card there and do some journaling.  I still have room for more embellishing too with maybe some wooden leaves.  I used some sequins around my leaves from the craft on collection of shaker sequins.  Here is a nice picture of the stamp set.

I just love it!  I will put the links below for all of the products that I have used but for now you will be moving on to Janet Royer's blog.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your journey on this blog hop!

Hawthorn paper pack, X7249B:
Craft loose sequins, Z4059:
Toffee paper, X5950: or you can make your own pack of 12 or 24 sheets of any colors using this Custom24 or custom12 as your item number.  You can also get the coordination cardstock for the Hawthorn paper, X7249D:
Sapphire ink pad, Z2848:
Sage ink pad, Z6504:
Paprika ink pad, Z6515:

Well I think that it is and you can visit my website at  Thanks so much for looking at my Blog!  Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Close to my Heart and Picture my Life!

These are to things that are very close to my heart!  You already know that I love everything Close to my Heart.  But have I talked about Picture my Life?

What does that mean?  Well to me it means two things.  Number one is take pictures of my life.  Everything and Every one that is close to my heart.  Number two is Picture my Life cards or as we at CTMH call the PML cards.

What do we do with these cards!  There are two things that I use them for.  Number one, which I thing is the original purpose for them is scrapbooking!  There are two ways you can use them for scrapbooking.  You can use some of them for journaling directly on your pages or you can use a variety of pocket pages and slip your pictures and the PML cards into the pockets.  The second way you can use them is for cards.  I go through the cards and I put aside the ones that will work good for journaling or maybe the inside of a card.  Then I start creating cards with the rest.

The PML card packs come with 24 cards in them for $6.95.  12 are 4 x 6 and 12 are 3x4.  The 4x6 ones you have to cut down a bit if you are making an A4 size card, 4.25 x 5.5.  I usually cut them down a little extra and put a piece of card stock behind the card to bring out the colors.

Here are some pictures of the current Every Little Thing card pack. X7248E in the September- October idea book.

Aren't they beautiful?  You can find the link to them here.

If you want to see them along with all of the other Every Little thing products then go to page 6 and 7 of the book.  The link for that is here.

The next thing I want to show you is a group of Christmas cards that I made a couple of years ago using just PML cards and a little cardstock and some bling.

Aren't these just adorable and I put them together in a couple of hours.  So grab yourself a pack of card bases and envelopes which you can buy here if you don't have them.

And make yourself some beautiful cards to send.  I will be working on the pack I showed you soon and my next post will be about the pocket scrapbooking.

I hope you have a great day and happy scrapping!


Friday, September 20, 2019

Share the Season's Blog Hop

You have arrived her from Judy Faye Gamer blog.  
Welcome to the Close to my Heart Share the Seasons Blog Hop!
The possibilities with this set are so endless!  If you get lost while cruising the hop just click here to get the complete list.
  Here are a couple of cards I have made with this set along with the New Hawthorn paper and a retired Christmas pack called Tis the Season!
For the Christmas card I used Cranberry paper (also retired) to cut out the base square piece and then I used White Daisy to cut the largest frame from our rectangle thin cuts.  I used our now retired Alcohol markers to color in some of the stamps.  Don't forget to check out our new markers!

Keep scrolling to see the next two cards!
In the picture of the rectangular thin cuts the white pieces will give you a solid piece, I use that with a smaller one in a different color for the inside of my card.

 On my next card I used the fall stamps, I used our new Hawthorn paper along with Saffron and our new Paprika ink!  I love the piece of paper I used for the frame on this one.
To show use how endless the possibilities are I made another card with our new Every Little thing paper pack!  I just love how it turned out.
I used our new Wisteria paper with the black Frame and the September Stamp of the month!  Which is awesome.  I hope you enjoyed my cards and don't forget to look at all of the other blogs on the hop!

The next persons blog is Alyson Mayo.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fall Garden!

I haven't posted anything from my garden this year so I thought I would post some things that are still growing now.

 First of all I grew this one tomato plant that was called a Biltmore highbred!  It was a nice growing plant, it didn't yield very many tomatoes but the ones that I did get were amazing.  Only one of them had cracks in it and they were all huge.  The last one I picked was 1 pound 6.6 ounces and it was amazing!  Here is a picture of the tomato and a picture of it on a BLT I made tonight.  It gives you an idea of how big around and meaty it was!  And it tasted so good.

I still have plenty of herbs growing!  I have a parsley pot and Oregano growing on the deck.  I also have Rosemary and Sweet Basil growing here with my Thyme (that never dies) and a small Lavender plant.

I have a couple of tomato plants struggling to ripen the fruit, a yellow cayenne, a Jalapeno, a purple Pino Nior and a sweet Orange pepper that have tons of peppers on them but it just hasn't been warm enough for them to ripen.  It is supposed to be in the mid 80's for a couple of days so hopefully that will help.

I planted my green beans in mid July and they are going strong and these Tomatillo's just won't quit.  I started with 4 plants, I made a batch of green enchilada sauce and now I am just waiting to get a few more to make some green salsa!

Now the last thing I will show you is the start of my beet plants coming up.  Hopefully the weather won't turn to cold before they mature.  This is the first time I have ever grown them.  Then look at these to lonely acorn squash's that are left.  I ended up with 5 all together from the one plant.

Well that is it for my Garden news.  I will let you know how my beets do and how the green salsa turns out.

I hope you have a happy and healthy fall!