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Sunday Sketches

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Let's pick a fun pattern for this sketch - it's going to be the focal point of your card, so get creative!

I made a travel-themed card with a map background paper and a sweet sentiment. The 3D heart has glitter around the edges, and the map marker is raised on 3D adhesive for some added dimension.

The sentiment is broken up into four lines: three lines of writing and one heart image. This makes the sentiment more interesting to look at, especially if you make similar cards over and over again.

For your version of this sketch, start with a solid background color that coordinates with your pattern. Then cut your patterned paper down by a quarter of an inch on all four sides.

Have fun with how you make your sentiment. You can use alphabet stickers, printed letters, rub-ons or hand-written words. Whatever style you choose, pull out one word and recreate it as an image, like the heart in my card.

In the bottom corner, pick a coordinating embellishment with your chosen pattern. This…

Happy National Puppy Day!

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Happy National Puppy Day! In honor of this special occasion, I will show you pictures of our puppies doing what they love best - napping! Oh, they’re energetic and enthusiastic, but they’re so cute when they’re asleep. And so quiet.

I hope you’ll spend the day loving on your favorite puppy. Play games, cuddle and run around outside. I know we will be ... once they all wake up.

Sunday Sketches

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Today's sketch is a great way to use up some scrap paper and create a versatile card. You can mix and match the colors, patterns and images for any occasion or theme.

For my card, I chose the striped paper first, then added the coordinating colors. The watermelon image went with them all perfectly, and I used a contrasting blue for the gemstones.

I also like to use Scripture on the outside of my cards, so this one refers to praising the Lord for the provision of our food every day - perfect for the watermelon.

Ready to make this sketch your own? Start with a patterned paper, two or three coordinating card stock colors and a fun image. If you mat each one, they'll stand out even more.

Then add some tiny embellishments that will stand out against your card stock colors. The sentiment will overlap the other blocks in several places, so it's a good idea to use a larger sentiment or one with several lines.

When you've made your card with this sketch, I'd love to see it!…

Usher In Spring With Floral Arrangements

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Are you as ready for spring as I am? It's time to lift our spirits, get rid of all the winter colors and focus on the light and airy feel of spring. And these floral arrangements are a great way to start!

A quick trip to the dollar store, or perhaps to your storage bins at home, and you'll have the few supplies you need to create a spring arrangement. I used the flowers, jar and pebbles shown here, plus a jar and pebbles I already had.

Pour the pebbles in the jar to the desired height and break apart the floral stems.

To make the tall, thin arrangement, I took the blue hydrangeas off the stem entirely and tucked them into the mouth of the jar. The glittered onion grass filled the middle of the jar.

I trimmed the white flowers to different heights so they would add some variety through the onion grass.

And the pink ones are arranged to cascade around the others, creating a little movement, too. I did much the same for the square one, using the leftover flowers. Having two brig…

I’m Otter-ly Loving Him, But He Has To Go...

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So we’ve had otters around the big pond for the past few weeks. Having not seen any here before, I had to do some research to find out more about them.

Otters were once practically extinct in Iowa until the 1980s when they were reintroduced. Now there are thousands of them, and they can be found in all 99 counties.

They often take over another animals burrow once it’s left, and we have some beaver holes that would be perfect for otters. We haven’t seen babies yet, but the mama otters will use the underwater entrances to raise their babies. We haven’t seen babies, but I’m sure they’re there, too.

I didn’t realize how big otters could be, either. The DNR says they can be as much as 5 feet long, and a third of that is their rudder-like tail.

They’re completely adorable and I love them, but they have got to go. This absolutely breaks my heart, but there’s a very important reason they can’t stay. They are carnivores - they eat meat - and their favorite is fish. Our fish. Lots of fish. If …

Words For Wednesday

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Protein-Packed Sausage And Egg Muffins

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The more I read about women’s nutrition, the more I understand how important protein is to our bodies. And if it’s spread out during the day, that’s even better. These handy sausage and egg muffins are the perfect size for breakfast, especially if you’re in a hurry in the morning. They freeze incredibly well and can be reheated in the microwave for 60 seconds. If you’d like to substitute freshly cooked bacon, that would be great, too.   Ingredients: 1 pound Italian sausage 2 cups flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/3 cup butter, melted 6 eggs 3/4 cup milk 8 oz bag shredded cheddar cheese 2.5 oz bag shredded bacon pieces
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray.
2. In a medium cast iron skillet, brown the sausage.
3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Add butter, eggs and milk to the dry ingredients. Combine well.
5. Stir in cheese and bacon.
6. Spoon mixture into muffin tins.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.