Cheap ink dauber

I watched a video the other day, it was about how to make your own foam dauber. She told how to get the makeup sponges from the dollar store and then you go to the hardware store and buy the little tips that go on tables and push the sponge into the tip and like magic you have made your own dauber. Now the is neat but save the trip to the hardware store. Get a small rubber band, ball up your sponge and tie it up with the rubber band.<!–more


Oreo Cake

I made this cake for a friends granddaughter. I found many recipes for the Oreo cake but choose this one, even though I changed a couple of things.
Chocolate cake
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup veggie oil
2 tsp vanilla (I like vanilla bean paste)
1/2 cup hot water
20 Oreos chopped in big chunks
Combine the dry ingredients, with mixer running add egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla mixing well after each. Add hot water. Stir in Oreos. Pour in 2 prepared pans and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Cool completely in pan.
Vanill Cake
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter (cut in cubes)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
10 Golden Oreos chopped in big chunks
Combine dry ingrentients add butter a little at a time until it looks like coarse meal. Add eggs, milk and vanilla, mixing after each. Fold in Oreos. Pour in 1 prepared pan, bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan also.
Filling and Frosting
8 oz cream cheese softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups whipping cream
Whip Cream to stiff peaks and chill for now. Beat cream cheese till soft, add vanilla and powdered sugar. Fold in the whipping cream. Keep chilled when not in use.
I found if there is any heat in the room the filling will melt and your layers may slide across you work space. Press Oreo crumbs into the bottom of the cake. I poured ganache around the top edge.(for it I used a pack of semi-sweet chips and heated 1 cup heavy cream to a simmer and poured over the chips. Stir till smooth, cool)

The Never Ending Card

I am just going to post pictures of how this card just keeps folding until you get back to the front. It was a puzzle putting together but once you get started you will go crazy wanting to make so many of them.
To get printed instructions and watch a video go the and search Never ending card

Spellbinders Top Hinge Card

I had so much fun making this card, as I do all of them even the simple ones, anyway to start I used Spellbinders Romanic Rectangles 2, I cut one just like is should be cut. then I cut another one after folding down the top of the cardstock about 1″.
Now line the fold up in the middle of the Spellbinder die. I some times use a little tape to hold it in place. You may have to run it through the Cuttlebug a couple of times.
Now that it is cut, line it up with the front part of the card. Now decorate. I used the Orchid die from Dohickeys once again and made the flower pot by cutting a shape that looked like a pot. I tend to be a rebel and not follow all the measuring rules.

Cascading Card

This card I made for my sister’s birthday.
I started out with 2 5 1/2″ X 12″ pieces of cardstock. Score each at 2″ – 4″ – 6″ – 8″ and 10″. On one end of each piece measure down 1″ and mark, now draw a line from this mark t.o the top corner of the other end, cut. This will give you the angle at the top of your card. Now that you have your angles mark from the bottom of the pieces, on the wider end measure up 2 1/2″ and at the narrow end measure up 2 1/4″, now draw a light line from one mark to the other. On one piece cut up to the line at the 2″ – 6″ & 10″ score lines. On the other piece cut down to the line at the 2″ – 6″ & 10″ score lines. Slide the two parts together at the slits.
On this card I cut a piece of cardstock to stamp my message on to fit the back of the card. I decorated it with hand made flowers and butterflies
On this card I put the message on the front of the card. There is no limits to what you can do with this card. The good thing is it folds flat for mailing. Like most of my card with all the embellishments you will have to add extra postage.

New Easel Card

I made this card for a friends birthday. It was also a 2A card, but when you add a lot of embellishments you will have to make a fatter envelope and add more postage. I cut my card stock to 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″, then folded to 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″, scoring the front of the card at 2″ from the edge, this will be for you easel. Cut another piece at 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ from plain card stock and 2 more from patterned paper. I used a paper studio paper pad of patterned craft paper. Roll the corner of the 2 patterned papers, I use a dot of glue to hole the roles. I cut out butterflies form the paper, added lace, beads and flowers from Michaels. I almost forgot the stamp is from Close to My Heart. My friend said it was the most beautiful card she had ever received. That made me smile.

Outlet birthday card

I wanted to make a birthday card for a friend who is a contractor, so what better then an electrical outlet.


To make it I used a 2A format, I cut a 8 1/2″ X 11″ cardstock to 4 1/4″, scoring at 5 1/2″.  It is a top fold card.  Cut another piece of cardstock at 4″ X 5 1/4″, add a brad to the center of this piece, pop dot it and place on the front of the card.  Cut 2 pieces at 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″, round the corners. I tried to center 2 slots, cutting with my craft night, and below the slots use a hole punch then again use pop dots to mount them.  You can write or stamp your message on the inside.