Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Washi tape

Here's my 15 year old nephew when he was widdle. :) I finally used my Washi tape from Mindy Mae's Market on a layout. Sure is easy! Kinda simple layout but it's such a cute picture I didn't want to overwhelm it. 

What is Washi tape you ask? Well, it did originate in Japan. It's like masking tape only prettier. It's made of paper but not as delicate as you'd think. It's typically made from natural fibers, like bamboo or hemp or from the bark of common trees of Japan, like the mulberry or gampi tree. It's become quite popular for crafting in the last few years. A roll usually runs under $5.00. Most are acid-free, as well. With hundreds of colors and prints to choose from, this is a must have for scrapbookers! Check out Pinterest for some neat ideas.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Graduation Banner

Here's a banner I made for my niece's open house. I downloaded the pennant die-cut file from Cricut Craft Room to my Gypsy then to my Cricut. (I am missing a cable to download directly to my Cricut.)
I doubled the scallop edged pennant and folded it in half to make it stronger. I then stuck on the plain edge pennant. I cut out the tags from one of my own cartridges and stuck them on. Stickers came next. I used the pinpoint stabber-thingy tool to put a tiny hole in the two top corners in order to thread the twine through. I then just tied the pennants together in one long banner. 
I also made pennants with each letter of her name. I gave that part to her after her open house was over and kept the part that says "congratulations" on it. I will add my son's name in two years and then the year after that we can use it again for my nephew (as long as they keep going to a school with black and red school colors ;)

Here's how it looked hung up at the open house. (Above it, in my brother's garage, is an old menu sign from the drive-in that we owned in the 70's. Thanks, Susan, for taking the photo!)
 Congratulations, Kayla!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Graduation 2012

My niece's open house was Sunday. I made taco salad and the following Berry Trifle. So many people wanted the recipe that I said I'd blog it so they all could have it. It was pretty darn good!
You can get the official recipe here on the Food Network.

 Picture of Patriotic Berry Trifle Recipe


  • 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 pre-made angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices (I made a box mix)
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced


    Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.
    Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. (After brushing, there was quite a bit of syrup left so I dunked one side of each slice into it.) Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.
    Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. (This is important. The first time I made it I didn't mix it enough and it was grainy.) Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.
    Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Was able to get in some scrapbook time today, finally. Thought I'd join a challenge at Cooking With Cricut with this one:
My beautiful niece on her wedding day with my other niece as the cute little flower girl.

I used the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge to cut out this cake.

 Here's how I used the pink satin ribbon.

I love this photo!

Supplies used include:
DCWV French Country Stack cardstock
Martha Stewart punch
Jolee's Boutique and All That Bling embellishments
Micheal's pearl stickers
Celebrations by Gibson ribbon
Recollections flowers and pearl string
Stickles in silver

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Great-grandparents Rosenbaum

I was able to do some scrapbooking this weekend, it being National Scrapbooking Day and all. I've found that I like my creations better when I get inspired by a photo rather than try to fit a photo into a layout for a challenge or something. So, I went through my old photos and found this wedding picture of my great-grandparents, Ferdinand "Frank" Ermund Martin Rosenbaum and Emma Sophia Sommer. The papers were K & Company that I used a Martha Stewart punch on.
 Emma Sophia Rosenbaum was born 18 Nov 1886 in Hanna, LaPorte Co., IN, to William F. Sommer and Theophiele Ottilie Warnke. The 1940 census shows she completed 6 years of schooling. She was the second born of 5 sisters and 1 brother. Her sisters were Cora (Kosanke), Liesetta (Schnurr), Lydia (Boatman), Martha (Gay), and Ernestina (Stotts). A brother, Albert, was born in 1893 but died just after his second birthday. The family story is that her parents, William & Tillie, came to the USA from Germany/Poland (Fitzerie, Posen) on their honeymoon with $1.50 in their pockets. They settled in Lacrosse and William worked all his life as section foreman for the Pere Marquette railroad.
Emma and Frank Rosenbaum were married 25 Sep 1906 at her home in Lacrosse. Frank's parents were Herman Carl Rosenbaum and Ernestine Emilie Noetzel. Herman was born in Rataje, Poznan, Poland on 29 Mar 1834. He immigrated to America when he was 20 years old, in 1854, ending up in Cass Twp., LaPorte County, IN. Ernestine was born on 20 Oct 1841 in Chodziez, Poznan, Poland. She immigrated in 1870.
Frank was born in 1881, the youngest of 9 that included Emma (Wittenberg), Mathilda (Schwuchow), Ada, Frederick (m Bertha Klemm), Gustave (m Julia Steinert), Albertine (Schultz), Paul, Carl. Frank and Emma had 3 children, Leona Marguerite (Domke), Herman Wilhelm, and my grandmother, Margaret Louise (Schnekenburger.)
I received this photo from my Great-aunt Leona's daughter, Mary Ellen. She gave me a box of pictures! It appears that Great-uncle Paul wrote names on most of the photos, thank goodness!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Our Son

Worked on a layout yesterday and today. Some day I'll get faster at this. lol!

 I used Lifestyle Crafts Sweet and Spicy paper, Creative Memories Shine paper embellishments, K & Co. Layered Accents dusted with EK Success chalks, stamp by Scrappy Stamp, pearl stickers by Michael's and border stamp from Martha Stewart. I have entered it in a Random Challenge at Stay True To God passionate scrapbooking. There are a lot of great layouts there!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Finally got some time to work on a scrapbook page today. I used paper with hexagons so I could enter it into a challenge over at my favorite blog, Frosted Designs. The challenge is Fabulous Friday - Hexagons.
 In these photos are my great-grandfather, Ferdinand Erdmund Martin "Frank" Rosenbaum. They fished the Kankakee River and eventually had a cottage there. The bottom photo is Frank, in the drivers seat, with his wife, Emma Sophia (Sommer) Rosenbaum, my great-grandmother, closest to the camera, and two unknown women sitting in the back with her. On the running board is their older daughter, Leona Marguerite, and standing next to the car is their younger daughter, my grandmother, Margaret Louise. I think I'll go over to FamilySearch.org and check out the 1940 Federal Census images for Kouts and Pleasant Twp. and see if I can find them. Indiana's 1940 census is almost all indexed. Cool!

I used DCWV The Natural Stack cardstock, flowers from Creative Memories, top sticker by Karen Foster Designs and the border was punched using a Martha Stewart punch.  Hope you like it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fresh Apple Cake

I made this yummy Fresh Apple Cake for Easter.
4 red apples (with peelings), cubed or sliced
2 large eggs
1/2 c. oil
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. sugar
3/4 tsp. sale
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda 
1 c. walnuts (optional)
 In a large bowl, break eggs over apples, add sugar, cinnamon, oil and nuts. Mix together with a wooden spoon (not an electric mixer.) In another bowl, sift together flour, salt, and soda. Add to the apple mixture and stir together. It will be very thick. Spread evenly into a 9x12 greased pan. Bake for 55 minutes at 350 degrees F. You can top with Cool Whip or make the following frosting.

Frosting ingredients:
1/2 c. margarine
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar
Mix all together (with an electric mixer) until fluffy.

Funny story about this cake. I got the recipe from a coworker quite a few years ago. She said she and her daughter made this one evening to take to a school bake sale the next day. Well, after they got it all mixed, one of them dropped the pan (before baking) and spilled it on the floor. They did not have enough money to go to the store and buy more ingredients so they just scooped it up off the floor and baked it.  LOL! Beware of bake sales!

Monday, April 16, 2012


Wow! Kristin Wilson Handmade is giving away a $100 gift certificate to Scrapbook.com Superstore! Check it out! She does some really great things with cards and stuff.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy birthday, Kayla!

My niece turns 18 Monday! We had cake last night to celebrate. Of course, I had to make her a card.
I borrowed the layout but don't have the url...sorry! The paper is from K & Company - Sweet Nectar, Rub-on from Making Memories and stamp inside is from a set that doesn't have a name on it. The ribbon is from Michaels.
I entered this card in Just Keep On Creating's #1 Anything Goes challenge and the challenge at Go Fish.
She went from cuteness to beautiful in 18 short years...(and that's not a "short" joke - lol)

Homecoming 2010 - my niece with my sons.  
Happy birthday, Kayla!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring Break 2012

Having a hard time getting back into the posting groove since getting back from vacation. Hope to do some cropping this weekend...In the meantime, here's some vacation photos. :)
Son #2 and I arriving at the monorail.
Grandpa and Grandma and grandkids
DH having a big laugh on the monorail.
No caption needed :)
Bratwurst and sauerkraut!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Senior Layout

Here's a layout I worked on yesterday:
I used Creative Memories Black & White Designer Print paper. I used my new Martha Stewart Edger Punch. It worked well once I figured it out. lol. I got the bling from the clearance bin at Michael's. The first place ribbon I cut out on my Revolution. I was going to enter this in a challenge but didn't get it in in time. At least I got another page for Son #1's Senior year album.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Card Sketch

Thought I'd whip up another card using the Challenge #14 sketch from Frosted Designs. Here's my interpretation:
I used pink cardstock from ANW Crestwood. Layered on plaid, green and purple paper form DCVW . Ribbon is from Offray, (dollar bin at Michaels!). I cut out the bunny on my Cricut using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. The little eggs I cut on my Revolution using a new Easter die I just received. Bling is from Michaels, too. Hope you like it!

Monday, March 12, 2012

12 Freezer Meals!

I have this friend whose name is Rhonda. She is what you would call a "go-getter." She's not happy unless she is making something or helping someone make something. She's the one who got me started in scrapbooking. She also got me started on Tastefully Simple products. This Sunday she hosted her first Tastefully Simple Freezer Meals Workshop. You purchase seven items to use in your meals (and keep the leftovers.) You bring your own meat and add-ins (she gives you a list) and in two hours you have 12 freezer meals. You can store them for 3 to 6 months in the freezer bag you mix them in. I've already made two of them (stuffed chicken breasts last night, seasoned hamburgers tonight) so I doubt they'll last that long. Here we are mixing up one the meals. Just dump the ingredients into the freezer bag and moosh.
 Here's what they look like when assembled:
Another good thing about this is that you can host one at your home and you get credit for the seven items purchased by the participants. Check out Rhonda's Facebook page if you want to know more.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Frosted Designs Card Challenge

I decided to try my hand at a Sketch Along Tuesday card design from Frosted Designs. Hope you enjoy it. Here is the sketch:

And here is my interpretation:
I used papers and cardstock from DCWV The Sweet Stack with a butterfly from Ashland Signature Accents and Michael's Rhinestones. Thanks for visiting my blog!