Monday, January 30, 2017


The Operation Christmas Child Three Rivers, IL Area Team is joining American Patchwork and Quilting Magazines "1 million pillowcase challenge"

And we need you

Check out the link here on my blog for more information on how you can get involved!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Shutterfly Album of Paraguay

When you have a background in the Scrapbook Industry and then you take an amazing trip, when you  (finally) create the album you put so much pressure on yourself to make it perfect it might take longer than normal.

I was invited to participate in an Operation Christmas Child distribution trip to Paraguay. It was an amazing experience and the pressure for the album to be amazing was great!

Instead of doing a traditional album, I decided to try my hand at an album from Shutterfly. This is what I came up with! I like it and better yet, I can share it digitally with others ! Hope you enjoy it!

Visit to create your own personalized photobook.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

If you give a girl a cookie press- Poop Emoji Cookies

I love my Pampered Chef Cookie Press! I got it several years ago at a party and its my "go to" tool for making Christmas Cookies this time of year. This evening while my daughters and I were baking cookies for a cookie exchange, my younger daughter exclaimed "If you remove the bottom of that cookie it looks like the  "Poop Emoji!"

I don't know about your kids, but I have a daughter that thinks this emoji is adorable! I'm sorry but I think somethings are better left to the imagination, and certainly don't need eyes and a smile!

Regardless to each their own, and when I left for the cookie exchange, my daughter asked for permission to try making some and she loved the results!

She started with my "go to" spritz cookie recipe but substituted chocolate cake mix for the yellow. This is similar to the one that came with the Pampered Chef Cookie Press, except I found it needed a bit more flavor for my taste, and was a bit too stiff to work with my press so I adjusted the way the butter is softened and the amount of flour. (Recipe Follows)

Then she used the ornament cookie press disk to create her cookies. She removed the bottom two pieces to create the shape. Then all that was needed was to add eyes and bake.

For the eyes she used dot sprinkles. I think you could easily add a dot of edible marker or black frosting to really finish off the look

Volia' Poop Emoji Cookies.

I just hope Santa has a sense of humor!!!

Betsy's version of the Pampered Chef Cake Mix Spritz Cookies

1 box cake mix
1 lb butter softened
2 cups plus 1/2 c flour
1 T. Almond Extract
1 T. Vanilla Extract
Colored Sugar

Soften buttter to mushy not melty.

Preheat oven to 350
In Mixing bowl pour cake mix, add butter and mix well. Add extracts Sprinkle in 2 Cups of flour and mix well. Add up to 1/2 c more of flour until soft dough forms (consistency of silly putty, dough will loosely hold a ball shape)

Following directions, use cookie press to create cookie shapes. Sprinkle with colored sugar

Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees allow to cool on cookie sheet 3-5 minutes before removing. 

To make the the version shown, a chocolate cake mix was used, with "dot" sprinkles in place of Colored Sugar. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

When you have a box of colors

This past Sunday I took a "Prophetic Art Class" with a bunch of friends. The class was taught by Janice VanChronhite of JVC Artworks. The purpose was to release the artist in you to be able to portray what the Lord was speaking to you.

After sharing her story with us, Janice encouraged us to write/draw on a piece of paper the things that hindered us in being creative. I never "drew" growing up. That was where mom and sis came in. Both of them could draw what they saw. This being the case, I never thought I was artistic. So I never did much with anything artistically. Knowing this about me, you can understand why painting parties, art classes and the like kind of intimidate me. ( Ask my friend Ashani about the meltdown I almost had at the last one we went to.) 

Strangely I didn't feel that here. The class was a mix of children, teens, and adults. Writing on paper the things that kept me from drawing or painting was kind of freeing. Everything from lack of time, lack of talent, and harsh criticism and even clutter went down on that sheet of paper. I then covered them with Jesus. It was so freeing. 

She gave us another assignment in class and then challenged us before we left to just spend time everyday creating.  

So today I finally did. I was left along with my box of colors and just had fun creating and putting them out here is a big step for me but I'm trying to overcome that whole "being scared of what others think" thing. They are simple, and that's ok. It was fun, it was freeing, I enjoyed the process.

The first piece was kind of what I picture in my mind during worship,  it's titled "When glory falls" I got new Faber Castell "Gelatos" so I played with some of the metallics for this.
When glory falls 

For the second one I was playing with soft pastels, I love the way they blend, but they are so messy (and the chalky feel drives me crazy) but I had them so I tried them out. No real rhyme or reason to my drawing. I just loved drawing trees as a I drew them, and then some mountains, and they needed grass and flowers :)

The final one is just simply a rainbow (representing God's promises) and the word "believe" it was just a reminder to believe His promises. I was again playing with gelatos, and using a wide damp brush to blend. Super simple but a good reminder.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

All that Glitters!

For the past couple of years I have been collecting old jewelry. Pieces from thrift stores and garage sales, antique stores and things given to me by family, have all found their way into my collection. The goal of the collection was to make a wall hanging out of the jewelry.

This project has been sitting in bits and pieces on my desk for about 2 years, and since I had some extra time the last few days so I  decided to finish it and just in time for Christmas!

After cleaning the pieces, I removed the pin backs and post if necessary, some of the pieces came to broken, so a little E-6000 was used to replace the gems. 

Try to remove pins and backings as close to the piece as possible, this will help the jewelry to adhere flat to the fabric.

Using a piece of black velvet for the background, I outlined a basic shape with masking tape on the velvet. I also used masking tape to secure the fabric to my cutting mat, because the fabric was slippery this just helped keep things in place. After figuring out the basic placement, I used hot glue to attach the jewelry to the fabric. 

Looking at all the pieces is like a game of "i-spy" 

The fabric was then attached to a board. I originally wanted to add lights to the piece, tucking them in from behind, but due to my Facebook opinion poll, decided against it. (26 to 11 in favor of no lights and three suggestions of gallery lights and one vote for a disco ball from my daughter. )  After the fabric was attached I used glazier points from MD Hobby and Craft to secure the wood into the frame. 

Insert the points parallel to the piece using a flathead screwdriver to wiggle into place, if you are having trouble a slight tap with the hammer helps. 
Because of the weight of not only the jewelry but the wood I attached the fabric too, I didn't want the frame to carry all the weight, so I attached a simple wood support frame to the decorative frame. 

You can see the holes originally drilled for lighting.

I love the finished project!

 I do agree it needs light to bounce off the jewelry to give it some added sparkle, but am glad I didn't embed lights as I think it might detract from the beauty of the jewelry itself. I still might add some type of gallery light but probably not the disco ball my daughter had in mind ;)

I pray all of you have a wonderful holiday season, and a very Merry Christmas!!!

Supplies used: Vintage jewelry, Velvet fabric, wood,  E-6000, MD Hobby and Craft Glaizer Points, Screwdriver, Hammer, Drill, Screws, AdTech multi temp glue gun, pliers, cutters, button shank remover

Friday, November 25, 2016

Just playing around!

One of the benefits to having friends that make jewelry, and working in the craft industry, you get people to teach you things, and product to work with! I recently found some old jewelry and decided to try my hand at a "remake" this pearl drop necklace was the result. I had received the original chain in a pile of "junk" jewelry, taking it apart and remaking it to off set, I added the number, key, and pearl drop! I love the way it turned out! The daughter modeling the necklace didn't really want to give it back!

This next project was thanks to Prima Beads, I received an assortment of beads from them last year and never really played with them. This was my first attempt at stringing the Swarovski crystal. I love the sparkle of he crystals.

That's what's on my craft table this week...what is on yours?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Shoebox 1K-2016 Registration Time

On November 5th 2016,  join members of the community as we come together at the Christian Youth Center of Morris, IL to attempt to pack 3000 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child.

During your 2 hour shift, you will fill your shoebox gift(s)with; school supplies, personal care items, small toys, clothing items and even a personal letter from you. Shoebox gifts are then distributed through Operation Christmas Child, to children in need all over the world with the good news of God's love!

The event is free, but donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of the $7 per box shipping expense. To register, click on the "Sign Up" button below.

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