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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Why I love North Carolina





I wish these photos had shown the depth and the beauty of this area. We took our camper out to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure a few weeks ago and took the elevator to the top of Chimney Rock. Here is the view from the top looking out to Lake Lure. What an absolutely beautiful area. The Last of the Mohicans and Dirty Dancing (part of it) was filmed here as well as some other movies, which I don't know. I would love to go back out there to see the area when the leaves have changed colors. Bet it would be breathtaking.
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Cheryl

Direct case from Paulaponders

I needed a card for my stepfather's birthday and my masculine stamps are few and far between. I read Paulaponders blog every day and she had this beautiful card with instructions as to how to do a reverse mask and used Lovely as a Tree, which I happen to have and I had all the ink colors as well as the markers, so thought I would try it. This is how it turned out. It is very pretty in person and I think I did pretty good. I couldn't find a "Happy Birthday" stamp that would fit so used Gina K's Make a Wish and just used a marker to ink up the Happy Birthday on the stamp. This card is in my mailbox as I write this. I hope he likes it. I had fun making it.
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Cheryl

These cards are so easy and pretty





I went to Enchanted Cottage on Monday with my friend and mentor, Pat (who is also my Weight Watchers leader) and asked the talented gals there what the "latest and greatest" in their store is. Well, she promptly took us to the display showing these layered cards. I immediately thought, NO WAY could I make these, but then she explained how easy and addictive they are. All you do is cut your cardstock (the most time consuming of the process) and then punch out the flowers which are numbered, glue the first one down with a glue stick (I used UHU), and then layer the rest on top with pop dots. Wow, did they turn out pretty. I put some stickles on the flowers for a little bling.
What do you think? These are by Romak and are called 3D die cut pictures. I bought 3 different sheets and this one is the least attractive one. They were sold out of the poinsettas and ivy but have 100 on order. I am sure you could go to the Enchanted Cottage website and order them because I know they mail order. The paper I used was some of their sparkle cardstock and is so pretty in person. I can hardly wait to make up the other sheets. What fun. I havne't had this much card making fun in ages.
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Cheryl

Friday, October 12, 2007

My new snack obsession

Wow, are these bars ever great!!! They are Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch peanut or almond bars. They taste just like healthier peanut brittle. Granted they are 200 calories a bar, but they have 7 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. It is unusual to find this in a snack bar but you can recognize every ingredient on the label. The label states--almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Yum. Now don't eat 2 or 3 at one sitting, but one sure is a great treat.
Here is a photo of the almond bar up close. You can pick out everything in it. Hope you try these.

Cheryl