Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fun Type Font

D on't you just love this cool Capital Letter 'D"?

You can get your own special Capital Letters at this website. How awesome is that?
{okay, maybe I'm just a geek.....}

Winner, yet again!

I love, love, love checking out others blogs. Once in awhile I'll even leave a comment! :)

Denise of Nisee Made was having a giveaway on her blog and the items were so incredibly cute I just HAD to leave a comment!

And....I won a darling set of postcards!

{ Photo from Nisee Made blog}

You can see the postcards in the picture above. So cute! I can't wait to receive them in the mail.

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Shop

One of the Etsy Teams I belong to is the EART Team - Eclectic Artisans Team. We have just opened up our own shop on Etsy and made our FIRST SALE on opening day! Go team!

These are the cards I listed in the shop. They are OOAK and only offered in the EART Shop.

This one I made using Copic Markers. Really love those markers {not so much the price!}

This one is made out of an envelope! When you open the card the right side opens up for you to put a little note inside! Cute!

Go ahead and check out the New EART Shop. You just might find something you love!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

{RIP Halloween Fun Treat}

I saw this fun Halloween Treat and thought I might try it!
I love chocolate so it's sure to be delicious!
Try it out for yourself and see how you like it!
{Recipe from myrecipes}


  • 14 ounces (about 3 cups) semisweet or bitter-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1/2 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
  • Tombstone Cookies


1. In a food processor or blender, whirl chocolate until finely chopped. Pour into a bowl. Put eggs and yolks in the processor or blender.

2. In a 4-cup glass measure, heat whipping cream in a microwave oven (see Notes) at full power (100%) until cream boils, 3 to 5 minutes.

3. With processor or blender on high speed, add boiling cream to egg. Check temperature of mixture with an instant-read thermometer; if below 160°, pour mixture back into glass measure and reheat in microwave oven at full power until it reaches 160°, stirring and checking at 15-second intervals.

4. Combine hot cream mixture, chopped chocolate, and liqueur in blender or processor (or whisk the ingredients together in a large bowl); whirl until smooth, about 1 minute.

5. Pour chocolate mixture into 8 ramekins or glasses (1/2-cup size). Chill until softly set, 30 to 45 minutes. If making ahead, cover and chill up to 1 day. For creamiest texture, let desserts stand at room temperature about 30 minutes before eating.

6. Spoon 1 tbsp. wafer crumbs onto each pot de crème. Insert a Tombstone Cookie into each serving.

{Note: This method uses a microwave to heat the cream until it's hot enough to cook and thicken the eggs, but you can always make it on the cooktop. Heat the cream over medium-high heat until it boils, about 6 minutes. Proceed with step 3, but heat the cream-egg mixture as needed in the saucepan until it reaches 160°. Then proceed with step 4.}

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Today's Featured Artist has a talent I wish I could develop. Melissa of Bella Expressions creates beautiful digital creations that warm my heart. Her items are ones that will last forever and bring joy to those who receive them!

AND she's looking for her FIRST sale on Etsy. Why don't you be the one to give her that feeling of elation?? :)

Name: Melissa McMullen

Location: Italy

Etsy Store Name and Address:
Bella Expressions -
Bella Style Designs -

Facebook, Twitter, etc. address:

FB Bella Expressions:
FB Bella Style:

What Etsy groups do you belong to?
European Street Team

What is your craft?
Anything digital. I do digital custom photo cards and greetings, scrappages, digital scrap kits and collage pages for mixed media, etc.

How did you start doing what you do?
I'm a crafty person and used to be an avid paperscrapper until I moved to Italy. It was impossible for me to find archival items so I found a site on digiscrapping one day and that's how it began. One day a friend back home in Canada had a baby and I wanted to send a gift that was easy for me to pack... well, I ended up doing birth announcements and thank yous for her and from there it took off. I've done a lot of Christmas cards and wedding thank yous for people back home.

What part of your work do you most enjoy?
Seeing the look on peoples' faces when they get their cards. They (usually) are in awe of how great they look and how crisp and clear the design is. I get a lot of comments like "I can't wait to send these to everyone!" I also love seeing when someone uses my scrap kits to make a scrap page, I like that a part of me is in their memory books.

What part of your work do you find the hardest?
Sometimes finding inspiration. Like most artistic people, I too sometimes get artists' block. Then I find myself hopping from blog to blog or website to website in search of something to boost my imagination.

Where do you get/find your inspiration?
The internet, pictures, posters, everything around me!

What are the three most favorite items in your store right now?
Right now I'm loving my
Halloween card

and my

What is the best advice you have received?
hmm.... just keep plugging along I guess. I know your shop won't be famous the first day but hopefully it won't take forever for me to make my first sale here.