Cure Girls

Hello Everyone,

I made some cards, one for my friend who is a breast cancer survivor and recently finished her treatments.  Now she is healing.  4 of the cards are now in a cardpack as a thank you gift to someone who is incredibly kind and compassionate and always doing kindnesses for me as well as for others.  I used 2 of these (yes, I made quite a few) are thank you cards for my Congressman and Governor for all they did to support my recent advocacy for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

I used Unity Stamps: Cure Girls Stamp Kit, and the hope stamp is from Unity’s February 2016 Kit of the Month.  My husband figured out looking at the “hope” card upside down, that it also spells joy.  So I have another use for this stamp.  Always a plus!

I used Stampin UP! Card stock, the thick cardstock as the base and their pretty designer series papers in Night of Navy.  The pink card I used Blushing Bride.  I used Momento Ink and Coconut Swirl card stock by Bazzil for the girls as I was using Copic Markers.  The copic markers I used are all sketch markers, B97, B02, R81, R85, YG13, YG17, Y11, Y08, V12, V17, E00, E02, E11, E97, E37, E29, E99, and E21.

Blue: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis                                                                                                         Purple: Fibromyalgia                                                                                                                            Pink: Breast Cancer                                                                                                                                Yellow: Gulf War Syndrome                                                                                                                 Green: Lyme Disease

I hope you enjoy looking



Birthday Shaker

I made a fun birthday card last month, I was inspired by another creative coach’s creation.  I love this adorable set, Stampin UP!’s Balloon Adventures and Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit dies.  I used all Stampin UP! cardstock. I actually had planned to cut the balloons out in black cardstock and glue them on, but I decided to color the white cardstock instead with a black marker and go over it with a wink of stella.  I  used a gold metallic marker. I used gold cardstock and I even had gold envelopes from a project I’d completed earlier.  I did not have black and gold sequins that I thought I had, so I used black sequins as well as sequins from the chocolates collection from My Favorite Things.


Rose Birthday Card

My dear friend, Helen Stosky made this beautiful birthday card for me.  I absolutely love this card, my birthday was a few weeks ago and I still have this card sitting up.  Helen is a published artist.  You will sometimes see her work in “The Stamper’s Sampler”  I am always so honored to receive one of her beautiful creations.  Please enjoy.

Helen said she used Gold to stamp the rose, you can see as the outline on the card around the rose and the leaves, she used Stampin’ UP! vellum cardstock to stamp the rose in white and then embossed with white embossing powder.  She then colored the rose with a red marker on the backside of the vellum, and she did the same with a green marker for the leaves.  She fussy cut the rose and the leaves, and popped them up on the card, added a part of a gold doily and she added pretty sequins.


Steamin’ Hot!

We just celebrated Valentines Day.  And while I also made a more serious card for my husband, this one is by far too cute not to share.  I used copic markers, and Stampin’ UP! Cardstock. I used Tim Holtz Glossy Accents for the lenses of the glasses. Wink of Stella on the heart and a heart embellishment.  I used Unity Stamp Company’s “The Irony” stamp.  Thanks for looking


Awesome Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake and Fully Gluten Free!

Y’all know I love cake!  I’ve not been making much cake lately because I’m trying to eat healthy, and I guarantee you if there is cake in this house, I’m eating.  But it was Valentines Day and soon to be my birthday, so there will be another cake yet.  Please allow me to share my mom’s uncut version of Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake first, and then a shortened version that my mom made every single Sunday for dinner, keeping in mind that we came from a large family.

1 1/2 cups hot strong brewed coffee

1 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 cup brown rice flour (you can use white rice flour but I prefer brown rice flour)

1 cup tapioca flour

1 cup potato starch flour (you must use  potato starch DO NOT use potato flour)

1 tbsp pure potato flour (DO NOT use potato starch-trust me these 2 are very different)

3/4 tsp. xanthan gum

2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp. salt, divided

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tsp vanilla extract divided

1 1/4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

2 tbsp light corn syrup

3 tbsp heavy cream, possibly more and divided

3/4 cups butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar, divided

Whisk together hot coffee, and cocoa in a bowl and let stand until room temperature around 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 – 9 inch round cake pans.

Whisk together flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. of the salt in a bowl.  Combine granulated sugar and eggs in a large bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Beat in mayonnaise and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract on low speed.  Alternately add flour mixture and coffee mixture to egg mixture beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Divide the batter evenly among prepared pans.  Bake in a preheated oven until toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs.  About 25 minutes, check around 20 minutes though.

Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks about 20 minutes.  Remove cake layers from pans; cool completely on rack about 30 minutes to an hour.

Place chocolate chips, light corn syrup, and 3 tbsp of the heavy cream in a microwavable bowl.  Microwave on high until smooth, about 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds.  Let stand until room temperature, about 10 minutes.

Combine butter, remaining 1/4 tsp. salt, 2 cups of the powdered sugar, and remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla in a bowl and beat on low speed until smooth.  Beat in chocolate mixture on low speed until smooth.  Beat in remaining 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 to 2 more tbsp heavy cream, I usually but carefully add more because I like a little more heavy cream, but add it 1 tsp. at a time to make sure the frosting doesn’t get too thin, we need it to be a nice spreadable consistency.

Place 1 cake layer on a cake round or serving plate. Spread aproximately 1/2 cup frosting over the top,  top with 2nd cake layer and repeat, then 3rd cake layer, frost entire cake and enjoy!


Shortened Version of my Mom’s Mayonnaise Sheet Cake

1 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip

1 cup sugar

4 tbsp. cocoa

1 cup warm water (I would use a cup of coffee here and add the cocoa to sit for a bit)

2 tsp. baking soda

2/3 cup brown rice flour

2/3 cup tapioca starch

2/3 cup potato starch (NOT Potato flour-or you could use Argo corn starch)

2 tsp. pure potato flour (DO NOT use potato starch)

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp. vanilla

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Mix together the dry ingredients, mix wet ingredients, and add to dry ingredients.  Bake at 350 degrees in a greased and floured 9 X 13 inch pan for 30-45 minutes or until done.

My mom always made the icing that’s on the back of the Hershey’s cocoa can.

We had this cake every single Sunday dinner.  I  hope you enjoy the simpler version of this wonderful cake.

Okay, this picture….my husband made the sheet cake version for me last St. Patty’s Day.  I never drink beer, but when one has a slice of chocolate cake, you gotta have wee taste of beer on St. Patty’s day to go with it, and this one is gluten free.