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Monday, December 31, 2018

Stuffing Waffles

Hello everyone!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas
I know I did.
Here's an idea of a way to use the leftover
stuffing from your turkey dinner.
We used to always have turkey dinner for
New Years Day, so if your family is like
mine was, you may just have some of that left
over stuffing soon.

Take some of that stuffing and put it into a bowl.

Next add an egg and mix together.

Now just put it into your waffle iron.
This doesn't spread like waffles usually do.

When they are cooked and browned
take them out of the iron.

I put gravy on mine and it was wonderful.
I think this would make a great breakfast
if you like eggs, a fried egg on top would be

Pretty darn tasty!

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you'll give these stuffing waffles a try.
Come again soon, until then
try something new!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


Hello blog friends!
Today I'd like to introduce you to Arthur.
My husband found Arthur in a Walmart parking
lot when we were visiting my Aunt Marilyn in
North Carolina.
I decided he needed to be our traveling companion,
I named him Arthur and he lives in our car on the dash board.
Recently our friend was in the Vets Hospital,
so we took Arthur for a visit.
He was very curious about the hospital and was
checking everything out.
Guess he was hoping to find something tasty
to eat here.
Each elevator has a different branch
of the military honored in it.
He was proud to honor the Marines in
this one.
He got very into what was on television.
Curious about that other animal.
Not a bit scared to interact with this creature.
And that night sky was amazing and mesmerizing.
He even took a climb up Buffalo City Hall.
Pretty good climber that Arthur!
Interesting stuff in this dispenser.
He was very curious about the rubber gloves,
so our friend Diane showed him what they 
were for.  Well maybe not exactly what they
were for, but something fun to do with them.
He even helped with some medical procedures.
Checking out the drinks.
Always discard sharp objects safely.
The view was great from the 8th floor.
Nice view of UB
(SUNY Buffalo)
He also had a lot of fun taking a swing.

I have to say for a group of people in their
late 50s and early 60s we had way too much fun
with Arthur at the hospital. LOL!
But I also have to say we laughed a lot and
really cheered up our friend who was the patient.
It's not always bad to bring a little childhood into your life
and use your imagination.
After all, isn't that what being creative is all about?

Thanks for stopping by today, like I say,
you never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates!
Hope you enjoyed meeting Arthur.
Until next time,
be creative, use your imagination
and have fun.

Friday, December 7, 2018

French Toast Roll Ups

Hi blog fans!
Today I have something a little different.
I was home alone for dinner and I decided to
have a little breakfast for dinner.
So I made French Toast Roll Ups.
Very simple.
Take a piece of white bread and cut off the crust.
Then use a rolling pin to flatten the bread.
Spread a bit of cream cheese on one end of the bread,
and add some fruit, I used some mashed raspberries.
Starting at the end with the cream cheese,
roll it up.
Dip the rolled bread into melted butter and then
into sugar.
Cook in the air fryer for about 5 minutes, or in
the over for 10-15 minutes.

Here's what you end up with.

And inside is that yummy filling.
I made these for friends and mixed the cream cheese and
fruit together before spreading on the bread.
They were wonderful and everyone loved them.
You can use whatever fruit you like, or use
sugar and cinnamon, or peanut butter or
Nutella, use your imagination and
see what you can come up with.

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you'll give these a try, they are
simple, quick and very tasty.
Until next time,
try something new.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Down the Path and Food

Welcome to Kristie Kreates!
Today I have a couple layouts from Jaryd and Sara's
engagement trip to her Mom's for pictures
I love this sequence of pictures and had to use them.
My friend Judy suggested the title and I thought 
it was perfect for the layout.
From what the kids tell me, it was a feast every time 
they ate.  Like the layout says,
"Nobody goes hungry at Mom's"
To finish off this layout, I added shiny red confetti
in groups around the layout.
I think they pull it all together.
It was also Sara's birthday while they were there, 
so of course they had to celebrate with a cake.
Kind of wish I had a little bit of purple confetti
for that little birthday area.
Thanks for stopping by and spending time here.
Come again soon and see what else I'm up to.
Until then:
Be Scrap Happy!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Tent cards

Today I have a wedding project to show you.
Sara asked for a few reserved signs for the tables at the
reception and for seats at the wedding.
These are what I came up with.
They had a loose nautical theme to the wedding,
thus the knotted rope.
These were simple to make, just create and print
then fold into tents cards.
We had a couple vegans and vegetarians at the wedding
and rehearsal linner. (Linner is late lunch - early dinner)
 So I made some to designate what
they could eat safely.
The kids asked for a taco bar for the rehearsal linner,
so that's what I did for them.
I wanted to be sure everyone knew what they were
getting to eat, so I made a few signs for them.

These were quick and easy to make.
They made things easy for people at the linner.

I'm glad you came by to spend time with me today,
come again soon.
Until then:
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Black Friday Goodies

Hello and welcome!
Yesterday was my annual 
Black Friday Crop.
This is my favorite crop of the year.
I always have a "goodie bag" for the scrappers,
and this is one of the things I included in their goodies
this year.
I made little gift boxes for each scrapper.
They were inspired by this post from one of my 
favorite blogs.  I just adjusted the dimensions to what
I needed for the tags.
If you have never visited, give it a try,
she has some wonderful projects.
Inside were 6 handmade gift tags.
I made all of them and love how they turned out.
Do you make your own gift tags for Christmas and/or
other occasions?
Thanks for stopping by today.  
I hope you've been inspired in some way.
Come again soon.
Until then,
Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sun Glasses

Today I'm showing you one of the
projects that I did for Jaryd and Sara's wedding.
Since the wedding was outside, 
they ordered sunglasses for all the wedding party.
They asked me to personalize them for everyone
with names and what part they were had the wedding party.
These were the attendants on Sara's side.
These are the attendants on Jaryd's side.
They all looked great in their sunglasses.
Thanks for spending time with me today,
come again soon.
You never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nursery School

Hi all and welcome!
Since my son just got married, I thought it would be
a good time to show y'all this layout of him in nursery school.
As you can tell, I'm WAY behind on my scrapbooking.
To be fair, I wasn't scrapping when my kids were little,
so things are a bit late, but I think I have all his school
pictures done now.
I loved that they let me have a picture taken with him
at their photo day.
If you click on the pictures you can see them larger
and his best man at the wedding is in the class pictures.
Best man, Brian, is in the top row, 2 away from the teacher.
In this picture, Brian is in the back row, right in front of
the teacher.
Best buddies since they were 3 yrs old.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you will pop in again soon.
Until then,
Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Practice Hair

Practice hair,
Have you heard of it?
Today's layout is about going for "practice hair"
Most of the girls had never had the hair stylist that
Sara uses to have their hair done.
So one day we all went to have April do their hair,
and see if they liked what she did.
Here are the 4 girls from the wedding party,
with their hair done.
For each girl I wanted to do something a little different
for their pictures and layout.
To see the pictures better, click on them and they
will enlarge for you.
Sara had a practice session too, since she doesn't 
wear her hair up, ever!
Her background piece is made using alcohol inks
on silver card stock.
The embellishment along the sides, I designed
and cut with my Silhouette.
Her sister, Maid of Honor
This background was made with alcohol inks on
deli paper. the border and the heart embellishment,
were cut on my Silhouette.
And that layout isn't as crooked as it looks,
sorry about the bad picture.
My daughter
Best Lady
For this background I used some embossed paper.
I used an ink blending too to add Distress Ink 
to the raised areas.  I cut out some of the flowers
from the inked paper as embellishments.
This background is 2 different papers that I cut into
strips and then wove together.
For the embellishments I cut the vines, leaves and flowers
with my Silhouette to mimic the flowers in her hair.
And finally, one of my favorite techniques.
I stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder,
then used Distress Ink to ink over the embossing.
Buffing with a clean cloth helps remove any ink on
the embossed areas, so they show up nice and white.
I cut pieces from the same pattern to 
use for embellishments.
I'm very happy with how these layouts turned out.
I had a lot of fun doing the different techniques for 
each layout.
I hope you've enjoyed these layouts and are inspired in
some way to try something new and different.
Thanks for coming by and spending time here.
Come again soon!
Until next time,
Think Outside the Box!

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Beautiful Fall Engagement Pictures

Hi all!
Today I have another layout for Jaryd and Sara's 
wedding scrapbook.
This one has some beautiful fall pictures from their
engagement photos.

I'm trying to do some different techniques and
embellishments for their layouts.
For this one, I made a sign to mimic the one
that they made, shown in some of the picture.
The proportions are a bit different, but
I think it came out cute.
 I also used Distress Inks in fall colors
to color some paper, then stamped the large flower 
and leaves onto that paper.
I then fussy cut them to add to the layout.
I love how the overall layout turned out,
I think the flower and leaves are just the right
addition to bring it all together.

Thanks for popping in,
I hope you've been inspired in some way today.
Come again soon.
Until then,
try something a little different on your
layouts and/or cards.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Bridal Fair

Welcome to Kristie Kreates!
Today I'm showing you a layout I did for 
Jaryd and Sara's wedding scrapbook.
This one is about the Bridal Fair that we attended.
We had such a great time and found the photographer and
baker that we used for the wedding.
What's going on in that picture of me?
We were walking through the fair and I felt something
odd on my arm.  Low and behold there was a sock up my sleeve.
Guess it was stuck there from the laundry.  I promptly
removed it, handed it to Jaryd, he stuck it in hit pocket
and no one was the wiser.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you'll come again soon.
I'll be showing more layouts for the wedding book as
well as cards and other things I'm working on.
Until next time,
happy crafting!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Ink Lift Card

Welcome to Kristie Kreates!
Have you tried the Alcohol Lift Ink yet?
If you haven't you should give it a try.
Well, that is if you use alcohol inks.
I love my alcohol inks, especially for making backgrounds.
When the Alcohol Lift Ink came out
I knew I needed to give it at try.
This is a card I made for my Aunt Marilyn.
Her 95th birthday was the same day my 
son got married.  Unfortunately, she lives in
 North Carolina and we are in Western New York,
so she wasn't able to attend.
I thought a fall themed card would be perfect for her.
There are a lot of video's out there showing how to use the
alcohol lift ink, so I won't go into detail about it.
I will say I used a glossy silver card stock,
made a background with a few different colors of
alcohol ink and stamped with several leaf stamps from
my stash of stamps.
I heat embossed the Happy Birthday with silver embossing powder,
mounted it onto silver card stock and layered them all
onto a matching card base.
If you haven't tried this cool ink, you should.
It's so much fun to work with and gives a very impressive
look to any card or project you make with it.
Here's a link to some videos on YouTube
showing techniques with this amazing product.

Thanks for stopping by today, 
come again soon.
Until then,
watch some videos and give 
something new a try.

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Partners In Crime and Save The Dates Layouts

I love my kids!
Hello crafty friends!
Today I have a couple layouts to show you.
These will be going into the wedding scrapbook(s) for 
Jaryd and Sara.
I love the pictures in this layout, because they show the 
fun loving and playful side of my kids.
These are all pictures that were taken by Sara's Mom, Yvonne,
during their engagement picture session with her.
Kelsie and Jaryd have always been close, 
these pictures remind me how close they are
and how goofy they can be at times.
Making the Save The Dates was a big project that 
Sara and I did together.
We designed them together and assembled them 
together.  It was so much fun being able to 
work with her and be involved in so much.
Jaryd also came by to lend a hand.
Working on these with Sara was a joy,
she had most of the ideas about what they wanted
and I knew how to make it happen.
When working on the layouts for the wedding book,
I've been trying to think outside the box a little bit.
I want to incorporate more stamping in the scrapbook, 
as well as different techniques.
In this one about the Save The Dates,
I did some stamping on the layout, as well as
stamping the title.
Not all that outside the box, but I think you'll see 
more creativity in some of the future layouts
that I'll be showing you.
Do you ever use stamping on your 
scrapbook layouts?

Thanks for stopping by today,
hope you have been inspired in some way.
Until next time,
think outside the box and try
something a little different!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Happy Anniversary!

Hello crafty people!
A couple weekends ago a couple friends
and I organized a 4 day crop and celebrated 10 yrs
of cropping and crafting together.
One of the gals made cupcakes and I made these little
 decorations for the top of them.
I used a banner die and cut from all different colors of 
scrap card stock.  I then stamped the Happy Anniversary
sentiment onto them and embossed it with 
silver embossing powder.
I used glue dots to stick the banners onto 
toothpicks.  Simple, quick and easy and they 
looked cute on the cupcakes.
Unfortunately, this was the only thing I got any
pictures of from our crop.
Guess I was worn out from the wedding the week
before and I didn't think of taking pictures of any of
the other prep or fun.
In fact I took these pictures after the event.
Sometimes we just get bogged down and forget
things.  LOL
The good thing is that the event was a big success.
Now on to planning our next one for the spring.

I'm glad you stopped in today and hope you'll come
again to spend a little time with me.
Until next time,
try something simple and easy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Etched Wine glasses

Hello crafty people!
For Jaryd and Sara's wedding, there were
a bunch of crafty things that I helped with.
One of those things were some glasses that were
given to people at the rehearsal.
Sara's Mom was doing the etching,
but needed the stencils cut and I could do that.
So they told me what they needed and I created
and cut them with my Silhouette from vinyl.
Most of the wedding party got 
Buffalo Bills glasses.
This is what the stencil was like.
Yvonne would put the stencil on the glass,
then use etching cream to etch the image.
Once it was etched, she could rinse off the
etching cream and remove the vinyl stencil.
Here is one of the Bills glasses done.
Sara's sister is a chef, so she received 
this one with "skull chef" and the other was
for her boyfriend  In this case they left 
some of the vinyl on as a design element.
This is the design for my husband's glass.
He is a huge Trekkie.
And mine was this Scrap Queen glass.
There were a few others, but they were all done 
the day before the rehearsal, 
so I didn't see them before and
I didn't get pictures of them.
Sorry these last 2 pictures aren't very good,
but at least you can get the idea. 
Sara sent me the pictures of the others
and I think she did a beautiful job.

Thanks for coming by and spending time
at Kristie Kreates today.
I hope you'll come again soon.
I'll be posting more wedding fun and
scrapbook pages for their book soon.
Until then,
maybe you can give etching a try.

Note the links are only to give a reference so you can
see what the products are.
I didn't necessarily purchase from these sites,
except where specified,
and you may find better prices elsewhere,
I am in no way promoting any particular site.

Sunday, October 14, 2018


Hi everyone!  
Today I'm going to share with you the favors
that were at my son's wedding.
Everyone received a jar of home made jam with 
a label on the top that says
"Spread the Love
Sara & Jaryd
September 29, 2018"
Sara's Mom made most of the jam and I made the
labels and put them on the jars.
Here's what the labels were like.
I put a little graphic at the top of each label, 
showing what the flavor was.
There was peach, strawberry, strawberry banana,
strawberry peach and blueberry.
Each jar had a little spoon with it.
Here they all are, labeled and waiting in my dining room
to go to the wedding.
Everyone seemed to love receiving the jam.
In fact one of my great nephews ate his whole jar on
crackers at the wedding.
Instead of cheese and crackers, he ate jam and crackers.
I think I'd like to learn to make some 
pepper jelly one of these days.
I love pepper jelly and cream cheese on crackers,
and it would be so fun to make my own.
Have you ever made jam or jelly?

Thanks for stopping by today.
Let me know if you've ever made jam or jelly
and what kind is your favorite.
Hope to see you again soon.
Until then,
happy crafting!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

I've been a busy gal!

Just popping in to say sorry for not posting for a bit.
My son got married on the 29th and leading up to the wedding
I was so busy, I couldn't even think about blog posts.
I had some scheduled, but apparently not enough.
After the wedding I've been trying to recover and I also
had a weekend crop that I was putting on with a couple other gals.
I'm finally starting to get back on track,
so hopefully, I'll have some new posts up soon.
For now, I'll just leave this picture of my son and daughter in law here.
Thanks for stopping in, come again soon and I'll try to have something
new up very soon.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Bacon Wrapped Carrots

Have you ever seen something on Facebook 
and just knew you had to give it a try?
I saw a video with a recipe for bacon wrapped carrots
and I knew I had to make them.
The funny thing is, that I hate cooked carrots.
Honestly, I never eat them, but something about these
grabbed me and I had to give them a try.
I was having family over and decided to make them
as an appetizer, they were really easy.
I'm a bit of a rebel when I make something like this.
You see, I have a habit of not following the recipe.
So I ended up making my own version,
a little different, but basically the same idea.
I peeled the carrots, wrapped them in thin sliced bacon
and laid them out on a cookie sheet covered with parchment
I then mixed syrup (I didn't have maple syrup, so I substituted
the cheap stuff, plain old pancake syrup) a bit of
"Hot Mama's Hot Hot Sauce" ( they called for Sriracha)
and some fresh ground black pepper, all into a bowl 
and mixed well with a whisk.
I then brushed the bacon wrapped carrots on both sides
with the syrup mixture.
Then they went into the over at 400*
After about 25 minutes, I flipped them and brushed
on more of the mixture, then cooked them for another
25 minutes.  When they came out of the oven, I brushed them
one more time.
This is how they looked and I have to say they were
Like I said, I hate cooked carrots, but there was a little piece
that broke off one of them and I had to give it a try.
It was soooooo stinkin' good!
I even ate a whole one when my family was here.
My sister in law was so surprised, she'd never seen me 
eat a cooked carrot before!
I really did like these carrots though and so did 
everyone else.
I'll definitely be making them again.
I do have to say that the pan I cooked them on
was quite a mess.  Between the bacon grease and the
sugar in the syrup,the parchment paper and the high temp,
there was a big cooked on mess.
After a little soaking and scrubbing,
it all came off so all is good.
If you ever try making these, be sure you use
a pan with sides.  I did, thank goodness, or 
it would have been a bigger mess. 

I'm so glad you stopped in today,
Please come again soon,
you never know what you'll find on 
Kristie Kreates!