Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Hello Everyone !
I just discovered that at
you are invited to share your top ten cards picks of 2010. 
My blog anniversary is in March so I haven't even been posting cards for a year and it was actually really hard to chose just 10 cards! It's nice to know that as I look back on the cards I've made, they still give me a chuckle or a smile :)
That's why we craft, RIGHT ?! It's fun :) 
If you want to join the HUGE BLOG last look there were over 100 blogs!.... Just click on over to
The Manic World of Mrs Weyremaster  and follow the instructions, or just have the biggest blog stalking session you've ever had !!!!
I'm really excited to see everyone's picks :) 

HERE'S no particular order
1. The camera card I made for my husband....I finally was able to buy him the camera he's always wanted :)
 2. I made this card for my grandbaby Chloe's baby blessing :)
 3. I made this card for my big sister Cookie's retirement.
 4. I birthday card for one of my bestie's birthday.
 5. A card I made for a girl at work who was moving.
 6. A card I made for a Picnic Blog Hop
 7. The Elf card I made for my kids this Christmas, I made 3 of these and a poem was included inside.

8. A card I made for a friend who just had surgery, she has a doggie that looks like this.
 9. A card I made for my daughter, she hopes someday to move back to California.
10. I made this card for my grandson' birthday, he still pulls it out and says " Mimi made this card !"

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010



In a small sauce pan, make a caramel topping by taking 1 CUP OF SUGAR over very low heat, stirring slowly as the sugar melts and caramelizes. The sugar will turn a beautiful amber color.
Pour the caramel into a the mold of you choice. I recommend a  round glass pyrex type dish, or if you are giving it away, a round aluminum container (sold at the Dollar Tree). Before the caramel hardens tilt the dish all around to distribute the caramel all around the bottom and sides of the dish. Let set will you make the filling.
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 ts salt
1 tbls vanilla
4 eggs yolks
2 whole eggs

Blend until  just mixed thru, don't whip or over blend. Pour mixture into your prepared caramelized dish.

Bake at 350 degrees BANO De MARIA STYLE ( in a water bath). This means you place your dish in a larger oven safe dish or pan fill with about 1 too 2 inches of water. BAKE 45 minutes or until you poke it with a fork and the fork comes out clean. Depending on you oven it could up to 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes. 

Remove from oven and let cool. Refrigerate til chilled thru, then scrap the sides all around the edges with a knife and using another larger plate, carefully invert it. 

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SNOWMEN LOVE FLAN and Cubans too

Can you believe Christmas is in less than 5 days ?!
For me, Christmas means a lot of things...celebrating the birth of Christ, service, giving...but what I love MOST is being with
MY FAMILY! My kids, grandkids, mom and mother in law will all be here for this year's Conde Family Christmas Celebration - all 11 family member! my 2 doggies :) 
Since this might be my last post of 2010, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite holiday treats to make and give away as gifts, along with one of the cards that go along with it. 
My HOLIDAY FLAN presentation includes some cute Christmas towels wrapped with a pretty bow and tag. The lucky recipients are my dear friends and some lucky neighbors :)
I'm a cuban through and through and the holidays wouldn't be complete without a homemade flan. It's surprisingly simple to make and the round aluminum containers at the dollar store make great
" bake and take" dishes. 
If anyone would like the recipe, let me know :)


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


She said ....
" What a genius idea! I love that you made it in the shape of a crockpot, just darling! I can't believe it is your first mini album! "

She is the lucky winner of the Micheal's Gift Card !

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to ALL who stopped by and left such wonderful comments! 
It gave me so much more confidence to go and make some more mini albums...they are really fun to make !

By the way..I wanted to let you know that I probably will be MIA for a little bit ! My mother in law is visiting and although I love her to death, its kinda hard to slip away to my craft room while she's here. So don't forget me :) I know I won't last too too long with out needing a "crafting fix " I'll be back soon :)
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Monday, December 13, 2010


I was going to keep this under wraps for a little longer since right now we are all so busy with the Christmas Holiday festivities... but 
I couldn't hold it in any longer !!!! 

And look at THE AMAZING LINE UP! I could hardly believe I was typing the names of these blogs! These are some of my 
Thanks guys, for joining me!

Abby @ Scrapbookaholic by Abby 
Debbie @ DD's Crafts
Emma @ My Creative Time
Gaby @ Gaby Creates
Janis @ Pause Dream Enjoy
 Jess @ Kinder Stampo
Liz @ Liz's Paper Loft
Mari @ Made by Momo  
Mary @ Cardz TV
Meighan @ Scrappin Thrideeschik
Melanie @ Scrappy Mel
Nicole @ Canadian Nickel Scrap'n
Ruthie @ September Ninth 
Sandra @ 365 of Cricut
 Sarah @ The Pink Cricut
Tracy @ Craft Junkie two
Trish @ Techniques by Trish 
and me of course...
Alex @ You Had Me At Craft

The hop will be all about the art of throwing a great party! Ideas from party favors, themes, decor, table scapes etc, etc, will be on the agenda and GUESS WHAT ?! The hop actually coincides with my real birthday on January 13th! I would love nothing more than to share my birthday with all of you ! 
I have some "EXTRA" celebratory plans up my sleeve too, so stayed tuned and I will share them with you soon! 
So for now... I hope all of you are enjoying this glorious holiday season and I do hope that when the Christmas dust settles and you are in the mood for your next party you will have 
SAVED THE DATE and join me on my first blog hop !

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Saturday, December 11, 2010


 You are just going to love this hop... loads of inspiration, ideas and of course CANDY! So let's just get down to the 

If you are here you must have come from Kathi's Blog
I bet you had fun there ! 

Now on to today's project !
I decided to make a "mini christmas cookbook" with my favorite holiday gathering recipes! I got the idea because lately I've been obsessed with my crockpot and cooking slow, so I thought a cookbook in the shape of a "slow cooker" or "pot" would be so cute! It is my VERY FIRST mini book and I must admit, I was very intimated. But with some perseverance and help from some of you "mini album experts", I'm super happy with how it came out! It will fit perfectly into my daughter in law's and daughter's stockings this year. Check out the video if you want more details :)

 Check out the video tutorial for more details !

~Pot cut w/ Shadow feature @ 5 inches. For front and back cover use cereal cardboard, cut one flipped for mirror image, also cut with craft cardstock for inside page.
~Handle & Top cut @ 5 inches
~Words cut @ 1.5
~ Pocket cut at 2.5 inches and scalloped on one side, glue and trim to size
extras: white sazura gel, brown and black ink, chip board buttons, twine, dcwv patterned paper, craft cardstock, cereal boxes.

BLOG CANDY ALERT ! Just leave a comment here AND a way to get a hold of you and WIN and $10 gift card to Micheal's !

Now head off to your next stop Sandra's Blog    
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!
from my heart to yours !

Just in case you get lost along the way...

Here is the line up:

1. Paper Playtime -
2. Janis -
3. Sheree -
4. Carley -
5. Pam -
6. Mary -
7. Maria -
8. Sharon - 
9. Michelle - 
10. Corri -
11. Lisa -
12. Kathi - 
13. Alex - (that's me)
14. Sandra -
15. Melissa - 
16. Abby - 
17.  Theresa -

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Monday, December 6, 2010


First... I wanted to remind everyone to SAVE THE DATE for the next FABO BLOG HOP that's coming to town ! 
It's going to be AWESOME, so check out the details below...

Secondly..scroll down to see my latest wedding card creation ! I love this card and I think I will be making some more just like it to have on hand for up coming weddings :)

 Feel free to grab the BLOG HOP button! 
Please link it back to
You are invited to join us for Christmas Blog Hop Fun on December 11th!  Our Paper Playtime Queens (a.k.a. Design Team) will have spectacular ideas for great gifts for that someone you want to do "a little something for."
Here is the list of awesome crafters you'll be hopping over to visit on Dec. 11th:

1. Paper Playtime -
2. Janis -
3. Sheree -
4. Carley -
5. Pam -
6. Mary -
7. Maria -
8. Sharon -
9. Michelle -
10. Corri -
11. Lisa -
12. Kathi -
13. Alex -
14. Sandra -
15. Melissa -
16. Abby -
17.  Theresa -

Who likes BLOG CANDY?!  We have an assortment of prizes to give away!  Want to know how you can get MORE chances to win?  Go ahead an put our BLOG HOP button on your blog / Facebook and leave me a comment here with a link to where you posted it.  1 entry for posting it on your blog, and 1 entry for posting it on your Facebook.  That's 2 extra chances you'll have to win!

Now to my..."OUT TO DRY WEDDING CARD "...
When I saw these cuts on the "Tie the Knot Cart" I knew just would I would do with them. The "undies" are cut at 2 inches, as well as the sentiment. Hope you like :)
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Happy Wednesday Everyone ! 
I wanted to share this super cute card I made for my grandson Ethan. He absolutely loves the movie "Cars" so naturally the "Cars" Cart was on my wish list and I finally purchased it about 2 weeks ago! I originally planned on making little Ethan a "cars" inspired card every week and mail it to him, but can you say...
MANY LITTLE PIECES ! Oh my heck, I thought the cuts would never end...but then again...isn't it a grandma's job to spoil their grandchildren, hehe :)
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Sunday, November 28, 2010


Today I'd like to share a special holiday card that I made for my three grown children. When each of my children turns around 18 years, we start a new tradition where Santa sends them what we call "Elf Money" and he always sends it around Thanksgiving time. This way they can become their own "ELVES" and shop for things they want or need and take advantage of all those wonderful after Thanksgiving sales ! Of course they'll still be some small gifts from Santa under the tree, but at our house, Santa needs all the extra Elf recruits he can get during the holiday! Our kids really love and appreciate this holiday tradition and this year, with my cricut , we were really able to make the presentation of the Elf Money special!
Hope you enjoy the video and pictures ! OOO...and I almost forgot to mention... I used Wobbles !

 Original Poem written by my sweet husband with a little help from me :)
 Custom 5 inch envelope made with the MS Score Board, video tutorial to follow :)

Details :
2 Scalloped Circle cut @ 4.5 inches, welding and cut together for the Base Card, Natural CardStock
Layer cut @ 4inches from patterned paper from DCWV
Elf cut @ 3 inches, attached with Wobbles
Sakura Gel Pen for dots and doddling
Red Ribbon from Micheal's
12 x 12 Red Cardstock for envelope and White Cardstock for inside poem cut @ 4 inches.
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Monday, November 22, 2010


Can you believe it's Thanksgiving week already ?! What is everyone doing for the holiday? From the bottom of my heart, I wish all of you a wonderful time enjoying family, friends and good food :) 
Don't you think that sometimes we just don't say thank you enough for all the wonderful things, large and small that we've been blessed with? I think that sometimes. Well... here's something that will help us do better in that respect! A Thank You Card!
I always like to have plenty of cards like these in my card stash. You never know when someone will do something nice for you and here's a simple but thoughtful way to say thanks :)  
"Thank You" also happens to be this week's theme for the
So by all means, if you're not too busy perfecting that holiday dinner recipe or running around checking off that holiday shopping list...
Go check it out, play along, maybe submit a project or just mosie on by and be inspired by all the amazing creations. 

Hope you enjoy my video tutorial, featuring tying a bow live on camera! :)

and here's a slightly different version using a simple tied knot and pearl accents
"thanks" cut using Gypsy Font @ about 4 inches wide
A2 size purple card base rounded corners with corner punch
polka dot 5 1/4 x 4 rounded corners with corner punch
green 4 x 2 1/2
cream (2 strips ) cut @ about 1 inch then scalloped punched and glued to green
purple ribbon, pearls and button from Micheal's
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Hello Everyone !
Remember the Indian Card I made last week ? Click HERE if you want to check her out :) Well, I decided to use that  a "mazing" sentiment I created again and make a more literal card...starring non else than an EAR OF CORN, of course :) 
I think he came out sooo cute! 
Don't you just love his little glasses :) He looks so intelligent :)

Oops, I forgot which cart I used to cut the corn shape, but I wanted to post this little card before I went to bed tonight, so if anyone is interested in more details, let me know in your comments and I'll post the details tomorrow! Good Night :)
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Hi Everyone !
So Sorry I am one day late with this but here is the winner of the $10 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO JOANN's OR MICHAEL's from the THANKING WE WILL GO BLOG HOP !

Wow...this is stunning. I love home decor projects and this is truely creative. Beautiful!


Lesley, I've already sent you an email letting you know the good news ! If you don't get it, please send me a message on my Face Book Page "You Had Me At Craft " with your address and choice of gift card !  ENJOY and happy shopping !
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Friday, November 12, 2010

"A Thanking We Will Go" Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be a part of today's blog hop hosted by the super talented Jess @ Kinderstampo ! Did you just land from her blog ? 
If not, make sure you start and end the hop there so you don't miss a thing :) 

By now you have probably figured out that our hop is all about "being thankful" ! If your thankful list is anything like mine, it's never ending, but I would say the number one thing I am thankful for is my FAMILY and that's what this project is all about!
I had this idea to make a "quilt like walling hanging " using patterned paper, frames and family photos and at the top, adding a vinyl cutout that said "Family". The idea has been in my mind's eye for a while and it turned out exactly as I pictured it! 
I'm so happy to finally have it up on my wall and have the opportunity to share it with you !
I have a video, pictures and details to tell you all about it...

details :
16 Malma Frames from Ikea, Mod Pog for decoupaging patterned paper to frame, Clear Acrylic Sheets to use in lieu of glass, Scotch tape to tape pictures in place at the back of the frame, Double sided tape to hang frames to wall, also helps keep frames straight rather than nails.
"Vivaldi" font and my SCAL software to design the "Family" vinyl cut out.

I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed 
putting it together. 
 Are you ready for some BLOG CANDY ? 
 I'm giving away a 
(your choice) to one lucky commentator of this post. Be sure you're a follower, leave your comment along with a way to get a hold of you and I'll announce the winner Monday !
You're next stop will be 
and just in case you get lost along the way here's a list of all the blogs participating :)
Jessica -
Alex -
Cheryl -
Debbie -
Iva -
Jessica Baker -
Kimberlee -
Linda -
Liz -
Madison -
Martha -
Meighen -
Nicki -
Shelley -
Sigrid -
Vickie -
Jessica -
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Good Morning Everyone !
I am well into the fall season mood... the days are shorter, there's a cold crispness to the air, my evening ritual of slipping into my velour stretchy pants, long sleeve T, sipping on hot cocoa and turning on the fireplace has begun :) I love fall and especially how it welcomes in the holiday season. So naturally I have a thanksgiving inspired card and video for you today :)  

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Blogger Good Morning Everyone ! 
 A Big Congratulations goes out to my banner blog hop winner....
Ashleigh said...
wow I love it tfs

 She is the lucky winner of a Scrappy Moms Stamps of her choice !

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left such nice comments !  It's seems like such a simple thing but your comments warm my heart and make my day :) AND... they inspire me to craft more !

Stay tuned I'm working on another video for tomorrow's post 

Have a great day !

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Monday, November 8, 2010


Hello Everyone !
Are you in the mood for a challenge ?
This totally "ROCKING" Card...get it ? ROCK ! Is my latest submission for the 
The theme is "YOU ROCK" and wouldn't you know mind went to Diamonds !
I guess I'm a typical girl that LOVES BLING :) 
Funny thing, is that the only real diamonds I have
are in my wedding ring ! Everything thing else shiny in my jewelry case is totalcubic zurconia ! Did I spell that right ?! But hey, who cares, I get the same bling, bling look for a fraction of the cost! But enough about my jewelry already ! I'm here to share my latest card creation with what do you think ? 
This was a bit of a challenging card to make, so I've included a video along with the picture :)

 Hop on over to  The Paper Play Time Challenge Blog 
and see where your minds roams when you think of this weeks "YOU ROCK" theme!
Can't wait to see what you guys come up with :) 

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Saturday, November 6, 2010


 Hosted by the very talented 
Ruthie @ September Ninth

Don't you just love BANNERS ?! I do! I do ! I love making them and hanging them for every occasion! They are the perfect element to brighten up a room and say...
So if you're looking for some holiday inspiration for your next banner project, you've come to the right place ! 

I'm your first stop on what is sure to be a fantastic and fun filled hop! Be sure to check out all the talented bloggers, remember to leave them some love and end the hop at Ruthie's blog ! And of course...don't forget the BLOG CANDY ! YUM YUM!

Here are some pictures, details and a short video of how I made my 
Christmas Themed Banner :)

Details :
Solid Tag (SCAL) cut @ 5 x7
Pattern Paper Tag (SCAL) cut @ 4.5 x 6.5
Gingerbread Cookie (SCAL) cut @ 3.98
Font (SCAL) Poornut cut at 2.0
Holly Branch (Christmas Cart) cut @ 2.96
Berries (Christmas Cart) cut @ 2.96
other materials used:
Patterned Paper from The Stack # 6, White Sakura Gel Pen, Red Ribbon from Michaels,
Pink Chalk for cheeks, 1/8 brads attached using Crop o' dial, Peachy Keen Every Day Set largerst size smiley face stamp, Stampin Up Basic Black Ink, Hem Cord, Glue Dots, ATG Gun

Did you like it ? Want to learn more on how to use the Sure Cuts Alot Software? Stayed tuned...I plan on filming and posting a future video tutorial on how to do just that !

Now on to my BLOG CANDY !!!
 Leave me a comment and be a follower...What!?..You aren't already!?..hehe :)... And you may win a Scrappy Mom's Stamp Set of your choice! ...and don't forget to leave a way for me to get a hold of you :) Thanks for stopping by my blog :)


Your next stop will be...

banner blog hop- next blog button
Angelica  at  

 and just in case you get lost along the way here's a list of all the blogs that are participating today
Alex (that's me)
Michelle C.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010


Here's a video of my latest card. I think it came out sooo cute! I couldn't wait to share it with you :) But I made it a few days ago and was having so much trouble with my editing software, I almost gave up on the whole thing ! :( ...but luckily it finally worked and it's up and running for your viewing enjoyment :)  Hope you enjoy the card and the fun technique I am sharing :) After viewing, make sure you scroll down and read the news about the latest 
blog hop coming to town :)

The gracious and ever so talented Ruthie has invited me to be part of her latest blog hop! I love the theme...
The perfect banner often sets the mood for any occasion. There will be 21 ubber talented ladies featured!!! 
And I am humbled to be numbered among them. 
Plus BLOG CANDY ! Can't get any better than that !
So mark your calendars...this is going to be FUN!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Episode 16 : My Craft Room Re Visited and a New Camera

Hello Everyone :)
Well I finally finished re doing the craft. And as promised...
a video reveal. 
I'd love to hear your comments or even some
suggestions to make it even better !
AND...I finally found a camera ! Halaluyah ! It's not the fanciest model, but it does the job. I was looking for an inexpensive combo camera that would would take great pictures and well as  HD 720 video. I had a flip video before, but it just wasn't my favorite. My kodak was a great price at $129 including a 4G memory card. The recording sound quality isn't the best, so I just voice over the narration while I'm editing the videos. I've had kodak cameras before and I've always enjoyed their user friendly approach to picture taking as well as their ease in downloading
options to youtube and facebook.
I'm a happy camper or should I say "crafter"...hehe. 
More pics and videos are on their way :)

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Sunday, October 17, 2010


Hi Everyone :)
Here's my latest video and project. Another little sum'in, sum'in for my son's 21st birthday :) I'm still not happy with the quality of the video, so I'm still shopping for another camera. The video explains it all :)
But I hope you like the project :)

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Friday, October 15, 2010


Hello Everyone :)
Today I wanted to show you the card I made for my son Jonathan. He'll be 21 years old on Monday ! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN ??!!! He's the baby of the family and already a young man ! WOW ! 
Since I had to come up with a guy card, I got the idea of using a Halloween theme since his birthday is in October and I remembered that for his 1st birthday we did a costume party and it was so much fun. He was such a cute baby dressed up like a pumpkin :) I even made the costume myself. He actually won 1st place at out church Halloween party that year wearing that costume :) I'm so blessed to be his mom and I really hope he likes the card :)
Most of the cuts are from the Paper Doll Cart. The sentiment frame is from Gypsy Wanderings. I came up with the sentiment myself, pretty clever, huh :)  And I used my Gypsy to center the sentiment exactly in the frame space. I did a lot of inking and chalking since I couldn't add too many other embellishments
being a guy card and all. 
It's a larger card at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. 

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