Friday, May 13, 2011


Tonight is my Bunco group's monthly game and it is my turn to host.  My theme is a garden party and our third table was out on the deck.  So, I spent the past week planting all my containers and getting the deck ready for the season while Michael freshened all the mulch.  Whew!  I'm glad it is done, but I have not been doing my arthritis any favors!

I am debuting my Amaretto Bread Pudding - the first baking recipe I have created entirely on my own.  I am a pattern/recipe girl, so with baking, I have never developed my own recipe before.  Cooking I can do that with, but baking is so precise, that I have never dared.  Stepping outside my box...

These are the little favors I made everyone with our Matchbox Die.  I love this fabulous die - so quick to make cute little favor boxes.  I found these adorable chocolate dice in our local gourmet chocolate shop and they fit perfectly in the matchbox.  I hope everyone likes them!

This is several of the matchboxes I made:

  • Card stock – Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Springtime Vintage DSP (retired)
  • Ink – Baja Breeze, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry
  • Ribbon – Baja Breeze 5/8" Striped Grosgrain (retired), Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain, (retired), Rose Red 1" Double-Stitched Grosgrain ($2.99 in my Clearance Rack)
  • Punches – Fancy Flower (#118073, $16.95)
  • Accessories – Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons ($2.99 in my Clearance Rack), Kraft Corduroy Buttons ($2.99 in my Clearance Rack) watercolored with Rose Red, Sending Love Brads (retired)
  • Tools – Big Shot, Matchbox Die (#114890, $42.95), Fun Flowers Die (#121812, $32.95), Paper Piercer & Mat, Stampin' Sponges, Aquapainter
For the flower, I punched or die cut the flowers - 3 total.   Then I used the Faux Suede technique on them which resulted in 6 layers for each flower.  Then I put them together with the Crumpled Flowers method.


  1. The matchbox favor boxes are so pretty and the chocolate die are just the icing on the cake :-)
    I wanted to tell you I LOVE your mailbox. Your blog always inspires me and just makes me feel good when I browse our ideas.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love the matchbox favor boxes! I am also a bunco player/hostess and would love those candy dice - but then have to buy that die as well! Lovely mail box decoration as well...such a fun blog!


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