A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

A Fun Night at Stamp Club January 31, 2010

This year I decided to bring my card making and stamping to a new level.  So, I signed up for the Stamp Club at Colorful Creations, a local scrapbooking store in Hyannis, that meets once a month.  I think it’s worth it as it will help push my creativity to a new level.  It’s also fun to meet new people who share your love of stamping, get inspired and see what other people come up with interpreting the swaps and challenges.  Doing the monthly card swaps will help me try new things and push me to do things I might not.  This month was the first meeting where we did a Valentine’s Day card swap. Here’s the card I did.

I used a pink card base and layered brown Bazzil cardstock and Memorybox SC-Coolbeans stripped paper as the base. 

I also used the Memorybox Branch Heart rubber stamp, that I fell in love with.  I stamped it in the Memento Rich Cocoa because I thought I might color it with my Copics, but didn’t.  Instead I used my Quickie glue pen on parts of the heart and then added Hot Pink Sparkly Fluff that I discovered when Tim Holtz used them on his 12 Tags of Christmas.  I love this stuff.  It’s fluff with a sparkle and it’s very easy to use, a tad messy, but worth it.  

To finish the card, I hole punched two holes at the center of the heart on the top and put through some hot pink May Arts pink silky ribbon and tied a bow with tails.  I thought it needed something else, so added three brown glittery pearls in the lower right hand corner.  Inside I just stamped Happy Valentine’s Day. 

Are you doing Valentine’s Day cards?    I’ll post more Valentine Day projects that I’m working on in the next couple of weeks, so I hope that you check back again.  Thanks for visiting and remember, do something creative today.


Valentine’s Day February 11, 2009

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I can’t believe that Saturday is Valentine’s Day.  To me, Valentine’s Day ranks right up there with New Year’s Eve.   My married friends forget about it and my single friends think it’s over rated.  However, being a holiday, my creative side can’t help thinking about it.  I know that most of the time I have good intentions as Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that I try and let pass, but in the end my ceative side takes over.  I make heart shaped cookies or buy fun chocolates for close friends and family along with either handmade or store bought Valentine Day cards and get Valentine’s Day candy for my candy dish at the office.


So, what’s Valentine’s Day without some chocolate?  I love this brownie recipe from Ghiradelli.  It’s one of my Ghiradelli Sweet Chocolate and Cocoafavorites because it’s super easy.  You use Ghiradelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa, which is easy to find at your grocey store.  I usually find it either with the baking items or coffee/tea/cocoa.  You’ll probably find the recipe on the back of the canister, which is where I discovered it. 


For a Valentine’s Day treat, I make a pan of brownies and let them cool.  I then use a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut into heart shapped brownies.  If you like, you could then frost with chocolate icing.  For a special Valentine’s Day dessert, drizzle hot fudge on a plate, put your heart shaped brownie on the plate, put a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top, drizzle hot fudge sauce over it, put a chocolate covered strawberry (or regular strawberry or cherry) on top and you have an easy, elegant dessert.  (Note – the nuts are optional and I very rarely use nuts because my brother doesn’t like them, so I stopped putting them in my brownies and cookies years ago.)

You can also make hot cocoa with this Sweet Ground Chocolate and add a Peeps Marshmallow Shaped Heart in the center for a sweet chocolate treat.  Kids especially love this. 

Please post a comment and tell me what you do for Valentine’s Day or if you made the brownies and how you liked them.



Ghirardelli Brownies Ingredients


2 large eggs 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, unsifted
3/4 cup granular sugar 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
3/4 cup Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocoalte & Cocoa (Dutch processed cocoa) 1 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions for Ghirardelli Brownies

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
2.) Using a wooden spoon whisk together eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla.
3.) In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
4.) Stir flour mixture into egg mixture.Stir until thick and glossy.
5.) Add nuts and chocolate chips. Combine well.
6.) Spread into a greased 8- or 9-inch square pan.
7.) Bake for 20-30 minutes.
8.) Cut into squares.

Makes 16-20 brownies.

For extra chewy brownies, use 8 inch pan and less baking time.
For cake like brownies, use 9 inch pan and longer baking time.