11 November 2009

{ Armistice of 2009 }

Salute {{ our }} Soldiers

There aren't enough words to express the gratitude felt by those of us fortunate enough to sleep under the quilt of freedom provided through the service of our Veterans!

Thank-you for your dedication to keep this Great Nation FREE!

Photo available here

20 May 2009

} Your Special Day {

Sharing a slightly varied version of a card given mum for Mother's Day.
My perfectionistic nature tends to trip me up in the satisfaction department!
The variations consist of...
vertical vs. horizontal, addition of ribbon and add'l. butterfly.
... am I happy now!? Um... maybe! Yet another version tugging at my thinker. { LOL }
Simply the nature of the beast!

Since I have a lack of thoughts to elaborate on at this hour of the morning...
I'll attempt a wee bit of paper play to share later.

Smiley from millan.net

{ -A. }

19 May 2009

} Cuppa Enjoyment {

JUST a little something...
designed to hold a gift card for some Newman's iced cuppa's for DH
{ darling hubby - wink } to enjoy at his leisure.
A teeny splurge we randomly enjoy throughout the summer season.

Coffee wasn't my cuppa... at least not until I began courting DH
... over 22 years ago.
Certainly not myself without the usual travel mug of coffee per AM. Chilly fall days bring the enjoyment of a cuppa decaf together and hot summer days we enjoy a mid-afternoon refresher of iced Newman's

Life's too short not to allow ourselves a few indulgences...
Wouldn't one agree?

My apologies for seeming in a bit of a R-U-S-H...
today is definitely a { 10 } on the scale of BUSY! Thursday brings AES' spring concert.
Not to mention DH winning four tickets to see a Fisher Cat's game this Friday!

Remember to take a moment to smell the roses
... whatever that rose may be?!

18 May 2009

{ Serving of Thanks }

Seriously now... where has time flown?!

Well... it's sorta kinda been a blur... it's gone so fast?! As most of you know work keeps me out of trouble most of the time. Homework, end of school year { xtra } book fairs, Mother's and Father's day luncheons, beach day, class trips, last day of school planning, etc.... There never seems to be a lack of TA-DA'S on my list!

Okay, so let's go back to the month of April when our daughter, Sophie celebrated another cake n'candle day! Phew... I'm maturing rapidly! These were the "thank-you" cards I created for Sophie to write her notes of appreciation to those who remembered her special day. What better way to "serve" thankfulness than on "hob-nail" milk glass the old-fashion way. Unfortunately... as a society we've misplaced our values along with etiquette when it comes to mailing a note of thanks. { I shoulder some of the blame here... } NO MORE! It's become increasingly important for our family to gravitate back to "grass roots" living on multiple levels these days.

We { all three } were happy with the outcome...
What say you?

- Bold thank... by Penny Black
- Cupcake by Hampton Arts Studio G
- I do by Hampton Arts Studio G
{ * Studio G can be found in Michael's $pot near you }

- Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance by Tsukineko

- Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Kraft and Whisper White by SU!

- White Opaque Pen by Inkssentials

- Circle Punch and Scallop Border Punch by SU!
- Brackets Punch by McGill
- Dots A2 Embossing Folder by CuttleBug

A happy beginning of the week to you!
{ -A. }

16 April 2009

{ Kitchen Kreative }

Part of my joy is being -creative- in the kitchen as well as my stamping area.
Sweet potato casserole is part of our family holiday side dishes... we refer to as
legalized dessert!

Even the pickiest of eaters can't resist the temptation for "dessert" with
dinner... { wink } My apologies if you came looking for a paper creation. Personally, I find diversified blogs more interesting. What say you?

Sweet Potato Casserole -

5lbs. sweet potatoes - boiled & mashed

3 large eggs
1/2 C. sugar
2/3 C. melted butter
1/3 C. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. nutmeg { 3/4 tsp. for us }
1/2 tsp. allspice { + a smidge for us }

Beat the eggs and stir in potatoes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Spread into GREASED shallow baking dish. Approx. 13 X 9 pan. { vintage pie plates for us }

Topping -

1 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. flour
1 C. chopped pecans
1/3 C. butter or margarine { broken into small pcs. }

Blend the topping mixture with fork or hand. Sprinkle over the top of potato mixture.
Bake approx. 60 to 70 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

T-GOD-IF! Today finds me thanking our good Lord for a much needed school vacation for rest and regrouping the soul.

Thank-you for the "windowsill" visit while the sweet potato casserole cooled.
If your in the area... stop by for a visit... we'd love to see you!

15 April 2009

{ Tax & Tea Day }

April 15th marks the final day for your tax contribution to BIG GOVERNMENT .
Today also marked the modern day Boston Tea Parties held around the USA.

Really it was T N' T day... { wink }

13 April 2009

{ Easter Past }

Just imagine...

A few days ago we found ourselves preparing for Easter dinner, an egg hunt
and gathering goodies for Easter baskets. In a blink of an eye it's come and gone for another year!

Now... I find myself creating a few 'thank-you' cards for those fifth grade
mum's willing to provide baked goods for the Easter celebration.
Are you tiring of the clean and simple creations around
paper punches and the same color combinations used prior?!
Okay... we'll change-up the next creation or two... I promise... really!

Oh... almost forgot... has anyone noticed? Notice what you say...
this will be my FOURTH { yes... count them} day in a row to post something NEW
for you! Smiley from millan.net

- Stem Silhouettes by SU!

- Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance by Tsukineko
- Pearlescent Moonlight White Brilliance By Tsukineko

- Certainly Celery, Kraft, Old Olive and Soft Sky {retired} by SU!
- Shimmer Pink {unknown}

- 3mm Adhesive Pearls by Hero Arts

- Egg {medium} Punch by Carl
- Dotted Wave Edger Punch by EK Success { NEW }

Never so happy as when you come by to share a hi... Smiley from millan.net

12 April 2009

Wishing you a Blessed Easter
... from Paper Ink-Pressions

Vintage Postcard courtesy of Hubpages

11 April 2009

{ Spring Branch }

Some of you may have remembered yesterday's post { Punch Some Spring } ...
where I mentioned TWO kindness'? Well, here's the second creation.

Unsure if you see what I see?

This 'thank you' sentiment { LOVE this olde, but goodie } had
me thinking of budding branches... which wouldn't be complete without
a feathered friend perched amongst the blossoms.

Speaking of 'thanks'....
I would like to personally thank each and every one of my
Bloggyland friends { olde & new alike } for continuing to visit regularly.
However, a special thank-you
to our newest friends { blog followers }
... Turista Di Monda,
Gay Ferland,
Teresa Bryant
Your visit(s) hasn't gone unnoticed {wink}.

It's another busy day in the Sanborn household.
... After all it's EASTER Sunday tomorrow!
there's EASTER baskets to be filled, cards to be created...
not to mention a sweet potato casserole to be prepared
Should you be in the Bloggyland neighborhood?
Be sure to drop-in to say hi!

- Script thank you sentiment { unknown }

- Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance by Tsukineko
- Pearlescent Moonlight White Brilliance By Tsukineko

- Barely Banana, Kraft, Old Olive and Whisper White by SU!
- Morning Song DP by Prima Marketing

- Micro Dot Creative Candy by A Muse

- Ash Leaf { small & medium } Punch by Punch Bunch
- Sakura { small } Flower Punch by Carl
- Flower Corner Punch by Punch Bunch
- Perched Bird Punch by Martha Stewart

Remember to take a few minutes for yourself!

{ -A. }

10 April 2009

{ Punch Some Spring }

A drizzly week here in New Hampshire had me pining for a wee bit of SPRING
... so Aprils' showers had me creating paper flowers along the fence.
In between the day to day, over and over work
... a couple of surprise kindness' of two sweet friends sparked
my interest to create a simply stated note of THANKS.

My apologies for posting and running, however
... the day to day requires my finalizing the taxes for this afternoons
appointment with the accountant!

Wishing you "spring" in your step today...
tomorrows post promises another spring filled day... hope to see you lurking around!

- Script thank-you sentiment { unknown }

- Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance by Tsukineko

- Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Kraft, Old Olive, Soft Sky and Whisper White by SU!
- Morning Song DP by Prima Marketing

- 3mm adhesive pearls by Hero Arts

- Picket Fence Border Punch by Martha Stewart { available at Michael's }
- Dotted Wave Border Punch by EK Success { NEW } {available at Michael's }
- Flower Punch by Punch Bunch {available at Stamping Memories }

* { FYI } { NEW } after an item means it's a brand new release for 2009

30 March 2009

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29 March 2009

{ Blog Lift }

Paper Ink-pressions has under gone a temporary blog lift!

Whilst traveling the streets of Bloggyland, Lindsay of L. Miller Designs
sense of style held appeal for me through her use of...

exhilerating combination of color
textured {side} borders
elegantly simple post signature
stylized blog button
organized tabs for a clutter free professional appearance.

Lindsay's 2nd blog The Miller Experience held appeal for me through
her use of...

vibrant combination of color
wallpaper of black medallions over-lapping top & bottom
of blog background with thin black frame containing blog header and blog post within...
classy sophisticate!

Lindsay's 3rd blog, Bella Bleu appealed to me through her use of...

detailed coloration of {side} borders
post icon with shadow detail
colored blog header with color details
four-sided frame containing blog header and post

Lindsay's in the process of designing an elegant classy sophisticated
"blog lift" to Paper Ink-Pressions!
Hopeful our new blog lift will inspire the creativity to flow again.

Thank-you, Lindsay for embracing the challenge!

03 March 2009

{ Not Upto Snuff }

Awoke this morning feeling quite miserable with a doozy of a head cold...
Gathered a few necessities to get me back on my feet.
Hubby offered to assist me by playing Mr. Mom and candy striper for the day.
No... I assured him I'd find my muster and rally. After driving Sophie to school, re-arranging my schedule... I was off to the couch for a bit of r and r.

Ever so much to do! Suppose the germ-O's could care less...
I've been creative with my paper, ink and stamps.
it will have to await another day to be shared.
Smiley from millan.net
Appreciate your checkin' in on me
... however be sure to keep your distance

{ air hugs }

02 March 2009

{ Daybook 5 }

For today...
02 - March - '09
22 degrees

Outside my window...
a peaceful snow storm
... mounds and mounds of soft flaky stuff.

I am thinking...
of all the things needing my attention...
chinese laundry
kp duty
bathroom detail
creating a b'day card & gift container
& the list goes on & on...
if u no what I mean.

I am thankful for...
a snowday

From the kitchen...

scrambled eggs
a slab of thick cut bacon
slice of toast slathered in
with a serving of Oj
{ smells divine }

I am wearing...
the usual garb required for putsing around.

I am creating...
huge mess on the kitchen table

I am going...
to accomplish more than yesterday on my "ta-da" list!

I am hearing...
snow plows going by
the familiar noise of the wood pellet stove
dd singing while performing usual AM chores

Around the house...
there's never a lack of things to be done
... know what I mean?!

One of my favorite things...
scurrying around Bloggyland to view others creative side,
kitchen inspiration
- or -
... everyday happenings.

A photo shared...
you've seen what's cookin' from the kitchen
...help yourself!
{ smile }
more daybook entries here...

25 February 2009

{ With A Happy Heart }

... I've always created { dd } Sophie's Valentines. Generic... store bought... for our daughter - NO WAY, I respond to others. Deprave myself of the insane last minute-ness
of Sophie's decision to reciprocate { past 2 years } the evening prior!

Valentine's morning saw us scurrying to the local post office to mail a handmade surprise or two
... my "internet" friend from MN { shock probably set in - wink }
and a couple for people alone. Our big hearted girl, Sophie felt badly these
individuals might not be remembered.

Twenty-two mini versions { no paper piercing } of the above card were created for fifth grade...
along with carrot cake - pink cream cheese frosted hearts and cookies...
{ sorry for the missed photo opt - no freakin' me out time }
Well worth every minute...
Sophie's classmates voted them their best or favorite Valentine received { two happy hearts - her's and mine }!

Even though sixth grade brings an end to class parties...
we've discussed ideas for our happy heart day { 2010 }


{ kindness kindles hearts }

23 February 2009

{ 52-Q Week 1 & Week 2 }

{ Week 1 - what do i wish for this year to bring }

To this { ? } my answer would be...
For 2009 to bring a positive global awakening on many levels.

The back of my tag holds a { Personal } wish for my family.

{ Week 1 tag - created embossed frame using an aluminum can }

{ Week 2 - am i afraid of change }

No... I wouldn't classify it as fear...
My analytical nature doesn't always accept, adjust and adapt immediately
pending the change...
... however, FAITH sustains me.

Looking forward to creating weeks 3 & 4...
certainly 'hope' you'll be by for another visit soon?!

{ Daybook 4 }

For today...
23 - February - '09
26 degrees out
fresh falling snow, still falling...

Outside my window...

Thursday's storm { of 7" } combined with a childs play
left this lovely sight behind...
{ Smile }

I am thinking...
more like remembering the feel - smell - sights of
SPRINGS return...
{ happy sigh }

I am thankful for...
opportunity to create a better day,
than yesterday.

From the kitchen...
nothing brewin' or cookin'
... yet... !
{ wink }

I am wearing...
a pair of...
happy socks
accessorized by...
ls shirt
and specs.

I am creating...
pages 3 & 4 of my Q-52
in my mind...

I am going...
for a walk with the family to our town library
for the classic movie, West Side Story...
DD Sophie's request.

I am hearing...
the w-i-n-d howling outside
familiar hum of the pellet stove
Animal Planet
and the ocassional Sophie giggle.

I am hoping...
for an even more productive day than yesterday.

Around the house...
we've been on a slow role, but are starting to gather some
gusto for the big get-up and go...
LOTS of shoveling awaits!
{ ACK }

One of my favorite things...
... piping hot bowl of raisin spice oatmeal topped with a smidgeon
of 1/2 & 1/2...
{ Mmmm... }
... plenty to share.

A few plans for the rest of the week...
usual daily { over & over work } around the house
working outside our home to supplement & sustain our home
{... which I'm so blessed everyday this continues }
attempt to bring my Q-52 current...
or at least within a single question of current!
{ chuckle }

A picture to share...
you've viewed Outside my window... already!

More daybook entries can be viewed here.

05 February 2009

{ Ladle Full Of Goodness }

Looking for easy-peasy... like you slaved all day tasty bowl of goodness that will have even your pickiest connoisseurs coming back for seconds?!

Rustic Italian Tortellini

12 Italian sweet sausage links {approx. 4 oz. each}, sliced & casings removed

1 med. onion, chopped

6 garlice cloves, minced

8 C. chicken broth

2 {14.5 oz.} cans of diced tomatoes, undrained

1 {20 oz.} family size pkg. of refrigerated {fresh in deli} cheese tortellini

2 {6 oz.} pkgs. of fresh baby spinach

1 t. dried basil or 2 1/4 t. fresh basil, minced {oregano or thyme can be substituted}

1/2 t. pepper

Optional -

dash of crushed red pepper flakes

Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions -

1. Add sausage to Dutch oven; add onion. Cook and stir over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink in color.

2. Add garlic; cook and stir add'l. 2 minutes.

3. Add chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring to a boil.

4. Stir in tortellini; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered approx. 5 to 8 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stirring occasionally.

5. Add spinach, basil, pepper and pepper flakes; cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.

Ladle and serve with Parmesan cheese.

Yum-O, Delish... Our family of 3 enjoyed a couple of meals with seconds PLUS a few lunches... Great way to add a meal to the freezer when a quick meal is needed!

Be sure to take five minutes for yourselves today... better yet, 30 minutes could really be rejuvenating! { HUGS } Smiley from millan.net

Recipe Courtesy of Foodiewife with modifications by A. Sanborn

04 February 2009

{ Fifty-two ? }

Emily's 52Q mini art journal challenge for 2009 is based on a single question {Emily's choice} posted each week for 52 weeks. Every week { Sunday -or- Monday } a new { ? } will be posted... our challenge is to { artfully } journal the { ? } of the week.

Emily opted to use manila shipping tags { found at office supply stores }, writing her { ? } on the front and journaling on the back. Love the manila tags idea... HOWEVER due to economic times choices were made from the bounty of items on hand -or- repurposed items.

It's NEVER to late to join the fun!
s-m-a-l-l isn't as OVERWHELMING combined with the K-I-S-S technique...

Off to play a bit of catch-up with weeks 1 & 2 { ? }

Today was meant for enjoying your hearts desire! Millan.net

Repurposed cardboard box insert used in creating front & back covers.

02 February 2009

{ Wake-up Phil }

Fingers crossed our groundhog friend, Punxsutawney Phil won't see his shadow! So we might enjoy an earlier spring for once... What do you say, Phil... it's suppose to reach forty today?!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Photo Courtesy of Washingtonpost

01 January 2009

{ 2009 - 1st Day }

2009 - January - 1st

... with a New Year comes NEW experiences
traditionally our family's holidays are spent together over a meal.
breaking with tradition...
we're taking Sophie and her friend, Sarah off to a matinee of
The Tale of Despereaux
... wondering how the movie will critique over the book...
on our drive home!

--- our last day of 2008 was spent with NEW experiences as well ---

31st - December - 2008

... Our family decided to break with the tradition of Chinese take-out this year!
a NEW experience of dining on a variety of NEW appetizers
consisted of ...
mini sloppy-joe sliders
loaded sweet potato skins
spinach - artichoke dip w/ veggies
Crockpot mini meatballs
{ from scratch }

followed by the movies...
{ agreedily, CUTE... but not PIXAR'S best }
- and -
The Bucket List
{ PHENOM... a post to follow }
... bringing us into the New Year
Sophie's FIRST new experience of staying AWAKE...
12 minutes after MIDNITE to see the going and coming of a year!!!