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Friday, May 6, 2011

Special Blog Team Member ~ Catie

I would like to introduce to everyone our special blog team design member Catie (aka. Catie Bug). This 8-year old little cutie is my lovely niece who is a craft addict like her mom and auntie. This is definitely a trait she inherited from our side of the family!

As her proud aunt, I have nothing but good things to say about her. Besides her crafting talent, Catie loves to dance and takes Jazz and Ballet classes. She loves dancing so much that she makes up routines for everyone to see her do a "one girl show". Her love of dance has branched out into cheerleading, which she is proud to dance and cheer for her favorite team (GO VIKINGS!).

A few week's ago Catie joined me in the kitchen to try out my new Sizziz BigKick. Forgetting that she is now a "big girl", she instantly pushed me out of the way and said "I can do it all by myself". Grabbing the Hello Kitty die, a few scrap pieces of paper, a star handheld punch, and her favorite glue (Tombow), she created this card for her mom.

I wanted to try out the machine too, but realized that wasn't going to happen anytime soon. Before I knew it, she pulled out the Cupcake die, more scraps of paper, and was creating this card for her oma & opa. Unfortunately for them, she liked the card to much that she hasn't given it to them yet!

While I had a chance to use the machine, she used the negative from her Hello Kitty die to create a cat card to give to her dad.

Catie is already working on some more projects, so I promised I would do another feature of her "artwork" on the blog in the next week or so.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and taking a look at Catie's creations!
Creativity Bug ~ Sue

Recipe Friday: Berry Cheesecake Parfait

The stores are starting to bring out all the summer fruits including berries. So what is better than a great summer time berry dessert recipe to start out the barbecue season just right!

Berry Cheesecake Parfait


1 pkg. (8 oz.)PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups cold milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.)JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
24 NILLA Wafers, coarsely chopped
1-1/2 cups mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)

  • Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with mixer until creamy.
  • Gradually beat in milk.
  • Add dry pudding mix; mix well.
  • Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP.
  • Layer half each of the wafers, berries and pudding mixture in 8 parfait glasses. Repeat layers.
  • Top with remaining COOL WHIP.
** variation ~ instead of NILLA wafers, use cubes of angel food or pound cake**

Creativity Bug ~ Sue