My Grandson turns 1!

My adorable grandbaby turns 1 this month and I wanted to make him a special birthday card to go in his keepsake box. His mama has chosen a Pirate theme for his birthday, so that’s what Ijackcardslant
went with. 🙂

I just started getting in to card making last month when I bought my first personal cutting machine; a cricut explore. This thing is AMAZING! I could have NEVER done anything like this card without it. Here is a list of what I used to create this card:

  • The ship from the Pirate Foxes file at Kadoodle Bug designs (duplicate the anchor and resize one for the inside of the card)
  • Wave Card from the Cricut Wildcard 2 image set (subscribers: #M36C5B)
  • Card Stock in:  teal,  light blue, red, black, dark brown, light brown or tan, grey and white
  • One sheet of Glitz  Happy Travels World scrapbooking paper (HT3708)
  • Inks: Memento Dew Drops in Rhubarb Stalk, Potters Clay, Paris Dusk and London Fog
  • Inks: Craftsmart Dye ink Pad in Chocolate Brown (I used A LOT of this color)
  • Cricut Design Space Subscriber images: Arrrg!, happy birthday, shark (print then cut), pirate flag (print then cut), label tag x2 (for layering)
  • Medical guaze (cut two small pieces and ink them with grey and black and add them anywhere for embellishments)
  • Jewelry Findings (for anchor)
  • Red Gems for embellishment
  • White Gel Pen
  • Pop Dots to add dimention to various pieces

I had so much fun making this card, I can hardly wait to start another one. lol. Luckily for me though, Christmas is right around the corner … so off I go! Have a wonderful day and thanks for reading my post! 🙂





Three-Cheese Beef Pasta Shells

This is one of my families all-time favorite dinners. Although it does take a bit of prep-work, it’s ALWAYS a crowd pleaser! I’ve served this at family reunions and for dinner guests and am alwaysbeefshells asked for the recipe. AND, these heat up wonderfully as a left-over the next day!


  • 20 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 pound ground beef (it’s also great to sub half with italian sausage)
  • Any Pasta Sauce (I use chunky or a six cheese)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 8-oz container chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded italian cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on package.
  2. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked; drain.
  3. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Make Pasta Sauce. Add water to sauce. Pour 1 cup of pasta sauce mixture in bottom of ungreased 13×9 baking dish.
  5. In large bowl, mix cheese spread, 1 cup Italian cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and cooked ground beef.
  6. Spoon heaping tablespoons mixture into each shell.
  7. Arrange stuffed shells over sauce in baking dish.
  8. Pour remaining sauce over top, covering shells completely.
  9. Cover with foil and cook 40-45 minutes or until bubbly and cheese filling is set.
  10. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 10 more minutes. Sprinkle with parsley and serve!
Recipe Stock Photo

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