Sunday, March 28, 2010

A share

Got 2 cards made, but only because I HAD to. Anyone want my kids for a few days?? With summer coming I know I'll have even less time in here and that is depressing.

Anyway, this first card was for a workshop I had last week. Used Rich Razzleberry as it has been an extremely popular color. Maybe if I had girls I'd like it too. Used the Vintage Vogue stamp set and matching wheel. I also had to use the Beautiful wings embosslit to make the butterfly. (love that die) The girls enjoyed making it.

This other card is for my mother in law, today is her birthday. I used So Saffron, Dusty Durango and Old Olive. I totally CASEd this card from SCS as I didn't have time to think one up on my own. For the splatter effect I used an old toothbrush with reinker/water mixed together. The air spritzer will be on my next order!
Hope you enjoyed my cards.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Zindorf knockoff

Michelle Zindorf is amazing!! She can create the most amazing scenes with her stamps, ink and pens. Check out here blog.

I tried my hand at one of her tutorials. Not too bad if I may say so myself. The card just ended up being of unique size. Oh well, lots of room to write.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bunny box, a puppy and a few recipes

Here's the cute little bunny box I was talking about. I've seen them all over the web when I blog surf. I'm going to be making these at the seniors complex on Monday, hopefully they enjoy them.
The box is made with 1/2 a sheet of cardstock, the rest is made from punches. I didn't have all the sizes so had to cut the eyes out by hand. (they turned out pretty good)
After the boys saw this box they wanted to make one too.
Colby made his a red bunny, and Carter made a red puppy. I did most of it on Carter's he didn't have the patience. We also didn't ink the edge's on theirs, but should have so the body parts would stand out more. (If you click on the picture it'll make it bigger.) After I took the picture Colby decided he didn't want eyelids on his bunny so I took them off. I'm glad they have fun in my studio.
I also have the recipes from scrapday for those that asked for them.
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
6 tbsp butter, divided
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp VE spinach seasoning for dip
6 cups thinly sliced potatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked ham
1 small onion grated (Eva used VE toasted onion and added it to the sauce)
In sauce pan melt 4 tbsp butter, stir in flour, parsley flakes, salt, pepper and spinach seasoning until smooth. Gradually add milk and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 min.
Combine ham, potatoes, and onion, place half into greased 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
Top with half of the sauce, repeat layers and cover.
Bake at 375F for 65-75 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Dot with remaining butter and bake uncovered for another 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are done.
Eagle Brand Squares
(also found on the sweetened condensed milk can)
1/2 cup margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1 can eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Mix margarine and graham wafer crumbs and press evenly into 9x13 pan.
Spread milk evenly over crumbs.
Sprinkle next 3 ingredients over milk.
Bake at 325F for 25-30 min.
Not at scrapday but talked about
Chocolate Chip Cake
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup margarine
Pour into bowl, add 1 3/4 cups boiling water. Let stand for 10 min.
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
Stir well.
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
Stir well. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Pour into 9x13 pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chocolate chips over top.
Bake at 350F for 30 min.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Card class

Does it ever happen to you that you need a card but just don't have the time to make one? It happens to me, so I've decided to offer a card class. We'll make a variety of cards that you can use throughout the year. Birthday, thinking of you, sympathy, get well, etc.
Saturday April 17th
1:00 pm (it'll take approx. 3 hours)
My house
signup/registration due March 30th
Call or email me.

Tomorrow I'll have a cute bunny box to share with you. ;)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I've been creative

Spent some time in my studio the other day. Felt soooo good. Here are a few of the things I got done.
This card is made with the Inspired by Nature set. I colored the flowers with my markers and stamped on another piece of cardstock. Then very painstakingly cut them out. I attached them to the cardfront with dimensionals.
I love this picture of the boys holding hands and wanted a layout that focused on their relationship. They get along really well and I love that. I found this quote on a website (don't remember which one) and thought it was perfect.
The red heart was cut out freehand from felt. PP is from the halloween pack, brother I cut out with my bigshot using the timeless type alpha. The small letters are stamped with the Rough alphabet.
I wanted to use this new beautiful pp from our occasions mini catalog but needed a girl picture so used one of my niece. She's 6 months old in this photo and is now over a year.
I also kept this one simple, seems to be the norm lately. I added a retired flower but it kinda got lost on the layout so I handcut a circle, crumpled it, inked it and placed it under the flower. I then made 2 leaves with my oval punch and crimper. I have a small tutorial how to do that in the next day or two. Love how it turned out.
Here is a super quick card I made with the new butterfly embosslet die. It cuts and embosses 5 different butterflies, too cool!!
I used textured cardstock and dry embossed a rectangle around the butterflies and then attached them with dimensionals. Super easy and I love the finished card.
Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Handcut flowers

I'm getting there. With organizing that is. In the large open space between the upper cabinets I still want to add the rods for my punchs and a holder for my ribbon spools. I'm just not 100% sure how I want to do it so I'm not going to put them up just yet.
I bought the ink pad holder for SU! and LOVE it, don't know why I didn't buy it sooner. lol
I tell ya, I am lovin' my space. So blessed to have it.
I would also like to thank you all for your wonderful comments!
Last night was club night and I taught my girls how to make some homemade flowers that seem to be pretty popular right now.
These 4 are super simple, just punch out some circles and cut little snips out all around. Then glue on a second, smaller circle layer. Add a button/brad if you like. I could see a layout with multiply flowers like these and some being on dimensionals. Too cute.
These next flowers are called lollipop flowers and are super easy too. Okay they were all easy to make.
Just handcut 5 circles of different size out of cs or pp. Crumple. Ink the edges and creases. Then glue each layer together from largest to smallest.
For this first one, I used Melon Mambo cs and ink. Used my 2way glue around the edges and dipped them in dazzling diamonds. The center I put micro beads but I think a brad would have looked better.
For this one, I used Melon Mambo cs, pp & ink then did the same thing as the above flower. I did not add glitter to this one and used a button tied with linen thread instead of micro beads.
This last flower took the longest but was still very quick and looks amazing.
Take a piece of pp 1"x 12" long and punch with border punch. I used the eyelet one. Next, send the strip through your crimper 4 times (this breaks up the fibers so it's more pliable).
Punch a circle with your 1-1/4" circle punch and cover with sticky tape. Now starting on the outside edge start putting your crimped pp around the outside of the circle. Keep going around and gathering your pp at the bottom of the strip. For this flower I went around twice. You could do it just once too. Then lastly just pop the brad on.

Hope these directions made sense. If not, you'll have to join my club. ;)
If you make some homemade flowers and use them on a layout I'd love to see it!