Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Rae is trying to save this blog- visit Use It! Challenge and try your hand at the challenges! Rae is redesigning this site to make it more user friendly! The premise is to use up those much loved items in your stash that "are just sitting there!" Put them to use!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
On a message board at CTMH, I came across a consultant that referenced this new sketch site. I really like the sketches, they are new and fresh (at least to me-lol!). Once I saw it on Saturday, I knew exactly what papers I wanted to use. I have a craft fair next weekend, and plan on making a few more using the rest of the paper. I am torn about stamping any sentiment on them. I was planning on Happy Mother's Day, but if they don't sell, I will have quite a few to hold onto. I like to move my inventory out. So, onto the sketch. It really reminded me of a present. I used Garden Green to mat and to give more contrast to the yellow rose paper. The dotted ribbon came from Big Lots (I love this store, too bad it is 30 minutes away, though it could be a good thing b/c I would spend too much money there buying "cheap" stuff...LOL!)
Supplies: Daisy D paper, CTMH c/s, Rose stamp from CTMH, and sentiment from Stampin'Up! Inks are buttercup, creme brulee, garden green and black. Ribbon is misc.
Enjoy your day, it is another rainy day here in Pennsylvania.
Monday, April 20, 2009
-use black or white cardstock (check!)
-4 different papers, different brands (check!)
-non scrap item (glasses, check!)
-pens or doodles (penned the tags and doodled, check, check!!)
-use something lying around: pins, buttons, ribbons, etc... (hemp, check!)
Many months ago a fellow consultant (Pam Klassan) designed a card using bi-focals she found at the Target $1 spot, saying Welcome to the Bi-focal Club. I found it totally cool and hip and saved it to my file for "future reference." Little did I know that today was the day that I would pull that copy out and CASE my own version!
Supplies: White and Black C/S CTMH, Bo bunny, Around the Block, CTMH Blue paper, and misc paper. Chocolate Alpha by CTMH, tags cut by hand, bi-focals found at Target, hemp.
I think that I was able to pull off the challenge in a very unique and creative way. Thanks Anja for the challenge! PS- hubby laughed when I showed it to him: "are they real glasses?", " of course they are honey, thanks to Target!"
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Still trying to figure out the lighting for my photo shots....sorry so yellow :(
Monday, April 13, 2009
This weeks challenge was to creat a card using Pastel colors. To me it is either spring or baby cards that can handle this color scheme! I am vendoring in a spring Flea Market/Craft Show and trying to make boxes of easy premade cards. I am hoping that baby cards will sell well (to use as announcements or thank you's) and have made them neutral, made some blue for boys and need to make some pink ones next..... This card is very easy to put together- it is one of CTMH's card patterns from the Originals Patterns. I love the simplicity and can make a dozen in about 1 hour!
Supplies used: Colors are key lime green, sunkiss yellow, and pink. CTMH white swirl clip, yellow organdy ribbon, stamp from Mike's and sentiment from CTMH Baby set. PS I love to stamp on textured cardstock- it just really changes the look of the card.
Use It! #6 and 2S4Y #24
For Use It, Regan chose the following guidelines: go out of your comfort zone, use something that you are hoarding, use something new and heat emboss.
Doing "male" cards is always a struggle. I guess I just feel that "they don't get it" the whole made from your heart, handcrafted thing. Just me, but anyway, I did a boy baseball card- give it to the coach or to the baseball afficiando. I had been hoarding these great metal embellies from Tim Coffey collection that I have had about 3 years- why they are in my stash is beyond me, but I found them. New- these papers are from my sister Kris, due to her spring cleaning, I won the jackpot in goodies (I love this WeRMemory Keepers line Urban Window collection!!) and I heat embossed in clear "baseballs" and "batter up" on the gold cardstock (if you look closely enough you can spot it...)
From Kazan's sketch at 2S4Y, this is my interpretation of it. I have to say, that all in all, I am surprised at how well this turned out ( it is quite heavy due to the metal buttons!LOL!!)
Have a great week!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I came across this paper while cleaning and knew it was perfect for the sketch on Card Patterns. I am very out of the holiday season, but hey, it is one less that I have to make come November LOL!!!
I love to stamp backgrounds! It is the cheapest and easiest way to change your paper. I learned how over time and it still takes practice, a steady hand, and good stamps. CTMH clear acrylics make stamping larger backgrounds much simpler because you can easily see where you need to line up your edges.
anywhoooo....I distressed the desert sand c/s base and with Argyle Backgrounds Set (ctmh), stamped the diamonds with sweet leaf ink on sweet leaf cardstock. Used the Basket Weave from same set, on vanilla cream c/s and using desert sand ink. I stamped the flower 2x and cut out, layered and pop dotted. Pin from Heidi Grace, satin ribbon from Big Lots (love this store....!) Vineyard berry ink and c/s for pop of color.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I have been busy over the weekend preparing my sample cards for an upcoming Fancy Fold Card Workshop! Whew- this is the 2nd Folding Class and am trying to keep it fresh and new. That can be a tall order, but with these 2 cards, I think that has been accomplished. The first card (show closed and opened) is a variation of the Stair Step Card. The 2nd is a Dahlia Flower, But I just made the bud. The vine was cut with the cricut Home Accents, which saved a ton of work and stamping. Fancy Fold Class #3, will be a dress card and pleats, which will be held in the fall. Hope that you like what you see and if you are in the area, there is still room to attend.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This salad is called Ginger Steak Salad and it was the easiest dinner to make. I found the recipe on Pioneer Woman (if you haven't checked out this site and read her Love Story to Marlboro Man, you must stop reading now, go find her on the web, read the story for the next 2 days and then come back to me!!!LOL!) Anyhooooooo...... I bought a London Broil steak for $4.81 at the store on sale (great price for around here) and it was super uber tender and juicy.
Ginger Steak Salad Recipe
2 TBL soy sauce
1 TBL sherry
2 minced garlic cloves (I use the jar)
2 tsp brown sugar
1 rib eye or sirloin steak
mix all ingredients in a ziploc bag. place steak in bag. marinate for 30minutes to 2 hours
2 TBL olive oil
2 TBL soy sauce
2 TBL white sugar
1 TBL lime juice
2 cloves garlic minced (jar, but less for me!)
1 TBL minced ginger, fresh (I used powdered)
Slice some green onions for a topper if you desire. Add 2 TBL olive oil to hot skillet. Add steak and cook for 1 1/2 minutes per side (if you like rare meat- I cooked my for about 4 minutes per side, and my meat was 1" thick). Remove steak from skillet and keep on plate to allow the juices to flow back into the meat.
Toss salad greens with 3/4 of dressing and put on a platter. Now, I added one cucumber diced, peeled and seeded. Slice meat on grain and mound on top of greens. Add tomatoes, if desired, and add rest of dressing. Sprinkle with green onions. Bon Appetite!
Friday, April 3, 2009
We want to see your fabulous bright creations this week using the colours hot pink, lime, lemon and orange! (You are allowed to use some or all of the colours!)
I have been crazy this week and part of the craziness was trying my hand at some of these great blog challenges that I have discovered. The down side of making these cards, well, I have become obsessed with wanting cake- more specifically CUPCAKES! Yummmy, yummy delicatable crumbly moist cupcakes, with lots of vanilla icing....mmmmmm. Back to the story..... So, with making these cute cupcake cards, I made some real ones. Now the other side of the story is that one of my girls volunteered me to make some treat for her class today, as we are having a belated baby shower for her teacher. Since I couldn't find any "pink" baby toppers for the cupcakes at Wally's, I improvised and bought Sour Bunnies! Aren't they the cutest thing? Kids just love the sours! So, I my mind, "killed 2 birds with one stone." Now, will they all make it to school?????? Time will tell. If you see me coming and I have crumbs in my hair- well, you will know the rest of the story. ( I am just chock full of these quotes today!)