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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Easy as Pie Trick or Treat Bag!

I am taking a quick break  from party prep!  Here is one of my Halloween projects I just wrapped up.  I made this for a dear friend’s daughter.  I mixed the paint I used with glow in the dark paint, which I tested and it really glows in the dark!  I was unsure it was going to work, so I was pleasantly surprised!  This was a pretty easy bag to make, only took about an hour or so. It was all no sew since I picked up the bag at Michael’s for $1.50 and then me and the glue gun had a hot date (literally)!  I promised my girls they will have one next year! 🙂 

Now back to the pre-party madness!  I will post pictures on Monday of the fun event and the fruit of all the hard work these past weeks… one hiccup today though!  I rented white child chairs and paid for them in advance to have this weekend and when I went to pick them up they only had green!  It really does not go with my ghost theme, but I will make due, especially since they were so apologetic and refunded me all the money for their mistake.  

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Just a Wee Spot of Tea Time Birthday Gift

The hub’s best friend has been in his life for almost 30 years!  Because of that we are close with his mother.  She came to this country over 40 years ago on the Queen Mary from England.  How cool is that!   Anyway, this week is her birthday and I made her a card and got her some tea from the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  I decorated that box to match the card. 

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “tea time fun” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge:  Damask Decor (I won this cart on a MPS Blog Hop Challenge back in August) For card, 3 inches – for box 2.5 inches. I also used the MPS Faux chipboard effect for the tea pot.

Card base – 8×11 cut in half then folded in half.  Fist layer 4×5.14

Box: Celebrate it – 1st layer 3.5 x 3.5

Cuttlebug: Swirls

Paper: Recollections and Bazzill –

 Punch – EK Success Pok-a-dots (I used the excess that was punched out for the “bubble effect”)

Ribbon – Celebrate It

Stamps: My Pink Stamper- Sweetest Cupcake – I also won in a MPS Blog Hop Challenge back in August!  I forgot to shoot the inside of the card, but that was the sentiment.

Ink: Close to My Heart Cotton Candy

Powder Pearls – Ranger – Bistro Collection

Stickles: Diamonds

Pop dots

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

Well at least I hope not in the way the movie played out, since  the hubs just left for a business trip to the East Coast.  I love leaving him little notes in his suitcase, and last night as I was packing him up, my little ones and I made him a super quick card to pop in his suitcase!

 Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “camp pie  is going to miss the hubs” pie with me!

Recipe:

Cartridge: Going Places – Plane cut at 4 inches

Card Base – 8×11 cut in half and then folded in half

Paper: Recollections

Cuttlebug: swirls

Stamps: My Pink Stamper – Every Day Life

Embossing Powder – Martha Stewart

Stickles: Diamonds!

Cooking With What You Got In . . .

 . . . your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box.    Yes, we are very blessed to live in an area where we can participate in a local CSA program.  When we recently decided to participate in the CSA program I made a commitment to myself that I was going to cook and try everything that came in my box.  Last week I found myself pulling out gold beets and rainbow chard.  YIKES!   I “googled” the two veggies and got a grasp of what they are and some ideas on how to prepare them and then formed two recipes on my own.  So, if you find yourself with a bunch of gold beets and rainbow chard, you now have some ideas!   I tend to get excited about cooking, so  I may get a bit carried away on the descriptions… but oh, how I love food!

This was the goodies in the box this week!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “how the heck am I going to make that” pie with me!

Roasted Gold Beets with Walnuts and Blue cheese or Gorgonzola

This is a dish I think I may put out on Turkey Day!  I would classify it as a hearty comfort food side dish that has a level of elegance that comes across that you may of spent hours in the kitchen with. The beets happen to have  a hint of sweetness, so the tangy cheese is a wonderful complement and the crunch of the walnuts was a perfect finish!    It would be really good winter warm salad!  Just add it to fresh spinach  and served with a balsamic dressing and a rustic bread.  I would serve with a merlot with a berry base – it would really pull the sweetness out of the beets!

Pre-heat oven at 375

Wash and cut 4 medium-sized gold beets into  1 inch chunks

Using a large cookie sheet, spread beets out on to it

Pour about 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil over the beets

Salt and pepper (I use Kosher salt) – take care in adding salt, the blue cheese/gorgonzola has a lot of salt in it.

Spread about 1 cup of walnut halves on cookie sheet

Mix all together until a nice coat of oil is on all the beets

Pop in oven and cook for about 35 minutes or until beets are starting to brown and are tender on the inside.l

Once out of the oven, pour into a serving bowl and lightly toss about 1/2 cup of blue cheese (you can substitute gorgonzola)

Server immediately!

Serves about 4-6

Lemon Rainbow Chard

This is a very bright tasting dish and stems have  a great crunch!  I felt like I was transported to a southern state eating my greens!  This would be a great side dish to go along side Beef Stroganoff- The lemon is a great way to balance out the cream in main dish. 

In a large skillet or dutch oven melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 3 tablespoons of olive oil

Add rainbow chard (about gallon sized ziplock bag full) and cook until it starts to cook down like spinach

Once starting to cook down, add salt and pepper to taste and then 1 full lemon squeezed.

Mix well and bring down to simmer and cover for about 3-5 minutes.

Serve immediately!

Serves 4-6

DIY Glitter Spider and My First Video

Happy weekend before Halloween!  I am in the final stages of prepping for the big party next weekend, so what do I decide to do. . . take on another project procrastinate by filming and editing my very first “how to” video.  I have to say I have a HUGE appreciation for all the amazing crafty ladies (My Pink Stamper, Sprinkled with Glitter, etc) that have inspired me to try this whole video thing.  It is a lot of work and time, but super fun to do! 

This is my first video, so please watch with a forgiving heart:-)  I am calling it “My Crafting Organicly”video!

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of procrastination pie with me today!

My Pink Stamper’s Blog Hop Challenge!

Last Friday was My Pink Stamper’s monthly blog hop!  It was showcasing two of my favorite stamp sets,Yummy-licious and Sweet Goodness while making a 3-D gift container for a holiday or special occasion.  

Since I am still in the throes of Halloween party makin’ fun, I took a quick break and made a birthday gift for my neighbor’s birthday.  I first made her a wall hanging for her in-home salon and then I decorated a coordinating gift box for her favorite kind of cupcakes.   I actually used a quick go-to stamp technique that I learned from one of My Pink Stamper’s videos.  

She loved it and it really touched her that I remembered her birthday.She is a mother of 6 children, works out of home doing hair,  a fireman’s wife and has  been heavily involved with the care for her father who has Parkinson’s, so she has been spread pretty thin and it was nice to do something fun that was all about her for just a moment. 

Doing this project made me think about how amazing God made women to be.  He knew what He was doing and what to give us to be well equipped to be the “caregiver” in the role of society and the “heartbeat” in the role of family.

Thanks for coming and having a piece of “cheers to all those  that are caregivers and heartbeats” pie with me!

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Basic Recipe:

Cricut Cartridges:

  • Storybook (2 inch “M” shadow setting to get the scallop)
  • Forever Young (dress form cut at 3 inches)

Cuttlebug:  Swiss Dots embossing folder

Frame: IKEA 5×7 black “shadow” frame

Gift Box: Celebrate it (Michael’s Brand) window gift box

Paper:

  • Bazzill textured lime green paper
  • Stampin’ Up Rock-a-bye designer paper (Cherry)- found it through my distributor (it is a 2008 style that has been retired, but there are still packs floating around out there.

Stamps:

  • My Pink Stamper- Yummy-licious
  • My Pink Stamper – Sweetest Cupcake
  • My Pink Stamper – Winter Punnies
  • Stampin’ Up Tart and Tangy (for the cherry)

Ink:

Ribbon:

  • Michael’s Celebrate It – Red 1/4 inch
  • Michael’s Celebrate It – Seasonal silver foil 1/2 inch

Additional embellishments: Kaiser Scrapbook – Emerald and small round rhinestone

Pop Dots

ATG Gun

A “Spook-alicious” Halloween Card!

 

Hi everyone!   I have been having so much fun in my craft room these past couple weeks.  I am gearing up for a Halloween party where I have challenged myself that I am going to make all of the decorations and favors.  Even though my craft room looks like Halloween exploded with six different projects going, I did have some time to make a few Halloween cards specifically for family using My Pink Stamper’s Spook-alicious and Spooky Puns stamp set. 

Thanks for coming and having a piece of “Spook-alicious” Halloween card making pie with me!

 

 

Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Mini Monsters – Spider and shadow cut at 2 inches (This is my first project with this cartridge and I love with it! I fell in love with this cartridge thanks to Quick Chick Designs.  Check out her Mini Monster inspirations!)

Paper:

Die Cuts with a View: Shimmer Mat Stack (green 4×4, orange, and purple 4 x 5. 1/4)

Recollections Black Mat Card Stock 8×11.5 cut in half and then folded in half for card base.

Recollections White Mat Card Stock 4 x 5 1/4 for the inside of the card

Ribbon – Celebrate it – Halloween Seasonal (made a bow for the Spider)

Glossy Accents (Black  and White Enamel for the eyes)

Signo Uni Ball Gel Pen- White (for the mouth)

Stamps: My Pink Stamper’s Spook-alicious (“Boo to You”) and Spooky Puns (“Happy Boo-day)

Ink: Craft Smart Embossing Ink

Embossing Powder: Martha Stewart’s Peridot Embossing powder (this is the first time embossing anything with heat.  I am using my husband’s commercial grade heat gun, so I was unsure if I was going to catch the house on fire.  It turned out great and it took only a few seconds to do with no need to dial 911 🙂 )

Stickles: Orange Peel (for belly marking on the spider)

White Spiderweb: Stretched just a small amount around the green 4×4 paper.

Stick and Spray: Used to lightly spray on the spiderweb for glitter to stick to it also made it possible to stick the spider to.

Glitter: Creatology Halloween Glitter set (orange) – used to sprinkle on the spiderweb

Pop dots

Two-Way Glue Pen