Thursday, January 28, 2010

Soups On!

I have a nice slow cooker simmering with bean soup and ham. The house smells so delish! I started it yesterday and got the base done. Then, today, I used the immersion blender to puree the base (veggies and some of the beans) so that it will be a natural thickener. I've added the ham and have more beans soaking just waiting to get dumped into the slow cooker. I invested in an All-Clad slow cooker and am glad I did. It works like a dream and cleans up in a second. My only complaint would be that the handles get hot as does the stainless lid. Oh well, that's minor, right?

I managed to get a layout done this week. The challenge was to use blue and two photos. I had these two photos in an old album. They were under a clear page cover (the old kind) and still had scratching and other "noise" on them. I had to do repairs again. I guess it is a good thing that I'm using these older photos in LOs because I get to make new ones that are much better than the originals. Here it is:



I loved the PP and chose yellow as my accent color. There are some elements (circles, leaves, clouds) that are elevated using pop dots. I added buttons to the center of each circle along the bottom. Then, I filled each button center with Stickles. It looks so cute! The sun is a rub on, but rub as I may, it wouldn't release! So, I just added a backing and glued the whole thing to the LO. I guess the rub on was too old. Can that happen?

Wasn't DS a cutie pie? I wish I could have a clone of him between this age and four. Children are just so cute then! I hated seeing him grow up. Time just passes so quickly and we have such little time with them when tiny. I should have tied a brick to his head, I guess! Think that would have slowed down the growing process? LOL

I hope you are well. Thank you so much for stopping by! I know you are busy. Your visits are treasured!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Family Pastimes

There was a challenge this week to do a layout or two utilizing the topic of family pastimes when growing up and/or family pastimes with our family. I loved both ideas and did a LO regarding both.

For the first LO, I chose to document our personal family favorite pasttime - day/road trips! If we drove too far in a day, we just stopped and would spend the night! We never knew where we were headed. We'd just get in the car and decide if we wanted to head north, south, east, or west. We called these our family "adventures." We had so much fun. I think the spontaneity of it all was what made it so much fun! One time, we drove to Phoenix to have dinner! Phoenix is 300 miles away, LOL! We did this all the time! I think that DS loved it, too, as he has continued the tradition with his sweet spouse. Here is my LO documenting it.


Road Trips

I wanted the LO to have a whimsical look to it. I used some felt, buttons, adorable punch outs from October Afternoon (I think) and paper from the set. I elevated the clouds using pop dots and elevated the tree as well.

The second LO documents what was probably my favorite pastime as a little girl. This photo is close to 60 years old! It was a tiny little photo that was so aged. I guess it was good that I redid it. It took about two hours using Photoshop to recover what you see. It was so damaged just from being in a box for years and years. When I got the photo, I placed it in an album right away. The thing is, back then, there was no photosafe glue. I used ELMERS!!!! Now, the photos will never come out! Yikes!


All Dolled Up

This LO shows all the dolls I had at this age. I am on the bed with them, LOL. I placed a rhinestone circle around my head so I can be located in the collection! The tall doll beside me was named Rita. My mom kept her in the box so I wouldn't touch her. She covered the front of the box w/ Saran Wrap and then taped it into place. I had a habit of cutting the dolls' hair! I was about five or six when this was taken. As an only child, I often would play school with the dolls. I had a little chalkboard, too. I was a teacher even then! There is machine stitching around the edge of the scrolled layers. I put alpha stickers on a transparency, added a frame, and elevated it so that the pretty paper would show through. I also used a pretty punch along the border of the white and the green polka dot. There is hidden journaling behind the photo mat.

Thank you for stopping by! I so appreciate your visits and hope that you will return! If you have any questions, just ask!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pretty in Pink Tilda Card

Hello from a grey St. George! We've had several grey days in a row. Some even came with rain! Woo hoo! I love what I call, "Oregon Days." We surely could use the water! I love El Nino years, but I know others that wish it would go elsewhere! It's especially hard in southern California where there are burn scars. The water can cause the barren hillsides to slide.

There is a Blog Hop at Magnolia-licious. You should see what the DT created using Tilda stamps! They did amazing work! Listen up, girls, there is also some pink blog candy available. In order to qualify, you must create something pink using at least one Tilda stamp. Below is the card I created. I thought I'd give it to my DH for Valentine's Day! I'm sure it isn't as good as others, but it's mine! I did the best I could!

For this card, I used Bazzill CS, Doodlebug PP, Making Memories PP, Nestibilities, Copics, teeny tiny pearls around the circle, punches, glittered CS (which almost feels like vinyl), ribbon, and a hand quilled rose. Since it is for my DH, I didn't want to make to too girly.


I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I might get lucky! Pink is good, right?

Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment if you have time!


Monday, January 18, 2010

I'm in a Snit!

Don't you just hate it when there is an issue between you and an on line company that ignores your efforts to address the problem? I feel so disempowered! Case in point - On November 13, I ordered Tilda stamps from Magnolia in Sweden. I had been ordering directly from them because they have a greater inventory. I never got the stamps. I wrote. I wrote in English. I wrote in Swedish. I wrote in English and Swedish! Nothing - not a peep! Today, I finally resorted to calling VISA and filing a dispute regarding the nonreceipt of the stamps. I hate doing that! Magnolia sends the stamps in flimsy 4 x 6 plastic bags which would be easy to lose, get stuck, or get torn. I guess I won't be getting any more from them now. The thing I keep telling myself is that in the grand scope of things, these stamps don't mean squat! There are people in Haiti that have real, life-threatening issues. My lost stamps are nothing compared to the losses felt in Haiti! So, despite being ignored (the real thing that bothers me), I am grateful for all of my blessings.

I wish I could do more to help those in Haiti. I feel so helpless. There is nothing left in the zone that was hit the hardest. I hope my prayers are helping in some way, too.

I have some goodies to share with you. I can only work for a little bit at a time. My knees swell and the pain gets really bad.

First of all, there is some blog candy being offered at ABC Toys and Crafts. I love punches and there are three sets up for grabs. The set I chose is called Scallop Three Dot. A girl can never have enough pretty punches, right?

Maybe I'll get lucky and win a set!

The first thing I want to share is the album I made for two friends. I had shown you the cover in the Visiting Teaching post below, Here are the interior pages.



I made sure that every other page had some white Doodlebug sugar coated cardstock so that the page would sparkle. The little cards with the related VT messages are removable so that the album can be used to showcase photographs. I used lots of MS punches to make it look more interesting. I wish I could make the photos larger, but 390 is the max for width. Sorry.

Now, for some cards. Sympathy cards are so hard to make. You don't want them too fancy. You don't want them too colorful. There is such a fine line. I had the need to make two such cards. I wanted them to be completely different in appearance. Here is what I did:



It's hard to see, but on the center panels on the front, as well as the interior background PP, I chose a cream colored dry embossed paper by K & Co. It has vines and flowers. I thought they were peaceful looking. The yellow barely shows. Somehow, Photoshop just loves yellow and makes it look dark and garish. The card is very pastel. Even the PP is so pastel that you can barely see the stripe. However, in the photos above, the paper is really obvious. Weird how that happens.



This card gave me F-I-T-S!!! It is my version of one done by Becca. Her's looks like mine should look, LOL! Becca, if you read this, I wish I had your skill! I did the center frame no less than nine times! I tried Copics, EK Success, pastels, Le Plume markers, paint, and pencils to color the leaves and swirls. They looked horrible (they still look nasty)! Finally, I flipped the template, colored it w/ the EK Success markers. THEN, I flipped it back and ran it through the Cuttlebug to cut and dry emboss it. It worked so much better. I still wasn't happy, so I chose to add some teeny tiny pearls and then rub microfine crystal glitter over that nasty bugger of a frame - just a smidge - to add the tiniest bit of sparkle that worked when the light caught it just right. It looked better. I don't like the card, though. I think I just got so worked up over that frame that nothing about the card seems appealing to me, LOL. I punched the sentiment border/corners and that turned out well, LOL. I love that punch set sooooooo much. It looks so delicate.

Thank you for stopping by. It is so nice to know that you keep returning to see what's what. I love you guys!


Friday, January 8, 2010

Visiting Teaching Message & Idea for Jan, 2010

For those of you who are in the cold, please stay warm! Oh, how I wish it were a bit colder here. For those of you who look out your windows and see a blanket of white, please send some to me! I love, love, love, the snow (but probably wouldn't if I lived in it)!

Did you ever do something and no matter where you were along the path to completion, you kept hitting walls? I sure did on this project! My goodness, if it could go wrong, it did! But, I was self-reliant (and quite determined) and persisted until it was just the way I wanted it and completed. I think there was a lesson in there for me regarding being self-reliant, LOL! I typed the text in blue. Every time I saved it to a .jpg, it turned green! Then the font decided to be fuzzy and blurry. I bet I spent no less than eight hours trying to get the image, from the graphic to the text the way it was in my mind! It was so frustrating because I didn't know what was changing the font color. I ran out of white cardstock for printing. DH was kind - actually, he took pity on me - and went to the store and got more CS. It wasn't white. DH got close and that was all that mattered.

Here is the accordion album I made for my gals. I made it so that they could use it as a photo album if they wish. I used some glittery white cardstock as well as white cardstock. I also used Nesties, punches, buttons, and whatever else I thought would go well. I chose the title, "Believe," because we should believe in our abilities. Sometimes that is so hard! At least it is for me. Also, each gal will receive a little hourglass. I found these on eBay. Hopefully, the gals will like these two tangibles.

If you would like to use anything, feel free to do so. If you would like me to send a photo of something, just ask! I can send you a .jpg of whatever you may like to see closer.

I decided to use a timer as my example to help support the theme of self-reliance. All of our life choices are contained within the hourglass. How we approach those choices will either allow the sand to flow freely or clog the neck, not allowing any of the sand to pass through. It's up to us.


The next photo is of the three inside pages of the album. There are two cards and a photo mat showing. The pages on the left and the right both have glittery white cardstock to add some sparkle. The center photo mat has an center that has been dry embossed with a snowflake pattern.


In the photo below, are the three outside pages of the album. The cards are removable and a photo can slip under the two bands on the left page and under the flap on the center page.


Below are the cards that carry the messages for this month. Yes, the print is blue - finally!





I hope there is something contained within this post that you may find helpful as you do this month's Visiting Teaching.

Have a wonderful weekend! Leave a comment if you wish! They are like a lovely piece of rich, dark chocolate that melts on your tongue! Your comments are welcomed and appreciated treats!


Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

I've missed blogging! I haven't felt that well lately, so that has kept me from scrapbooking - along with the holidays! I have a lot to catch up on! I hope each of you had a wonderful Christmas and a safe and fun New Year! We had a fantastic Christmas with our DS who flew in from Portland. It is always a treat when he comes home!

One of the things I need to share, with apologies for being so late, is what I did for our Neighbor Gifts. It's late tonight, so I'll post the actual item tomorrow. What I gave all of our dear neighbors was a set of fun pads/liner to use with your special dishes or, in my case, my Calphalon cookware. I don't want the finish inside the pots and pans to get scratched, so I bought these liners to protect them. I thought they were so handy, that I bought a bunch and made sets to give as gifts. Here is the card that went with each one:



I created the poem for the inside and used some clip art for the image on the front and interior. The outside of the card is very festive because I used Doodlebug Sugarcoated cardstock in red and white. The large white scalloped circle, cut w/ a Nestie die, is all sparkly as is the red circle just inside the largest white. I added grosgrain ribbon and little buttons. The snowflakes are punched from the white Doodlebug Sugarcoated cardstock, too. It was a happy looking card!

I made my Christmas cards, too - but, alas, I forgot to take a photo of one! DAH! I wanted to get them out into the mail that I totally spaced a photo!

I'll be back with more tomorrow. As I said, I have a lot to share!

In the meantime, if you want a fun, quick recipe, here's one for you to try:

Easy Parmesan Knots

• 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (Grands for me)
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1/4 cup canola oil
• 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

1. Roll each biscuit into a 12-in. rope and tie into a knot; tuck ends under.
2. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet.
3. Brush with milk.
4. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
5. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; brush the warm knots with the mixture.

Yield:10 knots.

See you tomorrow with more goodies to share! I missed you and hope that you remember me! It's been forevvvvvaaahhhh!