Friday, September 30, 2011

Tilda Loves You!

Dear September,

Good bye, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu - la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la! Did you think of the melody found in the song, So Long, Farewell, from The Sound of Music? Oh, October is just hours away! Woo Hoo! The leaves at the higher elevations are changing to their reds and golds already. Soooooooooooooooooooo pretty! My little hummingbirds are gone now. So, their feeder has no visitors. We live in a flyway, so the sound of ducks and geese heading south can be heard in the early morning as these travelers head south for the winter. They sound so cute, especially the ducks! LOL

I made a wonderful pot of soup for a friend the other day. It was truly a no brainer! You might like it. Honestly, it looks like a ton of work, but it isn't at all. Most of the ingredients go in towards the end, so you have lots of time to prep what needs to be cut.

I took five cans of chicken broth and dumped them into a kettle. To that, I added one very small onion that was cut in half, about two inches of fresh ginger that had been cubed, and about six uncut cloves of peeled garlic. I let that simmer for about an hour. After the flavors had infused the broth, I removed the aromatics and added about 3/4 c. of carrot matchsticks, about 2 c. sliced mushrooms, 2 T. soy sauce (more if you like), 1/3 c. + of mirin, zest from whole lemon. Let this cook for a little bit to allow the carrots to soften. Now it's time to finish off the soup. This is quick! Add 3 green onions cut into 3/4" pieces, 14 frozen pot stickers (I used pork w/veggie), 1/2 bag of fresh spinach leaves. Watch those potstickers closely. If they cook too long, they will open and release the filling. Just before you think the pot stickers are done, toss in 2 c. shelled and cooked edamame (in freezer section), 1" of fresh ginger that you've grated finely, 1/2 c. frozen broccoli flowerettes. If you cook the broccoli and edamame too long, they will look gray, add them last and just long enough to soften slightly without losing their bright green color. Add sesame oil to taste, but be careful as it is strong. Lastly, add 3/4 c. cilantro leaves and juice from 1/2 a lemon (or more if you like) to brighten the flavors. That's it! It was wonderful. Our friends loved it, too! If you give it a go, let me know what you think.

Now for our little Tilda. Today, I have made a sweet supportive card showcasing our Boxing Tilda! I love how this turned out! I used 12 x 12 papers which I had in my stash rather than from a 6 x 6 pad, LOL! Tilda is colored with Copics. I used a distressed stitching technique I used when I was scrapbooking. I just got bored one day with the regular look of machine stitch lines and started ripping at it. Cool, huh? There are lots of layers and die cuts. You can't see the embossing on the sentiment banner, but it is also dry embossed. To enhance your dry embossing, especially when using Nesties, take your embossing stylus (mine has three sizes of ball tips to pick from) and go over the indentations by running the stylus along the back side. You'll see that your embossed lines left by the Nesties are very crisp and clear! I thought the inside turned out so prettily, too. Got the floss, die cuts, buttons, flowers, gems, ribbon, stitching, and layering all included. LOL. I hope you like it as much as I do. Here she is:

I am just so pleased with this card. Maybe someone will be cheered up a bit when they receive it!

Thank you so much for visiting! Your comments are so appreciated. Leave a little love if you wish!


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

1. Papers and Such Ends 10/7 - Recipe (I think I have 3 of each)
2. Tip Top Tuesday#53 Ends 10/3 - Chose 2 items from list *tip is above*
3. Stamping Scrapping Central ends 10/9 - Red
4. Addicted to Stamps Challenge #13 ends 10/1- Stitching
5. Magnolia Stamp Loversends 10/8 - Distressing
6. Paper Sundaes Challenge Blog#88 ends 10/1 - anything goes
7. My Sheri Crafts #69 - ends 9/30 - sewing
8. Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog ends 9/30 - anything goes
9. More Than Favors - Breast Cancer Awareness Card#53 ends 10/4 - Breast Cancer Awareness
10. Scrapalicious ends 10/4 - Anything Goes
11. Just Magnolia #126 ends 10/6 - sketch


Fiona said...

fab card and great colour combo!!

Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


Shelley said...

Very nice card! your recipe sounds delicious too! Thank you for joining us at Scrapalicious USA this week!

Sheri said...

This is truly AMAZING inside and out! Thanks for joining our "Sew Simple" challenge this week at My Sheri CRAFTS ;-)

Riet said...

So beautiful card,I love the image and the colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.xx

Lisa Minckler said..., wow...awesome! This is completely gorgeous and what a perfect little image and sentiment. You've done so much work on this card and it's exquisite!
Thanks so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our "2 or more" challenge.
Lisa xx
EXCELLENT tip too.

wannabcre8tive said...

Wow, your card is beautiful, I love how you decorated the inside.

Unknown said...

Oh my Chris this is delightful!!!!! Your coloring is fabulous and I love the sentiment!!!! Fabulous job my friend!!!!! Wow!!!!

Caroljenks said...

This is so beautiful! Gorgeous LO and fab colours.
Thanks for your Top Tip on embossing the edges of your Nesties - Great!

Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday this week for our '2 or more Ribbons' Challenge. :)

Carol x

Anonymous said...

Lovely card love the way you did the insides too! beautiful! Thanks 4 joining us this week @ Top Tip Tuesday for our 2 Or More, Ribbon, Twine, Lace, Fabric Challenge, Don't forget you can enter up to 3 times, I hope you can come and play again soon, Hugs Samantha

LaJanette said...

Wow what a super totally awesome card! I am loving the colors and how the inside panels are also decorated. Oh and your coloring is awesome too! Very well put together.

Thanks for playing along with us at Top Tip Tuesday this week:0)


JustYolie said...

Beautiful card!
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JenMarie said...

Oh so sweet! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper and Such!

Sandy said...

How did I miss this cute card. Really nice work. My yahoo account is broken and I can't seem to get help from the blog gods. Your card is gorgeous but they always are!!

♥♥RubyM:)♥♥ said...


Hi Chris((waving))

This is mind blowing adorable.I love all the small details to your card WOW!!

Great colour sketch and colouring ofcourse!

Your a wonderful talented person :)


Cheryl said...

Chris, I just love her! I couldn't see just how to use her when she came out, but your idea is perfection!
Lovely, lovely card! sure to cheer someone's day!