Monday, June 25, 2012

Father's Day with Magnolia Edwin and DH!

Happy Monday Sweet Readers, How are you? Thank you so much for stopping by. I love that you took time from your day to visit. (((hugs to each))) I should have posted this sooner, but time got away from me! Was Father's Day a great one for the dad in your life? Because DS lives in Portland, I made it special for the man in my life - the wonderful father of our amazing son. I began the day by making him Danish Aebleskivers. These are little pancake textured dumplings. That was a big hit with my Dane! For dinner, I chose to take him from the desert to New England for a clambake! Well, we didn't really go to New England, but I did make a stove top clambake for him. He LOVED it! I used a large pot to hold all the seafood. I began with a nice, thick bed of fresh spinach (since the high desert doesn' seem to have any seaweed, LOL). This was followed by the fingerling potatoes, sweet corn, garlic infused chicken sausages, lobster tails, shrimp, clams, and mussels. I splashed a bit of chicken broth just to get the steam going. On went the lid and we let the steaming begin. Here is a photo of the finished product: Does that look yummy? With everything being fresh, the flavors were incredible. I also made a card for my sweetheart. I dressed Edwin in colors that DH usually wears. His favorite shoes - the ones I HATED - were orange and black. Thank goodness, they finally fell apart. LOL Yet, whenever I create a card for DH, I make sure the shoes are the ones he loved so much. The colors are actually deeper than I am able to get on Blogger. I don't know why that happens. Here it is: I had difficulty with it standing up, so I made a little foldable inclusion which prevents the card from flopping open. You may be able to see it here: Lastly, I also did the back of the card so that there was a special message just for him. Of course, I've blurred it because it is "mushy" and private, LOL. You get the idea, though. I colored the image with distress inks. The cardstock is Bazzill, and the paper is a very old paper by Paper Pizazz. I liked the blues and rusts. I also added some Diamond Glaze to the headlight covers and windshield. There is a sprinkling of glitter on the ground just to add some dimension. I made the flowers at the bottom of the title using a Marianne Design die. I hope you like it. I know my sweetie sure did! He has it out on his desk and says he's NOT going to file this one away. I think it all because of the shoes! LOL Have a wonderful day! I'll be back soon with more examples of my work. I so appreciate your visiting I hope you will come back again!

Happy summer!


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

Scrappy Frons Challenge Blog ends 6/30 - Celebrate Men

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #65 - ends 6/28 - Boy Attitude

Hotshot Craft #9 - Distress Inks

More Than Favors #72 - ends 6/26 - Father's Day

The Crafty Pad#176 - ends 6/30 - More than one fold

Tilda's Town#6 - ends 6/28 - Edwin

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tilda in Ballet Shoes

Good morning sweet readers, It is bright and early this mid June morning! I actually got up before the hummingbirds did! So, here I am. I started this morning making a bowl of chicken salad. I thought it would make for nice sandwiches. I always use Best Foods Mayo made with Canola oil to cut down on the calories, but this time, I used REGULAR Best Foods! **GASP** I have noticed that when I make a salad using mayo with canola oil, after a day, there is liquid in the container and the mayo appears to be partially dissolved. I concluded that it had to be the canola oil mayo that was breaking down. So, to test my theory, I made this salad with the good stuff! We'll see how it turns out. LOL I'd like to share a card with you this morning. I used Tilda in Ballet Shoes as my image. I just love, love, love this little Tilda. I used tons of layering, machine stitching, inking, distressing, and tons of elements. There is a removable tag inside the envelope in the upper left. It says, "With Gratitude." Here she is: I added pearls to her bow and head band. I also added two teeny tiny pink rhinestones to simulate earrings. The papers are from Papermania, the stamp is from Magnolia-licious, and the flowers are from Hooked on Craft Here is the inside: I am so not a pink person, but I love the softness of this card. The seam binding added just the perfect texture. I added the same teeny tiny pink rhinestones to each corner diecut. It also added just the right amount of sparkle without overwhelming the corner. I just love this little image! What a sweet little Tilda! Thank you so much for dropping by. I hope you will coe back again soon! I'd love a comment if you have the time! XO, Chris