Teal Thinking of You

Good Morning!

It has been a bit of a crazy week over here. I cannot believe that it is already Thursday. We have a horse with a little bit of a medical issue that will require soaking his feet for a bit so I’ll get this posted and head out to get that done. It is never dull that is for sure.

Papertrey Ink & BoBunny Stamps
Papertrey Ink & BoBunny Stamps

Today’s card is pretty simple but I think that the colors are very fun and the BoBunny ornate stamp in the corner is very elegant and architectural.

I used Bermuda Bay and Apricot Appeal to stamp the corner image. Once I stamped in each color I quickly embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder. I used Classic Ink which typically dries too quickly to emboss so I first load my stamp with Versamark Ink then the Classic Ink to give it a little more working time. If I am using an older acrylic or polymer stamp I will often do this as well to minimize the ink beading up on the stamp. Once I had the stamps in the corner I then sponged the two inks directly to the card front. I used the circular sponge from Stampin’ Up cut into quarters for my sponging.

Close-Up of the Teal Thinking of You card
Close-Up of the Teal Thinking of You card

The die cut is from Spellbinders Label One set. The flourish and label detail are from the Papertrey Vintage Label set. The sentiment is from the Sincere Salutations set by Stampin’ Up. Both the sentiment and flourish were embossed with Clear Embossing Power.

Materials

  • Stamps: Ornamental – BoBunny, Vintage Label – Papertrey Ink, Sincere Salutations – Stampin’ Up
  • Ink: Versamark Ink, Bermuda Bay & Apricot Appeal – Stampin’ Up
  • Paper: Nennah Solar White, Bermda Bay – Stampin’ Up
  • Misc.: Gems – Hero Arts, Fiber – On the Surface, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up

Thank you for spending you time with me!

Harry Potter Card

I loved the Harry Potter series both the books and the films. I thought that everyone involved was so very talented and the stories were just so rich and wonderful. I made this minimalist Harry Potter card with the intention of making a series. Well, I still think that one day I will but for now it is just the one. I created these in my Silhouette Software and cut the shapes out of colored cardstock and then coated each piece with Stickles. I could have done loose glitter but I like the cleanliness of Stickles. I feel like there is very little shedding and they are pretty easy to work with. Having said that, I typically set my hand down in wet Stickles when I do a project this size.

Minimalist Harry Potter Card
Minimalist Harry Potter Card

I was particularly happy with how the glasses turned out.  I used Stickles in Orange Peel, Yellow and Black Diamond.

Harry Potter 2

Swish and flick!

A Dash of Yellow

I haven’t disappeared! We had my daughter’s 5th Birthday party yesterday and it was quiet the occasion. We had a good turn out and the girls all seemed to have a fun time. My daughter selected Monster High as her theme and I had a great time putting it all together. I am ready to get back to “normal life.”  We were able to watch the Rolex Three Day Event live today and I really enjoyed getting to watch a few of my favorite riders. While the cross-country day is more exciting and glamorous we were too busy to watch it yesterday.

On to my cards for today! We are having a very rainy day today and so I thought I would bring in a little brightness in the form of yellow flowers.

"Postcard" featuring a handmade yellow garden rose and Papertrey Ink stamps.
“Postcard” featuring a handmade yellow garden rose and Papertrey Ink stamps.

This card was created with the Papertrey Ink Stamp Set Postmarks. I adore all of the elements of this set but just don’t use it as much as I would like. I stamped with Memento Jet Black ink and then aged the “Post Card” with Old Paper, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. The background of the bee stamp was stamped with Peeled Paint Distress Ink but it came out very subtle. The edge was distressed with the Tim Holtz Distress Tool.

Side view of the "Postcard" card
Side view of the “Postcard” card

The rose was made from McGill Paper Blossom Punches. The petals were lightly distressed with Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Materials

Stamps: Postmarks – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Old Paper, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint Distress Ink by Ranger

Misc.: Multi Pear, Garden Petals, Birch Leaf & Alpine Snowflake – McGill Paper Blossoms, Gems – Hero Arts

My second card today is also yellow, but features a sunflower. I am really happy with how the background pattern turned out and love the pop the teal gives the sunflower.

Happy yellow sunflower on a damask background.
Happy yellow sunflower on a damask background.

The background was stamped with an image from Papertrey Ink’s Giga Guide Lines set. I particularly like this image because it incorporates a fleur-de-lis. The center image and sentiment are also from Papertrey Ink and are fromt he Mat Stack 2 set. The background image was stamped with Wild Honey Distress Ink. The teal accents are Stickles.

Another angel on the sunflower and damask card.
Another angle on the sunflower and damask card.

Materials

Stamps: Giga Guide Lines & Mat Stack 2 – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Wild Honey, Vintage Photo & Antique Linen  Distress Ink  – Ranger

Punches: Star Lily, Highland Snowflake, Birch & Sun Paper Blossom Punches – McGill Inc.

Misc.: Mat Stack 2 Die – Papertrey Ink, Turquoise Stickles – Ranger, Gems – Little Yellow Bicycle

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

I {Heart} Vampires!

The Birthday preparations continue here. The whole house is covered with glitter and skulls. I am planning to make the cake tomorrow and freeze it. I haven’t ever done that before but after baking until 11pm the night before last year I figure it can’t hurt.

In the vein of Draculara and Frankie Stein I present today’s card. This is actually a card I made quite some time ago but I still love it and thought I would share it. I was just learning my original Silhouette and had used it to cut the lips and font. I believe that it was still called the QuicKutz Silhouette back in those days.

Red & Black - Classic Vampire
Red & Black – Classic Vampire

I cut out the lips in Real Red card stock and then did multiple layers of UTEE. In fact, the layers of enamel make this card about 2x as heavy as my normal cards. The swirl is from the Baroque Motifs set and was embossed with clear embossing powder. The heart was cut with a heart paper punch.

View of the Vampire card
View of the Vampire card
Close-Up of the Vampire Card
Close-Up of the Vampire Card

 

The fangs were cut from scrap paper. Just a quick post today as I am also needing to make a life-sized Monster High doll box today. My husband is skeptical but I am excited to give it a go!

Materials

Stamps: Baroque Motifs – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Real Red – Stampin’ Up, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick & Aged Mahogany Distress Inks – Ranger/Tim Holtz

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red & Basic Black – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel – Ranger, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up

Dies:  Cut with Silhouette machine, heart – paper punch (unknown manufacturer)

 

Crowned Heart on Damask

Hi-Ya!

Preparations are under way here for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. It is in less than two weeks and I feel like I have so much to do. I really went overboard last year so my goal was to keep it mellow, however, I suspect I am failing at that. We had already exceeded our “set-in-stone” invite number but it should be a good time. Her theme is Monster High so I spent yesterday painting 15 miniature coffins. Photos and details to come.

So, on with the show! Today’s card is really one of my all time favs. I really have a thing for damask and use it a lot. I have to stop my self from buying more damask stamps because I know that I have more then enough!

Damask, hearts and a crown - what more do you need??
Damask, hearts and a crown – what more do you need??

I feel like this card has that great vintage depth while staying modestly feminine, The color was applied direct-to-paper using a ink blending tool and Distress Inks.

Close Up - Check out the crackle finish on the crown.
Close Up – Check out the crackle finish on the crown.

I adore the crackle finish on the crown. This was achieved with Distress Crackle Paint. The crown and hearts are from the Silhouette America store and were cut with the Silhouette machine.

Another angle.
Another angle.

I actually made a blue card that was similar to this one that I sent as a congratulations on a new baby card. Naturally, I forgot to take a photo. Below you will find my completed material’s list. As always, thank you for spending your time here.

Materials

Stamps: Elegant Brocade – Hero Arts, Flourish Acrylic Stamp – BoBunny, Thank  You – Wordsworth, Paris Les Liu’s Inkadinkado, French Ledger – Stampers Anonymous

Paper: Chocolate Chip – Stampin’ Up & Neenah Solar White

Ink: Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Black Soot & Vintage Photo – Distress Inks by Ranger

Dye Cuts – Silhouette America and cut with Silhouette Machine

Misc.: Eyelets – Stampin’ Up, Gems – Hero Arts & Mark Richards, Distress Crackle Paint in Tarnished Bronze, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Pop Dots – EK Success, Glimmer Mist in Suede by Tattered Angles (on larger heart)

 

Flannel Rag Quilt

Hi!

I have made a few quilts over the years, but never a rag quilt. I recently purchased a new sewing machine and I am still trying to figure everything out on it so I was looking for a project that would give an opportunity to practice without a huge investment. So, I’ll admit I was a little bit of a disaster with this project. I had trouble cutting the fleece and then I was not very accurate with my sewing. I was definitely getting better towards the end of the quilt and I am actually thinking that I will make another. I think that this was the most forgiving project I have ever worked on. Once you rag the seams and wash it, like magic everything looks better. Since this was for my daughter, I let her select all of the fabric. We spent quite a bit of time in the fabric section trying to get the “right” fabric collection.

Rag Quilt - Detail
Rag Quilt – Detail

This quilt has two additional layers of fleece inside each square. Each square was nine inches and the front and back fabric matched. The inner fleece is eight inches. After cutting the squares I stack the two inner layers with a top and bottom and the sewed an “X” across each block to secure all the layers. I used a walking-foot on this quilt and it was a huge help.

A View of the Back of the Rag Quilt
A View of the Back of the Rag Quilt
Complete Quilt
Complete Quilt

Overall, this was fun to make and pretty straight-forward. I am looking forward to making another. Thanks for stopping by!

 

And the Mice Were Waltzing

Howdy! We are having a chilly day today after a week of beautiful weather it feels really chilly. It is the kind of weather that makes me want to stay in bed and eat carbs.  We got a nice rain last night which is always appreciated here. Today’s cards feature stamp sets from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. I adore this company and if you aren’t familiar with them I suggest you check them out. They are shipping items from the US now which is nice. Their stamps are charming and they have a wide variety of images. Now, I think that I have talked myself into making another purchase from them.

Yellow and Navy French card
Paris Nouveau – Yellow and Navy French card

I really like Art Nouveau but I hadn’t ever really seen too many stamps that featured the style. Sometimes I feel like a I use too much black (is there really such a thing??) in my cards and then I force myself to make a card without any black.  I fussy cut around the Eiffel Tower and Merci images.

A closer look at the Paris Nouveau
A closer look at the Paris Nouveau
Paris Nouveau
Paris Nouveau

Materials

  • Stamps: Paris Nouveau – Waltzing Mouse Stamps
  • Cardstock: Navy & Summer Sun – Stampin’ Up
  • Ink: Versamark, Summer Sun – Stampin’ Up
  • Misc: Embossing Powder – Navy Stampin’ Up, Gems – Hero Arts & Mark Richards, Flowers – Fluerettes by Mark Richards, Rhinestone Brad – Lush by My Mind’s Eye
Folk Art Medallion Stamp Set with Purple Rose
Folk Art Medallion Stamp Set with Purple Rose

For my second card I used the Folk Art Medallion stamp set also from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. Each piece is a separate stamp which allowed me to stamp and the emboss each component as I built the background. This took a few attempts and there were certainly a few “do overs.” In the center of each medallion I places a small “nail head” they look like tiny brads but are more similar to gems with adhesive on the back. Also on this card, another paper rose. This one was made with the McGill punches.

Close-up of the rose on the Folk Art Medallion card
Close-up of the rose on the Folk Art Medallion card
Side view - Folk Art Medallion Card
Side view – Folk Art Medallion Card

Materials

  • Stamps: Folk Medallion – Waltzing Mouse, Sincere Salutations – Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, Cool Caribbean &  Vintage Violet – Stampin’ Up,& misc. green card stock
  • Ink: Versamark & Basic Black – Stampin’ Up, Tea Dye & Vintage Photo – Tim Holtz for Ranger
  • Embossing Powder: Clear & Copper, – Stampin’ Up, Candy Violet – My Sentiment’s Exactly
  • Punches: Pear, Garden Petals, Birch Leaf, & Alpine Snowflake – McGill Inc.
  • Misc.: Copper Brads (on sentiment) – Impression Obsession, Nailheads – Mark Richards

That is it for today – talk to you all soon!

Woodland Baby Shower Menu

Good Afternoon!

When I plan a party I start collecting ideas for decorations and menu and pin these ideas to my Pinterest board I create for that event. I try to create a menu that fits the party and I usually I add a few easy things and a few things I haven’t made before. I like to experiment in the kitchen and parties give me a good excuse to try something new.

For the baby shower I had planned to photograph all the food and have stunning photos to share with you. However, the day before the shower my hand mixer died, in spectacular fashion. To be honest it had been limping along for at least six months. Something was broken inside it and was rattling around in it and it finally worked its way into the motor. Naturally it died right in the middle of mixing the royal icing for the sugar cookies. It jettisoned a blade and the motor started whirring at a high pitch. I wasn’t going to be able to get a new one that day so I asked one of the guests to bring hers which pushed my time table back and left me with no time to get photos. I will try at the next party, so we have no photos but I will link to the recipes I used, where there are awesome photos.

Acorn Candy Cookies – These were very easy and quick to make. I was able to throw these together earlier in the week. I used Almond Hershey’s Kiss versus plain, because they were on sale and just store bought frosting to assemble.

Recipe

Almond Dip – A few of the guests are vegetarians so I left out the bacon for this recipe, I was also out of green onions so I made it with onion powder instead. Toasting the almonds gave them a great flavor and I served it with Trader Joes Assortment Crackers. I actually made this again without the almonds for Easter and it was a hit.

Recipe

Blueberry Muffins –I used frozen berries since that was what I had and these were great!

Recipe

Meringue Mushrooms – Huge impact on these puppies. They were actually way easier then I was expecting. Even though I forgot to add the cocoa powder on top they still looked real. This was another item that I was able to make earlier in the week since they can last a long time.

Recipe

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes – I made the cupcakes the day before and assembled them the morning of, I didn’t think that the meringue would last 24-hours. Great flavor! The lemon curd was just the right amount of tart.

Recipe

Amanita Mushroom (Red with White Spots) Cupcakes – So these should have been my easiest project and they ended up being a huge pain. The melted frosting was sticky and made a huge mess and I tried to make my own dots with candy melt which was a disaster, so I ended up using White Sugar Pearls from Wilton. Primarily because I had them on hand. I just used a box mix (shudder) for the cupcakes and store bought frosting. I had thought about adding a cream filling but that got nixed once I discovered how sticky they were. They were sticking to eachother and pulling parts of each other’s cupcake off so there was red frosting and cake stuck to the outside of the tops and sides. People did like them and they were cute I just think that I would do something different next time, maybe a royal icing or a homemade buttercream.

Directions/Recipe

Sugar Cookies –  This is my go-to sugar cookie with royal icing recipe. I do these all the time and this is the best recipe I have found. I picked up some woodland animal cookie cutters at IKEA. They had a bear, fox, moose, snail and hedgehog. I am so sad that I didn’t get a photo of these because they turned out pretty cute. Next time I make these I’ll be sure to get lots of photos. my one suggestion would be that if you are tired when you make these you run the risk of making uni-brow snails, not saying that I did that but it could have happened.

Recipe

Coffee Cake – Quick and easy. I actually added this last minute. Easy and quick.

Recipe

Cran-Cherry Almond Scones – I was really happy with how these turned out. They were moist and flavorful. I could only find cran-cherries so I went with that versus the dried cherries suggested in the recipe. I also added an almond glaze on the top.

Recipe

French Macaroons – This was my very first attempt at making French Macaroons. I made these two days before the party and whipped up a buttercream frosting the morning of for the filling. I had planned to have a coconut buttercream but it just wasn’t happening so I left out the coconut and was pretty happy with the result. It took me four attempts to get these to turn out correctly. I dyed mine teal and they were so cute. I pretty much followed the recipe as written. I am looking at macaroon pans so I could make the size more consistent, but I may try it one more time before making that commitment. I found the almond flour at Trader Joes.

Recipe

Berry & Feta Salad – Recipe

Ranch Dressing – I am not sure if I missed something in this or if my garlic was just extremely pungent but this was very heavy on the garlic. Still good but way strong. I served this with the veggie tray.

Recipe

Non-baked items

  • Veggie Tray – carrots, celery, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, snap peas & mushrooms
  • Bagels with cream cheese
  • Quiche (two vegetarian varieties)
  • Greek yogurt with mixed berries & granola
  • Honey Smoked Salmon
  • Mimosa bar – Cranberry, Paradise Blend, & Orange Juices with champagne and sparkling cider

So as I read this I realize just how much food there really was. If you were a normal person you could certainly purchase most of these items or pare it down to be less variety and I think you would still be fine. I always struggle with wanting to start too early and most things just cannot be prepared more then 24 hours in advance, but overall this menu went together pretty well and aside from the hand mixer incident was pretty smooth.

As always, thank you for visiting!

 

 

 

 

Woodland Baby Shower Decorations

Happy Easter!

We had a wonderful day hanging with family, hunting eggs and generally eating too much. I got a chance to hang out with my retired horse Flynn who seems comfortable and happy in his own personal Shangri-La.

I am finally back to covering the Woodland Baby Shower with a few decorations.

Centerpiece Decoration
Centerpiece Decorations

Hanging over our buffet we have a large framed print of Paris. I picked it up from IKEA when we were staging our old house and I love how big it is but it isn’t terribly baby shower friendly. I purchased up a large roll of gold wrapping paper from Tuesday Morning and covered the art. I took the picture down and taped the wrapping paper around the back. Super simple and easy, the wrapping paper cost about $4 and I have most of the roll left for new projects.

Centerpiece Decorations
Centerpiece Decorations

I made the banner next. I cut the pendants with my Silhouette Cameo using paper from DCWV. The paper pack was called “The Green Stack” and I picked it up for 50% off at JoAnns, it is darling and a prefect fit for the theme. I used Sahara Sand card stock from Stampin’ Up as the larger pendant mat. The letters were also cut using the Silhouette and the font is QK Indigo. I just punched hole on each side of the pendants and strung them on a green grosgrain ribbon.

The butterflies were another Silhouette project. I cut sets of butterflies out of white card stock then folded one butterfly in half and adhered it to a flat butterfly using a glue dot. I wasn’t super happy with the hold I got with the glue dot and if I did them again I would use craft glue. I then punched a tiny hole on each wing of the flat butterfly and then threaded the butterflies on a piece of thread. I put a tiny piece of tape on the back of each butterfly to keep it where I wanted it. I taped both the pendant and butterfly garland to the back of the frame.

Next up were the hanging decorations. I was really trying to not go overboard on the decorations but I really could not find tissue paper pom-poms that I liked, so I was forced to make my own. These were very easy and I made all three in about 15 minutes. I started with eight pieces of tissue paper and then accordion folded them in about one inch folds. I use a pipe cleaner to wrap around the middle and make a loop with it to hang it. Then I cut the ends into a roughly round shape. Fluff them up and hanging them. For my daughter’s birthday I made really big pom-poms so these seemed like nothing. The honeycomb is from Target. Since we are in a new house and I didn’t want to put holes in the celling I used a 3M Command Hook to hang this from the celling. I used the utensil hook and it worked perfectly. I just strung everything with spare wrapping ribbon. I hung the pom-poms with different length of ribbon so they don’t end up looking funny.

Close-up of hanging decorations
Close-up of hanging decorations

I had great plans to make a cake stand with a slice of wood but scrapped that as I decided it would become one of those projects that quickly escalates into something out of control. However I had already purchased a Basswood Round. So I decided to make a welcome sign.

Wooden Chalk Board Welcome Sign
Wooden Chalkboard Welcome Sign

I have been seeing super cute chalkboard projects but hadn’t found a project for this trend until  now. I painted the oval with chalkboard paint (two coats) and used a chalk marker. I cut a stencil with my Silhouette using vinyl. The font is Brody and I welded the word in the software so it would look handwritten. The marker bled under the stencil but it was still better than I could have done freehand. I just went back over the edges once the first coat had dried, so it was a little fatter in the end but I am still happy with the result. The sign was pretty naked at this point so I added a few butterflies, but it was still too plain. I made the Dogwood flowers with my trusty McGill punches. I used the Dogwood, Sun, and Birch Leaf punches. I added two eye-hooks to the back and tied on the ribbon which I had in my stash. Theoretically I should be able to wipe off the “Welcome” and make it say something else.

Rustic Chalkboard Sign
Rustic Chalkboard Sign

 

Close-up of paper Dogwood on Welcome Sign
Close-up of paper Dogwood on Welcome Sign

The last decoration today will be the table tents. These are totally an extra but for me they serve two functions; one they tell people what the food is and two they keep me from forgetting something. Oh, and three they add color to the serving area.

'Cause the people need to know what they are eating. Mostly it kept me from forgetting something.
‘Cause the people need to know what they are eating. Mostly it kept me from forgetting something.

These were made with Sahara Sand card stock and the DP from the pack I bought to do the pendant. I have used the pen feature on my Silhouette before but I wasn’t super successful and I had only used the Sketch Pens. I decided that I would try out my new pen holder for these and I loved the result. I have terrible handwriting and no matter how often I practice I just cannot make things look nice. I used a Fine Sharpie Pen and the pen holder. The font is  Amy Lou, it can be purchased through the Silhouette Store and is a “Sketch” font. When I am getting set-up I put these tents in the dish or in the area where the food item will go. That way if I have an extra I’ll know I’ve forgotten something. When things get down to the wire I need all the help I can get and it does help me visualize how things will get laid out.

Wow – that turned out to be a pretty beefy post! I will be sharing the menu soon. Thank you for stopping by!

On the Farm

We are getting ready to celebrate Easter. One never knows if you will be hunting eggs in the snow here in Colorado. It looks like it will be nice for this year.

Today’s card features products from Papertrey Ink. The stamp set is On The Farm and the banner was die cut using the Banner Builder Die Collection.

On the Farm card with stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.
On the Farm card with stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.

For this card I used Very Vanilla and Old Olive Card Stock from Stampin’ Up. along with Vintage Photo & Tea Dye Distress Inks from Ranger. I love the rustic feel of this card and I love the set.

On the Farm Card
On the Farm Card

Materials

Stamps: On the Farm – Papertrey Ink, Weathered (Retired)- Stampin’ Up, Fabulous Flourish – Hero Arts

Inks: Old Olive – Stampin’ Up, Vintage Photo & Tea Dye – Ranger Inc, Jet Black Archival Ink – Ranger

Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive & Chocolate Chip – Stampin’ Up

Misc: Dies – Banner Builder Papertrey Ink, Flower – Prima, Gem – Mark Richards, Clear Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Baker’s Twine – Target $1 Bin.

Thanks for stopping by!