Saturday, May 31, 2014

Garden Butterflies


Greetings Everyone, Gosh I like the Big Splash Border but I believe it has been discontinued. It really adds a fun dimensional to cards, I die cut the Poppy three times to make it more sturdy, then added some Sakura 3D crystal lacquer and Art Glitter in yellow to the flower tops.  I wove the Holly Vine inside the flowers and finished with the two butterflies.

Materials:Memory Box - Big Splash Border, Holly Vine & Prim Poppy
Poppy Stamps - Murana Butterfly, Samirah Butterfly, Cheviot Butterfly & Delaney Butterfly
Pink Rhinestones
Art Glitter Yellow
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacque

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Butterfly Flight


Greetings Everyone, I don't use my Pan Pastel Chalks very much but they seem to work well with the new Memory Box Stencil.  After coloring the stencil I spray the finished design with  Krylon Workable Fixatif to protect the chalk, it sets the chalk so they don't smear.  Also, if you don't use the stencils to emboss I like to lightly spray the back of the stencil with Krylon Easy-Tack, it adds a slightly sticky residue that will stick to your paper projects.  If you need to remove the residue I use Goo-Gone.

Materials:
Memory Box Butterfly Vine Stencil
Pan Pastel Chalks
Poppy Stamps Petite Four Border
Krylon Workable Fixatif  (Michael's, Amazon)
Krylon Easy-Tack (Michael's, Amazon)
Half Pearls

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Simple Wedding Card & Elephant Ear Cookie Recipe





Hello everyone, just wanted to say thank you to all my new followers.  For those that might need a fast wedding card this design was quick and easy.  I die cut the center heart, attached the butterfly, popped on the corner pieces and added mounting tape to the back of the first layer.

Materials:
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Lace Hearts & Matting Basics A
Poppy Stamps Delaney  & Cheviot Butterfly
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F
Mounting tape

For those that enjoying baking I have enclosed my version of the the Elephant Ear Cookie, one of my favorites, I have shortened the steps but you can also go to Martha Stewart's website and view the original. These are so good and go fast.

Martha Stewart Elephant Ear Cookies (really it is more like a delicious pastry)

Elephant Ear Cookies

Recipe
  • 1 cup walnut halves (original recipe called for pecans)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for surface
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry (from one 17.3-ounce package), thawed (I use Pepperidge Farms Puff Pastry Sheets)
  • 1 large egg, beaten well
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast walnuts on a baking sheet until fragrant and lightly toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
  1. Grind walnuts, sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor until very finely chopped (mixture should resemble very coarse sand).
  2.  Place puff pastry sheets side by side on floured parchment; press together at seam to form a 9 1/2-by-18-inch rectangle. Roll out to an 11-by-20-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. Brush generously with beaten egg, and evenly sprinkle with walnut mixture, patting it into dough. Starting with a short side, use one hand to roll up as tightly as possible, holding unrolled portion firmly with other palm. Brush off excess flour with a dry pastry brush as you are rolling, and press sides back into shape (they tend to splay). Roll tightly in parchment.  Chill in freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Cut crosswise into 1-inch slices. Generously sprinkle a work surface with granulated sugar, and coat both cut sides of dough slices in sugar. Press dough slices to flatten slightly. Roll out into 6- to 7-inch rounds on sugared surface, sprinkling more sugar on top as needed.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper and bake in batches until golden brown, 17 to 18 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cool on baking sheets.
If you get time to make this let me know what you think.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tweeting A Birthday Greetings


Greetings to all my visitors, currently my house is in complete disarray.  I was planning on having the inside painted but not until July my painter had an opening in his schedule and wanted to start two weeks ago.  So I was a crazy person removing everything from the closets, pantry etc.  Then as fate would have it our septic system alarm decided to go off which I then had to call a company to pump and repair the system.  On the same day as the septic issue my husbands car blew a hose and will now have to be towed for repairs.  So I think I need a bit of good luck for a while.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps Happy Birthday Background
Impression Obsession Bird Bath & Love Birds
Dee's Distinctively Small Leaves

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Running with the Pack

I really like the way the contrast worked using gray, white and black for the trees.  It actually looks better than the picture.  The rolling hills are from In The Meadow Die and I tucked some Martha Stewart grass in between.

A big hello to my new followers, thank you for stopping and taking a peak.   Also, I received a very nice e-mail recently telling me how I have inspired them.  Gosh, I am so humbled, I hope I can continue to create fun and interesting projects.  HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to everyone.

Materials:
Memory Box - Grand Alder Tree & Small Alder Tree
Poppy Stamps - Labrador
Papertry Ink - In The Meadow Die Collection (set of 2)
Martha Stewart grass punch

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Singing In The Rain



Greetings fellow crafters, since the past few fantasy cards have displayed the ladies I figured I had to sneak in a masculine design.

To achieve the shadowing effect you need to die cut the  Gentleman Leaping on the white paper and also the umbrella that way when they are attached to the black background paper it shows a slight shadow.  Then when attaching the man slightly  offset him so the black cardstock shows behind him.  Double up on the white umbrella to give it more depth.  I used an x-acto knife and scissors for the rain drops which I don't think turned out that great.

Materials:
Memory Box Gentleman Leaping & Petite Umbrella

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Old Mother Hubbard



Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
To give the poor dog a bone;
When she came there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.
Good Morning everyone.

I just had to add Old Mother Hubbard to the group of fantasy cards.  I have used the Madison Arched Window before to make a cabinet and added some spider webs to the corners.  Just add the flower box to the bottom and trim off sides, attach some half pearls and punch the legs and (Wala!) you have a cabinet .  It is too bad Memory Box retired the Lady Dancing I find all sorts of ways to use the die. Still available at some scrap book on-line places.

A big hello to all my new followers, thank you for joining and  everyone who has time to stop by for a visit.

Materials:
Memory Box  - Lady Dancing, Snowflake ornament
Poppy Stamps - Dachshund, Curious Cat, Frenchy, Grand Flower Box,  Small Madison Arched Window
EK Success Large Real Estate punch (legs of cabinet) Then use it again to punch out leg shapes.
Martha Stewart Doily Punch & spider web
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