Sunday, May 31, 2015

Birthday Surprise




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Today's design was very quick and easy for anyone needing a birthday card design.

Materials:
Memory Box - Lady Dancing (dress only), Petite Cake & Crisp Bows
Poppy Stamps - Aston Side Table
Impression Obsession - Girl With Easter Basket
Spellbinders - Resplendent Rectangles (pink frame)
Spellbinders -  5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Viva Decor Silver Pen
Martha Stewart - Balloon Punch


This picture was sent to me but I thought it was just adorable
Not sure who actually created it.


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Deer Old Dad

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Another masculine design.

I am tickled pink to introduce you to my new friends and followers:
Lynne of Sketching with Dogs & Sally of Sallysbitz2

Materials:
Memory Box - Small Alder Tree & Valley Deer Trio
Spellbinders Standard Circle Large & Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers
Viva Decor Peridot (flower centers)
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Life is a magnificent ride



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This design was so easy and quick, I just glued a black circle behind the spokes then added the various colors. I used a polka dot embossing folder on the bottom half of the cream card stock. I thought it made a fun masculine design.

Materials:
Cuttlebug polka Dot embossing folder
Memory Box - Vintage Bicycle
Spellbinders Ribbon Banners 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tool-Tally Awesome Dad

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Still working on masculine card designs.

Materials:
Memory Box Gentlemen Leaping, clouds & Handy Man Tools
Poppy Stamps - Garden Step Ladder
Spellbinders Matting Basics A
Martha Stewart Grass punch

Saturday, May 16, 2015

What's Cooking Dad

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I really struggle to make masculine cards but I thought this would be fun for Father's Day.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Patient Pup & Antique Lamp Post
Memory Box - Party Grill & Grill Masters
Spellbinders Matting Basics B

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Little Mermaids

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I have been trying to create mermaids for a while but do not have a large fish die so I glued two seahorses together and added the blue glitter on their tails and Viva Decor Blue pen for the tops.  I thought the wide tree sort of looked like coral.

Materials:
Impression Obsession -  Girl With Easter Basket & Wide Tree
Memory Box - Swimming Seahorses & Seaside Treasures
Blue glitter
Viva Decor Blue pen
sticker bubbles

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wheelbarrow Ride & Blueberry Oatmeal Bars



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I know as a kid we had an old wheelbarrow and took turns pushing one another around the yard.  

I am tickled pink to introduce you to my new friends and followers:

Julie of One Craft Chick & Diane of DL. ART 

Materials:
Spellbinders - 5 x 7 Matting Basics B
Memory Box - Puffy Clouds, Gentlemen Leaping (hat only) & Petite Umbrella
Poppy Stamps - Large Garden Cart & Leafy Sprig
Impression Obsession - Boy with Flowers & Girls With Easter Basket
Martha Stewart Grass Punch
Viva Decor Peridot (flower centers)


I found this delicious recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars on  Averie cooks
These are a wonderful and get eaten fast.

Ingredients:

Crust and Crumble Topping
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (don't use quick cook or instant, they're finer and behave like flour and will make mixture too dry)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
pinch salt, optional and to taste

Blueberry Layer
12 ounces (2 cups) blueberries (fresh or frozen; I used frozen and didn't thaw)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside. Lining the pan helps with cleanup and is recommended.
  2. Crust and Crumble Topping - In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Add the flour, oats, sugars, optional salt, and stir to combine. Mixture will be dry and sandy with some larger, well-formed crumble pieces.
  4. Set 1 heaping cup mixture aside to be sprinkled on later as crumble topping.
  5. Transfer remaining mixture to prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust; set aside.
  6. Blueberry Layer - In a large mixing bowl (same one used for crust and crumble is okay), add all ingredients and toss to combine. If sugar hasn't dissolved fully that's okay because it liquefies while baking.
  7. Evenly distribute blueberry mixture over the crust.
  8. Evenly sprinkle with the reserved heaping 1 cup crumble topping mixture. Before sprinkling, I squeeze the mixture in my palm to encourage bigger crumble pieces to form.
  9. Bake for about 55 minutes, or until edges are set and center has just set. Crumble topping should appear set and very pale golden. I used frozen berries without thawing and the pan was very cold going into the oven. If using fresh berries, baking time will be reduced, but I'm not sure by how much, I'd guess at least 10-15 minutes, possibly less. Bars may take longer than 55 minutes if blueberries are very juicy. Watch your bars, not the clock, when evaluating doneness. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. If you try to slice bars before they've cooled completely, they'll be extremely messy and could fall apart. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Strolling With Friends (Dedicated to Spencer)

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I am tickled pink to introduce you to my new friend and follower:
Jennifer of Just Coffee Please & Stamps& Ribbons & Paper

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig & Curious Cat
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers & Girl With Easter Basket
Spellbinders - Decorative Labels Eight
Mounting Tape (under frame)
Viva Decor - Peridot (flower centers)
Martha Stewart Grass Punch


Spencer 
I would like to dedicate this card in memory to my daughter's cat Spencer who recently passed away on April 29, 2015.  He was a ripe old age of 15 1/2 years old.  Spencer was a very clever cat, he could open door latches and let himself in or out of a room.  Just for fun he would go into the kitchen and pull open all the bottom cabinet drawers.  It was like living with a naughty two year old, you never knew what he was up to. 
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