Monday, May 25, 2009

Thank You Cards

A friend asked me to make some thank you cards for her to give to her kid's teachers for the end of the school year. I felt my mojo was seriously lacking but needed a good challenge! I knew I wanted to use the new Thank You stamp set from CTMH and was just itching to ink up my new Tickled Pink stamp set (also CTMH). I dug through my papers and decided to see what I could do with some of my favorite scraps. The brown and pink paper wasn't scraps, but I bought it with a coupon at Michael's because I loved it so much. I had to use the coupon because love affair or not, I absolutely refuse to pay $2 for a single sheet of paper! I may be crazy, but not that crazy! LOL

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bread Recipes - a different form of art!

Since bread baking has kept me busy this week, I thought I'd share the recipes I demonstrated for the class at church. If you get around to making them, I'd love to hear how they turned out and how you like them. :) The french bread recipe looks really tedious and not worth the effort, but I assure you that it is well worth your time. My favorite way to make it is with half white flour and half fresh ground whole wheat flour. Try it, I'm sure you'll like it!

100% Whole Wheat Bread

3 cups warm water
3/4 cup dry milk powder
2 TB. yeast
1/2 cup honey
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup oil ( I use olive oil)
8 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Combine water, milk powder, and honey. Stir well. Sprinkle yeast over the sweetened liquid and let sit for 10 minutes. Add half of the flour and mix well. Let sit for 20 minutes. Add salt, oil, and remainder of flour and mix well. Cover and let rise for 60-70 minutes. Punch down and then let rise again for another 60-70 minutes. Shape into two loaves and place in greased bread pans, seam side down. Let rise about 30 minutes. Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on cooling racks.

French Bread

1 1/2 TB. yeast
1 TB. salt
3 TB. sugar
6 cups flour
1/2 cup oil
2 1/2 cups warm water

Mix water, sugar, oil, and yeast together. Add half of the flour (let rest for 20 minutes if using whole wheat). Add remainder of flour and the salt. Mix well. Let rise for one hour - punching down every ten minutes. At this point you can either shape it into a french bread loaf and bake immediately, or you can place it in a greased loaf pan and let rise a bit before baking. Bake at 400 degrees until well browned and sounds hollow when tapped. (approx. 25 minutes)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thank You Card

I belong to a group called Angel TAG where we send cards to group members (using all Angel Company supplies). Once you've been "tagged", then you create something and pass it along to someone else. A pay it forward/random acts of kindness thing done scrapper style. Anyways, I created this card to send out and never got around to posting it here. The paper and cardstock are from the Mimi Collection. The stamp set is Graphic Blooms. The Thank You stamp is a gift with purchase stamp. I realized after I had it made that I really should have done the white squares in a cream color instead. Overall though I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. The lace edge punch from Martha Stewart really made a nice edge on the papers. I used stickles on the flowers and the ribbon is from The Ribbon Retreat.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Card Club Cards

Well here is some new artwork - as pinky promised yesterday! I am the moderator for a card club that meets every couple of months at church. We each design a card and make a sample along with kits for each of the members who've signed up to be able to make our card. With Father's Day just around the corner, I couldn't resist making a masculine card using "And Many Mower" from Stampin' Up. The patterned paper is from American Crafts (Tea Party). The cardstock is Bazzill (orange) and CTMH (Moonstruck). The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder and the image has been colored with my prismas. The golf ball I left white, but added a bit of liquid glass for shine and dimension. The card measures 6"x6", and the smaller birthday card is just 3"x3".

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Obviously I chose the wrong lawn mower card to take a picture of. I can't believe I colored outside the lines! LOL

I'm going to spending the weekend hanging out with my family rather than being cooped up in my scraproom, so I'm going to pre-publish some posts for the rest of the week. I'll back to creating next week on Tuesday I'm sure.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Confessions & Ramblings of an Overwhelmed Scrapper!

Have you ever felt just completely overwhelmed with tasks that have been set before you so much so that you don't feel like doing any of them? Well, that is the boat I am in at the moment. I am teaching a class at church tomorrow night about making whole wheat bread. Can I just say that I am so tired of baking bread, yet I have tons more to bake! I've been working on a recipe and trying to tweak it to get it to something that I am happy with. I think I am about 90% there. I also have quite a bit of laundry to get caught up on before we head out for the holiday weekend. If it were socially correct, I think I'd rather run around naked! Of course, I will spare everyone the horrid sight and get caught up on the laundry. LOL

I made some cards for a card club at church last week, as well as some thank you cards this week for a friend who paid me to make her some cards. I just haven't posted them. Here's where the confession comes in - I've just been plain lazy! LOL Nevermind that Farm Town on Facebook is amazingly addictive. It's probably a good thing I don't remember which particular friend invited me to play that game because I'd probably have to put a "hit" out on them on Mafia Wars (another Facebook time sucker)! ;)

Now for more ramblings and musings...As most of you know, I have my own scrap space. It is a great space and I love being in it. I have tons of stamps, papers, embellishments, etc to choose from. An overabundance really. I find myself wondering when is enough enough? I have become rather choosy about the stamp sets and supplies that I buy. That has helped, but it seems like there are so many companies out there vying for my money. So many ads, so many cute items, and so little of a budget! So anyways, I really feel like my mojo has just up and left me. I'm sure it is temporary. It's not the first time, nor will it be the last I am sure. I've sold off about 30 stamp sets that I wasn't using so that they could feel some love (and ink) in a new home. The reality is though that I still have 100 stamp sets, 60+ inkpads, and about 3 feet worth of paper. I won't even get into how many yards of ribbon I think I have! LOL

In addition to ads and companies out there vying for my money, I've come to realize that there is a plethora of blogs to read and challenges to participate in. Don't get me wrong, I love challenges, but I find myself being overwhelmed with choosing which ones I participate in. Many of them have contests involved. I think perhaps that is why I am overwhelmed. I participate in contest after contest, yet I never win anything. I realized that I was looking for validation that I am good enough through these contests rather than just enjoying what I do. I find myself wondering how many other scrappers have found themselves in that same position?

So anyways, I guess I will put an end to my ramblings and pose a question for all of you scrappers out there. Well, maybe more than one question. LOL

1.) How do you decide which challenges to participate in?
2.) How do you know when enough is enough?
3.) How do you ignore all of the ads for the latest and greatest gadgets, papers, stamps, etc?
4.) How do you get your mojo back?

I promise I'll take pictures and post artwork later. I pinky promise! :) Until next time, keep scrappin' and may your mojo not run dry!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Birthday Gift for My Sister-in-Law

I created this album to give to my SIL Mandy for her birthday recently. I had to put off posting it until after I was sure she had received it. I couldn't spoil the surprise now could I? With the exception the family photo on the last page, all of the pictures are of her nieces & nephews. They were taken at different times & places, so I printed all of them in sepia tone to help unify the album and make it easier to pick papers & embellishments to work with. Enjoy & be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Supplies Used: CTMH Serendipity Paper Pack, With Love Stamp Set, Buttoned Together Stamp Set, Typewriter Keys Alpha Stamp Set, Prima Flowers, Bamboo Bigger Brads, Dutch Blue, Chocolate, Outdoor Denim, & Versamark Inks, Outdoor Denim Ribbon Rounds, Martha Stewart Glitter, Liquid Glass.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Birthday present for my grandmother

My grandmother is turning 80 this next Sunday. She doesn't like us to make a fuss over her, but I just couldn't resist making her a little something. Years ago she gave me a recipe for Monster Cookies. My best guess is that they are called Monster Cookies because the recipe makes a MONSTER batch of dough. It has to be mixed in a 5 gallon bucket! LOL Fortunately the dough freezes well! Anyways, as my grandma has gotten older, she can no longer mix the dough and can't enjoy her favorite cookie. I live too far away to make the dough for her, but I did make some cookies for her to enjoy.

The container I decorated used to have Pearson's Mint Patties in it (from Sam's Club). I used the CTMH Promise of Spring paper pack and matching stamp set for it. The only full sheet of paper I had left was the green leaf patterned paper, and then some scraps of the others. I hope the cookies make it there in one piece. I put bubble wrap under and on top of the bag of cookies in the jar.

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I had enough scraps leftover to make her a few cards. She likes to write letters/notes to people still, and uses 3-4 notecards per week! I just sent her a few cards for Mother's Day, but I'm sure she'll be able to put these to good use!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch 86

Another cute sketch from Mojo Monday!

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Supplies Used: Angel Company Mia's Cottage Paper & Cardstock, Angel Company Sweet Thing Cupcake Stamp Set, EK Success small scallop border punch, Martha Stewart Glitter, Liquid Applique, Liquid Glass, Staz-On Jet Black Ink.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch 85

Well I suppose better late than never, right? I've had this sketch printed out and sitting on my desk all week waiting for the time and inspiration to hit so I could work on it. Although I think it was more of an inspiration issue than a time issue this week! ;)

I combined the sketch challenge with the Stamps & Smiles Project Tuesday Challenge this week. Once I saw the SASPTC, I just knew they were meant to be together. I had the perfect opportunity today, as my daughter needed a gift bag to put some cookies in for her best friend's birthday.

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Supplies Used: Cardstock from the Mimi & Mia's Cottage TAC Collections, CTMH Colonial White Cardstock, DSP from SU's Walk In The Park, Hollyhock & Garden Green CTMH Inks, CTMH Treasure Life Stamp Set, EK Success small scallops border punch, ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Happy Birthday Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

Obviously I had to flip the sketch to make it work for the gift bag. I didn't have any small craft bags that it called for in the project directions, so I merely used a white lunch sack. I kept the back simple by just embossing some white cardstock with a cuttlebug folder and then rubbing with ink. Very simple, but a nice effect I think. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Fun Project

I found these cute little notebooks in the dollar bin at Michael's and just knew that they would look great altered. What made the price even better was using a 20% off my entire purchase coupon. :) I plan on doing up several of these for the fall craft shows I'll be doing.

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Supplies Used: Unity Singles Stamp "Butterfly", CTMH June Word Puzzle Stamp Set, CTMH Buttercup & Colonial White Cardstock, Staz-On Timber Brown Ink, CTMH Spring Iris Ink, Prismacolor Marker, Prima Flower, Colonial White Brad, Liquid Glass, Prisma Glitter, ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat.


I was rather bummed to run out of the pale yellow ribbon. Why oh why could I not have had just 2 more inches of it???? I'm sure that'll bug me everytime I look at it. LOL I used a Prismacolor marker (blue slate) to color the prima flower and then I used a glue pen and sprinkled it with prisma glitter and covered with liquid glass. The butterfly is actually attached to the brad in the center of the flower with some liquid glass and has more dimension than it appears to have in the picture.

Oh, and in case you didn't notice, I FINALLY got my very ugly but useful light box made. I really need to get another desk lamp so I have light from both sides. But meanwhile, these pics were taken using the light box with no extra light source other than overhead lighting and the flash on the camera. I am pleased with how they turned out. Finally, I can get halfway decent pics in my basement scraproom! WooHoo!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Stamps & Smiles Challenges

Boy, talk about squeaking in under the wire! The deadline for these challenges is 12:00 noon central time. Not much time to spare, so I'll be brief! Stamps & Smiles is having a blog hop tonight to celebrate their new May releases. It starts at 9:00 central time. I am not in the habit of checking their blog on a daily basis - shame on me - so when I looked for yesterday's sketch challenge, I was surprised to find four! I hurriedly worked up my cards last night & this morning. I hope you enjoy them. Until next time, happy scrappin'!

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Supplies Used: Paper & Cardstock - Mia's Cottage (TAC), Stamp Set - What's Moo (TAC), Tim Holtz Fragments Charm, Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Prismacolor Markers for coloring.

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Supplies Used: CTMH Boom-D-Ada Paper Pack, TAC CS, CTMH Hollyhock CS, Stamp from House-Mouse, Colored with Prismacolor pencils & baby oil.
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Supplies Used: CTMH Lazy Days of Summer Paper Pack, TAC Cardstock, Stamp Set - And Many Mower (SU), miscellaneous buttons, scrapper's floss.

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Supplies Used: CTMH Rustic Trail Paper Pack, TAC Cardstock, Stamp Set - And Many Mower (SU), Prismacolor markers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Boy is my stamping hand & arm sore!

I agreed to make the invitations for my DD's sweet sixteen birthday party. Once I got started on them - after procrastinating till the last minute of course - I realized how daunting a task it was. I'm glad that I had her pare down the invite list to 30 instead of the original 40. I don't think I could've gotten 40 of these things done today! LOL

Partway through the creative process, I was bemoaning the fact that I probably wouldn't get around to last Thursday's Stamps & Smiles Challenge. Then I got to looking at the invitation I had come up with and realized how similar it was to their sketch challenge and decided to make one extra - she needs one for her scrapbook after all! So I made the one for her scrapbook using their sketch. I am very happy that they are done, and she is pleased with the end result. So everyone is happy!

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Supplies Used: CTMH Inks -Spring Iris, Citrus Leaf, Bubblegum, Orange. CTMH CS - Bubblegum, Citrus Leaf. CTMH Stamp Sets - It's Your Day, It's A Party.

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Supplies Used: CTMH Inks -Spring Iris, Citrus Leaf, Bubblegum, Orange. CTMH CS - Bubblegum, Citrus Leaf. CTMH Stamp Sets - It's Your Day, It's A Party. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Serious case of the blah's

I just thought I'd take a moment and let everyone know that I did not fall off of the face of the earth. I just finished a semi-large project but can't post pictures just yet - otherwise I'll spoil the surprise for the special someone it's been mailed to. ;)

Meanwhile I am feeling blah and lacking mojo to say the least. I have a few challenges I'd like to try out and will post again soon - hopefully tomorrow.

Happy Scrappin'