Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I found this paperboard box at Michaels, and I covered it with designer paper from the Botanicabella Collection by Graphic 45. I stamped "Just for You" from the Sugarplums Sentiment Set, and I placed it in some Hodgepodge Hardware from SU!. It is attached to the box lid with glue dots. Inside the box are lots of embellishments, ribbon and other goodies. I won't show you, just in case my SS is reading my blog! ;)
I made a coordinating card with the same paper and some SU! cardstock (Always Artichoke and Riding Hood Red). I embossed the red panel with my Cuttlebug and Textile Textures folder. For the monogram, I used my new JustRite Monogram Stamper and the Special Occasion Font. I cut and embossed the circles with my Circle Nestabilities. I also finished the inside of the card and added a strip of coordinating paper to the bottom.
I hope my Secret Sister likes her gift! It will be in the mail today, I promise! :)
I'll be back tomorrow with the ATS Wednesday Challenge, and coming up on Friday is the first preview of the October C.C. Designs releases! I hope you'll stop back! As always, I really appreciate your visits -- have a fantastic day today!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Crockpot Chicken and Mushrooms
6 boneless, skinless frozen chicken breast halves
2 10 3/4 oz. cans cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms or 1.2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Place frozen chicken in crockpot. Mix together soup, mushrooms, salt and pepper and pour over chicken. Cover. Cook on Low 10-12 hours. Serve over rice.
Enjoy your Sunday -- find some time to spend with your family around the supper table! :)
Friday, September 26, 2008
I colored Olivia with Copics and paper pieced her cape with more Ghostly Greetings paper. I cut her out and attached her to the topper with dimensional foam. The sentiment is also attached with dimensionals. That's it -- fun and easy! :)
It's time to go blog-hopping again! Head over to the ATS Blog to see which of my Design Teammates have a project with this set. One of them has a $5 gift certificate to All That Scraps to give away!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I colored with Copics and sponged the edges of the white cardstock with Marigold Morning ink (retired SU! In Color). I added ribbon and Dew Drops as embellishments.
Here's a closeup of the monkey. I put Crystal Lacquer on the floating bubbles, and I put Liquid Applique and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the bubble foam.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I used the C.C. Designs sets Spooky Spooky Spooky for the card front and Spooky Scene for the inside. The inside sentiment is from Sugarplum Halloween. I used my Circle Nestabilities for the image and matting. I colored with Copics and sponged around the white circles with More Mustard ink.
Here's the inside of the card. This is probably the easiest way to make a pop-up! Starting from the card fold, I cut two slits about 1" long. I opened the card and pushed the tab inward. I glued Baby Ghost below the fold, and he stands up when the card is opened!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The layout is Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday Sketch #54. The paper is from the Botanicabella Collection by Graphic 45 -- I picked it up at my LSS last week. I embossed the red background panel with my Cuttlebug and Leafy Branch embossing folder. I colored the image with a blender pen and SU! inks, then I outlined the image and added a shadow with my Cool Gray Copic marker. I sponged the edges of the image panel with More Mustard ink.
Here's a closeup of the apples -- see how shiny they are? I added some Crystal Lacquer to them after I colored. They look good enough to eat! :)
Monday, September 22, 2008
I had bought a package of chipboard arrows when I bought the paper -- they work perfectly together! I covered the arrow with Basic Black ink, and I added a trio of brads. I also added brads to the truck tires. The Soft Sky background was Cuttlebugged with the Number Collage embossing folder. I pierced around the numbers and mounted everything on dimensional foam.
I like how it turned out -- I think it's a fun card! Kyle is one of my biggest cheerleaders, and he always likes to see the new projects I've made. I hope he likes this one! :)
We're going to a Japanese steakhouse for his birthday dinner -- his request! I have a few things to do around here before then, so that's all for now! Thanks so much for the visit -- have a fantastic day! :)
Stamps: Loads of Love (SU!), Just So Sporty (Gina K. Designs) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Basic Black (SU!) Cardstock: Basic Black, Soft Sky, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Travel (American Crafts) Other: Copic markers; vintage brads, circle punches, paper piercing tool, stamping sponge (SU!), Jigsaw Arrows (Making Memories); Cuttlebug, Number Collage (Provo Craft), dimensional foam
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This is what Donna said about her recipe:
Here is our absolute FAVORITE for the Fall/Winter season! We eat it with Jif cornbread - Yum! The recipe can be made on the stove but I prefer to just throw it in the crockpot!
Black Bean and Sausage Posole
12 oz Jimmy Dean sausage
(2) 14.5 oz cans low salt chicken broth
15 oz can black beans- rinsed & drained
14.5 oz can golden hominy
(1.5) 14.5 oz cans Mexican style tomatoes
1 cup loose-pack hash brown potatoes
1/2 cup chopped green pepper (1/2 pepper)
1/3 cup chopped onion (1/2 onion)
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp chili powder
In a large saucepan, brown the sausage - drain fat. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Or if you prefer, after you brown the sausage, throw all the ingredients in the crock pot.
Thank you so much, Donna! If anyone else has a recipe to share, let me know! I'd be happy to feature it here! :)
Have a great Sunday, everyone! Enjoy some family time around the supper table!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I'm a big fan of clean and cute cards -- I often stamp that way myself! The paper and images did most of the work here, and I just added some flowers, ribbon and fibers. I'm really happy with the way it turned out!
That's it for today! Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day planned -- enjoy! :)
Stamps: witch shoes (Kolette Hall for studio g), sentiment from Green Thumb (Papertrey Ink) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko) Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Hallowhimsy (Imaginisce) Other: Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain (SU!), fibers, flowers (Prima), silver circle brad (Making Memories), dimensionals
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here's a closer look...
Thanks so much for visiting today! I'm so glad you stopped by! Have a great day! :)
Stamps: Spooky Spooky Spooky (C.C. Designs) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Elegant Eggplant (SU!) Cardstock: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Haunted (Cosmo Cricket) Other: Ciao markers (Copic), Halloween ribbon (Michaels), Glitterz (Teresa Collins for Junkitz), Cuttlebug & D'vine Swirls embossing folder (Provo Craft), stamping sponge, dimensionals
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Here's the card I created for the Rub-Ons feature in the October 2008 Issue. I used SU! Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons, and I applied them to the patterned paper, the ribbon, and the Flower Fusion felt flower. It's funny -- I hardly ever use rub-ons, and this is not my normal style, but it was a fun card to make, and I was thrilled that PC accepted it! It just goes to show you -- when you step out of your comfort zone and try new styles or techniques, you just may create something you love! :)
Tomorrow I'll be back with a two C.C. Designs cards -- one for the ATS Challenge, and one for the ATS Blog Hop! We're having another "Review Preview" of the newly released sets, and there's a chance to win an ATS gift certificate -- if you go blog hopping! I hope to see you then! Thanks for visiting today! :)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here is a card I didn't get to upload before the power went out. I made it for Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try. The challenge this week is to combine the sketch with a Stamping Bella image. I've been wanting to ink up Lattebella for quite a while, so this was the perfect reason! I colored with Copics and sponged the edges of the image and sentiment panels with River Rock ink. I tied natural hemp twine through SU! clear buttons for the trio of embellishments. The patterned paper is from the Archaic 6x6 pad by BasicGrey.
I didn't yet get a chance to play today's ATS Challenge, but I wanted to give you the details so you can play along! It's a color challenge -- if you don't have the new SU! In Colors, just substitute something similar! When uploading to a gallery, use keyword ATSDTC18. I'm hoping to get my sample done today! :)
Monday, September 15, 2008
Anyway, I'm here at Chris's office, getting laundry done and catching up on computer stuff, so I thought I'd sneak in a quick post. I made this card early yesterday before the storm hit. It's for the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS. This week's FS is lazylizard. I CASEd her card shown HERE. I changed the colors and images, and I added some layers, ribbon, and a Cuttlebug background.
The images are from First Fruits by Papertrey Ink. It is a gorgeous set, full of autumn and Thanksgiving images and sentiments. I created the "patterned paper" on the corners by stamping repeatedly with one of the images in the set. On the corners and the image panel I did a lot of rock-and-rolling. I really like how it turned out!
That's all I have for now! I don't know when I'll get more stamping in or when I'll get back on the computer, so I hope you'll check back with me! Thanks so much for stopping by -- I hope to be posting again soon! :)
Stamps: First Fruits (Papertrey Ink) Ink: Kiwi Kiss, More Mustard, Really Rust (SU!) Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White (SU!) Other: Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain, Earth Elements brads, horizontal slot punch, stamping sponge (SU!); Cuttlebug, Leafy Branches embossing folder (Provo Craft); dimensional foam
Sunday, September 14, 2008
4 Soups Crock-Pot Stew
1 1/2 lb. stewing beef
1 can tomato soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 envelope Lipton dry onion soup mix
1 large bag frozen stew vegetables or your own mixture of fresh vegetables
Mix all soups together in crock-pot. Add stew meat and vegetables. Cook all day on high.
Serve over rice if desired.
**Do you have any easy supper recipes? I'd LOVE for you to share them with me! Just email me or leave a comment here -- I'll feature you on a future Sunday Supper post! :) **
Have a great Sunday, everyone -- enjoy some time around the supper table!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I had to cut two strips of the paper to completely go around the container. I stamped the sentiment from the level one hostess set Best Yet. After stamping, I used an Aquapainter to highlight the words with Pumpkin Pie and Kiwi Kiss ink. I used the Designer Label punch to punch out the sentiment, then I backed it with a 1 3/8" circle. I added some dots with a black gel pen, then I used the Horizontal Slot punch to create a slider for the ribbon. That's it!
Thank you for visiting today. I'll be back tomorrow with my Sunday Supper recipe, so I hope you'll stop back! Have a fantastic day! :)
All Products Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Best Yet Ink: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Paper: Ghostly Greetings Other: Designer Label punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Horizontal Slot punch, Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain, Basic Black grosgrain, Aquapainter, black Gel Exel pen (Marvy), window tin (Prima)
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It just so happens that many of the images in the new set by AmyR Stamps, Amy's Boutique, are perfect for inchies! I went with the shopping theme and created a gift card holder. I saw this particular template last year on this post at Nancy Morgan's blog, Paper Smiles. I've used it many times since then!
Well, I have a lot to do around the house -- better get going!! Thanks so much for stopping by -- have a fantastic day! :)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
This is the last set I have to preview for tonight's release! It's called Sugarplums Halloween, and it is SO darn cute! I hope you had a chance to visit the ATS Blog yesterday to see what my DT pals came up with!! There are so many great images in this set -- Christine really outdid herself on this one! There's a witchy Olivia, a devilish Christopher, pumpkins, cat, bat, spider, and so many accessories and sentiments! When I saw this sentiment, I immediately thought of making a card from my own little "pumpkin patch." So, here are my four kids, wishing everyone a Happy Halloween! :) The eyes, noses, mouths, vines, and leaves are all separate images -- you can "build-a-pumpkin" so easily! I just love the little sign, too -- there are quite a few phrases to put on it.
This card measures 6.25" x 3.25". It will fit in a business size envelope. I did all my coloring with Prismacolor Pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS). There are quite a few different OMS out there, but I use Turpenoid (purchased at Michaels). I added some grass from Sugarplums Scenery Set, and I sponged around the pumpkins with Bashful Blue and Old Olive ink. I cut out a couple leaves and popped them up on rolled up glue dots. I used a mini screw brad on the sign, and I also popped it up on rolled glue dots. I cut a fish tail in the sentiment panel for a little interest and backed it with a Prima flower. The image panel and sentiment panel are on dimensionals.
Be sure to stop by the ATS Blog before noon EST today -- you can leave a comment on any of the preview posts for a chance to win the new sets! The Release Party is from 8-10 pm EST tonight on the ATS Message Board -- I hope to see you there! All the new sets will be available at 10:00 pm EST tonight!
That's all for me today! Thanks so much for visiting -- I'm always glad when you stop by! Have a great day! :)
Stamps: Sugarplums Halloween (C.C. Designs) Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Old Olive (SU!) Cardstock: Old Olive, Basic Black, Really Rust, Whisper White (SU!) Paper: Hallowhimsy Pixie Sticks (imaginisce) Other: Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, black brads, Prima flower, mini screw brad (Karen Foster), sponge, glue dots, dimensionals
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I covered a wooden frame from Michaels in this great Cosmo Cricket Haunted paper. I sanded the edges and sponged them with SU! Basic Black ink. The reverse side of the paper has a wood grain pattern in it, so I used it for the fence. The fence is stamped twice and cut out. The other images are stamped on card stock and cut out -- and I lightly sponged Basic Black ink around them for some dimension.
This photo was taken five years ago -- it's one of my favorite photos of the neighborhood kids on Halloween. Things have changed so much since then -- all the "big kids" are too old for trick-or-treating now! :(
For more samples of this set and the other releases, go to the ATS Blog, or check out the Design Team blogs (on my sidebar). All of the new sets will be available Tuesday, September 9 at All That Scraps.
Now, for today's Sunday Supper recipe. This one is sooooo quick and easy! It came from a local fundraiser cookbook that my Mom gave me -- thanks, Mom! :)
4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 oz. Catalina salad dressing (you can use fat-free)
16 oz. can whole berry cranberry sauce
Cooked rice (if desired)
Lay chicken in single layer in shallow baking dish. Combine dressing and cranberry sauce, mixing well. Spoon sauce over chicken to cover, and bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let set 5 minutes; serve over rice if desired. This dish also reheats well.
That's all for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fantastic Sunday! :)
Saturday, September 6, 2008
To make the box, I covered both sides of chipboard coasters in different patterns of halloween paper, then I applied Mod Podge to all of them. I set Jumbo eyelets and tied ribbons through them to attach the sides together.
I stamped the bear and sentiment, and I colored with Copics. I used Marvy punches for the image circle and mat. I sponged the white circle with SU! Ballet Blue ink, and I added dots to the scallops with a white gel pen.
Friday, September 5, 2008
It's time to start previewing the September releases from C.C. Designs! Today's stamps are from a new line being manufactured by C.C. Designs, but they were designed and illustrated by our very own Amy Rysavy!!! They are called AmyR Stamps and will be available with the other C.C. Designs stamps at All That Scraps.
Amy's first two sets are called Amy's Boutique and Boutique Sentiments. There are so many possibilities for the clothing images and sentiments in these sets! This is just one of the ideas I came up with -- I have many others swimming in my head already! I wanted to make a clean and simple (CAS) card, keeping the focus on the images. I stamped the hanger and colored it with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS. I paper pieced the dress and belt with BasicGrey Sultry paper. The embossed frame was made with Rectangle Nestabilities. The only embellishment was some rhinestones -- gotta have a little bling!
Wanna win these sets? Leave a comment on THIS POST at the ATS Blog! :)
You can see more samples of this set on the ATS Blog or on Amy's blog. The rest of the Design Team will be showing samples, too! I'll have more previews of the new sets this weekend, and the release will be Tuesday, September 9! Lots of fun coming -- I hope you'll stop back to see! Thanks so much for visiting today -- have a great day! :)Stamps: Amy's Boutique, Boutique Sentiments (AmyR Stamps) Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko) Cardstock: C.C. Designs white cardstock Paper: Sultry 6x6 pack (BasicGrey) Other: Prismacolor Pencils, OMS, rhinestones, Rectangle Nestabilities
Thursday, September 4, 2008
We're getting a new AC/furnace today ($$$$), so hopefully I'll be able to stamp later without making a sweat puddle on the chair! The C.C. Designs previews start tomorrow, so I need to get in gear! :) Wait 'til you see the new stamps -- just so cute! If you like halloween, you're sure to love 'em!
Thanks for checking in today -- have a great day!! Stay COOL! :)
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I decided to make a backpack tag for Caroline. She goes back to school (preschool) today -- the last of my four kids to start school! This is a pretty simple design. I stamped the image and sentiment from Donald and Daphne Go to School on white cardstock. I paper pieced Daphne's shirt with BasicGrey Boxer paper and colored the rest with Copics. The backpack was stamped, colored, cut out, and mounted on rolled up glue dots. I used Simple Alphabet by Papertrey Ink to put Caroline's initials on the backpack. I matted the image panel on black cardstock and tied ribbons to the top. That's it!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I stamped Linen on the card base in Old Olive classic ink. For the main image, I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree in Old Olive craft ink, then I heat embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I wish you could see the shimmer -- it's pretty IRL! The sentiment is from Motivational Centers by Cornish Heritage Farms -- it's one of my favorite quotes. I sponged more Old Olive around the image panel, and I embellished with Old Olive brads and ribbon.
I'll be back tomorrow with the ATS Wednesday challenge, so I hope you'll be back! Thanks so much for the visit today -- have a great day! :)
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Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Linen, Motivational Centers (CHF) Ink: Old Olive classic, Old Olive craft Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White Paper: Fall Flowers Other: Earth Elements brads, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain, Iridescent Ice EP, heat tool, stamping sponge, dimensionals