Celebrate: Beautiful You

Oh, my! Although I fall in love with many of the Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, once in a while one stamp set comes along that I absolutely love even more than average. This Beautiful You stamp set is one of those sets! Celebrating women, friendships, relationships, Mother’s  and Daughters. Just pure joy and freedom. So alive. This stamp set I’ll never tire of nor will I ever get rid of it!

CARDSTOCK & DIMENSIONS:

  • Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/2″
  • Whisper White 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″
  • Wild Wasbi 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

On the top layer of Whisper White stamp the dancing lady  from the Beautiful You stamp set in Basic Black Ink. Stamp “Celebrate” in Basic Black below and parallel to her out stretched leg. On a piece od Designer Series Paper. stamp the dancing lady again, then cut out her dress and hat . With Multi-Pupose Glue, adhere the floral dress and hat to the stamped image on the Whisper White layer. You can stamp her on any DSP and have her in all sorts of patterned dresses or you can simply water-color her dress and hat.

Use this color inspiration adn see what you can come up with. And, do yourself a favor and purchase this exciting stamp set celebrating women! You can buy it HERE

Thanks for stopping by.

Embrace the day,

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Happy Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

 

Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” and is celebrated on the day before Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is the last day of indulging for Catholics before Lent begins. Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival, a celebration which begins on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany.


Mardi Gras is observed in cities around the world, but the biggest and most famous Mardi Gras celebration in the United States takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.  With big celebrations come great foods, such as beignets.  Beignets, in French literally means, “Bump.”  I can’t help but think of Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther Moveies  saying, “Bimp.”  Beignets are fried yeast dough squares, yum, which are then sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar. In the U.S., beignets are associated with the city of New Orleans, where they are served at all cafes. These beignets are also the state doughnut of Louisiana. Must be wonderful to live in a state where you have a state doughnut! Here’s the recipe I have and will be serving my gang…

 

New Orleans Sweet Beignets                                                
1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided

1 envelope active dry yeast

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

4 cups flour, plus extra for work surface, divided

1 cup whole milk

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 large egg, at room temperature

Peanut or vegetable oil for deep-frying

At least 2 cups powdered sugar for dusting
1. In a small bowl, combine one-fourth cup warm water and 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture. Let sit 5 to 6 minutes; if the yeast is not absorbed, stir lightly until the mixture is creamy.

2. Combine the remaining one-half cup sugar, salt and 3 cups of the flour in a large bowl with a whisk, or in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.

3. Combine the milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat over low heat just until the butter is melted.

4. If you are using a standing mixer, swap out the whisk attachment for the dough hook. In a slow, steady stream, mix the milk mixture into the sugar-salt-flour mixture. If mixing by hand, stir with a fork or wooden spoon. Add the egg, the yeast mixture and the remaining 1 cup of flour. Mix until a soft dough forms (you may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm spot until the dough doubles, 1 to 2 hours.

5. Heat about 3 inches of oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven until the temperature reaches about 370 degrees.

6. Divide the dough into thirds. Working in batches on a floured work surface, knead each piece briefly. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle less than one-fourth-inch thick. Cut the dough into roughly 3-inch squares and gently drop them, 2 or 3 at a time, into the hot oil. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until golden brown, then flip them over carefully with a slotted spoon. Cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes longer, until the beignets are puffed and evenly browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beignets to paper towels to drain off excess oil. Dust with powdered sugar and serve hot or warm.

Embrace the day,

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Gifts From the Garden: Wall~Hanging

  • This was a project we made at my last workshop. . Again, Spring was on everyone’s mind and  new sprouting gardens. This wall-hanging would be a nice decor to any wall. What a thoughtful and pleasing gift this would make too. Once the component pieces were stamped they were then matted and adhered to this canvas panel. These panels can be found in any local craft store. They come in bundles of six for a very small price. 

Stamp all the components on Whisper White Cardstock in the following inks:

WATERING CAN~ 2″ x 2″ Stamp in VersaMark then heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder    Basic Gray Mat is 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

WELLIES~ 2″ x 2″  Sweet Sugarplum Ink         Sweet Sugarplum Mat 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

GARDEN GLOVES~1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ Marina Mist Ink   Marina Mist Mat 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″

GARDEN SAYING~2-1/2″ x 1″ Pear Pizzazz Ink       Pear Pizzazz Mat 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″

FLOWER POTS~ 3″ x 2″ Pear Pizzazz Ink and another in Calypso Coral Ink Cut out the Calypso Coral pots and glue them on to the Pear Pizzazz ones.  Calypso Coral Mat 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″

GARDEN SPADE~1″ x 2-1/4″ VersaMark, then Silver Embossing Powder.  Basic Gray Mat 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″

Adhere all the stamped garden components with Tear and Tape which works like a charm! Add a pretty ribbon hanger by stapling it on the back.

Embrace the day and it was great of you to stop by!

 

 

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February 23: Banana Bread Day

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The addition of mashed, ripe bananas to a cake-like batter is what gives banana bread its distinctive taste and moistness. What better opportunity to enjoy a slice with a cup of tea or coffee than on Banana Bread Day?

Banana bread first started to become popular back in the 1930’s, during the Great Depression. Cultural historians suggest that resourceful and creative housewives of the era created the recipe as a way of not wasting over-ripe bananas. In fact, the riper the bananas, the better the taste of the banana bread, so it ended up being a very clever creation! It is traditionally known as a “quick bread”, but is actually more like a cake in both texture and flavor.

Extremely easy to make, banana bread is still a favorite way to quickly bake up a special treat for the family. Modern-day breads also include the addition of chocolate chips, nuts, or even dried fruit. Why not experiment and come up with a bespoke banana bread recipe that everyone will love?

BANANA BREAD RECIPE

IngredientsBananaBread
1 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
 
Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.dashed-blog-divider
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Circle of Spring: Birthday Card

With Spring approaching fast, this would be a perfect card to make for that special someone born this season of renewal! Fairly straight forward, this card would still be a lovely card to receive–as well as make.

Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Whisper White was used to create this card. (The card is not pink-ish in real life-sorry about the bad exposed photo! ) The layers are as follows:

CARDSTOCK & DIMENSIONS:

  • Calypso Coral 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
  • Whisper White 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ plus a 4″ x 4″ piece for wreath
  • Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/2″

 

STAMPING & CUTTING:

  • Stamp the wreath, from the Circle of Spring stamp set, in Old Olive Ink, color it in with Watercolor Pencils and with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits and Big Shot cut it out.
  • Stamp the bow from the Circle of Spring stamp set, color it and cut it out with the same framelits.

 

FINISHING TOUCHES:

  • Line the wreath up over the top Whisper White layer and in the middle of the wreath stamp “Happy Birthday to You” in Basic Black iInk.Layer it all like the photo using Dimensionals behind the wreath

 

Spring is closer than you think, so make dure to make up some of theses cards for all those loved ones born in the Spring!

Remember to make what you love and love what you make!

Embrace today,

 

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Flourishing Phrases in Copper

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I know I’ve posted a few cards using this Flourishing Phrases stamp set, but each time I use it,  it looks completely different. For this card I decided to go with contrasting colors, Copper Embossing and coloring. I love the look.

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CARD STOCK & CUTTING DIMENSIONS:

  1. Chocolate Chip 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ and 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
  2. Very Vanilla 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 3″ x 4-1/2″ for stamping
  3. Flirty Flamingo Scrap

STAMPING:

  1. On the 3″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla stamp the flower image in VersaMark, sprinkle on Copper Embossing Powder and melt it with a Heat Tool.
  2. On a scrap of Very Vanilla stamp “Happy Birthday” from the Thoughtful Banners Greetings in Flirty Flamingo Ink.

FINISHING TOUCHES:

  1. With the Tags and Labels Thinlits and the BIG Shot cut ot the greeting and using the next size label cut out the Flirty Flamingo.
  2. Color in the stamped copper floral image.
  3. Cut up the right side of the stamped layer and around the flower image to create the piece shown in the photo.
  4. Adhere and layer the card as shown.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Stamp On!

Embrace the day,

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Handmade Robot Valentine’s Day Card

My Grandson Jackson loves robots. Here’s the Valentine’s Day Card we worked on and made. The robot was computer generated part by part. A hershey chocolate nugget was used and wrapped in Valentine’s Day paper. So cut and so Jackson!

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Another Love Notes: Valentine’s Day Card

Here we go again with the Love Notes Framelits I’m loving them for all kinds of embellishments. The scallop heart border looks so complicated, but of course it’s simple to make with the Love Notes Framelits and the BIG Shot!

🎀 A Quick 5-Step “How To”:

  1. Cut your card base from Whisper White at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score it at 4-1/4″. Cut another piece at 5″ x 2-3/4″. Cut a 5-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Real Red.
  2. Place the scallop edge die from the “Love Notes” Framelits, along the right edge of the card base and cut along the edge.
  3. Using the “Sending Love” designer series paper, cut out three of the largest hearts mixing up the patterns.
  4. Stamp “happy valentine’s day” from the Good Greetings stamp set in Basic Black Ink.
  5. Adhere the layers as shown. Stack the hearts and with All-Purpose Glue affix them to the top layer.

And, there you have it; a quick 5-step card for you to make.

Happy Card-Making!

 

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Love Notes: Valentine’s Day Card

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, here’s a fast yet  fanciful card to make just in time to ive to your Valentine! The Love Notes Framelits have everything you need to create this card.

Here’s what to do:

🎀 CARD STOCK & CUTTING DIMENSIONS:

Cut an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Whisper White and score it at 4-1/4″ This is the card base.

Cut another Whisper White piece at 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ 

Cut a Real Red piece at 2-3/4″ x 5″

🎀 DIE CUTTING:

With the “Sending Love” Designer Series Paper and the Love Notes Framelits, cut the scallop heart strip, the envelopes, card, hearts and teeny note card. To make the heart pocket heart:

🎀 STAMPING:

Stamp “My Valentine” from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set in Real Red Ink.

Layer the card as shown in photo’

Thanks once again for stopping by, and while it’s too late to order the Love Notes Framelits intime for this 🎀 Valentine’s Day 🎀 you can order it and be prepared for next year. This framelit set can alo be used for wedding and anniversary cards.

Check back for one last Valentine Card Idea. And, please leave me a comment on what types of cards, projects and tips you’d like me to cover. Your feedback is ALWAYS welcome.

🎀 Embrace the day,

 

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Flourish Valentine’s Day Card

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Once again, I have used the Flourish Thinlits to create this paper-cutting themed Valentine’s Day Card. I just love the , Scherenchnitte look without the fuss of fussy cutting!

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CARD STOCK AND CUTTING DIMENSIONS:

  1. Real Red 6″ x 6″ card base and 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ for heart
  2. Designer Series Paper 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ for scallop circle
  3. Whisper White two  5-1/2″x 5-1/2″ one for the layer and the other for Flourish cuts

CUTTING:

  1. With the Flourish Thinlits and the BIG Shot cut six of the medium floral dies
  2. Next cut the medallion from the Flourish Thinlits
  3. From the Real Red card stock cut out the scallop heart from the Heart Thinlits (retired)
  4. Cut the large scallop circle from Designer Series Paper using the Circle Thinlits (retired)

STAMPING:

  1. Using Real Red Ink, stamp the “happy valentine’s day” greeting in the bottom right hand corner of the Whisper White 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece.

 

flourish-valentines-day-card-detailPUTTING IT TOGETHER:

  1. Adhere the medium floral cut outs to the center of the medallion with Multi-Purpose Glue taking care that they are spaced equally around. This is done easily by lining the floral cut outs up with points of the medallion.
  2. Carefully gkue the medallion piece on to the heart,
  3. Adhere and layer the card as shown in the photo.
  4. Add a Basic Rhinestone to the center of the medallion and Basic Pearls on every other scallop along the heart’s edge.

See what you can do to capture the “Scherenchnitte” look by using different dies. Experiment with different color card stocks and designer series papers. Lots can be accomplish and createde with just a little imagination.

Thanks ever so much for your visit.

Hugs,

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