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Monday, June 30, 2008
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Saturday, June 28, 2008
I decided to try and incorporate some chipboard on my card today. So far, I'm not sold on this stuff. It seems to be all the rage these days, but I just don't get it. If anyone out there has some chipboard tips for me, I'd love to hear them. How do you utilize it??
I decided to emboss mine for a little shine. I smeared it across my black craft pad and dunked it in clear embossing powder. I must admit that it came out pretty nice and definitely gave me the "shine factor" that I was looking for.
For the peacock image, I used Purely Pomegranate, Not Quite Navy and More Mustard. Then I went over parts of the image with my blue and red Sakura glaze pens. I added clear Stickles to the middle of the large feathers for some sparkle.
The background paper is from SU's Bali Breeze collection and the yummy velvet ribbon is from another SU mini catalog. I've been hoarding it forever and finally used up the rest of it!
That's it for me today. Have a super weekend! Don't forget to share your chipboard tips with me.
Friday, June 27, 2008
"I don't know any kid who doesn't like chicken nuggets. Just don't tell them what's hidden inside!"
- 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 cup broccoli puree*
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- nonstick cooking spray
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, flaxseed meal, Parmesan, paprika, garlic and onion powder and mix well with fingers.
- In a shallow bowl, mix the vegetable puree and egg with a fork.
- Sprinkle the chicken tenders with the salt. Dip the tenders into the egg mixture and then in the breadcrumbs until completely coated.
- Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, add the oil. Place the chicken tenders in the skillet in a single layer and cook until crisp and golden on one side. Turn and cook until the chicken is cooked through, golden brown and crisp all over. Serve warm.
My family LOVED these! When I served these for dinner I got four "terrifics" and one "fantastic!". How often have you heard that at the dinner table?! My daughter dipped them in Franks Red Hot Sauce and my son dipped them in Ranch dressing.
* To make the broccoli puree, I bought a bag of pre-washed, pre-cut broccoli florets. I steamed them for about 6-7 minutes and then put them in a food processor / blender until smooth. (add water a teaspoon at a time to get a creamy texture)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I always like to put a little thank you note into my customer bags before I deliver their orders.
These were the cards I made for my customers this month. Card dimensions are 3 x 3".
The base is Purely Pomegranate with Taken with Teal behind the Bali Breeze patterned paper. I just love these colors together - so warm and cozy.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
What's a girl to do? How should she pass the time? Well, stamping out a bunch of tiny images, coloring them in and cutting them out seemed like the perfect thing to do in the wee hours of the morning.
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Friday, June 20, 2008
I'm sure that most of you Moms out there can relate when I say that my kids are SUPER picky eaters.
I've been a vegetarian for 21 years, so I'm used to making a separate dinner for myself every night, but over the years my kids have gotten pickier and pickier (is that even a word?).
I'm so sick of the pleading at the dinner table and throwing out uneaten food! Can I get an Amen?!
I've decided to start using this cookbook on a daily basis and my family will be the guinea pigs. I'll share a new recipe each Friday with the "Midnight Scramper" seal of approval!
Without further ado, here is what we had for dinner tonight. It was a huge hit! I doubled the recipe and EVERYONE went back for seconds.
8oz. of your favorite pasta noodles (I used Penne)
1/2 cup of butternut squash puree*
1/4 cup of nonfat milk
2 Tablespoons of butter
2 Tablespoons of grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente.
- Drain, return the pasta to the warm pot, and stir in the squash puree, milk, butter, Parmesan and salt.
* To make the butternut squash puree, just steam it and put it in a blender or a food processor. I was able to get about 3 cups of puree, which I pre-measured into 1/2 cup servings and froze to use as needed.
I bought my butternut squash at Trader Joe's in the refrigerated section by the salads. The squash was already cubed, pre-washed and ready to cook. Couldn't be simpler!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
It's Thursday, and that means it's time for another color challenge from Kristina!
This week we had to use Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Whisper White and Wild Wasabi. Is anyone else going to miss Wild Wasabi as much as me when it's gone?
For my card, I used the snail image from SU's "Bugs and Kisses" and a sentiment that I got a while back from Hambo.
That's it for me tonight - not feelin' the mojo....
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
After playing with all of my Billy stamps from Pink Cat Studio this last month, Lily was starting to get a little lonely.
I got this idea in my head last night while I was trying to sleep and had to get it on paper as soon as I woke up this morning. Don't you just love it when the vision you have in your head actually makes it on to the paper?!
I had fun making this card, but wasn't quite sure how to go about it because I've never done a card with a "scene" before. The wallpaper is a scrap of paper that I had left over from a class I taught at Easter time. I used my Scor-pal and scored the patterned paper every half inch to add a little texture.
For the easel, I just cut a long strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock, folded it and added some gold brads. Then I took another piece of Chocolate Chip cut to a small rectangle and scored it at 1/8" and 1/4". I folded it over and that became the tray on the front to hold the painting. Since this easel belongs to Lily, I thought it only fitting to have a gold embossed crown on top.
Lily was colored in with my Copics and for the painting, I took a scrap of white Bazzill bling paper and used my SU markers and an aquapainter to watercolor Billy. Here's a close up.
Such a fun card to make! Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I had 20 minutes of alone time last night and decided to finally play along. This is the card that I decided to makeover - not that it NEEDED any making over.
I decided to use the "Mixed Bouquet" set for the main images and background. This set was retired before I had a chance to buy it and I finally got my hands on it at a friends garage sale. I finished the card off with the 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and Stickles.
That's it for me today - the kids and I are off to the library.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I knew that I wanted to have some kind of gold on the card, but didn't seem to have a stamp or embellishment that would work.
These are the coal buttons for the snowman in SU's "Cold Play" set. I Versamarked them all over the bottom of the card and embossed in gold. Mission accomplished!
Here are the cards that the other gals in swap group made this month:
Janice's card and envelope Katrina's card
Wanda's cardDarlene's card
For those of you who haven't heard, the Stampin Up retired list was released at midnight yesterday! Click here for the list!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
In addition to all of the spoiling that will be going on in our home today, the kids asked me to make Daddy a special card with SU's "All in the Family" set. This card gave me the perfect opportunity to break in the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig that I got in the mail yesterday!
The card base is Not Quite Navy with More Mustard as an accent color. Everything else used was from the scrap bin - gotta love that! I did paper piecing on the outfits and used my Copics to color the faces, hair, shoes and kitties. The kids were really happy with the way the card turned out and I think my husband will get a kick out of it.
This is the card that I made for him - from me. Since he's such an AMAZING provider and works so hard everyday, I thought it would be cute to use his work shirt as my inspiration.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Don't you just love making cards when there's a theme involved? It makes it SO much easier to get the creative mojo flowing. Obviously this card is for a cat lover! The image is by Stampola and is appropriately called "Cat Butt Love". The patterned paper is from the "Stella Ruby" collection by Basicgrey.
I decided to have another go at a gate fold card and this large heart on the right side of the card interlocks with the smaller heart on the bottom left. That way the card stays shut - major pet peeve.
I used liquid applique on the "ankles" of the girl kitty to make them furry.
Here's what the inside looks like.
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Don't you just hate it when someone comes over to your house when they know they're sick! Next thing you know, you have sick kids who have to miss school and a sick husband who has to miss work. And as all you mothers out there know, WE can't get sick because WE have to take care of everyone! Okay....I'm done ranting....Thanks Linda for not bringing cooties to my house! I love you for that!
On to the card - The chicken noodle soup can is from a company called "Stamp Happy". I discovered them at the rubber stamp expo a few years ago and they have all kinds of pop culture and unique item stamps. Unfortunately they are a very small company and don't have a website, so I have to stock up when I see them at the expo.
I stamped out the soup cans in black craft ink and then embossed with clear powder to give them a little dimension. I cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals.
For the background I sponged Taken with Teal, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Rose Red. I was inspired to make this card after I saw a bag in the $1 store that looked just like it.
The sentiment is my favorite part of this card! Would you expect anything less from that sassy Monica at Hambo?! I've had this stamp for awhile now and have been waiting for someone to get sick so I could use it! Isn't that terrible?!