Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hoppin' Into The Holidays with TGF

So is everyone having fun hop, hoppin' around?! If you want to start at the beginning of the holiday hop from The Greeting Farm, click here.

I know you've got lots more hoppin' to do, so I'll keep it short and sweet.

Using Santa as my inspiration, here's what I came up with...
I popped up Miss Anya's face on dimensionals and paper pieced her gift bags.
Then I embellished my little heart out with gold cord, music paper, a gold marker, chipboard, a Santa hat and Stickles!

More is more right?

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!
Have fun on the rest of the hop!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pink Cat Digital Release Day!

Lots to share today!
This is my 2nd post - if you're looking for my Christmas Stampin All Year Long post, just scroll down.

Today is Black Friday, Pink Cat style!
This entire 6 piece digital set is yours with any $5 purchase today!!

The design team is also hosting a holiday challenge! You can read all of the juicy details and fine print right here. I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Let's get to the new release, shall we?

I had so much fun playing with all of the new images this week! My first card uses the new gingerbread baker and the gingerbread Christmas tree images.To make the large star background, I shrunk down the gingerbread Christmas tree image, copied and pasted it four times, and arranged them into a star shape.
Then I printed it out onto Kraft cardstock and trimmed around the edges.

Next up is sweet Billy on a circus train...
This image comes with three different sentiments to use on the flag.

And here's Lily with her fresh baked cookies...
I did some paper piecing on her apron and oven mitts and added jewels for a little holiday sparkle.
Here's Sweet Pea...
That pretty red ribbon was just screaming for velvet flock...

I hope you enjoyed my samples today. Be sure to check out the digi shop and the PCS blog for details about the challenge! Thanks for stopping by today.

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long

Today is our last challenge of the year from CSAYL! Our sponsor this week is Soft Pencil Stamps and the challenge is very simple...
Make a Christmas card.

Here's what I came up with... I decided to go with a soft neutral color scheme and some Stickles.

Stop by the CSAYL blog for all of the details.
Hope you play along one last time this year!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long

Today's challenge over at CSAYL is to use this sketch... and that's not all - Pink Cat Studio is our sponsor this week!
One lucky winner will win 5 digital images of their choice!
I used "Itty Bitty Bobby - Gingerbread Man" and popped him up on a cookie sheet die cut.

You can check out all of the other samples over at the CSAYL blog and be sure to leave a link to your creation, so I can stop by your blog and check it out! Have a fantastic weekend! I'm off to host a Medieval Feast and jousting tournament for my sons class. Wish me luck...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pink Cat Digital Release Day!

Okay people......brace yourself for cuteness! Nothing says the holidays like little gingerbread people.
Aren't they sweet?

I had waaaay to much fun making this card.
I added white liquid applique to the gingerbread man for some fun texture and bright pink glitter to the inside of the cupcake.
The mixing bowl and measuring spoons were in my scrapbooking stash and the spatula is from a Sizzix die.
Of course it needed pink jewels.

For the sentiment, I used some alphabet rub-ons on glittery paper.

The cute row of gingerbread boys is FREE with any purchase at the Pink Cat store today! I decided to stack them into a Christmas tree shape and added a little star at the top.

Next up is a mini gift bag slider.
When I'm ready to fill the bag for Christmas, all I have to do is slide the ribbon off of the side and then slide it back on. Easy-Peasy!
My last sample for today uses the gingerbread family.
My family hosts a cookie swap every December and I think this would be a cute invitation. I kept the layout super simple, just in case I decide to mass produce it!
You can hop on over to the PCS store by clicking right here. While you're there, be sure to check out all of the cute Thanksgiving images and free sentiments that are available too! Almost to much cuteness to handle!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

From owl of us

One of my favorite people in the whole world has a birthday coming up. She has a bit of an owl fetish, so here's what I came up with for her using Jen's sketch...I used a small flourish stamp on the green cardstock to create my own background paper. I really like how it came out and need to use that technique more often. The main images are from a set called "Aviary" by Stampin Up and the sentiment is by Inky Antics.
For some special finishing touches, I added small jewels to the tops of the birdcages and then went over the scroll work with a glitter pen.

The family and I are headed to Vegas later this month. Any recommendations on things to do with the kids? Stamp stores? Scrapbook stores?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's a pie party!

Go grab an apron and your favorite pie recipe and join the fun! You can link up your delicious creation over at Tidy Mom and view everyone else's goods.

My contribution to the festivities is:
Double-Decker Vegan Pumpkin Pie

I combined two of my favorite pumpkin recipes, one cheesecake and one pie, and came up with this YUMMY dessert. It's a tradition in our house every year after the weather starts to cool and we bust out the Snuggies.

Here's what you'll need:

12 oz. extra firm tofu
8 oz. of Tofutti vegan cream cheese
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice (sometimes I substitute orange zest)
1/2 cup organic agave nectar

1 pre-made graham cracker crust

1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon each of ginger juice, cinnamon & nutmeg

My favorite part about this recipe is that everything is made in the blender! That's right - no mixing bowls, no hand mixer, nothing! And that means easy clean up.

Before you begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Toss the first set of ingredients into the blender (tofu, cream cheese, vanilla, cornstarch, lemon juice and agave nectar). Blend until smooth, about 30 - 45 seconds.

Pour about 1/3 of the mixture into the bottom of a pre-made graham cracker crust. Leave the rest of the mixture in the blender and then add the next set of ingredients to it. (pumpkin, brown sugar and spices) Blend until smooth , about 15 - 20 seconds. Then gently pour it all into the pie crust on top of the first layer.*Pre-made pie crusts are pretty flimsy, so I like to place mine on top of a cookie sheet while I prep and bake it*

Mmmmmm....just look at all of that yummy cinnamon pumpkiny goodness.Bake for 70 minutes at 350 degrees.
Let cool completely and then place in fridge to chill for at least three hours - torturous, I know.
When you slice it, you'll see both layers... Isn't it pretty?
And oh soooooo yummy!I promise that no one will know it's vegan unless you tell them! This baby didn't even last 12 hours in my house this weekend! Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back tomorrow with something crafty :-)