Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Recipe cards

I have been involved with a swap where we have been making recipe cards for foods you would get at a barbeque. It has been a lot of fun creating the cards and I am hoping to be able to get enough cards to make up a nice scrapbook with them. Here are the cards that I submitted for Tandoori Chicken, grilled red snapper and blackeyed pea salad. Yummy!

The grilled tandoori chicken is really good but becareful with the seasoning as it can get a little spicy very quickly. The first time I had the chicken at a barbeque the quy that made it was really into spice.

The grilled Red Snapper came from a recipe card from the grocery store just after Chuck and I got married 34 years ago. It was awesome then and I still like to serve it now. I am not a big fish fan so this was a change from the pan fried stuff we get here in Oklahoma a lot.

The Blackeyed pea salad is truly a southern dish. Not a lot of folks like blackeyed peas the way we do down here. I don't really care that much for them myself but as I mature I find myself enjoying them more!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Creative Minds: Update!

Creative Minds: Update!

Go here to view awesome works by a fellow Normanite! Bonnie will be teaching a card making class at Whole Lotta Scrap this next week in Norman. Best wishes on your new endevours@

Chip board books!

I have a new addiction! I am discovering chipboard and it is an awesome product. I can cut it on my Sizzix machine and with the big shot...some of it anyway. It comes in so many different thicknesses and weights I can make lettering or book backs with it. Tonight I want to post a couple of the projects I did this past month that are made with chipboard.

The first is a chipboard book I made from a kit I bought at Whole Lotta Scrap around Christmas but just got around to making. The kit is from Bo Bunny called Believe. I really enjoyed making this book and now that I realize Bo Bunny isn't out to get me because of my goof ups I will probably try to make another one from them. Bo Bunny doesn't give you a whole lotta scraps to deal with so if you screw up you have to improvise. Everything you need comes in the kit including brads, ribbon, and paper. I used Tombo glue to stick the paper to the chipboard and I distressed the edges with Choclate Chip ink from Stampin Up!.

The second book I did in a class at Whole Lotta Scrap here in Norman that opened a year ago next month. WLS is a really neat place to go and learn stuff and make new friends. This book is called love and is made with a Maya Road chipboard book and we used 6x6 paper pad from Basic Grey called Bittersweet. I don't remember the name of the paint we used nor due I remember if I used craft pad or some other ink to go around the edges with but didn't it turn out nice? It is smallish but I love all the ribbons and 'stuff' it has on it.

The last book was once again made in a class down at WLS. It is a family photo album made with a Maya Road book and papers from My Minds Eye called Grow and Bloom. I love the colors and prints in this group. It is edged with a Cat's Eye pad, lots of ribbons, glitter glue, and skittles. It was a whole lotta fun to make.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It has been awhile!

Warning...this is a long post...

I started off with good intentions but then slowed down a bit and then this past month I seemingly quit all together. Now I didn't into go come across as a slacker as far as keeping up with my blog it just happened! It all started when I decided to change some of the settings on the blog...to get more control so to speak. Well I am challenged is all I can say cause I didn't control it! It controlled me! Being theproud sort I didn't call my daughter or son-in-law to come ball me out...I do that a lot when it comes to technical crap but plodded along and finally figured out what I had done wrong. I guarantee you I won't make those changes again.

I may not have been posting this month but I have been really busy making stuff and traveling a little bit. We went to Dallas two different weekends this past month once was to go to a retirement party for Alan Moller and the second time was so Chuck could attend the TESSA meeting. It has to do with storm geeks and storm spotters getting together to prepare for this springs onslaught of storms. We didn't have much time down there so I didn't contact my brother and his family but wished we could have stayed a little longer so I could have. Maybe next time.

The crafty stuff entailed getting some cards and stuff made. The first stuff I want to share with you is my St. Patrick's day goodies I made for a swap. The first 3 are cards. Two of them are 4.25 x 5.5 inches and the third is a 3 x 3 inches. I made a 6x6 recipe card and a candy box and bag. Lots of going green!

The first card is made from designer paper that I had on hand from last year. I used Stampin Up!(SU) old Olive for the base then cut the die cut Top Note (SU) out of the designer paper. I added old olive grosgrain ribbon, Prima flowers, SU rhinestone brad, clear skittles, and the sentiment was from the Close to My Heart stamp set.

The second card is made from some paper I picked up at Whole Lotta Scrap. The DP is part of the Green Day papers put out by Reminisce. Card stock from SU in old olive, garden green, very vanilla. Ink SU, versamark, dew drops,ribbon from SU in very vanilla, dazzling diamonds glitter, Close to My Heart "Lucky You" stamps, and punches from Fiskars and SU.

The 3x3 card is made from SU kiwi kiss, garden Green, and whisper white. I stamped the image with the Lucky you set and SU basic black ink and colored the coins with gold. I punched the image out with the circle punch and then ran it upside down through the Xyron and dusted it with dazzling diamonds glitter. Punches are from SU. DP from Imaginisce.

The last two St. Patrick's day things I made are candy treat holders. I found a pattern on Julie Buhler's site Paper Pleasing Ideas for a Valentines treat purse and used it for St. Patrick's day purse. I took a picture of the purse opened and closed to post here. I don't think I need to list a recipe cause all the materials are the same as above. I did use some glitter glue from Michael's on the design that had little shiny shamrocks in it.

I really loved making these little candy purses and it helped me get over my fear of "box" making. I think I will be making more of these in the future.

This last candy bag was made from a pattern I found at the SU site. I cut garden green out with the top note die embossed it with a Cuttle Bug folder. I cut down some regular small paper bags and adhered the top note cards to that. The punches are from SU, DP again from Imaginisce, ribbon from Micheal's and the sticky shamrock was from Hobby Lobby. I thought these were really cute for the amount of work I put into them.

Well that's it for tonight. I hope you enjoyed the post and I promise to try and do better this coming month.