Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday's 6/29

I got todays tutorials from Inspiring Creations.

These are both patriotic themed.


When brainstorming what I was going to do I decided to do more like an Americana color scheme....(Read More)



I grew up in a home where my mom decorated the house for each holiday.....(Read More)


Friday, June 25, 2010

Susicakes


These cakes are awesome.
They come from a company called Susicakes.
They are made here in California.

Here are some pictures.






If you live in Central California look her up.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dittle Dattle

This weeks new blog is:



 
This blog was started back in March.
Carrie has a really great blog.
 
 
I love this patriotic pillow she made for her son.
I wish I was this talented.
 
 


I also love this family wall art.


Please go visit Dittle Dattle.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chunky Potato Soup

Chunky Potato Soup



4 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 small carrot, chopped
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter, cubed
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese


In a large saucepan, combine the potatoes, onion, carrot, celery and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender; lightly mash.


Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir into potato mixture. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add parsley, salt and pepper. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese until melted.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday 6/22

I got todays tutorial from Camelot Art Creations.


I have had this fruit basket hanging in my kitchen hallway for a while now & it's always getting bumped into by myself & husband.....(Read More). 


Monday, June 21, 2010

My Top Picks 6/21

I was blog surfing for projects this past week.
After checking out all the cool blogs.
Here are my favorite for this week.



Made by Kimberly at Attempting Creative.
Swing by at take a look at her blog.





Made by Ashley at Cute as a Fox.
Please stop by and check out her blog.




Made by Beth at The Stories of A to Z.
Stop by her blog and say hello.





Made by Staci at Craftify It.
Swing by at take a look at her blog.




Made by Carolyn at Kidz on the Rock.


If you are featured here please grab a button.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

For Him Note Card Set

Here is a great Father's Day gift.

For Him Note Card Set



This set is perfect for gift giving. The handsome images come nine to a page, which definitely helps with the budget. These images do lend themselves to the guys but the gals will love them, too.



Finished size: 5 1/2" square Cards 

You will need (for each card):


• Printed paper
• Cardstock: brown*, ivory*
• Greeting rubber stamps*
• Brown ink*
• Drywall tape
• Frosted CD envelope*
• Antique copper brads 3–6 for each card
• Push pin or piercing tool & foam pad
• Scoring tool or bone folder
• Foam mounting tape
• Double-sided tape or glue stick
• Optional: Two old belts, grosgrain ribbon, decorative tacks, 1/2" craft foam sheet, serrated knife
Ruler, scissors


*The following products were used in this project: Bazzill cardstock Bitter Chocolate • Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inkpad Chestnut Roan • Creative Packaging frosted CD envelope • Hero Arts LL169 From the Heart Greetings rubber stamps • Stamp It Australia printed paper • The Paper Company cardstock Blonde Columns.


Note: For product information, see end of article.


• See photos for design and placement.


• Note: These four cards were created using the same supplies, changing the orientation of the base card, embellishments or applying a different technique such as edging with ink and distressing by tearing edges.


Take Good Care Card – Variation 1


STEP 1: Make base card. Cut brown cardstock to 5 1/2" x 11". Score at 5 1/2" and fold in half to make a square side-fold card.


STEP 2: Embellish card front. Place a 5 3/4" strip of drywall tape vertically to card front 1" from left folded side. Trim excess drywall tape. Note: Completing step in this way allows tape to be flush to each edge. Open card and place front right side up onto foam mat. Pierce three holes at top left of drywall tape using grid in tape as a guide. Pierce a hole every two squares until three holes are pierced, starting from left side of tape. Insert brads and fold back prongs. Repeat at bottom starting from right side of tape.


STEP 3: Make image panel. Cut image you want from 12" printed paper. Trim to 4" square. Cut a 4 1/8" square piece of ivory cardstock. Adhere printed image to center of ivory square using tape or glue stick. Adhere this panel to card front 1 1/4" from left side of card and centered vertically using foam mounting tape.


STEP 4: Stamp greeting. Cut a 1" x 1 1/4" piece of ivory cardstock. Ink ‘Take Good Care’ stamp with Chestnut Roan. Stamp image onto cardstock. Adhere greeting to lower left side of card using double-sided tape for portion overlapping printed paper, and foam mounting tape for portion attached to card front.


Create Joy Card – Variation 2


STEP 1: Make base card. Cut brown cardstock to 5 1/2" x 11". Score at 5 1/2" and fold in half to make a square side-fold card.


STEP 2: Embellish card front. Adhere a 5 3/4" strip of drywall tape horizontally to card front 1" from bottom of card. Trim excess drywall tape. Open card and place card front right side up onto foam mat. Pierce three holes at bottom right of drywall tape using grid in tape as a guide. Pierce a hole every other square until three holes are pierced, starting from right side of tape. Insert brads and fold back prongs.


STEP 3: Make image panel. Cut desired image from 12" printed-paper, trim to 4" square. Cut a 4 1/8" square piece of ivory cardstock. Use tape or glue stick to adhere printed image to center of ivory square. Use foam mounting tape to adhere panel to card front 1/2" from left folded side and bottom of card.


STEP 4: Stamp greeting. Cut a 1" x 1 1/4" piece of ivory cardstock. Ink greeting stamp ‘Create Joy’ with Chestnut Roan ink. Stamp image onto cardstock. Hold inkpad at a slight angle to edge stamped greeting. Adhere greeting to right side of card using double sided tape for the portion overlapping onto printed paper, and foam mounting tape for portion adhered to card front.


From the Heart Card – Variation 3


STEP 1: Make base card. Cut brown cardstock to 5 1/2" x 11". Score at 5 1/2" and fold in half to make a square top-fold card.


STEP 2: Embellish card front. Place a 5 3/4" piece of drywall tape vertically to card front 1" from right edge. Trim excess drywall tape.


STEP 3: Make image panel. Cut image you want from 12" printed paper. Trim to 4" square. Tear each side of image, tearing paper towards you to reveal white edge. Hold inkpad at a slight angle to ink torn edges. Cut a 4 1/8" square piece of ivory cardstock. Use double-sided tape or glue stick to adhere printed image to center of ivory square. In same way, adhere panel to card front 1" from left side and centered vertically.


STEP 4: Add greeting. Adhere a 1 1/4" x 1 3/4" piece of drywall tape 3/8" from left side of card front and centered vertically. Overlap onto printed image panel. Cut a 1" x 1 1/4" piece of ivory cardstock. Ink greeting stamp ‘From the Heart’ with Chestnut Roan ink. Stamp image onto cardstock. Use foam mounting tape to layer stamped greeting onto drywall tape at left side of card 3/8" from edge of tape.


STEP 5: Pierce & attach brads. Open card and place card front right side up onto foam mat. Pierce three holes vertically at left side of stamped greeting. Place one at center and remaining two 1/4" from center or use grid in tape as a guide. Insert brads and fold back prongs.


A Note of Thanks Card – Variation 4
STEP 1: Make base card. Cut brown cardstock to 5 1/2" x 11". Score at 5 1/2" and fold in half to make a square top-fold card.


STEP 2: Embellish card front. Adhere a 5 3/4" strip of drywall tape horizontally to card front 1" from top folded edge of card. Trim excess drywall tape. Open card and place card front right side up onto foam mat. Pierce three holes at top right of drywall tape using grid in tape as a guide. Beginning approximately two grid squares or 3/8" from right side, pierce a hole every other square starting with first square at the top until three holes are pierced. Insert brads and fold back prongs.


STEP 3: Make image panel. Cut image you want from 12" printed paper. Trim to 4" square. Tear each side of image, tearing paper towards you to reveal white edge. Ink torn edges using inkpad held at a slight angle. Cut a 4 1/8" square piece of ivory cardstock. Adhere printed image to center of ivory square using tape or glue stick. Use foam mounting tape to adhere panel to card front 1/4" from left side and 3/4" from bottom of card.


STEP 4: Stamp greeting. Cut a 1" x 1 1/4" piece of ivory cardstock. Ink greeting stamp ‘A Note of Thanks’ with chestnut roan ink. Stamp image onto 1 1/4" x 1" ivory cardstock. Hold inkpad at a slight angle to edge stamped greeting. Adhere greeting to right side of card using double sided tape for the portion overlapping onto printed paper, and foam mounting tape for portion attached to card front.


STEP 5: Package cards. Slip completed cards into a frosted CD envelope, allowing top card to serve as an envelope decoration. To send one card at a time, try the see through cellophane envelopes available on the market. Optional: If you want, mount cards to hang on a wall as shown. Use serrated knife to cut craft foam to size of cards. Glue or tape cards onto foam pieces. Wrap ribbon around edges of mounted piece and secure with decorative tacks. Use old belts as hangers for a casual touch.


Sources:

Bazzill Basics
www.bazzillbasics.com

Clearsnap Inc.
www.clearsnap.com

Hero Arts
www.heroarts.com

Stamp It Australia
www.stampit.com.au

The Paper Company/TPC Studioswww.tpcstudio.com.com

http://www.creativehomeartsclub.com/Projects/Project.aspx?id=116932&promo3




Thursday, June 17, 2010

Alyssabeth's

This weeks new blog is:



This blog was started back in February.
There are some really neat jewelry on her blog.

Like the cute earrings from Blue Forest Jewelry.


Check out this cute wicker table.



Please go visit Alyssabeth's.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Have an Italian night

Baked Ziti
Ingredients

1 jar spaghetti sauce
16 oz. ziti pasta (tube shaped macaroni)
8 oz. ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
8 oz. sliced mozzarella cheese
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Pinch of sweet basil
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of Italian seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper
Methods/steps

Prepare pasta as stated on package. In a medium mixing bowl dump ricotta cheese into bowl mix in the milk and spices, stir. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an 8 x 12 inch baking dish. Prepare bottom of dish with 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce. In medium bowl add pasta to ricotta cheese. Season with the black pepper and red pepper to taste, and mix until well combined. Then dump into 8 x 12 inch pan. Lay mozzarella cheese on top of macaroni. Add 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce to top to keep mozzarella from burning. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly warm. Let stand before serving and top with more spaghetti sauce to serve.

Cheesy Garlic Bread


1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup thinly sliced green onions with tops
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 loaf French bread (about 20 inches), halved lengthwise
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley, optional
Paprika, optional
Directions

Mix mayonnaise, cheese, onions and garlic; spread on bread halves, if desired, sprinkle with parsley and paprika. Wrap each half in foil. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or freeze. Unwrap and place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes (20-25 minutes if frozen) or until puffed but not brown. Cut into slices. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday 6/15

I got todays tutorial from Keen Inspirations.



 
Tipsy Pot Planter
 

Two years ago, I found the plans for a “Tipsy Planter” in an online gardening magazine. I made one out of clay pots and enjoyed it all.....(Read More)

 
 

Monday, June 14, 2010

My Top Picks 6/14

I was blog surfing for projects this past week.
After checking out all the cool blogs.
Here are my favorite for this week.



Made by Devry at Team Payne.
Swing by at take a look at her blog.




Made by Cheryl at Artsy Fartsy.
Please stop by and check out her blog.




Made by Fawn at Frugal Home Designs.
Stop by her blog and say hello.




Made by Patrice at Lemon Tree Creations.
Swing by at take a look at her blog.




Made by Allison at House of Hepworth.
Please stop by and check out her blog.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Progress

Remember this:


Well I have made some progress.
Here is part of the back room.




Here is my living room.




Now I just have to wait until the apartment complex gets done painting so that I can put the stuff back out on the balcony. Can you see my craft corner. I can't wait until everything is organized and my apartment looks normal, what ever that is.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Test - Are my posts showing up?

Are my posts showing up?
If someone could let me know, that would be nice.
Last post was today, 6/11 at 8:00 AM.
I would love some feedback.

Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad

Garden-Fresh Pasta Salad



What You Need!

1 pkg. (16 oz.) farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
2 cups broccoli florets
1 each red onion and red pepper, chopped
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 bottle (8 oz.) KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing
1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese


COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt and adding broccoli to boiling water for the last 3 min. Drain; rinse under cold running water. Place in large bowl.

ADD all remaining ingredients except cheese; mix lightly.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour. Stir gently before serving; top with cheese.


Substitute

Substitute 1-inch asparagus pieces for the broccoli florets.

Special Extra

For added flavor, sprinkle salad with OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits just before serving
 
Recipe from Kraft Kitchens

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Little Knick Knack

This weeks new blog is:


A Little Knick Knack

This blog was started back in February.
Meg has some really neat project on her blog.

Like this cute bench.

Check out this neat Father's Day gift.


Please go visit Meg at A Little Knick Knack.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Microwave Crisps

Microwave Cherry Pie Filling Crisp


Ingredients:

2/3 cup Flour
1/2 cup Rolled oats
1/4 cup Chopped nuts
3 tbsp. Brown sugar
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 cup Butter
1 can cherry pie filling
1/2 tsp. Almond extract

Directions:

Combine flour, oats, nuts, brown sugar, and spices. Cut in butter with pastry blender. Put half of topping mixture into 8 x 8 x 2 inch dish. Combine pie filling and almond extract. Spread evenly over crumb layer. Sprinkle remaining topping mix over filling. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until bubbling. Turn dish 1/2 turn after 5 minutes.
 
 
Microwave Apple Crisp


Ingredients:

6 cup Sliced apples
3/4 cup Brown sugar, packed


Topping:

1/2 cup Flour
1/3 cup Brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup Oatmeal
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

Mix 6 cups of apple slices with 3/4 cup brown sugar and put in an 8 x 8 inch pan (suitable for microwave). Mix topping ingredients together and sprinkle over apples. Microwave 9-12 minutes on high, turning pan after 5 minutes.
 
 
Microwave Apple Crisp #2


Ingredients:

6 cup Cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup Unsifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Quick-cooking rolled oats
3/4 cup Packed brown sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 cup Butter or margarine

Directions:

Place apple slices in 2-quart (8 x 8 inch) glass baking dish. Combine flour, oats, sugar and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over apples. Microwave on high for 14 to 16 minutes or until apples are tender.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday 6/8

I got todays tutorial from Dittle Dattle.


Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, I needed to add some accessories that are light and airy....(Read More


Monday, June 7, 2010

My Top Picks 6/7

I was blog surfing for projects this past week.
After checking out all the cool blogs.
Here are my favorite for this week.

Scrappy Magnets


Made by Pati at A Crafty Escape.
Please stop by and check out her blog.


From Trash to Treasure



Made by Debbie at Debbiedoos.
Swing by at take a look at her blog.


Mod Podge Birdhouse with Frame


Made by Lindsey at Inspiring Creations.
Please stop by and visit her blog.


Handmade Bubble Mailer


Stop by her blog and say hello.


Growth Chart


Made by Erin at The Phillips Fam.
Please stop by and check out her blog.