Thursday, January 26, 2012

Vintage Valentine and GIVEAWAY

Finally I was able to spend 45 min in my craft room.  I have been cooking a baking a lot for my family over the past few weeks which has cut into my crafty time.  Honestly, after all the holiday crafting I just needed something else to focus on.

I got some new goodies and wanted to play.  I picked up Tim Holtz "Umbrella Man" die and a vintage stamp set with amusement park images.  I really like this die.  I'm not too sure why I do, it just feels so retro UK to me.  It's one of those dies I look at and think how much I like the look of it.  So I grabbed it. 

This vintage stamp set is by Glitz called Afternoon Muse.  I stamped the corner stamp at opposite corners in versamark and then clear embossed to create a resist.  This inks are all TH Distress inks, layered for this pretty Valentine look.  I attached a vintage lock to a hook clip as an added layer.

The Umbrella Man is cut 3 times.  I cut him first with a cereal box, then layered pattern paper and touched him off with a cork Umbrella.  I usually see him in black.  Every time I saw this die all I could think of was using pattern paper. 

Save everything...I have been holding onto these blue "TICKET" since December!  I cool am I!  The "LUCKY IN LOVE" ticket is stamped from my new SMS Crazy for You stamp set, just in time for Valentines.  I attached the Tickets with my Tiny this tool!

Use Diamond Glaze and coat your gear for a glossy look.

I distressed some TH Gears, metal clip and the definition of "LOVE AFFAIR". Here's a TIP, if you haven't already thought of it. Use a dictionary and cut out the word and definition to add a unique layer to your project.

YEP, I made this one!  It's been almost 2 weeks since I was in my craft room.  I guess everyone needs a wee break now and then!  HEY, GUESS WHAT!  I'm going out of town this weekend....NO KIDS!  Seriously, that never happens.  My husband has a work function and the rest of the time we'll be slumming it in a fancy A$$ Spa!

***It's my BIRTHDAY next week.***

  As a little Birthday gift I'd like to giveaway the Cricut Cartridge Paisley!  It's a pretty little Spring like cart...and it's OLD SCHOOL!  Meaning it's been around a bit.  Just leave me a comment and tell me your FAVORITE BIRTHDAY memory!

You'll have until Thursday February 2nd to comment. 


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wish I made this...

Isn't this a gorgeous card!  I wish I had made it.  However, I understand I did inspire it.  My girlfriend made is pretty Easel card for a friend.  I ask my extremely crafty friends to send me photo's of their projects so I can post them for you to see.  She used her Tim Holtz die with the dress form to cut out the form in cork.  Then added some cheesecloth and lacy ribbon as layers.  JUST LOVE IT!

I love all the layers and what a treat when you open the card.  Easel cards are my favorite to make especially if you want to add some heavy layers.  They display so well. 

So pretty opened up.  I love the pearl accents around the dress form neck.  And the film strip in the background.

Sorry, I've been MIA this last bit.  Last week I had a 4 day migraine.  So this week I feel like I'm playing catch on cleaning the house and piles of laundry! 

Thanks to my friend Dawn for sharing her beautiful card with us!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

SMS Valentines Blog Hop and Release

The Scrappy Moms Stamps DT is hopping with "LOVE" on the mind just in time for Valentines.  You have finally made it to the end and I hope along the way you have some great inspiration for your special Valentine.  If you are just arriving on my Blog you'll want to start fresh over at the Boss Lady Melanie's  Blog.  If you have hopped and made it all the way to the end then you should be arriving from Trish's Blog.

I made some Valentines treat bags for my Kids, complete with little shovels.  My set of "Crazy for You" didn't arrive in time:(  I know sad.  However, it is a Valentine's Hop so I used my Love Notes and Dancing Circles sets.

I used the #2 tags to tie around each shovel and stamped this sentiment from Love Notes.  I punched my MS heart punch (the edge one) with these teeny hearts then glued them on the tag.

For this tag I used the "I Love You" sentiment from Dancing Circles, punched and added button with Twine.  Pretty!

For the last tag I used a gear from the Tim Holtz die and popped up the #14 stamp.  Then attached my XOXO sentiment from Love Notes.

For all the tags I stamped a Frech Script in versa mark, embossed and inked with the distress inks Fire Brick, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.

Look how adorable this set is.  I cannot wait to get using it.  I already have some projects lined up waiting for it to arrive!

Thanks for hopping with the DT.  These ladies are so talented I'm sure you have some great ideas!  To check out this new stamp set and all the rest click HERE.  There you'll find all the SMS Stamp line, blocks, twine and baggies! 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Homemade Doughnuts Oh Oh...

These are pretty close to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  We did have a Krispy Kreme and we called it "Slice of Heaven"  But as waist sizes grew, customers dwindled so Krispy Kreme left.  My kids are still on Christmas Break so instead of crafting I've been baking.  Two reasons 1; I get to play with my new Kitchen Aid Mixer and learn to make bread and 2; they sound like a herd of Elephants when I'm downstairs.

I was perusing Pinterest this morning like I do every morning and came across this pin.  I like this no nonsense recipe.  I will post the website and link to the recipe at the bottom of the post. After letting the dough rise for an hour it doubles in size.  A little four is needed as it's a bit sticky.  Make sure to roll out to 1/2" thickness.  I went to thin the first time and had to redo it.

I used a large round cookie cutter to cut my donuts.  Then to cut the holes I used the metal lid from my Martini Shaker.  It worked but I may look for a teeny round cutter.  Since I have COLD Granite I like to rise my dough on a butcher block and get the dough elevated from the granite.  Really helps for the 30 min rise.

While the donuts are rising make the glaze and ready the oil and pan.  I really like this glaze as it's not too thick and not crazy sweet.  Then set it aside.  I have a gas oven so it tends to cook a little hot.  I did however heat the oil to med heat and didn't need it any hotter.  Once you see the sides go golden brown about 30 seconds it's time to flip and brown the other side.  I have a huge pan so I kept it to 6 donuts at a time to keep it manageable.

Take them right out of the oil and let them cool on a rack.  I placed cookie sheets under to catch any drippage.  Once they are slightly cooled dip the tops of each donut into your glaze and place back on the rack. 

I did sneak one while it was warm.  However, like any good Krispy Kreme a quick 10 sec heat in the microwave with make them warm and soft.  To make these amazing treats yourself check out the "99 Cent Chef" for this great recipe and more.

This is my first time making doughnuts.  It's a very easy recipe and really fun to make.  My recipe yielded 20 doughnuts and 8 doughnut holes (at my sons request) and I assume that has everything to do with cutter size.  Although, these doughnuts are a pretty good size.  The best part...I know what's in these doughnuts:o}

Kids are back to school next week so I will be back to playing with paper.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Creating with Flour

I've been baking again.  Today I tried making Bagels.  If you were on Facebook I was updating my progress.  And if you've been around awhile you know I love to cook as much as I love to craft.  Well, Santa brought me a new Kitchen Aid Mixer, Professional 600!  This baby is built to make bread and lots of it.  It will take me awhile to learn to make bread so here's my first kick at making Bagels I found on Pinterest.

I picked this recipe as I'm too impatient to wait overnight to make my bread.  This recipe is very easy to make in your stand up mixer. This recipe calls for 6c-7c of flour and my "old" KA Mixer would not have like that much but my new one does.  This recipe yields in my case 16 med/large bagels.  I divided the dough in half after a 2 hour rise and made 8 bagels out of each half. 

Here are 6 of the sesame bagels I baked after giving them a boiling bath in water.  Ugh should have taken a photo of that for you...

I made a selection of  bagels, 6 sesame, 6 cheese and 4 cinnamon sugar.  I thought my kids would like that with my Apple Butter.  And they did!  There's only 1 of those left.

My youngest took a bite out of his warm cinnamon sugar bagel.

If you would like to try this recipe... I followed it from Self- Reliance by Jamie.  I like easy recipes to follow that have great results.  She has a lot of great photo's to follow and great instruction.  Be sure to click HERE to make these divine bagels. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

First post of 2012


I thought I'd start 2012 off with a simple quick THANK YOU card!  After weeks of gifting, parties and events it's sometimes nice to send out "Just a Note" of thanks.  These cards are fast and easy to make.  I simply stamped a music note background stamp then distressed with Walnut distress ink. 

I borrowed this wee stamp then punched it out with SU word window punch. 

In all I made 20 cards in under 2 hours.  On the inside I used a Scrappy Moms Stamps "Thank You" stamp.

Looking forward to a new year of crafting.  I have lots of idea's and projects planned:)