Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring Delight



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Today's design looks complicated at least that is how my husband described it.  I had a lot of the pieces cut and just laying around so I thought I would try to use some of them.  I attached some tools to the Bushel Basket and added the Evershan Branch behind the Madison Park Bench.  I used lots of the Tiny Flowers and the Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tienery Cockburn to form the flowers on the trees and dotted the center with Viva Decor Pink.

For the little girl I had to die cut her in flesh card stock, then in patterned card stock for the dress.  For her hair I used a light brown paper and just die cut her head and then used scissors to create her hair.  For the basket I die cut it again in pink glitter card stock and added the Leafy Sprig behind it and more of the tiny flowers in purple.  Then tucked the clouds behind the tree.

The ducks I just colored their beaks and doted the eyes with Viva Decor Black.

Materials:
Memory Box - Groundskeeper Tools, Digging Up Fun, Evershan Branch, Puffy Clouds & Grand Alder Tree
Poppy Stamps - Madison Park Bench, Bushel Basket & Leafy Sprig
Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers, Girl With Easter Basket & Farm Girl (just ducks)
Not sure what brand the light pink and stripe paper is.
Viva Decor Black Pen (eyes), Gold & Pink
Martha Stewart - Grass Punch
Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tienery Cockburn
Deckle scissors for the lower grass area.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Blooms & Homemade Samoas Bars



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Dawn of Dawn's Blog,  Margot of Hand Made by Margaretha, Sarah of Syriandertje & Chantal of Chantals Crea Blog

Materials: 
Obsession Impression -  Boy with Flowers
Memory Box - Lovely Lady Bugs
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig & Large Garden Cart
Martha Stewart - Doily Lace Punch Around the Page

Please find below a recipe I found on the the Baking Bites Website for delicious bar cookies.   I have made these twice and my husband can't stop sneaking in the kitchen to eat them.


Homemade Samoas Bars (These are so good)

Homemade Samoas Bars
Cookie Base:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
First, make the crust.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepared pan and press into an even layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.
Topping
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels (use Werther's Original Chewy Caramels)
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter (it’s easy to get it through the topping).
Once bars are cut, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.
Makes 30 bar cookies.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Easter Pastel Peeps & Chocolate Bunnies


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Niki of  Pawsitively Creative Crafts, Regina of Die Kreative Ecke & Donna of Crafty Colonel

Today's design started out with the idea of making baskets filled with those yummy sugar coated Pastel Peeps you see everywhere now.  I used glitter card stock in pastel colors to die cut the baby chicks and the small Springtime Bunnies.  I then added the punched grass to the baskets and attached the chicks and bunnies.  For the purple basket I added the punched grass and I coated the brown bunnies with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to create a nice shine.  I dotted the eyes using the Viva Decor Black Pen.

For the center basket I looped it over the Garden Trellis then tucked them slightly under the rolling stitched hillside.   I used the Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tienery Cockburn to form the flowers on the trees and dotted the center with Viva Decor Gold.  This is the same kit used every time I make flowers, it comes with two pads, tools and you can watch videos on how to create things using the kit. 

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers
Memory Box - Baby Chicks, Grand Alder Tree, Woven Basket & Springtime Bunnies
Poppy Stamps - Country Baskets & Garden Trellis
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders
Viva Decor Gold Pen & Black
Martha Stewart - Grass Punch
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Sizzix Accessory - Tool Kit Inspired by Susan Tierney Cockburn






Monday, March 16, 2015

Easter Cottage




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Gracie of One Saylors Log Angelique of Annigide blog & Dortesjs of Fasters Korthus blog

I first die cut the yellow oval for the house and added the windows, curtains, door and scalloped white top.  I then attached the chimney on the back of oval.  After die cutting the Chocolate Bunny I attached the fun pink hat using the top part of the donut die.  To the small country basket I added some grass and glitter eggs from the Delicate Nest set.  I die cut the stitched hillside border and added a layer of punched grass behind it.  Then cut the fence piece to fit on both sides of the card.  I added three baby chicks and colored their beaks and dotted the eyes and door knob with Viva Decor Black pen.

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Ovals4¼ x 5⅝”) House
Taylored Expression - Little Bits Donut (top part for hat)
Impression Obsession - Fence & Square House (just chimney)
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Border
Memory Box - Baby Chicks & Delicate Nest (just the eggs)
Poppy Stamps Chocolate Bunny, Country Baskets, Madison House & Plush Curtains
Martha Stewart - Grass Punch
Viva Decor Black Pen













Thursday, March 12, 2015

Up Up And Away



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Today's silly design was inspired from a birthday card I saw. The Easter bunny is getting very creative in how he gets those goodies to all the houses on time.  As you can see he has some helpers waiting below to help out.

I used the Martha Stewart balloon punch and then coated them with the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer for a little shine.  I attached them to the straight part from the Crisp Bows.  I used the fun Stitched Hillside Border die and added the flowers, bunnies and house.  

Materials:
Martha Stewart Balloon punch
Poppy Stamps Leafy Sprig & Chocolate bunny
Memory Box Springtime Bunnies, Crisp Bows, Village House, Woven Basket & Delicate Nest
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border
Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Viva Decor Pens

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tea Time With A Friend



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What goes better with tea than nice warm donuts with a friend.  For those that have pets you know what I mean.  They have a sixth sense about food and usually show up just as you are sitting down to sneak a snack.  

After die cutting the donuts, I coated the top pieces with the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer which gives them a little shine.  On the top one I dotted it with several colored Viva Decor pens for fun.   This is such a simple and quick design to create.

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Squares (4.75" x 4.75")
Poppy Stamps - Dainty Tea Set, Frenchy & Aston Side Table
Taylored Expression Donut
Viva Decor Pens
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Making Deliveries


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Martha of Martha's Favorites , Ka of Stamping Smiles Design, Debbie of Debbie Kreed Blog & Jenelle of Blue Lily Sentiments
I know the Easter Bunny has many modes of transportation, you probably have seen cards with him a riding a cart, driving a train or sailing in a hot air balloon.  He has to get those goodies delivered before Easter so I hope he is pedaling fast. Maybe I should have added jet packs to the bike?

So today's card was designed with that in mind, it  was quick and easy.  I created the pink frame using the Grand Labels Four 4⅜ x 6⅞" &  3⅞ x 6" dies together. I then die cut the bunny, basket, bicycle, eggs & chick and attached to center.

I formed the flowers with my stylus and molding pad and attached the tiny daisies on the wheels and basket and then dotted them with a little gold Viva Decor Pen.  

Materials:
Memory Box - Baby chicks, Vintage Bicycle & Delicate Nest
Poppy Stamps - Chocolate Bunny & Bushel Basket
E.K. Success Small Daisy punch
Spellbinders - Grand Labels Four (4⅜ x 6⅞" &  3⅞ x 6") To create pink frame
Viva Decor Gold pen
Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit - Inspired by Susan Tierney Cockburn (This kit is a must for shaping flowers)



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Basket Of Chicks

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Today's design was so easy I just die cut Pink card stock and the Grand Labels Twenty-Three piece (5" x 4") then lined up the (3 x 4" from regular set)  onto the (5" x 4") and die cut it again.  That way it creates a wider frame to work with and makes adding the mounting tape easier on the backside.  

I cut a piece of white card stock 6" X 5" and added mounting tape then attached the pink frame to it.  I then added the punched grass, basket, little chicks, bow and butterflies to create the fun scene.  

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Three & Spellbinders  Labels Twenty-Three - standard set - (5" x 4" from Grand set,  3" x 4" from regular set)
Memory Box - Baby Chicks & Woven Basket
Martha Stewart Grass & Bow punch
E.K. Success small Butterfly punch
Scotch Mounting Tape
Viva Decor Black Pen


Second card Idea Panorama Scene


Panorama Scene Folded Flat
Panorama Scene Open
Not sure if you can see the details very well in the picture or not but I thought it would be fun to try something different. I took a 12" X 12" piece of double sided card stock and laid out two different Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, one fairly low on the paper and the other set higher on the paper and then die cut them out and scored the paper at  4"  & 8". 

That way you get a perfect fold when done.  I then added on the back of the white card stock just the tree from the Snowy Tree Landscape and the two bunnies.  On the reverse brown paper on the backside I attached the deer and Frosted Christmas tree.  Then on the last fold in back I attached another Frosted Christmas Tree.  

Materials:
Memory Box Snow Tree Landscape, Frosted Christmas Tree &  Deer Trio
Poppy Stamps - Fluffy Bunny & Fuzz Bunnies
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Border

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