Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Z fold Halloween Card

a few nights ago I was trying to figure out how to make a z-fold card. I cut out my cardstock, folded it, and then got distracted by something shiny.
This morning I saw that the Cricut Cardz Challenge was to make a Halloween card in a Zfold shape, so there was motivation to finish my card.

I don't have any Halloween papers, but I did just buy the pumpkin carving cartridge, so I decided to use that, and green and purple for my colors. It's a little plain, but I think it's pretty cute and I love the non traditional Halloween colors!
Web and Trick or Treat are from Pumpkin Carvings Cartridge
Spider is from Potpourri Basket Cartridge
Ribbon is from Michaels 2 for $1 bin
Striped paper is from DCWV Summer Dream Stack (which is on major sale right now at JoAnn's! 180 sheets of cuteness for $7.97)
Purple glitter glue G company from JoAnns dollar spot

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bridal shower Card

I made this little card for D, whose shower was Saturday. I also made the cake, but realized too late that I forgot to take a picture of it! I'm waiting on the hostess-with-the-mostest, my friend Kimberly, to send me a picture she took at the party.

Anyways, I originally made this card larger, but didn't have an envelope for it, so I whipped up this one, in a A2 size, in just a few minutes using the same design. I love the veil! It's cut from a heart printed vellum paper that I've had forever and had never found a good use for.

I learned at the shower that the bride to be hates the color pink. Oops!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Pink Stamper Challenge

Today My Pink Stamper issued a challenge: Make something with a bird in it.

Since I had no cartridge with a bird in it, I had to improvise. This little birdie is made from a pear! I cut off the leaves of the pear to make the wings, beak and feet. You can find this pear on the Potpourri basket cartridge.

What do you think, not bad, right? :)
Bird paper-Recollections "Garage Sale" line from Michaels-bird cut at 4"
Bird shadow-random cardstock cut at 4 and 1/4"
Leaves & shadow-Random cardstock cut at 2 and 3/4"
Sparkles for wings-dollar bin glitter glue from JoAnn's (Love this stuff!)
"Chirp" rub-on- miniMarks via Ross (10 packages for $3!!)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Go. Make friends!

If you haven't discovered Erin Lee Creative yet, go! She's a (super cute) crafter who makes mostly cards using her Cricut and Peachy Keen and Pink Stamper stamps. I'd never heard of either of those brands before, but I follow both of their blogs now too (and watch mypinkstamper on youtube!)

And when Erin hits 400 followers (she only needs a few more) she's giving away a set of Peachy Keen stamps. So go follow, because I want some of those stamps!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Michaels Make Your Own Sale Coupon!

I came across this coupon yesterday and had to share:

50% off coupon

it's a printable 50% off any regular priced item at Michaels, good through this Saturday. My Michaels is moving (yay!!), but that means that their selection is really picked over and sparse right now (Boo!).
EDIT: You can use this at JoAnn's too, if you have one.
I ended up getting some Wilton gel food colors (regularly 14.99- I paid 7.50 for 12 colors), four stamps ($1/ea. The new ones are so cute!), a versamark stamp ($7.99) and 10 very cute 12X12 scrapbook papers (5/$1!).
I think Martha Stewart knew about the sale, because her entire line was 20% off, so the coupon doesn't work for them. Too bad, because what I really wanted was this:
Martha Stewart Essential Colors Glitter Set

I just think the colors are gorgeous and would make for fun card accents. Oh well, some day, my sparkly pretties. Some day you will be mine.

Have fun with your coupon!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tiding myself over

I've officially decided to join Team Cricut. I should have my new little friend by the end of the month! Until then, I've been playing with some of the old craft stuff my HSN loving ex-boss gave me. I found this tool called a Coluzzle, it's like an X-acto knife except the blade pivots and is very tiny. It's used with a hard plastic stencil, so the blade just glides along the cuts.
I used it to make the circles on this quick card:

And here is the Coluzzle:

It's pretty cool I guess. Just not nearly as cool as a Cricut!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mocha Cupcakes

To me, there's really no better pairing than coffee and chocolate. Chocolate and peanut butter makes a close second, but chocolate and coffee is really where my heart is. A few weeks ago we had some leftover coffee after breakfast and I decided that a mocha cupcake would be the perfect use for it. Of course, I couldn't find a recipe that only wanted coffee, so I ended up going and buying instant coffee granules as well.
I found a recipe (and I can't remember where. Bad blogger! Bad! But I know it was not from any of the blogs I'm linked to because I would remember that.) and in the end, I didn't love it. It didn't give the vavavoom that I was looking for, and I think a store bought chocolate cake mix would have been better.

The frosting recipe was a keeper, though, and I'll happily share that. I decided to make these mini cupcakes since my mini cupcake pan hasn't seen any love since last Fall's pumpkin cupcakes, so I cut the recipe I found (from C&H sugar) in half, and then I altered it to make it more coffee flavored.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1.5 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/6 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teas vanilla
  • 4 tbsp. brewed coffee (room temp)

Mix together first 5 ingredients, then add the brewed coffee one tbsp at a time until you get the consistency you want. Made enough to frost 30 mini cupcakes (with some left over!)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Seasoned Breadsticks

Ugly little suckers, I know, but so tasty!

If you ever see the little round container of "bread dipping spices" that has four flavors in one container, or the Johnny's Garlic Spread, buy it right away. I have used them countless times in the kitchen since getting them both a few months ago. My pizzas, bread sticks and even my toast have never been more delicious. Alas, my bread dipping spices are getting low, and I can't find them in my area *sob!*

Anyways, I made these simple and super tasty bread sticks one night when I was having a horrible carb craving.
I used my favorite pizza dough recipes, but added in 1 tbs of bread dipping spices. Then I coated them with melted butter mixed with Johnny's Garlic Spread before baking them. I've always been a bread stick fiend and these just hit the spot!

Friday, September 3, 2010

25 before 25!

I got this idea from another blog who was baking 25 things while she was 25. Well, I still have 11 months to go before I'm 25, so I thought it would be neat to have 25 things to make before I'm 25. These have to be things I've never made before, so coming up with 25 was hard, so this list is a little random. Bear with me! This will get me and the hub to branch out and try things we haven't tried before, too!

1. Cheesecake-Done!
2. Cream Puffs
3. Cake with multiple tiers-Done!
4. Peanut Brittle
5. Soft Pretzels
6. Pierogis
7. Artichoke Dip
8. Buffalo Chicken Dip
9. Hummus
10. Blackberry Jam
11. Pickles
12. Quinoa
13. Mahi Mahi-done!
14. Pear tart
15. French Onion Soup
16. Mochi
17. Falafel
18. Polenta-done!
19. Italian Wedding Soup
20. Baked Potato Soup
21. Banana Cream Pie
22. Beer Braised Beef with Onions
23. Bronzed Sea Bass with Lemon Shallot Butter
24. Taffy
25. My own birthday cake

I've linked recipes to a few of these things, and I'll come back and link more as I find the recipes I want to try (if you have a suggestion please let me know!). I'll also attach my blog posts to this as I (hopefully!) cross things off my list.
Wish me luck ;)