Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fast Approaching Fifty (Simple Stories Vintage Bliss)

I am so enjoying Simple Stories Vintage Bliss collection. It's so pretty and perfect for so many different projects.

I'm turning fifty in just a couple of months and I've been thinking about it a lot. I don't feel fifty by any means but there used to be a time in my life (in my twenties) when fifty WAS old to me. LOL!

Anyway, I wanted to record my thoughts about this milestone and talk about what is going on in my life right now. Once I turn fifty, I may not remember. :)
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Giveaway Winner: Cassie's Birthday Bash, A Paper Issues Celebration

The winner, by random draw, of five packages of Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals embellishment goodness is...

What a fun way to celebrate her birthday! Great prizes :)

Congratulations, Becky and a big thank you to all of you for celebrating with us over at Paper Issues. It was nice to have so many new visitors to my blog. Thank you to those of you who became followers too.

Becky, please send me your mailing info (via the envelope icon in the sidebar of my blog's home page) and I will get this package right out to you. :)

Have a great Monday. I'll be back to share a layout tomorrow.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Getting Inky Guest Post: Miriam Prantner on Generational Stamping

About two months ago, right about the time Little Yellow Bicycle came out with their new stamps, I started wondering about alternative ways to use my stamps. When I say alternative, I mean something beyond putting ink to stamp and stamp to paper. Since I know nothing about stamping, other than the basics, I decided to go to the experts. I contacted a number of stampers whose work I enjoy, and asked them to create a guest post for my blog.

Miriam Pranter is joining me today with a look at generational stamping. If you already know what it is, feel free to scroll down to see Miriam's beautiful examples. Otherwise, hang on because Miriam is going to tell us all about it...

Hi! I'm so excited to be here today to share one of my favorite stamping techniques with you: generational stamping. This is one of the first techniques I learned when I started stamping, and it's an especially great technique for beginning stampers because it allows you to really stretch your supplies (you can double, and even triple the number of inks you have!) not to mention the fact that it is really easy to do.

In a nutshell, when you ink up your stamp and stamp it once, that's first generation. Stamp again without reinking and that is second generation. Depending on the intensity of the original color, you can stamp it a third time for a third generation image. This image shows you the three generations of color that are created with my Outdoor Denim inkpad.

There are all sorts of ways to utilize generational stamping in your projects. I'm sharing just a couple with you today.

In this first card, I utilized generational stamping to build the main focal image in my card.  I stamped from the outside in, starting with the largest images and the lightest color.  The added benefit is that because the darker color is on top of the the lighter layers, it actually makes the darker colors a little more saturated.

For this card I used Avery Elle's Rounded Diamonds set (which my amazing friend JJ helped to design) and another of my newest acquisitions, the Quite Like You sentiment set from WPlus9.

You can also use generational stamping to create a background, as well as to add emphasis with sentiments. On this next card I used Little Yellow Bicycle's Everyday Words set.  I stamped 'delight' in second generation using Slate ink four times. Then I switched to Ruby ink and stamped the sentiment again over the third word. The great thing about this is that you don't have to be totally precise.  If your stamping isn't exactly on top of the original sentiment, it adds a little bit of shadow to your sentiment. The second part of the sentiment is stamped in Slate in first generation.

Thanks so much to Lisa for inviting me to share with you today! Hope that these cards give you an idea on how you can stretch your ink colors as well as your stamps. and that you are inspired to give it a try!

Supplies Used:

Card 1
Paper/Cardstock: CTMH - Outdoor Denim and White Daisy cardstock

Stamps: Avery Elle - Rounded Diamonds; WPlus9 - Quite Like You
Ink: CTMH - Outdoor Denim
Other: Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Sponge Dauber; Corner Rounder

Card 2
Paper/Cardstock: CTMH  - Ruby and White Daisy cardstock
Stamps: Little Yellow Bicycle - Everyday Words set
Ink: CTMH - Ruby and Slate
Other: Tombow - Mono Adhesive; CTMH - Sponge Dauber

Be sure to check out Miriam's blog, Sooner Rather Than Later, to see more of her wonderful work!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

All Boy (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Boy)

Today I'm sharing a page I made for my Dad's memorial album. This is my Dad as a baby. I can't get over how adorable he was! We tend to forget (at least I do) that our parents were babies and kids once too. They didn't just come into this world as adults, ready to parent us. LOL!

I used Little Yellow Bicycle's Fern and Forest Boy collection for this page, adding in some embellishments from the Naturals collection (burlap, canvas and wood) to give the page some texture. Don't be shocked by this next comment, but I stamped on the background paper. It's subtle, but it's there.

Do you have photos of your parents in their younger days? Have you scrapped them?

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Card Share: Fly (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Girl)

I made this card just for fun (and because my scrapbook supplies seem to be the only way I can experience spring this year). Everything on here is from Little Yellow Bicycle's Fern and Forest Girl collection, except for the pocket which is Pebbles Inc.

I pieced the bird using two layers of paper which makes the piece sturdy and gives it some depth. I also pulled out some inks to shade around the edges of the bird and wing and even swiped a bit of ink on the wooden button to give it some color.

Is it spring where you are? Maybe you shouldn't tell me. If the answer is yes, I might be jealous. :)

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Giveaway: Cassie's Birthday Bash, A Paper Issues Celebration (NOW CLOSED)

The Paper Issues creative team is celebrating Cassie's (the owner of Paper Issues) birthday in a big way this week. This is not just a one day celebration, but a whole five days — five days full of fun and giveaways. Usually the birthday girl would be getting the gifts, but instead the creative team is giving our blog readers the chance to win some wonderful gifts. One of my lucky followers will receive the prize shown below: five (5) packages of Little Yellow Bicycle's Naturals embellishment goodness in cork, canvas, and burlap. 

Please be sure to sign up as a follower, if you aren't already, to be eligible for this prize. I will randomly draw a winner on April 29th so come on back to see if it's you. 

There will be plenty of activity on the Paper Issues Facebook page all week so be sure to "like" us. Keep checking in so you don't miss a chance to win some great prizes. Good luck!
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Monday, April 22, 2013

I Have Issues...Paper Issues, That Is

Paper Issues Blog Design

I admit it. I have issues. Don't we all? I now have one more issue to deal with (but it's a good one) because I was asked to join the Paper Issues creative team! 

A new issue went live on the Paper Issues blog yesterday and it's a great one. Link up a project(s) (you don't have to use Elle's Studio product) having to do with the theme which is serendipity (think along the lines of luck, chance, fate, and kismet). It can be something you've already created or something new. Elle's Studio is giving away FIVE Serendipity prize packages. Yes, FIVE! What are you waiting for? :)

If you want to shop (and who doesn't want to shop for scrapbooking supplies?), check out all of the wonderful new goodies in the Paper Issues store. Use my discount code, which entitles you to 20% off your order: LISA20 How's that for enabling? :)

Cassie's customer service is top-notch. She ships at lightning speed AND wraps your order in the prettiest of tissue papers (that you'll want to keep) AND includes a creative thank you in EACH AND EVERY order! You can't beat that!
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Friday, April 19, 2013

Card Share: Dream Big (Simple Stories Vintage Bliss)

I needed to take a bit of a break from assignments and make something just for fun. I pulled out some Simple Stories Vintage Bliss and got to work making this card. Of course I had to sneak a bingo card in there. It seems I can't do a Simple Stories project without using at least one (more often it's two or three). Do you love bingo cards as much as I do? Please tell me I'm not alone in this (ahem) obsession.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! We're going to a community arts event where Alexa will be dancing with her performance team and I'm hoping to get outside to clean up the yard and get some gardening done. What's on your agenda? 

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Card Share: Cherish You

Today I'm sharing a love-themed card. At first glance, you might notice the pretty burlap heart (with stamping on it, no less. LOL!), the pearls and the doily — all perfectly reasonable embellishments for a card of this nature, right? What you may not realize when looking at it is that it's made with a Christmas collection. Yes, it really is! I recently created some cards for an assignment that challenged me to make love-themed cards with Christmas collections. This one didn't make the cut, so that means I get to share it with you. :)

The next time you make holiday cards, see if you can work some of the Christmas collections into cards for Valentine's Day. :) Think of it as my little challenge to you and please link me up if you take the challenge.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Cornbread with Blueberry Goat Cheese Pillows

We had company a few weeks ago, and I bought way too much food. So what else is new, right? One of the items I planned to serve was blueberry goat cheese and crackers. We never got around to eating the cheese but I didn't want it to go to waste. What did I do? I searched Pinterest, of course, and came across a cornbread recipe that called for goat cheese.

The original recipe, from Take a Megabite, calls for using fresh blueberries and plain goat cheese. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and use...the blueberry goat cheese I had on hand! The recipe calls for crumbling the goat cheese on top. I don't know about you, but I've never had good luck crumbling goat cheese. It's so soft and creamy. I did, however, put the log of goat cheese in the freezer while I prepared the batter so it would be firm enough to slice (hence the "pillows" part of the recipe) and yes, it ended up crumbling a bit too.

So here's the recipe, as I originally found it. Just keep in mind that you can use blueberry goat cheese as I did and omit the fresh blueberries.

  • 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. corn meal
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt (optional)
  • 2 T. maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 c. milk (see directions)
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • one handful of blueberries
  • 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease an 8- or 9-inch pan (I used 9").
  • Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, corn meal, sugar and baking powder).
  • Place the maple syrup in a 2 cup measuring cup. Fill to the 1 cup mark with milk. Whisk in oil and egg. Stir into the dry ingredients.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with blueberries and crumbled goat cheese (or place rounds of goat cheese on top as I did).
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine was done after about 21 minutes.
This is what the batter looks like after it's poured into the baking pan:

Here's the batter topped with the goat cheese slices:

Fresh out of the oven. Look at those yummy, golden pieces of goat cheese! Bon appetit!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Card Share: Always Remember Sympathy Card (Bo Bunny Timepiece/Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals)

I recently had occasion to make a sympathy card. I always struggle with making them. Do you? I find myself shying away from bright colors but I don't want to make the card dark and depressing either. I thought this pairing, of Bo Bunny Timepiece and Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals, worked well. The paper is understated with a bit of vintage flair and the cork and canvas pieces bring in neutral elements and texture which are peaceful and soothing.

Here's a closer look at the tag (don't be shocked but yes, I did a bit of stamping, LOL):

The tag from the side so you can see the texture and layering:

What colors do you lean toward when making sympathy cards? If you have one posted online, please link me up. Thank you!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Newbie at Nuvo (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern and Forest Girl)

On Monday I gave you a look at Little Yellow Bicycle's new Fern and Forest Girl collection. Here's another page with the same collection. Lots of fun, happy color here.

This layout is about Alexa's first dance convention/competition which took place just a few weeks ago. I wasn't able to get many good shots. Most of them were taken with Alexa's iPod, so I went with the best as a 4x6 and then tucked some Instagram photos (of Alexa with her instructors taken during photo op/autograph signing time) into the envelope. I made sure to label each photo so she'll remember who each person is.

Here's a closer look at the closed envelope. I labeled it "photo ops" so she'd know to look inside for more photos.

Here's the title area in more detail. I added pearls to the flower center to add some texture and dimension, plus I used 3D foam squares to lift the flower center from its background to give it some depth.

Thank you for visiting today! I'll be back next week with more projects to share. In the meantime, I'd love to know what you're working on. Link me up please.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

William Stephen (Little Yellow Bicycle Fern & Forest Boy)

It's been a long time since I've done a baby layout so I really enjoyed working with this sweet newborn photo of my friend Francine's first grandson. Look at that adorable dimple in his chin. I can't stand the cuteness! :)

What better way to feature a newborn photo than with a brand new collection. This is Little Yellow Bicycle's new Fern & Forest Boy. The shades of brown, tan, green, orange and blue are perfect for boy pages, nature pages and masculine projects in general.

Here's a detail shot of the bottom left corner of the photo. I left the tag blank so William's parents can write on it.

Here's a look at the cluster to the right of the photo. I layered the "love you" chipboard medallion over a round journaling card. The circular wood piece that says "cute" came from the top of a stick pin (I just pulled it off).

I think I need to hunt down some photos of my Dad or my hubby as a baby and get those scrapped while I have this collection out...

How often do you have a chance to scrap baby layouts?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Rolo Cheesecake Bars

If you love chocolate and caramel, then you are going to love today's Tasty Tuesday post. I came across this recipe for Rolo Cheesecake Bars on Pinterest via Closet Cooking. The recipe calls for making these as bars. Of course I had to get all fancy and deviate from that and make them as individual tarts instead. Let's just say I will definitely make them as bars the next time. Making the tarts was time consuming, messy and hard to portion (but the end result was oh-so-tasty). Oh well, lesson learned...

Are you ready for some ooey gooey goodness? Let's get to the recipe (with my minor modifications), shall we?

Makes 12+ servings

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs

  • 1/4 c. sugar

  • 6 T. butter, melted

    • 8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/3 c. bottled caramel sauce
    • 1/3 c. sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 c. mini Rolos

    • 8 ounces dark chocolate
    • 2 T. butter

    • Directions

    Make the crust:

    1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press into the bottom of a greased 8" square baking pan.
    2. Bake in a preheated 350° F oven until lightly golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Set aside.

    Make the cheesecake:

    1. Cream the cream cheese. Mix in the caramel sauce followed by the sugar, egg, vanilla and finally the mini Rolos. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
    2. Bake in a 350° F oven until the cheesecake is set, about 25-30 minutes. Set aside to cool.

    Make the ganache:

    1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler, mixing until smooth. Pour over the cheesecake. Refrigerate.

Another look at the delicious finished product. Enjoy!


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