Sunday, June 30, 2013

Altered Project: Celebration of Summer Mini Clipboard (Doodlebug Take Note)

Happy Sunday to you all! Today I'm sharing the last of the projects I created for my guest spot with Gina's Designs. It's an altered mini clipboard, with a summer theme. I used a chipboard frame, from Little Yellow Bicycle's Poppy collection to frame the base of the clipboard before adding the clip portion.

Be sure to pop over to the Gina's Designs blog where there's a giveaway to go along with my project. The winner will get their choice of three sets of chipboard or cardstock shapes!

Gina is also letting me do a giveaway on my blog. How would you like a chance to win a package of the miniature chipboard clipboards (4 backer boards, 4 clips and 4 clip cover pieces) I used for this project (and, if you'd like more inspiration, here's another I made). All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Open to US, Canada and Mexico residents only (sorry to my other international readers). I'll be choosing a winner on Wednesday, July 3rd. Good luck!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tutorial: How to Move Your Google Reader RSS Feed to Bloglovin’

Did you know that Google Reader will stop working as of July 1st? That's just days away folks.

Have you chosen a new reader yet?

If you'd like to move your reader RSS feed to Bloglovin', then read on.

First, click on this link.

Next, you'll see this web page:

Click the "Import from Google Reader" button.

The import only takes a couple of minutes. You will have to re-categorize your blogs (if you read them that way), but the process is quick and easy.

If you'd like to follow my blog, there's a clickable button in the sidebar of my blog. Thank you!

Before I go, just wanted to let you know that I bought the domain name for my blog. You can still reach it through whatever link you've been using (because it gets forwarded), but if you want a direct link, it's now

Have a great weekend! I'll be back next week with some new projects.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Card Share: Sunny Days (Little Yellow Bicycle Vintage Summer)

Little Yellow Bicycle's Vintage Summer collection features a medley of designs that can either take the patriotic route or remind you of summer days gone by. My card today will probably make you think of the latter. Maybe you'll even feel like heading out for a picnic with your favorite handmade quilt. 

Enjoy the day!
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Thai-Style Quinoa Salad

A couple of weeks ago, I came across the Ambitious Kitchen blog, and this fabulous recipe for a Thai-style quinoa salad. Not only is it colorful, but it's packed with healthy stuff and it's oh-so-tasty too. In fact, it gets better the longer it sits and the flavors combine. Definitely make it at least a day ahead.

Here's the recipe, with my notes regarding any modifications I made:

  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa (I used my rice cooker to prep the quinoa)
  • 1-2 cups shredded red cabbage, depending on how much crunch you like (I used about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced (left this out because the recipe also calls for scallions and that was enough "bite" for us)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro (left this out because we are not fans)
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • ½ cup cashew halves or peanuts (honey-roasted is good)
  • 1 cup edamame or chickpeas (used 1 cup of both)
  • Fresh lime, for a bit of tang
  • For the dressing:
  • ¼ cup all natural peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten-free if desired
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use agave if vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Water to thin, if necessary
  1. Cook the quinoa: Rinse quinoa with cold water in mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil. Add in quinoa and bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large bowl and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. You should have a little over 2 cups of quinoa.
  2. Make the dressing: Add peanut butter and honey or agave to a medium microwave safe bowl; heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and both sesame and olive oils. Stir until mixture is smooth and creamy. If you want a thinner dressing, simply stir in a teaspoon or two of water or olive oil. (I added more water to thin the dressing and make it easier to stir into the salad)
  3. Add as much or as little dressing as you’d like to the quinoa. I always start out with a little bit of dressing and usually add more to suit my taste preferences. Alternatively you can save the dressing for later and add when you are ready to eat; however the flavors of the dressing usually soak into the salad so I love adding it to the quinoa first. (I added the dressing once all salad ingredients were stirred together in step #4)
  4. Next fold in red pepper, onion, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro into the quinoa. Garnish with cashews and green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges if desired. (I stirred the cashews and scallions right into the salad)

This is the perfect summer salad, with a decent amount of fiber and crunch! You'll find yourself going back for more...and more...Enjoy!
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Altered Project: Tic Tac Toe Game (Little Yellow Bicycle Vintage Summer)

Last week I shared a mini Polaroid album, the first of three projects, I did as guest designer for Gina's Designs. This week I'm sharing a unique project made from a small shadowbox. This little cutie is 8" square. When I first saw it, the idea of creating a tic tac toe game popped into my head. Want to see how it turned out?

The bottom of the box, and each of the game pieces, are covered with patterned paper from Little Yellow Bicycle's new Vintage Summer collection.

Here's a look at one of the round game pieces (I have to give my hubby a shout out for painting and cutting them all). All of the round pieces are topped with Bella Blvd. flags.

Here's a look at one of the squares. These are topped with stacked buttons and word stickers from Bella Blvd.

Patterned paper from Bo Bunny finishes off the sides of the box.

This project is also up on the Gina's Designs blog today along with a giveaway. Be sure to check it out!

Gina is also letting me do a giveaway on my blog too. How would you like a chance to win a package of miniature chipboard clipboards (4 backer boards, 4 clips and 4 clip cover pieces). All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Open to US, Canada and Mexico residents only (sorry to my other international readers). I'll be choosing a winner on Wednesday, July 3rd. Good luck!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Card Share: Thank You So Much Teacher (Doodlebug Take Note)

Alternating strips of Doodlebug washi tape make for a fun backdrop on this card, don't you think? I made it for Alexa's beloved math teacher, who retired this year. Just a fun little assortment of product, from Doodlebug's Take Note collection, except for the wood veneer (Studio Calico) and heart tag (Amy Tangerine).

I'm taking tomorrow off in order to celebrate Alexa's 12th birthday. I can't believe how this sweet, seven pound miracle...

Has grown into such a beautiful young lady:

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Meal with Appeal (Little Yellow Bicycle Poppy)

My Mother's Day gift was a brunch cooking class at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. The kitchen was set up with various stations, each with a place for two people. Alexa and I were in charge of making a cucumber salad. She ended up going back and forth between my station and Tom's (he was preparing a potato gratin at the station next to us). It was such a fun way to spend time together and we had the chance to make, and try, things we hadn't had before. This layout features the photos of the prep tray for the cucumber salad (top photo) and the finished product (bottom photo). I'm happy to say the entire salad was gone by the end of the tasting session.

I put this page together using Little Yellow Bicycle's new Poppy collection, along with a couple of items from Gina's Designs (chipboard word "together" and doily). I also had some old Melissa Frances cooking-themed rub ons on hand that worked perfectly for scattering about the page.

See you tomorrow with a card share...Enjoy your day!

Linking up to:
The Memory Nest
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

You Are In Be-Tween (Echo Park A Perfect Summer)

Today I have one last project made from My Creative Scrapbook's creative kit, this time about Alexa turning 12 and being in "be-tween" being a tween and a teen.

I created the polka dot background by punching circles from this paper and fitting them around the design of my page:

Here's a closer look at the journaling pocket:

Enjoy your day! I'll be back tomorrow with a Tasty Tuesday post. I haven't done one of those in a while.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Spring Scavenger Hunt Polaroid Album (Little Yellow Bicycle Poppy)

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day! I'm guest designing for Gina's Designs this month, a new company offering "laser cut chipboard shapes and mini albums." There are so many options to choose from, including pretty doilies and off-the-page products too.

I'll be sharing my projects over the next three Sundays, starting off with this adorable Polaroid-style mini album. I altered the album using Little Yellow Bicycle's new Poppy collection and flair from A Flair for Buttons.

This album is a photographic record of a yearly scavenger hunt Alexa and I go on with the hopes of spotting signs of spring. Those signs came a bit late this year, but we found them nonetheless. They can't elude us. :)

This first collage shows the front and back cover as well as the first two facing pages.

These are more of the inside pages. Each photograph is paired with a facing page created with a mix of layered embellishments like journaling cards, word stickers, pockets and chipboard.

These are the last few pages in the album. You may have noticed holes punched into the top left corner of each page. The album is held together by a metal ring which is run through the holes, and tied simply with a chevron ribbon bow (see photo at the top of this post).

My album is up on the Gina's Designs blog today along with a giveaway. Be sure to check it out! If you're interested in the seeing what this album looked like before it was altered, you can see it here.

Gina was kind enough to let me do a giveaway here on my blog too. I'm giving away a set of miniature chipboard clipboards. The package includes 4 backer boards, 4 clips and 4 clip cover pieces. I used one of these cuties to create a Doodlebug Design clipboard as part of my recent guest spot. Just leave a comment on this post and you'll have a chance to win. Open to US, Canada and Mexico residents only (sorry to my other international readers). I'll be choosing a winner on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll have another chipboard project to share next Sunday.
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Card Share: Happy Sunshine (American Crafts Mayberry)

Isn't this a fun and happy card? It features American Crafts Mayberry collection from My Creative Scrapbook's main kit. Individual chipboard triangles form the banner. I used my sewing machine to stitch through the base of each pennant, leaving the threads long at each end so they could be tied into a bow.

Here's a closer look:

Here's a look at the kit I worked with. I just love all of the happy colors.

I'll be back next week with new projects to share. I hope you have a great weekend!

Linking up to:
The Memory Nest

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wells Beach (Echo Park A Perfect Summer)

Today I'm sharing another layout done with the June creative kit from My Creative Scrapbook

This is a photo of one of my sisters and her two boys. Don't you just love those adorable fish? I mixed sticker and chipboard fish, using 3D foam squares and chipboard circles to add some depth.

Here's a close up of the title block:

I'll be back tomorrow to share a card. Enjoy your day!
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waiting on Summer (Echo Park A Perfect Summer)

Today I'm sharing a project made from My Creative Scrapbook's creative kit. This kit contains Echo Park's A Perfect Summer collection. The yummy colors and patterns really make it the perfect for summer. I had a great time combining the embellishments — stickers, layered stickers, and chipboard — to create clusters around my page.

Here's a closer look at the layering on the journaling pocket:

I'll be back tomorrow with another creative kit layout. See you then!
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Brush with Spring (American Crafts Mayberry)

Today's layout, courtesy of the contents of My Creative Scrapbook's main kit, is about a yearly scavenger hunt Alexa and I go on. We head outdoors, cameras in hand, and photograph signs of spring in our yard. This photo is just one of many we took. It's a close-up of a witch alder bloom. The blossoms resemble a brush, hence the title of the page.

Here's a detail shot:

This is the kit I worked with. Pretty, isn't it? Pam does such a wonderful job putting these together. Everything always coordinates so beautifully.

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