Friday, March 29, 2013

Card Share: Happy Easter (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)


Happy Easter to all of my wonderful blog readers! I hope you like the card I made for you. :)

I cut an egg shape from white cardstock and covered it with various vellum and washi tapes. I added zigzag stitching around the perimeter to add some interest and a finished edge before adding it to the card with 3D foam squares.

Have a wonderful weekend! I'll be back next week with more projects to share.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Card Share: Summer Memories (Little Yellow Bicycle Splash)


I need a bit of summer right now (even a small taste would be nice) so I used Little Yellow Bicycle's Splash collection for my current design team assignment. The background was created with vellum tape strips layered diagonally across a mat of white cardstock. Because the tapes are somewhat transparent, it was easy to trim away any pieces overhanging the edge of the cardstock. The burlap circle (from the Naturals collection) not only highlights the flower, but adds dimension and texture to the card. The flower center was created with a patterned wood button (also from the Naturals collection) and some red jute.


Please stop by the Little Yellow Bicycle blog today to see this card in more detail.


Thanks for visiting today!


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Altered Project: Framed Burlap Monogram (Little Yellow Bicycle Canvas Naturals)


Today I'm featuring an upcycled frame project that uses product from Little Yellow Bicycle's Canvas Naturals collection. These pieces can be inked or misted with any color you'd like. For this project though, I wanted a neutral, understated look, so I chose to keep everything white.

I found this distressed black frame at Hobby Lobby. Rather than put a photo in it, I adhered burlap to a piece of thin chipboard and put that in place of a photo. The monogram was a plain wood piece, also from Hobby Lobby. A bit of white primer over the wood, then a layer of black paint and some sanding created a look similar to the distressed look of the frame itself.

To embellish the frame, I clustered a trio of canvas daisy Naturals at the top (one large, two small) and then cut short lengths of Naturals canvas tape into a banner shape. I like how the banners add interest and extend the eye beyond the flowers.


The embellishment cluster on the monogram was created with a Naturals canvas sticker label ("dream big") and the top of a wooden Naturals stick pin (I pulled the wood accent off of the pin).


The bottom of the frame features one of the words and the brackets from the Naturals Canvas Words - Style 1 package.




There are many different canvas products available in the Naturals line, everything from shapes, to flowers, to label stickers, to tape and more. Something for everyone. :) I hope you give them a try. They are a lot of fun to work with and, as I mentioned earlier, easily colored to match whatever project you're working on.

Be sure to visit Little Yellow Bicycle's blog to get more information on the Naturals collection and this project. :)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Apple Crisp


What do you get when you mix yummy apples with a sweet crisp topping? One of my favorite desserts — apple crisp.

I don't know why, but when it comes to baking apple pie or apple crisp, the task falls to my husband, Tom. He enjoys it and believe me, I don't miss getting a hand cramp from having to peel loads of apples. :) I've tried those manual apple peeling thingies and all it did was make a mess. You need perfectly round apples in order for those things to work easily. Anyway, I digress...

We had company last weekend so of course apple crisp was on the dessert menu (along with some other goodies I'll share in future Tasty Tuesday posts).

This is what the crisp looks like BEFORE being baked (see photo at the top of the post for the finished product).



Apple Crisp

Filling:
3/4 c. sugar (or less depending on how sweet you like your filling)
1/4 c. cornstarch
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cinnamon
6 medium-sized apples (your choice), peeled, cored and thinly sliced (about 6 c.)

Topping:
1 c. flour
1 stick butter or margarine, slightly chilled and cut into chunks
1/2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 c. chopped pecans, optional

Heat oven to 350°F. Coat a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. 

Make the filling: 

Combine the sugar, cornstarch and spices in a medium bowl. Add sliced apples and mix well.

Pour filling into prepared dish.

Make the topping:

Blend all ingredients together, either with your fingers or a pastry cutter, until it resembles small pea-size crumbles. Spread evenly over the apple mixture.

Bake about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until apples are softened and slightly bubbling.

Enjoy!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Top 10 Today: Scrapbook Products I Have My Eye On

New scrapbooking products are arriving in stores fast and furious these days. I have my eye on a number of things and I thought I'd share 10 from my bucket at Two Peas.

1. Tiny things are my "thing" and these mini kraft bags, by Alison Kreft for Webster's Pages, are adorable. They come in a variety of styles and colors.



2. Classic, understated neutrals work with everything, so this 6x6 paper pad from Fancy Pants' Etcetera collection caught my eye. Reminds me of Simple Stories' Documented collection. I wonder if they'd work well together?


3. Pretty pink grapefruit alpha stickers from Lawn Fawn. The perfect size, not too big, not too small.


4. Chipboard cameras from Studio Calico. They make the best embellishments.


5. Clean Exposure Photoshop action by Adrienne Looman. What a difference this makes in the quality of a photo!


6. Sweet text paper from We R Memory Keepers. So perfect for backgrounds.


7. Library pockets, like these ones from Pebbles, are perfect for holding journaling.


8. A girl can never have too many pearls. This collection, from Doodlebug, offers variety in terms of color and size.


9. I'm a sucker for anything red, white, and blue, and these Doodlebug stickers fit the bill for upcoming summer BBQs and patriotic events.


10. Office-themed papers are fun, especially when they feature paper clips and journaling spots!


11. I know I said I'd list 10, but I couldn't stop without adding just one more...Butterflies + pearls + sticks pins? Yes, please!


So let's play a game of show and tell. Now that I've shared some of my product picks, I'd love to know what's on your list. We scrappers never want to miss out on something, right? :)

Have a great weekend! See you next week with more new projects.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Card Share: Happy Birthday America (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)


This is a card I created for a recent Paper Crafts call. It didn't get picked up, so not only do I get to share it with you, but I tore it apart and totally reworked it to make a hero-themed card for another publication (still waiting to hear on that one). :)

The chipboard frame is backed with product packaging. The text on the tag was created in a word processing document. I repeatedly typed "Happy Birthday, America!" a bit wider and longer than the size of my tag. I printed the text on a piece of 8 1/2 x 11" paper. For the next run through the printer, I attached the tag to the (now pre-printed) sheet of paper (lining it up so the text would print correctly on the tag) and ran it through my printer a second time. You could do the same thing for any other sentiment or holiday. 
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Love You to Bits (Basic Grey Max and Whiskers)


This is Alexa's sweet cat, Butterscotch. She chases him after him, as if he's a celebrity, to take pictures (with my camera, no less!) She's worse than the paparazzi. To be honest though, she's a budding photographer and gets some amazing shots. I especially love the bottom photo where Butterscotch's tongue is sticking out. Too cute!

I pulled out a couple of older products to use on here, like Basic Grey's adorable Max & Whiskers collection, a Making Memories metal ribbon slide (remember those?), some glittered chipboard pieces from We R Memory Keepers Furever Friends collection, and a My Mind's Eye polka dot brad. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another card share.
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Baking Almond Biscotti


It's been a long time since I've done a Tasty Tuesday post, hasn't it? I baked a lot over the weekend in preparation for a visit from some very dear friends which got me thinking about Tasty Tuesday. One of the things I made, a foolproof standby, is biscotti. This particular recipe appeals to me because you pat the dough into a 9" x 13" pan. You don't have to shape the dough into a loaf. You don't have to worry about pieces of varying length. Each and every piece is the same size.

This particular recipe is for almond biscotti, but you can change up the flavor by using different mix-ins (I made some suggestions in the recipe itself.) The batch I made was ginger almond (with pieces of candied ginger and sliced almonds).

So here you go. Easy as pie...

ALMOND BISCOTTI

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
5 egg whites (Feel free to use the equivalent amount of dried egg whites, following the directions on the can for the amount of powder and water to use. The powder would go in with the dry ingredients and the water would go in with the extract.)
1 1/4 t. almond or vanilla extract
3 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
2 c. sliced almonds (or use 2 c. of other mix-ins — 1 c. mini chocolate chips and 1 c. sliced almonds or try 1 c. dried cranberries and 1 c. white chocolate chips, etc. Be brave and experiment.)

Heat oven to 350° F. Grease a 13 x 9" baking pan with cooking spray.

Beat sugar and butter until creamy.

Beat in egg whites and extract on high speed, about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Add flour and baking powder.

Add almonds.

Transfer dough to prepared pan. Pat evenly into the pan.

Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Leave oven on.

Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove the finished "cookie" from the pan and transfer it to a cutting surface (like a large cutting board)

Cut the finished "cookie" into 1/3s or 1/4s along the 13" side of the pan (depending on what size you'd like the biscotti). Cut each of these sections crosswise into 1/2" slices.

Place the slices on a large parchment-lined cookie sheet (I like to stand them up because you can get more on the cookie sheet and toast both sides at the same time.)

Bake 15 minutes or until crisp and browned.

Here's a look at the finished product. This is the size you'll get when you cut the large "cookie" into 1/4s.


Anyone free to come have a cup of tea and some biscotti with me? :)

In case you're ever looking for this recipe, or any of my other Tasty Tuesday recipes for that matter, there is now a tab at the top of my home page that lists them all (with links) in alphabetical order. Also, if you try this recipe, I'd love to hear what you think of it.

Take care and have a sweet day!

Linking to Blooming Homestead's Crafty Tuesday Link Party, 3/19/13.
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Card Share: St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! What did you do to celebrate? Was there any green involved? Alexa dressed up in green — lime green, to be exact — from head to toe. She even added a green, braided hair extension to her pony tail (left over from a Halloween costume). 

In honor of the holiday, I made some cards. Although these cards were inspired by the holiday itself, they were helped along by some cupcakes I HAD to have over the weekend. I won't tell you who roped me into those, but I will tell you that the cupcakes came with adorable shamrock picks. What better way to re-use and upcycle them than to make cards, right? :)

I went through my stash and pulled out a couple of older green papers to make this first card (Little Yellow Bicycle and My Little Shoebox). I started off with the Elle's Studio calendar card and layered it all up from there.


The twine on this second card was originally tied around the first card. I didn't like the look, but rather than untie and unwrap it all, I left it as is (in a circle) and used it behind the pick. I topped the shamrock with a Little Yellow Bicycle Naturals wood button. I like how it has somewhat of a Celtic look to it.


I hope you have a great day! I'll be back tomorrow with a Tasty Tuesday post...it's been a while.
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Pinterest Pinspiration

At first glance, the title of this post looks like it says "perspiration", doesn't it? Just had to get that out and tell you that it's not. :) Today's post is all about Pinterest and the ideas we collect there, otherwise known as "pinspiration" to me.

I'll be the first to admit that my Pinterest boards are overflowing with ideas. The site is filled with never-ending inspiration and refreshing ideas, but I know I'll never get to all I've pinned. It's impossible to attempt them all, but I've picked a couple of pins from my Scrapbooking Ideas board that I am determined to try over the next month. Are you with me?

1. Use chipboard shapes for embossing (from Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine).




2. Use paper scraps to make adorable birds. These would be a perfect addition to my spring home decor or even for an Easter display.



3. How about some writing prompts? Love these from Write. Click. Scrapbook



4. Let's not forget about sketches. So helpful when your mojo has disappeared. This one, by Susan Stringfellow for Basic Grey, inspires me.



5. Love this idea for making tags from old books. I have my Dad's Boy Scout Handbook and my Mom's much loved and used copy of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations that would be perfect for this.

So what do you say? Are you up for a challenge? Join me over the next few weeks and give some of those pins you've been eyeing a try. Let me know if you join in. :)
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Russell Stover Moments (Little Yellow Bicycle Just Because)


My Mom bought Russell Stover chocolates for holidays and when company was coming over. She used to hide the boxes in the dining room hutch but my sisters and I knew they were there and yes, we'd occasionally sneak one. Back in "those" days the boxes weighed one pound and Mom's price point for stocking up was $3.99. Now they're only 12 ounces and run about $9.99! I recently bought the milk chocolate collection for nostalgia's sake (surprisingly finding it on sale around Valentine's Day for...$3.99!) After I bought the box, I decided to do a layout about this memory. At first I was going to use a portion of the box on my layout but then decided to use the freshness wrap instead. This is probably the first layout I've ever done that even comes close to being "scratch 'n sniff" because the freshness wrap smells like the chocolates. Yum!
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Welcome to the Brand New Look of Remember the Good Times (Blog Redesign)

Hi everyone! Notice anything different around here? It was time for some spring cleaning (even though spring hasn't even shown up yet in these parts) here at Remember the Good Times and time for my blog to do a little (well, a lot) of growing up.

I put off the redesign for quite a while because, frankly, I was overwhelmed by all of the choices and options out there in terms of picking a digital kit. Megan Klauer to the rescue...I told Megan what my favorite colors are (subject to change of course, LOL), a bit about my scrapbooking style and things that make me happy (polka dots, envelopes, banners). She incorporated everything perfectly into the design.

I can't thank Megan enough for all of her help and patience. I am thrilled with the brand new look of my grown up blog. :) Be sure to check out Megan's blog. You won't be disappointed. :)
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Altered Project: Greeting Card Gift Box


At the end of each Christmas season, I typically stock up on cards to send out the following year. What? Did you think I made ALL of my cards? LOL! One particular set came in this great metal tin. I decided to alter it and repurpose it as a greeting card gift box. I'll be giving this tin, full of handmade cards, to a friend for her upcoming birthday.

I cut a section from this adorable paper from Little Yellow Bicycle's Just Because collection and adhered it inside the cover. The alpha stickers and other embellishments were added to the outside.


Quick and simple...Here's another view. Hopefully she'll like it. :)


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