Monday, February 21, 2011

Month of Love Online Crop

It was a busy month over at LIITD so many challenges, prizes and games!  It sure helped to get my scrap mojo flowing, used up some much needed old supplies and scraps.  It was the perfect time to get some projects done as it was too flippin cold to do anything outside here, you know the kind of cold that makes the inside of your nostrils freeze in seconds?? Yes, it was that cold!  So it's been a week of alot of hot tea, music, thermostat cranked, layouts, more layouts and cards.

This layout was done for a "recipe" challenge, a monthly DT challenge at LIITD  I love recipe challenges, it's a great way to get a jump start if you feel a little blocked.  I used Lost and Found papers, which I will never tire of, I love that line!  Some Graphic 45 patterned paper, cardstock, the flowers and ticket I made myself using scrap cardstock and patterned paper, homemade shimmer mist, and stick pins.  I also inked some blank tickets, fastened with baker's twin and added some buttons, trinkets, and bling flourish.

I did this for an online crop sketch challenge, I had so much fun with this layout, used some really old stock up. I found this delightful little patterned file folder tucked away in a basket, unfortunately I can not remember where I got it from but I would love to get my hands on more of them, it came with the little journaling cards, which I tucked inside with some old photo booth pictures.  I also used, cardstock, which I misted, miscellaneous chipboard embellishments, ribbon, and stickers.

Another online crop challenge at the LIITD This was for the heart banner challenge.  I've used a minimal amount of scrap materials on this one, plain cardstock, some patterned paper scraps, baker's twine which was from LIITD as well, alpha stickers, Prima flowers, Maya Road journaling ticket and homemade shimmer mist.

This was made for the heart shape challenge for the online crop, this was a scraplift from an old mag about three years back.  I used Pink Paislee patterned paper which I stamped and coloured in with some watercolor pencils and pencil crayons. Seven Gypsies Venice tape is covering the corner chipbaord pieces, and paper scraps are from DCWV, I love their paper stacks, it's an addiction and I think I want them all! I cut some heart shapes out of scrap paper to make my butterflies, a little scrunching, misting and brad fasteners and voila!

"Box of Chocolates" online crop challenge had a list of chocolates which represented scrap products and that's what I had to use, the chocolates I chose----Pink Paislee Paris Anthology patterned paper, Prima Fairy Flora paper, Prima paper flower, satin rose ribbon trim, Maya Road journaling card and these delightful rosette type embellishments from K&C Company.

A very fun challenge indeed, Song title and line from same song, I chose At Last---such a lovely old song.  Bare minimal for this one, Me and My Big Ideas patterned papers, 7 Gypsies Venice tape, Tim Holtz embellishment stickers and I used my Dymo to make the lyric lines.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Falling Behind

Have one of those days? Weeks? Months? It's been this month for me, which is why I have been a bad blogger.  Not for long though, there has been so much happening over at LIITD for the month of love.  A huge online crop which is just wrapping up and the monthly DT challenges have given me tons of inspiration to get some much needed scrapping done. So many wonderful prizes to be won and games to be played!  I've also finally heard of Post Secrets---yes I know, "Where have I been?"  I had just a small taste of those books and already find myself completely hooked. I didn't really think of myself as a voyeur before, I mean, seriously, I hate reality TV.  You seriously gotta check it out!  Now if the drive back from Chapters was as wonderful that would have made my day, bad roads and even worse drivers make it unpleasant to be out and about this weekend.

Recently I went on a quest to surf the net for the simplest of flower tutorials, there are soooo many out there I couldn't have possibly saved them all to my favourites.  I managed to watch a few videos and make myself some awesome flowers.

 Some twisted fabric flowers I made from satin, felt, cotton fabric and some rope type stuff I found in my sewing box. Added a few leaves, bling, and stickles as well.

Different types of rose flowers, which I would like to practice more.  Again I used the same satin as I did for the twisted flowers, crepe paper, tulle, and wired felt ribbon.

Some lacy flowers, which I absolutely adore and can not wait to use them on a layout.  Some of these I did a quick running stitch and others, well I got lazy and used my glue gun.  Both turned I well I think.

This little guy is just seven pieces of punched patterned paper all stacked together, dampened, twisted and scrunched then misted.

I will be posting the layouts I have completed for the online crop before the end of the weekend as well as bringing up something near and dear---Listology---list making, this is something I would be lost without doing and even then I still forget stuff.  I need a list to remember my list!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cooking and Creating

I've had to catch up on a few things around home, it's been a bit crazy here, car issues, vehicle accident, appointments, repairs, etc etc yadda yadda, I won't bore you with the details.  But it's all good, everything is under control ( my version of control anyway) and I can now catch up on my blog and some projects. 

I came across this recipe for homemade cheese crackers ages ago, it was featured in a Country Living magazine and then variations popped up here and there, this is the one I checked out, I tweaked it here and there to my liking and they came out amazing, they are so yummy it's hard to stop eating them!

1 cup of flour
4 tablespoons of cold butter
1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
 about a tablespoon of cajun spice mix, or italian herbs(really you can use whatever spices you prefer)
4-6 tablespoons of ice water

Mix flour and spices together, then using a pastry blender cut in your butter until it resembles coarse crumbs
Add the cheese a little at a time still using your pastry blender to combine
Add your water a little at a time, stirring until dough is formed, wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour or two.
Once chilled, lightly flour surface to roll dough out, make sure you flour your rolling pin and roll dough to about 1/2 inch thick, cut into whatever shapes you desire
Grease your baking tray, place shapes  so that they are not touching, spread a tiny bit of oil on the tops, sprinkle with salt and pepper
Bake at 325 to 350 degrees depending on your oven for about 15 mins or until golden brown and slightly crispy. 
They puff up a bit and they are slightly crispy not hard and curnchy

I managed to get most of the challenges at LIITD done last month, here are a couple