Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hey Girly Girl Girlfriend!

    A card a day keeps the mojo to stay...that's my story and I'm sticking to it!  I've got a little pent up mojo on account of not being able to get to my stamps and supplies!  I still have a lot of work to do, but I've been sneaking a little break into my day now that we have more things settled from our move!  Made this little quick card based on a Moxie Fab sketch, with the Play Date Colors, for my girl to send to her girlfriend--in honor of one of this month's themes for the Hero Arts blog!  Nothing like three with one blow!  Sometimes it's easier to combine these and sometimes it's more difficult.  Do you have any thoughts on this?
This Week's Play Date Cafe Color Challenge
Moxie Fab World horizontal sketch Challenge

Monday, August 29, 2011


   Aren't these a couple of beauties!?  My stamping friend Susanne over at Lavender and Rose Creations agreed to help me out with a project in stamping improvisation.  We both love jazz and she was inspired in this post to create the cards above.  She's been incredibly patient with my response, and I took a break this afternoon to play around a little with these themes.  I loved both color schemes, so I ended up combining them with some of the same elements/suggestions from each card...I loved all Susanne's texture and ended up layering it on some plain vanilla cardstock.  I'll probably do another take on these soon, but I wanted to post what made me smile today!  Thanks Susanne!
A theme on Embraceable You
   I used some Tim Holtz stamps, Sizzix embossing texture plate, along with a Cuttlebug heart embossed in petal paper [since Susanne and I also share a love of gardening] embossed some swirls in pearl powder [that's tinted Top Boss showing through for just the blush color I was wanting] and even broke out my chalks to put some aged color on the background.  It was a fun way to wile away an hour with post-Irene sunshine drying us out!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lemon Pie Unique

   A luscious lemon pie my daughter has made a couple of times this summer.   Thought I'd share the recipe in case you were interested.  It is an adaptation of a Sunkist pamphlet from 1939 and it's very like a lemon curd--absolutely unique!

1 unbaked 8-in. pie crust                                    2 lemons
1 1/2 C sugar                                                     1 cup cold water
3/4 C flour                                                          1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Line 8-in. pie pan with the crust. Grate one of the lemons until you have 1 tsp of zest.  In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, and lemon zest.  Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of this mixture over the crust.  Peel both lemons, removing all the white pith, and cut the lemons into very thin slices removing seeds as you go.  Place the lemons in the crust, either arranging them in careful circles, or simply piling them in and leveling the top.  Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the lemons and pour the water over the top.  Stir very gently [if you've been careful to make a pretty pattern!] and dot with the butter.  Bake for 10 minutes; lower the heat to 325 degrees, and bake for 40-50 minutes longer until the lemons are lightly browned.  Serve warm, or put in the fridge for a chilled delight!  Both ways are delicious!

Let me know what you think if you try it!  You're in for an easy treat if you do!  Enjoy and make it a great day!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gettin' There!

  We've been a little busy around our place lately as you can tell from this candid!  This is the room where the boxes of hickory have been piled since last month, and it's finally all out and down on the floor!  Our four rescue dogs have been so good through all the commotion of moving, having a new place, and dealing with all the sounds of renovation!  This is my awesome husband and his working buddy, Odin putting in the last of the boards.  Now all we have to do is reroute/add plumbing in the kitchen, assemble/install the cabinets, hook up the new range--can't wait for our new Castle cooker--and finish painting and reinstall trim work.  A few more hours and we'll be there!
   In the meantime, there's the usual out of state moving details of deregistering the vehicles, and registering them here, getting new drivers' licenses, getting re-established with everything again...seems like only last year we were doing this.  Me--I'm wicked excited to have vanity Veteran's plates!
    I can't wait to get the stamping things unpacked and organized into the studio/school room!  A few other priorities for the near future, but I'll be creating again soon.  We look forward to getting settled and beginning a new homeschool year!

Good Techniques to Remember

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