December 24, 2008
When the cards arrived they didn't look nearly as impressive compared to the actual day they were taken. A last minute decision to embellish them with my Baroque Motif stamp set and black Staz-on ink proved to be very successful. Even the husband agreed!
The cards are more black and white than what you see here. This sepia color (which I think looks even better) is a result of not using the flash on my camera while taking the photo.
So, here it is, my "Merry Christmas" to all of you! Have a safe and blessed Holiday.
December 23, 2008
I'd be more than happy to share the recipes with you, but don't count on me to tell you what goes in the bowl. The recipes were useless to me really being that I didn't follow ANY of them correctly. That's what I get for rushing.
Let's start with the "No Bake" Orange Cookie Balls. Here we have a box of crushed vanilla wafers, coconut, orange juice concentrate, pecans and powdered sugar all in one bowl.
Once the ingreds. are mixed, I stuck it all in a ziplock bag to get cold (b/c the recipe said so...that much I DID follow). Below is the hard cookie dough plopped on a plate.
Below I've created semi-round balls with a melon scoop (aren't I clever). These no-bake cookies are placed neatly (somewhat) on a baking sheet for placing in the oven.
I am trying to complete these cookies by memory. What the heck is this extra powder sugar for? It must be for rolling the cookies in b/c they look completely boring like they are. Let's dump the rolled cookies 5 at a time in a ziplock bag (more if you're ImPaTieNt!), shake and turn to coat them and place them back on the baking sheet.
It is just then I am realizing that these are ~ NO BAKE COOKIES. So why in the heck am I using a cookie sheet?
Hum. These sure dont' look like they used to. Wasn't there coconut on the outside of the cookie last time I made them? Oooooooooooohhhhhhhh yeahhhhhh! The extra powdered sugar was used to make a thin icing which held the COCONUT to the outside of the cookie. Oh well, it's all going down the same shoot, so who cares if the coconut is inside or oustide; it all taste the same in the end.
Now, on to Magic Cookie Bars. Yum, don't these look good?
Here's what I did: Crush graham crackers and 1/2 stick of butter; pour butter over graham crackers. Pour a can of condensed milk over this.
Add chocolate chip morsels, pecans on top.
I made some dough the week before for Choclolate Chip Cookies. It was DISGUSTINGLY salty (I think b/c I used salted butter). I only had 1 cup of flour and was trying to make it work. Well, it didn't, so I had to get more flour and other 'things' to try and correct it. I mixed up 'stuff', put it in a ziplock and put it in the fridge till I had time to deal with baking it.
December 16, 2008
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These little babies are available for $6.00 plus S&H.
December 3, 2008
November 5, 2008
First off, I've been busily preparing for Mistletoe Market which is coming in just TWO WEEKS! I have many projects I've been working on till the wee hours of the night. Everything is hand-stamped in some form or the other. Here's a sneak peek of something I'm going to carry, giant book marks. Aren't these going to make great Smiley's for someone??
I've also been trying to update the Mistletoe Market website with new vendor information and all their links. They'll be a whopping 115 vendors this year. WOW! I can't wait to see everything set up. Last year I was so busy during the event I didn't have time to shop myself!
In addition to preparing for Mistletoe Market, I've been lining up some classes for the holidays. This Friday I'm attending Judson Baptist Church in Walker, LA for a monthly crop (as I mentioned in my previous post).
Add to that preparation for the holidays, my 'real' job, preparing for my sons reconciliation and keeping the kids entertained on the weekend, I've been busy. Needless to say, my coffee pot and my giant container of Folgers is getting well used.
Lastly, I wanted to share with you a giant wash basin I found at a local thrift store. It was love at first sight. Cracked and stained porcelain, the intricate detail of the images inside, just gorgeous. I plan on using it to display some of my goods at the Market. I've gotten REALLY creative when it comes to displaying items.
Isn't the detail beautiful?
OK, it's back to my Stampin' Studio (aka, my dining room turned craft room). Sadly I have filtered into my living room as well.
November 3, 2008
I've been working on several projects at once (as usual) and I can't wait to share with you what they are, but, I'm tweaking them so you'll have to wait.
This Friday Judson Baptist Church is having their first Friday crop. I'll be there offering 3 holiday project make and takes for $10. I'll also have 1 free make and take for those who want to polish up on those stamping skills. You know, EVERYONE makes their holiday cards now-a-days so you'll want to re familiarize yourself with the "How-to's" and come see me for some great ideas!
Here's a sneak peek of one of the cards we'll be doing:
I also wanted to share with you one of the WOW projects I demoed at the Jackson, MS Stampin' Up! regional this past weekend. I had a great time seeing all my downline, sidelines and uplines.
This is a Tulipe Bigz wall hanging. Honestly, this die is not selling as fast as I thought it would. I LOVE it! Doesn't it look like a Fleur-de-lis to you? So very Southern.
It's hard to see, but the white part of the die raised with dimensionals to give it more of a 3D look.
OK, it's back to work. I have lots to take care of for the upcoming Mistletoe Market (just 2 weeks away)!
October 19, 2008
This video concentrates on how to create the inner pouch used to store your treats in this Frankenstien "Monster Box" (originally created by fellow demo Cambria Turnbow). Find something sturdy that can withstand a bit of pressure and fits inside of your die cut image. Simply fold the cardstock around the object like you're wrapping a gift. The advantage of using this techniques is NO measuring or scoring needed, just fold!
The Monster box It uses new Stampin' Up! Big Shot. This entire project was created using Stampin' Up! punches and the Top Note Bigz die cut. Easy Peasy! Let your imagination guide you. I've also created a little mummy box using the same technique, viewable at the end fo the video.
September 21, 2008
My inspiration comes from the blogs I visit which showcase their goods creatively at large anitque shows and crafting events. Surprisingly, not many of them have to do with stamping. Remember though that inspiration comes from everywhere and many of these sites have ideas that can be easily incorporated into large events or your own home.
While I have MANY creative blogs book-marked, here are a few of my favorites.
- Barnhouse, Vintage Home and Garden: I have to admit, I only discovered this blog a month ago. BEAUTIFUL images, great ideas. This site warms my heart.
- Queen of Tarte: Love her blog banner and you have got to see her fabulous jumbo crepe paper flowers.
- Curious Sofa: I discovered Debbie's site almost a year ago. Check out her awesome Halloween open house. Sooooooo creative! Be sure to scroll down far enough to see the house on the orange and black stocking covered legs.
Feeling inspired yet? I have many, many more links but my craft room awaits. Lots to do before next week and I'm pulling extra hours at the DAY JOB!
I'm going for a "Fall/Winter" mix. I don't want it to be all Fall related, nor Christmassy, so I opted for a more natural look browns and blues (THE hottest colors). I LOVE this soft blue green silk fabric. This is the color I selected to paint our bedroom. It just so happens that this color matches the new SU! in-color Baja Breeze, the same colors I am using in the paper products. How's that for coordinating!!!
All of the products to create the banner can be purchased by selecting my "Place your roder online now" button located on my Blog Homepage. Here is a close-up of the banner along with links to close-ups of the supplies used. The new Pennant Bigz Die from SU! along with the Tulipe Bigz(LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!) and the 4" Jumbo Scallop die. Jumbo brads, chocolate chip ribbon and Urban Garden designer paper. I think it came out really nice.
The first and last pennant needed some extras also so I added the green ribbon at the top and the pewter brads at the base.
Here is a canvas I created using the Together Forever Circle Frame Decor Elements applique. It's attached to a 14 x 17 canvas that I painted in Cream acrylic. The "S" is the large monogram applique.
Well, that's it for now. I have so much to do before Wednesday when I leave for the show. If you get the chance and are in the Mandeville area, pop in to see me and get a chance to see everything up close. I'll have lots of discounted product and some retired sets (all of which will eventually be posted online). You will also get a chance to create a free Make and Take!
If I don't get to see you at Scrapfest, you can catch me next at Crop Celebration October 10Th and 11Th in Hammond, LA.
September 14, 2008
August 31, 2008
The main canvas was painted with ivory acrylic before I got started. I added Basic Brown ink at the top only after the entire project was assembled (it needed something but not so much as a large image).
The scallops at the top were created using a circle punch and a brass embossing template. The same template was used to create the largets Scallop circle on the left of the canvas.
Here's a close-up of the flower embellishment. Several peices of flowers were cut from the designer paper and edged with chcolate chip ink. It really makes the flower pop.
Here's a close-up of the JustRite images. So sweet.
Now, I'll be away from the computer for a while as this Hurricane comes through. Hopefully I'll get some more stamping done! The rain is just about to begin. Stay safe all my friends in the path of the storm.
August 30, 2008
This project is also available via mail with an additional $4.60 priority postage. You receive:
- Designer paper
- Photo Frame
- Felt flowers (size and variety vary but the colors remain the same)
- Rhinestone brads (size may vary)
- Scallop die cut using Birds and Bloom sizzix die.
Other supplies you will need to complete the project (available for additional purchase):
- New SU! Scallop edge punch (upper left square of frame)
- True Friends stamp set (stamped images in upper left and bottom left squares)
- 1 3/8" circle punch
- 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" square punch (or your handy paper cutter)
- Gold Brads
- Boho Punch
Now, I'm off to prepare for this new hurricane. I really think we should be OK, just hope the power doesn't go out. I've got so many projects I want to complete today!
To all my LA and MS friends....STAY SAFE!
Toodles. ~ Melanie