Wednesday, April 27, 2011

May Calendar Page

I had fun making this page. This was my promise to my sons that we would in fact do camping soon. Last year we were so excited to do it and it was too hot or windy or rainy...We will be camping this year:) I used ACY tags welded together to make the zig zag square and campout for the tent.

Happy Crafting!

Cad-nt-bury our Appreciation (x-post)

I accidently posted this on my family blog (oops), but ment to share it here. Just a simple fun project.

These are the cute little teacher appreciation gifts my son took to his teachers today. I hand wrote the sentiment with "We cad-nt-bury our appreciation for you" on each tag...I just hope they like cadbury milk chocolate bars:)

I actually didn't used my cricut at all for this project. That is a bit unusual for me, but nevertheless, I'm sharing because this was such a fast project. I had a CVS coupon for the chocoate bars, buy 1 get 1 free. Then, I used some scrappaper, leftover from my Caramel Corn project, and cut it at 6 inches wide. Ideally, I would have cut it wider, but I was using scrappaper (My Mind's Eye). I wanted to use the same paper for each project, so I cut it to 6 inches long. It wasn't quite long enough on the back, but I didn't think it mattered and taped it. I also used on of my MS around the page punches to give the left side some interest. I had some scrapribbon for the tag.
Speaking of the tag, once upon a time I used my sizzix machine and tag dies and cut up all my scrappaper into tags and embossed them. This has been a big asset to me. I always have a plethera of tags on hand for a quick label, gift or what-knot. I
I used a Mickey Mouse punch with some of the same scrappaper to give the tag a little bit of interst.
:) I hope you enjoyed my project. I've spent more time typing about it than actually doing it:)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Carmel Corn Recipe and Page

This is my mother's recipe. I truly love it and am pleased to share it:

Carmel Corn

1 Cup Butter
2 Cups Brown Sugar
½ Cup Corn Syrup
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla
6 quarts popped popcorn

Melt Butter, stir in brown sugar, syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring. Then boil 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat, stir in soda, and vanilla. It will foam. Pour over popped corn and mix well. Turn into a shallow baking pan. Bake in 250 degree oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove, cool and break apart.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Birthday Scrapbook page for a Girl!!!

I was soo going to enter the E2 contest from Provo Craft, but only completed this one page...I used B is for Boy, A Child's Year and Birthday Cakes:)


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Card

This is a card I made for my Dad. I had a silly email contest and he was the winner:) I've been wanting to make a card similar to the style of the cards on exclusive cart on the E2 and this is my attempt. All of the cuts I used were from Old West, except for the little chicken inside the card. She is from Everyday PaperDolls (cut at 1.5 inches). The barn was cut at 5 inches and I welded a fence to either side of it. Then I similiply assembled the barn with the red and white layers and embellished them with my white gel pen and a fine tipped black scrapbooking pen. I just glued the white layer onto the fence. (which was 2 inches). There is another layer available for the fence posts, but I thought with the phrase it would just be too much.

I cut "Winner Winner" with the flourish style letters at 1 inch.

The rope style letters (which I adore and my first time using them) are also cut at one inch.

My message, written after I took the pics, was written in a white gel pen on the backside of the fence.

I hope you enjoyed my card:) Happy Crafting:)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

One hour challenge Recipe: Ginger Soy Lime Marinated Shrimp

Ginger-Soy-Lime Marinated Shrimp

2 Large Shallots, peeled and chopped
1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic, smashed
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup peanut oil
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 pounds large shrimp, shells and tails on

Place shallots, ginger, garlic, soy, lime juice and sugar* in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the green onion and oil and blend until combined. Season with black pepper to taste. Place shrimp in a large bowl, pour the marinade over, and let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes. Preheat a grill to high. Remove shrimp from the marinade and grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side. Serve on brown bags, if desired.

* I used a TBSP of sugar. I also used an electric griddle and it turned out well. Next time, I might put the shrimp on skewers to make turning them easier.

Butterfly Card with Seranade

I finally used my serenade cart! I think that was the last physical cart that I own that I haven't yet used, but that's not the reason that I picked this cart for this project. A member on the circle board posted about a family friend that has just been through (going through, I should say) a sad tragedy. The son/husband/father had served several tours in Afganistan and surrounding areas and was killed. So terrible and he left behind some little boys who are about the same ages as some as my gang. I wanted to make a card of a butterfly because I think butterfly's are a symbol of peace and hope. I did it in red, white and blue. While I was coming into my decision on the card design, my dear online frind Kathy also had a death in the family. Her mother, so sad. My mom and I are extremely close and I will be devestated when its her turn to return home. Anyway, because the colors of my card are more suttle, not screaming "PATROTIC", I made a duplicate card today for Kathy, but personalized it.

I used my Gypsy for this project. I welded 2 butterflies at 3 inches on White Cardstock. Then I cut out the identical butterfly base alone on a creamier white and adhered it to the folded card. I used both wet glue on the antenne and body and my GGP on the wings. Then I put the blue body on and the red layers.

I was thinking of putting a shadow on the back to give it a little more OOMFF and stability, but then I realized that it would be difficult to open...