Archive for March, 2008

The Colour Purple

I heard about the Purple challenge on Steph’s blog. Her Card is absolutely amazing, you should check it out.

I don’t have a lot of purple, so I thought that it would be a challenge. Man, I can’t believe that near 15 years ago that was my brides maid colour … I’M SORRY, girls! Thank goodness, they are my friends, most people wouldn’t have done that. Don’t get me wrong, I like purple, it’s just I was kinda having a hard time putting something together. Others did great with their go’s.  Here was my attempt:

I didn’t have a lot of “purple” so I used whatever I had: this weird ribbon with little ballerina bears & hearts on it, that I must have bought for my DD for some craft or maybe her hair. File that under the “what was I thinking” category. Yes, I hid the bears under the CS. I also used the Rhinestone Brads … sparkle & bling is really fun for me right now. Also using Cuttlebug embossing folders, with my ole’ Sizzix machine. I only have a few of these because our Michaels store only carries a few (DH is happy about that, I believe, LOL)


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While DH patiently helped DD study for her Grade 3 math test tomorrow, I kept the boys busy with youtube surfing on RETRO Muppets. I must have been asked to watch this at least 5 times.

By the time it was bath time, the boys were humming it & I couldn’t get it out of my head. Too Funny.

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Here’s my submission for Taylor’s Cupcake Challenge. She had such a happy idea for a card I couldn’t resist. I haven’t used the Treat Yourself stamp set in a bit.

To see some fantastic submissions, check out the code TECC9 on SplitcoastStampers.

Just one more pic of the sparkle:

Gotta go, or we’re going to be late for the service.

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I was perusing SplitCoastStampers, as I have for years, but have never joined it until this week. Anyhow, I saw Robin’s very cool Tart & Tangy Treat holder & had a flash back to making those as a kid (but mine was made out of the lined paper I tore out of my Phonics Exercise pages).

Anyways here is a link that I found that is pretty straight forward … look at it before trying to go by my photos.

Here is my take on the treat holder using the new S.U. Designer Series Paper – Afternoon Tea … so pretty. Kinda’ leaning towards Earth Elements shades, my fav.

Robin said she made hers 6″x6″, which is a fantastic idea, because you can get 4 out ONE 12×12 DSP. Plus it fits bite size brownie cookies just right (make ’em small, eat more). So copy and share everything … here is my take on Robin’s treat bags:

Quarter the paper … 6″x6″:

Fold the square in half:

Fold the bottom up to meet the side … this is more clear in that link I gave above.

Now unfold that last fold, it was just a guideline for the next fold.

Now fold the right hand side up to meet the crease guideline.

And bring the other side up … looking kinda like a McDonald’s Fries box, no?

Now fold down one of the top flaps over.

Now make it 3-D by opening the top & pushing the bottom in a bit.

I’ve made this more complicated that it is, after all if a kid can do it, so can us big kids too, & in prettier paper.

Thanks again Robin for the inspiration!

Always a good time to bring cookies, brownies, deserts of any kinds to the neighbours.

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I was hoping I had the colours for Kristina’s Color Inspiration #3.

Kristina’s Inspiration was from Pier I Imports. Because I didn’t have PP in the challenge, I tried something I saw Dawn use here and here. I loved both of her cards, the polka dot thing, just too cute. I used an old Stampin’ Up stamp set called Simple Shapes & the SU Rub Ons. I also used a lacé template (sorry this is the only link I could find) to cut out the folded circle. (hadn’t used it in a while so I was a bit rusty)

Here’s that template that I’ve had for years & dug out today.

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Happy Bundt Cake

Here’s some baking from Easter Monday, double batch, one for a friend & one for my munchkins:

Occasionally, I pour melted semi sweet chocolate (+ a wee bit of shortening & light coloured corn syrup mixed with melted chocolate) over top of it & let it harden, then sprinkle powdered sugar over top. My Malcolm loves this.

I made the chocolate covered banana bread & put some chocolate covered pretzels along side it, for a friend who loves the salty-sweet thing . The pretzels were alphabet pretzels so the chocolate around the outside of the cake is written “Happy Birthday Paule”. I am not a decorator, needless to say, but it was fun.

I’ve had this recipe for years, as everyone has a banana bread recipe to use up the “bananas in the freezer”.

Cream together:

1/2 cup butter (or shortening), 2 eggs, vanilla to taste, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Add 4-5 mashed bananas

Mix & add to above

2 cups flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, pinch of salt.

Add in 1/2 cup sour milk or buttermilk. (to sour milk use 1/2 to 1 tbsp of vinegar to milk & let stand for 5 minutes).

Place in greased bundt pan & bake at 365-375 (depending on your oven) for 50-55 minutes.

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I can’t keep up with all the new toys out there, not enough room (or cash) in my craft cubbie in the basement. I did; however, see this beautiful embossed card from Karen which I loved & she had used the Cuttlebug. I don’t own a Cuttlebug. I can’t go out & buy one right now, so I was hoping I could adapt the Sizzix Machine. I found this woman on Youtube & Bob’s Your Uncle, I can use what I already have. Yippee, no more shelf space needed.

It worked well .. & I love the embossing, a whole new texture!

Will have to look at the alphabet sets next … oh dear, more shelf space.

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