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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wonderful Waterfall Cards

Hello again! Welcome back to my little piece of crafty goodness. Today I'm sharing with you a waterfall card that I made for the January swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters. This is one of the projects I completed at the Polar Express Retreat in January sponsored by Creative Memories. The swaps for this month had to have some type of "action" to them (like a moving part or pop up). When I started searching for ideas, I ran across one of these that I did several years ago and thought it'd be perfect for this project.
I started out with the following supplies (measurements are in inches):
- Red Cardbase - Cut 4 1/4 x 11 (scored at 5 1/2)
- Vanilla Cardstock - Cut 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 (this is the first layer on the card)
- Designer Paper - Cut 4 x 5 1/4 (this is the second layer on the card)
- Red Cardstock for Moving Strip - Cut 2 x 8 1/2 (scored at 1 3/4, 2 3/4, and 3 3/4)
- Vanilla Cardstock to go on the Moving Strip to write your message - Cut 4 5/8 x 1 7/8
- Small Scrap to use as your Pull Tab
- Pink Cardstock for Small Squares Base - Cut 2 x 2
- Vanilla Cardstock for Stamped Images - Cut 1 7/8 x 1 7/8
- Small Red Cardstock for Front Strip - Cut 4 1/4 x 1 (you might need to cut this one taller depending upon the border punch you're using)
- Designer Paper for Front Strip - Cut 4 1/4 x 1/2
- Stamps (Mine were from Stampin' Up!)
- Ink (Also from Stampin' Up!)
- Brads (2 small and one large)
Now that you have all the supplies assembled, you're ready to start working on piecing everything together. I started with my stamped images. I had to make sure the images I selected actually fit properly on these little squares (I never knew how many Valentine's stamps I had until I had to find the "perfect sized" ones for this project LOL). I inked around the edges of these little guys to give them a little pop of color and then matted them onto the pink cardstock. Once I had those done, I started with the card top. I layered the Designer Cardstock on top of the Vanilla Cardstock. Then, I anchored the strip to the lower portion of the cardtop using the small brads (just make sure you leave enough room in the center between your brads for your moving strip). Once I had that in place, I took the long strip of red cardstock and put adhesive on the end of it (the end that was scored at 1 3/4). This end adheres to the small strip you just anchored to the cardtop. This is what it should look like at this point:
Next, place adhesive on the top of each of the small squares and adhere them to the moving strip. Then, you'll adhere the little vanilla piece on the base of the moving strip to allow yourself a little spot to write a message. You can see it peeking out of the bottom here:

At this point, you can go ahead and add your little pull tab as well as your large brad. Just make sure that everything moves properly and doesn't get caught on the anchoring strip (the strip with the boarder punch). You're pretty much finished at this point. Here's how it looks from the side when you pull on the tab of the card (kinda neat huh?):
I ended up making 7 of these total. I probably wouldn't choose such an in depth card next time as it took quite a bit of time. I'm really happy though with how the final card turned out. Whatcha think?
Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time ... have a super crafty day!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Another Little Thank You Note

Howdy y'all! Back at ya today with one of my recent crafty projects. I made this card for the February swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters.

As much as I would like to say this was my own original idea, this time around, I found this on Pinterest. The original link it tied back to was bad but I did end up finding it on It's A Stamp Thing blog. I love "lifting" ideas from other crafters, especially when I'm in a slump and can't seem to come up with anything I'm happy with. One important thing when lifting someone's idea is to always give them credit! It may be a common knowledge idea but it's always best to link back to where you found it :).

Now, let me hop off my soapbox and get to telling you about this card! It's really quite simple. The cardstock was from AC Moore and came in a value pack of black and white. Since, black, white and red is one of my favorite color combinations, I knew I had to have the value pack. The background was done using a cuttlebug embossing folder (I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it lol). The stamps are by Stampin' Up! and is part of the Just Believe set. The patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye and is part of the Meadowlark paper line. I also used ink by Stampin Up! (I think Classic Black and Real Red). The little flowers were punched out using one of the new mini punches by Stampin' Up! The pearls are by Recollections. Lastly, the twine is by Doodlebug (I'm officially addicted to twine!).
Well, that wraps up today's creation. Wishing you all a very crafty day! Until next time ...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Kitchen Fundamentals Class Number 6

Hello! I'm behind {again} in posting this but better late than never right?! This was our last class in this series at  Charleston Cooks in Greenville, SC and we were sad to see it come to an end. I am certain that we will take more cooking classes in the future ... they have such a wide variety to choose from! The lesson this week was Baking Basics. We were both really excited about this class as we've never made any of these things. We made: Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnabon Frosting, Double Chocolate Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, Pound Cake with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction, Parmesan Shrimp Quiche, and Turkey and Brie Sandwiches on Herbed Foccacia.
Here's how everything turned out this time:

Dan and I got to make the Cinnamon Rolls and boy did they turn out DELICIOUS!! Since we are really trying to improve on what we eat, I'm not certain when we'll actually get to use the skills we learned making these. Fortunately, the hardest part was already waiting on us as they pre-made the dough for the rolls (had to save a little time since the class is only two hours). We used a steam oven to "proof" the dough since we didn't have time to let it sit and rise. That was so cool to watch! It only took like 30 minutes for the dough to be ready to put in the oven (Dan says we need to win the lottery so he can have a kitchen like the one at Charleston Cooks) ... they have all the coolest appliances lol. Everything that was made in the class was really delicious. We ended up taking the cinnamon rolls home as there was a ton of food. It made for a yummy breakfast the next day!
Well, that wraps up this series of classes. If you haven't checked out cooking classes, I highly recommend Charleston Cooks. The people that work there are so super friendly and are not pushy in selling their products at all. They are also good at buying food that you can actually find at normal stores rather than having to trapse all over town looking for specialty items. Don't wait to register though if you want to take a class as they fill up super fast! I hope you've enjoyed my little blog ... it ain't much but it's been fun to share the experience.
I'll be back to the crafty fun very soon :) ... Until next time!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kitchen Fundamentals Class Number 5

Hey y'all!! I realized tonight as we were leaving our last class, that I had not had time to blog about the class from last week! Boo on me! This is another one of our classes that we've been taking at  Charleston Cooks in Greenville, SC. Our "lesson" last week was Fish and Shellfish. I am a huge fan of shrimp and crab so I was really looking forward to this class. Dan was the complete opposite as he really isn't a fan at all and was worried about eating stuff he didn't think he'd like. In this class, we learned the following: Crab and Corn Fritters, Fried Oysters with Remoulade Sauce, Grilled Honey Glazed Salmon Over Broccoli Smashed Potatoes, Pecan Encrusted Fish over Grits and Greens, and Pickled Shrimp Salad.
This was yet another super fun class. Here's how everything turned out:
Dan and I had fun making the Crab and Corn Fritters. I really wanted to make something that I had never made before (but still something that I would eat lol). These also turned out to be my favorite dish of the night (and not just because we made it). Dan enjoyed the salmon and fish but wasn't too much of a fan of the sides with them as one had broccoli and the other had greens. I can really see us making the salmon at home as we try to eat fish often as it's good for you!
We were both open minded and told ourselves that we would at least try everything that was cooked. So, as I stared down at the oysters, hoping they didn't taste like what they looked like before they were cooked (EW?!), I took a deep breath and cut into it. At first, all I really tasted was the breading ... that didn't last long ... and then the oyster made an appearance ... and I swallowed it ... and kept it down! Woo hoo! All I'll say is, it's official that I'm not a fan of oysters at all (but at least I tried them!). I will say the sauce that was on them was really tasty and had a nice zing that accompanied the oyster (would be great for clam strips or even shrimp). The pickled shrimp was also interesting. It really had a good flavor but the shrimp were slightly undercooked so I didn't eat them (did you know I was slightly neurotic with undercooked food - just ask Dan!)
Mark (our super awesome instructor), had a surprise for us for dessert - Creme Brulee! A few of us were commenting one of the prior weeks that we didn't have a dessert planned tonight (and that made us sad LOL). So, he made these divine desserts for us ... and OMG, they were sooooooo yummy! Seriously, I'm still drooling thinking about eating more of this stuff ... doesn't really work into the new lifestyle very well though!
Well, that's it for this time around. Stay tuned for the next class which is Baking Basics (which I'll blog about tomorrow night). I'm already looking forward to having desserts for dinner :).

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Altered Valentine's Box

Hey y'all! Back at ya today with a fun project that I did for AC Moore in Greenville, SC. This was for a demonstration today to show folks how Mod Podge can be used and to show the Lovely paper line from Authentique. I really like this paper as it is nice and thick and double sided too! It's perfect for this type of project. So, anyways, here's the completed box:
Here's a close up on the lid and the inside too:
I have altered a couple of items in the past so I had a general idea on how to do this. This would be a really great gift and is easy to customize! These are the supplies that you'll need to complete: unfinished wooden item, Mod Podge Matte finish (you can use other finishes too), foam Brushes (any brand will do), some type of squeegee type tool (like a ruler, putty knife, bone folder, etc.), tape measure or ruler to measure the box, paper to cover your box, acrylic paint to paint your box, fine grit sand paper and paper cutter.
Now that you know what supplies you need, let's get started!
1. Protect your worksurface with either kraft paper or newspaper so nothing gets glue or paint on it.
2. For this project, my unfinished wooden box had some wood flakes on the surface. To get rid of those flakes, I took the fine grit sandpaper and ran it all over the box to make all surfaces inside and outside nice and smooth. You might not need to do this step depending on what type of object you're covering. Once sanded, wipe down the whole thing to get it good and clean.
3. Using the pink acrylic paint, I took my foam brush and painted the entire outside of the box. I didn't want the inside of the box to be painted so I left it unfinished. Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes to allow the paint to dry (time may vary depending on the type of paint you're using).
4. Using my ruler, I measured the lid and all sides of the box to determine what sizes I need to cut my paper. For this box, I used 3 sheets of 12 x 12 paper (the short sides of the box (not pictured) are a different design than the long sides. I used the following papers from the Authentique line: Adore, Dainty and Greetings.
5. Shake up your Mod Podge and remove the lid. Using a foam brush, cover the backside of your paper with a good coating of Mod Podge. If there are any "clear" spots on your paper, then you do not have enough Mod Podge. It is important that you use enough Mod Podge to get the paper to stay on the box and avoid having wrinkles/bubbles.
6. Place the paper on the box and smooth it flat. It is really important that you smooth out the entire piece of paper. Starting in the center of the paper, use your squeegee to get all of the excess Mod Podge to the paper's edges. Wipe up the excess using your brush so that you don't have globs on your project.
7. Next, I cut out some Valentine's cards from the Greetings paper. I put two of them on the inside of the box, one on the lid and one on the edge of the box. I used the same techniques on step 5 and 6 to adhere these.
8. After I had all of my paper on the box, I put a layer of Mod Podge on the entire box. This layer doesn't need to be as thick as you used on the paper but it needs to be thick enough to cover the entire surface. This gives the whole project a really nice "finished" look. Let it sit and dry for a good hour before doing anything else to the box. After this is complete, your box is finished (or ready for more embellishments like jewels or flowers).
That's it for today. Until next time, get out there and do something crafty!