May 28, 2007

Recipe Card Set

Ok so now I am done (for now) . Posting the full set of 4 probably a couple dozen to go. I have 3 sisters and wanted to make them each a set of 6. Follows is the full set closed, the cup of joe (I figured it can be used for a beverage recipe), the veggies (blurry again) and the full set open.

Aren't they cute?

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Recipe Cards ~long~ NOVEL - if you make it to the end you get a big hug!!

Grab a cup of Joe this could be long (for some reason my smilies are not working, bleh, oh well I'm over it, update, I figured it out,

ok so I was having a low tech moment, not a good thing to have when you're a technical writer by profession ).

Plus my photos are still blurry . My photography took a powder. I went from being photographer extraordinaire to an amateur. I don't know, the light was bad, I was trying to zoom??? I guess it's gonna have to do. I really like how the cards turned out though and I want to make more.

Just playing with my Crafty Secrets stamps again! Trying to create a template for a set of recipe cards that I want to make for gifts, getting all of the dimensions, stamps, etc... that I want to use. The pics are really blurry. I will need to retake/repost tomorrow. I am trying to create a folded recipe card using Kraft paper (one of my favorites). I used the slit punch and embellished it with a flower cut out and glued onto the tab (to the right of the word "Ingredients" on the card). I also created the lines digitally with my computer in MSWord (page was set up for 2 column's and I designed/inserted a table to match the lines and empty corner space I wanted, one table in each column) and printed it onto Kraft card stock. I was going to use the lined card stamp from SU "What's for Dinner" set but the card is only one length of lines. Even using the stampin ma-jig I had a hard time masking/lining up the second set of lines for the double length card. The first picture is the "open" full view. The second picture is the "closed" view with the tab holding it shut. Tomorrow I am going to do the whole thing over hopefully with the stamped images a little cleaner and the colors/cuts/scores all worked out. I just love recipe cards. I made a matching set cards with the SU "What's for Dinner" set last year and they turned out really cute. I don't have any to post because I gave most of them away as gifts. ~cheers!


This project took way longer than it should have, but I didn't mind because it was fun and I was stampin'. But, I won't be mass producing these anytime soon.



I ended up masking and stamping the recipe card image from SU "What's for Dinner" set vs. mixed media using my printer because I wanted the border edge from the set. Anyway, I masked/stamped on a piece of white paper and printed onto very vanilla card stock. I printed from my printer because I wanted 2 to a page and I wasn't going to mask/stamp two. It took me forever. So I printed one from the copier and flipped the cardstock and printed again giving me two images per piece of cardstock. The printer didn't like Kraft paper so I had to switch to a lighter weight SU very vanilla. Leaving room for the Crafty Secrets top border image from the "kitchen classics" set. I used SU square punches for the corner image, the slit punch for the top slit. I used SU bravo burgundy for the matte.


Follows is my second "after" image using the little bread basket from the Crafty Secrets "kitchen classic" set. The steam from the bread is from a very old (I think 1993) retired SU set "love bakes". I masked the bread in order to use the steam stamp. I thought that was soooooooo cute. The "love bakes" set from SU is on foam mounting blocks still. There are so many images in that set that I want to use. So be on the look out. I just snagged that set off of ebay.


I thought the faux hook stamp was perfect for an embellishment on the slit tab. I stamped the image onto the closed card. Perfect. Still blurry

On the back of the card I stamped "made by" to initial it when finished.

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May 27, 2007

Retro Rooster

OMGosh I just love this little guy. I called him retro rooster because I used the eclectic background for the "ground". The ground looks so retro to me. He's steppin out in the groove. I might add some glitter or fun flock somewhere and I might make the sun yellow. I was just so excited about how this turned out I couldn't wait to post it. If I add more I will upload the update.

Rooster/sun stamp:Rosies Roadshow; Genuine article:SU Stamp of Authenticity/Ground:/SU Eclectic backgrounds (can't wait to use more); Paper:SU more mustard/basic black; Vintage houndstooth paper & red border around genuine article:Crafty Secrets/Earthy Paper (lovelovelove want to hoard and never use because I never want to run out of it, maybe I should buy two packs instead, one to save, one to use =D). Colored pencils.
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May 26, 2007

You Park Like an Idiot

Allison over at "Stampin When I Can" posted a funny card that reminded me of my experience parking the other day....I could have sure used one of these cards myself the other day (see below)

My car is the yellow bug. I came out from the store and this is what I found. I had to get in my car from the PASSENGER's (EDITED: I SAID DRIVER'S I MEANT PASSENGER) side. I was so mad that I took a picture from my cell phone. I was going to call the parking police or something. There were no cars to the left of idiot or to the right of me??? I think the guy was drunk or blind or something. Just thought I'd share the fun parking in California. Just needed to whine.

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May 20, 2007

Marge's Secret Southern Spicy Potato Salad Recipe

Nanny Marge, my mother-in law (now deceased). This is her recipe for potato salad. She was the best homemaker and cook of all time. I have many of her recipes and plan on writing and heirloom recipe book sometime. This will definitely be one of the recipes that gets print. All of my recipes are top secret. hehe

Marge's Secret Southern Spicy Potato Salad

Vary amounts to your needs/tastes
8-10 potatoes (I use red), cooked until tender & diced
10-12 hard boiled eggs (I use organic brown, of course I do), diced. Save some for garnish later, see picture below
1/2 chopped red onion
6-10 radishes
2 stalks of celery
DRESSING - ALL INGREDIENTS TO TASTE3-5 heaping Tbls. mayo (I use miracle whip lite)
¼ C Marzetti’s cole slaw dressing (jar, secret ingredient)
1-2 tsp. yellow mustard
1-3 Tbls horseradish (to taste, secret ingredient)
1-2 tsps apple cider vinegar
1-2 Tbls sugar (to taste, secret ingredient)
1 heaping Tbls chopped garlic (I like garlic)
1 tsp onion powder (optional, the fresh red onion is enough)
Paprika for garnish
Eggs sliced and saved for garnish:
Picture Tutorial (note the paprika on the finished product) isn't this collage cool?:

~Enjoy, and ssssshhhh it's a ancient family secret recipe!

Miss Jillian, Prince's Girlfriend

This is the funniest thing. My dog (the one on the right) Prince has a girlfriend(except he is fixed). I did not know it but my dog Prince had gotten out and went down to Jillian's house for a visit. Jillian is his girlfriend. She is his twin. I call her mini me. She just brought Prince back home. I thought it was so funny because I didn't even know he was out and the next thing I find out he is back and that he had gone down to visit his friend, mini me Jillian. Isn't she cute. She is about half the size of Prince. But it's ironic how closely matched they are in coloring. She is like a shelty. Prince is husky/collie mix and I love him sooooo much.

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Blog Layout

I am experimenting with my blog layout. I wanted the Quote of the Day moved up. I found it hard to scroll to bottom everytime just to read it. This way it's handy! I can't find another spot where it will fit.

Dutch Apple Pie

Follows is the recipe I use. I call it dutch because of the crumb topping. I was in the mood for some apple pie lately, so I dusted off my recipes and thought I would share. I always make mine in my clay baker from pampered chef. The secret to this recipe is to substitute pearl tapioca for the flour thickening agent . It carmelizes when thickening, making it much more like store bought... but better. The second secret is the topping, I double it for the clay baker sized pie but the oats is the secret ingredient for the topping recipe. It makes it a special topping for apple pie. Server warm with vanilla ice cream for sure!

  • 8 or 10 in. pie crust (adjust amts to fit crust, more for 10 in.)
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 3 Tbls. flour (I substitute pearlized tapioca for thickening agent, works like a charm, no surprises like w/flour, secret ingredient)
  • 1/4 tsp ea. nutmeg, cinnamon
  • 5-10 Cs sliced tart apples
  • 1 T butter
  • ~raisins (optional)
Combine all, add to pie shell


  • 1/2 C flour
  • 2/3-3/4 C brn sugar
  • 1/2 C oats (secret ingredient)
  • 3/4 tsp each nutmeg, cinnamon (sparingly, since it is already in the pie)
  • 1/3 C marg/butter softening
  • ~chopped walnuts (optional)
  • I normally double this recipe
Combine all, wire wisk until coarse, sprinkle on top of pie, bake 425 for 30-34 minutes, covered w/tin foil, uncover last 15 minutes to crisp up. ~Enjoy!
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That's Amore

Not sure if I like how this turned out. I used chalk to color in the trees and sky. I looked at pictures of Venice and the canal had lots of trees lining it. So I added those in the scene. It also had buildings but I had no building stamps to use. huh? ~insert googly eyes here~ The red posts are gondola docking posts. I did make the lamps sparkly like the candle on my Kewpie Cute card posted earlier. I like how that turned out. I wanted it to look like summer in Venice not winter (trees with no leaves)

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May 17, 2007

Shoot for the Moon!

{This card is so much better in real life. You must click on the picture to get the full effect of the diamond dust on the star, moon, wings. The wings picked up my flash and they look like they are sparkling, very serendipitous} It's probably a major and I mean major long shot that I will ever win AMAP Ambassador but hey.... at least I'm among stars!! But if ANYONE in the entire universe deserves to win EVER it's ME. If it was based on need versus points ... it's ME. I'm lucky if I have 10 A*Muse stamps total. The grand prize could go such a long long long way towards stocking my supplies. Wouldn't it???? huh huh huh? I mean someone like Jen who has an entire suitcase of A*muse stamps should be considered family?!? Aren't there rules against family participating in contests? hehehe. Oh yeah that would knock out one participant against the globe. Have you seen the map lately? Seriously, I love this card. This is my submission for Challenge 3, Week 3 A*Muse*APalooza. I will post dete's, links and some additional musings later. Right now? I'm outta here its 11:00 p.m. PST. It's dern hard fitting full time employment into my stamping world. I feel a whine coming on.... for those of you who have gotten to know me. You know how I love to whine. Like I said more later. Just know I am really excited about how this card turned out.

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May 13, 2007

Sweet Peas

I had the bestest Mother's Day ever. One of my two daughters and I (the younger one) headed out to the Flower Fields in Carslbad, CA ( the picture of the sign links to the website). See the lego flowers in the picture? Even though I live near, I have never visited. I just wanted to share some images and flavor of our day with all of you in blogland. The weather was amazing, the flowers unending beauty, and there was a kiosk selling music CDs (regional type) and the song playing was Bessame Mucho. It was ironic because my daughter's name is Bess and her Grandma (deceased,on my husbands side) always used to sing that song to her when she would walk in the room. My daughter and I looked at each other and said Grandma's here (in spirit). We thought how appropriate on mother's day for that song to be playing through the air? Very serendipitous and sweet. It gets even better.

...Panoramic of the flower fields, ocean and windmill

...a better shot of the flower fields

.... me and my daughter at the entrance

...There was a poinsetta tent

... a cute little lemonade stand. Isn't this silly? Note the mini lemon tree on the counter.

Here's where it gets better....A Sweet Pea Maze of which all mothers were allowed to pick a bouquet of Sweet Peas for themselves for mother's day (pic follows of my bouquet). So perfect. I always called my two little girls my "Sweet Peas". I was just pinching myself for the luck of it. and my bouquet of Sweet Peas!

Here's one of my real life Sweet Pea's, my other Sweet Pea couldn't make it.

... here is my other Sweet Pea at Christmas in New York in front of a Picasso. Like mother like daughter drawn to all things arty...Picasso no less. Isn't it funny?

...another nice shot

One crazy woman with a daisy head

We rounded out the morning by driving home on historic hwy 101 south

to San Diego through Encinitas, Del Mar, Solano. We stopped at St Tropez Cafe for brunch where we had Eggs Benedict, one of my favorites.

I hope you all had as wonderful a mother's day as I did!


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