May 28, 2007
Aren't they cute?
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.
CARD INSIDE, BEFORE PICTURE:
CARD INSIDE, AFTER PICTURE NO. 1
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.
CARD INSIDE AFTER PICTURE NO. 2
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.
CARD CLOSED OUTSIDE, AFTER PICTURE:
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
CARD CLOSED OUTSIDE, AFTER PICTURE FRONT/BACK
On the back of the card I stamped "made by" to initial it when finished.
May 27, 2007
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.
May 26, 2007
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.
May 20, 2007
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
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:
APPLE PIE RECIPE
- 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)
~LIZs SECRET PIE CRISP TOPPING
- 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
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)
May 17, 2007
May 16, 2007
May 13, 2007
...Panoramic of the flower fields, ocean and windmill
...a better shot of the flower fields
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!