Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Because Warren and I have done so much traveling to Maine and back over the past two months, we decided to do a quiet Thanksgiving just the two of us. It was actually REALLY nice; very relaxing and low key. This was the first time I'd EVER cooked a turkey, so I was a bit nervous, but I went with it anyway. Our menu is below.

  • 10 Pound Turkey (breasts only) from Brother's Butcher. Brined the night before and then rubbed and roasted.
Since it's all about the side dishes, we had the following:
  • Stuffing (purchased from Brother's Butcher
  • Frosted Cauliflower (a WW recipe from my mom, a Thanksgiving special in my family. Contains cauliflower, italian dressing, cheddar cheese, mustard, and mayo).
  • Rolls - Originally frozen, then baked
  • Creamy Mashed Taters
  • Cranberry Dressing (from a can)
  • Pecan Pie; I used the perfect pie crust recipe mentioned in the linked recipe
  • Caramel Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake - Our crust did get a little hard when I added the caramel to it, so be sure to use the brand mentioned in the recipe or leave it out as the note describes.

Friday, October 1, 2010


A few weeks ago, my boss asked me to create her three different Halloween cards that she can give her girlfriends. I was packing up items for the Stamped Designs Yard Sale...and realized that the only Halloween set that I had, I wanted to sell! Doesn't it always work that way?

Anyway, I used "Pumpkin Patch" on all three cards. Which one is your favorite?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Valerie's SU! Workshop - Christmas Cards

At much request (Hi, Gail!) I am finally posting the cards from the Sept 11 workshop that Valerie hosted here at my new place in Nashua. It was the first time I've had the girls over to stamp at the new place (and on the new table!) and it was very productive. Hopefully everyone enjoyed what we did!

We started with the most difficult card, first. This card incorporated the new Candy Cane DSP (Holiday Mini), the stamp set "A Cute Christmas", the new glitter brads (which I'm in LOVE with...must remember to buy more before the mini is done!) and the Northern Frost decorative strip. Some paper piecing and coloring in this card, but it wasn't too bad...just lots of pieces!

We did a pretty easy card, next. Using the new Sizzix Embossing Folder in the Holiday Mini, Cherry Cobbler seam binding and my new favorite self-adhesive pearls!

(image coming when there's daylight!)

Finally, we did a new technique called "Magic Snowflake". We took a square of glossy white cardstock and stamped a snowflake in Craft White. We then poured White Embossing Powder on top of that and set it with a heat gun. Taking 71% isopropyl alcohol (yes, it matters!), we did two tips of the bottle onto a cotton ball. We then used two different colored Classic colored reinkers and dabbed two dots of each color onto the cotton ball. We covered the entire piece of glossy cardstock...ran to the heat gun, and like "magic" the snowflake re-appeared out of the ink!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Holly's Workshop

I had a workshop at Holly's this weekend...she had only one request! She wanted to learn how to use the BigShot! I guess I did a good job, because at the end of the workshop...she really wanted one! Hopefully she buys one for herself or someone that likes her a lot gets her one for Christmas. :)

Anyway, we did the more intense card first. We used the Vintage Embossing Folder, the Square Lattice folder, and the Scalloped Rectangle clearlit with the bigshot. We also used the Level 1 Hostess set, called Because I Care. The technique that we used on this card was a Watercolor technique, done by mooshing (technical terms here, only) an ink pad, and then using an aqua painter to pick up the ink on the lid of the pad. Repeat with 3+ colors, and you get a fast color that looks MARVELOUS!

Secondly, we used the BigShot just to do an easy card with a pop of texture (embossing folder again) through the bigshot. We used the new Friends Never Fade set for this one. A little bit of Dazzling Diamonds for Pop...and voila!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Quilted Lattice Card

I saw an idea online of one of the Stampin' Up Only (SUO) blogs that I frequent that was centered around making a Quilted card with both the SU! Scallop Square die and the Lattice Bigz die...and decided to try it out for myself.

Suzanne's Mom (Gail) really liked the Quilted Top Note card that I made a few posts back, so I wanted to do something similar to see if she liked this one as well.

I only had Greenhouse Gala DSP on hand, so I plan on using another set of DSP when my order comes in. It's pretty easy to make, though, one run through of the Scallop Square, and then three run throughs of the Lattice (I did one run through of chocolate chip cardstock and then two run throughs of DSP). I used the pieces of the two DSP run through's to piece into the Cardstock lattice...and voila!

More colors to come!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Father's Day

I saw a card on Splitcoast that I knew I wanted to CASE for my Father's Day card this year. I used the "King of the Grill" acrylic set by Stampin Up for my images. I colored the large image with Pastels and blender pens, and then also used the new 2 3/8" scallop punch for the base of my sentiment.

What I like about this card is the homemade background that looks like a picnic table cloth! Clever, right?

Finally Got Some Motivation!

So Julie and I co-hosted a retirement party with a mix of my customers and her customers yesterday. We each did a make and take with the group yesterday and below are the two cards that we did.

I did the card with Sweet Scoops and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. I focued on the Subtles color palette. Some of the ladies even took my design a step further and made Mini Chocolate Chip Ice cream...either by using the Sprinkles stamp in this set or a chocolate chip marker. INGENIOUS!

Julie used the Greenhouse Gala DSP (Summer Mini) and the Friends Never Fade stamp set which is NEW and coming to the July 1 Stampin' Up catalog. She also used the new Daffodil Delight ribbon (new color!). Isn't it great being a demonstrator and getting the option to get that product before everyone else? ;-)