Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Squirrely Art Blog Colored Pencil Resist Challenge

Hi everyone!
It is time for another edition of Nancy's Squirrelly Art Blog challenge.

I used all Club Scrap Products to created this fun card!
Inks are Distress Gathered Twigs, Faded Jeans, and Spiced Marmalade
I used a Fiskars corner punch on the red paper.
Thanks for stopping by!

And be sure to check out Nancy's blog for her versions too!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Squirrely Art Blog Chalk Embossed Challenge

My friend Nancy (Squirrely Art Blog) offered this week's challenge from Technique Junkies called Chalk Embossed.

Very fun and a slightly messy technique involving glue stick and artists chalks.

I made the background matte using the technique and then added a stamped quote, rosettes and a paper flower.

Dies used were Tattered florals Tim Holtz Alterations line Sizzix
Tim Holtz Texture fade embossing folder Sizzix
Handmade rosettes punched with Fiskars lace border punch (black)
Club Scrap quote, clock embellishment, and postage stamp stamp on blue circle
Club Scrap Blue Cardstock from Solstice kit.

Thanks for stopping by.  And check out some of my fellow Squirrelly gals creations!
Chrissie's Blog
Jen's Blog

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fun with Collage!

I made this fun collage sheet using my Club Scrap Stamps.
Hop on over to my Club Scrap Blog and see how I created this fun sheet that I have scanned and can print out and reuse over and over again!

Papillon Club Scrap kit stamps
Blossom Club Scrap kit stamps
white cardstock
inked with Club Scrap inks Amethyst, Sandstone and Moss

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Jam sandwich!

BLT's have been a favorite of mine for a while but when I saw this recipe on Diner's Drive In's and Dives with Guy F.,   I knew I had to try and make it on my own.    The Barking Dog Cafe in Indianapolis creates this wonderful sandwich using an herb mayo, HOMEMADE pepper bacon, and tomato jam!   I mean come on,  what is not to love!

So of course I was not about to take the time to make my own bacon (but boy would I love to!) so I used good ole sliced bacon and cracked black pepper on top before frying.

I made my own basil mayo using 1 tblsp. dried basil and 3/4 cup mayonnaise.

I made my own version of the tomato jam.   Here is my adapted recipe.

2 cans diced tomatoes
1 onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sherry cooking wine
1/4 cup vinegar

Saute the onions and garlic in a pan with a tsp of oil until soft.
Add remaining ingredients and cook down on med low to low temp for approx. 45 mins.
You will need to keep an eye on it as it cooks down so the bottom doesn't stick.
Stir ever 5 mins.  It will become very thick.

Once the bacon has finished,  you are ready to build your sandwich and enjoy!
My son's girlfriend has an uncle who works at Panera Bread and he often gives us some to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Christmas Presents!

So as promised,  I wanted to post a few of the presents I made for some of my family for Christmas.

First up is the Frame it Up project I learned at Club Scrap's Retreat in October.    I purchased a second kit to make and this is featuring my cousin with his wife and 2 kids.  I printed the pics in sepia tones to match the papers.   I also printed out the quote I found about family on my computer and used a stamp from the Club Scrap Raku kit.

Next up is a version of this project which I created using Club Scrap papers from the Versailles kit, black and white cardstock, and chipboard and book board which I cut to smaller dimensions.   The stamped images are also Club Scrap from Great Outdoors kit and Raku kit.   It was for my In Laws and commemorates their trip to the Pacific Northwest this past summer.  My Mom in law took some of the most amazing photos on this trip and I wanted to highlight some of my favorites!

My cousin Cas and her boyfriend Nick have had to spend some time apart due to his entering the military.   She misses him a lot and I wanted to make her something special.   I used one of my art canvas creations that I had made for my Craft Fair and this great photo taken by a friend of hers,  fit perfectly on it.  The canvas is created using various Glimmer Mists and a mask from the Club Scrap Versailles kit.  I hand made the paper flowers using various punches and die cuts.    The quote is from Club Scrap Arts and Crafts kit.   The photo mattes are cut from Club Scrap's Evergreen handmade paper in maroon, and also from their Cyprus kit in teal.

This was also a project I learned to create at Retreat.    It is a music box and purchased a second kit to create a unique gift for my Aunt and Uncle of our family's favorite spot to go in the summer.    The Gurnet is where our family has had a cottage since 1959 and it is truly heaven on earth.   My Aunt had taken the photo of the lighthouse with the rainbow one spring and I got the rainbow over the peninsula one summer.   I used the photos printed on larger paper to cover the book board base rather than the paper that came with the kit.  
The stamped quote on the cover is from the Club Scrap By the Seashore kit and the inside quote by the lighthouse is from the Henna kit.   I speckled the paper inside using various colors of inks misted with water and flicked on using a dry paint brush dipped in the watery inks.

I really love creating things for my family for Christmas.    It makes me feel so proud to give them something that comes from my heart.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Well here we are entering 2012.  Who would have thought.

Shannon, Alicia and Dusty helped Greg and I ring in the new year.    We had a fun evening out at my sis and bro in law's house with many friends playing games and enjoying a huge spread of apps and desserts!

This year we are looking ahead to my son Jason graduating high school and then leaving for college.

He turns 18 this month.   This is a tough thing to swallow, let me tell you.

I am also embarking on a journey of photographing my weekly happenings with Club Scrap called Weekly Chronicles.   It is a take on Project 365 which I did back in 2009.   I took a photo a day for 365 days.

I used my iScrapbook digital program and created templates to showcase the journalling and photos for each day and then uploaded the finished layouts to Blurb.com to create this hardbound book.   What a wonderful keepsake.

So after taking some time off from this particular project I felt like I wanted to give it another go.

With Club Scrap providing weekly challenges for the whole year,  it is a great way for me to keep up with my scrapbooking of layouts and also share my life in pictures with my friends on the Club Scrap forum.   I am looking forward to it.

Looking forward to a great 2012!