Friday, July 31, 2009
Wow, I am so excited for my first ever blog train! The great people at Stuff to Scrap put together this great blog train, follow all the links and collect all the pieces and at the end you have this great kit! The theme for August was summer camp. I love Maurine's designs, and she asked if I'd like to make quick pages with her portion of this huge freebie kit, so of course I said yes!! Here is a preview of her portion of the kit which you can grab on her blog (all the links are listed below as well).
And here is the preview of my contribution, three quick pages created by little old me.
This first page, has my son roasting marshmallows at a bbq at my in-laws house. On this page, I extracted the marshmallows on the marshmallow stick, and the tree trunk from the tree to make the corner frame on the one picture. So while they aren't in the kit in that form, they are in the kit for you to extract if you want to! Also if anyone is curious, the font I used on this page is called Drift Type, which I found for free on Dafont.com, and the Marshmallows word art is part of the kit. Click on the image to grab this QP.
This layout is my favorite, I recolored the stitches to make them yellow for around the layout, and I used the yellow paper to create stars, and reduced the opacity on them to around 50%, then added a drop shadow. I used the green paper to make the hills, and used the same tree, made different sizes (and I lightened one for color) for perspective. The font I used is called Night Sky, also from Dafont.com. Image is linked.
On this one I used a paper tear that is not in the kit, and it's not listed as a freebie anymore on the site where I originally got it. You can find some similar tears on Gunhild's site (plus she has lots of other cool freebies too!). The paper tears are about 2/3 of the way down the freebie page #2. I used the yellow paper to create the beam for the flashlight, and again reduced opacity to about 50%. The font I used for this page is Alpha Wood (again from Dafont). Image is linked.
So that's it for my part, I would love to hear if you liked what I did with the layouts! Also please let me know if there are problems with any of the links or downloads! (I've crossed my fingers as this is my first run at it, but I am human, so please forgive me if there are errors!) Special thanks to Maurine for letting me use her kit to play with, and inviting me to join in the fun. I love scrapping! Also thanks to my brother and sister in law, who star in my bottom two layouts. Have fun riding the train and grabbing all the parts to this great kit!
Always Be Neighbors Designs
Elegantly Funky Designs
Scraps by Andrea
Saphira's World Scrapdesign
Let Me Scrapbook!
Shel Belle Scraps
Noelle's Little Corner in Scrap Land
Mommy Me Time Scrapper
The Scrappy Kat
Digital Scrap Fun
Digi-designs by Nicole
Rants N Random Ramblings
Designs By Mel
A valóság tükre
Scrap in a Can
Stuff to Scrap
Mad genius Designs
A Whittle Whimsy
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hahaha, seriously though, it is a great chance for anyone that quilts to build up their stash, and Rachel also has a great blog with cool tutorials and beautiful quilts. So what are you waiting for? GO check it out!
Friday, July 24, 2009
So inspired by Des and her post about her cedar plank salmon, I decided to share my favorite recipe for this yummy dish. I originally found this recipe in a Kraft Canada magazine, and you can now see the recipe HERE on the Kraft Canada website. You can also download my fancified version HERE. Remember yesterday, how you had to click on the image and then right click on it and blah blah blah? Well, I went back to that link Des had given me and they actually recommended using a site called Scribd, and here I was able to upload my recipe (which I had saved as a pdf from my scrap booking program) and when you click on the link, it takes you to the Scribd page with my document, and you can click to download it or print it out. Please let me know if you print it how it comes out, I don't want it to be all pixely or blurry. I made this card using the scrapping kit "Cooked to Perfection" by Lindsay Jane Designs. The font is DJB Journal Bits. I seriously think it's the best salmon recipe I have come across so far. In the words of P-Dub on many of her recipe posts, "the cast of characters:"
1/2c KRAFT SIGNATURE CALORIE-WISE Sundried Tomato and Oregano Dressing
1/4c finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4c oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained, finely chopped
1 salmon fillet (2 lb./900 g), 1 inch thick
1 untreated cedar plank (available at most grocery stores.) Immerse the plank in water for at least 4 hours, or overnight, if you're a planner, which I'm totally not. I threw mine in the sink this morning with a can of pineapple on it to hold it down. (Pineapple is totally not in this recipe, it was just a random can that I grabbed from the pantry to weigh down the plank.)
Preheat the bbq to medium heat, and mix together the dressing, parsley and tomatoes.
Look at that color! Beautiful.
Pull your plank from the water and dab dry, brush the surface with 1tbsp (or more if needed) oil.
Top with salmon. Grill 10 minutes. Brush with dressing mixture, and grill another 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork. Mmmm. Yummy oily tomato-ee-ness.Tips: Keep spray bottle handy in case of flare ups. Our board totally caught fire at the very end of cooking, as they do dry out, but the salmon was fine! Tasted out of this world. Fish can also be grilled on heavy duty tin foil instead of a cedar plank (but it just wouldn't taste the same!)
Also, if you'd like to see a video of Cedar Plank Grilling Basics, click HERE. Sorry for all the link ups today, but I just love to share when I find something cool.
You still here?? Ok, well then in that case, in other news, I'm going to be in my first ever scrap booking blog train! I will be offering up a freebie on my page, so stay tuned for that! Enjoy your weekend everyone!
So this is my recipe, it's for Mandarin Barley Salad, and I absolutely love it. It will not last more than two days in my house (and not because my husband is gobbling it up!) And thanks to Des helping me with the link, I can create fancy-schmancy recipe cards (using Kristin Aagard's "Lil Bakery" kit) and you can download a copy HERE. (When the large image comes up just right click on it and select "save image as" to save the image.) If you want, no pressure hehe.
See? Wasn't that nice? I just love it when I'm able to make technology work for me. SO big thanks to Des for leading me to that link, it was exactly what I was looking for! And to anyone and everyone that downloads the recipe, enjoy! And if you make it, I would love to hear how you liked it!
Ok, so this wasn't exactly the download feature I had hoped for, but it's close, and I'm working on it. Unfortunately when you download save the photo, it is much smaller in size than the original that I posted, so I think it would print out crappy :(
I'll keep researching and try again!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Stacey's Cherry Chocolate: Paper
Stacey's Owl Always Love You: rock and leaves
Stacey's Tutti Frutti: birdy
Sweet Blossom's Just Peachy: grassy element, wooden frames (one was extracted using elements in the kit), wooden border (also extracted from the elements)
Sweet Blossom's Love Me Forever: leaves
paper tear: Creative Memories (sorry, the link is to their freebies page but it doesn't look like the paper tear is still available) and last but not least word art by Ginger. She posts word art (for FREE!) pretty much every day. I also did a 365 layout for week 6 to post in the Weeds and Wildflowers challenge gallery. I used the Life 365 kit again (can you tell that I love it?!) and a free template they posted for the challenge. I added a couple extra photos to the layout (it was a 5 photo layout to begin with) so I could use it for my week 6.
Don't you just love Rayna's pony?! Too cute. And then she turns around and she has that cute bald spot. Hilarious. The font I used for the journaling was "socially awkward". And I apologize to those of you that are not into computers, digital anything, or even scrapbooking in general. I will get back to crafting one of these days, my posts are so all over the place, it depends what I'm into that day. I will be making this pattern from Make it And Love it in the near future though, so stay with me! Okay, that's it, I'm off to download some more freebies!! heehee. Have a great week!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Also, I don't know if I've ever posted this recipe for play dough on my blog before, but it is seriously the best home made play dough ever. It's super soft, smells pleasant thanks to the Kool Aid, and cleans up easily. Simple enough to make that Chase can help me, and he loves playing with it.Word to the wise, don't use the gay little tupperware measuring cup that I bought with the kids little tupperware baking bundle. I ended up adding about 1/4 c more flour this time, and I think it was because of that little cup! It was very sticky this time around, and that's a first, as usually it mixes up perfect for me. So first off, put your 1c flour, 1pkg Kool Aid (any flavour although we used color changing cherry), 1tbsp cream of tartar, and 1/4c salt in a bowl, mix thoroughly. (At this point I had everything in the bowl except for the water and realized I could be blogging this! So pretend you don't see the oil already swimming in the bowl, and pretend also that I actually stirred my dry ingredients before adding the liquids hehe).
Add 1tbsp vegetable oil, then add 1c boiling water.
Mix well until it starts to firm up and form a ball. I usually work it up in my hands until it cools off enough for Chase to play with and the color streaks from the Kool Aid are worked in really well. Wrap in cellophane to store or in an air tight container. In the fridge it should store for at least a month. (The recipe says a few months, but I found that after a month it starts to get gunky.)I love this recipe for so many reasons! It makes a small enough batch that I'm using small portions of all the ingredients, so it's cost effective to make. You can make almost any color you want. You could even add glitter and make red and green for the holidays or make orange for Halloween. So many options. And it makes such a smooth dough, it works up easier than the real "Play Dough"
And best of all Chase loves it and it keeps him busy for hours. He had bits of it stuck to his jammies today, and all over the floor, but it was worth it! Give him some cookie cutters and he's a happy camper. For the printable version of the recipe click on the link above.So that's it for today! Thanks for reading and have a great day!!!