Friday, March 23, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #35

Yes, I know...I skipped a week. Not that I didn't have anything to be thankful for, I just forgot. LOL

This has been another wet week here in Central CA and I'm really thankful for thick and cozy quilts. My mom is a quilter and we have many, many handmade quilts that I have made and that she has made for us throughout the years. We have a two story home and it is really expensive to heat it up so I'm a little strict when upping the thermostat in the house. Instead we cuddle up with these amazing quilts.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WOYWW #459

Happy Wednesday! I've been steadily working in the Command Center and finally had a chance to take a photo to post on WOYWW. To read more about it, go visit Julia at the Stamping Ground blog to find out more. I miss peeking into the craft rooms of so many talented people.

With no further's my desk:

Pretty clean I must say!

Now it's your turn. Click on over to the blog and show us your work desk!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Weekend Fun: Salad In A Jar

It was a rainy weekend so we decided to make "Salads In A Jar". We went to the store and bought lots of veggies, more salad dressings and toppings. Carly and I got busy chopping, shredding, spiraling, and slicing all the veggies and then followed the steps to create the salads.

Salad in a Jar:
1.     Dressing (2-3 tablespoons)
2.     Hearty Veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, red onions, tomatoes, peppers)
3.     Beans & Other Veggies
4.     Pasta & Grains (couscous, quinoa)
5.     Protein & Cheese (meats, tuna, hardboiled egg)
6.     Greens & Nuts/Seeds (greens need to be as dry as possible)

Add each layer leaving at least ¼ of the jar for the greens.  Stuff the jar with enough greens to completely fill.  Screw on the lid.  Keep refrigerated. 

Salad will be fresh up to seven days.

Our salads don't normally last seven days but we did eat one of them on the sixth day. It was still fresh! Before eating, turn your jar upside down to get the dressing to flow down to all the salad, dump everything in a bowl/plate and enjoy! We did not put croutons in the jars, because I can't imagine that they would stay hard. Another tip: the greens need to be as dry as possible, when you wash them, use a salad spinner or dry them with paper towels. I purchased the prewashed greens and then patted them dry.


Friday, March 16, 2018

QQ Club Q Project; Twisted Pop Up Card

Hey there, I'm ready to share my Club Q project with you. Not only does Club Q predesign layouts and project kits, but there's so much more you can do with them. I love the Spring Showers paper collection. It's so pretty and I just had to create something that shows it off so I pulled some papers and die cuts from the kits and made a couple of Twisted Pop Up cards.

I made one for my sister-in-law's 60th birthday and the other for my mom for Mother's Day. I can't wait to see their reaction to this fun, interactive and pretty card!

Before adhering the patterned papers, I inked all edges in Key Largo Powder Puff Chalk Ink.

Check out my instructional video and then make your own twisted pop up card.

Measurements as promised:
Cut three pieces of cardstock at the following measurements:
Card Base: 4 1/4 x 11 (score at 5 1/2)
Mechanism: 3 x 8 (scored at 1 1/2 on short side and 4" on long side then mark at 2 1/2" from the right and left on the top and bottom. Score an "x" to connect the marks)
Twisted Base: 3 3/4 x 11 (score at 2 3/4 at each end; flip it over and score at 5 1/2; fold it into a "w")

Patterned paper:
Three pieces cut at 4 x 5 1/4 (mark at 2" at the top and each side then cut the corners off on two of these pieces)
Four pieces cut at 2 1/2 x 3 1/2

I said it in the video, but I can't stress this enough, be sure to decorate the four panels before adhering the twisted base to the mechanism. It'll make your life so much easier!

Quick Quotes Supplies Used:
Spring Showers patterned paper
Key Largo Powder Puff Chalk Ink
Flower die cuts,
Flat back pearls and brads from March, 2018 Club Q kit

Other Products Used:
Stamps by CTMH
Ranger Black Archival Ink Pad
Doily from my stash

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Recycling; It's On The Bag!

I spend a morning going through my closet and all the wrapping paper rolls, gift bags, tissue, etc., etc. that was piling up in there. Yeah, my closet was looking pretty hoarderish and scary. So, I went through the mess by separating Christmas items from all the other events; tossed, combined & organized my closet! Oh, it looks so nice! And all that huge pile shrunk down to one box.

When I was organizing, I noticed I kept a lot of store brand/name bags. At first I was going to toss them, but they are so pretty. I gathered these together and tucked them into one large bag. I told myself that I have one month to upcycle/recycle/pretty them up or else they are gone! OK, we all know that's not going to happen so I changed my rule to one year - I figured I'd use these bags for gifts throughout the year, but if I didn't use them within one year, I'd toss.

Some samples of what I'm working with:
You can see why I don't want to toss them, right?

Here are some of the bags that I've upcycled so far:
Birthday Bag for Coworker
Baby Shower Gift Bag
I used my gelli plate for this one
Pretty Cool!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

FSJ, Wobblers, and the Gelli Plate

Happy weekend! I'm not sure if my post title sounds like a movie title, a legal firm or the beginning of a "walked in a bar" joke. Well none of those are true - it's a list of supplies I used for these cards.

On Saturday, I demonstrated the gelli plate to one of my crafting buddies. It is so fun to play with and I love that you never know how the prints are going to turn out.

Both of these cards use Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) products with the exception of the wobbler mechanism. I purchased these from Close To My Heart (CTMH) last year.

Acrylic Paints: Cool Pool, Sweet Berry and Pineapple Smoothie
Cardstock:  Whip Cream and Lemongrass
Color Silks:  Sparkle, Black and Cool Pool
Ink Pad:  Black Licorice and Electric Lime
Stamps:  Happy Birthday (Coach Gift) and Oops!

Aren't these fun?

If you are interested in purchasing any Fun Stampers Journey products, click HERE and please use me as your coach when placing your order.

This is what I love about FSJ:
  • They still use red rubber stamps for use with an acrylic block
  • Their cardstock is thicker than most brands
  • Fusion Ink pads are a hybrid ink pad, a marriage of dye and pigment inks which gives a vibrant color but also quick drying. Inks can be used on all materials.
  • Mixed Media line is full of products that put a fun & unique look to all your projects.

Friday, March 9, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #34

Another cold week in Central CA. HA HA HA I know all you East Coasters are laughing at that statement for sure. Yeah, it gets below 50 here and we're freezing!

This week has been busy. Over the weekend, Carly and I attended the Stamp and Scrapbooking Expo and bought all kinds of goodies. I was going to take a photo but I thought of it after I had already put away most of my stuff. But you can imagine all the goodies that were sold and purchased during the Expo.

Week #34 and I'm thankful for my daughter. She's been exceptionally helpful this week with keeping the house clean. She is my manager, photographer, critique giver and so much more. She is such a blessing and I'm so thankful for my Star!