Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Monday! oops, I mean Tuesday!

I spent some time outside today. I thought the sun might give me a boost of energy.  But I think all the weekds in my flowers zapped even more out of me. I hope that's the last time I have to weed this year. 

When I came in I found my bananas not looking so pretty so I made a batch of Banana Blueberry muffins. They smell yummy! And look good too!

2/3 cup milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup mashed very ripe banana (1 medium)

1 egg

2 cups cake flour
2/3 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed and well drained) blueberries

1. Heat oven to 400ºF. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups, or grease bottoms only.

2. In large bowl, mix milk, oil, banana and egg with fork. Stir in remaining ingredients except blueberries just until flour is moistened. (Muffin batter should be lumpy. If you overmix the batter, muffins will be tough and have pointed, rather than rounded, tops.) Gently stir in blueberries. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (cups will be almost full). Sprinkle with sugar if desired ( I use the sugar crystals and it gives them a nice crunch and shine)

3. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Hiking with Basic Grey Out of Print.

I'm working on some pages for my daughters summer 2011 album.  She spent a day hiking at Ricketts Glen State park.  It's a beautiful area with huge waterfalls, but the walk can be quite slippery when the rocks are went.  Luckily they had a beautiful day and managed to make the entire climb.  I'm so bummed I only have a few pics my daughter took of herself because her boyfriend said the camera looks expensive and he didn't want to break it!  Ack!  He now has a lesson on how to use the camera, and it's really much better for them to come home with her Momma having lots of fun photos to scrap. LOL 

This page is with the wonderful new Basic Grey Out Of Print from the Studio Calico August kit.  Which is fabulous!

It actually looks much brighter in person, more like the close ups.  I love how the page turned out. 

I think this will be my last post until after CK Scrap and Play in Lancaster this weekend.  I hope to return with lots to share, and or at least lots of fun photos from the weekend.  See you then! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Camera Strap

I love instant gratifcation!  And this is one easy project to give you just that.  Tonight I was looking at my material and just thought my camera could use a strap cover before going to CK Scrap and Play next weekend.  A girl's camera's gotta be all dressed up to hang with the girls, right!?  (My husband says he is going to have to buy a new camera if he wants to take picture now). 

OK, so my camer is finally dressed for summer and fall is on it's way, but I figure I'll get at least a month out of this design.  If you would like a camera strap just send me an email with your choice of color and I'll put one together for you.  I'll be putting some on my Etsy shop as I get them made.  They will sell for around $12. shipping included. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pre made Summer Mini

I made this cute little mini album with the Scrapdango August kit.  I love how bright and fun it is.  You can find it in my Etsy store! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday sharing.

Hello everyone, hope your having a fabulous day!  I sure am.  Very minimal house work and some scrappytime.  Not to mention newly polished finger and toe nails.  Can't beat that! 

If your looking for something to do next weekend come on over to My Scraps & More and help say Goodbye to Summer! It's a perfect time to get those summer photos from your camera to your scrapbooks.  Stop over and join in on all the fun and inspiration.  I'll be checking in from CK Scrap and Play in Lancaster. Hope to see you there:) 

I actually have some art to share today as well.  I received my first Studio Calico kit this week and couldn't wait to jump right in.  Everything about the kits are fabulous.  From the box they ship them in to the empherma cards that are included with the kits.  (I know it's advertising on their part, but for me, they make perfect embellishments and are like getting a sneak peak of their new lines!  Way cool!)
So I took on the Sunday sketch from the SC blog, the sketch is based on a page by Stephanie Howell and the sketch was created by Nicole S.  
And this is my page. 
There was so much fun stuff in this kit.  Let me try to tell you what all I used.  
The background paper is Sassafrass.  It's so darn cute and comes with a decorative trim across the bottom so you can even use what is normall salvage.  Very cool! 
Starting at the top left circle, I used a Martha Stewart Scalloped circle punch to punch from a post card that was included in the kit.  Next from the Tide Pool add on I used Batic from BG with "Ashlyn" letters from exclusive SC Sassafrass letters. Then mroe Batic form BG along with a BG Out for Print glazed brads. 
Next I used the Pink Paislee mistables and MME twine to make this gathered flower.  Then I misted it with Bell Bottom Jeans Tattered Angels Mist.  To the top right, I used another one of the Batic and the Lime Twist Spring Twine from MME to make this cute little embellishment.  Next is a punched circle from a post card that was in the kit.  Logan is on a BG Batik and the last batik I stamped with versamark with the SC frame stamp and then heat embossed with Enamelz Molten Metal.  I used SC Teal song and BG Out of Print Mish Mash under the photos.  Lastly I misted the FACE letters (Pink Paislee Mistables) with various mists and finished the page with an American Krafts adhesive chalk lables. 

And that's my share for this fabulous Sunday afternoon, have a great week!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

PTI Princess Challenge

I haven't been feeling well but have managed to make a few cards this week.  This cherry ice cream cone was for a note in a card kit swap. I not only made this card, but have sent it out already.  I combined the Papertrey Princesses challenge along with the Monochromatic challenge at For The Love of Art. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Unity Blog Challenge

I love the Unity Stamps and how the coordinate with some of my favorite papers. Isn't this snowman cute coupled with this months Unity Blog Challenge to use cirecles. 

Cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Coordinations
Patterned Paper- Jilly Bean Soup
Stamps- Unity Jilly Bean Soup
Punch- Martha Stewart

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

When does all else stop...

When you get to blog your very first Paper Crafts Magazine cover!  I'm so excited! 
That's me in the middle, Full Moon Morsels!  How cool is that!

Paper Secrets Design Team!

Hello everyone,
I happy to announce I'll be joining the Paper Secrets Design Team for the next few months.  We have tons of fun things planned for you.  This month is chocked full of fun challenges with lots of inspiration from the new team.  And next month we will be right on top of fall festivities with a back to school blog hop with tons of prizes.  Be sure to stop by and join me in my first challenge. 

Masking is one of my all time favorite techniques. You can use masking with so many different mediums. I challenge you to make your own mask and use masking in a unique way on your card, page or altered item. Your mask can be as simple as punching circles and using the negative for your back ground or more intricut fussy cut or machine cut mask. I woul love to see you use both the positive and negative of your mask on your project. I can't wait to see how you use masking.

For this card I created a simple square mask to use. First I used the small square in the center and my copic air brush to add some orange color to the kraft cardstock. Then I used the larger square around the outside to stamp my images. You can use repositional tape to hold your mask in place.

Entries are due by August 31st, 11:59 PST

Be sure to add the keyword "tech6" to your gallery upload

Uploading your entry by the due date will get you one entry in a drawing to win 1 of 4 $10 Gift Cards!

Can't wait to see your projects!