Sunday, April 26, 2015

Make A Card | Congratulations

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I made my friends Monika & David a congratulations card for expecting a baby.  You can read about Monika’s pregnancy story here

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Size: 4.25” x 5.5” vertical

Techniques:  stamping, manual diecutting, stitching

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Paper Issues | Big Island

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Good morning everyone!  I’m on the Paper Issues blog today, sharing a layout I created about our recent vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii.  I chose a photo of us on the beach with pink and turquoise, so I thought the new Crate Paper Maggie Holmes collection Confetti was perfect for scrapbooking my layout!

I cut up a few pieces of paper from Confetti.  I just love the colors and patterns in this collection.  It’s versatile for all types of layouts, and it’s perfect for my tropical vacation. 

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Layering with papers is probably one of my favorite ways to scrapbook. I also love to layer with diecuts and punched out shapes.

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I also like creating texture with wood veneers, paper clips, sequins, and stickers.

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The string of tickets was cut out from the Festival paper.  I love papers that you can cut apart like this!

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I hope you enjoyed a look at how I used the Crate Paper Confetti collection to scrap a vacation photo.  The teals, pinks, and gold in this collection are really gorgeous.  My layout came together in no time, which means I’m using product that I love!

You can save 20% off this Maggie Holmes Confetti collection, or anything else in the Paper Issues store, by using my code LISTGIRL!

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Make A Card | A Couple of Thank You Cards

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Hi everyone!  I’m sharing a couple of thank-you cards that I made a week ago to give to friends.

The first is a thank you card for our next-door neighbor Fred.  Fred takes very good care of Noodle when we go on vacations and trips.  He took care of Noodle all week when we were in Hawaii in March.  So I made him a cat-themed thank-you card and put a gift card for him in there.

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Size: 4.25” x 5.5” vertical

Techniques:  stamping, ink blending with stencil, manual diecutting, Copic coloring

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The other thank-you card was for Peppermint, who gave me the cupcake stamps & dies for my birthday!

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Size: 4.25” x 5.5” vertical

Techniques:  stamping, manual diecutting, Copic coloring

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Paper Issues | All You Need

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The newest link party went live on the Paper Issues blog today!  This issue is called “Prints Charming’s Beautiful Papers” and is sponsored by Scrapbook Circle

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I used the March Scrapbook Circle kit “Here’s The Story”.  There are lots of colorful patterned papers in the kit, which works very well with the Paper Issues prints charming theme.  I decided to scrap one of my favorite photos of my cat Noodle that I haven’t scrapbooked yet.  I also used the Scrapbook Circle Be Happy Digital cut files to cut out the “today” banner and adhered it below the photo. 

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Part of this Paper Issues link party theme is also “subway art”, so I decided to make my title into some stacked words that I cut out on my Silhouette with patterned papers.

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I added in some journaling onto a pink circle punched out of paper.  Date-stamped a label sticker and my layout was complete!

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Be sure to link your project to this Prints Charming link party at Paper Issues for a chance to win the March Scrapbook Circle’s main kit!  Great prize!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Evalicious | Destination

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Good morning!  I am on the Evalicious blog today to show you a layout I created using mainly stamping as my background. 

I started with a white cardstock background and drew some horizontal lines in pencil with my t-square ruler.

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Then I picked out some Evalicious stamps and stamped in alternating colors across each line. 

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When I was done, I had a colorful stamped background for my layout.  I added some paper strips in matching colors across the top and bottom of my layout to anchor and balance.

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I filled in the “Date / Place” stamped images with the information from our trip.  On our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, we celebrated my birthday with lunch at the Four Seasons.

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I added some paper and embellishments around my photo to make it stand out from the stamped background.

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I love how the stamped background turned out!

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Try stamping a background next time you make a layout!  Evalicious has lots of travel and everyday stamps that are just perfect for this purpose.

Hope you enjoyed having a look at my process of putting this layout together!  Thanks for stopping by!

Evalicious Products Used:


destination stamp set

daily life stamp set

field notes stamp set

photo shoot clear stamp set

adventurer stamp set
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Monday, April 6, 2015

Make A Card | Lots of Cupcakes

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On Friday 3/27, I had a birthday girls happy hour with my friends from work to celebrate all of us who have March birthdays.  I decided to make birthday cards for all the other girls who have March birthdays.  I used the same stamp & die set to make each card assembly-line style.

Size: 4.25” x 5.5” vertical

Techniques:  stamping, manual diecutting, coloring 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

What I Cooked | March 2015

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Since we went on vacation to Hawaii in March, I only got to cook three dishes in the month.  I’m still enjoying learning new skills and making dishes that are not only edible but some were delicious!  I used the food processor!  I cooked tender chicken!  These wins make me more confident in the kitchen for sure.  I almost feel like I could cook for guests now!  You can follow along every dish I’ve cooked in 2015 on my “Stuff I Cooked” Pinterest board.

 

Baked By Nature | 30-Minute Sriracha and Chicken Lo Mein

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I didn’t have thicker noodles, so I used thin noodles.  I think the thicker noodles would have made this dish better.  I made this on 3/4/2015.  This took much more than 30 minutes, especially with all the prepping and chopping. And it was also way too salty. I would use half the soy sauce and dilute it with water.  That would definitely make it less salty.  This also taught me a lesson about using recipes I find on the internet.  Not all of them are created equal.  Now I would trust established sites with user-reviews much more than just finding a recipe on any site and trying it out.

 

Cooking Light | Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto

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I trust Cooking Light a lot.  Most of the dinners that Todd has made for years has been from Cooking Light.  We get the paper magazine.  If it’s not Cooking Light, then Todd makes dishes from America’s Test Kitchen.  I made this on 3/25/2015.  I used frozen shrimp from Costco. 1 lb of this frozen shrimp = 21 shrimps. We put the frozen shrimp in a big ziplock bag overnight in the fridge to thaw it.  I made this dish in about 30 minutes.  Needed to add a little bit of salt. The pesto just coats the ingredients but gives lots of flavor. It was really good, I would definitely make it again!

 

Cooking Light | Sweet Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli

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I made this on 3/31/2015.  I added more broccoli, used 18 oz chicken, and 1/3 more sauce ingredients. Broccoli got overcooked because they were in the colander with the noodles and stayed hot. I should separate them next time, or rinse the noodles & broccoli with cold water. Very yummy dish!  Took me about 45 minutes to cook this.  I love anything made with sesame oil.

And that’s what she cooked in March.  Todd cooked all our other homemade meals.

Let me know if you are still interested in these “What I Cooked” posts.  It’s hard for me to gauge interest since I assume that no comments means that you don’t care about them.  But one reader told me that’s not true and she enjoyed trying out the recipes that I’ve made.  It takes time for me to gather my info for blog posts, so if you guys aren’t that interested then I’ll stop posting them.

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