Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I wanted to share the mini album I made this week for my sister.

Monday night I scored 7 Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween punches on clearance at Michael's and they were my inspiration for the mini.

The screaming ghosts are my favorite punch:

Here is the front cover:

First inside page.  I used paper bags and a binding technique I saw at Following the Paper Trail.   I used the bat punch on this page.

Cracks punch on the second page:

Third page:

Fourth page:

I also made a tag for each pocket, they generally all look like this:

And open up with two spots for photos or journaling with the double edge spiderweb punch.

The back of each has some clip art that I enhanced - witch's cauldron with paint bubbles:

Prima downloadable with bling:

Ghost with distress ink:

And candy corn with glossy accents:

My favorite part of the whole album are ghost tags I made using my cricut with the googly eyes.

For the embellishments I used recollections bling and brads, celebrate it! ribbon, and making memories spook alley brads and rub-ons.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October Swaps

All of my creative energy lately has been going into scrapping and swapping - I hope you aren't getting sick of me, but I wanted to share my ATC cards and Flowers.

I took a collage approach to building the base of this card.  I used three different papers, glimmer mist and stamps.
I then glimmer misted a prima flower, added some black lace behind it, and a making memories brad in the center.
Each card got a rub-on and stickers that I enhanced with glossy accents.
After all this, I felt the card was really busy and it needed a focal point - so I cut a bat from my cricut and added googly eyes to it.  I also cut some witches and heat embossed the broom copper.

Here are my flowers, I did the grunge type roses and dressed them up with glimmer mist, rhinestones, and little chalk bead center things.

And can anyone tell me why the borders I add to my pics only work half the time?  I just don't get it.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Dream Vacation ATC Swaps

First off, I have to mention that Today is my One Year Blog Anniversary. Woo-hoo. {and tomorrow is my 7 year anniversary}

I got my ATC cards back a few days ago and would you believe that of the 7 girls in my group, 5 of us chose Paris?!?

I decided to make a mini album to keep them in after seeing this YouTube video.

The paper I used has postage stamps all over it - very fitting for a travel theme.   The large white flower came from my goody swap and the center flower and lace is from Prima.  I also used a Tim Holtz hitch post to  loop the lace onto as a closure.

These two cards have a Moulin Rouge feel.  The one on the left is from Deb and the one on the right is from Marelys.

These two cards have a more vintage feel - and how cute that they both had the same charm?  The one on the left is from Kim and the one on the right is from Eileen.
These last two cards round out the group.  On the left, FayeCat wants to be On The Road and Dawn wants to travel to Australia.

I really enjoyed this swap.  I've already sent in my October cards and I've been working on November.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Baking Challenge - October '10

Last month I talked about how I was going to change up the "rules" on my baking challenge.

I decided that instead of making the last page article recipe of MSL every month, I was going to start making all the recipes I have been saving over the years.

The first recipe I chose was Tiramisu Cookies.  Tiramisu is one of my all-time favorite desserts and I've been hanging onto this recipe for over two years.

Start by beating 5 yolks with 1/2 cup sugar.

Then add 3 tbsp. instant espresso powder (i had to use instant coffee).

Then add 1/2 cup cake flour.

This batter is thick!!!

In another bowl, beat 5 egg whites with 1/4 tsp. salt.  I took a tip from Beth at Stories of A to Z and cleaned my bowl right before using it - I really think this helped!

Once it got foamy, I added 1/2 cup sugar.

Check out those peaks!!

Finish up the batter by folding the white mixture into the yolk mixture.

You are supposed to pipe the batter into 2x1 rectangles - I obviously need to work on my piping skills.

The cream was very simple - mascarpone, confectioner's sugar, amaretto and vanilla extract.

Spread the flat side of the cookies with melted chocolate and allow to harden.

Make a sandwich with two cookies and a dollop of cream.

The cookies definitely have the elements of tiramisu but they don't hold a candle to the real thing.

I really like simple cookie recipes - if a recipe is more involved it has to be worth it and these weren't.  I'd rather spend the time making a real Tiramisu.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Shabby Chic Flowers

I received my first round of swap flowers this weekend and I was so excited to see them all.

These flowers are from Roxy. I was so excited to get flowers from her because I watch her youtube videos (roxyfur) and she created the Your Paper Pantry site that these swaps are hosted on.

These are from Dawn, they have such awesome texture and pretty little centers.

These are from Barbara, she made such awesome shapes and they are all glimmered up!

And these are from Tami, she got such great height on her flowers - and then there are the stick pins.  I have seen them in videos, but in person they are amazing!  I'm starting to gather supplies so I can make them, too!


Monday, October 4, 2010

CSN Giveaway Winner

Oops! I'm a little late getting the winner posted, but here is is:

moreofhim said...
How exciting!! Please enter me in your giveaway.

I really like your blog and have bookmarked it. I, too, cross stich and am really enjoying seeing all your beautiful projects.


Congrats, Julie!!  Check your email :)

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