Sunday, March 11, 2012

Background stamping

Here is a quick post on three cards I made for an upcoming class I will be having in April featuring background stamping and no patterned paper. All products are CTMH.


Stella layout

Yesterday I actually made this layout and made 3 cards, whoa me! This layout is a picture of my daughter from 2 yrs ago she will be 4 on wednesday(insert sad face). I used the new CTMH Stella paper which I love. Those fabulous flowers are from the CTMH cricut cart called Art Philosophy! Everything you see is CTMH if you have any questions let me know!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Long Time NO Card

I promise that I do on occassion still find the time to get paper crafty! I made this b-day card for my mother in law last week! I knew that I wanted to use CTMH's new Pemberly paperpack i just adore it! This was a pretty simple card since I decided to use this month's Viva La Verve sketch which can be found on the Verve Stamps blog or the Splitcoast stampers website.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's not goodbye just......

A new blog. Howdy folks, I am sure that by now you have figured out my posting has been extremely sporatic over the last 9 mnths or so. I am a very cyclical (is this a word?) person and I go through phases and lately I have NOT be in a papercrafting phase. I have however been in a decorating your house phase and sometimes I think most of you could careless about what I am painting or redoing or cooking so I post nothing. Well I decided to take the plunge and start another blog, it is on wordpress though and not blogger which makes me a little nervous because of all the "unknowns". Today I published my 1st post on Austerity Acres and I am so hoping that if you are interested in all things diy, home decor, crafts, kids, or cooking you will think of following me on my new blog! My hope is to still keep this blog for all stuff papercrafting.

I have tons of stuff to post on the new blog and a new dining room reveal coming up, you will just have to stick with me until I figure out the whole wordpress thing. If you have any questions, advice or anything I would love to hear from you! Thanks for sticking with me even with the lack of posting that has been going on. Oh and just so you know I think I feel myself headed back into a cardmaking/layout cycle.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sneek peek new paper and stamps and upcoming class

I have been working on this cute little bookmark album that will be for sale in the new CTMH book on the 1st of February. We will be making this album at one of my classes in February which means we have a short 2 hr time frame to get this done, but my girls are great so they should have no problems.


Monday, January 23, 2012

The best bread ever!

Wow,this post has been a long time in the coming. Today is the day if you love bread you MUST buy one or both of these books Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A day and Healthy Bread In Five Minutes A Day both by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D; & Zoe Francois. These books are amazing and yield the perfect bread results. I have made boule,bagettes,sandwich loafes,pizza crust and amazing hamburger buns. You can use regular unbleached flour, whole wheat flour, spelt or a number of others and it is so easy no more kneading and rising and kneading again. You can make a master recipe batch that lasts for 2 count em two weeks in the fridge. Of course mine never lasts that long and I even make a double batch, seriously depending on your recipe you could have only 4 ingredients, mix em up let the dough rise for about 2 hrs then refrigerate. Next pull out the dough cut off a chunck, shape it, let it rest for the set time and then bahe on a preheated stone for about 30 minutes. Ta-Da fresh hot artisan bread. Please for the love of everything good and right try this bread!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

A cabinet re-do

I know that in my last post I promised bread, and hopefully I will get it posted today or tommorrow. However I could not resist sharing my corner cabinet that I did yesterday, I am slowly in the process of redecorating my house and in the dining room we will be painting hopefully soon, and my hubby is going to build me a farmhouse table and I have some amazing chairs to re-do so I was ready for some change. Can I just tell you that I decided to try some Annie Sloan chalk paint and it is AMAZING I am in love with this paint if that's possible. It requires no sanding or priming(whoo-hoo) it is
fairly pricey but it requires no sanding or priming so it's totally worth it to me. I wanted to go with the color Louis Blue and I adore it. I did some distressing and I love the result,  but after I get the whole room redone I think it will fit in much better. Might I also add that who in a million years would have thought that I, who own about 100 pieces of black furniture would  ever paint a piece blue? Well I certainly surprised myself and I would just like to thank my ex-neighbor Aubrey because I am pretty sure she started my color transformation.So thanks Aubrey well from me anyways I don't know for sure that the hubby would thank you(hee hee).

I have linked this up to the following parties:

Miss Mustard Seed


Monday, January 9, 2012

How to make stock and yummy soups

I really think that all fall and winter I could live off homemade soup and fresh bread. Since we raise our own grass feed beef we have a freezer full of beef and soup bones, so I love to make my own stock. For beef stock I usually make pretty big batches so I can freeze some. I actually did 10 soup bones in 2 pots this last time. To make my stock I put my bones in a roasting pan with some organic carrots, celery, onions and garlic and roast for about an hour at about 400 degrees. Next I take my roasted bones and all those veggies and dump them into a stock pot then I add about 12 cups of water, some whole peppercorns, a bay leaf, a jar of our own canned diced tomatoes, about 5 diced potatoes and kosher salt to taste bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 5-6hrs, strain through cheesecloth, then let cool and remove the fat layer on the top. True stock will gel- it looks rather unappealing but it is perfect. I prefer to freeze in 2 cup portions before it gels, there is nothing like homemade stock for your soups and gravies. The same can be done with chicken bones as well for fresh chicken stock and it is extremely economical.

A recipe you must try is Zuppa Toscana, I had it for the first time at Olive Garden and it is amazing. So I looked up a recipe and found a great one HERE, the only changes I made were to use our own italian beef sausage that we make and we used Kale instead of spinach then top it off with some fresh parmesean and you have the most wonderful soup.

Next up is a super simple soup, I used some of my freshly made chicken stock and added some spices, organic, celery, carrots, onions, shredded chicken and some egg noodles then I added some Franks red hot and turned plain chicken noodle soup into buffalo chicken soup-yummo. I added fresh grated parmesean to the top which was good but some crumbly blue would have been perfect! I am sure I will be experimenting with lot's more soups this winter and what goes perfect with soup but Artisan bread. That my friends deserves it's own post so maybe tommorrow I will share the best bread book in the world- well at least in my humble opinion!


Two page Valentines day layout

Well looky there I actually posted something related to papercrafting. This is a pretty basic basic two page layout with a"LOVE" theme for my next class. All products are CTMH, if you have any questions let me know!