Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wedding Belles

Hello hoppers! And welcome to our first ever Crafting With Dragonflies wedding blog hop, this is something new for me, I've never been a part of a hop before. My image is from A Day For Daisies, I love them, their images are so versatile. Mine is called May I Have This Dance and 1 lucky commenter on this blog post is going to win this beautiful image! In fact, be sure to comment on each blog in the hop because each lady has a prize to giveaway! We also all have some words you'll want to watch for that make a phrase. You will be entered to win another prize for collecting all the words and e-mailing them in their proper order to Susan, her address is on the challenge blog ;o)
For my card I made a gate fold card from white cardstock. I embossed two smaller white cardstock panels for the front and then used Distress Ink in Spun Sugar to highlight the embossing. I used gold mirrored cardstock for the frame, cut out with my Silhouette, and then some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers on the corners. I placed some half backed pearls on either side of my flowers. I tucked the top right corner of my frame under the flower to keep it closed. Inside I used more gold mirrored cardstock for the inside panels and the corners, also a Silhouette cut file. My image was colored with Prismacolor pencils. I knew their colors were pink, so that was why I used pink for all the accents.

And now since I have a captive audience, just a little bit about my own wedding. I was married in September of 2000, a beautiful Fall wedding in the Church I was baptized in. Thankfully all the farmers (including my Dad) were done harvest and could attend. Now I know how many years it's been by what year we're in. GENIUS! For my something new my Mom made my wedding dress. I couldn't find anything in my size to try on and so we picked out a pattern instead. I'm very blessed to have a Mom that can do that and be such an important part of our very special day.
The story I would most like to share with you is about our honeymoon. No not that story, naughty minds. We were in the airport going to Prince Edward Island for our Honeymoon on July 24th, 2001. Because we both worked in schools, we were obviously not allowed to take time off in September for our honeymoon so we waited until summer holidays the next year. The attendant asked us if we had been in possession of our luggage the whole time or if anyone had tampered with it. The Husband said, "no, but it might explode." Complete silence everywhere, audible gasp from me. Then he added, "you know, because they're so full". His attempt at humor. If this had been after September 11th, 2001 I am completely confident the Husband would still be in the Regina airport. But as it was I said, "you never say that word in an airport!". And the lady behind the desk said he should use the word, "expand". So we very, very luckily got to go on our honeymoon together. I tell people I was going either way.
You should have arrived here from the lovely Ina's blog and your next stop will be the busy and talented Kelli where I'm sure she will have something new for you too!

Friday, July 12, 2013

You're Sweet

This is a birthday card I made using a free image from Lacy Sunshine called Gemma Gumdrop. Heather offers a free image by e-mail on her challenge blog where I'm going to share my card in her anything goes challenge.
I used some awesome textured glitter cardstock by DCWV for my background and frame. It feels exactly like the hard sugar on a gumdrop and came in some pretty great gumdrop colors too. The embossed background papers were made using the D'vine Swirl embossing folder. My card, image frame and sentiment are all Silhouette cut files. I used the print and cut on my Silhoeutte to cut Gemma out and then colored her with my Prismacolor pencils. I also used some glitter gel pens to outline her here and there to add more sparkle. A gold glitter gel pen made the faux stitching around the frame too. For my gumdrop embellishments I enlarged the gumdrops in the image and cut them out of the same glitter cardstock. I then added 3 layers of Glossy Accents to give them a real gumdrop look. I love how that turned out. I had to keep my card fairly one dimensional because I am mailing it so my gumdrops work really well for that too. Some Glossy Accents on the gumdrops in the image finish things off.

My 2nd picture, to show all the sparkle and glitter, can a girl ever really have too much of either?
I would also like to share my card at:
Just Inspirational Challenges inspiration photo (shape, colors), closes July 16,
Charisma Cardz no designer papers, closes July 17,
Cameo Creations glitter it up, closes Aug. 7 ***Winner!!!***

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Star Fold Birthday

Well hello all, I'm a little late posting today, was out picking Saskatoon berries (very much like Blueberries only a little tangier). They have just started to come in and my goodness there is a lot of them. We have to beat the birds to them so I'll be in the berry patch the rest of the week.
Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting With Dragonflies is to use an unusual fold. No easels, not that easels aren't beautiful, but something different. Be great if you could include a link or instructions for your creative fold! I really look forward to seeing what you come up with!
I used a star fold card. I found the instructions here. I don't have a score board, so I use my regular paper cutter with a scoring blade in it. Problem there is that my paper cutter is not as fond of making straight and accurate cuts as I am. So my creases weren't perfect but still workable. I used Kraft cardstock as my base and Sandylion's Little Boys scrapbook theme pack for my papers and stickers. A maple leaf brad and white sticker letters finished off my decorations on the front. This card is for my nephew, his birthday is July 2nd, the day after Canada Day. He was 8, and had just wrapped up his baseball season. Just a plain white cardstock triangle inside for our sentiment.
We have 2 sponsors this week and as always a top 3, just remember to be a follower of the challenge blog so that you are eligible to win! Delicious Doodles and Di's Digi Designs are our sponsors.
Now off to bag up today's berry pickings :o)
I'd like to share at:
Cupcake Craft Challenges anything but a square, closes July 14,
The Crazy Challenge no stamps, closes July 22

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day!

Today for my Canada Day post I thought I'd share a creation of mine I like to call S'more Pie. I came up with this when I saw a really good sale at one of our bulk foods stores on graham cracker crumbs and mini white chocolate chips. They were on sale and it was 20% off day. Sold!

Mix 1 1/2C of graham cracker crumbs with 1/3C of melted butter. I added 1/3C of white sugar. This was too much. I would recommend 2 Tbsp. or possibly none at all, more experimentation needed here. Place into a 9" pie plate and bake at 350F for 7 minutes.

Once out of the oven, immediately put 1C of chocolate Chipits and 1C of mini white chocolate chips into your now cooked graham cracker crust. For a more authentic S'mores taste you may want to use milk chocolate Chipits.

Wait approx. 5 minutes or more until your chips melt and then spread around your crust. Not much spreading is needed. Then add 4C of mini marshmallows.
Turn your oven to Broil and move your rack up so that your pie is about 6" from the top. Then watch carefully for the marshmallows to turn golden brown. For me that was about 1 minute and 30 seconds but it could take as little as 20 or 30 seconds so you'll have to watch closely. Serve warm, and you may want to run your knife under hot water to cut.
TA DA! S'more Pie! Happy Canada Day all!