Friday, September 24, 2010

"Create" ... Give Thanks Card

This card was inspired by Robyn at  She challenged us to make something with a bird.  Because of the season that's approaching, I choice the Ever-Thankful Tom.
The patterened paper is from SEI.  The cut is the turkey from "Create a Critter", cut at 3 1/4".  I embossed the hat and sides of his tummy with "Organic Flourish" from Cuttlebug.  The feathers are embossed with "Swiss Dots".

I used my computer for the sentiment.  It is the "Olive Oil" font.

I added a strip of the patterned paper to the inside with a beige piece of cardstock.  The edges are inked with "tea dye" distress inks.

Thanks Robyn for this challenge.  It makes me try new cuts and cartridges.

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Create" ... Sweet's for My Grandson

Two posts...too busy having fun.  Today I will be a grandma again.  I might say it's the best job in the world and it helps that my grandkids are so stinkin' cute!!!  I just had a shower for my daughter and gave these sour cream containers as favors. 

So easy to make.  I watched a video by Dawn for the instructions, click here for that preview.  The shower's color scheme was blue and brown.  The paper is from the "Twinkle Twinkle Little Boy" paper pack from My Mind's Eye.

The diaper pin was from "New Arrival".  The cut is labeled Safety Pin and was cut at 2 1/2" on shadow.  You'll get three pins in each cut.  I stamped it with "baby" in brown ink.

I crimped each end to give it that finished look with my Fiskars crimper. 

The blue candy I used pretty much filled this size.  I did cover my Hershey nuggets with a 1x3" strip of pattered paper.

I don't have a picture but did make a VERY LARGE sour cream container out of a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper for a shower game prize.  SO CUTE!!!

For the light dinner we served:
 Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Croissants
Fresh Melon Salad
 Cucumber Water
Cupcakes with Light Blue Frosting sprinkled with Oreo crumbs and grated chocolate
Used a white cake mix and added about 1/4 c. blue sItprinkles to batter to give it a Funfetti look.
(found this amazing frosting for people who don't like frosting, it's light, airy and a hint of sweet,  LOVE IT)
Mini Upside-down Brownies
(Put brownie mix in a mini muffin tin then turned them upside-down.  I added a little chocolate frosting swirl on top with blue sprinkles)

Babies are SO fun.  Hope you enjoy!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Create" ... Buttery Breadsticks

Okay...low-cal, they aren't -- Easy to make they are -- Melt in your Mouth Amazing -- Oh yeah!

Buttery Breadsticks
Makes 24 breadsticks

24 Rhodes White Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
Garlic salt

Pour melted butter on an 11 x 17-inch baking sheet. Roll each roll into a 6-inch rope and then roll in butter until completely coated. Place cheese in separate bowl and roll buttered breadstick in cheese. Place breadsticks on baking sheet in 2 vertical rows of twelve each. Sprinkle with garlic salt, if desired. Cover loosely with plastic wrap.
Let rise until double in size. Carefully remove wrap and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
** These are quite buttery so you could cut the butter down to 1/4 cup and they'd still be good.

"Create" ... Thinking of You Card

I made this using the Cricut Lite "Live Simply" cartridge. 

It was hard for me to see the intricate cuts for the center of the flowers on the instruction folder (I must be getting old), so I did the best I could. The flowers are the Flowers3 design cut at 3.75.

So I guessed and I think it turned out pretty close.

A little ribbon...a sentiment...a tiny brad...

a little something for the inside...

and you have a finished card. This was a fun cartridge to work with.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Create" ... a Spot in the Cricut Chirp!!!

I made it in the Cricut Chirp newletter.  My sympathy card using the Cricut Lite Botanicals cartridge was highlighted.  It made my day.  Thanks Provo Craft!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Create" ... Brown Mushroom Sauce

We love this sauce served with our favorite BBQ steaks.  The sauce is so easy to make and is so full of flavor.  You'll be lickin' the bowl clean.

Brown Mushroom Sauce

2 portabello mushroom or 8 oz. button mushrooms
1 t. minced garlic
3/4 c. beef broth
2 tbs steak sauce (we like A-1)
2 tsp cornstarch

Slice mushrooms and saute with olive oil and garlic. Cook until they start to soften but not mushy.  Mix broth, cornstarch and steak sauce in a bowl and add to mushrooms and cook until thick. Serve over BBQ steak.  Serves about 4-6.

"Create" ... "Cards for Monique" campaign

"Cards for Monique" is a campaign put out there by Robyn at for us to send pink cards to Monique Griffith who is fighting breast cancer.  It's times like this that you can feel so close to someone you haven't even met.  One of the many upsides of the scrapbooking/Cricut community.  So, Monique, this is going into the mail right now for you.  You are an inspiration to many.  Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family through this battle that you will conquer.

What I did:

Paper:  My Minds Eye, paper is thin so I cut it on depth=4, speed=4, pressure=4
Cricut cut:  Lacy Labels, Adore #33 w/ Shadow and Layer  (I used my gypsy to get the size I needed)

Ribbon and Pearl Accent

Sentiment printed on computer using Freehand 591 Font, Size 24 pt, printing on Best setting

Outside:  Sometimes we just need to know that people care
Inside:  If this is one of those times, I'm one of those people!

Some strips of the dotted paper used on the front is carried through to the inside.

This was made with love Monique!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

"Create" ... ZooBalloo Helpful Hands

My "Throwback Thursdays" entry at My Creative Time with Emma.  I dusted off ZooBalloo and became reacquainted with it again.  Thought I'd make a Thank You for someone who is always willing to help.

This is the octopus (obvisously, HA HA) cut at 3".  I also cut the silhouette to add some dimension.  I added some dots with a while jelly pen.  The face is from the Critters stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps.

The top of the card is shorter than the back so the strip of paper on the inside can show through. 

 The saying was generated on my computer, printed out on scrap paper and then I taped my pattern paper on top and reprinted.  Hope that made sense.

A heart brad was added to express an extra touch of love.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Create" ... a 'Bloom'-in Card

This BLOOM card was made from the Bloom Cricut Lite cartridge.  This was my first project from the cart. and I think it will be a fun one.

The paper is from My Minds Eye.  This is a 4" cut of the Tree1 image. 

The ribbon is from s.e.i.

I added strips to the inside to dress it up a little. The edges are inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye.

There's a spot at the bottom that I could add a sentiment, depending on the occasion, if I wanted. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Create" ... the Best Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potatoes

These are a must try.  If you love sweet potatoes, you HAVE to try these.  If you don't like sweet potatoes, you DEFINATELY have to try these.  There's something about roasting them that add a whole wonderful layer of flavor.  Honest -- you won't be disappointed.

Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potatoes

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1" cubes (about 6 c.)
2 tbs evoo
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Toss together in bowl and spread on a large cookie sheet in a single layer.  Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 40-45 min, stir every 15 min.

I got this recipe from Recipezaar (one of my favorite-go-to sites for recipes).  It is recipe #37106.
Sooooooo good.  I think I'll go make some right now.

"Create" ... a "With Sympathy" card

I wanted a sympathy card to reflect peace and serenity and so I used a tone-on-tone effect. 

This is the inside of the card. 
 I inked the edges using a foam applicator in circular motions, which gives it a soft look.

The image is the Vine5 cut from the Cricut Lite Botanicals Cartridge.  I cut the image plus the shadow.

The image is raised by using 3-D glue dots.


Friday, July 2, 2010

"Create" ... many "Purse"-sonal Invitations

I needed 120 invitations for an activity at our church. I made these purses to go with the theme, but printed the info. on the paper first. Here's how --

First, I designed a 8 ½ x11 template on my gypsy using the Paisley cartridge. The purse is the Purse2 cut, which I hid the lines inside, and the flower is the Clothes3 cut using the Button feature. I was able to fit 3 purses on one piece of paper.

I then cut a template with plain paper.

On a word processing program, I designed the party information measuring to hopefully fit into my template. I printed out this information.

Holding my printed paper behind the white template, I was able, with some tweeking, line it up.

I then took my double-sided paper and ran it through my printer, printing the information on the plain side. Because of the layout of my template, I then ran these papers through my Cricut, printed side down.

As you can see, it turned out perfectly. Yeah!!!

I’m not sure if I’ll keep them monochromatic, or interchange the colors.

120 cut and ready for assembling…then delivery!! I sure love my CRICUT!!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Create" ... "Sweet Baby" Card

I made this simple card for Throwback Thursday at "My Creative Time with Emma".

I used the rattle cut at 4" on the New Arrival cartridge.  The paper is SEI and the punch is Martha Stewart's Scallop Dot.  The rattle is embossed with the Argyle Cuttlebut embossing folder.


Sunday, June 20, 2010

"Create" ... Crock Pot Pork Barbacoa amazingly yummy.  Dump in the pot, turn it on, and go to your scrapbooking room and have some fun.

Pork Barbacoa
2 1/2 - 3 1/2 lb pork loin roast
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbs dried minced onion

Put in crock pot and cook 4 hrs. on high. Shread. Then add
1 can red enchilada sauce

Serve in flour tortilla with rice and beans, topped with more enchilada sauce and cheese.  Broil to melt cheese.'s amazing!!!!!


Friday, June 18, 2010

"Create" ... a giftbag for my "Superman"

I made this giftbag for my hubby for Father's Day.  Emma at "My Creative Time" challenged us to use this cartridge on her throwback Thursday.    I cut him at 6" and it's on a lunch-sized bag.  The stamp is from my new Peachy Keen Everyday stamp set.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Create"...Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa have to try this.  So easy (really!!) and so yummy.  This is Tyler Florence's recipe. 

 You will need:  1 lb. tomatillos
1 white onion, peeled & quartered
4 garlic gloves
2 jalapenos
2 t. ground cumin
1 t. salt
1/2 c. chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 lime, juiced
Pull the husks off and quarter.
Top the jalapenos and cut lengthwise, using knife remove the ribs and seeds (do not touch eyes, can wear gloves and wash hands afterwards.
Using the back of a knife, lay knife on garlic glove, wack the knife with your palm.  The skin of the garlic will fall right off.  Cut cloves in half.
Throw tomatillos, onions, jalapenos, and garlic on cookie sheet
and roast at 400 for 15 min.
Transfer the roasted vegetables and any juices on the bottom of the tray to a food processor.  Ruff chop the cilantro and place in food processor.
Add lime juice (I didn't have a fresh lime so I used 2 T. of ReaLime Concentrate)
the cumin and the salt.
Using the pulse, run a few times, scrapping down the sides until chopped but still chunky.
This is great served hot or cold.
I also mix with Ranch Dressing and it makes a wonderful dressing for taco salad.
You can also put sliced grilled chicken, this salsa, and cheese in a tortilla, roll up and smother with more sauce on top with a little more cheese and broil until cheese melts.