Nov 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving With Stamped Cards and Recipes

My lovely friends and visitors, I wish you the most wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  I hope that you are enjoying time of reflection and love with the ones closest to you.  I thought I would share a few cards I will be handing out for the occasion.  My mother and I made the first two and were heavily inspired by Ann Chuang's gorgeous card HERE.  These were the "long lost stamps" found in the box in the closet - what fun!  They were colored with DI.  This one layered over Kaisercraft paper.

Isn't that Stampendous fairy leaf the cutest!  The next card of mine had a boo boo and I fussy cut the leaf and started over, thus the uneccessary dimension.  

I thought I would share a couple of my favorite recipes with you too.  The first is my alternate to Sweet Potato Casserole, a much easier version that is most delicious.  The second, an easy leftover recipe.

Pumpkin Soufflé

1 Can Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling)
1 Can Evaporated Milk
3 Eggs
½ Cup Sugar
¼ TSP Cinnamon
½ TSP Vanilla
Dash Nutmeg

Mix all ingredients well and pour into 9x13” pan.

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
½ Sticks Butter (Not Margarine)
1 ½ Cups Pecans or Walnuts, Chopped

Sprinkle cake mix over soufflĂ©.  Melt butter and drizzle over cake mix.  Top with chopped nuts.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Allow cooling time before serving.

Cranberry Butter

Mix equal parts cranberry sauce and softened butter well.  Refrigerate to smooth on hot biscuits in the morning.  (And rest those tired feet for the day!)

The last card will be for mom, since she was with me during the making of the first two.  I found this stamp at HL and just had to have it!  I used a new mini pad of Authentique paper and my new and most loved Lace die by Tim Holtz, this time using it to thread the seam binding through.  :)

I cut a few leaves from scrap inky paper to embellish the lovely script.

I will give the second to my dear friend Barbara, who always comes over for a card making play day on the day after Thanksgiving.  Last, I must say I am quite bothered with the fuss over "Black Friday".  It seems this infamous day is celebrated higher than "Good Friday".  And for that, we must continue to pray for America and thank God for his grace.

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Nov 22, 2017

Wendy Vecchi Stamped Backgrounds Thank You Cards

It's time for a new challenge at Frilly & Funkie and our hostess Sara Emily has chosen the theme Give Thanks!   She says, "We have so much to be grateful for! The Frilly and Funkie team is thankful for our loyal readers and our newest visitors! For this challenge, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that expresses gratitude."

I really needed to work on my stash of thank you cards.  I had been playing around making backgrounds with my Wendy Vecchi stamps and came up with these panels using Distress Inks and repetitive stamping.  I used a square die to cut part of the darker background out so that I could use it on my other card for contrast.

I cut another square from the lighter background and mounted it the same way, using metallic kraft core as a mat and to cut my sentiments.  I used a filigree metal as my focal point on each card.  This one with a fancy Tim Holtz brad topper.

I added a Tim Holtz lace die cut border and seam binding bow to each card.

And here's the finished set.  I really love these colors.  I hope you're inspired to play along with our challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Our team wishes each of you a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving!

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Nov 17, 2017

Vintage Santa and Sleigh Tim Holtz Christmas Tags

Hi there!  I'm back with more tags for the 12 Tags of Christmas challenge by the Funkie Junkie.  I suppose this is the tag that I veered the farthest in my own direction so far.  I was inspired by Linda's great Santa image and layout.

I don't have the new Santa stamp Linda used on Tag 5, but I do have this amazing Tim Holtz Santa collage stamp from years ago.  I stamped it on inky card and matted similarly to Linda's design.  I thought it would be really fun to make my own "designer paper" background by repeating some of the sentiments from the new Great Outdoors stamp set.  I lined four of the sentiments up on my block, then stamped repeatedly from top to bottom on my tag in permanent red ink.  I didn't want the stamping to smear when I went back over with Vintage Photo on the edges of the tag.

I added a bundle of greens and one of the new Christmas Quote Chips, which I mounted onto black for contrast.  I stamped a postage stamp (one of my favorite details on several of Linda's tags) onto a cutout circle and tucked it beneath the layers.

I recently won this amazing Memory Box sled die and decided it would work perfectly with my composition, so I cut a couple and sponged the top layer to age it.

I need to check out the Dollar Tree again this year to see if I can find more jingle bells, because these are my last two gold ones!  Yikes!  I love using them on my tags.

Now, Tag 6 of Linda's was my favorite so far.  Sadly, my version lacks the umph and dimension she created.  I wish I had popped the white layer up and used brighter papers...

I drew a curve onto my white paper then used scalloped scissors to get the same sort of design Linda made with a beautiful die.  I embossed the white panel in Tim's Tiny Dots EF, then added gold ink along the edges.

I used the scallop die that comes in the Stitched Ovals set to create a layer for the bottom.  The tiny dots and stripes are from Tim's 2016 Christmas papers and the large dots at the bottom is BoBunny.  I really love the shadow effect created by cutting the Paper Snowflakes and the new Fluted Stars inside!

I just had to stamp a little tag and decided on some sparkly ribbon for the top.  I was so happy to find this blingy button in my button jar and thought it worked perfectly to tie up the topper.

I'm so pleased to have made it to the half way mark!  Here are all of my tags lined up in a row...

View all of my 12 Tags of Christmas HERE.

I hope you're inspired to play along and be in the run for one $50 grand prize gift certificate or two runner up prizes of $25 gift certificates to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  There you will find these and other incredible Christmas craft products to get you going!

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Nov 15, 2017

Christmas Carolers and Candycane Stripes 12 Tags

Hi sweet friends!  I'm back today with a couple more tags made for the Funkie Junkie's 12 Tags of Christmas challenge.  These tags are so very Christmas with the traditional colors and imagery and I'm loving it!  I absolutely loved Linda's Tag 3.  I was inspired by everything she did, particularly the candycane stripe and crepe fringe.

I decided to do a partial stenciling of the candycane.  I taped my stencil onto half of my tag, then tapped with my Versamark pad and embossed with red EP.

I was happy to use some of Tim's new glitter tape to cover the seam.

I embossed the open side of my tag with the Tim Holtz Tiny Dots EF.  Since it didn't go all the way down, I used the new Christmas Quote Chip to cover the bottom half and mixed the text with a Metallic Holiday Small Talk sentiment to complete the phrase.

I carefully crinkled the crepe fringe and glued it to the bottom.  The snowflake was die cut from glitterstock and glued to a second cut from watercolor paper to make a hefty embellishment.  I added some twine and a tiny bell for my topper.

I truly love the bright crispness of this tag and all of the fun elements put together.  

Tag 4 was the tag that was hardest for me.  I was so happy to have the Victorian Carolers die, but I couldn't decide on a background.  I really wanted to bring green into my tag color mix...  In the end (after making three inky backgrounds that didn't work out...) I opted for Tim's holiday paper from 2016.  I just love the plaid!  Once I decided on that, the rest worked out easily.

I stamped this very old, but oh so wonderful hymn stamp onto inky paper and curled the distressed edges.  I cut my carolers from chipboard and sanded the edges.

I embossed the wish die in red and made a second cut from black for a shadow.  I used one of my failed backgrounds to cut the greenery.  I cut a tag from the paper pad and stamped a postage stamp onto it and tucked it beneath my layers.  I added a green bow to get my fix and some twine holding a Christmas Typepad Token charm.

I've told you before, but playing along with this challenges is one of my favorite things to do to get in the Christmas spirit.  I hope you'll play along and be in the run for one $50 grand prize gift certificate or two runner up prizes of $25 gift certificates to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  There you will find these and other incredible Christmas craft products to set your spirits bright!

View all of my 12 Tags of Christmas HERE.

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