Sunday, 13 November 2016

Rosé Wine Pepper Jelly

I came across this delicious recipe last year and have made it now twice with my friend, Nadine. Last year I hounded it because it was so good, so this year we made sure to make an extra batch to have some on hand for gifts :).

1 bottle Rosé wine
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 pkg. pectin
4 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup pink peppercorns, lightly crushed

Combine wine, lemon juice, and pectin in a pot. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar and peppercorns and return to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon. Ladle hot jelly into half-pint or quarter-pint jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims before attaching lids and bands. Process jars in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. Remove from canner and cool on wire racks. Be sure to turn and tilt jars every 30 minutes to distribute peppercorns evenly throughout the jelly. Makes 6 half-pints or 12 quarter-pints. Delicious served on crackers with cheese or on sandwiches!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Feliz Navidad

What did you do with your extra hour today? I decided to get back into my craft room and whip up another card - 5 this time. I saw a similar simple design on Pinterest and thought this would be ideal for the cards I end up mailing out.
Paper - Kraft, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH); Stamp - Glad Tidings (Verve);
Die cut - Snowflakes Thin Cuts (CTMH); Embellishments - Sparkles (CTMH).

Saturday, 5 November 2016

My Own Inspiration Pic

I have my own inspiration pic today! I was outside in our yard enjoying the sunshine and couldn't help but be mesmerized by our poplar trees. Although I miss their leaves and the lovely rustling sound and privacy that they bring, I do really love the beautiful bark of these trees regardless of the season.
Here is the card I came up with today incorporating the Heart2Heart challenge of "change" and the colours over at Color My Heart Color Dare. You can't quite tell in the photo, but I added a little Wink of Stella sparkle to the bottom of the card for snow. I was able to make 6 of this card design to add to my Christmas stash!
Paper - Colonial White (CTMH); Ink - Ruby, New England Ivy, Whisper (CTMH);
Stamps - Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant); Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS).

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Christmas Plaid

Yay, not only did I get a chance to add to my Christmas card stash today, but I was stoked to see the plaid challenge over at Merry Monday! I am also playing along with The Challenge to join in on their Christmas inspiration.
I added some Wink of Stella to the bottom half to make some sparkly snow, too!
And here's another version I made with a couple of different colours:
Paper - Perfectly Plaid for Fall (Lawn Fawn); Colonial White cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Lagoon, Slate, Poppy, Desert Sand (CTMH); Stamps - Holiday Magic (CTMH); Christmas in the Air (Verve);
Dies - Snowflake Thin Cuts (CTMH); Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box).

Sunday, 16 October 2016

it's Wine o'clock

One more card from the weekend that I just finished up tonight. I just got some more Tombow markers recently and I was excited to have something to use them for! I used the inspiration pic from Inspired By All The Little Things in addition to the sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge. I had an image in mind that contained pumpkins and I knew I wanted to include some stitching on my card, too. Here is what I came up with!
Paper - Sangria paper collection (CTMH); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - Harvest TF (Ai), Free Spirits (Paper Smooches); Embossing Powder - Princess Gold (CTMH);
Markers - Tombow; Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS); Wonky Stitch Squares (MFT);
Embellishments - Gold Sequins (CTMH).

Uptown Christmas

I'm loving our Close To My Heart PML cards that are included in our paper collections and how quickly you can whip up a cute card or two using them! I chose this card to play along with the "uptown" theme over at Heart2Heart.
Paper - City Sidewalks paper collection (CTMH); 
Embellishments - Ruby twine (CTMH); Gumdrops (YNS).

The PML cards can be used either way, too!

I also created two other cards using the PML cards from the Oh Deer! paper collection:


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Merry & Bright

More time for Christmas cards today with my good friend (and crafting companion) Natasha! I used Freshly Made Sketches and a created a resist for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Oh Deer! paper collection; Gold glitter paper; Juniper cardstock (CTMH); 
Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz); Ink - Slate, Juniper, Glacier, Desert Sand (CTMH);
Stamps - Frosted Card Making Workshop (CTMH); Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant);
Embellishments - Clear Sparkles, Slate twine (CTMH).