Friday, 24 March 2017

Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop 2017

I am excited to have a Coffee Lovers Blog Hop happen on one of my breaks so that I can easily play along! It was a challenge deciding which of my coffee stamps to incorporate, as I seem to have acquired quite a few now, but I settled on using some die cuts to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and used the layout at Freshly Made Sketches. I decided to second generation stamp my steam coming out of the cups to achieve more of a lightness. I hope to play along with the hop some more if I can find time - I love making these cards :). Cheers to spring!
Paper - White cardstock (SSS); Cream and Sugar (Doodlebug);
  Ink - Cocoa, Bamboo (CTMH); Paradise Teal Archival Ink (Ranger);
Stamps - Coffee Helps, Better With You (Verve);
Dies - Cup 4 All Seasons (Verve); Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box);

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Tool Time

Checking out the Freshly Made Sketches latest challenge and the design team gallery, I was inspired by this card by Cécile Ribon. I set out with my own 'happy' die from Close To My Heart. Here is my version:
Paper - Black Glitter paper; Dotty For You, Happy Times paper collections (CTMH);
Dies - Happy (CTMH); Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box); Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT);
Stamps - Simply Amazing (Verve); Ink - Archival Black (CTMH); Embellishments - Gumdrops (YNS).

Baking Powder Biscuits

It is the first day of Spring Break - woo! This morning I woke up rested and thought I would make some Seafood Chowder with the delicious Mitchell's Soup Co. mix (a local BC company!) that I got as a gift awhile ago. I thought it would be nice to accompany this soup with some biscuits when I went to serve it. I pulled out this great recipe I originally got in my Grade 8 Foods class that I have made adjustments to over the years. I thought I would type it up on Canva and see how it looked :)

Monday, 6 March 2017

Simply Sympathy

Here is a sympathy card I created. I got an idea in my mind and I am quite pleased with how it turned out. I am linking up with the "make your own background" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
I used a piece of parchment paper that I got in the January Simon Says Stamp Card Kit and combined it with the pink cardstock from that kit and some Verve stamps. I love the soft lavender colour that the two papers together created. I wanted my white flowers to have a hint of a sparkle, so I used the white shimmer ink from that kit as well before embossing.
Paper - Cotton Candy cardstock, Blue Gray parchment paper (SSS);
Stamps - Simply Amazing, Blessings (Verve);
Ink - Blush (CTMH); White Shimmer (Tsukineko Delicata).

Saturday, 25 February 2017

coq au vin

I was looking for a French recipe this weekend and remembered a special dish we enjoyed in Paris: coq au vin. What better way to enjoy it by using my beautiful Le Creuset pot! Here's my spin on this classic:

2 tbsp. olive oil
6 slices bacon, chopped into small pieces
4 chicken breasts, pounded down a little and cut into 2-3 pieces
Salt and pepper
3-4 carrots, chopped diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup Brandy or Cognac
1/2 bottle red wine
1 cup chicken broth
10 fresh Thyme sprigs
2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature, divided
1 1/2 tbsp. flour
A handful of pearl onions
A handful of cremini mushrooms, stems removed and sliced

Preheat oven to 250 F. In a cast iron pot cook bacon. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the same pot brown chicken. Set aside. Next, cook carrots and onion in that same pot for 10 minutes on medium-low. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the brandy and put the bacon, chicken, and any juices that collected into the pot. Add the wine, chicken broth, and thyme, and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and place in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and place back on stove.

Mash 1 tbsp. of butter with the flour and stir into the stew. Add the pearl onions. In a small fry pan, add the remaining 1 tbsp. of butter and cook the mushrooms over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes. Add to the stew. Bring the stew to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes. Season to taste and serve.
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I served this dish with mashed potatoes and a side of green beans. Prior to this meal we enjoyed a baguette with Beaufort and Délice de bourgogne cheeses!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Love You A Latte

Here is a card I made tonight using the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I used my Minc to foil the digi stamp sentiment from Verve and was excited to use this tea set from Concord & 9th!
Paper - Watercolour; White Daisy, Colonial White (CTMH);
Stamps - Let's Chat (Concord & 9th); Love From Me (Verve digi stamp);
Ink - Paradise Teal (Ranger); Cashmere (CTMH); Foil - Gold (Heidi Swapp);
Embossing Folder - Woodgrain (Tim Holtz); Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS);
Embellishments - Cashmere twine; Washi tape (CTMH).

Monday, 13 February 2017

Love With All Your Heart

I LOVE this new digi set from Verve for so many reasons and got the idea to use it with my Minc machine when I saw the colour challenge over at The Paper Players. I didn't exactly have copper foil (although now I will be looking for some!) so I played around with some others that I had - gold, rainbow, and hot pink. I was intrigued to play along with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers CASEing DT challenge and continued the sketch with the other cards I made as well. I am also linking up with the "cute" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - White Daisy, Slate cardstock (CTMH) Doll Pink cardstock (SSS); Cream and Sugar patterned papers (Doodlebug);
Stamps - Love From Me Digi Stamp set (Verve);
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box); Cup 4 All Seasons (Verve); Embossing Folder - Bricked (Tim Holtz);
Embellishments - Matte Gumdrops (YNS); Cute Girl epoxy stickers (Crate Paper).

Here are the other two cards I made: