Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Festive Flower Builder Punch


I made this card a week or so ago.  I stamped the veins on the cherry cobbler poinsettia with real red.  I like it better a little more subtle.  So far this card is my favorite use of the punch.

Stamps:  Reason for the Season
CS:  Season of Cheer DP, Mossy Meadow, WW, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow
Misc.:  Softly Falling EF, Gold Sequin trim, scalloped tag topper punch, festive flower builder punch

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Happy Scenes

 
Our twins had a birthday and I needed to make some thank you cards for them.  It wound up being more of a general note card for them to write their thanks in but I really like the Happy Scenes stamp set.

This is a close-up of the card without the shine of the acetate on the window.
Stamps:  Happy Scenes
CS:  Hello Honey, WW, Season of Cheer DP, Acetate
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Blender Pens:  Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Sky
Framelit:  Hearth & Home
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Roast Tomato Basil Soup

It has been a while since I shared a recipe.  This recipe came from a sweet friend in Albuquerque.  I really like this soup and recently made  a double batch to take to a potluck.  I ended up using what little soup was left in a turkey chili.

You start of by draining whole tomatoes, reserving the juice and roasting them in the oven.  I give the tomatoes a squeeze to get out as much liquid as possible.
Sprinkle on some brown sugar and chopped onion and pop it in the oven.
When it cools down enough to touch, chop up the tomatoes and put it in the crockpot.  I have to say clean-up is a lot easier if you do it straight away and don't let the foil sit.  The sugar and juices carmelize and if it goes under the foil the foil will stick to the sheet.  Your better off to chop of the tomatoes and get the foil off as soon as possible.
I forgot to snap a picture when it was piping hot and ready to be taken.  This is what was left in the crock pot.  You can see some nice tomatoes chunks in there.

Roast Tomato Basil Soup

2 cans (28 oz.) peeled whole tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
2-1/2T dark brown sugar
1 med. onion, finely chopped
3C tomato liquid reserved from canned tomatoes
3C chicken broth
3T tomato paste
1/4t ground allspice
1 can (5 oz.) evaporated milk
1/4C shredded fresh basil leaves (abt. 10 lg. leaves)
Salt and pepper

To roast tomatoes, preheat oven to 450F.  Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Arrange tomatoes on foil in single layer.  Sprinkle with brown sugar and top with onion.  Bake about 25-30 minutes or until tomatoes look dry and light brown.  Let tomatoes cool slightly; finely chop.

Place tomato mixture, 3C reserved liquid, chicken broth, tomato paste and allspice in slow cooker.  Mix well.  Cover; cook on Low 8 hours or High 4 hours.

Add evaporated milk and basil; season with salt and pepper.  Cook 30 minutes or until hot.  Garnish as desired.

Makes 6 servings.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Reason for the Season

I made 2 versions of this card stamping the flower in real red and cherry cobbler.  I like the real red version better.  The cherry cobbler matches the berries on the DP more but it seemed a titch too dark.  I stamped the leaves on scrap paper before stamping on the card for a lighter color there too.

I'm not sure that you can tell from the picture but I used black for the main sentiment, mossy meadow for the swirl and real red for "to you".

Stamps:  Reason for the Season
CS:  WW, Season of Cheer DP
Ink:  Real Red, Mossy Meadow
Markers:  Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Real Red
Misc. Gold sequin trim, gold 1/8" ribbon, Tombow multi glue
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Festive Flower Builder Punch

I envisioned using this flower more on tags or boxes but I wanted to assemble one to see the best way to put it together.  I'm OK with how it looks but I want something more on the petals of the poinsettia.  I stamped them originally as the leaves are with Real Red on the Cherry Cobbler CS but  I wasn't particularly fond of the look so I left them plain.  Six years ago we had a stamp set that gave the veiny, texture look of a poinsettia that I would like with this.  As flowers go, it is nice.

Stamps:  Reason for the Season
CS:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, WW, Season of Cheer DP
Ink:  Mossy Meadow
Punches: Festive Flower Builder, Decorative Label, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (retired)
Misc.: Rhinestones, Rhinestones Large, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" ribbon seam binding (retired), dimensionals, glue dots

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Reason for the Season


Can you believe that it is October 5th and I'm actually starting my Christmas cards?!  How many years I plan to be working on them by now and I really get started in November.  

This card uses the stamp set Reason for the Season.  I combined a lot of things I like on this card, embossing, piercing and using the aquapainter.  The piercing is hard to see but it is on the red strip above the poinsettia.

Stamps:  Reason for the Season
CS:  Mossy Meadow, Real Red, WW, Season of Cheer DP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Mossy Meadow
Misc.:  Boughs and Berries EF, rhinestones, Real Red 3/8" satin ribbon (retired), aquapainter 

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