Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Blue Card With Red Flowers

The overlay  is vellum embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  I added some white gel pen dots and used Pearl Pens for the flower centers.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Zero Carb Pizza

This would be worth trying!

White Bean and Chicken Soup

1 lb. Ground chicken breast
¾ cup diced onion
2 stalks celery, diced
2 small carrots, diced
1 can Great Northern beans
1 can Swanson chicken broth
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. oregano

Brown chicken with onions, celery and carrots.
Add beans, undrained, chicken broth, garlic and
Salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer 15-20 minutes.

Pinwheel Birthday Card

The paper I used for this is from Making Memories, Sarah Jane, Children at Play.  I'm pretty sure Shirley and I picked this up at Tuesday Morning a couple of years ago since I have so many sheets of the same design.

I fussy cut the pinwheels from the reverse side of the striped paper and stamped the candles and sentiment.

The sentiment and the pinwheels are pop dotted for dimension.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blossom Punch Card

The flowers were done with SU's Blossom Punch.  The stamped image is from the Mixed Bunch stamp set.

Beef Tips and Noodles

It's a cold, cloudy, dreary Sunday and comfort food sounds like it would hit the spot.  Beef and noodles seemed like a good option so I experimented with my usual recipe.  The recipe calls for Worcestershire sauce, which I am not a big fan of in beef dishes.  It makes a recipe taste too sweet. I tried various combinations of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and red wine and decided the soy sauce and red wine was the way to go.

Then I had to tweak it a little more and tested it with seasoned salt and garlic powder.  After numerous combinations I came up with the following:


Dredge cubed beef in flour, salt and pepper.
Brown beef in hot oil.
Add 1 can Swanson beef broth and
   1 can Campbell’s French Onion soup
   1 can Campbell’s Beef Broth
    ½ can water
Dash of Seasoned Salt
½ cup Lambrusco wine
5-6 drops of Soy Sauce
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Let simmer until beef is tender.  Add egg noodles and cook
until noodles are tender.

We prefer having the noodles cooked in the broth rather than serving the beef mixture over cooked noodles.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Microphone Card

The vintage microphone and the music symbols are clip art images found online.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Coffee Bean Card

The background paper is from Graphic 45.  I stamped it with a coffee bean stamp.

The sentiment was done using Silhouette software print and cut. 

I traced the coffee cup and did a print and cut on it also. 

The cut out shapes were shadowed using the offset feature in the software.

This card could be used for just a note or maybe even a Valentine.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Candy Hearts and Cupcake Card

Make The Cut has been my preferred software program ever since I began using it with my Expression.  I love how easy it is to use and got comfortable with its capabilities.  Even after I purchased a Cameo, I continued to use Make The Cut rather than learning how to use Silhouette software.

Since doing print and cut has become so popular, I've decided it's time for me to get serious and learn as much as I can about the Silhouette program.  Thanks to a Facebook friend, Kat Schrieber,  the past couple of days have been really fun since she spent some time teaching me shortcuts and tricks.

It still takes me quite a while to do things I want, but it's getting easier.  This card uses what Kat taught me yesterday.

I traced the cupcake image, did the print and cut and then I traced it again and was able to separate the cupcake liner from the top and did another print and cut of that image.  That gave me the cake portion to pop dot onto the full image and provide more dimension to the card.

The candy hearts are also clip art images that were done with print and cut.

I embossed the white mat underneath the cupcake with a heart folder and added a pink and brown mat.

Everything is sitting on top of a paper doily.

The dimension of the card shows up better in this photo. 

I know I have barely scratched the surface of what the Silhouette software can do.  For now, I'll continue working with clip art, doing print and cut, and learning how to break apart and color clip art images.  Once I have that process down, I'll move on to something else---like maybe point editing.  Right now, that just sounds too complicated!