Saturday, July 31, 2010

Toothless grin--Inspired blueprints #52

Okay, I LOVE everything about this layout. This boy of mine is incredibly funny--he has us laughing most of the time. I asked for him to smile so I could see his missing tooth, THIS is what I got, yeah you can see his tonsils....I happened to use sketch #52 from inspired blueprints for this:
I like the loose threads, yep I did it on purpose. The stars are from a chipboard set I've had for a few years. I was even excited to use some jewels on a boy page!
All of the paper is from Bella Blvd.
Today, is overcast and cooler...well if you can call 100 degrees cooler...it's muggy but I SO enjoy the monsoon season--the look in the air...right before a storm you can see the dust it makes everything look orange. It's nature's warning system--GO inside. The drops are huge--we (the kids and I) went dancing in it the other night.
I'm currently working and finishing a project that I will be able to share if I can get some good shots. I'm really enjoying working with the Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride line.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cookie fieldtrip

Okay funny story about the picture of the play. I got in trouble for taking it--SERIOUSLY?! I deleted all but one, I just wanted a picture of the characters, not trying to copy their set--PROMISE!
I used some more of my Bella Blvd. stash. AND I used my embossing folders and cricut for the tags--FUN stuff! Oh, and this sketch was one by Frances Sylvia. Thanks FRANCES!
Been enjoying my kids going to kid's Kamp at the local rec center, great break for everyone AND they get to run, jump, climb and be with their friends--3 hours!
Thanks for stopping by--off to "encourage" some cleaning of rooms.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spooky Treats

Where have I been? I don't rightly know! Busy, crazy, tired, trying to stay cool! I did want to share this fun page I made using my Bella Blvd. I loved that I did a Halloween page with it! I even added some glitter to the letters. It really does look pretty cool in person.
Enjoying the last bit of summer before the kids go back in 2 weeks! CRAZINESS! Have all school supplies bought and bagged and ready to go. I've had it done for a couple of weeks--I HATE fighting crowds especially crowds of people who really don't want to be there in the first place. Like mom's buying school supplies.....
Hope you are enjoying your day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

spread your wings and fly

I made this for my DD she is going to junior high in a few weeks and turning 12 a week after that, a lot of changes going on for her.....and mom...


The base of this butterfly is from a Maya Road album, the pearls are from Kaiser, the tulle I bought at Joann's, brads are bazzill, pins are Fancy Pants, punched butterflies are from a close to my heart punch, and the rest are courtesy of Bella Blvd.--yep, from that HUGE stash they sent me from their blog crawl. LOVE how it turned out, hope my girl does too!
Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to make some cookies and grind some wheat for bread!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pizza crust and sauce

Yeah, I know I said I've been back....I've done a few creative things, hung out with my kids, tried to stay out of the AWFUL heat, and vegged! Last night though I tried a new pizza crust and sauce recipe--we made Calzones--YUM! they were good!

The crust:

1/3 cups water

2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons cornmeal

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder--I added 1 tsp. dried onions....

1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

*Optional*

1 tsp. Italian seasonings

How to make it

Mix all ingredients.

This makes two crusts or 6 large calzones.

Either divide dough in two or 6 and form.

Let rest in pans for 10-15 minutes.

Add toppings of your choice.

Bake 350 degrees F. Until done (Approximately 20 minutes, depending on your thickness of toppings).


The sauce:

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 whole bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


How to make it

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.

Cook over medium heat until sauce starts to boil.

Lower heat and simmer, covered,for 30 to 45 minutes or until it is as thick as you like it.

Makes enough for 2 pizzas.


(last night I actually halved this recipe....)


These are supposed to be copy cat recipes for Pizza hut. They were good! My 7 1/2 year old gave it a thumbs up. My 11 year old actually ATE it! And my 9 year old was happy to eat pizza of some sort!

I promise I will post my creations soon. I'm enjoying the fact that my kids have kids kamp for 3 hours in the afternoon, at least for those three hours I don't feel like I have to be the referee!

Thanks for stopping in!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

So I'm back....

I'm Back! We were gone to Washington state for a week to visit my Nanny. So nice to get out of the heat and have such great company to visit with. Some of the things we saw:
Mt. Rainier up close and personal--AMAZING!
(This view is from the plane on the way home...)
Beautiful Nirada falls in the park
Gotta go to the space needle...we looked up instead of down and saved us $$$
While in Seattle we went to pike's place market
and people watched: (believe me there were more interesting people than this!)
We rode the Ferry: (the buildings in the background are a state prison...)
The kids got to be in a parade with some cousins...they thought it was awesome to throw candy.Enjoyed the fireworks shot off a barge in the middle of the water.And saw AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL sunsets:
I plan on keeping our memories in one of those picture books from snapfish that way I can not worry about things falling off the page and save me some time.
In scrappy related news Scrapbook Circle has a new Design Team! I'm so excited to be staying on AND working with these girls! (click on the link to visit their blogs....AMAZING!)
And 2 toots for me! One of my layouts was featured on the Stacy Julian blog AND another of my pages is featured on the Bella Blvd. blog today! YEAH!
now, I have to stop playing and fold the washed laundry and go grocery shopping...my poor family this morning--there's NOTHING for breakfast!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 5, 2010

surf's up!

Ah, this ALMOST makes me feel cooler! :) It's hot--yep Arizona is like that in the summertime. This fun little banner was made with the rusted sun line from Fancy Pants. I had SO MUCH fun making it. The triangle pieces were from a previous Scrapbook Circle kit and in my stash. I also got to use some old pinking shears my mom let me borrow to cut the back part of the banner label.
The surf board was cut from one of the journaling cards, the little one was cut from the surf board paper in the line.
The water was also cut from one of the journaling cards.For the scallop circle and circle I used my 2 "punches.I don't know if you can tell but there is a palm tree, it was cut from one of the journaling cards. I used the matte finish by ranger.
The up was cut from the journaling cards. The larger surf board actually has two surf boards on it from the paper layered up.
These fun little suns were cut from the paper I just embellished with stickles and crackle accents-making the sun look HOT.
To make my ribbon to the swirly? I just pulled it off the spool---I happened to buy these at Joann's for .99 a LONG time ago.
Hope someone somewhere is enjoying the beach! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!!

I sure hope this day is going to be filled with fun, food, family, and fireworks for you! I wanted to share my 4th of July layout I did with the July kit from Scrapbook Circle kit:
for the butterflies I didn't want them just hanging out there, I lightly traced with a pencil and then used my paper piercer to poke the holes for my embossing thread.
The stamp is from my stash, it's one of those wonderful We R Memory keeper stamps for .99 cents. Another fun tip for this one was that I wanted the picture of my daughter to pop out from the other ones. I just matted it with brown (which happens to be the back side of the scalloped paper on the top--it's by Glitz)
Last year we decided that we wanted to make our own patriotic shirts. We had leftover die and fabric paint from other projects. The kids' favorite was the glow in the dark--it's pretty cool. And they STILL like to wear them.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 2, 2010

picture board

Here is another share from something I made at the Super Saturday last week. BTW if your name starts with H and you have red hair--avert your eyes! This looks SO much better in person:
This measures 2' x 2'. My friend had it cut down at home depot then she painted it. The frame is 12" x 12". I'm SO going to do another one for me using the colors in my house--LOVED these papers but realized that they matched the H person's house better than mine.....
Anyway, cut your papers to 6" x 6". you then start gluing from the top left. But first line them up giving yourself a border. You will have overlap....then begin gluing the top left then the second THEN the other corner and finally the 3rd in the row. you will continue to do that until the whole board is covered except the center. Some people opted to also do the 6" x 6" in the center--I LOVED this grid paper so I used it instead. What do you use it for? Well, you can put a large picture, or scrapbook page. The lady that did the demo had pictures of her grand kids. TOTALLY cute!
Thanks for visiting me today!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Family--pink paislee banners

okay, I just have to tell you I LOVE the starlight collection from Pink Paislee, I was super excited to see that we had a bit of the collection in the July kit from Scrapbook Circle:
I wanted to show you what I did with the banner stickers on the sheet. I obviously used them to make the title. What was tricky was how do I use them with out using them as a sticker?
If you look really close in this picture you will see that I backed them with paper (scraps from the kit) I then trimmed them right up next to the scallop. I then used my paper piercer to poke holes in the corners to string my bakers string. I then measured how long the title would be and using my x-acto knife I poked holes for my brads. Then I put the string in between the prongs and put them through the holes.
supplies:
july kit scrapbook circle
pattern paper: fancy pants, jilliebean soup, glitz designs
brads: bazzill (my stash)
letters: girls' paperie
sewing
stickers: pink paislee, glitz designs
date strip: elle's studio

One more side note these are my brothers with me. Aren't they handsome? We took this at Easter--LOVE that we took the opportunity to take this. My challenge to you-take the opportunity to take the shots when you have them! Like my friend Claude says, "Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over."
Thanks for stopping by!