Yesterday, I spent the afternoon and evening at Ann's house crafting our hearts out. I finally got a chance to color my first Tilda. Having now had this intense copic coloring experience, I have a new found respect for all the stampers who turn out these beautiful images on a regular basis! Although I totally enjoyed making this card, the coloring was so detailed!!
For this card, I used the following supplies: The paper used on the card came from a DCWV pack, the sentiment is from Stampin Up on the outside and inside of the card, rectangle scallop nestabilties, pop-up glue dots from SU, Copic Ciao 72 set A, bazzill cardstock, SU circle punch, SU scallop circle punch, paper punch butterfly & firefly, and an EK Success corner punch for the design on the inside of the card. I wish everyone a blessed new year. Thank you so much for your support over the past year. I have enjoyed getting to know my readers and I appreciate all of the feedback provided. Here's to a prosperous and healthy 2009 =)
This is probably going to be my last food and recipe post until next year when I decide to cook again ;) I cannot believe how good the food turned out for my husband's birthday dinner! I got the recipe from a member of a yahoo group that I belong called CopycatsClones-n-BrandNames There are so many wonderful recipes posted in the group and such nice members there.
Here is the recipe:
Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves 3/4 cup breadcrumbs 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated) 1 cup milk 2 tablespoons flour
Cajun Sauce 1 tablespoon butter 1 small yellow pepper (chopped) 1 small red bell pepper (chopped) 3/4 small red onion (chopped) 3 whole garlic cloves (minced) 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1-1/4 pints whipping cream 1 cup low sodium chicken broth 4 tablespoons fresh basil (thinly sliced) 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 (12 ounce) package bow tie pasta 1 cup mushroom (sliced)
Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
Add yellow and red bell peppers, mushrooms, and onion to same skillet,until crisp-tender, about 4 minute.
Add garlic and crushed red pepper to skillet and saute 3 minutes.
Add whipping cream and chicken stock.
Simmer until sauce re-heats and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
Add basil and 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese to sauce, stirring to incorporate.
Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, simmer; sauce will reduce and thicken.
Wash and drain chicken breasts.
Pound until very thin (the thinner the chicken breasts the better).
Mix breadcrumbs, flour, and Parmesan cheese together.
Place milk in dish for dipping.
Dip chicken in breadcrumb mixture and then in milk and then back in breadcrumbs.
Place in fry pan that the oil has been heated and fry at medium high temperature until golden crisp and cooked through.
Add more oil as needed.
Remove and drain chicken; keep warm.
Meanwhile, cook bow-tie pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite.
Drain and return to pot.
Add sauce and toss to coat.
Place pasta with sauce on plate, and top with chicken breast.
Serve, passing additional Parmesan separately.
Serves 5 to 7
Thank you for all the lovely comments. It is so nice to be back posting and reading your blogs =)
It seems that the week before and the week after Christmas are filled with tons of parties in our home. Today, is my husband's birthday and we are having another party at our house. I just finished cleaning up from my daughter's party and now we are onto another =)
It has been months since I have picked up my copic markers and I was not happy at all with my coloring on this card. Finding a male card was difficult too and so I settled on the golfer image - even though my husband has never golfed in his entire life ;) I will be baking his favorite chocolate chip cookies as part of his gift and I am trying my hand at a new recipe for dinner.
Here is the recipe for Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies: 6 dozen cookies
4 1/2 c all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 cups butter, softened 1 1/2 c packed brown sugar 1/2 c white sugar 2 (3.4 ounce) packages of instant vanilla pudding (you can use chocolate to make chocolate choco chip cookies or any other flavor to get creative and change it up) 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips 2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
preheat oven to 350 sift together flour and baking soda, set aside
in large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally stir in the choco chips and nuts.
drop cookies by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets
bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Edges should be golden brown.
keep in Tupperware and they'll stay super soft and chewy for as much as a week and a half.
I hope everyone has a great end to the weekend. Happy Hanukah if you are celebrating =)
Today we are celebrating my daughter's 4th birthday with family and friends. I made these cupcakes for her Elmo themed party. I am relatively new to baking so I am definitely happy with how these turned out.
Also, do not forget to enter for a chance to win some yummy blog candy over at Ying's. It is the perfect way to start thinking about those new year resolutions too =)
Just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. We had a wonderful holiday and my little girl truly enjoyed getting all of her gifts from Santa. It is amazing to watch the holiday through the eyes of a small child.
Here is a wreath that I made for my outside door. I used a fake pine wreath, stick decorations that were on sale, and ribbon. I twisted the decorations and ribbons right into the leaves of the wreath. The most challenging part was tying the bow =)
I still am not fully better, but I just wanted to wish my friends a very wonderful holiday. I hope to be back in full action for the new year. Here is a cute Christmas tree that was very easy to make. I used a cylinder shaped styrofoam cone, scrapbook paper cut into strips, and straight pins. I then dusted the loops with some sparkly modge podge. Finally, I screwed into the top a star that I looped some ribbon on.
Have a wonderful Christmas filled with family, friends, and good times =)
I have not posted in a very long time. If you were wondering what happened, I have been ill for the past 2 months. I am finally starting to feel a little better and I hope that I will be back to myself very soon. I am excited to catch up on my blog reading. I have been out of the loop for so long! I would like to thank Deb for being such an amazing friend. She has been an enormous help to me! I plan on creating some stuff and posting soon.
I also will be carrying Whiff of Joy Stamps and Magnolia Stamps. Feel free to check out Wish On A Scrap for the most adorable new stamps. I apologize for not putting forth a kit for the month of November. I hope to be able to do one for December. It really all depends on my progress. Thank you for all of your well wishes and understanding.
Thank you so much for tagging me! All of these wonderful ladies were thoughtful enough to think of me: Ann, Susan, Kimmie, TA, and Kim. I hope I did not forget anyone.
Here are the rules: 1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Here are my 7 facts:
I coached competitive cheerleading and gymnastics up until 2003.
I graduated from law school in 2004.
I never met a roller coaster that I did not like.
I do not have a passport and I probably will not get one.
I am currently collecting books for Schools for Schools. Feel free to learn more at Invisible Children. Ask me how you can help =)
I LOVE dark chocolate.
I was a founding teacher of a New York City Public High School.
I am not going to tag anyone, but I do wish everyone a wonderful end to the weekend =)
As many of you know, the Bella Calendar Swap happens once a year. Tangii organizes the entire thing! I participated in the Bella Calendar Swap and wanted to share my work. I have never done anything like this before so it was exciting =)
Since school started, life has definitely been hectic around here. I have hardly had a free second at all. I am guilty of neglecting my crafts and my blog. I so miss summer!!
I just do not want to say goodbye to summer just yet. Does anyone else feel the same way?
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Blog Candy Contest. I hope you all are enjoying the pretty blinkies to decorate your blog =) The winner of a new blog banner is:
Here are your random numbers:
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Congratulations Sarah! Please email me with your information so that we can get you a new blog banner =)
I hope everyone had a wonderful week. Don't forget to check out the projects that the Design Clique has been working on with Wish On A Scrap's September's Contest Kit. Be sure to leave comments so that we know you visited!
In celebration of my blog hitting 5000 hits, I have decided to offer up some blog candy! Let's end this summer with some fun =)
As you may have noticed, I spruced up my blog a bit with a new banner =) I got my fabulous CUSTOM design for the blog banner from Nicole over on Etsy's Loveattendant Shop. She is super cool to work with, her prices are extremely reasonable, and her turnaround time is FAST!! Nicole was nice enough to offer up the blog candy of 1 Blog Banner that you can choose from her shop.
How do you enter for your chance to win the blog candy? 1. Leave me a comment so that I know you visited. 2. Add an "I Love Wish On A Scrap" blinkie to your blog. 3. Post about the blog candy on your blog. 4. Cross your fingers and hope that your comment is the number that gets picked by the Random Number Generator on Friday, September 5, 2008.
So, who is ready for a blog makeover? Come on and participate =)
P.S. Don't forget to visit Wish On A Scrap's blog to see all of the amazing projects that the design clique is working on. The girls love comments so send them some love =)
I received a lovely coaster post-it note holder from my good friend Kim. Of course, I had to make one too! This is another simple and fast project that took under a half hour to complete.
Supplies include a medium weight coaster, modge podge, designer paper of your choice (I used Basic Grey Blush Collection), a binder clip, ribbon, bling, and a post-it note pack.
First, I traced my designer paper on the coaster. I cut it out using my favorite Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors (the best!!) and I adhered it using Modge Podge (of course I used modge podge right?). I then inked up the edges of my coaster using my Tim Holtz Distess Ink in Fired Brick. I attached a piece of the designer paper to the binder clip and also adhered it using Modge Podge. Next, I stuck the post-it notes to the finished coaster and clipped it down with my binder clip. Finally, I added a matching ribbon to the binder clip, a Prima flower and some bling =)
Thank you for reading. Leave me a comment so that I can come and visit you too! I hope you are having a wonderful week =)
I have a yahoo group where members get discounts at products sold at my store, Wish On A Scrap. Members also get previews to the monthly contest kit before I release it to the general public. We regularly host contests and challenges for our members. My group is moderated by my dear friend Deb of Itty Bitty Ink Spots. She is an amazing person and I am so lucky to have her help me run the group. Last week, Deb put together a card sketch for members of the group to participate. Of course, I could not help myself and made a card for the sketch. I flipped the sketch a bit so that it could work with my images. All of the stamps are from Stampendous. I used my Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters and Broken China for the images and inking the edges of the cardstock. The designer paper was picked up on sale at one of the majors. The cardstock and punches are Stampin Up. I used my copic markers and copic blender pen to color in the flower and then popped it up with 3D Sticky Squares. I accented the leaf of the flower with Stickles in stardust and patina. In the middle of the flower is a jeweled brad by Heidi Swapp.
Please do not forget to leave comments. I love to know that you stopped by. I love visiting blogs =) Feel free to join our group too. The link is on the right side of the blog. Have a great day!
The tutorial was easy to follow for making the mini pizza box. Next, I decorated the box with my supplies. I used the glossy accents to make the green trim around my cupcake look glassy. The 3D squares were added to make the project look dimensional and were used in between the cupcake image and the Marvy punches. You could easily substitute the Marvy Punches with any of the Nestabilities shapes. Finally, I filled the mini pizza box up with some delicious treats =)
Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate the thoughtful comments =) The September Contest Kits will be shipping out the first week of September. Be sure to check the preview out at the store blog for Wish On A Scrap. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
One of my good friends is not feeling too well so I made this card to cheer her up =) I was inspired for the layout of my card from Kazan's sketch at Two Sketches for You.
The supplies used on this card include Nestabilities, a Cuttlebug, Bazzill cardstock, Designer Paper from Diecuts with a View, Treading Water Punch, 3D Sticky Squares, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, and Glossy Accents over the flowers I colored in with my Copics. You can find most of these products at my store, Wish On A Scrap.
My store is now taking pre-orders for the September Contest Kit. The kit sells for $25 and includes U.S. Shipping. Feel free to check out the kit on the store blog at Wish On Scrap Blog. The paper in this kit is gorgeous! These kits sell out fast, so if you are interested in purchasing the kit, please let me know asap. With every kit comes a chance to win the following month's kit for free. Check out the details atContest Kits. Don't forget your add-ons too =)
This card was a lot of fun to make. To create this card, you will need to gather a few supplies including: Perfect Pearls in the color(s) of your choice, Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers in the color(s) of your choice, Ranger Mini Misters, a sheet of Lace Paper (mine is from KI Memories), cardstock, adhesive, stamp and coloring tool of your choice. I highly recommend a non-stick craft sheet because this project is very messy and will stain if you are not careful. Although not all of these products are uploaded to my store website just yet, I can get any of them if you are interested in getting it.
First, take a scoop of the perfect pearls powder and put it into your mini mister bottle. Place a drop of the reinker into your mini mister bottle and a little bit of water. Shake it up and then you are ready to spray your paper. My paper was originally plain white. I alternated with pinks and blues to create the colors that I sprayed onto the white lace paper.
I then glued down the lace paper onto cardstock using Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive. I colored my image using my favorite copic markers. I used the colorless blender on the pants of my image. I gave my girl eyeshadow using a Copic Spica Glitter Pen. Finally, I embellished with a sentiment stamp that I got from a good friend, a scallop circle Stampin Up punch, a brad, and some primas.
I was delighted to get my first package of Thickers the other day. As I am sure you have heard, these foam letters are all the latest rage. As I was playing with them, I started to think about the Foamies that I used to put on my scrapbook pages when I first started the hobby years ago.
I am always trying to bring the cost down of this expensive hobby. I went into my stash and found tons of Foamies that I had forgotten about. You can buy a whole bucket of these guys for a few dollars. You can get the packages of Foamies for even cheaper. The Foamies come in a variety of styles and colors. Best of all, they are acid free (as I know many crafters are very concerned about that). These are just a small fraction of the shapes that are available in the Foamies. I adore these little puzzle pieces! On the colorful letters, you punch out the flowers so that you can see them on the letter and then you also have extra flower embellishments to use on another project. The Foamies are all adhesive and ready to go.
One package of American Crafts Thickers averages at $4.99 whereas an entire bucket of Foamies averages at $3.99. The Thickers are sold in packages of one color at time. With the Foamies, you get so many more letters to play with and a variety of colors in the same bucket. I hope you enjoyed my frugal crafting tip =)
Tonight, I gave my first try at making Inchies. This was a real challenge because the amount of space that you have to create on is so tiny! The pictures of these inchies look way bigger than what they are in reality. I used only scrap paper to make these so I was happy to not waste =) Of course, I sealed my inchies with matte modge podge.
On another note, I was featured on Tip Junkie today for a project I did not too long ago. What a great way to end the weekend.
It's the summer and when it rains, you cant go to the beach or pool. My little princess gets so sad when she cant play outside that I have to think of something creative to make inside fun =) Today, we made a wooden picture frame together. We first painted the natural wood frame blue. She was so excited to wear her smock! I then gave her one of my sponges and she dipped it into a lighter color blue paint. My 3 year old had so much fun sponging this frame. Finally, we glued on a pre-made rubber ducky that she picked out from Michaels. So, there you have it. Rainy day fun that costs a few bucks!
Modge Podge & me - we go way back. I am talking way back to old school paper mache projects in elementary school. I try my best to keep it out of sight so that I can control the altering impulses. I just had to alter this cutie paperclip. I couldnt help myself ;) To do this quick project, I took apart the wooden paper clip and put the metal piece to the side. Next, I painted the wooden paperclip blue to match the designer paper. After the paint dried, I traced the paper against the wooden paperclip. I cut the paper out for its front, back, and sides. I then put a thin coat of modge podge onto the clip and adhered the designer paper to it. I allowed each section to dry before I moved onto the next. I then took my Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China and inked the edges and tops of the paper. I sealed the entire project with another thin coat of modge podge. After everything has dried, I put the metal piece back onto the wood so that it became a paperclip again. If you stand the paperclip on its legs, you can use the opening to hold a picture, paper, or post-it notes as I have here in my picture. I am also a huge fan of double sided designer paper. This paper is from Fancy Pants and was in the July Contest Kit. Since I really like both prints, I used both sides of the paper for each side of the paperclip. This project did not take more than an hour to complete.
I hope you enjoyed my quick project, Loreen
P.S. Do not forget that we are doing a Premiere Design Team Call for Wish On A Scrap. Please email me your applications by August 15, 2008. Also, I am doing PIF Blog Candy and will announce a winner on July 25, 2008. Dont forget to enter =)
I won some Pay It Forward blog candy a few weeks ago from Monkey Business with DawnMarie. She was so generous and sent me 2 adorable stamp sets, a mini book, and embellishments.
I love blog candy! So, now it's my turn to Pay It Forward =) I have not decided what I will be giving away for the candy, but you can sure bet it will be good. I have a ton of stuff here for my store,Wish On A Scrap and I just cannot seem to decide what I want to give away =)
Here is what you need to do to enter:
Leave me a comment on my blog.
Write a post on your blog announcing my PIF blog candy to your readers.
If you win, you have to Pay It Forward with blog candy =)
Sounds like fun? Go ahead and enter! I will choose a winner with random.org on July 25, 2008.
Wish On A Scrap Design Team Call We are officially opening a search for Wish On A Scrap’s Premiere Design Team. Our search will close on August 15, 2008 and we will announce the members of our new team shortly thereafter. A Design Team member should have experience in making cards, layouts, and altered art projects. However, you do NOT need to have previous design team experience. Please feel free to post this announcement on your blog and/or where deemed appropriate.
Design Team Member Role:
Commit as a design team member for Wish On A Scrap from September 2008 to January 2009.
Create several projects each month using products from our store and/or kits. The amount of projects assigned will depend on your assignment (i.e layouts, cards, or altered projects). For each submission as a DT member, you will also need to include instructions on how you created your piece.
In addition to your assigned projects, each design team member is expected to submit one project of their choice each month.
Participate regularly on our group for contests, challenges, and conversations.
Post your creations on your blog and forums that you participate promoting and crediting Wish On A Scrap
You will be compensated with products and a generous discount at our store on your purchases.
How to enter: Please send us 3 pictures of your best work; please submit new work that has not been previously published and/or submitted for design team applications, magazines, etc.
Along with your submission, please include the following information:
Name, location, and email address
A short bio about yourself and why you want to be on a design team.
Forums and/or boards that you participate regularly
Please send all submissions to Loreen@wishonascrap.com If you are unable to email your entries, you may also mail it. Please contact me for the snail address. Good luck! I look forward to hearing from you.
As some of you know, I am a huge Disney fan. I wanted to add a little Disney to my daughter's room, but I didnt want to go overboard because her decor is not in primary colors. I decided to alter some drawer knobs. I even made a lightswitch plate cover to match the drawer knobs. All you need to do this simple project is the rub-ons of your choice, drawer knobs & a lightswitch plate (I got mine at Home Depot for under $5), and some modge podge to seal it. Carefully rub-on the picture of your choice to the knob or plate and then seal it with a few coats of Modge Podge. This was so easy to do & the longest part of the entire project was waiting for the modge podge to dry in between coats.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Here are the short details: live in the suburbs of NYC, wife and mommy, addicted to paper crafts and stamping. I started an internet business last year selling all of my favorite crafting items. Please visit my store at http://www.wishonascrap.com for all of your scrapbook and stamping needs.