Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Day After Christmas!!

Well I hope EVERYONE had a wonderful Christmas Weekend! I know it was busy for me and I had so much fun!! :) I haven't gotten to work on anything new today, as I got some new Greeting Farm stamps yesterday from my best friend!! I got the Cheeky Beach, Surfer Ian, and Matey Ian! THANK YOU!!!
  Stay tuned for more crafting fun!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just another day for Crafting!!

So after all this inspiration from the TGF Blog Hop, and not being at my craft station at home, I printed my New Years Digi of Anya and made an "office" card on my lunch break. I just had that itch to craft as I am sure most of you feel all the time as well? So here it is, this card is made items around the office. Fluorescent paper and I used fluorescent markers to color along with colored sharpie markers. I used a black permanent marker to draw the ribbon, and added a gold brad in the middle. Anya is colored with the fluorescent markers and colored pencils that I keep in the office. To pop her up, I folded paper and cut that and taped it to the back of her. I happened to have a glue stick in my drawer to stick it all together. I finished it off with a few staple accents and voila!! Enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Greeting Farm 3rd Annual Blog HOP!!!


I was so excited to be participating in the blog hop! You get a chance to win an awesome prize from The Greeting Farm so make sure you comments here and on the other blogs listed on the Greeting Farm's blog!!

So I decided to use the Mermaid Anya (one of my ultimate favorites) for the the Holiday Theme project/card. So I used Ruby Red, Old Olive, an Wild Wasabi Carstock and some extra ribbon I had lying around. I made a gift box with a coordinating card. The box directions I got from Split Coast Stampers.

On both box and card I used a small holly stamp to add in her hair and used stickles everywhere on her hair and fin. The pearls in her hair was done by Liquid Pearls.

Mermaid Anya Box

Close up of Box
 For the card, I used the half pearl accents in her hair and drew in bubbles that I added glassy effects to. I also added the glassy effects to her top. I also sprinkled some glitter over the bubbles and top before it dried. This project was so much fun and I hope you enjoyed them as well.
Mermaid Anya  Card
Close up of Anya on Card
AND, in  addition to the two Grand Prizes that TGF will draw for the participant's creations (one of us bloggers), a random hopper will ALSO win the ENTIRE upcoming January Release!   That's 6 sets in all- a HUGE prize...and the only way to win is by participating in the blog hop! So please leave a comment on my blog and all the others to be eligible and up your chances of winning. The Starting point is the TGF Blog listed at the top of this blog, the button on the side of my blog, and here!

Thank you to all and have a WONDERFUL Holiday Season!! And a VERY Happy New Year!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Matey Anya!!

Hello! Well due to the fact that my comment box is now getting scam posts I have to re add the security features so commenting will be more a of a pain. I kept it without the word puzzle thing as long as I could. Hope you have a great weekend and I will see ya tomorrow for The Greeting Farm Blog hop! Here is another project I worked on in the mean time!

This card was made for one of my awesome friends for her Birthday using the Matey Anya, Tim Holtz Paper Stash, Kraft Resist, and the Beware Pirates Stampin Up set (which I think is retired? I used a little gold keychain ring for her earring and some charms as the coins. I distressed the card with one of my favorite colors, SU Soft Suede!! :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thank YOU!!

Thank you to all those that viewed and commented on my blog! I had so much fun making those boxes and am on my way to making more!!

As a Thank you, here is a picture of some tags I am making for some family members who like motorcycles and Jack Daniels!! :) I printed the Jack Daniel logo on cardstock then added glassy effects. They were still drying when I took the picture so this is more of a sneak peak to the final tag!! :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

DeNami Gift Wrapping Blog Hop!!!

Hi Everyone!! I hope your Holiday season is going well and there is crafting going on! You should be hoppin on over from Suzanne Bier's blog, wasn't her project adorable?!? If you are lost then the best place to start is at the DeNami website by clicking here. Below the pictures you will find the next blog after mine. Make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. Thanks for visiting and thanks in advance for the comments!

For this project I wanted to make blue poinsettia's. I don't see blue ones and so I went with a whole designed line!! First is the gift box. That was made out of the blue cardstock. I then used the 3D pumpkin technique to make the bow. I used the DeNami B99 Sm Poinsettia Blossom, and as the accent I also used one of my favorite stamps the DeNami E148 Puppy in Stocking. So after the box, I made some rossette bows, gift tags (rectangular and tags) and I even stamped the tissue paper to coordinate with the box. Next I made a set of "jewelry" boxes accented with rossette bows. 

I such a fun time making these gifts and am using them this Christmas for my gifts and gift cards. Thanks for checking out the blog and I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!!!
Big Box Closed and 2 Jewelry Boxes
 Box with Paper Bow

 All the accessories in the box.
 Tags and Rossette Bows.
 Coordinating tissue paper
 Puppy Rossette Bow, tied with ribbon and stickles added.
 Rectangular Tags also using the Bulb Stamp C47
 Tag Tags.
White Jewelry Box open
Blue Jewelry Box open.

Thanks again for checking out my blog! Be sure to hop on over to Carol Hartery

Her wrapping projects looked so awesome!!! Incase you missed them, here are the official details about the blog. Happy Hopping!!

When: The blog hop starts on December 11 at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until December 12, 2011, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).Why: To be inspired by fun DeNami Design creations and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!
Prizes: We are giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website! We'll be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tri Tip Dinner

So I thought I would post this recipe to my arts and crafts blog because food is a work of art and I don't usually post recipe's. This one turned out pretty delicious so I thought I would share.


-Tri Tip Roast (don't know the pounds, but it the typical tri tip size you buy at the store, I got mine at Target, their Sutton & Dodge meat is pretty tender.
-2 can's (about 28-30oz) Beef Broth/Stock. (I prefer Swanson)
-Water-fill up the extra space with.
-The Best Barbeque Sauce You'll Ever Taste!! (seriously guys, this stuff is delicious! Click here for the website The Best Sauces-check this out even if you aren't going to make this recipe, it is delicious on all sorts of things! Best of all, if you go to the OC Swap Meet he is there!)
-1/2 Onion. (you can add carrots and potatoes or celery or anything you want, this particular time I only used an onion.)

If you want to make the pasta, all you will need is noodles.

Let me break this down without all my yammering...

-Tri Tip Roast
-Beef Broth (2 Cans)
-The BEST Barbecue Sauce
-Onion (veggies)

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes.
Cook Time: 8hrs

You can marinate the tri tip if you want, I didn't get a chance this time and it still tasted amazing. Cut up the onion. Set the crock pot out, and line with the crock pot liners by reynolds if you have them (if you don't, get them, they are amazing for cleanup!) Add a portion of the beef broth.  Put the tri tip in the pot, then coat the entire top with the BBQ sauce. Then add the remaining beef broth. Drop in the onion. Add the water until it covers the tri tip completely. Put the lid on and cook on low for 8hrs.

After about 4 hours, I turned the roast over.
After the 8 hours is up, I ladeled out the juice in a pan an set aside.
If you are going to make the pasta, leave the roast in until your pasta is ready. If you have other side dishes, then you can remove it now and serve.  Bring the broth to a boil, then add noodles. Let them cook for about 8-10 minutes, depending on the noodle, then turn off heat and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Remove the tri tip, it will fall to pieces so be aware that it will and serve.

This really made a nice tender, sweet tri tip. The noodles together with it really tasted good. Enjoy!

Oh, and for desert, I made some vanilla ceylon tea, added some Honey Jack Daniel's Whiskey and some Sugar Cookie creamer, YUMMY!!