Supplies: All stamps by A Muse, all ribbon and white cardstock by Papertrey, patterned paper and all colored cardstock by Stampin' Up.
Monday, June 30, 2008
If you want to play, go to Flickr and enter your answers to the questions below in the search box, one at a time. Choose the picture that most speaks to you from the FIRST page of results that comes up. Click on it and copy the URL, then go over to Mosaic Maker, set up your mosaic, and enter the URLs. That's it!
Here are the questions:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you attend?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. What is your favorite drink?
7. Where would you go on your dream vacation?
8. What is your favorite dessert?
9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. What is the one word that describes you?
12. What is your Flickr name?
And here is me, in mosaic! It's obvious from looking at some of the photos what word I typed in, but others could be interpreted a number of ways. Pretty cool!
1. Jessica, 2. Perfect Steak, 3. Sacred-Heart basilica of montmartre in Paris, 4. Sunny Side Up, 5. John Krasinski makes my loins quiver., 6. margarita cocktails closeup, 7. Bit of Ireland, 8. For A Shop Opening, 9. one with the sea, 10. Lonely Tree, 11. Stepping stones, 12. Irish Lady Stack and Longships Lighthouse
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Woohoo! Three more challenges down! There were a total of 14 challenges over the course of the past week and I managed to get 9 of them done with just three cards. Not bad! The challenges combined in this card are:
1. A black and white wedding card. This doesn't specifically say anything about a wedding or love, but I think the French Script background has a romantic feel to it, as do the pearls and ribbon.
2. Use an embellishment you've had for a while but never used. I've had the Pretties kit from SU for a good 9 months or more, but I have a problem with not using things - I don't want them to run out! So I haven't used any of the hat pins or beads in that kit - until tonight!
3. Kickin' it Old Skool - use a product or technique that you used to love but haven't used in a while. Heat embossing was one of the first things I learned when I started stamping and I thought it was sooo impressive. I used it all the time! Now, I couldn't tell you when the last time I heat embossed anything was, so it was time to bring back that old school goodie!
Stamps: French Script background by SU (retired)
Paper: Basic Black, Papertrey white
Other: Winter White embossing powder, ruffled ribbon (May Arts I think??), SU Pretties kit
I combined three more LOSTie challenges!!
The first was a limited supply challenge - you could not use ribbon or patterned paper, and could use no more than three stamps. The second was a color challenge - Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip. And the third was a technique challenge using the Thumping Technique. I'd never tried that one before and I think I need more practice, LOL!
Stamps: Pretty Petals by SU, sentiment by A Muse
Ink: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip both SU
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, all by SU
Other: SU word window punch, gemstone from Michael's
I finally was able to sit down and take part in some of the awesome challenges issued by my LOSTies this weekend. For this card I combined 3 challenges - the first was to make an uplifting card, the second was a sketch challenge, and the third was to make a card with the following components: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue.
I can't say I'm crazy about this card because there's too much Summer Sun on it I think, but I love the sparkly turquoise waves and this little Riley is just too cute!
Stamps: Riley by Hanna Stamp, Simple Alphabet by Papertrey, palm tree by DeNami
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Summer Sun, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Tempting Turquoise, all by SU, and Papertrey white
Other: SU circle punches, turquoise Stickles, clear Spica glitter pen (traced over the sentiment), piercing tool, dimensionals
rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another quick and easy read from Karen Kingsbury. I find myself getting sad as I near the end of the Baxter Family books and know I will really miss the characters. I cried a number of times through this book, as I've done with many of Kingsbury's others. I love Katy and Dayne, and of course any book involving a wedding is right up my alley. Got to live vicariously through others, even if they're fictional!
Friday, June 27, 2008
First off, I don't use canned chicken. Both times I've made this, I've gotten Boars Head Buffalo Style chicken breast from the deli. I have them slice it pretty thick, about half an inch, and then just dice that up. It's quick and easy and adds extra buffalo flavor. Of couse, you could also bake or boil some chicken breasts yourself, but really, I can't be bothered with that most of the time. I also tend to go heavy on the hot sauce because I love it and lighter on the ranch dressing because I'm not crazy about it. Because I eat this with an inexcusable amount of Fritos Scoops, I try to lighten the dish by using Neufchatel (sp??) instead of cream cheese, light dressing, and low fat cheddar cheese.
Now, I ordinarily do NOT believe in going low fat when it comes to cheese. To me, low fat cheese usually = rubbery puke. But in this dip, there are so many other flavors going on that you don't even notice it. Plus, the full fat cheese tends to emit an oil when it's melted into the dip and let's face it, that just ain't pretty.
I meant to take a picture to add to this post, but I dug in too quickly. Oops! So the picture on Allrecipes.com will have to suffice. If you decide to give this dip a try, let me know how you like it!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I used Clover Riley for this card, so it's fitting that this little Irish moose be the first card I upload to a blog with shamrocks in the title! A few notes about the card that might not be obvious in a photo - the main image is popped up on dimensionals to give it a little emphasis, and the gold and Riley's hat buckle are colored with a gold Spica glitter pen by Copic. Now for the picture (click for a closer look)...
Stamps - Clover Riley from Hanna Stamps, sentiment from $1 clear set at Michael's
Paper - Papertrey white, Stampin Up Brushed Gold, Basic Black, and Garden Green
Ink - Palette Noir, Stampin Up Garden Green, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa
Accessories/Tools - Tiny Bubbles cuttlebug folder, gold Spica pen, paper piercer, dimensionals
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I can't say how often I'll post or how interesting I'll be, but I'll be blogging about a mish mash of recipes I try, cards I make, or anything else I feel like talking about, because it is my blog after all! Thanks for stopping by!