Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MFT sketch challenge #238

Another fantastic sketch is up on the Card Challenges blog this week - MFT sketch #238

oohh.... I like this one!!!
I played with my new MFT watercolor flowers stamps, and made, well, watercolor flowers!! 
I mixed peach and pink inks on the stamp and then spritzed them with water before stamping to make these delicious flowers - a little something I learned from my dear friend and MFT designer Kimberly Crawford, which you can learn about HERE on her awesome video. I don't own the the flower dies (yet!), so I fussy cut them out and adhered them to the card. In lieu of the rectangular panel in the sketch, I used my MFT stitched fishtail flag dies to create a layered panel to run across the card. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps Big Scripty Greetings set.
I embossed the white background panel with a large dot embossing folder, and also used a large stitched rectangle die to cut it out. I splashed a few sequins on the card to give it a little sparkle ;)
The most exciting part about this card however, is that I sent it to someone who I think is absolutely AWESOME - I can't wait until she gets it!! :)

 *ETA - I'm adding this card to the Simon Says Stamp 'Anything Goes Challenge', just 'cause I love this card so much, I want to share it everywhere!! ;)

thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

you are awesome

Hello hello and happy Monday!
Here today to share a card that, well, I'm pretty darn excited about.... let me tell you why!
For starters, the card was made for this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge
- I love their weekly challenges, so that alone is exciting!!

I also followed the latest sketch from Case This Sketch #133
So... let's get to the 'why' I'm excited about this card. 

When I saw these darling vellum circles from Neat and Tangled, I fell in love!! 

Unfortunately my scrappy budget is sitting at $0 right now, so I came up with a way to replicate this look - for free - using supplies I had on hand!! :)

You can do it too - all you need is plain vellum, distress ink, and water!
Yep. I smooshed distress ink on vellum, then after it dried, I cut out varying sized circles with circle punches!
And then I used them on my card like so:
Can I tell you again how much I LOVE how this turned out?!
The variegated blue (mermaid lagoon)?!?! my fave!!
I added a splattering of sequins for the sparkle - but I really think that the watercolor smooshed vellum circles provide the 'shine' here with their unique, vivid colors. And the awesome 'you are awesome' sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings set shines itself right on top of it all!
This was such a fun card to create - so glad that I got the chance to play along with both challenges!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Simon says: Get In Shape

This week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is shaped cards (no squares or rectangles) - awesome!! I haven't made a shaped card in a long time, so this is a welcome challenge!!

When it came down to creating though, I couldn't think of a shape I wanted to work with! LOL So I chose to work with a tag shape.

I used patterned paper from a Heidi Swapp paper stack from Hobby Lobby, and 'dip dyed' paper from another paper stack from Michael's. But that stamp set... oh my goodness, just cracks me up every time - it's I Love Donuts from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the donuts on watercolor paper, and watercolored the 'icing' with distress inks, then stamped the sprinkles on top once everything dried. I framed the stamped sentiment with a bit of black cardstock before adhering it to the stitched fish tail tag diecut. I finished the tag shaped card with a bit of black and white bakers twine and a few silver sequins.

A fun result from a great challenge to get us out of our square and rectangular card zone!!
Thanks SSS!!!

AEI{heart}U challenge #26: Sparkle

You had me at the word *SPARKLE* !!!!

I couldn't resist playing along with the latest Avery Elle challenge

and this is what I designed

Fun, isn't it?! I inked a panel die cut with a MFT stitched rectangle die. I used Avery Elle's  yummy 'Sending You' stamp set - started with stamping 'sending' on the rectangle panel, then stamping the paper airplane and trail in gold embossing powder and then heat embossing it for the sparkle factor! Then I stamped 'my love' on vellum, and adhered the sentiment underneath two sparkly (glittered) chipboard hearts.

I could make a dozen of these, they were so much fun to create!!
Thanks for a GREAT challenge, AEI{heart}U!!!

thank you for your kindness

The card that I am sharing today was designed around two challenges:

And this is what I designed:

I used the butterfly tendrils die from Simon Says Stamp and a sheet of 'dip dyed' patterned paper from a stack that I purchased at Michael's. The sentiment is from Neat and Tangled's 'Kindness Matters' set, which I heat embossed with WOW! opaque bright white super fine embossing powder.  
For me, this is a CAS card ;) - I'm learning how to embrace white space!! lol

Great challenges, glad that I had the time to play along!!

sketch Saturday #369 (oops)

oops.... yep, I did it again.

I made a card for a challenge, and I didn't post it to the link up in time!! LOL
Here is the sketch for Sketch Saturday #369 challenge

and here is my card

I used some (reallllly) old papers from Webster's Pages and My Mind's Eye, paired with some new goodies from My Favorite Things (balloon dies, make a wish stamp from the Brushstroke Birthday set, and stitched rectangles dies).

I love my new MFT products, glad that I got a chance to use them, even if I didn't get a chance to share the card in the challenge ;)


hair ties for sale!!

I did some cleaning in my crafty space and came across my forgotten bin of hair ties - just sitting here - and thought I would offer them up for anyone who is interested in purchasing some.

If you haven't used hair ties, you are missing out!! They are made from elastic, they don't damage your hair, and they look pretty darn cute on your wrist too! I pull my hair back all the time, and hair ties are all that I ever use. Love them!!!

Some colors are very limited, and I will not be ordering any more, so if you want it, grab it while you can!!

All hair ties are $1.00 each.
I have a few "Roll Tide" packs left at $4.00 each; and two "Under the Sea" packs left at $5.00 each.

Whatever actual shipping charges are via USPS.

Local orders:
You can pick up here at the house!

How to order:
Please send your detailed order using the exact hair tie color names, and the quantity that you desire, email (raescards @ comcast . net) <- eliminate spaces when typing in email - 
Let me know if you have any questions!!

Below are the colors that are still available:

Friday, July 17, 2015

something different: a recipe

In addition to card making, I also like to play around with recipes. Over the years there have been many failures (especially in the crock pot!), but it's a true joy when we have a winner.
This one, my friends, is a winner!!!!

My daughter pinned a recipe for 'easy chicken and cheese enchilada' - click on link to see recipe.
We tried it, it was pretty good, but we used rotisserie chicken, it tasted like, well, rotisserie chicken. The chicken definitely needed FLAVOR.

So the next time, and every subsequent time, that I have made the recipe I followed this recipe for Mexican shredded chicken in crock pot.
But this last time, I swapped out the water with chicken broth - MUCH better!!!

Now be prepared, this meal is a two-day affair (I think it tastes better if the chicken rests in the fridge overnight).
Below is my tweaked recipe with some notes, for anyone interested!

Mexican shredded chicken enchiladas with white green chili sauce

Prepare the chicken the night before you plan on making the dish
5 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (defrosted)
2 tablespoons of chili powder
1 tablespoon of onion powder
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of oregano
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
3/4 teaspoons of cumin
3/4 teaspoons of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
1 cup of chicken broth (*the original recipe calls for water, but the chicken broth tastes MUCH better!!)

1 )Trim fat from chicken. Arrange chicken in bottom of 5 quart crock pot.
2) Add all of the dry spices.
3) Add 1 cup of chicken broth.
4) Cook on low for 4-5 hours (or when chicken shreds easily)
5) Shred chicken with two forks. It will seem like there is a lot of liquid, but it will be absorbed into chicken - which is why I prefer to put the chicken in the refrigerator overnight so it can soak up the liquid.

The enchiladas:
10 soft taco shells (*I buy a 16 pack of Mission flour tortilla soft tacos -  they are softest/taste the best)
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (*from recipe above, there will be extra meat, you can either use more in this recipe, or freeze it, or use it to make tacos or something)
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (*I use a cheddar/jack cheese)
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 4 oz. can diced green chiles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan. Reheat refrigerated chicken on stovetop. Mix chicken with 1 cup of cheese. Roll up in tortillas and place in pan. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook one minute, stirring constantly. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir in sour cream and chiles. Do not bring to boil, you don't want curdled sour cream. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese. Bake 22 minutes covered, remove foil and then broil for 3 minutes or until cheese starts to brown. Enjoy!

Let me know if you try it, and what you thought!!
My family absolutely LOVES this recipe, it has become a regular in our meal rotation :)
Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Simon Says: Furry Friends

This week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is 'furry friends'.
This was reallllly a challenge for me, as I am not much of a colorer - LOL.
But to be honest, I was actually looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to work with a stamped image.
I chose to use Simon Says Stamp's 'Birthday Farm Animals' stamp set and coordinating dies.

I actually love how this one turned out!!
I started with a smooshed background, which was created with Distress inks.
After stamping the pig I used watered down distress ink to create 'watercolor' and used it to paint the image. The balloon is paper pieced with a scrap of polka dot paper.
The card front was made using distress ink and a My Favorite Things diagonal stripes stencil.
The sentiment is from the Birthday Farm Animal stamp set. The banner is from Avery Elle's Build a Banner set.

This was a perfect challenge for me, I really enjoyed watercoloring he image, definitely want to try this again!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 236

Here today with a card based on MFT Wednesday card sketch challenge #236.

I followed this sketch to make a card for my daughter's 15th birthday!

One of my daughter's current favorite songs is 'follow your arrow' by kacey musgraves  - it is played A LOT in my car when I chauffeur her and her friends around, so I have become pretty fond of it too! 
The video is a little strange, but the song is catchy!

I knew that I wanted to create a birthday card based on this song. No stamping on this card, just lots of patterned paper (appropriately arrow themed)! I covered some old number Thickers with gold glitter to be the focal point of the card. On the paper strip on the bottom of the card I hand wrote an inspiring refrain from the song. 
I just love how it turned out!!

Can't believe my baby girl is 15!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

simon says stamp wednesday challenge: going dotty, card #2

Couldn't resist creating a second card for Simon Says Stamp's latest Wednesday Challenge "going dotty"!

On my second card, I also used stamps from the "Just for You" set from Neat and Tangled (the present, bow, and sentiment). I added lots of extra dottiness with the bold and bright patterned papers and the sheer black and white polka dot ribbon.

I could have kept creating dotty cards for days!! Hopefully y'all didn't experience dot overload on your visit(s)!!
Thanks for a great challenge, Simon Says Stamp!!

simon says stamp wednesday challenge: going dotty

who doesn't love dots?!
I sure do!!!
So it was a no-brainer that I wanted to play along with Simon Says Stamp's latest Wednesday Challenge "going dotty"!
Now, I *may* have gone a little overboard with the dots.... but I'll let you be the judge of that! :)
On my first card, I used some stamps from Neat and Tangled (punchella for the pink dotted background; 'Just for You' set for the balloons and sentiment). I added dotty texture by dry embossing the white cardstock panel with large polka dots. More dots were added to the card with the addition of the pale yellow polka dotty paper, the black and white polka dot paper, and the scraps of dot paper that I chose for the balloons.

On my second card, I also used stamps from the "Just for You" set from Neat and Tangled (the present, bow, and sentiment). I added lots of extra dottiness with the bold and bright patterned papers and the sheer black and white polka dot ribbon.

I could have kept creating dotty cards for days!! Hopefully y'all didn't experience dot overload on your visit!!
Thanks for a great challenge, Simon Says Stamp!!

MFT color challenge 24

The latest color challenge at MFT card challenges (challenge 24) had me a little worried at first....
as it's not really a color combination that I would readily choose to design with. But again, I look to these challenges as well, 'challenges', a way to step outside of my comfort zone when designing a card.
I'm not going to lie, initially this usually causes some anxiety.... trying to find the right products in the right colors from my craft arsenal to match the colors in the challenge is difficult since I don't own ANY of the MFT cardstock or inks named in the challenge! I would presume that designing is a bit less stressful when you own the actual papers and inks that the challenge calls for using!! ;)

After my anxiety of trying to find the right shades of color subsides, then I can move on to design... and this is the design that I ended up with.... the SECOND time:

It sort of reminded me of an art piece hanging in a gallery. I smooshed distress ink colors (mustard seed, ripe persimmon, broken china) on watercolor paper panels, then framed them with the light lemony yellow cardstock (because I felt that the yellow panel was too bright of a yellow, and I wanted to pull in the lighter yellow color from the color challenge swatch). The stamp is from LJD Words of Inspiration set by MFT.

Now I did say that the above card was my SECOND attempt....
for some reason, that I can't explain, I was not happy with the way that my first card turned out, but will share it here just for fun:
Thanks for stopping by today!!

MFT sketch 235 & Seize the Birthday

Hello hello! 
Another great sketch from the MFT card challenges blog, you can see the challenge details HERE 

I again took another rather literal interpretation of the sketch
I created a shaker card, with a paper pieced sailboat as the focal image. This was a fun one to design!!
I chose to work with a red, white, and blue color scheme and a birthday theme to fit the latest 'Seize the Birthday' challenge

which you can learn more about HERE

Thanks for stopping by!!
Until next time...