Monday, November 12, 2012

Holiday Card Workshop Day 5, Card 1

I'm kind of skipping around a bit, but the great thing about Online Card Classes is you can go back and watch the videos and look at the material as long as you want after you finish the class! So I decided to just do whichever cards called to me :)

For this card I cut a tag with the Cricut from the Art Philosophy Cartridge, which I love! I then stamped an image, embossed it, and brushed on a mixture of Perfect Pearls and water, which the embossed image resisted. I layered the tag over two other cuts and then attached them to my background.

I did my background differently than the class - I embossed the wood grain stamp and then rubbed on a red and green Distress Stain along with a Pewter Stain on one card and the Bronze Stain on the other. I then spritzed with water and dried the cardstock and then blended some Distress Inks till I was happy with the look.

I really liked the way the background turned out even though I wasn't sure how the wood grain would look!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bacon, Potato and Corn Chowder

I just made a yummy recipe which I found on Shari Carroll's blog for Shari's Tator Soup! I changed it a tiny bit, so I'll post it the way I made it, but be sure to head over to Shari's amazing blog. She is one of the designers on the Holiday Card Class at

Shari's Tator Soup: Serves 8 (guys)

Potatoes (7-8peeled and diced)
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 chopped onion
Bacon (5 slices uncooked or 10 slices pre-cooked) cut in 1/2" pieces (I actually used 1/2 c precooked crumbled bacon that you buy in a bag from Costco)
1 cup of frozen or canned corn
Smoked Paprika
Garlic seasoning mix
Milk (amount can vary) ( I use 1%)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Potato flakes or flour mixed with water to thicken
Shredded cheese and French fried onions for garnish

Crisp bacon and onions in the bottom of a stock pot. Add potatoes and chicken stock and enough water (if needed) to cover just potatoes. On medium heat, cook till corners of potatoes become slightly rounded (about 1/2 hour). Add corn (i heated it a bit first. Add spices and milk (i also added a bit of cream) to potatoes and return to heat. Once hot, sprinkle 3 tbsp. of potato flakes (or add flour/water mixture) to the soup. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish as desired

This was amazing!

Holiday Card Workshop Day 1 Card #2

For the second card for Day 1 of the Holiday Card Workshop at Online Card Classes I followed the wonderful tutorial and masked a piece of white cardstock, stamping 3 different sized snowflakes above and below the mask in several different colors of ink.  I then used Evergreen Bough Distress Ink and sponged some color over the snowflakes.  After removing the mask I scored slightly inside the white area above and below, across the paper and stamped my sentiment and then added some red snowflakes for a pop of color. Of course, I added some Stickles for some sparkle!
The tutorial shows how this card can easily be used to make a 'cheat sheet' to make quite a few cards very quickly.  I definitely plan to go back to do that!

Holiday Card Workshop Day 1

I signed up for the amazing Holiday Card Workshop over at Online Card Classes, and it is awesome! So many fabulous ideas and wonderful video tutorials!!

On day 1 there were two cards featured- the first is a cute 3x3 card and envelope. I used green cardstock topped with a square of plaid Christmas paper, with a stamped rectangle featuring a Hero Arts Christmas owl set, which I coloured with Prismacolor markers. I used 2 small hearts and chalk ink for a little border and stamped faux red stitching across the top and bottom. Lastly I embossed a snowflake, cut it out and popped it up with foam tape.

I didn't have the score board to create the envelope as the instructions suggested, so I cut a piece of 5x5 paper, laid the card in the center of it, diagonally, and traced around it.  Then I scored the lines and folded the corners in, attaching 3 with washi tape and rounding the corner of the envelope flap. Perfect!
Hope you enjoyed these cute cards and be sure to check out this wonderful class!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Recent card making!

I just wanted to share some cards I've made recently that haven't been for any challenges. Just ones I've made while sitting down to play!