Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Western Themed Cards

I stamped the pocket and hand cut some paisley paper for the handkerchief.

The other elements are from a printed sheet from a western themed stack from Hobby Lobby.

Roller Skate Card

Inspired by a card seen in a magazine, I searched online and found a clip art image of a shoe skate for this card.

The image was colored with Promarkers, punched out with a 2" circle punch and mounted on a 2 3/8" scallop circle punched shape.

The sentiment is Bethscutehmbold font, printed with Hallmark Card Studio software.

I used an EK Success  binding edge punch on the edge of the lined paper as well as the red background paper.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Swallowtail Butterfly Card

The butterfly is a clip art image traced and cut with Make The Cut.  The edges of the card front were distressed with a Heidi Grace tool.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Oh My Goodies Card #2

The pink, white and black color combo turned out pretty.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Oh My Goodies. 

A Stamp-a-ma-jig comes in handy to get the image placed properly on the cut out shape.  I do not have the  Deco Label Framelit that goes with this stamp set so I traced it and cut it out using Make The Cut.

Oh My Goodies Card

The stamp is from the Oh My Goodies set by Stampin' Up.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Almost Sourdough Bread

Almost Sourdough Bread

Makes 2 (9X5) loaves
2 and 1/2 cups warm water, divided use
3 tablespoons instant mashed potato flakes
3/4 cup sugar
1 envelope active dry yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon salt
6 to 7 cups bread flour

1. The day before: heat one cup water until warm, about 110-115
degrees. Mix it with potato flakes, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. It should start foaming a little within a few minutes.  Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.

2. The next morning, heat remaining 1 and 1/2 cups water until warm, about 110-115 degrees. Mix it with the oil and salt and stir into the yeast mixture. Stir the flour into this mixture until smooth and well combined (I did this with a stand mixer, using the dough hook, and used all 7 cups of flour).

3. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, about one hour or until double in size. Stir or punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Lightly knead each half 6 to 8 times, shape into loaves, and place in two 9X5 loaf pans that have been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

4. During the last few minutes of rise time, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover loaves and place in preheated oven. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown, rotating loves about half way through baking. Place pans on wire cooling rack for 15 minutes, then carefully turn loaves out of pans onto wire rack to finish cooling. Let cool completely before slicing or wrapping to store.

Recipe by Gooseberry Patch

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kissing Mickey and Minnie

We have our 2 year old grandson for a few days so there hasn't been any card making happening around here.  When we have Cooper, it's Cooper time!  He lives so far away that we don't get to see him nearly as often as we'd like so when he's here I spend every minute I can with him.

After putting him to bed this evening, I found this cute image online, traced it and made some quick, cute cards.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


I'm not even sure that flamingos come out at night! 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birthday Wishes

The images are from an Art Impressions set by Hampton Art.  Art Impressions has some of the cutest stamp sets with wonderful characters on them.

The images were colored with Promarkers and I pop dotted the clouds and banner.