Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Welcome Baby
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
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Sponsor: My Grafico

We have a fabulous sponsor this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. It is My Grafico. The image I used is from their Zoom Vroom Set which is so adorable. Our DT had the privilege this week of creating with this set. Every image turned out so sweet. Be sure to check it our yourself by visiting Sweet Sketch Wednesday. You will be inspired by all their creativity. And while you are there, their inspiration will encourage you to want to play along and if you do you may be the lucky winner for the week and receive the incredible prize....can you believe it...the entire Zoom Vroom Set. So be sure to play along! All the details are on Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Image: My Grafico: Zoom Vroom Set, SU Short and Sweet
Paper: Provo Craft: Bright Kids Candy Dots, My Mind's Eye: Primary Blue Stripes, SU Brilliant Blue and YoYo Yellow, DCWV Red Multi Pack
Ink: Copics, SU Brilliant Blue
Tools and Embellishments: SU Modern Label, MS Border Punch, Stickles, Brads

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Best Wishes
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This week our sponsor at Sweet Sketch Wednesday is Digi Stamp Boutique. The prize for the winner is $10 of your choice of digi images. Sally Ann has some fabulous images so check them out here. Also check out her blog. But you must know, our DT has some incredible creations
with her images so check those out at SSW and get some inspiration for your own card. Be sure to play along! You may be the lucky winner this week!

I had a few frustrations with my printer ink on this card. For some reason the ink is flaking off the paper. Has anyone had this problem? I am using the Laserjet. I have only had this problem one other time.
Also you can't tell by the picture, but the jewel on top of the cake is a heart jewel that perfectly fits the heart image.

The stick pin was saved from something I received last year for Valentine's Day. I thought it went with the paper but again it hardly shows in the picture. It stands out better when you see it face to face. So I took a close up shot of the stick pin! Cute...huh!

When I first finished the card it looked like this.

I thought it would look better with some added stitching around the circle. So I tore it apart and tried to do Arlana's sewing technique. Well, it's not as easy as she makes it look! But I do think it is what the card needed. I'll have to do some more practicing! Practice does make perfect!

This is the sketch for the week. Be sure to check out all the details on SSW! Let's see what you can create!


Image: Digi Stamp Boutique: Love Cake, SU Short and Sweet
Paper: Heidi Grace Designs: Love Blossoms Twigs with Glitter, ANW Crestwood: Pomegranate Metallic, Rosebud Metallic Cover, American Girl Crafts, SU Pink Passion, DCWV Red Multi Pack
Ink: SU Real Red
Tools and Embellishments: Marvy 3" Circle Punch, Suzzix Circle Scallop, SU Oval Scallop, Oval, Fiskars Heart, Ribbon, Flower, Pearl, Ribbon, Stitching, Heart Stick Pin, Heart Jewel.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine Apple Pie

My mother was absolutely the best pie maker in the, rhubarb, raisin, peach, lemon, cherry, coconut cream, banana cream...well, I don't think I can name all of them.
My husband has been wanting my apple pie for some time now. So I finally decided to make it for him for Valentine's Day! Well, it was a big hit.

I always make my pie in a 9X13 pyrex dish. Then I decorate it according to the holiday. Thanksgiving is a turkey...Christmas is usually holly and berries.....just whatever I decide to try.

This time I added a little cinnamon and sugar on the heart.

My mom had a wonderful crust recipe that she made by feel...I use to know how to make it the way she did...However, I found that if I wasn't making it on a consistent basis, my crust was not flaky like hers. So I finally resolved myself to using the following pie crust. It is a winner and works every time.
Never Fail Pie Crust
Mix together with pastry blender: 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup shortening, 1 teaspoon salt.
Add to first mixture: 1 beaten egg, 1/4 cup water, 1 Tablespoon vinegar
Mix together with fork.
This recipe is perfect for a 9X13 dish or three 9" rounds. If rolled very thin you may get four rounds. Sometimes I just make a baby pie for the kids! They love it!
My favorite tool for making apple pie is the Apple Corer Slicer Peeler by Pampered Chef. A real time just have to remember to buy firm apples. When buying golden delicious apples, I look for the greenest apples I can find. If they are yellow, they are too soft for this tool and you will have to peel, core and slice by hand.
Judi's Apple Pie Filling
10-12 golden delicious apples....sometimes I throw in an apple or two that is getting too soft to eat...any variety.
1 cup brown sugar
3-4 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon plus of cinnamon
1 teaspoon plus of nutmeg
2-3 Tablespoons of melted butter
Mix together and pour into 9X13 dish prepared with bottom crust. Cover with top crust. Bake for 1 hour at 400 degrees.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thank You
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
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Sponsor: Soft Pencil

Whoo Hooo! It's Wednesday again....time for Sweet Sketch Wednesday. If you haven't taken the time to play along...this is your week. Our sponsor is Soft Pencil. They are offering $10 towards your choice of digis from their site. Take a few minutes and brows around in their shop. You might also want to check out their blog.

The image I used was such a sweet image.....Flowers for You. Perfect for Valentines, Easter or a little Thank You. As you can see I chose to make it a Thank You card since I can use them in my stash!

The sketch this week is so perfect for almost any image. Come on....get your creative juices flowing and play along with us this week. Check out all the details on Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Image: Soft Pencil Flowers for You. SU Short and Sweet
Paper: SU Groovy Guava, Barley Banana, Certainly Celery, Nana's Nursery Baby Girl
Ink: Copics
Tools and Embellishments: Nesties, SU Word Window, SU Modern Label, Flower Brads, Ribbon, Pearls

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Wagon Full of Hearts
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
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Sponsor: The Stamping Boutique

I loved this image from The Stamping Boutique. The picture doesn't show it but I used stickles to add sparkle to the lace cloth, the wheels and the star dust from the hearts. Also it was my first time using this new border punch from Stampin' Up.

Our sponsor this week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday is The Stamping Boutique. Tracey has wonderful images on her site. Please take a few moments to check them out. You will love her designs.

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Just a special thanks to all of you who have shown your love and concern for Nancy and our family. We appreciate your thoughtfulness !


Image: The Stamping Boutique Wagon Full of Hearts
Paper: SU Purely Pomegranate, Melon Mambo, The Paper Company Db Sided Mulberry, Provo Craft Little Princess Hearts
Ink: Copics
Tools and Embellishments: SU Scallop Trim Border Punch, Marvy Heart, Stickles, Brads, Ribbon