Monday, June 27, 2016

Watercolor and bleaching with Help Me Grown

I love, love, love to watercolor! Watercolor is just so forgiving. You really cannot mess it up. I used watercolor paper, Soft Suede ink and aqua painter to create the background. Once it dried, I stamped the image from Help Me Grow using brown Stazon. Note: always use Stazon ink when water coloring. Trust me on that one.
I then dipped the aqua painter in more Soft Suede ink and added additional ink to the flowers and the stem. Now comes the fun part - bleaching!! I dipped the aqua painter in bleach and carefully bleached the tips of the flower petals. Next time around, I will make the background just a little more darker so the bleached parts of the flower will pop out more. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

You are always there for me.....

Where was this stamp set when my friend was throwing her daughter a lady bug theme party??!?!? So adorably cute! The stamp is a part of the same hostess stamp set as the hedgehogs from last week - Love You Lots. What I love about the entire set is that you get to color, color and color some more BUT the stamps are small enough so that it does not become tedious. And how about that banner punch? So fun! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Just peachy

It's peach season and therefore we had a very peachy weekend at our house. I tried two different peachy recipes and both were delicious!! Enjoy!

The first recipe was Pioneer Woman Peach Dumplings

The second recipe was Peach Fritters by Bunnys Warm Oven.

  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 2 TBLs sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/3 cup milk
  8. 1 tablespoon melted butter
  9. 1-1/4 cups diced peaches ( I used 2 fresh peaches which came to a little over 1 1/4 cups of peaches)
  10. granulated sugar in flat-sided bowl or a powdered sugar glaze
  11. oil for fryer or deep frying pan
  12. Powdered Sugar Glaze
  13. 1 cup powdered sugar
  14. milk, enough to make a drizzling consistency.
  15. Whisk the milk and confectioners sugar together until the desired drizzling consistency.
  1. Using a whisk, combine flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon and baking powder. Whisk in eggs, milk and butter. Fold in peaches.
  2. Heat oil in fryer or pan to 375 degrees F. With long handled ladle, ladle about 1/4 -1/2 cup batter into hot oil. The batter will sink at first and then rise. Cook for about 2 - 3 minutes, depending on size of fritters. Remove fritters from oil with long-handled tongs. Quickly drain on paper towels or newspaper. Then place fritter in bowl of sugar or glaze fritters. Coat with sugar on both sides, or glaze tops of fritters.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Father's Day coupon card

Hello there stampers! I came across the Coupon Card on splitcoast stampers and decided to make it for my hubby for Father's Day.
I love the new In Color Denim and Sahara Sand together. And the Marquee Massages stamp set is so fun! I totally love the coupon idea. It's a great way to give someone who has everything non-material things that are special to  him or her.
For the greetings I used Thoughtful Banners. That set has tremendous possibilities, so enjoy it.

And here is the Marquee Messages in it's entirety! Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fabulous Birthday Wish

My very fist stamp set from SU was the Hedgehogs. I fell in love with it and that started my passion for card making. That set has long retired but now we can enjoy the Love You Lots hostess set. All the little creatures from it are so darn cute and I will be introducing them to you over the next weeks. It's very easy to play with and you get to color if you want, and guess what? I love to color! I used the ink pad and a blender pen to do that. You should try it! It's so relaxing! The pink is the Flirty Flamingo from the 2016-2018 In Colors and the brown is the Tip Top Taupe from.... the old In Colors (2015-2017 In Colors)
I don't know if you can see but I created a frame in Flirty Falmingo and popped it out. I kind of like it.
And here is the entire set with all those adorable guys!
Oh yes, the greeting was created with Thoughtful Banners. What a great set! You get 51 stamps and you can create your own greetings! So Fun!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Botanicals For You

How about that for a simple card?!?!?! I really love this stamp. The stamp is the card, really. Melon Mambo is one of my favorite colors and definitely my go-to pink. And darn, (as you probably heard me say so many times in the past few month) the Wink of Stella ended up on the card. Do you think that I have issues?? Yes, I think so! Enjoy!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Birthday Balloons

Something horrible happened after I made this card.... I can't find the balloon stamp! That's one of the things about the clear stamps.... they are small and they attach themselves to things. In the past I have found stamps attached to ink pads! So hopefully it will eventually show up. Now that the horrible news is out of the way, lets concentrate on the good news, that being this fun balloon card.
If you have not noticed.... yes.... Mint Macaron is all over it. The cardstock, ink and the designer paper - the whole shabang. I told you it's so much easier to create cards when you have coordinating colors. The stamp sets are Party Pants and Perfect Pairings, both from the Sale-s-Bration catalog, as you may notice. Oh darn, yes, the Wink of Stella did manage to end up on the tips of balloons. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Baked potato soup

The hot summer days are approaching and with them I have to say farewell to my beloved soups, stews and chili. I will see them all in the fall when the days are going to start getting cooler. What the heck am I doing? Dreaming about fall when we have scorching summer ahead! Get a life, girl!

This is my farewell soup for the season. Beware, there is NOTHING skinny about this soup. It's hardy and perfect for a complete meal with a slice of my crusty bread. I love bacon but I oddly do not like when my house smells like bacon nor do I appreciate the splatter it leaves behind while I used real bacon bits I picked up in the store. I keep them handy for soups, baked potato, scrambled eggs, salads. They are simple to store, delicious and apparently they are the real deal in the bitty form. I used way more green onion than the recipe calls for but as for every other dish that you make, you have to make it your own. Enjoy this finger licking goodness!


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk, or more, as needed
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Cook bacon until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside. (or skip this step and use the real bacon bits!)
  • Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in potatoes, some of the bacon bits (keep some for serving) and green onions.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes. Potatoes will need to be stirred pretty regularly otherwise they will stick to the bottom. Stir in cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper, to taste. If the soup is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with green onion, cheese and bacon, if desired.