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Stampin’ Up Tailored Birthday

Well, Folks, this is it. If you have anything left to accomplish in 2017 you better hurry. Only a few hours left. If I didn’t get it done in 2017, it will wait until 2018, and MAYBE I will be able to get it done then. If not, probably the world won’t come to an end as a result.

For today’s card I chose to do a masculine birthday. Perhaps that is because I have 8 family birthdays in January and only 3 of them are female! On with the show!

The new Occasions catalog has many very nice stamp sets. One of them is Truly Tailored (page 45) which comes bundled with a cool punch (Tailored Tag) for a 10% savings. This will be available to you on January 3, as will the rest of the goodies in the catalog.

There is also the accompanying True Gentleman Designer Series Paper which I really like! There isn’t enough GUY stuff out there in my opinion.

I began by cutting my card base from Early Espresso as well as a Crumb cake panel for my card front. This panel went through the Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I then cut a strip of the True Gentleman DSP, which is Liquid Glued to the embossed panel.

I wrapped a strand of Linen Thread around this three times, taping it on the back. Taking a shorter strand and doubling it, I tied a knot around the three strands.

Next up is stamping the sentiment. Nothing in the Truly Tailored set was what I wanted for this recipient, so I turned to the Party Pandas (Sale-A-Bration page 15, free with $50 order) for the Happy Birthday sentiment. This was stamped in Night of Navy on Crumb Cake and punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch.

Usually I have all my supplies, tools and embellishments within arms reach in my craft room, which is what I am calling my former photography studio. Since I am no longer shooting there, I decided all my various crafts would have a new home, all in one place. So, I have a place to store things and work as well. HOWEVER! With the forecast for bitterly cold temperatures for a week, coupled with my penchant for working on cards at night, I decided to bring A FEW supplies to the house so I don’t have to make the trek to the studio, I mean craft room, in the cold, in the dark.

Fine idea, except then you don’t have the tools you want when you want them. I brought in NO markers, only the new Blends. For this project I wanted to make stitch marks around the sentiment. No markers. Okay, use Blends. Did that. Hmmm, not good. Not a thin enough brush or nib.

Well, it is ruined anyway, so I might as well see if it can be salvaged. If not, I will start over. Using a Sponge Dauber and Night of Navy ink, I sponged around the edge of said Tailored Tag, and what do you know, I like it!

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With my limited dies and stamps as well as other supplies, I had to search to find a die to cut some leaves. The Oh, So Eclectic Bundle had one, so I die cut a couple of leaves in Early Espresso and one from the Tailored Gentleman DSP. These I arranged to be under the sentiment tag and used Liquid Glue to adhere them.

The Sentiment was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals, which were also used to adhere this front panel to the the card base. Had I had all my paper choices and embellishments in the house, I might have done this differently, but I am finding I have to dig deeper in my creativity when I have limits as to what I can use.

On the inside, another panel of the Tailored Gentleman DSP is the mat for my sentiment panel in Crumb Cake. Using the leaf stamp from the new Petal Palette Bundle (Occasions Catalog page 23, available January 3), I did a stamped-off-once Early Espresso leaf as a background for my Night of Navy sentiment. This sentiment is from the Truly Tailored Bundle.

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Liquid Glue adheres this sentiment panel to its mat and into the card base. Card done.

The envelope flap was dry embossed with the Pinewood Planks TIEF, while the front got some nice Night of Navy dots. This was done with another stamp from the Petal Palette Bundle to sort of replicate the dots in the DSP that I used on the card.

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This is a nice, simple, clean card for a guy. I hope you like. Please leave comments below.

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Card Cuts: Early Espresso: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, leaves 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Crumb Cake: embossed panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside sentiment panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 2″ x 3″; True Gentleman Designer Series Paper: front 2″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″

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Soup’s On!

I love soup! I love to MAKE soup! Even more, I LOVE to eat soup!

It doesn’t really matter what kind of soup, I like most of them, thick enough to hold up the spoon, or thin, it doesn’t matter. Given a preference though, I would choose a thicker soup, sort of between stand-the-spoon-up-in-it and runny.

Today I decided, though it is 1 degree above zero (perfect for soup, don’t you think?) and a bit windy, I will make Soup-to-Share.  Going out in the cold isn’t at the top of my list of things to do, but the sun came out, the sky is a beautiful shade of blue, the snow is sparkling and I am going to do this! Besides, tomorrow’s high is supposed to be below zero, so the soup will taste even better!

A couple of days ago I saw an old friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and discovered in visiting with her that she and her husband have had some health problems. They have no family nearby. I told her then next time I made a pot of soup to big for me to eat, that I would bring them some. I hope they like the kind I made.

Well, what kind is it, you ask?? I like to use whatever I have on hand when I make soup, unless I am using a specific recipe. Oh, yes, I do use recipes. Not always, but I do find them at least a good starting point. I do not have my mother’s talent for just throwing things together.

How does Smoked Salmon Chowder sound to you? I don’t know if it is really chowder, but that is what I am calling it. This is a hearty dish, so one bowl will be plenty.

You can make yours however you wish, but I prefer fresh ingredients when I have them. Shortcuts are nice, and I am forever thankful for whomever discovered preserving our bountiful harvest through canning and freezing (and dehydrating) for those times when there just isn’t anything fresh available.

Let me state here that ‘available’ means whatever is in my kitchen, not in my local grocery 13 miles away, or the specialty stores, a drive of 60 miles.

Begin by finely chopping or dicing 3 russet potatoes, carrot sticks left from the relish plate (enough to make about a cup), 2 stalks of celery (throw in the tops for flavor-you can fish them out later), and half of a large onion. Now, for this chowder, I like the vegetables pretty small. So, in this case, diced is about 1/4″-3/8″. No one is going to measure, so if just want to chop into small pieces, go ahead.

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Dump these in a 6 quart stock pot with a quart of chicken broth.

Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (I don’t like pepper, so use very little) 2 teaspoons dried dill weed and l clove garlic minced.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add the secret ingredient…instant mashed potatoes, about 1-1/2 cups. This thickens the soup.  You could add more, or less, or not at all. If you want your soup thicker and don’t have the potatoes, use a bit of flour mixed with water and add it to your soup. Just be sure it thoroughly cooks or it will taste like raw flour. Fish out the celery leaves. (Or, if you have leftover mashed potatoes you could add a cup of those instead of the instant).

Add 2 cups whole milk, 1 cup whipping cream and 2 cans evaporated milk. You could use all evaporated milk, but I had milk and I had cream. And, if I didn’t use them they might go bad in a few days, so, in they went. One bowl as shown below is VERY filling. So, it doesn’t really matter that you are using all the BEST ingredients. This is NOT the place to substitute skim milk or 2% for the milk and cream! Trust me.

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You can substitute all you want. However, if I say ‘use butter’ and you use something else, well, darn! It just won’t taste the same! I hear this all the time, “Mine doesn’t taste as good as yours.”

Hello! Substitutions make it taste different. (‘Course you aren’t tasting mine, so maybe it doesn’t matter at all) Skim milk just won’t cut it for this soup!

Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Add 1 can cream style corn and 1 POUND of Norwegian smoked salmon. Yep, a pound. The kind I buy is sliced, ready to put on a platter and serve, so I just cut each slice in about 6 pieces. (Do the whole filet at one time, not individual slices!) If you don’t have access to a filet of smoked Norwegian Salmon, you could just use a can of salmon instead.

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Now, I could have been totally selfish (I was tempted) and devoured the whole pound myself and called it dinner. But, I thought it would taste good in the soup, and IT DOES!

I hope you enjoy this soup. Normal type of recipe follows, minus my meanderings.

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MMM-MMM Good!

Recipe for Smoked Salmon Chowder

Ingredients:

3 Russet Potatoes, diced

1 cup diced Carrots

2 stalks Celery, diced

1/2 Large Onion, diced

1 Clove Garlic, diced

1 Quart Chicken Broth or Stock

1 t. Salt

1/8 t. Black Pepper

2 t. Dried Dill

1-2.75 oz. box instant mashed potatoes (about 1-1/2 cups)

2 Cups Whole Milk

1 Cup Heavy Cream

2 Cans Evaporated Milk

1 Can Cream Style Corn

1 Pound filet Norwegian Smoked Salmon, cut in small pieces

Directions:

Add the vegetables and seasonings to the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add instant mashed potatoes, stirring well.

Add milk, cream and evaporated milk, heating to near boiling. Do not boil.

Add the corn and salmon. Heat through. Serve.

Makes ABOUT 15 cups. How many servings you get from that is up to you. The bowl shown above holds one cup, and was plenty for me.

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Clearance Rack Update!

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Good Monday Morning, All!

This will be my first post today, as I was planning to post a card later. I just didn’t want to wait to tell you all about the updated Clearance Rack. Wowza! Some great stuff there at bargain prices.

There are embellishments galore, punches, dies, embossing folders and much, much more. Since the Clearance Rack changes frequently, I do not have a list to show you. However, just go to my ‘Shop Online With Me’ button to go to my store, then check out Clearance Rack. I am certain you will find something to your liking.

Happy Shopping! (It’s ok to buy yourself a Christmas present)

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A special gift.

Good morning, Everyone, or is it afternoon???

I get busy and forget to look at the clock unless my stomach says it is time to eat!

Today I do not have a card for you, but something just as special. I made a book for a special little boy using images I took in Africa. It is an alphabet book. He isn’t two years old yet, so there will be plenty of time to enjoy this book.

Our family is pooling the money we would have spent on gifts for each other and giving it to a hurricane victim. None of us NEEDS anything, as we have all been blessed with plenty. However, I still have made something for most of the family, so there will be a FEW gifts under the tree (if I have time to get it up!)

A friend commented that she is on a pace for Christmas…if it was still September!! I am in agreement. How is it that Christmas sneaks up on me, every year it seems! Where does the time go????

Anyway, here is the cover of his book. I will show you a few inside pages as well.

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This is the front and back of the cover. I blanked out his name purposely for this post.

I so enjoyed putting this book together. Here is one of my favorite animals from that trip. We saw her several times. Shortly after this image was taken she was stalked by a lioness and barely got away! I have images of the whole scenario! Very special. A couple of days later we found her and her 4 babies and spent the whole afternoon photographing their antics.

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What a beautiful animal. The next page I will show you is not an animal nor a bird, but what I chose to use for the letter Q. Q and X are difficult as I had no images for either letter. So, I used my imagination. For the X I put in an Xtra image of a W (warthog).

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This next image is of an owl that very few people ever see. We had FANTASTIC guides who knew where to look for various critters. They knew I especially wanted to see birds, so were constantly on the lookout for them. I was able to photograph good quality images and identify 119 species of birds I had never before seen. And, most people who do see the owl don’t get to see the eyelids!

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Our Photographer leader asked which was our favorite animal and I was hard pressed to answer. I loved them all. However, I said, “Elephant”, as I have always loved the big Pachyderms. I think, though, now that I have been in their realm, I would have to include the Zebra as among my favorites. They are so unique.

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So, there you have it. Some samples from my gift for a special little guy. I hope he cherishes it as much as I cherish the memories of that trip and the wonderful animals of God’s creation. Every time I see something new, I am overwhelmed by an Awesome God and what he did for us mere humans.

The gifts of the Creation pale in comparison to the Gift sent to earth on the day that we celebrate as Christmas. Honor Him by trying to be more loving and kinder to your fellow humans, even when you don’t want to do so. You will be Blessed!

Thank you for stopping by. I would appreciate your comments.

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Hearts Come Home Sympathy

For today’s card I chose to use the Hearts Come Home bundle, which is a Christmas bundle. However, I think it is appropriate for a sympathy card as well.

This is the third iteration of this card, as the first two had major design flaws. I wanted to use the inlay technique and it wasn’t going well. I typically design as I go, with a germ of an idea in mind when I begin. Sometimes the logistics of what I want to do simply do not work!

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I began by cutting two panels of Whisper White card stock, one to paint and one to leave white and cut out. Well, actually, both are cut as you will see.

Using Pacific Point, Perfect Plum, Garden Green and Berry Burst I sponged one of the panel, starting with the Pacific point at the bottom, blending as I moved up, and ending with the Berry Burst at the top.

I thought the horizon (the edge of the snow) should be slightly below the halfway mark. I die cut the Whisper White panel first, then, laying the upper portion over the sponged panel, I lined up the die so they would match perfectly. I then cut the sponged panel, carefully removing it from the Big Shot so that all the little pieces would remain in the die.

The sponged sky and the white lower portion were taped together (perfect fit!) on the back to hold them in place, then I placed a layer of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back of this inlaid panel. This adhesive sheet is necessary for all the window and door details to stick into their respective holes. This will be adhered to the card base. Now for the tricky part.

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I positioned the die (with the sponged cut out still in the die) over the white die cut and, using my paper piercing tool, pushed out the small bits and pieces and down into the openings.

After lifting off the die, most of the details were left on the white cut out, more or less in the place where they belonged. I simply used the paper piercing tool to finish the job. They stick nicely to the Adhesive Sheet. The ones that didn’t come out on the first try, did on the second.

The sentiment, from the now retired Strength and Prayers stamp set, was stamped in the ‘snow’ in Night of Navy. Then I peeled off the backing from the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and stuck the finished panel to the Night of Navy card base.

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For the inside, I sponged another panel of Whisper White for the mat, and stamped my sentiment on a liner of Whisper White. This sentiment is from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, as is the tree. Both are stamped in Night of Navy. This is my ‘go to’ stamp set for sympathy cards. The liner was adhered to the sponged mat and into the card base with Liquid Glue.

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In looking again at the front, I decided it needed a little something. Hmmm. Stars? Using the stamp from Night in Bethlehem, I stamped it once in Versamark and heat set the Silver Embossing Powder with my heat tool. I did not use the Embossing Buddy, so there are some little sprinkles of silver among the stars, which I rather like.

For the envelope, I used the tree stamp from the Hearts Come Home bundle to stamp a row across the bottom front in Night of Navy.

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For the flap, I used the silicone rubber mat and impressions pad (sizzix accessory) to use the die to emboss the design. It did cut a little, as the envelope is not as thick as card stock, but didn’t cut through enough to ruin the flap. I also stamped some stars in the blank upper right side to finish it.

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Once I worked out the bugs, this was an easy card to do. I like this technique so much, I think I will make a Christmas card with it! I hope you try it. Please leave comments or questions below.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: cut 3 (two to sponge, one to die cut) 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

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“Celebrate” Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop theme today is “Celebrate!” That single word covers a lot of territory….birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, weddings, babies, graduations and on…and on…!

I am choosing to celebrate the birth of Christ with the Wise Men From Afar stamp set.

One of my all time favorite Christmas hymns (though I like them all) is “We Three Kings.” I was so happy to see the stamp set Wise Men from Afar in the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog this year. To go along with that is the Merry Music Designer Series Paper with the “We Three Kings” music. For our hop today I am pairing those two items as well as some Designer Series Paper from Merry Little Christmas.

So, take a look, then go on to see what the creative minds on our team have put together.

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I began by cutting my card base from Basic Black card stock. The front is matted in Whisper White, on top of which is the Merry Little Christmas DSP in black with white stars. This is the mat for the Merry Music art piece.

Using Basic Black ink, I stamped the Wise Men to the left of center and toward the bottom of the paper. I wanted a tiny bit of color on this card, but didn’t want to detract from the main theme. Hmmm. What to do? Well, I colored in the little dots on the three robes, each in a different color. I used my Stampin’ Write markers of Elegant Eggplant, Real Red and Pacific Point.

As these were men of wealth, I added a bit of glitz to the color with my Wink of Stella. I also added color to the white areas of their headpieces and more Wink of Stella.

Of course, they were following a bright star, so I made mine out of Silver Foil Sheets using the die from Night in Bethlehem. Before adhering the star, and before adhering the Merry Music DSP to the starry DSP, I cut another big star from the music. Using Liquid Glue, I attached the music to the stars paper. Then, I inset the silver star into the music. I really like this effect. This whole panel was adhered to the Whisper White mat with Liquid Glue also.

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For the sentiment, I used the short one in the Wise Men from Afar stamp set, stamping it in Versamark on Basic Black paper. Before stamping, I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the black paper so the embossing powder wouldn’t stick anyplace that was not stamped.

I heat embossed this in Silver Emboss Powder. I used my Paper Snips Scissors to cut a flag in one end, leaving the other end straight. To set the sentiment off a bit more, I put Versamark Ink on all the edges and heat embossed them in silver also. This gives a finished look to the sentiment banner.

I placed three Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back near the straight end and wound some Silver Metallic Thread around to peek out from behind the sentiment. Using more of the Silver Metallic Thread, I wound it around the whole panel three times under the Wise Men, and just under where the lower edge of the sentiment banner would be, taping it on the back.

After adhering this card front with liquid glue to the card base, I added more Stampin’ Dimensionals to the sentiment banner and adhered it to the card front.

Card front….Done!

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For the inside, I used the same papers, layered in the same order. The sentiment, also from Wise Men from Afar, is again heat embossed in Silver on Basic Black card stock. This was cut using the Lots of Labels framelits. The Silver Foil Sheets mat was cut with the next larger size framelit. All were adhered with liquid glue EXCEPT the sentiment to the foil. To be certain of good adhesion, I used Fast Fuse for this step.

On to the envelope. I stamped the three Wise Men on the front of my Medium White Envelope in Basic Black ink. On the flap I used Liquid Glue to adhere the leftover piece of “We Three Kings” music from the Merry Music Designer Series Paper.

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I hope you enjoy this card. I think it is one I will repeat.

Card Cuts are below.

Now, just click on the ‘Next Blog’ button to go on to see what the super creative Mary Deatherage did for you today. Or, use the ‘Previous Blog’ button to see Jaimie’s creation.

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Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front sentiment 7/8″ x 2-5/8″, inside sentiment 2″ x 3-1/2″; Whisper White: outside mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper: front mat and inside mat (cut 2) 4″ x 5-1/4″; Merry Music Designer Series Paper: front art piece 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, envelope flap 2-1/2″ x 6″; Silver Foil Sheets: star 1-1/2″ x 1-3/4″, inside sentiment mat 2-1/2″ x 4″.

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