Monday, 28 September 2015

Autumn Blessings - 2015 Fall Coffee Lovers

It is the 2015 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I am very happy to be playing along! It is always great to see some fabulous new inspiration...and to top it off, Verve released a fun new digi-stamp to celebrate! Here is my creation using a Viva la Verve sketch and drawing on some fall inspiration from the Autumn Lovelies Inspiration Challenge. I am also linking up to one of our September Heart2Heart challenges - "Splat".
Paper - Sangria paper collection; Black, Desert Sand, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Cocoa, Watercolour Pencils (CTMH); Dies - Stitched Circles (Simon Says Stamp);
Stamps - Latte Love digi-stamp, Coffee, Better With You (Verve); Ink Blot (CTMH);
Embellishments - Burlap, Mini-medley Black (CTMH).

Monday, 21 September 2015

Doodling Challenge at Heart2Heart

This week at Heart2Heart we challenge you to doodle or create something inspired by doodling! I got an exciting package in the mail from Close To My Heart the other day, so I set to work with some of my new supplies.

I thought one of the patterned papers from the La Vie En Rose paper collection looked like doodling! I used a pocket card cut out from the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and set to work using some of our new colours from the Paper Fundamentals Enchantment (Eggplant, Sapphire, Saffron, Pomegranate) pack. To top it off I used a PML gold overlay.

Hope to see you in the gallery over at Heart2Heart!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Heartfelt Sympathy

To make this sympathy card I used one of the September sketches from Viva la Verve. I incorporated some of the colours from the Diva Inspirations Challenge to create a fall inspired card. I used the All Aflutter die from Verve for my butterfly so that I could play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "die crazy".
Paper - Paper Fundamentals - Basics, Lagoon, Desert Sand, Colonial White, Black cardstock; 
Seaside patterned papers (CTMH); Ink - Lagoon, Cocoa (CTMH); 
Stamps - Blue Skies, Blessings (Verve); Dies - All Aflutter (Verve).

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Salsa vs. Picante Sauce

For years I have been making this "salsa" recipe with my mother-in-law and sister-in-laws. At the end of every summer, we divide up all the ingredients in this recipe, do the chopping the night before at each of our homes and then bring it all together the next day to make and can. It wasn't until recently that I realized this recipe is actually "Picante Sauce" rather than salsa. Upon further investigation, I learned that:
  • Salsa = Chunky
  • Picante = Less Chunky
  • Pico de gallo = Chunky with heat
Here is the recipe that we start from:

9 jalapeno peppers - seeded and finely chopped (save some seeds for hotness)
15 medium tomatoes (we like Roma tomatoes the best)
1 large chopped onion
1 large green pepper chopped
1 medium red pepper chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 5.5oz can tomato paste
3/4 cup vinegar
3 tbsp. white sugar
1 tbsp. pickling salt
2 tsp. paprika
3 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Blanch tomatoes - rinse in cold water, peel and chop. Add all chopped ingredients to a saucepan (except cilantro). Add jalapeƱo seeds according to desired hotness. 

Simmer uncovered for 1 hour. Add cilantro and stir to combine, cooking another 15-30 minutes until desired consistency. 

Process for 20 minutes in a water bath.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Guest Designer for The Challenge

A few months ago I won the opportunity to be a guest designer at The Challenge by creating this card. As luck would have it, the inspiration photo I was asked to use for today's card is near and dear to my heart. I wanted to go off of the Paris theme and found this French stamp set from a few years ago that also had roses. I played and played around with watercolours for this card and finally settled on this design. Here it is :)
 Paper - Lagoon, Glacier, Black cardstock (CTMH); distress watercolour cardstock (Tim Holtz);
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Lagoon, Blush (CTMH); 
Stamp set - Jardin (CTMH); Die - Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box).

Monday, 7 September 2015

Colouring Challenge at H2H

I am in LOVE with my new watercolour pencils from Close To My Heart and this week at Heart2Heart we are showcasing colouring! I needed some Thank You cards heading back to school this week, so I set to work with some of my new supplies and tried out a few different styles.
Most Suplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper - White Daisy cardstock;
Stamp sets - Charming Cascades, Card Word Puzzle;
Embossing Powder - Princess Gold; 
Embellishments - Gold Foil Tape;
Colouring - Watercolour Pencils.

Come and show off your colouring skills for us at Heart2Heart!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Annual Inspirations 2015-16

It's finally here! And as an added bonus, so is Holiday Expressions!
You can view the new catalogue online!

To show you a quick look at some of my favourite new products here is what I have created for my customers:
Shapes cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
Paper - La Vie En Rose, Sangria paper collections; Pomegranate, White Daisy, Champagne cardstock;
Ink - Pomegranate; Stamp set - Charming Cascades; Embellishments - Gold Foil Tape.
September is also National Stamping Month! To celebrate, Close To My Heart is offering 3 special stamp sets for a special price.


Stay tuned to see more of the awesome new products in our newest catalogues. Contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to place an order!