July 25, 2016 in , ,

Sweet Summertime

In between Masters projects, ok I mean procrastinating haha, I set out to make a birthday card for my Dad. I randomly came across a fun paper from Martha Stewart and wanted to create a farm/lake feel  with my card to link up with the sweet summertime challenge at Art Impressions. I loved the sketch over at Mojo Monday too.

Paper - Dakota paper collection (CTMH); Holiday Collection (Martha Stewart);
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black (CTMH); Stamp - Pleasures Window (Art Impressions);
Embellishments - Black Medley (CTMH); Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box).

Another thing my dad also loves is Saskatoon berries. They are usually ready just before his birthday and my mom will often make him a pie to celebrate. I couldn't believe it when I found a TON of Saskatoon berry bushes all over our new property! I've made a couple of pies and some jam, too! I was able to use a recipe with honey instead of sugar - yum! I put a Saskatoon berry beside a blueberry in one of the pictures below to show the size difference. One batch of jam I ran out of Saskatoon berries so I made it half and half. Here's the simple yummy recipe:

Saskatoon Berry Jam
3 1/2 cups Saskatoon berries
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2/3 cup honey
1/2 lemon, juice of

Pour washed berries into a saucepan and mash most of the berries. Add the cinnamon, honey, and lemon juice and stir to combine. Gently bring to a boil. Cook, stirring often for about 10 minutes until the jam thickens. Remove from heat and pour into hot jars. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. 

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  1. Allie, your dad is going to love this! Great summery card - and a nice take on the sketch :o) In about ten days, I hope to be sampling your jam! Thanks for joining our challenge at Art Impressions!

  2. Lovely card! And homemad jam! Sounds delicious! I love that image you used and the gingham paper!

  3. Wonderful card! The berries look yummy! Thanks for playing along in the Ai challenge!

  4. The card looks great, especially with that awesome wood paper poking out in the back! well done :)


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