July 29, 2012

Calendar Girls - July

It is Christmas in July....at least that is what Carol told us!   Carol, is the hostess for this month's Calendar Girls.  She requested that we create a Christmas card.  I must say that I was a bit panicked at the aspect of Christmas around the corner, but I made it thorough!   LOL  

I wanted to use non traditional colors, so I dug around my scraps and found some great steel gray and burgundy to work with.  I had to add some bling, since Carol is my Glittah Sistah and all.   My big bling was a gift from another Calendar Girl, Jeanette.   The ribbon piece was recycled from a perfume gift box.  

Carol asked us to share a family tradition or memory of Christmas.   I do remember having to put out the perfect carrot for Rudolph.  I had to shop for it.  It could not be too small, as he was hungry!  The carrot would go on the cookies for Santa plate.  My dad would make noise on the roof for the sleigh landing after I went to bed.  He would also eat the carrot making sure to leave little tooth grooves so I would think it was Rudolph.  

Please take a moment and check out the other Calendar Girls creations.  Their blog links are on the right side bar. 

Have a great day!

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July 18, 2012

Mystery Challenge - July

The Mystery Challenge for July is on at SCS!  

Our hostess this month is, Kate.   She gifted us an image from Stampin' UP! called Pony Party.   Oh my, I have never worked with a pony image before!!!    Challenge!  

The first thing that came to me was a barn.  I was going to put that pony away!   LOL  I have seen a bunch of postings lately with punch art.  I am so amazed at what everyone thinks of.  I found I am a bit pony and punch challenged, so I had to think outside of the box on this one. 

I colored the pony with Copics.   I then used Distressed Stickles on the mane, as I did not want it too glittery.   I don't know about you, but I do not like working with the Distressed Stickles.  I like the end result, but they are hard to work with.   They seem to come out in big blobs for me, unlike regular Stickles which I love.

I drew a barn template and cut out some barns.  I added some trim and cut out a door.  I used a brad to keep the door open.  We still needed to see the pretty pony!   I ran the barns through the Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder.  I punched the heart in the top of the barn because isn't there supposed to be a loft there or something?  Well, we have a girly heart for a loft opening.   Then I thought I have to stamp something....so a little flower and every flower needs some bling, so a rhinestone.  Add some older than dirt Stampin' UP! DP, some grass and an embellie and we are good to go!

You know that this made me think of Mustang Sally!!!   There were once five girls at a blues bar....there was singing and a stage.....one of them still gets called Mustang Sally.....hhhmmmmm!

I am looking forward to seeing all of the other ideas that were had for our pony.  Have a great day!


July 15, 2012

Dueling Darlings - July

It's DDD time.....not Diners Drive-ins and Dives the show on the Food Network, but the Dueling Dazzlers and Divas!   Although we have a food theme this round.    It is summer and it is time to grill!   Grilling will be our theme this month.

Darlene is the hostess for the Dazzlers and I am the hostess for the Divas.   I had the perfect stamp in mind that was gifted to me from our very own, Barb!   It is Grill Sergeant from Whipper Snapper.   He is a cute and rotund little guy!  I colored him up with some Copic markers.  The sentiment is from Kolette Hall...aka the dollar bin at Michael's!

The DP I chose to use is from We R Memory Keepers.   The card stock base is takin' a stroll back in time to Sage Shadow from Stampin' UP!  I also used a recycled netting from some organic shallots.  Sssshhh don't tell!

We asked the DDD's to share a favorite recipe in their blog post that you would use for a picnic or barbecue.   Now here I am asking for recipes as the hostess and I am having trouble coming up with one!  I am not so much a recipe kinda girl.   I just put in a little of this and that and don't keep track!  For crying out loud!  What was I thinking?!  LOL   We went to a barbecue recently and my friend made a really good lemon coconut cake, so you know who I called!!!!

Lemon Coconut Cake

1 small box lemon jello
1 box lemon cake mix
4 eggs
1 1/4C water
3/4 C vegetable oil

Beat above items for 2 minutes.  Bake in greased 9 x 13 pan at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Five minutes prior to cake being fully baked mix the following items:

2 1/2 C powdered sugar
3 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

When cake is baked and immediately out of the oven, poke the entire cake with a fork and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.  After cooling, drizzle powdered sugar mixture over entire cake.  Sprinkle with sweetened coconut flake to taste and enjoy!

I do hope that you all have a few chances to gather with family and friends this summer to enjoy your time together.   Please visit all of the DDD's.  Their blog links are on the right side bar.

Grill on!!!

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