Tuesday, November 30, 2010

B&W Mixed Media Album Class info

Hi Everyone!  I had an AWESOME time this past weekend, scrapping with friends on Black Friday at my FAVORITE LSS, Scrap-a-Doodle Doo, in Ramsey, NJ!

Creativity was flowing, and I was able to complete a COOL NEW PROJECT for a NEW TECHNIQUE CLASS that I will be teaching there on Saturday, January 15th, from 1 to 4 PM.  SEATING IS LIMITED - so PLEASE contact the store ASAP to reserve your seat.....
Cost: is  $35.00 and will be held at:

37-C Swan Street
Ramsey, New Jersey 07446
Phone: 201.818.7060

SAMPLE will be in the STORE on Dec 3rd!

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS this "HOT" Black and White little book featuring beautiful papers by Theresa Collins ~ It is FILLED with ALL KINDS of FUN!!!   Here are just some of the techniques you will learn, and a few sneak peeks too! 

First off - you will learn how to "transfer" onto Ranger's Sticky-Back Canvas - we will use a Matte Medium to seal it, and add a little paint around the edges.

Yes, that is canvas, with a little PRIMA Bling added too!
 We will also be using the CuttleBug to make some cool textured cardstock, as well as Gesso, Ranger Distress Ink, oh - and OF COURSE GLIMMER MIST!!
How do you like that cool Tim Holtz Grungeboard embellishment on the bottom right? We will use Ranger Alcohol Inks to make it Silver, and give it a little Dimension with Tattered Angel's GLIMMER GLAZE!
 One of the pages will be CLEAR ACRYLIC - and we will stamp it with Tattered Angel's swirl stamps using Stazon Ink - and highlight the swirls with some of their CHALKBOARD Glimmer Mist too!

Don't 'cha LOVE that look!
One of the pages will be Tim Holtz Grungeboard  that we will put through the CuttleBug too - Spray it with some Glimmer Mist - using Tattered Angel's Glimmer Screens, and add some lovely Theresa Collins papers too!
We'll add a little PRIMA BLING to the last page too!

So, you will be using LOTS of interesting products, Sticky-back Canvas, Grundgeboard, Clear Acrylic, Chipboard, Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks, Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Glaze, Chalkboard Glimmer Mist, Stazon Ink, Tattered Angels Stamps and Tattered Angels Screens, CuttleBug, Gesso, Paint, Matte Medium ( OH MY!! ) and learning LOTS of new Techniques.

I hope you can join me! January 15th, 1 - 4pm!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful & Grateful plus Pies!

As I reflect on all the many things I have to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving, a loving family and good health are at the top of my list.

I am grateful for the many blessings that we have too, like a warm home, good food, wonderful friends, and love for each other.  We are also so happy that our Uncle Bob is doing well after major surgery, and pray for his continued recovery. 

Today was a relaxing and enjoyable day, and I am thankful we were able to spend it with my parents ( aka. Meem & Pop)  After dinner, Nick, Jake, Meem & I played RockBand 3 together, while Phil and Pop just shook their heads. Then Meem and I played 2 games of Scrabble, while the guys watched football.  Then it was time for dessert - I made 5 pies for the 6 of us LOL!!  They all sounded so good, and they were!  I'll share some photos and recipes here with you - so you can try them too!

First up - since my oldest son Nick is a Vegan - I had to make him an
no photo here - but it was really good!  - REALLY!!
Even Jake tried it and proclaimed it was "not bad!"
(This would be great for someone with milk allergies too)

1 9" prepared graham cracker crust ( I used chocolate)
1 pound soft silken tofu
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 C white sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Blend tofu in the food processor until smooth. Add cocoa, sugar, vanilla and vinegar and blend until combined. Pour into prepared crust.
3. Bake in preheated over for 25 minutes
4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hr  - or overnight
Serve with non-dairy whipped topping
Next up: CRANBERRY PECAN STREUSEL PIE ( this actually is vegan too -but not intentionally!)
This pie is "a little" tart - well maybe a little bit more than "a little" but it's made with cranberries, so it is supposed to be!!  -This would be good with vanilla or butter pecan ice cream!

1 1/2 bags ( 18 oz) whole fresh cranberries, washed and drained
3/4 C white sugar
1 whole large apple ( mac, granny smith, rome) peeled, cored, quartered
1/4 C all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons nutmeg

1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C chopped pecans
1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 T butter flavored shortening

1 single pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie

1. Chop berries and apple in the food processor - add to a large bowl, and combine with the sugar and 1/4 C flour and 2 teaspoons nutmeg.
2. Mix chopped pecans, brown sugar, 1/4 C flour, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and shortening with a pastry blender. The mixture should be crumbly. Sprinkle over pie.
3. Bake at 350 degrees E for 45 minutes or until bubbly and browned.  Cool before serving.

Cranberry Pecan Streusel -upper left, Sour Cream Raisin-top right, Pumpkin bottom
*** New Family Favorite:
and YES!  it was as good as it sounds and looks!!

1 (9 inch) pie crust - BAKED - (do this first!!)
4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/8 cups white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 Cups sour cream
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/2 Cups raisins
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a medium saucepan, (not over heat) mix together the cornstarch, white sugar, salt, nutmeg. Mix in sour cream. Add egg yolks, raisins, and lemon juice. Stir until thoroughly combined.
3. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Pour into baked pastry crust/shell.
4. In a large glass or metal bowl, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.  Add brown sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, continuing to beat until whites are stiff and glossy. Beat in vanilla extract.  Spread evenly over raisin filling, sealing meringue to crust edges.
5. Bake in preheated oven for @ 10 minutes, until delicately browned.

Sour Cream Raisin Pie with Brown Sugar Meringue

NEW this year on our Thanksgiving table - was TOFURKEY!
This was Nick's first Thanksgiving as a VEGAN - so I made sure he wasn't left out!
This actually tasted pretty good!

AND..... It wouldn't be THANKSGIVING without Lily "helping" Pop carve the Turkey!!

She is always right there to help "clean-up" any turkey scraps that might accidently "fall"  on the floor! LOL!

I hope everyone had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!
THANK YOU - for stopping by!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sneak Peek & Class Info ~STEAMPUNK DEBUTANTE!

Time Flies! Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante

“Mini Flip – Flap Album”
~ with Sherri Caramico

Dec 11th 1-4pm ~ Cost: $30.00



37-C Swan Street
Ramsey, New Jersey 07446
Phone: 201.818.7060

** Seating is LIMITED -so reserve your space now! **

In this class, you will be making a mini album to showcase photos of your choice – or to use as a great gift! You will also be able to use the “recipe” to re-create this adorable album again and again –for future projects/themes too! There are at least 18 pages/spaces for you to put pictures and/or journaling plus pockets and lots of tags too! We will be using the BEAUTIFUL Steampunk Debutante collection from Graphic 45! You will learn how to create your own embellishments out of paper, Score fold, use Screens, Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Glam, Royal Coat Dimensional Magic, Sakura Glaze Pens and more!

PLEASE BRING the following to class: (all can be purchased at the store)
Liquid Glue, (Fabritac, Zip Dry or Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive)
12” Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder
Small Sharp Scissors
Splat Mat
Chestnut Roan Cats Eye Chalk

I hope you can join me  - here is a "SNEAK PEEK" :

Sunday, November 7, 2010

BRUCE! and yet another challenge!

WOW - I think this is my third TRIFECTA  submission to the Design Dollies Blog in the last 3 weeks!
I LOVE playing with the Dollies! They post a  COLOR CHALLENGE on Mondays, an ELEMENT CHALLENGE on Tuesdays and a SKETCH CHALLENGE on Thursday ~ and when you combine ALL 3 in one layout - you "hit the Trifecta!"

I LOVE the challenge of incorporating all elements in to a project - and usually try to only use "stuff" from my "stash" - BUT - I was fortunate to spend this entire weekend, scrapping with my "Doo Crew!" at our FAVORITE local Scrapbook Store  SCRAP-A-DOODLE DOO in Ramsey, NJ! ( Hi Stephanie, Mama Doodle, Karrie, Pattie, Donna, Janice & Marianne! I had a BLAST with all of you this weekend! *If you read this post - then please leave a comment and I know you were here!)

Sooo, while I was there - I snagged this great background paper that I've been eyeing for a while ( Bo Bunny's Mama-Razzi )- and a little can of the cool Tim Holtz film strip embellishment, as I think they worked perfectly for this layout! Pattie had a piece of Black and White patterned scrap paper, so I colored in the white spots with RED, AQUA and Yellow.( Thanks again Pattie!)

So - the challenge was -

COLOR: Red, Yellow, Aqua & Black  - CRAZY COMBO huh!

ELEMENT: Wee Little Ones -- The blog stated: "This is OPEN TO INTERPRETATION! This could mean little tiny people, very small embellies, something wee in your photos/images, mini ornaments or mini cards, or whatever. just stick to the theme and you'll be all set."

SKETCH: - kind of simple - and SO NOT "My Style" ~ BUT - I am always trying to "push" other people to create "outside their comfortable box" So - I gave it a try! ( that is why I LOVE playing with  the DOLLIES! ~ it's all about challenging MYSELF too I think!

SOOO..... Here is my submission:

These photos are from the Bruce Springsteen concert that Phil and I went to last October,
with his brothers and our sister-in-laws.
We tailgated in the shadow of both the "old" Giant's Stadium, and the NEW Meadowlands Stadium. 
It was one of the last concerts held in the old stadium, and BRUCE was great and we had FUN! 

Here is the black and white paper that I "retro-fitted" to meet the color challenge!
I used "wee" letters, sprayed with Dragonfly Glimmer Mist, added some "wee" red rhinestones too! I cut out the white swirl that was printed on the paper, and slipped the photo underneath to add some layers!
( OK - I'll let you in on a little secret -- shhh.... please don't tell, but the yellow strip that begins the journaling not only plays on the color challenge, and accents the yellow square with the Title, it also "hides" an opps! as my first attempt while writing the journaling was missing the "e" in "one" ~ REMEMBER one of my Mantras - There are NO mistakes in scrapbooking - only opportunities to embellish! - and THAT is what I did!! )

I adhered the Tim Holtz Film Strip (cool huh!) with itty bitty black brads, and the black Prima swirl and yellow glitter dots really go great together I think!

So - I hope you like my submission and one day hope to see you "playing" along with me over at the
DESIGN DOLLIES BLOG  as you can see - it's lots of FUN!