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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Another Autumn Card

This card was also made with the DCWV Indian Summer paper stack and CS. Base is a light tan Reflections. Stamp set is Autumn Blessings, boy I wish I could remember what company??? Stamped outside image with Brilliance Coffee Bean with a touch of Stazon Green on the leaves. Inside is stamped with the same. Added some dew drops on front and also stamped a brown bag envelope to coordinate.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cheesecake results

Well, not done! It looked nice on the outside but when I sliced it, the very center was not set all the way. I am going to say the first 2 bites since I normally take smaller bits of a slice of cheesecake. The rest was pretty tastey. I did not care for the crust though. It is a gingersnap crust and just seems too hard and taste kinda dark. I did not try cutting with floss, there was no way it would have ever cut thru the crust, I barely got the knife thru (sorry, not knife, I used a metal spatula like for frosting a cake). I think I will try another flavor next time and be sure to keep an eye on the oven.

Laila's Birthday card

Well this is one of a few that were on my SD disc that I carelessly formatted. So I had to borrow it from my niece to take a new pic, that is why it is signed in photo. I started with white Brazill cardstock. Both patterned cs is DCWV Butterflys & Blossoms. A DCWV cs for mat on front as well as the inside. Stamp is Inkadinkado Round Frame with Butterfly in outside frame and Happy Birthday sentiment on inside frame. I colored in butterflys and frame with some LePlume II pens. The butterfly on outside is 2 layers, can't see that very well. Rounded all my edges and added ribbon. I had taken all components with my when my son Bradley and I went to Florida 2 weeks ago. Had the crazy idea I would assemble all on the plane but the ride was a bit rough and there was no way I was coloring on that trip. So, just had to finish at my Dads.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My 1st Cheesecake

I don't have a photo to share yet but I thought I would take a stab at a Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake today. Fell in love with the picture on the front of a Taste of Home book. So I went and bought myself a springform pan and all ingredients. Whipped everything up and the batter looked so so nice. Stuck it in my water bath then into the oven. We sat down to eat supper while my creation was in the oven. I did set the timer so I had to get up often to go check it. I was afraid I would not be able to tell when it was done. I didn't want to use the toothpick or knife testing method cause I figured it would just form a large crack as the cheesecake was cooling as my Pumpkin Pie did this morning. So the timer finally went off. I went in to check it, first turning the timer off. It still looked like it was a little too wiggley. So I set the timer for 8 more minutes. Went in 8 minutes later to find that the oven had turned off somewhere along the line. I almost cried! I turned it back on and it did take a few minutes to pre-heat so it must have turned off a bit ago. So now what?!!!! Well, I guess we will see Thanksgiving Day if it is done or not. It was starting to brown on top so I had to take it out. It still seemed like it might not be set but I don't know that there was anything else I could do. Everything else seems ok with it. I let it cool and took the ring off. Nothing ran out the sides, guess that is a semi-good sign? I just can't wait to cut it. I think I may try dental floss for that. Hate the thought of tearing it apart with a knife. Wish me luck.

Autumn Greetings

Think I decided to make some Fall cards a bit late. This is the first of only 2. I started with a Brazill Brown for the base. All other cardstock is from the DCWV Indian Summer stacks. Stamp set is Inkadinkado Fall Foliage. Verse is ??? I am drawing a blank. I want to say the set is Autumn Greetings but not sure. It is NOT Inkadinkado. I forgot to label the case and thru the package out. I stamped with Brilliance Brown. Added a few dew drops, shimmery ribbon and 2 leaves I punched from a Martha Stewart punch. Card measures 5 3/4" x 5 3/4". I used a brown bag colored envelope which I stamped a leaf in bottom corner.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

1st easel card

Well I started out with a Brazzil Red base. Not sure what brand the shimmery blue cardstock is but I embossed with Sizzix Christmas texturz plate, do wish it was embossed deeper. The bottom reindeer paper came from Michaels. Used my Spellbinders Label 1 for the reindeer which is from Inkadinkado set and stamped with Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue. I dazzled him with a Swarvski crystal for an eye and other gems on his bod. The 2 layer snowflake is from Martha Stewart punched on a DCWV green and also has a Swarvski red crystal. Watched Beate make a bow with the Crafters Companion, which I do not have yet but is on my wish list. Since I don't have one and wanted to do a bow like that, I kinda made my own with a piece of wood and some long nails. Spaced them out at 3" and that is how I got the bow. I wish I would have tied the piec that goes around the paper in with the bow but I didn't think about that until I had the bow done. And since I used wired ribbon, I was not taking it apart so I used jewel-it glue to to attach. Hopefully it stays. I used my Spellbinders scallop rectangle dies to make the stopper inside stamping my phrase with a misc stamp. Layered it on the DCWV green but wish I would have used red instead. I attached both rectangle and label cut outs with pop dots. I had already put glue dots on a snowflake button, which I was originally going to use for the stopper, so I found a place for that and attached a Swarvski red crystal to the center as well as more of the tiny crystals scattered on the inside. The overall size is 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" which was a mistake. I thought my envelopes were 6x6 but they are 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". Boy is that a bummer. So it is a little big but I stamped some snowflakes on it with the same color ink. I will have to work on making another one of these this weekend. Tomorrow is prep day. Wish me luck.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Horse Coasters

Here is the first set of coasters I have made. Still don't know if I should seal them with anything. I did bake them for awhile. I used a tile from Lowes. Stamped with Stazon Brown using Inkadinkado "Horses" stamp set. Sponged around the edges cause they just looked too plain without it. I then found, on clearance :) at Lowe's, tiny felt sticky circles that I attached to all 4 corners of the undersides. Still not sure how to display/present them. I played around with making a box out of a sheet of acetate but just don't know yet.