2010-10-28

SSNOTIME 163*** CLEAN AND SIMPLE








Tis the Season for Clean and SimpleClean and Simple is definitely the way to go when we need to mass produce. But it’s also a very refreshing and pleasing style to fall back on any time at all. Today let us truly think Clean and SimpleSUPER SIMPLE. And let’s make cards with Christmas OR winter in mind as we inspire each other with all our Clean and Simple creations!





Hi there!! My creations this week ARE super simple. I started off with one sheet of red cardstock and made two cards. The white cardstock has two 1/8" strips of double sided tape to which I added some glitter.

The ribbon is from PTI and the images and sentiments are from the "Tiny Treats": Christmas set.
The frame is stamped in Pure Poppy and the images are colored with Copics.
Literally two cards = 20 minutes.
Very easily mass produced and flat for easy mailing.




Check out Sharon's site for all the details and her Clean and Simple creation***
and all the other design team's Christmas treats***
Jerri- A TOUCH OF GRACE - our guest designer this month
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thanks for stopping in***


2010-10-25

YUMMY FOOD***



Sauteed Spinach with Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts and Fresh Breadcrumbs

1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup fresh, coarse breadcrumb
1 large clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt
1 bunch (about 1 lb.) spinach, trimmed

In a large (12-inch) skillet over medium heat, heat the raisins and pine nuts in 2 Tbs. oil for about 1 minute. With a slotted spoon, transfer the raisins and pine nuts to a plate. Add the breadcrumbs and garlic to the pan, and sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook over medium-low heat until slightly brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Put the remaining 2 Tbs. oil in the pan with the spinach, and cook until the spinach just wilts. Transfer to a serving platter, toss with the raisins and pine nuts, top with breadcrumbs, and serve.



I served the spinach along side chicken that I had split open like a book and stuffed with a mixture of fresh breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan cheese, lemon zest and capers.

Both recipes are from Fine Cooking....

2010-10-23

SNOWMEN ***





Here are a few more cards for my Christmas box. I used the technique shown by Anna Wight HERE ***












The images are both Whipper Snapper designs. I didn't have any of the inks that Anna specified but found that PTI's "Fresh Snow" ink worked well. I used Copic markers to color the scarves and hats, a tracing wheel to give the edges a decorative touch and a little glitter to complete their ensemble.


The designer paper is "Mitten Weather" mini deck by Cosmo Cricket and I used "Tea Dye" distress ink around the edges of the kraft cardstock.

The blue ribbon is SEI which I found at the bottom of a bucket in my craft room and the other one I have had forever and don't know where I got it.


Have a great weekend and thanks SO much for stopping in***

2010-10-21

SSNOTIME162***COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS***



We all have MUCH to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving in the United States approaching we are reminded to Count Those Blessings!!! Today’s challenge is wide open, but it has an overall theme of THANKFULNESS. Some ideas that come to my mind – a thank you note, a small hostess gift, a project featuring our children, home, friends, etc. But the door is wide open – just create something that will in some way convey thanks for all our Blessings! And PLEASE, tell us what Blessings YOU are thankful for as you create your project!




I decided to do a little tea booklet for a friend. Just to tuck inside her purse so that she could have a hot cup of tea during a busy day...
The booklet covers are made with Spellbinders dies, two cut from Kraft cardstock. The tea cup image is from PTI as well as the ribbon. The image that represents the "steam" is from a Whipper Snapper Christmas set.
The inside booklet is from a 11" x 2 3/4" piece of cardstock, scored at 2 3/4" intervals and then scored accoridan style. I just used a piece of double sided tape to adhere the teabags and you could also write a little something on the blank sides.
Very simple***
Check out Sharon's site HERE for all the details*** and be sure to check out all the design team's thankful creations.
AJ - THE WILLOW GARDEN - taking the night off
Deb - DREAM IN COLOR
Jenny - ONE KRAFTY KAT
Jerri - A TOUCH OF GRACE - our guest designer this month

Me - I am thankful for my health, my family and my friends every day***
Thank you so much for stopping in today!!!

2010-10-18

THANKS SO MUCH***

Good afternoon!!
Thanks for stopping in*** I have a quick little thankyou card for you today.
The star is made with the Primitive Star Bigz Die from Sizzix. I cut the star out of chipboard and also some designer paper to cover. I then used Modge Podge to give it a nice sheen.
The button and twine are from PTI... The designer paper from Kaiser and the sentiment from Anna Wight's set "Sweet Expressions" for Whipper Snapper Designers.
I used my Tim Holtz ruler and a sharp needle to do the holes around the sentiment!!

2010-10-14

SSNOTIME161***METALS AND STONES***



Hard Rock CafĂ© – Today we are thinking *hard rocks* -- NOT music – OR eating!!! Think metals and stones as added elements for your project. Metallic pens, metallic papers, and rhinestones -- gold, silver and diamonds – right? Feel free to use copper, rubies, emeralds, pearls, etc. Use these types of beauties to embellish and enhance your work today ***


I was in Michael's the other day and I spied these great snowflake stickers from Jolee's Boutique so decided right then and there that this was going to be the focal point for today's challenge.

Gold and silver and little stones that look like diamonds.

Staying true to the STAMP SIMPLY motto, I didn't stamp at all except for the sentiment.

The papers are gold and silver metallic cardstock from the Paper Company, the ribbon from PTI as well as the sentiment.

Easey peasey, lemon squeezy!!

HA!! I have always wanted to say that!!

Check out Sharon's blog HERE for all the details and sign up with Mr. Linky to show off your HARD ROCK creations***

And be sure to check out all the design team's creations!! I am sure you will need your sunglasses***

AJ - THE WILLOW GARDEN
Deb - DREAM IN COLOR
Jenny - ONE KRAFTY KAT

Barb - PAPER PURSUITS
Barb – EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER
Deb – PAPER, INK, SCISSORS, STAMPS

Jerri - A TOUCH OF GRACE - our guest designer this month




2010-10-11

Happy Haunts***





Just a few more Hallowe'en cards !!


I used a stamp image from Whipper Snapper Designs, colored with Copics and a little glitter added.


I used a wonky square nestabilitie and some designer paper from my bit bin.


Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping in ***








2010-10-09




This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving!!
I give thanks for my wonderful husband, my fabulous sons and their loving girlfriends.
I give thanks for my supportive family
and the best friends any person could ever have***
Have a wonderful weekend of family, friends, food and fun ***

2010-10-07

SSNOTIME160***BACK TO NATURE***

Autumn is truly a beautiful time of year***The changing of leaves from green to a rainbow of rich yellows, oranges and reds, the crunching of the fallen leaves underfoot, the sight and sounds of birds migrating south and the smell of applesauce cooking! I truly love this time of year! Today let us be inspired by Mother Nature in our creations – let’s create something with a natural, earthy feel reflective of ANY season YOU enjoy – it’s the natural/earthy element we are going for here, not necessarily autumn.


When I was in Montreal a few weekends ago, Monica, Lilly and I sat outside and peeled the seeds out of some silver dollar plants. The result are some really pretty branches and these paper thin casings that I kept. I wanted to make a card to thank them both and use the silver dollar casings in some way. I thought I might be able to stamp on them but they are pretty fragile so they are just the focal point of this card. I used a piece of muslin and just frayed the edges and twine to house the sentiment which is from PTI*** These are all natural and earthy elements I think***

Check out Sharon's site HERE for all the details and also have a little look see at the design team's creations***

AJ - THE WILLOW GARDEN
Deb - DREAM IN COLOR
Jenny - ONE KRAFTY KAT

Barb - PAPER PURSUITS
Barb – EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER
Deb – PAPER, INK, SCISSORS, STAMPS

Jerri - A TOUCH OF GRACE - our guest designer this month

2010-10-05





I am BUSY BUSY getting everything ready for Thanksgiving this weekend.

Groceries, decorating, baking!! Love it !!

I have a few October birthdays so decided to use
PTI's "Through the Trees" set adding several different inks to the leaves..


Nice and Simple!!!








This card also uses a PTI set called "Leaf Prints"
along with the dies that go with this set.


I embossed the lighter piece of cardstock with the PTI Woodgrain Impression plate ***

I added some twine and a birthday sentiment.

Two "guy" cards!!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping in ***