Sunday, December 13, 2009

More Mini Card Sets

Here are two more card sets! I think I am done with these as far as Christmas gifts go...maybe one more if my friends decide to do an exchange. I ended up liking the format of this note pad better, so I changed the purple one from the previous post. hehe...

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Colouring Fun

While making some Christmas cards, I broke out some SU! Stamps,a nd my Martha Stewart craft markers and had some fun colouring the images! Here is how they turned out!

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Keeping Busy

** Edited to include recipe for Asian Chicken Soup. Scroll to bottom of post please. **

Hello! It is a busy day over here! I have just finished cooking up a storm, and am now going to tackle some more Christmas gift projects.

On the stove right now I have simmering:
- Pasta Sauce (to freeze)
- Asian Chicken Soup (for dinner tonight)
- (Regular?) Chicken Soup (to freeze)

I find it so much easier to do several recipes at the same time, especially if they all have to simmer for awhile. They way I have dinner for tonight, plus at LEAST six frozen dinners for the next few weeks. Yummmmmm...

I am done one of four mini card sets I am making for some friends for Christmas. I showed a sample of the card from this set in an earlier post, but here is the finished product!

Included are eight cards and envelopes, an 'important dates' book, and a note pad, all packaged in a little silver tin I found at Solutions.

Four of the cards have a sentiment, and the other four are blank so that they can be personalized as needed.

Asian Chicken Soup

(Please note that I made this up based on an episode of Chef at Home that I watched last week.)

- 2 chicken quarters (leg and thigh attached)
- 2 bunches green onions - 1 bunch cut into 2 inch pieces, 1 bunch cut into small 1/4 inch pieces
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger sliced (1/8 inch pieces approx), leaving a piece at the end that can be grated.
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 6 cloves of garlic - 2 whole, 4 minced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- salt to taste
- hot pepper flakes (to desired spice level)
- pkg pre-made chicken dumplings (unless you want to be brave and make them homemade) I used Wong Wing Oriental Dumplings - Chicken which I found in the Oriental section of my frozen food isle.

1) In a medium pot saute saute the minced garlic in the olive and sesame oil for a few minutes.

2) Add the chicken and saute until lightly browned on each side (about 2 minutes per side)

3) Fill the pot with 8 cups of water, and allow water to simmer, taking time to skim off the foam from the chicken.

4) Once the foam is skimmed off completely, add the green onions which were cut into 2 inch pieces, the sliced ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and hot pepper flakes. Allow time to simmer and reduce, to concentrate the flavours and fully cook the chicken (at least an hour).

5) When you are ready to serve the soup, remove all of the contents from the pot, setting aside the chicken to eat, and leave just the broth in the pot.

6) Add the frozen dumplings to the broth, as well as the smaller chopped green onions. Grate some fresh ginger. At this point I also tasted the broth to see if it needed additional salt, and added a few more hot pepper flakes. Allow the soup to simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through, and then serve!

It was DELICIOUS! Even my hubby loved it!

Hope you enjoy! Please leave a comment. I love to hear from you!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Crop-O-Dile and Snowman Tag

Hello! I have a quick video today demonstrating the Crop-O-Dile, as well as a snowman tag from the Cricut Winter Special Edition 'Very Merry Tags' cartridge. Hope you enjoy it!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Welcome Little One

Hello! Just a quick post based on a sketch by Liz at Scrapbooking, Sketches and Life...Oh My!. Friends of mine had a baby boy recently, so I am sending off a little congratulations card to them!

The card is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Stamper's Select White, Papertrey Ink True Black

Patterned Paper: ?

Ribbon: Papertrey Ink White Grosgrain, Papertrey Ink True Black Gingham, Papertrey Ink Spring Rain Gingham

Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Black

Stamp Sentiment: Papertrey Ink Bitty Baby Blessings

Stamp Image: Imaginisce Baby Powder Collection

Hope You Like It!
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...

Just a quick Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American Friends! Hope you are enjoying your holidays!!! (...and maybe some fun black friday shopping as well!!??!!??)


Monday, November 16, 2009

'Merry Christmas' Card

Just a quick card that I made that I thought turned out really cute! I am definitely 'branching' ( :) sorry, couldn't help myself) out from what I normally do, and am enjoying the results!

I made this card using:
Cardstock - PTI Stampers Select White, PTI Dark Chocolate, Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry
Patterned Paper - ? Found it in my collection

Ink - Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry, Martha Stewart Silver

Stamp Set - PTI Holiday Button Bits, PRI Polka Dot Basics

Buttons - From my collection

Cricut Cartridges - Tags, Bags, Boxes and More (tag pocket), Home Decor (branch)
Hope you like it! Leave a comment, I love to hear from you! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Scrapfest U! Update

Hello! Sorry this post has taken so long to go up - I was having some difficulty with uploading the video. I had an AMAZING time at Scrapfest U!, and I am so looking forward to going to the next Scrapfest event in April. It will be held in Kitchener on April 16th and 17th. You can check out all the details for the next Scrapfest event HERE!

In the meantime, I wanted to share a bit about my weekend, which was easier to do in a video than in pictures and text - so here it is!

I forgot to mention that I also won this great book - It is called The Scrapbooker's Handwriting Workshop, and it has pages and pages filled with different styles of handwriting, directions on how to recreate them, and then practice pages as well. It is so cool!

At the end of the weekend we each received these cute 'diplomas' - too cute.
More pics of the giveaways:
Door prize from Scrapbook & Cards Today
Someone PLEASE write me a message and explain what this is :) - hahaha

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Scrapfest U

Hello! I am super excited right now b/c I am participating in my very first Scrapbooking weekend event starting tomorrow! I have my bag packed with all of my supplies, (and a few extras just in case), and am ready to go! Here is what I will be doing this weekend:

Workshop #1 - Bring on the Holiday Cheer - Card and Layout
Workshop #2 - The Time Traveller's Memory Journal
Workshop #3 - Two of a Kind Cards to a Layout

You can check out all the details HERE. SOOOO excited! I will be sure to share my projects (probably in a video), as well as fun details about the weekend!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Plum Crazy! Challenge


Over on Moxie Fab World, they are hosting a Plum Crazy Challenge, where your inspiration for your next project is none other than the colour Plum! I chose to make this cute card, (which may also be part of a card set for someone's Christmas gift) - haha.

I used all Papertrey Ink Products:
Cardstock - Plum Pudding, Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper - Bitty Box Basics, Friends Till the End, Polka Dot Parade
Ink - Plum Pudding
Ribbon - Plum Pudding Luxe Satin
Stamp Set - Mega Mixed Messages

Edit: The envelope is stamped with images from a Martha Stewart Set I have that I do not know the name of.

I hope you like it!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Hallowe'en DressUp

Hello! We had to dress up for work today, and since my hubs is in Med School my co-workers suggested I dress up as a doctor. So here is Dr. Lisa...for a day!! :)

PS - It was SHOCKING the number of people who thought that because I was DRESSED like a doctor, that meant they could talk to me about being naked. Not appropriate people! Dr. Lisa no likey! :)

Have a great hallowe'en everyone!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Card - Sending Holiday Cheer

Hello! I am definitely getting back in the rhythm of blogging (and crafting!) YAY! I have a quick video for you today demonstrating how to make a cute and simple Christmas Card. Hope you like it!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Two Completed Mini Albums


Awhile ago I posted a video showing you some great deals I got at Michael's! (HERE)
Well I have since finished up two of the mini albums, and wanted to share with you how they turned out (SUPER cute I think!)

Hope you like them!

Check out Moxie Fab World for a super fun Ruffle Challenge as well (this is my entry!)

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Sunday, October 25, 2009


Hello! I am having a lazy day today. My hubs and I went to visit some friends out of town yesterday, and now we are both recouping from the excessive amounts of food we ate, not to mention the later than usual night we had!

I am thinking I am going to start organizing all of my wedding pictures from the many many friends who got married over the summer. I must start scrapbooking these or it will never get done. We had 6 weddings this summer, plus I still have to finish a wedding from last summer, not to mention my own wedding album. I got kind of demotivated doing my own wedding book because I did it colour themed to our wedding colours. There are only so many ways you can find brown and green inspiring, so I have left that alone for awhile. I am hoping after I finish all of the other wedding pages I will come up with some fresh layout ideas that I can use in my own book!

Also, just wanted to share some pics of our 'view' from our balcony. Toronto may be filled with oodles, of buildings, but there are some trees outside our building that are showing their gorgeous fall colours! (OK, they have NOTHING on my backyard from back home...but I love fall colours, and at least these ARE beautiful!) :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #18 - Card #2

Just another take on Dawn's color challenge! I liked this color combo so I thought I would try something new.
As a side note, I am finding I lack motivation lately...I need some inspiration!!! Even the potential fall foliage isn't helping (note the use of 'potential'), because it has been so drab and dreary here lately.
I have a stockpile of wedding photos from all of the weddings we had over the summer, and ZERO completed scrapbook pages for any of them! HELP!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #18


Just a quick post today to share my card for Dawn's Color Challenge over at My Favorite Things. She asked us to use Raspberry, Green, Cream, Chocolate, and Kraft colours for this challege, and here is what I came up with!

Hope you like it! Please leave a comment. I love to hear from you!

Monday, October 19, 2009



I recently started a new job and my blogging has greatly suffered as a result! Hope everyone is doing well! I just wanted to share a card I made for a wedding I went to over the weekend. Just a quicky, but I really like how it turned out!
Hope you enjoy, and I will be back soon with a look at some of the mini albums I have been working on!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

PTI WCMD Challenge #4

Back again to share my last challenge...and just in time to end World Card Making Day! This one was a bit difficult for me at first. I had to really challenge myself to incorporate the concepts Nichole was asking for...definitely outside of my comfort zone. However I managed to find some inspiration in a picture, and things flowed from there.

Here is a picture I found on the net that inspired me to create what I did:

And here is my card:

It took me a few tries to get an end result that I was happy with. Here is my first second is on the back of this page...
When I finally figured out a pattern that I liked, I worked with my inks to get a multi-coloured effect. Using PTI ink cubes I inked up the middle of my stamp with Dark Chocolate, and the outside with Ocean Tides.
By adding white dots with my white gel pen, (one of the choices Nichole gave us for this challenge), and another stamp inked in Fresh snow, I was able to get an 'aboriginal-y' (swear this is a real word) look - which is what the whole challenge was about!
I added some white satin ribbon, stapled to the edges, matted my Kraft mat onto an Ocean Tides mat, and adhered to the Dark Chocolate base (all PTI cardstocks). I added a piece of twine between the two looped ribbons (a first for me - these challenges SO helped me branch out!) to complete the card.
Hope you like it! And I hope everyone had a fantastic World Card Making Day!
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