Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dry Embossed Scrapbook Pages

Super simple double page layout to showcase four different photos
that were submitted for the Photo Of The Week in our local newspaper.

I used 12x12 Certainly Celery card stock from Stampin' Up!

A brass embossing template, stylus and light box were used to create the leaves;
all supplies were from Stampin' Up! 

The lines around the edge of the card stock were created with a stylus and
a scoring board. I scored the lines after I dry embossed the leaves.

The four photos aren't anything special, but they were sent in
to the newspaper to be considered for publication. 
I'm making a scrapbook of the photos I submitted.

One photo is of a HUGE spiderweb that went from at least 6 feet in the air
down to the ground. I did not want to see the size of the spider that made it!

Just below that photo is one of a grand daddy long legs spider 
on a hollyhock plant. There is also a tiny green bug of some sort that looks
like a leaf .

On the right half of the layout, the top photo is of our dry creek bed.
In 2012 our area was suffering from extreme heat and a drought.
The small creek that runs through our property was dry, 
in the 13 years we lived here we have never seen that happen.

The bottom photo is of the last cherry tomatoes of the season.
I thought it was kind of neat that there were three different tomatoes
all in a different stage (color) of ripening. 

I haven't done any journaling yet, I made do it on tags or
cut out a piece of card stock that is leaf shaped for fun. 
Then again, that would be a better idea for the fall photo
I have yet to scrap...... 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fresh From The Garden Lunch

It may not look appetizing to many, but I thought it was quite yummy ! The rest of the family refused to even try any of it, saying the tomatoes didn't look right and they didn't like the idea of a "zucchini patty". More for me !

I have two friends that put in gardens this year so the delicious heirloom tomatoes came from one and the monstrous zucchini was from another. I made two loaves of zucchini bread and these patties from it.

Zucchini Patties (my notes in red)
Original recipe makes 12 patties
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, eggs, onion, flour, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and salt. Stir well enough to distribute ingredients evenly.
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drop zucchini mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook for a few minutes on each side until golden.

Zucchini Bread-
Paula Deen Recipe
Total Time:
Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
10 min
1 hr

2 loaves

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (squeeze out excess moisture)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine oil, eggs, water, zucchini and lemon juice. Mix wet ingredients into dry, add nuts and fold in. Bake in 2 standard loaf pans, sprayed with nonstick spray, for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Alternately, bake in 5 mini loaf pans for about 45 minutes.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

What A View!

My Mom took me to lunch with my Aunts the other day
to a place I've never been before -
and yet I live just 15 minutes away ! 

It is a winery / eatery / cabins for overnights /
zipline / ever expanding facility on the top of
a bluff along the rivers.

WOW what a view - and quite the drive up the hill.

I was somewhat disoriented when I got out 
of the car, I couldn't get my balance at first
(that isn't uncommon for me though when it comes
to heights, among other things).

It was a beautiful day, so cool and not humid
for this time of year here so we stayed out on the deck.
Had I known there was a deck and they would sit out,
I would have put on sun block before we left - I'm so sunburned !

Here are a few photos from that day.

This is looking straight out. The marina at the bottom of
the photo is on the Illinois river. The stretch of water in 
the middle of the photo is the Mississippi River.
The two rivers meet right here ! 
We spent many weekends out there on my parents boat(s),
spending quite a bit of time in what was known as "Chute 3"
between the islands here.

Those farms dotting the land at the top of the photo are in
Missouri; I am standing in Illinois taking the photos.

A towboat southbound where the rivers meet.

That is the last little "island" between the two rivers
just above the barge in the photo.
When we were kids we called it "dog poop island" because 
people would stop there to let their dogs take care of business. 

This is looking down the Mississippi river. 
If the bluffs weren't in the way,
I could see my house, ha ha !

This view would have been much different in 1993
with water nearly as far as the eye could see
during the great flood.

None of those condos were there at the time, either. 
This little old river town has grown quite a bit,
really become a tourist destination since that 
devastating flood. 

Custom made iron sculpture / water fountain. 
An aerie is an eagles nest. Eagles winter in this area.

What a surprise to see one of the STL250 cakes as we 
were leaving ! Had I known it was there, I would have taken
better photos. There are a couple of them in the area,
I need to go find them. Most are in the St. Louis area
since they were made to celebrate the cities 250th birthday.

This photo was trying to show the grade driving back down the hill.
It is even steeper at the very bottom ! 

I will go back this fall when the leaves have changed to take more photos -
and maybe, just maybe, get brave enough to try the zipline......................

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hope Faith Believe Trust - card

I received some bad news yesterday: an uncle of mine was diagnosed with lung cancer. This is the card I made for him last night, a tough one to come up with, to send him our love and support as he begins his fight next week.

The stamp set is an old retired hostess set from Stampin' Up!, Nature's Secret. I believe the card stock is Marigold Morning, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede. The image is stamped on Vanilla card stock with two colors of ink: first the stamp was inked up with Dusty Durango then I rolled the edges in Really Rust.

I stamped it again onto drafting type vellum, trimmed out the butterfly (extending the one wing that was not a complete image, tracing the edge of where I cut with a marker) and adhered it on top along the body section. The wings were gently pulled upwards. I made antennae with really thin craft wire.

The swing portion was hand made. I simply laid the wood mounted rubber stamp down on top of the card stock over the score mark to the left (2 1/4" from the left edge) and lightly traced with pencil around the top, bottom and right edge of the stamp. The wood mount was much larger than the image so it made enough room when traced to allow for extra layers of the stamped image like I wanted. I then used an Xacto knife and straight edge to cut the areas that were to swing (the right half of the square). The second score mark was 4" from the left edge.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Zebra Butterfly Scrapbook Page

Am I crazy for staying indoors working on my scrapbook pages ??????
Weather like this is unheard of in July here !!!!!

 I need get out in the flower beds to do some weeding today....
and wash/vacuum my car, etc, etc, etc. 
That being said, I'll probably not have any new projects to share
the next few days. 

Probably too busy of a page to show off this lovely photo I took of a zebra butterfly in my flower garden.
This was the second photo I submitted to our local newspaper as consideration for photo of the week -
and it was my first of several to be printed in black and white as an "Honorable Mention" photo ! The photo print for the newspaper will be on it's own page that I will include a bit of journaling on. It will be a plain white piece of card stock, nothing fancy - well, maybe a couple of stamped or die cut butterflies ;)

I used a sketch from  I actually already scrapped this photo digitally in My Digital Studio using a black card stock base and minimal embellishments , but realized when going through my large print order from May, I never had it printed !

Nearly every item used on this page came from Stampin' Up!, some are now retired though. Once again, in looking at the photo on the computer I see a couple of things I'd like to change.

I hand drew then hand cut the butterfly stencil (should have been larger, not much shows with my larger photo and all the "stuff" on the page!) from some old drafting vellum. I sponged ink through it then pierced around the edges.

Various dies, punches, embossing folders, rubber stamps,shades of purple and orange card stocks.

Ruffled ribbon was created by wrinkling it as I adhered it to a scrap strip of card stock with super sticky double stick tape. You could also use a sewing machine to gather the ribbon first before sticking it down on your project.

Thin craft wire and seed beads for the butterfly bodies/antennae.

Here is the pagemaps.comp sketch. I had a "duh" moment while writing this post: why hadn't I copied and pasted the sketches I've used on previous projects in case any of you that may read my post would like to use it yourself ?

Thanks for looking =)