Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Making Strawberry Freezer Jam

I am not a food blogger and I most certainly do not know how to take special photos for this but here goes! My BFF wanted to know all about making freezer jam and I told her it couldn't be easier, it can't - really! Seeing she is 3000 miles away this is a good way to show her. You need sugar, fruit-pectin, jars and fruit. The directions are on the pectin package. I am fortunate to have a strawberry farm a half of a mile from my house so off I went to pick fresh strawberries.

First you wash the strawberries and remove the stems.

Then you mix the sugar and pectin.

Then Mash the strawberries into a pulp as fine or lumpy as you like.

Measure out the mashed strawberries (I am also not a tidy cook!)

and put them into the sugar/pectin mix, stir for 3 minutes

and ladle into jars!

That's it! Let set 30 minutes and enjoy (as the fruit pectin package says). The freezer part is if you don't use up all of the the jam within 3 weeks you must freeze it.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Quick Spring Card

I needed to send something out real quick the other day and decided to do a quick CAS card and much to my surprise it turned out great! For once I like a one layer card :) (that I made). The stamp is one of Penny Black Brushstrokes stamps that I colored directly on the stamp with Stampin Up markers and the twine is from Doodlebug Designs. The button is a random one I have in a box full of buttons. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. Anyway it is nice and Spring-like. Hope you like!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Shopping Girl Birthday Card

I made this card for my BFF's daughter who likes to shop (ok what girl doesn't like to?!). I saw a card on the Hero Arts Blog that inspired this - the designer paper on the right and the Hero Arts Newsprint stamp in the left. They had a shopping girl stamp of theirs which I didn't have - had this one and I love her! She is so girly. I think the stamp is from The Greeting Farm. She is colored with the usual and cut out and on pop dots. The bling in the corners is something I added but the sentiment is like their card. See the glitter on her hair band and the little pink rhinestone? More bling :) I think it came out nicely - hope you like it too!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Carlos the Crab

This stamp is from Kraftin Kimmie stamps, this was on special a few weeks ago and I liked it so ordered it I did! I used the same card stock as the previous post - Poppy Parade I think? (Stampin Up InColor). I had to look at a few ways this was colored, I colored the crab red and it just needed something. I was thinking while coloring this that the crab isn't really red until he is cooked, he is actually brownish or green or even blue. So... he isn't umm ready to eat - just sunburned ;) I found one colored that was sort of dotted so I added the brown and orange dots on his body. Plus as you can see I messed up his eyes. Ugh! I hate how I go to color something and the tip does not go where I think it's going! I have that problem all the time, I must have some sort of hand eye coordination problem LOL! I put the tip exactly where I want it to go and it is beside it! I wonder if someone knows a trick to this, maybe get my face down right beside it - who knows, I try and then I have to try to fix it and end up with this mess. Anyway I added the dots to the sand too and it made a huge difference. How do you like his tongue? LOL! "Got to hold yer mouth jus right." So what next, I wanted to add some shells on the side and looking through my stamps I saw the sun, fish and bucket and thought they would go well with this card. I colored them then added 10 year old diamond glaze... it bubbled and cracked LOL! I have my own crackled look here - guess I should buy a new bottle. I cut them out and yes, pop dots - *giggle* the fish cracks me up. Hope you like!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Mail

This stamp, Happy Mail is a Pure Innocence stamp by My Favorite Things. Cuteness! It is colored with water color crayons by SU and all of the paper and ribbon are also by them. I paper pieced her dress with designer paper in the same pack as the blue patterned paper under the image panel. I put the bird and heart on pop dots and used some Stickles, guess I have been using a lot of the same products lately! Sentiment is from the stamp set. It was nice to make a card today, I made two actually and will post the other next.

Oh as a side note here, see picture below - Oliver being the typical cat has to lay all over the work area and of course leaned up against the card I just made which made him nice and glittery on his butt from the Stickles glitter glue :) Ha! Cats.