Well, my husband and I bought a house! And just a few days after closing on our house, my husband’s mother passed away rather suddenly. Needless to say, we have a lot going on at the moment, and I”m not sure I”m ready to blog about much of it yet, but I do plan to share some info on our house projects soon!
Today, (perhaps ironically), I want to share this card. It’s a sympathy card that I made for a friend a few months ago using the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set, some vellum and my trusty sewing machine! I stamped and heat embossed the sending sentiment on a piece of vellum that I had cut to fit over he 4.24″ X 5″ card base. I then stamped envelopes in various colors on the card base, die cut some hearts (I used washi tape on card stock in colors that coordinated with the inks I used), and assembled the shaker by sewing the vellum panel onto the card base.
It’s always hard to lose a loved one. I hope this bright and cheery card helped to ease some of my friend’s pain.
Stamps: Sending Happy Thoughts (SSS)
Inks: Wplus9 Dye Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black
Dies: Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods (the tiny heart die)
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Vellum
Other: Clear embossing powder, Glossy accents, 3m foam tape, Scotch washi tape, sewing machine
How can you not love a card with at tiny super hero and her super hero cat on it?!
For this card, I simply die-cut a circle window into a card panel. Then, I stamped my super-girl onto another panel, masked her off and used distress inks to color a yellow and orange background (I even added a few water droplets to the distress ink because..why not?). It ended up looking like the little lady is flying a bit too close to the sun!
I colored the little kitty to match, mounted him (her?) on the front of the panel next to the sentiment, and then stamped a few stars here and there to add a little oomph.
Sometimes you can just let a nice patterned paper do all the work! For this card, I just sliced a gap toward the bottom of a piece of patterned paper (that I had cut down to 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches), slapped a sentiment in the gap (after partially die cutting some parts of the paper) and mounted everything onto a card base.
I die cut the patterned paper and stamped the sentiment on the white card base so it would fit perfectly between the two pieces of the patterned paper that I cut apart, then added a layer of vellum on top of the stamped sentiment. The vellum on top helps to diffuse the lines of the stamp a bit – and I just like how it looks. I used a little heart embellishment and a sentiment sticker from the Cirque Card kit to finish off the card.
I’m wrapping up this three part series on smoothies today. If you haven’t read them already, click here to read the first post about what I put in my smoothies, and click here to read part II on how I layer the smoothies and what I like to put on top.
Part III is all about smoothie inspiration! I find that instagram is a great place to find inspiration for smoothie recipes, ideas and techniques. So, here are my favorite instagram accounts for health food inspiration.
1. amillionmiless is a great instagram feed for all kinds of incredible health food recipes and beautiful photographs. Don’t these juices look mouthwatering? Her smoothie bowls and energy balls are just as delicious-looking. She also has a blog with recipes – A Million Miles.
2. melodyorganics is another great account for juicing recipes and healthy living. You can also find Melody Organics on YouTube. …I’m currently saving up to buy a macerating juicer…
3. anneem83. Lots of great smoothies and juices, plus a lot of humor! She also has a beauty channel on YouTube called My Invisible Chrysalis.
4. liverawlicious is another great instagram feed for smoothie and raw food inspiration. I aspire to make such lovely smoothie bowls!
I’m so hungry now!
Tell me what some of your favorite instagram feeds are!
A few weeks ago, a cute little girl I know turned 1. It’s amazing how time flies.
To go along with Sadie’s gift, I made a cute shaker card (in the hopes that she’d have fun shaking it), and a watercolored envelope to match.
For the card, I cut a panel using a stitched rectangle die and then used a stitched circle die to cut the shaker window. I stamped a cute little cupcake on another panel, to sit right in the window. To fill the shaker, I used an assortment of sequins, seed beads and die-cut stars. I then added the “HOORAY!” sentiment on a strip of slate cardstock that I cut to fit across the bottom of the window. The sentiment is heat embossed and the strip is popped off of the window using some foam tape.
Before adding the shaker panel to the card base, I decided to put some of pink vellum polka dot paper on the card base to give it a little more interest.
For the envelope, I used some Canson watercolor paper and my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. I found a scripty font that I liked (check out my post about free calligraphy fonts here), and replicated it on the envelope front using a versa mark pen. Then I added some gold embossing powder over the versa mark ink and heat embossed it. Then, I added a water color wash over the top (the heat embossing resists the watercolor). After the first watercolor wash dried, I added another wash, just to give it a little more depth and interest.
I had so much fun putting this gift bag together. Pink, pink and more pink!
- Stamps: Sweets & Treats (Wplus9), Birthday stamp set (similar here)
- Dies: Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Stitched Circles (SSS), Lots of Stars (Mama Elephant)
- Paper: Canson watercolor paper, Neenah Solar White, pink vellum polka dot paper (Studio Calico – similar here), acetate
- Embellishments: Moonshine sequins, shaker beads (SSS), silver sequins
- Other: Sweet Nectar dye ink, Hero Arts white pigment ink, Versamarker watermark emboss pen, Ranger Gold Embossing Powder, transparent watercolor paints, 3M foam adhesive
Following up from the earlier post about what I put in my smoothies, I’m back to give some tips for making layered smoothies.
Making a layered smoothie starts with making two (or more) smoothies of different colors. It’s helpful to make both smoothies the same consistency. Otherwise, make sure the smoothie on the bottom layer is more dense than whatever you intend to put on top. It’s normal for the layers to mix a little bit. Sometimes, I’ll make one of my red, green or orange smoothies, and then just mix up some berries and yogurt to layer on top. This is a quick alternative to making two different and more involved smoothies.
One great technique that I recently discovered is to pour your bottom layer in your glass and then add in a handful of ice cubes. When you pour your second layer on, the ice cubes will help to keep your top layer from mixing to much with the layer below. The ice cubes also help to keep your smoothie ice cold.
Once you’ve got the layering part down, it’s time to add some toppings. This is just a fun way to finish off your smoothie and make it that much more fun to eat!
Suggested Smoothie Toppings:
- Freeze dried raspberries (or other freeze-dried fruit. I am a fan of these, as you can tell)
- Sunflower Seeds
- Nuts – cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.
- Sliced fruit – slices or chunks of whatever you already put in your smoothie, like strawberries or bananas, make a great topping
- Shredded coconut
- Mint leaves
Share some of your favorite smoothie toppings in the comments!
If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that I have a thing for smoothies. Some of you have been asking for recipes and tips, so this is the post for you! I can’t say that I use any sort of specific recipes or measurements, but this post will talk a bit about what I like to add to my smoothies.
Some days I add all of the items listed, sometimes I pick and choose and change proportions. I use a Nutri Ninja blender and blend most of my smoothies using the ultra-blend setting.
My red/purple smoothies tend to include:
- Red Beets (raw, a few slices)
- Berries (usually a mix of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sometimes just a handful of one kind of berry)
- Chia seeds (a generous tblsp)
- Strawberry Kefir – one of my FAVORITE smoothie additions (no more than 4oz)
- Pomegranate or blueberry juice (no more than 4 oz)
- Water (as much as is needed to smooth out the blend without it getting too watery)
My orange smoothies tend to include:
- Baby Carrots (4 or 5, cut into smaller pieces)
- Golden beets (raw, a few slices)
- Ginger (one thumb or so)
- Orange Juice (4 oz, usually less)
- Coconut Flour (a generous tablespoon or so. It adds protein! and flavor)
My green smoothies* tend to include:
- Baby Spinach or Kale (a generous helping)
- Golden beets
- Ginger (one thumb or so)
- Organic Maca Powder (1 tsp or so)
- Aloe Vera Juice (a few tablespoons)
- Apple Juice (4oz or less)
*The trick to getting a green smoothie to stay green is to not add anything that is a contrasting color – adding red or purple fruits and veggies will make a nice brown color. Brown smoothies are still delicious, just not as photogenic. And the better they look, the more fun they are to drink! :)
You’ll probably notice that I don’t tend to use almond or soy or dairy milk in my smoothies. I have used these things in the past, and will sometimes throw a splash in here and there, but I generally just don’t like the taste of almond or soy milk very much. I tend to stay away from dairy milk in my smoothies because I am usually drinking them pre- or post-workout. I just don’t want milk in my system right before or after a workout.
A few notes:
- All of the fruits listed are usually frozen, bought in bulk in the freezer section of the grocery store.
- Sometimes I add ice cubes. Why not?
- I tend to add things in amounts of about 4oz
- Ingredients like maca powder, aloe vera juice, coconut powder, ginger, etc., I use interchangeably amongst all the different colored smoothies I make. I just do a lot of experimenting. Usually, if you add stuff you know you like, it will turn out tasty – although I have had a few smoothie fails here and there.
- I am of the opinion that smoothies taste better when served in a mason jar.
I’m dying to hear suggestions for other things I can add to my smoothies – what do you all put in yours?? I’d love to know!
Stay tuned for Part II of the smoothies posts, which will include tips for layering smoothies and suggestions for toppings!