Monday, October 20, 2014

{batch card making} halloween 2014

Hello Everybody! So today I finally get to share my Halloween cards for this year!! I used the beautiful FREE Studio Calico Fall Printable Poster on the inside of my cards, and you can download yours HERE.

Below is the process video for my cards:

I did slightly alter the free printable by shrinking it down and re-coloring it in Photoshop. One design is more pinks to match the pink neon ghosts, and the other is more blues and green to match the blue and green neon ghosts : )

I designed the BOO! die cut in Photoshop and cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo. Since I was able to cut out 6 die cuts per 12x12 sheet of paper, it helped a lot with my batch card making. Also, the whole idea of making a bunch of the same cards at once usually starts with a cute pack of embellishments (like the ghosts I used for these). Having multiples of the same embellishment is great, but depending on what it is I tend to only need one or two.  Having extra is usually what inspires the urge to use up my stash and make a bunch of cards all at once ; )

Plus, I am a sucker for anything cute!  And the Studio Calico printable is beyond perfect for adding the perfect feeling of autumn!!  Hope you enjoy!  XO

Thursday, October 16, 2014

{autumn recipe} german pancake with apples & cinnamon


Serves 2-4

  • 2 granny smith apples, cut into slices (I left the skin)
  • 1/4 cup turbinado raw cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (GF: use brown rice flour)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Make sure the oven rack is in the middle of your oven.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, salt, flour, milk, and vanilla extract and beat until batter is smooth.
  4. In a 10" ovensafe pan (I used Calphalon) or a cast-iron skillet melt butter over medium heat, tilting pan to cover sides. 
  5. Add apples and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Stir and then remove from heat (if you let the apples cook too long they will become very soft/mushy in the oven).
  6. Pour prepared batter over the apples into the baking pan. 
  7. Place pan in preheated oven and bake approximately 20 minutes or until puffed up and lightly browned (it may puff irregularly in the center); remove from oven (the pancake will begin to deflate).
  8. Serve warm, cut into quarters.
To Make This Gluten Free:  I replaced the all purpose flour with the same amount of Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour.  It didn't puff up quite as much as regular flour, but was still really yummy.  I've made it a few times now and Ryan always comments on how delicious it is!

Notes:  I left the skin on the apples and liked it a lot.  However, traditionally you'd peel the skin off.  I've also tried this recipe with a little more of the cinnamon sugar mixture for when I have a sweet tooth, but another option is just adding powered sugar on top.  Most of the time it's plenty sweet without anything extra though.

Hope you enjoy this lovely autumn treat! I'm using apples or pumpkin something in almost all my recipes the last couple weeks and it feels so festive!!  I also have been loving all the colorful leaves and crisp air around here so I snapped a couple pics of my front yard.  Happy autumn days to you!! XO

*The graphics added to my pics (other than the first one) are from Studio Calico's Underground Digital Scrapbook Kit Stamps and Underground Background Cut File by Paige Evans.

Monday, October 6, 2014

{art + design class} harper rain walks | layout 4

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  Ryan and I were lucky enough to get away and spend a couple days over on the Peninsula with my family.  It was so relaxing.  Of course I didn't have time to scrapbook while I was there, so I'm itching to get back at it today and start on my Week 2 layouts from Wilna's Art + Design class : )

This page is my most recent layout from her workshop where we used diamonds in grid form from Week 1.  I was finally able to use some of the photos from when my niece had first started to walk, and jot down my thoughts and memories from what she was like back then.  It was also my first time using gouache paints!  Fun, fun!!

A couple fun items of note:

  • I layered a photo under the largest diamond to add a little more texture and pop to my page.
  • I created my journaling in Photoshop in the shape of a diamond and ran it through my printer.
  • All the embellishments and patterened papers are from the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar collection.  Love that fox!
  • The cut files are from the Art + Design workshop, but Wilna has lots of other amazing cut files in her online shop if you're in the mood to use your die cutting machine. XO

Friday, October 3, 2014

{art + design class} summer snapshots | layout 3

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. How about you guys? Well, if you're in the mood for scrapbooking the weekend away I have more crafty inspiration for you!  This is my third layout from Wilna's Art + Design online workshop. We are still working with grids, and I used some of the Crate Paper frames paired with Wilna's summer cut file to create my page. The embellishments are from Basic Grey's Grand Bazaar collection, and the background paper is from Pink Paislee Pen Pal's collection.  The off-white background is watercolor paper, and this is my first time using gelatos!  It added just a hint of pink and I love the result!!  Below are some details shots.  I have one more layout that I'll share soon from the first week of class.  Happy weekend to you! XO