Monday, May 11, 2015

Tea Time Gift Bag



Hello friends.   Welcome to this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  I am once again hosting the challenge.  As most of you know, I do enjoy tea parties.  I have always enjoyed tea parties.  I clearly remember my mother and I having tea parties with my little china tea set before I was old enough to for school.  I cannot remember if we really drank tea, but I know we used my childhood tea set and that we always had cookies.  My mother was wonderful about letting me serve us, and my brother was never invited!  

As an adult I still love tea parties.  I host semi-annual teas for some of my friends, really as an excuse to come together and enjoy one another's company while using dainty dishes and dining on "girly" foods.  



With all of this fascination with tea, it seems natural that I chose Tea as this week's Cricut cut challenge.  I challenged the design team, and all of you, to use a Cricut cut Teapot or Teacup on a project.  I made this decorated gift bag, but the other Bitten by the Bug 2 design team members made adorable cards.




I used three cartridges to create this gift bag:  Anna Griffin Splendid Soiree, Folk Art Festival, and Ribbons & Rosettes. I cut the bottom two doily layers with the Anna Griffin cartridge.  I used a subtle gray and white print to cute the rosette in the middle of the doilies.  And finally I cut the teapot and tea cup with Folk Art Festival.  The little teapot to/from tag tied to the bag handle was also cut with the Folk Art cartridge.

I cut three one and one-quarter inch strips of the gray print card stock to create the ribbon that wraps around the bag.  




Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope that you join us in this week's BBTB2 challenge and create your own tea project.  Be sure to check the sidebar at Bitten by the Bug 2 before you link in your new project.





This month is National Scrapbooking month and as such, Close To My Heart is offering an exclusive fruit themed paper pack called Taste of Summer for only $8.95. 




Not only are they offering an exclusive paper pack for May, but they have also designed a coordinating stamp set that is also available for purchase.  The stamp set is also called Taste of Summer and is $17.95 and like the paper pack only available this month!





Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Loving Strawberry Season


Hello everyone.  Today we are taking a break from paper crafting to talk about breakfast and strawberry season.  We are "smack dab" in the middle of strawberry season here in South Carolina.  My only problem with Strawberry season is that it is far too short.  As the berry crop began to come in locally, I created a new Pinterest board aptly titled Strawberry Season!  I pinned some really yummy looking strawberry recipes, including these WONDERFUL Strawberry Biscuits.  



So far this season we have had strawberry cobbler and a lot of strawberry shortcake variations - sometimes with ice cream, sometimes on home made biscuits, all with real whipped cream!  As much as we have enjoyed our strawberry desserts, I thought it might be nice to try strawberries for breakfast, other than in my yogurt.  I had pinned three strawberry recipes that looked promising, scones, muffins, and this biscuit recipe.  Well we may never try the muffins because this recipe was THAT good.




Strawberry Biscuits
(recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
1 cup chopped very ripe strawberries
1 cup heavy cream (I used fat free half and half)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add butter and cut it in to the dry ingredients with a pastry blender, until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in the strawberries carefully, so they get coated in the flour mix. This keeps them evenly distributed in the dough later when you add the liquid. Speaking of liquid… add the heavy cream, then gently fold all the ingredients together. You don’t want to overwork the dough, so don’t worry if everything is completely worked in. It will be.
Generously flour your counter or cutting board, then transfer the dough to the board. Flour the top of the dough and with your hands gently press the dough into a 3/4-inch thick rectangle. Using a 2 1/2-inch biscuit or cookie cutter (or even the top edge of a drinking glass) cut circles out of the dough. Press straight down without twisting (this makes for nice layered edges) as you cut. Carefully transfer the biscuits to prepared baking sheet, leaving a few inches between each one.
You can re-roll the scraps of dough, and continue cutting circles, but don’t worry if the dough appears very wet. The strawberries will have already started to release some of their juice. That’s okay though! They’ll still turn out beautifully.
Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes, until lightly brown at the edges. Cool in pan for a minute, brush on the butter recipe below, then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve warm.




I made a quick strawberry butter to slather on top of these beautiful biscuits. Just mash up two large strawberries into 4 TBLS soft butter, then freeze for about 15 minutes. (You can do this while the biscuits bake.) It’s a tiny detail that will make a world of difference in flavor.


My mom, Doug, and I all enjoyed the biscuits for breakfast AND lunch.  John took one home as an afternoon snack when he picked up Avaleigh.

Speaking of Avaleigh - this is from her latest photo shoot. John and Bethany have a variety of funny little costumes for her. This is their little fox pup!  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!!!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Card


Hello everyone.  Since next Sunday is Mother's Day, our lovely Design Team sister, Caroline, at Bitten by the Bug 2 challenged us to use our Cricuts this week to honor mom!  Such a perfectly timed challenge too.  

I used one Cricut cartridge, a Cricut basic square, and an SVG lace cut to create this floral card for mom.  Every year since I was about 13 I have either given or sent flowers to my mom on Mother's Day.  The first time I did this I road about 8-9 miles on my bicycle to the florist and brought the flower arrangement home - hanging from the handle bars (fortunately I chose a basket as a container).  I then sneaked the flowers into our basement and hid them until the next day.  This process became much easier when I was old enough to drive!  

As I embraced paper crafting mom's annual floral arrangement began to include a floral card as well.  This is mom's card for this year.



As I stated above, I used one Cricut cartridge to create this card, a Cricut basic square shape, and an SVG cut.  I used Cricut Design Space software and my Cricut Explore.  The cartridge I used is 3D Floral Home Decor.  I used the Wall Art 1 branch of flowers.  I copied and pasted the cut, changing the size slightly and reversed the direction of the flowers to accommodate my design.  

I made the base card using the Circut basic square shape.  I resized the square to make the 5.5 x 8.5 inch base card.  I love that the Cricut Explore scores my cards for me.  Add a score line and attaching it to the card is as simple as two clicks of the mouse!

The Battenburg lace card front was cut with the Explore using an SVG cut.  I resized the cut slightly to fit the front of the card.

The card was stamped with the Close To My Heart Flowers For Mom stamp set.  I added ribbon loops as well as pink and clear gems as accents to the card.   


I hope that you find time this week to work on a project for a mom that is special to you.  If you do, please join us in the Mother's Day challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week. You know we love it when you join our challenges!

Thanks for stopping by today.



This month is National Scrapbooking month and as such, Close To My Heart is offering an exclusive fruit themed paper pack called Taste of Summer for only $8.95. 



Not only are they offering an exclusive paper pack for May, but they have also designed a coordinating stamp set that is also available for purchase.  The stamp set is also called Taste of Summer and is $17.95 and like the paper pack only available this month!




Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy May Day




This month is National Scrapbooking month and as such, Close To My Heart is offering an exclusive fruit themed paper pack called Taste of Summer for only $8.95. 



Not only are they offering an exclusive paper pack for May, but they have also designed a coordinating stamp set that is also available for purchase.  The stamp set is also called Taste of Summer and is $17.95 and like the paper pack only available this month!















Monday, April 27, 2015

I Want To Ride My Bicycle....



Hello friends.  Are you ready for this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge?  This week I am hosting the challenge which means that I picked the Cricut cut we are using for this week.  I selected a Cricut Cut Bicycle for this week's challenge.

I love to ride my bicycle, but I confess that it is not something I have been doing lately (lately=my bike currently has flat tires so clearly it has been quite a while).  Biking is so good for me and fun that I am hoping to reintroduce myself to my bicycle and enjoy this beautiful spring weather.




I am going to confess that I saw a bicycle box card on facebook and thought it was adorable.  The card had a window in the back with an empty bike on the front layer.  I think there were flowers in between, maybe?? I honestly do not remember.  I like the card a lot, but I wanted to create something that was more original.  However, viewing that card was a starting point - a Box Card with this week's bicycle cut.


I decided to use my favorite box - from SVGcuts.com, their Thanksgiving box set.  The box cut wonderfully with my Cricut Explore (LOVE that machine), and only required hand trimming to remove the Thanksgiving elements from the box inserts.


I used FIVE Cricut Cartridges to create my card.  I know that may seem excessive, but with my subscription in Design Space, I can search from thousands of images to use the cut that most appeals to me at the time.  



The bicycle was cut using Just Because Cards.  I cut the rider from Rock Princess, where she is riding a motorcycle and facing the other way.  I turned her to the right and hand trimmed the motor cycle and kept just the girl.  I hand cut her helmet from scraps.  

The palm trees on the second insert are from the Summer Love cartridge. 

The flower trimmed beach scene is from Something To Remember, with a bit of hand trimming to remove a beach umbrella.  In the interest of full disclosure, the back originally looked different.  I decided it needed a bit "something more" and went back and added the back scene.

The clouds in the sky are from Disney's Pooh and Friends cartridge.  

I finished the card with Stickles on the pink flowers in front and the bike's silver elements.  I added aqua beads to the flowers on the background to help them POP a little better.  Finally, I added the word PRINCESS to the bottom front of the card.




I hope that you are able to join us in this week's Cricut Bicycle Challenge.  If you have not already been by the BBTB2 blog, you are going to LOVE the design team's inspiring projects! 

Thanks for stopping by today!


 
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