Colour Throwdown #433

Had a bit of time this weekend so I thought I would check out the Colour Throwdown Challenge blog to see what the swatches were this week.
A very simple palette of just blue, green and white, so I figured I would try out water colouring again, this time using distress inks.

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Here is the final card I came up with.

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Supplies used:

Stamps: Penny Black – Elegance & Hero Arts – Many Everyday Messages
Ink: Versa Mark and Versa Fine
Embossing Powder: Simon Says Stamp – Detail White
Paper: Recollections
Card Stock: Neenah 110Lb Solor white & Strathmore 140lb Cold Press Water colour paper
Medium: Tim Holt’s Distress Inks – Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron & Black Soot

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Colour Throw Down Challenge

I had a little bit of free time this weekend, so I thought it was a good time to make a card, and what better place to get inspiration then the Colour Throw Down Challenge blog.

The current challenge colours are:

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Decided to try my had at water colouring… first time for every thing, it was a lot of fun to try, and i really like the end result. Tho the “mint” wash in the back ground is kinda hard to see.

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Supplies used:

Stamps: Wild Rose Studio – Bear on Flower & Hero Arts – Many Everyday Messages
Ink: Versa Mark and Versa Fine
Embossing Powder: Simon Says Stamp – Detail White
Paper: Lawn Fawn – Lets Polka In The Dark
Card Stock: Neenah 110Lb Solor white & Strathmore 140lb Cold Press Water colour paper
Medium: Revees Water Colour

Tia Celebrates

Another image from Make It Crafty, I just loved colouring this Tia Celebrates image. Decided to crop off her bottom half for this card, but i wanted to keep the cute bow.

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Products Used:
Image: Make It Crafty
Stamp: AmyR (retired)
Paper: EchoPark; Holly Jolly Christmas (retired) & Neenah; solar white
Medium: Copic Markers
Other: Wink of Stella & Sakura white gelly roll pen

Coconut flour banana muffins

Coconut flours, and all those other gf flours seem to be all the rage these days.. I have never tried baking with any of them, but since i had an extremely ripe banana on my counter, i thought id give it a try.

These muffins are best enjoyed warm.

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Chopped pecans – optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees & line/spray a muffin tin.

Mix together all ingredients except for pecans.

Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with batter and top with pecan pieces.

Bake for 20 to 25 mins.

Angel Card

Its that time of year again, where I find myself way behind on the Christmas cards that I need to make and send out to all my friends and family. I saw this beautiful angel image over at Make It Crafty, and I knew she had to be coloured up.

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Image: Make It Crafty
Paper: Neenah Solar White
Mediums: Copic Markers, Prisma Colour Pencils, Distress Inks
Stencil: Falling Snow by Simon Says Stamp
Other: Perfect Pearls, White Gel Pen & Wink of Stella

Ai Christmas Prep Challenge

Thought I would join in the fun over at Art Impressions Blog, and play along with their Christmas prep challenge. Worked out well, since i recently received the Ai Holy Jolly set in the mail, and it gave me a good excuse to ink it on up!

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Products used:
Stamp: Art Impressions
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Doodle Bug; Here Comes Santa Claus
Medium: Copic markers
Ink: Simon Says Stamp; Intense black
Dies: Memory Box; Whispering Pine Landscape
Other: White & Black gelly roll pens, Wink of Stella and Glossy accents

The Wonderful Wonton: Taco Cups

A week or so ago, I posted about how awesome and versatile wonton wrappers are, and how they always make it in to my grocery buggy. That being said, I thought it would be a good idea to post a few wonton wrapper recipes over the coming weeks to prove just how wonderful they really are.

Taco Cups are a fun and crispy alternative to taco shells. Easy to prepare, and each cup is only 20 calories (obviously, this doesn’t include the filling)

Preheat oven to 350°F
Spray a regular sized muffin tin with cooking spray and place one wonton inside the cup, pressing sides into muffin tin, to make a “cup” shape. Give each an additional spritz of the cooking spray.
Cook for 8-10 mins until lightly starting to brown, removed and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Now that you have your cute little cups, fill them with whatever taco-ish ingredients you like… I did the typical seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, green onion, salsa and a dollop of sour cream.

Yum!

Batty for you

Another halloween mani, last one for  the year seeing as today is the 31st. thought I’d  try my hand at stamping these cute little bats from a Winstonia plate… its harder then it looks to get the hang of.

Grocery Store Gotta Haves

I try to only do my “big” grocery shop every 2 weeks, and most of my cart is filled with meats, dairy and veggies, i do have a few “treats” that keep healthy eating enjoyable. So I thought I would share my current top 3 that I always find myself reaching for when I am in the grocery store.

  1. Hummus, who doesn’t love hummus. I have tried many different brands, and hands down Sabra is my personal favourite. Currently obsessing over the classic flavour, but I wouldn’t say no to some of the roasted garlic flavour either.
  2. Frozen Woodland Blueberries…. so good. Now if you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate where you can get locally grown fresh fruit year round, fantastic, but I don’t. So I have to rely on the frozen variety, and these little beauties are fantastic, sweet and perfect to add to plain yogurt, smoothies, etc.
  3. Wonton wrappers, they are so versatile, make perfect little vessels for all sorts of things from sweet to savory, they are inexpensive, low calorie, and freeze extremely well.

 

Recipe: Banana Raspberry PB2 Muffins

Here is my first PB2 recipe, as promised 😉

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Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • Egg
  • 1 Cup of PB2 & 1/2 Cup of water
    (or 1/2 Cup of any nut butter)
  • 2 Tbsp of Honey (or sweetener of your choice)***
  • 2 Tsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp of chocolate protein powder (optional, though they might not rise as much)
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Pint of Raspberries

Pre heat oven to 400°F

Mix together all the ingredients, adding raspberries last (fold in gently)

Pour batter into lined & sprayed muffin tin

Cook for 11-13 mins, until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool and Enjoy!!

***add a bit more honey for a sweeter muffin, or if your raspberries are on the tart side.***