Monday, June 12, 2017

You're Too Kind

My son and daughter in law have been visiting us and my daughter in law has never stamped or made cards before.  When she saw my craft room overflowing with stamps, paper, embellishments and all of the fun crafting supplies I've acquired over the years she wondered if I'd mind if she'd learn to make cards.  "ABSOLUTELY you may!", I said.  "Help yourself to anything you find." 

She is a natural and has made quite a number of cards while she's been here.  But the best part of all is that she's inspired me to rediscover my stamps and card making as well and we are having just the best time making cards together.

The challenge at The Paper Players this week is a color challenge as shown in the picture below.  I didn't have the exact colors listed but I used what I had that were as close as possible to these.

Card Recipe
Stamps:              Stampin' Up! Serene Sunflower and Stampin' Up! Whimsical Words

Ink:                    Stampin' Up! Summer Sun, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay
                           Autumn Leaves Pretty Poppy Green
                           Momento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:       Stampabilities Nestabilities Tag Die

Embellishments: Stickles Glitter Glue in Yellow, Diamond and Gunmetal
                             Foam Dimensional tape to pop up the bee
Until next time,

Sunday, June 11, 2017


How does time go so quickly?  It's been ages since I've posted.  Since moving to our little farm, "Gypsy's Pasture", my priorities have been focused on the animals, the homestead, the garden and taking care of the Mister.  BUT, I still love crafting, sewing, card making and all forms of needle art.  I decided it was high time I give card making a try again and especially since one of my favorite inspiration sites for card layouts has posted it's last layout challenge.  I'm going to miss MOJO MONDAY challenges.  Here is my card for the FINAL MOJO MONDAY 500 Challenge.

Julee Tillman, who is responsible for these past 10 years of inspirational Mojo Monday layout challenges, asked if anyone wanted to, to comment about the challenges and what they've meant to them.  For myself, it is the layout that I have the most difficulty with when making a card.  I love combining the stamps, papers, color medium, embellishments.  But when it comes to putting them all together on a card, I always found that the most challenging aspect of card making.  Every Monday Julee and a fresh and often VERY challenging layout.  I have looked forward to each Monday, whether or not I actually participated in making a card, to Julee and her team's creative layout challenges and seeing how all of the participants used that layout in their own creative way.

The sketch (below) is the final Mojo Monday 500 Layout sketch that I used for my card:

Thank you Julee and many thanks to your design team and all of the participants.  I've thoroughly enjoyed following your blog and participating in as many of the challenges as time has allowed me.
Until next time,

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Cheers to 2017 with Duck Egg Eggnog!

The Mister and I toasted in the New Year with some delicious Duck Egg Eggnog.  I just had to share my recipe with you because it is THAT GOOD!  You don't have to use duck eggs...chicken eggs work too.  But I had an abundance of Duck Eggs and they make this eggnog so decadent and wonderful.  And freshly grated Nutmeg is the true secret.

Last year I gave Duck Egg Eggnog to several of my neighbors and they insisted that it become a yearly tradition.  So I bottled up a few jars and they will be delivered today to ring in the new year.

Here is my recipe:
Duck Egg Eggnog
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 2/3 cup of maple syrup (white sugar is fine too if you don't have maple syrup)
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 Duck egg YOLKS (chicken eggs yolks work fine too)
  • 6 Duck egg WHITES (chicken egg whites work fine too)
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste (if you don't have vanilla paste then use 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a saucepan heat up the milk and cream until warm to the touch
  2. Whisk the sugar, egg yolks and salt together
  3. Temper some of the warm milk liquid into the egg yolks, stirring constantly
  4. Add the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan of milk and heat until it reaches 160 degree F on a thermometer
  5. Take off the heat and let it cool
  6. Whip the 6 Tablespoons of sugar and the egg whites together until ribbon-y (just before you reach the soft peak stage)
  7. Stir the nutmeg, vanilla, clove and cinnamon into the egg white mixture
  8. Add the egg whites into the yolk mixture and stir together
  9. Keep refrigerated and be sure to stir well before serving.

Until next time,

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