Saturday, November 28, 2015

Birthdays and Christmas at Paper Ala Mode

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  Mine was really nice - I ate way too much!  Yesterday was kind of a lazy day making cards and watching it rain, but today I am off to do my usual grocery shopping and cooking.  If you want to see my menu for the week I will post it after the cards.

Today's Paper Ala Mode challenge is anything goes, and I made one Christmas card and three birthday cards.  I just loved the cute little Theodore Birthday Sign image from Bugaboo!  This was the first card I made with the image.  I didn't realize until later that it was a ladybug on top of the balloon, and I had colored the body of the bug blue and green because I thought it was another balloon!

Here is my 2nd birthday card with the same image.  This card is going to go to my grandson for his 1st birthday which is next month.

And my final birthday card with the same image - this one colored with pencils.  I also laid the image over a swiss dots embossing folder when coloring the letters.  It left a little texture but not what I had imagined it would do.

My Christmas card uses Make It Snappy Reindeer Trio.  The image comes with or without the sentiment, but I like having the sentiment on there for a quick card.  I think I will use this image again and add googly eyes.

My menu this week:
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
Chicken Ala King with peas and rolls
Chicken, spinach and black bean egg rolls
Prairie pork chops, asparagus
Smoked sausage soup with ciabatta
Ham & cheese sandwiches with fries
Ceasar salad, baked potatoes

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paper Ala Mode and weekly menu

The Paper Ala Mode challenge this week is Thanksgiving.  We are being sponsored by Beccy's Place.  I chose an image called Bird On A Wire.  I love the image, and ended up making four cards with it!  I am showing them in order of my least favorite to my most favorite, so bear with me through the first couple of cards!

The first card was printed onto some textured cardstock with my printer at home.  I water colored it with watercolor pencils.

I did not put this card or the next one on the Paper Ala Mode challenge because there was no sentiment to let you know this was a Thanksgiving card.

My second card was printed on the same cardstock, but with my printer at work, and the ink did not stick well at all.  I went ahead and colored this one with colored pencils, but then I erased the toner ink and added my own lines with a pen.

The next two cards are the ones I put on the Paper Ala Mode challenge.  I had fun trying to color different birds.  Both of these were printed on my usual cardstock and colored with Copic markers

I hope you enjoyed the cards, and I urge you to play in the Paper Ala Mode Challenge because you can win some great prizes!

Today I've been doing my weekly cooking, and I know several of you like to hear my menu for the week so I will share

Broccoli Cheddar Soup served with toasted ciabatta bread
Pot Roast with red potatoes and carrots
Lemon Ginger Chicken thighs served with broccoli and rice
Fajitas - just green and red bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, and sliced steak simmered in a fajita seasoning served in warm tortillas with sour cream and salsa.
Crack Chicken Sandwiches served with side salad
Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes and peas

I am not giving the link to the salisbury steak because I changed it up too much.  I want to add that the Crack Chicken and the Lemon Ginger Chicken thighs are both new recipes for me, but we did taste test them both and are looking forward to that meal!

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Friday, October 30, 2015

1st Halloween

This is the Halloween card I made for my grandson's first Halloween.  He loves playing peek a boo, so I added the "peek a" to the image.

Halloween treats

Just wanted to share the Halloween treats I made for my boss's kids.  Wishing you all a happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Girl Power at Paper Ala Mode

Hi everyone!  Today's Paper Ala Mode Challenge is all about girls - just make a girly card!  The sponsor is The Stamping Boutique and I chose this ever so girly image Jennifer Latte Bubble Bath.

I used stickles for the soap suds and then added some pearly bubbles.  The sentiment is computer generated.    You need to come play with us and have a chance to win some great prizes!

Next weekend I'm planning on going to see my grandson, so this weekend is going to be spent cleaning house and doing some extra meal cooking.  My menu for the week is

Creole Chicken With Field Peas
Ham, Asparagus, and Wild Rice
Ginger Beef with Mushrooms and Spinach served over noodles  (the recipe actually calls for kale, but I'm subbing with spinach since I have some in the fridge already)
Sliced Turkey Breast with Dressing and Sweet Potato (someone must be thinking Thanksgiving)
Nacho Supreme Casserole
ordering in a supreme salad from our favorite pizza place
Tex Mex Lasagna

The Tex Mex Lasagna, Creole Chicken, and Nacho Supreme Casserole will make enough for me to freeze half to replenish what I take out of the freezer for next week.

Our weather this weekend is just gorgeous and I plan on enjoying it as much as possible in between chores.  I need to because hot weather returns on Monday.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Menu for the week and a Christmas card

whew!  I got my cooking for the week done!  This week we are having

hamburgers, baked potato fries
meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas
salmon patties, roasted carrots
ham and cheese grilled in oven with side salad
eggs, sausage, biscuits
thai curry coconut shrimp served over jasmine rice
saucy meatballs, rice, green beans
The Thai curry coconut shrimp is a meal we had from Plated a few weeks ago.  Brock loved it, so I decided to try to re-create it.  The only thing I couldn't find at the grocery store was bamboo rice, so I subbed Jasmine rice instead.

Here is a Christmas card I found time to make too

 I colored the image with some metallic pens and used a large background die of holly leaves.  I REALLY need to make more Christmas cards!  I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Texture at Paper Ala Mode

Hi everyone.  The Paper Ala Mode challenge at the Outlawz is in full swing, and our challenge this week is texture!  You can add texture to your project in so many different ways,  My card uses a beautiful angel from Morgan's Art World called Angel Wings.  

I added texture to my card in several ways,  The most obvious way is the large die cut I used for the background.  There are a couple more ways I added texture though - if you look closely at the background behind the angel you can see the little white dots and the little glittered dots.  These dots are dimensional and have texture if you were able to feel it.  I also added some glittered tinsel thread around the the image which I think qualifies as texture.  And lastly, the wings are raised and glittered.
I got the sentiment as a freebie somewhere, but I can't for the life of me remember where!  I really need to get better about labeling the images I have.

This weekend I am happily playing with my little grandson Jacob.  He has grown so much since I last saw him, and is sweet as ever!  I can't believe he is already 9 months old.  Maybe I will have pictures to share with you next week.  Happy weekend everyone!