Thursday

Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum - Delicioso! Sweet Apple Turnovers Made Easy!

As you might be able to tell from the title of my post, I have been watching LOT's of Dora the Explorer Lately!! It's Masons favorite show right now! That and the Lorax by Dr Suess. Mason LOVES jamming out to the soundtrack of The Lorax! andI have to admit, I do too!! Below are some pics from our Last Concert ;)






Last night I had a bit of a sweet tooth, and I wanted an apple turnover. I never buy patries at the grocery store, so I decided to see what I could do with what we had on hand!

 
For this quick and simple turnover I used:

For Turnovers:
Rhodes Rolls (4) - Let rise at room Temp
3 small Apples Peeled and Diced
3 TBLS of Brown Sugar
2 TBLS of Sugar
3 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla


Top Coating:
1 TBLS melted butter

1 TBLS Sugar & 2 Teaspoons of sugar mixed together

Flour - to roll out Rolls

Place your Rolls out early to let rise - this takes a few hours.

Pre- heat oven to 350 degrees

In 4 cups of water  boil diced apples for 30 minutes, on low heat. Add Brown Sugar, Sugar and Cinnamon and Vanilla, and heat on low for 7-10 minutes. It should take on a carmalized (thick brown) appearance.

Roll out rolls in Flour to make a flat circle. (I do this by hand and Pull the dough from the center)

Place about 2 1/2 TBLS of the Apple Mixture into the center, and fold over to make a pocket. Secure the ends using a fork the press down the seam. Brush with melted butter (both sides) and coat with Sugar and Cinnamon mixture.

Place in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes (or golden brown) on one side, and another 7 - 10 minutes on the other.

(If you don't turn over during the baking process, one side will end up soggy!!)



Drop on a dallop of Cool Whip if eating right away, and If you have left over carmalized apples scoop them on top for a great looking, EASY desert that your guests (and Family) will think took you ALL DAY to prepare!!


AND as promised, Here are some photos from our latest Jam Session!! Mason decided he thought it was winter and needed to wear his Panda hat, and Gloves! Thank goodness you can't see me ;) I had on a White Knit Scarf, Black Leather Gloves, and my Boho Chic Beanie!! LOL

 

 
 




 

Wednesday

Congratulations on your NEW HOME!!

I just <3 this paper with the numbers. I immediately thought of someone moving, and of course these adorable chipboard houses and Twine and Trim (From Jodi at Talking Twine and Trim!! There is a Sale goingon now that you will NOT want to miss out on!!) go PERFECT!!
 
 
 
I used the Goodie Label Die from Pink by Design
The Chipboard Houses are from Basic Grey
Green Ribbon and Orange Twine from Talking Twine and Trim
I think the paper is from Echo Park This and That



 
Since I could not find any stamps in my stash for a new home, I hand wrote on the Pink By Design Goody Label ;) I LOVE these dies!! They are just perfect for SOOO many labels and tags!!

Sunday

Stamping Tutorial with Acrylic Spray

Hi everyone! Today I am  going to be showing you how to use acrylic spray with your stamping to give your project it a porcelain sheen!


First, I set the stayzon black ink on my background stamp. Some helpful tips; Push the ink pad into the stamp, not the stamp into the ink pad. Use a stamp pad or place a few sheets of printer paper (or lightweight paper) underneath the Paper you are stamping to give it a little cushioning. For the large background stamps, I use my cuttlbug C Adapter and to apply even and a lot of pressure, I stand on the stamp. Peel off your stamp.   


Maintenence of stamps - If your stamp gets fibers in the crevices, it will not give the clearest image possibe. Baby wipes, though a good fix quickly, leave fibers in your stamps. Try washing with mild soap and luke warm water. I lay image down on a paper towell to dry, with no blotting. This will give you a crisp clear image!!


Spray with Clear Acrylic Spray, then cut to size once dry. I adhered the rhinestones on this project after spraying {Don't Spray after you adhere the rhinestones, it will make them Dull}. It will take a coat or too, apply evenly and thoroughly. It will take on a porcelain appearance!
Layer all of your peices for the card and adhere together

I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and layered with the peices from the layers in the card for the flag. Cut the Tips with a Square punch to shape the flags, and popped the top layer with pop dots.


Products used:

Pink by Design Damask Background Stamp
Pink by Design Definitely Defined Stamp Set
White, Red and Black Cardstock
Stayzon ink in Black
Large Acrylic Block
Paper Trimmer
Score Board and Bone Folder
Mini Rhinestones in black, red and clear
ATG adhesive
Matte Acrylic Spray
Square Punch
Pop Dots

Happy Stamping! 

Friday

Scrappy Layout and SOME NEWS!


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This project was for the Pink by Design 2 year Anniversary! They didn't link up correctly, so I have been posting them throughout the month. I just love this layout sketch that Gloria chose to work with!! There are so many elements to this sketch that you don't even see until you really get into your design! It was a lot of fun!

Sarah and I worked on ours at the same time, and it is incredible the differences you can get in a layout from the exact same sketch!




Really?! Is that not the sweetest sentiment ever!




These pictures are from Mason's Easter last year! My how he has grown! He has Hair now too!! ;)



I have some fantastic news to share with you all! You may not have known, but I have resigned from my position with the Department of Veterans Affairs, for health reasons, and my last day will be today (If pre-post decides to work for me this time!) I will be staying home with my Son, Mason and working on getting my Type I (LADA) Diabetes and other health issues on track! This is a HUGE step for our family, but I think will make a world of difference in the quality and quantity of my life and time with my Lil Man.




So, I am on another Fabulous Journey!! I am very lucky to have a Pre-K Teacher on my team!! The lovely Tiffany Simmons is a Teacher, and about to go back next week to start setting up her class room! I feel so very fortunate to have her to be able to call ;) She gave me some fantastic advice! I had this curriculum set up - Very unrealistic INDEED ;)

We will be working on Mason's ABC's. 1 Letter per week. Tiffany said not to make the set times too long. 10 - 15 minutes tops per project or assignment. Well, in the next few days, I will need to revisit my planned curriculum ;) I have 30 min to an hour set aside!! I tried this theory out the past two days- that I have been working on the Letter "A" with him.

Yep, that holds true.;) 10 minutes, TOPS, is what his attention span will hold per activity. Tiffany also suggested coming back to it multiple times per day. She also suggested dexterity tasks with Play Doh - So, I will be getting alphabet Cookie Cutters, and we will be having a play-doh party!

I can NOT wait to share with you our new adventures!! This is really a VERY exciting time for me. My hope is to be healthy, happy, and have all the time in the world with the AMAZING MASON!!



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Thursday

A Homespun Affair Color & Designer Project Challenge

Good Morning all!! Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you haven't yet, now is the time to get your entries in to the Color and Designer Recreation Project over at A Homespun Affair!

If you missed it, this month each participant into the challenge this month is going to be featured in the September Edition of
A Homespun Affair with links back to your blogs!
 
 
Here are the Colors that you can create with!
 
Or you can Choose to re-create one of our FABULOUS designers Projects from August's Edition of A Homespun Affair!
 
 
Bag and Card Coordinates from Deirdre Smith
 
 
 
 
Washi Tape Card with Heather Flaherty
 
 
 
 
 Home Decor Frame with Jessica Kephart
 
 
 
Cupcakes and Cupcake Picks with Wandy Pizarro
 
 
Exploding Box with Tiffany Simmons
 
 
 
Post it Holders with Raquel Davis
 
 
Altered Journal with Laurie Mince
 
 
Tri-Fold Shutter Card with Megan Setter
 
 
ALSO, of course, we have our Fabulous $25.00 Gift Certificate Giveaway provided by Jodi from Talking Twine and Trim for the Winner this month of the Challenge!
 
Click Photo to Like Jodi's Facebook Page!
 
 
 
 
You can also win a 25.00 Gift Certificate to Sassy Studio Designs!!
 
 
And who doesn't want to win a 25.00 Gift Certificate to Purely Papers Etsy Shop?!?!
 
 
 
 
You can also win $20.00 off the Artisite Collection from Close to my Heart From Elizabeth Mindemann!!
 
 
 
 

 
 
Another FAB giveaway in the August Edition is from Designs on Cloud Nine!! $25.00 to This store!!

 
 
 
 
 
Here is my project forthe Color Challenge this month!
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday

Tuille and Ribbon!

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I used the Pink by Design Artisian Die
Pink by Design Artisian Die Stamps





Have you linked up your color project at A Homespun Affair??  The Giveaway to the top Spot is an awesome 25.00 Gift Certificate to Talking Twine and Trim!! This month, you can select the colors for the Challenge, Camel, Rasberry and Cyan, or you can choose to recreate one of the teams projects!!

Come and check it out! www.ahomespunaffair.blogspot.com

Friday

Congrats~! It's a Girl!!!

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For this darling card I used:


Tim Holtz Alterations Small Rosette Die
2" scallop Punch

CTMH Stamp
Borderabilities Spellbinders Die
Ribbon
Random Paper and CardStock in Stash and scraps




Tuesday

Get Well Soon!

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I just love this set!! It can be used for both Males and Females! Of course I love Hexagons and banners and Pink by Designs Stamps! On this set I used Just a Note, and Bracketful Pink by Design Stamps! To Shop,


I love making the envelopes coordinate with the card, So I simply cut Two extra Hexagons, and placed one on the front of the envelope and one where it closes. Very Simple Card!!


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