Monday, April 5, 2021

T Stands Time for Baking

 "Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day." Ps. 71:8

Kate inspired me last week to bake.  For that matter several of the T Gang did!  I decided after seeing Kate's lemon bread or cake last week, to make this lemon Easter bread.  I haven't made anything with yeast for years, mind you!  I used to make this at Easter  when the kids were home.  It takes about 5 hours total.  You mix it up and let it rise for an hour and half, then punch down and let it rise for another 15 minutes, then make two  long snake like pieces, braid together and let rise again!  I didn't remember to take a photo until after the last rise and when the eggs were in right before baking.  Then I took a photo when I took it out of the oven.  You do not cook the eggs before dying.  They cook right along with the bread.  I told my husband if the bread doesn't come out right, at least he will get deviled eggs!

The dying of the eggs:  Why should those with kids be the only ones to have fun?

Before baking with eggs nested in and the egg yolk water brushed on:

after baking cooling: 

And at dinner: It has a real lemony taste, as one of the ingredients is grated lemon peel.  I grated the peel of a whole lemon.  Uhmm...

I hope you all had a Happy Easter.

  Check out the T-Party over at Altered Book Lover where Bleubeard & Elizabeth hosts T Stands For Tuesday every Tuesday.  We all hop to each other's blog and see what we are all up to.  You can join in and link your blog as long as it has something related to a drink in your post.  You can see our cups for my ticket to the party. 

Happy T Day!  
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 29, 2021

T Stands For Sanded Embossing Technique

 Mark 16:6 KJV  "And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here:"

Good evening,  or to some morning.  I really want to share this technique from Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge today. They have technique challenges every Monday, and lots of tutorials also on the site.   I am excited because you can use up some ugly gel prints with it!  I love to do gelli printing with stencils, and I love using every bit of the paint once I put it on the gel!  Sometimes, I have let the paint get muddy, I think, and that is why some of my prints are ugly.  That is why I love this new to me technique.

I made the card before I thought to show you the steps, so began with another piece just like the first piece so you could see the process.

Here is a piece of the print.  It doesn't look like a stencil was used, it  might have been one that I rolled a golf ball on, so we will call it 3D gel printing.  Ugly, right? LOL

This is the piece after I ran it through my big shot die cut & embossing machine with the Cuttlebug Divine Swirly embossing folder.  Looks a little better, doesn't it?

Looks even better after sanding the raised portions.  Be careful with this step, it is easy to tear the card stock.

The ugly gel print made a pretty good card, didn't it?  I think that I will be using this technique as I have a lot of pieces of gel prints to be used. Or you might just have some pieces of painted background you didn't know how to use.  I will try other embossing folders, too. Stay tuned to this channel and see what I do. :)

Supplies used:  

Recollections white 65lb  card stock.

acrylic paints & Gel plate

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Sanding block

Stampin' Up Sincere Salutations stamp for the sentiment.

SU! Rich Razzleberry Cardstock & Ink

SU! flower punch

SU! gems

Gifted die, from Jan in Spain, I think.  Thank you Jan! :)

Glue dots,

Tombow liquid glue


I hope you like the technique and try it.  It was so easy and quick.

  I submitted this project to the Technique Challenge on Splitcoaststampers as well as to CalvinBall Challenges over at

Since some will be celebrating Easter this Sunday, here is an Easter card for you.  This background was created with alcohol inks on plastic wrap, then aying the glossy card stock  directly on  the inks on the plastic wrap.  Then I just put on some blue cardstock and added some die cuts. 

Here is one that actually says Happy Easter! LOL  The one below is with a digital that I colored with pencils.  It is from The Graphics Fairy.  I layered it on a Seaside embossed panel of Marina Mist card stock.  Both the paper and the embossing folder are from Stampin' Up.

Happy Easter!

Oops!  Here is my ticket for the tea party over at Altered Book Lover hosted by Bleubeard &  Elizabeth.

She calls it T Stands For Tuesday, and we all have a party and show and tell what we are doing all over a cup of tea or coffee or even a drink of water, whatever your choice of beverage is!  Be sure and stop by over there.

These are some of the teas that my sister sent me for my last birthday.  I am drinking the Moroccan Mint green tea today.  I like it.  Happy T Day to the T Gang!

Thank you for stopping by!  

Monday, March 22, 2021

T Stands for Teapot Card From 2010

 "Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day." Ps. 71:8

Good evening!  I am posting for our T Stands For Tuesday party over at Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover.

I found  a photo of this card I made in November of 2010!  It is so pretty and I had made it to send to a recipient of our tea party challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Every Tuesday, apparently for 11 years, we send a card to someone who needs encouragement of some kind. I was even a recipient last year when I broke both my wrists and had to have surgeries on both wrists. I decided to share this pretty card with you today as my ticket to the party.  I don't even remember how I made it, but looks like a lot of heat embossing with gold.

This week we went to the art museum, and I only took one photo!

My husband with his mask on. The museum had opened back up and had a free day to celebrate.  People were still wearing masks, of course. There were very few people in the galleries.  Usually when we were in a gallery, we were the only ones.

The above is for Elizabeth.  I found a mural!  It is the back of Chateau Gifts & Flower Preservation.
I just happen to see it when we were getting out of our car, so I took a photo.  I actually thought I took 3 or 4 photos of it.  That is my luck with a camera! LOL   It was adjacent to the parking lot the hamburger place where we ate after our visit to the art museum.

As the front of TJs is on a busy street, we park in back and enter that way. This is one of our favorite places to eat.  Of course I forgot to take photos of our food or drink.  We split a Chili Cheese burger and fries, and had frosty mugs of root beer.  Delicious!  Sorry to the vegetarians, and glutton free people. 
We then got refills of our root beers for the road.

I have posted before their great photos of nostalgia that are on their walls, but this one caught my attention on the way out this time.  As we hadn't done much in over a year, this was quite an outing for us.  

That is all I have this week. I have crafted a lot this week, but my scrap pages have too much information on them to post publicly. I am still doing the CalvinBall challenge through  

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy T Day to the T Gang.

Monday, March 15, 2021

T Stands for Too Excited

 "Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day." Ps. 71:8

I am excited to be the newest Dirty Girl on the Splitcoaststampers design team aka Dirty Dozen.  We are called that because we get dirty, inky fingers, you know.

So, I have been designing cards for the March Fan Club Gallery.  It is really an honor, and I get to do this for the next six months.

Meanwhile, I have also been scrapping layouts for the CalvinBall Challenges on ScrapHappy.

I have been trying to get older photos from our family scrapped.  On this one, I collaged paper scraps on tags, then added lace, and used one for the year.  The other has journaling on the the back, and is tucked behind the photo, but can easily be taken out and read.  I used some die cuts on here and ribbon and burlap.  I love scrapping these older photos, and I am finding many treasures among them, like letters, and postcards, which help me find out important details.

Happy T Day to all the TSFT gang over at Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Monday, February 22, 2021

T Stands for Spring is on the Way!

John 13:34  "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." KJV

 We have been so cold this past week that today feels like Spring!  Last Tuesday morning it was minus 17F. Today it got up to 62!  I even got out for a walk. I am so ready for Spring after a week or so of sub freezing temperatures!  But I did stay in long enough to play in my craft room, which I cleaned up a little during our freeze.  I happened on to a  Tim Holtz Facebook you tube video on alcohol inks and lifting.  I have done this before but decided to try it again as I watched.  I put on some inks and then used the lift pad to ink up some Tim Holt stamps.  I think I like the result and it should make a nice card.  My alcohol inks are very old, some of them from RiverCity Rubber Works that was here years ago.  Do you remember them, Elizabeth? 

Here is my photo of my Tea in my Christmas Starbucks cup in my photo of my project, with Tim Holtz in the background.  The cup of tea is so I can join the T Stands for Tuesday over at Altered Book Lover.  The lovely Elizabeth is our hostess along with Bleubeard.  Check in and see what it is all about. 

Below are the two panels I did with alcohol inks, alcohol blenders and Silver mixative on Yupo paper.

Below I stamped with Alcohol Lift ink.  After you stamp, then you dab with a paper towel and it takes the ink off where you stamped.  Then the stamp has ink on it, so you stamp that on something; I stamped on watercolor paper.  Now I have two panels for cards.

Also for the last few weeks I have been working on another junk journal.  They take so much time.

I had made four as gifts at Christmas time and since have made two more.

Here is a couple of photos of my journal I made for the February Dear Julie Junk Journal Challenge.

We were to make a fabric cover.  There were items we had to make, such as fabric flip, fabric pocket, flip flop pages, etc.  We were to have at least one signature ( a group of pages sewn together), 50 pages.  Mine had one signature with 52 pages, that is 13 pages, but each is four, counting each side and front and back.  We were to use a paper pad we had on hand, a no buy challenge.  This is first time I used a hard book cover.  In other words I took a book a part, then covered it and sewed my signature into it.  I covered the stitches with the lace.

The digital pages I used were Julie's .  I earned them for finishing the December Challenge.

I am just showing you the cover and some of my favorite pages.  I spare you looking at all 52! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay warm!  Happy T Day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

My Memory Tag

              "Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day." Ps. 71:8

 Hello readers.  Today I wanted to share with you a tag I made for the Tag Tuesday Challenge.  Wendy has challenged us to use a photograph or part of one on our tag. I really wanted to do this one because I am a scrapbooker.  I visualized using it on a scrapbook page, but now think it will go in my junk journal I am working on.    One reason is the photograph has already been scrapped, but the other is because it is a memory I enjoy looking back on.  I remember what I was feeling at the time. I remember the breeze, the sun, the sound of the waves and smells, and they were all happy memories.  So, I want to put it in my junk journal that I will be using this year, as list journal, or a goal journal, or however I want to use it.  I will be able to look at the photo and relax and be calm, and maybe even inspired! LOL  This was from our trip to Maine in 2018.

First I cut a tag shape, then smooshed it in Distress oxides on my glass mat. Then I used modeling past through a Rabbit Hole Designs stencil. I had won it in a prize with some stamps, too, from SplitcoastStampers.  I die cut the stamped sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs. I die cut some shells to add to the tag.

Hope you like my tag.  I think I will enjoy using it in my junk journal.

Be sure and check the other tags over at Tag Tuesday.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

T Stands for Tag & Tea

 "Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day." Ps. 71:8

Hello readers!  This afternoon, I have been working on a tag so I could take part in Tag Tuesday.  We have a delightful theme of Faery Gardens issued by Michele.  I have hoarded this pretty paper by DCWV for years!  I thought of it when I saw the theme.  Although, there are no fairies on it, there seems to be a beautiful garden.  And the title is The Garden Tea Party Stack, which works great for our TSFT, too.  Since there wasn't a fairy on it, I stamped a B Line Designs fairy on a piece of the paper with TH Distress Oxide "Tea Dye".  Oh, good ,another tea reference! LOL  I then used Tattered Rose Distress Embossing glaze. I cut with a scalloped punch and layered on another larger die cut piece of SU! Really Rust CS. I layered a scrap of lace in between the two scallops.

I am making this also for a Mixed Media Challenge on SCS to alter a paper clip, So I layered the tag on a paper clip with another piece of the pretty paper on the back.  This will go nicely in one of my junk journals.  I also, inked and heat embossed around the edges of both the tag and image piece.  

You can go to our TSFT over at Altered Book Lover and join our Tea Party.  Elizabeth and Bleubeard are our hosts.  You can see  other tags for our theme at  Tag Tuesday

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week!