I watch A LOT of Food and Travel television programming. In my mind, I always envisioned myself as this cross between the Pioneer Woman and Anthony Bourdain. And every now and then I try to channel my foodie and travel icons and whip up something for my family and friends. I threw myself a birthday party (yes I am one of those people who thinks their birthday should be a national holiday) and served a signature strawberry ginger cocktail. As gifts for my guest, (besides playing Ben Harper’s cover of the Beatles Strawberry Hill way too many times) I made these batches of the ginger syrup I used for my cocktails. There are a couple of ginger syrup recipes out there. I just used this one but with larger quantities.
And if you are a paper crafter you use any excuse to whip out your paper and die cut supplies. So I made these cute adorable tags to go on my thank you for coming and making a big deal out of my birthday guest gifts.
The tags were cut from some older Dear Lizzy products. I layered an ornate die cut made with my Cricut and Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge with matching stamp set. My favorite part was the strawberry made with a Quickutz die from cardstock and then I traced around the die cut on the Charlie cardstock from Bazzil (the most wonderful heavy weight shiny brown cardstock EVAH!) to mimic chocolate. Did I mentioned that I served chocolate dipped strawberries?
As you can see, this was a very fun (and tasty) Wrapped up Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia
Eat Drink and Be Merry. Cardstock: Bazzil (Charlie); American Crafts (Rouge); Nenah Classic Crest (Solar White). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan (6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Close to My Heart (Art Philosophy). Die Cut & Punches: Cricut (Art Philosophy); Memory Box (Pocket Gift Tag); Die-Namics (Fishtail Flag Stax); Quickutz (Flirt). Inks: Momento (Rich Cocoa); Stampin Up (Pear Pizzaz). Misc: Twinery, Ribbon, Pier 1 Imports glass bottle.
Not for nothing, there is a reason why I call my blog Just The Paper. Its all of the beautiful patterned paper that made me fall in love with scrapbooking. But once you get pulled into this subworld of adhesive, stickers and glitter you glom on to all the other wonders like Stamping and Die Cutting. If you are reading this blog, then you likely know all the different ways (manual and electronic) you can make wonderful scrapbook embellishments with die cutting. Personally, I am totally bicurious when it comes to die cutting. Although I have a Silhouette and a Cricut, I also still have tons of old Quickutz, Lifestyle now We R Memory Keepers, Spellbinders, Impression Obsession, Memory Box, Papertrey Ink and Simon Says Stamp dies and I don’t seem to be slowing down in my acquisitions (hoarding, collecting depending on whose asking).
So with all the above said, I wanted to dedicate a Theme on the blog to my love of die cutting with all of the paper wonders that scrapbooking has to offer. First up for this Manic Diecut Monday is this layout:
Die Cut Details: What initially inspired the layout was the Dear Lizzy patterned paper with the cameras. I thought that a little die cutting would just turn up the fabulous of this patterned paper. This week I concentrated on Silhouette diecuts but stay tuned for more.
Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia.
Title: SNAPSHOT. Cardstock: American Crafts (Ash. Denim); Neenah Classic Crest (Antique Gray); Stampin Up (Raspberry Ripple). Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Picture Perfect, Fascinating Friends) – Lucky Charm (6×6 paper pad); My Mind’s Eye-Cut & Paste (Charm-Carefree); Echo Park- All About a Boy (rough & Tough). Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Life in Pictures); Maya Road (Snapshot Words). Die Cut & Punches: EK Success (Dotted Wave); Silhouette (Love Heart Circle #39214, Photo Viewer #5525), Kerri Bradford (Life Additions #2). Embellishments: American Crafts Dear Lizzy-Polka Dot Party (Large Tags)- Lucky Charm (Printed Chipboard Shapes) -Fifth & Frolic (Brads)- Amy Tangerine-Yes, Please (Remarks Letter Sticker Book- Life); Freckled Fawn (Washi Tape, Camera Paperclip); Basic Grey- Capture (Label Stickers)- Kneehighs & Bowties (Brads)- Basics (Candy Buttons); October Afternoon-Eggnog (Enamel Dots); Tim Holtz- Ideology (Chitchat Stickers, Filmstrip Ribbon); Misc. (Camera Charm, Twine). Inks: Stampin Up (Costal Cabana); Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Graphite).
I wanted to see if I can take on another scrapbooking challenge. Recently, I discovered Play Date Cafe which post weekly color combinations. Their challenge rules are pretty simple: Just follow the COLOR COMBINATION as closely as possible making those colors … Continue reading →