Thursday, July 20, 2017

Instant Pot Newbie

I bought my husband an Instant Pot for Father's Day. Since he retired, he's decided he wanted to learn to cook, and loves to try new (and sometimes unusual!) dishes. I love it - means a lot less work on my part!! But with any new gadget, he wants me to figure it out first, then show him. :-) So I'm trying to figure out my 6-quart Duo IP. (Thanks to my FSJ buddy, Mary Director, for turning me on to this awesome appliance! If you get a chance, check out her blog. She makes lovely hand-stamped cards.)
I'm finding out that there are many, MANY blogs, Facebook pages, and Pinterest posts about the Instant Pot. MANY! It's hard to sort everything out, so I'm trying one thing at a time, and taking notes when something works. One big thing we need to work out is the high altitude timing. I'm working with the basic adjustment guide of +5% for every 1000 feet after 3000 feet, which means I need to multiply all my times by about 1.18.

So far, we've managed baked potatoes and tapioca pudding -- yes, I'm a slow learner! I was amazed at how easily I could make pudding from old-fashioned pearl tapioca. We're off to a good start, and I'm looking forward to trying other recipes.

Tapioca Pudding (posting so I don't lose the recipe!!)

2 c. cold water
1/2 c. pearl tapioca
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2 egg yolks
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. cream
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Rinse tapioca under running water for 30 seconds, then drain thoroughly. Add to IP with 2 c. water. Manual, high pressure, for 10 minutes. Natural release for 10-15 minutes, then quick release.

Whisk egg yolks, milk, and cream together. Turn IP to Saute, and whisk in sugar and salt. Pour in egg/milk mixture, straining through sieve. Stir until mixture comes to a boil and turn IP off. 

Pour pudding into a bowl and stir in vanilla. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally until pudding thickens. Pour into serving dishes, cover, and refrigerate.

Makes 4 servings.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday Stamping Fun

Christmas in July!

A friend came over yesterday and we stamped all day. What fun! Denise and I had signed up for RG Presents Journey Holidays, a seven-hour, live-streamed YouTube event featuring the new Fun Stampers Journey mini-catalog that will go live on August 1st. This was the first time either of us had done this, and we really enjoyed stamping together, doing the make 'n' takes along with Richard Garay, and seeing all the awesome project demonstrations.

I had muffins and fruit for breakfast, a salad and casserole all ready for lunch, and chocolate (of course!), but we didn't really eat much - we were too busy! They had some technical difficulties at one point in the morning, but after those were ironed out, the live feed went very smoothly. I had set up the large TV in the family room so we could watch in there, as well as the computer in my craft room, but we ended up in the craft room the whole time. After all, that's where all the "stuff" is!

These are the four make 'n' take cards (all supplies we needed, cut and ready to go) that came in the kit we received prior to the broadcast. We each also received two full stamp sets, two die sets, and an accessory pack. We did some stamping and die-cutting before the broadcast, and were really glad we did - Richard makes cards FAST!

During the technical difficulties, we played around with Denise's gel plate. These are some of the pieces we made, and we even had a chance to make a couple of cards, too. The gel plate is fun, and there sure are a lot of techniques you can use it for. I just might have to break down and get one!!
 

The next RG Presents is December 2nd, and will feature the upcoming spring and summer mini-catalog. Maybe we'll have a few more folks who want to come play! I know I'm looking forward to it already. And...now I'm inspired to start on my Christmas cards early this year!

Friday, July 14, 2017

July Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:




Our  amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.
Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Debbie's blog, click here.

And the awesome prizes this month are:










We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 23, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday the 23rd to see if you are the lucky winner.


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Friday, June 23, 2017

June Card Class

I just realized tomorrow is our June class, and I haven't even posted pictures! Time sure can get away from me in the summer. I end up outside more than in my craft room or at the computer.

Anyway, here are the cards we'll be making. And, I've changed the location to the big library - Rawlings - in the Brett Kelly B room at the far end of the hall on the main floor. Our regular room at the Barkman library was getting too small. (Now watch - the size of the group will drop down again!! Hope not, though. I love getting together with everyone.)

AND...I have the new catalogs!!!!  They're $10 each, but that will be refunded with your first order of $50 or more. Let me know if you'd like me to send you one!
  




Monday, June 19, 2017

Adventure Begins

I got an awesome AT (Artist's Trading Size) stamp set a few weeks ago, and have really been enjoying it. Here are some of the cards I've made - and a beautiful one by Marcie Besecker I found online that I want to try. We'll be making the first one in this Saturday's class.

      

Interesting...I just noticed the airplanes are all tilted the same direction!

New Catalogs


The brand-new, 2017-2018 Fun Stampers Journey Catalogs have arrived!

It looks like they had a rough trip, maybe because they're even BIGGER than last year's catalogs.



But they came through in good shape, and I'll be able to bring them to Saturday's class so everyone will have time to drool over all the beautiful new "stuff" inside.

If you'd like one, please comment below with your contact information. The price is $10, or complimentary with a $50 or more order. You're going to love it!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

June Technique Blog Hop



Basic Card Folds Using Double-Sided Paper

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold. And we’re adding a twist by using double-sided paper. We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself...and pull out that double-sided paper as well! If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing
February-So Sketchy
March-no hop this month
April-Stamp Set Showdown
May-World of Watercolors

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Candy Spiegel. Please take a moment to check out all the crafty goodness on her blog, Candy Scraps. And the awesome prize this month is:



We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.

And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is SUSAN ELIOT; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations, Susan! Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Jodie Park, to claim your prize.

You should have arrived here from KatyDid Cards by Kim. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.

I first attempted a folded paper card a year ago. I was a new coach, excitedly getting ready to go to my first Fun Stampers Journey Convention, and wanted to take card fronts to swap with other coaches. I had a fairly limited stash of stuff, but I did have some FSJ printed paper. This is one of the "drafts" of the card I finally put together...I didn't make the window big enough the first time, so had to cut in deeper and re-fold.
While looking through my stash for the above card, I found a sample that a friend of mine, Denise Wieger, had made for the Convention that incorporated folded 1" x 2" strips of paper put together in a zigzag pattern. This idea seemed perfect for this challenge, so I decided to try one. I soon realized that the folds couldn't all go the same direction - some of them needed to be folded the opposite way or the zigs and zags weren't going to happen! Here are the pieces that worked and the final card.
 
I also decided to try a pleated card this month. This was lots of fun and may find its way to my granddaughter one of these days! There are lots of good videos explaining how to make this type of card, but I discovered there was a variety of different widths of folds. I found the best dimensions for me was an 11" x 3" strip of printed paper scored along the long side at 1", 1-½", 2-½", 3", 4", 4-½", 5-½", 6", 7", 7-½", 8-½", 9", 10", and 10-½". Then I folded back on the first score one, forward on the next, back on the next, then forward, etc. 

That does it for me this month - please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and we'll see you back here next month!!