12.10.2018

Joy

Hey everybody! Christmas is fast approaching and it's the season of joy - and wishes. I've got a mixed media project that encompasses those sentiments and the season!


This wood cross has been transformed into a beautiful decor piece that can be displayed all year!  The Lindy's sprays and embossing powder are just gorgeous against the black background! Caesar's Gold Embossing PowderBlazing Sun and Poinsettia Red Gold sprays really set this piece off!


There's a Christmas tree and a gorgeous big honeycomb chipboard piece down the middle. The printers blocks spell out joy - and don't forget to wish! The chipboard I used is from Creative Embellishments! 



There's a touch of metallic silver with the snowflakes...


Red and gold are my favorite holiday colors so I really enjoyed playing with the Lindy's products! They're so vibrant and shimmery!

Of course, I'm entering this in Lindy's December challenge using red and gold


And Crafts DreamyCreative Artiste, and Scrapki Wyzwaniowo for their very last challenge!

12.07.2018

Christmas recipes!

Thought I'd mix it up and post some Christmas recipes that you might like! And these are minty! All recipes courtesy of Taste of Home!

Peppermint Meltaways

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch

Frosting

2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies

Directions

In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. In another bowl, whisk flour and cornstarch; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes or until firm enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 350°. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in milk, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over cookies; sprinkle with crushed candies. Store in an airtight container.



Peppermint Candy Sandwich Cookies  

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup finely crushed peppermint candies
1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafers

Directions

In a large bowl, beat butter, shortening and extracts until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until thick and creamy. Stir in candies.
Spread about 1 tablespoon mixture on bottoms of half of the cookies. Cover with remaining cookies.

 Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.

Divide dough in half. Roughly shape each portion into a 12-in. roll along the edge of a 12x12-in. sheet of waxed paper. Tightly roll waxed paper over dough, using the paper to mold the dough into a smooth roll. Securely wrap waxed paper-covered roll in plastic; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/2-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake until edges begin to brown, 13-15 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in extract. Spread on the bottoms of half of the cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Let stand until set.



No-Bake Minty Oreo Blossoms         


Ingredients
3 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (about 12 ounces)
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
12 ounces chocolate mint candy coating
4 teaspoons shortening
15 striped peppermint kisses
Red and white nonpareils, optional

Directions

In a large bowl, beat cookie crumbs and cream cheese until blended. Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Flatten to 1/2-in. thickness with bottom of a glass. Freeze 30 minutes or until firm.

In a microwave, melt candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Working with one at a time, dip cookies in chocolate coating mixture; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Immediately press a kiss in center. If desired, immediately sprinkle with nonpareils. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


12.05.2018

Poetry

Wow - it's December! But it's also still Autumn. So there's still time to hold on to the last days of color and harvest activity. Maybe it's a lone bird, feathering its nest for the upcoming winter. Or enjoying an old book on the porch swing, wrapped in a wool shawl. I wanted to capture that in a mixed media piece that's bold but also soft and warm.


This canvas is actually a long one - around 9"x3". I used a grungy stencil with crackle paste and then used my Tattered Angels sprays:  Dark Vintage GreenWheat, and Aged Brick. 


I printed out a couple of old poems and made the top one vellum using olive oil. I distressed the edges and crinkled them. Then added my bird and embellishments.  I finished it off with spatters of paint.




My inspiration came not only from the season but from the mood board at Mixed Media and Art!


And I'm also entering it at Art Playground 


and More Mixed Media and A Vintage Journey for their paper stash challenge!



12.03.2018

An icy bottle

{UPDATE: Yay - Top 5 at More Mixed Media Challenge!}

Brrrrrrr....it's chilly outside! Everything is gray and blue and icy....


Steel gray is cold to the touch. And that blue - like a melting iceburg. Yet there's delicate edges and intricate details like that of a snowflake.  Someone is trapped in the ice, taken in by the waves of winter...



There's another frozen beauty...



It's a barren wasteland with no warmth in sight...


I'm entering this frozen concoction at Mixed Media PlaceCrafts DreamyEmerald Creek, and More Mixed Media Challenge....





12.01.2018

Snow Queen

It's December and the weather usually turns to snow! Gecko Galz has a new challenge for this month - Snow Queen!


I made some samples that capture the theme and the season!  First up, a trio of ATCs in black and white from the Deco Dreamland Digital Stamps set. I embossed various areas using Extreme Peacock powder to give it wonderful sparkle!


Next is a Christmas zine, collage style. Gecko Galz printables are so fun to play with! I used printables from Christmas PastGypsy Market, and Winter Beauties.


Lastly is this large squash book! A squash book is 3 pieces of square paper folded, adhered together, and then squashed down into a book. Usually, these are made with 8x8 or smaller squares so this one is large when fully unfolded because I used 12x12 paper! Featured in it are lovely Snow Queens from Gecko Galz!










So now it's your turn! What will you create for our challenge? Stop by the blog for more inspiration and to dazzle us with your creation!