Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Glamour Girl Tag + My Favorite Dip Recipe

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Happy Tuesday! I had a pretty productive weekend, craft-wise - got some videos filmed for an upcoming workshop, and worked in my art journal a bit. I've been doing more mixed media lately and it is so much fun. I really cycle through phases with mediums - it's funny how your crafty mood changes.

So the first project today is a mixed media one with this gorgeous new Theresa stamp! She's so beautiful. What you can't see here is how sparkly she is. I added sparkle embossing powder on top of the black ink - partially to set the ink, because the surface of the tag is click, but also to add some glitz.

The background of the tag is made by smooshing acrylic sprays until the tag was covered. They are so saturated and shiny when dry.

Speaking of girls AND colored pencils, I colored the Pisces image with Polychromos on this awesome kraft paper for pencils - this paper has just the right tooth for pencils, but it doesn't fingerprint as badly as other kraft or toned papers. Not sure of the weight - but it feels like a 90 or 100 pound cardstock to me. Now stay tuned on the colored pencil front, because I found some super affordable pencils that blend as well or better than these! They blend in fewer layers, so you can spend less time coloring images. They also blend well with the pencil blending pen. 

I love adding collarbones to my girls - just color a darker spot and then put white in front of it for a highlight. So fun.

This image is from the Theresa Set - it's an extra flower you can use for her, but I wanted to shade them. So back to the colored pencils I went! The center flower has darker shadows than the other two as a form of spotlighting. I stamped and colored these leaves as well, and faded this stencil in in the background.

I love meditative techniques - repetitive things like die-cut inlay I find super relaxing. So I took these flat back pearls and made myself an bright and happy mini-slimline card on a sheet of music paper! I'll show you how to create this live tomorrow on the PFS Community page on Facebook, so come join me for a chat. 

Lots of companies are doing birthday stuff this time of year and I love it! Time to build up a stash for the new year. That's usually what I spend New Year's Day doing.

I made a simple edge to edge shaker, with white ink and this stencil on kraft, filled it with these sequins and used the HB2U die to cut out this awesome brown glitter paper to finish. Where have edge to edge shakers been my whole life? WHERE.

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Since everyone on Facebook is asking for go to appetizers this season, I thought I'd share one of mine.

This is another one of those dishes that you think sounds weird when you read the ingredients, but TRUST ME. I got this recipe before I started keeping my recipes in Google Drive, and I'm almost CERTAIN I got it from Martha Stewart Magazine, but I can't find it online on her site. I googled the ingredients, but it only came up with a post on allrecipes, and I got this recipe long before allrecipes was a glimmer in the internet's eye. BUT, whilst googling I found out that Allrecipes and Martha Stewart Living are now owned by the same company, so that's interesting. Allrecipes doesn't appear to have people who founded it etc. - so to me it has seemed more like a recipe aggregator site, not an originator of original recipes. Martha has like five red bell pepper dips, but none just like this one. Maybe I'll get my old cookbook (page protectors with handwritten and magazine recipes) down and see if I can find the original.

My mods to accommodate food allergies below.

Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip

  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted I sub pecans because I’m allergic

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1/2 cup plain sour cream - I use dairy free sour cream or Vegan yogurt - Culina plain & simple.

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper I use cayenne

  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle roasted red bell peppers, drained I've always used Mezzetta, but I tried Mt. Olive and I loved them so much!

Process in food processor, serve with pita triangles or crackers
So completely unexpectedly awesome - this stuff vanishes fast at parties, and since it’s always ingredients I have - it’s a fave.


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