Feb 28, 2011
For today's Make Ahead I wanted to share this DELICIOUS recipe for Taquitos. I found it in LDS Living Magazine (Jan/Feb 2011 issue). I decided that it would be much easier to just post the recipe instead of re-typing the whole thing. I made one small change: instead of warming my tortillas in the microwave I fried them in a little hot oil. This makes them super soft and adds a bit of extra flavor. Also instead of freezing them uncooked-I baked these in advance. This way they can be quickly warmed in a microwave or toaster oven for lunches or snacks. I also ended up with 20 some of these things (minus the couple I scarfed almost immediately). Enjoy!!!
Feb 26, 2011
Just in case you haven't had quiet enough inspiration this week here is one more place to go for TONS of cardmaking ideas-including Thank You Cards. Paper Crafts has these "go-to sketches." They are basically like a bunch of card layout ideas. I am so grateful for them. I whipped up these three cards based on three different sketches in a matter of minutes. Sometimes it is just figuring out how you want to design the card that is the hard part. Paper Crafts has totally helped with that problem. Here is where you can find the Sketches.
And lastly (this one wouldn't let me copy the image) but it is gorgeous (orange and pink flowers)
Feb 25, 2011
1 piece of cardstock 11 x 5 1/2"
1 piece of patterned paper 3 x 5
1 piece of patterned paper 3 x 5 1/4"
Ribbon and tag
1. Start by cutting your paper and folding it. You will fold (measured from the outside edge) one piece 3 1/4 and the other side 3 1/2". The narrower one will go on the inside.
Happy Crafting!!! Thanks Allisha for all your help.
Feb 24, 2011
Those of you who are pro's at Photoshop will laugh at this meager attempt at computer designed Thank-you cards but perhaps there is someone out there like me: slightly computer challenged but interested just the same, who might benefit from this.
Everything seems to be about saving time in my life. One thing that I am finding that really saves me time and is really getting more and more enjoyable is the digital world. There are so many cute digital scrapbook kits and papers out there and it is really fun to try and create with them. I am also newly in love with Picasa. If you have never tried it, it is like Photoshop for Dummies. So I thought, "why not create a Thank-You card using Picasa."
Here is a tutorial to make this card:
I got this kit from Everyday Mom Ideas. She has fabulous digital scrapbooking kits for free.
Okay so what I did:
1. I took a profile picture of Small Fry (this was taken almost a year ago-but better late than never right).
3. I downloaded the scrapbook kit I wanted. Then when you open up Picasa it will automatically upload any new pictures that you have recently added to your computer (so it automatically uploads the scrapbook paper and the scanned picture for me). NOTE: you can not use cutesy extras like buttons, ribbon, clipart in Picasa-just the paper in a digital scrapbook kit so save yourself the wasted time trying to upload them). Once uploaded I go to the "library" in Picasa and find my scrapbook papers first. Click on the ones you want to use (if you hold the ctrl key while clicking you can choose more than one). These will appear in your holding tray. Find the profile scan too and click on that to add it to the tray. Once you have selected everything you want hit the "collage" button.
10. It is time to print now so you will want to make sure you have no other selections in your holding tray except this card. Click the "print" button on the bottom. It will take you to a page that looks like this. On the left hand side you can choose what size you want your collage to print as and at the bottom of the left hand side you can choose how many copies per page you want. I did 4 so that I wouldn't waste paper. If something doesn't look right then hit the "cancel" button to return to the edit page. If it looks how you want it then select print and away you go. You can print these on photo paper for the best look or on cardstock.
And there you have it. Pretty easy!!!
Here are a few others I made:
Happy Digital Crafting!!
1 card (she used kraft cardstock) 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
craft stamp (on this card: Making Memories Floral/Dingbat Foam Stamp Set)
2 pieces of craft paper: Middle stripe is 1 x 4 1/4" and the flourish (bottom) is 3x 4 1/4"
2 pieces of ribbon
Die Cut letters or stickers to spell "Thank You"
1. Cut card and fold. Stamp top left hand corner. Allisha used a walnut Stain Distress Ink.
5. If you are using a die cut to cut your letters out, then turn them into stickers with one of these awesome sticker makers. After we did the Birthday Card week and Allisha showed me how to use this (which makes adhering tiny pieces so much easier after you have turned them into a sticker, I went right out and bought one.) Adhere letters to the bottom right hand corner.