Favorite Non-card Project

Pepper Sauce

We were very blessed this gardening season with abundance of many crops but especially peppers. There are three varieties here, a Serrano, bell and thin walled sweet called Healthy. I got this idea of how to use the less than attentive peppers from a friend. Stem, seed and chop the peppers placing them in a pot. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan and set it to simmer for 20-30 minutes not letting it dry out. Stir in a little salt and puree in a blender. Use as you would tomato sauce (freezes well). We used the partial jar from this batch right away with Italian Sausage cooked then broken into crumbles. To this we added cauliflower rice and the pepper sauce for a very sweet tasty Spanish Rice like you have never had before. Sorry I did not get a photo of the finished dish, somethings just can’t wait.

For the record: Color of peppers is determined by the time left on the plant and degree of ripeness which is how it tastes. The redder a bell pepper the sweeter it is, the redness of a chili is how hot it is. Would you eat a green banana? SO why would you eat an under-ripe pepper that is green?

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As You Like It: Non-card Project

Yes you can cut fun foam with a die!

I had been coloring this delightful digi Christmas Elf from The Paper Shelter in water colors and markers. Was not sure where it was going then I asked myself if I could cut the sentiment die out of fun foam. Well, yes you can. The bg is red stencil butter smeared on glass mat, spritzed with water then mopped up on white copy paper. Used a punch on the image corners and adhered all on white cs base of a mini slimline. Added rhinestones in places and some glossy accents to bows and eyes.

Tip: To get the adhesive to the foam I shaped the cut outs on glass mat and placed purple tape on top. Ran that through sticker maker then removed the purple tape. Removed the words from the backing paper and placed on card. Took a little fussing but not too bad. Well worth the effort to get the effect of dimension without bulk.

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Inspired by Challenge: Christmas Shoes Poor elf has lost his shoes and this bear doesn’t have any.

Say No to Layers

This one layer card started as a printed checkered boarder frame. Using the paper stencil from another project I used three colors of stencil butters for sentiment. I stamped and water colored the pumpkin then covered it with glossy accents. Once dry I stamped the grass in black and sponged sky using masking of torn paper. Placed the sun ray stencil on top and added watermark with heat set clear glossy embossing powder. Added details with black pencil.

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Alphabet Challenge: N for No Layers

Try it on Tuesday: Halloween

Pammies Inky Pinkies: ATG

Proper Pumpkin

I set out to create a proper pumpkin with this Silhouette cut file that I adapted to a shaped card, then cut out the shadow design. But the base was just not saying orange to me so I sprayed it with blue oxide spray then layered on the white details plus added a few more that were in my extra greenery file plus some white gel pen details. For the sentiment I cut the stencil out of white layering weight cs on the Silhouette then placed that on white tissue paper and added green stencil butter. Once dry I brushed water around the edges and pulled away the extra tissue. Used glue to attach to the front of the card. Splattered with thinned down green stencil butter loaded on a fan brush then tapped off like paint for splatter. For the inside I used some pp that I fussy cut to fit. Using some more of the stencil on white tissue paper I used blue stencil butter then trimmed down and attached. The tissue shows much more in the photo than it does on the actual card. Also added the same green splatter as the front

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Inspired by Challenge: Pumpkin

Creative Artiste: ATG Mixed Media

We Love to Create: ATG Mixed Media

A Pumpkin, a Witch and a Portal

Thanks to Beccys Place for the freebie of the witch and fun pp. I printed them on white copy paper text vellum and colored the witch with markers and sparkly water colors then fussy cut. The geometric frame I made on the Silhouette and cut out of layering weight cs. I also cut a silhouette of the pattern and once placed on the pp I sponged several shades of gray around the edges to create the look of a portal (a place where only witches can go). Pumpkin with sentiment is a Silhouette file that was printed and fussy cut, painted with dragonfly glaze then attached after the frame and witch were anchored on. All is attached to a white cs base.

Here is a jpeg of the frame I made that you can use. Let me know if you would like me to email you a svg file so you can cut it out?

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Inspired by Challenge: Pumpkin

The Crafters Cafe: ATG

Mix it Up: Paper Piecing Not exactly piecing but I like the way it looks like two different shades of the bg pp