Friday, August 03, 2012

I’m feeling CRABBY - in the nicest way! FREEBIE 4 U and collab with Create with TLC

I have had SUCH FUN making this collaboration cut along with Paulette at Create with TLC.  I supplied this funky crab and she whipped up some great word-art to go with it:


I near died laughing when I saw her word art - its exactly how I feel when my Mr is away (never at night, truly in all the years we’ve been married we have never had a night apart - but that’s another whole blog post)  And sometimes I feel crabby when he’s around but he’s just busy with things.  I think its subconscious that if I’m crabby I get his attention, just not the right kind of attention. 


Designer Paper - Tres Jolie Bonjour “Father” Circles My Mind’s Eye

Word Art - Create with TLC (click here to get there!)

Element - Crabby .studio files and PNG by Barb Derksen

Liquid Glass embossing powder

This amusing crab just popped out of my head and into my design edition software for my Silhouette SD.  I created three cuts, the bottom “whole” crab, then a middle piece which has the eyes attached and lastly the top shell.  I used the Liquid glass embossing powder to make his shell “bumpy” to the touch.  I coloured his claws in using a black Sharpie and then assembled the whole works.  My last little touch was to add two wee black gems for his eyes. 





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Purchase Create with TLC’s “Crabby” word art HERE

Note: Paulette is generously giving TWO sets of this word-art away -  leave some comment ♥ here on my blog and she will randomly draw!  It would be so nice if you left some ♥ for her too, it’s good fuel for our creative souls!


I’ll share a delicious recipe with you which I made recently: (I was inspired by the bright smoky red of my crab haha!) I’m going to enter this recipe in the contest at Buy Local Eat Natural!




My husband and I had lunch at Dolci Deli, one of the finest restaurants in Osoyoos recently and we could not resist picking up a tin of this Smoked Paprika.  Our BC Okanagan climate is ideal for growing rosemary and the BEST garlic which impelled me to use it in a marinade for steaks.  This is how I made the marinade:

For 2 steaks - may be multiplied:


3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp white cooking wine

1 tsp lemon juice

3 tbsp rosemary

1 tsp minced garlic

2 generous tbsp smoked paprika

freshly ground pepper


Use a shallow pan to fit two steaks.  Place the olive oil, cooking wine, lemon juice, coarsely ground fresh peppercorns and rosemary on the bottom.  Using a fork smash the rosemary onto the bottom of the pan to release the flavour.  When you’re done add the smoked paprika and stir until its an even consistency - it will be on the thick side.  Add the minced garlic and then lay your steaks into the marinade until coated on one side, then flip them over until they are evenly covered.  Let sit for several hours before grilling!

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  1. This card is super fun sister, love your crab and the fun sentiment. Thank you for the marinade recipe too :).

  2. Paulette's word art is always great isn't it? She posted your fun card on her blog and I couldn't resist such a great image. Thanks for the files, including the Silhouette cutting files. And that reciped also looks yummie.

  3. Wow, what a great card. Your attention to detail is incredible. Thanks for the free crab to go with Paulette's word art. You both are great!

  4. This crab and the word art to match is totally tooooo funny and right on for me! I feel the same way about my DH! Thank you for your generous gift of the file and sharing your talent! I think I will wait to buy the word art from Paulette...maybe I will win!
    Thank you again,

  5. Thats a great card, the crab is a lovely freebies, thank you so much love christine in italy xx

  6. I love the crab! Your card is fantastic! Thank you so much.

  7. That crab is so fantastic!!! And wow you are really lucky not to have had to spend nights apart!!!! That's the hardest I find!!!

  8. Barbara, What a cute crab! This will be great as I am having a "crabby" sort of day today. This will inspire me to create and get rid of my crabbiness! lol Thank you for sharing and Paulette always has such cute sentiments and artwork. Thank you Paulette and Barbara.

  9. Barbara, What a cute crab! This will be great as I am having a "crabby" sort of day today. This will inspire me to create and get rid of my crabbiness! lol Thank you for sharing and Paulette always has such cute sentiments and artwork. Thank you Paulette and Barbara.

  10. Good afternoon Barb.:)
    Haha...your card is so COOL!! I LOVE the way you made the top shell to shine and be all bumpy.:) Looks TERRIFIC!
    Love the word art too. It's hard for me to imagine you being crabby!!:)
    Thank you so much for sharing your png and SD cutting files with me too.


  11. What a cute crab! I am feeling sorta "crabby" today so this will be the inspiration I need to make my "crabbiness" go away! lol Love the sentiments from Paulette, they are too cute. Thanks for the image and recipe.

  12. Barb, Love the crab and sentiment. Once again, you've outdone yourself.

  13. Free digi and a free recipe what could be better .Thank you for a generous heart bless you x

  14. thank you for the crab. He is perfect for the TLC sentiments. I love the way you did yours. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown edwina.brown@live,com

  15. Thank you both for sharing. You are right that it helps your creativity to have someone comment. It helps to know if they like it or not & it is nice to know you are appreciated. Thanks again to both of you.

  16. Your card has me craving some dungie! You and Paulette are a great team. Thank you for the file.

  17. I sure wish I had a silowoute( pardon the spelling!) so I could use that crab! Totally darling.

  18. I might be able to use that anyhow!

  19. What a fabulous crab!! Love the way you embossed it to make it look so real!
    Paulette's word art does go perfectly with your crab. Really love how your card turned out.
    Thanks too for the download and the lovely recipe. I have a rosemary mini-tree (it just grows!) at my front door and I just love the aroma, It goes so well with meat. Will have try this!

  20. Gosh that crab is so realistic, well done.

    AND thank you for sharing your talent, you and Paulette make a great team LOL.

  21. We all have days when we are feeling crabby. I sure have my share. This card and word art makes me laugh and just over it.Paulette comes out with the greatest things and I love seeing what others put with her talent. Love it!!

  22. Love the crab & the combination with Paulette's word art is brilliant!!!! I love your cutting files but wanted to ask if you offer any other format than studio? Do you do them as SVG or as a PDF (I'd be able to convert it to an SVG then)? Thanks for sharing them xxx

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. Promarkers are alcohol markers which are absolutely wonderful for colouring with. I'm not an expert colourer by any means but I love the fact that they don't show the overlapping lines like felt pens used to. My collection has been growing and growing over the last couple of years & I'm gradually learning how to make better use of them. They're made by Letraset & you can buy them in loads of places - I warn you though - they're addictive! xxx

  23. I've been lucky enough to be a Paulette follower and I'm so glad she introduced us to your blog! I've enjoyed these past two days of your generousity, cleverness, and creativity . . . thank you so much for sharing your collaboration with the Precious Ms. P!!!

  24. Great collab with Paulette! Love your crab and your card!

  25. Love the crab! It is soooo cute! And the combo with Paulette's sentiment makes for a darling card! :^)
    Thanks for the crab and the recipe! :^)

  26. Thanks for the cute crab!

  27. Hi,
    I came by to have a look since Paulette recommended you and wow, you make a fab pairing. The crab image is terrific and the sentiment is perfect to go with it. TFS
    Trish x

  28. I always LOVE Paulette's wordart...and your crab creation is a PERFECT fit! Thank you for sharing it!

  29. Luv the "crabby`ness" THANK YOU ;~} so much.....

  30. Thank you Barb for sharing another fun cutting file to play with. Your card is so adorable! I'll have to make one for several people I

  31. Love your card and the recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the file. I'm following you now, say you on TLC's blog and followed her link.

  32. I came over from Paulette's when I saw your adorable card! Thanks for the crabby image.

  33. stopping by from TLC and loving your crab card. You and Paulette are a good team - talented and funny. I gotta go eat...your card makes me hungry!

  34. Thanks so much, your crab is adorable.

  35. Thank you so much for sharing, another talented crafter. The world should be full of generous people like yourself. I too stopped by from Paulette's. You guys are working great together.

  36. Adorable crab - thanks so much!

  37. Love,Love,Love this crab! I think it is the best I have seen. So glad Paulette from TLC and you got together. It wasn't downloading for me but I kept coming back and I finally figured out how to work the GE.TT. Thanks again for this Darling little Crab!
    Carol O

  38. This is my third attempt at leaving a comment. My comments never seem to go through no matter what site I'm on.
    Thanks for your generosity. Love the freebies and they are greatly appreciated. Congrats on your TLC colaboration.
    Lisa D.

  39. Hi Barb, I wanted to pop in to say hello again and to let you know, I made a card with your adorable crab. It's posted on my blog. I made sure to link you up. Thank you again for your wonderful generosity. I'll also be sharing it on the Silhouette Plus forum.I hope we get to see lots of Crabby cards. xxx-Debbie


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