My friend Janice is hosting a baby shower for another friend today and I scrambled to create a baby card yesterday morning. I wanted to tie it in with the Mojo Monday challenge as well. Janice always comes up with the coolest ideas and she’s chosen an Alice in Wonderland theme. Right… my card has nothing to do with Alice or the Hatter, but it does manage to fit the Mojo challenge.
Ah, I really struggle with round cards. I find them amazing when other people make them but they fall over for me. Really - even if I make the thing at the back to anchor it - and I know I know it could be put in a plate stand but then I have to make sure to give it to someone who has one if it’s a mailing card rather than a giving card.
So I stuck with square.
Designer Paper - Peekaboo Little Darlings Collection Graphic 45
Inks - ColorBox
Paints - niji Pearlescent
Embellishments - Dollar Store
Baby Buggy - Barb Derksen
Oh how I struggled with this card. I reworked it so much I’m surprised the bits stay on it. I decided to create a border with ink rather than layer more paper behind the base - I trimmed a piece of scrap paper and then used it to mask out the middle, then stamped all the way around.
I fiddled and FIDDLED with all the ‘ribbons’ and though the placement is not exactly like the sketch this is what worked for me. I embossed the big blue ribbon to differentiate it from the other two. I cut my Baby Buggy and backing. I wrote the greeting on with a black Gelly Roll. Then I fixed the buggy to the card using double sided tape.
I said “YUCK”
Something was missing and I wanted to toss it out the window. I pouted and then walked away for a bit. When I came back I decided to jazz it up a bit with my trusty Pearlescent paints as they are so handy. Worked - choosing a slightly darker shade of pink I enhanced the edges of the buggy. I’m happy with it in the end.
My handwriting is NOT the best, so I have also tossed a nice “baby girl” and “baby boy” sentiment which is MUCH smoother - and you can fit it onto your card where you like as well.
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We love to eat pizza in our household. I’ve been making the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a day bread for years now and it makes making pizza a snap. If you’ve never heard of this bread or need a refresher you can watch the Youtube Video HERE. I’ve shown probably well over a hundred people how to make this bread. I’ve shared the recipe with people who’ve never made bread (lots of guys even!) and people who’ve made bread all their lives - all are astounded.
For pizza, I make a 1/2 recipe and then I just smooth it out on a well (Olive) oiled pizza pan or cookie sheet. I add a little extra oil on the top after its smoothed because this makes a good barrier between your dough and sauce, you never end up with soggy crust syndrome. I also cut strips of cheese and fold it into the edges all the way around. Once all the toppings are on I bake it at 400 for 20 - 30 minutes. (this is different than the instructions for baking in the video)
At any rate, I love to experiment and so this time I wanted to bring some local flair to the pizza. When I shared my thoughts with my Mr. he was horrified and so we came to a compromise.
It’s a “his & hers”!
His is the left side, mine the right. His is all out Italian. With a rich tomatoe base he starts piling on the meats. I’ve begun mine with a definite Indo flair - I mixed some mayo with a touch of mustard and curry powder to taste (this makes a super-delicious dip for chicken fingers too, in a pinch)
His side now sports mushrooms while mine has some orchard happening with some firm and fresh nectarine and peach chunks. Next comes snipped green onion, red peppers and browned hot Italian sausage.
His side now looks like an Italian flag with red peppers, bright green basil and its dotted with olives. I’m ahead with the cheese.
Oh Oh - he’s trying to locate the little bitty eensy piece of peach or nectarine which may or may not have landed on “his side”
It baked up delicious looking in the end though there was no tempting him to sample off of my region. More for me I say
its ALL good
Jack Sprat could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean
And so between them both, you see -
They licked the platter clean!
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