Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FREE Heart and Wings .studio Cutting File & a LOVELY ABC 12 Card

I’m on a roll it seems, with the cards almost making themselves Winking smile  I decided to take a “new to me” card challenge and found the ABC Challenge and something about the photo and site appealed and I dove right in.  My Sister in Law Judy is joining me in this one too - it will be interesting to see what she comes up with as well. 

ABC Challenge 12  - An Inspiration Challenge

The theme of this challenge was to gain inspiration from the following photo:


The white and red struck me so I came up with this:


I am using a cut I designed - a simple heart and a pair of wings which I cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I embossed the background with my Cuttlebug.


I used my trusty old Value Village manual typewriter for the sentiment and then stamped the SOAR using some Hampton Art letter stamps.  thats it - simple pimple.  I’m sharing the cutting files with you - unfortunately I designed them only in .studio format (sorry for the rest of you who don’t have a Silhouette machine, that is)  Click on the following link to download the zipped files for your personal use:



Have you ever heard of Teff? 


I’d not until recently when I saw some in a health food store and on a whim purchased it.  I put the bag on the counter so I would be inspired to try it.  We had guests over recently (ah, yes - people think I’m brave trying new things out on guests) and I made it a goal to include this ingredient.  The way I figured it is if the meal was a fail at least it would have been interesting! 

Here’s a few facts about Teff:

It is native to Ethiopia.

At 1/32 of an inch it is one of the smallest grains in the world.

3000 grains of Teff make one gram.

1 lb of Teff can produce up to one ton of grain in as little as 12 weeks!

You can learn much more about Teff by reading this article by Charlotte Bradley by visiting HERE.


Well thankfully dinner was a success.  The Teff cooks up to a consistency not unlike cream of wheat and I was not sure exactly what I was going to do with it.  I had also soaked and cooked black beans so I fluffed the Teff up a bit and then tossed it with some of the black beans, added some of my own homemade taco seasoning.  Next I heated the two and just before our guests arrived I added in lots of teeny tiny chopped fresh vegetables - cauliflower, tomato, peppers, cilantro and parsley.  It was wonderful!

There was quite a bit left over so the next night I made the dish you see in this photo - patties!  I used a masher and squished it around pretty good, added a few rolled oats and then rolled them in crushed cornflake crumbs.  Next I sautéed them in a bit of melted butter and olive oil.  My husband especially liked these.  I froze a dozen or so for future meals.

Have you ever cooked something first time to spring on guests?  Or are you a “tried and true” person?


I read a poem which is how I like to thing I live out my faith daily to those around me - perhaps it will inspire you too:


Lord,  let  me  do  the  little  things

Which  may  fall   to   my  lot;

Those  little  inconspicuous  ones

By  others  oft  forgot.


If,  like  the  Master,  I  can  give

Myself  for  those  I  love,

Rich  joy  and  peace  shall  come  to  me,

Sweet  rest  in  heaven  above.


I  know  not  when  the  day  shall  close;

But  when  life’s  curfew  rings,

I  want  my Lord  to  find  me then

Still  doing  little  things.



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  1. I love this cutting file and had to download it. Thank you!

  2. Beautiful card & love the texture! Very nice work with the inspiration photo....thanks so much for playing with us this week @ ABC Challenges!!!

  3. Thank you for the heart and wings file...can't wait to try them on a card..just love your card. That Teff sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Fabulous card Barb, I love all the texture and that cutting file is fantastic.

  5. The card is very neat, thank you for the heart and wings file.

  6. your card turned out so cute! I like the embossing. Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Challenge Blog this week

  7. Good morning Barb:)
    I LOVE your card! The wings and the heart are AWESOME ..and the embossing is pretty COOL too! Thanks so much for sharing.:)
    Most of my guests are family..so sometimes I will try new dishes on them..knowing they will stick around.LOL Your new dish sounds interesting.I have never knowingly tried TEFF. This is the first I have heard of it.Happy it was a success for you and your guests!!:)

    Love and hugs,

  8. I love the texture on this card and the typewriter letters are fabulous. So glad that you've found us and decided to play along at 'ABC' Challenges. Hope you will join us again.

  9. I bought some teff but then didn't know what to do with it. I think it is still somewhere in the cupboard. I worked some of it into some bird food cakes. Your recipe sounded interesting! I like trying new things but generally like to start off with a tried recipe.

  10. Your card is a lot of fun! I love the way you worked in the sentiment.

    Thank you for participating in the photo inspiration challenge at ABC Challenges this week!

  11. GREAT CARD!Love how you paired the textures!

  12. Gorgeous, love the embossing too. Thankyou for joining us this week at ABC Challenges

  13. Great card, the layout is wonderful and I like how you added texture with the dry embossing. Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenges this week. Xx Rosie

  14. Heather - You did not leave me an email address to connect with you? You can comment your email address here, I won't "publish" your comment but will be only visible to me as I moderate all my comments.

    ~ Barb (Mrs Miles)

  15. Love the card,Thank you


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