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New Blog January 27, 2011

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Please check out my new blog at http://www.creativecornerstudio.blogspot.com

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Hubby’s Valentine Card January 20, 2011

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Valentine’s Day is coming so I thought I would start with a card for my husband first.  I saw Valita’s Christmas swinging ornament card and got the idea from her.  I decided to have the heart swinging.  I used nesties for all the heart cut-outs.  Just put a blank piece of cardstock between the cut-out hearts/swinging heart and the sentiment.  This is so you don’t see the sentiment when you open the card.   Hope you enjoy!!

Danny’s Lobster Stew January 8, 2011

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For the past 5 or 6  years we have celebrated New Year’s Eve with a two other couples. This year there were 8 of us.   My husband, Mark,  and I hosted this year (since it was our turn) and our menu was lobster stew as the appetizer and marinated beef tips, rice pilaf and beans with almonds.  Since I have been asked for the recipe for the lobster stew I thought I would put in on my blog.  The recipe was  actually given to my husband by my brother-in-law as a Christmas gift back in 2001.  We had been hounding my brother-in-law, Danny, for years to give us this recipe since he always did off the top of his head.  Danny was a fisherman/lobsterman and he was an excellent cook.  Danny has since passed away and  so it is wonderful  that  he gave us this recipe  We always think of him when we make  it.  Please enjoy!

4 Cooked lobsters (meat and juice)  this is equal to 1/2 lb of  meat

2 Large potatoes (bite size pieces)

1/2 small onion, diced

1-2 inches of water in pot

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp Old Bay seasoning

1 stick of margarine

2 inch square of salt pork (optional)

1 pint of regular milk

1 pint of half and half

1 Can of Cream of Shrimp

Pick lobster and save the juice. Cut up lobster into bite size pieces. Set aside. Put an inch or 2 of water into the pot. Add half a stick of margarine to water with salt and pepper and Old Bay Seasoning. Add onions and potatoes to cook until almost soft. Salt pork can be added here. Add lobster and lobster juice. Boil for a few more minutes until potatoes are finished cooking and lobster is hot. Add milk first. Then add half and half to hot mixture.  Add rest of butter. Stir in Campbell’s Cream of Shrimp. Keep stirring until it almost comes to a boil. Turn heat off. Let cool. Then reheat again to serve (Do not let come to a boil)  Garnish with parsley.

Variations Add frozen corn, or bits of bacon, or clams, shrimp and fish for a seafood chowder.

Serves up to 6 people.  I always have to double the recipe but have found you don’t need to double the butter or margarine and it is just fine.

 

Love you, Dad. January 2, 2011

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I haven’t posted anything for a while because Christmas 2010 was difficult.  My Dad passed away on Dec. 11th from renal failure after being on dialysis for a year and a half.  He was a very strong man because he had been through a lot since he started dialysis.  He loved life, his children, grandchildren and especially his wife.  Mom and Dad had been together for 62 years and had 8 children.  I will miss him every day.  Love you Dad!

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Outline Poinsetta November 28, 2010

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Outline stamps are so much fun!  I made this card a couple of years ago and decided to try it again. It may be my  Christmas card this year  for a few special people because it is a lot of work, not hard but a lot of work!  It is actually 3 different Outline stamps, the left and 2 sizes of the poinsetta. Each of the leaves and poinsettas have to be embossed.  I used the gold embossing powder for each of them.  There are 2 layers of the larger poinsetta and 1 layer of the smaller poinsetta.  It really makes a beautiful card!

Happy Christmas to All! November 28, 2010

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This is the card that I made for our annual Christmas Stamp Camp.  I made a few different versions of it before I settled on the one with the cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder for the background.  The stamps I used were  SU Wandering Words and Lovely As a Tree.  I sponged the background  with SU brocade blue  and then used Night of Navy for Santa and the reindeer.  On one version, I used TSS blue metal with the cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and then on the  3rd version I just sponged the entire front with brocade blue.    This is a fun stamp to use!  Thanks for checking out my blog!

November 2010-Stamp Camp November 28, 2010

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Last weekend we had our annual Christmas Stamp Camp at a friend’s house.  Her craft room is called Stamp Heaven which really is heaven!  Cindy is so good to host this every year!  We have so much fun.  The pictures show some of the cards that we made.  This year there were about 8 of us and each of us have to design a card and bring enough materials for each of us to make the card.  I think this was the 5th year that I have been going.  I know Cindy has been doing it a lot longer.  Really is a lot of fun!! Thanks Cindy!!!!

Reindeer’s sleigh November 13, 2010

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Isn’t this just the cutest reindeer!! I tried different mouths for it but decided to leave it without one.  Check out http://www.jessandkaren papercraft.wordpress.com for the instructions on the reindeer.  The reindeer is made with the owl punch from SU.  The sleigh, Santa’s face, santa’s bag with toys are all sizzix.  I used metal for the trim on the sleigh. It is very shiny and it is a little hard to see. I might try gold metal next time.  Also the antlers are a little hard to see but they are from the leaves from SU bird punch.  Enjoy!

Christmas Flower November 13, 2010

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It has been a busy week making cards for Christmas.  I wanted to try this flower that I saw on SCS with the ornament punch.  I’m sorry but I can’t find the stamper that I cased.  I tried to give the flower some sparkle with Shimmer Spritz.  The red ran a little onto the white cardstock.  I want to try this again with an embossing folder for the background and spritz it before I put the petals on the cardstock.  Live and learn!!  I definitely will try this again.  Thanks for a great idea!!

Tilda’s Friends November 13, 2010

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A friend of mine from high school just had knee replacement surgery so I thought a Tilda card would be a good get well card.  I couldn’t wait to use the new cuttlebug embossing folder that I got.  The embossing is so deep I love it!   I used the copic markers to color Tilda and her puppy.  The puppy looks like our dog, Gretel, when we brought her home.  I should have been a line down her nose because Gretel has a cowlick there.  Anyhow, off the subject, I used nesties for the oval circle and scallop circle  and a Penny Black stamp for the cat–Her cats are so darn cute! Another fun one to make!!!!