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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Happy Moo Year!

For the second time this month I used the Cow over the Moon digi stamp. I created a card by combining that stamp which can be found here with the fireworks digi stamp which can be found in the Patriotic Duck Stamp 2 collection here to create this New Years card.  I used my Gimp 2 free program to digitally color these stamps, which is a first for me, and also used markers to enhance them slightly. I used a glue pen and embossing powder to create the silver sentiment.  I printed my image twice so that I could use foam tape to pop up the cow and star.  I added a few glitter felt stars left over from my last project to add a bit more sparkle. I wish everyone the happiest of 'moo' years!

Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Paper: Recollections cardstock
Colored: Bic Mark Its
               Sharpie Ultra-fine tipped pens
                Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Adhesives: Beacon 3-in-1 advance craft glue
                   Martha Stewart artist glue pen
                   Dollarama glue tape
                   Dollarama foam tape
Misc. Supplies: Uptown Accessories silver embossing powder
                       Dollarstore glitter felt

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Moon & Star Ornaments

I like to add a few new ornaments to my Christmas Tree every year.  This year I have been feeling less than energetic so I made very simple ornaments using A.J.'s Digi Shoppe's Cow over the moon digi stamp (minus the cow) as the template.  You can find digi's from the 'Hey Diddle Diddle' collection here.  I printed the stamp onto regular cardstock then cut out the images and traced around them onto some stiff, glittery felt I found at my local Dollarstore.  I glued the stars onto the moons and used some wrapping cord from the Dollarstore as a hanger. This is very simple and could be done by children and yet the finished effect is quite pretty and will be a nice addition to our tree this year.

Ornament Design: Dawn Taylor
Digi Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Paper: Staples Cardstock
Glue: Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Misc Supply: Glitter felt and Wrapping cord from the Dollarstore

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Recipe for Holiday Cheer

The recipe cards slide into the pocket
I often have requests for my recipes so I decided to give out recipes as 'gifts' this year.  I created a very simple card using A.J.'s Digi Gingerbread Paper, which you can find here.  I made a pocket on the bottom of the card large enough to hold a few recipe cards and used a couple of acrylic stamps to make the sentiment plaque.  I distressed the recipe cards to give them a homey feel and bundled them with a nice shiny ribbon.   

Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Paper Design: Amanda Marks
Papers: Recollections cardstock
           Dollar store recipe cards
Inks: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain
        Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
        ColorBox pigment Ink
Stamps: Echo Park Paper Co. Holly Jolly Christmas
Adhesives: Double-sided Dollarstore Tape
                Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Ribbon: Crafts brand Dollarama Ribbon

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Falling for you

The 2 huge maple trees in my yard have lost their leaves and I have been in an autumn sort of mood, so I created this fall themed card with Amanda's loveable owl couple.  You can find this digi stamp here.  I printed my sentiment out on some patterned paper and used some stickers as embellishment.
Card design: Dawn Taylor
Digital stamp design: Amanda Marks
Coloured with: Crayola markers
Paper: Staples cardstock
           Best of K and Company Papers
Adhered with: Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue
                       Dollarama double sided tape
Misc. Supplies: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks
                         Sticko Stickers by EK Success

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Just for You

Tag, you're It.
Since it is now November, I have to admit that the holiday season is coming.  I made a tag for a Christmas present using the Santa Turtle digi stamp from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe.  Please find the Santa Turtle HERE.  I used Fantasy Shimmer cardstock for the first time in making this project. (I liked it very much and was pleased that it did not lose much glitter on my work surface.)
Digital Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Papers: K and Company patterned paper
            Paper-azzi Fantasy Shimmer cardstock
            Staples cardstock
Colored with Bic Mark-Its
Stamp: Katie an Co. designed for Studio G
Inked with: Stampology Ink
                 Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Adhesive: Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue
Misc: Ribbon and Bling from stash

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Simply Birthday Cards

Two Simple Birthday Cards
 October is a month chock full of birthdays in my world, and since I have been making cards again I felt it would be expected of me to give handmade cards for birthdays.  I made these two very simple cards for my loved ones.  I used a white card base that I purchased at a dollarstore and I cut some K and Company paper to fit the front of the card blank. I cut out paper embellishments from the same papers and fixed them to the front of the cards (I used beacon 3-in-1 glue and dollarstore foam tape.) I stamped a sentiment using Ranger Tim Holtz distress inks and an acrylic stamp from the HOTP magical birthday set.  I added some interest to the cards by using bling from the dollarstore (the blue bling came that colour and the yellow bling was originally clear, but I dyed it with Adirondack Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.)  I hope the recipients enjoy these cards as much as I have.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Let it Snow

Winter Wonderland
For this month's second A.J.'s Digi Shoppe design team submission, I tore myself away from Amanda's adorable Halloween designs and made a Christmas card.  I think this Christmas Owl is very cute and he looks so cozy in his scarf and toque (that is winter hat, for all you non-Canadians out there.)  Click here to go to A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Owls section. I also used Amanda's Let it Snow/Snowflakes Freebie which is available here
Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Paper: Recollections Cardstock
          K and Company Seasonal Paper Pad (code:655713)
Cut with: Fiskars Paper Edgers (Ripple)
             Tim Holtz Tonic scissors
Coloured with: Laurentien Studio Series Coloured Pencils
                      Bic Mark Its
                      Perfect Pearls Spray
Adhered with: Duck brand double sided tape
                     Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced craft glue
Misc. Supplies: Inkssentials Glossy Accents

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

I don't respond well to spooky behaviour...

I love my mummy!
One of the many perks of subscribing to A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Newsletter is that you receive an exclusive free digi every month! This adorable Mummy Monster digi is the lastest free offer to subscribers.  Don't miss out on these great free digis ever again! Susbcribe here.  I used seasonally patterned papers to turn this cute digi into a too cute card for Halloween.
Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digi Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Colored with: Laurentien Studio Series coloured pencils
Paper: K and Company Seasonal Paper (card and edging)
           K and Company Kelly Panacci Specialty Paper (sentiment)
           Staples cardstock
Adhered with: Scotch Quick Dry adhesive
                      Elmer's rubber cement
                      Dollar store foam tape
Misc. Supplies: Inkssentials Glossy Accents
                        Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

More Halloween!

The Turtle stamps that were released by A.J.'s Digi Shoppe this month are so adorable that I felt compelled to make another Halloween project.  This time I made a card using the Vampire Turtle Digi Stamp.  I used two different colors of cardstock to make my card. I used Distress Ink to add interest to my blue paper.  I cutout an oval shape and some bat shapes in the front cover.  I colored the turtle for the inside with Laurentien Studio Series Premium Coloured Pencils.  This was my first time using these pencils and I found them to be very smooth and creamy textured.  I will be using these pencils again!  Using Foam Tape I added some bats and a stamped sentiment to the front.
Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digi Stamp Design:Amanda Marks
Colored with: Laurentien Studio Series Premium Coloured Pencils
Paper: Recollections Cardstock
Inked With: Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink Broken China
                   Autumn Leaves Stampology Onxy
Rubber Stamped Sentiment: Craftsmart
Adhered with: Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
                       Dollarama Foam Tape

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Witchy Goodness :)

This digital stamp from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe is just bewitching
I used A.J.'s Digi Shoppe's NEW Halloween Paper Pack and the Witch Turtle Digi Stamp to create this goodie bag for Halloween. This one looks good enough to empty :) Now to make a few more, for the other kids...

Digital stamp/paper design: Amanda Marks
Project Design: Dawn Taylor
Paper: Recollections cardstock
           Aspen brown paper lunchbag
Inks: Autumn Leaves Stampology
        Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Stamps: Viva Las Vegastamps Small Spider Stamp
             Craftsmart Cobweb border stamp, Sentiment
Colored with: Prismacolor pencils
                      Inkadinkadoo soft tones blending chalks
Adhesives: Multicrafts Canada scrapbook glue
                  Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue
 Misc.: orange acrylic yarn from my stash

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

A Work in Progress

This cute caterpillar is not finished and neither am I!
I created a folder for my 'works in progress' from the front and back cover of a dollar store children's scrapbook.  I used several Deco Arts paints mixed with Deco Arts Blush and Blend extender and Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist in perfect pearl to create my background. I used Amanda Marks' adorable caterpillar and the very realistic mushroom from her A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Bugs collection which are available here.  I drew the large flowers myself and colored the stamps and my flowers with school grade Buffalo watercolor paints and Stabilo Funcolor pencils.  I used Elmer's Rubber Cement as a masking agent  for the swirls on the mushroom cap.  I used a scrap of K and Company Paper and Bic Mark Its to make the banner and added dollar store 3D stickers as embellishment.  I used Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive to afix all of my paper elements to my folder, and held the folder together with Reflectix Metal Tape, covered with dollar store ribbon.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Fun in the Summertime

In honor of Summer, I made this whimsical wall hanger using the Beach Bum Owl digital stamp from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Owls collection.  You can find this cute stamp and other owls here.  Check out Amanda Marks' other digital stamps here.

Project Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamp Design: Amanda Marks 
Wooden Base painted with: Deco Arts paints and crackling medium
Papers: Staples cardstock
            Crafts patterned paper (Umbrella)
            Scraps of K and Company paper (Sentiment)
Colored/Drawn with: Schwan Stabilo Fun Color water pencils
                                 Bic Mark Its
                                 Sharpie Fine Tip markers
                                 Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Fired Brick
                                 Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists in Perfect Pearl
Adhered with: Multi Crafts Canada Scrapbook glue
                      Elmer's Craft Bond Spray adhesive
Misc. Supplies: Crafts Stickers (Sentiment)

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Hoppy Birthday!

For my second A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Design Team submission I used digital stamps from two different A.J.'s Digi Shoppe sets.  I got the frog image from Here, The birthday hat and pompom I got from Here.  I made a card that would be suitable for a 'tween'aged girl.

Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Paper: Cardstock and Patterned Paper from Dollarama, Silver paper from a box of chocolates
Colored with: Prismacolor pencils
Stamps: Sentiment and embellishment from HTOP Magical Birthday Stamps set #1039 (i modified the sentiment.)
Punches: EK Success Dragonfly punch
Inks: American Crafts ditto Stampmarker, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Forest Moss, Color Box Evergreeen
Adhesive: Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive

Check out many more great digital stamps designed by Amanda Marks here A.J.'s Digi Shoppe

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Toadally Perfect Card

I am excited to share with you my first blog post as a designer on A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Design Team!  I used the Frogs Digital Stamp set available here A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Frogs Set to create an anniversary card for my husband.  
Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamps Design: Amanda Marks
Paper: K&Company Wild Saffron paper pad &
    regular cardstock
Colored with: Prismacolor pencils & 
    Schwan/Stabilo watercolor pencils
Adhesives: Foam Tape (Dollar store brand)&
    Martha Stewart Artist Glue Pen&
    Elmers Rubber Cement
Inks: Color Arts Pink Pigment Ink
    Ranger Tim Holtz Distress inks in Fired Brick &
    Forest Moss
Misc. Supplies: Lips Stamp and gold glitter ( Dollar Store)
    Creative Stampworks clear embossing powder
Check out more stamps here http://www.ajsdigishoppe.com/

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

June 2011 Garden Update

My garden is doing great, and by 'great' I mean everything is growing!
I am growing lettuce, spinach, carrots, and tomatoes in the garden.  Those paint pails in front of the fence are holding tomatoes and mini bell peppers.  I am also growing radishes and some herbs.
 Hopefully the growing continues uninterrupted.  I will keep you informed!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Graduation 2011

My Sister is graduating Highschool!  So I made her a fancy card.
I used these materials:  toilet paper tubes, cereal box card, mulberry paper, ribbon, craft wire, acrylic paint, white glue, stickers and double sided tapeI also used a poem preprinted on vellum that i purchased from a local dollar store.  This project was created using A.J.'s Digis by Amanda Marks.  You can find the same free digi stamp that I used as well as many other excellent digital images in Amanda Marks' shop here:  http://www.ajsdigishoppe.com/

I flattened the tp tubes and then painted them black,  I punched 2 holes in the tubes and used wire to bind the 3 tp rolls together.  I created the insert cards from cereal box card and paint, I decoupaged mulberry paper on the card and drybrushed some pearly finish paint across them.  I used some lovely handmade stickers and a poem printed on vellum as the sentiment.  The 2011 grad stamp on the front was printed from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe and coloured with Bic Mark Its.  I also glued a 3D star scrapbooking embellishment to the front to add interest.  I hope she likes it (please don't tell her about this card, as it is a secret.)  I will let you know how it went over after the ceremonies :)

Thursday, 2 June 2011

My (perfect) Roast Chicken

Firstly, I apologize to any vegetarian readers of my blog.  With that out of the way, here is the method that I use to make a delicious, moist, roast chicken.  If you wish to have stuffing/dressing with your roast chicken my suggestion is to cook it outside of your bird, for safety's sake. 

Morninglass' Roast Chicken
*1 roasting Chicken 
*1 Onion, quartered 
*several Garlic Cloves, peeled
*fresh or dried Herbs of your choice. 
I used dried Rosemary & Thyme (Basil and Oregano are also nice) 
Use about a Tbsp. dried or 2 Sprigs Fresh
*Salt & Pepper
*Water to cover bottom of roasting pan

*Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.   
*Weigh your chicken, you will cook it for approx. 35 minutes per pound.
*Now, it is time to stuff the bird.  Instead of using a bread based stuffing fill the cavity of the chicken with aromatic vegetables and herbs.  I like to use an Onion, some Garlic, Herbs (fresh or dried,) and salt and pepper. Place these ingredients right inside, trying to keep your "stuffing" loose to allow air flow.  This adds a great deal to the flavor of the roasted chicken.
all the goodness is in the chicken
*Place your filled chicken on a rack in a roasting pan and add water to cover the bottom of the pan. (Do not allow water to run over chicken, you want the skin dry for better browning.) Sprinkle salt over the outside of your chicken.
'stuffed' and ready to roast
*Roast chicken in 375 degree oven for 35 min per pound.
*Monitor your chicken every hour or so, if the liquid in the bottom of the pan is drying up too quickly, add more water. You can baste, if you like. I sometimes baste halfway through my cooking time and sometimes I choose not to baste at all. 
*Check for doneness with a digital thermometer your chicken is cooked when the internal temp. of the breast is 160 degrees and the leg is 165 degrees. When your chicken is properly cooked the juices will run clear.
*Let your chicken rest for at least 10 minutes before you begin carving, foodies would have you rest it longer, but I am hungry after all this cooking!

*Serve with any or all of your favorite side dishes. 

Tips and Tricks:
*You can use virtually any aromatics to fill the bird.  Instead of onion and garlic you could try a lemon or orange and some ginger slices.
*If you don't have a rack for your roasting pan you can make one out of whole cleaned vegetables eg.Carrots and Celery stalks.  Just place your vegetables in the bottom of your pan and set your chicken right on top. 
*A silicon lifter placed on the rack under the bird makes for an easy job of removing it from the pan. 
*Use the liquid from the pan to make gravy, or pour it into ice cube trays and freeze to use in everyday cooking. I like to add a cube or two into my stir fry veggies to steam them a bit and add flavor.
*After I carve the chicken, I remove all the leftover meat from the carcass and freeze the bones with the herbs and vegetables still inside to use later for making broth.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Garden

With the rising costs of food, my husband and I decided that this was the year to grow some of our own vegetables.  Much time was spent reading about growing veggies and much more was spent digging a garden plot in our backyard.  The result is a fully seeded 6'x13' garden and several containers planted. I found myself in need of markers for the rows and pots, so I pulled out some paint stir sticks and acrylic paints and made these.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Good Morning

Many wonderful things happen at the table, beautiful meals are prepared, original fingerpaintings are created, and most importantly, love is shared.  I will share with you foods I have cooked, crafts I have made, art I have created.  So friends, sit at my table for a time and we will enjoy the beauty together.