Saturday, December 18, 2010

Recipe for Scrabble (Bits and Bites)

Bits and Bites (Cereal Scramble)
2          lbs       salted nuts
1          11-oz   Shreddies
1          11-oz  Cheerios
1          6-oz     Rice-based square cereal (Rice Chex, Life) 
1          7-oz     Pretzels
1          7-oz     Cheeze nibs
Do not use sweetened or flavoured cereals.

2          c          salad oil
2          tbsp     Worcestershire sauce
1          tbsp     garlic powder (not salt)
1          tbsp     onion powder (not salt)
1          tbsp     seasoned salt 
1          tsp       celery salt

Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix cereal mix together in large roasting pan. Mix dressing ingredients together and pour over cereal mixture.  Bake for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.  Makes about 9 quarts.

(I make full, large packages of cereal mixture, so quadruple the dressing).

Christmas Boxes

I've been busy making cards and, now boxes, to give away this Christmas season.  I've filled the boxes with homemade "Scramble" (Bits and Bites).

Box instructions:

  1. 1    12" x 12" square cardstock, scored at 3"  on all sides.  Cut up to score line on each corner using the scoreline (I only cut on 2 ends).  Using bone folder, press out each scored line. This is the box base.
  2. 1    10-1/4"  x 10-1/4"  square Designer Series Paper (double-sided), scored at 2" on all sides. Cut up to score line as before. Using bone folder, press out each scored line. This is the box top.
  3. Use Sticky Strip, create box base and top.
  4. From remaining Designer paper, cut out a little to embellish a tag card.  Create a coordinating tag from leftover cardstock, to match the box base.  Stamp as desired.
  5. Fill the box with Scrabble in a celephane bag, tied with ribbon.  Tie the box shut with fancy ribbon and attach finished tag.
I have another 12 boxes cut out, but don't have enough "stuff" to fill them.  I'll have to give this more thought!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wonderful Wheels - Class Projects

This afternoon is the Wonderful Wheels class. Here's the projects that will be completed by attendees:

This first card is a mitred border card. This technique makes a great effect for scrapbook pages as well as cards.  

The Peace on Earth card uses wheeling with Versamark ink and embossing with a mixture of Gold embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds. Sparkles!

The snowflake card uses the Versamark Resist  technique. Wheel onto Glossy White paper with Versamark, then sponge on multiple colours to bring out the pattern that has been wheeled onto the cardstock.  

The Christmas train card shows the Skewed Wheels technique. As you are wheeling your way across the card, angle the wheel slowly up and down, which creates a skewed line, instead of the straight line that you would normally aim to achieve.  This effect does NOT work with all types of wheels. Some word wheels may not work, and more complex designs may be ruined by this effect.  The railroad track wheel works terrific for this technique.

The cardinal card does not use any wheels, but the envelope does!  The envelope is wheeled with the cardinal Build-a-Wheel to create a border than be coloured before mailing.  What a great combination!  The recipient of this card may just want to save the coordinating envelope!

Any envelope or wrapping can be improved with a little creative wheeling.

Next class is January 15/11, 2-4 pm for 3D effects card class.  Why not join now?