Fall Comfort

Hello, I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying fall. Please say you’re enjoying fall, I miss out on it in So Cal! Missing the crisp air at this time of the year doesn’t keep me from enjoying fall recipes. I have an easy comfort food that you can enjoy throughout the upcoming week and it smells great. We all know fall is about the smells 😉

First, I get out my trusty crockpot. I use a Ninja crockpot because it has a stove stop function as well as a slow cook function. But this can be done with any crock pot or on a low simmer via the stove top. This is a mix-up on an old favorite. All day spaghetti sauce is full of flavor and is great to make in bulk so it can be enjoyed in the days to come. This can me made easy by using store bought ingredients or make it from scratch, this is your masterpiece. I used store bought ingredients because I was looking for simple comfort. Let’s go see the next steps.

Next, either find your spaghetti sauce recipe or buy a favorite. My family favorite is Prego Traditional (I don’t leave it at just the jar). My family loves a good meat sauce as well, so let’s start there. Ok, the crock pot is out and you have your sauce. Now, get some Italian spices fresh or jar. Don’t forget the Bay Leaf! Please don’t forget the garlic and fresh onion (I use a purple onion). Now we are ready for the step by step. Look Below.

  1. Chop the onion and garlic or use pre chopped garlic. Warm the crock pot using the high heat stove stop function then put the onion and garlic in the pot (remember I am using the one pot method) Place your meat on top so the flavors can get inside the meat. Add a pinch of Italian spices. Cook the meat as you normally would for a meat sauce. Once browned you can either drain or continue to cook down (This is my favorite especially if using turkey).
  2. Now is the time to add the sauce, stir everything together (still on the stove top function) Add more Italian spices and drop the Bay leaf on top. Switch to the slow cooker function (low) and walk away.
  3. Check on it about halfway through if you can, if not don’t worry the crock pot will do its job. I stir everything with a wooden spoon and scrape the sides of the pot during this halfway point. Add more spices if I feel it needs it (we eat flavorful), and walk away again. My low slow cooker function is an 8 hour timer and warms for an hour after.
  4. Once the beautifully smelling sauce is done, I keep it in the pot and start cooking the noodles on my stove top. I put in a loaf of garlic bread or whip up a side salad.
  5. ENJOY! And enlist your helpers to do the dishes. You have been cooking all day 🙂

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite fall comfort food is. I love my crock pot this time of the year. The house is full of fall aromas and cooking is made more simple.

If I have inspired you please tag me on your social media #sewmuchglitter with your version of this fall comfort favorite. I am active on Instagram/Facebook so please check it out @sewmuchglitter and say HI! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you are notified of new posts. I love to gain inspiration from others and I enjoy inspiring you as well, if you have any fun fall traditions let me know. I am excited to share more of mine with you soon!

Sewmuchglitter

Creative Inspiration

During times like these we can loose our creative mojo. I feel it to and allow myself to get preoccupied by other things that don’t bring me happiness. I wanted to share some fun inspiration with you today. If you ever find yourself in a creative slump, I hope these tips help you!

Because I am a total paper nerd, I will start with paper. Aside from buying paper (the best is online: scrapbook.com, Stamps of Life, Maymaymadeit.com are a few of my top favs), I love organizing my paper hoard. The next time I can create it is easier to find. The first and best thing to get your creative juices flowing is organizing your space and supplies. I also like to put on a good movie, true crime documentary or some guilty pleasure on Netflix and create card bases. Just get out your paper trimmer, score board and find a happy place to watch and cut. Next time you need to create a card quickly, it’s 1/2 complete! You can also cut layering pieces (check out my previous blog posts for sizing) this will jump start a background.

Speaking of backgrounds, they are a fun creative jolt when multiples. I love ink blending and creating different looks by splashing water, adding stencils or mixing colors. If you don’t want to or don’t have time, stash them away for a complete card later. This just helps the creativity clear my head.

I also love large stamps! Colorado craft company has a great line of big and bold stamp sets. They take up a lot of space on a card, but they are ment to be the focal point and are a lot of fun to color. I experiment with different coloring techniques and have fun adding elements such as nuvo’s crystal glaze or a fun gelly roll pen accent. When you’re ready, the fun part is putting these two together! Don’t have large stamps, no worries! Just simply stamp images and color away or leave white for a great monochromatic look. When creativity strikes, you’ll be ready!

Shopping of course is always fun. Who dosen’t love a good Hobby Lobby trip of traveling the isles at Joann’s? I enjoy whipping out a good coupon at Micheal’s. But I realize this is not always possible and it tends to clog up my semi organized chaos. I still never resist a good craft shopping trip. SHHH, it’s my weakness. With 2020 being so great (haha) I also got the online shopping bug.

I hope this helps you or one of your crafty friends! Comment below your favorite way to bust through a creative lockup. Go on over to Instagram or Facebook @sewmuchglitter and check out some great ideas. Say HELLO when you are there. If I inspire you to create something, tag #sewmuchglitter. Gaining inspiration from others is spreaking joy, we all need more joy in 2020.

Stay well, stay cool and I’ll be back for some mid week fun.

Sewmuchglitter

Coloring Challenge

Happy Wednesday! I hope you had a great Fourth of July and are finding yourself well today. I wanted to share a quick bit on the 30 day coloring challenge I’ve discussed before. Hopefully some mindless fun will get you through your week (we all need distractions in 2020!)

As featured on Kathyrac IG

I enjoy taking part in @Kathyrac 30 day coloring challenge on Instagram that she hosts a few times a year. Just set aside 10 minutes a day for yourself and color. Color anything that makes you happy, use any form of coloring. I enjoy using all of my coloring supplies at least once during this challenge because I always learn something new. Let me show you what I recently worked on.

Summertime inspiration

I enjoy stamping a lot of images at one time, coloring them and them coming back later to create a full project. Sometimes we don’t have the time to commit but we enjoy the creative process. I stamped these Stamps of Life images in Versa Fine black onyx ink, colored them in with my prisma colored pencils (any colored pencils will work) and blended the coloring smooth with my blending stumps and gamsol. You can find the supplies at any major retailer, Amazon, and the stamps only at The Stamps of Life.com (if you order, tell me first I can help get you points for goodies!). Don’t forget to check my previous blog post about paper choices because it matters for best results. Come back this weekend for a finished project. I have a great idea, just not the time in one sitting.

Comment below how you enjoy taking your creative time in tidbits. Taking time for ourselves serves everyone in a positive way, the 30 day challenge gives me the perfect excuse. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter to see what’s happening.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sewmuchglitter

Red, White and Blue Sweet Treat!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND! While our celebrations may look different this year, we can still enjoy some of our favorite traditions. FOOD! Before we heat up the barbecue let’s prepare a flavorful dessert.

Our gardens or markets are full of flavorful goodness this time of the year and I enjoy taking advantage of these seasonal foods. This shortcake is no different. I’ve had this recipe for awhile and love doing something different with it each time. Let’s start with the basics.

  1. 1 package yellow cake mix (angel food cake, chocolate cake or white cake work beautifully).
  2. 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (thawed). Homemade whipped topping is delicious too. (Pioneer Woman has a GREAT recipe)
  3. 1 small package instant vanilla pudding mix.
  4. 1 Cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint strawberries sliced (rinsed and drained)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare the cake according to directions in a 9×13 inch pan. COMPLETELY COOL THE CAKE.
  2. in a separate bowl: Mix the vanilla pudding mix, milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping (gently).
  3. Place the blueberries in a square on the top left of the cake and place the strawberries as stripes to make the American Flag. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. ENJOY!

I would love to hear what sweet treats you enjoy on this holiday weekend. Comment below how you would mix up this recipe. Sometimes I like to macerate the fruit but be careful not to turn them into mush. This is a versatile process that is all about your choice of taste. I enjoy getting my recipes from multiple sources such as Pioneer Woman, All Recipes, or the good old Food Network. I always enjoy the creative process and have fun making things my own.

Don’t forget to stay safe and healthy this weekend. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter for the latest creations. If I have inspired you, post to your social media and tag #sewmuchglitter.

HAPPY FOURTH! ENJOY.

Sewmuchglitter

Artful Meditation

Happy Wednesday! Sometimes life gets us bogged down. Whenever you feel that way, it’s time to reset!

I like to meditate through art. Something as simple as organizing my supplies or getting involved with a new project can help. I’ve been experimenting with watercolors, which helps me reset. Thanks to The Daily Marker 30 Day, I have the perfect excuse. I’m not going to lie, some of those artists can intimate me but I’m not creating for competition, I’m creating for myself.

Use your Imagination.

Turn on some music, a favorite podcast, a desired program, or create in silence. Whatever you desire just jump in where you’re happy. I truly enjoy creating backgrounds and coloring stamped images.

Go check out my previous blog posts to help you get started. When watercoloring a background, I find the wetter the better, I get a fun natural look. Paper matters (another previous post 😉).

Embossed Spots

Mix it up! I love embossing with my coloring because it adds another dimension. Whatever you desire and don’t aim for perfection because we will always find flaws in ourselves that others won’t.

I hope this helped get you through your week. Go check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter for inspiration. Don’t forget to tag #sewmuchglitter with your inspired creations. The next 30 day coloring challenge starts TODAY July 1st. Just create, tag #thedailymarker30day, and post what you’re working on. It’s fun and gives us time for artful meditation.

Happy July 😊

❤sewmuchglitter

Turtley Awesome

Happy Weekend! This project is a follow-up to several of my recent blog posts to give you some inspiration. If you missed any of my posts, go check them out. This is a great project for the slim line card. Now, let’s go see what is so turtley awesome!

Turtley Awesome!

First, create the slim line card base. Directions are in my mid-week pick me up post. Next create the layering base. I use a multi media paper for this because we are going to do some ink blending (my favorites and not are a past blog post as well, I see a theme here). The layering base can be the same size as your slim line card or slightly smaller to create a layering effect, it’s all creative preference.

Blend it out! I wanted to create a background inspired by the outdoors so I used my Tim Holtz distress inks ( I have the minis on hand because it’s more cost effective to create my collection this way). If you need blending inspiration, see my blend it out post or post a comment below. I started out with mowed lawn and blended that into wilted violet, which reached peacock feathers. Once everything was happily blended together, I reached for my water mister (Mini bottle from scrapbook.com but Dollar Tree spray bottles work great). I did mist the paper as well as larger droplets simply by taking my spray bottle apart and dripped the opposite end on top of my paper. Do not over saturate your paper. Now, blot your paper with a paper towel and viola! Effect finished.

Next up, stamping! I love stamping but do not always love coloring in my images but this time I made an exception. I used this tortie2stamp set from The Stamps of Life. Perfect for stacking tall on my slim line card. I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers but any method for coloring would be great. I colored in the images according to how I wanted my tortie’s to look. TIP: I used my blender marker to help blend out my coloring. If this isn’t an option simply stay within the color family and it is OK to switch back and forth between the colors to get your desired look. Next, I fussy cut the images (die cutting is perfect too) This is great because if you colored outside of the lines it gets chopped off! Don’t stop here, continue on.

Now everything is dried and cut it’s time for placement. I wanted a tall fun effect with my tortie’s so I stacked them high as if they are balancing off each other. I also wanted dimension so I used foam dots to adhere them to the layering piece. You can either directly adhere the layering piece to the card or pop that up too (you have full creative control). You are finished, unless you want to add a sentiment but don’t forget to sign and date the back of the card so the recipient knows you are sharing handmade kindness.

Comment below how you are inspired to stack your slimline card. Check me out @sewmuchglitter on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest to see what I have been up to. If you have been inspired post your projects too and tag #sewmuchglitter. I love gathering inspiration from others and spreading creative inspiration as well. As I mentioned before, there was a theme in this post so don’t forget to read my other blog posts for tips and ideas.

Set time aside for yourself and have a great week! If there is anything you want to see in the future, let me know by commenting below.

See you soon! Sewmuchglitter.

Mid-Week Pick me up

I hope you find yourself well. Since this post is a mid-week pick me up, it will be a shorter version of what you have to look forward to at the end of your week. Let’s slim it down.

Slim line cards are getting attention in the card making world. Just like the A2 card bases I have discussed (if you haven’t seen my previous posts go check them out), a slim line card needs to be sturdy so I choose at least a 100 lb card stock in a color of your choice (Joann’s has great card stock for a base). The fun thing about creating a slim line card is that they fit in a standard #10 business sized envelope and require NO additional postage.

Start out with an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of card stock, trim it down to 8 1/2 x 7. Now it’s time to get out your score board and bone folder. There are several brands and it’s all about personal preference. I use an EK Tools board, which comes with a bone folder. I got this at Hobby Lobby (use your coupon!) I prefer my Amazon.com bone folder as it is softer, so there is less risk of cutting my paper (always score at an angle). OK, let’s score this!

Lay the trimmed paper on your score board with the 7″ side at the top, score it at 3.5″, fold on the score line and you’ve got your slim line card base. It’s that easy! My tip for you is: leave some space between your paper and the top of your score board because you will stay within the groove of your scoring measurement.

Slim line card base

I hope you enjoyed this quick mid-week pick me up. Come back Sunday so we can create a front for this slim line card base.

Enjoy the rest of your week! Check out @sewmuchglitter on Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest to see what’s going on. If you are inspired by anything you see, tag me #sewmuchglitter on your social media. Together we can inspire others!

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Summer Pasta

Thanks for joining me again! Today I have a delicious summer pasta dish to share. It can be a meal or a side dish. It’s perfect for a get together or as an alternative summer meal. Prepare ahead of time and keep refrigerated or make and serve, it’s versatile. Let’s get started!

The summer months in Southern California can be long and hot so its nice to take a break from traditional cooking. Let’s start with the ingredients I use. First, I start with a rainbow rotini pasta but tortellini works great too! Next up I use fresh from the garden cucumber and tomato (cherry is a favorite but not required) if you’re not a gardener the stores are plentiful during the summer months. Don’t forget the onion and garlic if desired. Depending on who I’m serving. I may add some sliced black olives. I also use an Italian dressing (wish bone robusto or olive garden Italian is a win for me). If you’d like to make a complete meal out of this dish, you can add some protein such as chopped ham or chicken. Let’s prepare!

Boil the pasta in lightly salted water until soft but not too much, al dente is perfect. Drain and set aside. Now it’s time to chop the veggies and dice the onion and garlic.

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add the veggies and lightly toss. Next up is the dressing. I add 1TB of dressing at a time, lightly tossing in-between until my desired amount is added. Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately. Top with shredded parmesan or chopped parsley as desired. TADA! You’re done. Quick, easy, filling, and refreshing!

Comment below what your favorite summer dish is. If you make this family favorite don’t forget to comment and tag #sewmuchglitter on your social media. Check out my other creative ideas@sewmuchglitter on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest. I can’t wait to see how this dish inspires you.

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Blending Tools

Welcome back! In my last post I said I’d be back soon with my favorite blending tools, so let’s get started!

First off, there is no right or wrong blending tool. There is a better technique but tools are a personal preference. Use what you’re comfortable with and use what gets you your most desired results. The market is overwhelmed with crafting products and I admit that I also fall prey to buying the latest and greatest.

My most preferred blending tool is a blending brush. As you can see, mine are color coordinating. Using similar colors on brushes helps with ease of use and cleaning (or lack of cleaning). The brushes give me the smoothest blends and can fade as desired. These bristles hold color well and clean off well. Their soft providing a smooth blend. I got mine on Amazon.com and they were inexpensive (under $15), not bad for repetitive use.

Next up there’s a blending tool with foam Velcro (on the back) heads. I have a flat attachment and a rounded attachment. Both are for the same purpose but from different companies expecting different results. I find the flat head to leave a harsher line but I’ll discuss techniques later. These are foam and need more ink to get a fuller blend. They do serve a great purpose on smaller projects. The rounded attachment is also a foam but not as porous as they seem to have a slicker surface. These blend over my papers more smoothly than the flat heads. I still find myself reaching for more ink mid project and I DO NOT with the brushes mentioned above. I still use these in color families. The blending handles can be purchased at any major crafting store or my personal favorite, Scrapbook.com. The flat foam attachments can be purchased with multiples in a pack at your local craft store or the rounded attachments at Scrapbook.com as they are a Scrapbook.com exclusive. Both have great price points and both clean well. Let’s talk technique!

Techniques. Start off the project 1st to avoid harsh lines. Remember I prefer a glass mat or a craft mat for easy cleaning. Next, I start small. DO NOT BLEND LARGE AREAS AT ONE TIME. You’ll never get the results you want. Once you get a smaller blend, move out to larger areas. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully blended project! I learned this the hard way and gathered my inspiration from Tim Holtz and experience. Don’t stop here, there’s more!

Color coordinating. As I stated in a previous blog post, I use Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. I stated the formula difference in simple terms. Go check out my blending post. I use Distress Oxide and my other inks aka. Other brands, with the same tools. Clean in-between by simply rubbing on a paper towel or baby wipe. TA-DA cleaned! May be stained but won’t contaminant each other. Remember Oxide is a hybrid. Now, my Distress inks are a little different. I only use specific tools on that formula (not hybrid) they can get contaminated. For the purpose of cost, I use my Velcro heads for this. I’ll show you how I store them in another storage post coming up. Subscribe so you don’t miss that!

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Blend it out

Thanks for joining me today! If you’ve missed any of my previous posts, go check them out and leave a comment to let me know what you think. I think it’s important that we inspire each other and let our creative sides show! My last post focused on my favorite (and not so much) papers for different mediums. This one will focus on ink blending. So, let’s GO!

Let’s start with the latest Distress Oxide release……SPECKLED EGG! Distress Oxide is one of my favorite inks to blend with because it blends so well and looks great (it also has some special talent that I’ll share later). Color technique escape me sometimes but I do have a color wheel to cheat (this tells me what colors compliment each other, but ultimately when in doubt. YouTube! These color combinations were inspired by Kristina Werner, one of my go to YouTubers (when I’m in doubt of my color combos). The color combo on the left is: speckled egg, seedless preserve, and picked raspberry. You may notice my two ink cubes are distress ink and not oxide, but I used what I had and they blended well. Distress inks: dye ink, dries quickly. distress oxide: dye and pigment making it a hybrid, dries slower. The color combo on the right is: speckled egg, peacock feathers, and chipped sapphire. This color combo blended more smoothly because they are all similar colors but both combos will be great backgrounds. I did use my Canson XL mixed media paper and color blending brushes. Let’s see what’s next!

For these next backgrounds I used heavy card stock (80lb) from The Stamps of Life, this tends to pill (paper peel) because it can’t handle water or being worked over multiple times. I wanted to experiment how it would hold up, and it didn’t completely disappoint me but I will save this paper for other card making techniques in the future. For these backgrounds I used a stencil in two different ways. Remember I told you that Distress Oxide has a special talent….It’s water reactive! Let’s start on the right side: ripe persimmon and peacock feathers. I blended these two colors together then placed the stencil over the paper (secured with washi tape) and pressed a wet paper towel (a baby wipe works well too) over the stencil, as much as my paper could handle. When I removed the stencil, this was the result. It added another dimension to my background. The right side: twisted citron, worn lipstick, and dried marigold. For this technique I secured the stencil on the paper first and then blended over it. I like to use a glass mat or a craft mat when blending because it is easy clean up and I can start off the paper first for a seamless blend.

I hope you enjoyed these techniques sprinkled with tips and tricks. Let me know what your favorite color blends are in the comments below. If you try these techniques don’t forget to share to your social media and tag @sewmuchglitter and hop on over to Instagram @sewmuchglitter to see what I’ve been creating, leave me a comment and let me know what inspired you.

Oops! I almost forgot to share the details of my last technique. I used Distress Crayons on my mixed media paper and blended them out with my fingers, used the wet stencil trick on top and then die-cut the background. Making backgrounds in bulk is fun and satisfies my creative itch. Die cutting my creations creates extra elements for my projects and allows me to stock up for future card making.

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