Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Jolly Christmas Trees

I hope all of you managed to get out and exercise today! I mean get to the voting booths. I did mine earlier in the morning and now it is in the hands of the people. However, it turns out I will trust that the Lord's will is being done and that hopefully, we can once again become a united nation.

The Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge is to use a tree or trees on one's card or project. I made a quick and easy design with some cool pattern paper, dies, stamps and inks.

I just love that pattern paper design I got from the Gina K. Designs Sparkling Christmas paper pack. And, I used some shimmery duplex green and white card stock I got from Crafter's Companion for the card base. I thought it went fairly well with the colors on the pattern paper.

The sentiment was stamped on Gina K. Designs White card stock with Gina K. Designs Red Velvet ink. I then die cut that out with the Nesting Doll Oval #1 and that was layered onto a Cheery Lynn Designs XM-7 Classic oval cut from Gina K. Designs Kraft card stock. But before I added the doily oval I took some Red Velvet ink and sponged around it and then also used my Wink of Stella to make it appear a bit shimmery. I also added some enamel yellow dots which are from Stampin' Up! before I popped it up with some Zots.

Inside the card I added some pattern paper along the bottom edge and also stamped a sentiment from a Gina K. Designs stamp set.

The Gina K. Designs stamp sets used are: Holly Jolly and the Noel stamp set. Both have lovely sentiments on them which I thought would work quite well together.

Well, that is my card making for today. I managed to get a bit of baking done again this weekend so I will share a photo of what I made as well as the recipe. It is a family favorite that my Mom always made for my hubby as she knew he loved it. But truth be told, everyone in the family loved it and it is still a tradition we bake often and especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I might add that it is very economical and easy to bake. Perhaps the hardest thing to do is washing out the fancy pans I bake them in. **wink**

Hobo Bread

1 1/2 cup of raisins
2 tsp. soda
1 cup boiling water
1 cup sugar
2 tabsp. shortening
1 egg
2 cups flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Pour boiling water over the raisins and soda. Let this stand until it is cool. Combine the other ingredients. Then take some soup or vegetable cans without rims on them inside and grease and flour them. Combine the raisin mixture and dry ingredients and fill the cans 1/2 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. I always take a tooth pick and poke it in to make sure they are still not a sticky dough. If the toothpick comes out clean it is done. I leave them in the cans for at least 15 minutes before I try to remove the little loaves. **If you add some candied fruit or dates it is like a fruit cake. 

Tomorrow is Arlin's second cataract surgery so we will be rising extra early again tomorrow as it also involves another out of town trip. I will be so glad when that is done and wish me luck on getting up at 3-4 o'clock in the morning. I am not a normal early riser anymore since retirement so this is a struggle for me. Say a prayer that I wake up on time.

You have a wonderful rest of the day and thanks for visiting.

God bless,


Donna Ellis said...

Fabulous card, Verna! I can see why you are in love with her new pretty papers! But I am in love with her fantastically fun new sentiments! Love these! Your card makes me feel like singing! Yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing... hugs, de

Barbara said...

Another gorgeous Christmas card and I love the inside too. Thanks for the recipe, it looks interesting. Is the soda in the recipe, baking soda? Good luck Arlin.

Judy Woodland said...

Oh, I am so with you on the getting up early thing. I HATE it!!! Many of my friends are early risers, me not so much. Hope Arlin does well with his surgery, I know he will be glad to have it done. Love your card. I agree, that patterned paper is wonderful, and perfect for the challenge. And thanks for the recipe. I'm copying it...always love to try new things. I can say I have never baked anything in a tin can...LOVE IT!!!

Darnell said...

First of all, I hope Arlin's surgery went smoothly ... well, okay, FIRST of all, I hope you woke up on time, haha! Putting in all those drops afterwards is a pain, but everyone I know is amazed with the results! I can't wait for mine to get bad enough to have the surgery as it's getting harder and harder to deal with the sight issues.

Your card is so fun for Christmas, Verna! I think that's a great way to use PP and let it be a presence on a card! Thanks for the idea! Enjoy your day and I hope you get caught up on your sleep soon!! Hugs, Darnell

Kathy Krug said...

Great CAS design. Love how you finished the inside with the paper.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Great card Verna! Love the colors and how you repeated them in the sentiment. Hope Arlin's surgery went well and your both home resting now.

Rushd Lady said...

I love this card! So pretty and hope Arlin does well! I was told that I have one donut shaped cataract in my left eye and after having surgery for cataracts, I won't have pigmentary glaucoma anymore! Like that idea as I have to put eye drops in my eyes every night.

Unknown said...

FAB recipe--never have made it but have heard of breads made in cans--thought it was a myth lol Pretty card! Great Designer Paper and I adore that BIG bold fun sentiment!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the large sentiment and your finished inside

KT Fit Kitty said...

Very pretty Christmas card and I love how you finished the inside! I usually just stamp a sentiment but I am loving what you've done here. Nice recipe too!

Karen Dunbrook said...

sweet card..love the sentiment on the front and the way you finished the inside....great work mf.

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