Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Long weekend!

A sample from yesterdays card class at Bizzy B's.

It used this totally cute set called MY Funky Valentine from Impression Obsession.... I've never used them before, but I like them.

They are red rubber, and come mounted on cling mount, in this nice storage case....

I teach Fast and Fabulous Cards once a month at the store. There are always a few seasonal cards and then a few basics too... it's a good time and we make 6 cards in 2 1/2 hours!

Totally not scrapbook related, but we all have to EAT right? So here's a recipe that I'm going to try next week. Tomorrow my sweet husabnd bought us tickets to the Hockey I don't have to cook,a ndwe get to go dancing - nice. Sunday I'm making a turkey dinner, and Monday is family day, so we're having leftovers!

Baked Pork Chops with Mushrooms

1-1/4 lb. lean pork tenderloin, 6 chops
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup chicken broth
5 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. dried tarragon, crushed
2 oz. processed Swiss cheese
3 cups cooked rice

In a large pre-heated skillet, sear both sides of pork chops
quickly to seal in juices. Grease bottom of a 9x9" baking dish with
vegetable oil and place pork chops in bottom of pan. Cover pork
chops with sliced mushrooms and set aside. In a 2-cup microwave-safe
measuring cup, combine chicken broth, cornstarch and tarragon.
Microwave broth mixture on High (100%) 3 - 4 minutes, stirring twice
until thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheese until melted. Pour broth
mixture over mushrooms and pork chops. Cover loosely with foil and
bake 20 - 25 minutes at 350ยบ F. or until pork is cooked through.
Serve hot on a bed of cooked rice.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Clearly Cool Albums!

Acrylic Album Workshop

One of the workshops I'm featuring this year is this Acrylic Album... they are so much fun to work with, but people are scared of them. They are definitely more difficult than your standard chipboard book, but with some pre-planning and a little practice they look fantastic. I've chosen to work with the Build A Book series designed by
Fire & Ice Designs for Prima Marketing. Tricia Ladouceur is a fellow Canadian, and I love the flexibility of the products she has developed with her partner Michelle Van Etten. Their blog isn't updated often, but there are some amazing samples of what can be done with these albums.

I used papers from Prima and Kaiser Craft, lots of bling, and flowers. Since it's for a workshop, we've got paint, rub ons, stamping, stickles, ribbons, rhinestones, and acrylic flowers... I wanted to show the many many ways you can decorate these albums.

I'll be teaching this in St. Thomas on February 28th and the Cut 'n Paste - you can call to book your spot. 519-631-6707 . It's only $40.00+ taxes and includes everything you need to complete the projecy AND have leftovers. It's a nice kit!

I'm also teaching a working with Acetate class that day, and in the middle somewhere, we're going to sign some of the NEW Canadian Scrapbooker Basics Books and Spring Issue of the mags... don't miss out, call and pre-order! I'll post some samples of the actate class tomorrow or the next day....

I've got a class tomorrow night at Bizzy B's Stamp & Scrap - Fast & Fabulous Cards... there are still a few spots if you want to join us. 416-203-0433 to reserve. This month has birthday cards, Valentine Day Cards, and more. Next month's class is going to have some EASTER cards, Thank You crads, and Just Sayin' Hi!

The class is fast paced and lots of fun. Hope to see you there.

I'm also teaching the Acrylic Album at my home workshop in Mississauga on Sunday March 22 12:30-3:30pm. Just drop me a line if you want to book a spot. Limited to 6 people, so reserve early. Email me at Cost: $40.00 includes all supplies.