Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Q's Creative Classes: Quilting Bee Cards

I've made one quilt in my life.  28 years ago!  For my son who moved into a 'real' bed.  I stenciled rocking horses on squares and put that baby together, it was quite a job, which is probably why I've never made another one.  I have several friends and lots of students who quilt and I so admire the patience and exactness it requires.

I love the tradition of it all and wanted to capture that look on cards.  I have some fun new techniques to share with you, lace and ribbon, new charms and beautiful sentiments!  Everything is pre-cut and ready to assemble with basic supplies.

Each kit includes a slideshow (use on computer, tablet or even your phone!) that makes putting these five cards together super easy!  It also includes all the printables for future card making.


Quilting Bee Card Kit
Kits will begin shipping August 25th.  After you add the kit to the shopping cart, go back and add shipping as well.  

Class Schedule (will bring kit to class if you're attending one, do not add shipping).

Tuesday, Sept. 2nd         South Jordan Hobby Lobby    10am - noon
Tuesday, Sept. 2nd         South Jordan Hobby Lobby     5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., Sept. 3rd              South Jordan Hobby Lobby    10am - noon
Wed., Sept. 3rd              West Jordan Armory              6 - 8 pm
Thurs., Sept. 4th             American Fork Senior Center  6 - 8 pm
Friday, Sept. 5th             Layton Hobby Lobby             10am - noon
Friday, Sept. 5th             Layton Hobby Lobby             2 - 4pm
Friday, Sept. 5th             Layton Hobby Lobby             5:30 - 7:30 pm
Monday, Sept. 8th           Sandy Hobby Lobby              2 - 4 pm



What you'll need:

Adhesives: Your favorite tape to put cards together, foam squares and glue dots (mini, micro and craft) and scotch tape.

 
Tools: Scissors (long & fine-tipped), micro hole & 1/8" punch and Corner Rounder.  Paper piercer. 


Misc: Craft Mat (to work on), lid (to keep small pieces in), pencil.

Any questions?  Just email me




 

Renovate my office or QUIT: part 1

Ok, let's start by saying this is way, way, way, way overdue.

I would love to be able to say that it wouldn't bother me for you to see just how bad this room was before I gutted it, but yup, it does.  It was an embarrassment and frankly, I hated working in there.  It was heavy and un-inspiring, messy and disorganized.

About 15 years of super creativity: 1000's of projects for magazines, classes, videos, television and my own card group, not to mention owning a crafting store for 2 years, it was completely overrun with product, projects and no real space to put it all.  I would make attempts at organizing over the years and you might be surprised to know that I actually did know where everything was, it just wasn't fun getting to it!

It took some guts, time and money to commit myself to this project.  I also needed the help of my husband.  He was not thrilled when I proposed this summer project.  I don't blame him.  He spent the bulk of last year renovating other parts of our house and deck.  He wanted to spent his summer on his motorcycle, not in my office!

Normally, I would be understanding and supportive and give in to his suggested winter 2015 timeline, but really, I just couldn't.  I told him I would quit if I can't have a new work space to live in.  Now I suppose that sounds a drama queen, but I wasn't kidding.  The time was right for me.  Not him, but me.  It sounds selfish, I know, but if you know me, you know it's not.

My class schedule is Sept - June.  I take the summer off.  I knew this project would be so huge that I would need lots of uninterrupted time to complete the task.  So after several conversations (I'll call them that!) we decided to move forward.

I knew I could do a lot of it myself, but I'm not an electrician (neither is Steve, but really, he can do anything!), or good at baseboards and such.

The first step was gutting it.  Fifteen years of stuff had to be removed from my small room (it is now been donated or strewn throughout my downstairs family room and guest rooms...driving me crazy actually!).

Lights!  This was huge!  My office was very dark.  Steve put in some warmer lighting and now there are no dark corners.  I don't even need a desk lamp anymore.

Paint.  Pretty, soothing, light aqua color.
Floor.  wood laminate.  Love it!  I did it and was sore for days afterwards.
Baseboards.

Custom cabinets.  The door to this room is through what used to be a closet for a bedroom.  The dimensions were weird, so I had to go custom and pay for it!












Ikea.  SO grateful we have one close by.  Saved my budget!  I can say I'm pretty much an expert at putting Ikea things together! :)


















I spent ages on the internet trying to find a configuration that would work for my work patterns.  I needed a deep desk to accommodate printers, cutters and still have work to design.  This desk really works for me.  And I feel like a kid when I roll from one side to the other!


















I really needed to lighten up the darkest corner of our house and went with all white.  Because the desk is so deep I can take advantage of all that space and use Ikea's drawer unit underneath.  This is a great use of space for me.  They are all on rollers so I can easily access them.



















Well, this is as far I am right now.  There is currently more ikea boxes on the floor however, a project for tonight.  There is still SO much to do, but I don't want to rush it.  As impatient as I am, I want to do this right.

Going through my old plastic storage units and re-organizing them into the ikea drawer units. Making the most out of this precious space and retreating from the rest of the house.

















Hoping to share part 2 of this renovation (hopefully the LAST part of this project) in August.
I encouraged my students to work on their creative spaces this summer, so I'm wondering how it's all going?  I also encouraged you all to get caught up on kits you haven't put together yet.  

It'll be SO nice to start fresh & clean in September...I've got such fun Kits to share with you!

Leave a comment & let me know!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Studio 5: Huevos Rancheros with Spicy Short Ribs






 Serving breakfast in bed is a perfect way to start off Father's Day, but let's  ditch the traditional pancakes and make something spicy and substantial; Huevos Rancheros with Spicy Short ribs!


I had this upscaled version of a Mexican ranch breakfast at a restaurant in Park City (which unfortunately, is no longer in business).  Is was so delish I went home to recreate it and of course, tweak it a bit. 



It's crazy good, full of contrasting flavors and textures, a little heat and very filling!  Because two of the main components (Ribs and Beans) of this dish can be made ahead it's become a favorite camping breakfast (yes, really), perfect to start off a great day of hiking.



Huevos Rancheros with Spicy Short Ribs

...a layered dish with several easy components



1.      Spicy Short Ribs

2.      Black Beans Saute

3.      2 Corn tortillas, fried (and 2 small flour tortilla, heated and kept warm in foil)

4.      2 eggs, fried over easy

5.      Pica De Gallo

6.      Guacamole

7.      Garnishes



Spicy Mexican Short Ribs



1 lb. meaty short ribs

(You can substitute Country Style Pork ribs instead for a less expensive alternative - pictured).

Mexican Seasoning

(I have a favorite mix I use, but Oregano, chili, cumin, salt & Pepper are good seasonings to use.)

Olive Oil

1 or 2 Jalapenos, chopped finely

2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1 can Tomatoes (petite diced with green chiles, Medium)

Chipotle in Adobo sauce, chopped finely and mashed

(this is what creates the added heat, so use with discretion...you may want to start with just one of the peppers the first time, or even just some of the sauce.  Add more if you like it super spicy).

Water

Wondra

(this is a quick mixing all purpose flour you can add directly to liquid to thicken)




Season your ribs liberally.  In a deep cast iron pan, brown meat on all sides.  Add canned tomatoes.  Fill can with water and add to pan.  Add Vinegar, Jalapenos and Chipotles to pan.

Bring to a simmer and cook on low for 3-4 hours until meat is very tender and sauce has thickened.

Alternatively, you can transfer contents of pan into a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Either way, at the end of cooking, remove meat, turn heat back up and thicken sauce with a little Wondra and a whisk.    Return meat to sauce and keep warm if planning to serve right away.

Otherwise, let cool completely and keep in fridge (or even freeze).  This actually tastes even better after sitting in the fridge for a day or two.  Reheat when preparing to serve.



Black Bean Sauté

{goodness, we love these and eat them all the time, not just for this recipe}



Olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped finely

1 red pepper, chopped finely

2 cloves garlic, chopped finely or smashed

2 cans black beans, drained (but reserve liquor)

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp Kosher Salt

1 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped OR 1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

Juice of one lime



Sauté onion, peppers and garlic in a couple Tbsp of olive oil.  When soft, add rest of ingredients.  Let simmer for 5 minutes.  Add some of the leftover liquor from can if they seem dry.  You want them a bit saucy.  You can also add a finely chopped jalapeno for some heat.



Guacamole

{I'm sure you all have a great recipe for Guacamole, but here's mine just in case.}



3 ripe avocados, mashed (I like to leave a little chunk in it though)

2 green onion, chopped finely

1 large tomato, chopped finely

2-3 limes

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbsp chopped Cilantro



The measurements for Lime & Salt is pretty general.  Really, I determine how much to use by taste.  You want to have the lime pop and the salt brings everything to life.   



Pico De Gallo



3 large tomatoes, chopped

4 green onion, chopped finely (you can use purple onion here instead if you wish)

2-3 limes

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2  bunch cilantro, chopped (leaves and stems)

1 Jalapeno, chopped finely (or more if you want extra hot)



Ditto:  The measurements for Lime & Salt is pretty general.  Really, I determine how much to use by taste.  You want to have the lime pop and the salt brings everything to life.   





Garnishes:

Crumbled Queso Fresco

Coarsely chopped Cilantro

Sour Cream (or Mexican Crema)

Lime zest



Assembly

Fry your corn tortillas (or use store bought).

Reheat ribs and beans.

Have Guacamole, Pico de Gallo and garnishes ready to go.

Heat Flour tortillas and wrap in foil to keep warm (serve next to dish).  These are for the VERY hungry, who wants to use every last bit of the dish!   Just wrap and eat!



Add two eggs to pan with melted butter.  Keep them together so they are one solid piece.  Fry over-easy (a yokey egg makes this SO unctuous!)



Lay one corn tortilla in center of dish.  Place a few Tbsp of beans on tortilla and top with another tortilla and a few more tablespoons of beans.

Dish a Rib with sauce on the side.

Dish Guacamole, Pica de Gallo and crema (or sour cream) on the other side.

Place eggs on top of tortilla stack and spoon some of the rib sauce on top of the eggs.

Sprinkle Queso Fresco and cilantro over top of eggs and ribs.

Zest some lime over the sour cream.



Eat & Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Q's Creative Cards: Pull, Peek & Pop 3D Cards

If you love cards that surprise then this is the class for you!

3-D, interactive cards take a little more time and effort, but are SO fun...you'll feel like a paper engineer when you're done!  Of course, I've made this easy-peasy with a photo/instructional step-by-step slideshow and a printed template so you can make more!

These will be available in my June class (Bubble Talk) or you can do mail order (just be sure to add shipping from the drop down menu).


Peek, Pull & Pop 3D Cards

 What you'll need:

Adhesives: Your favorite tape to put cards together, foam squares and glue dots.


Ink: Frayed Burlap Ink Pad and sponge to distress with.        

Tools: Scissors, micro hole punch. Trimmer with bone folder for scoring.
1 1/8" hole punch.  Black Fine tipped felt pen and ruler.

Any questions?  Just email me!
 




Friday, May 16, 2014

Q's Creative Card Class: Bubble Talk!

I always try to match up the card with the personality of the recipient.  I have quite a list of friends & family that these cards will be perfect for.  Other then the Chick card, these projects are non gender and age specific.  From 5 to 95, as long as you have a funny bone!  

Fresh, fun, youthful and trendy; I've been planning a talk bubble card class for a long time.   You know, you can get away with saying things in talk bubbles that you normally wouldn't say on a card...like "Yo!" and "Waz up!".  

My favorite is the knock, knock joke card.  I read at least 100 knock knock jokes on the internet before I found one that would work on a card!   But for those who don't speak 'knock, knock' I've included the translation!

Bubble Talk includes everything you need (pre-cut & ready to assemble) to create four cards and one birthday gift bag.  This kit also includes a instructional slide-show and all the printables so you can make more!

Shipping starts Wed, May 21st.  If you're signing up for class, please email me which class you'd like to attend (see schedule below), I will bring your kit to class.  If you want it shipped, please use the drop-down menu to add shipping.


Bubble Talk Card Class


Class Schedule
Monday, June 2nd            Sandy Hobby Lobby              2 - 4 pm
Tuesday, June 3rd            South Jordan Hobby Lobby    10am - noon
Tuesday, June 3rd            South Jordan Hobby Lobby    5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., June 4th                South Jordan Hobby Lobby    10am - noon
Wed., June 4th                West Jordan Armory             6 - 8 pm
Thurs., June 5th               American Fork Senior Center  6 - 8 pm
Friday, June 6th               Layton Hobby Lobby             10am - noon
Friday, June 6th               Layton Hobby Lobby             2 - 4pm
Friday, June 6th               Layton Hobby Lobby             5:30 - 7:30 pm



What you'll need:

Adhesives: Your favorite tape to put cards together, foam squares and glue dots (mini, micro and craft). 

 
Tools: Scissors, micro hole punch and Corner Rounder.  Paper piercer. 


Misc: Craft Mat (to work on), lid (to keep small pieces in), pencil.

Any questions?  Just email me!
 


 




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