Saturday, September 9, 2017

Q's Creative Cards PICK YOUR POISON Halloween Collection

Is it possible to be spooky yet beautiful?  These vintage Halloween images manage to do just that!

Lots of options here for sharing and celebrating Halloween with seven projects: 3 cards, 1 tag-in-tag and 3 boxes/bags for treats.

This quick & easy kit comes with a step-by-step photo slideshow and a pre-cut and ready to assemble kit.

You'll also receive the printables & die-cuts as an added value for future crafting.

No classes for this kit, mail order only.  Please use the drop down menu to add the kit(s), then go back and add shipping.  

Pick your Poison Halloween Collection


What you'll need: 

Adhesives:  

Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together.  
Regular Foam squares

THIN foam squares
1/2" foam roll
Mini Glue dots 


Tools & Supplies:
Scissors

Paper Piercer 
Ball Tool Kit & thick foam mat (a thick mouse pad will work)
Distress ink: Black Soot & Pumice Stone
Optional Stickles (Lime, Diamond & Black Diamond)

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Studio 5: BBQ to Brunch

My two favorite meals during the summer are a good 'ole fashioned Texas style Bar-B-Q and a lazy, lingering breakfast, aka brunch!  The following recipes marry these two meals, using precious Bar-B-Q leftovers to make beautiful savory brunch dishes.

I always cook extra for my Bar-B-Qs,  with plenty of Baked Beans and Succulent slow-cooked meats, like brisket, ribs and pulled pork, and because watermelons are so big, I always have enough left over to whizz in the food processor or blender and freeze.


This frozen watermelon juice is great for smoothies, sorbets, lemonades and the a perfect brunch cocktail / mocktail, Watermelon Bellini.  Typically an alcoholic drink made with Champagne or Sparkling wine, my mocktail version uses nice fizzy Pellegrino instead.

Watermelon Bellini
Quick, easy, refreshing & pretty!

Blend the following ingredients:

3 cups frozen watermelon juice (broken up into chunks.
2 -4 Tbsps of white sugar (to taste depending on sweetness of watermelon).
2 - 4 Tbsps of fresh lemon or lime juice (to taste depending on how tart you want it).

Pour into glasses till about 1/3 full.
Pour chilled Pellegrino until bubbles reach the top.

Garnish with a skewer of watermelon pieces, fresh basil or other herb or wedge of lime.

Toast & Beans Breakfast Stack

An American take on the classic British Toast & Beans, with avocado, fresh tomatoes, Beans & green onions.


Use your favorite baked beans recipe (I use Pioneer Woman's recipe).


Tip:  If beans have thickened in the fridge, when reheating, add a little warm water until the consistency is a bit saucy.

 

Toast a nice thick slide of country bread.  Spoon hot beans on top, layer half of an avocado over beans and top with an over easy egg.  Drizzle with a bit of good olive oil and sprinkle with finely sliced green onions.

 

Tomatoes play an important role in the taste of this dish.  Toss some cherry tomatoes in a little white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper or slice tomatoes and add to the stack.  The tomatoes brighten the dish in color and taste!


Eggs & Brisket in Purgatory

 

A classic Italian brunch dish (Uova in Purgatorio); eggs are poached in a spicy marinara sauce and topped with a drizzle of olive oil, grated parmesan cheese & fresh basil.  My husband is always asking "where's the meat", so I added leftover brisket to the sauce, which adds a nice dimension to the dish.  You could also add meat from pulled pork or meat pulled from ribs.  It's already tender and delicious, so just add to sauce, no cooking necessary,  just a little reheating.

 

Just a note of interest...  similar to Mexican Huevos Rancheros and Middle Eastern Shakshouka, this Italian dish supposedly originates from the Catholic faith, with the poached eggs representing the 'souls' and the fiery tomato sauce surrounding them representing "Purgatory", the idea being  the souls are suspended between heaven and hell. 

 

*Video to be posted later this afternoon.


This time of the year, my marinara is made by roasting my garden fresh tomatoes, onions & garlic and pureeing in blender.  I add some Italian seasoning, fresh basil, Salt, pepper and a touch of cream.  To create the spiciness I add red pepper flakes.

 

Place a ration of 1 cup per egg of your favorite marinara sauce into a oven proof pan.  Heat and bring to a simmer.  Make sure sauce is saucy enough, add a bit of water if not.  You want it thick enough to hold the egg in place, but thin enough to it's dippable...the best part!

 

Crack eggs into small bowl.  Have these ready to go.  Move sauce with large spoon and immediately pour egg behind spoon, so it rests in its hole.  Repeat with how many eggs you are making.  3 in small pan, or 4-5 in large pan.  Salt & Pepper tops of eggs.

 

For yolky eggs, simmer eggs on stove top for 5 minutes and transfer to broiler just long enough to cook the top of the whites.

 

If you like a soft egg yolk, put the pan directly into a 375 oven for 10 minutes until whites are cooked though.

 

Use a large spoon to serve up the eggs into a bowl, getting as much of the sauce at the same time (you can always add more on the sides).  Drizzle with some good olive oil, sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.

 

Don't forget a nice thick crusty piece of toast to dip into the sauce!  Enjoy!

 



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Q's Creative Classes: FALL FRIENDS cards & Tags

It's always bittersweet to say goodbye to summer and hello to crisp fall days.  I love these colors because they are the bridge between 2 seasons!

I've been dying to share these cards with you for months now...but with no classes during the summer, I had to wait.  I didn't want you to see it yet and not be able to get it right away...

and they are ready!  All this cuteness; pre-cut & ready to assemble into darling cards & tags!

Classes in Utah start Thursday, Sept. 7th.  Email me to sign for class OR Mail-order starts tomorrow!  Please add shipping from the drop-down menu.


Fall Friends Cards & Tags



Or buy both Fall Friends & Dream Catcher kit for $55 & Free shipping
Class Schedule for Summer Sweets
Thurs., Sept. 7th      American Fork Senior Center      6 - 8 pm
Friday, 
Sept. 8th       Layton Hobby Lobby                  10am - noon
Friday, 
Sept. 8th       Layton Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4pm
Friday, Sept. 8th       Layton Hobby Lobby                  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mon., Sept. 11th       Sandy Hobby Lobby                   2 - 4 pm
Tues., 
Sept. 12th       South Jordan Hobby Lobby        5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., 
Sept. 13th       South Jordan Hobby Lobby        10am - noon
Wed., Sept. 13th       West Valley Hires Big H              6 - 8 pm

What you'll need: 


Adhesives:  

Roller-type adhesive for putting cards together.  
Regular Foam squares

THIN foam squares
1/2" foam roll and 1/8" foam strips.
Mini Glue dots 


Tools & Supplies:
Scissors

Paper Piercer * micro hole punch
Large lid or small container to place small items from kit
Ball Tool Kit & thick foam mat (a thick mouse pad will work)
Distress ink: Gathered Twigs & Stamping Sponge

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Q's Creative Cards Grateful Heart Gift Box & Note Cards

Sorry, sold out!

Summer Special:  Choose Additional Kit price ($25) + Free shipping!

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I'm so ready for Springtime and am hoping this class will help to herald in flowers, birds & butterflies!

Note card Grateful Heart Gift box...In time for Mother's day, but makes a special hand-crafted gift for anyone special, including yourself!

What a daily beautiful reminder to express our gratitude.

Each kit comes ready to assemble with pre-cut pieces, chipboard box, envelopes, ribbons & embellishments.

As usual, this kit comes with a step-by-step photo slideshow and bonus digital elements to you can make more cards.  Come join me in one of my 10 classes here in Utah or order to ship to your door.  Kits begin shipping March 5th.  Please be sure to add shipping if you're not attending a class.


What you need:

Adhesives: roll dispenser type adhesive as well as mini & craft glue dots, foam squares, dotto (or glue pen for delicate die-cuts).

Ink: Distress Frayed Burlap inkpad and Sponge.
Scissors (long and fine-tipped)
Hole Punches: micro and 1/8"
Misc: Krylon 18 K. Gold Leafing Pen and Fine Grit sanding block



At home, you'll also need a hot glue gun.  

Email me if you have any questions.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Q's Creative Cards: Dream Catcher Card Kit SALE!

SALE!  Buy 1 kit at additional Kit price ($25) with FREE shipping!

Buy 2 or more Kits at additional Kit price with FREE shipping and get 1 free bag of Guinea Feathers and one free bird-on-wire washi tape!
(while supplies last).

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I've had a bag of Guinea Feathers (those pretty brown/black spotted feathers) in my studio for a year now...just waiting for an opportunity to use them in a class.

When I found some Tribal inspired paper I knew I had a match!

I didn't mean to be trendy, but ever since I designed this class, I've seen feathers, arrows, dream catchers & tee-pees everywhere, especially in home decor.

I'm also excited to use feathers on these cards...they really are perfect!  They add a soft texture and are light and thin.  I've also, for the first time, included washi tape in a class, as well as gems, brads and nailheads.  (see detailed pictures below).

Sentiments are varied, from birthdays, encouragement, sympathy and my favorite and a first for Q's Creative cards, a New Home card (check out the 2 part sentiment, makes me smile).  Of course, all the printables are included with your purchase, so you can print and create again & again!

Each Q's Creative Kit includes a step by step photo slideshow with easy to follow instructions.



Dream Catcher Card Kit
If you have any questions, please let me know.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Studio 5: FOUR things you may not know about DIE-CUTTING machine & FREE Cut files!

*Studio 5 video will be posted tomorrow (Wed afternoon).

As usual, I had WAY too much prepared for my Studio 5 TV segment, really, there is only so much you can do with 6 minutes! 

So, I'm sharing it ALL here. 
Bear with me, but enjoy all my hard work...ahem, it really was more FUN than hard.   I'm going to scatter the projects throughout the post and include links to the CUT FILES next to each photo.  They are free for you to use and enjoy!

I decided to share this information because many of my students want to know if they should invest in a die-cutting machine OR if they should upgrade.  I also get a lot of questions about how to use them, so stay tuned, as I plan on doing some Facebook Live Tutorials about exactly that...soon, so please follow me there for updates!

I am primarily referencing Cricut in the post (Because that is what I use), but most of these points apply to all the other leading Die-cutting machine brands; Silhouette, Brother, Sizzix etc...


Find 'blank' home decor pieces (Hobby Lobby for these)
and add Chalk Vinyl for a custom Wedding ensemble.
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DOWNLOAD Guestbook Sign
Number ONE thing.
SMARTER.


Everything is getting smarter, including die-cutting machines...this is how.

Wireless - the latest versions of popular brands, like Cricut, Silhouette, Sizzix and Brother all feature Bluetooth.

This may not seem like a big deal, but for me, wiht a computer, 2 printers and several die-cutting machines, it's nice not having a spider web of wires under food.  It also allows for die-cutting on the go (on a trip or at a friend's...which leads me to the next point.

Apps - Cricut now has an App for ipad and iphone with Android coming soon. I'm sure the other brands will follow suit, if not already.

Software - Significant improvement over the last few editions of software.  Learning curve for sure, but well worth the investment of time.


Number TWO thing.
BETTER.

I sewed a pillow!  Yippee!  Here's a tip, instead of buying a
pillow form, which are shockingly expensive, I bought
a ready made pillow on clearance andsave 70%
DOWNLOAD 1776 Laurel Wreath
Cricut new-generation machines (Explore version and forward) include CutSmart Technology.  Bottom line, the machine cuts like a dream.  Much, much better than the Expression.  Circles are now perfect!  Detailed shapes cut & release perfectly!

German Carbide Blades - These are a totally redesigned blade, using a specifically formulated tungsten carbide.  It resists wear & breakage.  Bottom line, blades are very sharp and will stay sharp longer.

Smart Set dial - This beauty take the guess work out of how deep to cut your material.  FOr the most part it work well, but I've had to make certain adjustments for cardstock.  What I LOVE about it though, is as soon as you dial up to thicker items, it automatically cuts twice.


My old Expression would have mutilated these detailed cuts.
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Quieter, working on faster.  Definitely quieter, which is very nice.   Little bit slower, but that is mainly with detailed cuts.  With the latest version you can choose fast cut for simpler shapes.

Number THREE thing.
SVG Cut Files.


SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics.  Think of it as a shape file, not a picture file.  Cricut came to this 'game' a bit late, but they have joined all other die-cutting brands in allowing crafters to use their own shapes, not just what the brand has to offer.

Cartridge vs. SVG file:  If you're like me, you have many cartridges.  The good news if they are compatible with the newest Cricut machines.  But the days of collecting cartridges are over and I'm pretty happy about it.  Instead of spending up to $60 on a cartridge that you may only use a few shapes, you can know purchase just the one shape you want in Cricut (or other brands) large library of shapes.

I used Black Glitter Vinyl and wow, it's shimmers!
I found the tutu and onesie at Hobby Lobby,
both for less than $10.  Cute Baby Gift!
DOWNLOAD Tutu Cute 
DOWNLOAD Sweet Dreams
You can subscribe for a specific amount of money to receive unlimited shapes during a period of time.

FREE cuts!  Cricut has a free cut of the week, be sure to get it!

FREE cuts!  The internet has loads of places that offer free SVG cut files.  That includes me and the files I created for the projects here.  I also include the cut files for each of my card making kits.

Number FOUR thing.
CREATIVITY.


Dollar Store mugs, perfect little Father's Day gift.
Your kids could make them!  All men LOVE the Lego Movie!
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New materials (besides paper) ...because of the improvements made to these new generation of die-cutting machine, you can cut more materials, BETTER. 
You can cut more than 60 materials including fabric, leather, felt, wood veneer, vinyl, etching glass etc...  It's not that you couldn't cut these things before, but because of all the improvements, it does it all MUCH better.

Practical - It's not just for scrapbooking/card making anymore.  A die-cutting machine opens up a whole world of practical ways to enhance your life.  If you have children, you NEED a die-cutting machine.  From chore charts to school projects you'll find fun ways to make the most of your machine.

Another fun Father's Day Gift.
Iron on Vinyl is addictive!
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Creativity!  Think Home decor, Gifts, Celebrations, Invitations, holidays! 
I think of an idea, design it and cut it!  I'm pretty  much obsessed.

If you like what you see and you want to try your hand but feel a little lost, please visit me on my facebook page, where I will be doing some live videos tutorials and take you step by step from downloading my files to cutting!

Just have your machine ready to roll, some iron-on vinyl and see you soon!

P.S.  Money saving tip!  Do not buy the Cricut brand of vinyl.  It's great, but very expensive.  Cricut uses Oracal 631 brand of vinyl and you can get this for much less in other places.  In Utah, we have an awesome Vinyl store called the Vinyl Outlet at the Brickyard in Salt Lake City.


Oh my!  It's like a kid in a candy store, I wanted it ALL!  (Thanks Rhonda for the recommendation!).









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