Monday, October 16, 2017

Q's Creative Cards: FOLK ART FALL cards & Journal

I just got home from our fourth Q's Creative Card Making Cruise!  Busy unpacking and get re-organized, but I needed to get on here and share one of my six Cruise kits that is perfect for this time of year; Folk Art Fall! (The rest are forthcoming).

I was inspired to do a Folk Art Card kit because our cruise was along the Maine coast (the birthplace of Folk Art).  I had SO much fun recreating the look of Folk art in these easy to piece together cards.  

This kit includes 5 cards and one 5 x 7 hardback gratitude journal, perfect for gift giving. Everything is pre-cut (with a few items to fussy-cut) and ready to assemble.  My kits always include a step-by-step slideshow with photos and instructions, as well as Printables and SVG cut files so you can create more with your own stash.

Use the drop down menu to choose your kit (with shipping OR pick up in class)

Folk Art Fall Cards & Journal

SPECIAL
Add either or both of these other FALL kits (Fall Friends & Dream Catcher)
 to your order for the lower additional kit price. 
Click on the image & use the drop-down menu to choose "Additional Kit"
You will not pay any additional shipping cost.

  

What you'll need to complete Folk Art Fall Kit: 

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, 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.

...and would love if you posted these pictures to Pinterest! 



















































































































































































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!

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
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