Thursday, January 18, 2018

Q's Creative Cards: SWEET EVERYTHINGS Card Kit

I'm excited to release another card kit from our last cruise!

There's nothing sweeter than babies & weddings and I get a lot of requests for these cards!  Three of each in this kit with SO many exclusive cut files and printables so you can duplicate to your heart's content!

Of course, this kit also comes with a step-by-step slideshow to makes creating these cards super easy!

I have a limited supply of this kit, so order yours now!

Sweet Everythings Card Kit


*There is no in-person class.  

What you'll need: 

Adhesives:  

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

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


Tools & Supplies:
Scissors

Paper Piercer 
Corner Rounder
Distress ink: Pumice Stone & Stamping Sponge

If you have any questions, please let me know.
...and would love if you posted these pictures to Pinterest! 













Monday, January 1, 2018

Studio 5: Christmas to WINTER Decor transition


Happy New Year friends!  

Have you taken your Christmas decor down yet?   I'm only partially there, in large part because I've been out of town over the weekend.

I love that fresh start to the new year, but I MISS all the WARMTH my holiday decor adds to my home, so I've come up with ways to easily transition from Christmas decor to Winter (which will last even longer than the Christmas season).

My biggest strategy is to incorporate Winter White elements in my Christmas decor, then switch out anything that looks Christmasy (red, green, poinsettias, Santas, etc...) and replace with more Winter Whites, metallics and naturals. 

I picked up this lighted wooden village at Sams club this year and created a little Christmas scene on an end table.  After removing the red & green, I wrapped each home with some plush swiss dot white material and my 3-D snowflakes & Winter trees.  See tutorial for them below.


The inspiration for these 3D sparkle snowflakes came from something similar I had purchased at a boutique years ago.  I've always used them in my downstairs family room (my winter white, Metallic with pops of red room).  

I actually like these better, and they are very easy and inexpensive to make!

You'll need
  • 1" foam ball
  • 7 white pipe cleaners
  • 5 fancy white pipe cleaners
  • Spray adhesive
  • White glitter (chunky & fine)

There are several different kinds of balls in craft stores.  I went for the more condensed foam) because it held the pipe cleaners better.  Some, however, were so hard that I had to puncture a hole first.  My favorite was one that I could puncture just with the end of the pipe cleaner, without making a hole.

Cut your fancy pipe cleaners (look at picture of supplies to see what I mean by 'fancy'.  I bought them at Hobby Lobby but it didn't indicate on the package anything different, it just said pipe cleaners.  Cut these in fourths, between each puffy part.  You'll end up with 20 fluffy sections that taper off at each end.

Cut your regular pipe cleaners in half so you'll have 14 of these.  bend each one in half, then twist the top folded part a few times to create a little loop.  Use your fingers to create a slight bend on the bottom ends of these pieces.

Start by inserting the looped pieces around the Styrofoam ball in each corner and then again on each end.  Add 4 more looped pieces on one side, in between the one's you've already placed and repeat on the other side.

Now add the fancy pieces in between the looped pieces until you have a full 3-D snowflake.

To add the sparkle, place snowflake into a box and spray with adhesive and sprinkle with glitter.  Repeat until covered.  If it feels tacky, you'll want to continue sprinkling over those parts and pressing in with your fingers until it's covered.  After it's dried, shake in box to remove excess glitter. 

You can hang these snowflakes with fishing line from windows, doorways or under lights, or add to decor for added winter sparkle.

Another one of my Winter White items was some simple shaped white trees.  Replicating these was even easier!

Purchase foam tree shapes, spray with adhesive and cover in glitter.  Let dry.

Spray more on top and mound & cover with small snowflake rounds (all purchased at Hobby Lobby).  To finish off, I had some white snowflakes I sandwiched between a stick pin and inserted into the top of each tree.

As a side note, our grown up family had so much fun this Christmas, we really didn't want it to end.  We decided to carry some of that fun family time into January with a mid month PJ & Game all day party!  Can't wait!

Here's hoping your home continues to sparkle this winter season and is filled with warmth, love & joy!  ~ Sue



Friday, December 22, 2017

Q's Creative Cards: SAVE the DATE Monthly JOURNAL

Journaling is BIG right now.  So many fun trends; doodling, bullet, bible etc...

I have always seen the value of a journal, but have struggled to get past week 2 (and I have a box of unfinished journals to prove it!).

What if I could Journal just once a month?  What if I had a limited amount of space to write, so that no matter how small I print, it wouldn't take me longer than an half-hour to actually journal?

I think it could work!  So I designed a beautiful Monthly Journal to do just that.  Pretty enough to leave on display, with just enough room on each page to reflect on your past month...finding the nuggets worth remembering!  Each page has a calendar that flips up to a 7" x 4 1/2" writing space.  Behind the calendar is a pocket with room for a picture and a Journaling tag for additional space to write.

Just imagine how priceless this Journal will be in a year with a piece of YOU on every single page!  

Each kit is pre-cut and ready to assemble on a Teresa Collins Stitched Journal which measures 7" x 6" x 1 1/2" when completed.  Each kit also includes a 12 x 12 coordinating Sticker sheets with an alphabet and diecuts to further embellish your Journal.  Also included is a photo step-by-step slideshow & 13 Printables (perfect for other projects)!

Kits start shipping Dec. 26th.  Or I will bring with me if you are attending a local class, starting Jan. 4th.  Please use drop-down menu to see your options.

SAVE the DATE Monthly JOURNAL


When you purchase the SAVE the DATE Monthly Journal kit you will be invited to join our private Facebook Group where we will support, encourage and prompt so that in 1 year you'll be flipping through your beautiful keepsake journal, FILLED with YOUR written thoughts, ideas, memories & photos. That will truly be a keepsake. 







Click here to see
SAVE the DATE Celebration Cards & Purse Journal Kit.
Buy Both ($90) and get FREE Shipping!





*You can do either SAVE the DATE Kits in class
Class Schedule for Vintage Christmas TWINKLE cards

Thurs., Jan. 4th        American Fork Senior Center       6 - 8 pm
Friday, 
Jan. 5th         Layton Hobby Lobby                  10am - noon

Friday, Jan. 5th         Layton Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4pm
Friday, Jan. 5th         Layton Hobby Lobby                  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mon., Jan. 8th           Sandy Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4 pm
Tues., 
Jan. 9th          South Jordan Hobby Lobby         5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., 
Jan. 10th         South Jordan Hobby Lobby        10am - noon
Wed., 
Jan. 10th         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 
Mini & Micro Glue dots 


Tools & Supplies:
Scissors

Paper Piercer 
Corner Rounder
Fine Grit sanding block
Large lid or small container to place small items from kit
Distress ink: Pumice Stone & Stamping Sponge
Ranger Stickles (Glitter Glue) Diamond

If you have any questions, please let me know.
...and would love if you posted this picture to Pinterest!




Q's Creative Cards: SAVE the DATE Celebration Cards!

Happy New Year!  Wow, 2018!  I really love new beginnings; full of plans and hope & excitement!  

These cards commemorate those special dates in life; Birthdays, Weddings, Babies and Graduation!  

This kit also includes a cute little journal to keep in your purse.  I always have one in my purse so I can record special moments, inspirations, thoughts, lists etc...on the go!  

This kit is ready to assemble and comes with written instructions & a step-by-step photo slideshow.  It also has bonus printables and cut files.  Kits start shipping Dec. 26th.  Or I will bring with me if you are attending a local class, starting Jan. 4th. 

Please use drop-down menu to see your options.



SAVE the DATE Celebration Cards


Click here to see
SAVE the DATE Monthly JOURNAL Kit.
Buy Both ($90) and get FREE Shipping!





*You can do either SAVE the DATE Kits in class
Class Schedule for Vintage Christmas TWINKLE cards

Thurs., 
Jan. 4th        American Fork Senior Center       6 - 8 pm
Friday, 
Jan. 5th         Layton Hobby Lobby                  10am - noonFriday, Jan. 5th         Layton Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4pmFriday, Jan. 5th         Layton Hobby Lobby                  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mon., Jan. 8th           Sandy Hobby Lobby                  2 - 4 pm
Tues., 
Jan. 9th          South Jordan Hobby Lobby         5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wed., 
Jan. 10th         South Jordan Hobby Lobby        10am - noon
Wed., Jan. 10th         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 
Mini & Micro Glue dots 


Tools & Supplies:
Scissors

Paper Piercer 
Corner Rounder

Fine Grit sanding block
Large lid or small container to place small items from kit
Distress ink: Pumice Stone & Stamping Sponge
Ranger Stickles (Glitter Glue) Diamond

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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









































































Friday, December 15, 2017

Q's Creative Cards 10-100 CELEBRATION & SALE!

Please join me for my 10 year ~ 100+ kits celebration tomorrow morning (Saturday, December 16th) at 8:30am on my Facebook page, Q's Creative Cards.

This is your chance to win prizes (10 to be exact!).  But you have to be there to win!

I'm also doing a 10% off sale on all Gift Certificates for Christmas.  You can choose to have these emailed to you or I will send the printed version by mail.  Please use the drop down menu to choose your denomination (Free Card Kit, or $30, $50, $60, $75, $90 or $100).  Once you add to card, you can go back and add another one if you wish.



Christmas Gift Certificates


And...I have a $100 Gift Certificate to give away at the end of the Live!  You just have to comment, Like & Share in order to enter to win.

Good luck!

For me, I will have the chance to personally wish you all a Merry Christmas and Thank you for your patronage all these years.  

Look forward to hearing from you tomorrow.  Questions?  Email me!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Studio 5: Cornbread Stuffed Acorn Squash!

Thanksgiving Point (a nonprofit farm, garden, and museum complex here in Utah) hosts the only First Thanksgiving reenactment outside of New England.

I've never been, but after preparing for the Studio 5 segment I want to!

Growing up in Canada, we would celebrate Thanksgiving, but in October.  I didn't know much about the roots of this beloved holiday, so I was excited to learn.  Wow, what an amazing story of courage, perseverance and friendship.  

To leave everything you hold dear, to start a new life in a land you are completely unfamiliar with, to lose half of your original party, to suffer sickness, homesickness, to live on the Mayflower that first winter...all of it must have been incredibly difficult and I'm sure made their first harvest all the more sweet.

Both the English and the Native Americans (Wampanoag tribe) celebrated the harvest.  I love that, for a time, two different cultures could come together, put aside fear and share their resources and knowledge.

I've included a list of what was likely served at this 3 day feast, in case you want to host your own "eat like a pilgrim" dinner next year.  Or you could include just one part of the meal, add it to your traditional Thanksgiving menu and use it as a launching pad to talk about the original feast.

We only know 2 things for sure about that first Thanksgiving dinner.  Venison & wild fowl.  Everything else is a guess, but an educated guess.  We know what was indigenous to that area and what the Wampanoags were cultivating.

Based on that, I created a Corn bread stuffed Acorn squash!  I took a few liberties, but we do know that Acorn squash and Pumpkin were aplenty, in fact, the Pilgrims called Acorn squash "Ground apples".  Apples were something they sorely missed and both Pumpkin and Acorn squash, once pureed reminded them of Apple Butter.

We also know that there were berries & nuts growing in that area.  The Wampanoag would dry berries and cranberries, although they called them Ibimi (which means sour or bitter).  They also cultivated important crops of Corn, beans and Squash.

The Pilgrims brought seed with them, and were able to grow vegetables and herbs.  And they most certainly hunted and used every part of the animal, including making sausage...so there you go.  Everything we need to make a real show stopping Thanksgiving side dish!


Corn bread Stuffed Acorn Squash


Recipe will fill approx. 2-3 Acorn squash depending on how large they are.  One half would make a great meal on its own, but as a side dish, I would cut squash into halves or quarters.  You can also double the recipe for larger crowds.


Ingredients:

2-3 Acorn squash
one 8x8 pan (Approx 6 cups) of homemade cornbread
(or you can use a mix,  just don't buy the corn bread stuffing in a box.  I tried it, not good.)

1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisens)
1/4 apple cider vinegar
3/4 lb. Hot Italian sausage (or mild if you prefer)
1 1/4 cup chopped onions
3/4 cup sliced celery
2/3 cup chopped roasted Pecans
1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme leaves
1 Tbsp Fresh Sage Leaves, chopped coarsely
1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary, chopped finely
2 Tsp Kosher Salt
1 Tsp Freshly ground pepper
1 Egg

1 cup chicken broth (you may not use all of this)


Directions:

At least one day before, cut cornbread into 3/4" squares (these will get smaller by the time they dry and are assembled).  Spread out and let dry thoroughly.  You can speed up this process by toasting them in the oven.

Cut Acorns in half.  You may need a cleaver for this, as they are hard.    Trim off outside (bottom) part with a knife until they sit evenly.  Rub cut part and inside with olive oil.  Generously salt & Pepper.  and cook in a 400 oven for 30 minutes.  They will be partly cooked at this point.  A fork should insert fairly easily at this point.

While squash is cooking, cook stuffing.
Place Craisens in a small bowl and pour the vinegar over them to macerate.  This will plump them up and add a little zing.
Cook Sausage until brown, remove and set aside.
Add onions & celery to the pan and cook for 5 minutes until soft.
Depending on how much fan rendered from the sausage add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the butter.
Add Pecans & Herbs and seasoning.  Cook another 5 minutes.
Drain off vinegar from Craisens and add to mixture.

Meanwhile, beat one egg and add to a corn bread cubes in a large bowl.  Mix.
Add cooked ingredients and mix.
Add chicken broth a little at a time, until the corn bread has soaked in the moisture, but don't let it get mushy.  Do not over mix, just toss lightly.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary (ei: more salt).

Use an ice cream scooper and scoop stuffing into center of cooked acorn squash until quite full.
Place back in oven and cook for another 30 minutes until top of stuffing is golden brown and squash is fork tender.

Oh my goodness, such a perfect balance of sweet & savory!  real comfort food!


First Thanksgiving Menu

Roast Turkey
Roast Beef
Steamed Mussels or Lobster
Corn bread
Sallet (Salad) of Herbs & Cucumbers
Roasted Root Vegetables
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Berry Cobbler
Indian Corn Pudding
Pumpkin custard

Historical Readings
For fun, take turns reading historical readings during dinner (see notes in red).

During this 1600s, good food consisted of meat, bread & beer.  Hard labor needed carbs & protein and during this time, even children drank beer, as often water was not suitable to drink.  (Even though the Pilgrims had no apples, a spiced apple cider is a good substitution for our meal.)

As a result, meat, fowl & seafood was center stage on the first Thanksgiving table.  In preparation for the 3 day feast, the men had gone hunting for wildfowl.  The Wampanoags (the native people) brought venison.  It's likely that they had seafood as well, as mussels, clams, lobster and fish were abundant in this area.

"If you will boil chickens, young turkeys, peahens, or any house fowl daintily, you shall, after you have trimmed them, drawn them, trussed them, and washed them, fill their bellies as full of parsley as they can hold; then boil them with salt and water only till they be enough: then take a dish and put into it verjuice [the juice of sour crab-apples] and butter, and salt, and when the butter is melted, take the parsley out of the chicken's bellies, and mince it very small, and put it to the verjuice and butter, and stir it well together; then lay in the chickens, and trim the dish with sippets [fried or toasted slices of bread], and so serve it forth."  The English Housewife 1615

Gravy?  Absolutely!  Every part of the animal would have been used, including the drippings!  Here's an original transcript from 1615.

"Take fair water, and set it over the fire, then slice good store of onions and put into it, and also pepper and salt, and good store of the gravy that comes from the turkey, and boil them very well together: then put to it a few fine crumbs of grated bread to thicken it; a very little sugar and some vinegar, and so serve it up with the turkey: or otherwise, take grated white bread and boil it in white wine till it be thick as a galantine [a sauce made from blood], and in the boiling put in good store of sugar and cinnamon, and then with a little turnsole [a plant used to as red food coloring] make it of a high murrey color, and so serve it in saucers with the turkey in the manner of a galantine."

Cute poems about Pumpkin & Corn Pudding

Instead of pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies;
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it was not for pumpkins we should be undone!

And all my bones were made of Indian corn.
Delicious grain! Whatever form it take.
To toast or boil, to smother or to bake,
In every dish ’tis welcome still to me,
but most, my Hasty Pudding, most in thee. 

John Josselyn, in hisNew England Rarities Discovered (London, 1672) also discusses the use of hominey or corn in puddings:
It is light of digestion, and the English make a kind of Loblolly of it to eat with Milk, which they call Sampe; they beat it in a Morter, and sift the flower [flour] out of it; the remainder they call Hominey, which they put into a Pot of two or three Gallons, with Water, and boyl it upon a gently Fire till it be like a Hasty Puden; thye put of this into Milk and so eat it.
In 1662, John Winthrop, Jr., son of John Wilthrop (1588-1649), first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, wrote the following about the pudding in his letter to the royal Society in London. 
. . . this is to be boyled or Stued with a gentle fire, till it be tender, of a fitt consistence, as of Rice so boyled, into which Milke, or butter be put either with Sugar or without it, it is a food very pleasant. . . but it must be observed that it be very well boyled, the longer the better, some will let it be stuing the whole day: after it is Cold it groweth thicker, and is commonly Eaten by mixing a good Quantity of Milke amongst it. . .

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