Thursday, March 17, 2011

International Friends Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Welcome to the International Friends Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Lena's Crafts then you are in the right place. (Wasn't her apron just beautiful?)

When we were introduced to the idea of sharing a family tradition I didn't hesitate to decide on making Aebleskivers. What are Aebleskivers? Read on to find out.

On my mom's side of the family we are Danish. I never knew my maternal grandparents for they passed away either before I was born or shortly there after. When My twin sister and I were born my mom found out she had cancer. To make a long story short, my mother passed away when we were only seven years old. The reason for telling you this is; I didn't hesitate because making Aebleskivers is the only tradition that we have from her side of the family.

Aebleskivers are "round pancakes" (as my nieces and nephew call them). The pans we use to make them are my mom's pans and we cherish them. The batter is dropped into the heated and well oiled pan, once the air bubbles begin to appear they are turned 1/3 and then again another 1/3. This ensures perfect round balls. In researching Aebleskivers I found out the word actually means apple slices. Traditionally some people make these "pancakes" with apples inside. (if you look closely at my layout you will see that I used apple paper for the background) My family has always eaten them with strawberry preserves and powdered sugar. This past Christmas all of my brothers and sister came over to my house and we sat down to a huge breakfast of Aebleskivers. This project was a lot of fun. I hope you like them. You can visit Solvang, California and taste these wonderful treats. They even have Ableskiver Days, a festival celebrating the traditions of Denmark.

The journal on the right of the page is left blank on purpose. I will type up our family history and the story behind Aebleskivers and add it to this scrapbook page.

I used the "From My Kitchen" Cricut cartridge to cut out most of the details on my pages.

White puff paint and Glossy Accents were used for the powdered sugar, the jar of preserves, and the bowl of Aebleskivers.

click on the images to get a better view.

This is a mini recipe book that I made using my scrapbook pages as inspiration. This is also the blog candy I am offering for this Blog Hop. Please leave me a comment (become a follower if you want) and I will draw a winner using on Wednesday, March 23rd. Don't forget to include your e-mail address in the comment so I can let you know that you won. I forgot to mention that the recipe for Aebleskivers is in the mini recipe book that I made for you! :)  YOU ARE HERE  YOUR NEXT STOP

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

CAS Challenge

Over at Simply Scrapping Crafts they are hosting a Clean and Simple Challenge. You must use a patterned paper for your background and keep it simple. Here are my entries:

I was going for a girly themed thinking of you card and a boyish thinkoing of you card. Each has similar elements to the card like the bow and the strip of paper on the side but I wanted to showcase the colors and pattern of the designer paper.

Monday, March 14, 2011

S & S Sketch Challenge #60

My friend Eric is celebrating his 13th annual 29th birthday this Saturday, so I decided to make his card today. Over at the OWH Stars & Stamps Blog they have a great sketch.
The squares in the sketch worked out perfectly for the theme of the card. In hawaiian quilting they traditionally use this type of geometric pattern. Since my friend is a fan of all things hawaiian I couldn't resist.

Baptism Invitations

My Hubs and I are the proud Nino and Nina of our niece Olivia. You may remember the blanket I made for her a few months ago. These are the invitations for the baptism and party we will be having for her.
The christening digi is from Mo's Digital Pencil Shop. I printed it right on to cream cardstock and colored it using my colored pencils. The designer paper is from Hot Hues!, and the punch is Martha Stewart. The ribbon and cardstock is from my stash.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fun with the color Brown!

Last night I sat with a few different paper stacks trying to get inspired. I kept stopping at the brown designer paper. My mission was to make brown girly and pretty. Let me know if I accomplished what I set out to do.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I was at the store today and saw that Strawberries were on sale. I love it when they are in season. It reminds me of my Grandmother's house. She lived near the strawberry fields in Camarillo,CA. We used to go out to the fresh fruit stands and buy flats of strawberries. They were so delicious.
I guess this is what inspired me to make this card:
I found the image as a free clipart from a website I can not remember at this moment, the paper is from a few different paper stacks I have aquired over the past few months, and the sentiment I created in Microsoft word.
My grandmother was one of my best friends. I would talk to her almost every Sunday. I always miss her more in the spring. the strawberries, her birthday, and all of the fun we used to have. I was lucky to have her for so long in my life. <3

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Animal Cards!

I have been bitten by the inspiration bug. This week has been so much fun. I have been able to put enought card kits together to make about 100 cards. My goal is much higher than that for National Crafting Month but it's a good start. Here is a cute Hippo card I made.
I used a sketch from OWH Stars & Stamps blog.
The paper is from K&Company, the stamp set is from Hero Arts and the card stock is from my scrap box.


I was going through a my scrap paper box and came up with this combination of colors.
The cat stamp is from Inkadinkdo and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Mother's Day Cards

Recently I have been preparing card kits for an upcoming card party I'm having.
The post before this were the father's day cards I put together and today I am showing you the mother's day cards.
I used a few of the sketchs from the Stars and Stamps Blog from OWH. If you haven't been to this blog please go and check it out. They have over 50 different sketches to get inspired by.
You may even be inspired to send them some cards.
I used S&S sketch #59. The designer paper is from K&Company, the stamp is My Creative Time, and the embossing folder I received with my Cuttlebug V2. The paper flowers are from my stash.

I am entering these cards in the Southern Girls Challenge and the Stars &Stamps Challenge blog.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

S & S Sketch Challenge #58

OWH had another terrific sketch this week.
I am having a card making party on March 19th and thought that I would get some card kits together for the evening. Here is a father's day card we will be making.
I used my diamond plate embossing folder and the "Tool time" and "Nuts & bolts" stampin up stamps.
The Happy Father's Day is also stampin up.

I used my houndstooth embossing folder for this card and the same stampin up stamp.

For this card I used my herringbone embossing folder and a differedent stampin up stamp. I don't know if it needs the three squares above the father in law or not. I think I like it simple.

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