Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Confirmation Card

I needed a confirmation card for my nephew and knew I wanted a cross card...but I had to make it a little more grown-up looking than a baptism card. So, I chose a darker pattern paper for the bg and a blue watercolored embossed circle I had made awhile ago. I added some shiny copper stickers on the corner.


Next up, I need to make a wedding card...I'm thinking all white but we'll see!

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, June 11, 2018

German Chocolate Cake Day

Happy German Chocolate Cake Day! Here's a little bit of trivia on the origination of German Chocolate Cake and then some ways to celebrate!


National German Chocolate Cake Day is observed by chocolate lovers annually on June 11.
Although the name may sound like the cake originated in Germany, it did not.   The cake’s roots can be traced back to 1852 when American, Sam German, made a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker’s Chocolate Company.  Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate’s brand was named in honor of Sam German.
Over 100 years later in 1957, a recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake” appeared as the Recipe of the Day in the Dallas Morning Star.  This recipe, created by Mrs. George Clay, used the Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate, and it became quite popular.  During this time, General Foods owned the Baker’s brand and distributed Mrs. Clay’s recipe to other newspapers around the country.  The current name of German Chocolate Cake, as we know it today, came to be as publications started dropping the ‘s.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate by enjoying a piece of German Chocolate Cake with friends.  Include photos on social media using #GermanChocolateCakeDay.
So here are a couple of recipes for you to try...I included the traditional one with coconut in the frosting and one without because I am no fan of coconut. The flavor's fine, but the little bits that stick around and you end up finding in your teeth later don't thrill me. My husband says that's the fun of coconut...I am not convinced.

This cake recipe is from Taste of Home and I tend to like most of their recipes that I try.

Here's a recipe from All Recipes that makes a German Chocolate Cake Caramel Icing without the coconut if you're like me and just want a yummy cake, no little bits in your teeth. Because I'm a crafter and cardmaker, I've included some fun cake stamps you could purchase, even if they aren't specifically German Chocolate Cake stamps.


These stamps are from Jane's Doodles and are clear stamps.



This set is from Spellbinders and can be found at Scrapbook.com, one of my fave shops online.


And here's a card I made for a2z Scrapbooking, featuring the new digital Sugartree Stamps, available only at a2z. 


Happy Monday!
Chark







Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Teen Guy Card

Not sure which is harder—a masculine card or teen card. Luckily, I had a friend's son turn 13, so I got to stretch my creativity :) I had all the pieces for this, it just took me putting them together. I did have to fix the seven into a one because I ran out of 1s. The die cut numbers are from a pack from about a hundred years ago...here are some from Pretty Little Studio that are similar in size but colored and wood grain if you want some.



The paper is older, and the watercolor panel is from when I was playing around with Color Bursts...love them! The little stripe under the 13 is gold paper to jazz it up a bit without glitter!

Here are 3 cool products for masculine cards (since Father's Day is on the horizon).

1. A Beautiful Day collection from Pretty Little Studios (I've ordered from them and they are great...plus you're supporting a woman-owned business and they have printed vellum and metallic papers to die for). Vellum Tape and Printed Paper.


2. Dad/Masculine Stamp sets from Your Next Stamp. I love their cute stamps and they have fisherman, handyman and golfing stamps, as well as this cute tool set you could use for anyone and lots of different occasions.


3. This set isn't for Dad's day, but who doesn't think of Dad and his chair? This would be great for a card featuring that memory. It's from Hero Arts and it's in the a2z Scrapbooking store where I'm the DT Coordinator. 


Happy Wednesday!
Chark








Friday, June 1, 2018

Coffee Loving Tag

I used a coffee cup stamp from Hero Arts City Adventures to stamp all over a small manila tag and then colored with my Arteza brush markers. I love how many colors you get for the price and they are fab for lettering, I love the brush tip. 

I added white uniball gel pen and then smudged it a bit, since they are loosely colored. That white highlight in the middle of the cups made them so dimensional.




The wonderful sentiment is from Hero Arts and it comes with a die cut and lots of little sayings (birthday, year, have a, and more) to use with the wonderful die/stamp.



It's my last coffee hop entry, you can enter yours here if you want to join in the fun! Thanks to Amy and the whole crew for another fun hop!


Happy Friday!
Chark

a2z Scrapbooking Monochromatic Challenge

It's time for a new challenge up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog and if you enter a Monochromatic themed project, you could win a free digital stamp set...and if you use Hero Arts or Sugartree Stamps, you could also add $20 to the store to your prize!

Here's a peek at my project, but head over here to see all the DT projects and all the details on how to enter!



For this card, I dripped Blue and Yellow Hero Arts liquid watercolors onto some textured paper. I trimmed the panel and added this cute turtle (colored with Prismacolor pencils) from the Hero Arts Mermaid Stamp and Cut set. The sequins and pool card are also Hero Arts, as is the sentiment.

I love dripping the bottled watercolors onto different papers to see what happens. You can find them here at a2z. Use DLT15 to get 15% off your cart total of $25 or more.

Happy Friday!
Chark


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Best Buds with Doodlebug

I used the cut files I got from Lori Whitlock that are Doodlebug Design. I don't have a cutting machine (just a Big Shot) but I printed these cuties out and added some colored pencils and then trimmed with scissors to add to my card. So happy to know the SVG files can just be printed and used without a Silhouette machine. Doodlebug Design makes me happy!


I'm entering it into the Coffee Loving Spring/Summer Blog Hop. I love this hop--so many prizes, so much inspiration and new companies to explore!
Happy Wednesday!
Chark