Thursday, July 20, 2017

Instant Pot Newbie

I bought my husband an Instant Pot for Father's Day. Since he retired, he's decided he wanted to learn to cook, and loves to try new (and sometimes unusual!) dishes. I love it - means a lot less work on my part!! But with any new gadget, he wants me to figure it out first, then show him. :-) So I'm trying to figure out my 6-quart Duo IP. (Thanks to my FSJ buddy, Mary Director, for turning me on to this awesome appliance! If you get a chance, check out her blog. She makes lovely hand-stamped cards.)
I'm finding out that there are many, MANY blogs, Facebook pages, and Pinterest posts about the Instant Pot. MANY! It's hard to sort everything out, so I'm trying one thing at a time, and taking notes when something works. One big thing we need to work out is the high altitude timing. I'm working with the basic adjustment guide of +5% for every 1000 feet after 3000 feet, which means I need to multiply all my times by about 1.18.

So far, we've managed baked potatoes and tapioca pudding -- yes, I'm a slow learner! I was amazed at how easily I could make pudding from old-fashioned pearl tapioca. We're off to a good start, and I'm looking forward to trying other recipes.

Tapioca Pudding (posting so I don't lose the recipe!!)

2 c. cold water
1/2 c. pearl tapioca
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2 egg yolks
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. cream
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Rinse tapioca under running water for 30 seconds, then drain thoroughly. Add to IP with 2 c. water. Manual, high pressure, for 10 minutes. Natural release for 10-15 minutes, then quick release.

Whisk egg yolks, milk, and cream together. Turn IP to Saute, and whisk in sugar and salt. Pour in egg/milk mixture, straining through sieve. Stir until mixture comes to a boil and turn IP off. 

Pour pudding into a bowl and stir in vanilla. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally until pudding thickens. Pour into serving dishes, cover, and refrigerate.

Makes 4 servings.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday Stamping Fun

Christmas in July!

A friend came over yesterday and we stamped all day. What fun! Denise and I had signed up for RG Presents Journey Holidays, a seven-hour, live-streamed YouTube event featuring the new Fun Stampers Journey mini-catalog that will go live on August 1st. This was the first time either of us had done this, and we really enjoyed stamping together, doing the make 'n' takes along with Richard Garay, and seeing all the awesome project demonstrations.

I had muffins and fruit for breakfast, a salad and casserole all ready for lunch, and chocolate (of course!), but we didn't really eat much - we were too busy! They had some technical difficulties at one point in the morning, but after those were ironed out, the live feed went very smoothly. I had set up the large TV in the family room so we could watch in there, as well as the computer in my craft room, but we ended up in the craft room the whole time. After all, that's where all the "stuff" is!

These are the four make 'n' take cards (all supplies we needed, cut and ready to go) that came in the kit we received prior to the broadcast. We each also received two full stamp sets, two die sets, and an accessory pack. We did some stamping and die-cutting before the broadcast, and were really glad we did - Richard makes cards FAST!

During the technical difficulties, we played around with Denise's gel plate. These are some of the pieces we made, and we even had a chance to make a couple of cards, too. The gel plate is fun, and there sure are a lot of techniques you can use it for. I just might have to break down and get one!!
 

The next RG Presents is December 2nd, and will feature the upcoming spring and summer mini-catalog. Maybe we'll have a few more folks who want to come play! I know I'm looking forward to it already. And...now I'm inspired to start on my Christmas cards early this year!

Friday, July 14, 2017

July Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique.  We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

From laundry, to disinfectant, to fashion, bleach is a staple in many households; but did you know you can use bleach in your card making and paper crafting? Yup, from stamping, to painting, and several techniques in between, we’re going to share our experiments with you. And if you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:




Our  amazing sponsor this month is Debbie Bonczek of Close to My Heart.
Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Debbie's blog, click here.

And the awesome prizes this month are:










We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 23, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday the 23rd to see if you are the lucky winner.


You should  have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards. If you're visiting  here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss out on increasing your chance of winning by commenting on  each blog.

Friday, June 23, 2017

June Card Class

I just realized tomorrow is our June class, and I haven't even posted pictures! Time sure can get away from me in the summer. I end up outside more than in my craft room or at the computer.

Anyway, here are the cards we'll be making. And, I've changed the location to the big library - Rawlings - in the Brett Kelly B room at the far end of the hall on the main floor. Our regular room at the Barkman library was getting too small. (Now watch - the size of the group will drop down again!! Hope not, though. I love getting together with everyone.)

AND...I have the new catalogs!!!!  They're $10 each, but that will be refunded with your first order of $50 or more. Let me know if you'd like me to send you one!
  




Monday, June 19, 2017

Adventure Begins

I got an awesome AT (Artist's Trading Size) stamp set a few weeks ago, and have really been enjoying it. Here are some of the cards I've made - and a beautiful one by Marcie Besecker I found online that I want to try. We'll be making the first one in this Saturday's class.

      

Interesting...I just noticed the airplanes are all tilted the same direction!

New Catalogs


The brand-new, 2017-2018 Fun Stampers Journey Catalogs have arrived!

It looks like they had a rough trip, maybe because they're even BIGGER than last year's catalogs.



But they came through in good shape, and I'll be able to bring them to Saturday's class so everyone will have time to drool over all the beautiful new "stuff" inside.

If you'd like one, please comment below with your contact information. The price is $10, or complimentary with a $50 or more order. You're going to love it!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

June Technique Blog Hop



Basic Card Folds Using Double-Sided Paper

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.

June‘s hop is devoted to basic card folds; featuring drapery/curtain fold, peek-a-boo fold or double-z gate-fold. And we’re adding a twist by using double-sided paper. We hope this gives you lots of ideas and will inspire you to try these card folds yourself...and pull out that double-sided paper as well! If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:

January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing
February-So Sketchy
March-no hop this month
April-Stamp Set Showdown
May-World of Watercolors

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Candy Spiegel. Please take a moment to check out all the crafty goodness on her blog, Candy Scraps. And the awesome prize this month is:



We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. While you are encouraged to comment at any time, only comments received by Friday, June 23, 2017 at 8:00pm (EST) will be eligible to win. The winner will be announced on Sunday, June 25, 2017 on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.

And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is SUSAN ELIOT; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations, Susan! Please get in touch with last month’s sponsor, Jodie Park, to claim your prize.

You should have arrived here from KatyDid Cards by Kim. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.

I first attempted a folded paper card a year ago. I was a new coach, excitedly getting ready to go to my first Fun Stampers Journey Convention, and wanted to take card fronts to swap with other coaches. I had a fairly limited stash of stuff, but I did have some FSJ printed paper. This is one of the "drafts" of the card I finally put together...I didn't make the window big enough the first time, so had to cut in deeper and re-fold.
While looking through my stash for the above card, I found a sample that a friend of mine, Denise Wieger, had made for the Convention that incorporated folded 1" x 2" strips of paper put together in a zigzag pattern. This idea seemed perfect for this challenge, so I decided to try one. I soon realized that the folds couldn't all go the same direction - some of them needed to be folded the opposite way or the zigs and zags weren't going to happen! Here are the pieces that worked and the final card.
 
I also decided to try a pleated card this month. This was lots of fun and may find its way to my granddaughter one of these days! There are lots of good videos explaining how to make this type of card, but I discovered there was a variety of different widths of folds. I found the best dimensions for me was an 11" x 3" strip of printed paper scored along the long side at 1", 1-½", 2-½", 3", 4", 4-½", 5-½", 6", 7", 7-½", 8-½", 9", 10", and 10-½". Then I folded back on the first score one, forward on the next, back on the next, then forward, etc. 

That does it for me this month - please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and we'll see you back here next month!!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Watercolors!

 Look what I just received yesterday! I ordered a set of Close to my Heart watercolors from my blogging friend, Claudia Henderson. She has some great tips on how to start with watercolors, as well as some lovely cards - check out her blog here if you get a chance.
 I just love the bright colors - this reminds me of shopping for pretty, shiny beads when I used to be able to see well enough to bead!! I can hardly wait to play with them.

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Technique Blog Hop


World of Watercolors




Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas. 

For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor. There are so many watercoloring techniques available to us today; far too many to list here. But actions speak louder than words so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration. 

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here: 

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Jodie Park of Close to My Heart:
Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Jodie on Facebook page, just click here.
And the awesome prize this month is:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of May 26, 2017. The winner will be announced in our June hop; so be sure to come back next month.
And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is Golden Goddess Designs; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations! Please get in touch with me at wpayne@email.com by May 26th to claim your prize.
You should have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May Card Class

Here are the cards we'll be making Saturday May 20th at the Barkman Library, 1:30 to 4:30. We'll be doing three different coloring techniques: watercolor smooshing (yeah, that's a technical term!), colored pencils and Gamsol, and FSJ fusion ink.

I'll be moving to Rawlings library, Brett Kelly Room B, for next month's class. I really like the Barkman branch, but that room's getting pretty crowded now that more people are coming. The new location should give us more room to spread out.

  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New FSJ Website

Fun Stampers Journey just rolled out a brand new, improved website, and it's awesome! And I was the first coach to put in an order on it today. I received a phone call and heard all kinds of noise on the other end - it was all the folks at the home office yelling and cheering! 

I really love working for this company. It's like a big family, with everyone looking out for everyone else. Richard Garay, the president and co-founder, is so involved with all of us coaches and constantly trying to improve the company based on our input. I was affiliated with a different company for 10 years, but have NO regrets moving to FSJ - there's just no comparison.


If you get a chance, check out my website at www.funstampersjourney.com/WILMAPAYNE. And if you have any interest in stamping, mixed media, and paper crafting, you might even be interested in joining. The starter kits are a fantastic bargain, and there are several choices including one for the hobbyist who isn't interested in running a business. You don't have to sell to others unless you want to because the minimum to stay active is only $150 per quarter. I would spend $50 a month on craft supplies anyway - I'd rather buy from myself! The coach price is 20% off the catalog price, so that's really only $120 every three months. The products are excellent quality, the prices are very reasonable, and the people are wonderful.

Anyway...if you think you might be interested, drop me a note or leave a comment here on the blog!

In just three weeks I'll be at convention in Arizona, renewing old friendships and making new. It will be great to meet folks I've only known through social media so far. Convention is an amazing, exciting, inspiring four days. After going last year, I knew I had to go again! (And the food is A-MAZ-ING!!!!) I'll try to be a good blogger and post pictures and sneak peeks, as one of the perks is that I'll get the new catalog a whole month ahead of everyone else. And...the FSJ catalog is HUGE! I'm taking a suitcase with very little in it so I'll have room for all the goodies they give out.

So join FSJ and come with me to convention next year!!!!! 😉 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Early morning ramblings

Warning! - this is a long, wordy, and boring post! If you've happened to end up here, you may want to quit now and leave me to my meanderings.

Every now and then, not too often thank goodness, I wake up around 3:00 and can't go back to sleep. I lie in bed and think about all the things I need to do until finally I give up and get up. Throughout my adult life I've made lists. (Sometimes I think I make them I make them to avoid actually DOING the things on the list.) So maybe if I make a list of all the things that wouldn't leave me alone and let me sleep this morning, I can go back and take a nap.

  1. I haven't updated my blog since last month. I'm a bad blogger. But since my blog is more of a personal diary, maybe that's OK.
  2. I haven't finished my samples for the upcoming technique blog hop on the 20th. This month's theme is watercolor, and for some reason things aren't really coming together. I love watercolors - why the heck are they being so obstinate right now??
  3. I managed to get the designs ready for my next card class (which is on the 20th also!) in time to send out the post card notices. Now I need to do the prep and get the instructions ready.
  4. We're building a terraced flower bed on the hill in front of the house this year. While working on it the other day, we discovered the water pipe that goes under the driveway froze and broke this winter. One more project. 
  5. I bought three tomato plants, a cilantro plant, and two lavender plants. Gotta figure out when and where to plant the garden this year. 
  6. But first we have to finish fixing the screened roof of the enclosure around the raised beds. It came down with one of the HEAVY spring snows we had this year.
  7. The second big, bad snowstorm this spring happened while we were away last week. We got 24 inches of really heavy wet snow that snapped branches off a lot of our trees. So on good days we need to work on cleaning that up.
  8. Only two weeks to the girls' birthdays on the 19th and 20th. Then Michael's birthday is on June 3rd. I'd better get busy and pack a box and get it in the mail.
  9. Next week I take Mom out to see my brother on Tuesday, then bring her home with me for a few days' visit. She has a doctor's appointment on Friday, then I have card class on Saturday, then we leave on a trip Sunday.
  10. Fun Stampers Journey Convention is coming up soon - I leave on June 6th for Phoenix. I know I still have a month to get ready, but it's still running through my mind. I need to make a gift for an exchange and gifts for my upline and other team members who are attending. I'm skipping the swaps this year...no way I have time to make 20 or 30 cards. Some people take 100! Ouch.
  11. Doctor appointments. Why can't they ALL happen on the same day??? Every time we go into town for an appointment, we end up running all kinds of errands and POOF! the whole day is gone and we're too tired to do anything when we get home. Yesterday we had to go to Pueblo and tomorrow we're going to Colorado Springs - two days gone this week.
  12. Gotta clean the garage. :-(
  13. Julie is bringing Addi out for a visit in August - YAY! So I'm thinking of all the fun things we're going to do. Yes, we have plenty of time. That doesn't mean all those things aren't running through my mind when I should be sleeping at 3:00 in the morning.
  14. Treadmill and diet. Another :-(
I've finished my ginger tea. It's 5:00 AM - maybe I should just give up and start something on this list!

Friday, April 21, 2017

April Technique Blog Hop

APRIL: Stamp Set Showdown

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.

The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps! 

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing
February-So Sketchy
March-no hop 

Also - I'm the sponsor this month! Here's the prize - three Artist Trading size stamp sets from Fun Stampers Journey (plus a little surprise!) Please take a moment to check out our great products here. Also, you might want to visit my Facebook Group here to see some of the cards my group makes at our monthly classes. 

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month. 

You should have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards.  If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each blog. 

Now - on to the good stuff! I've chosen the Glass Blooms set by Fun Stampers Journey to focus on this month:




This set originally debuted in the February 2016 Bloom Box, Fun Stampers Journey's monthly kit, and was one of the items that led me to sign up as a Coach....but I was just 5 days too late to get it! Three months later it became available to non-Bloom Box subscribers, and I immediately purchased the set and matching dies. Four designs (which I've since duplicated) came in the original box, and I've created or CASE'd many others. This is one set that I hope doesn't retire for a LONG time to come! I hope you enjoy some of these cards, all mainly focusing on the dragonfly image. Because I LIKE dragonflies.



For the first card, I spritzed some water on my card stock and then dropped in some of our FSJ Silks. The colors moved and spread beautifully. After the card stock dried, I stamped and die cut the images to use in the card below.


I added more Silks to the embossed back panel, popped up the images, and added a few sequins because it looked like it needed something.



Lately, I've been coloring FSJ's clear glitter (Sparkle Dust) with Silks to create fine colored glitter to match my papers and inks. On this card I die cut the dragonflies from the white panel and added clear packaging tape to the back of the openings, sticky side facing front. Then I sprinkled the colored glitter all over the tape and burnished it with my finger.



Here, I masked off both sides of the card, and sponged on pan pastels in the center for the background. Then more Silk splatters! The dragonflies are painted with Silks diluted with a bit of water.



This card was one of the designs included in the original Bloom Box. The background was created by dipping the cap from the ink refill bottle into a puddle of ink, then "stamping" random circles. Journey Glaze makes the wings shiny.



For this card, I simply stamped my images onto a panel of Whip Cream card stock, and then cut it into thirds and adhered it to the card base. All of the flowers have blue centers, honest! I'm not sure what happened on the bottom right when I took this picture...

Now you’re off to visit with Jearise.  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
Sharon - A Piece of Heart
Claudia - Crafting with a View
Kim - Katydid Cards
Wilma - Stampin' to the Oldies (You are HERE!)
Jearise - Lorby's World
Amanda - My Thoughts & Scraps
Lisa - Lisa's Little Bits
Jodie - Stampin Jodie Creations
Card A Day Challenge Team - Card a Day Challenge
Ronda - Ronda's Paper Creations
Sandy - Scrapbook Blessings Club
Candy - candy scraps

Sunday, April 16, 2017

N is for...Not doing this anymore!

Well, I got about halfway through the April A-Z Blogging Challenge. Interesting, and helpful in a way, as I did post more than usual, but I've decided there's really no point (for me, that is) in trying to artificially come up with "something" every day. This blog is mainly for my own enjoyment, and a place to keep track of miscellaneous stuff that I might want to look back at later. And I'm finding that trying to post every day this month is defeating the purpose. I'm not enjoying it!

So, I'm not doing the challenge anymore.  I might post tomorrow...I might not... 👋

Friday, April 14, 2017

M is for...My Mom

Me and Mom with my younger brother Les

My mom is amazing. She's 87 years old and still living on her own, about a 45-minute drive from me. At some point she may decide it's time to come live with me and my husband, but we want her to make that decision. She has a beautiful yard with lots of flowers, and we've FINALLY convinced her to get some help with the heavy work. I also just recently convinced her to try the motorized carts at the grocery store - it was a real hoot helping her learn to drive one the first time

Mom and I (and Dad!) went to college together. Mom went to normal training after high school, then taught, but had to quit when I and my brother were born. She wanted to teach, and she made it happen. She taught 3rd grade for many years, and it was wonderful being able to talk to her and ask for advice in my own teaching. A few years ago she told me she wanted to join the Peace Corps, but married young and never had the chance.

She was a fierce advocate for my special needs brother, always looking into educational opportunities for him. Even though he's in 24-7 care and she has transferred his guardianship to me and my younger brother, she remains actively involved in his welfare.

Unfortunately, lately she's been feeling weak and short of breath, and having problems with her feet and legs swelling. The last time we went to get her groceries, she chose to sit and wait while I did the shopping. I feel so lucky to still have her, and I worry about her. I guess that's part of life, but she's always been so strong and smart. She is my role model and I love her very much.

Mom and her younger sister Viola
First time in motorized cart
 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

L is for...Leftovers

I wish I could empty my refrigerator. I'm sure the dishes of leftovers multiply every night. Hubby started a diet Monday, but we still had two containers of enchiladas, a big bowl of white chicken chili, a refrigerator dish of pork and veggies from our kabobs, some pinto beans, several cauliflower/egg cups and some miscellaneous UFOs: unidentified fridge objects.

Don't get me wrong - I like leftovers. My husband likes leftovers, too. But they collect so quickly, even when we actually plan to use them for the next meal, and they're not on the diet. Right now we could eat for three or four days on what's in the refrigerator.  So why the heck do we keep cooking MORE? Since he retired, Hubby discovered he likes to cook, and he cooks. I'm not complaining about not having to be in the kitchen except to clean up. I'm not complaining about someone feeding me regularly! I guess we just need to make everything in two-serving sizes, which doesn't seem to be happening!

Every now and then I make leftover soup. EVERYTHING in the fridge goes in the soup. Sometimes it comes out really good. And...sometimes it doesn't. :-) Anybody have a good solution to the leftover problem? 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

K is for...Kabobs

I posted last week about my friend Connie and her Halibut Tacos. Well, on the same trip, she introduced us to kabobs. She marinated chunks of beef steak, mushrooms, shrimp, bell pepper, zucchini, onion and shrimp for a couple of hours, then strung them on sticks and grilled them.  Yum! We have tried grilled stuff on sticks before and not been too impressed, but this marinade makes all the difference. My husband loves the marinade just the way it is!

We have a couple of cable kabobs that worked pretty well for the veggies. We put the meat on straight metal ones we had in the drawer. No soaking!

We decided on pork instead of beef, and it turned out very tender and flavorful. I suspect we'll be making this a lot this summer.

Oops! Almost forgot to post the recipe!

Kabob Marinade

1 cup peanut oil (this seemed a bit too much - we'll try ¾ cup next time)
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 Tbl honey
3 Tbl cidar vinegar
2 Tbl toasted sesame seeds
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
3 lb beef cubes
45 medium shrimp
16 skewers

Marinate 15 minutes and grill.