January 24, 2015

Homemade Saturday Linky Party: Shrimp Etouffee

Hey kids!  Cindy back on the SBC blog today.  I have a recipe to share.  A couple of years ago my husband and I had an opportunity to visit New Orleans.  So, when we got home I had to try and make some of the food we had while we were there.  I found this recipe on Pinterest from Eat, Live, Run.

You can find a ton of pictures and step-by-step directions here:  Eat, Live, Run

Shrimp Étouffée
serves 6-8

Ingredients:
2 lbs raw, deveined shrimp (tails off) OR 3 lbs crawfish tails if you can find them!
2 sticks butter
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 heaping cup chopped celery
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 14-5 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Rotel or other brand)
2 – 3 cups seafood stock
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 tsp Louisiana hot sauce (I love Crystal hot sauce)
Directions:
Assemble all ingredients before starting to cook!
Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium/high heat. Once melted and bubbling, sprinkle the flour over top and mix with a rubber spatula until a smooth paste forms. If your paste is very thin, add a little bit more flour. Keep stirring and cooking over medium heat until roux turns the color of peanut butter. It will smell nutty and delicious.
Add the chopped onions, celery, green onions, bell pepper, garlic and parsley to the hot roux. Cook the vegetables until they soften—about three to five minutes. Stir continuously.
Add the diced tomatoes and chilies along with seafood stock. Add additional stock if mixture looks too thick (I added extra). It should be thick, but be a sauce-like or stew-like consistency. Mix well so there are no lumps.
Add cayenne, Tony Chachere’s, Louisiana hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce and stir well. Bring mixture to a boil and slide in shrimp. Reduce heat to low and simmer until shrimp are done, about 15 minutes.
Serve Étouffée with rice, mashed potatoes and/or crusty rolls for dipping with extra Louisiana hot sauce on the side!
Time:
1 hour (includes time to prep all ingredients)

Note:  I cut the recipe in half and used 1 1/2 lbs of crawfish tails.  This turned out sooo yummy!  I'm going to make it again for Mardi Gras this year.

My big pot of Etouffee.


I served it with rice.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I've inspired you to try that recipe you've been wanting to make :-)  If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments. Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques.

Cindy---In Love with PAPER
SBC Design Team Member
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January 23, 2015

Adoption Day

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Good Morning Everyone!! Cristina here to bring you a special PL layout I recently made using the Project Life Midnight Edition Core Kit. I really wanted to focus on the pictures so I didn't really want to use to much color so I stuck with the blacks and yellows.
The layout I made was about the day my daughter adopted Loki for me. I had been thinking about getting a small dog for some time and just wasn't to sure. We ended up at PetSmart twice that weekend and finally there he was just waiting for me.

Products Used:
PL Midnight
Studio Calico - wood veneer
Tim Holtz - word clip
Recollections - cork letters

I hope your enjoyed today's project too. If you have a questions or suggestions, please leave it in the comments. Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day! SBC Design Team Member
Cristina
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January 22, 2015

3 Fun Scrap Tags

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Hi friends!  Sandy here for ScrapBook Blessings Club to share one of my favorite projects for TBT. We will be making scrap tags today. 

First, I have my tip of the day for you....Glossy Accents is the perfect medium for tags. Not only can you add dimension to your paper, but it is a great adhesive for embellishments like metal and flower..

Onto today's project...
These are what we will be making...
 

Our first tag is a pretty distressed on. Here are some of the things that you will need.

I also decided to use the staple fastener for the ribbon

And because the staple was silver, I used a permanent brown marker to change the color.

And here is the final tag

Our second tag is a fun one to do. Here are some of the supplies you need. 

First I colored the image with dew drops and TH Distress Marker

Next using the same color as the paper (or as close as possible) I stamped the background on the tag.

Here is the fun part. Taking a square piece of paper, I wrapped it around the tag (trimmed off the excess)

For the ribbon, I wrapped it length wise around the card (something different to try) 

Adding a little brad and tag (love the key) just finished it off.


Okay, here is the last one. It is more masculine than the other two. Below are some of the things I used.

First, I matched up the ink to the paper and stamped a couple of backgrounds and sentiment.

Next I trimmed everything to the width of the tag.

After I adhered the layers down, I used my piercer and ruler to add a couple of holes. to the bottom.

A simple piece of solid bakers twine finished off the card.

 Lastly I distressed the little sentiment on the tag.

I hope your enjoyed today's project. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments, and a DT member will get back to you.  Y Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques.    

And as always, comments are appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and Have a blessed day!
~ SANDY
 SBC Team Designer

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January 21, 2015

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Hello scrappy crafty friends. Hope your new year is starting off bright and organized.

Barbara here, and I am going to show you my version of  the cascade card today.

I added a 4 x 4 piece of plain cardstock on the back with the card folded flat in order to make the card more sturdy. If you mail the card with this extra cardstock you may have to use extra postage.


I hope your enjoyed today's project too. If you have a questions or suggestions, please leave it in the comments. Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day! SBC Design Team Member
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January 20, 2015

A Cupcake Birthday Card - Sliceform technique

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Hey, Carolyn here with Tuesday - Cards/Techniques at Scrapbook Blessings Club and I am sharing a card technique that I had shared with you on 08/12/2014.  You could call this throw-back Tuesday!

I found this technique on Extreme Cards and Papercrafting and by clicking on the link will direct you to the instructions for this cupcake card.


Front view of Cupcake Card (hopefully you can see the cupcake)

 

Card laid flat for mailing purposes (and to give you some indication of what it looks like)

 

Top view of card

MY TIP:  don't become frustrated when putting the card together.  Take your time, and take a break if it becomes to much for you.  In putting it together, have to twist the pieces to get them to insert into the slots.

Supplies used:
To be honest, I temporarily paper-clipped the cupcake holder together as it may not be the final piece.  I downloaded a holder from the SilhouetteAmerica Online store that has Happy Birthday cut out, so this is just to show what you can do.

I printed the candles and than used my PrismaColor markers to color the flame and candle (great-grandson will be 4 in October).

Thank you for stopping by to visit with me, and please visit Scrapbook Blessings Club for more inspiration.

 


I hope your enjoyed today's project too. If you have a questions or suggestions, please leave it in the comments. Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day! SBC Design Team Member

Carolyn - DT Member
Granny Ma's Creations
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January 17, 2015

There's a Mouse in the House - - - - Embroidered Napkin

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Hi - it's Lynne here BUT Before, I begin with sharing my project - I want to share with you the winner of the Mr. Whisker's Tea Party Tea Towel - using Random Number Generator #6 is the lucky winner - Donna Mundinger. Please send me an email at hercraftiness@gmail.com with your mailing address and thank you for commenting!

It's Homemade Saturday's at Scrapbook Blessings Club, where the Design Team shares with you projects they are working on that does not include paper. With this being said, I'm sharing with you today an embroidered napkin. I don't know if I'm a rare breed but I love to "set" the table complete with cloth napkins. At first, most people are afraid to use them and ask for either a paper towel or a napkin. I just laugh and say they're machine washable!!!! Next, whenever I'm out and about, one thing I always look for are napkins on sale - here's one of those sales . . . how bout 4 cloth napkins for 99 cents!!!!!! Also, I want to point out that I love using napkins as an embroidery vessel as they are sew versatile - they can be used as a bread basket liner, to cover the bread, candle mats, wrap a homemade gift and believe it or not, even a napkin!!!!



I found out why they were sew cheap, but I'm not that concerned. Due to the florescent lighting in the store, the top napkin has some color issues but all is well as that will be the wrong side. 




The first thing I do is get the napkin prepared. By this I mean I press the napkin and find the center. Now, on this project, I'm doing something a little different because the center will be on an angle. 





I use 2 layers of tear-away stabilizer and hoop the stabilizer beneath the napkin. NOW, I have to admit this is the hardest part for me with my hands stretching and making sure the napkin is taunt. 


if you notice, there are arrows on opposite ends of the hoop which I match up with the center of the napkin

for our project today, I chose a Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing in a heart-shaped frame:



I use Sulky embroidery thread as it has a sheen which gives a beautiful finish. NOW I did change the colors. Because the napkin is a dark charcoal, the black wouldn't show up thus I used a lighter grey for Mickey and Minnie and a pink for the heart-shaped frame. 

I get my colors ready and in stitch order that once the machine starts, I don't have to search for threads


There are 4,024 stitches to this design and I keep this on my computer screen also as not to confuse the colors

the magic begins as I press the start key (the red button turn yellow) and sit back and watch - I'm only needed to change thread colors


Once the stitching is complete, you need to tear the excess stabilizer away along with trimming threads. This is the back of the napkin.


the front which needs the front threads trimmed and most definitely pressed - NOW, trust me, this is the only time I am most insistent on pressing because they are used and I don't press them 


a final pressing and viola a finished napkin:


I can hear you saying - "But, Lynne, why did you put the image sew high???" WELL, I thought how adorable would this look if I used it as part of a table setting -



I know you've been wanting to do this . . . Ok, ready sing: Mic-Key MOUSE - Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse!!!!!!! 


Thanks for stopping by and hope you leave a comment as I love to read what you think!!!! AND as an added bonus, I will be selecting one lucky winner to receive this napkin set!!!!!

I hope your enjoyed today's project too. If you have a questions or suggestions, please leave it in the comments. Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day! SBC Design Team Member
Lynne
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January 16, 2015

Disney Friday

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Happy Friday everyone!!! Cristina here to share with you a fun Disney layout I created using SMASH "Making Memories". I have to say I had so much fun creating this one. I wanted to make it really different this time and the goal was to use some of my old Disney embellishments. I love that SMASH came out with this line because its fun and the colors are so bright and cheerful.
I was happy that I was able to use some of my old Woody embellishment. I think I have had him for at least 4 years, woohoo and now he's been put to use.




I hope your enjoyed today's project too. If you have a questions or suggestions, please leave it in the comments. Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day! SBC Design Team Member
Cristina
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