Thursday, April 29, 2010

An Inspiration Station Official Stop!!

Good morning Pink Paislee fans and welcome to one of your stops!

Today I bring to you a layout made especially for Mother's Day. Below you will find step-by-step directions to create a layout of your own.

1. Cut the Bayberry Cottage paper "Porch Swing" 9 x 9 1/2". Attach it 3/4" from the top of your cardstock. (I used white cardstock).
2. I printed (3) photos that were 3 x 4" approximately. I staggered them down the center of the layout, making sure not to go over the edge of the patterned paper.
3. Next, I punched (4) scalloped circles out of the same patterned paper and placed one in the top left hand corner, a partial one at the top right hand corner, one to tuck underneath the top photo, and one to tuck under the middle photo.
4. Tag a flip note and tuck it under the middle photo, also placing a die cut tag on top of that. Stamp an image on the tag (I used the Bayberry Cottage stamp set) and place a cork center on the stamp.
5. For your title, place it between the top and bottom photo...slightly overlapping the middle photo. I used the Weathered Wood letters in Blackberry, along with the Bayberry and Ocean Expressions Alphabet.
6. Tie twine or ribbon underneath the title. Make a bow and attach it to the twine under the title. Place a cork circle over the bow and add a jeweled brad. (I used the Bayberry Cottage Bella Brads).
7. Punch (3) butterflies from the same patterned paper and add them to the punched circles at the top, and also to the end of the title. Bend the wings slightly for effect.
8. I then used a partial rub-on design from the Bayberry Cottage Press-ons to add some element to the right of the top photo. I rubbed it right over one of the punched circles.
9. Lastly, write your journaling around the perimeter of the patterned paper.

I hope you have the time to re-create this layout. I had a lot of fun making it.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

5 for Friday

I am so relieved that the weekend is almost here. The end of the school year is such a hectic time for us. I could really use more hours in my day!

On this Friday I bring to you a layout using not 5 but 8 different Pink Paislee products. I had a really hard time stopping at 5… I know the blog title is “5 for Friday” but just work with me here!

I mainly used the Queen Bee Collection for my layout. These are the 8 products I chose:

Artisan Element Frames

Artisan Element Tape - Black Dot

Expressions Weathered Wood letters - Blackberry

Queen Bee paper - Worker Bee, Bees Wax, Honeycomb, and Bee Hive

Queen Bee - Punch Outs Die Cuts

Queen Bee - Cork Buttons

Queen Bee - Bella Brads

Fashion Script Alphabet - White

Thank you for taking the time to stop by the Pink Paislee blog today. I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Spring Fever

Is it me, or is our mood boosted 100% by great weather??? Usually, when it is our school districts spring break, the weather is "so so" in Indiana. This week we have 70s and 80s and I'm loving it!!! I acutally got a sunburn yesterday!

I've been keeping my time with reading, school functions, spring cleaning, and a little scrapping. Actually, I've been cleaning my crafting area so I have done little creating, but I'm getting motivated! A clean space always motivates me! Here is a layout I recently finished:

It's all about my iPod and what I'm listening to right now. I always find it interesting to look back to see what I liked during a certain period of time.

I also recently finished this book by Kristin Hannah:

It has been a long time since I've read a book that wasn't 'paranormal' in nature so I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I loved this book. I am on a site called 'goodreads' which allows you to keep track of all the books you've read, and all the books you'd like to read. You add friends to your list and can read their reviews and what not. It is a great site if you like to read. If you sign up, add me as a friend :)

Taylor and I just saw this recipe on is for 'Monkey Bread Muffins'. YUM!

From the kitchen of Trisha Yearwood

Servings: Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: 60-120 min

"Monkey bread is usually baked in a large tube pan and served by pulling off a 'lump' of bread at a time. My niece Ashley tried this idea for making monkey bread in individual servings by downsizing the biscuit pieces and using our Hot Maple Syrup in the mix. The muffins are a lot cuter and less messy!"

-- Trisha Yearwood

1 12-ounce can biscuits (10 in each can)
3 tablespoons Hot Maple Syrup
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Cooking Directions
Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Place cupcake liners in 12 muffin cups. With kitchen shears, cut each biscuit into 4 pieces.

In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup and melted butter.

In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. Dip each biscuit piece into the maple butter, and roll in the sugar mixture. Place 3 or 4 coated pieces in each muffin cup, pressing to compact.

Bake the muffins for 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Serve warm.

NOTE: To make traditional monkey bread, grease all surfaces of a 10-inch tube pan. Drop the coated biscuit pieces evenly inside the tube pan. Pour the maple butter over the biscuits and bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes. Let the bread stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cake plate. Pull off one lump at a time.

Serves 12

Here is Trisha Yearwood's recipe for maple syrup:

3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups light brown sugar
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
2 cups water
2 teaspoons maple flavoring
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Cooking Directions
Mix the sugars, syrup, water, maple flavoring, and extracts in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the sugars dissolve. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, as the syrup reaches the correct consistency.

Serve warm over pancakes or waffles. Store any leftover syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Change it up by making bacon waffles. Cut bacon to fit each waffle grid. Close the cover and bake for 1 minute before adding waffle batter. Scramble some eggs and you have a complete breakfast.

Makes 4 cups

If you make this, let me know how it turns out! We are buying the supplies this week. :) Have a great day!

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