I'm really enjoying the understated cards. They make me feel all designer-y. I've been wanting to use this little Christmas tree stamp by Studio G (yep, the ones you get in the bargain bin for $1) for a while, so that's where my inspiration started. With this card, I actually had the whole thing in my head, pretty much as it turned out. When you can get the thing in your head to be real, it's a good sign! I did have some trouble finding paper. My paper collection is like Powell's Books--great if you want to browse a ton of stuff for inspiration, but hopeless if you want something specific. The joke is that I found it in the last place I looked--but in fact it was the last stack I owned! But find it I did.
I cut the paper from DCWV's Stack 6 to 2-1/4" x 4", rounded the top corners, and carefully affixed some holiday washi tape. Wish I could tell you more about the tape, but I bought it last year, and it has long been separated from its packaging.
Next, I stamped my little tree on the same kraft paper as the card base (I actually cut up another card, since I didn't have any kraft paper) and embossed it in white. Painted the stripes with matte paint. I got out my usual tub of gold for the little circle on the top, and after struggling with it for a few seconds, I realized there had to be an easier way than a soak in hot water to get the lid off, then five minutes of mixing for one teeny dot. Eying my supplies I found it--Smooch Accent Inks to the rescue! Just a dab of Sundance did the trick. I set that aside to dry.
Again on the kraft paper, I stamped my sentiment using a darling Memory Box stamp and Colorbox Scarlet pigment ink, and cut it out. I cut little banner ends and edged everything with the ink. I attached the background to the top, but left the sentiment off so it wouldn't be in the way.
Next, I got to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig! I was so excited. I stamped a tree on the right where I wanted my cut-out to go, then I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the other three trees. I didn't want them as intense, so I stamped off twice with that same Colorbox ink.
Next, the sentiment banner and tree were attached with popdots.
Now, if I had my druthers, I would have done faux stitching with a pen. But I do not yet have a pen that is satisfactorily opaque. I know what I'm getting, though, and tomorrow I'll tell you about it if I can find it locally. Anyway, I figured dots would work. I applied them with the tip of a makeup swab, and ended up pretty happy with the results.
Get In My Belly is my personal recipe book. I also keep notes on restaurants we go to. Well, when I think of it. It's updated infrequently, so I really should remember to copy things over here if I want to share them with everyone. And oh, this was sharable. Perfect for a vegetarian Thanksgiving entree!
Roasted Veggie Pie
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 carrot, sliced
6 large mushrooms, sliced
1 tbs olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 c pesto sauce
1/2 c cream cheese
1/3 sliced olives (about half an 8oz can)
2 small tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 veggie patties, cooked and diced (I use Morningstar Farms Garden Vegetable)
1/3 c shredded cheddar cheese
2 pie crusts (yep, I just buy 'em)
2 tablespoons water
Preheat oven to 350°. Toss onion, garlic, pepper, carrot, mushrooms with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes. When done, mix with cream cheese and pesto while still warm.
Increase oven temp to 450°. Put bottom pie crust in a 9" ungreased glass pie pan. Load with veggie mixture, pressing lightly to make sure it's distributed evenly. Top with tomatoes, olives, veggie patties, and cheese. Cover with top pie crust. Cut four slits in the pie crust. Wisk the egg and water together to make an egg wash, and brush the top of the pie. Bake for 20 minutes.