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Monday, July 28, 2014

The cat's meow...

I kind of love odd shaped cards, and these are 3 1/2 inches wide, by 6 inches tall, and are side opening.  I made the base out of a nice bright blue.  I cut a strip of gray and stamped it with some cute cat stamps I had - they were free with a magazine I picked up this winter!  To frame it, I used two strips of washi tape down the length, and mounted the stamped cats over top of them.

I took the sentiment and stamped it on the same gray as the long strip, and mounted it, on the diagonal, on a darker gray to make it show more, and mounted it on pop ups.

On the inside, I cut a smaller gray card, and glued it on the right side face.  I added a little sentiment on the corner.  I also made custom envelopes in gray to go with this card.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sent with love...

I had bought an old Rand McNally road atlas awhile ago to craft with and this seemed like a nice project to do something with that with.  A travel-inspired note card.

I made a side fold A2 sized card with a bright blue card stock.  Taking a white card stock, I dry embossed it with a dotted cloud folder I had.  I stamped the little air plane on it, and trimmed it to fit on the front of the card.  I took a piece of the atlas paper and trimmed it  to fit across the bottom, and went over the seam with the arrow printed washi tape.  I then mounted it on the front of the card.

I took a manila tag and stamped it with the airmail stamp and mounted that over the washi tape.  Then I took a small strip of white paper, and stamped the sentiment in red, inked the edges in the same blue as the airmail stamp, and mounted it using pop ups.

I cut a smaller card in white for the inside, and mounted it on the right side face of the inside, with a wee little Hello stamp.  I left the left side unmounted so there is three faces to write on.

To go with it, I took some more of the atlas map paper and made them into envelopes.  For the address labels, I used some pre-made tags I had in white.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thai green curry shrimp - yummy dinner tonight...

I love this recipe, it is so easy and makes for a nice quick dinner, especially after a busy day, or on a weeknight.  It is a Fine Cooking recipe, that came from one of their special editions that I picked up a couple of years ago.  The only thing I did not like was that it made a lot of sauce, and I figured out how to get beyond that tonight.

Thai Green Curry Shrimp
serves 4

1 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 cans coconut milk (13.5-14 oz each)
1/4-1/2 cup green curry paste
1 cup fresh basil, coarsely torn
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp packed light brown sugar
1 cup peas

Heat a large sautee pan on medium high heat.  Open the cans of coconut milk, and melt the solidified coconut fat from one can, roughly a half cup, in the pan.  After it has melted, add the green curry paste, and blend well.  Add the remaining coconut milk, sugar, and fish sauce.  Whisk to blend well.  Bring to boil, then drop heat down to simmer.  Stir occasionally, but simmer until sauce has reduced and thickened (I let it drop to half).  Increase heat again, and add shrimp.  Stir and cook until just no longer pink.  Add the basil, and peas, and heat until wilted.  Serve with fresh cooked rice and salad on the side for a nice meal.

Don't you love my plates - cow pattern!  The white on the rims is actually iridescent - I bought them years ago and they are called "cybercow"!