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Guest Blogger for Traveling Mama

Hey there! As each of you know, I love to travel, so no wonder the Traveling Mama, Tina Fussell herself and I would hit it off! In celebration of her new international traveling adventure, I'm guest blogging on her site today. Here is a sneak peek of the card I made for Tina's blog. So, hop on over there to read a bit more about everything and to see the card! I provided some extra details below, juuuuuust in case you all were interested!

  1. Trim black patterned paper to about 4" x 5.25", then distress the edges.
  2. Trim diamond patterned to about 4.75" x 5", distress edges, then mat on black patterned paper.
  3. Trim doily, adhere and ink.
  4. Stamp "post card" image on patterned paper.
  5. Add twill tape - ruffling it along the way with Scor-Tape. Keep the part flat where the focal point will pop off of.
  6. Add staples to the ruffles for add texture.
  7. Trim focal point image, distress, and pop off ruffled twill tape.
  8. Stamp sentiment, add distress ink and pop off card front.
  9. Adhere flower.
  10. Adhere onto an A2 pure poppy card front.


Stamps :: Cornish Heritage Farms - on the desk
Ink :: Memento - tuxedo black; Ranger - tea dye, old paper
Cardstock :: PTI - pure poppy, vintage cream
Patterned Paper :: Graphic 45 - communique collection {a fine speciman, typograph}
Embellishments :: Prima - flower; Melissa Phillips - twill tape; Craft Supply - doily
Tools :: Ranger - paper distresser, blending tool; stapler

Bleeps Appreciation Giveaway Winners

Pat + Nicole, please send me an e-mail to claim your stamp sets by the following Monday. If unclaimed, a new winner will be selected on Tuesday! You can find me e-mail in the brown envelope on the sidebar.

Thanks so much everyone for entering the giveaway and sharing your summer plans. A lot of people have very nice vacation plans, which sounds great. However, I loved how people shared that they planned on doing things that made them happy, whether if it was spending time with family or crafting.

I'll be doing a bit of both. I do not have any vacation plans; however, I do plan on attending CHA events next month. I hope to meet some of my Bleeps there! :)


And as promised, here is the macaroni and cheese recipe! Now, I'm giving you fair warning...this is no healthy dish, but it's comfort food...good for the heart and soul! I don't eat macaroni and cheese as a meal, only as a side dish, so there's lots of portion control! That's about as healthy as it gets!!

The recipe is based off G. Garvin's 5 Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

*Sorry I do not have measurements, but I rarely use them. The above recipe makes a lot, so I've cut that recipe back, unless I'm cooking for a group.

elbow macaroni
shredded cheddar cheese
shredded parmesan cheese
shredded mozarella/italian mixed cheese
feta cheese
sour cream (the secret ingredient I picked up along the way to retain a moist macaroni/cheese)
  1. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water until done. Drain.
  2. Combine milk and eggs in a separate bowl.
  3. Stir cheeses in macaroni, along with the liquids.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Tip maintain a moist macaroni and cheese after day one, add some sour cream into the mixture
  6. Bake 'till done.
It seems like too much cheese, but boy is it good! When you get the bits of feta.....woooo weeee! :)


Smita said...

Congrats to the winners!! Well had it been number 2, it would have been me LOL!!

Helen F. said...

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners! Have fun with your fab prizes :o)
Great card, Ashley and yummy looking recipe~got to run I'm gunna be late for work :(

Naomi Chokr said...

OMG I'm salivating over the cheese! It's really the cheese that I miss nothing else.

Hahah! I know i can't give it up. I dont know what it is about SBUX. I think its 60% the drink and 40% the people. I've gotten to know the baristas so well.

I just need to email Tina. I've been wondering about her life too. I jut didn't want to be to nosey. I always wondered what they do that allows they to live in different exotic places. I hear yah i wouldn't mind living in Hong Kong, Spain, Italy,japan, etc etc!! Oh my!

Julie said...

YOU MUST STOP POSTING FOOD! You're killing me here! ;)

Heather said...

I read the recipe and it mentioned condensed milk?! Sounds like it should have been evaporated milk, no? What did you use?

Mona Pendleton said...

You are such a tease! The sneak peek looks great - can't wait to see it all!

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