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Proud of You

Hey Everyone! Well, at least we can say it's Tuesday! Today, I have a card inspired by Waltzingmouse's Sketch Challenge! They are sponsoring the current Embellish challenge, so check out both! If you haven't already, please become a fan of Embellish! We have almost reached 600 fans; our goal for the week!

Check out how I made it!

  1. Die cut scalloped square nestability and stamp circle border in the center.
  2. Die cut square nestability with circle nestability insert to create a frame, then emboss with impressability and sand it.
  3. Pop square die cut frame off scalloped square die cut.
  4. Stamp rose, ink, and cut out. Pop rose off circle center.
  5. Stamp sentiment, ink, then pop off bottom left corner.
  6. Add ribbon treatment and pearls.
  7. Adhere to 5" square card front with foam adhesive.
Tips & Tricks
  • When working on sketches, I like to assemble the card in sections before adhering it all together. This allows me the chance to review several design options, such as flipping the sketch or using other embellishments/shapes to incorporate into the sketch.


Stamps :: Waltzingmouse Stamps - blessed by you (sentiment), vintage circles small (circle border), roses in bloom (flower)
Ink :: ClearSnaps - chestnut; Ranger - old paper; SU! - chocolate chip
Cardstock :: Core'dinations - chocolate box collection; PTI - vintage cream, dark chocolate
Embellishments :: Craft Supply - crinkly stained ribbon; SU! - pearls
Tools :: Spellbinders - standard circles large nestability (S4-114), classic scalloped squares small nestability (S4-120), class squares nestability small (S4-128); fleur de lis pattern impressability (I2-1014), wizard, sanding tool

So, last night I also got back into the kitchen. I tried an Orange Chicken recipe that I've cooked before. When you're like me and use recipes to build up your cooking skills, you have to cook some recipes at least twice before they're really 'introduced' into my kitchen. So, this time around, I discovered that I personally make more chicken than the recipe calls, which means I need to make more 'sauce.' The sauce is easy to whip up as I did after I made the plate pictured below. Although I did not have another orange on hand, simple soy sauce, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes on the stove was all I needed to 'juice' it up! :) Give it a go! It's super fast! I do have a huge rice cooker that I ordered from Dillards online using some wedding gift cards I had. If you don't own one and you eat rice like me...get it!

McArthur came into the kitchen and said, "It looks real. Did you cut the chicken yourself?" What he meant was, he thought I ordered it and put it in the skillet and/or that the chicken was pre-cut. I did take a short cut! You know I LOVE kitchen short cuts because I have to eat and get in that studio! I buy my chicken usually from Costco. I get the boneless skinless chicken breasts. This time, I got the chicken tenders, which cuts my cutting time in half! Anyway, I love those pre-packaged chicken packs because cooking for two can be difficult, but not with those packages! I also discovered Perdue's flat chicken breasts! They're great for stuff like that Panini I made on Thursday, grilled chicken breasts in general, or chicken parmesan...no more mallets!

Well, here it is - Pei Wei in my kitchen! HA!


Fern said...

Wow! Ashley, both card and dinner look great! Did you even realize that they MATCH? Orange and cream/white! :)

Leigh Ann Baird said...

The card is beautiful and so is your dinner! Yum!

Diane Jaquay said...

Gorgeous gorgeous card!!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Stunning! My mouth is watering from both the greatness of your project and the delicious dinner!

Julie Campbell said...

Your card is just GORGEOUS! I love those colors together! And.... I am SO hungry now after looking at your yummy chicken and rice. Mmm! :)

Kathy Martin said...

Lovely card! I want that plate of orange chicken! ;) It's lunchtime and I would love to try some! :)

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

What a beautiful card and I love your ribbon treatment. How cute is that!

~kelly marie~ said...

Stunning card! I love the texture so much!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Great sketch and your card is beautiful using it.

Deebi27 said...

Great card Ashley. Love the colors and the recipe...thanks! It looks yummy!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love the card!

Rosanne said...

Gorgeous card!

Tiffany Ervin said...

Beatiful color combo!! Love that crinkly ribbon too!

Helen F. said...

Gorgeous Card, Ashley and the dinner looks yummy too! :o)

Julia Aston said...

Love the colors you used on this Ashley! thanks so much for playing along with the WMS challenge this week!

Unknown said...

Oh my! how dreamy is that card!! gorgeous colours as always Ashley! AND, now I'm hungry! lol! Thank you so much for playing along with us at WMS!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

I'm putting money on it that you knew the orange chicken and the card matched! Your card is GORGEOUS!!! I always love what you make - I wanna grow up to be like you some day!

Your orange chicken does look like Pei Wei - yummmmmmmy.

Linda Beeson said...

Wow, did you even make that Core'dinations cardstock shine! LOVE that flower too.

Anthonette said...

Gorgeous design, Ashley! Great color combo.

I'm loving the pictures of the food, except you're making me hungry. Hehe! I've never made orange chicken before, but I love it. I like shortcuts too. I'll have to try the chicken tenders at Costco.

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