Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Hello Everyone, hope all of you are doing well! Don't you love that tutorial on how to make a pumpkin using your nestabilities? If you missed it, scroll down below to see how it's done!
Today I made some gift tags for Halloween using one of the most darling stamps called Little Witch with Broom. The last time I used this stamp I used the entire image and made her for a recipe card. But this time I wanted to show you that you can also use a portion to create other things.
So, I stamped her 3 times and colored her in. Next, I cut her out with my circle nestabilities and punched a hole at the top for the ribbon. That's it! Super fun and easy! =) Since the holidays are coming up these NEW stamps are perfect for making tags! I hope you enjoyed the idea and will create some of your own too!
If you'd like to win this cute stamp, head on over to my blog, the winner will be drawn on Friday October 2. Good luck!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Make it easy Monday

Happy monday ya´ all! I am sure you enjoyed our blog hop review from last week and hope you were able to try some of the yummy recipes!
Today I want to show you how to make an easy but so cute fall-ish pumpkin basket. I used “Warm Apple Pie” for this because it has the perfect size and also is easy to cut out – not to mention how beautiful this stamp is.

Okay, here we go:
Cut out 10 ovals from orange cardstock any size you like your basket to be. I used Nestabilities but you can go with whatever you have or love to use. Ink up the edges with a darker ink.

Glue together 5 of the ovals as shown. To create an even better look use dimensional tape.

Handcut a stem and glue it to the back of the oval in the middle. If you want to you can add some wire and a leave.

Use some strong glue to stick a celophane bag to the pumpkins.

Decorate as desired. Like I mention did I use “Warm Apple Pie”. Did you see how I used some hand-stitching on her dress? It´s an easy way to add a special look to your image. I didn´t want to use too many embellishments so the pumpkin shape is still easy to see.

Fill the bag with some yummy candies and close it with a nice bow. If you want to you can add a tag like I did.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give this cute basket a try. And my question for you today is: what is your favourite treat holder? Feel free to share any links to picutres and the tutorial as well.

Have a wonderful week with many creative ideas!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The last of the hop...

From Lynda's Blog:
excerpts taken with permision from her blog

For my project I decided I would just LOVE to feature theBelles n' Whistles Scarecrow and Little Wizard. He's SOOOO Cute sharing his candy that way. What else could I do, but to create something using some candy. I decided I would make a festive Fall centerpiece out of CANDY. I think this would make a great gift,and look at the cute card you could make to along with it.
I tried to keep the card a simple one, simply because I knew that I would have a busy photograph to show you. I really wanted some contrast, and I think I have succeeded. Just look at that handsome scarecrow! He's got a cute pumpkin for a head, but he looks so lifelike doesn't he? If you were a crow, would you be scared?How could you be? He's just SOOO Handsome!How sweet is that little wizard, sharing his candy with the scarecrow? This reminds me of little kids who think they canhave real conversations with mannequins. That handsome scarecrow probably won't talk to him OR accept the piece of candy... Or will he? Here's a closer look....
Oh I just can't get over how cute this stamp is -Not to mention the fun I had coloring it in. I used Copics for coloring as well as some Twinkling H2o's. I fell in love immediately with the result! I have a good mixture of DP's, the blue papers are from S.U. The glittered striped paper from DCWV, and the mustard color from Debbie Mumm. My flower is punched from matching Debbie Mumm paper. And my ribbon is actually some that I used in my center piece. Yes it's true, my centerpiece is made up of LOTS & LOTS of candy I even took a close up, so that you could see for yourself.
The "Recipe" for this little project is so simpleyou won't believe it. I took a wire clothes hanger, cut the hook and the twisted part off of it, Bent it together and pinched it shut with a pair of pliers. Then I bent the wire into a circle shape. It doesn't have to be PERFECT, because the candy hides any flawsNext, I started tying the candies onto the wire.Cinnamon and butterscotch candies were used the most. And I added some Brachs Milkmade caramels for added color and Just to throw a little something different into the mix. As I got a few on, I just started pushing them tightly togetheruntil I was a little over 3/4 of the way fullthen I spaced them out, and added shimmery wired ribbon and bows. And we were on to something. I took a plain white candle, decorated it lightly, and placed it in the center And Ta-Da.... There you have a festive Fall centerpiece for your table. Just think of the goodies you can eat when you are done using it! =)~~~

From Kathrin's Blog:
excerpts taken with permision from her blog

You surely just realized that the fall collection has again some of the cutest stamps for each fall or halloween project. Elisabeth Bell once again created so beautiful images and crafting with them is pure fun! On my card I used an image called “Mmmm, yes please”. I can smell that cake and it is easy to understand that this little boy wants a piece of it.

To go with the nostalgic look of this stamp I´ve put some UTEE on the image and carefully broke it after cooling. I then added some violett ink to the cracks.Since all of us have baked or cooked something yummy for you and I went with a German Sugar Plum Crumble Cake I also used plum colors for my card.

And here is my cake:

It´s looking yummy, isn´t it? Want to try it? So, here´s the recipe. A big thank you to Iris for “translating” all the german measurements into american! I would never have gotten this on my own. Have a lot of fun baking and eating...

For the dough:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg
1 stick plus 1tbsp butter, unsalted
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla sugar or substiture with a little vanilla extract
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk if needed
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 lbs fresh European plums or damson plums

For the filling:
7 oz sour creme
1 stick plus 3.5 tbsp butter, unsalted
½ cup sugar
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 egg
3.5 oz ground hazelnuts

Pre-heat oven to 180° Celsius / 355 F. In a bowl combine flour and baking powder, add all remaining dough ingredientsand mix well until dough forms, add some milk if needed. Place 1/2 ofthe dough on the bottom of a cake pan (springform pan), use half of the remaining dough to form a rim.Pit the prunes / sugar plums and place them on top of the dough in your cake pan.For the filling melt the butter, add the sugar and cook until it becomes slightly brown; add honey. Now stir in the flour and mix very well. Finally add the hazelnuts and let the mixture cool a bit.In a bowl combine the sour creme and the egg, mix well. Add the sugar-nut mix. Pour the sour cream mixture on top of the prunes/sugar plums and put the cake into the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove cake from the oven. Crumble remaining dough over the cake and bake for another 35 to 40 minutes.Let the cake cool completely before serving.

From Jodi's Blog:
excerpts taken with permision from her blog

I am so excited to be apart of this team and to be able to introduce to you one of the cutest stamps that are created by the very sweet and talented Elisabeth Bell. Here she is in all her cuteness Little Witch With Broom!! I just adore this image and the cute little spider that hangs from her broom.

The design team was asked by Summer to create something yummy with the image that we have and since I have pumpkins with this stamp I chose a Pumpkin Spice Latte! Oh these are absolutely delicious!! If you've never ever had one and love pumpkin desserts you are in for a real treat! One of the reasons I love the fall season is because all of the yummy pumpkin scents and flavors are back! Anyway here is a photo of my Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Doesn't this make your mouth water? Now that I'm thinking about it looks like I will have to have one of those tomorrow morning! LOL! If you'd like the recipe you can click on the above photo for a closer look at it.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

And more from our hop...

From Rosette's Blog:

excerpts taken with permision from her blog

Mmmmm... Apple pie!.. it's my favourite dessert this one, and I couldn't resist having a real Apple Pie near to Celebrate this Beauty!

Do you like it? yes?

Do you want it? Nooo !!! lol
I will eat this all by myself lol.. so if you don't hear from me again this week.. you'll know I'm sick with all the pie!! :))Okay.. back here! Do you like this lovely Babe as much as I do?? I fell in love with her from the moment I first saw it on Elisabeth's blog! She is such a beauty,and is dressed in so much a special way; that I wanted to make her a special card.
A lovely layout taken from Midnight Madness sketch for the week, gorgeous embellishments, and some rich, deep colours for Miss Belle. I used Urban Prairie from Basic Grey papers, and coloured her with Copics.
You can also see some of my fish-ies there!! :))
Then I mounted the image on mini foam pads. I cut the nesties (two different sized ovals, and a bigger scalloped oval). I distressed the smallest with Scattered Straw Distress Ink,and the middle nestie with Black Soot Distress Ink. I popped the image on them and worked on the rest of the sketch.

As you can see the sketch has five dots on the left hand side. For four of them I used Basic Grey Rhinestones, and for the fifth I made the flower arrangement.Another option is that you add the flowers individually. Five flowers for five dots! :) A pink organza ribbon with bow was added on the right hand side; with a flower embellished with spacer, Basic Grey brad and heart charm.Sentiment is Whiff of Joy.
I kept the inside plain, but used some element stickers from the Urban Prarie 12x12 paper pack sheet. I hope by now you want this babe for yourself, she's a wonder to colour! I'm sorry that I'm no good to your wallet.. but I know you won't be disappointed. If you already purchased Belles 'n Whistles stamps, you know that even the packaged stamp is a beauty in itself! And maybe by now you need an Apple pie as well. No problem; here comes the recipe as well.. just for you to do!!! Have a Lovely Yum Yum Apple-ey Day!! Now.. sometihn yummy for your tummy!!

Delicious Simple Apple-Pie
1 cup plain flour
1/2 (half) cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup cornflour1/4 cup custard powder
1 tablespoon Castor sugar
125g butter, chopped
1 egg, separated
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Castor sugar, extra
Lemony Apple filling
7 large apples
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1. Combine sifted flours, custard powder and sugar in large bowl, rub in chopped butter with fingertips or in food processor, until ingredients are just combined.
2. Add enough combined egg yolk and water to mix a firm dough. Turn dough on a lightly floured surface, knead gently until smooth. Cut dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for 30 min.
3. Remove top piece of plastic from pastry. Use remaining plastic to help turn pastry into pie plate. Carefully press pastry into pie plate, do not stretch pastry. Carefully remove remaining plastic.
4. Trim edge of pastry with sharp knife. Reserve scraps.
5. Spoon cold filling evenly into pastry case, (filling instructions further down) brush edge of pastry with lightly beaten egg white.
6. Roll our remaining pastry as before, cover filling with pastry. Press edges together firmly, trim with knife. Using fingers, pinch edges to make a frill.
7. Roll reserved scraps between sheets of plastic wrap, cut leaf shapes from pastry, if desired. Otherwise add thin almond layers to decorate. Sprinkle pie with extra sugar after brushing the pastry with egg white. Bake in moderately hot oven for 20 min Reduce heat to moderate, bake further 20 min / until pie is golden brown
Apple Filling:
Peel apples, cut into quarters, remove cores. Cut each quarter in half lengthwise. Place apples into a large saucepan with water, bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, cook for about 5 min or until apples are just tender. Transfer apples to bowl, gently stir in sugar, cinnamon and lemon rind. Cool to room temperature.
Voila!! I hope you'll try that out, and let me know the results!! Yum Yum!! Thanks for looking


From Peta's Blog:

excerpts taken with permision from her blog
There's nothing scarey about this stamp and isn't she just the cutest Halloween Witch you have ever seen.
**For your viewing pleasure and for my families tasting pleasure, I've created a recipe card for my Halloween Pumpkin Pie. **
**Halloween and Pumpkins go hand in hand and the purple I've used for my Little Witch I think works wonderfully with my orange pumpkins. **
** I've made my parts of Little Witch and my pumpkins 3D, just to give my recipe card a little bit of added depth. **

**My Pumpkin Pie is delicious and a very, very easy recipe to follow. If anyone has a go at making it I would love to hear your feed back on it.**


From the Blog of Lilian:

excerpts as taken with permision from her blog

I am very proud to introduce this image called Tania Baking. She was colored with Copic markers. The background behind her was airbrushed. I wanted this card to be vintage looking so I colored her in (what I hope looks like) vintage colors. Did some hand stitching on the brown cs. What actually holds this whole card/s are the 2 gingham ribbons and nothing else. I tested it and it's quite sturdy. I wanted to make a card that looks like a recipe card.
Now looking at it, I think you can also write your favorite recipes to give to a friend. "STIR", "BAKE" & "TASTE" are stickers. I just love how perfect they were for this card! Don't the cakes behind them look yummy!? I ate a slice of my fave, mango cake, after taking the pictures lol! The other 2 are Ube (Purple Yam) and Chocolat Mousse. YUMMY!

These are the inserts. These are all from 1 sheet of scrapbook paper. I just cut them to fit into these cards. The tabs are stickers. I love the size of these inserts. You can also put photos, verses, messages...
This is the back part of "Family Recipe" Sweet Treats - front and back (Sorry for the blurry photo) Our Favorite Food - front and back.

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A little yummy for your tummy

Happy Wednesday everyone!

As you know - we had a blog hop that made everyone crave for more - not only cute images - but a lot of tasty cakes. The DT girls made me so inspired so I got to bake an apple cake too. (We got tons of apples in our garden this year). You will find the recipe in the end of this post.

I coloured "Warm apple pie" with my copics to match the DP Eskimo Kisses Rooftop (yes - I am currently in love with this DP - that's why you've seen it a lot on my posts lately ;-)
I thought that I should create a more Winter scene for our cute Belle. That's why I did not want to add too many embellies - just leave the stage to Belle and the wonderful DP.
Added some dew drops, the sentiment and ribbon from SU + a heart charm.
I think Belle looks like an older version of Heidi and I could imagine her serving desserts after a Swiss fondue. What do you think of when you see her? Must say that I miss Switzerland. Used to live and work there for 2.5 years and Switzerland and Z├╝rich is forever in my heart. It's my second country in the world. And Swiss Fondue is def. something that we have every winter - love, love, love it! Will share my recipe of Swiss Fondue (that I got from my Swiss friends) another time.
Well- over to the recipe for the Apple Cake:

* 150 g of butter (melt)

* 2 egg (whip together with the sugar until it's white)
* 1 1/2 dl sugar

* 3 dl flour
* 1 teaspoon of baking powder (mix with the flour)

Mix everything together.

Poor it in your baking tin.

* Peel 3 - 4 apples and cut them into pieces.
* Mix 2 teaspoons of cinnamon with 2 table spoons of sugar.
* Roll the apple pieces in the cinnamon/sugar mix.
Decorate the cake with the apple pieces as you see fit.

Bake the cake in the oven at 175 degrees C for approx 30-40 minutes.
You'll see when it's ready :-)

I made it in my roasting pan (that is as large as the size of the oven). Therefore I had to multiply the recipe x 2.

Cut the cake and then it's ready to be eaten just as it is, together with vanilla sauce or with icecream. Your choice. Hope you like it.

Kramis - Anki

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

More from the Fall Blog Hop Release!

This is the week for re-cap so here are two more of the Blog Hop highlights by the wonderfully talented Design Team members Iris & Susan:

Iris' Blog Hop contribution
excerpts as taken with permision from her blog
My card shows the super cute "Hearty Thanksgiving" image. Isn't that stamp just the perfect stamp for a Thanksgiving card, Thanksgiving invitations or even a Thanksgiving menu card?! Because of that I thought making a combination of a Thank You card and Recipe Card would be just perfect. And I got inspired by the image... what is very popular on Thanksgiving besides Turkey? Yes, PUMPKIN! So I decided making some yummy pumpkin muffins accompanying my card :-) And as I mentioned it is a recipe card I also included this muffin recipe in the card (on the inside). And for everyone whose interested at the end of my posting you'll find the recipe /recipe card as well! ;-)
I used Copics to color my image and distress inks to distress. For decorations on the outside of the card I used buttons, ribbon, lace, a charm, half-pearls and some Prima flowers.The DP is Graphic 45 and DCWV, Cardstock is Bazzill.On the inside I used a Magnolia muffin stamp colored with my Copics as well andadded Stickles to the sprinkles on top for some dimension.The pumpkin is cut out using cuttlebug dies and matching embossing folder.The recipe card is computer generated!For the background paper I used color core card stock and embossed it withthe Cuttlebug embossing folder Autumn. To reveal the yellow core on theembossed parts I used sand paper. The embossed flourishes is also a Cuttlebugembossing folder, which I distressed with distress inks after embossing.Added some buttons for decoration.Here is the computer generated recipe card:(click on the pictures to enlarge and easily read the recipe) Are you still following? Hope you like this new cute Belles 'n Whistles image and what I did with it! :-) For a German version of the recipe click here!

Susan's Blog Hop posting
excerpts as taken with permission from her blog

If you've read much of my blog, you know what a huge Harry Potter fan I am and I was so excited when I found out I got to present The Scarecrow and Wizard for you! Isn't this just the absolutely cutest thing? I took one look at it and fell in love! This cutie is colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS and highlighted with Glossy Accents, Stickles, my clear Jelly Roller gel pen and my Glaze pen. Don't you just love this close up of him handing the scarecrow a piece of candy? As you blog hop, you'll notice a theme with this release. They all have something to do with baking or food of some type. So we've got some recipes for you! When I saw this baby, I thought of the home made Caramels that we used to make so I want to share my recipe with you.
2 cups of Sugar
1/2 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
4 teaspoons of butter
1 cup of heavy cream
Cook to stiff ball at 246 degrees. Add vanilla, pour into a buttered pan. When it cools, take it out and cut it into squares and wrap in wax paper. That's it! I hope you give this recipe a try. I'd love to hear how it comes out for you!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Thank you, everyone! Guest DT Call?!

Wow, wow, WOW!! What a fabulous turnout! I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the Belles ‘n Whistles Fall Release Blog Hop! What a huge success with many wonderful visitors and lovely comments left! The new set of yummies are now in the store and shipping begins this week! I've asked my DT to take a rest these next few while I re-cap the great creations that were shared in their individual blogs.

Now those of you who participated know that this was no ordinary blog hop—uh uh! This was a yummy one, full of delectable treats for the eyes as well as the taste buds (should you choose to bake and indulge with us later, LOL!)! ;D If you didn't blog-hop with us, you’ll soon see what I mean through this week!

There’s something about Fall that gets me excited! Perhaps it’s the cooler morning and evening hours—cool enough for long-pant pajamas and socks, yummy soup dinners or hot chocolate with whipped cream for dessert, mmmm! Perhaps it’s the anticipation of all of the yummy holidays soon to come! In any case, Fall is a wonderful season! So wonderful, it got me motivated to participate myself in this scrumptious Fall blog-hop release, LOL!
I chose to showcase the new stamp called, “Mmm! Yes Please!”. “How absolutely adorable!”, is what I thought when I first laid eyes upon them in Elisabeth’s gallery! This pair is truly a favorite of mine! ;D And what an appropriate scene for fall…a nice toasty pie, fresh-from-the-oven, shared with a loved one! Mmm, yes please! I’ve colored them in using Copics and have accented here and there with my favorite embellishment—Diamond Ice Stickles!

Now to go along with the yummy stamp image is a yummy treat for you to try, Quick and Easy Apple Dumplings! Here is the recipe I use:

2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
2 (10 ounce) cans of refrigerated crescent roll dough
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (12 ounce) can or bottle Mountain Dew


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Cut each apple into 8 wedges, peel and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in a triangle of crescent roll dough. Pinch dough to seal around the apple and place the dumplings in your baking dish. In a small saucepan, melt butter and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Spoon this mixture over the apple dumplings then pour the Mountain Dew over them. Bake these for 35 to 45 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

The dumplings finish baking in a wading-pool of delicious syrup--their bottoms are soft and theirs tops nice and crisp. The syrup can be spooned onto the scoop of vanilla ice cream that really ought to accompany these treats…mmm, mmmm! I like to remove the dumplings from the pan and serve them right away. =)
Well now I've shared my blog-hop post today. I'll share the other DT member's posts throughout the week as the DT gear up to present more new creations and projects next week!

*** I nearly forgot!! If you are interested in becoming a Belles 'n Whistles Guest DT member for the months of November and December, please join us at the Roses on Paper/Belles 'n Whistles Combined Challenge Blog to enter!! Today starts the last of our challenges in order to qualify for a GDT position. Please read some if the details on the ROP/BnW challenge blog and join us, won't you! ***

Summer =)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall release and Blog hop winner

God Morning ladies!

Thank you all so much for joining us for our blog hop in honor of these new cute stamps for BnW. As you know - they are released TODAY - and start shipping September 22nd - so pop over and grab some.

It has been a pleasure to read all your sweet and lovely comments. I have tried to visit each and one of your blogs - but please forgive me if I missed one or two.

Well - I guess I should not keep you waiting - so here's the lucky winner (picked by Random org+ left comments on each and one of the DT girls blogs) of the full set of stamps:

Kathy said...
Anki your card is so sweet!! Love the colors and this image is still a favorite of mine!!!I just loved the blog hop!! I feel Autumn is in full swing now and I should go and bake something!! LOLAll the creations were adorable and I love EVERY SINGLE one of the images but the scarecrow and boy one just melts my heart!!! Can it get sweeter than that???I think all did such a fabulous job with the presentations of their cards and I loved the blog hop!!Thanks for being such a gracious host Anki dear!! LOL:)Kathy

Congratulations Kathy! Please send me your contact details so Summer can get these adorable stamps in the mail to you.

Wish you all a wonderful Saturday and remember to pop by the BnW shop to get your hands on these cuties. Also - make sure that you are following this blog as well - because you never know what Summer and the team has in store for you + we also always want you to show us what you are creating with the BnW cuties.

Once again - thank you soo much for joining us for this release and a big thank you to Summer and Elisabeth for making these cute images available for us all to work with.



Friday, September 18, 2009

Time for an Aperitif?

I hope you have time for this little aperitif?? Because I think you will need it after you've read this post and what Summer has in store for you.

Summer has given me the honor to be the BnW "Mistress of Ceremonies" for the Belles 'n Whistles Fall Release Blog Hop. Well - I could not do it all by myself - so I am so pleased that our cute little Belle wanted to help me out on this one ;-)

Belle and I want to send you on a blog hop that we are sure will whet your appetite.
And we know - You will come back to this blog - craving for more ;-)

If you do - then you will have the chance to WIN the wonderful price of a complete set of these stunning stamps from the Bnw Fall release.

Before you get started - here's some important information:

* Please make sure that you visit each and one of the DTs blogs.
* When you have visited each and one of the blogs (and left comments of course) you will come back to this post.
* After a completed blog hop - please let me know which one of the images that whet your appetite the most ;-) and which DT that made you fall for it ;-)

Belle and I will then pick one lucky winner of a complete set of these stunning stamps illustrated by our sweet Elisabeth Bell.

So what are you waiting for - off you go and remember to come back to this post in order to have the chance to WIN this fab price.

Another IMPORTANT NOTE - The stamps will be starting selling - Sept 19th and shipping will begin the following week.

Just in case you get lost - here's the blog hop order and the name of the stamps:
1. Summer - Mmm! Yes Please!
2. Iris - Hearty Thanksgiving
3. Susan - Scarecrow and Little Wizard
4. Rosette - Warm Apple Pie
5. Peta - Little Witch with Broom
6. Lilian - Tania Baking
7. Lynda - Scarecrow and Little Wizard
8. Kathrin - Mmm! Yes, Please!
9. Jodi - Little Witch with Broom

Remember - have fun ladies!

Kram Anki