Joy's Life http://joyslife.com Silhouette, Cricut, Sizzix Eclips, KnK Zing, Home Decor, Food, Vinyl & Crafting Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:52:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 How to Make a Pokemon Team Rocket Grunt Costume PLUS an Iron On Vinyl Tutorial http://joyslife.com/how-to-make-a-pokemon-team-rocket-grunt-costume-plus-iron-on-vinyl-tutorial/ http://joyslife.com/how-to-make-a-pokemon-team-rocket-grunt-costume-plus-iron-on-vinyl-tutorial/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:52:56 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37592 [...] ]]> How to Make a Pokemon Team Rocket Grunt Costume PLUS Iron On Vinyl Tutorial #Pokemon #TeamRocket #Halloween #Costume #TshirtVinyl #tutorial #diy

I’m so glad that I still get to cobble together Halloween costumes.  This year my oldest son was invited to a costume party and wanted to go as a Team Rocket (from Pokemon) grunt.  Yes, I totally had to look that up because I thought Team Rocket wore white.  There’s a lot I don’t know about Pokemon.  LOL!  Luckily, my son sent me all of the links I needed to buy his costume on Amazon.  Unfortunately, the shirt he wanted (which looked just like this) took a long time to ship and thanks to a lack of advanced planning on the part of someone who isn’t me …just sayin’… we didn’t have the time to wait.  So, I used iron on/heat transfer vinyl to add an “R” to the shirt and we were done.  Well, we were done after I used Amazon Prime and bought these items.

Here’s what I bought from Amazon to make this costume…fast:

Plain Black long sleeve shirt: Russell Athletic Men’s Basic Cotton Long Sleeve Tee, Black

…or you can buy this shirt if your kid doesn’t wait until the last minute to tell you that they need a Team Rocket shirt…that could happen…

Team Rocket Shirt Pre-Made: TeeStars Men’s – Rocket Inspired Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Newsboy Cap: Cotton Elastic Newsboy Cap – Black

Black Fingerless Gloves: Fingerless Gloves – Comes in several colors! (Black)

Here’s how I made the “R” for the shirt:

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When cutting heat transfer or t-shirt vinyl, remember to cut with the SHINY SIDE DOWN.

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REVERSE the LETTER!  When you layout your letter in your design software make sure the letter is backwards.  Cut it like that.  That way when you flip it over to iron it onto the shirt your letter faces the right direction.  Terribly important!

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Yep!  It’s facing the right direction.  Super!  Now place it on the shirt.

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Once you have the letter where you want it, iron it down.  I use a teflon sheet to cover my vinyl.  You can use a thin cloth/towel/tshirt.  My iron is on the cotton setting.

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Depending on the brand of heat transfer vinyl you’re using you may have a clear adhesive sheet over the top of the vinyl or you might have one solid color sheet.  Read any instructions that come with your vinyl or are on the manufacturers site.  Some need the top layer to be peeled off when they are hot, some when they are cold.  It depends on the vinyl.

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I’m using a tiny ironing board that I bought from WalMart.  It’s perfect for small projects and small spaces like my craft desk.  I also rest my iron on an iron-on mat to keep from searing a spot on  my desk.

Now your shirt is ready for wearing!

Happy Halloween…or costume party…or dress up day…or comic convention…to you!

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Frozen Foods Makin’ It Easy – A Delicious Hot Spinach Cheese Dip Recipe http://joyslife.com/frozen-foods-makin-it-easy-delicious-hot-spinach-cheese-dip-recipe/ http://joyslife.com/frozen-foods-makin-it-easy-delicious-hot-spinach-cheese-dip-recipe/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:28:10 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37571 [...] ]]> This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Frozen Food Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Do you keep a variety of frozen fruits and vegetables on hand?  I definitely do.  They help me save the day (or night) when I’m caught at the last second before a meal still wondering what to make.  I admit that it happens to me several times a month and I even make meal plans!  Apparently, the part of the plan where you make the meal in advance or at least before you’d pretty much like to serve it doesn’t always translate well in our house.  LOL!  Thankfully, frozen fruits and vegetable are convenient, affordable and easy to serve options that help simplify meal preparation for me…and you.  You know you do the same thing.  Right?  I knew it.

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Check out this pretty side dish!  Yeah, that’s one I don’t have time to make from scratch with my crazy schedule this week.  I do have time to microwave it though!  Thank you to my freezer for hanging onto this bag of Green Giant Brown Rice Risotto with carrots, peas, onion and kale for me.  I surely appreciate a nutritious and easy to serve dish.  That made my life easier.  Now I’ll just add a few grilled chicken breasts and call it done.

I try to remember to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables because they are major contributors of essential nutrients in our diets.  Plus, consuming fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of many chronic diseases.  Given the increase in the rates of chronic diseases among all age groups, eating a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables is more important than ever.  Two reasons that fruit and vegetable consumption is low are cost and convenience.  That’s why one easy solution is to keep them on hand: frozen.

Here’s a yummy snack that I made with frozen spinach!

 Freezing fruits and vegetables is nature’s pause button and an easy way to combat things like the cost of fresh produce, the cost of fresh ‘out of season’ produce and issues like fresh fruits and vegetables spoiling before you’re able to prepare and eat them.

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I’m going to use this frozen chopped spinach to make a yummy dip.  If I kept fresh spinach on hand until I was ready to make this dip…well, let’s just say it would be a bad idea because I want it when I want it, right?  Fresh spinach doesn’t wait around for the spinach cheese dip moment to hit me.

I think you’ll find this interesting.  The University of California, Davis, in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation, conducted a study that revealed that frozen fruits and vegetables are most often (or generally) nutritionally equal to – and in some cases better than – their fresh counterparts. For the study each fruit and vegetable was analyzed under the following conditions: frozen (analyzed within 24 hours of harvest and after 10 and 90 days of storage in a freezer) and fresh-stored (analyzed within 24 hours of harvest and after three and 10 days of storage in a refrigerator).  So, grab some frozen fruits and veggies for your freezer!

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Hot Spinach Cheese Dip
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
 
Adapted from s'kat's recipe on food.com.
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon diced onion, dice very small
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 dashes Franks Hot Sauce
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir.
  4. Microwave another 2 minutes.
  5. Stir.
  6. Microwave for 1 minute.
  7. Serve hot.

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You will love this awesome dip!  I keep a box of frozen spinach on hand at all times.  You never know when the dip moment will hit you or you have to take something to a party.  This is perfect!

I’m also using those green beans, that I showed at the top of the post, in a soup.  Keeping frozen ingredients on hand for a vegetable or chicken soup this winter will have you thanking yourself for thinking ahead!  What do you like to make using frozen fruits or veggies?

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Sunkist Ten Cake & Ice Cream Punch #drinkTEN http://joyslife.com/sunkist-ten-cake-ice-cream-punch/ http://joyslife.com/sunkist-ten-cake-ice-cream-punch/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:24:03 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37517 [...] ]]> This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #drinkTEN #CollectiveBias

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Want a delicious and spooky treat that is super fast and super tasty?  Try this yummy cake and ice cream punch!  Both are made using Sunkist TEN, which helps make Halloween fun and delicious without the full calorie guilt.

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You don’t need many ingredients for these recipes.  I found the Sunkist TEN, cake mix, eggs and ice cream that I needed all at my local Kroger grocery store.  I also bought the cutest spatula while I was in there.  I wanted to use it but then I thought that it was so cute it would look good as part of a Christmas gift.  They had such cute kitchen things!  I even bought lids and straws for mason jars in there.

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Using a lemon cake mix, two eggs and about 10 ounces of Sunkist TEN you can make a whole cake!  Can you believe it?  It’s true!  Simply mix it all up and cook according to the directions on the cake mix box.  It’s that simple!

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Sunkist Ten 3 Ingredient Cake
Author: 
Recipe type: dessert
 
A quick and easy cake using Sunkist TEN.
Ingredients
  • 1 Box of Lemon Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 oz of Sunkist TEN
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients gently.
  2. Pour into greased pan.
  3. Cook according to box directions.

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I decided to pour the batter into a bundt pan.  When it was done I almost turned the pan over from above the cake stand and shook it out.  I have no patience.  LOL!  Just in time, I took a second to instead cover the pan with the plate and flip it over.  Catastrophe averted!  How did I almost forget to do such a simple thing?  Crazy!

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I think it turned out so well.  Adding the Sunkist TEN made the cake so light and fluffy.  It was super yum.

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Making ice cream punch is easy too.

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Add ice cream to Sunkist TEN and mix.  You’ll end up with frothy goodness.  Try this with other TEN varieties too, like Dr. Pepper TEN, 7UP TEN, A&W TEN or Canada Dry TEN.  It’s as easy as…ice cream punch.

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I ate that piece.  I was once again fulfilling my “official taster” duties.  Then I shared. ;)  Consider changing up the flavor of cake mix you’re using and mixing it with different TEN products.  Isn’t it amazing what you can make with Sunkist TEN?  A cake and a drink?  So cool!

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Oh!  Add a pumpkin face out of vinyl for a quick way to theme your treats for Halloween.  That Sunkist TEN is a great orange color that is perfect for Halloween!

Happy Halloween Food!

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3D Cardstock Spooky Halloween Lantern http://joyslife.com/spooky-halloween-lantern/ http://joyslife.com/spooky-halloween-lantern/#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:24:34 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37219 [...] ]]> This post was previously shared on the Core’dinations blog.

It’s almost Halloween but there’s still time to make some creepy, cool, haunted decor!

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I’m using the Lantern SVG from the Spooky Soiree Kit by SVGCuts.  It’s one of my favorite things that I made for Halloween this year.  It may look complicated but SVGCuts always has accompanying videos to show you how to put their kits together, turning you into a great designer, fast.  I cut the lantern pieces using Core’dinations Bright Color cardstock along with solid black, vellum and black spotted Tillie Dot using my Silhouette Cameo.

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After cutting out all the pieces, I used my Cut ‘n’ Boss along with the Cuttlebug Holly Ribbon embossing folder to emboss the orange pieces.  Next, I sanded all of the orange pieces and the black Spotted Tillie Dot spider using the Core’dinations Sand It Gadget.  Sanding Core’dinations paper reveals a colored inner core.  I love the way it looks!

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After embossing and sanding the pieces, I ran them through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station and the Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker. Those machines helped me quickly add adhesive to the panel pieces.

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I used a liquid adhesive to help me adhere the vellum to the inside of the lantern. By the way, that vellum cut without a problem in my Silhouette Cameo. YAY!  Did you know that a new Cameo was recently released?  Here’s a post comparing the new (2014) Silhouette Cameo with the previous Cameo.

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After I assembled the lantern and spider, I added two Self Stick Gems by Darice to create eyes for the spider. Spooky!  Finally, I added a black LED tea light by Darice.  Ta da!!  My lantern is ready to get it’s spooky on!

Happy Halloween!

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I created this project while participating on the Core’dinations Design Team.

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New Silhouette Cameo 2014 Compared to Original Silhouette Cameo http://joyslife.com/new-silhouette-cameo-2014-compared-to-original-silhouette-cameo/ http://joyslife.com/new-silhouette-cameo-2014-compared-to-original-silhouette-cameo/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:24:26 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37475 [...] ]]> New Silhouette Cameo 2014 Compared to Original Silhouette Cameo #SilhouetteCameo

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As soon as it was available to purchase, I pushed the button to buy the newest Silhouette Cameo (2014).  I shared the new features of this new 2014 model based on what Silhouette had released about it at the time.  Now that I have it, I wanted to do a little comparison between it and the previous Silhouette Cameo.

What Came in My Cameo Bundle

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I purchased my machine from Amazon because they had the lowest price with the most extras.  Included in my Silhouette Cameo (2014) bundle were these things: a one month subscription to the Silhouette Store.  The 1 month subscription gives you $25 to use up in a month’s time.  If you don’t use it in a month after activating it, you lose it.  Ack!  So, use it!  But wait…there’s more…

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It also included a Pick Me Up tool, 4 Silhouette metallic sketch pens, an extra mat (a total of 2) and an extra blade (a total of 2).  If you want a Pick Me Up tool and didn’t buy a bundle that has one you might consider this whole pack of tools for the Silhouette.  It includes the Pick Me Up and 3 other useful tools.  In most Cameo purchases, you will receive only one mat, one blade and I think usually a $10  download card to the Silhouette Store.  The nice thing about Silhouette download cards over memberships is that the download cards do not expire.  Yay to that!

The Machines Compared

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From the front!  Don’t be fooled by this photo.  It looks like the new model is much smaller.  It isn’t.  They are the same size.  It just looks that way since the new one is in the back and I had to back up to get them both fully in the shot.  Differences?  So far they are different in color and the right hand panel.  Let’s look at the other differences…

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From the inside, you’ll notice a difference in color and and in the rollers.  The new ones are steel spring rollers as opposed to rubber.  You may notice guide marks in blue on the new Cameo.  They were also on the previous Cameo but you couldn’t see them because they were grey.  You might have this question, “Why did Joy call the Original Cameo a 2nd Edition?”  Well, you might not have noticed unless you owned a Silhouette that came out when it was first released in 2011 but another model later came out.  Differences in those?  Only one major one that I can remember.  That ratchet area on the left…AKA..that hole.  The original one looked like this.  So, if you still have the 2011 version, you’ll think the hole is new.  It’s not.  It was part of the 2nd Edition update.  It still functions as the ratchet to adjust your blade depth.  

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The most obvious difference is the panel on the right side of the machine.  It is now a full-color LCD touch-screen.

New Silhouette Cameo 2014 Compared to Original Silhouette Cameo #SilhouetteCameo

I’m not totally won over by this new addition.  It seems to be slow to respond to touch…at least my touch.  However, this whole panel can be upgraded and changed with a quick update by Silhouette, so I’m reserving judgement for a while.  I’ll let them get some user feedback and see if they make some adjustments.  You’ve got 3 color choices with the panel.  I picked purple.  I miss being able to add a photo or other patterns like we could with the previous Cameo.  It’s not impossible for that to occur with this panel, so maybe they’ll add more options in the future.  Crossing fingers.

New Silhouette Cameo 2014 Compared to Original Silhouette Cameo #SilhouetteCameo

Check this out!  Yep, you can add things from a USB!  Nice.  More about that next.  One downfall?  The little triangles on the right (unless and until they update and change it) are the directional buttons.  They (at least for me) were not easy to use.  Additionally, when I loaded a mat and hit the directional buttons either up or down more than once in succession, the rollers kept rolling and wouldn’t stop.  (It had no trouble loading and unloading the mat, just in advancing it or rolling it back using the directional buttons.)  I almost sent the machine back at that point but my husband convinced me to keep it and try again.  So, I will.  Plus, it’s such a big deal I’m fairly sure they will fix it soon.  I doubt that’s something they intended and in my experience, they do update and change things.  I’m hopeful.

New Silhouette Cameo 2014 Compared to Original Silhouette Cameo #SilhouetteCameo

The old Cameo is on the left.  It could accept an SD card, while the one on the right can now accept a USB.  Does that mean we might be seeing it work with Bluetooth or wireless technology in the future?  I can’t see why not.

New Silhouette Cameo 2014 Compared to Original Silhouette Cameo #SilhouetteCameo

On the other side of the machine is a compartment for storing things, like an extra cutting blade or the crosscutter blade.  Speaking of the crosscutter…

New Silhouette Cameo 2014 Compared to Original Silhouette Cameo #SilhouetteCameo

The new addition to the back of the 2014 Cameo is the crosscutter.  The blade can be stored in the side compartment when it’s not in use.  It’s helpful when cutting rolls of vinyl and excess paper.

So, that’s about it for new Cameo vs. old Cameo.  It looks like they have stopped production on the old Cameo but you can still find one here (for now).  Want to try the new one?  I bought mine here.

Need help with your Cameo?  See these tutorials.  Want to learn about other die cut machines?  See this post.

You can find all of my Silhouette Cameo projects on my blog here or on my Silhouette Pinterest board.

Happy Crafting!

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Mummy Card & Candy Set with Epiphany Crafts http://joyslife.com/mummy-card-candy-set-with-epiphany-crafts/ http://joyslife.com/mummy-card-candy-set-with-epiphany-crafts/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:24:14 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37397 [...] ]]> Mummy Card & Candy Set with Epiphany Crafts #EpiphanyCrafts #Halloween #Coredinations #Xyron #Craftwell #CutNBoss

Are you feeling just a little creeped out seeing all those spiders?  I have to admit that while I was working with the ribbon and making the spider pendant, I started to feel that icky sensation that something was walking on me.  Nothing was.  Thank you for that Halloween moment you yucky little creatures! I think the spider pendant is the perfect accent for really pulling off the creepy spider effect.  Don’t you?  I created it using Epiphany Crafts’ Shape Studio Round 14.  I like how he’s climbing up his web.  Read on and I’ll tell you how to make it!

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 I used the Mummy card (66069) and Mummy popcorn box (65609) .svg files from the Silhouette Store and cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo.  (By the way, a new Cameo just came out!)  I’m using cardstock from Core’dinations Neutrals.  Next, I embossed the mummy pieces using the Cut n’ Boss machine along with the Woodgrain Cottage embossing folder by Teresa Collins.  I like how that pattern accentuated the mummy wrappings.

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I sanded the embossed mummies to reveal a lighter color paper.  (That’s a cool benefit of using Core’dinations sandable cardstocks.  A colored core is revealed when sanding.)  Next, I employed my Xyron Creative Station and the 1″ mini X to help me stick all the little pieces together.

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Time to embellish!  I LOVE making things with Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio tools!  I’m using the Oval and Round 14 Shape Studio tools along with the Bubble Caps Oval 25 and the Bubble Caps Round 14.  They’re so simple to use!  Just place the Shape Studio tool over whatever you want to punch out.  Before you punch, you can add a matching bubble cap.  Shut the top and punch.  Simple as store bought pie.  Pie…yum…anyway…

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I punched out an additional round piece of paper for the back of my spider pendant.  Between the two pieces, I added some Glossy Accents (to act as an adhesive and because it dries clear) and a piece of black thread.  Hold for a few seconds for everything to set.  Voila!  A spider hanging by a thread…literally.  LOL!

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Here’s another amazing thing about Epiphany Crafts Shape tools.  They have matching charms and settings.  (LOVE!!!)  The oval bubble cap fits right into this pretty oval setting.  If you have a very thin ribbon like I’m using, you can even run it through the sides of the oval setting and create embellishments like this or even a necklace!  What?!  Yes.  True story.  The cool factor is limitless.

This is my first post since becoming a permanent member of the Epiphany Crafts Design Team!  I’m so happy to be a part of it!  If you missed any of my previous Epiphany Crafts post while I was a guest designer, click here to see them all.

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I wrote this post while participating on the Epiphany Crafts Design Team.

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Sonoma-Cutrer Wines: Perfect for the Holidays & Year Round http://joyslife.com/sonoma-cutrer-wines-perfect-for-the-holidays-and-year-round/ http://joyslife.com/sonoma-cutrer-wines-perfect-for-the-holidays-and-year-round/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:24:09 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37426 [...] ]]> This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine.

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With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approaching, I like to start making plans about what we’ll be serving our family and guests.  One thing I like to keep on hand for most occasions and for pure enjoyment, is wine. Sonoma-Cutrer’s selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are great choices for all of these occasions. While we’re on the subject, they’re great for gift giving too!  Simply add a nice tag and you’ve got a quick and thoughtful gift.  I’m making a note to remind myself to do just that for all those parties and hard-to-buy-for people.  Perfect!

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I love red wine. This vintage of Sonoma-Cutrer’s Pinot Noir is an elegant balance of sensuous fruit and lovely silky tannins. After I pour a glass, I swirl it around and enjoy breathing in the deep, dark fruit aromas of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and cola.  Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  Classic red fruit flavors of cherry and wild strawberry are hallmarks of the elegance of Russian River Pinot Noir. The wine is round, silky, and elegant with a juicy mid-palate and a wonderful long finish.  Yes, pass me a glass.  I’d pair this wine with turkey, baked ham and mild cheeses.  It would also be great with something as simple as meat loaf.  Here’s a meat loaf recipe that was my Dad’s favorite.

Tub's Favorite Meat Loaf
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 
From Better Homes & Gardens 1930's era cookbook.
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs or 1 cup soft breadcrumbs, can use about 1½ slices of bread torn into small pieces
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Place in 9x5x3 loaf pan, ungreased.
  3. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
  4. Top with ketchup.
  5. Return to oven for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately while warm.
  7. May be frozen. To serve after frozen: place foil wrapped loaf on oven rack at 350 for 50-60 minutes.
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Within the past year, I’ve fallen in love with white wines too.  Thank goodness because I was really missing out before!  Check out this delious Russian River Chardonnay.  It has fruit aromas of green apple, lime and pineapple that are complemented with touches of nougat, caramel.  Crisp and zesty flavors of lime, lemon drop and grapefruit are accented with peach notes and a nice barrel spice. A light, creamy mid-palate flows to a crisp, citrus acidity for a long, lingering after palate.  Can you even wait to try a glass?  There should be a pouring ability from this screen.  I’d pair this with fish, chicken or pastas in creme sauce.  When it comes to wine pairings, if you enjoy a red or white wine with a particular food then it is a good match for you.  Consider offering both red and white wine at your next dinner and see which you and your guests most enjoy.

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3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core’dinations http://joyslife.com/3d-cardstock-floral-birdcage-with-xyron-petaloo-and-coredinations/ http://joyslife.com/3d-cardstock-floral-birdcage-with-xyron-petaloo-and-coredinations/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:24:09 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=37431 [...] ]]> Welcome to the Xyron, Petaloo & Core’dinations blog hop.  You’ll find new projects each day from October 20 – 24 on the Xyron blog.

3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core'dinations #Xyron #Petaloo #Coredinations #SVGCuts

I’ll admit it.  Initially, I was challenged with this blog hop.  I rarely use flowers in my projects. Then I opened the Petaloo Spring Darjeeling and Printed Darjeeling flowers.  They were so pretty and had such a nice texture.  I really liked them and I started to form an idea.  To start, I could always add flowers to the top of a birdcage, that would look pretty, I thought.

3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core'dinations #Xyron #Petaloo #Coredinations #SVGCuts

So, I used the SVG Cuts Christmas Ornaments kit and cut out the birdcage using my Silhouette Cameo.  I used cardstock from Core’dinations’ Tim Holtz & Ranger Distress Collection.  Since you can sand this Core’dinations paper, I decided to emboss it using my Cut ‘n Boss and the Teresa Collins Bella Rose embossing folder.

3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core'dinations #Xyron #Petaloo #Coredinations #SVGCuts

Isn’t it amazing how much texture is revealed once the embossed areas are sanded?  I love it!  I used the Teresa Collins Twill Herringbone embossing folder on the birds.

3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core'dinations #Xyron #Petaloo #Coredinations #SVGCuts

Next, I got a great idea!  It occurred to me that the Petaloo flowers could look like feathers.  So, I used some Xyron Adhesive Dots to attach those lovely flowers to the bird.  Now he’s fully feathered!

3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core'dinations #Xyron #Petaloo #Coredinations #SVGCuts

The Xyron Sticker Maker and Xyron 5″ Creative Station made quick work of adhering all of these pieces.

3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core'dinations #Xyron #Petaloo #Coredinations #SVGCuts

Working with these lovely flowers took me outside of my crafty comfort zone…

3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core'dinations #Xyron #Petaloo #Coredinations #SVGCuts

…and I love what I made.  Isn’t that bird beautiful?

3D Cardstock Floral Birdcage with Xyron, Petaloo and Core'dinations #Xyron #Petaloo #Coredinations #SVGCuts

Don’t be afraid to incorporate things into your projects that you don’t usually work with.  Use them in unique ways or learn new techniques.  You will grow creatively when you do!

I hope you enjoyed my project!

I created this project while participating on the Xyron Design Team.  I received products from Xyron, Core’dinations & Petaloo for the purposes of this project.

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