Monday, June 21, 2010

Butterflies, Berries & Ben....oh my!


A card with butterflies...
a cobbler with berries...
and my grandson Ben then and now!

Today's challenge on Splitcoast is a Magical Marquee Card. Jan Tink has a great video on her blog -------> here. It might take some fiddling if you change shapes and sizes, but it will work! (ask me how I know!) LOL!

TLC278 front This is a peek at one of the new sets from Innovative Stamp Creations, Beautiful Butterflies III, being released this week. I did several kinds of emboss resist. I stamped the butterflies in Versamark and used Pebbles chalks over them. (you can see the colors IRL). Then, using my stamp positioner, I stamped them again and clear embossed them. I started at the top and sponged Distress Wild Honey, flipped it and sponged Chipped Sapphire from the bottom up to meet the Wild Honey, overlapping a little to blend.

TLC278 inside fullHere it is totally opened. I sponged the inside with what was left from the Wild Honey on the dauber. That STARK WHITE was just icky!

I stamped 2 of the butterflies, colored them with Copics, smeared them with Versamark and clear embossed them. This really makes the colors POP and they're so much easier to cut out!
The proscenium (Prism Twilight med.) is dry embossed with Polka Dots (Cuttlebug).

TLC278 butterflyI didn't like the Candle Glow marquee (the curtain pieces that slide apart) just being naked, so added the butterfly. I had to cut it apart because when it was opened the one wing hid part of the sentiment! I drew in the antenna, they're too fiddly to cut out!
I just used a Martha Stewart 2-way glue pen to put the glue where it was needed so it wouldn't stick to the curtains as they pulled apart.

TLC278 inside partialTLC278 sentimentBefore it was entirely assembled, I marked where the sentiment would go, stamped it and sponged the area with Wild Honey. Then like a watermark, I inked up the butterfly, stamped off and stamped over the sentiment.  

TLC278 blk Can't even tell...pretty cool huh!


I made this cobbler for dessert yesterday. It's a recipe a friend gave me some 30 odd years ago! It works great on any fruit! You can add a little cinnamon if you use apples. Oooh, it's so easy and ever so yummy! Recipe follows...

rasp cobbler1 Of course I started with fresh picked raspberries! Some of those reds are bigger than the first joint on my thumb!

rasp cobbler2 Then the batter goes over the berries....then you pour a sugar syrup over that and bake!

rasp cobbler3 I actually could have doubled the batter for the amount of fruit I had, but it turned out good anyway.

rasp cobbler4 clsupI was trying to catch it bubbling as it was fresh out of the oven...but you can't tell! Mmmmmmmm!

Here's the recipe: Batter Cobbler   Bake 350* for 1hour

  • fruit in a 9x13 baking dish
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
    combine and pour over fruit
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
    combine and pour over batter


And finally... about four and half years ago my son brought home this cute little puppy. A Jack Russell/Boxer mix. It was to be HIS dog...he has since left home, BUT, Jack still lives here! Why wasn't I surprised? is a picture of Benjamin with the "new" Jack then...



BenJack He still thinks he's a lapdog!!

Hey, thanks for stopping by today!



Judy McMullen said...

Dawn, I love your Magical Marquee card. The butterflies are gorgeous and I want to CASE this one for sure. I'm a lover of all things with butterflies. LOL And the colors you used are outstanding...just absolutely gorgeous!!!

Love your berry cobbler recipe. Looks yummy and, yes, I love all things with berries too. LOLOL

What adorable pix of Benjamin and Jack!

Jill said...

I've been thinking about this cobbler ever since you posted the recipe a few days ago. I'm going to try it with blueberries today. Can't wait!