Well, I'm a stamper, so I'm always at least a dollar short! I got way into my diorama on Wednesday night and didn't get the Divine Design Challenge done for upload on the 8th, but here it is - I got to it last night. I LOVE these colors together - they are just so happy! And, the little turtles - they are why I bought this set, they're happy, too. I would love to have H&M stamps turtle, too...but as I said - I am a dollar short these days! LOL!
For this card I stamped the turtles to look like they are just swimming around each other having fun. I colored them with copics and then went over them with an embossing marker. I embossed them and then used my brayer to lay down cool carribean. I layered that with some tempting turquoise and sponged my new blue bayou ink (which was way darker than I expected it to be, but I thought it looked great once I got the oval onto the black bg). I used liquid aplique to make the bubbles in the water. For the background, I traced the oval onto black paper and cut around it with scallopped scissors (I really do need the oval nestabilities) then accented the scallops with white signo dots. The base of the card is taken with teal, then only orange, inked with only orange and summer sun inked with summer sun and only orange. I hand wrote the verse on only orange, inked with only orange and then taken with teal and accented the corners with black dots.
I had a request for a couple of recipes, so here they are. This recipe is a favorite of my kids'. My ex-husband's grandmother, Marie, who is such an amazing grandma gave me this recipe:
Boil one cup of water. Add a small box of strawberry or cherry jello and stir to dissolve. Add one and half cups of applesauce then refridgerate to set.
Italian Chicken Casserole
2 T. olive oil
1 c. onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 c. chicken, cooked and chopped
2 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 c. whipping cream
1 (3 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 (8 oz.) pkg. angel hair pasta, cooked
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over med-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes or until tender (I used jarred minced garlic, so I just toss it in and then add the other ingredients). Stir in the chicken, tomatoes and cream. Bring to a boil over a med- high heat; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Add cream cheese and 1 cup mozzarella; cook, stirring constantly until cheese are melted. Add pasta, tossing gently to coat.
Spoon into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, bake 30 minutes.