Cleaning Out My Junk Drawer

It’s amazing what you can create with scraps!! This card is created using Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose paper, I actually had to color the flowers and butterfly, as they just weren’t the right color, and I didn’t have any other scraps that would do. The dimensional flowers were created using the Wild Rose stamp and die set, the white blossom is from an old punch with a single prill in the centers.

The inside cover has a little mini-card for a secret message!

Pavlova, Keto style!

I have always loved Pavlova, from its origins (Anna Pavlova) it has enchanted me, and it is not only delightful in appearance, but light and decadent at the same time. Perfect for a Bridal or Baby Shower, or even something to treat your favorite guy! (Fathers Day is coming up!)

My version has zero sugar, except for the fructose naturally occurring in your chosen fruit. Colorful berries are full of anti-oxidants, and very pleasing to the eye.

Start off by tracing circles on some parchment paper, these are about 5” in diameter. Then turn your oven on to 250°F. Take your eggs and place them into warm water to get them closer to room temperature. Once the eggs have come to room temperature you can start mixing things together.

2 EB eggs whites (extra large)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I used Wilton Clear Vanilla, because I love the extra white look of the Pavlova)

1 teaspoon corn starch (Optional)

1/2 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar

1/2 cup Lakanto Monkfruit

Begin blending at a low speed, and continue increasing the speed until whipped well to fairly firm peaks. Then place the meringue into a piping bag, and fill in the circles you drew on the parchment paper. Bake 40 minutes at 250°, then turn the oven off, and leave them to set for another couple of hours, still in the oven.

Take a small box of Jello brand sugar-free Cheesecake or White Chocolate pudding mix, and mix with 2 cups of real whipping cream and 1/2 cup cold water, to very stiff peaks.

So yummy I took a bite before getting a picture!

When you’re ready to serve the Pavlovas, lift them off the parchment with a wide spatula, and place them on a plate. Put a very generous amount of your sugar-free pudding all over the top, and then drop your favorite berries on top of the pudding. My choice was blackberries, raspberries, and crushed strawberries. You could also add blueberries, or even go with mangoes and peaches!

This one is my Sweeties
And this one was my Son’s

Let me know how it goes!

Quick and Simple (easy) Card

This card features Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony paper, a small wild rose & a lacy diamond die cut. Since the flowers were pre-made, I think I pulled it all together in 5 minutes. You can too!

I just realized that I had a couple of other elements (in my stash). The leaves are from the HFC classic rose, and the mini blossom come from a little punch I’ve had for, well, forever. Enjoy and have fun creating your own!

Z-Fold with Wild Roses + Tutorial

This little lovely is a simple z-fold card (I’ll give directions below!). It always helps to have some flowers pre-made, but generally that’s not what I do! I like to choose how many flowers and the color of my flowers as I go. My stash consists of the leftovers, from accidentally miscounting, or practicing with new dies or paper thicknesses/brands.

The inside has a little pocket with a tag. I didn’t put in any sentiments yet, because I’m not sure for whom this card is intended, nor what the occasion will be. (Probably not a sympathy card though.) However, I will have a cute little sentiment stamped in the center of the back panel, and a cut piece from the paper pack to put on back of the little tag.

The elements for this card include the Heartfelt Creations Wild Roses paper, the small wild roses stamp and die, and the little lace piece from the album tags and accents die set.

So, start off by cutting yourself a piece of white cardstock, measuring 12” x 6”. Fold in half to give yourself a 6” square, With the fold on the left side, fold the right edge of the top in half towards the fold (3” x 6”). Now select your papers. You can select one of their 6” x 6” scenes like I did, but then you will need to trim it down so that it measures about 5-7/8” square. This goes on the back inside. You will need two pieces measuring 2-7/8” x 5-7/8” for the front and inside fold. Then select your center panel from the designer paper measuring 4” x 6”, and mount it on white cardstock, so that it has a bit of a white border. Center it on the front, making sure to only glue it to that front 3” x 6” folded piece. For the pocket, take some white cardstock measuring about 2-7/8” wide by 2” tall or more, and use the lace edge die from the album tags and accents set of dies. Cut your tag from the paper, and trim it down as needed – mount this also on white cardstock, punch the hole on top of the tag and slip in a ribbon if desired. The medium wild rose and three smaller ones with about 6 leaves complete your look.

Have fun, and show me what you’ve done in the comments!!

Dimensional Card with Wisteria

This lovely card was created using two z-folds, and Heartfelt Creations Cascading Petals (Wisteria) and French Country Cottage papers, stamps & dies. It is easier than it looks, although a little bit fiddly. I also dipped the wisteria into some of Rajni Chawla’s crystal clear glitter for a sparkly effect. Personally I prefer heavy weight cardstock, such as the 110# Recollections paper found at Michaels, but Heartfelt Creations probably has heavy cardstock too, even Hobby Lobby.

Wednesday Inspiration

For this week I have a classic 5 x 7” card base with an elegant gold frame, a rose and a couple of smaller blossom. Since I had pre-made the flowers, it went together fairly quickly, I just had to die cut the gold and white overlays, and glue things together.

Here is a photo of the die cutting and stamping elements from Heartfelt Creations:

Using the Regal Frame & accents, I made my card base & cut an extra one for the top, to decorate on. Then using the Heartfelt Creations gold paper, I cut out the largest decorative die, and the smallest. Using 110# white cardstock which I found at Michaels!!, I cut out the cross-hatched center piece, and layered all these together as shown. Then I selected a sticker for the inside and the “Love” for the front, and decorated with some flowers I already had in my stash – one of Heartfelt Creations better flowers (IMO) the Wild Rose. Actually super fast & what an impressive result (if I do say so myself!!)