Mini-Folio

This is a little folio, measuring ~4”x 5-1/2”. It only needs two pieces of paper, one to make the book, the other for the fold outs.

Mini-Folio, with room for 10-12 photos

Below are a few stills. Thanks for stopping by!

Mothers Day cards

I attended a class on-line, and made four adorable Mothers Day cards, ranging in difficulty from extremely simple, to rather difficult.

I worked on these ALL of the Mothers Day weekend, so obviously I was doing exactly what I wanted to do!!!

Inside of the above (arched) card

Of course I forgot to post this in a timely manner, so now it’s more of a TBT, as I made these cards in late April!!!

Hope you enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!!

Climbing Clematis & Sweet Magnolia Cards

In the evenings, I like to make flowers, and dream up designs for cards. On Fridays and Sundays I try to actually make the cards or folios. I’m even trying to branch out from Heartfelt Creations, but they just have such adorable designs!!! This is more Climbing Clematis and a Sweet Magnolia card.

Forgot my message, didn’t I? Sometimes I just want to decide later who I’m giving the card to, and for whatever occasion is called for.
Here’s the inside 😊
Another card using the Sweet Magnolia collection.
And the inside.

Thanks for dropping by!

Climbing Clematis cards

I have been remiss in posting on here! Life has gotten much busier, now that it is summertime, and we are spending our spare time visiting Florida’s Natural Springs, beaches and family!

I actually have been crafting, and have been enjoying working with Heartfelt Creations Sweet Magnolia, and Climbing Clematis collections.

In fact, I’ve been tweaking the Clematis and making it into smaller Dahlias. The magnolia has many possibilities, and each of these stamp and die sets have three different sizes. I enjoy generally clustering my flowers in odd numbers, like 3 and 5, and will often make three of the larger flower, and two smaller, or one large and two smaller.

This is an example of a combination of Dahlia paper, and clematis turned into Dahlias. Isn’t the birdhouse just adorable?!!
This is actually sort of a postcard. The back is just decorative paper.

Hedgehogs

This is sort of a mush mash of Buckeye (peanut butter candy) and Cake Truffles (sometimes called cake balls)

Of course this can be made keto, but to be sweet to all those who are not afraid of sugar, I will include BOTH keto and the traditional recipes.

Just a few ingredients:
KETO NOT KETO
3 cups chunky Peanut Butter (regular Peter Pan, NOT Honey Roasted) ANY kind of PB ok
2 cups Lakanto Monk Fruit 2 cups 10X confectioners sugar
1/2 cup real Land O Lakes Margarine 1/2 cup real Land O Lakes Margarine
2-3 cups of Rice Krispies
Mix well, by hand or in the mixer.

Mix together about 1 cup chopped pecans and 1 cup coconut mixed together well for rolling the candy in to at the very end. (You may need a lot more of this,depending on how things roll.) Set aside until needed.

Place the peanut butter mixture in the fridge for a few hours to firm up a bit, and then roll them into about 2” balls, placing them on wax paper, spaced well apart. (Sometimes at this point I’ll then put all the peanut butter balls in the freezer for several hours- partly to keep myself from eating them, and partly because it makes the dipping process seem to go faster.)

Melt 2 packages of Hershey’s Sugarfree Chocolate Chips (20 oz) – I do it in the microwave at 50% power one minute at a time. (For non-Keto, use either chocolate almond bark, or 2 packages of semi-sweet chocolate chips, about 24 oz). If you would like you can also melt some Gulf wax, just a bit, to thin your chocolate and give it a glossy shine – 1/4 of a bar is all you need. Once everything is well incorporated glossy and smooth, roll your Peanut Butter balls a wee bit on the wax paper to smooth out the edges, and then dip into your melted chocolate lifting them out with a fork. Tap off the excess chocolate.

Now place the chocolate covered goodness directly into the bowl of pre-prepared nuts and coconut (natural coconut oi trying to go for Keto), rolling it and pressing the nuts and coconut all over it. Lift out the ball with your (gloved) fingers, and place on the wax paper again to firm up.

Doesn’t that look delicious? I serve them on mini-cupcake liners, and give these as gifts!

Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday

This is a Beach themed wedding cake I made for an associate at work about 4 years ago. Unfortunately, it shifted during transport, so is less than perfect.

I had a lot of fun with the shells and plumeria…..everything is made from white chocolate! I ordered some molds off Etsy, and just had a blast! I even got to eat my mistakes, which were many, as I experimented with the corrects colors I was looking for.

Thinking of you Rosa!

Low Carb Lemony Cake

This is a spin off from my Keto Cakelets; I simply replaced the almond extract with Lemon extract. I also did not use little cakelet molds but rather a pan with an indentation designed just for fillings.

Recipe
1/3 Cup Milk or Cream
1-1/2 tsp Lemon Extract
2/3 Cup Butter chocolate or Real Margarine
2/3 Cup Lakanto Monk Fruit
3 large EB Eggs
1 Cup Almond Flour
1/4 Cup all-purpose Flour
1-1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/8 tsp salt

Heat your oven to 350. Mix in the Eggs, Butter and Monk Fruit until smooth.
Add the Cream and dry ingredients, blend until smooth again.
Add in the Lemon Extract, and pour into your prepared pan.
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350° F.

Once the cake is cooled (I squished my warm cake into this heart shaped pan, so that when cooled, it will retain the heart shape) prepare some sugar-free instant pudding with 2 cups cream, and 1/2 cup milk. Spread over the top, and decorate as desired.

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More Dahlias!

I just realized that I forgot to post this card! I had quite a bit of fun, as I “cut down” the size of the flower (purple & black card) and since the flower is just so darn easy, it’s easy to have a card made, and then just rummage through your leftover flowers to embellish it.

This was pretty much finishing up the paper pack from Heartfelt Creations “Delightful Dahlias”, and for me, really branching out into the color orange.

Of course I didn’t really intend on orange, I kinda was hoping for that flame type flower, where it starts out as a pink and then near the tips has the orange/pink flame colored, but oh well!

Both of these are little folios, the square one measures about 6” x 6”, and the rectangle is about 5” x 7”.

I have a secret tag tucked in behind these bright pink dahlias – it has the light purple, organza ribbon bow on the top of it, and a little message on it.

The inside folio has a pocket with a gusset that will allow a thin candy bar, or package of hot chocolate, or some other fancy gift or gift card.

Thanks for looking!