Holiday Handmade Card Challenge Part 4

Uh oh… it turns out I did have more than eight cards to make…. I did make the schedule and mailed quite a few out on the 17th! Alas, I found out that some of the cards I had mailed could have been delayed because I might happen to meet those people during the holidays! However, they probably wouldn’t receive the card until after X-mas anyway if meeting in person…

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Card Attempt #7

Xmas Ornament Second Try!

Remember how I couldn’t cut straight lines and purposely misaligned the paper in Card #2? Well, I just went with it this time and just glued them straight. You will notice that I still cannot cut straight. I tried to draw attention away from that by adding a bow. To save myself from gluing, I strung the ribbon through two holes in the card and then tied the bow. I still have issues tying the bow. See? It came out crooked.

Xmas Ornament 2 Inside of Xmas Ornament Card 2

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Card Attempt #8

Green and Snow Pop Out Xmas Tree – (Billing) Envelope Size

That giant pop out tree card #1 was a bit too big to mail. That was made from card stock sized 8.5 by 11 inches and then folded in half. Alas, I did not have any large enough sized paper to be able to make a proper envelope that would survive the post. So… here was another attempt, and I thought of people who don’t get as much snow. If too much white snow overwhelms them, why not a card with partial snow! To spiff it up, I used striped paper and then used green paint to match the trees and make the snow stand out.

Green and Snow Popout Tree Inside of Green and Snow

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Card Attempts #9 and 10

Holidays Paintings on Cardstock

Apparently, painting took less time than all the cutting and gluing, so I went ahead and painted onto the card stock and then use an envelope score board to make envelopes for these from normal paper.

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Card Attempt #11

Multi Paper Card

This is just made with scrap cardstock and cut pieces of different patterns.

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Card Attempt #12

Pop Out Gift Card

Cover was just made with paper and marker. The inside required two layers of paper. The white paper was cut and bent inward to create the 3D effect. Marker created the ribbon lines. Now…if the card would just stay closed…

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And I’m donnnne! So fortunate not all of them had to be mailed. Anyone forget about the holidays this year because Christmas is a Wednesday?

 

Holiday Handmade Card Challenge Part 3

Over the river and through the wood

To random people’s houses  we Go

The (rein)deer know the way to carry the sleigh

Through the sky full of white and drifted snow.

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Card Attempt #5

Random Santa Sleigh Painting on Blue

This card was just paint and blue cardstock. I spotted a painting online somewhere and tried to imitate it. Unfortunately, let’s just say things didn’t work perfectly. I accidentally drew the houses too high, and so Santa and his reindeer don’t really look like they’re in the sky… Plus, I only had one size brush to work with, so it was a bit hard to do any attempts at detail or shading. Umm, yes, that’s supposed to be the moon in back of Santa’s head. At least this one fits nicely into a normal envelope unlike all the other cards before this.

Santa Blue

 

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Card Attempt #6

Snowflakes and Reindeer

Ah, here is another one that fits into those long normal size envelopes (I don’t know what they are called!). I took black construction paper, cut it so it would fit and then folded it. Then, I glued a white piece of paper on the inside so a message can be written. On the front of the card, I mixed and glued scrapbook paper to create the “Happy Holidays” and backgroud. I then went and cut out small snowflakes. A few snowflakes were murdered during the process because I accidentally cut through the whole snowflake while making it. Psss… don’t tell…that’s also why the hole in the top snowflake is bigger in the middle. My scissors decided to cut all the way through instead of stopping… Such disadvantages when working with tiny pieces of paper.

Snowflake

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More to come….

Holiday Handmade Card Challenge Part 2

Rudolph the red nose reindeeer~

Had a very shiny nose,

And if you ever saw him,

You would see I forgot the bow!

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Card Attempt #3

Reindeer with Holly Leaves

The reindeer design is based off of this person’s printable holiday card. You can get the printout of the reindeer there. However, because my card was smaller, I had to hand draw the reindeer instead of using the printout. I liked her card color scheme with the black and white, but I ultimately decided that going completely black and white didn’t seem very holiday cheer like. So, I added color with Prisma Color markers. Alas, the green bled through to show on the inside of the card too. To fix this and make it look intentional, I drew red berries on the insides of the card and drew in hollies on the back of the card too, so the back would also bleed into the other inside piece of the card.

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Card Attempt #4

Joy to the World Sticker Hole

What to do… I had some old holiday themed stickers around, so I decided to make use of them otherwise they would probably just keep sitting on my shelf for…the many years they already have. I decided to have the sticker on the inside of the card and cut a whole on the front of the card. Then, because the front looked too plain, I added snow (white paint) and a gold ribbon to make it look like a hanging Christmas tree ornament.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the bow to look right, so I just crossed the ribbon. Because the inside looked too white with just the sticker inside, I added badly cut blue stars at the corners of the inside.

Joy to the World Sticker Cover Joy to the World Sticker Inside

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More to come….

~Share your ideas! What do you think? Do you make your own cards?~

Holiday Handmade Card Challenge Part 1

Deck the halls with crafties and bards.

Fa la la la la, la la la la~

Tis the season to make cards~

I just butchered that carol. Sorry folks. This year, I am going to make an effort to custom make holiday cards even though I have not much time. I have at least eight cards to make…unless I counted wrong. So, instead of 12 days of Xmas, it’s going to be 8 days of Xmas! Just kidding. I’m going to post the cards two by two each post as a motivation to keep me on track because I do have to mail these cards out in time!

~Share your holiday card ideas! The more the merrier! ~

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Card Attempt #1:

Popout Green Xmas Trees on Red Paper With Painted White Snow

I followed a youtube video and then added and made a couple of minor tweaks. I used 65 lb cardstock for paper, but if you make something like this, I would recommend using something lighter for the Xmas tree on the inside of the card because I now have a hard time keeping the card closed…. but I guess that’s what the envelope is going to be for. This is the card I spent the most time gluing

Cover

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Card Attempt #2:

Xmas Tree Ornaments

This card was made from a combination of construction paper, normal printing paper, scrapbook paper, yellow paint, and green highlighter. I tilted the white and red rectangles because…well… I can’t cut straight apparently, so I tried to hide that I can’t cut straight. I am now hoping some of the people receiving these cards aren’t reading these blog posts….haha.

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More to come! Share your card ideas too~ The more the merrier as holiday spirit dictates(or life in general :p)!

Bananas Again?

Rice Cooker Banana Bread

Remember all the funky stuff you can make in a rice cooker from this post back in October? I went ahead and made the banana bread in my Tatung rice cooker. I followed the recipe that links to the banana bread.

Rice Cooker Banana Bread!

Rice Cooker Banana Bread!

Here’s how it turned out. I did have a problem trying to take it out, so I just left it in the metal tin and served the bread that way. The bread seems puffier than baked banana bread, and the taste is slightly different. For some reason, it makes me feel healthier. Anyhow, it was steamed instead of baked.Maybe that’s why it gave me the illusion of being healthier.

Thanksgiving Turkey Cake

Remember that turkey decoration on the cake in “Cake it Up for Thanksgiving“?

Inside Cake

Layers: Strawberry, Icing, Red Velvet, More Icing

Here’s a picture of the slicked cake. As you can see, I used two layers with a layer of icing in between the two layers to glue the two layers together. Normally, you’d use the same flavor for both layers, but I didn’t have enough out of cake mix for two layers of the same flavor and ended up with a layer of strawberry and a layer of red velvet.  I may have overkilled on the icing on the top of the cake to get the decorations of the turkey on.

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More Bananas!

I have too many bananas. I need to stop buying them from Costco…<.<

Two Different Chocolate Chip Banana Breads

Two Different Chocolate Chip Banana Breads

Dried Cranberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour (bread flour might work better)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • A dash of salt
  • 1 cup over-ripe bananas, mashed (I mashed about 3 whole bananas)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup  yogurt
  • 1/4 cup  oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries (This works for blueberries and other dried fruits too. I have not tried fresh fruits with this recipe.)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients (bananas, olive oil, egg, vanilla extract, yogurt. I did not have an electric mixer or whisk, so I just used a straight wooden turner. )
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients a little bit at a time to the mix.  Add sugar, baking soda, flour, salt. (Having a mixer will make combining the dry and wet ingredients faster and easier.)
  4. Mix in cranberries and chocolate chips.
  5. If you don’t have a nonstick pan, apply non-stick spray to a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. I just lined the inside of the pan with aluminum foil. Parchment paper may be better because the bread doesn’t stick to the paper. It sticks for the foil.
  6. Pour batter inside.
  7. Bake bread in oven for about 45 minutes , or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  8. Let the bread rest in pan and then cool.

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Banana Bread (Add Chocolate Chips etc if you’d like)

Personally, I like this recipe better than the Cranberry one above, but Chocolate Banana Bread from August’s “OMG! Overripe Bananaaaas! Oops!” post is still hard to beat… it does have more chocolate…although I will admit that recipe did confuse some of my coworkers. One coworker said he expected brownie because it looked like a brownie, but it was bread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour (bread flour might work better)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • A dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup over-ripe bananas, mashed (I still mashed about 3 whole bananas)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional (you can add chocolate chips too. I’ve done this, and it’s good ;D)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Mix all the wet ingredients
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients a little bit at a time to the mix.
  4. If you don’t have a nonstick pan, apply non-stick spray to a 4″ x 8″ loaf pan. I just lined the inside of the pan with aluminum foil. Another time, I lined with parchment paper. The benefit is that the bread won’t stick to the parchment paper while it will stick to the aluminum foil. The foil’s advantage is that you can just wrap it around the banana bread and pack it. Can’t do that with the parchment paper because it might rip and it doesn’t stay folded.
  5. Pour batter inside.
  6. Bake bread in oven for about 1 hour , or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. Let the bread rest in pan and then cool.

Pumpkin Pie: Condensed Milk or Evaporated Milk?

For Thanksgiving, I visited a friend, and we were going to have Thanksgiving dinner at another friend’s family’s house. Alas, the friend I was crashing with didn’t know how to cook, so I offered to make quick pumpkin pie from canned pumpkin. All he needed to do was get the supplies before I traveled there!

Basically, all I asked for was:

– Condensed milk

– Canned pumpkin

– Eggs

– Pie crust within aluminum tin

– Pumpkin Pie spice (I brought this with me since it was quicker than having him find cinnamon, nutmeg, etc)

My plan was two make 2 pies with condensed milk. Alas, my friend mistakenly bought 1 can of condensed milk and 1 can of evaporated milk. In addition, the only pie crust he could find was the type you have to roll out (Ahhh! I always rip them!). So… we had to go buy aluminum containers for the pie anyway.

If I thought that was the only hitch, I was wrong. My friend’s oven temperature is completely wrong. It’s definitely much hotter than what the dial temperature is set to. Maybe it’s time to bring a portable oven thermometer? Any suggestions?

The first pie I made (using the condensed milk) was burnt so quickly. Pumpkin is like a custard, so you REALLY don’t want it to burn! It looks ugly and the taste gets slightly charred. Alas, pie#1 = fail and burnt.

With pie #2, I tested waters with the evaporated milk and lowered the oven temperature and left the pie in for less time. The difference from the condensed milk version is that you can adjust the amount of sugar you add to the pie. I only added probably 2/3 cup even though the recipe on the back of the pumpkin can said 3/4.  For condensed milk, the sugar is already inside, so if you added any, you would get a pie too sweet for eating.

So..given pie#1 fail, my friend and I ended up bringing pie#2 and a makeshift cheese/ham platter. Of course we forgot to buy the crackers. Oops!

But you know… I think I still liked the burnt condensed milk pie better. The condensed milk pie is sweeter. The evaporated milk one has a different taste, and I find it tangier with a weird aftertaste sometimes. What do you think?!

Here’s my evaporated milk pie. I didn’t take a picture of the burnt condensed milk one because… it doesn’t look great with the burns (even though I still liked the taste).

Pumpkin Pie with Evaporated Milk

Pumpkin Pie with Evaporated Milk

The fork mark in the middle is to check if the pie was done… I would have used a knife, but I couldn’t find one at the moment. I could use whipped cream to cover it, but I didn’t have any on hand either…with whipped cream, I’m sure shenanigans would have happened ..and it would have landed on the pie. And I still think it’s better to get the premade pie crusts that are already fitted to an aluminum pan. My unrolling of the pie crust onto the tin resulted in slight tears and uneven crust borders…as you can see in the picture.

 

And FYI, this is difference between evaporated and condensed milk according to a quick Google search that landed me on this page.

Evaporated milk

-“fresh, homogenized milk from which 60 percent of the water has been removed”

– it’s thicker than fresh milk

-“slightly caramelized, ‘canned’ flavor that is not appreciated by all who taste it.”

Sweetened condensed milk

-“mixture of whole milk and sugar, 40 to 45 percent is sugar”

– The resulting condensed mixture is extremely sticky and sweet after the mixture is heated to 60% evaporation.