Sunday, September 14, 2008

inkydiva card boutique is closed

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my ebay store is closed but I'm working on something better. In the next few months, I'll be debuting a new inkydiva card boutique and home improvements on the blog.

I promise it will be fab.u.lous!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

best witches

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this card is for the monthly swap on a muse addicts. of course I had to join since the theme is halloween!

I couldn't resist using the cutie witch from missy's halloween set. I think she is so adorable with those curly pigtails.

this card reminds me of the many pics my mom took of me and my sisters at halloween. although, since we live in the pacific northwest, half the time my costume would be covered up by my winter jacket! and, remember those crazy, freaky lookin' plastic masks with the little air holes in the nose and mouth?! ahhh...good times!

paper - a muse black kitchen notecard, pumpkin pie, shimmer white, basic black; stamps - missy's halloween set, a muse sentiment; ink - memento rich black; accessories - koh-i-noor pencils, photo corners, gamsol, a muse ribbon, ms pumpkin edge punch

Monday, September 8, 2008

halloween atcs

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I love this time of the year! the fall colors of the leaves, football, and halloween!

what better way to get in the bewitching spirit than a couple of halloween atcs. I signed up to make one in orange and black and the other using bright green, purple and black. I think a muse images are perfect for atcs so I ink'd up the mummy (one of my favs) and used my new martha punches for mummy's party...love that drippy goo!
the haunted mansion (always reminds me of disneyland!) is also one of my fav.o.rite stamps!

I've got another halloween swap to post tomorrow. have a good week!

mmm...cupcakes

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like everyone else I love cupcakes! we went to a bbq this weekend and I decided to make these yummy chocolate orange cupcakes. I love this recipe and like to make them during the fall season. of course I had to show my school spirit and add the oregon topper!

If you're interested, here's the recipe for the cupcakes...chocolate+orange = yum-o!





chocolate orange cupcakes w/limoncello frosting
(recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis - foodnetwork.com)

cupcakes:
1 box chocolate cake mix
orange juice (instead of water in cake mix)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 cup diced candied orange peel (about 8 ounces)

frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened (1/2 stick)
2 tablespoons limoncello (you can substitute with 2 tablespoons lemon juice for minors)
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 orange, zested
1/4 cup finely diced candied orange peel, for garnish

special equipment: cupcake liners, 2 muffin pans

to make the cupcakes: mix the chocolate cake mix according to package instructions, substituting orange juice for the water. toss the chocolate chips with the flour. fold the chocolate chips and the candied orange peel into the chocolate mixture. line the muffin pan with the cupcake liners. fill and bake the cupcakes according to package instructions. let the cupcakes cool for 1 hour on a wire rack before frosting.

to make the frosting: combine all the ingredients except the candied orange peel in a medium bowl. using a hand mixer, beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. using a small spatula, place about 1 tablespoon of frosting on top of each cupcake. top with a small sprinkle of candied orange peel.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

holly jolly couple

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yay! college football season has officially started and I'm oh so happy! the next few months will be biz-ay for me. between football games and other stuff, christmas will be here before we know it!

to get into the upcoming holiday frenzy, I've joined a couple holiday swaps. mr & mrs claus from missy's holiday set are the perfect choice for an atc swap...they are so cutie!!!

I'm so looking forward to the weekend. it will probably be one of the few I can catchup and relax a bit.

paper - shimmer white, madeira red, cranberry crisp; stamps - missy's holiday set; ink - memento black; accessories - a muse black ribbon, copics, spica pens, liquid applique, scallop punch