Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Altered Christmas Box

This year I’m giving handmade. Not only is it inexpensive but handmade gifts also show how much you really care. I found this cute box at the thrift store for only thirty cent! I added chipboard pieces from Gina’s Designs, ribbon, Christmas picks from Michaels and a $1.00 sticker from hobby lobby. I love the way it came out. I plan to fill it with candies and sweets for my best friend.

Thanks For Looking

Gina’s Designs Products

Other Products
Christmas picks
Modeling paste

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Gina's Designs Memo Board

Hi today I want to  share a memo board from Gina’s Designs. I wanted to show that there are many uses for the items on Gina’s Designs website. I decided to turn my memo board into a magnetic calendar. I painted the entire piece in brown and then I added a magnetic sheet. Next I placed DCWV paper over the magnetic sheet. I used stickers on pattern paper backed with magnet to create the month and numbers. I then used hand painted flowers from my stash to further embellish.  Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wedding Mini Album-Gina's Designs

Hello everyone, Rashida here with you today to share my black and white acrylic mini album. I had a great time making this mini because of all the chipboard and flowers.  Thanks so much for looking.

I used:
Gina's Designs Fluer De Lis Gate
Gina's Designs Flower Stackers
Gina's Designs Word Phrases 1
Gina's Designs Stackable Labels Shape Set
Gina's Designs Flourishes 2
Gina's Designs Parisian Shape Set
Gina's Designs Cardstock Doily Set Intricates

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gina's Designs Greeting Cards

Hi Guys,

I just wanted to share a couple of greeting cards that I made for Gina's Designs
I used stackable labels and butterflies and Dragonflies.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Candy Apples Tutorial

Candy Apples

These are candy apples that came from Gina's Designs Fall shape set.
Of course they start as craft chipboard but with a little creativity you can make these cute chippies spectacular.

For these apples I used
Gina's Designs Fall Shape Set
Ruby Slippers Stickles
diamond glaze
seed beads

First use stickles to cover the apple , let dry
Next on wax paper mix brown acrylic paint with diamond Glaze
once its mixed well use a flat object to spread the mixture on the apple. I used a plastic knife.
spread it on so that it looks like a dipped apple.
finally while it's still wet sprinkle the seed beads onto op the wet mixture.
let dry.

Gina's Designs Halloween Mini Album

Hi guys

Today I want to share my Halloween mini album that I made using Gina's Designs. I had such fun making this  mini album. Take a look inside!
for this mini I used:

Spooky shape set
Birds on a wire
3D House Mini Album ( FENCE, SHUTTERS)
Apothecary Jars
Spiderweb Shape Set
Haunted House Silhouette 1
Glassine bags
Fall Shape set 

Close To My Heart Halloween paper
Gel Pens
Close To Mt Heart Rub-ons
K and Co Halloween embellishments


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Greeting Cards -Gina's Desins

Hello I just want to take a moment to share two greeting cards that I made using Gina's Designs chipboard.
The first one is a masculine all occasion card using Gina's Designs Gears chipboard set.
The second one is a Thank You card that I made using Gina's Designs Feathers and Gina's Designs lace doily's.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I'm back!

Hi everyone!
So sorry I've been away for awhile. First I got sick and then I moved expectantly. It has taken forever to get everything unpacked and situated but I think I'm ready to start crafting again. keep checking in. I have a lot of projects planned for the blog.

Thanks for sticking around!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Gina's Designs Wreath Dt Project

Good Morning!Today I would like to share this super easy indoor spring wreath I made using Gina's Designs laser-cuts, a straw wreath , Garland, ribbon and paper flowers.

First wrap your ribbon around the wreath and secure to the back with hot glue.
Next wrap your Garland around the wreath and securing with hot glue. ( wrap and glue, wrap and glue) I snipped off additional pieces of garland to use as fillers.
The next step would be to add flowers. Finally I glittered butterflies from Gina's Designs Butterflies and Dragonflies. Let them dry and add them to the wreath. If you have any empty spaces use the snipped garland pieces to fill in.

Thanks For Looking!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Gina's Designs Fall Mini Album

Good Morning
Check out this cute Fall mini album that I made using Gina’s Fall Shape set and various other shape sets from Gina’s Designs.

Thanks for looking!

For the cover:
The cover was made using two pieces of chipboard that I cover with painted canvas. I painted Gina’s Trees and the fall banner from Gina’s fall shape set with brown paint and added gold leaf foil to the pieces. Next I layered up the painted chipboard with a few fall colored flowers from my stash.

This page was made using Gina’s Hinges shape set and Gina’s fall shape set. Once again I painted the chipboard and added fall flowers to the corner. The glittered chipboard piece is from Gina’s Fall set. The hinges are being used to hold the pull out journaling tag.

 Here I used Gina's Designs Fall Shape set, Gina's Designs Banner Builder Dovetail Minis and fall flowers to make this page.

 This page features a rake used from Gina's Designs Shape set, Gina's Designs miniature clipboards and CTMH fall rub-ons, twine, ribbon and flowers from my stash.The rake was colored and blended with grey and white gel sticks. I added ribbon,twine and a small flower to the top part of the rake. The pumpkin is a rub on from CTMH. The lace border that the pumpkin is on was created using a Martha Stewart punch. The journaling card is a Gina's Designs miniature clipboards that I cover with paper. I hot glue the clip in the set to the back of the flower creating what you see in photo 3!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Trinidad style stew chicken recipe- Heritage Month

 Here is a great recipe for Trinidad style Stew Chicken. It looks like a lot but it really isn't as complicated as it seems. If your feeling to try something new, this should do the trick.

You’ll need…
1 (4-5 pounds) whole chicken, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 cloves of garlic – thinly sliced or crushed
1 teaspoon fresh/bottled ginger – crushed. (use 1/2 if it’s ginger powder)
2 tablespoon vegetable oil (one that can withstand high heat)
1 medium onion – chopped
1 medium tomato – chopped
2-3 tablespoon cilantro (or 2 tbs Trinidad green meat seasoning)
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 hot pepper (only if you like your food spicy)
1 green onion or chive – chopped
2 sprigs of fresh thyme (1 teaspoon dried)
1 lime or lemon or 3 tablespoons of vinegar
Lets get started…
Preparing the chicken. Cut or ask your butcher to cut the chicken into serving size pieces. In a bowl empty the cut chicken and squeeze the lime or lemon (or vinegar) onto the chicken, then add some water from your tap to cover the pieces of chicken. Now wash each piece individually, removing skin and any fat . Now rinse with a new batch of water and drain.
Now in the same bowl with the freshly washed chicken you’ll add ALL the ingredients EXCEPT the oil, sugar and cup of water, we’ll be using those to cook the chicken. Here’s what it should look like (remember to mix everything around and let it sit (marinate) in the fridge for about 1hr before cooking.

FYI, you’ve just seasoned the chicken. After about an hour or so it time to get things moving. It’s best if you could find a solid or heavy pan/pot, like a dutch oven for the actual cooking process. The heavier the pan, the better the oil will heat evenly and the chicken will caramelize for you. On high heat, add the oil to the pan. Just before the oil starts to smoke, add the brown sugar. TIP – be sure to have the seasoned chicken handy, use a long handle spoon (it will get hot) and oven mitts to hold onto the pot to turn the pieces of chicken to get it evenly coated. It’s important that you keep an eye on things and be ready to act fast. Next tip – it can get a bit smoky with the high heat at this point, so you may want to turn the exhaust fan over your stove on or open a window in the event you have smoke detectors installed.
Here’s a pic of adding the sugar to the hot oil.

 Move around the sugar in the pot (remember to use a dry spoon with a long handle), until it starts to melt. Now keep a close eye on things here, since you’re looking for the sugar to go a bit foamy, and change color to golden. See pic below. Notice the bottom left of the picture where the sugar appears a bit darker? That’s the exact color you’re looking for before adding the chicken.

 At this point you can start adding the pieces of chicken into the pot with the caramelized sugar. Try to be quick, since you don’t want the sugar to go much darker than in the picture above. Be sure to coat every piece of chicken so it “browns” evenly. Now cover the pot and let simmer for about 5 -10 minutes. you’ll notice that the pot will now have some excess water in it.

Remove the lid and turn the heat back up to high. Let’s get rid of that water that formed earlier.We’re ensuring that all the pieces of meat is nice an golden brown at this point. Ensure that there’s no water left in the pot.. it will seems as if it’s starting to stick or burn.
Now add the cup of water to the bowl that contained the seasoned chicken. Swish it around so you get all the seasoning bits that were left back. Add this water to the pot so you can continue cooking the chicken for another 25 minutes or so. Turn the heat back down to a simmer and let cook until the water thickens up to a nice gravy like consistency.


Recipe Courtesy Of caribbeanpot.com/