Tuesday, December 18, 2012

i {heart} papers December Team Challenge

This month's i {heart} papers Design Team challenge was to create a project that was related to food! Yum! Since so much about the holidays revolves around food, our challenge this month is to make a food related project.  A recipe card, food gift presentation, table decor, kitchen or food related product....as long as it is related to something edible, it counts!
I chose a beautiful image from Flourishes' Dreaming of Florence stamp set and made a recipe card to go with a gift of wine. 

I stamped on Canson watercolor paper using VersaFine ink, and then watercolored my image using dye inks and a watercolor brush. I stamped my sentiment from the same set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The pearl flourishes are Zva Creative CRX-05CB-131 and CRX-05CB-110. Everything is adhered with ISP tape and Zva Creative Adhesive Dimensionals. The lace trim is Ivory Crochet Lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I love making easy recipes around the holiday times (and any time!) for dinner, and my crockpot is such a timesaver when I am working and wanting something delicious! So I am sharing one of my favorite chicken recipes.

Inside my card is this printed recipe:


  • 4 to 5 chicken breasts & thighs
  • 8 bacon slices, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced green onions
  • 8 small white onions peeled
  • 16 small new potatoes, scrubbed, or 1 to 1 1/2 pound, quartered
  • 8 ounces small whole mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • chopped parsley, for garnish
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons each, water and flour, optional
In large skillet, sauté diced bacon and green onions until bacon is crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Add chicken pieces to skillet and brown well on all sides. Remove browned chicken and set aside. Put onions, potatoes, mushrooms and garlic in crockpot. Add browned chicken pieces, bacon, green onions, salt, pepper, thyme, and chicken broth. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours, or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Add the wine about 1 hour before done. Remove chicken pieces to serving platter. If desired, thicken juices with a combination of 1 to 2 tablespoons each flour and cold water. Arrange vegetables around chicken and pour juices over all. Garnish with chopped parsley. 


Check out what the rest of the team made 
and find some delicious recipes to try along the way!
Don’t forget our 12 Days of Christmas Savings! Now through Christmas Eve, each day a new sale item will be posted at a steal of a price. Sale items valid until sold out or until Christmas Day, whichever comes first! (Sorry, no restocks or rainchecks!) Inventory is low on some items but be sure to join us each day for the IHP 12 Days of Christmas! Today’s special is all Washi Tape 35% off! 

Here’s what we’ve had so far! 
12/13 – Stickles/Liquid Pearls $1 
12/14 – Scor-Tape 1/8” - $2 
12/15 – Spellbinders 35% off 
12/16 – BoBunny Flexi-ruler $9 
12/17 – Scor-Bug tool $5 
12/18 – Washi Tape 35% off

Stamps: Dreaming of Florence (Flourishes)
Paper: Prima Moulin Rouge DP, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate (SU!), Canson watercolor
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black, Purely Pomegranate, Mellow Moss, Wild Wasabi, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Close to Cocoa, Going Gray (SU!)
Accents and Tools: Zva Creative Pearl Flourishes, distressing tool, Lifestyle Crafts Zig Zag embossing folder, Ivory Crochet Lace (RRR)

Other challenges for this card:
Crafty Cardmakers - Inspired by the song "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Vintage/Shabby Chic - Inspired by Gift-giving
Try It On Tuesday - Lucky Dip  Pick 2 items from list: Die Cuts, Ribbon, Sentiment, Pearls, Distressing, Stamped Image (I chose sentiment, pearls, distressing and stamped image)
Cards und More - Pearls 


  1. WOW this is stunning the image and layout are gorgeous. Caroline xxx

  2. Beautiful, Judy! So soft and serene, definitely the sweet life! I SO want to go there! Your crock pot recipe sounds yummy! I haven't cranked mine up in quite a while, so I need to try it! Then I could have Carolyn's dulce de leche for dessert! ;)

  3. This is gorgeous! I love all the elements on your card. I wonder if I could veg your recipe. It sounds yummy!

  4. Judy your coloring is spectacular! Love this and you recipe sounds yummy too. (Into my recipe box it goes!)

  5. This is gorgeous- and that recipe sounds delicious!!

  6. Classy and beautiful, just like you. And that recipe is heading for my crockpot soon!

  7. Beautiful coloring on the card. Gorgeous! I've printed out the recipe. I just used the crockpot yesterday - for a sausage and lentil stew. It's so handy when you are so busy at this time of the year!


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