Friday, September 12, 2008

Delightfully Delicious!

Today's card uses one of my favorite techniques - watercoloring. I used Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper and an aqua brush from Michael's (pack of 3 for $6.99). I stamped my image from one of the new Stampin' Up! sets, Always in My Thoughts (111562), in VersaFine Onyx Black ink (I buy my VersaFine from Our Daily Bread Designs). Then I spritzed my paper with water and began coloring/painting, using dye ink pads and reinkers from Stampin' Up! The sentiment is just brushed with a couple of strokes of different color to match the flowers and pot.

I used my Scor-Pal (also purchased from Our Daily Bread Designs) to score a little frame around the main image. The Cuttlebug embossing gives a nice texture, along with the distressed edges of the cardstocks and the Cheesecloth background stamp (Stampin' Up!). The Silver Hodgepodge Hardware is my favorite from Stampin' Up! yet (and I loved the Antique sets that are retired!), as it has such neat designs (see the brad in the corner). The ribbon is retired Wild Wasabi, and one end is attached in the little sentiment frame, while the other is attached to one layer of the card. I used Copic C-1 for the shadow underneath the flower pot. The inks I used were Elegant Eggplant, Marigold Morning (retired), Barely Banana, Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi (retired). Designer paper is from the Old World MatStack by DCWV.

And now for some food! :)

This is a good recipe from the Joy of Baking. There are so many yummy delicious apples out there right now, and this is a perfect recipe for a fall day! I have also listed metric amounts for my international readers! Enjoy! Let me know if you tried it and what you think!

Tart Apple Crisp (or Crumble)
2 1/2 pounds (1.2 kg) or 6 cups Granny Smith Apples or other firm, tart-tasting apple (peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch (2.54 cm) chunks)
1 cup fresh blackberries or raspberries (optional- but this is the best part almost!)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons (40 grams) white granulated sugar

1/2 cup (65 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
1/4 cup (55 grams) light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh or ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (84 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup (30 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats (NOT instant)
1/3 cup (40 grams) chopped walnuts or pecans (I don't put these in as I don't like nuts!)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter or spray with a cooking spray, a 9 inch (23 cm) deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) baking dish. (Can also make 8 individual ramekins.) Set aside.

2. For Topping: Place all the topping ingredients (flour, sugars, spices, butter, oats and nuts) in a food processor and process until the mixture is crumbly (looks like coarse meal) and there are no large pieces of butter visible. (This can also be done with two knives or your fingertips.) Set aside while you prepare the filling.

3. For Filling: Place the apple chunks in a large bowl, along with the berries (if using) and lemon zest. Toss with the lemon juice and sugar. Transfer to your prepared baking dish Spread the topping evenly over the apples.

4. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes (20 - 25 minutes for individual ramekins) or until bubbly, and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 30 minutes before serving. Serve with softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Refrigerate leftovers and reheat before serving. Makes 4 servings.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Oh, what a pretty card! Love the distressed edges and the watercolored image. Like the new look of your blog too- it looks wonderful! Will have to try the recipe- it does look yummy :D ! Thanks for sharing it.


  2. Really like your card. What great color combinations.
    Will try your recipe too, looks yummy.
    Thank you for giving us an award.

  3. I love your card - particularly how you scored a border. And I always wondered what apple crisp was... it's a crumble! Every day's a school day...

  4. BEAUTIFUL CARD - OMG I love it!
    and the recipe - copying and pasting that puppy!! I love your blog from the start!!

  5. Ooohhh..yummy!! That looks simply delish. Can you buy the apples also from!!!!

  6. Judy, love this card, and your color combo is gorgeous. Thanks for the recipe. I love anything with fruit crumbles!
    I made a card for the HM & F challenge and then realized it was an old challenge! oh well. you inspired me to try it! thanks!

  7. Beautiful card Judy, I'll see it in person when I come for apple crisp. It is my absolute favorite. Crisp of any kind, cherry, blueberry, peach...........

  8. Simply beautiful, I love the roughed up edges. Oh and that dessert looks scrumptious!!

  9. Pretty card Judy. You are making me hungry and love the blog makeover! whohoo!!!

  10. Yum for both the card and the recipe!! Thanks for both!

  11. I love the image you used on the card. Me and my sweet tooth are about to break into my 'goodie' cabinet after reading that deliciou apple crisp recipe!! Yummy!

  12. So pretty, Judy! Love your distressed edges and the scored frame around you image! That recipe looks soooo yummy too!

  13. Love those distressed edges and these are my two favorite colors - green and purple!! Love this. AND my favorite crisp. I am totally printing this out and trying it very soon!! Thank you!!
    big hugs, Jami

  14. i just love your watercoloring, judy !!!!!colors are beautiful !!!!
    now the recipe looks really yummy!!gotta try that!!!tfs:)

  15. what a pretty card! I love the colors you've used. Your watercoloring is perfect! I give it a 10.

  16. This is one of my favorite color combo's EVER! I love it! And that recipe looks soooo good!

  17. This card is just gorgeous!! I love all the rich textures!! The distressing and the embossing....just beautiful!!! And YUMMMY!! Who can resist a sumptuous apple dessert?! LOL

  18. OH my, Judy-this card is truly beautiful! Your watercoloring is superb, I love that look and you do it so well. The color combo and texture is amazing! A perfect card, that's what this is! Now the sweet dish looks super delish! I'm for sure going to try it-thank you SO much for sharing it! You are so wonderful and I hope are having a great weekend! :) hugs and smiles to you!

  19. I love the watercoloring on your card and the distressed edges - wonderful colors on it too! Your dessert looks absolutely delicious!!

  20. This is the first time I have stopped by. I love your blog.Recipe looks great too. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Oh, that looks so so yummy! Your watercolored image is so fabulous. I just love the colors you used. Great job.

  22. Yummy card AND recipe. Fabulous colors! Your card just jumps off the page. I really need to practice watering with reinkers. I love how your watercoloring technique always look fabulous, but I just can't seem to get the technique down.

  23. Such a beautiful card! Love the scored lines as the frame for your image. The tart apple crisp made my mouth water!

  24. Gorgeous card Judy! And what scrumptious looking food :)


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