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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

On Yellow Stickers and Crafting

Firstly, a big welcome to my new follower, Marlene Jones, thanks for clicking :)

Well, I promised to show you my bargain YS'd items.  As I was shopping on Monday I spotted these by the self serve salad counter....


A big 1kg bag of moist grated carrot and 400g of chopped green peppers.  I couldn't believe the price of 19p each and the use-by date was 2 days away.  I didn't want to be greedy so I just had one of each.  There were also bags of chopped white cabbage but I could only think 'coleslaw' which OH refuses to eat so I left those alone.  Anyway I have put the peppers straight into the freezer and will use them to add to quiches, omelettes and frittata.  Yesterday, I weighed 2 ordinary carrots which came in at just under 200g to give me an idea of the quantity of the grated stuff to use.  200g of it along with 85g rinsed red lentils, an onion, 1litre of veg stock (using 1 good quality stock cube plus salt & pepper) were simmered together for 15 minutes or so. The resulting soup will give us around 6 portions some of which will be frozen for later.  The rest of the carrot has been split into 4 freezer bags (200g in each one) and frozen.  I am thinking veg soup, carrot cake etc. 

Does anyone have any more suggestions how I can use it please?  And what would you have done with the bag of chopped white cabbage? Careful now...  :)

Crafting

Marlene, from Simple Living has expressed an interest in seeing more of my craft projects so I thought I might share what I did yesterday, some simple but effective new baby cards....




....and a wedding congratulations card.  I'm afraid the light has distorted the colour on this one but the card blank and the embossed layer are both bright white and the heart is a peachy lemon colour.  All are easy to make once you have the layout clear in your head.....



If you have any questions, then please do ask.  I am always happy to share ideas.

Thanks everso for popping in x

9 comments:

  1. Do you make the toppers for your cards or purchase them, I have got a Xpress cutting machine, which embosses as well.

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    1. In the main I make the toppers myself as it works out cheaper. I have a Big Shot die cutting machine with which I cut the heart shapes after printing the wording on them. The embossed background was done with the machine too using an embossing folder I got free with a mag. I have amassed a fair number of dies over the years, Marlene.

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  2. Great veggie bargains. I love your cards.
    Twiggy

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  3. Beautiful cards, do you sell you cards or is a just a hobby now? Using the cabbage I would do a bubble and squeak, with crispy bacon on top with a fried egg.x

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    1. Yes, Marlene, I do sell them, some go to a local shop and I make others to order. I used to do craft fairs but it got too expensive. At £15 to £20 a table it wasn't cost effective. I also sell a few on eBay but the high fees mean I don't make much on them so I donate the proceeds of those to charity, usually Help4Heroes.
      Thanks for the suggestion to use the cabbage up. I hadn't thought of bubble and squeak x

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  4. Love the cards, do you have an 'embosser'. Did you make the toppers or use a die. I have a Big Shot but I'm still quite a novice with it. Perhaps if there is enough of us who have emboss machines we can have a die swap shop. Brilliant cards.

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  5. Thank you! I embossed the card by passing it through the Big Shot inside an embossing folder. You usually have to experiment with how thick you need the base plates to get it right. Sometimes you need a shim which comes with some metal dies, it just depends. The shapes are all cut with machine and decorated by hand.

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  6. How about a 'French style' carrot salad... I like to mix in apples or raisins so it's like a coleslaw but without the mayo or cabbage. Jx

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