Saturday, December 31, 2011

"Joyful Christmas" Layout

Here's another layout done recently! 
 I've been having lots of fun scrapping lately over the Christmas break.

Kit: Joyful Christmas
By:LDrag Designs

Template: Autumn Fun Templates
By:Jady Day Studio

Here's The Kit.  I'm actually going to link you to her Scrap Matters store instead of the ScrapbookBytes store.

CLICK HERE if you'd like to purchase this adorable kit.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Memory Clips: Column Style Vol. 1 Layouts

Ramona from Memory Clips has made these amazing templates that I used for the following layouts.
I linked the preview just in case you are interested in purchasing.
Also, if I haven't mentioned before, Ramona has beautiful FREE templates nearly daily on her blog.  You can find her blog HERE.

You can purchase this amazing template HERE.

"Cherish" Layout

What a beautiful kit this was to work with!  I think it was the perfect kit to show off my chubby little baby Brighton.

If you're interested in purchasing it, you can click on the links below!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sneak Peak

Here's a sneak peek at my newest kit in progress.
Watch for the new release this Friday!
(Plus earn a chance to win this kit!)

Kitchen Conversions

Here's a handy little kitchen conversions cheat sheet.  Enjoy!
Right Click on the picture, and click "Save As".
Handout made with "Secret Recipe" digital scrapbooking kit. Made by "Design by Dani" which can be found at Sweet Shoppe Designs. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

I ♥ Characters!

Ever wonder how to use special characters such as this?
" I you!"

You can find a great cheat sheet at Ted Montgomery.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Homemade Brown Sugar

The recipe was originally found HERE at babble blogs.

"Brown sugar is essentially white sugar with molasses added – the darker the brown sugar the more molasses it contains. To make basic golden brown sugar, you’ll need a ratio of about 1 cup white sugar to 1 Tbsp. dark molasses. Work the two together with a fork, or use an electric mixer. It will clump together at first, but eventually blend in completely, and look exactly like the brown sugar you get by the bag. Use it just as you would use any brown sugar in a recipe.
If you want darker brown sugar, simply add a bit more molasses. Simple. Store extras in a tightly sealed container to prevent it from drying out."

You can right click on the photo and "Save As" and add it to your recipe collection.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Freebie: Cozy Holidays Paper Pack

I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas! 
Here's a Paper Pack Freebie for you all to enjoy!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Winter Wonderland Paper Freebie

Hey everyone!  It's been a while since I've created any freebies. So here's a little wintery paper pack.

Sorry, This Download Has Expired

Friday, December 9, 2011

More digi layouts!

Good Friday evening everyone!
I have a few recent digi layouts I've done using templates by my friend Ramona at Memory Clips.  She has AMAZING freebies on her HAVE to go check her out!  
 Hope you enjoy!


Kit: Sugary Ginger
By: Me!
Little Bit Shoppe Designs (Kit Coming Soon)


Kit: Hearts Of Winter
By: Sir Scraps A Lot

Friday, December 2, 2011

Down This Road Designs Layouts

As I mentioned before I have the privilege of being on Down This Road Designs creative team, where I am able to create layouts with her kits.

Here are a few recent LO using some of her latest kits!

Created with Down this Road Designs portion of the ScrapMatters Mix a kit.

Template: Peek A Boo Templates
By: JW-DigiScraps

Created With: Ginger Sweet


Created With: Wild Thing

Template Used: Road Maps Vol. 4

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

First Fall & Boating Briggsy Layouts

Here are a few more layouts I've recently done. 

Kit Used: Happy Fall Y'all
By: Dani Mogstad

Template Used: Lotsa Layers Vol.2
By: Genia Beana Scraps

Kit Used: Goin' Boatin'
By: GG Digital Designs

Template Used:Big Picture Template
By: Jen C Designs

LDrag Designs 50% Off Sale

I have the privlidge of CTing for Lina over at LDrag Designs.  Just wanted to give you a heads up that she is having a 50% off sale.  She is closing her store at Scrap Matters, but will be opening at another store soon.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Alaska State Trooper Freebie

Hooked on the National Geographic show The Alaska State Troopers? I am!
I personally know a few people who work for them (wink wink...I'm married to one).

 I needed something for a few of my digital scrapbooking layouts, so I thought I'd make some embellishments.  Hope you enjoy the freebie!

If nothing else, you could use them for a police layout.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Few Layouts To Share

 Kit Used: Fall Semester
By: Chelle's Creations
Kit Used: School Days
By: Zoe Pearn

I went a little crazy during Digital Scrapbooking Day last weekend.  Let's just say...I've spent more then my fair share for the next year!  Anyway...I've done a few layouts that I thought I'd share with you.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CT Layout: Truly Blessed

 I CT for Angie at  Down This Road Designs {at Scrap Matters}.  I've really enjoyed it. It truly motivates me to get those pages scrapped! It helps that all her kits are super cute and easy to work with :).

Here is a page I've done with Down This Road Designs recent November Mix A kit "Truly Blessed" (which are all 20% off right now). If you are interested in purchasing any of her Mix A Kit's for this month, please click on the pictures above to be taken to her store.

Over at Scrap Matters they have a monthly kit called "Mix A Kit" where all the designers are given a theme and/or color pallette to design papers and elements for the shop.  They are offered at a cheaper price then a full kit and you can mix and match other designs elements and papers.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the other November Mix And Match Kits, you can find them

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Freebie: Witchy Woman Styles

Pink Igloo Designs is also my company.  Please don't share the link to this download, instead, send them here to download it!! Thanks in advance!

Here are some puffy/glossy Halloween Styles I made for you to use in Photoshop or
 Photoshop Elements.

If you are unsure how to use these in your PS/PSE program, just try googling something like
"How to install (and use) photoshop styles".  Good luck!

Please make sure to abide by and read the TOU's (Terms of use) inside the download.

(Only available for 1 week)

*If this download has expired and you are interested in purchasing this particular freebie after the link has expired, you can have access to this Friday Freebie and all the previous "Friday Freebies".  Just email me at senderikaaletter (at) hotmail (dot) com.  PLEASE BE SURE TO WRITE "PURCHASE ALL FRIDAY FREEBIES" in the subject line. You can expect an email response within 24 hours (although I do check my mail more often then that.) A Paypal invoice will be sent to your email requesting the amount of $5.00. Once the $5.00 is paid, I will email you all the previous download links.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Visiting Teaching

I know this post is a little late, but I thought I'd share it anyway. 
Check out my blog post HERE to follow the directions for making the "Gourmet Caramel Apples".
You can find and download the adorable printable from Liberty's Layouts.

I found a similar poem from Pam at Strong Armor
if you'd like to make your own handout.

Since this is the time for goblins and bats
Halloween parties and ghosts and cats
Weird costumes and strange masks too
These are the things I wish for you-
May the only ghost that comes to stay
Be the Holy Ghost to guide your way.
May the only spirits you chance to meet
Be the spirits of love & warm friends sweet.
These are Halloween wishes for you
And may God bless you in all you do.

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Original Recipe From:  OUR BEST BITES

Caramel apples are a Guymon family Halloween tradition. Depending on the year, it has varied from easy store bought caramel wraps, to homemade gourmet caramel apples such as these. Thank goodness it was a homemade year!
Please remember this recipe takes some work, time,  and ingredients that you more then likely WON'T have just lying around your please plan accordingly. (But definitely worth it!)
A special thanks to Our Best Bites where you can find the recipe, along with a great picture tutorial.

Homemade Caramel for Apple Dipping
Recipe from Bon App├ętit, slightly adapted by
1 pound dark brown sugar (about 2 cups packed brown sugar)
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup dark corn syrup
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 medium sized apples (that’s a pretty conservative measurement, this makes a lot of caramel)
popsicle sticks or chopsticks
assorted toppings for dipping (toffee bits, chopped nuts, coconut, crushed cookies or candy bars, etc.)
Optional: melted chocolate in zip-top bags

Wash and dry apples; place sticks in cores and place on a baking sheet in the fridge to chill. Prepare all toppings in bowls and have them ready to go.
To prepare caramel, combine first 8 ingredients in heavy 2 1/2-quart nonstick saucepan (about 3-4 inches deep, at least). Stir with wooden or silicone spatula over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves (no crystals are felt when caramel is rubbed between fingers), occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush or scraping with spatula, about 15 minutes.

Attach a clip-on candy thermometer to side of pan. Increase heat to medium-high; cook caramel at rolling boil until thermometer registers 236°F, stirring constantly but slowly with clean spatula and occasionally brushing/scraping down sides of pan,  about 12 minutes. Pour caramel into a bowl.  Submerge thermometer bulb in caramel.  Cool to 200°F, about 20 minutes.  If it cools too much just heat it up a little.
While caramel cools, line 1-2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or buttered foil.  Set up decorations and melted chocolates.

Holding stick, dip 1 apple into 200°F caramel, submerging all but very top of apple. Lift apple out, allowing excess caramel to drip back into bowl. Turn apple caramel side up and hold for several seconds to help set caramel around apple.  If needed, gently scrape the bottom of the apple to remove excess caramel. Place coated apple on prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining apples and caramel, spacing apples apart (caramel will pool a bit on foil). If caramel becomes too thick to dip into, gently heat in microwave, or add 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream and briefly whisk caramel in bowl over low heat to thin.

By the time you have dipped all the apples, the first ones should be ready partially set enough to add toppings.  If not, chill in fridge for a few minutes.  Lift 1 apple from foil. Using hand, press pooled caramel around apple.  Then firmly press decorations into the caramel and return to baking sheet.

If desired dip caramel-coated apples into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off, then roll in nuts or candy. Or drizzle melted chocolate over caramel-coated apples and sprinkle with decorations. Chill until decorations are set, about 1 hour. Cover; chill up to 1 week or wrap in cellophane bags for gift giving.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

 Credits: Original recipe found HERE
Digital Scrapbooking Kit: Fall Festival  By: Down This Road Designs

Need pumpkin pie seasoning in a hurry?  No worries...make it at home!

1 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground ginger
1/8 t. ground cloves

In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Store in an airtight container.