Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Easter Bunny Bread Recipe MDS Page

One of our family's Easter traditions is making yummy bunny-shaped rolls. 

I have made these since the kids were very small.   The original recipe is on a little piece of paper cut from either a magazine ad or a promotional flyer for Red Star yeast.  It has been so long I am not sure!   It has just the recipe not even a title so I am not sure the original name of the rolls.   We always make these together so every year the kids will ask "when are we going to make the Bunny dough"?  Hence our name for them is simply "Bunny Dough"!

I realized that I have only one copy of this recipe (like a lot of our other family favorites).  So when I saw that Stampin' Up! had a My Digital Studio template for a recipe book I decided I need to start copying some of our family favorites.   

The download is called a Compilation of Recipes.  The really cool thing is that it is an 8" X 8" board book.   The spacing is already figured out so all I had to do is type in the recipe and then decorate it!

The embellishments are from two of the free CDs available in the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  I thought the yellow background paper from the Piece of Cake Ensemble looked like rays of sunshine-- perfect for an Easter Brunch layout.  The flowers at the bottom are from the Sprinkled Expression stamp set found on the One Big Sale-a-Bration CD.  

Then I added the bunny from the Holiday Blitz stamp set which comes with the original My Digital Studio software.  The heart is the Small Heart Punch.  Other than that I just changed the colors to fit my color scheme.

The dough can be made the night before, refrigerated and baked the next morning.  I often make it, let it rise in a warm place and bake it the same day.

Also I no longer knead it by hand.  I let the machine to the work!

To make the bunnies, roll dough into a rope and twist into a bunny shape.
For this shape bunny, I coil the rope into an "S" to form the head and body, then add the ears and tail.
We make a powdered sugar frosting for them- YUM!

I usually make some into eggs as well.

The dough makes wonderful rolls too anytime of year!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Designer Rosette Cross and Daffodil Tutorials

Today I have the tutorials for the Designer Rosette cross and daffodil from the weekend Stampin' Addict's Blog Hop.  (You can still hop from blog to blog if you missed it- we have permanent links!
The cross is made much like a regular rosette except that the pieces are cut to varying heights.
Supplies needed:
Cardstock- Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant
Stamps- Easter Dove
Big Shot die- Designer Rosette
Punches- Blossom
Accessories- Gold Embossing Powder, Sticky Strip, Sticky Pages

To Make the Cross:
1. Die cut the cross pieces as in the picture below.  Each piece is eight scallops wide.
2.  Accordion fold each of the pieces.  Lay the Soft Suede pieces down with the first fold as a mountain fold.  Flip the Daffodil Delight pieces over so the first fold is a valley fold.
3.  Using sticky strip, adhere the pieces together alternating the colors making sure the Daffodil pieces are tucked under the Soft Suede pieces.

4.  Adhere the ends together to form a circle.
5.  Cut two strips of Soft Suede 7/8" X 4" and 7/8" X 6".  Cover with Sticky Pages adhesive cut to the same size.  Peel the adhesive and adhere to form a cross.
6.  Lay the accordion pieces flat on the adhesive-covered cross and shape as in the picture below.
7.  This is the back view.   After I had it finished I put a book on top of it for a while to make sure the adhesive stuck well.  Mine held just fine but a glue gun could be used for an extra firm hold.

8.  Punch a flower from Whisper White with Blossom Punch.  Heat emboss the image from the Easter Dove stamp with Gold embossing powder and punch with the 1-3/4" Circle punch.   Adhere to the center.

The daffodil also uses the Designer Rosette die:
Supplies needed:
Cardstock- Daffodil Delight (of course!), Lucky Limeade
Classic Ink - Pumpkin Pie
Big Shot dies - Designer Rosette, Island Floral, Leaves #2
Punches - 3/4" Circle
Accessories - Simply Scored Board, Paper Piercer, Sticky Strip, Floral wire (non-SU)

To Make the Daffodil:
1. Die cut two flower shapes with the Island Floral die.  Curl the petals over a paper piercer.
2.  Cut a piece of Daffodil Delight with the Designer Rosette die that is seven scallops long.  Trim to a height of 1-3/4".  Score 1/4" from the bottom with the Simply Score Tool.  Clip on the score lines.  Sponge the top edge with Pumpkin Pie ink.
3.  Curl the upper edge back.
 4.  Fold on the score lines.  Overlap one section and adhere with Sticky Strip.  (The Pumpkin Pie sponging is on the inside.)
5.  Bend in the small flaps.  Adhere a 3/4" Circle to the bottom.  I also adhered a second circle inside the flower to give a finished look.
6.  Punch a third circle and pierce two holes near the center.  Bend a piece of floral wire and insert through the holes.
 7.  Overlap the two flower pieces.  (I used mini glue dots to keep them aligned.)  Apply adhesive the bottom of the circle and thread the wire through the hole in the center of the two flower pieces.  Adhere the flower trumpet to the center.
8.  Wrap the wire with ribbon and insert the leaves between the ribbon wrapping.  Secure with glue dots.
Tomorrow (hopefully!)  I will have the details of making the My Digital Studio recipe page and the Bunny rolls for the Easter Brunch.  
If you have found this helpful I would love to receive a comment!  Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Baskets and Bunnies

My last project for this session of UStamp's Big Shot Round Up has been posted on the live site.
By making a few simple modifications to the Mini Milk Carton die I made an Easter basket with a pointed border.  The SU! double-sided DSP is wonderful for this-- automatic coordinating edge!   And if you thought the Stocking Accent die was only for Christmas check out the bunny on the card; her ears are the lightbulbs.   Now that is one bright bunny! 

The tutorial with all the tips and tricks is available at UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Round Up. 
I have a few finishing touches to put on the cross and daffodil tutorial from the weekend blog hop-- I should have it done tomorrow.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Stampin' Addicts Party Blog Hop

Stampin' Addicts is turning three and members are CELEBRATING with a BLOG HOP!  In honor of Stampin' Addicts birthday we have a party/celebration theme throughout the hop.  Each member has chosen a different occasion to feature.  I am sharing ideas for an EASTER CELEBRATION.
Gathering the family for an Easter Brunch after Sunday morning worship is special in itself.  Adding homemade decorations and traditional food makes it even more memorable.

I made a cross which can be used as a table decoration or hung on the wall.  The pleated portions are made with the Designer Rosette Die.  The stamp in the center is a single stamp called Easter Dove and can be found in the Occasions Mini.
Next is a flower for the table.  This daffodil is made with the Island Floral die for the petals and the Designer Rosette for the center.   Just one or whole bouquet would be lovely.  You could even use these as place cards by making one for each person and writing their name on one of the leaves.
Finally I have a recipe for bunny rolls-- a family tradition at our house.  I have made these yummy treats since the kids were very small.  This page is done with the My Digital Studio kit called Compilation of Recipes.  It is a designer kit for an 8 X 8 board book.   I customized it using the One Big Sale-a-Bration and Piece of Cake CDs which are both free items available during Sale-a-Bration.
This week I will have step-by-step tutorials for making each of these projects so please stop back!

Now it is time to hop to the next blog.  We are all linked in a circle so you can go backward to see Rhonda's  Customer Appreciation Tea ideas or forward to Krystal's 4th of July Party!  Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Smart Little Peacock

This smart little peacock has a sweet surprise.
Her tail feathers are candy Smarties covered with Designer Series Paper!  

After making my Blossom Box Peacock (which you can see HERE),  I had an idea for this fun variation.  I just needed to get to the grocery store to see if they had any Smarties.  Sure enough there was a big bin of Easter candy that had exactly what I was looking for.  And since they were wrapped in purple I had an easy choice for the color scheme.  The stripes on the paper (from the Cheerful Treat paper pack) help create the pattern of her tail.  (Except I now see that I have one of the pink ones backwards!  I thought I had them all lined up too.)

Here are her instructions:
1. Cut ten 2"x 2-1/2" pieces of DSP.  If you are using striped paper, the stripes should be parallel to the longer side.
2.  Apply sticky strip to the long edges.
 3.  Roll the Smartie to cover it.
4.  Cut a 5" X 5" square from both card stock and Sticky Pages adhesive.
5.  Peel off one side of the adhesive and stick it to the cardstock.  Die cut it with the Scallop Circle Big Shot die.  Peel off the remaining layer to expose the sticky surface.
6.  Arrange the Smarties.
7.  Die cut the body from the Elegant Bird die.  Trim the bottom.  Add eyes and a beak.

I folded back the sticky section at the bottom and adhered it to another Scallop Circle.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dresden Designs Packing Paper Wreath

Wow!  I am having trouble keeping up with posting my projects!  This is another project made for UStamp's Big Shot Round Up.
Can you tell I love my Big Shot?   I find it fascinating all the different things it can do.  It will cut things that punches cant and it can cut multiple layers at one time.
For this wreath I used the packing paper that Stampin' Up uses to cushion the products during shipping.  I easily cut 24 layers at one time making this a remarkably quick project.  The Dresden Designs die that I used to cut this is made for quilt making but it can be used for lots of other things too.

The center flower is also made with the packing paper.  The paper is a bit lighter weight than Designer Series Paper so it scrunches up easily.

The matching card makes this a nice house warming gift.
All the info on how to sign up for Round Up can be found HERE.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Be Yourself Blossom Box Peacock

Certain projects just make me smile... and this is one of them.
This little peacock is into bling!   It was fun designing her and seeing a personality emerge.  She is definitely a fancy gal with her glimmer tail and sparkling jewels.  She is made with the Blossom Box and Elegant Bird dies.  
The birds on the card also have their own silly quirks and expressions.  Fun all the way around!
This is a project I designed for the Big Shot Round Up UStamp session going on right now.  You can get the complete tutorial and 50 more by clicking HERE.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sweet Valentine

Sometimes the simplest projects are my favorite.  I love how this sweet frame and picture of my daughter Leah turned out.
To make the inner heart I first die cut the opening in a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the Curly Label Movers and Shapers die.   Then I centered the second largest Heart Framelit over it and ran it through the Big Shot.

I stamped the frame image from the Elementary Elegance stamp set over the opening and the butterfly with Versamark ink.  After heat embossing with White embossing powder, I sponged it with Early Espresso ink.

This heart was then adhered to a Very Vanilla scallop heart (cut with the largest Hearts Framelit) using Stampin' Dimensionals to give it depth.  A 2" X 5" stand, scored at 1-1/4", was attached to the back.

And speaking of sweet and simple..... Leah made these yummy chocolate truffles.
We thought you might enjoy the recipe for them as well:
Mix together 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup fine quality cocoa and 2 cups confectioner's sugar until smooth and creamy.   Mold into balls.  Melt 8 oz milk chocolate chips and dip each ball.  Place on waxed paper and add decorations.   Mmmmm!!!