Tuesday, May 18, 2010

MMSC54 Love you Sis

Hasn't it been a great week at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge  - I hope you have managed to get over and have at least one dance!!!!  This week the celebrations continue and we are going to be SIZZLING - yes, we are barbecuing and we hope you join is!!

Before we get too far into the festivities, here is my card for this weeks sketch.  I have used this image from Lacey at Stamp'n Create called 'Love you Sis' I actually won this set with one of the Wags'nWhiskers Challenges - look at those little faces they are adorable - irresistible!!  It reminds me of my two girls when they were younger! Awww!!

I coloured the image with SU Chalks using a Blender Pen.   It was then cut out and popped up onto the DP with foam dots. 

You can get more of an  idea of the dimension in this photo

Now, what did you think of the sketch - I used bling instead of buttons.  Being a good girl, I stuck to the number of 'blings' and then added the small pearls inbetween to create a more solid frame around the image....I was not too sure about it at first and was tempted to change the zigzag one to a straighter line, but left it there, to be true to Priscilla's sketch....I am thinking I like it now - what o you think!!?  You can be honest with me - I can take it!!

I do love these Midnight Madness Sketches - they can take me right out of my 'comfort zone' but that is one of the things I love about them, I think they have helped me to create more original cards and to think 'outside the square.  If you are anything like me when I first started, I felt 'paniced' when I saw the 'fancy' sketches but once I got going I realised they are not that hard at all!    So have a look at this week's sketch

and remember there is a more CAS version here - it is as Easy as 1-2-3!!

Now let’s get to this weeks Party for our Blogaversary Celebration. As promised we are going to have a BBQ. We would like you to share anything that pertains to a BBQ. By posting a comment at the MMSC you will be entered in our random BBQ comment contest. It could be your favorite recipe, favorite game, favorite location, a family picture, or just a fun store. We would love to see what you would like to share with us and in return, our DT have all picked out one of their favorite recipes to share with YOU. So, as you drool over their fantastic creations this week you can also drool over their yummy BBQ dishes - YUMBLY - you make them and we will be there to share! LOL!

Who doesn't love a Barbecue (BBQ) and here in Australia, it is a great social event, whether they are in your backyard, the local park or an elegant occasion - we LOVE to BARBECUE....When I asked my family what their favourite food to have at a BBQ - it was unanimous....SAUSAGES....argh!! Now I can't share that recipe with you but I can share another
great one....

Creamy Potato Bake

I must add that this photo is not of mine - it is of Jamie Oliver's (YUMBLY) his is very plain, mine on the other hand is gordonblu
600ml (2 1/2 cups) cream 
1 medium garlic clove, peeled and diced
2kg potatoes (about 10-12 large desiree potatoes)
200g (2 cups, firmly packed) grated tasty cheddar cheese
A handful of diced salami
I large gherkin - finely diced
Pakrika for sprinkling
5 litre baking dish

- Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
- Sautee onions and garlic in a pan until the onion is transparent, then add the diced salami and gherkin
- In the meantime peel potatoes and cut into thin slices.
- Layer the potato slices, adding the sauteed mix between each layer, there will be many layers, so use the sauteed mix sparingly between each....do not add cream and cheese YET!!
- Cover with Cling/Plastic Wrap and microwave for 15 minutes
- Remove the plastic wrap and pour over the cream and cover generously with grated cheese
-Sprinkle with paprika
- Place the dish with potato bake into a larger baking dish that goes up to half way up the potato bake dish - this is to get even cooking - believe me - it does make a difference!! 

Bake for about 1 hour on medium hot oven, until potato is tender when tested with a skewer or knife.
Allow the potato bake to stand for about 20 minutes before serving.
For your own safety - stand back - once the word apreads how YUMBLY this is, you could get hurt in the rush!!  I am asked to bring this dish to every BBQ we attend and never bring any home!

Now that your senses are awake - let me give you a quick overview of how we do it at our house.....

Our MMSC52 Gold Star Award goes to...
#28 Guro

Our Remarkables Awards this week go to...

#36 Grace
#37 Gry-Beate
#51 Barbara Anders

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If the Shoe Fits - Rain or Shine
Little Red Wagon - Brads - large pink Gems are brads
Practical Scrappers - Patterned Paper
Stampin' Royalty - Family
Secret Crafter Saturday - Metal - on the Bling
The Crazy Challenge - Something New - the Pink Gem Brads from a RAK
Pollycraft - Summer Blooms - on the DP
Hand Full of Stamps - Get Your Shine On - Gems/Bling
Crafty Ann's - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Petal & Pearls - Petals on DP
Ohh La-La - Bright and Cheery
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Cute & Girly

How was that - thanks for making your way through this longer post, but hey, when there is a party happening, you gotta 'do the time!' LOL!  I do appreciate you stopping by and those encouraging comments you leave that make my day - don't forget to make your way over to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and join in the fun - you may have been one of last weeks winners - and there are plenty of them - Priscilla is going WILD with the Party Favours - find out here!
God bless you!


  1. Sweet card, Linda! I love the colors, patterns and all that bling!!

    Yummy recipe, I'll have to try that one next week for our Memorial Day weekend BBQ! MMmm, I can almost smell those sausages from here! LOL!

  2. Love the way you have used the 'bling' on your card - it is so feminine, along with your image. Just so sweet!

  3. Sooo Adorable Linda. Love the pic's of your barbeque..Hugs..Loz

  4. oh linda hun this is just brilliant card so much detail love that image too,stunning colouring on this,so love the pics of your BBQ and yummy goodies,oh you making me hungry,he he
    many thanks too for joining us at the pixie cottage love hugs cherylx

  5. Oh man that potato dish looks good! I have got to try this one! Like you saw in the video - we have lots of potatos here in Norway *LOL*

    Great card! I love all that bling going zig-zag along your image! Looks very pretty and girly. Perfect fit for a girly friendship card like this.
    I love your DP!


  6. Fabulous card.

    Thank you for joining in with our challenge at PTW.


  7. Linda, what a precious card!! Love your colors and all the embellishments. But Linda did you have to make me hungry with all your lovely food? I am starving now and don't get to eat for 2 1/2 hours. Can't wait to try the potatoes would love for you to make them for me in your lovely garden along with that scrumptious dessert!! Anything with cheese or chocolate is super YUMBLY!!

  8. Linda, I have gained 20# just gazing at all of that yumbly BBQ fare! Your potatoes look out of this world especially with all of the extras!
    I just love your card too! You make those chalks look so easy! TFS

  9. Absolutely gorgeous food opps I mean card lol. Thanks for sharing at WhoopsiDaisy this month.

  10. Hey Lindalou! How are you...leaving soon my friend. I know you will have a great time with your family. How cool to be spending time with your precious Happiness!

    Wanted to say wow for your so cute little girlies! I just love the wags n's whiskers summer collection. And, I wanted to add that I am trying your potatoe bake tonight, which is actually 10 to 7 wednesday morning for you! I made it a bit smaller for 3 and added saucisages which I had on hand. So will tell you how that turned out tomorrow.

    Thanks for the beautiful yard picture, but please do you have to show us those yumbly desserts!!!! I am drewling all over the keyboard here.

    Love you and have a beautiful day! Hugs, Peggyxo

  11. Hey BFF I got my fork and plate ready...where do I stand in line to get my grub!!! I am starving...lol I would have to buy elastic waist pants if I lived at your house...lol You are a great cook!!!

    Your card this week is just adorable. I love this image and with your added little touches you make it look so sweet. Such inspiration and artistry here! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe with us.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :o}

  12. Beautiful card Linda! I adore how you color with SU chalks...amazing! I especially love the colors you chose and the bling add the perfect touch!

  13. Aww, what a sweet card. The image looks like my girls yesterday when they left for school.

  14. Aw Linda!! This is just darling!! I just love what you did with this image. One of my fave WNW images. Your coloring and choice of colors are fab!! Your take on the sketch rocks with all the bling and the Wisteria paper!! Gorgeous gf!! What an inspiration you are!

  15. Just stunning..Love this sweet image. And bad girl for showing all that delicious food, now you made me hungry :).

  16. Fabulous card Linda - great recipe too! Thank you for sharing both with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  17. Just gorgeous, I love the image, your colour combo well everything really lol

    Thanks for joining us over at 'The Crazy Challenge' this week!!
    hugs shell xx

  18. Linda this is soooo cute! I love how you colored this sweet image and all the bling... goodness, it's gorgeous! I had to breeze over the food pics.... I was starting to salivate and it's hours til dinner! LOL! Your BBQ looks mighty yummy! Blessings my friend,

  19. A gorgeous image set off beautifully in that lovely frame.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's.
    Beryl xx

  20. Oh wow Linda what a post lol I have so enjoyed reading it for starters that card is beautiful the colours are so lovely and you have made me feel so hungry I have had a ham sandwich today and I could really do with that food lol.Thank you for joining us at Crafty Ann's
    Lorraine x

  21. Hi Linda
    A gorgeous card,thankyou for joining us at CraftyCatz for this week's challenge,
    Hugs Dianne xx

  22. What a gorgeous card, I love your colouring!!Thanks so much for joining us at pollycraft!!
    Love Becky xx

  23. Gorgeous card! I love the pearls and rhinestones! Thanks for joining us at the Pollycraft Monday Challenge!
    Hugs, Marit.

  24. Gorgeous card and I'm loving the bling and brads you've added around the adorable image. Thanks for playing along with us over at A Spoon Full of Sugar. Hugs, Maria

  25. Get out of town with those BBQ picture..I will be over this weekend to party it up with your family..Wow!! I am not only drooling over your food, but your card too. I love your take on this weeks sketch..Your delicate details down the side go perfect with that adorable Stamp n Create image. Your creations each week add so much to the unique quality of the variety of talent that graces the blog posts over at the Midnight Madness challenges. Thank you for being a part of this awesome team.

  26. Linda, your cards are always fantastic and this one is no exception. I love the cool pattern paper you used behind the sweet image. Totally reminds me of rain. Love the bling and pearls around the card too. All around an awesome card :) Thanks for sharing it with us at Practical Scrappers.

  27. wow, i love that image! the boots on the girls remind me of my own girls boots! thanks for joining us at the Shoe this week!

  28. Absolutely Beautiful and the colours are lovely love that image too oh and the bloing just brings it altogether I think I shall have to try that potato bake out too looks scrommy
    Thank you for joining us at ooh la la this week

  29. Very lovely card and what cute images. Thank you for joining us at The Pixie Cottage Challenge

  30. Awww, how sweet! The dimention is awesome and I love the gems and pearls! I wanna have a BBQ at your house, how fun would that be!? Looks like a good, yummy time!

  31. beautiful card, I love that bling!

  32. I love the "bling instead of buttons" you used for this week's sketch Linda. :) Very sweet image and your way with chalks and a blender pen is perfect. :) Mmmm... yummy recipe too. :) Michelle

  33. I know it's a long way to go for a BBQ, but I am thinking it is worth the trip for all this wonderful food you are sharing on here. WOWee. What a lucky family you have. I expect an invite to your next outing. ;)
    Your card is beautiful too. So sweet of a card for a sister. I only have one daughter, but had always hoped for a sister for her. Instead, she got 3 brothers. lol...oh well. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful stuff with us this week. I am lovin' it. Sure do miss you!


  34. Hello, Linda! Amazing work as usual. Love the way you add all this pearls and gems!
    Thank you for playing along with us again at "Crazy challenge"!
    hugs Nana

  35. Linda, I'm on my way over for the BBQ....WOW oh WOW do you ever know how to throw a BBQ! And using one of Jamie's recipes too...who doesn't just love Jamie! I haven't eaten breakfast yet so have plenty of room for sausages and of course your yummy dessert!!
    Oh wait, I forgot to comment on your card....that's what happens when you post photos of food!!
    I love how your card turned out and each time you use that precious image it turns out perfect. It is just so pretty, and yes the added bling looks like it is just meant to be there. Just gorgeous!
    Have fun in NZ

  36. Your image is colored so beautifully. thanks so much for joining us for the Pixie Cottage Challenge.

  37. Linda, your image is colored so beautifully and I love your choice of pearls for your accents! What a fabulous card!
    Hugs, Darsie

  38. Sweet image with beautiful coloring and those gems are stunning! Your potato recipe sounds so yummy -- the perfect complement to a BBQ!!


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