aidaharon (aidaharon) wrote,

A Valentine's Day panel.

Hello everyone !

This weekend was unusual in that I had both days to myself. Saturday is normally a *teaching* day where I have workshops at Made With Love but with the addition of three more Educators, I've found myself in a fortunate situation where there are less Saturdays to choose from in the roster. Still, crafting is what I love and staying home means Saturday is for experimenting, for checking work due for the Sizzix Blog or posting Sizzix projects here.

Today I have a small canvas panel measuring 6 x 8 inches with the gorgeous Blue Fern Love Story and Sizzix die-cut elements.


Layers are the key to making any canvas project interesting and adhering the pieces at diffferent heights gives it an attractive dimension. The mediums I love using most are the Distress Paints and on this canvas are Worn Lipstick, Antique Linen, Picket Fence and a very small amount of Crushed Olive to warm the palette.


The ceramic rose and brads are by Prima and the Heart key, the Magic Flashcard are from Idea-ology.

The Ornate Frame and the Moth (Easter Elements) are Sizzix die cuts. Have you tried die-cutting with the Little Sizzles mat board ? They are fantastic !!! What I like is how lightweight they are compared to chipboards, the surface and core is the same colour, the surface is tough yet porous and takes paints really well without sloughing off as chipboards do.


I painted the Frame with Antique Linen, then swiped Tarnished Brass quickly over it. When the paints are dry, apply Clear Crackle Paint with a brush all over. It's impotant to remember NOT to use the heating tool immediately and to wait till the cracks have set before heat drying.


It is Saturday and I hope you've made some fun plans with family or friends. We're off to a Potluck dinner and I've cooked a Beef Rendang which is beef stewed in Coconut milk, seasoned with Lemongrass, Kafir Lime Leaves, Daun Salam (a local Bay Leaf), Galangal and ground Red Chillis. There are slight differences in the spices for the recipe and mine is in the Padang style where Fresh Ground Red Chillis are used, other than the herbs mentioned NO onions (surprisingly), cumin, ginger or tumeric. I like this Rendang recipe best and wish I knew where to find fresh whole Belinjo nuts to add as it gives the dish a wonderful nutty, slightly bitter underbite.

Have a wonderful weekend ! Aida

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