Random Ramblings: October 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

CARDS FOR SHEA


One thing that I do daily is check my facebook, weather it be on my laptop or on my cell phone.  Well today I got on and read this story that truely touched my heart. I am always touched by stories like this, but today I was touched in a different way. 
Today reading it I decided I wanted to do something, bring some cheer to this girls face.
Let me slow down and send you HERE to read the story.

Now here is what I am asking of you and anyone you want to share the story with.  I would love to collect 100 cards or small gifts to send to this girl.  Who wouldn't love to get a showering of love and support like that in the mail?  I think it would be awesome.
So I am asking that you join with me in my quest to send a smile to Shea.  
Feel free to share this information with anyone that you know that might be interested, your dentist, your babysitter, even your mailman or friendly grocer.  Lets spread the word and do a little paying it forward.
I also created an event on facebook for this and you can find that HERE .

I have set the deadline date as November 17th to get the cards and or small gifts to me and then I will package it all up and send it to her.

Don't forget to help me spread the word.  Thanks.  :)

~NICOLE

Thursday, October 3, 2013

CRAB TOSTADAS



Today I thought I would stop in to share a super quick and easy dinner idea.
Now let me start off by telling you I am not really a fish or seafood eater.  I will eat shrimp sometimes, and I like crab and that is about it.
Well on that note it is so strange to me how often I actually crave these crab tostadas.  They are SUPER yum.  
They are a light kind of dinner, but so filling at the same time.  That is my kind of dinner.  
My husband came up with this recipe years ago and we have been enjoying it often ever since then. 
Another thing I love so much about this recipe is that it does not have be exact.  If you like more tomatoes then you can add more and less of another thing.  

So this is how we usually do it most of the time. 

1 XL pack of imitation crab (about 2.5 - 3 pounds )
6-8 roma tomatoes - if larger tomatoes are on sale use those just not as many, unless of course you want extra tomatoes
1 large red onion - diced up small
cilantro - 1 bushel and we use about half of it - chopped up
lemon juice - about 1-2 (or more) cups
salt - to taste
sour cream
tostada shells


1. Chop up the onion, cilantro and tomatoes and the crab.
2. Put it all into a large bowl.  Mix it all together.
3.  Sprinkle a little salt over.
4.  Now add the lemon juice depending on how tart you want it.  We like ALOT of lemon juice.  It just brings the entire thing together.  You can always start with some and taste, and add as you go to make sure you will like it.  I usually just dump alot in to start because we like it like that.  

Mix it all together to get the lemon juice over all of the stuff.  

Take a tostada shell and cover it with a layer of sour cream.  The sour cream acts like a glue to help hold everything on the shell.  

Top the tostada shell with a generous pile of the mixture and enjoy.
It is so good I am telling you.  


This makes so much and we eat it one night, usually for lunch the next day and sometimes for dinner again another night a few days later.  

Let me know if you try this and what you think.  

~NICOLE

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

PROJECT LIFE WITCH CARD

I follow alot of people on instagram, people that I don't even know but found through someone else or by the # hashtag links.  I found alot of project life ones and those are some of my favorite to follow.
Well recently someone posted they were doing a project life card swap.  I did one before and it was alot of fun so I joined in for this one too.
The theme was fall or halloween. You could make a 3x4 or a 4x6 and it could be a filler card or a journaling card.  I had many ideas flowing through my brain, and this is what I came up with in the end.  (because I can never walk out of there with just what I go for, I get other stuff too , it never fails ).  

So I went through my paper stash and found this awesome grey and white chevron paper, which of course I forgot I even had.  Then I found a small piece of the circle glittered paper, which I thought would work somehow on the card.  I still wasn't quite sure which direction I was going with the card.  I pulled out some orange paper and was going to do some kind of happy halloween card, but it just was not doing anything for me.  I was getting so frustrated with it that I had to walk away for a day and let it be. 
Then I started searching my silhouette library and came across this witch and after that it all just kind of came together.  

I cut the chevron paper down to 3x4 and rounded the corners.  
Then I cut the black circle glitter paper down to a size that would fit on the card but made sure I had enough of the paper for all 12 of the cards.  I think ( I forgot and have already mailed them off ) but I think it was a 2.5 x 2.5 card. 
Then I found my circle punch and cut those from a bright yellow cardstock.  I then cut all of the witches so that they would fit inside the yellow circle.  So now it will look like the witch is flying in front of a bright full moon.  
I then cut white and vellum clouds and I was going to mix them on the card, but I loved the just vellum clouds so much more.  It gave it much more of a spooky feel to me.  I glued those on just under the witch so you could not see the glue and since they are small that seemed like enough glue to hold them on.  

I then glued down the yellow moon to the middle, closer to the top of the black square.
Then I glued the witch down , on pop dots to give it a little more dimension.  

I sat there looking at it and was thinking it still needed just a little something more, maybe more of something yellow to bring out the moon color.  Since I have a slight twine addiction, I decided to add some of the yellow and white bakers twine I had on hand.  It was exactly what else it needed.  It gave it that finishing touch to it.  

I loved how they came out.  I hope that all my project life card swappers like them too.  I can't wait to get all of the other ones in the mail soon so I can see all of the other fun ideas everyone had.  I will share all of what I get in back.  



Have you ever done a card swap?  More and more lately I have been seeing so many swaps of all sorts out there going on. I saw one that was a swap for coffee mugs, one for dish towels... the possibilities are endless really.  How fun though to get fun stuff in the mail.  I mean who doesn't love a fun mail day.  :)

I am working on several more projects to share so come back soon to see what I have been up to.


~NICOLE

p.s.  By the way you can find me on instagram at nicolemantoothphotography .  Here is the internet link to instagram called followgram . Come follow me.