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Can you believe it’s June already? School is out (well Graduate school is out for me for the summer), the sun is shining bright, kids are rejoicing, parents are hoping for just a little relax time. In honor of summer, of finishing my last full-time semester of Grad school (one class next semester), and to actually having time to blog again (hopefully) I wanted to share with you a quick, easy, and delicious dessert.

Chocolate Berry Shortcake

This is my take on a Strawberry Shortcake! And it’s so easy to make! I used ingredients from the local Fresh and Easy.

2 thin slices from a small Angel Food Cake
1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream
2 tablespoons chocolate fudge or chocolate Syrup
1 small container of raspberries
6 strawberries
sugar to taste

1. Slice the strawberries. Mix the strawberries, raspberries, and sugar (add as little or as much as you like depending on your taste, you can even use a sugar substitute). Cover and let sit in the refrigerator.

2. Put the two thing slices of angel food cake on a plate. Place a scoop of ice cream next to them.

3. Drizzle with warm chocolate fudge or (if you don’t have any) you can use chocolate syrup.

4. Spoon the prepared berries over the ice cream and angel food cake.

5. Enjoy!

Very simple but amazingly delicious. I had to limit myself to one serving and not go back for more, however I do have extra berries made up to use tomorrow. I think I’ll do a simple version of just some angel food cake and berries for breakfast!

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Missed the my ustream tutorial? That’s okay… you can watch it after the jump!


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Hi everyone!

Just updating you about tomorrow’s card making tutorial. If you have any techniques you’d like to see please feel free to let me know, otherwise I will show some simple, but heartfelt cards sure to make anyone’s Valentine feel special.

The details follow:

Date: Thursday February 11, 2010
Time: 5 pm PST/ 8 pm EST
Where: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lhriangel

Hope to see you there!

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So last year I have a bunch of articles about Valentine’s day and inexpensive (and yet still utterly romantic) ideas for how to spend a wonderful day with your sweetheart. I also gave some Valentine’s card making ideas.

This year I thought it would be fun to do something a bit different. On Thursday, February 11, 2010 I am thinking of hosting a live stream Valentine’s Cardmaking tutorial starting at 5 PST / 8 EST. I thought this would be a fun way to show how to make cards, test out a camcorder’s webcaming ability and get the crafting community together. I’m still debating on which streaming site to use so stay posted for more information! I will be both updating the blog with more information and sending it out via twitter so please add @Lhriangel for more for the latest updates when they happen. And I hope to see/chat with you all on Thursday night!

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Hi everyone! Well it’s almost Halloween here and I’ve been busy with papers, work, and designing my Halloween Costume. I decided I wanted to be a flower fairy, but knowing me and how much I hate pre-made costumes I decided to make my own. I will post the rest of the costume a bit later in the week… but stage one has been completed and I’d like to share it with you.

When I decided I wanted to be a Rose fairy I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find red wings that would match my outfit. This became increasingly frustrating leading up to this week. Finally, I found something I could work with at Party City… however they needed a little sprucing up.

Wings before

Wings before

I decided these wings needed a little more.. pizzaz so I picked up a few supplies to help with the transformation.



I used three different color fabric paints, Metallic red, Ruby Glitter, and Diamond Glitter. I had paper bowls to put the paint in, as well as one for water and a paint brush to apply the paint to the wings.

First I added red glitter over the gray painted areas to make it sparkle.

Red Glitter!

Red Glitter!

Then I added the red paint and some shimmery glitter paint to make the wings look really different.

Finished Wings!

Finished Wings!

I really like them. I think I’ll add a few red roses to the center when I go home for Halloween but I think the wings are definitely a success.

Later this week I’ll post the making of the tutu for the costume as well as the final product!

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I have some last minute ideas for your Valentine if you are still looking to create an extra special card! The other day I had a “card party” with two of my good friends and we made a bunch of cards. These are the ones I made to give you inspiration. The stamps I used were from Stamp It Up! and the cards were precut and came with envelopes in a collection of pinks and browns. I also used some Valentine’s ribbon from Marshal’s. All in all these cards took approximately 2 hours, but that included the design process.

Valentine 1

This card uses three colors of paper, six stamps and three stamp pads.

Valentine 2

This card used three colors of paper, two different stamps, two colors of ink and a small piece of ribbon.

Valentine 3

This simple card used three colors of paper, three stamps and two ink colors. A great idea for an simple, elegant card.

Valentine 4

This is one of my favorite cards. I used three different heart stamps, three colors of paper, three ink pads, and a small strip of ribbon. It was made especially for my friend Charleen who is very interested in card making and scrapbooking.

I hope you enjoy my card designs. Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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Thank you Ariel and  Elyssa for the GREAT ideas for Alterna-Flowers!

My favorites were:

  • A window garden for someone who is into gardening.
  • Making Button Flowers.
  • A donation to your special someones favorite charity.
  • A special writing pen for someone who loves to write. (You can even go as far as to make it into a faux bouquet if you like.)

I hope you guys like this additional ideas from some of my friends. I apologize for the short post but tomorrow – another date idea! And maybe even some pictures of the Valentine’s Day cards and baked goods my best friend and I are making tomorrow!

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