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Jun 15, 2011 - Tutorials    No Comments

Broken Light Bulb

While I was putting my China Cabinet back together, I reached up inside and screwed back in the spot light .  Unfortunately, I screwed it too tight and broke the light bulb off.

 

 

 

 

Ok, I can fix this, first unplug the light from the wall.  Next , I need a pair of needle nose pilers, a good drill with a screwdriver attachment and a ladder, since standing in a chair would not make me tall enough to see over the top of the china cabinet.

Love the pink drill?  It’s a Tomboy tool I picked up at Scrapbook Convention.  Lightweight, easy to use and enough umph to help a girl out.

 

 

This is the top of the china cabinet (I am perched on a ladder) at this point.  I take my handy drill/screw driver and reverse all three screws out and take the fixture completely out.

 

 

 

 

Carefully grab the edge of the socket that is still in the light fixture and turn to the left to loosen it (lefty – loosey ; righty – tighty).

 

 

 

 

Check the light fixture and make sure nothing was left over.  Free and clear it is ready to re-install.

 

 

 

 

Since this is a man made hole it takes a little adjusting to be sure you get it back in the right position so it will slide in the hole.

 

 

 

 

Now just screw back in the three screws you took out to begin the process.  At the lower right of this picture is a white spot, that is actually a light on the drill.  When you start the screw in (or drill) it turns on automatically.

 

 

 

 

Finished, now all I have to do is find a 25 watt bulb to put back in the fixture.  I think I should be able to find one of them at HD or Lowe’s easy enough.

 

 

 

 

Here is the link to Tomboy Tools:

 

 

 

Jul 12, 2010 - Cards, Copic Markers, Tutorials    1 Comment

Copic Lesson – Sunflower Mouse – Part II

Hi everyone, we are back for Part II of this beautiful Sunflower Mouse card.






Here is where we left off yesterday.  We basically have the entire image colored in and now we are going to start layering in and shading the flower.

However, before we get started, if you click on the picture you will notice that I have colored a little outside the lines in some places.  I can take the colorless (#0) blender and put that color back into the lines.  Since we are dealing with alcohol inks you need to push the color back to a line.  So you would place the colorless blender on the outer edge of the color you are wanting to push back.  Let it dry and if it still needs to be pushed in some more do it again.


I’m using YR68 to start layering in some orange.  I’m filling in the  base and then taking my marker and flicking the tip up and out so it doesn’t look like a solid line.

Where the flower petal is rolling back I place some of the YR68 underneath.  Take a look at the petal on the left by the mouse’s ear.  The part of the petal that is rolled up is still light and the underneath is shadowed with the Y19 and now the YR68.  This contrast in colors helps the eye to see that the petal is actually turning back on itself.

When you are putting in your shadows keep thinking of where your light source is and how the shadows would fall on your subject.  You may even want to put a pen or something in the upper right hand corner in this instance to help remind you of where the light is coming from and how it would fall on the object.


Now I’m adding in another layer on the petals and this time the color is YR14.  This is a muted yellow gold that allows you to blend the YR68 and tone it down while adding more depth with additional shadows.

I used this color on the shadowed areas that the stamp had in it.  When the stamps give you those shadow indicators use them they make it easy.   I took Y21 and colored the petals again to help blend the colors together. This helps to take off any straight edges and adds another layer of depth to the flower.



Ok, here we are at the object that is sitting (or in this case laying) on top of the flower.  This is the last item you color.

I first colored the entire mouse using W1 which is a light warm gray.  I took W3 and started adding some deeper shadow to areas around her ear and on top of her head.  Next comes the deepest color W7.  I add light touches around her body where she is laying on the flower and underneath her arm laying across her tummy.  Then I used W1 again to blend all of the grays together.  I used R00 for her tummy nose and check and R20 to deepen the color.  I used R20 and R85 on the inside of her ear and I added just a little Y02 to give a little yellow cast to blend with the flower.


You will need to click on the picture to get the best close up look at how I finished her.  I took a multi-liner 03 and gave her some eyelashes.  I used Glossy Accents on her nose, hands, feet and tail.  I used Stickles on the flower petals and leaves to give a little extra sparkle.  I used Scribbles 3-D paint in yellow, brown, copper and gold and dotted it in for the sunflower seeds.

If you look on her cheek there are 3 little dots that accent her check that is Sakura Star Glaze pen and I used the Sakura puff pens to add additional highlights to the stem and flower petals.  Since these puff up a little it gives it additional dimension.

The blue behind the flower was done using B000 and B21 to create a sky effect.  It looks like the sunflower is just floating in the air and the blue sky and clouds are behind it.


The ribbon is vintage seam tape that I found at Smitten, in McKinney, Texas.  I’m going have to go back and get more of this stuff the colors are just so beautiful.

The charm I found at M’s over a year ago.  I inked all the edges of the mats and card with TH Distressed Ink called Broken China and the brown mats I used black on them so they would stand out a little.  I used the largest Nestibilities from the Large Label set  to cut  and emboss the sunflower with the mouse and then cut a brown mat by cutting a rectangle just a quarter of an inch larger and used my ticket punch from Stampin’ up for the corners, great match …..who knew?


I hope you found some information on these two post that will help you with your coloring projects.  If you have any question just send me an e-mail.  At the top of the blog is a Contact Tab and it will shoot me an e-mail.  It is a lot easier to respond through that system than through the comment section.  Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you like the card!

May 14, 2010 - Tips, Tutorials    No Comments

Embossing and Distressed Ink

I saw this technique on a card but it didn’t have any instructions on how to do it so I thought I would play and bring you along with me as I played.

I’m using UTEE to do this technique because I only have super fine and ultra thick embossing power in clear and I figured the UTEE would give me the best result.

This is what I started out with: heat gun, versamark pad, a stamp that has more negative than positive design (that’s important), coffee filter to catch the embossing power and some distressed ink.

I originally embossed on the pattern size of the pattern paper but I didn’t get enough contrast between the paper and the ink for it to show up.  If you use pattern paper make sure the ink you use over the paper has enough contrast to show up (that’s the little trick).  The embossing powder is clear so whatever the pattern or color is underneath will show through.

I turned the paper over and embossed on the white sized of the paper and then used TH Shabby Shutters to ink over the embossed flower and the paper surrounding it.  I took a wet wipe and ran over the embossed flower to take off any remaining ink residue.

I think this came out great and I can’t wait to play with it on a card or layout.  Now here is a little storage tip for you and the Distressed inks and the foam pad.

I ran just  little tape runner on the blue side of the foam pad I use for each ink and attach it to the bottom of the ink pad.  You could also glue the loop side of Velcro on the back of the ink pad too, but just a little bit of tape runner holds it in place.

This way you know you have the correct foam pad for the ink pad you are using.

I just ordered my video camera and it should be here by Tuesday, so watch out I’ll start doing some videos.  Hope I don’t sound to southern on them…..LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and leave me a comment.

Leaves – Aida 14 count Cross Stitch Material

Love sweet potato vines, I think it is the chartreuse color that appeals to me.  This is a new plant in one of my front flower pots.  I know that when they start growing they can overtake the area they are planted in but I solve that by planting them in a large pot so I can keep them contained and it is easy for me to keep them trimmed back.

I thought this would be a great way to start this posting since I’m going to show you how I make my leaf embellishments.


I did not come up with this idea (duh!); however, I did elaborate on it and came up with an additional technique.  I have tried to go back and find the originator of this idea but can’t find the person’s name or the video.  So, I have to apologize up front that I can’t give that person the credit.  I’ll continue to search and when I find them I’ll be sure and give them the credit.


I found the Aida 14 count Cross Stitch material at M’s.  I started going through all of my stamps and pulling those stamps that was a good size for leaves and flowers.  Let me say that those stamps that are not too detail seemed to work the best.  I discovered that I finally migrated to a particular stamp for the leaves and I also discovered I could draw a simple draw a leaf that I liked.




I used various color of inks with the flowers and leaves.  I cut out a block of Aida and stamped randomly all over and then I cut them apart.

Also, you want to make sure you use an ink that won’t bleed or run when water is applied to it.  Memento is a great brand to use and I also used Stampin’ Up ink on this project.





Don’t hand trim them completely down to the shape, just yet, cut them apart to separate the elements.






Here is where I started doing a little R&D (research and development) of my own.  I took the stamped leaf and my alcohol ink pens in two colors and started coloring in the leaf.  I put the darker color down the leaf side and around the bottom of the leaf.


I took the lighter color and colored in the right side and went over some of the area on the left side.



Even if the stamping is fuzzy you can still use the outlined to see the shape of the leaf.


I took an alcohol ink pen and drew a line down the center.  This gives it more of a leaf look.  I used the alcohol ink pen to draw in what I missed stamping.





I thought I would try adding some luminare art water colors to add some shimmer and additional color to the leaf.


I also used the water color to add lighter color down the right side and again on the left side to give the leaf some veining.




What I discovered is that the water color bleeds outside the lines of the leaf but this works perfectly because you will be trimming around the leaf and this part will be cut off.


The water color bleeding also helps with the various colors from the alcohol inks and the water colors to blend together and give it a more realistic look……bonus!



Once the leaf dries, I “fuzzy” cut the leaf then  I took Scott’s Quick Drying glue and spread it over the entire leaf.  At this point you can add glitter and shape the leaf.

What is “fuzzy” cutting?  This is a term that refers to cutting just around the outline of the object not cutting exactly on the stamped line.  It usually leaves a white space on the element.  What I usually do is use an alcohol ink pen (Adirondack or Copics) to run around that white area and color it in.

After you cover the element completely with glue,  I like to pinch the leaf together at the base and then turn the opposite end (the pointed) up a little.  This gives the leaf a more dimensional look.  Yes, this is a little messy but it gives the leaves or flowers a great look.



You can do the same thing to the flowers that you cut.  I like the texture the Aida gives the leaves and the flower.


You can mix and match various sizes of flower petals and leaves to get a unique look.  However, I will probably use this technique mainly for leaves and use my other flower techniques (lollipop, baking cut, grunge and spiral cut flowers)  for the flowers.


Be sure and experiment (R&D) and see what you can come up with using various materials.  I just saw a video title on youtube that talked about using coffee filters for flowers.  I may have to check that out.

Leave me a message, would love to hear from you.  By the way my website anniversary is coming up so I need to get busy and get my RAK started.   Also, I know I told you we are trying to get it so I can do video’s.  I’m looking for a good video camera and a reasonable price.  I think I want one that does HD.  We’ll see, right now I just need to see if I can something that doesn’t take all my “play” money.

Oct 20, 2009 - Cards, Golf, Tips, Tutorials    No Comments

Happy Birthday Red!!!!!

IMG_3141.JPGToday is my DH’s birthday.  He is a golfer and when I found the iron on transfer at JoAnn’s or HL (can’t remember which), I knew I wanted to use it to make him a card.

I think this came out very well and it is a nice masculine card.

 

 

IMG_3135.JPGUsually you would put an iron-on transfer onto T-shirt material or some cotton.  I didn’t have any of those things so I decided I would use a used fabric softener sheet.  I think it is important to use a used one that way the softening ingredients are gone.

I followed the directions on the iron-on transfer and used a dry iron.  It pressed beautifully onto the dryer sheet.  The dryer sheet also gives a nice texture behind the iron-on.  It also give some transparency to the face and hands (if you can call them that).

 

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Choosing my color scheme I paid attention to the colors in the iron-on and built up from there.  I made the card 5-1/4″ by 9″, used Tags, Bags and More Cricut cart to cut out a couple of tags.

There is also a strip of brown paper that I used the Cuddle Bug on to add another masculine look and texture.

 

IMG_3138.JPGI cut the dryer sheet with the iron-on transfer down to fit the yellow tag and thought if I run it through the Xyron it would make a great adhesive for this project.

Tip: The dryer sheet is too porous and the Xyron adhesive would not stick.   Waste of Xyron adhesive, but that is the way you learn.

 

 

IMG_3139.JPGI used my large Zig glue pen and coated the underside of the dryer sheet and then flipped it and adhered it to the yellow tag.  The yellow tag has been inked using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and a brush.

Tip:  Be sure and use a craft mat because the glue will go right through the dryer sheet, but enough stays on it to adhere down on the tag. 

I then took a brayer and rolled it down.  The yellow tag with the Vintage Photo ink made it take on a nice flesh tone for the rub on.

 

IMG_3140.JPGI ran the brown strip of paper through the CB using the Argyle Embossing folder (nice masculine touch) and then I inked it with Tim Holtz Vintage photo distressing ink.  It make the embossing on the stip pop.

I had a couple of brads that looked like screws so, I punched a couple of holes in the brown strip of paper before I adhered it to the card.

 

IMG_3142.JPGFinished it up with some more golf icons on the inside.  These are cut from the Everyday Paper Dolls cart.  I made multiple cuts of the same icon in different papers and colors so I could cut and piece them together to get a more original feel.  I also adds the 18 on the flag and did some doodling on the golf bag.

Now, what do you give a man that basically has everything he wants…….I’m going to give him a check so he can add money to his golf fund.  What is a “golf fund” you ask?  It’s his budget for playing golf every week.  Because after 39 years of marriage I know if I keep him happy, he keeps me happy!

Love you sweetie!  Happy Birthday!!!!   

Origami Flowers

IMG_3088.JPGThere are truly some awesome designers and creative people out there.  I receive a daily e-mail from Scrappedlives.nl.  She is so gracious in sharing the cut files that she creates for use with the Cricut and now she is sharing scut files that you use with Scal2.

Here is the link where you see how this origami flower is made by using medallions, CB embossing folder and some Tim Holtz distressed inks.  The tutorial on how to make this origami flower is embedded in her post, so just scroll down.  While you are there go ahead and check out her website.

 

IMG_3074.JPGI used white core card stock and distressed inks along with the round scallops that equaled about a 2″ or 3″ size.   This size creates a paradox of issues; 1) it creates a big flower yet, 2) it’s size is small to fold.

 I determined what colors I  wanted to use mainly by what I had available.  I decided I would use the purple on the pink and the pink on the purple.

 

 

IMG_3075.JPGI cut out two in each color and then I decided I would embellish the solid color even more by spritzing them with perfect pearls.  This spritzing does two things, 1) it gives another dimension of color and 2) it causes the card stock to be damp which embosses better.

I took a mini-mister added several scoops of perfect pearls and added water.  Shook it up and spritzed both sides of the scallops.  I used a CB embossing folder (Floral Fantasy) and ran all four medallions through it.  I position each medallion in a different place on the embossing folder so I could pick up a different design on each medallion.

 

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This embossed beautifully.  Just that little bit of spritzing and making the card stock damp does make a difference in how deeply itched the embossing shows.  In the video they mention some kind of wonder gel.  I’ll have to get that and see if it works any better than water.  This is a tip I’ll certainly have to remember when I’m embossing in the future.

Also, go ahead and enlarge the picture (just double click on it) so you can see the Perfect Pearls effect that is on the medallions.  You can make it as heavy or light as you want and you can let it set and dry on it’s own or take a paper towel or baby wipe and blot it.

 

IMG_3080.JPGI took a sanding block and rubbed off some of the card stock exposing the white core and then I took the distressed inks and inked the sides and some of the embossing.  I did a mix of things, inking some parts more than others.  This way I would have a variety of looks going on when I started folding the flower.

 

 

IMG_3082.JPGNow I’m ready to start the process of folding the origami flower.  My suggestion is to go watch the video again.  Besides Scrappedlives you can also check out  Jen-Lowe-Designs.blogspot.com or AMstamps.com.  They can show you quicker in the video than I can by typing out the instructions.

 

 

 

IMG_3085.JPGI used Tag, Bags and More cartridge from Provocraft and cut out the tag.  The tag is about 5″ high x 4″ wide. I used the distressed inks for the flourishes but I used Stampin-up ink for the words.  The distress inks seem to really soak into the card stock and the image didn’t come out as sharp as the words did using the Stampin -up ink.   Did a little inking all around and then I added a touch of bling on the flourishes with a Sakrua glitter pen (you can see this on the finished project).  Don’t forget to add the ribbon at the top of the tag.

 

 

IMG_3088.JPGSome things I learned:

1.  Probably better to use double sided paper or a lighter weight card stock.  The card stock I used was textured and a heavy weight. 

2.  In the video she used glue dots that looked pretty thick.  I didn’t have luck with them, so I just used a medium glue dot and placed one on each petal to hold in place.

3.  I got my flower to far over in front of my stamped words, so you want to make sure it doesn’t cover up what you are wanting to be seen.

4.  Make sure and pay attention to how you cut the petals apart.  You want to keep them the same size as much as possible so one is not longer or shorter than the other.  I must have cut one of mine off because I had a petal that seemed awful short after I folded it and had to make adjustments when I went to put it together.

5.  The double sided paper (if pattern) needs to be a subtle print.  If you have something really bold standing out on the paper it could get very busy if you emboss it in any way.

I love these origami flowers made with Nestibilities.  I love them even more with the free file from Scappedlives which allowed me not to have to buy the Nestibilities. 

Transferring “Innies”

IMG_3051.JPGOn the dazzle sheets after you pull off an element you are left with “innies”.  These are the left over cuttings from the design.  You can get twice as much for your money when you learn to use these left overs in your design.

Usually, you would use what they call a transfer sheet to lift these off the paper and then transfer them onto whatever you were making.  However, I didn’t have a transfer sheet so I decided I would see if I could use masking tape.

 

IMG_3054.JPGI cut around the leaf pattern and placed the masking tape over it and rubbed it.  This will cause the sticky side of the tape to adhere to the top side of the innies.

Tip:  When you cut out the area that has the innies left in it cut on the outside of the design capturing a little line of the left over open space.  This will give the leaf an outline rather than just random “innies”.  I learned this the hard way.

 

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If you look closely you can see the leaf under the blue tape.  This is the top of the blue tape and I rubbed my finger over it several times to be sure that the blue tape picked up all the little pieces.

 

 

 

IMG_3055.JPG I picked up the edge of the tape and pulled it back slowly revealing that it had captured all of the innies from the dazzle sheet.

If I had cut around the outter edge of the open space on the dazzle sheet I would have had an outline of gold around the innies – it would made for a  better looking leaf.

 

 

IMG_3058.JPGI turned the sticky side (the one holding the innies) face down on the card stock and ran my fingers over the innies.  This will transfer the innies to the card stock (that is because the adhesive that was holding the innies to the dazzle sheet is now exposed and when you place it on the card stock it will stick to the card stock).

Once you have rubbed this onto the card stock “slowly” pull the masking tape back.  I keep a craft knife in hand to help the innies release from the tape.  If you do this slowly you can keep those rogue innies from getting out of line.  You will also notice that some of the gold came off on the tape but that is ok it doesn’t hurt the dazzle.

IMG_3059.JPG Here you can see two sets of leaves.  Two are the outline dazzles (the “outties”) and two are the inside cuts (the “innies).

I just cut the shape of the leaf around the “innies” and if you look back at the card posted yesterday, you can see that they look just fine.

 

 

I haven’t tried this yet but using repositionable tape may work better on the Dazzle innies.  This type of tape is not as strong and would probably release the innies easier; however, you may have to rub the tape over the innies harder to get it to adhere well enough to lift them off the dazzle sheet.

Don’t let transferring dazzle “innies” psych you out.  You don’t have to have a “special transfer sheet”.  If you have a transfer you need to make that is bigger than the strip of tape you are using, just overlap the tape a little and make the tape transfer as large as you need.  You need a low tack tape to make this work.

 

 

Paper Cutz Challenge #9

 

IMG_3011.JPGThis weeks Paper Cutz Challenge was a Christmas layout, project or card.  Tomorrow is my Mother’s 81st Birthday and I took this challenge to make her a Christmas Ornament.

This is the snowflake from the Provo Craft Cricut Christmas cartridge cut at 4″.

 

 

 

First IMG_3004.JPGI cut 2 snowflakes out of white chipboard.  This white chipboard is actually the backing to a paper pack that I tore apart.  I tried using chipboard that I recycled from a cereal box but I was not having any luck. It has rained so much here and the humidity is so high that the cereal box chipboard felt damp and would not cut correctly.

I also cut two snowflakes out of blue colored cardstock.  I used pale blue coarse German glass.  You can click on the picture and enlarge it to see the beautiful color of the German glass. 

TIP:  Make sure the color background of your item is close to the same color of your glitter or German Glass.  When you do this, if you miss a place it is not as obvious as it would be if the white was showing through.  Once all the snowflakes were glued together I used the Basic Grey files to get in between the cut out areas and file away any burrs and define the detail of the snowflake.

 

IMG_3007.JPGI ran both the two white chipboard snowflakes and the two blue cardstock snowflakes through a Xyron machine and glue the white to white and then adhered both blue cardstock snowflakes to each side of the white snowflake.   This makes the snowflake very dimensional and puts the white chipboard in the middle.

Put an eyelet in so it can hold ribbon or wire.  I originally started to put the glue on with a foam brush.  However, the glue dried out too much and it was too thin to hold the coarse German Glass on the snowflake.

TIP:  You need to use a semi-thick consistency glue that will dry clear.  I use Art Glitter Designer Adhesive (www.artglitter.com) because it is excellent for glitter and German Glass.  It is a little pricey ($18.59 for 8oz.) but it has lasted me for a long time and it works great. 

 

IMG_3008.JPGI found that if you dab the glue in a small area at a time and then pour the German Glass over it, it adheres better.  This process takes a little while and I took two days letting one side dry and then did the other side.

 

 

 

IMG_3013.JPGOnce dry, I went back and looked over it to see if there were any areas that I missed.  Well of course there was…. because with coarse German Glass it is too large and will not get in all those little twist and turns and edges.

To fill in those areas, I put on additional glue and used a very fine glitter in a color that was close to the German Glass.  Coarse German Glass does not have the eye popping glitz that glitter does so by adding the fine glitter it really makes the snowflake shine and catch light.

 

Warning:  German Glass is not glitter.  It is little shards of glass and should not be used on items where children will be handling them.  So be sure and be very careful.

My Mother’s favorite color is blue.  Her B-card is white and blue and her little snowflake ornament will be an additional surprise.  I need to find a little box to put it in, oh wait, I think I can have my Cricut Expression cut me one.  There it is another project, I don’t think it ever ends.

Pumpkin Pie Syrup

IMG_2988.JPGOk, just as I said no one carried the Pumpkin Pie Syrup in this area, I discovered they do.  As I was doing my Sunday ritual (sitting in my big comfy chair reading the sales papers), World Market’s advertisement showed they had Pumpkin Pie Syrup.

Now with this added to my coffee bar I should be able to make a faster Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I’ll replace the 1/4 tsp of Pumpkin pie spice with the syrup.  I do think I’ll add a pump of brown sugar cinnamon and see how that works with it.  When I get the recipe tweaked I’ll let put it back up.

Have to say even the testing of the tweaking of the recipe has tasted good so it’s a great recipe even if you don’t change it.  By the way if the puree is a little to gritty for you, heat it with the milk in the sauce pan to dissolve it more, or if you are making it in your mug just be sure and stir really well.

I’m thinking this is pretty good when you think of it, you are actually getting one of your daily vegetable requirement in your coffee drink.  One down and 4 to go, if I have a V8 at mid-morning I can have 4 of my vegetables by 10:30 AM.   Who would have thought you can meet your minimum daily requirement all through drinking and not even using a juicer.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

IMG_2982.JPGOh there is just something about a lazy day, drizzling rain and a cat.  This is a basket I have sitting in the “Woman Cave” and Henry has found it a nice place to take a nap.

If you enlarge the picture (by clicking on it) you’ll also see a leopard pillow.  Henry and pillow coordinate….I’m just saying, a girl needs to keep everything in balance and if he is going to sleep in the “Woman Cave” he needs to compliment it.

 

IMG_2983.JPGI confess I am a Starbuck’s fan and this time a year I get really happy as they bring back that special drink “Pumpkin Spice Latte”.  Unfortunately, they just recently went up (again) on their prices and I just find it difficult to pay $5.03 for a grande Pumpkin Spice Latte.  They charge $.40 extra for Soy and now they are charging more if you have a special order.  Let’s see, I’ll have a grande, soy, pumpkin spice latte, with no whip please….because I ask to have it my way I get to pay more?

I decided to take matters into my own hands and started my quest to make my own.  Several years ago I got my espresso machine for an anniversary (along with all the stuff you need to make the drinks).  I splurged and bought the ceramic SB travel mug (hey, I want it to look authentic).  Here is the recipe:

3 Heaping Tablespoons of Pumpkin   (I opened a can to use for a pumpkin cake and now I get to use the left overs).

1/2 oz (2 tsp) Vanilla Syrup (I like to use the shot glass to measure that way one less thing to clean up).

1/4 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 cup Milk (I use Soy Milk, because I digest it better)

2 shots of strong coffee

IMG_2985.JPGI mixed everything right in my ceramic cup (pumpkin, vanilla syrup, spices).  Steamed the milk and poured it on top of the pumpkin mix.  Pressed the coffee and threw that on top of the pumpkin mix, gave it a little stir.  The pumpkin puree dissolves when the hot milk is poured on to it.

If you don’t have an espresso machine you can do this right on top of your stove.  Put the pumpkin, vanilla syrup, spices and milk in a sauce pan and bring it to just below the boiling point (be careful not to scald the milk).  When you make your coffee make it strong or you could get instant espresso and through that in the pan with the rest of the mix.

You can replace the pumpkin with pumpkin pie syrup.  I haven’t found any place that carries it locally but you can order it off the internet.  It usually runs $6 -$8 a bottle, depending on the manufacturer and it is also pricey to ship because it is heavy.

IMG_2986.JPGI like mine a little sweeter than what this recipe turns out so I added a little sweetener.  You could also use a vanilla creamer to add some sweetness.  I grated some nutmeg on top to finish it off.

Yummo!!!!

 

 

IMG_2987.JPGI will tweak the recipe a little, because I want a little more pumpkin flavor but this is very close to what SB has.  The good thing is I can do it a lot cheaper (it will just take me a little more time in the morning) and I can have it all year round if I want it.

So there take that Star Bucks, I’ll save quite a bit by making my own, which that means more for my other habit……………”stash”!

 

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