Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Kindred Spirits- the journey

"My name is Naomi. I reside in the Boston area with my three daughters. My daughters are all involved in sports with the exception of my 7 year old who takes three dance classes a week! My husband is in sales and flies all around the world quite a bit which leaves me to be both Mum and Dad quite often. I don't mind, but I surely miss him when he's gone. Between sporting events, dance classes, and the perils of a young teenager, I rarely take a moment for myself.
One thing I really enjoy is the hour before school lets out. It's the time of the day where I do a little something for me. What do I do? I usually pour myself a cup of tea and enjoy a piece of home baked English shortbread. It's one of my favorite recipes from back home in England and it makes quite a tasty treat.
Now that we live in the United States, I don't get much of a chance to go back home because of the crazy schedules of my three girls. But next summer, we are planning a trip home and will be sure to bring some shortbread back to my parents so my mother knows I haven't forgotten how to make it!"

Here is the recipe for English shortbread
1 cup of Butter
3 cups plain Flour
1 Egg
½ cup Sugar
1 tsp Baking powder
Makes about 45 to 50 shortbread squares - store any excess in an old biscuit tin.
Method :
Cream together the butter and sugar, with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
2. Beat in the egg.
3. Sift together the flour and baking powder and add to the creamed butter along with the remaining ingredients. Still well with your wooden spoon until all are blended together. Again you should end up with a doughy mixture.
4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it makes a square about 14" on each side. Cut this into lots of 2" squares.
5. Put the little squares about 2" apart on to a baking sheet and prick each square a number of times with a fork. (The lines of 'fork holes' on top of the completed biscuit is a 'trademark' of real gingerbread). Bake in a preheated oven 325°F (gas mark 3) (160°C) for about 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
6. Place onto a rack to cool.


Kindred Spirits
We are different, yet the same.
We are proud of who we are and we respect one another.
We find hope in each other's children.We see the love in their eyes.
We laugh at the same jokes.We don't take ourselves too seriously.
We are friends.We are connected.We are kindred spirits.

Gina K Designs is releasing some brand new stamps this week. These stamps are a new and exciting concept in stamping ... I can hardly wait for you to see them all. This is a special release of three stamp sets that are the first in a new series called "Kindred Spirits."

This first set in this new series celebrate Mothers .... Mother's Day is just around the corner so this is perfect timing for these stamps ...... the image I used on my card here depicts a "Supermom" which I am sure many of you can relate to at times. To get a better idea of what these stamps are all about ... click on the link at the bottom of this post to continue the journey around each of the other
Design Team members blogs.

The Kindred Spirit Stamps will be available from Gina K Designs 1 minute past midnight on April 10th

These stamps are sold as single stamps,
deeply etched rubber on cling vinyl, ready to be trimmed and used with acrylic blocks. The words are in a set that can be used with all of the Kindred spirits and many other stamps they already have. It is sold separately and comes in a tin

Kindred Spirits - Gina K Designs
Paper: White: Real Red & Brocade Blue - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Red & Blue Flower; Red Brad; Word Window Punch; Swiss Dot Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape

To continue the journey, click here


Melanie said...

fabulous card and colors!! this is one of my favorite images being offered! :)

Lee said...

FANtastic card and layout!! Awesome and just perfect colors for this mom!!!

Unknown said...

great card.

Elizebeth said...

I love your CB background and layout, fantastic!

Carolyn King said...

love your super super mom card---very cool Frances!!!

Linsey R said...

what a fabulous card, Frances! I love this image too, perfect for my mom and so many women I know! I am loving this fun to the next one...tfs!

emilymomto3boys said...

fabulous job, Frances! We had the same image and they look totally different!

Angie said...

Supermom! I love this! I gotta see what's next!

Jennifer Buck said...

This is just so cute! TFS! :)

Denise Marzec said...

Awesome card!!! the layout, and the colors are amazing!!

Etha said...

Your supermom looks totally cool! I love your colors and the big flower on it, very nice!

Julia Aston said...

Great colors and flowers - what a fun stamp and journey through the blogs!

Deb Wood said...

Very pretty card, love the swiss dots with the dotted paper!

Anonymous said...

Frances, Your super mom card is so cute and bright. I love what you did! Thank you for helping to make this all possible!

Barbara Schram said...

"Super" card and how you worked the cardstock colors on the to continue my journey!

Alex said...

This is a fabulous card, love the colors!!! I am really lovin' that image too - it's one of my favorites so far!! I am so glad I got to find your blog, you do amazing stuff!! I will be back often!!


Unknown said...

I love it! Can't wait to see all the others.

Katherine (beadfreak22) said...

I love this!

Unknown said...

Frances, great color choices here. This card is so bright and cheerful!

Have a great day!