The Thankful Elephant

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

I hope you are having a beautiful day! It is currently raining like crazy outside. This is always amazing weather to craft in. It is also fantastic weather to write in. I wanted to start today off with a bit of a different introduction.

When I was little, my family didn’t have much money. When I say not much money, my parents scraped and scrounged pennies to come up with something to buy food to feed a family of five. One of the things I hated about this, was the repetition of meals. When I became an adult, moved in with my husband, he grew up the same way. The difference is, he was cool with meal repetition. I certainly aggravate him every couple of months, changing what I cook. I tried a new crock pot meal this week. I thought, I would share it with you.

Now, I would like to preface this by saying that I do not measure anything. This is just to taste. So, here are the ingredients.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes

Chicken Thighs (Bone-in and skin-on)

Dried Basil

Dried Oregano

Dried Rosemary

Salt

Pepper

Butter

Red Potatoes

Olive Oil

Garlic

Dried Thyme

Grated Parmesan

Fresh Parsley

I seasoned my chicken thighs with the salt, pepper, basil, oregano, oil, garlic, thyme, and rosemary. I wrapped that and put that in the refrigerator, while I worked on the potatoes. I rinsed and dried my red potatoes, and I cut them into about inch and a half pieces. I added in a bowl; olive oil, basil, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic, and thyme. I put the potatoes in the bowl and mixed everything together, making sure the potatoes were well coated. I heated a pan on the stove with a little bit of olive oil. I layered the potatoes in the bottom of the crock pot. Then, I put a good sear on my chicken thighs, on top and bottom. I cooked each side of chicken, roughly two to three minutes. Once that was finished, I layered my chicken over my potatoes. I put the lid on my crock pot and I cooked everything on low for about six hours. The house was smelling amazing all day! Once it was dinnertime, my husband and my little man loved the dish. I found this recipe on midwestliving.com I have gotten even more recipes that I am really excited about. Once I cook them, I will happily share the ones that this house loves.

Now, let’s roll with the true topic of the day.

I love making thank you cards. They are most certainly one of my favorites. I especially really love making cards for munchkins. One munchkin in particular will be receiving this card that I have to share with you today. She has worked so hard during this past school year to earn honor roll. I am so proud of her and I wanted to thank her for working so incredibly hard. This child has done amazing and she deserves to be recognized for this. Now, I am not completely sure she remembers our deal from back in December. So, hopefully this card with her crisp twenty dollar bill will be a nice surprise. So, let’s get down to business.

The Paper

Base light pink measuring 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches

Front of Card

White measuring 2 1/4 inches by 5 inches

Light Pink (Handmade Designer Paper) measuring 4 3/4 inches by 2 inches

Scrap hot pink

Scrap light pink

Scrap of White

Inside of Card

Light pink (Handmade Designer Paper) measuring 5 1/4 inches by 4 inches

White measuring 5 inches by 3 3/4 inches

Ink

StaZOn Jet Black

Stampin’ Up Flirty Flamingo

Stamps

Cute Baby Animal Stamps from JoAnn’s

Thanks Stamp from JoAnn’s

Retired Stampin’ Up Polka Dots and Paisley

Other supplies

White and Pink Butcher’s Twine

2 3/4 inch Circle framelit

2 1/2 inch Circle Framelit

2 inch Circle Framelit

Gray Momento Marker

Tape Runner

Dimensionals

Step One: Making the Designer Paper

One of the things I am pretty notorious for is making my own designer paper. I like that I am able to better match the colors by making it myself. I took the light pink pieces measuring 4 3/4 inches by 2 inches, 5 1/4 inches by 4 inches, and the scrap piece. I inked my polka dot stamp in the Flirty Flamingo ink and stamped all over those pieces. I didn’t mind it too much if any of my stamps overlapped. I wanted the pieces to be completely covered. I set each of those pieces aside while I worked on the next step.

Step Two: The Front of the Card

I took my scrap piece of white and stamped my image of the adorable little elephant. I stamped this image with my StaZOn Jet Black ink. Once I did that, I colored the image in with my Gray Momento Marker. I used the 2 inch circle framelit and ran that elephant through the BigKick. I followed that by running my scrap of designer paper and the 2 1/2 inch circle framelit through the BigKick. Finished it off with running the hot pink piece with the 2 3/4 inch circle framelit through the BigKick.

I used tape runner to layer the designer paper circle on the hot pink circle. I layered my elephant piece with dimensionals on the top of the designer circle. I set this finished piece to the side, while I worked on the next part.

With the light pink designer paper (4 3/4 inches by 2 inches), I layered that on top of the white piece (5 inches by 2 1/4 inches). I took about 6 inches of my butcher’s twine and wrapped it around my layers of white and light pink. I tied a nice knot and using my tape runner, I adhere it to the front of my card. I centered it from top and bottom on the left hand side. I put tape runner on the back of my layered circles and added it to the front of my card. I made sure to off center. I wanted something that could guide the eyes to the sentiment. I stamped my sentiment on the bottom right corner. With the front of the card finished, I am able to move on to the final step of this card.

Step Three: The Inside

With tape runner, I adhered the white piece (5 inches by 3 3/4 inches) to the light pink designer piece (5 1/4 inches by 4 inches). I centered the layers to the inside of my card and adhered it. With everything attached and centered to my liking, this card was finished.

I truly loved making this card. I think that the overall outcome of the card, just works for a sweet munchkin. I cannot wait to give her the card and see her face when she opens it. I hope she loves it.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to like, comment, and/or share this with your friends. I would greatly appreciate it. Until next time,

Thank you and God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

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