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)
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.
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
StaZOn Jet Black
Stampin’ Up Flirty Flamingo
Cute Baby Animal Stamps from JoAnn’s
Thanks Stamp from JoAnn’s
Retired Stampin’ Up Polka Dots and Paisley
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
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!
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