Friday, March 13, 2009

Our Friday Friend Lori!

It's been such a big week here at Taylored Expressions with the new release of both SASI and the new Whimsical Wishes line of stamps! Today we are excited to introduce you to Our Friday Friend - she is someone who has been a sweet true friend to TE from the very beginning on top of being a wonderfully talented stamper. Her incredible Branching Out squirrel card caught our eye last week. Please welcome Lori Craig (stamp_momma on SCS). Vist her blog Make a Difference for tons of inspiration!

Lori created this adorable card using Branching Out for today's TECC. We'd love to have you play along too - get all the deets at Taylor's blog after we get to know Lori a little better.

--What city/state do you live in?

Marshall, MO -

-How did you become addicted to papercrafts? How long have you been stamping?

I've been stamping for since 1999 - I became utterly and totally addicted when I found Splitcoaststampers in 2004.

--How would you describe your style? What are you favorite projects to create? -

I love to create cards and special gift projects. I work best when I have a recipient in mind before I start a project.

--Do you have a favorite SASI image?

Caroling Cuppie is my favorite SASI image

--What is your favorite sweet treat? (feel free to share the recipe if you have one!)

30 minutes start to finish and so, so yummy

– Rook's Chocolate Sheet Cake

2 sticks of butter - this isn't Weight Watchers, baby!

4 Tbsp. powdered cocoa

1 c. water

2 c. sugar

2 c. flour

2 eggs

1 tsp. soda

1/2 c. buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla


1 stick butter

4 Tbsp. powdered cocoa

6 Tbsp. buttermilk **

1 lb. (3 3/4 c.) powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. nuts

Bring to a boil: water, cocoa and butter. Add sugar and flour and beat well. Add eggs and beat well. Add soda, buttermilk and vanilla. Bake on a well greased sheet cake pan (mine is a jelly roll pan) for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Icing: Bring to boil: butter, cocoa and buttermilk. Pour over 1 lb. of powdered sugar. Stir well. Add vanilla and nuts. Spread on cake.

This is one of my favorite recipes to make. You can be out the door with a wonderful dessert in 30 minutes - start to finish - because you do not have to wait for the cake to cool before icing it. I love to take this to get-togethers because I can have one piece while we're there and the rest of it just disappears!

** If you don't want to buy buttermilk especially for any recipe that calls for it, simply put 1 T of lemon juice or vinegar in a 1 cup measure. Add enough white milk to fill the cup. Allow it to sit for just a few minutes (less than 5). It will curdle just a little bit and work beautifully for your recipe. If you do purchase buttermilk to make this, freeze the extra in 1 cup increments so you will have it on hand for recipes.

Thanks Lori for bing Our Friday Friend!

And how about you - would you like to be Our Friday Friend?

No contest to enter for this. Each week we will scour the Taylored Expressions Company Gallery at SCS for recent uploads (within the past 10 days) in search of a SASI Stamper to be featured on this blog. To be considered all you have to do is:

**Create something (card, 3D item, scrapbook page, anything) using one or more images from any SASI oe Whimsical Wishes stamp set. Your creation should showcase SASI or WW, but does not have to be exclusive to SASI.

**Upload your creation to SCS being sure to use the keyword SASI or tayloredexpressions (no space) so it will appear in the Taylored Expressions Company Gallery (which is driven by a keyword search) and complete the recipe section of the upload.

**In the description field of your upload please mention Stamp a Sweet Impression stamps are from

Super simple - pretty much just have fun stamping and upload what you make so we can see it! If you are chosen, we will send you an e-mail or PM asking if you'd like to be featured and requesting permission to post one or more of your creations here as Our Friday Friend. You will have the choice of creating something new or just allowing us to post a pic already in your gallery. We will include a link to your SCS Member Gallery and to your blog if you have one (note: a blog is not required to qualify for this feature.)

Have a sweet weekend!



Donna said...

I LOVE Lori's card using Branching Out/coordinates! It's nice to get to know her better too. FABULOUS feature-I love it

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

What a darling card, Lori! I LOVE how the birdhouse is hanging. . .so cute!

Sankari W. said...

SOOOO darling!! I love the colors and the use of the new stamps!! I am with Charmaine - that birdhouse is just toooo cute hanging like that!!! Awesome job! totally inspirational!!
Best wishes,
Sankari :)

Angel said...

What an adorable card! I've always loved Lori's style and she is a SPER friend as well! One of my favorite peeps!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my gosh, I love this card with the hanging birdhouse...HOW CUTE! :)

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is totally and utterly ADORABLE!!! Go Lori!

Karen Giron said...

Wow Lori - I love the bird house hanging from the branch! Awesome!!

Donna said...

Great colours - so spring! I'm loving the card!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh Lori, this is adorable! Love the birdhouse! So cute!

retiredheather said...

What a lovely card from Lori. Lovely.

Justine said...

Love this card and the little brads are adorable the way you have them set in the center of the dots