Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lemon Card and Lemon Curd

First things first....if you have subscribed to my blog, are you getting your email notifications? If you haven't been, but visit here anyway, could you let me know? Thanks!
I had promised a recipe after Christmas and I am finally getting it done. I spied this beautiful "Lemons and Bay Leaf" image on Debbie's blog and knew it was a must have for getting this project done. I quickly headed over to Ellen's store to purchase the stamp and I picked up a few others while I was at it. I am so excited. I made the lemon curd a couple of weeks ago and it has been sitting in my refrigerator waiting to be finished. I made these for some ladies in my neighborhood and I will be delivering them this week. I have included the recipe for you to try. It is delicious on Sour Dough English Muffins, scones, etc. You can even use it as filling on a cake. So if you love all things lemon, this is the recipe for you. I got the recipe from "Christmas Recipes from the Lion House". I think my version was published sometime in the 1980s judging from the cover photo. LOL! I put mine in a water bath for 10 minutes so that the jars would seal and I wouldn't have to worry about it going bad.

I started off having a completely different color scheme in mind. I wanted to go with Lavendar and Yellow because that was the fabric I had chosen to use for the tops. However, as I dug through my newest stash of pattern paper, I spied these beauties from Scenic Route that I hadn't used yet. From there I was set. It also matched the dishtowels that I photographed the lemons and jars on! LOL! It really makes for a much more cohesive blog post, don't you think? LOL!

I began my card design by cutting an oval and accompanying scallop with my cuttlebug and nestabilities. To find the right size, I simply chose the die and placed it over my stamp to see which would be the best fit. After that was done, I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. You know my sponges have been sad as well as my glitter the last few days. Everything has been so clean and crisp. I stamped the image with Palette Noir ink and colored with an assortment of Copic and Prismacolor markers. I added some crystal effects to the lightest part of the lemon for a fun sheen, but it doesn't show up in the photo. I was inspired to do that from the photos of real lemons I took while making up the curd. I loved the water dripping from the lemons and the shine. I used my swiss dots embossing folder for the saffron layer and sponged all of the edges. I glittered the eges and tied some ribbon; finished off with some buttons and stitching and called it good.

I repeated the first steps for the label on the jar, only I used a smaller scallop and didn't color with as much detail. I applied it to the jar with foam squares. Hopefully it will stay!















I love making gift ensembles. It is one of the reasons I began stamping in the first place. I think when a project is pulled together it lets the recipient know how much they are loved and thought of. Thanks for fluttering by!


Stamps: Lemons and Bay Leaves from Lockhart Stamps, Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink
Ink: Palette Noir, Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger, Copic and Prismacolor markers
Paper: So Saffron, PTI Vintage Cream, Scenic Route Pattern Paper
Accessories: Satin Ribbon from Offray, Buttons from the Local Quilting Shop, Linen Thread, Fabric by Moda, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug and Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, Thinner satin ribbon by Club Wed, sponge, sewing machine and thread, liquid glue, crystal coarse glitter by Martha Stewart

19 comments:

Deborah Saaranen said...

Fabulous card!!! I love this image as well! Now you and Deb have definitely made me put it on the list! Such a great idea with the lemon curd! I have never made it, but want to give it a try!

Marci said...

I would love to have one of my nieghbors knock on my door with that gift!! Love all the details in the card and gift. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your amazing talent!!

Sarah Finn said...

Beautiful card and gift idea. Thanks for sharing.

I'm glad you asked about email notifications. I have subscribed to your blog through an RSS Feed for quite a while. However, I had not received any updates in quite a while. This morning a friend asked me if I had seen your Trendy Trees card (great card by the way), which prompted me to pull up your blog and realize I had missed quite a few posts. When I open your blog feed I receive a message at the top of the screen that says "This feed no longer exists." I have no idea what the problem is, but yes, it does seem there is something peculiar going on.

Thanks again for all your inspiration. I always look forward to seeing your creations.

Michelle Wooderson said...

Kelly, your lemon card is fabulous as well as the recipe and the gift jars! Thank you for leaving such nice comments on my blog. I'm off to cruise your blog some more, awesome stuff girlie!!!!! Hugs, Mish

Dawn said...

drool...YUM...beautiful... now you have me craving the stuff!!!!

shel9999 said...

Gorgeous! I love the bits of sparkle!

Tanya said...

Wow! Love the card and the gift label! Thanks for the recipe- I DO love lemon but I seem to be alone in my house.

Jackie Pedro said...

One of my DD's is a lover of all things lemon so I must try this recipe! Your card and jars are fantastic!

Cynthia said...

Well done June, I mean Kelly! You make lemon curd and gorgeous cards to match! You are such an inspiration!! Love the colors you used too!

Beth said...

Love your cards. I have not been receiving the updates in Google Reader. I thought it was me but maybe it's not...

salusa63 said...

This is so pretty. I love the colors used. Thanks for sharing, I may have to order this stamp now! :)

lakind said...

What a great card and blog post! You certainly can't go wrong with a Lockhart stamp, can you?

ChristineCreations said...

I {{{heart}}} this project Kelly! Every part! The recipe looks SO yummy and your colors are just amazing, what a wonderful gift!

I'm not on your feed, but I have you in my sidebar on my blog and it usually updates me telling me you have a new post, but it hasn't done that for a week. Just an FYI from me!

Have a great weekend!

Jessie/knightrone said...

I left you a message in the DDA forum, but it says that your blog has a fetching error...good luck with that one!! It hasn't been updating in my google reader either, but if you click on your blog in google reader and hit view details, it will tell you there is a fetching error and has a link you can follow to check it...good luck!!

GORGEOUS card and gifts, LOVE them!!

Karen H. (kthaman) said...

I haven't subscribed, but I use Google. I haven't noticed any errors through that though.

Jessica said...

Your card is beautiful and thanks for the recipe. I have always loved Lemon Curd!
I have your blog on my Google Reader but haven't received updates in while until today I got 10 at once. Hope your feed issues get worked out, especially since I love your cards and would hate to miss a post!

Brooke S said...

I totally love Lemons!! I crave lemon treats some times... I am so totally making your recipe.... Thanks for sharing it...

Your card is really beautiful.. The colors are so vibrant.. The layout is amazing.. the buttons are the icing on the cake.. So sweet..

Hugs
Brooke

Anonymous said...

this is so cute! I think that I will have to make some for the ladies that I visit teach. they will love it and I even have the cook book. do you have the lion house light cook book. It has the best cranberry glazed pork roast ever!!

Melanie

Debbie Lee said...

HI Kelly,
I love lemon curd & your card & gift jar are so nice. I'd love to receive one! Homemade gifts are the best, imo.
FYI, I subscribe to your blog, but hadn't received a email update in quite awhile... today was my first in a long time.
Glad you got things figured out w/ Blogger! :)