It Doesn’t Get Much Better than This… a masculine design & some apple pie…

We’re off to have a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner today! Yummmmm….can’t wait! I’ve been busy cooking up squash and apple pies to bring with us. In a large family, we always make sure to bring something, it helps spread out the work. I love baking and I always make sure I’m signed up for one or two desserts. 🙂 Yesterday I made some pie shells and this morning, I got up early to fill and bake them. They smell delicious.

I won’t have time to design today and so I thought I’d share a Fall themed Fishing design with you. This is the It Doesn’t Get Better than This Vignette stamp by Thomas Kinkade from Cornish Heritage Farms. It is a gorgeous rectangular stamp with an oval insert. I created this design as part of a review for Craft Critique. This design is colored with my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol and really worked up quickly. Because of the depth of the shading in the initial stamped image, it is really easy to color it and get shadows with little work.



To create this design, I colored in the stamped vignette image with my Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits. I then cut out the central oval and sponged the edges before adhering it to a kraft cardstock panel. The panel is matted with Chocolate Chip and Sage Shadow.

For the main card base, I once again use Kraft cardstock…just love this neutral, it goes with almost everything! I love the Souvenir Cosmo Cricket line (who am I kidding, I love ALL Cosmo Cricket lines! LOL) and layered panels of it on my design. The dotted cross panel is stitched on my sewing machine with white thread and the edges were then pulled up slightly with my finger.

Embellishments were kept to a minimum…this is a guy card after all. 😉 Hardware is always good for guys and I added three small eyelets to the top of the design and then one huge REALLY Big Brad from Karen Foster Designs. I love how it anchors the image.

Have a fabulous day! And…just in case you feel like doing a little baking, I’m including my apple pie recipe. I used Mutsu (Crispin) apples that we picked at the orchard on Saturday. LOL Like the title of the stamp I used…it doesn’t get much better than this! If you missed the World Cardmaking Day Giveaway and wish to enter, there is still time until 10pm EST tonight (Monday Oct8th). Just scroll down TWO posts and comment for a chance to win. 🙂

Dutch Apple Pie

2 pounds of cooking apples, peeled and sliced

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 unbaked pie shell


2/3 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

Add apples to large bowl to equal 5 cups. Add sugars, flour and cinnamon and toss. Pour into pie shell.

Topping: Combine topping ingredients. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over top of apple filling. Bake on bottom shelf of 400°F oven for 10 minutes. Turn oven to 325 °F and bake about 50 minutes more until apples are tender. Cool.

Recipe from Company’s Coming Pie by Jean Pare and altered a little to fit my family’s taste. 🙂

19 responses to “It Doesn’t Get Much Better than This… a masculine design & some apple pie…

  1. Have a nice Thanksgiving with your family, Julia. The weather is so awesome this year, eh? While driving by Lake Huron yesterday, in Bright’s Grove, it shocked me to see people swimming. Has that ever happened before? Eat a piece of your apple pie for me.

  2. Great guy card, neat coloring and love those papers!

  3. This is a really nice take on that stamp.. I like the coloring job that you did with it…


  4. OOOh so cool! I LOVE the paper, layout, coloring, WAHOO gorgeous job!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Julia! Enjoy that pie 🙂

  6. Love the card and that pie sounds delicious,send me a piece,lol.

  7. Now that’s a masculine card! Where do you find your Kraft card stock?

  8. that pie sounds divine!!!!

  9. Love the card and definitly love apple pie! Sounds delish!! Rosemary

  10. Very cool card. Just posted my own manly card today. Hah. I love how you’ve colored the image.

  11. GORGEOUS card! You’ve made my mouth water w/that pie! It’s one of my all time favorites.

  12. Bonnie aka raduse

    Very pretty Julia. Love those colors and how they just pop out of the oval.

  13. I’m going to have to give this recipe a try! My husbands favorite is Apple pie!
    I love the fishing card, also! It reminds me of my Handyman standing along the river on a fabulous warm summerl day!!

  14. Great card, Julia, I love that huge brad! This pie looks yummyyyyyyyyyyy 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!!

  15. That recipe sounds DELISH!! I am so trying this during the weekend. Yum-O

  16. Oh and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  17. Wonderful design, J! I love the warm background paper…so much texture!! (And your pie sounds yummy!)

  18. Everything about this card is so great! Thanks for the recipe. If I can figure out what kind of apples around here are good for cooking, I’m going to make this……one of these days. 🙂

  19. Your masculine card looks awesome…love the papers and your coloring looks so wonderful!!

    Your pie sounds yummy! I need to bake some…mmmm.

    I made a card with my new Group Hug stamp that you designed. Your stamp is so cute, Julia!! 😉

    Have a great day!

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