Monday, March 31, 2014

Saxophone birthday wishes

A masculine CAS card, used the Saxophone cut out from the Essentials. Sponged the card with blue and brown pigment inks respectively. Sponged a silvery glittery ink on the blue ink. A matching twine, Some punched musical notes, and added the sentiment on the die cut panel.

A closer look at the silver glittery ink, its barely visible though!
linking this card to The Paper Players

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani


 Sharing a very special recipe - dum biryani,  one of the most delicious dishes and a must have one too. If you love Indian food, you are going to enjoy each and every bite of this! 
This dish is a bit time consuming, but worth spending that time. 

You will need :

Step 1:

Bayleaf - 2 leaves
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon stick - 1"
Black cardamom -1
Green cardamom -1
Mace -1 floret

Ground these spices roughly, and keep aside.

Step 2:

Chicken( bone/boneless) - 750gms
Yogurt - 1 cup
R.chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Cummin powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder -3/4 tsp
Ginger +Garlic paste - 2TBsp
Salt to taste
Fresh mint leaves - 1/4 cup
Fresh coriander leaves -1/4 cup
G.chili - 3
Lime juice - 1TBsp
Oil - 3 TBsp

Mix all the ingredients together,  add the above ground spice mix too. Marinate this chicken mix for at least 5-6 hours.  I usually leave it overnight. 


Step 3 :

2 cups - basmati rice washed and soaked
5-6 cups - water to cook rice
Salt to taste
Oil - 1/2 TBsp
Shahjeera~ caraway seeds - 1/2 tsp
Bayleaf - 1
a pinch of saffron soaked in 1TBsp milk
Finely Sliced onion - 1 big

fry the onions in the oil till golden brown and keep aside.


1. Take a big pot to cook the rice in. Add water, salt, caraway seeds, and bayleaf and bring to boil.

Now add rice, and cook the rice till it is half done.
Drain the rice.

2. Take another big heavy bottom pot to assemble the biryani together.
Spread the marinated chicken mix at the bottom of the pot, sprinkle some fried onions over it.

3. Add the rice and spread evenly and sprinkle the rest of the onions over the rice.
Sprinkle the saffron milk over the rice.

4. Seal the pot's lid with wheat dough, this is to secure the pot so that the steam remains in.

5. Cook for 10 minutes on high flame, 15 minutes on medium flame(to the lower side), and the last 15 minutes on the lowest flame.If you have a thick iron griddle, it is perfect to transfer the pot over it on the heat for the last 15 minutes, this ensures that there is very little heat and you don't have to worry about the dish getting burnt.
Turn off the heat, and let the pot stand for at least 15 minutes before you open it. The chicken will be cooked to perfection, juicy and tender with all the flavours from the spices. 
you may either go ahead and mix it, or the best way is to scoop it out from the bottom to top, you will see the colored layered, I forgot to click a picture of this part. 
Serve it with any curry. I had served with Bagara baigan, raita, and Dalcha.

Go ahead and try this yummy dish.

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Thank you ~ distressed edges

Off lately white is the color I am working with the most. Used purple, green, and yellow ink  to distress the edges of different sections of the card.
Added a purple paper lace and purple dash lines, and a flowery embellishment to finish up. A very clean and super simple card. 

A closer look at all the 3 distressed edges.

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and also linking it to  STAMPlorations Blog, Thank you Cornelia for suggesting!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

This is awesome!

Had this pattern paper for a long time, never used before. I just added the lacy ribbon to match the paper, and a jam jar. I made it as an invite card, I don't know how many people still give cards to their friends for tea or lunch invitations( I personally use whatsapp to do this ;) )
I am sure, I will put this card to a good use.

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Awesome friend!

A CAS card. It is a shaker card too, with 3 shaker boxes. Used white for the card, and the orange designer pattern paper from the spring collection. Stamped the sentiment on each panel, and added coral green beads to give the shaker effect.
And lastly, used a light green ink to distress the front.
A matching inside to finish up the card.
Very happy with the finished look!

The Inside

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Always know I care

Used the colors from the ColorQ palette. Nice summery colors.
Punched some flowers and the leaves are hand cut by me, so not very perfect. I have a very limited collection of dies.
A few rhinestones on the flowers to add a bling to the card.
Stamped the sentiment on the front as I do not want to add any other color on it.

Entering this card for the ColorQ Challenge

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Only paper

A super simple card, and I love it of all my cards.
A white card stock for the base, and a pattern paper from the spring collection. It has a box, so I used it to stamp the sentiment on it.  A complimenting ribbon to finish off.
Once finished, I fell in love with this cute card! 

This card is up for the Paperminutes Challenge

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weather inspired

The weather is  gorgeous nowadays, the sun is shining brightly, and its crisp and clear, Macau isn't always blessed with such a good weather. So this is the inspiration behind the colors of today's card.
My choice of colors and used the sketch from the paper players.

Simple and bright card!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Make a Wish

This is a guy card. Used a grayish blue color as the base. A shaded multi colored card front. A nice sentiment and few silvery stiches to finish off the card. 

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Marshmallow pink

A very simple looking card. Used a marshmallow pink for the base and a chocolaty brown for the front. I personally think these two colors compliment each other very well.
A stamped sentiment and few rhinestones to finish off the card. I felt there wasn't any need to add anything else. I just love it like this. 

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Birthday ~ spring

A spring themed birthday card.
Used some die-cut and punched flowers,  in addition to  some sponged flowers too. I must be addicted to sponging,  almost every card I make, I do some sponging on it.
A clean and simple look.

 Entering this card for the CAS- Colours and Sketches Blog

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Masculine birthday card

A simple manly card. My son plays drums,  and I am sure he will like this card not sure if he will love it though, teenager minds...I am still learning about them as each day passes!!

Chose black and off white colors to make this one. I am pretty satisfied.

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