Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WMSC #69 - October 15, 2011 - Vampire Bites

Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone is off to a good start.  Today I am posting a tag I made for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.  I really love the fall and the cooler temperatures it brings.  Summer time for me is mostly spent outdoors -  BBQ and food on the grill - I even plug a steamer outside to handle the veggies.  Colder weather of fall marks the beginning of baking for me.  It serves a dual purpose of helping heat the house - and filling it with all the fantastic smells of home cooking.   This is such a comfort in the midwest on a cold winter day!
Every fall I make several batches of this carmel corn snack mix for friends, family, bake sales and the like.  One year I sent 50 bags of it to San Diego, CA when my nephew was in Marine boot camp (gotta send enough for everybody!).  The recipe is at the end of this post.

I copied and pasted the design from the blog into word.  I enlarged it to about 5" and used it as a template.    I cut the hat out of paper I stamped with the gingham pattern from Gingham & Co.    I made the black organza ribbon accent by pulling the bottom wire from both ends of a 12" length and twisting it into a circle.   The rest was simply layering and embellishing.   I love how that oval classic frames looks like it was meant to wrap around that Vampire Bites sentiment.  I don't know how Claire does it! 
 I hope you like the tag and will give the snack mix a try - it's sweet /salty combination is  really addicting!

Popcorn Snack Mix:
Spray a large aluminum foil roasting pan with non stick spray. 
Combine:
3 quarts popped popcorn
4 cups Cheerios (oat cereal o's)
4 cups Corn or Rice Chex or Crispix Cereal
2 cups salted peanuts or your favorite nuts

In a large saucepan combine
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
bring to a rolling boil.  Boil for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat; quickly stir in  2 tsp pure vanilla extract  and 1/2 tsp baking soda until mixture is light and foamy.  Immediately drizzle over popcorn mixture; mix well.  Bake uncovered at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Cool completely. 

Makes approximately 5 1/5 quarts or 10 cellophane snack bags

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse Midnight Feast, Oval Classic Frames, Gingham & Co.
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Tags & Accents, Classic Ovals, Fancy Tags Two
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Tangelo  Ranger/Tim Holtz Antique Linen, Black Soot

25 comments:

Vickie Z said...

Fabulous tag!! Will have to try your recipe!!

anya said...

I love the way you made your tag, Jeanne! This is a great take on the sketch challenge. The gingham looks great stamped in black, and your die cut accents are a perfect finishing touch. Thank you for the recipe, too, this looks great for the holidays!!

I'm Renee said...

A super fabby card...
I just love that gingham hat!!
And those dies cuts...
such a fabby, fabby card!
Thanks so much for the yummy recipe...
SWEETS!!
How did you know they're my favorite food group...
*giggle*

Debgem said...

Jeanne - BRILLIANT!! I love the black gingham hat, the beautiful organza ribbon and the label is just perfect. Thanks also for sharing that lovely recipe!! Yummy!

Cathy Weber said...

Wow, I can't believe what you did with this sketch! I love it. The ribbon behind the diecuts are so ornate and gorgeous. Really nice job with this one Jeanne.

Teresa Kline said...

wow, I adore the plaid, so creative, great job with this weeks WM sketch...hope you have a fantastic day!

enjoy *~*

Kelly S. said...

Oh this is a gorgeous witch's hat, Jeanne! I love how you made the organza accent, and the flourish die cuts and frame are amazing. The plaid stamping is fantastic! Thanks so much for including your vampire bites recipe, it looks delicious scattered around the brim!

Cath said...

Oooo! Supah fun! :)

Jean Martin said...

Oh wow!!!!! This is gorgeous!!!!! You did a fantastic job with this! Thanks for playing with us this week at WMSC! I know it was very challenging! :)

Sharron said...

Wow, positively stunning! LOVE the gingham and what you've done with the black organza ribbon & swirly dies is fantastic!! Love everything about it!

Julia Aston said...

Love this! the plaid bg and orange fancy tag look great!!

Pauline said...

Beautiful tag Jeanne, that fancy tag is so pretty!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Yum and fun for Cath to give you a shout out on Moxie Fab today.

JJ Bolton {Ribbon Girls} said...

You had me at caramel corn! And your card is so much fun! Love seeing what combination of frames and labels you use.

Jingle said...

This is absolutely adorable!

Carolyn King said...

This is awesome!!!

Linda Beeson said...

What an amazing creation.

Lenet said...

Beatiful!Love the gingham on the hat! Thanks for joining us at WMSC.

Savitri said...

Wow, this is just amazing!!! Love what you did here and seriously, VERY creative!!

Gabby said...

Fab tag! Found your link at Moxie Fab. :) I have been looking for a recipe I found on the back of a Crispix box 15 yrs ago, for the last 13 yrs! This mix sounds soooo like it! I'm going to try this recipe in the next couple of days. My family and friends will be thrilled if this is it or even close! THANKS! :)

fatmi said...

So lovely work specially the black fabric you have used in the back is interesting.

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Debgem said...

A well deserved Top Mouse for this one! Congratulations!

Susan said...

Your Hallowe'en tag is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe too!

Maria said...

Lovely witch hat! Sounds like a yummy popcorn snack mix. I must give it a try...thank you! Take care!!:-))

Tyrell said...

Wow, this is just amazing!!! Love what you did here and seriously, VERY creative!!