Elixir of Life

Hello everyone! Today I have a set of ATCs I created for the June ATC Swap over at scrapbook.com hosted by MarciLB (A Scrap From Marci)! The category? Medicine! And here’s the story of how I came up with these ATCs! I kept thinking and thinking of what to do for this category, and it really had me stumped! I wasn’t even sure I’d get them done I was so stumped! Thankfully MarciLB has a “your interpretation” rule! As I sat at my computer one day sipping on coffee it made me think of how the husband has always referred to coffee as the “elixir of life,” which led me to think about how an elixir is “a magical or medicinal potion.” Therefore, coffee is medicine! (And let’s face it, it is rather magical…)

Elixir of Life ATCs

Elixir of Life ATCs
I used (half) of a manila folder as the background material for my ATCs, and added a layer of Shimmerz AcriTonez 3 Sheets to the Wind as my base coat and used my heat gun to dry it. I wanted to use a make-up wedge to spread the Vicki Boutin paint on, but I couldn’t find package of them! I am the only (human) female in the house, and I lost my own make-up wedges! I did end up finding an old sponge in my make-up box that disintegrated after the one use, but it managed to serve it’s purpose.
Saltwater Taffy – Acrylic Paint Set 2 (American Crafts)
Old sponge from the center of the applicator in a pressed powder compact!

After heat drying the layer of Saltwater Taffy I added a layer of Daiquiri Ice with a baby wipe!

Daiquiri Ice – Acrylic Paint Set 2 (American Crafts)

After the Daiquiri Ice was spread on and dried I cut out my ATCs (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)! At first I had only planned on using Barely Beige Dye Ink by Simon Says Stamp for the stamping on the background, but as I inked the edges of the ATCs (after lightly sanding) with Ground Espresso Distress Ink, I decided to “re-stamp” the backgrounds! I didn’t want full coverage with the Ground Espresso, so I placed the stamp (Stampabilities: Grungy Grid Background) on it’s back, placed my ATC on the stamp, and randomly pressed and tapped the ATCs on the stamp!

Only stamped with Barely Beige by Simon Says Stamp

Edges lightly sanded and inked with Ground Espresso Distress Ink

Adding the Ground Espresso to the background!

After I had the backgrounds finished, I worked on the Mini Crazy Cats (Tim Holtz Mini Crazy Cats & Dogs stamps & dies). As the cats were drying I worked on the cup of coffee and the phrase, both from Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea Stamp Set.

Almost done! Just adding the steam!

The cup of coffee was stamped with Lawn Fawn’s Fake Tan and embossed with a la mode clear embossing powder, and the phrase was embossed with Wendy Vecchi’s Watering Can!

The quick overview of the cat and milk bottle! They are stamped with Ranger’s Black Archival Ink, cut with my Sizzix Big Shot using the (extended) magnetic platform & extended cutting pads, and colored, using a Ranger Water Brush (Nib), with the following:

  • Abandoned Coral, Black Soot, Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, Ground Espresso, Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass, Weathered Wood, and Wild Honey Distress Markers.

The coffee cup and saucer are colored with:

  • Fossilized Amber & Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxides
  • Shimmerz Orange Sherbet

And, the coffee is Distress Paint Ground Espresso! 

    My Maca Bars

    My Maca Bars (version 1.0)

    This is my first maca cooking experience, and it’s still in the oven, but I needed to try and make something that was at least mildly appealing … as opposed to the other options of suffer or starve. Keep an eye out as I evolve my recipe, I’ll (hopefully) keep track of what I’m doing. (I have “Taste-test Notes” at the bottom of this post)
    The original recipe is here, but I had to creatively adjust based on desperation, for starters the original calls for coconut oil, and I avoid coconut products anywhere near my palate, I’m not allergic, I just really dislike … hate … coconut. I do however have an egg allergy, so they had to go.

    • 1/2 cup organic honey
    • squirt of organic (light) agava (optional, I happen to have a super sweet tooth)
    • vanilla to taste (I’m a vanilla freak)
    • 1/2 – 1 cup organic almond flour
    • 1/2 cup organic maca powder
    • 2-3 tsps organic chia seed soaked in ~1/4 cup water

    Mix it all together and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes in a 8″x8″ glass baking dish.

    This was my (basic) train of thought when I was tweeking the original recipe. Almond flour, being made from almonds and all, will provide oil, and the water for the chia seed soak will provide the liquid the eggs would have provided. Yep, that was it, my entire train of thought, it was a short train.

    …ok, it’s out of the oven, but I won’t be taste testing until tomorrow, I don’t really want an energy boost at (almost) midnight, well I don’t want to find out if maca and/or chia seeds will give me an immediate energy boost as I have read about. Basically I’m not looking to see if honey, maca, and chia will keep me up all night.

    v 1.0 – I tasted it, and on try #1 it’s at the edge of “too sweet” even for me (and that’s saying something!)

    1st Altered Book

    I had been keeping this generic black pleather journal around for quite some time but I always knew it was missing something. That something was apparently me getting the idea to alter it, originally inspired by various “Steampunk” journals I had seen. The most I had ever written in it was my name for “This book belongs to:” and a couple of thoughts on the first two pages. That was it!! Now I am going to make it something more. Over the past year I have taken a major turn toward traditional healing a.k.a. herbal healing. I got tired of seeing “if you or a loved on took this medicine and is now dead or permanently messed up you may be entitled to compensation.” Money isn’t going to return quality of life. Anyhow, being someone who is required to have some sort of medication on a daily basis I went back to nature, and this is going to be my “recipe” book.

     This is the new front cover. Some fabric flowers that I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink on … they used to be much brighter colors! A couple of resin black roses, some Tim Holtz gears, a few brads … Also, I did make that leather Triquetra on my own! I cut the slits on the background leather and wove the other strips of leather through. I am currently adding some silk ribbon embroidery to the cover as well. And yes, I am covering the pleather with leather … well suede.

     Inside the front cover with my “This book belongs to:” window in the fabric. I had to add this fabric because after all the treatment to the pages and spine I wanted to give a clean finish.

     This is at the very center of the book. Just some rub-ons for the flowers, some self-stick butterfly boarder, and some tissue tape.

     Blank pages. It was a long process of spraying and drying. And to help with the drying and aging I utilized my oven … and melted the glue in the spine … but I like it better this way, it’s more aged.


    As it turns out I am addicted to my Droid, and I thought maybe I could blog easier via my phone. You’d think my computer would be easier, but the kids are home schooled. Also, I like being able to post as I think of things. I’m not patient, and I forget things. I’m a very “now” person. Sometimes I’m just comfortable where I am and I don’t want move 🙂

    I guess I’ll see how this works out for me.

    My Start

    My scrapping adventure has been a short whirlwind so far. It has been approximately 10 months since I bought my first set of decorative scissors and pad of paper. That’s right I haven’t even had a one year anniversary! It was all my BFF’s doing, she told me I should start scrapbooking, and showed me all the pretty papers, which was the clincher, so I went out, I got some paper and Baby Boy embellishments and started on my first album, my oldest sons first year. Since that November (2008) day I have completed that album as well as my youngest sons first year album. Since finishing those I have been doing random pages from pictures I come across, mainly for the various challenges on scrapbooking sites. I have my a subscription to scrapbooks.etc, sent a gift subscription to my BFF, got a copy of Page Planner, and already own a Cricut Expression! My paper supply has grown to a level I could not describe, I have tried sewing, glitter, and chalking (minimally). My next adventure? Becoming more refined.