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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Scoops of Birthday Love Card and Sweet Saturday

Happy Saturday, my sweet friends! I hope your weekend is filled with all things lovely. :o)

You know what's a bit challenging? Crafting with a newly-splinted index finger. Equally challenging is only eating one Peach Crumb Bar at a time. After being slowed down for a few days this week, I was finally able to create some goodies to share. With a few challenges in mind, I came up with this birthday card for a fellow ice cream lover. (Clearly this person is fabulous.) The dessert I made was a "Just Because" treat for my parents. I hope you enjoy both! :o)

For the card, I decided to make a heaping bowl of ice cream, bursting with our favorite flavors. Glitter and embossing helped me achieve the intended flavors, which made me sparkly happy. Along with the classic vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate, we have: Chocolate Caramel Swirl (aided by bronzey glitter glue and caramel-colored rhinestones); Cotton Candy (pink base with a ribbon of sparkling blue... my personal favorite from our beloved dessert establishment); and Fudge Swirl (white base with swirls of brown). For variety in the toppings, I used glitter paper for sprinkles as well as rhinestones for nonpareils. I coated the spoons in silver Stickles and then covered them with Glossy Accents to make it a bit more realistic. (I'd love to do this to my real silverware... but I shall resist.) Are you craving ice cream now? I certainly am! :o)

As usual where faces are involved, I did my best to draw the sweet Peachy Keen faces. The cute little bite is a bit unsettled about the events that have transpired...

Challenges entered:
 * Birthday Sundaes (shaped birthday cards)
 * Getting Cricky (Let's Face It!)
 * My Craft Spot (How Sweet it is!)

Sweet Saturday time! Who's ready for a delicious summery fruit dessert? Peach Crumb Bars... they taste as incredible as they look:

These bars are fantastic! If you're a fan of portable pie, this is your new friend. It tastes so much like peach pie in bar form. Juicy and delectable, yet surprisingly easy! My sweetheart peeled the peaches for me so I could rest my finger, otherwise this might not have been baked this week. As I was grating a leftover whole nutmeg from Christmas, my thoughts drifted to the glorious desserts of the holidays. :o) As incredible as this tasted, I know it will be even more spectacular when peaches are in season at my local orchard in August. Freshly picked peaches? Yes, please! This is also a great base for any crumb bar recipe... I think blueberry is next for me.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! I'm so grateful for all of you. :o) I would also like to thank Tiffany from Sparkled Memories and Candace from My Passion 4 Scrappin for awarding me the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award! I am truly blessed to have such lovely followers... to read more about the award you can read my previous blog post. Thank you for thinking of me, ladies! Have the happiest weekend, my creative friends... and a scoop or two of dessert! :o)

Peach Crumb Bars
Yield: 24 bars

For the dough:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the filling:
5 cups diced or sliced peaches (about 7 peaches, peeled)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 375º. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Prepare the dough: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter, followed by the egg. The dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan. Place the pan and the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

To make the filling, place the diced or sliced peaches in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix gently. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over the peaches and mix gently. Spread the peach mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the peach layer.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top is slightly golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.

Source: Brown Eyed Baker

Key Recipe Components (for card):
 * Cricut Cartridge: Simply Charmed
 * Cuttlebug embossing folders: D'vine Swirls and Polka Dots (sentiment tag)
 * Paper: Core'dinations, DCWV
 * Button: My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie
 * Twine: Sew Easy in Lollipop
 * Miscellaneous: iRock, Martha Stewart glitter (lapis), Stickles



  1. Hi Karen! This card is so incredibly cute and the peach bars look so yummy!!! I am definitely going to have to try making those soon.... Your card just makes me smile! I love the embossing and the scoop that fell off it hillarious! I love the faces.... TFS!!

  2. What a fun card! All those scoops of ice cream look fabulous! Great job managing with a finger in a splint, too!
    Those squares look delicious!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!
    Small Bits of Paper

  3. Karen, I just love the ice cream card you made! I just laughed when I saw what you were talking about with the bite out of the scoop!! So Funny!! Hope your finger gets better soon! Your certainly managing well being able to craft and all:)
    I also printed the recipe!! Looks so yummy I can't wait to try this!

  4. I love this card! The faces are so cute. The glittery swirls in the ice cream look great! I am your newest follower. :)


  5. Absolutely DELISH! Both the card and dessert recipe! Love all the details you added to the card. Thanks for playing with us at Birthday Sundaes!

    DT Member

  6. Hi Sweetie, this card is really cute! I love the faces on the scoops, that you drew on!!!!. You do such a great job. I think you need to find a way to make your own line of stamps, You could give a certain stamp company competition on their face stamps. Thank you for all your sweet words on my blog. I have been having a bad day today and you cheered me up. Bless you, Pam at

  7. Wow, Karen, this card is so absolutely adorable!! I am smiling so big at the little bite with the scared face! So creative! I just love this card, and yes, I am definitely craving ice cream now!! And yum, those peach bars look so delish! Thanks so much for sharing both the fabulous card and the awesome recipe!! I hope you are having a great weekend :)


  8. As always, the card and the dessert look delicious. I love your little faces - so super sweet! I shared your recipe with my husband and he says to tell you he loves you. lol! :)

  9. Your card is the sweetest shape card! I love what you did and how you described every flavor, so I NEED an ice cream NOW!(lol)
    Gorgeous job on the card and thanks for sharing your recipe too.
    Thanks for joining us with such an adorable card at Birthday Sundaes!

  10. Karen, not only am I craving some ice cream now (YUM!), but also some PEACH PIE (and maybe with some blueberries thrown in!!)... I respectfully request a LARGE WARNING BLINKIE at the top of your post next time -- Telling me if I should close my eyes if I am hungry!! LOL... Your card is just WAY too cute!! Your friend must be VERY special indeed as this is one FANTASTIC card!! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent in the Getting Cricky Simply Sunday Challenge this week!! :)

    Amy :) at
    Getting Cricky DTM

  11. This is just to cute! I just got home from the Ice Cream stand. LOL I think I might have to try and make one of these. Great job on the challenge. Good Luck!
    Thank you for playing our Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky.
    Hugs :),
    Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

  12. YAY!!! Blogger is letting me post now! Whew! For a minute there I thought it didn’t like me anymore! TEE HEE!

    AHHHHHHHH!!! I need a scoop of chocolate fudge!!! And cotton candy too!!! *faints*

    Do you seriously know how adorable this card is, Sunshine? SQUEEE! I love it something fierce!!! My fav parts are the tiny details that make it look SO unbelievably real…like the confetti sprinkles and swirling yumminess of the ice cream…and especially the sparklie spoons! OMJ! Sooooooooooo perfect!!!!!!! *grabs a sparklie spoon and starts digging in while you start at the other side* Someone is going to have THE most special birthday ever sis thanks to you. You are one extra special little cookie, do you know that?

    And you already know my thoughts about your peachness masterpiece, Sunshine! Gosh…I swear I could eat those every single night for dessert for the next year and never get tired of them. I LOOOOOOOVE PEACHES!!! *snatches them all up before they are all gone* Is it peach season now sis? I sooooooo can’t wait to try your recipe! And don’t be surprised when you hear a knock at your door…that will just be me coming over to ask you to tutor me and show me how to make them so super delish!!!

    WHEEEEEEEEEE!!! *waves to your new followers and gives them all cuppiecakes*

    I LOVE YOU SUNSHINE!!!!!!! *endless squishers*

  13. Such a fab card!! I ♥ the bling. Your Peach Crumb bars look fabulous. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I may have to give it a try. Thanks for joining us this week at My Craft Spot.

    Scrapping Mommy

  14. OMG! that sundae looks so darn yummy! Thanks for playing along with us this week.
    Getting Cricky DTM

  15. Mmmmmmmmmm....this is delish, the card and the bars!! We are big ice cream fans in our house so I can really appreciate this card! It looks fantastic! Thanks for playing along with us at Birthday Sundaes! I hope your finger heals quickly!

  16. omgosh!! now i want some sweets!! delish!! LOL love tha icream and the bars!!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Getting Cricky's SImply SUnday Challenge!


  17. Cute card!! Love all of the scoops of icecream! Your dessert recipe looks delicious too! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!


  18. Such a cute little scoop of ice cream! Love it!! The peach bars recipe looks fantastic- I'm a new follower of you blog- can't wait to make these!
    Thanks for sharing and linking up with Getting Cricky.

    JulieK- Getting Cricky DTM

  19. Oh Ms. Karen, how adorable is this ice-cream sundae card?! You did an awesome job! I love the little faces and all of the embossing and glitteries are fabulous! You are so talented my crafty friend! And your recipes are so yummy! I have to try one of them soon as I too love to bake. Thank you also soooooo very much for your loving thoughts and prayers for my FIL. I know it really has helped! We are going to visit him tomorrow. Hugs to you my crafty friend!! Sabrina

  20. 1st) Ouch, sorry to hear about your finger Karen. I hope its much better now and you are able to eat a few more of those delicious looking bars. Thanks for the recepi!
    2nd) Fabulous card!!! I just love shaped cards. I love how you made that little extra scoop tumble over. hehehe.
    Thanks for playing along with this weeks Simply Sunday challenge. I hope to see you again next week.
    Jess M:)

  21. Love love love this card. You details ar just so amazing. I know the recipient will love it to. Hope that your finger heals quickly!

  22. This is a super sweet card ! Love all the scoops and toppings ! Thanks for playing along at My Craft Spot this week!

  23. Thank you all very much for your sparkling comments! I'm so grateful for each and every one... and am very sorry for any unexpected cravings I caused. ;)

    Hugs and blessings! :o)

  24. Oh goodness me! I am so in love with this ice cream card! Each scoop is more adorable than the last, and I am just sent a flutter with girly glee over the sparkles, sprinkles, swirls, and all things happy (that start with an S hehe). You've sent my already deadly ice cream craving into hyperdrive. I now must leave in an attempt to quell it, and I feel only a flavor as happy and colorful as peppermint stick will do the trick. :)

  25. This is one sweet card! Great take on the challenge! Thanks for joining in the fun at My Craft Spot

  26. Karen, I forgot to say I am so sorry about your finger. Hope it is getting better! Hugs! Sabrina

    Cindy Porter

  28. OMGoodness, such an awesome card. FABULOUS! TFS! ~Shen

  29. Such a cute cute creation. The face on the scoops is so adorable


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