About Me

I am a techno/gadget freak. I love almost anything that has to do with computers and software. I have an engineering background, but I haven't worked in that field for over 10 years. I married my wonderful husband in September 2004 and look forward to spending every single day of the rest of my life with him. I love cats and even call myself "Cat".


Friday, November 05, 2010

ADFD Challenge #5 - Please Pass the Traditions

A new challenge has started on the A Day For Daisies site.  This one was a real treat to work on.  I got to brush up on some of my digital graphics design skills.  The challenge is to create a project with, of course, one of the ADFD images, and your favourite recipe.  I saw a couple of Tammy's images that just invoked this sort of remembrance of my heritage.  It was a real toss up as to which image I was going to use for this challenge, but in the end "Leaf Girl" won out.  I love the look on her face and the leafs in her hair reminded me of feathers a young indian princess would wear.  I was quite involved in the Aboriginal community for a long time.  Unfortunately, I haven't been in about the last 10 years.  I really enjoyed my work with the non-profit organization I use to be involved with.  The organization was called CASTS - Canadian Aboriginal Science & Technology Society - and I sat on the Board of Directors as Chairperson for a few years.  The goal of the organization is to promote education in the Aboriginal communities, and in particular, in the science fields.  Sadly, I have lost contact with the people I worked with on the board and involved with the organization, which I must admit is my doing and had nothing to do with the fine and hardworking people involved in CASTS.

But I digress, back to what this post is about  - ADFD challenge #5.  I started this whole paper crafting thing when I started on digital scrapbooking.  I still love using digital elements in my crafting.  One thing I really love doing is making my own patterned papers.  For this challenge I needed something that was more uniquely "Canadian Aboriginal" than southwestern or "US Native American", so I had to design it myself.  I created a design that reminded me of a dream catcher.  Then I had to choose colours that are prevalent in the aboriginal arts - a deep red, almost blood colour, tan, and turquise.  Once I coloured the digital image, and put my design together, I realized I needed another element, so what better than to create an actual dream catcher for the project.  So, it finally all came together and this is the results - a digital scrapbook page with my recipe:

Stamp Image:  A Day For Daisies - Leaf Girl
Font on recipe card:  Bradley Hand 
Leaf image on recipe card from Ask a Biologist website
All other elements created by CatScrapFever Designs (background paper, dream catcher, recipe card)

This recipe is the one my mother taught me.  Bannock was a real treat when I was younger, especially with hamburger soup.  When I was little, I loved it with butter and jam when it was still hot and the butter and jam would melt and make my fingers and face all sticky.  Once in a while, my Mom would fry the bannock, and then when it was still hot, roll it in sugar, or sugar and cinnamon.  Kind of like Indian donuts. :)  This bread is very very easy and quick.  I often will make a bannock if I'm out of bread and too lazy to go to the store.  I hope you try it.  Its really good.

And, of course, I hope you enter into the ADFD challenge.  It is running from today, November 5th through to November 18th.  You can find the links on the right hand side in my side bar. Show us your favourite recipes.
I'm hungry!

Before I sign off, I just want to say:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!  Wish I could be with you to celebrate!

Talk to you later...



Jennifer Scull said...

oh this is just beautiful! and such very special memories it holds for you as well. thank you for sharing all of it with us. that is so very precious! :)
sending birthday wishes along to your Mom, too!

enjoy your weekend!

Purple Card Lady said...

Cat, I love this ditigal layout! It does have a Native American feel. What an awesome creation. I love the colors and I admire that you created your own paper. Your recipe sounds yummy. TFS!

Purple Card Lady said...

Oh, Happy Birthday to your mom! :-)

ThePurplePlace said...

Gorgeous Card Cat! I love all the deep rich colors!!

Happy Birthday wishes to your Mom from me too!


Cathy Clark said...

Cat, this page is so beautiful and well-thought out---I'm in awe of your computer skills and creativity!
I can't wait to try the bannock---sounds so good!!!

Crafty Creations said...

Wow - what a lot of work you put into this and it came out just gorgeous!! I love the elements you added!!

Happy Birthday to your mom too!

Lisa said...

Cat I too am in awe of the paper you designed - it's beautiful! I was touched by your story and thank you for sharing such wonderful memories and recipe.

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

What a wonderful card and the Bannock sounds wonderful. Happy Birthday to your Mom too.

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