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Settle in…this is another long-ish post just for you:-)
It all started with this challenge:
and this photograph that I found on Pinterest:
And it snowballed into a fun project that I can’t wait to share with friends! Here we go…
I started by making a patriotic mini card, because I love me some red, white and blue and Lord knows I love a miniature card! I was inspired by that pillow on the left….how can you not smile at that simple pattern?!
Then…one card turned into three as I played with different shades of blue…I’m a sucker for a card set.
To make the square pattern, I used my Large Square Nestabilities, adhered them in an alternating pattern onto cardstock, then…to add interest, I cut the pattern into fourths on the diagonal.
Then, instead of just mounting the squares onto the card, I die cut a fun scalloped border to mimic the look of patriotic bunting that you might see hanging from homes!
Now, I could have stopped there…but I didn’t…that would be no fun and SO unlike me!
Instead of using these note cards as note cards (who would do such a thing?!)…why not use them as tags on a cutely packaged, patriotic treat?
I wracked my brain to come up with some kind of treat that I could make… and still keep with the red,white and blueness of it all!
I finally settled on a little something that is complete throwback to my days as a Southern girl, when I lived in North Carolina and Tennessee. I made hand pies (kinda like fried pies…just not fried)!
Have you ever heard of these? They are only the most delicious bunch of handheld goodness you will ever sink your teeth into! And even better, they can be made in any flavor you can imagine!
I decided that cherry, apple and blueberry handpies would be perfect for this patriotic project.
Handpies are nothing more than pie dough folded over a spoonful of filling. You can make them with store-bought ingredients, making for a simple summer recipe. It’ll save you time and will taste great.
I should tell you though…I have to go the homemade route.
I am physically unable to use store bought dough. I don’t know what it is, but using store bought pie dough gives me a minor panic attack…like I’m doing something I’m not supposed to be doing. It’s pretty ridiculous and borders on obnoxious, but what can I say? It’s the way I was made.
I am happy to take shortcuts in plenty of other areas…so it all comes out in the wash, right? (Speaking of the wash…that’s one thing I love to take shortcuts with! I hate laundry and will gladly avoid it at all costs. No clean socks? I have no shame in wearing my pink and grey argyle dress socks to the gym).
Ok…back to the pies… (I threw in that gooey one to add a little homemade flair!)
To step up the cuteness, I wrapped each pie in a strip of gingham waxed paper that I cut from these treat bags, then I tied a tag on with twine.
To finish these off, I packaged them in PTI’s frosted tin tie bags and attached one of the cards to the front using a miniature clothespin!
I can’t wait to pass these out! I’ll probably give two to the guy at the front desk…a little thank you for dealing with the endless packages of stamps that are always showing up!
That’s all for today!
Thanks for stopping by! I promise you only have to put up with a few more patriotic posts! Then I’ll go back to a normal color scheme!
Getting Edgy Mini Cards:
Stamps: PTI Let Freedom Ring
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Paper: PTI (Blueberry Sky, white, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening)
Other: PTI Seeing Stars Die, PTI vintage buttons, Large Square Nestabilities
Hand pie Packaging:
Stamps: PTI Tiny Tags
Ink: Stampin Up (Real Red, Bashful Blue)
Other: Gingham Goodie Bags from Sweet Lulu Shoppe, jute twine, PTI Tiny Tags Dies, PTI Frosted Tin Tie, mini clothespin

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25 thoughts on “CAS-ual Friday – Get Edgy

  1. AND you bake? Whatever…


    I love your patriotism, and while I have been working away at Canada Day Goodies, it’s been fun to see you doing the same thing, but in a different colour scheme, and with so much enthusiasm!

  2. How cute is all of that? You just can’t make a card and call it a day, can you? Gotta show everyone up with your This is a fabulous project and I will happily accept a bag of these at the retreat next month. Cherry please! 🙂

  3. I just {heart} your creativity! Always pushing the crafty envelope and you work magic every time! LOVE the card set and those treats look Delicious! Awesome awesome!!

  4. Do you ever sleep? How do you fit all this stuff into one day??

    Love the cards and those pies look super yummy. Cue Homer Simpson, “Mmmmm… Pies… Slobber slobber…”

  5. This whole post rocks! I too have difficulty purchasing pie dough when I can make it and it tastes 100x better. My mom always made apple hand pies but she fried them in a cast iron skillet and the crust was her biscuit dough–which was/is fabulous. Nobody makes biscuits like my mother. Nobody. I make snooty handpies. I bought these cute little pie molds from Williams Sonoma. One is shaped like an apple and the other is round with a lattice top. I even bought an extra pie mold for my Mom and she loves it.

    My family is getting together this weekend and I may just copy your idea!

  6. Good grief these are cute! Love all of it! My baby was born on the 4th, so I’m a sucker for anything red, white and blue too! Now I want some pie…

  7. O.M.G.
    You sure are a genius! 🙂 What a brilliant card idea and an even better idea to top it off with homemade pies! Yumm!! 🙂
    Would love to know how you made those pies. Am a sucker for sweet things too! 🙂

  8. My friends mock me because I will NOT use Cool Whip. Ewwww. Why use chemicals when I can buy cream in the dairy case and whip it up with some of my homemade vanilla sugar?! And they mock me. {sigh} So, I will not mock you for making homemade pie crust. I will join you with my homemade vanilla whipped cream. 😀 And while you’re eating your pie, I’ll take the cards and run. 😉 But seriously how AWESOME are these?! (cards AND pies!) And, ahem, what’s not “normal” about a red, white and blue color scheme? I know, a little like red, white and green in December, right? But still. Awesomeness on all fronts.

  9. Shut the front door! I am in awe of your interpretation of that amazing inspiration photo – shear genius and brilliance!! I so want to be on your delivery route for those yummy pies . . . do you need my address?! LOL Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

  10. Dear Lord I have died and gone to heaven. And they are made from HOMEMEADE crust? OH yeah baby! (I’m kind of obnoxious when it comes to store bought pie crust myself…it’s revolting and has lard in it for cryin’ out loud!)
    Anyway, I love me some handpies, and I make mince ones for the holidays, but your red and blue ones have stolen my heart dear Amber. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

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