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Maurine Stettler 07-31-2011 04:28 PM

August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Here are the instructions for this month's recipe card challenge/exchange:

1. Click HERE for this month's starter kit; it will be free to those who participated in the prior month's challenge. Please use this kit (or papers/elements you design in the same color palette) so the cards will "coordinate" and to ensure we don't violate other designers' TOU.

2. The general theme for this month's cards is your favorite CANNING recipes ~ the post below this one includes the specifics. Be creative and have fun with your cards! If you need different metal tags and don't have them from previous kits, send me an e-mail and I'll make them for you.

3. Design your recipe card(s) however you'd like. Include your name, forum name ~ whatever you want ~ on the card.

4. Create your original card at 6" wide X 4" tall (1800 and 1200 pixels) and save it as a 300 ppi jpeg, quality between 8 to 10. These are the print-quality cards that will be shared with all participants. You will also need to resize your card at 72 ppi to post in the gallery.

WHEN FINISHED with your card(s), do the following 3 things:

1. E-mail your print-quality, 300 ppi recipe card to so it can be included in the download file at the end of the month. Several participants have asked for blank copies of the cards you design, so if you're willing to send me both (with and without the words), that would be great!

2. Upload a picture of your 72 ppi card to the Recipe Card Challenge Gallery. Please upload only your actual recipe card ~ not the blank cards.

3. Post a link here in this forum thread no later than August 31.

At the end of the month, all participants will receive a link to download all the cards created that month. Bon appétit!!


Maurine Stettler 07-31-2011 04:40 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
In July's challenge, I mentioned that we would be doing a "canning" challenge in the future. Well, the future is now!

This month will focus on canning, freezing, drying, preserving, whatever you want to call it ~ and can include, but is not limited to: jams, jellys, pickles, chuntneys, relishes, sauces, salsa, fruit, vegetables, jerky, dehydrated products, etc. I've included a few elements specific to this theme and several that are more general. Feel free to include photos of your real-life canning accomplishments! Your card(s) can also include "tips" instead of an actual recipe -- like how to freeze zucchini or blanch corn or easily peel tomatoes.

And never fear if you DON'T can -- include a recipe that uses one of these products -- which makes this a wide-open theme with lots of possibilities. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks, Doris C and KCarlson, for this idea in our "suggestion" thread.

ADBDesign {anita_d} 07-31-2011 06:50 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
SOunds awesome!!

Becster 08-03-2011 06:16 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Great idea! Has the code for the kit been sent out yet?

Maurine Stettler 08-03-2011 08:28 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
I just sent out the coupon code for the August starter kit as well as the download links for July's cards to all participants. If anyone did not receive them, please send me an e-mail message.

Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

rschwetz 08-03-2011 09:25 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
You've done it again, Maurine-what an adorable kit! Thank you. A fun theme this month, too. I've done very little in the way of canning, but my mom used to. I'll have to see what I can come up with.

kcarlsen 08-04-2011 12:50 AM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Very cute kit! Can't wait to get started!

rospey 08-04-2011 02:30 AM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Sounds like fun! Need to be getting those recipes out and ready anyways, it's that time of year again.

lala_ina 08-04-2011 07:34 AM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Maurine, I just bought the starter kit, can't wait to start the challange. It will be my first. Finger crossed :)

Maurine Stettler 08-04-2011 10:27 AM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
I'm excited to have you join us - this is a fun challenge with lots of wonderful people participating!


Originally Posted by lala_ina (Post 101811)
Maurine, I just bought the starter kit, can't wait to start the challange. It will be my first. Finger crossed :)

Becster 08-04-2011 10:43 AM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Thanks!! I was afraid that I'd missed it while we were out of town. :)

rospey 08-04-2011 08:55 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Here's my canning recipe:


marnie 08-05-2011 08:04 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Another great kit, Maurine. Thanks bunches.


Maurine Stettler 08-05-2011 10:43 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
I took my own advice and made a recipe card that USES a "canned" product -- it's for Jam-Topped Mini Cheesecakes. You can see it here.

jimmyrose 08-06-2011 12:48 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
This is a great kit. I really enjoyed this month's challenge again. So once more, thank you for the kit and all of the hard work you do for us.

I used to make and freeze juices often when my children were younger. I still do some, but not as much. I found a great way to save room in my freezer. I put the juice into freezer, zip bags and pushed out the air. Then I laid them flat on a cookie sheet to freeze. I have a tray in the freezer to cover up the racks and to give me a solid bottom. When the juice is frozen, I stand the bags up as if they were in a file system. It takes up a lot less room and makes it easy to find what you are looking for.

Here are mine:





















mdusell 08-06-2011 02:23 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
These are really great on sandwiches and Hamburgers! Thanks for the adorable kit.

pigluvr 08-07-2011 12:42 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Another wonderful kit Maureen. So many great cards! Thank you for doing this for us.
Link for my recipe

pigluvr 08-07-2011 12:43 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
One more from me. pigluvr

ADBDesign {anita_d} 08-07-2011 01:06 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
Love this months focus!!

rschwetz 08-08-2011 12:06 PM

Re: August 2011 Recipe Card Challenge
I haven't done any canning, but I do freeze fruits and veggies to use at a later date. Here are two recipe cards I made-one for a recipe using frozen banana and one for a couple of my favorite fruits to freeze. I hope they'll be helpful. I always enjoy using your recipe kits, Maurine--thank you!
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