Smile Three Times // Second Generation Stamping

Three happy cards seem like a good recovery from last week’s sympathy card post, don’t you think?

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I have been making lots of card sets lately (see here, and here…and here) and this Punny Produce: Pear set from Wplus9 was so cute and simple I couldn’t stop with just one card, so I made three! I started by stamping the pear outline in a medium-tone brown ink onto three different scallop-edge card panels. Next, I chose three colors of ink and stamped the solid image inside each outline.  I did something a little different for the stamping this time, though! I used second generation stamping for each solid filler image. So, I’d stamp off once (using varying amounts of pressure) onto some scrap paper before stamping the image onto my project. This created a nice effect along with some variation of tone on each image, which I really like.The ink colors I used were: Appletini, Old Gold and Cranberry Crush, all of which are dye inks from Wplus9.

Smile Wplus9 Perfect Pear

The stamp set also includes a solid image to fill in the stem and leaf outline, but I decided to skip it for this design.

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I kept the sentiment fairly simple, using only the Smile Circle wafer die and some vellum (cut into a circle using this die set). I cut the die twice for each card, and sandwiched the circle of vellum between each smile die cut with some Multi Medium Matte glue before adhering it to my panel with the same adhesive.

Smile card set

I mounted each panel onto an A2-sized card base made of Neenah Desert Storm card stock and then added a few sequins in coordinating colors to finish each card!

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce



[Lighter] Fried Plantains

Last week D and I watched Marley on Netflix – a Bob Marley documentary that came out last year. We both are big Bob fans, and watching the video had me really missing Jamaica. Mostly the food! So, I made some fried plantains as a side-dish with breakfast Sunday morning.

Fried Plantains with Lime and Sea Salt

I absolutely love fried plantains, and they’re really easy to make. But, since they’re *fried* they’re not exactly the healthiest snack. So, I endeavored to use a lot less oil in cooking these, to make them a bit healthier. I also used olive oil instead of vegetable oil to try to get some healthier fats in there.

On their own, plantains are quite nutritious. They are high in fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, B6 and C. They are also low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Nice. Another good thing about them is that they’re usually pretty inexpensive at the grocery store!

You will need:

  • 3-4 Tblsp Olive Oil
  • 2 (or more) Plantains
  • 1 tsp (or more) Lime Juice
  • Pinch of coarse salt

Chopping Plantains


Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium-high heat. Slice the plantains into about 1/2 inch thick slices. I like to slice them on a slight diagonal. When the olive oil has heated up, add the plantains. Cook on one side until they’re a bit golden. This should take less than one minute. Flip the plantain slices to brown on opposite side. Once they’ve finished, removed them from pan and onto a paper towel to drain any excess oil. Sprinkle warm plantains with lime juice and sea (or coarse) salt, to taste. Serve warm.

Yummy Fried Plantains

Fried Plantains

Enjoy! (This is making me want to whip up another batch….)