Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paper Purse

Pin It Some of my new neighbors and I will often get together to do crafts.  This time we decided to make paper purses like this:

The great thing about this project is it's made from a single sheet of double sided paper. You definitely want to use a heavier cardstock for this project.  It also helps to have a score board, especially to make the medallion.

Here is a peek at the inside.  These would be great filled with little treats for a party. 

The pattern we used can be found here.  We added a cover as well as the embellishment on the front and velcro spots to hold the purse closed.  I haven't made a lot of 3D paper crafts, but I think I may have to try more since this came out so cute.  Happy crafting!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Boo Boo Bug

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My daughter is a typical toddler and is wont to trip on the toys she leaves lying around, her pantlegs, or thin air. When she gets a bump we generally run for a bag of frozen peas, which usually confuses and interests her enough to make her stop crying. My niece used to have a cute little boo boo bunny, so I decided to make something similar. I drew a few sketches, but finally decided to go with the boo boo bug (partly due to my love of alliteration, but also because it came out cute and looked easy).

As you'll notice in future pictures, I altered the pattern a little on the way. I cut out some templates using the cricut and the George cartridge to make the small circle, as well as the half circle. I laid out the templates just to see how it would look.

I picked up a stack of washcloths from Big Lots that were bright and colorful and perfect for the job.

Then I cut out the pieces.

I've never worked with terrycloth before, and let me warn you, it can be a little tricky and MESSY! But after sewing it all together, here's what it looked like.

I left a space to fill it up with rice.

Then sewed the opening closed.

What do you think? My daughter doesn't quite get it yet. She just throws it on the floor like a beanbag. But hopefully next time she gets a boo boo, she'll appreciate it a bit more. Just in case you might want to make this as well, I put the template up here. Let me know if you do. :) Happy crafting!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Patriotic Thanks

Pin It One of my nice neighbors gave us some fantastic patriotic treats for the 4th.  As a way of ushering out the month of July, I thought I'd share the card I sent them.  I made the stars and "thanks" using the cricut and the George cartridge.

 Only one more month now until it cools off a little.  Anyone else sweltering?

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Pin It I have been obsessed with blueberries this year! While I adore blueberries cooked into things (like pancakes or muffins), I don't usually eat them straight. But this year, I just can't get enough and neither can my daughter! My daughter is 17 months old and literally ate almost an entire pint in one sitting the other day. I bought a pint to make this recipe and decided to just give her a few for a snack, but she ate so many I had to go out and buy more!

Doesn't this look heavenly?

A few years ago I put together a recipe book for my family with all of our favorite family recipes, and one of my favorites that my mom used to make was coffee cake. I used her recipe for this, but tweaked it just a little. Here it is:

Coffee Cake
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar (I actually used closer to 1/2 cup)
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
(I added about 2/3 pint blueberries)

Grease pan. Blend all ingredients. Beat vigorously for 1/2 minute. Spread in 8x8 pan.

1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I used a little less)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp. firm butter

Mix topping together. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Let me know if you try this recipe & like it!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lucky 200!

Pin It I am so excited to have 200 followers!  Thanks to all of you for your support.  It's so much more fun to craft when you have people to share things with.  So who is lucky 200?

Sugarlips Sassy Surprises!  Check out her blog here.  She's just getting started, so be sure to leave her some blog love.  I'm also going to send her a fun scrapbooking grab bag.  Thanks again to all of you for helping me reach this great milestone!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pepperoni Pinwheels

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A couple of years ago I decided to cook a "mini meal" and this was one of the recipes I came up with.  It's become a regular in our meal rotation because it's so easy and so tasty. 

Here's all you need:
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (or Recipe Creations)
Muenster Cheese
Pizza Sauce

Unroll out the crescent rolls and "paste" two triangles back together.  Layer on muenster cheese and pepperoni.  Roll up the crescent roll with the cheese and pepperoni inside and slice into small pinwheels.
Layer the pinwheels on a cookie sheet and cook at 350 for about 13 minutes. 

Voila!  Enjoy dipping in pizza sauce.  Yum!!!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Archivers crop & scrapbooking techniques

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Lately when I've been needing a night out, I've been heading to Archivers and enjoying their "free" crops on Fridays and Saturdays.  I love wandering around the store and looking at the projects on display and the projects others are working on.  I very rarely get as much done as I want to, but I always have a great time.  I decided to go this last week and stupidly left the pictures I was planning to scrapbook about on the kitchen counter.  I did remember the paper pack I bought last week at AC Moore - $10 for 180 sheets of ALL POLKA DOT PAPER!  Right up my alley.  So I decided to just make some generic layouts for my daughter's scrapbook using this paper and here's what I came up with.  (I still need to add some titles and embellishments; I'm just showing you what I made during the crop.)

Here's my first layout.  One of my favorite things about the Archivers crops is that you can use their die cuts AND a box of punches.  I love punches but rarely buy them because they're so expensive.  So I used their punches to make some layered flowers using the paper scraps from the layout. 

Here is a closeup of the flowers.  I raised one using foam adhesive.  I also glued the punched flowers onto pink cardstock and trimmed around to create a shadow effect.  

On to the second layout, which I really love.  The first I consider my warm up.  :)

I fell in love with this blue polka dot paper with the bird embellishment.  I'm really into nature embellishments right now- birds, trees, etc.  I just loved this cute little bird, but I wanted to do a two page spread and there were 3 copies of this exact page, but I didn't want to reuse the same decoration on both sides of the layout.  So I rotated the paper and covered the bird/flower decoration with the floral paper in the bottom right corner of the picture.  I also decided to do a trick I'd seen on a scrapbooking TV show and layer the bird and flower decoration on the bottom left to make it more dimensional.  Rather than using up the third sheet of this paper, I just trimmed out the embellishments from the layout on the right, since I was just going to cover it up anyway.

The back of the right side page.  No one will ever know.  That is, except everyone reading this blog!  ;)

But look at what an improvement this made!  Isn't it so cute?  I love the way the added dimension makes this look. 

One other thing technique I experimented with was making this pink polka dot border.  It looks like it was made using a border punch or decorative scissors, but I actually made it using a corner rounder!  I took off the plastic guide, then punched it along the edge of the paper.  It gave it this look which I just love.  I'm definitely going to use this technique again. 

Hope you enjoyed the layouts and the tips!  Let me know if you have any new tips to share.  :)
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

I've Been Featured!

Pin It My baby onesies have been featured on Sunshine and Chaucer!  Thank you so much Jennifer for featuring me in your collection of gifts to make baby for Christmas.  Be sure to stop by and see some of the other gifts she's featuring in her Christmas in July series. 

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199! Will you be 200?

Pin It Yay!  I have 199 followers!  Thank you all SO much for supporting me with all of your comments and for following along with my crafts.  :)  I'll have to think of something special for #200.  If you're number 200, leave me a note!!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tastier 100 Calorie Snacks

Pin It So I had some leftover frosting, which is never a bad thing.  Believe me, I could eat frosting right out of the container, but the other day I just felt like I wanted to frost it on something.  So I looked in the pantry and what did I find?  100 calorie Oreo snacks!  Perfect!

Now I know, frosting a 100 calorie snack with cream cheese frosting kind of defeats the purpose of the 100 calorie snack.  But honestly, the Oreo ones are such a disappointment.  I love Oreos, and the 100 calorie Oreo snacks are nothing like them.  But add a little frosting and they're pretty good!  So I took a look at the nutritional information and realized that two tablespoons of frosting had 100 calories, so I decided to split the servings.   Half a serving of frosting plus half a 100 calorie pack of oreos is still only 100 calories!  And they totally taste better.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nice Trip Card

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My brother, sister-in-law, and nephew are coming to visit next week and I'm SO excited.  My nephew is almost five and so I thought I should put together a gift package of little activities for him to play with on the airplane.  So I found a Noggin Bop (a little dancing wind up toy) that totally made me think of him.  He's quite the dancer.  ;)

I found a magic pen book and a book of knock-knock jokes and a couple of other little things and put them together in a package.  But I needed a card, of course!  I picked up this cute paper pack for $1 from Target that was very boyish, so I knew it would be perfect for this.  I covered a chipboard airplane from the Nana's Kids kit (minus the propeller- the hazards of crafting around a 16 month old!) and made this card.  I raised the clouds up using foam adhesive to make it look a little more 3D.  Hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A new look....

Pin It When I was growing up, I had a bedroom that was very easy to redecorate- the furniture could go in a bunch of different places and fit well, so I used to change my room around probably a few times a year.  Well, I'm becoming that way with my blog.  It hasn't been that long since I updated the "look" of my blog, but I felt it was time for an update anyway.  If you've visited in the last couple of days, you may have noticed some changes.  I've been fiddling with this great blog template I found here.  I wanted a cleaner look, which I thought this would provide. 

So here's where I was:

And here's where I'm at now:

I preferred the old background, but this template only allowed for a color change and the background picture was part of the old template.  :(   But I do like the new header as well as the menu bar and the way the blog entries read.  What do you think?  Do you prefer the old or the new template?  

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

A few more onesies

Pin It As I said, I've been baby binge crafting.  I had several iron-on transfers I was saving for baby onesies and I used some of the dyed onesies I'd made here to make these.

I finished up my blue onesies with another monogram applique since I liked "J" so much. 

So two weeks ago I was at Joann's and they gave me a $10 off $10 purchase coupon for last week, which I used to pick up more dye.  The next baby onesie color- GREEN!  Stay tuned.  ;)

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Surprise Baby Shower

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A friend of mine is expecting her second baby in a couple of months, and we wanted to celebrate.  We invited them over for a cookout and a surprise "baby shower".  I had fun making more cupcakes with the edible pearls. 

 And nothing beats a cutely wrapped gift.  Tune in tomorrow to see one of the gifts I made.  :)
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