Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

Thank You Notes!

Let's make some old fashioned thank you notes.
Even though it is easier and faster to send a text or email note,
there is nothing like receiving appreciative Snail Mail.
(more fun than getting all bills)

Right after Christmas we would take a day and make
thank you notes to send to family and friends.
Before they could write, I would have the kids hold a
'Thank You' sign along with the gift. I would then take pictures
of them with the sign and gift.
We would attach the pictures to a note card. 
(Don't forget to add the date for future reference.)

Other ideas for Thank You Notes:

Artwork made into note cards
Decorated Post Cards
A dictated letter on decorated letter paper

Please add more ideas!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

Let's make some wonderful Holiday Memories!
Merry Christmas and Blessings for 2013 from Craftin' with Suz!

French Lick Resort Hotel

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Funnyz

Happy Holidays from the creative folks at Stampin' UP!

Here is a fun/funny youtube video:

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Poinsettia Tree in the Lobby of the French Lick Resort

Today is 12 12 12!  
A good friend of mine is celebrating his 89th birthday 
on this special calendar event.
And it's National Poinsettia Day!

The Whimsey Project has a nice list of websites about this beautiful Plant:
click here

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

As cards arrive in the mail, 
check the return address 
to see if you have the most current information
before discarding the envelope. 

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Make-Itz


I enjoy greeting cards--making, sending, receiving, displaying!

The tree and decorations packing boxes were actually found this season!
Even after putting on the lights and the ornaments it still looked a little empty.
Christmas cards began to arrive, so I decided to display them on the tree.
The cards nicely filled in the blank spaces.

Materials- bows with twist ties, paper punch and cards.

 Punch a hole in the corner of the card and add the bow.
 Be sure you can open and read the inside.

Keep these supplies close by the tree.
Add cards as they arrive in the mail.
Email greetings can be printed as well
an attached in the same way.

Attach the card to the branches
of the tree with the twist tie.
                                                              O' Christmas Card Tree

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Freebeez

If you need a few last minute cards or tags, check out these nice designs from 
Better Homes and Gardens Magazine: click here:  free download
Just print,cut, fold and mail!

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

It's not too late to make a simple Advent Calendar/Count down to Christmas.
I 'scraplifted' this idea from, so I will give those designers the credit.
It's a very simple idea made with envelopes.
However, here are a few more ideas I came up with:
If different sizes of envelopes aren't available, just use what is.
Papercrafting paper could also be folded into envelopes. Another idea would be to use white envelopes and have the young people color and draw on each one. Add numbers 1-24.


Easy Advent Calendar

Our simplest Advent calendar to date, this is a minimalist take on the holiday tradition: Form the shape of a Christmas tree with envelopes in various sizes, and mark each with adhesive numbers. Stuff them with thin, lightweight presents, such as gift cards and stickers. Use painters' tape to secure the envelopes to the wall.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Handmade Gifts Made with lots of Love but not much Money

Want to make some really nice handmade gifts for under $5?
Check out this website :

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Packing Decorations

Instead of packing like decorations, pack by area or room.
For example, instead of packing all the garland from the entire house in one box,
if you use garland in the living room, make a 'living room' box
with all of the decorations for that room.
I have a small guest bath, so I decorate it by theme--fall, Santas, Snowmen,etc.
I pack all of one theme into a box for next year.
Bankers Boxes are great for this, just be sure to label the outside
for holiday decorating next year.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

Advent begins December 2.
Let's make a simple wreath to use during the Advent season.

I purchased these materials at last year's holiday sales for a gazillion percent off,
but even at full price the supplies aren't expensive.

Materials needed:
Battery Powered Tea Lights(safer than candles)
Small artificial wreath, (or you can use a real one)
Pink and Purple alcohol ink permanent markers

 Materials needed: wreath and
 battery tea lights.
 Color three tea lights purple and one pink.
 The pink may need two coats of ink.

Place the tea lights into the wreath.
Light one purple light the first Sunday of Advent.
Light two purple lights the second Sunday of Advent.
Light two purple lights and the pink light the third Sunday of Advent.
Light all four lights the forth Sunday of Advent.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Week

As we go about the hustle and bustle of the week
with food, family, friends, and fellowship,
take a few to remember your blessings.

The following quote from Lemony Snicket, The Lump of Coal, says it all:

"It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough 
to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is 
you like to do, and the holiday season--like all the other seasons--
is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles, but to think about the miracles in 
your own life, and to be grateful for them."

Wishing you a week of miracles.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Here's a quick way to 'bake' cinnamon rolls in a waffle maker.

1 can cinnamon rolls
Waffle Maker

Place 2-4 waffles into the waffle baker, cook for 2 minutes
(watch so the rolls don't burn since all waffle makers are different.)
Remove from baker.
Frost with enclosed icing.
4 servings


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday Websitz


One of my lifetime goals is to have visited all 50 states.
Alaska is my final frontier.
I recently came across a neat website that celebrates this goal.

check out:

A person can become a full member once all 50 states have been visited complete with a nice certificate,
or an associate member for any number after 35 states visited.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Holiday Light Displays

Take advantage of bonus mild days to hang Holiday lights and decorations.
The displays will be ready for the lighting date of your choice!
Fingers and toes will be doing happy dances
when the weather turns 'frightful' that this task is all finished!

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Monday Make-Itz


Calendars of all kinds make great gifts.
It's like giving the gift of time!
I'm almost ready to create our 2013 birthday/anniversary calendar. 
Waterfalls of Tennessee is this year's theme.
These pictures are from the newest Tennessee State Park.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Homemade Butterfingers!
Another fun recipe to make with candy corn--from the website,
Only three ingredients!

This is a great way to use up any candy corn you have leftover from Halloween.  

Candy Corn Butterfingers
Taste of Home forums
(Printable Recipe)

1 lb. candy corn
16oz jar peanut butter (I used Peter Pan Honey Roasted peanut butter)
16oz pkg. chocolate candy coating

Melt candy corn in microwave on high 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking in 15-second intervals til melted, stirring after each interval. Stir in peanut butter. Spread mixture in an 8x8 pan lined with parchment. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Dip in melted chocolate candy coating. Lay on waxed paper to set.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday Websitz


Check this out:  click here: Cutest Paw
   Fun pictures of all kinds of furry friends.
   Scroll down to find the baby flamingo.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Make-Itz


 A visit from the newlyweds was the motivation
 to finish the memory book of their wedding day.
 I gathered many mementos from their special day and
 used them throughout the book.
 Be sure to save everything from a special event, 
 it may just be the embellishment needed to finish a page layout.

I covered a plain 8x8 memory book with material and ribbon from a bridesmaid dress alteration.
The flowers were saved  from the paper cake I made for the rehearsal dinner.
(See an earlier post for pictures of the cake.)
I used a picture of their program
since the original would not fit on the page.            The twine was from my corsage.
The leaves were from their paper cake.
I also used ribbon throughout the book.
The printed paper on the left page was from the favors handed out at the reception.
 Back cover.

 A closer look at the front cover.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Lots of leftover Halloween Candy?
Use it in Double Chocolate Halloween Bark

Melt 1 package milk chocolate chips according to package directions-
can also use semi-sweet or dark.
Spread thin layer on foil or parchment lined baking sheet.
Crunch up a snack size bag of pretzels and sprinkle over chocolate.
Put in fridge to chill.
Melt 1 package white chocolate chips and spread over pretzel layer.
Cover with favorite Halloween candies--
candy corn, peanut butter cups, cut up candy bars,etc.
Chill until set, break into pieces.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Please keep all those impacted by the 
Superstorm Sandy in your thoughts and prayers. 


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

Pumkin Poop!

Halloween is just a few days away.
If you still need a fun little 'trick or treat' --make some bags of Pumpkin Poop.

Start with food safe bags and Brach's Candy Corn.
Go to:organized Christmas (click on this link) go to Halloween Crafts, scroll down to Pumpkin Poop, print off the tags.

 Twist tie the top closed.

Staple the toppers to the bags.

Have fun sharing this little 'treat'.
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