Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Over time, fingerprints can harm photographs.  
The last thing to do before putting your photo in  a frame or your scrapbook page in a book is to use a photo friendly micro fiber cloth to wipe off all fingerprints. 

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Make- Itz

Greetingz Crafterz!
   Hasn't this been a wonderfully mild winter so far? It has been so warm that the daffodils are blooming. 
   Since I have had requests to post pictures along with my make-itz instructions, I am going to wait until the camera making its way here arrives. My webmaster will be here to show me how to post pix.
    It's a good day to make a cup of your fav hot beverage and peruse the catalogs for your Sale A Bration wish list.
   Happy Craftin'!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

"A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the
right place, and when we expect nothing in return."
  Bhagavad Gita
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Freebeez

The following list is for my 'Golden Pals'. While these aren't freebeez, these are great discounts! Use the savings on craftin' supplies!

Whoever said getting older was a bad thing, obviously didnt know about these fantastic senior discounts!
  • Applebees: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
  • Arbys: 10% off (55+)
  • Ben & Jerrys: 10% off (60+)
  • Bennigans: discount varies by location
  • Bobs Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
  • Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
  • Burger King: 10% off (60+)
  • Captain Ds Seafood: discount varies on location (62+)
  • Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
  • Chilis: 10% off (55+)
  • CiCis Pizza: 10% off (60+)
  • Culvers: 10% off (60+)
  • Dennys: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
  • Dunkin Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+)
  • Einsteins Bagels: 10% off bakers dozen of bagels (60+)
  • Fuddruckers: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
  • Gattis Pizza: 10% off (60+)
  • Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
  • Hardees: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
  • IHOP: 10% off (55+)
  • Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
  • KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)
  • Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
  • Long John Silvers: various discounts at participating locations (55+)
  • McDonalds: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
  • Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
  • Shoneys: 10% off
  • Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
  • Steak n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
  • Subway: 10% off (60+)
  • Sweet Tomatoes 10% off (62+)
  • Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
  • TCBY: 10% off (55+)
  • Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
  • Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
  • Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
  • Wendys: 10% off (55+)
  • White Castle: 10% off (62+)
Retail and Apparel
  • Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
  • Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
  • Belks: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
  • Big Lots: 10% off
  • Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
  • C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • Clarks: 10% off (62+)
  • Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)
  • Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Kmart: 20% off (50+)
  • Kohls: 15% off (60+)
  • Modells Sporting Goods: 10% off
  • Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
  • Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
  • The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)
  • Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)
  • Albertsons: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+)
  • American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+)
  • Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
  • Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
  • Frys Supermarket: free Frys VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+)
  • Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
  • Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
  • Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
  • The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+)
  • Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+)
  • Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
  • Uncle Guiseppes Marketplace: 5% off (62+)
  • Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)
  • Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members
  • American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
  • Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
  • Best Western: 10% off (55+)
  • Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
  • Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
  • Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
  • Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
  • Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
  • Hertz: up t0 25% off for AARP members
  • Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
  • Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
  • InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
  • Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Travelers Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)
  • Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
  • Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)
  • National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
  • Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
  • Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up
  • United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
  • U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Activities & Entertainment
  • AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
  • Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
  • Busch Gardens Tampa : $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
  • Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
  • Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
  • U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
  • Regal Cinemas: 30% off
  • Ripleys Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
  • SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
Cell Phone Discounts
  • AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
  • Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
  • Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)
*Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to you!
  • Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+)
  • Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)
Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for you buck.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Check out the Family Fun Magazine website for great year round ideas for kids of all ages.
 Click here

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Hacked by your webmaster & some pals to bring you a special birthday message!

Tuesday Tipz

Take a 'day off' every so often to recharge your creative juices by enjoying the small joys of life. Make a list of all the wonderful things that happen throughout your day. Keep it for a day extra inspiration is needed.

Today is my birthday--is there a name for the age that is the same as the 'birth-year'?

The sun is out and warmer than normal temps are predicted, the Mr. Coffee was ready for me to turn on, my favorite coffee cup was clean, many Happy Birthday emails and texts were waiting for me as I turned on the computer and cell phone. I will get the mail this morning in anticipation of birthday cards from far away friends and family. Monday evening we shared a pizza with the folks and mom had baked a cake. I plan to work on a few of my projects throughout the day. Sale A Bration starts today so I will be browsing the catalogs and making my wish list.

So, even this early in the morning, it has already been a wonderful day.

Wishing you all a happy craftin' day off.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Friday Freebeez


This is a great website with all kinds of freebeez---cards, special papers, calendars and much more!!

Check it out: click here

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Thursday Treatz

This is a quick and easy recipe to make when you need some energy,but don't want to waste craftin' time cooking! It really works, I've tried it!
The recipe is from the Incredible Egg website, you can check that out and find even more quick recipes.  Click here

Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble

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Quick Recipe
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 75 to 90 seconds
Makes: 1 serving

What You Need

Tbsp. milk
Tbsp. shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper

Here’s How

  1. COAT 12-oz. microwave-safe coffee mug with cooking spray. ADD eggs and milk; beat until blended.
  2. MICROWAVE on HIGH 45 seconds; stir. MICROWAVE until eggs are almost set, 30 to 45 seconds longer.
  3. TOP with cheese; season with salt and pepper.

Insider Info

  • Microwave ovens vary. Cooking times may need to be adjusted.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Check out Archivers website. It has many projects, ideas and how-to articles.

click here

If you  organize your stock of craftin goodies, and find that there are supplies you no longer need, consider donating them to organizations such as : senior centers, schools, daycare facilities,churches, etc.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday updatz

Once a month I teach a paper crafting class at the local Senior Center. Today we made place mats out of greetings cards. I will take the mats to a resource center for laminating. As we were packing up our supplies, one lady beamed as she looked at her mat and said "Thank you so much for coming, I have always wanted to make one of these."  Needless to say, that made my day and confirmed why I share my love of craftin!

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Tuesday Tipz

Organizing Supplies

Consider organizing your supplies by season, holiday or event such as spring, summer, fall, winter, Christmas, Halloween, Birthday, etc.
Use Bankers Boxes (Sam's Club is a great resource) or totes to  consolidate papers, embellishments, ideas, etc. Be sure to label the outside of the box. When you need to make a card or scrapbook page, all of the materials will be together. Just pull out the box and craft!!!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday Make- Itz

Altered Planner/Calendar

I tend to be old fashioned when it comes to  the written word: I still enjoy holding a book or magazine and having a real printed calendar to plan my days.  I know there are great programs on the computer that will keep me organized, but nothing compares to real paper.

However, I have yet to find the perfect planner/organizer. I finally decided on a purchased planner and altered it to make it more user friendly.(Thank you to Amanda for suggesting to look at Target.)

Purchased spiral planner with sturdy covers, mine is plastic
Strong wide double stick tape used for craft projects(the kind that once it is stuck, it isn't going anywhere)
One purchased school pencil pouch with a zipper
One plastic sheet protector

Cut the holes off the side of the sheet protector being careful not to cut into the sheet. Use the tape to attach to the  inside front cover, I went around all four sides to make it stronger.
If the pencil pouch is small enough, you won't have to cut the holes off, just attach to the inside back cover.
Put the planner under some weight with the spirals sticking out to let the tape 'set'.
Now I have a pouch in the front for receipts, lists, etc. I have a pencil holder in the back for all of my writing instruments.

Another option---if you are lucky enough to find a three ring binder planner, just add sheet projectors and the pencil pouch using the holes in the pages. 

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Freebeez

Happy Friday the 13th! Make it a lucky one by taking some time on this cold winter day to check out websites and plan your craftin' projects.
One of my favorite magazine/website is Scrapbooks,etc. by Better Homes and Gardens. I am going to attempt to add the link to the website, but I may need my awesome webmaster to help. So, if it doesn't work the first time you click, please come back later after we do some tweeking.

the freebie issue of the Scrapbooks,etc website has lots of neat free downloads, click through the New Year's page ideas and at the end will be a full page link to the freebies:

Scrap New Year’s Pages

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Peppermint Bark, or what to do with all of those leftover candy canes!

Almond or Chocolate Bark, this can be found in the baking aisle at the grocery store
Candy Canes, taken out of their wrappers

1. Put the candy canes into a freezer bag to break the canes into smaller pieces. This can be done by using a heavy object to pound the bag with canes inside. Set aside
2. Melt the bark in the microwave per the package directions
3. A few drops of peppermint flavoring can be added to bark, optional
4. Pour melted bark onto wax paper or a cookie pan sprayed with cooking spray
5. Sprinkle the broken canes all over the melted bark
6. After the bark has cooled, break it apart
7.Put into pretty boxes or bags and share as a midwinter treat! This is especially pretty at Valentines Day with the white bark and red candy canes.

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Please be patient as we get the 'bugs' out of the website. My webmaster is making life simpler by taking blogspot out of the address---this takes awhile for it all to be registered.  Soon you should just be able to put www.craftinwithsuz.com, but if you use the first address, it will still forward it to the website.
If you have signed up for alerts, it is sometimes up to 12 hours behind in letting you know something new has been posted.
I have also had some issues with Firefox and Google wanting to take me to another suzie's sight, so I have had to use the Explorer browser until my computer gets used to me going to 'craftinwithsuz.'
Please let me know of any other issues!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Go to toolbar across the top all the way over to the right to Projects and Techniques--lots of great ideas for what to do with your stash of craftin' supplies. (However, a papercrafter can never have toooo many supplies.)
Use the Technique tab to learn a new way to use your goodies--for example, maybe you want to learn to emboss or watercolor. Take time to learn something new today!
Happy Craftin!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

If you don't have time to make a handmade greeting card, take a pre-made card and add some embellishments. For example, if the card has a flower on it, add a button or jewel to the center. Add glitter glue to other parts of the card. This will make the card your 'own'.

Never underestimate the power of a greeting card, especially a handmade one.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Make- Itz

All of the Christmas decorations are put away except for the basket of Christmas cards. After you reread the newsletters, update the address book, and pick out your fav's, how do you recycle the rest? There are many nice crafts that can made, not only with Christmas cards, but with all types of greeting cards:
       1. Place mats---chose the size of background paper you would like for your mat, cut out of either pretty paper, kraft paper or even cardboard. Cut shapes out of the cards and cover your paper. Circles seem to be the most popular,but other shapes will work.  Be sure to securely glue down all edges of the shapes or it will fold back in the laminating process.  The mats can be laminated at an office supply store, or if you are really patient, pick up a roll of clear contact paper. Cover both sides of your mat.
       2. Book marks---cut out a rectangle, punch a hole in the top and add ribbon.
       3. Gift tags---use fun punch shapes for gift tags, use a stamp or just write 'to' and 'from' on it, punch a hole in top and add ribbon.
       4. Post Cards---use an old post card as a pattern, cut out post cards from the blank area of the card.
       5. Ornaments---use the photo cards that are so popular now--cut out the pictures, glue them to chip board shapes, modpodge over the pix to seal, punch a hole and add a ribbon for hanging.
These are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing, please share more ideas what to do with leftover greetings cards.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Fantastic Friday

   I'm still on the learning curve with my new blog, so this is a trial run with a tutorial from my great teachers. I can't say enough about this fantistic weather we are having. I even sat on the patio for awhile and soaked up some Vitamin D before the dreary weather visits again.
   I continue to organize the Craftin with Suz room and was delighted to find a local resource for something I want hang up to help keep the projects organized. Hopefully this will be done soon so I can post a pix.
    Take some time this weekend to do something creative, it is a great 'pick-me-up' during the winter months.
    Email, snail mail, text, call, leave a post, send a smoke signal, but pleaze keep in touch!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hand-Made Envelopes

I hope 2012 is treating all kindly. We can't complain about the midwinter weather--we are going to be in the 60s the next few days.

I have been making envelopes this week to go with some thank you cards I have been working on. I know I can just purchase an envelope,but I can hand-make ones to match the cards. How fun is that? Until I can figure out how to post a pattern, just take an old envelope that fits your card, carefully take it apart and use it for your pattern. I have found that double stick tape works best to put it together, but a glue stick will also work if you put it under something heavy for a bit to let the glue dry. This is a fun craft project to make while watching TV. A gift idea---make blank cards and matching envelopes, then tie them all together with a pretty ribbon or string.

Happy Craftin!

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