Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Year!!!

Happy Leap Year Crafterz!

Take advantage of this extra day to plan what creative projects to complete the rest of 2012! 



Happy Craftin!
 



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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Here are some more organizing tipz!

Use a sturdy curtain rod or sturdy towel holder to hold paper punches.
For added strength, these are attached to the support board, not the pegboard. 
The rods could also be placed on a wall, just be sure to attach to a wall stud or support board since punches tend to be heavy. 
 




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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Freebeez

Want to get your craft area organized? Here is a free online series of classes/workshops with lots of great info:
Click here


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Do you ever need a quick and easy  go-to recipe? Here is a 3 ingredient recipe that I learned from a dear friend. We call it LaVada's Casserole in her honor.
The time saved on cooking can be used for your craft projects!

LaVada's Casserole

1 box mac and cheese ( needs to be the dry cheese type, but can be any flavor, I like the white cheddar)
1 jar alfredo sauce( I like Ragu regular, but any flavor works)
1 package precooked sausage crumbles ( I use Jimmy Dean turkey sausage, but can use any flavor)

1. cook macaroni, drain and put into a large casserole dish
2. add alfredo sauce and sausage crumbles
3. sprinkle dry cheese sauce mix over top
4. Bake 350degree oven until bubbly, about 45 minutes
5. can be made ahead and baked later, great leftovers, can be microwaved

Yum Yum


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Here's a neat website for 'nurturing creativity' with kids of all ages. 
  Click Here


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Here is another organizational tip: an over the door shoe bag can store lots of stuff, especially odd shaped containers. It is 'out of sight' when the door is open.


The CREATE sign I put over the door is from Stampin' Up in chocolate brown.


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Make- Itz

Tomorrow is my craft class with my Seniors.
Since someone gifted me a box of greeting card envelopes--all sizes and colors, our craft will be a greeting card holder/organizer out of everyday supplies.

Supplies:
6-8 envelopes
Double stick tape
Stick on labels
Ribbon or stretchy cord
large clip for hanging


1. Chose the number of envelopes to make the organizer. I found that too many makes it too heavy to hang or too bulky to fold into a book.
  2. Match bottom of one envelope on top of flap of another, secure with double sided tape. Continue until all envelopes are added,except for the top one.
 3. Turn the top envelope over for a nice finish, and to hold stamps, etc--the flap can be closed.
 4.Add labels--this one is for birthday, thank you cards, etc. I also made one that has 7 envelopes--6 for the months of the year, and the top one for stamps. Add special dates under the month as a reminder.
 5. This organizer has been accordion folded-use a pretty ribbon, or stretchy cord to keep it closed.
 6. Left organizer is for the months of the year--two months to each envelope. Right organizer holds general greeting cards.
 7. Organizer can also be hung up.


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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

" A Good Friend is a connection to life---a key to sanity in a totally insane world."
Lois Wyse


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Freebeez

Have you ever wanted to be on the cover of a magazine? 
Here's your chance--todayz freebeez is from Scrapbooks, Etc.
Download a fun pix and make it into a magazine cover. This would be fun for gifts, cards and memory books!

Click here


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thursday Treatz

I always teased my kids that I would wear flamingo pink to their weddings. My youngest is getting married in March to the love of his life high school sweetheart. I woke up from a dream that I had actually worn Pink Flamingo Sweats to the ceremony! The worst part was no one said a word about it! 
Translation: Take dress to cleaner to get pressed and put it where I won't forget to take it with me!

So  Thursday Treatz is a Pink Flamingo smoothie recipe from Family Fun Magazine. Enjoy!
ps-National Pink Flamingo Day is June 23rd!!!!!

 

Pink Flamingo

 From FamilyFun Magazine
Pink Flamingo

Naturally sweet, this three-fruit combination is packed with vitamin C and potassium.
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
Instructions
  1. Combine the fruit and juice in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Serves 1.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

If you want to 'listen' to the Web while you are crafting, the following free website reads articles outloud from many sources:
 Click here


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

When purchasing card stock or special paper for a scrapbook/memory album, it's a good idea to get at least 4-5 sheets of the same color per two page layout: 2 pages for your background, 1 page for embellishments/picture mats, 1 page for 'mistakes' and 1 page to put into your paper 'ware house' for later reference or use.



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Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday Make- Itz

Let's talk Family Cookbooks!

My 86 year young mom loves to cook and bake, and we all love to eat her wonderful culinary creations! I've been blessed to move close enough  to be her 'sous' chef. She loves to make cookies, so before the holidays, we scheduled cooking baking sessions. As she gathered her recipes from many different resources she stated that she should keep them together for next year's baking. The proverbial light bulb went off in my paper crafting brain and I exclaimed--"Let's make a Grannie Cookie Cookbook!"  I asked her to gather ALL of her favorite cookie recipes together in a box so I could begin the copy process. I told her not to worry about spills and stains, that just shows it is a favorite. I also asked her to write out as many in her handwriting as possible.
We decided to put one recipe on each page in case she wants to comment on ways she has found to improve the recipe. She has now decided not to limit the book to just cookies.
After the recipes are compiled, I will make copies for all---offspring, grand offspring and great grands,etc. (These make great Christmas gifts that all will treasure.)
Now to decide on a Title... if mom doesn't have one in mind, I may make that a contest for all to submit and let her choose.  Cover sheets and recipes will be bound into a simple book.

The following are examples of ways to compile family recipes:
1. I used a three ring binder so more could be added. I put the pages in sheet protectors.

 2. My daughter in law to be had hers professionally printed and bound.
 3.Even a simple photo album from the dollar store makes a great quick and simple recipe holder. It is the right size for cards and protects them during the cooking process.


Consider making your own family recipe book before those beloved special recipes are lost forever.





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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards. 
(Chocolate is a great stress reliever!)




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Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Freebeez

Do you still need a Valentine? Why not send it 'air mail'!!! Country Living Magazine has a cute download to print out a fun paper airplane valentine:

 

Paper Airplane Love Notes

Give your love notes a lift. Take an aerial approach to letter writing with pint-size paper airplanes. CL contributing editor Cathe Holden designed this high-flying stationery. All you have to do? Print out a copy of the 8"W x 11"L PDF, jot down a note, then cut off the attached folding instructions and follow them to send your sentiments soaring.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Wow, Valentines Day is next Tuesday! 
If you still have leftover candy canes from the Christmas Holidays, todayz treat is a great way to say 
I HEART YOU! It is from the Family Fun Magazine Website from an earlier post.

Sweet Heart Pops

by Amy Huntley From FamilyFun Magazine

Spread some love on Valentine's Day by handing out these chocolate-filled candy canes.

Makes: 6 pops
Ingredients
  • 12 mini candy canes
  • 6 (6-inch) paper lollipop sticks
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Red, white, and pink nonpareils or sugar sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 235°. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, arrange the candy canes as hearts and bake them for 10 minutes.
  2. Slide the hearts, still on the parchment paper, onto a work surface. Quickly pinch each heart onto a lollipop stick as shown below (an adult's job).
  3. In the microwave, melt together the chocolate chips and the oil in 10-second intervals, stirring between heatings.
  4. Spoon the chocolate mixture into the center of each heart, then top with nonpareils or sugar sprinkles. Cool the pops before serving or wrapping them.
Tips:
We packaged our Sweet Heart Pops in lollipop bags purchased at a craft store.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

I found a great way to keep my paperwork organized on my pegboard! 
It is an order taker bar purchased from a restaurant supply store. The longest one available was less than $20.00. It is almost 4 feet long so it will hold lots of ideas.  It can also be attached to a wall if you do not have pegboard in your craftin' area.

If you cannot find a supply store close to you, go to the following website, they ship all over.
Click Here





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Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Make- Itz

Well, Monday Make-Itz time was spent getting the van serviced. I woke up to a dead battery and bad gas from my last fill up. All should be good to go now, so onto Tuesday Tipz!
  Hope all had a good Monday. 



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Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Freebeez

Have you ever wanted to try Digital Scrapbooking or computer papercrafting? 
Here is your chance to try it for FREE!!!!!

Stampin Up is offering a free 30 day trial of their Digital Elements computer program.
Go to www.stampinup.com, look for the Free Download icon, click on it and follow the order/download directions. It is an ongoing freebie, good for 30 days once you order.
For help or more info, email me at momsuz@blomand.net


This is what the order looks like after you click on the Free 30 Day Trial icon at the bottom of the home page:




My Digital Studio Express Trial -- Digital Download
My Digital Studio Express Trial - Digital Download 129600
Regular Price: $0.00
Preferred Price: $0.00
LEARN ABOUT PREFERRED PRICING
This download was added on 2/1/2012,p />
With the FREE 30-day trial, you’ll get:
* Full access to the software at NO COST for 30 days.
* Full design functionality.
* Exclusive artwork that comes with My Digital Studio Express—that’s $50 worth of content!
* Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets--and everything in between.
* Access to our professional print services.

For use beyond 30 days, purchase My Digital Studio Express or the My Digital Studio disc version.
QTY:


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Since we haven't had much snow so far this winter, I thought an 'unsnowman' would be a fun treat to make. It is from Family Fun Magazine and Website. For more ideas:click here


Defrosty the Snowman

 From FamilyFun Magazine
Defrosty the Snowman
This wistful snowman appears to be going the way of winter, and we have a feeling he'll soon disappear altogether. He's made from a puddle of white candy melts.
Ingredients
  • Meltable candy wafers (one 14-ounce package makes 16 snowmen)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Light cocoa candy melts
  • Rolos
  • Candy corn
Instructions
  1. For each snowman, you'll need 6 mini chocolate chips, a light cocoa meltable candy wafer, and a Rolo. To make the nose, cut the orange section from a candy corn, then slice it in half lengthwise. Roll the piece between your fingers to form a carrot shape.
  2. To assemble your snowman, melt the white candy in a bowl according to the package instructions, then scoop a rounded tablespoon onto a sheet of wax paper. With the back of a spoon, smear the candy into a puddle. Working quickly, stick on the light cocoa meltable candy wafer, add a dot of white melted candy, then place the Rolo on top. Finally, add the candy corn nose and mini chocolate chip eyes and mouth.

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