Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

I recently attended a Stampin'UP! regional event.
We learned many new tips.
One of the tips we learned was to make a handle for sponges!
(I apologize to the presenter who taught this tip, I did not get her name to give her credit.)

Sponge with a Handle

Write the color of ink on the handle so it can be used for another project. 
Or, use the color of card stock for the handle the same as the ink!
 Start with a stampin sponge and cut it into four pieces.
 A regular pair of scissors works.

Use a tab punch to cut a piece of card stock. It could be the color of the ink.
Attach with a stapler.
Use as a dauber in ink or paints!

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

Scrapbook+Techniquebook = Scrapniquebook

I learned many new techniques at the Creating Keepsakes Convention classes.
To practice the techniques, we made one or two page scrapbook layouts.
I took these pages, added photographs and memorabilia to make a
Scrapbook/Technique book.
Not only will I remember what I learned in class, but the great time I had learning it!

I started with a fun album I had purchased at a closeout store and had just put away for the
perfect project.

We learned how to make mosaic pages.
I purchased a post card of the Resort to put on this page.
If you cannot get a good picture of an area, 
Post Cards are great fill ins. 

Banners are big this year. This one was made with baker's twine and stickers.

I thought this page was so pretty it didn't even need a picture. 

This is one of my favorite pages and techniques from Heartfelt Creations. We learned to make the layered flowers.

Have fun making your own Scrapnique Book!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Tipz


If you make a scrapbook layout that turns out so pretty it's hard to find the right picture,
then just make the page the 'Star'.
It's ok to just have pretty or fun pages in your scrapbook that don't have photographs.
These pages could also be used for journaling.
I made a page at a CKC class that ended up so pretty that
I just added the new learned flower technique and made the flowers the focal point.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Make-Itz


Even though I am now close enough to my folks
to drive back and forth from their home to mine,
it is sometimes better to stay with them.
One time I did not have what I needed with me to do this.
So, I came home and created a "GRAB AND GO BAG"

All of the information on emergency planning suggests everyone do this.

I found a large totebag in my collection (ok, I admit, totebags are my weakness),
and filled it with items that would get me through a few days away from home:

Clothes-- a few outfits I wouldn't miss in my everyday wardrobe
Medicines--fill one of those free medicine containers from a health fair with enough for a week
Fill a gallon size freezer bag with sample sizes of shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush,etc.
I also put in a few things to do such as puzzle books, etc. 

Now I keep my grab and go bag in a convenient place or just leave it in the van.
When I need to travel, I find I can put my Grab and Go Bag
into a large suitcase along with my clothes.
This is an easy way to pack!

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday Sayinz!

A fun sign I saw:

"The View is Great, my friendship Free, won't you sit on the porch with me?"

(we should add, we'll sip some sweet  tea.)

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Freebeez

 The Earth without Art is just 'EH'

(From an ad for Stampin' Up in the September Better Homes and Gardens Magazines)

If you have every wanted to try digital designing,

try it for FREE!

go to STAMPINUP.COM/EARTH and click on MDS2

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday Treatz


Here in the south we enjoy our sweet tea, especially while we are 'porchin' ! 
Definition of Porchin': sitting on the front porch in rocking chairs sipping sweet tea.

Kelly on Tennessee Mornings shared a 'secret' sweet tea recipe, 
check out her blog on www.fox17.com for more great websites.

Super Secret Sweet Tea Recipe

If you are from the South or if you have lived here for a while, you understand the importance of sweet tea.   Or should I say, GOOD sweet tea.  If you are not from around here, there is one thing you should know... sweet tea is NOT just tea with sugar added to it after it is brought to your table.
It must be made with love and lots of sugar.  Well, I have found what claims to be the best sweet tea recipe complete with a "secret" ingredient.

The lady who runs this site used to work at a Texas restaurant that had phenominal tea.She kept the secret to herself, until the restaurant closed.  Now she is sharing it...
5 - 8  Family size Tea Bags. (or 12 regular Tea Bags)                     1 Quart  (4 Cups) - Boiling Water3 Quarts (12 cups) - Cool Water1 1/2 - 2 (one & a half) - Cups Sugar. 1/4 teaspoon - Baking Soda (this IS the SECRET Ingredient!!)
1.  Sprinkle baking soda into a pitcher.  Add Tea bags to the pitcher/baking soda, Pour Boiling water over tea bags, Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.              2.  Remove and toss out Tea Bags,     Add Sugar and Stir until completely dissolved.      Add Cool Water.     Refrigerate until cold and ready to drink.     3.  Serve over ice,      Take a nice long sip.     Swoon.     Repeat.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

The magazine 'Real Simple' 
has an awesome website full of great tips.
I'm all for using everyday items in new ways, 
especially to organize the "Craftin'withSuz" room at Wee Acres. 
Also check out the quick recipes and household tips
that will free up your time to Craft!

 www.realsimple.com(click on link for great ideas)

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Make-Itz


Illinois visitors came to Wee Acres last week.  
We talked, laughed, crafted, did some porchin' and took a few field trips.
We all cherished the time we had together.
The next reunion is already being planned!

I sent with them a 'Pass-Along' book before they had to return to reality.
The concept reminds of when we had 'autograph' books in elementary school
to pass around the class for friends to write in.
The only difference is this is an art book,
so instead of just an autograph, a page is decorated.
Once their page is complete, they Pass It Along to another.

I found mid size 'smash' type albums at an overstock store;
however, any type of notebook will do. Just be sure that the outside is
strong enough to withstand being passed from person to person.
If need be, cover the outside with contact paper. 

 I printed and attached simple instructions to the outside.

This book came with stickers and embellishments for use,
or the artist can always add their own ideas.

This is what is on the cover:

Chose a page, and make it your own.
Be sure to sign and date it.
Use anything in the pouch.
When you are done, pass it along to another.
                    Return to:

 Don't forget to add your name and return address.

It will be interesting to see the pages when they are returned!

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Funnyz

Did you realize that STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backwards?

(Life is short, eat dessert first!)

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

There are still a few Creating Keepsakes Conventions 
around the country, see if there is one near you!

   Creating Keepsakes Convention (click here to go to the Creating Keepsakes Website,
click on events,also lots of  great ideas.)

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

I resisted using staples on my projects until I took the 
craft classes at the Creating Keepsakes Convention 
and learned a few tips:

If your stapler won't fit across the page, use the 'faux' look: staple the embellishment then use an adhesive to adhere to the project.

Colored staples---use alcohol markers to color staples 
either before or after the staples are used.

Staples make a fun way to attach pennants to a string.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

Words of Wisdom:
       The dryer has to be turned on to dry clothes.

Please share your words of wisdom:

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