Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday Tipz

Organizing Greeting Cards:

Our mom sends many greeting cards, so she gets the credit for Tuesday Tipz:

Go through the list of celebrations at the first of the month and chose the appropriate cards.
Prepare the cards for mailing, but don't adhere the stamp.
In the stamp space, write the date of the birthday-etc. so you know when to send it.
When it is time to send, add the stamp--it will cover up the date information!

Place your month of cards in a convenient place to be sent out as needed.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Monday Make-Itz

Shadow Boxes and Handwriting

I am gathering memories of my dad to place into a Shadow Box.

Since handwriting is a unique identifier for each person,
it is important to include samples of dad's handwriting in the shadow box.
This will not be difficult since dad enjoyed making lists,
kept travels journals,newsletters,and even a notebook of the breads
he made in his bread maker.
However, in the age of computers and technology, 
it seems that handwriting is becoming a lost art.
When I teach scrap booking, I stress the importance of leaving a
legacy of the family history in handwritten words.
Many people express concern that they do not like their handwriting,
but when I explain that it is something to leave the family,
they aren't as nervous about 'ruining a scrapbook page.'

Take a moment and send someone special a hand written note--
you will be sharing a part of yourself. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Freebeez


It's not too early to think about May gift giving occasions:
May Day, Mom's Day, Graduations, Birthdays, Weddings....

Woman's World Magazine has recipes and downloads to make
gifts to pamper that special someone: click here for link.
Here is an example of one of the recipes- please go to link
for all five recipes/gift ideas.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday Tipz

During the creative process, sometimes 'Keeping It Simple' is the best solution.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday Make-Itz Updatz

Covered Boxes Updatz

Crafting is always a work in progress, so I have some updatz on the covered boxes project. 

Crafting friend Patt had a great idea to put duct tape on the cardboard
before covering it with fabric or cardboard.
She is also going to bring the fabric around
and over the edges to give a nice clean look. 
The only problem we could see with doing this is that the box may not
close up tight if the fabric becomes too thick.
Be sure to check this before the fabric is sealed to the box.

I found the white boxes with handles at Staples.
Uline also has many different kinds and sizes if you need a large quantity.
Look for 'carrying cases' instead of storage boxes.

Fabric Covered Carrying Case with Duct Tape on outside for added strength.

Duct tape added before being covered.

The tape will be covered with fabric or paper.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Freebeez

Another free download from Creating Keepsakes Magazine:
click on the blue creatingkeepsakes.com below.
The journaling spots can be used for :
pages, cards, or other projects. 

(I got a chuckle out of this baby page layout.)

Scrapbook Your Memories with this Free Journaling Spot Download: May/June 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine

Scrapbook your memories with this free download. Creating Keepsakes also provides scrapbook ideas and how to information for documenting a variety of occasions. Be sure to check out all of our free scrapbooking downloads, tips, and techniques at creatingkeepsakes.com.
Use t-shirts, signs, and home d├ęcor items to inspire your next layout design. Deena Boese created this layout using her son's clothing as inspiration. She continued the feel throughout her layout, repeating the circle accent to create a sense of movement.
Free download
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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thursday Treatz

In honor of my incredible bargain from Tuesday Tipz, here is the recipe for Party Mix from the
Chex.com website:
(I like to bake mine in the oven, but this works if time is limited.)

15 Minutes!

The Original Chex® Party Mix

Still great after all these years! Chex® Party Mix has been a party favorite for over 50 years.
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:15 min
Makes:24 servings (1/2 cup each)
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Corn Chex®Rice Chex®Wheat Chex®
3cups Corn Chex® cereal
3cups Rice Chex® cereal
3cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1cup mixed nuts
1cup bite-size pretzels
1cup garlic-flavor bite-size bagel chips or regular-size bagel chips, broken into 1-inch pieces
6tablespoons butter or margarine
2tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4teaspoon garlic powder
1/2teaspoon onion powder
Did You Know?
The original recipe includes Corn Chex®, Rice Chex® and Wheat Chex®. You can mix and match to suit your taste—just use a total of 9 cups of cereal.
Health Focus
To reduce the fat to 2 grams and the calories to 80 per serving, use 3 tablespoons margarine instead of the 6 tablespoons butter, omit mixed nuts and use fat-free bagel chips.
Special Touch
Make enough of this favorite mix to package up as gifts for special friends—it’s so good and always a welcome surprise!
Preparation Directions
1.In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated.
2.Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 6 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.
Oven Directions Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips; set aside. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in seasonings. Gradually stir in cereal mixture until evenly coated. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container.
Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 140 (Calories from Fat 60); Total Fat 7g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 280mg; Total Carbohydrate 16g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 2g); Protein 3% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium 6%; Iron 30Exchanges: 1 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 1 MyPyramid Servings: 1 tsp Fats & Oils
*% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tuesday Tipz


something bought or offered for sale at a desirable price 

Always be on the 'lookout' for great bargains--
   money saved on necessities can be used for crafting supplies!
I think I hit pay dirt yesterday at a resale shop and a big box store:

I found a new Springbok 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle that retails for $20 at specialty stores for 50cents-but since it was green tag half price day, it ended up being 25CENTS! Incredible. 

I also had  to stop at the big box store.
Right by the entrance were pallets of cereal packaged in a 'kit'
to make Party Mix. Each kit contained 3 full size boxes of cereal along with seasoning packs. The kits were selling for $3.00--making each box of cereal a $1.00 with the seasoning packs almost free.  I checked the price of the cereal on the shelf--and each box retailed for $3.59 each.  I picked up many kits since I make lots of Party Mix and Puppy Chow. (The use by dates are far into the future.)
I also plan to share with friends and family who are gluten-free 
along with donating to the local food bank.
I estimated I got $139.00 worth of product for $27. 
Now that's a bargain! 

Full size boxes of cereal and two seasoning packs for $3.00.

It just looks like I'm a hoarder, but I have plans for each kit! 

Extra Tuesday Tipz:

I'm not sure if this is true for all States, but in Tennessee,  the dentist is only required to check your teeth after a cleaning once a year. If teeth are cleaned more than once, and all is ok, 
the patient can opt out of the dental check charge.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Make-Itz

Let's make:


My friend and loyal reader Kathy C. subscribed to the Paper Pumkin Craft kit program.
When her first box arrived, she commented that it would be a great storage box for other
projects if the address sticker wasn't in the way.
I had an AHA moment----let's cover boxes to not only make the box prettier,
but to add strength as well.
The possibilities are endless: fabric,decorated paper, stickers, duck tape, stamps
along with other embellishments. Shop your stash to make your box unique!

I unfolded the box and took off any torn pieces of paper that would not glue down. I found material or a large piece of paper and glued it to the box.
Pieces of paper could also be used,much like a collage.
After the sealant has dried, cut the excess paper off close to the box.
Don't be concerned if there are wrinkles or bubbles,
just use these areas as opportunities for embellishments.

I used Modge Podge sealant to adhere the fabric and paper to the cardboard.
(I like I should purchase this medium by the gallon as much as I have used it lately!)

Paper Pumkin Box covered in plain brown paper.

Fabric Covered Box. Unfold the box and lay it flat before covering with material.
Box after fabric has dried and cut to shape of box.

Inside of box with project supplies. Inside can also be sealed or covered.
I put another coat of sealant on fabric before putting it back together.
Use duck tape on the lid hinge to give the box more strength or cover the whole box with tape. 

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Freebeez


It's time to start planning projects for spring and summer celebrations:
Mom's/Dad's Day, Graduations, Weddings and Vacations!

I'm in a vacation planning mode since I'm flying to California in
three weeks to hug my Granddaughters!!!!!!
I already have Oma craft projects planned to do with
3 year old Layla---and lots of rocking chair time with
3 month old Chloe! It can't come soon enough!
As an added bonus, we are touring the
Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory--watch for
a future blog report about the tour.

I found a freebeez from Creating Keepsakes Magazine
free to download, print and pack for your next vacation.
click here

It is a  Scrapbook Photo-Checklist, a good reminder
to take plenty of Pix and save those souvenirs.
I pack a large zip lock plastic bag to hold all the info
I may want to scrapbook. I sort it when I return
as I work on the memory book.

 free download

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday Tipz for Monday Make-Itz

Covered Cardboard Boxes

Find a cardboard box with an attached lid for our next Monday Make-Itz.

Keep your box if you are Paper Pumpkin Subscriber to use for this craft, it's a perfect fit!

(A big thank you to loyal reader Kathy C. for the idea and inspiration.)

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Freebeez


Stampin'UP is offering FREE SHIPPING from April 6-8.
This offer is for EVERYTHING!
What a deal, and it doesn't come around very often!

Stampin'UP   click here to shop, click on the Store tab

Email any size order to: momsuz@blomand.net

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday Treatz

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

For an Easter treat I made chocolate covered pretzels. 
I found an easier way to melt the chocolate 
and keep it warm while I dipped the pretzels.
Just use a small dip type crock pot to melt bars of dipping chocolate
or use bags of chocolate chips.
This would also be good with the peanut butter stuffed pretzels! 

Pretzels and dipping chocolate.       

Melt Chocolate in small crock pot.

Dip pretzels into melted chocolate.

Place dipped pretzels onto wax paper to cool.


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