Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Freebeez


For the first time in history, Stampin UP has added new products to
choose as a freebie for Sale-A-Bration.

Starting March 1, chose from 4 new products,
these include: stamp sets, vellum, incolor cord and buttons.

Go to Stampin UP website   starting March 1 to see these great products.

contact me a for orders.

Happy Craftin'!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Treatz


Tennessee received a rare midwest like snow!
We used to make snow cream when we were kids, just be sure to use fresh, clean snow from
an area that has a deep snowfall. (Beware of the dreaded yellow snow!)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Websitz

Trade Magazines

It makes me sad that the number of Papercraft/Scrapbooking/Card Making trade magazines
are slowly dieing.
One finally went to an online only magazine--go figure, papercrafters who enjoy
working with paper have to go online to read this magazine. I understand it is
much easier/cheaper to post online, but it is still sad. I must have not been alone since this magazine folded as well.
I received an offer for a British magazine I thought I would try out.
While it has great ideas, I had to chuckle when everything to order was overseas, cost was in Pounds, along with metric measurments. I will see the subscription through the year, but I doubt I will reorder.

I have been looking for other sources of inspiriation, so today's Website is a blog
you might want to follow. It is also a FREE online magazine.

click below:

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


--When using the new photopolymer stamps(clear plastic),
be sure to use a foam pad underneath the paper.
This will give the stamp some 'bounce' and give a cleaner print.

--When learning a new technique, check YOUTUBE to see if there is a video, watch it a few times before starting to stamp. I wanted to learn how to "3 step" stamp with tabs, so I found the video on the Stampin UP website (go to, go to store, find the stamp set, click on the video icon.) It greatly helped to see the stamp set 'in action'.

--Take a few minutes to browse through your stamp library, sometimes we forget about the 'oldies but goodies' that would be perfect for a craft project.

--If you need to make a number of the same card, such as for Christmas or Valentine's Day, stamp and color 4 or more images onto Whisper White paper, color, then copy the original on Whisper White paper (or any color) for the number of card needed. Be sure to save the original for another time. (Most printers have a copy mode.)

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday Treatz

Here's a fun idea from Country Woman Magazine:


(blobs of frozen whipped topping to put in Hot Chocolate)

3/4 cup whipped topping
minature semisweet chocolate chips
Orange Jimmies
Hot Cocoa

1. Using a small cookie scoop, shape snowmen by dropping 1 tablespoon portions of whipped topping onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.
2. Decorate with choc. chips and jimmies to make face.
3. Freeze until firm
4. Place over servings of hot cocoa just before serving.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday Websitz


Need inspiration and ideas for the SAB freebies?
Head to the Stampin UP website---new ideas are posted each week.

Click here for ideas

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


Large and small muffin/cup cake tins are great for all types of organizational needs.

Small tins can hold desk supplies such as paper clips and rubber bands.
This can also be used for small craft supplies!

Large tins can be used in the 'junk' drawer to keep it tidy.
One of my favorites is one I read in a magazine: use the tin to carry
many filled drink cups at once. This would be a great way to serve
at a meal or party without fear of spilling the drinks!

If you don't have extra muffin/cup cake tins to use for organization,
check out the dollar stores and second hand stores for inexpensive tins.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Make Itz

Let's Make a SNOW DAY!!!

The south is currently experiencing a rare occurance--snow and ice!
The news said it had been ten years since Tennessee had a major winter storm.

-Make a Snowman (only if the temperature isn't too cold to be outside)
-Make Hot Chocolate from a recipe --don't forget the marshmellows.
-Bake cookies or brownies.
-Watch your favorite movie,  pop popcorn!
-Play card or board games.
-Work on a craft project.
-Catch up on reading.

What will you do with your snow day?

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday Treatz

Make this yummy treat for your Valentine!

Peanut Butter Incredibles
(from First for Woman, Dec. 2014 issue)

2/3 cup unsalted butter
1 cup chunky peanut butter
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 1/2  cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

1. Melt butter in pan over low heat, stir in peanut butter.
Add next two ingredients, press into greased 13"x9' baking pan.
2. Microwave chips to melt, stirring to mix.
Spread in pan over crumb layer.
3. Chill 45. min.
4. Cut into squares, enjoy!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Freebeez

Fur Baby Valentines

Don't your Fur Babies deserve a Valentine this year?

click here to download/print cards

1. Go to above Milk Bone website.

2. Download and print cards onto cardstock.

3. Cut out Valentines.

4. Insert a special treat.

5. Give to the Fur Babies on Valentines Day!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday Treatz

Bacon Wrapped Sausages

Uncooked bacon
Lil' Smokies Sausages(or favorite sausage, cut into bite size pieces)
Brown Sugar

1. Cut bacon slices in half.
2. Wrap bacon around sausage and secure with toothpick.
3. Dip in brown sugar.
4. Place on foil or parchment paper on cookie sheet.
5. Bake 325 degree oven, until bacon is crispy.

Tips--keep baked sausages in crock pot to keep warm.
      --make up ahead and put in brown sugar to soak overnight. Bake as needed.
      --be sure to eat warm--the brown sugar gets hard when it cools down.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesday Websitz


We all remember Elmer's Glue from our childhood art projects!
It has grown up and now has a fun Craft Newsletter.

Check out the February "Let's Get Crafty"  newsletter:

click here  

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday Make Itz

Build a Bouquet Flower Kit from Stampin' UP

I tried  making a few of the poppies in the Build a Bouquet Flower Kit
in the Spring Occasions here to see catalog
I was all 'thumbs' the first flower I made, but got better with practice.
The instructions call for a glue gun--which is not my favorite adhesive.
However, I agree that is it a must have for this project.
I kept burning my fingers with the high heat gun/glue I used, so,
I decided to get a low/high heat gun. I haven't tried it yet, but I am
hoping the low heat will work as well as the high heat setting.

-Watch the UTube Video on the Stampin Up website before you begin.
Then follow it as you make one of each flower.
click here for video

-Gather all materials before beginning. Use a heat safe work mat.

-This would make a great gift for a nursing home/hospital patient.
I know some nursing homes do not allow real flowers.

-Use one flower with a nice card attached for Valentine's Day, Birthday, or Just Because.

 -I also purchased the die to cut my own petals. I plan to try different types of paper
  for a future Monday Make Itz.

Inside of flower is a roll of fringed paper.

Paper petals before flower construction.

Another view of the completed poppy.

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