Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Tipz

Instant 'iron'

Wrinkled Ribbon needed for a spring project?
Try using a hair iron instead of getting out the clothes iron/ironing board.
First try a piece of ribbon and run it through the iron as you would hair
to make sure the iron isn't too hot for the material.
If all OK, then run the length of ribbon needed through the iron.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Make Itz


Idea from Country Woman Magazine
I have made these with my own kids and my students!


  • Uncooked eggs 
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Bowl
  • Liquid soap
  • Paper towels
  • Metal spoon
  • Pin or tack
  • Colored card stock paper
  • Clear tape


  1. Make a base to hold each shell by cutting card stock into a 1¼-in. x 5-in. strip and wrapping it into a ring sized to fit your eggshell. Trim length if needed and tape in place.
  2. With spoon, carefully crack the egg in a circle near its upper third and remove top, aiming to keep the lower portion intact without cracks.
  3. Remove egg white and yolk, saving for another use. With liquid soap and warm water, carefully clean the shell. Place upside down on paper towel to air-dry.
  4. With pin or tack, carefully poke a small drainage hole in the bottom of the shell. (It’s easier if you poke from the inside out.)
  5. Spoon soil into the shell until it’s half-full. Place some seeds on top and cover with a little more soil.
  6. Place shell in card stock ring base and set on top of paper towels to absorb water. Add a small amount of water. Put in a cool, sunny place indoors; water regularly.
  7. Once your sprouts are up, you can plant them in a pot or outdoors. Before planting, crack the shell slightly to allow roots to grow through.

Easy Eggshell Gardening Craft originally sent in by Brooke Bock from Tyrone, Pennsylvania

Read more: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/easy-eggshell-gardening-craft/#ixzz3VsInhy9u

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Treatz

Fun Idea From Good Housekeeping Magazine!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday Websitz


When you have some down time, watch some, or all
of the coloring technique videos from Stampin'UP.
The videos are short, but there are quite a few.
Great ideas to learn or revisit.

Click below.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Tipz


Occasionally the networks specializing in home shopping have
 marathon craft days showcasing awesome craft products.
(You can sign up for email alerts for these programs.)
I watch these shows to pick up tips and projects to use with products I already own.
It motivates me to take stock of what I have and inspires me to take
that new craft product out of the box and put it to good use!
Tip-- check the online schedule, then turn on the channel,
         and periodically check in to watch for new ideas!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Make Itz

(or other gift) BASKETS

I'm not a fan of the store bought colored plastic 'grass'
to fill Easter Baskets. It always had a mind of its own and
ended up all over the house.

There are easy, inexpensive alternatives:

1. UPcycle packing materials.  Some companies pack their products in
    reusable materials. For example, Burts Bees uses a crinkled brown paper product.
    This would make an excellent filler for baskets or in vases for artificial flowers.

 2. Make your own with scrap paper and fringe scissors--scissors that have many blades that cut all at once to form fringe. These can be used either left or right handed.

3. Use a crimper,then cut paper apart.

4. Clean out the paper shredder and run colored scrap paper or magazine/catalog pages
 through the shredder.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Freebeez


Be sure to check out the spring issue of Scrapbook and Cards today info on Wednesday
Websitz--click on link to download a free issue of the papercrafting magazine.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday Treatz

Quick Breakfast (or snack time) 
recipes made in a mug. 
(More time for crafting!)

Kym's Microwave Cooking (from Hallmark Home and Family Show)
A quick way to cook breakfast.
Kym's Microwave Cooking
Ingredients for French Toast:
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Cinammon
  • Syrup
Ingredients for Nutella Mug Cake:
  • 4 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions to poach one egg in the microwave:

  1. Fill one mug with a ½ cup of water.

  2. Carefully crack an egg into the water.

  3. Make sure the egg is immersed in the water.

  4. Cover the mug.

  5. Cook on high for 1 minute.

  6. The white should be firm, but the yolk should still jiggle to indicate it’s runny.

Directions for the French toast:

  1. Cube sandwich bread.

  2. Add melted butter to the inside of your cup.

  3. Separate cup: cracked egg, 3 tablespoons of milk, sprinkle cinammon.

  4. Mix together with a fork.

  5. Pour the mixture into your cup with the bread and let it soak into the bread.

  6. Microwave cup for 1 minute.

  7. Add warm syrup

Directions for the Nutella Mug cake:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large coffee mug

  2. Whisk well with a fork until smooth

  3. Microwave on high for 1 ½ minutes

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Websitz


Click on link below this Friday, March 20,
to download or read the spring issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today.
Also check out the blog and the ideas on the website. 

free download click here


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday Tipz

Instant Shamrock!

Don't have a die cut or shamrock punch or stamp?
Never fear--here is a quick way to make one---
freehand cut, diecut or punch 4 heartshapes.

Place the points of the hearts inward and touching.
Glue dot together, add a stem!
Instant Shamrock!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Monday Make Itz

(from Country Woman Magazine)


  • 6-10 natural corks--can be found at craft stores
  • Choice of small succulents or air plants
  • Cactus or succulent soil mix
  • Screwdriver or awl
  • Craft knife
  • Tacky glue
  • Small magnets (about 1/2 in.)


  1. Using the screwdriver or awl, punch a hole about two-thirds of the way down in one end of each cork. Use the knife to enlarge the hole to about ¼ in. wide.
  2. Glue two or three magnets to the side of each cork; let dry.
  3. Fill hole in each cork with a pinch of soil. Then add plant, and more soil if needed.
  4. Place on fridge or other metal surface. Water lightly as needed, or spritz with a water bottle.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thursday Treatz

Sweet and Salty Pretzel Buttons
(from Woman's World Magazine/lisalovesjohn.com blog)

1 bag (12 oz) Hershey Hugs candies, unwrapped
1 large bag square pretzels
1 large bag M&M's, color to match the celebration
Baking sheet and aluminum foil

1. arrange pretzels in rows without touching on foil lined baking sheet. Place an unwrapped Hug on top of each pretzel.
2. Place in 200degree oven. Bake for around 8 minutes, making sure the chocolates don't melt too much. Don't allow hugs to melt over the edges.
3. Remove tray from oven, working quickly, place an M&M on top of each melted chocolate.
4. Let chocolate cool and harden.


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wednesday Websitz


Would you rather be crafting than at the grocery store?
Use this website to plug in ingredients already in your kitchen,
it will then list recipes for these supplies. 

SUPERCOOK, click here

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday Tipz

Knitting Needle Stoppers

If the rubber knitting needle stoppers/caps like to hide,
use a cork until one can be found.
Just push the cork onto the end to keep the stitches from
sliding off.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday Make Itz

Washi Tape Easter Eggs

April/May 2015
My inspiration--these used washi paper, but washi tape would be easier.

It isn't too early to think about Easter eggs/decorations.

 Blown out, cleaned and dried real eggs.
 Or use plastic, paper mache or wood eggs.
 Assorted rolls of washi tape
 Clear sealant--either spray or brush on.

1. Make sure outside of egg is clean or the tape won't stick.  Except for the paper mache eggs, rub the outsides with alcohol wipes to take off dirt and oils. Let dry.
2.  Cover with short strips of washi tape--either around the egg or up and down.
3. Make sure all edges are pushed down so sealant can't get under the tape.
4. Cover with sealant.
5. Arrange in a basket or pretty spring bowl!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday Treatz


On yet another snow/ice day in Tennessee, I thought I would do an experiment.
Thinking what to do with a package of corn tortillas,
I wondered if it 'would waffle!'

Corn tortillas
Spreadable butter or margarine
Whip cream, if desired

If you don't have a waffle maker, broil or bake in the oven for a few minutes.

Spread tortillas with butter, sprinkle with Cinnamon/Sugar
Place in Waffle Maker, Cook until crisp
Top with whip cream!
Enjoy warm and crispy.

Will it waflfle? Yes it will!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday Make Itz


(as yet another winter storm is on its way to Tennessee)

Make a cute ribbon/button flower with snippets of leftover ribbon.
This idea is from Country Woman Magazine/website.

The centers can be any kind of found or leftover embellishment.
These flowers can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, gift tags, gift cards, etc.

Instructions published with a large space before instructions, be sure to scroll down.

Handmade Card with Ribbon Flower

Pair vintage buttons or earrings with ribbons scraps to make pretty handmade cards.


  • Purchased 3-in.- x 5-in. gift tag from craft or scrapbooking store (or card stock cut to that size and shape) 
  • Scrap of wallpaper (or solid color scrapbook paper) 
  • Round-hole punch 
  • Scraps of ribbon, 1/2-in.-wide or narrower 
  • Craft glue 
  • Vintage button or earring 
  • Scissors 
  • Instructions

  1. Glue wallpaper or scrapbook page to one side of gift tag. Trim excess flush with gift tag.
  2. Use round-hole punch to make hole through the top of the tag.
  3. Cut short lengths of ribbons. Fold each ribbon to make a loop (do not crease) and glue ends together. Let dry.
  4. Starting with the widest and largest loops, glue loops to front of gift tag, overlapping the loops as needed to form a tight circle. Let dry. In the same way, add another layer of narrower and smaller ribbon loops on top.
  5. Glue and earring or button to the center of the loops. Let dry.
Handmade Card with Ribbon Flowers Craft designed by Kristin Cleveland. Photos by Adam Albright.

Read more: http://www.countrywomanmagazine.com/project/handmade-card-with-ribbon-flower/#ixzz3TFC19KBZ

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