Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


For Crafters who like to get a head start on Christmas projects:

Paper Wishes is Hosting a Christmas WOW--Week of Webisodes

click here to watch

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday Tipz

Hot and Cold

The record heat of the summer was a reminder that
coloring utensils do not like extreme temperature swings.
Years ago I was teaching in a classroom without AC, and the crayons melted!

If you need to keep your utensils in a hot or cold car,
be sure to put them into some kind of insulated carrier
to protect them from the extreme temps.

Some ideas include: 

Insulated grocery bags
Lunch totes
Even double bagged paper grocery bags
Place them under a blanket

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Well, I'm just having all kinds of "Munday" computer problems.
I tried to download pictures of my Monday Make Itz project,
and Windows 10 won't recognize my camera.
I tried to use my IPad, and I can't remember my Blog Log In.

So, I will explain what I did and hope I can post a pix soon!

What do you do when Opa wears out a pair of jeans?
Oma makes cute little purses out of the pockets for the grandgirls!

1. Carefully cut out the back pockets, leaving some of the fabric around the stitching.
    This will become the little purse.
3. Cut the seam down each leg, this will become the strap.
4. Trim around the pockets, if you want, you can run a bead of fabric glue around the edge to
    keep from fraying..
5. Fold over the back part of the pocket into the inside. Glue or sew.
6. Sew the straps to either side of the pocket.
7. Sew or glue velcro as a closure.
8. Decorate. I painted on their names. I glued on buttons to look like flowers.

Yay Opa helped me load the pix from his computer.

cut off from jeans

leave a flap at the top and fold into pocket, glue or stitch

painted on names 
finished purses

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday Treatz

This is always a great recipe to repeat.
Yummy to stir up on days it is too hot to turn on the oven. 

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies 

1/2 C Butter
2 C Sugar
1/2 C Milk
4 Tbsp Cocoa
1/2 C Peanut Butter
3 1/2 C Quick cooking Oats
2 tsp. Vanilla

Add the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, and boil for 1 minute. Stir in the next 3 ingredients and drop onto wax/foil paper. Let cool until set.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Tuesday Tipz ( a bit early)

From a blog called Genuinely Artsy:

Mailing Tip: Make Sure it Fits


Isn’t it fun when you open your mailbox and there’s a hand-made card waiting for you? Much better than all that junk mail and those darned bills.
Extra thick or lumpy cards may require extra postage and if it’s not added before you mail it, the recipient may be charged when the card is delivered. We don’t want that, do we?
Here’s a quick and easy way to check if your card will make it through the postal guidelines for thickness…
The slot on most paper trimmers is 1/4” wide. This just happens to be the maximum thickness allowed for first class mail cards and letters. Slip the card into the envelope, then slide it through the slot on your paper trimmer. If it fits… it ships!

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Monday Make Itz

More Oldies but Goodies!

Sometimes a new craft product can spark creative juices
into using some older craft products.
I ordered the Clearly Creative Kit from Paper Wishes.
This included acetate sheets (for us Old Schoolers think overhead projector sheets.)
that are printed on one side and can be colored on the other.
Since I needed to find coloring instruments that would stick
to the plastic, I started 'shopping' in my supply closet.
I came up with glitter glue, permanent markers and patterned paper.
It is fun to use oldie but goodies in new ways!

Clearly Creative Kit from paper wishes. 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Freebeez

Here is another great free Download from Paper Wishes!
This would make a fun sigh for your craft area.

click here to download

Click here to download!
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday Treatz


After record days of above 90's temps,
rumors of cooler weather brings a taste for soup in the crock pot.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday Websitz

Check out Mr. Food's daily newsletter.
It's filled with comfort food and easy recipes!
Fill the crock pot and have more time for crafin'!
Click on link below to cruise the website and sign up for his newsletters!

Mr. Food

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday Tipz

Fun with Water Color Pencils

Watercolor pencils can be used in a variety of ways.
Best thing is no messy tubes or pots of paint,very portable.
Play around and practice on a scrap paper before using on a project.
FYI--an aqua painter is utensil with a brush at one end and a place to hold water
on the other end. Fill the 'handle' with water, replace the brush.
Push down to fill the brush with water.
Most craft/art stores now carry these in the artist sections.

1. Wet brush--this is great for large areas or backgrounds.
     Use pencil to lay down color in area.
     Take a wet paint brush or aqua painter to blend and soften the colors.
     Be careful not to use too much water.

2. Wet pencil--for intense color, dip the pencil into water, then color.
     This is best for bold details and shading.

3. Wet paper--wet your paper with a clean brush, aqua painter or spray with a mister.
     Use pencils to lay down colors. Blend with brush or aqua painter.
     Be careful when blending certain colors--unless brownish tones are what you need.

4. Wash--use as a wash over dry and wet embossed areas.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Oldies But Goodies!

Torn Paper and Tissue Paper are trending again.

Tissue Paper
Dig out your stash of tissue paper and use for card backgrounds or overlays.
   1. Cut a piece of tissue paper a bit larger than your project/card.
   2. Crumple up a few times, the more wrinkles the better.
   3. Smooth out.
   4. Use spray adhesive or glue stick all over front of card.
   5. Place smoothed out tissue paper over the adhesive.
   6. Press down to adhere.
   7. It's ok if there are wrinkles, gives it texture.
   8. Let dry before stamping or adding embellishments--cut around excess tissue to even up
       around card.
   9. White or very light tissue can be used over a stamped image to give it
        a snowy or shadowy look. A tint of very light blue would be nice.
  10. Run the tisse glued piece of paper through an embossing folder.
  11. Highlight the wrinkles on the paper with an ink pad.
  12. Stamp tissue before wrinkling for a fun look.

   1. Tear patterned paper so there is a white edge.
   2.  Highlight the white edge with a stamp pad.
   3.  Adhere to front of card.
   4. Use torn paper strips for accents.
   5. When using acetate sheet embellishments, tear paper to place behind sheet instead
       of coloring the sheet.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


It is Paulette's birthday(the owner), so Paper Wishes is having a 20% percent off sale.
20% off the highest item in the basket, plus free shipping when order hits $79.
Don't need that much? Order with a gal pal.

While you are on the site, look around at the webisodes and projects.

click here

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday Tipz


I decided that at 60 years young, I could treat myself to the
top end watercolor pencils. I scored a 36 count tin of
Prismacolor Watersoluble pencils during the
back to school tax free weekend. These match
the regular Prismacolor Color pencils I found at
Sam's a few months ago. I can't wait to see how well the tins of
colors work together on my projects.
I feel most spoiled!

On the other end of the cost spectrum,
I decided to try a pack of I Magine color
pencils from Dollar General.
For $1.00 a pack, these are amazing.
There is a smooth color laydown, and they
even blend a bit.
The pencils sharpen without breaking.
The only downside is that the colors are limited to 12.
Besides that, these are great for basic projects,
and/or when you don't want to travel with the expensive utensils.
Try a pack, but get them soon since I don't often see them in the stores
after the back to school rush.
While you are there, just for fun, pick up a pack of the 4 color in one pencils.
This is the only place I have seen these.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Happy Monday!
I hope you had a great crafty week/weekend.
I enjoyed visitng a few craft stores on my vacation.
Of course the fall/winter craft projects are being displayed
even in the oppressive Tennessee heat and humidity.
I suppose crafters are already thinking about
the winter Holidays and handmade gift ideas.
Here is one to get your creative juices flowing!

This following is a great project inspired from the Jo-Ann Craft Store website. 

I came upon a stash of doilys my mom had crocheted for me and
this is the perfect project! Instead of attaching the doily to the side
of the jar, I plan to use it for the lid.
Use the ring to attach the doily to the top, or run a ribbon through it
and gather it around the top of the jar.
I also plan to purchase the mason jars in colors.
Now is a great time to find these on sale.
Potpouri can be placed in the bottom of the jar,
then place the tea light on top.
I grow and dry lavendar, so that might
be added to my jar.

Mason Jars--pints or quarts, colored or clear
Jar Rings and/or ribbon
Battery powered tea lights (find at dollar stores)

How To Make A Frosted Ball Jar with Doily

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Greetings Crafters!

Craftin' with Suz is taking a much needed vacation.

So for Monday Make Itz, take a few mintues to create whatever it is you
are loving to create at the moment.
Life is short--color first, then work!

I will return next week with more great
Craftin' with Suz ideas!

Happy Crafty Week!

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