Monday, February 28, 2011

Lucky Door Hanger

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I thought this simple little project might bring a little LUCK to your doorstep.  This project is so easy to do.
Just grab an old muffin tin and coat it with a good layer of spray paint.  I used green and then a pearl shimmer, but I also think gold would be fun.
Cut along the green lines with scissors.
 
Ink the edges of each cut circle with brown distress ink.
Ink the edges and around the muffin tin as well.
Adhere each image into the bottom of a muffin hole.
Punch or drill holes in the muffin tin if necessary (cropadile works great for this)
Add ribbon to embellish and hang.
Hang on door or inside house to bring a little Luck O' The Irish your way!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

So I am a boot junkie....

It's just that when you wake up on a late February morning to this:
Sometimes the only thing that will break you out of the slump (like when you feel like you deserve a great reward just for hanging up your piles of laundry that have been stacking up for days on end-yeah me!) is to throw on an adorable pair of boots that can only be worn on snowy days! 

Perhaps some that look like this: (Ok- maybe I just wanted to have an excuse to show off my cute snow boots, but can you blame me?)
It's just that they have fluffy fur cuffs and an adorable pink sole.
They almost make 6" of snow on February 26th bearable.

Okay, time to play with some spring paper to get me thinking happy, sunny thoughts!  Can't wait to share some fun "birdie" ideas on Studio 5 next Friday.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Font Friday- Week 8



Week 8- Words that come to mind when I see this font: Happy, Joy, Girly, Fun and Carefree


Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/duality.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Duality” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Waiting on the postman

I am anxiously awaiting the postman today.  Hoping that he will bring me my brand new, shiny Silhouette Digital Cutter! Since my job at the scrapbook store came to a close, I have been so sad not to have access to one of my favorite tools. So, needless to say, I am excited to see if my very own machine comes in the mail today.  I am even more excited to try cutting fabric with it.  Silhouette now offers interfacing so you can use your machine for fabric projects as well. Yipee!  I am going to be using the Silhouette heavily for my next segment on March 4th, so be sure to tune in.

Here are a few more cute projects from the Silhouette site.  If you want to learn more, just click on the button on the right side bar.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Delightful Concoction

I am not sure who invented the "Scotch-a-roo" but I am quite certain they deserve some sort of award.  These delightful treats combine sugar, chocolate and peanut butter to create one amazing food experience.  If you haven't ever tried one...you probably don't live anywhere near the Salt Lake Valley and I highly recommend whipping up a quick batch. If you have enjoyed a scotch-a-roo before, this is a pleasant reminder that they are simple to make and a joy to eat!

The Recipe:
1 c. karo syrup
1 c. sugar
1 c. peanut butter
*Stir ingredients together in heavy sauce pan until sugar is dissolved- don't overcook or they will be too hard
*Stir in 6 c. corn flakes
*Press in to greased 9X13 pan
*In microwave, melt together 1 c. of chocolate chips and 1 c. of butterscotch chips.
*Spread on top of cornflake mixture
*Allow to cool then cut apart into squares and enjoy

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's a Cardmaking Kind of Day

Today I got busy restocking my card caddy with some handmade greetings.  As predicted, I used the Echo Park "For The Record" line.  It was so fun to work with the different elements to come up with a few very simple cards that will be great to grab in a pinch. I love having a good supply of cards on hand so that I don't have to throw something together at the last second.  
There is my favorite red polka dot! For this card, I used sticker pieces from the alphabet and element sheets.  I cut the yellow list piece from the cut apart printed paper.  The ribbon is finished off by wrapping a decorative brad around the knot.
This card is so random....but cute!  Most of the elements came from the two sticker sheets.  I also added a scallop circle punched from patterned paper.  Love my punches!
I mounted the "For the Record" sticker on another piece of patterned paper and then used pop dots to secure it to the card.  The word saying was cut from a patterned paper.  The black scallops came off the alphabet sticker sheet. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Echo Park- For the Record

I have loved working with the new "For The Record" line from Echo Park.  The colors are so vivid and the prints are perfectly vintage. 
 Who doesn't love a red and white polka dot?
 I especially love the sticker sheet that has some great flowers, swirls and birds. If you are looking for a great line to use for family projects or home decor, this one may be the perfect fit.  I am excited to be using it for my March Family Tree Magnet Board kit.  The stickers and cut apart cards are calling my name for some generic cards as well. 
In fact, I think tomorrow might just be a cardmaking day! Check back to see what I come up with.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Font Friday- Week 7



Week 7- In honor of President's Day this weekend, I thought I would choose a font that looked "constitutional." I actually love the flowing lines of this fancy font, plus the title was fitting for the occasion.

Fo




llow these instructions to download this font:






1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/the-king-queen-font.font

2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “King and Queen Font” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sticky Note Holder Tutorial


I was in need of a quick paper project fix today.  This sticky pad holder and box were just perfect.  These cute little projects make great gifts to have on hand for neighbors and friends.  I picked up the tutorial on the scor-pal website.  To download my version of the tutorial click here. (this is a 3 page pdf file with lots of photos, so it may take a minute to download.  Don't worry, it is worth the wait!)



Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Two More March Classes

To view additional classes as well as workshop dates and policies, click here.
Egg Wood Letters $26
*Finished letters are approximately 12" high X 24" wide





SOLD OUT
Designing this kit has definitely given me Spring Fever!
I absolutely love the bright colors and vivid prints.  And how cute is that little fuzzy chick on top of the S?  This decor piece makes a perfect Spring/Easter decoration for your shelf or mantle. Wood letters also make great gifts! Order one today and say Hello Spring!

To complete this kit, you will need: mod podge, brown distress ink (I used creamy brown), glue dots, pencil, scissors, scor tape(if desired)





Family Tree Magnet Board $28
*finished size 12X16"- SOLD OUT


I still have quite a few requests for kits of my Family Tree Magnet Board, so I thought I would offer a new and improved version.  This tree is great because it can be personalized with your own family name.  You will receive a full sticker sheet in each kit, so you will have plenty of alphabets to work with.  The pictures in this kit are mod podged onto chipboard circles and then adhered to magnets.  Your children or grandchildren will love moving around the faces and learning about their family heritage.  Each kit comes with 12 circles, magnets and leaves.  Additional sets of 12 can be purchased for $5 each.

To complete this kit, you will need: brown distress ink(I used Chestnut Roan), glue dots, mod podge, strong adhesive or epoxy for magnets, scissors, pencil

Quick and Easy Accessory

For a little wardrobe variety, I spiced up this simple black turtleneck with some pre twisted cream yarn.




It was so easy to do.  I just pulled out the hot glue gun and glued the yarn in a cinnamon roll shape directly to the shirt.


















For some added fun, I made a matching headband(or bracelet) by gluing the yarn onto a piece of felt and attaching that to a piece of black lace.  This is a fun and easy accessory...the best part...it will be one of a kind.

Fabric Posy Tutorial

Over the weekend I had the privilege of speaking to a group of beautiful women.  Because the pictures in my handout didn't come out quite as planned, i promised to leave a quick tutorial for making easy fabric posies here.  These are such a simple craft to make and they look adorable on hair clips, bags, bracelets, shirts.  Get creative and have fun with your old scraps!







1
. Start by twisting the end of a 1" fabric strip (it can be as long as you want-to make this flower, I used a 24" strip) and hot gluing it to the center of a felt square.










2. Continue twisting and hot gluing fabric down on square-it should look like a cinnamon roll.







3. When you are getting close to the end, trim as close to the fabric as possible. Then tuck the end and hot glue it to finish it.












4. Glue a button, rhinestone or pearls into the center of the flower.
5. Trim a small rectangle from the remaining felt Hot glue the edges of the rectangle on to the back of the flower.




6. Slip a bobby pin or hair clip into the rectangle so that you can slip in on to a headband, your hair, or your shirt
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Monday, February 14, 2011

New Double Dot- Wahoo!

One of my favorite papers in the last few years has been the Bo Bunny Double Dot.  I love the versatile, monochromatic papers that are the perfect texture.  I am very excited to see that they have released three new prints.  In addition to the dots, they are now offering journal, flourish and stripe.  I am definitely looking forward to playing around with the journal.  My favorite color? Hard to decide. In this ledger-like print, i think i am excited for the chiffon.
To view the entire Bo Bunny release from CHA Winter, visit http://www.bobunny.com/newrelease.html

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Classic Valentine

With Valentine's Day coming up tomorrow, I've been hard at work making my traditional treat for all my loved ones.  I've spent years perfecting the perfect sugar cookie recipe.  If you love soft and fluffy cookies, this is your recipe.  I've also included my special tips and tricks for getting the perfect cookie every time.  Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.  Each step is important for a great result.

Recipe (makes 24 thick 3" cookies)
1/4 c. softened butter
1/4 c. softened margarine
1/4 c. sour cream
1 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
*Cream these ingredients together until well blended and fluffy
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
*mix these ingredients together and then mix into wet ingredients.
*blend until incorporated

At this point, dough will be quite sticky. Place dough in freezer bag and chill several hours or if possible overnight.

On a lightly floured board, roll out your dough to desired thickness.
 I like mine about 1/3" thick.
Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes into dough. 
If possible, do not re-roll scraps.  The more the dough is rolled, the harder the cookie will be.
Place cut dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Place sheet in freezer for 2 minutes before baking.
This will prevent the cookies from spreading out and losing their shape.
After a few minutes in the freezer, place the cookies in a
preheated 400 degree oven for 7-8 minutes.
Be careful not to overcook the cookies. When the cookies are done, they should have all of the following characteristics:
Full and puffy (not sunken in the middle)
Light cream color on tops-no brown on tops
Light golden color on bottoms

Remove cookies from sheet with a spatula and cool them on a wire cooling rack.




Buttercream Frosting Recipe:
1 cube of softened butter
1/2 c. cream cheese
2 T. cream or milk
1-2 t. vanilla
1 t. lemon juice
Powdered sugar to desired texture
*Cream together all ingredients except powdered sugar. Then add powdered sugar until it is a thick but spreadable consistency
Add food coloring as desired 
 My traditional Valentine cookie is a heart with pink frosting and a cinnamon jelly heart in the center.  Oooh! Delicious!