Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just one more Christmas card.

I had planned to blog this about a week ago, but everything got so busy. It's not the New Year yet, so it still feels like Holidays. Better late than never. This one is for a sketch challenge over at the Some Odd Girl blog.  You can check out all of the entries here.

I used the Silhouette machine and one of the "free shape of the week" images offered by Silhouette for the base of the card. The stamp is a digi from Some Odd Girl called Elf Kaylee (colored with Copics) and the pattern paper is some old Heidi Grace.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quick Candy Mold "HOW TO"

If you are looking for a quick and easy treat this holiday season, try making candy using candy molds. In this post I will show you how to make these cute Christmas tree light bulbs.
Here is what I used:
Candy molds, clean dry paint brush, luster dust, and candy melts.  I also used candy sticks (not pictured), but you can make them up as little candies instead of suckers if you don't have sticks.
I use 3 molds at one time, so they make up really fast...15 suckers at once.

Pour some of the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for about 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until completely melted.  These molds don't have a lot of small detail, so I just spooned the melted candy into the molds.  After they are filled up, add the sticks - make sure they are covered good.  I like to tap the mold on the counter top to make sure it fills in good and so that air bubbles are out.  Put them in the refrigerator until they are cooled and solid...about 10-15 minutes. Once they have set up, you can just break the messy edges off if you have any. 
Now that they have hardened, they will pop right out of the mold.  You can apply the dust right away.  You don't want the dust getting on the other suckers, so it is better to work on them individually.  I like to use a paper plate or napkin as a dusting station.  Dip your dry brush into the dust and "paint" it on by wiping across in one direction.  Go back over it to make sure the loose powder is all off. 

How cute would these look in different colors like red, green, blue and yellow??
Here they are all wrapped and ready to go to a Christmas bake sale.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Tags

You know those wrapped Christmas gifts and holiday goodies are going to need the perfect gift tags.  Maybe the two I have here will give you a little inspiration. 
This Snowman Tag was made using an older Stampin' Up stamp. I used Copic markers to color him.  The snowflake punch is from Martha Stewart and the pattern paper is from a Michael's paper stack.  I added some bling and a little glitter too.
This is a tag I plan to use when I give baked goodies. The fun thing about this tag is that it is scented.  You read it right...scented.  Kind of like a scratch and sniff sticker. The embossing powder I used on the gingerbread men has a yummy smell to it. Isn't that cool?  I wish you could smell it! Not only does the tag smell good, but your craft area smells nice after using it too.
 I used: Gingerbread Kaylee clear stamp set from Some Odd Girl, Sugar & Spice scented clear embossing powder from Stampin' Up, brown ink, and Copic Markers.
Here you can see the how shiny the embossed image turns out.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Snowballs Anyone?

Today I am sharing a small holiday gift idea that you can make pretty easily.  I used my Silhouette cutting machine, my printer, a Some Odd Girl digi stamp, and white gumballs.
I am linking this project up to the Some Odd Girl Annual Hol-ODD-day blog hop. If you would like to link up or hop along, go here for all of the details. The hop lasts from Dec 3rd through Dec get on over there and check it out.
You could use any size white gumballs for this project, but I like these "Snowball" kind.
Using my Silhouette and a sheet of pattern paper, I cut out the milk carton shape. Other than folding, there isn't much assembly to this container.  Then fill it up with gumballs and give it to your gum chewing friends as a fun little gift.
This is the front of the carton...with Snowball Tia.
 The side view.  I just printed out the label, inked the edges, and wrapped it around the entire carton.

 I used a double sided paper, so even the inside of the carton is cute.

Here is a close up of Snowball Tia. She is a SOG digi stamp. I used Copics to color her and a puffy heat embossed gel for her snow ball. There is a little glitter on the snowball, but you can't really see it here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! 
This is Indian Tia, a Some Odd Girl digi stamp.  She is colored up with Copic Markers.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving for the Kiddos

I haven't had much time to do Thanksgiving crafts this year, so I thought I would repost some older things I did a few years ago. These are great if you have kids.

Here is the kids' table.

The place mat is construction paper and the table is covered in craft paper. Everyone gets crayons to doodle on it all they want.

A simple little banner.

Here is the big paper bag turkey. His "stuffed" with popcorn. The kids got to carve him themselves.

The corn is a goody bag full of stuff to keep the kids busy. Silly putty, a comic strip, stickers, gel pen, pop rocks and smarties.

This is what it looked like at their seat. They even had their own mini pumpkin

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fall Cards

Here are a couple of fall cards that I made.  The pictures turned out a little yellow, but you can still see how cute these stamps are. 

I entered this one in the sketch challenge going on at the Some Odd Girl Blog.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trick or TREAT?

This is a little Halloween treat I put together for some of the ladies I crochet with.  Of course there is real candy, but I also included  a crochet Amigurumi candy corn too.  To make the cute little candy corn use the Lion Brand pattern that you can find here.

The little owl is from Stampin' Up!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Grow your own Zombie!

This is an idea I found on Pinterest.  {Don't you just love Pinterest?!?}  My family is zombie crazy, so I knew I had to make it.  The one I pinned went back to a photo and not a web site with instructions, so I just tried to make it based on the picture.
My kids and I made our own hand with plaster, but you can get a hand (and other body parts) at the Dollar Tree.  After the hand was dry I painted it with craft paint that was a mix of gray and a little peach color.  Then I watered down some dark gray to rub into the wrinkles and around the finger nails.  I painted a terracotta pot, filled it with dirt, then stuck the hand in.  Pretty easy, right?  I found a link online that had a printable plant label you can use as the information stake.  It's like the ones you find in new plants, only zombiefied. It looks very similar to the one they used on the original pin. Here is the link: zombie plant label


This is the back of the hand and label:


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Crochet Scarf

It's starting to feel like fall in my neck of the woods, so I have been crocheting a few scarfs.  Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of all but this one.  I used Lion Brand Home Spun yarn and a Lion Brand pattern.  At the bottom I just added the fringe and made one big knot.  I found this yarn a little har to work with. Because of the curly texture, it wasn't easy to see my stitches.  I like the finished look though. Here is link to the pattern


Monday, October 15, 2012

Witchy Mae

Some Odd Girl is having a Sketch Challenge and this card is my entry.  I used the Witchy Mae digi stamp.  She is colored with Copic markers.  The plaid paper is from Stampin Up! and the house border punch is from Fiskars.

Witchy Mae...isn't she spooktacular.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Candy and Cookies

Here is a quick and easy treat you can make for any Halloween event. I made these coffin candy boxes using a Wilton mold, black candy melts, and luster dust.  They are super easy...just melt the candy and pour it in the mold.  Pop them in the fridge until they are nice and solid, then they just slide right out of the mold.  I brushed a little luster dust on the tops, but they look great without any decoration too. I filled it with mini m&m's and the entire treat is edible.


Wrap them up with some Halloween ribbon and you have a quick treat for your ghoul's night out.
Tag is made using a Stampin' Up! stamp.

 I also made some cookies.  This was my very sad and rushed attempt at a Jack Skellington cookie.



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween Cards Using Punches

I want to share some cute cards with you that I recently made at a card class (hosted and taught by my talented friend Patty).  They are all made using paper punches and they are spooktacular!!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ready for Christmas?

Some Odd Girl and Marker Pop are having a fun Holiday Blog hop. The Hop runs through Monday, so you still have time to go take a look and hop around.  When you hop over to Marker Pop's Blog, you will see the holiday challenge they are having. Below is my entry for that challenge.  It is a Candy Cane Cocktail recipe card using SOG digi stamp "Cheers Kaylee" and Copic markers.

The recipe was found on Pinterest and reads:
3/4 oz. Creme de Cacao, white
3/4 oz. Schnapps, peppermint
1/4 oz. Grenadine
1 Small candy cane
Fill a highball glass with ice and add the liqueurs and grenadine. Stir and add the cream. Top with 7-Up and garnish with the candy cane.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ride the Wave

Here is another scrapbook page about the wonderful Typhoon Lagoon water park in Walt Disney World.  This one has a lot of pictures on one page and they are all from the Surf Pool.  On the left you see a series of pictures showing the wave as it grows. The ones on the right show my family among the crowd in the wave pool.  I pointed them out with a little twine. 
Products used:  Basic Grey What's Up and Konnichiwa stickers, Fancy Pants The Good Life paper, Simple Stories Summer Fresh stickers and some very old Karen Foster paper for the background.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Stache Bash Party

Mustaches are so "in" right now and my daughter is crazy about them.  For her birthday we had a Stache Bash....which is ten year old lingo for a night time swimming party at our neighborhood pool.  The idea was to go simple and save some money, so we didn't go all crazy with the decorations, but we did incorporate some of the much loved 'staches into the theme.

BANNER: I made a simple banner using Hobby Lobby brand pattern paper.  Cut triangles, add letters (I used large foam stamps), add some mustaches, punch holes in the corners, and string up with gift wrap ribbon. The mustaches are cut using my Silhouette, but you can find a lot of mustache stickers at Hobby Lobby if you don't have a cutter. 
DRINKS: Peel the labels off water bottles and replace them with some cool mustache Duck Tape. It's best to do this while they are room temperature.  I found the tape at Wal-Mart.  Keep your waters cool by adding some frozen water balloons to your cooler. 
TABLE CONFETTI:  I used my silhouette to cut small mustaches and sprinkled them around.
THE CAKE: This is an "ice cream sandwich ice cream cake" that I found on Pinterest.  It is so good that my daughter requested it instead of a traditional birthday cake.  It is very easy to make...and sooo yummy. 
 PARTY FAVORS: All of the party guests got their own "fun noodle" pool toy to keep ($1 at the Dollar Tree) and left with mustache finger tattoos and a mustache ring.  The tattoos were in a pack with 5 sheets for $1 at the Dollar Tree and the rings were cupcake toppers found at my local cake store for about 20 cents each.

PARTY PICS: I made this Polaroid frame using a foam core poster board. The foam core board was also a Dollar Tree find.  Just cut it to the size you want and add a caption at the bottom.  I did a caption on each side using some clear stamps.  My daughter had a picture with each party guest and sent them a picture along with her thank you note.