Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Mother's Day (Grandma) Card

Hello everyone.  Just in time for Mother's Day, I made a very quick card for my 90 years old Grandmother.

Paper - white craft paper 8 x 5 1/2 inches; Citrus Mat Stack by DCWV
Stamps - Paper Trey Ink, Women of Life and Women of Life Addition
Ink - Paper Trey Ink, Terra Cotta and True Black
Adhevisive - ATG 714, Stampin Up - pop dots
Punch - Stampin Up scallop

Fold white paper in half so the card size will be 4 x 5 1/2 inches.  I cut the following paper:
Dotted flower paper 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches
Plain terra cotta paper 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches
Big flower paper 3 x 4 1/2 inches
White paper 1/4 x 4 inches

I adhered the dotted flower paper, layered the plain terra cotta paper next, and the big flower paper last.  I used the terra cotta ink to stamp "It's YourDay" on the white strip.  I used true black ink to stamp "Grandma" on the scallop flower.  I adhered the white strip and scallop flower with pop dots.

You could use any paper to create this card.  If you don't own a punch, you could use a sticker for a flower.  If you don't have stamps, you could print out your message from your computer, use stickers or rub-ons.  There are so many ways to create cards. 

I hope you liked this card.  Until next time....

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Time to Color Eggs

My kids were so excited to color eggs this year, but I was even more excited.  Last year, I read about this easy way to dye eggs without staining your hands.  I have waited 12 long months to give this try.....but it was worth it.

Of course after we dyed our eggs last year, I read an article in Family Fun about how you can use a whisk to dye eggs.  It has to be a larger whisk and you separate it a little and put the egg in the center.  My kids loved it.

Now for a little advice.  Don't think that you can lay the whisk down (unless you have a big strong bowl).  I tried to lay the whisk up against the side of a very small bowl (I know, what was I thinking) and the bowl and dye went all over the floor.  UGH!  By the way, you can't tell in the photo, but it is snowing out.

Another trick that I read about (you guessed it, last year) was adding glitter to your egg.  This was very easy and mess free!  Seriously, it was not messy at all.  Once your egg is dry, use a very strong two way craft tape.  I used my Terrifical Tacty Tape that I believe I got at Hobby Lobby.  My girls put strips of tape where they wanted the glitter to go on the egg.  Next, they sprinkled glitter in a bowl and rolled the egg around.  Once all the tape is covered with have a beautiful "blingin' egg."  The glitter they used was by Martha Stewart purchased at Michael's.

Before Glitter

After Glitter
I hope you enjoyed this two tricks and remember, there is always next year if you already colored your eggs!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Using the Gypsy to make Bunny Candy Holder

Putting the Bunny Candy Holder Together

Bunny Candy Holder

 With some bling!
 Without some bling!
Inside with Laffy Taffy
Back of the candy holder

Given that it is spring (at least some where!) I thought I would make a bunny candy holder in spring colors for you all today.  I used my Provocraft Gypsy to make the cut out, using Doodlecharms and Plantin Schoolbook cartridges.  The paper was just an extra piece I had.  I am not sure even where it came from.

Other supplies used:
Paper: White from StampinUp
Ribbon: Michaels Dollar Bin (said Happy Spring in pastels)
Chalks: StampinUp
Watercolor Crayons: Stampin Up
Adhesive: Pop Dots (not sure the brand, but purchased at Michaels), Score Tape (1/4 inch) from Paper Trey Ink
Candy: Laffy Taffy

Tools Used:
Cricut Expression
Scor Pal
Xyron Create a Sticker

I split the videos into two different ones.  The first video is showing you how to set the file up on a  Gypsy and the second one is putting the bunny candle holder together.  I hope you enjoy them and Happy Spring!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Time to Bundle U!

Given that it is so cold today and we got six, yes six inches of snow yesterday, I am going to share with you a scarf I had to knit for one of my daughters. I thought Spring had sprung, but Mother Nature thought differently.

The yarn used is Pom-A-Doodle by Red Heart. I got mine at Michael's, but I have seen it at Joann's, AC Moore and Hobby Lobby.

This yarn was fun to work with, but a little tricky too. To start: Using US size 9 knitting needles, cast on 12, and just knit, knit, knit until the scarf is as long as you like. The trick is to knit 3 times in between the pom-poms. If you keep with the pattern above (knit 3), your scarf will lay nicely and you can knit around the pom-poms.

This was a very easy scarf to make and took very little time. The only negative....hand wash only.
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