Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sculpey For the Whole Family!

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     Hey howdy ho there crafters!  Today I get to share with you my very first attempt at creating with Sculpey Souffle oven bake clay.  I have made several projects with their PolyForm Model Air air dry clay and I love it.  Since this was my first time with the oven bake clay, I thought it would be fun to get Avrie involved too.

     I put the Souffle and Sculpey Tools out on the table and we went to town!  These are the tools that we used.  This tool kit has everything you really need.


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     Avrie and I made lots of projects.  She wanted to make some beads, but didn't want to use forms or anything.  She thought it would be cool to just free form the beads.  This is what we came up with:  (Maybe we can post a pic of whatever she decides to make with the beads later on!) 

     She rolled 3 different colors of clay flat.  Then she layered them on top of each other, cut the edges straight and cut the pile in half.  One half she rolled into a tube shape and sliced the tube into "bead" pieces.  The other half, she cut in half again, stacked the pieces on top of each other (making 6 layers) and cut them into little squares.  Last she took the left over of each of the 3 colors and rolled them all together to make "marbled" beads.

There were 18 beads total.  We slid them onto the Etch 'N Pearl tools.  And Baked at 250* for about an hour.
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Not too bad for our first attempt!  We are planning on making more later on using all of the fun bead and jewelry making tools that Sculpey offers!


     The other project I am sharing reminds me a little of the fun Doodle Art that Laura Kelly creates! (Go check her out!) It's just a whimsical little octopus:


     Sculpey can be used in many, many different ways (Especially in hands a little more capable than mine and Avrie's LOL).  There is a wide range of colors and tons of helpful tools available.  This is a great activity for young and old alike.  I am going to stock up for summer.  I can't think of a better way to keep my kids entertained and encourage their creativity!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Me and My Peep!

Peeps Please!

For those of you who don't know, my super sweet, uber talented friend, Laura Kelly designed some amazingly cute dies for Sizzix. There is quite a variety to choose from.  Today I am working with the absolutely adorable Peeps Girl and Peeps boy dies.  (Here are the item numbers cuz I know you want to get them for yourself!  You can get all of Laura's dies Here)

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For my project I used both of the above die sets.  I mixed and matched pieces which is what makes these sets so stinkin' fun!

Yep...I had to make a Midge and Madge canvas.  One really great thing about these die sets is that you can completely customize your projects.  For Madge's hair and my hat, I used pieces from the Boy die set.  Making paper dolls from these dies would be so fun!  The hair, skin, clothes, and accessories can all be made in multiple colors and patterns.  The only limit is your imagination (or your paper stash)!
I hope you enjoyed this project.  It is just one example of creative ways to use your Sizzix - Laura Kelly dies.  
Have a super crafty day!



Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Personalizing Teacher Appreciation with Expressionery



Personalized Gifts for Teacher Appreciation...You Bet!!!

     It just so happens to be Teacher Appreciation Week at Avrie's school.  With all that teachers do for our kids, they deserve a little something special.  I think this gift idea hits the spot.  Instead of just a generic gift, try something customized!  Thanks to Expressionery, everyone can get their hands on adorable, personalized, useful gifts,  
This is a pic of the whole gift that we are giving Avrie's teacher:




Now, for a little detail,,,
           
This personalized notepad is perfect for Mrs. Peterson!  I picked this character and her accessory from the "Me & My Peeps" section (which are all doodles by the totally amaze-balls Laura Kelly) on the Expressionery site.  Trust me, there is a doodle/peep for everyone.  And how fun are the bright colors!?!
I filled a miniature lunch box tin with crayons.  (The kids in class are always losing or breaking their crayons!)  How about that handy stamp!?!  Mrs. Peterson can stamp, stamp, stamp away! Which is waaaaaaaaaay better than signing over and over!  The customizing that you can do is only limited by your imagination.  
If you know me, you know that no gift is complete without including snacks!  Mrs. Peterson's favorites are Gummy Peach Rings and Peanut Butter M&M's.  I got her a gift card to her favorite soda shop.  And of course I included some Udderly Smooth hand cream!.  Teachers have hard working hands that should be pampered too!  (Especially in this Utah climate!  Udderly Smooth can be a life saver :)

I know you would like to get a customized Laura Kelly stamp and some adorable stationery.  Now is your chance to stock up!  (Really this stuff is the ideal gift for any occasion.)  I'm addicted. LOL I really want to thank Expressionery for providing the cool customizable products in this post.  Personalized items just put a smile on my face...go get some for yourself and everyone you know! 

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Have an extraordinary day!












Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hooray for CHA! (And a cute Wreath!)

Hooray for CHA...and a cute Valentine wreath!

     Wahoo!  I love CHA and today is the day!  Madge and I are on our way, but first, I wanted to share this fun little wreath I made.  (I can't believe Christmas is over and I'm decorating for Valentine's Day!)  When I was putting away the Christmas decor, I noticed that I had wreaths for every holiday and season except Valentines.  Of course, I had to take immediate action LOL!

     I bought a few books of sheet music at a pawn shop while on one of adventures.  I tore a bunch of pages out of the books, then cut them in half and wadded them into balls.  Next I glued the wadded sheets to a wooden wreath.  I added some canvas hearts, flowers, doilies and some glittery chipboard alphabet letters.
     I used the outer alphabet portions to make a little banner.  I punched some holes and tied the letters together with jute.  You could probably glue the banner on, but I tied it to the wreath.  Last, I cut quite a few strands of jute, tied them together to make a bow, and glued the bow to the wreath.  I used fabric glue to adhere the doily to the canvas but for everything else I used my trusty glue gun!
 I was really happy with the result and hope you like it too!

Now I'm off the CHA!!!  I will be posting about it when I get home next week :)  If any of you are going and see me there, come up and say "Hi", I would love it.

Until next time...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Cherry Almond Banana Bread Recipe...WHAT?!?

Cherry Almond Banana Bread  (And a Giveaway!)



     Oh my stars!  I have to say this bread turned out soooooo yummy!  First of all, it's Bread! Everyone knows I love bread in every flavor, shape, and form.  But then, I used my delicious Cherry Man Cherries and they just sent the recipe I was working on right over the top!
   
I am addicted to Cherry Man Cherries.  I was so glad they sent me a little box after tasting them at the Create Make Celebrate Retreat (Hosted by the fabulous Laura Kelly).  But-My supply is running low so I will be off to grab some more soon.  If you are not lucky enough to have a local grocer that carries Cherry Man, you can grab some here!

Squirrel!! Ok now back to the bread.  Here is the recipe which can be Fat Free with 2 small changes!:
Cherry Almond Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf (I usually quadruple)
1 3/4 cup Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Almond Powder or Extract
1/3 cup Applesauce
2/3 cup Sugar
2 Eggs (use Egg Beaters for *Fat Free version)
1 cup Mashed Bananas
1/2 cup chopped Cherry Man Cherries (+ or - to taste-I used the Cherry Man jumbo topping Cherries)
4 tsp Cherry Juice from jar
Sliced Almonds  sprinkled on top (omit for *Fat Free version)
Bake at 325* for 50-60 minutes for large loaf 35-40 minutes for small loaves
(Toothpick should come out clean when inserted in middle of loaf)

And BAM!  You have tasty bread that is perfect for breakfast or snacking!

I hope you get yourself some Cherry Man Cherries and try this recipe out.  You WON'T regret it!

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Until next time
Midge :)





Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

     I just wanted to take a minute and say "Happy Holidays!"  I hope you and your families have wonderful, joy filled celebrations. The card above is one I made for a 12 days of Christmas blog hop a couple of years ago.  For some reason it is my very favorite Holiday card I've ever made, so I just pull it out and sit it on my shelf every year instead of sending it off .  (Maybe one day)

     Anyhoo-Stay safe and really enjoy the time spent with loved ones this season.

Hugs,
Midge

PS-
Come back to the blog Monday...I'm going to be sharing a super yummy recipe!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Barnes & Noble--Something for everyone

     Hey everyone!  Those of you that know me, know I love to read.  I love crime novels, historical based thrillers and biographies.  But my 2 most guilty pleasures in the book department are paranormal romance and of course CRAFT related books of all shapes, sizes and mediums!  As luck would have it, I can find all of these (and any other book) at Barnes and Noble.   There is no better place to spend a leisurely couple of hours.  Food, drink, comfy chairs and most importantly BOOKS! And like I said, no topic goes uncovered at Barnes Noble!
     I can't get out the doors without a stack of Crafting Books and a couple novels.  The range of craft books and magazines that B&N carries is unmatched.  Lots of them even come with bonus product like the 2 below:
     I had the opportunity to attend the amazing "Create Make Celebrate Retreat" hosted by the gracious and talented  Laura Kelly Walters.  What a fantastic and inspiring group of talented women!  One night of the retreat we all paid a visit to Barnes and Noble. The big pile of books above is part of the stash I collected that night but even more exciting is that we took part in a reception held in Laura's honor!
Yep-That's my sweet friend Laura and the huge spread all about her crafty space in"Where Women Create" (of course I had to get it signed).  If you haven't checked out the magazine before, I highly recommend it!  Where Women Create is one of my very favorite crafty publications.  It motivates and encourages crafters of all areas.
     I have to mention two of the other women from the retreat had reason to celebrate that night too!  Sweet Adrianne Surian had a book published "DIY  T-shirt Crafts" (that darn Madge bought the last copy B&N had but mine is on the way!  We have the same taste in books too, shocker!)  The book is chuck full of fun and clever ideas!  And Donna Braaten-Budzynski,who I absolutely adore, had some of her masterful artwork published in books there as well!  All of the women at the retreat had so much to share, I just tried to soak it all up!
     Back to Barnes and Noble...On top of the endless hours or entertainment they offer through books, they host several fun activities great for families!  Check the online schedule of events for your local store.  It just so happens, the night we were there, it was the All American Art Unwind night.  The store had tons of coloring sheets, greeting cards and all the goods needed, ready and available for folks to color to their hearts content.
Barnes and Noble is a wonderful place for people of all ages to spend some time.  I think my kids could spend just as long in the store as I do.  E-books are handy and I do own a Nook which I love, but there is just nothing like the feeling of the paper pages in your fingers.  I hope everyone can carve out a little time to visit a store near them and rediscover the joy of reading.