Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pop Tab Bracelets

Made my first 2012 Christmas craft this weekend - pop tab bracelets with red and green ribbons. They were a little tricky to start, but easy to finish once we got going. I found the instructions at .
Once the bracelets were just about the right size, we added a little bit of elastic to avoid trying to tie them to our wrists time and time again. Seems to work pretty well!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Crafts

Had a crafty Halloween this year. I'm usually not all crazy for Halloween, but I thought I had a couple cute ideas to try out. Thought being the key word here.
The first idea I would rate as a complete success. I whipped up some spooky drink labels, dropped some black food coloring into lemonade and called it a day.
The second idea, I thought was going to be great. Chocolate covered fruit - half healthy half junky - how could I lose?!? Well these spiders might look OK, but they were a disaster. I stuck chow mein noodles into banana slices. Then I had to freeze them to get the noodles to stay put. Then dipping them in chocolate cooled off the chocolate too fast. Then, while we were waiting to eat them, they started to sweat profusely from all the condensation while the bananas were thawing. And finally, when you bit into them, they were super thawed and fell apart in sort of a banana pudding mess.
I decided dipping food into chocolate isn't my thing.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hello Kitty Cake

How cute is this Hello Kitty cake! I covered the cake in marshmallow fondant - a recipe from's website. I always hear that fondant is really hard to work with, but this marshmallow stuff is super easy if you ask me? The bonus is - it doesn't taste nasty like regular fondant. It's not as yummy as butter cream, but totally edible!  The bow and nose are made of fondant as well. The eyes and whiskers were added with gel from a tube so the eyes look a little weird in this pic. I don't really like gel but was in a pinch for solid black decorations. I have a problem with the gel stuff 'running', so we'll see what it does to the white fondant overnight in the fridge.
I stacked two round cakes for the face, then sliced off a sliver at the top and bottom to make an oval. The ears are rice krispy treats, pre-purchased of course, I burn them every time I try to make them from scratch.
In my ear: the dishwasher is running
In my glass: Meijer diet orange pop

Monday, October 1, 2012

Thank you! Scrap Camp results

My appreciation goes out to everyone who made it out to camp this past weekend. I can't thank you enough for your generous support of this event. And a very special thanks goes out to those who recruited more crafters to keep the weekend going!
Your gracious raffle purchases were truly amazing. I'm very excited to announce that we were able to cover the shortage in overhead and still come out with a balance of $598.73 to donate to the Cannonsburg PTC. That's spectacular!

Save the date for the next weekender - January 25, 2013. Hope to see you there!

In my ear: Michael Buble' (D gave me the urge to play him!)
In my glass: Propel Zero

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Scrap Camp Goodies

I am loving our goodies for this fall's camp - darling page kits and these great mugs - keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Time to get my pictures printed!

In my ear: Usher
In my glass: Diet Ruby Red Squirt

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Scrap Camp September 28-30, 2012

Scrap Camp is on the calendar for this September! Join us for a weekend of fun at the Springhill Suites in Grand Rapids MI. Crop room opens at noon on Friday and Closes at 2 on Sunday. Dinner Friday, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Saturday and Breakfast Sunday are included. Lodging is included on Friday and Saturday Nights. Goodie bags, raffles, massage time and more!

Prices are based on the number of roomates in each sleeping room:
1 - $245
2 - $155
3 - $125
4 - $115
5 - $110

Saturday only option - $55 see flyer (click here) for details

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Easter Chick - 12" pages

I have just about used up this Basic Gray Kioshi paper and I 'm really going to miss it! Might have to track down more. It is the best paper for inking - it just looks so right.

Top Page
12" green background
lower pink strip 12 x 2.5"
flower frame 10 x 9"
white frames (4) 4.25 x 4.25"
chick cut using Create a Critter cart
'peep peep!' cut using Cricut Design Studio and Lyrical Letters cart
Bottom Page
12" purple background

pattern 8 x 10"
yellow 6 x 8"
white 5.5 x 7.5"
happy cut using CDS and Lyrical Letters cart
Easter cut using CDS and Birthday Bash cart
Flags cut using Birthday Bash cart

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

What a pretty month it's been.  I just love the little cherry blossoms that have appeared in my yard - all hot pink and sassy - just waiting to burst out into full fledged flowers. Had to catch some pics tonight - the contrast of bright blue sky, deep green leaves and hot pink buds was so right together.

In my ear: Usher
In my glass: Diet Orange Faygo

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Chemo Cap

Haven't had much free time lately, but in those rare moments between work, laundry and sleep - I have managed to knit a cap for a friend who is going through chemo treatments. She's losing her hair and doesn't want to go the wig route, so some of us have knit up hats for her. She's so cute and has such a great attitute about it all. A - you are one tough cookie! :)

I couldn't find a pattern I really liked, but this hat at Knitting Daily gave me a good starting point. I wanted something a little airy so that it can be worn indoors without being too hot. Worked the top in moss stitch on size 10 needles, then made a brim in rib stitch on some size 6-s. The nice part about making the brim separate was that I never did do any counting, I just made it long enough to wrap around my head plus a couple inch overlap for the button.

In my ear: Patriot Games - Tom Clancy
Jack Ryan's wife drives a Porsche 911. I'm soooo jealous.

In my glass: Diet Ruby Red Squirt
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Build-A-Bear 12" pages

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with build a bear workshop. I love that my kids have so much fun there, but what the heck do you do with all the stuffed animals they make?

Left Page:
12" tan background
(3) 4 x 6.5" pink and brown frames
(3) 3.5 x 5" white frames
6 x 4.75" white frame

Right Page:
12" tan background
(2) 4 x 6.5" pink and brown frames
(2) 3.5 x 5" white frames
6 x 4.75" white frame
12 x 3" red paper
Bear cut using Create a Critter cart - about 5.5" tall

Monday, February 6, 2012

Thanks to all you campers for putting up with our loud mouths last weekend at scrap camp! My stomach still hurts from laughing so hard.

Through donations and raffle sales, we were able to raise $758 for the PTC!!! 

A special thank you to the following companies who contributed to this year’s event. Please give them your patronage as thanks for their support:

Laurie Chrostowski consultant with Close to My Heart
Mandie Wierenga consultant with Thirty-One
Hobby Lobby
Olive Garden
Jet’s Pizza
Springhill Suites
Thank you all for attending and making this event a great success. I'll send out a note once our next date is set and you can also find crop details at!


In my ear:

In my glass: Plain old H2O - not even on the rocks.


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Live with no regrets - mixed media canvas

This past December I finished up a mixed media canvas set that has been taking up ALOT of table space in my craft room. So happy it's done! A couple of you saw the work in progress and I thought you might like a peek at the finished version.
My inspiration - I saw a poster last summer that had a bunch of little sayings all smashed together. The poster itself was pretty boring (brown with white lettering in a variety of fonts) but the phrases were cute. I guess the 'live with no regrets' stuck with me for some reason. 

The smaller two canvases are 11x14" and the larger has to be 24x28" or so. Just the right size for large scrap paper embellishments. I cut 'live' freehand at about 12" tall. The little letters and bird were cut from Cricut carts. The bird I cut up into a bunch of pieces and painted each one for some feathery texture, then added a google-e eye. He's silly looking and I like it.

Lots of layers going on here - paint, paper, foam for added depth under some items, ink around the edges. The 'with no' flags are truly hung on a string so that they can move around. Not that there's a hurricane blowing around in my office, but if there were, those flags could move. I am really happy with the way this turned out with one exception - that's right - with a regret - the canvas is all buckled under the word regret for some reason. How ironic.

In my ear: Chill on Pandora

In my glass: Coors Light (in a can technically) Super Cold 
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

M&M Bag Purse

Want to see the cutest M&M purse? Ok, ok, I'll show it to you, and even give you some measurements so you can make your own. WARNING: many F bombs were dropped during the construction of this bag, so even though it is cute and innocent looking, I would not suggest making it in front of your children.

My friend has been dutifully eating chocolates over the last few months so that I could make this for her. I hope you love it K!!

What you need:
Lots of M&M bags - I would say four big bags and 5 'sharing size' bags will do it, but have a couple extra on hand in case you mess up (like I did).
More specifically, when you cut the bags open, you need to meet the following measurements.
(2) 7"x8.5" for front and back
(2) 7"x3.5" for sides
(1) 3.5"x8.5" for bottom
(2) 15"x1" handles

You'll also want to cut out a second set of pieces out of fabric AND a third set out of iron on interfacing. I used a medium weight nonwoven interfacing, cuz that's what I had on hand.

For the handles I actually used some clear vinyl as a backer and didn't add fabric. That's just what I had lying around, but there's no reason you can't back the handles with your liner fabric, or sew two bag layers together with interfacing in-between.

1 - Start by cutting out all of your pieces. I tried to take a pic here, but the plastic was all crazy curly until I sewed it together. Try using spring clothespins instead of real pins when you're holding your pieces together so that you don't have a bunch of holes in your project.

2- This is going to sound awful, but I am going to tell you to iron interfacing to the M&M bags. Yes, I realize they are some sort of plastic, and this is where you probably want to test out your iron on some of those extra M&M bags. You really do need the strength of the interfacing, the M&M bags are too thin on their own. I am completely inept at ironing clothes, so I wasn't too worried about ruining the iron by melting plastic to it. I guess technically, I did iron the pieces between tissue paper, just in case. After some trial and error, I ended up at an acrylic setting on my iron.

3- Put a new needle into your machine. Trust me, it does make life easier. I like a woven needle for this project.

4- Set your sewing machine to a wide, medium length zigzag stitch. I used a 4 width and a 1.3 length on my machine. You don't want the needle to pierce too close together, since you're actually making holes in the plastic. With wrong sides together, sew up all the 7" sides to make a box shape. Sew the bottom rectangle on. Curse at the darn bag and how bad it sucks to feed this thing through your machine.

5- Assemble your handles. I cut a candy bag into 1" strips, sewed them together lengthwise by overlapping and trimmed to 15" long. Sorry, didn't take a pic. I had some thin, clear vinyl that I used to back the straps. I just cut the same size and zigzag-ed along the edges to reinforce the straps. You could also stick a piece of interfacing in between two M&M bags, but that would be more work.

6- Attach handles to the bag using a couple rows of stitching.

7 - OPTIONAL (but so stinking cute!)RUFFLES: for the ruffles, cut three bags in half - roughly 2.5" tall pieces. Sew together at the long ends so that you have two strips at 2.5" tall x 18" wide. Don't add interfacing to these pieces. Baste along the top so that you can gather them up for two rows of ruffles. I just added these to the front of the bag, but if you were ambitious, and ate alot more candy, you could add them to the handles too. (I wish you could see the ruffles in person, these photos don't do justice - they are my FAVORITE part of the bag!!)

8- Sew the lining pieces together, but right sides together so that you have a clean interior to the bag.

9- Baste the lining to the outside of the bag.

10- Add some binding tape to finish off the top edge.

In my ear: Booty Music

In my glass: Diet Ruby Red Squirt
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Scrap Camp Goodie Bags

Just got the proof today for our January Scrap Camp goodie bags - they are literally bags this year and are super cute totes if I do say so myself! I am really looking forward to a cozy weekend at Springhill Suites. See you campers in a couple weeks - and to everyone else - Happy New Year!