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Friday, September 30, 2011

Deconstructed Caramel Apple

Hope your week is going well. I had great plans to finish up my first Halloween themed project this week and then stuff just kept getting in the way.  Like there was some random force keeping me away from my glue gun or something.

Anyway, the same such force didn't keep me from my kitchen.  (Yay!)  I love caramel apples.  But I made caramel apples for my friends last year so I wanted to do something a little different. So when I came across this recipe for Caramel Sauce I wanted to give it a try.

It was very easy to make, just corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and cream. And it took longer to cool than it did to make it. The patience to ... um... Quality Control it just about did me in. This was for a gift so I had to make sure I wasn't poisoning my friends, you know?

While it appeared to be a thinner sauce than I wanted, I was pleasantly surprised that it was exactly what I wanted.Such a yummy caramelly flavor. 

Bagged up with a tart Granny Smith and it was ready to go. Easy Peasy lemon squeezy.
Hope your day is great! And your weekend is wonderful!
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spider stick pin

I am in the process of putting together a fun little Halloween treat and I was struck with a bit inspiration today.  Remember the heart stickpin I made back in February? Well...  I decided to try a spider.

Basically, I cut eight little wires down to 1/2" lengths, displayed them in a starburst pattern to be the legs and placed one long wire (or you could use a pin) that was 3" long down from there.  I then pooled some hot glue for the body of the spider on the wires.  Once the body was dry I pooled a small spot of glue for the head at the top of the pin.  When everything was cooled/dry I then covered the body and head of the spider with Black Diamond Stickles.

Hehehehe! Oh I love my little spider stick pin. I will be making a few more of these for use during this Halloween.
Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


Hot glue gun
Stickles: Black Diamond

Black, White, Pink and Tulle

How was your weekend?  Mine was busy.  This is what my dining room table has looked like for the last couple weeks.

I've been working on making some invites for the young women at church. We have a special activity coming up in a few weeks and of course invites were a must! As it turned out, they chose a theme that was centered around shoes and I had this great set of stamps that I hadn't even opened yet.

I had set up a printing template on my computer so that once the date and location were confirmed all I had to do was print and stamp.  In the mean time, I collected my other supplies and created the base of the invites.

Once I was given the thumbs up that the info was all good to go, I printed, cut, stamp and adhered...

... until I had a mountain of invites.  Aren't they cuuuuuuuute? The poofy tulle embellishment totally take these from basic to Great!

Ok.... off to run errands and make other fun things.
Hope your Monday is going well. Thanks for stopping by.


Recollections cardstock: Bubblegum
DCWV: La Creme
GinaK: Retro Boutique
Versafine: Onyx

Memento: Angel Pink
Swirl stamps

Friday, September 23, 2011

Chomp on this...

Have you discovered Pinterest yet? Oh my goodness! What a wealth of eye candy!  And a total time taker too. I avoided it for a while, but the other day a blog hop pointed me that direction once again when the blogger talked about a recipe she found on Pinterest. Three hours later I was signed up and pinning away. So much to see. So much to pin!   Anyway....  as I was wandering about on the world wide wonderland I stumbled upon these cute corner bookmarks and just had to make them too!

My son started reading last year in school. Once a week he would bring home a little scrap of something and say, "Look mom. I got a bookmark!"   Since then, he loves to put bookmarks in his little readers even though we finish them in one sitting. His books just aren't complete with out a tag or ribbon sticking out of them. 
So, when I saw these little monster corner bookmarks I thought, "He would LOVE that!"  Especially considering some of the Halloween themed books we just received from a Scholastic book order.

Tally's instructions are easy to follow. Within minutes I had the base of my bookmark. Then, instead of going the monster route I wanted to do a shark... Specifically I was thinking of Bruce from Finding Nemo. Even with a bit of glaze on his pupils he still looks more like a monster than a shark. Oh well.

It was so simple that I think I'll whip up a few more of these little beauties... err... beasties to have on hand for gifts later on. Christmas is coming and I have nieces and nephews that all like to read. These would be fun little add-on gifts for the holidays.

Thank you Tally for posting such a fun project.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it. Hope your day is fantastic!


Fiskars 1"
circle punch
Bic Mark Its
Cuttlebug Embossing folder: Houndstooth
Elmer's Glue
Fiskars 1/4"
circle punch
Ink: Smokey Shadow
5/8" circle punch
Pencil, Ruler

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bottlecap magnets

I was out scouting around the ol'web and stumbled on a cute idea for some bottlecap magnets.  Why buy when you can make, right?

So i did a bit of shopping... and put together a tutorial for you in case you want to make some for yourself.
First, you can leave your bottlecaps in their original form but personally, I think they're a bit too edgy, so I flattened mine. I really like the flattened look.  Here's how I do it.  Load your A plate into your cuttlebug. Then a B plate. Put a handful of bottlecaps opening down on  the B plate and then place a second B plate on top.

Feed the leading edge into your cuttlebug and then while keeping a firm hold on the tail end of your plates so that the top B plate stays level, slowly work your bottlecap sandwich through your machine.

If your bottlecaps have a rubber insert, now is the time to remove it if you so desire. If you hit the bottlecap with a bit of heat from a heat-gun it will loosen the glue a bit. It's still a bit of a pain to remove them but it's much easier to remove them after the heat than before.

The first set of magnets I made I wanted specific words and colors to appear on the magnets, so I worked up a design on my computer, printed it out on cardstock, and then punched out the circles using a 1" circle punch.

I adhered each cardstock circle into a bottlecap with a dab of glaze and then filled each bottlecap with glaze. First I went around the perimeter and then filled in the center.

The glaze I used was a thinner glaze so it required two coats of glaze. Let each layer of glaze dry completely between coats.

It will take a good couple of hours for the glaze to dry completely. Once they are dry, you can flip them over and attach a magnet to the back.

Easy peasy! I love projects like that. If you're super impatient you can use some 1" clear acrylic stickers instead of the glaze to fill up the bottlecaps.  The little box I put them in is just a gift card tin that I got at a craft store.
I did a bit of testing with the three different glazes I had here at home.  Not sure if you can tell from the picture below but they are all different. From top to bottom: Inksentials, Judikins, Sakura, no glaze. They all are nice and shiney. And they all filled in the bottlecap nicely. One coat of Inksentials gave the same effect as two coats of the Sakura glaze. I was disappointed by the Judikins as it bubbled a LOT! Anyway, just thought I'd share my results. You can choose which ever product you want.

And the ideas of what to put in these little babies.... well those are endless! Maybe you have a favorite drink you want to spotlight or a little Boy Wonder like I do who likes to hang his masterpieces on the fridge.

Well, that's it for me today. Time to run to the store to buy more magnets for the backs of my bottlecaps.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


Sakura Lacquer
Hot Glue Gun
Fiskars 1"
Circle Punch
Cardstock or
Soda can

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Guest Blogger: Whitney from Home Delicious

Hiya everyone,
I've invited my friend Whitney from Home Delicious to be a guest on my blog today....

I'm excited to be at Jen's Brain Things today!  Jen and I are friends who both share the desire to craft and create.  My name is Whitney and I blog over at Home Delicious.  It's a brand spanking new blog, so come on over and have some fun with me!

A few moms in our neighborhood had some baby boys these last couple weeks, so I decided to share with you a fun idea I made for these little fall babies.

Remember those Martha Stewart eyeball T-Shirts from a few years ago?  I took that idea and ran with it.  I made some really spooky onesies and sweatshirts for this Halloween season.

First, gather together all  your supplies.
You will need:
  • onesies, t-shirts, etc.
  • an old white t-shirt to cut up
  • Acrylic paint (or fabric paint)
  • Fabric medium (if you don't use fabric paint) This is about $1.99 at Jo-Anns and you can use it with any color acrylic paint you may have.  Much cheaper than a bunch of different color fabric paints.
Next, cut out an eye shape out of the old white t-shirt.
I just "eyeballed" it (no pun intended!) but if you don't trust yourself, use a marker or pen.  It won't show.
Mix your paint and fabric medium 2:1 ratio and paint on the eyeball.
When that layer dries, add the pupil.  I added a small white dot for a sparkle.
As you can tell, this does NOT need to look perfect!  
Now, lay the eyeball {face down} to the INSIDE of the shirt.  See the label?
Then, sew around the entire eyeball.
Flip the shirt to the right side.
Using sewing scissors, cut around the inside of the stitching.  Be careful not to cut through both layers of fabric!  Leave a little extra at the top to look kind of like an eyelid.

As you can see, I put the eye on the BACK side of the sweatshirt, and the front of the onesie.
Have fun creating!

Hehehe!  Thanks so much Whitney! Such a fun idea.  I may have to make one using a citrus green shirt ala Mike Wazowski :)