Apr 17, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

MOJO for Stamp Class #2

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Mojo #2 for my stamp club.  My wonderful hubby (and children) bought me a few new stamp sets that I was wanting for my birthday a few weeks ago.  I was so eager to use them, I decided to play with them with the Mojo for class.  This is what I came up with in the end.  So fun.  This set is “Watt’s Up?” from Simon Says Stamp.  They have some awesome stamp sets and many that you don’t think you could live without.  The sketch for this card is below.  Have a great day!  I am home today with a sick little girl.  She is running a random fever with no other symptoms…she does this occasionally…  So, today is a day filled with round the clock meds, Netflix cartoons and hopefully some stamp time for me somewhere in between tending to her every little need today.  It is so pitiful when kids are sick.  :(

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Apr 11, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

MOJO for Stamp Class #1

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This card was one of our MOJO’s that we had in stamp club a few weeks ago.  I am not going to lie to you, when I first saw the one that was picked out for us to do, I didn’t care for it.  It just looked awkward to me.  (No offense, Beth)  :)

Here is the sketch:

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But, I worked at it anyway.  And this is my final product.  This is not my most favorite card I have ever made but here it is…

The picture below is an idea on how to set off a kraft gift bag in a little different way.  I saw this idea on a YouTube video by Jennifer McGuire.  I looked it up via a link she put in her video and found these super cute little dies that you can use to make these card hangers.  BUT, since I have my Cricut software, I just made me one instead.  :)

The piece of paper is 6×2.5  I made the slit to be a little wider than a standard A2 card.  Then used an edge punch to make it pretty.  You can see that now you can just slide the card inside to keep it secure and you can match the card to the card hanger.  Or, actually the other way around.  :)

Link to the card hanger die:

www.soapboxcreations.blogspot.com/p/card-hanger-die.html

 

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Apr 10, 2014 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Scones and Devonshire Cream

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Scones and Devonshire Cream…now make sure you say “Devonshire” with the correct accent or it doesn’t count.  Again, on my birthday a few weeks ago, my daughter and I made strawberry scones and Devonshire cream to eat at her “tea party”.  She thought she was hot stuff.  I made the scones and cream and placed them on her tea party plates.  We then had a tea party.  It was the best food she had ever served me at a tea party.  It was more than fun!!  The recipes are at the below.

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Strawberry Scones

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp. sugar

5 tbsp. cold, unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups of strawberries (chopped)

1 cup heavy cream, plus a little extra to brush on top of the scones before baking.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Cut in the cold butter using a dough blade, fork, or your fingers.  The pieces should be no larger than a pea.  Gently fold in the chopped strawberries.  Stir in the heavy cream just until the dough comes together.  Do not overwork.

On a lightly floured surface, gently pat down the dough into a circle about 1 1/4 inches thick.  Cut the dough into 8 triangles.  Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with some heavy cream.  Bake until the tops are golden, 15-20 minutes.  Let cool on a baking sheet 5 minutes before removing ot a wire rack.

 

DEVONSHIRE CREAM:

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tbsp. powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Whip the heavy cream until peaks form.  Carefully stir in the sour cream, sugar and vanilla.

Apr 8, 2014 - Uncategorized    1 Comment

Watercolored Owl

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A few weeks ago, on my 33rd Birthday, I spent the few hours that my daughter was at preschool, sitting at my craft desk working on some watercoloring.  In my quiet house.  It is what all mothers dream of for their birthday.  Alone, in a quiet house, doing something THEY want to do.  :)  You all know it is true.  You might as well admit it.

I made about 15 “thank you” cards with this cute little owl stamp.  I think watercoloring is relaxing.  I have come to love it!  This little owl stamp was only $1 at a local scrapbooking store and this set of cards was well worth the price of this totally cute card.  I really liked the way the colors I used came together to make such a cute card.  Simple, yet classy.  (I also put some glossy accents on the eyes and used a Wink of Stella glitter pen on the little heart.)

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Apr 5, 2014 - Homemade Clothes, Sewing    No Comments

Maxi Skirt

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Just Google “Maxi Skirt Tutorial” and you will find multiple places for you to view a how-to video/blog post on ways to make a simple maxi skirt.  After finding one of these tutorials, I bought some fabric to try one of these skirts before I went online to buy some really cute material to make a few more.  it sat longer than it should have before I made it…I won’t admit to you how long…

These are great for the hot weather that is coming our way soon…or you can make long ones for the winter weather.  This one I actually made for my friend and she says it fits great and that she loves it.  Yay!  She is just a little smaller than me in the hip area (we swap clothes at times) and so on me this fit a little more snug than I will make mine.  It actually only probably needs an extra inch but it was super simple to make and I hope to make me (and her) a few more.

What I did was I measured the size by a skirt I own now and cut the fabric out around it so that it was similar in size.  I made a band at the top and then sewed the sides together.  30 mins tops.  And, my next one should not take that long.  I used about 1 1/2 yards of fabric.

Happy sewing!

Apr 4, 2014 - Card, Invitation    No Comments

In a Pinch? Quick Baby Shower Invites

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First of all, sorry for the poor pictures…I should have cropped them and the lighting was bad.  Oops.

This is just a quick invite I made for a shower we had at church recently.  Washi tape.  My.  Best.  Friend.  That is all it is along with a small circle with the hand print.  These could easily have been done for a girl as well.  For when you need them in a pinch.  :)  The week I was supposed to have these done, my husband was out of town and I got a stomach bug.  Yep.  Good times.  So, the next week, I put these together quickly and easily and they turned out so cute.  Or, at least I think so.  Don’t tell me otherwise.  :)

 

 

Apr 2, 2014 - Card, Decorations    No Comments

Football Birthday Party

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Yes, this post is really behind, seeing that we had this party at the end of February…BUT, you would not have known that if I had not opened my big fat mouth.  :)  The helmet cake was made using a Wilton cake pan.  If anyone would like to purchase this one from me, I will sell it for $8 plus shipping.  I bought it for $14 and only used it this once.  Email me at homemade.hs@gmail.com if you would like to buy it.  :)  Here are a few ideas if you are planning a football party….

 

Football cupcakes that he took to school on his birthday and then I made some more for the party.  Rice Krispie Treats for the kids’ take home (placed into a clear bag with football decoration on top).

Following those pics are a couple cards that I made for a few of his friends who had football themed birthday parties a few months before his party that I never posted.  One was an Auburn fan and the other was an Alabama fan.  War Eagle.  :)

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Need CHEAP Magnet Sheets?

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As you all know, I will go across the country to get a cheap deal.  Well, maybe not across the country but it might come close.  :)  Well, the other night I went to my last stamp club meeting for a while (insert tear).  A lady that attends with me gave us this GREAT tip on where to buy magnet sheets.  We all know that magnet sheets are pricey wherever you may purchase them.  Well, not at Lowe’s.  I never knew these things existed but they do and they are awesome!!!

These are magnet sheets that you can attach to your air conditioner vents to close a room off easily.  Instead of climbing a ladder and turning the vent off all you have to do is put one of these bad boys on the vent and you are done.  Nice.  Well, all they are is a magnet sheet.  They are thin and lightweight but work great for the uses that I might need.  The following day, our family had to run to Lowe’s anyway, and so where did I go while my hubby was getting lawnmower stuff?  To the vent area.  In my Lowe’s, they are on the very bottom of the isle….essentially on the floor in a box underneath all the types of vents you can buy.  They come in packs of 3 – 8×15 sheets.   Are you ready for this?  For ONLY $4.97.  Yes, you read that correctly!!  $4.97.  Believe it!!

PS:  Sorry for the two week hiatus on the blog…it was a crazy week followed by Spring Break.  So, hopefully, I will be back on track in the next few weeks.  I have a list of about 15 items to show you soon!!

 

Mar 15, 2014 - Card    No Comments

Dragonfly Paper Die

 

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As stated before, I have a friend who LOVES dragonflies.  I am always looking for something cool to make her.  Well, she found a card similar to the one above on Pinterest but instead it was made with a butterfly die.  She sent the image to me to see if I could create one and use a dragonfly image instead.  Well, of course I went to work.  I found this lovely dragonfly die at Top Dog Dies.  It is very intricate and after a few calls to the company and a change of “sandwich” combos in the Cuttlebug, this card finally was finished.  It really is beautiful.  It is a little tricky and a little meticulous to create but the end result is worth it.  She was so excited to see it finished!

Have a great day of stamping, crafting or creating.  I am still sewing…

Mar 14, 2014 - Card    No Comments

Color Blocking

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I have said before that the whole water coloring thing is something that I have come to love.  It is relaxing and makes you feel a little more “artsy” than you give yourself credit for.  If you create, you are “artsy”.  In one way or another.  But, water coloring makes me feel a little more tuned into my inner artist.  :)

Here is something called “color blocking”.  It can be done different ways but this is using a water color paper, ink and a water pen.  You simply make a block of color (hence the “color blocking” name) over the image with the colors you choose.  You can see here that I used two strips of green and one brown for this tree.  I saw this example in stamp club in January and couldn’t wait to try it at home.  I had to leave a little early that month and did not get to practice at club so I had to bring it home and work on it here.  I love the look of this technique and can’t wait to use it on other stamps.  Although, this tree is perfect for it and it looks so  lovely.  Perfect for a “Thinking of You” sentiment.

Have fun working with this technique.  I am sure you can find a YouTube video on it somewhere to help you achieve this look.  Have a great day of stamping!  I will be sewing some today.  Yippee!  :)

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