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Cupcakes & Frosting

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Cupcakes & Frosting

I have to share with you an amaz­ing frost­ing that is so sim­ple and so good. I’m all about sim­ple when it comes to the kitchen. I love to cook and bake as long as a recipe does not involve ingre­di­ents that are hard to find or is one that keeps me in the kitchen for­ev­er. If this is the case well, count me out on cook­ing that recipe. Ingre­di­ents Need­ed: Lemon Cake Mix or mix of your choice plus eggs, Water & Oil, Lemon Curd, Wilton White Sparkling Sug­ar, Cup­cake Lin­ers, So here is a fab­u­lous cup­cake recipe that is sim­ple and does not take long at all. First mix a lemon cake mix as instruct­ed on the box. Fill a muf­fin pan with cup­cake lin­ers, place lemon cake mix inside each lin­er  then add the mag­ic.… one table­spoon of lemon curd. Bake as instruct­ed on cake mix box. Once the cup­cakes are baked let them cool com­plete­ly. This is very impor­tant so no cheat­ing or you will seri­ous­ly regret your deci­sion. Now to make your frost­ing. Take one tub of frost­ing and place it into a mix­ing bowl, you can use any fla­vor but since my cup­cakes are lemon and I love lemon fla­vored any­thing I used lemon frost­ing. Now add the mag­ic, place the con­tents of one 8 ounce con­tain­er of thawed Cool Whip into the mix­ing bowl with the frost­ing and mix togeth­er until ful­ly mixed. Once mixed add the frost­ing to you cup­cakes. FYI… you need to store these cup­cakes in the fridge. If you did not wait for your cup­cakes to ful­ly cool and the frost­ing is run­ny, well the heat from the cup­cakes is melt­ing your frost­ing. Patience is every­thing on this one. I added a Wilton PEEP icing dec­o­ra­tion in the cen­ter of each cup­cake for a spe­cial East­er treat this year. My fam­i­ly loved these cup­cakes and have already asked when the next batch will be com­ing out of the...

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Altered Drawstring Bag

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Altered Drawstring Bag

I found this cute can­vas linen draw­string bag in the dol­lar spot at Tar­get. I loved it so much that I grabbed all they had know­ing I could alter them through­out the year. This design was super easy to make and is per­fect to fill with East­er can­dy. Sup­plies Used: East­er Ele­ments Tim Holtz/Sizzix Die, Burlap, Trim, Seam Bind­ing, Fab­ri Tac, Pearl Beads, Sil­ver Blank Disk, Jump Rings, Head Pin Tools Need­ed: Die Cut­ting Machine, Scis­sors, Bench Block, Brass Ham­mer, Long Nose Pli­ers, Met­al Stamps Met­al Stamp­ing Sup­plies can be found HERE at PJ Tool Jew­el­ry & Craft Instruc­tions:  Using the East­er Ele­ments die and burlap, die cut the bun­ny. Using Fab­ri Tac attach the bun­ny to the front of the bag Using Fab­ri Tac attach trims all around the top sec­tion of the bag as shown. Cre­ate a bow from seam bind­ing, attach to the bun­ny’s neck using Fab­ri Tac Accent bow with pearl bead and met­al stamped sil­ver disk charm that has been stamped with an ini­tial on the front Accent draw­string with wire wrapped pearl...

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Wedding Charms

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Delightful Tutorials | 3 comments

Wedding Charms

Do you need a quick gift to give to a new bride? If so, this is one fast project she will cher­ish and can either wear, place in a shad­ow box or on the spine of a wed­ding album. To cre­ate the bead flower bou­quet all I did was place one bead onto a head­pin then curl the end of the head­pin to form a small loop. Once I had 12 com­plet­ed I bunched them togeth­er and wrapped a head­pin around the mid­dle of the bunch. Then I attached a jump ring to the wire wrapped area. Super sim­ple. Sup­plies Used: 13 Head­pins, 12 Beads, 3 Jump Rings, 2 Long Rec­tan­gle Blanks, 2 Vin­tage Beads, Black Acrylic Paint Tools Need­ed: Bench Block, Met­al Stamps, Brass Met­al Stamp­ing Ham­mer, Long Nose Pli­ers (PJ Tool Jew­el­ry & Craft is a great place to get your tools) To learn basic met­al stamp­ing tech­niques you can watch videos HERE on the PJ Tool Jew­el­ry & Craft...

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Lemon Bath Bombs

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Lemon Bath Bombs

With all the crazi­ness of bath bombs right now, I decid­ed to give it a go and attempt to make my own. I looked all over Pin­ter­est at the ingre­di­ents in lots of dif­fer­ent bath bombs and by adding and tak­ing away cer­tain ingre­di­ents from recipes here is the recipe I cre­at­ed. These lit­tle bath bombs smell just like lemon bundt cakes. On my next batch I will add a bit more Lemon Essen­tial Oil (EO) to my next batch as it did­n’t smell as strong­ly as I want­ed in my bath but this is the only thing I will change when I make them again. Also depend­ing on the EO used will deter­mine the amount of drops need­ed. If you make Pep­per­mint bath bombs you will not need as many drops because the oil scent is much stronger. Ingre­di­ents:  1 Cup Bak­ing Soda 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt 1/2 Cup Corn­starch 1/2 Cup Cream of Tar­tar or 1 Large Bot­tle 2 Table­spoons Sweet Almond Oil 30 — 40 Drops of Lemon Essen­tial Oil or EO of your choice Food Col­or­ing Con­fet­ti Sprin­kles Spray Bot­tle filled with water Vin­tage Jel­lo Mold or Mold of your choice Direc­tions: In a large bowl mix all the dry ingre­di­ents, bak­ing soda, epsom salt, corn­starch, cream of tar­tar until there are no lumps. You can sift the ingre­di­ents into the bowl first to pre­vent lumps to make this step a bit eas­i­er. Add sweet almond oil and essen­tial oil to pow­der mix­ture in bowl, stir well. Next add food col­or­ing and again stir well. If the mix­ture does not stay sol­id when squeezed into shape spray  mist some water into the bowl, stir and con­tin­ue until when shaped, the mix­ture does not crum­ble. The amount of water need­ed will be deter­mined by your cli­mate. NOTE: Make sure you don’t spray mist too much water at a time or the bak­ing soda will start to fizz. I did not have any issue when mist­ing the ingre­di­ents in the bowl and did no more than 3 mists of water at a time. Once the mix­ture retains it’s shape it is now time to place the mix­ture into your mold. I love the shape of vin­tage jel­lo molds so grabbed one I had on hand to use. I placed some Wilton Sprin­kles into the mold first as shown. Then I just spooned in the mix­ture, pack­ing the mix­ture as I filled the mold. Once the mold was filled I gave it a few more press­es with the spoon to make sure it was tight­ly packed then lev­eled the mix­ture in the mold. I cov­ered a cook­ie sheet with parch­ment paper, turned the mold over and gen­tly squeezed the sides until the bath bomb came free. Now all you have to do is patient­ly let the bath bombs air dry for 24 hours. Relax­ation is just a day away. I do plan on mak­ing more of these bath bombs as they made for a won­der­ful bath. When I got out of the tub my skin was so soft. BUT take cau­tion when get­ting into and out of the bath tub because these bath bombs do make the tub slip­pery. Noth­ing worse than a relax­ing bath and to then be topped of with a trip to the ER. Now I’m going to give a try...

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Bunny Easter Egg or Treat Holder

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Delight in The Seasons, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Bunny Easter Egg or Treat Holder

How cute will this East­er egg or treat hold­er look sit­ting at each per­sons table set­ting for East­er brunch. You can fill it with a per­son­al­ized dec­o­rat­ed egg to use as a place card or fill it with choco­lates for an after brunch treat. It’s real­ly sim­ple to make and I’m cer­tain your guest will love the added touch. Sup­plies Used: Tim Holtz Alter­ations East­er Ele­ments Sizzix Die, Matt Board, Flo­ral Emboss­ing Fold­er, Tim Holtz Dis­tress Paint Aban­doned Coral & Cracked Pis­ta­chio, Dina Wak­ley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Glitz, Self Adhe­sive Pearls, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue Tools Need­ed: Scis­sors, Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug, Paint­brush, Paper Trim­mer with Scor­ing Tool Using a Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug die, Matt Board and the East­er Ele­ments die, die cut two bun­nies and two bows. Using a Big Shot or Cut­tle­bug and Flo­ral Emboss­ing Fold­er, emboss matt board bun­nies. NOTE: If you want your bun­nies to have the embossed image on both out­er sides make sure you flip one bun­ny the oppo­site direc­tion before emboss­ing.  Using a paper trim­mer, cut a piece of matt board to 2″ x 2.5″ Place your 2″ x 2.5″ mat board piece hor­i­zon­tal­ly on your paper trim­mer and scor at .5″, 1.0″, 1 5/8″, 2″ Using Aban­doned Coral Dis­tress Paint, paint the front and back of both bun­nies and scored matt board, let dry. Using a paint­brush and Dina Wak­ley Media Glitz Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, paint the embossed flow­ers on the front and back of both bun­nies, let dry. Using Cracked Pis­ta­chio Dis­tress Paint, paint the front and back of both bows, let dry. Accent the edges of the bow using Dina Wak­ley Media Glitz Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, let dry. Place Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue on the top hor­i­zon­tal edge of the scored matt board piece, attach one paint­ed bun­ny. Hold in place for a few min­utes to allow the glue to grab. NOTE: I placed both bun­nies so the embossed flow­ers were on the out­side. Place Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue on the bot­tom hor­i­zon­tal edge of the scored matt board piece, attach remain­ing bun­ny. Hold in place for a few min­utes to allow the glue to grab. Place Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue on one bow and attach to bun­ny, accent with a self adhe­sive pearl. Flip the last bow over mak­ing sure it is oppo­site of the one attached so you get a mir­ror image, place Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue on the bow and attach to bun­ny, accent with a self adhe­sive pearl. Place East­er grass inside and fill with good­ies. I did­n’t fill mine with a treat for the pho­to because well, I haven’t bought any East­er can­dy as I’m not trust­wor­thy and will eat it all before...

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Need a crown, of course you do!!!

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in An Artist Cannot Fail | 1 comment

Need a crown, of course you do!!!

Sat­ur­day, I was at The Crafty Scrap­per attend­ing a birth­day crop for my super sweet & awe­some friend Trisha Perkins. At her par­ty, she had Cheryl Dar­row of Ten Sec­onds Stu­dio come and instruct every­one on how to make leather crowns. This was WAY WAY WAY out of my com­fort zone as I’m a vin­tage paper kin­da girl and there was zero vin­tage paper to be found here, but let me tell you I now have a new addic­tion. Work­ing with emboss-able leather is so fun and if you ever have the chance to take one of Cheryl’s crown class­es do it, you will LOVE it! Cheryl brought her tools  and molds for the non-doo­dle cal­lig­ra­phy girls in the class, which as you can see I was one of those girls. Once every­one had their leather pieces embossed she had us paint them with acrylic paints. When the paint was dry we applied some of her awe­some stain. I stained my crown using the Choco­late Cat­tle-ist stain. It is beau­ti­ful! After I assem­bled my crown (don’t want to share these instruc­tions because you real­ly need to take her class) I attached iri­des­cent rhine­stone trim and pearls using E6000. This was such a fun project to cre­ate and I will cer­tain­ly be mak­ing more...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Delight in The Seasons | 0 comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Noth­ing like a french bread clover cov­ered in cin­na­mon sug­ar to start your St. Patrick­’s Day morn­ing. This is real­ly easy to make and pret­ty darn yum­my too. All you need to make french bread clovers is a tube of Pills­bury Crusty French Loaf, melt­ed but­ter, ground cin­na­mon and sug­ar. Instead of greas­ing my cook­ie sheet I placed mine on a cook­ie sheet cov­ered with parch­ment paper. Pre­heat the oven per instruc­tions on the tube. Cut 5 long strips of the Pills­bury Crusty French Loaf. Leave about 2 inch­es at one end for the clover stem, then loop the strip as shown in the upper left pho­to. Cre­ate the sec­ond loop as shown in the upper right pho­to. Cre­ate the third loop as shown in the low­er left pho­to, tuck the end of the strip under the loop near the cen­ter so it can­not be seen. Bake until gold­en brown. Mine took about 12 min­utes. While bak­ing mix ground cin­na­mon and sug­ar as desired and melt enough but­ter to brush on top of each clover. Once bak­ing is com­plete brush with melt­ed but­ter and sprin­kle with the cin­na­mon sug­ar mix­ture. You can leave your clover plain too or instead of sprin­kling cin­na­mon sug­ar on top you can add parme­san cheese, or gar­lic salt to eat with...

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Her “Happily Ever After”

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Delight In Everyday Life | 0 comments

Her “Happily Ever After”

Ear­ly Sat­ur­day, morn­ing we all piled into the car and drove to Hous­ton for my niece Aman­da’s wed­ding. Sat­ur­day, was cer­tain­ly a day filled with lots of love, hap­pi­ness and a few tears. It’s amaz­ing how fast time does fly. Aman­da was a beau­ti­ful bride and mar­ried the best guy. We are all so hap­py to have Steve join our fam­i­ly. He and Aman­da are a won­der­ful cou­ple and we all wish them the very best. The Chapel of the Church of Saint John the Divine ~ Hous­ton, Texas Mr. & Mrs. Steven King New­ton Con­grat­u­la­tions, Aman­da and Steve. I love you....

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Happy Card Make’N Take Tutorial

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Delight In All Things Paper, Delight In The Art of Collage, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Happy Card Make’N Take Tutorial

Sor­ry I don’t have a big­ger pho­to of this card but it was so pop­u­lar dur­ing the Scrap­book Expo Grapevine event that I thought I would share the tuto­r­i­al to cre­ate your own card. It’s the per­fect card to cre­ate when you only have a few min­utes of craft­ing. Sup­plies Used: Pat­terned Paper, Blank Card, Small Mani­la Ship­ping Tag, Maya Road DIY Kraft Note Envelopes, Maya Road Feath­ered Friend Resin Embell­ish­ment, Small Flower, Gold Metal­lic Leaf, Seam Bind­ing, Alpha Stamp Set, Jet Black Archival Ink, Adhe­sive Tools Used: Paper Trim­mer, Scis­sors Direc­tions: Trim pat­terned paper so it is 1/4″ small­er ver­ti­cal­ly and hor­i­zon­tal­ly than the front of your blank card front. Attach pat­terned paper to the front of blank card. Assem­ble Maya Road enve­lope, wrap a piece of seam bind­ing around the enve­lope, tie bow. Stamp sen­ti­ment onto ship­ping tag using archival ink and alpha stamps. Stamp “hap­py” onto small piece of pat­terned paper. Attach kraft enve­lope to card front as shown, slide metal­lic gold leaf just under the bot­tom cor­ner of the enve­lope and secure in place. Using a strong adhe­sive attach resin bird, small flower and jour­nal­ing strip on top of the metal­lic gold leaf. Place stamped ship­ping tag into kraft enve­lope. Now that is a fast card to cre­ate and one I’m sure fam­i­ly and friends will love to...

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Sharing A Make’N Take

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Delight In All Things Altered, Delightful Tutorials | 0 comments

Sharing A Make’N Take

This altered chalk­board stand is the make’n take Car­o­line with Maya Road had me teach­ing, last week­end at Scrap­book Expo in Grapevine.  It was super pop­u­lar so I thought I would share it with you blog read­ers. Sup­plies Need­ed: Chalk­board Stand, Twine Cord­ing Gin­ger Root Brown, Vin­tage Felt Posies ~ Car­na­tion, Leaves, Trin­ket Pins ~ Vin­tage Round Pearl, Strips of Pat­terned Paper, Alpha Stamp Set, Archival Ink Tools Used: Scis­sors, Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue Stick Instruc­tions: Using Archival Ink and an alpha stamp set, stamp your word onto a strip of pat­terned paper. Using a hot glue gun and hot glue stick, attach a leaf and word strip to the back of the felt flower. Cut a piece of twine cord­ing long enough to cre­ate a bow, attach bow to back of felt flower as shown. Accent flower embell­ish­ment with a round pearl trin­ket pin. Using a hot glue gun and hot glue stick, attach flower embell­ish­ment to front of chalk­board as shown in pho­to. NOTE: If you want to use this as an actu­al chalk­board make sure to cure it by rub­bing chalk all over the chalk­board area and wipe clean using a paper tow­el. Now it’s ready for you to write...

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