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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 | 2 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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