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Mini Apple Pies and Coconut Snack Mix | DIY Holiday Treats

‘Tis the season and that means baked goods, gifting, and spreading holiday cheer! The adorable steal today, Martha Stewart Crafts Treat Packaging, is just begging to be filled with your favorite homemade goodies. Well today we have recipes for scrumptious mini apple pies and an addicting coconut snack mix that will be a hit with neighbors, friends, and family. Even better, they’re both super simple!

Mini Apple Pies

 

Ingredients

1 package premade pie crust dough
3 apples
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
pinch of ground cloves

 

Directions

Peel and slice apples into small chunks. Add in sugar, flour, cinnamon and cloves and stir until equally coated. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. Roll out dough on a flat surface and cut out 4″ circles (I used the top of a large glass). Using one package of dough I got about 22 pies. Put a spoonful of apple mixture in the center of each circle. Dip your finger in water and coat water on the edge of the dough around the apples, then fold in half and press until sealed. Use a fork to add a decorative look to the edge of the pie and repeat until all are on your cookie sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until light brown.

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Coconut Snack Mix

Ingredients

½ pkg Corn Chex

½ pkg Golden Grahams

1 1/2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut

8 oz sliced almonds

1 stick of butter

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of light corn syrup

Directions

Mix Corn Chex, Golden Grahams, coconut, and almonds in large bowl. Meanwhile, bring butter, sugar, and corn syrup to boil in sauce pan. Boil, while stirring often, for two minutes until it turns into a clear syrup. Pour over dry mixture and stir until coated evenly.

 

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Now we  have one matter of business to take care of, and that is announcing the winner of the November ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! Our lucky random winner comes to us from the blog of Kelly Wayment. The random winner of the $20.00 gift code to the ScrapbookSteals.com store is Melissa D! Congrats Melissa. We hope that you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will be sure to share with us what you create. We’ll be in touch with you regarding your prize later today.

Thanks so much for participating! Be sure to come back on Friday for an inspiring Design Team feature and next Wednesday for the next installment in our Mid Week Mojo Coral series.

How To’sday | DIY Acrylic Color Spray

Good morning! It’s another beautiful How To’sday and today the tutorial is brought to you by the amazingly-clever, Van Nguyen. This time we are treated to a DIY for making your own acrylic color spray. Or, buy color mists at a STEAL here!

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Do It Yourself Acrylic Color Spray/ Mist Tutorial

I will admit.  Ever since the birth of color sprays on the market, I have been obsessed. Don’t get me wrong, I have my fair share of glimmer mists. I probably have more than I will ever need.  But I’m far from being a “bling” kind of girl and the idea of spraying paint without all the sparkle seems a bit more my style. Unfortunately, those darn sprays never seem to go on sale and I was determined to create my own acrylic spray some how.

Thanks to the genius of Google and YouTube, I realized that the basic “recipe” for DIY acrylic color spray was some combination of water and acrylic paint. Some people suggested adding rubbing alcohol while others added modge podge. Ultimately, for me to tell you how much of this and that is needed to make a spray is like telling someone how much cream or sugar to put (or not put) in their coffee. But I can tell you how I take my morning coffee – with lots of cream and sugar…

Step 1.  Find acrylic paint.  I’m sure any type of acrylic paint will work.  I bought a cheap variety pack from WalMart for about $6.

Step 2.  Find a mini spray bottle.  I bought this one in a pack of three for $1 at the local dollar store.  I generally see them sold for around $1 a bottle at Target or WalMart.

Step 3.  Fill mini spray bottle about 1/4 full of water.

Step 4.  Add rubbing alcohol to the mini spray bottle so that the mini spray bottle is about 1/2 full of liquid.

Step 5.  Add acrylic paint to the mini spray bottle. This is where you need to decide how dark you want your color mist. I personally like a bold and bright color so I added the entire tube of acrylic paint (which in this case was about 0.4 US fl. oz). But remember, just like when you add sugar to your coffee, it’s much easier to add more as needed than to dilute after the fact.

Step 6. Vigorously shake your bottle to evenly mix the paint into the liquid.  Then…VOILA! You have a bottle of homemade acrylic color mist for a fraction of the price of the name brand stuff.

So here is a photo of the homemade acrylic color spray compared to the October Afternoon Sprinklers.

There are some key differences which I think are worth pointing out.

First, the spray coverage on the homemade acrylic color spray is not as even as the OA Sprinklers. Some websites and tutorials attribute this to the type of spray bottle you use. Specifically, I’ve seen suggestions that using using a mini mister (like the one made by Ranger) might provide a more even coverage. I don’t have any mini misters so I can’t comment on whether that would solve the problem.

Second (and this is pure speculation based on absolutely zero science), but I suspect that the weight of the acrylic paint might impact the spray coverage. DIY glimmer mist tutorials use stamp reinkers in lieu of acrylic paint. Again, I don’t have any reinkers to make the comparison but I think that would certainly be worth a try. However, here is a photo of some purple acrylic color spray I made using a lot less acrylic paint and more water and I think it does provide a bit more coverage (albeit a less vibrant color).

And finally, the OA Sprinklers provide a very matte finish that doesn’t warp the paper (which I adore). Because the homemade acrylic color spray is water based, you do have some warping effects, much like when you use glimmer mist.

I won’t lie. If they ever show up on SS or if I can find them on sale somewhere, I would probably snatch up a few more commercially made sprays. But, when you’re in a pinch and have supplies to use at home, I think these homemade color sprays are pretty fun to make. If you have other suggestions or ideas, please do share them here on the ScrapbookSteals blog or over on the Facebook page!

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Van, thank you so much for your tutorial. Like Van mentioned, if you have a great idea for a How To’sday, be it big or small, send it our way to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Stop by tomorrow for our Opal 3 Mid Week Mojo sketch. It’s a fun one.

Have a great day!

Echo Park Playground | Monday Card Madness #54

Echo Park Playground | Monday Card Madness #54

Wow! wow! W-O-W! What an amazing weekend we had with the first ever ScrapbookSteals retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah. During the crop we had lots of fun, giggles, food and lots of creative time. In fact, I thought it would be fun to ask some of the girls at the crop to help me out with using today’s steal, the Echo Park Playground collection to create cards for today. Instead of a sketch, I turned them all lose to create however they please, and these 14 amazing cards are the final result.

Thank you so much to all of you lovely ladies that helped create these beautiful cards. If you want to know who made which card, simply hover over the image and their name will show.

If you would like to participate in this week’s Monday Card Madness, you may choose any of the amazing cards to use as the base for your inspiration.

Don’t forget in order to be eligible to be the random winner of our October Monday Card Madness drawing all you need to do is have your card creation posted somewhere on line and linked to one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts by November 4th at 11:59PM MS

Here is this week’s reminder on our current card swap. Some of the girls at the crop created and turned in their cards and let me just say they are amazing!

  • This particular swap is a holiday-themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, holiday or winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes.
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our next How To’sday tutorial!  :)

My Mind’s Eye Lush | Mid Week Mojo

My Mind’s Eye Lush | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 2


If there is one word to describe today’s steal, the Lush collections by My Minds Eye, it would be lush! Not only are all of these collections filled with incredible trims, brads, buttons and tags, but some of the papers in each collection are as lush as a crushed velvet dress.

Several weeks ago one of our fans, April Fraley, ran her first 5K race. For any of you that know me, you know that running is a big part of my life, and I was so thrilled that April took on the challenge of her first race ever. I pretty much begged her to let me scrap the photos of her event, and have just been waiting for the right papers to come along. I love how today’s orange and navy collections worked so perfectly for the layout.

There were so many of April’s race photos that I wanted to include, but wanted to keep it to a single page layout so I had fun working with some smaller sized photos.

I also had a great time mixing the buttons, brads, gems and trim of the navy and orange collections.

April, thank you so much for allowing me to scrap this amazing event in your life.

Now it’s time to announce the winners of our Opal 1a and 1b sketches. That’s right! Van did such an amazing job as our guest, and you all did such an amazing job completing your layouts that I think it’s only appropriate that we celebrate with two winners.

Our random winners are Misty Buck!

…and Erica Bass!

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Girls if you can please send our service department an email with your address to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.  Or if you’d prefer and want to mention having local pickup, we could have it ready for you to pick up at the crop!

Now if you haven’t heard this upcoming weekend if our first ever ScrapbookSteals retreat. Be sure to check in to our Facebook fan page for photos and updates along the way. Also we will be having an online chat at 9 PM MST on Friday night. I can promise you will not want to miss out on the fun.

Have a great day!

How To’sday | Wedged Circle

‎Happy How To’sday everyone! If you’re looking for a great way to add a little something out of the ordinary to your paper crafting projects then today’s tutorial on creating a wedged circle by Charity Hotrum-Becker is just for you!

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How to Make a Wedged Circle
I love adding multiple papers to my layout and using a wedged circle is a great way to add just a few more. At first glance all those angles look intimidating, but a dinner plate and a brown paper bag make it oh, so easy! These instructions will work with any size circle template and a thin paper bag. You need to be able to fold the paper several times.

To begin, trace one circle onto a paper bag or two on individual sheets of thin paper. Cut out both layers of the bag so that you have two of the same size circle. Fold one of the circles in half, then fourths, then eighths. Cut out two of the wedge shapes.

Trace the wedge shapes onto the back of your chosen patterned paper. Cut out the wedges, leaving a ½ inch margin on one side for overlapping. For continuity make sure you leave the margin on the same side for each wedge. Stamp a border onto the lower edge of the wedge. You’ve given yourself a ½ inch margin so you can trim if you stamp imperfectly. If stamping and stitching are not for you, ink the top and one of the sides of the wedge. Be sure to ink the same side of each wedge.
Cut ½ inch off the edge of your second paper circle. Trace the circle onto cardstock. Fold the paper circle in half and trace a line through the center of the circle on the cardstock. Finally, fold the paper in quarters and carefully lining up the edges, trace the second line through the center so that your circle is divided into quarters evenly. These lines will be used to set your wedges so their placement is important.

Place adhesive down the middle of the wedge, leaving the edges free for overlapping. Line up the stamped edge of the first wedge with the line through the center of the circle. (Remember that the wedge will overlap the outer edge of the circle and cover your pencil lines.) Place three more wedges onto the circle, lining up the stamped edge each time. The resulting circle will look a bit like a pinwheel. Place the remaining wedges onto the circle, stamped edge showing, bare edge tucked under the neighboring wedge.

Snip the point off the final wedge before placing it in the circle. The center will be imperfect, but don’t stress, this will be covered with the corner of the photo or edge of the trim. Stitching or stamping around the outer edge of the circle will give it a finished look.

Add this multi-layered element to any layout with a circle image. These instructions will work for any size circle. If you need more or less wedges simply fold the original circle accordingly.

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Thank you Charity! If you have an idea that you’d like to see featured on How To’sday send your photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our Opal #2 Mid Week Mojo.

Have a great day.