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What a perfect time of year…..to sparkle!

What a perfect time of year…..to sparkle!

And HOW!  I have had SO much fun creating with today’s steal, the Hampton Arts Glitter Glues and Glitter sets.  Wait.  Let me rephrase that.  My 3 year old, my 6 year old, my 9 year old, her friend and myself have had an absolute blast playing with GLITTER!  In fact, I dare say that we will all be sparkling for a few days.

I will apologize in advance for the tons of photos on this posting.  It was just so much fun and the versatility of the glitters and glues is so much that I just had to do a little of this and a little of that and loved it all so much that I wanted to share it with you!

As soon as my kids were out the door to school, my ‘baby’ and I set out to do a little crafting with glitter.

We first decided to cover some raw chipboard shapes to give them a little more flair. We started with a snowflake shape and used the Tsukineko glue pad to adhere glue to the shape.

I then let Matthew choose the color of glitter he wanted to use.  I love that the caps to the glitter containers are not only secure, but are kid friendly.  They are also designed so that if the bottle is knocked over very little glitter will spill out!  Added bonus!  :)

I then let him take control and create!  He was pretty much in sparkly heaven!

Then we had to create more…

and more….

I LOVE how easy it is to remove the cap of the bottles to return the glitter to the container, yet secure enough to ensure of no accidents!

So many different things could be done with the glittered shapes, but we decided to surprise my 5 year old when he got home with some embellishments to add to his ‘winter wonderland’.

(Yeah…I think I passed the crafty gene on to this kid.  He comes home from Kindergarten and immediately starts creating.  This is what we have in our kitchen.)

He was elated with the new shapes and re-modeled his Wonderland……again.  :)

I wanted to try a masking technique with the glitter so decided to finally paint a big magnet board that I have had for years, which I have wanted to put next to Aaron’s bed so that he has somewhere special to put his creations.

I started by painting the wooden part of the board.

I then used my Silhouette to cut out Aaron’s name.  I used glue dots to hold the ‘mask’ into place on the painted frame.

Next I used spray adhesive to carefully spray the letters, then dumped red glitter on top.

I let the glue dry then carefully removed the mask.  I LOVE the results and so does Aaron!

I wanted to be sure that the glitter had a little extra protection from little hands so I sealed the frame with a matte finish protective coating.

Best of all is now Aaron’s Winter Wonderland has re-located to the magnet board, and he is quite pleased about it!  :)  Now to get it hung by his bed!

I then had to try my hand at rubber stamping with the glitter.  I used my glue pad again, this time as ‘ink’ for my stamps and this is what I came up with.

Oh and I have to say I’m elated to have such a variety of colors.  Ever since my 16 year old lost her first tooth our ‘tooth fairy’ always leaves a trail of glitter trailing out from underneath the pillow.  My kids always have the best time predicting what color of Fairy will be paying a visit!

Can you believe that that is only HALF of the fun that I had today!  Now let me show you what the kids and I did with the amazing glitter glues.

First off let me say how much I love the tubes for the glues.  Let’s face it….glue is glue and sometimes that makes for clogged applicator tips.  Hampton Arts totally thought that through and made their application tips VERY easy to remove which makes it easy to run under hot water and fix any sticky problem!

I used my Silhouette again and cut out a Christmas tree for Aaron and turned him lose with the glitter glue.  He was truly in his element!

He created clear into the evening.  This is what I found.

I wanted to cover raw chipboard, and here is what I made.

I then added a little sparkle to some card that I already had made.

I truly didn’t want to stop glittering things!  I looked around my craft room to see what I could sparkle and thought these flowers could use a little pick me up!

Truly.  What an AMAZING day making things sparkle.  I’m sure you’ll be seeing LOTS of bling from me in the future.  After all, how can I resist when Hampton Arts makes it oh so easy!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Be safe.  Be happy.  See you Monday!

Welcome to my Abode!

Welcome to my Abode!

Okay, so maybe not *my* abode, but let me show you some of the fun things that I created with today’s steal, the American Crafts Abode collection.

I have been dying for WEEKS to get my chance to play with this kit.  When I saw it I instantly knew what I wanted to create and begged Melodee to place it on a Friday, so that I could make a Friday project.

The fun papers and embellishments scream kitchen to me, and I’m sort of a recipe junkie, so I thought it would be fun to make a recipe box.

I went to the store to look for a standard recipe box and wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t find one!  My boys were being little banshees so we hit the dollar spot and here is what I found.  This cute little Holiday gift bucket.

I removed the ribbon then set about covering the sides of the bucket.  I found that the sides of the bucket were slightly odd, so it was easiest to adhere the paper to the side with photo tape, then use my craft knife to cut away the excess.

I continued the same procedure on all four sides, then added some ribbon to cover up the rough edges.

I then added ‘recipes’ to the front of my box using the delicious brown Thickers that come with the kit.

After adding a few more embellishments my recipe box was complete!

I couldn’t believe how perfectly some of the ‘Just Write’ cards worked for actual recipe cards.

I then made dividers to separate my favorite things to cook; Main Dishes, Side Dishes and of course….YUM!  Desserts!

This recipe box would make a fantastic gift for a friend, or family member that loves to cook.  I mean aren’t we all looking for new favorite recipes to try?  This would even make a great bridal shower gift filled with tried and true recipes, and maybe a new set of meauring spoons hanging off the side.

While parousing the dollar spot, I couldn’t help but look for more items that I could transform using the Abode collection.

I found this 2011 planner and thought it would be fun to spice up a little.

I covered the front with various papers, added a ribbon closure, a few embellishments and now I have a fancy planner which I will most likely use to plan my menu!

I think this collection was not only made to create fantastic scrapbook pages and projects, but of course cards.  So many of the embellishments make the perfect and simple addition to complete a darling card in minutes.

I had to use the coffee cup embellishment, so I made a cute little ‘Thanks a Latte’ card.

I couldn’t stop at just one card and had to made one more using a variety of the embellishments from the kit.

American Crafts, you have outdone yourself, yet again.  Such a fun, whimsical, versatile and crazy cute collection of papers and goodies….and of course….how can we forget the Thickers.  ::swoon::

Now here is my little gift for you, since I can’t give each of you a recipe box filled with my favorite recipes.  I thought I would post a few of them here for you!

Spicy Pork/Chicken Chili

1.5 lb. pork tenderloin or chicken cubed (both is really good)

2 large onions, diced ( I use only 1)

4 celery rib, diced

2 tablespoons butter

6 cans (15.5 oz. each) great northern beans, rinsed & drained

4 cans (14.5 oz. each) chicken broth

2 cups water

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded & chopped

2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon each white pepper, cayenne pepper, ground cumin & pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes (I actually just chop up the celery leaves…tastes really good).

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional (I usually leave this out…it’s pretty hot as it is).

1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese

Directions:

In a large pot, cook the pork, onions & celery in butter until meat is browned. Stir in the next 13 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1.5 hours. Uncover; simmer 30-40 minutes longer or until chili reaeches desired consistency. Sprinkle with cheese.


Fruited Turkey (Chicken) Salad Pitas:

1/2 cup reduced fat plain yogurt

1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise (we use the Kraft Light)

2 Tbsp. lemon juice (I prefer it with lime juice)

1/2 tsp. pepper

4 cups cubed cooked turkey breast (and yes…it rocks with turkey. I bought “Peppered Turkey” and it was amazing!)

2 celery ribs, thinly sliced

1 medium apple, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh spinach

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup chopped pecans

8 pita breads (6 in.), halved

16 romaine leaves

8 slices red onion, separated into rings (I just chopped up the onion and put it in the salad)

1. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice and pepper. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, celery, apple, spinach, cranberries and pecans. Add yogurt mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

2. Line pita halves with lettuce and onion; fill each with 1/2 cup turkey mixture.

Nutrition facts: 2 filled pita halves equals 393 calories, 11g fat (2 g saturated fat), 66 mg. cholesterol, 501 mg sodium, 45 g. carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein.


Snickerdoodles:

1 cup butter (just ignore that little fat, I mean, fact)

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 – 3 1/2 Cups flour

4 Tablespoons sugar

4 Tablespoons cinnamon

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Blend inflour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.

Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar mixture

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.


Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Roll-ups

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

2 turkey bacon strips, halved

2 Tbsp. olive oil

Flatten chicken to 1/4-in, thickness. Place egg and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in egg, then coat with bread crumbs.

Combine cheese and tomatoes. Place 1/4 cup cheese mixture down the center of each chicken breast; top each with bacon. Roll up from a short side; secure with toothpicks. Place on greased baking sheet; drizzle with oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Don’t forget to throw out the toothpicks. Probably wouldn’t taste so well!

Have a wonderfully scrappy weekend everyone!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy stinkin’ cute candy decorations!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy stinkin’ cute candy decorations!

Take one look at this tree and ask yourself…is this not the cutest little holiday project….ever?!?!!  Today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Holiday Tree Mega Kit, has got to be one of the funnest creations for the holidays that I have ever made.

I have to tell you a cute story behind this project.  I got the tree about a week ago to photograph for the steal page.  After taking it out of the box I had it sitting on my work table until yesterday, when I finally had the time to sit down and create.  Every day my little 6 year old would pull up a chair to my work table, rest his chin on his folded up hands and stare at the tree.  It truly brought back memories of being a youngster and being so excited for the holidays to roll around, and how my brothers and I would spend hours pouring over the JC Penney catalog looking at the toy section, dreaming of what we may find under our tree on Christmas morning.  After watching my sweet boy with that dreamy look in his eyes for several days, (and almost incessant nagging as to WHEN CAN WE DECORATE THE TREE), I decided to make a crafting date with him and have him help me put together the tree.

He helped me spread out all of the supplies and then we set about creating the cupcake decorations.  Now I have to tell you, I’m definitely a visual learner and pretty much would rather eat my own hair than to read instructions.  Well, guess what…sometimes it pays to take a few moments to gather the tips from the pros, as I was heavily into the glitter coating process before I realized that I should have painted the styrofoam balls first.  Shhhhh!  Never fear!  I just added a LOT of glitter.

Aaron and I decided that we would spray the balls with adhesive and coat the entire surface.   My first thought was to ditch the cupcake idea and dress up the entire surface of the balls, but he was so sad at the thought of straying from the picture that I decided to hang up the idea of branching out and create for the love of my son.  We sprayed the balls in a box and then added glitter.  Aaron had a blast rolling the balls around until they were all sparkly.

Because I had failed to read the part about painting the balls first there were small portions of white showing through.  I sprayed and rolled each ball again.  I must point out that another great tip that the instructions had was to insert a toothpick into the ball before painting and adhering glue.  I’m here to tell you, that would have been a fantastic idea.  Hee hee!

I’m still sparkly!

It’s all good.  In the end we ended up with perfectly pink and very glittery cupcake balls.

At this point I decided that maybe reading the instructions was a good way to go, but actually came up with a few tweaks on my own which I kind of preferred.

The instructions say to press the red beads into the styrofoam.  Well, either I need to eat more Wheaties or it’s just not that easy of a task, so I took a pencil and hammered it into the styrofoam to create the space for the bead.

I also didn’t have any craft wire on hand, and didn’t like the idea of the knot of the string that the ornament hangs from to show, so I came up with a slightly different plan.  I tied the knot and then used a brad the anchor the knot portion of the string inside of the ball.

I then added a drop of glue inside of the hole, threaded string through the hole in the bead and out the top.  I then used my trusty ‘hammer’ (aka meat tenderizer), to gently tap the bead into place.

I wanted to make each of the cupcakes slightly different.  I wanted to bring out a little more contrast in the cupcakes so I decided to use the template provided and cut out the cupcake wrappers in green shimmery paper.  However, Aaron was pretty convinced that we need pink polka dot ones also, so we just did a little of both.

We then decorated the base of the tree.  I wanted it to look more like a gift so we used the striped paper that came with the kit.  I cut the papers so that there was about 1/4″ of the tree base showing on each side.

I used a corner rounder and inked the edges of the papers then used the spray adhesive to stick the papers to the base of the tree.  I went to the store and found some sparkly green ribbon to make a big bow on the front.  I love how this turned out!

Later on we moved on to the gingerbread men.  I have to be honest that I couldn’t resist using my Silhouette for the gingerbread men, rather than hand cutting them out by hand.  I also wanted to add a little more sparkle to the gingerbread men, so I took a portion of the red sparkly paper and inserted it behind the buttons and faces of the gingerbread men.  I then ran the backs and fronts of the gingerbread men through my Xyron, cut a piece of string and enclosed it in a loop between the front and the back of the gingerbread men.

I added a little marker to the arms and legs of the gingerbread men and a bit of ribbon to finish them up.

We then made the gumdrops…and even followed the directions!  :)

Next we moved on to the ribbon candies.  Even my 15 year old got in on the action and helped to glue dot them together.

I decided to go for a little more fru-fru-ness and added ribbon to the ribbon candies rather than the twine.  I love the contrast and the softness!

While my daughter was helping me she was telling me how happy the tree made her because it was so sparkly, so we decided to give our candy canes a little extra sparkle as well.  I decided to use my Silhouette again, and cut out candy canes.  I then used the spray adhesive and stuck them to some of the We R Memory Keepers glitter papers.

I then hand cut around the edges of the candy canes and then stuck the pieces together so that both sides of the candy canes are beautiful!

Last but not least, what would a candy tree be without candy!

This tree is going to make such a darling addition to my home this holiday season!  (I think my girls already have plans to make it disappear to their room!)  It makes me want to get all of our Christmas decorations out and deck the halls!  However, best of all was the time that I was able to spend creating with my kids.  Thank you Doodlebug for creating such a fun kit…..instructions included!  :)

Have a great weekend!

What Can *You* Do With An Envelope?

What Can *You* Do With An Envelope?

I have to tell you, I’m crazy excited about my projects for this week.  In fact I secretly want to set the blog to post RIGHT NOW so that you can have a sneak peek of what we will be featuring next!  However, I will be good and set it for 9AM sharp!  So what does today’s steal mean for you?  It means that you too can have fun crafting with envelopes, and Today’s Steal…the DCWV Cards and Envelope kits are the PERFECT option for having a little ‘out of the box’ fun.

I don’t know about you, but the closer we get to the Holidays, the more and more I think that I may brave it this year and make cards to send out.  The 5.5 x 5.5 sized cards included in today’s steals are a wonderful palate for creating.  I love that these kits include the envelopes and there is no need to go cutting in to a delicious (and let’s face it….EXPENSIVE) piece of cardstock to make the base of a card.  Why not take the expense and time out of creating Holiday cards by using the pre-made bases!

I fished around for some scraps and this is the card that I came up with!

Now you may be asking yourself if  you purchased today’s steals, what on Earth you would do with some long letter sized envelopes.  Here is where the fun, fun, FUN part comes in.  :)  Let me show you!

I had such a blast with these glorious stacks of colored delight trying to think outside the box as to what they can be used for.  I mean the obvious is a given…you can send your bills in them.  Seriously.  What person wouldn’t want a little happy colored mail to open and hey…if we have to send our money away, we  may as well allow it to travel in style.  ;)

I then thought to the next most obvious use for envelopes and that would be Holiday cards.  It’s that time of year where so many of us take the time to write an annual update to send along to our friends and family.  Why not add some stamping to the outside of the envelopes so that they are filled with just a little extra holiday cheer!

You can even create a coordinating card to go with an envelope.

I even got a little creative with my Silhouette and cut out a shape on the front of the envelope and inserted a scrap of patterned paper to the inside of the card to show through the window!

My next thought was of how fun it would be to create a ’12 Days of Christmas’ gift book for my husband.  I’m so beyond excited to give this to him that I can hardly stand it!  The colors of the envelopes, mixed with the ability to seal shut the daily ‘gifts’ is SO fun!

I first chose 12 envelopes (3 different colors) and added eyelets to each one for reinforcement.  I bound them together using jump rings.

I decorated each page in an identical fashion, simply to make the process super easy and fast!

I created little ‘coupons’ to insert into each envelope.  (Granted, I’m a little afraid of what I may be getting myself into!  Hee hee!)

I added ribbon to the rings to finish it off!

I then sat staring at the other divine colors of envelopes and my creative wheels started churning again.  I’ve seen cute envelope books before, perfect for storing receipts or coupons or even for budgeting money!

I however, thought it would be fun to make a little ‘annual’ pocket album for a baby.  Somewhere to keep memorabilia, growth charts from checkups, ticket stubs from special events, hand prints, foot prints, you name it…..

I know I didn’t put the book together in the traditional fashion, but wanted to have a working area to put a photo from each  month.  Here is how I put it together, sticking the flap of one envelope to the lower backside half of another one.  I put together enough envelopes to have a different pocket for each month of the year.

I then decorated the front…

….and the backsides of each envelope, using a circle punch to punch out a new opening tab for the pocket. (Just remember not to put adhesive across the top of the paper, but only where the envelope makes contact with the patterned paper, or you will seal off your pocket!)

I also included an additional pocket by adding a rectangle of patterned paper to the lower half of the left hand side of each ‘page’.  I  didn’t use adhesive at the top, and simple enough…another pocket.

I also included a photo matt on the right hand side of each page for a monthly photo….

I finished it up by adding a little ribbon to keep it closed.  Seriously.  So.  Much.  Fun!

What is also fun is being able to announce the winner of our 12,000 fans blog post!  All of us at ScrapbookSteals are so touched by your kind comments and words.  Melodee and I discuss daily how lucky we are to have each of you in our lives.  You are simply the best!

Our lucky random winner of the Prima kit is commenter number 202, Kelly Marks.

Kelly says:

I love the MWM’s! They have inspired me to start my scrapbooking again. And looking through the photos is also great inspiration! I love how everyone is so encouraging! And you can’t beat the prices on the amazing products!

Congrats Kelly!  Send us your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get this lovely Prima collection sent out to you!