Saturday, May 17, 2014

Graduation Pop Up Card


It's my soon to be sister-in-law's graduation, and I decided to make her a card! I Googled cards online and saw this one:
graduation pop up card

I did not have any of the materials for this tutorial, so I improvised - Glitter is better!

Good Luck with this card, and CONGRATS MAGGIE!!!

Date Jars


My fiance and I have a long list of things we want to do or movies we need/want to see, but we are very indecisive. So, to fix that I recycled some mason jars and decorated them with scrap paper, twine, and stickers. I made one for dates, one for rainy days, and a movie themed jar. Now, we just have to write our ideas on scrap paper. So, excited! Need some ideas on what to put in your jars? Check out this LIST!

Friday, May 16, 2014

DIY Banners!

At my job we need to take all these exams to be deemed qualified in our field. Well, one of my co-workers has an exam today, and I thought I'd brighten her spirits and decorate her cubicle.

Materials:
1. Banner Template
2. Cardstock paper
3. Colorful Paper
4. Scissors, Glue/Tape
5. String
1st I found a banner template on Fairy Tales. I am sure you can wing this without a template.
Next, I printed the template on card stock paper, cut it out, and used it as a pattern.

Then, I went through all my scrap papers (yay recycling!), and found patterns with similar bright colors.

Then, I opened up Microsoft Word, and typed out the message that I wanted to use.  For this pattern size, I used Monotype Corsiva Font 72 and put 4 spaces between each letter. 

Then, I took the cap off a juice container, cleaned it, and used it as a pattern for my letters. It worked out great because you could see through the cap to make sure your letter was centered. 

Next, I used double sided tape to adhere the letters to the banners (I ran out of glue thanks to my Pinata Project).

Then, I folded over the edge, and cut off any overhangs.

Then, I added my double sided tape.

Then, finished folding the flap over the string (I used Hemp).

Make sure all your letters are in the right order!
You can always assemble the banner then add the letters.

Voila! Good Luck!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dragonfly Painting

My grandmother loves dragonflies, so I decided to paint her a picture of one for Mother's Day. It took 2 weeks to complete. Here's the painting from start to finish. Enjoy!






















Monday, May 5, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Piñata Treat Boxes

I saw this idea on Oh Happy Day Blog, but decided to change her instructions slightly and make it my own. I really liked this idea because it is a recycling craft...yay saving trees!

Materials Needed
Cardboard Food Boxes (cereal, soda cartons, beer cartons, cracker boxes, etc.)
Scissors
Tacky Glue
Crepe Paper (many colors)
Masking Tape
Assorted Small Candies
Ribbin
Cute Printable Tags (I found mine on www.scribd.com)

First, I free-styled a llama pattern. You need 2 per pinata.

Next, I cut all my patterns and ~1 inch thick strips for the border.

Next, I started taping the border along the edge of each pattern. And when the border was complete I added candy.


Next, I assembled a little "bridge" so that the head portion and tail portion can slide into each other. I just took scraps and taped 2 on the outside and 2 on the inside, so that it's snug.



Next, I finished assembling all my llamas.

Now it's time to add the fringe. So, I took crepe paper strips and folded them in half hotdog style. Then I cut strips halfway up towards the crease.

Once, my strips were set. I started gluing the onto my head portions and tail portions creating patterns. Always start from the bottom, so that you can layer them.

Tada! A tag can be tied around the neck with a ribbon. Then you can hand them out. All people have to do is pull the head from the tail and shake the candy out!

Happy Cinco de Mayo and happy crafting!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kabobs


Archer Farms® Hot Chile Pineapple Grilling Sauce - 11.85 oz. Ingredients:
Archer Farms Hot chile and pineapple grilling sauce
2 Chicken Breasts
1 Green Pepper
1 Red Pepper
1 White Onion


Directions:
1. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Place chicken in a bowl and cover with sauce (I used about half the bottle). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator. Let marinate for about 4 to 6 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Cut vegetables into 1-inch chunks.
4. Alternate chicken and veggies on skewers (as pictured above).
5. Place onto greased cookie sheet or jelly roll pan (any pan with a lip to catch drippings). Approximately 5 kabobs will fit on the pan. Optional: baste each skewer with more sauce.
6. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip over. Bake for another 10 minutes. If chicken is not completely cooked, bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Happy Eating 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cheap Herb Garden Display


Materials:
2 recycled cans (I don't usually eat canned vegetables, but I do bake a lot with pumpkin!)
1 bag of rocks (I found mine at the dollar store)
loaf pan (also found this at the dollar store)
seeds
dirt

Instructions:
1. Add layer of rocks to loaf pan.
2. Peel off labels from cans and wash.
3.  Add dirt to cans.
4. Plant seeds, and water according to directions. 
5. Place cans on top of rocks and add remaining rocks to loaf pan. 
6. Watch your herb garden grow :)

Happy Gardening