You can make this Christmas Cone in about 10 minutes!

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Christmas cones are super simple to make. All you need is:

double sided paper, ribbon, lace, glue and a couple of staples.

1.  Make your cone shape out of a square of paper. Trim excess.

2. Glue it. I used Aileen’s Craft Glue and simply held it for a couple of minutes until it dried enough to hold the shape on its own.

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3. Cut a length of ribbon and staple it inside as shown below.

4. Cut a length of lace and glue to upper rim of cone.

5. Add a bow.

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Now all that remains to do is add sweet treats and deliver your gift!

Ribbons can make your gift cards pop with color and dimension

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Ribbons and lace are a super addition to cards! I recently nabbed a bag of ribbon scraps for a $2 at a yard sale with long and short pieces and I pulled out a few with colors that matched my manila folders and Graphic 45 card making session.

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You can tie ribbons around the fold of your card (and if you tie them a little loose you can move them where you want) or add a bow somewhere on the outside that makes sense to you.

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Lace makes a nice embellishment too!lace-1

Need an extra finger to tie that bow and now on around?

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The nice thing about ribbons and lace is that if you make a card and decide it still needs something, or maybe you have too much space, etc, add a bow and viola! Perfect.

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Here’s a tip about cutting frames:

The G45 papers used frames around some of the images. I wanted to mix and match (paper packs make mixing and matching easy because they are color coordinated) so I fussy cut the women in the had and put her in a different frame. I kept the words that were inside the frame for another card and in order to do that without getting out my craft knife and mat, I  simply cut a straight line. Fast. Simple and not really noticeable when I glued the card together.

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Inside the card just in case you were curious:

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Remember, when you are card making or scrapbooking: THERE ARE NO SCRAPBOOK POLICE! Have fun! Experiment! Simply do it your way!

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Distress a greeting or gift card to give it dimension

distress-etcThese cards are part of the stack I made with StazOn Ink,

 

g45-packGraphic 45 Typography paper pack, old manila folders and

bradsG45 brads.

My goal was to keep the card making super simple.

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The black paper came from my stash. I think it was once a presentation folder because it had pre-cut slits like where a business car could go.  I used them to slip my paper inside. Here’s what it looked like pre-distressing. Kinda boing 🙁

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So I fixed it!

To distress the edge of the paper you simply swipe the pad on the edges with a light touch. I like these StazOn minis as they are just the right size to grip.

(And now that I see the distressing on the lines from where the folder folded I realize I want to do that same thing to top card!)

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Here’s how the front turned out.

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A couple more examples:

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More to come!

 

 

 

 

 

Recycle old file folders as the base stock cards (and maybe ditch the envelope).

scissors-paper-gluelove-peopleDo you keep your birthday cards? I am sure at least some people reading this post do. What about the envelopes? I am betting you envelopes out even if you keep the card. If you are not sending the card, and you are not enclosing $ or the life, do you really need an envelope? I am thinking… no.

With that in mind and armed with scissors, a glue stick, 7 manila file folders, and a fall-colored 8×8 inch “Typography” paper pack from Graphic 45 (it includes 3 sheets each of 8 double sided designs), Graphic 45 metal brads, StazOn Ink, and a few bits of ribbon and lace, I set out to see how many super simple cards I could make in about 4 hours.

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I made a total of 10 regular sized cards, 15 gift cards and a gift tag before I ran out of old file folders. I dd not run out of paper in the pack – I think there are 6 full sheets left plus scraps.

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I chose not to cut the file folder tabs off but to use them as a design element in the cards, cutting the top of the image to match the tab and gluing an image on the inside tab to cover what was written or labeled.

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As I was cropping the folders to better match the size of the image, I wound up with some folded strips I did not want to pitch, so I  incorporated them into a card with a busy, colorful patterned inside.

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recycle-steps-2recycle-steps-3I glued 5 strips at the bottom middle edge starting from the 1 in the center, then the 2 on the top and lastly the 2 in between those so they were somewhat even, essentially giving me 20 lines to write on.

Then I tied ribbon around it. (Silk sari ribbon comes either as strips knotted or sewn together.)

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Here are a few more examples:

In this first one I did not worry about covering the entire label, but just left a well-chosen word to show on the tab.

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Strips for a folder cut at an angle to add writing space on busy, dark paper:

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More to come!

How to Simply Embellish a Dollar Store Craft Mask with a Gold Crown or Keep on Adding Dimensions

Oh man do I wish I had purchased more of these masks for a buck. I could play all afternoon as the crazy crafty cat lady! (Wish there had been dog masks too!) These masks are sturdy (not bendable) plastic covered in glitter.

The whole project took about 40 minutes.

To simply cut a crown you’ll need Rowlux Illusion Film (it comes in all kinds of colors and swirls) and a the outline of a crown shape which you can easily pull off the web and print to the size you need.

precut-crownTape the crown shape to the back of the film and cut. Then, cut strips in the bottom and fold as shown.

foldTape it to the inside of the cat mask. Viola! You are done!

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Tip:  If you glue or hot glue it instead, make your glue layer thin as this is resting against your forehead and you want it to be comfortable.

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Have more than 10 minutes and want to embellish your crown more? Good. I did too.

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The cool thing is that the Rolux Illusion Film is that it is heavy enough to hold up the Graphic 45 Brads as jewels. I used my new Westcott Craft Knife and cut a horizontal hole in the 5 crown peaks. Insert and fold brads.

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Want to keep going? Yay!

I painted some glue in each ear and added some Raspberry Shattered Mica Flakes by Art Mechanique.

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At this point I was feeling top heavy, and you know, they eyes have it. I used Indigo Blu’s English Cottage Acrylic Paint: Vodka Martini  to outline the eyes.

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With this mask you are ready to be Queen of the Cats!

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Kid Craft: Make Simply Cute Sleepover Pillow Cases

This is a a fun project your kids can create at their next sleepover.

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Supply list:

Pillow cases

Crafty Chica Fabric Markers

Fabric markers (Crafty Chica Tango Permanent Juicy Markers)

Chunky stamps So Soft Fabric paint (www.ilovetocreate.com)19e7eb0d0a70483cb89dff24a6d5f50c_web08_tu_sft_grp_225

Stencils

Tips: In the rinse cycle, wash new pillow cases to removing the “newness”. Do not use fabric softener. Iron out the wrinkles if necessary. After using any fabric markers or fabric paint heat set your pillow case by throwing it in the dryer or ironing.

If you would like to see how easy these pillow cases are to make, catch the project on Sonoran Living: Easy & Fun Project for Your Kids’ Next Sleepover.

Simple Ways to Get Rid of Product Build-up and Give your Hair a Healthy Shine at Home

home remedy for product buildup on hair terri oThe environment can be brutal on your hair. So I have 3 super simple recipes you can make yourself. Chances are you already have the ingredients in your kitchen.

Here is how to get rid of product build up-

Mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup lemon juice. Put in a spray bottle and spritz on your hair. Rinse immediately. IF YOU HAVE COLOR TREATED HAIR BE SURE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR COLORIST FIRST.

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Now that you have removed the gunk let’s add some shine! After shampooing your hair, rinse with cooled tea.

Hair is made of protein and giving it a healthy dose of nutrients every couple of weeks is a good idea. It helps strengthen your hair and add tons of moisture. Here are two recipes to choose from:

  1. Smash a ripe avocado and add a tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Work into wet hair and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. Be sure to mash it up really well otherwise the chunks will just fall on the ground and cause a mess.
  2. Or you can whip up an egg and apply it to your hair leaving on for 10 to 20 minutes. This one is a little messy but effective.

How to use Flitter Flakes to Foil Emboss Paper Projects

I am bringing you something from the British Isles today.

You’ve got to love craft products with fun names like Flitter, Phat Foam, and Scoochy Foam. These foil embossing products are made by a company in England called Indigo Blu. If you are a card maker, add flitter to your craft stash and you will add a new dimension to your card-making and scrapbooking in six super simple steps. What are you waiting for? Dive on in!

I hope you had as much fun as I did.

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TerriO Super Simple Flitter cardmaking

Step 1. Place your “quintessentially English” rubber stamp on a an acrylic backer.

Step 2. Apply Flitter Glue to the stamp using Indigoblu Phat Foam. You want to make sure not to over glue it.

Step 3. Kiss your scrapbook or greeting card stock paper  with the stamp. (In this case I used tissue paper because I have plans for it in a later project.)

Step 4. Add Flitter Flakes and tap them down gently with your finger.

Step 5. Use Indigoblu Scoochy Foam to lightly sand off the excess Flitter Flakes. A light touch does it! Watch your lovely image emerge.

Step 6. Brush the unused portion back into the jar. I used Lancashire Rose on one of Indigo Blu’s Clockwork Stamps for this project, but they have lots of original stamps and nearly a dozen colors of Flitter Flakes.

What will you try first? Making a card or a scrapbook page?

 

 

 

Decorative Corkboards

This is a super simple way to create a memo board for a bedroom or family message station.

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You can buy packages of 12×12 corkboards at Target or Wal-Mart. These boards can be painted and glued. I suggest doubling them up because they are very thin.

Supplies I used to decorate them:
Stencils
Trim
Peel and stick rhinestones
Stamps
Flowers

Breakfast Burritos for your Busy Week

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t miss out because you don’t have the time to make it.

I usually put these together quickly on Sunday evening. Viola! The next few mornings are just a little bit simpler.

You can make these yummy burritos using leftovers and fresh ingredients.

Makes: approximately six burritos.

6 flour tortillas

1 dozen eggs

6 oz shredded cheese

1 cup cooked chopped bacon

2 cups shredded potatoes

Salsa

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I figure per burrito you will include 2 eggs, 1 ounce of cheese, a sprinkle of chopped bacon, and a ¼ cup or so of potatoes. Spoon on salsa.

Set up a work station and roll your burritos and wrap in wax paper. Store in refrigerator for up to five days. Make sure you eat the ones with leftovers first. Mark each burrito so you know which is which.

Microwave for 40 seconds and enjoy!

 Click here to see how!