Friday, December 23, 2011

6x6 tiles

I thought I had already uploaded these. I made some 6x6 tiles like my 4x4 coasters, but I put the 6x6 tiles in a stand to display them. This is what I came up with for these.
The snowman pattern is from the "I Believe" book by Art to Heart. It's a quilt book. I used Echo Park papers on this.

This Santa pattern came from the same book. I used Basic Grey papers on this one.

and this one came from the book as well. I used Basic Grey papers for this one.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas to your family from ours!

Monday, December 5, 2011

More tile coaster designs

Here are the other designs I made for the tile coasters.
I love this little penguin. He was made from a pattern by Kaylas Kreations. I dont know where you can find these patterns anymore...she has taken her site down.

This reindeer is one I saw in an idea book a couple of years ago. I think they used a coaster from a restaurant to make the head...I just paper pieced it.

I dont remember where I found this pattern, but they are cute huh?

Hope you like my ideas. Leave me a comment so I know you stopped by :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Coasters

I dont know if you remember the tile coasters I made back in March, but I decided to make some Christmas sets. Here is one of the sets I have made (there's more I'll show you later).

I used Basic Grey papers on it. I pieced one and copied them like I did before so it would be quicker and less bulky. I hope the people receiving these will enjoy them.
I'll share the rest with you later.
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread Recipe
For your start:
Mix 1 cup milk
1 cup flour and
1 cup sugar in a NON metal bowl or gallon baggie (I personally use the baggie...just squish it all together to mix it).
Leave alone on counter for 2-5 days
Day 6 stir it (if in bowl, or squish it in baggie)
Day 7 add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup milk then mix.
Day 8-9 mix (stir or squish)
Day 10 add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup milk
Today is the day you can take out 1 cup of starter for baking and give 1 cup to a friend. Maintain starter.

These are the directions I give to friends with a start.

Do not use a metal spoon or a metal bowl for mixing. Do NOT refrigerate.
When air forms in bag and it's puffy, let out and reseal. It is normal for batter to raise, bubble, and ferment.

Day 1 This is the day you receive your batter...Do Nothing!
Day 2 Mush the bag
Day 3 Mush the bag
Day 4 Mush the bag
Day 5 Mush the bag
Day 6 Add into the bag 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk. Mix together by squeezing the bag.
Day 7 Mush the bag
Day 8 Mush the bag
Day 9 Mush the bag
Day 10 Combine in a large bowl:
Batter from the bag, 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Stir and pour four 1 cup starters into ziplock bags. Keep one for yourself and give the other three to friends with these instructions.

To the remaining batter, in a non-metal bowl add and mix well:
1 cup oil, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups flour, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1-1/2 tsp baking power, 1 large box vanilla instant pudding ( right from the box, not made)
Preheat oven to 325. Grease and generously sugar (a mixture of 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon) two large loaf pans, or one large bundt pan (or 4 small loaf pans). Pour batter into pan and sprinkle remaining sugar mixture on top. Bake one hour. Let stand 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Optional: add 1 cup chopped nuts and/or raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, etc.

The fourth bag that you pour will be yours to keep and start the 1o day process over again. You will have bread every 10 days! I have learned a can freeze the batter for up to 6 weeks, so I have started freezing it and then pulling out a start when I want bread. I just do day 10 on it and it makes 2 extra starts instead of 4. I either give them away or put them back in the freezer until I want more bread. This makes it easier than having to bake bread every 10 days.

My kids love this and request it instead of birthday cake sometimes. The small (mini) loaves are great neighbor gifts for Christmas.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Candy box tutorial

These candy boxes are so fun to make. I have made them for my kids to give as gifts to their friends, and I have made them as party favors. Here's how you make them.

I found the pattern for the candy box online. Click link for pattern CANDY BOX
The dashed lines are scored and folded. The size of the paper is on the pattern. The dark circles are holes punched in the cardstock like this.

Then you place glue on the edge and glue closed like this.
I used scrappy glue, but any strong adhesive would work. You could also use tacky tape.

I form the box and then twist the ends like this.
It works really easy if you have scored the fold lines and punched the circles out.

After you have constructed your box, cut4 pieces of patterned paper 1-5/8 x 4 inches and glue to each side of the box. Fill your box with candy or another small gift and tie the ends closed with ribbon. These don't have to be just for Christmas. You can do them for Halloween, Valentine's Day, Birthdays...anything you want!!
Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


This week at House of Paper the theme was Gifts and Cards. I chose to do gifts because that is my favorite thing to make.
I found the pattern for this strawberry box and thought it would be a cute thank you gift. I attached a tag that says "Thank you berry much" I enlarged the pattern to 200%. I used Echo Park papers on this one.

For this cute little twist box, I shortened the pattern I found.
I used Bazzill cardstock and some more Echo Park papers.

I dont know if anyone even stops by my blog anymore...but thanks for visiting if you're here :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back to School

It's back to school week at House of Paper and here is what I came up with for my assignments.
I made these "pencils" out of rolos and a hershey's kiss...cute huh?

This is my kids' first day of school last year. I used Basic Grey Oxford on this layout.

I found instructions to make this cute little backpack and had to try it. I used Echo Park For the Record papers on it.

I had fun with this weeks assignments!
As always, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Glimmer Mist

Wow, I haven't posted here for a while. I will share a post with you that I posted on the HOP Blog recently.

I decided to try using Glimmer Mist to create my own background paper. This is my finished result. The Bee and "Bee Happy" are free digi stamps from Paper Smooches.

Heres what I did:

First, I drew a bunch of clouds on a piece of paper and then cut them out. I laid the cut outs on a piece of cardstock like this

Then I took my Glimmer Mist and sprayed it all over the cardstock like this

It only took a minute to dry, and then I took the clouds off.

After, I took the cut outs clouds and placed them slightly off center of the white clouds on the paper and traced them so that my finished result looked like this.

I cut up this paper for my background paper and used it on the card you saw above. Fun huh? Glimmer Mist is available at the House of Paper store.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Paper Smooches

I like stamps, and I buy a lot of stamps...but Im not much of a stamper. Kim Hughes started her Paper Smooches company and I was in love. She draws the cutest things and her handwritten fonts are the, Im buying more stamps. Ive bought several sets, but since Im not really sure what to do with them, I thought I would start by scraplifting cards Ive seen using sets I have. I totally lifted this entire card from Heidi Van Laar. Cute huh?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Anything Goes

The theme this week for House of Paper is anything goes. I just received this new Echo Park Country Drive paper, so I decided to use it on both of my layouts.
This first layout is about one of my son's best friends. Today would be his 17th birthday. We sure do miss you Devin and think of you often. When Devin passed away it affected a lot of people. Lots of kids were texting to do this or that in honor of Devin. Several kids wore best dress to school to honor him. His closest friends made T-Shirts and wrote their memories with Devin on them. They put his last name and his football number on the back. He was such a good kid and is greatly missed.

This next layout is my youngest son and some of his friends at the World's Fair at his school. I wish I could have made it around to get more pictures, but its so packed in the school on this night. Each 6th grader chooses a country to learn about and they work on it for over 4 months, then they put on this big World's Fair and tell everyone about what they learned. It is a big production and a lot of work.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Father's Day Gift idea

I've been looking for Father's Day gift ideas. I've seen other boxes similar to this on Split Coast Stampers, and I decided that I could figure it out and make one myself. This would hold a tie, or other small gift. I'm going to fill it with candy. I am pleased with how it turned out! What do you think?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Party all the time

Our assignment at House of Paper this week was Party all the time/good times. This is what I came up with for the assignment.
On this first layout I used
Buttons (front and back), Boxer Stripe (front and back), Awesome dots (back side), Strawberry/Sky (front and back)
Bazzill cardstock
Sass-a-frass Lass alphabet stickers
Jenni Bowlin labels
Stampin Up ticket stamp

For this layout I used
Echo Park Walk in the Park papers for this. I just love this line!
Sunshine (back side), Flutter (back side), Lazy Days, playful stripes (back side), Element Card Paper, Walk in the Park alphas
Bazzill cardstock (white)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Scrapbook Stuff

So here are a few of the things I have been working on recently
I found the pattern for these watering cans and thought they would make cute gifts.

This is my oldest son when he played on the High School baseball team

This is one of my twins. He was chosen as an All-Star for his basketball team.

I have made some other things, they are uploaded in my gallery at House of Paper if you want to see what else I have been up to.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fun projects

Here are some recent projects I made.
I've seen a similar idea, and I thought it would be cut to hold post it notes!
I used black Bazzill and Echo Park for the record paper.

Here is a better view of the flower

and this is what it looks like open.

Another project I made are these cute carrots.
I got the bucket in the dollar spot at Target.

I cut pieces of paper (I used Echo Park Springtime) it was easier to put around the bucket. The green stems are excelsior.
Cute huh?

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Valentines Day layout

I made this layout for Roomie Week on the HOP blog. I don't get to use pink very often, so Valentines is a great time. I just love everything that Echo Park puts out, and this is their valentines line called Be Mine.

Thanks for stopping by! Check out the HOP blog this week to see what I'm posting there.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Layouts

This week our assignment at House of Paper was to scrap about Rebirth and/or Blessed
Whenever I think of rebirth, I think of Spring or Easter. I chose to scrap some old Easter pics using Echo Park Springtime.

For my blessed layout I chose a recent family pic. I used Echo Park for the record paper.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month and this week at House of Paper the DT highlighted different things to do with your craft supplies.
My first project was this cute little owl. It tore a little while I was sewing it, so I crumpled it up to give it a distressed look...I like how it turned out.

I made these tile coasters for one of my projects this month

I learned some things in the process. The first time I made them and poured the resin on them, they looked like this

I figured out that EVERY SINGLE BIT of the paper had to be covered with glue on the backside, or the resin would absorb into it and discolor it. I pieced them again and made sure I put glue everywhere, but I was worried about the outcome again, so I went to my local print store and color copied them (they need to be copied on a laser printer, not ink jet or they may run). They are capable of replicating the image on a page, so you get more than one. I would recommend this way. Put the work into one, then color copy for the tiles...much easier!

In my second try my tiles turned out much better, but still on the owl by the leaves it discolored a little and theres a dot on the flower.
I decided to try a couple of the copies to see if they worked any better and found them a LOT easier. They are less bulky, and there was NO bleeding of the resin and discoloration.
I took modge podge and painted it on the backside of one of the copies with a foam brush and then adhered it to the tile. I let it dry, then covered the top with modge podge. As it becomes tacky you will find that if you touch it with your fingers, the paper will rip...use the foam brush to smooth out air bubbles. Let it dry completely.

The resin isnt as hard as it may seem. You could stop with the modge podge, but I liked the image to be in the resin. I mixed 2 oz from each of the bottles in the kit (this will do 5-6 tiles). I got paper cups to get them off the counter (protect underneath, the resin will drip and is permanent...use cardboard or a board). I use the popsicle stick to wipe the drips off the bottoms of the tile before it dries too much.

I poured it on and smoothed it around with a popsicle stick (same one I mixed with). The directions tell you to use a torch to get air bubbles out...these are small and you can exhale/huff on you are trying to warm up your hands on a cold day. This will take the air bubbles out. I check on them for up to an hour to make sure that all the bubbles are out. After 8 hours they are dry to the touch. Because I have kids that think they should touch...I did this in the evening and then let them dry overnight.
This is the color copy version

Put sticky back felt dots (used for furniture) on the backside and they wont scratch up wherever you use them. My kids think they are fun. You can do photographs too...they could be personalized. Im going to make more for Christmas and make color copies of my image. I use coupons to buy the resin to make it cheaper. The white 4 x 4 tiles are 16 cents a piece. Cute and cheap!

To see what the rest of the DT did, check out the gallery at HOP!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


I have neglected my blog. My kids and their sports have kept me rather busy...along with my church calling. I never seem to have any time.

This first layout is for the Roomie of the Month on the HOP BLOG.

We were assigned to scrap about things we see everyday. I dont actually see this every day, but I see it often. I thought it would be something fun to remember later on.

and this I DO see everyday...I spend a lot of time here.

I have made other things but you can check them out in my HOP GALLERY.
Thanks for stopping by!