Thursday, May 31, 2012

Things We Find Pinteresting Thursday

Monday, May 28, 2012

Creative Corner Blog Hop

Flower Frog

I love this time of year it's not too hot or too cold the flowers are in bloom and the grass is green.

I don't remember what these flowers are, I planted them a few years ago and they make me smile every time I see them. I just love the contrast of the magenta colored petals against the yellowish-orange centers.
Wanting to bring some of these beautiful blooms inside to enjoy. I created this simple flower frog.

 I first grabbed a mason jar (plenty of those around here) and wire mesh called hardware cloth found at Home Depot or Lowe's. I also used it here.

Using wire cutters or heavy duty scissors. Cut a circle from the wire mesh the same size as the lid.

Simply place the wire on top of the jar and screw on the rim, fill with water and add flowers.
Tip: add a splash of Sprite to the water to keep your flowers fresh longer.

You can then add a ribbon, tag, raffia etc. to give it a personal touch.

I used a combination of organdy ribbon and raffia.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Creative Corner Blog Hop

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Wire Wrapped Vase

Today I made this vase using wire mesh called "hardware cloth".

 I purchased this roll in the garden department of Home Depot for about $12. Use heavy gloves to handle it because it is sharp. I used these Dikes (no offense to anyone - this is what they used to call them - Really) and some old kitchen shears to cut a piece to wrap around my vase.

I then spray painted it with Rust-oleum
Hammered Dark Bronze spray paint and let dry completely.

I then wrapped it around a plain glass vase and used some hemp rope to secure.

I brought the ends around to the front and tied them in a knot, trimmed and frayed the ends.

I added water and greenery - I can change these out for flowers later.

Now I have some fresh greenery on my mantel.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

April Showers Umbrellas

April is time for showers and not just rain showers. It's time for bridal showers, baby showers as well as tea parties. I was thinking of that when I created these paper umbrella centerpieces.

Here is how - For the large Umbrella start with two 12 x 3-3/4" pieces of Designer Paper -
Run through the Big Shot with the Designer Rosetta Die.

Fold on creases accordion style.

Match up ends. They should match mountain to valley.

Glue together with a strong adhesive. I recommend Stampin' Up!
Crystal Effects. Just a little bit will set in 30 seconds and hold securely.
Glue open ends together to form a tube.

Using the Big shot Cut large scallop circle with coordinating card stock.
 Make a cut from the edge to the center.

Making a cone shape overlap 4 scallops and glue. Again with
Crystal Effects.

Add glue to the inside of the scalloped cone and attach the Rosette
 making sure Rosette is centered. Creating a cone shape with the Rosette.

Using the Scallop Circle Die.
 Cut scallop then run through the Big Shot with texture plate.
 I love texture plates!

Cut from the edge to the center, overlap 3 scallops and Glue.

Add Dimensionals to the inside of this cone,

Attach to top of umbrella.

A candy cane works perfect for this - Luckily I had one.
 I decided the easiest way to cover it would be with coordinating lace.
If you have an all white candy cane - even better!

I attached Sticky Strip to the ribbon.

Use a small piece of lace wrap over the end of the candy cane, then wrap the
entire candy cane overlapping the lace to cover the stripes on the candy cane.
I found it easier to only take a couple of inches of the sticky strip backing
off at a time to avoid it sticking together.

Here it is completely wrapped.

I added Crystal Effects to the hole in the underside of the umbrella.
 Hot glue would work here. 

I then stuffed the end of the candy cane into the hole and let dry.

I added some pearls to the top.

Here is the close up of the detail.
I added a ribbon to the handle. Then I made small ones with mini candy canes.
Perfect for place setting/party favors.

To make these umbrellas you will need:

1. Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper #122357
2. Very Vanilla Card Stock #101650
3. Marina Mist Card Stock #119682
4. Crochet Trim #- Victoria 5/8" #118481
5. Pearls #119247
6. Big Shot #113439
7. Designer Rosette Die #125594
8. Scallop Circle Die #2 #113469
9. Scallop Circles Die #113468
10. Textured Impressions folder - Finial Press #115963
11. Crystal Effects #101055
12. Stampin' Dimensionals #104430
13. Sticky Strip #104294
14. 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon - Very Vanilla #119960
15. Scallop Circle Punch (small Umbrellas) #119854
16. Candy Canes
17. Hot glue - optional

Thanks for stopping by!


Simply Scrappin' Projects

Today I made a few goodies with the Stampin' Up! Simply Scrappin' Tickets and Tags kit. I love creating with these kits. They include everything you need to make not only scrapbooks but cards, banners, gifts, home decor and more. Today I used my favorite Simply Scrappin' kit Tickets and Tags to make the following.
Tickets ant Tags Simply Scrappin' kit

These boxes are easy to make and require no adhesive.
Large base - 11-1/2 X 11-1/2 scored at 2-3/4", 5-3/4" and 8-3/4"
Large lid - 10 X10 scored at 3", 5" and 7"
Medium base - 10 X 10 scored at 2-1/4", 5" and 7-3/4"
Medium lid - 9 X 9 scored at 2-1/2", 4-1/2" and 6-1/2"
Small base - 9-1/4 X 9-1/4 scored at 1-3/4", 4-5/8" and 7-3/8"
Small lid - 8 X 8 scored at 2", 4" and 6"
Instructions for assembling these boxes can be found here
The gift bag is so quick and easy - just peel and stick the trims them use the Embossing Buddy or talcum powder to cover adhesive on the back of the flower and tag. Curl flower petals with a bone folder and use a dimensional dot to adhere flower to bag and button to flower.

I made all these and haven't even used half of my Simply Scrappin' kit.

Here are some pictures of the detail:


Sahara Sand 12"x12" Card Stock 124296
Basic Gray 12"x12" Card Stock 124268
Simply Scored Scoring tool 122334
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate 125586
Simply Scrappin' Tickets and Tags 122373
Ribbon - Basic Black 3/8" Taffeta 119962, Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon 1/2" 125582
Linen Thread 104199
Buttons - Neutrals 119743
Stampin' Dimensionals 104430
Embossing Buddy 103038
Red gift bag

I also used the Tickets and Tags Simply Scrappin' kit for my Chalkboard Blocks -

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Oven Fried Ranch Chicken

I tried this recipe that I found on Pinterest and had to share. It is so fast, easy and yummy.
 Ready in less than 30 minutes. And my DH gave it the thumbs up!

All you need:

Chicken strips or boneless breasts cut into strips
Ranch dressing
Plain bread crumbs

Coat chicken strips in ranch dressing then bread crumbs
(a Tupperware sandwich container works great for this). Place in single layer on baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes turning half way through.
The chicken turned out moist and delicious and the ranch dressing gave it a wonderful flavor. A similar recipe called for Stove Top Stuffing mix in place of the bread crumbs.

 I baked corn on the cob along with it. Just throw (or set) directly in the oven, husks and all. 350 for 20 minutes, cut off at bottom of ears along with one or two rows of corn and it easily slides out silk free and ready to eat.

This is going into my fast and easy dinners recipe file.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Today in the Garden

If I didn't have a bit of a cold this week I would go out and weed the gardens. That is my story and I am sticking to it (for now).

The weather has been great and the gardens are filling with color. While out yesterday morning I snapped the following pics.

The veggies are also doing well (please ignore weeds here as well).

I haven't even pulled the tomato cages off yet but you can see tomatoes peeking out the top. Besides the weeds are horseradish sprouts I need to tackle.

Happy surprise! Asparagus!!! Very small unexpected, and popped up overnight.
This is the first year I have planted it and had not expected success.

Can't wait to feel better and get out there.

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