Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Reindeer Food 2010

Here is the new poem label that I created this year for Magic Reindeer Food.  I designed it in PaintShopPro8 and the orignial size is 1524X1524.  For this since they are kind of small you can paste the picture into a word doc many times and print them on card stock.  Cut them out and staple them onto snack size ziplock bags.  The digital kit is called Santa's Workshop and can be found at GottaPixel.


1 cup rolled oats
2-6 Tbsp red colored sugar
2-6 Tbsp. green colored sugar
1 - 2 Tbsp glitter


Mix the ingredients together and place in a plastic bag, adding as much colored sugar as you like for a festive effect.

Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight.
The moonlight will make it sparkle bright.
As the reindeer fly and roam.
This will guide them to your home.


Snowman Soup 2010

Miss V wanted to make her classmates Snowman Soup again this year and two for her teachers.  I came up with two different designs.  I create them in PaintShopPro8.  The orginal size are 2032x2032.  I print them on Avery Postecards #8387.

Here is the "recipe" for Snowman Soup

The recipe for Snowman Soup:

1 individual pack hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey's chocolate kisses
10-15 mini-marshmallows
1 Candy Cane

Place all in a pretty Christmas clear ziplock bag or "goody" bag.  Attach the poem with a festive ribbon.

The first one is the one I designed from the Snow Fun Kit on Gottapixel.  This one was for her classmates.

This is the one I designed for the teachers, it was from the Winter Frost Kit at Gottapixel.

The poems are a little different at the beginning.
For the two teachers, I found plain white ceremic mugs at Target for $1.99 each.  I also picked up Snowman Gift bags in the $1.00 spot.  For the kids I just used small paper snowman goodie bags and stapled the poem to the fronts.

Here she is with all her Snowman Soup gifts.  (for her own protection I did block out her face)

Christmas Pageant Angels

I volunteered to help make costumes for our Church's Christmas Pageant this year.  I used the same McCall's Pattern 2854 as Miss V's Trixie the Halloween Fairy costume.  I did make them in the full length.  I also used a pretty white crushed panne' velvet.  It wasn't a stark white, but more of a winter white.  I ended up making five Angels with this pattern.  At the last minute one of the girls had to switch and be a Wiseman.  For the wings and halo, they were purchased through Buy Costumes.

For Gabriel's costume I used Simplicity 4797 pattern since the young lady playing him was a bit older and taller.  I made the dress and put gold trimming on the bottom of the dress and down the sleeves.  For her belt I used a gold twisted rope.  The wings and halo also came from Buy Costumes, but a different style.

Here is a close up of the gold trimming.  It was very pretty.

I totally forgot how that I love to sew simple things.  I even told Miss V that I found a pattern to make pajama pants and she wanted of course MONKEY ones.  On one trip through Joann's she found every single fabric that had monkeys on it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wanted posters

This year we are hosting a murder mystery game called Murder At The Deadwood Saloon.  No wild west party would be complete without a few wanted posters.  I searched high and low online and found a software program called Poster Forge.  You can download the free version and start creating!  It also has a couple other features, but I stuck with the wanted posters.

When you print them out, they print out on 4 letter size sheets of paper.  I used white cardstock to print mine out on.  I have four printed and just put two together.  It was so simple! 

Here are the two that I just finished, I did blank out my daughter's face and name for her own online safety.

I also search for cute slang sayings for the "crimes" part of the poster.  The finished hight is about 20 inches.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Linky Party over at 1825!

1825 is having a Halloween/Fall Linky Party!!!  Go and check out all the really cool ideas!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tall Ghost, cost $12.00

This year I am looking to make some inexpensive decorations.  I saw some tomato cage ghosts and thought, I can do that and make it taller!

I picked up a Styrofoam ball (10.00) and a package of orange string lights, 50 (2.00) at walmart yesterday.

First, tip the tomato cage upside down and push the Styrofoam ball on the ends.

Next, take your string lights, can be any color and zip tie them to the cage.

I then zip tied the cage to an unused plant stand.

Added some white fabric that I had in a bin or you could use a twin sheet.  Use black permanent marker to make the eyes and mouth. To give him a neck, I used some clear stretchy jewelry cording and tied it around his neck or you could use fishing line or white thread.

Plug in and enjoy your new friendly ghost!

 This one comes up to my shoulders, so around 4 foot.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Trixie the Halloween Fairy bag

Of course you can't have a really cool costume without a really cool trick or treat bag.  So I found a 3 pack of canvas tote bags at Walmart.  They are 13.5 x 13.5 x 3.5 inches, perfect!

I printed out Trixie on an iron on transfer page.  I used the one for dark fabrics because I wanted the white background.

Then around the edges I used some bright orange grosgrain ribbon and glued it on with Fabri-tac.  The corners looked a bit messy so I whipped out my box of scrapbooking flowers.  I found a pretty orange flower from CK and glued those on.  Now what for the center....I have plenty of brads, but didn't want to poke holes into the bag so I found some mini pom poms left over from a Christmas craft and voila....

A pretty trick or treat bag for my little Trixie.

Isn't it cute?  What do you think???

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Frightfully Fun Frames

Frightfully Fun Frames, I saw this idea a little while ago on another blog.  I thought the idea is super cute for Halloween.  I don't have much of a budget for decorating this year so I had to improvise alot.

First I had a 5x7 black frame not being used.  I used some purple scrapbook paper and for the letters I cut out the letters with my Mickey Font Cricut Cartridge.  I cut BOO in 1.5 inch.

I then used my Martha glue and glitter in Peridot on the paper letters and let dry.

Next I used my glue from my Elmer's Craft Kit, it is called Craft Bond and it is a dual tip pen.  I used the wide end and really covered the back of the letters and put them on the background paper and let dry.

Next I took the frame apart and put the paper in first then the glass then the back of the frame.

I think it came out pretty cute despite the changes that I needed to do. 

So what do you think?


One of my neighbors sells Uppercase Living and I received the word "spooktacular" last year as a freebie.  I finally used it today, after I remembered to get the MDF board from her.  LOL

Anyway I painted the board white and then put the expression on it.  On the back I put in two small screws and tied a piece of black and white checked ribbon.

I wanted to jazz it up a bit and took some white thread, glue dots and some spiders from my scrapbook stuff.  I think it came out cute and I can change the spiders for different ones next year.

Elmer's Crafters Campaign on Bzz Agent

I joined Bzz Agent this summer and I am on my second campaign.  I received my Elmer's Crafters Kit.


I will be letting my daughter (aka Miss V), use this kit on her Indian Project for school this weekend.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Trixie costume is done......

Trixie costume is done......and I have one happy little Halloween Fairy!!!!

For her own protection, I had to block out her face in hopes that someone does not feel the need to put her picture on their own websites.  (long story).

So what do you think???????

Trixie Costume...work day #1

I got an early start this morning on Miss V's Trixie Costume, since she now has to be to school at 7:45.  I was home a little after 8.  I laid out the fabric on the floor and started pinning and cutting.  In just under an hour I had the back pieces, front pieces and the sleeves cut out.  I did measure Miss V this morning and shortened the tunic a lot.  She doesn't need it to be all the way to the floor.

I am starting to feel a bit more confident that I can do this. So here are a few pictures of what I already accomplished this morning.

My 11:20 update....

I started sewing about an hour ago and only had one minor freak out. I could NOT understand the directions for the sleeves.  After a sip of ice coffee, I improvised and did it my way!   I just need figure out how much to take it on the sides since it is way to wide.

Ok sewing machine is threaded and ready to stitch...

Ready or not...here we go!

So far so good....

I think it is coming out pretty good!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Trixie the Halloween Fairy

Yesterday at Walmart we were just peeking at the Halloween stuff and I saw fairy/butterfly wings.  I realized that I never ordered the green ones for Miss V's reward, I know bad Mummah!  So I casually said, wow those orange wings look like Trixie the Halloween Fairy wings.  Miss V right then and there said she wanted to be Trixie for Halloween.  I must have asked her 5 or 6 times if she wanted them for dress up or for her costume and I would not order the Jane Jetson costume.  She was ADAMANT that she wanted to be Trixie!  Oh so I pull up the book cover picture on my lovely blackberry.  Sure enough we found the orange and black tights, wand and necklace.  I couldn't really tell what was on her head and then figured, hey I could just whip up an orange dress...Ok I haven't seriously sewn in YEARS!!!!!!

I looked all over online last night for orange tunics, peasant type dresses and to no avail.  I did spot a pattern by McCalls. 

I explained to Miss V this morning that I was going to go look at Joann's fabrics and if I couldn't find anything, then I would order a large men's long sleeve t-shirt and would take it in and up.  She was fine with that, but said she just knew I would find something at Joanns.  But wanted to make sure that I could some how make it sparkly.  Yep...I have spray glitter which she remembered using last year for our tin can Santa.

So after dropping her off at school this morning, I went and got my ice coffee at Dunkies to strengthen my fortitude that I can sew....

So at Joanns I find the pattern, take a really big deep breath and went in search of orange fabric.  I naturally went to the front where the Halloween fabrics are located.  Nothing so I walked s-l-o-w-l-y up and down the aisles until I found it!  There was bolt of Orange panne velvet in all its glory..just waiting for me.

Take another deep breath, take the lovely bolt of orange panne velvet off the shelf and headed to the cutting station and get my 3 yards.  I then and go get matching thread and went in search of a canvas bag that I can decorate up for her trick or treat bag.  I couldn't believe it, they don't have them.  Oh well....one project at a time.

So I check out and feel like I am going to have a mini stroke...Can I seriously do this???  Can I make a halfway decent tunic dress????  What was I thinking?????

So somehow this:

Will turn into this adorable fairy?

Any and all encouragement would be greatly appreciated!!!!  LOL

Monday, September 13, 2010

Halloween Party Invite

I just created this for Miss V's Halloween Party.  Of course I took out the layer that had the party details.  The kit, I found at GottaPixel, it is call Lil Spooks.  It is so cute!

Frankenstein Pot 2010

Since my sample from last year was never returned, I made a new Frankenstein Pot this year.  This year I think he even looks cuter than last year.

HERE are the directions.

This year I use Americana Paint in Citron Green and it is much better.  You can't tell from the pictures the true color from the picture.  I still need to seal him.

I still need to get some gray craft foam for his neck bolts.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wine Charms

Years ago I bought a set of six wine charms and it was about $20.00 for them.  They had a couple seed beads and a pewter charm.

There are times that six isn't enough, so I decided to figure out how to make them myself. 

Seriously the hoop part is just an earring hoop, which are pretty cheap!  Then I dug into my stash of beads and charms.  I have a lot of Disney charms for when I used to make jewelery for Miss V.

You can purchase bulk hoops at Michaels or other craft stores.  But I like getting mine at Fire Mountain.  You can make them as fancy or simple as you like.  I like mine pretty simple and fun.  I now have dozens of wine charms.  One of my favorites is Mike Wazowski!  Isn't he adorable????  I think he was the most expensive thing on the wine charm and he was only a dollar or two from World of Disney.

Taste of Mardi Gras

A few neighbors and I decided to start an informal dinner group.  I chose to do A Taste of Mardi Gras.  I found the coolest Mardi Gras digital scrapbook kit at Gotta Pixel.  I also created them in an older version of Paint Shop Pro.  I do have Adobe Photoshop.  I just find it easier to PSP.  I took the layer off that had personal information.

I think they came out really well.  Can't wait to see what my next digital item will be.  Maybe our neighborhood Christmas Party invitation.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Monkey, Monkey, Monkey

I am working on goody bags for Miss V's party and I am bit stumped.

I ordered some white craft bags with handles to put the goodies in and going to print out labels with the kids names on them. Here is a picture of them, they are going to be printed on 3 1/3 x 4 inch mailing labels. (Yes I snagged the picture) LOL I probably shouldn't post the picture, long story but some of my iVillage girls will remember the "infamous Taggie" letter that some of received.

Here are the candy bar wrappers that I made. If you are ever you want to order the foils, you must check out Foilman!

I ordered the stuff below from Oriental Trading. Cute but doesn't match, but Miss V doesn't care because it is MONKEYS!!

I am not sure what else to put in them. Maybe some individual bags of trail mix that has banana chips? Have any ideas, I would love to hear them!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Monkey Candy Bar Wrappers

I just made these candy bar wrappers. I have been making them for the past few years. I need to order some foils from FOILMAN.

My next question...
I originally was going to frost cupcakes aqua blue and put banana runts on them, but I would have to buy a minimum of 3 pounds.
Or should I frost 1/2 the cupcakes yellow and put aqua M&M's and the other half frost them aqua and put on yellow M&M's???
What do you think????

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Scraproom is 80% organized!

Yesterday I decided to undertake the task of organizing my scrapbook room. I got it about 80% done. I want to have it all done by the time my 232 pictures get here, which should be in about a week.

Here's proof that at least my scrap counter is almost organized.