Friday, April 18, 2014

Reusable Snack Baggies


I stumbled across this Sisters, What! blog post the other day showcasing a tutorial on making reusable snack bags and knew right away I needed to make some of these. I bring my lunch and breakfast every day to work and guiltily use a lot of plastic lunch baggies. I love that I can wash these and that the liner is waterproof. It's made from the same material as a diaper cover.

I headed to my nearby Joanns and purchased the following supplies and the good natured clerk showed me how to use multiple coupons to save me the most money..thank you dear kind lady. The most expensive item here is the diaper covering ($12 for 3 ) but with a coupon it's workable. I was able to make two baggies from one set of fabric and liner.

 
So here are the baggies all said and done. I will admit that the first set I followed the sizes on the linked blog but my ds pointed out it wasn't big enough to fit a sandwhich in so I added 1 inch all around and was pleased with the larger bag


Here are the two baggies side by side and you can see the pink is in the original size and the flowered pattern is a bit larger.

 
Lastly, here is a peek of the insides and after feeling pretty good that I made these late at night with no major problems I realized I sewed one piece of the velcro wrong side down..ugh..this is why I shouldn't sew at night. Needless to say it's an easy but tedious fix.

All in all I think these turned out super cute, who wouldn't want to snack from these fun colored bags? These would make a perfect gift for moms with little ones. Which makes me think I need to make some for my grandbabies.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stamped Note Cubes

If you need a quick, inexpensive and easy gift you can make these cubes lickety split for very little $. I purchased the note cubes on Amazon. They are made from recycled paper and do have one side with adhesive so the user can tear off a sheet of paper as they need to. Click here for the Notecubes

All you have to do is take a rubber band to firmly hold the sheets together and then stamp various images around the cube. I did stamp on the adhesive side but it did take ~5 days for the ink to cure or dry. Once done tie a brightly colored ribbon and you have an instant gift.

I did purchase 6 of these and used one as my prototype but it came out so cute that I will be able to use it for myself. The rest I plan of giving away as Christmas gifts.




Come back on Friday and I will be sharing some uber cute reusable snack baggies that I made.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Altered Frame and In Depth Look at Making Faux Enamel Dots

Happy Monday everyone, I don't know about you but I was busy, busy, busy this weekend. Altered projects were on my list of things to do and I tackled quite a few so be prepared for some of these to be posted this week including making reusable snack baggies.

First up is a frame I bought at Michaels (with a 40% coupon of course) that I planned to alter for a friend for her birthday but at the time I had too much going on so I never got around to it..that is until this weekend. I still plan on giving this to her, just not sure when.

The bling I found in some expo make N take kits that I stored away from the past few years. I cut it down from 4 strands wide into two. Added some ribbon trim, paper roses that I misted with Radiant Pearls glued in a few leaves added die cuts and used a Spellbinders die to cut the quote that was printed on the computer. It looked a bit bland all white so I opted to ink it with Tim Holtz Pumice Distressed Ink.




Enamel Dots

Next up, after reading about making your own enamel dots I decided I needed to venture into this since I use a lot of them and lets face it these things aren't cheap. Nearly $4-6 for a package. The bead of choice were Perler beads. I bought this package for $5 at Joanns.

I had read quite a bit up on these and noticed that some people were melting their Perler Beads at 325 degrees and others at 400 degrees, I decided to try both.

In order to get the smaller size you need to cut them in half. Most people were using a pill cutter but I didn't have one. After trying various things I did find a box cutter knife worked just fine.

 After cutting a bunch up I proceeded to cook my beads on a sheet of parchment paper in a 325 degree oven for 30 min

You can see them begin to melt at 10 minutes. Full size are in the front and the ones I cut in half are in the back.


Peeking in at 20 minutes you can see they are almost done but a little dimple still is present. 

And here they are at 30 minutes. So basically you have small and medium sizes.

 
Next I tried 400 degrees and they took about 15 minutes to melt and I decided to let them go even longer to see if they would flatten out a bit. These dots are a nice size but not as thin as what you normally purchase.

I also wondered if I could get larger dots and stacked two beads together (one on top of the other) and you can seem them below.  The don't quite expand as much as I would like. I tried squashing them when they came out of the oven but they didn't budge. Then I decided to try 500 degrees thinking that would work, but alas the beads became discolored and mishappen. In fact, if you cook too long they become ovalish in shape.






Then my son said to try the microwave, ok we did and it took 25 - 30  minutes before they melted, but they were much hotter than the oven version and I was able to squish these but they look more like discs than the dots.

Finally in my mix of oven temps I did try different mediums. As I mentioned above I did use parchment paper but also tried aluminum foil and a silcone mat. The dots tended to stick to the aluminum foil.

Last I wanted even smaller dots so curiosity got the best of me and I halfed the bead and then quartered it.
For the most part they turned out pretty good, some were a bit ovalish.


Most of these dots came out perfect. I would say 10% of your batch will have some sort of flaw. Are they perfect, no but while they are not exactly a perfect enamel dot that you would buy from a manufacturer, they are pretty good especially if you are more concerend with saving $ on products.

Bottom line if you're interested buy a box of beads ($5 or use a coupon) from Joanns (I read Walmart also sells them), some parchment paper and a pill cutter if you aren't comfortable with a box cutter. Then cook these at 325 degrees for 30 minutes and if you are in a rush then 400 degrees for 15 -20 minutes depending on your oven.

Sorry for the extra long post, hopefully you found some useful information. Wed I am show casing stamped note pads.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kraftin Kimmie - Snow White

It's been awhile since I used my Kraftin Kimmie stamps so I needed to dust those off and take them for a run. I am loving all this washi tape I am starting to get a small stash of. Such a nice punch of color to add here and there. Of course a little does go a long way.

Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pastel Inspired Card

I am hosting a color challenge over at Scrapyland if anyone is interested in joining. My inspiration was to use pastel colors since Easter is just around the corner.

This is my take on those colors. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Fourth

Today I am sharing a layout I did for Scrapyland that is up on their blog.

I have a few photos I don't really like, but finally decided just to scrap them. I hardly ever get photos of my dh and myself together and I try to take "selfies" but honestly I am not that good at it or maybe it's that I always seem to look terrible because I am no longer a "young" person ;-)

I just purchased these new scribble stamps and "pointer stamp and die set" from Papertrey Ink and couldn't wait to use them. Added some splattering from dylusions mists, a few confetti bits and used some embossing paste with my stencils for some of the arrows as well as a few other dies for the font, stars, clouds and border.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Rubbernecker stamps

When I go to the Expo one of my favorite places to shop is at the Rubbernecker stamp booth. Not only do they make a nice quality stamp where the images come out crisp and clean but they have the most unique and funny stamps I have ever seen. I love their sentiments and have to stop myself from buying armfuls of them. Below is a new stamp sentiment I purchased along with a stamp I purchased last year with the fish with the worm.

I think this card would make a great Father's Day card for my FIL. He has a huge sense of humor.


Some of the other sentiments for ones that I did not buy but loved were:

"I made it through the day without beating anyone with a chair. I'd say my people skills are improving."

"My boss told me Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. Now I am sittin gin a disciplinary meeting wearing my Catwoman costume."

"You know that little thing inside your head that keeps you from saying things you shouldn't? Yeah, I don't  have one of those."

"Marriage is a relationshp in which one person is always right and the other is the husband."

"My office recently started cocktail Fridays! Its just that it takes place in the ladies room handicap stall...
and I'm the only one who knows about."

"God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world. Then He made teh world round and laughed and laughed..."

Have a Great Friday!