Tuesday, May 23, 2017

National Mod Podge Day Winner

National Mod Podge Day was a blast. I loved viewing the videos on  Live Stream and seeing the projects being promoted by Plaid Crafts. We hope you enjoyed our "wobble people" are inspired to make your own!




As promised, we had a $50 prize pack to give away  sponsored by Plaid Crafts. The winning comment was made by:

Amy L
My favorite childhood toy was a cupcake doll. I begged for one for Christmas when I was 4. It is the first thing I remember really wanting.

Congrats Amy! You will be contacted on how to claim your prize.

A big THANK YOU to Plaid Crafts for sponsoring the give away!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

50th Anniversary of Mod Podge! -Crafting for Shoeboxes-Wobble People (Contest Closed)

One of my FAVORITE things to use is Mod Podge! I remember my mom using it as a child to make all sorts of craft projects and it's safe to say I followed in her footsteps!




Mod Podge is turning 50 and Plaid Crafts the makers of Mod Podge have declared May 19th as "National Mod Podge Day!"

The good folks at Plaid Crafts are holding a celebration all over the web to celebrate Mod Podge's 50th and sent me some Mod Podge to join in the celebration! Naturally I had to think of something fun to put into a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child using Mod Podge!

With Easter being just a few weeks back, we had a bunch of plastic eggs left over, when some spilled on the table they reminded me of a childhood toy. When I was little, I loved playing with "Weebols" (ya know the kind that wobble but don't fall down!)  If you don't remember them, check out this old ad I found on You Tube from the Museum of Classic Chicago Television



My version isn't as fancy, but just as fun and even the "big kids" around here had fun knocking them down only to see them wobble back up. Best yet, they are perfect for 2-4 year old shoeboxes!

Wobble People

Supplies: plastic aster eggs (test first as you will be using these with Mod Melts and the thinner plastic eggs can melt), metal nuts, wing nuts or washers for weights, Mod Melter by Plaid, Mod Melt sticks, Mod Podge, Brush, scissors, cut outs of faces, alcohol markers. Silicone Craft Mat. Optional Supplies: Silicone tool set.




  • Start by opening the eggs, using the Mod Melter, glue a couple of washers, or one nut into the middle of the bottom of the egg. (Images 1 and 2) You will notice that the "middle is already marked out for you due to the markings from the creating of the egg. TIP-the more weight the quicker the egg rights itself, less weight equals more "wobble".  Wing nuts provide more of a "consistent" wobble. Experiment to find out what you like best. This is where the Silicone tools  came in really handy, they don't stick to the glue AND are heat resistant!
  • Carefully on the inside of the top half of the egg place a thin ribbon of Mod Melt and then quickly close the egg to glue shut. (Image 3) 
  • Color in your faces or images you wish to adhere to your eggs using alcohol markers. Alcohol markers will not run when you apply the Mod Podge. 
  • Mod Podge your images to the surface of the egg, for fun add images on the front and the back.  Allow to dry and add a second coat. I only covered the the image with Mod Podge. I felt it looked better.  TIP-if you create a "circle" of mod melt on the silicone mat and allow to cool, it will act as a base to hold your egg while Mod Podging. (Images 4 and 5)
















You are now ready to try them out:


How would you like a chance to win a $50 prize pack from Plaid Crafts the Makers of Mod Podge???
This prize pack includes: -8 OZ. Mod Podge gloss,  8 OZ. Mod Podge Matte, 8 Oz. Dishwasher Safe Gloss, Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium 2 Oz., Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat, Mod Podge 7 Piece Tool Kit, Mod Podge 4pc Spouncer Set, Mod Podge 4pc Foam Brush Set. 



To enter, you simply have to leave a comment sharing your favorite toy as a child! Want a second entry, subscribe to my blog. Entries will be accepted until 12:00 Noon CST May 23th 2017. Sorry the contest is open to US residents only. Winners will be selected at random based on all comments. Be sure to enter your email in the comment form if you wish to be contacted when you won!

Be sure to follow Plaid Crafts on Facebook May 19th for more giveaways and amazing Mod Podge inspiration!!


Special thanks to Sarah Renee Clark.com for letting us use the "cartoon face" images on our Wobble People! To see the images we used check out her blog!




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Monday, May 1, 2017

Sew-A-Thon

The Operation Christmas Child Three Rivers, IL Area Team is joining American Patchwork and Quilting Magazines "1 million pillowcase challenge"

And we need you

Check out the link here on my blog for more information on how you can get involved!
Sew-A-Thon

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Roll-up Checkerboard

In the life of THIS crafter not only is March National Craft Month BUT as one that collects all year long for Operation Christmas Child "quality crafts" are the item of the month! What better way to celebrate both occasions than to create something for Operation Christmas Child!

I love creating items to put into my shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child. I believe I put a piece of my heart into every item I make. Who better to give a piece of my heart to than a child in need?

Operation Christmas Child typically receives the least amount of boxes for children in  the 10-14 year old age range. Having four kids of my own, my guess for this occurrence would be simply "what do you get (or make) a child that age?" For year round shoebox packers and filler item collectors I wanted to come up with a project that would answer that question.

This roll-up checkerboard fits the bill. Perfect for a boy or a girl it can even be personalized by the colors you choose, or the items you use for checkers. 

Supplies Needed:
Fabric placemat at least 12” x 18”
Stencil Brush
Masking Tape
Paper Plate 
24” length of Ribbon
Markers, Buttons, tokens (12 each of 2 different colors) 


Optional:
Iron
1” velcro pieces
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Directions: 

Make sure placemat is clean and ironed flat if necessary

With placemat facing you lengthwise, position the checkerboard stencil on one end of the placemat and tape stencil in place using masking tape.

Using stencil brush, apply paint to the stenciled areas, remove stencil and allow to dry. 


Apply 2- 2 inch pieces of Fabric Fuse to the non painted end of the placemat. Fold non painted end of placemat up to the checkerboard to form a pocket. Apply firm pressure to taped areas to make sure the adhesive bond is secure. 

Fill the pocket with the pieces you have decided to use for checkers and roll up board. Mark area on back side you wish to place the ribbon tie. Remove checkers. Apply 1 1/2 inch piece of Fabric Fuse to middle of ribbon (you might have to trim or fold over the adhesive depending on the width of your ribbon.) Place ribbon unto area marked, and apply firm pressure to secure adhesive.


To play: unroll mat and remove checkers

For storage: place pieces inside of pocket and roll up. Tie ribbon to secure. 

Optional: 
Once rolled up most normal sized tokens being used for checker pieces should stay in place for storage. For bulkier pieces apply a piece of velcro along the edge of the pocket using fabric fuse.



A HUGE THANK-YOU to Plaid Crafts for providing the stencils, brushes, and paint, and  Therm-o-web for providing Fabric Fuse for this project!

Would you like to learn more about Operation Christmas Child and how you can pack your own shoebox gift for a child in need? Check out their website for more information.  How to pack a shoebox

Check out the #CrazyShoeboxCrew on Facebook

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Shutterfly Album of Paraguay

When you have a background in the Scrapbook Industry and then you take an amazing trip, when you  (finally) create the album you put so much pressure on yourself to make it perfect it might take longer than normal.

I was invited to participate in an Operation Christmas Child distribution trip to Paraguay. It was an amazing experience and the pressure for the album to be amazing was great!


Instead of doing a traditional album, I decided to try my hand at an album from Shutterfly. This is what I came up with! I like it and better yet, I can share it digitally with others ! Hope you enjoy it!


Visit Shutterfly.com to create your own personalized photobook.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

If you give a girl a cookie press- Poop Emoji Cookies


I love my Pampered Chef Cookie Press! I got it several years ago at a party and its my "go to" tool for making Christmas Cookies this time of year. This evening while my daughters and I were baking cookies for a cookie exchange, my younger daughter exclaimed "If you remove the bottom of that cookie it looks like the  "Poop Emoji!"


I don't know about your kids, but I have a daughter that thinks this emoji is adorable! I'm sorry but I think somethings are better left to the imagination, and certainly don't need eyes and a smile!

Regardless to each their own, and when I left for the cookie exchange, my daughter asked for permission to try making some and she loved the results!

She started with my "go to" spritz cookie recipe but substituted chocolate cake mix for the yellow. This is similar to the one that came with the Pampered Chef Cookie Press, except I found it needed a bit more flavor for my taste, and was a bit too stiff to work with my press so I adjusted the way the butter is softened and the amount of flour. (Recipe Follows)

Then she used the ornament cookie press disk to create her cookies. She removed the bottom two pieces to create the shape. Then all that was needed was to add eyes and bake.




For the eyes she used dot sprinkles. I think you could easily add a dot of edible marker or black frosting to really finish off the look

Volia' Poop Emoji Cookies.

I just hope Santa has a sense of humor!!!


Betsy's version of the Pampered Chef Cake Mix Spritz Cookies


1 box cake mix
1 lb butter softened
2 cups plus 1/2 c flour
1 T. Almond Extract
1 T. Vanilla Extract
Colored Sugar

Soften buttter to mushy not melty.

Preheat oven to 350
In Mixing bowl pour cake mix, add butter and mix well. Add extracts Sprinkle in 2 Cups of flour and mix well. Add up to 1/2 c more of flour until soft dough forms (consistency of silly putty, dough will loosely hold a ball shape)

Following directions, use cookie press to create cookie shapes. Sprinkle with colored sugar

Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees allow to cool on cookie sheet 3-5 minutes before removing. 

To make the the version shown, a chocolate cake mix was used, with "dot" sprinkles in place of Colored Sugar. 








Tuesday, December 6, 2016

When you have a box of colors

This past Sunday I took a "Prophetic Art Class" with a bunch of friends. The class was taught by Janice VanChronhite of JVC Artworks. The purpose was to release the artist in you to be able to portray what the Lord was speaking to you.

After sharing her story with us, Janice encouraged us to write/draw on a piece of paper the things that hindered us in being creative. I never "drew" growing up. That was where mom and sis came in. Both of them could draw what they saw. This being the case, I never thought I was artistic. So I never did much with anything artistically. Knowing this about me, you can understand why painting parties, art classes and the like kind of intimidate me. ( Ask my friend Ashani about the meltdown I almost had at the last one we went to.) 

Strangely I didn't feel that here. The class was a mix of children, teens, and adults. Writing on paper the things that kept me from drawing or painting was kind of freeing. Everything from lack of time, lack of talent, and harsh criticism and even clutter went down on that sheet of paper. I then covered them with Jesus. It was so freeing. 

She gave us another assignment in class and then challenged us before we left to just spend time everyday creating.  

So today I finally did. I was left along with my box of colors and just had fun creating and putting them out here is a big step for me but I'm trying to overcome that whole "being scared of what others think" thing. They are simple, and that's ok. It was fun, it was freeing, I enjoyed the process.

The first piece was kind of what I picture in my mind during worship,  it's titled "When glory falls" I got new Faber Castell "Gelatos" so I played with some of the metallics for this.
When glory falls 


For the second one I was playing with soft pastels, I love the way they blend, but they are so messy (and the chalky feel drives me crazy) but I had them so I tried them out. No real rhyme or reason to my drawing. I just loved drawing trees as a child...so I drew them, and then some mountains, and they needed grass and flowers :)


The final one is just simply a rainbow (representing God's promises) and the word "believe" it was just a reminder to believe His promises. I was again playing with gelatos, and using a wide damp brush to blend. Super simple but a good reminder.