April 18, 2014

5 Minute Irish Creme Fruit Dip #EasterIDeas

Easter is in just two days and if you're anything like me, you'll be attending a couple of family gatherings. My Mom or SIL typically hosts our Easter dinners so I'm not usually in charge of food, but I don't like to go empty handed, so I'll try to make an appetizer or bring crafts for the kids.

I was in an experimental mood this week and wanted to try out something new to bring, so when International Delight challenged me to use their flavored coffee creamer at Easter this year, I knew just what to do. Make a delicious creamy fruit dip that everyone would enjoy! This stuff is REALLY good and takes just 3 ingredients!

My daughter gave this her "YUMMY!" stamp of approval and I hope you will too.

Irish Creme Fruit Dip
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
(I picked up a greek yogurt cream cheese which had the benefit of additional protein and live and active cultures)
1/4 cup of International Delight Irish Cream Coffee Creamer (add more or less to taste)
2 cups powdered sugar
Mix the cream cheese, coffee creamer and powdered sugar with a mixer on medium for two minutes.
Pour into a bowl and serve with fruit.
Super simple and absolutely delicious!
What do you think? Is this something you'll try this Easter?

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April 17, 2014

Premo! Clay Button Tutorial

Have you ever been working on a project that requires a button, so you raid your button stash only to find that you don't have the perfect button? There's not one that is the right size, the right shape or the right color? I have the solution for you - make your own! I have been wanting to try my hand at making buttons for a while now. There are so many colors, designs and shape options when you make your own. And I love how this is a project that is no-mess - anything that is easy to clean up is a win in my book. When the opportunity arose for me to try out Premo! Clay, I knew exactly what I would make.
I am by no means skilled at clay. I've played with it a few times (check out the fun Christmas ornaments the kids and I made last year) and really enjoy it as a crafting medium. That being said, I figured out how to make some super easy clay buttons and am going to share with you how to do so! If I can do this, you can do this.
Supplies Needed:
Premo! Sculpey Clay - you'll be tempted to buy a cheaper clay - don't. These are buttons, they are going to go through the wash and face everyday wear and tear. You want a high quality clay to stand up to the abuse. The good news is, you can get a ton of regular sized buttons out of one little bar of clay.
Surface for working with your clay - I wish I had a 12x12 tile on hand. It would have been ideal to use because I could have created the buttons on it and then placed it straight in the over. Since I didn't have tile, I used wax paper and then placed that into a throw away aluminum dish. Do not use your cookie baking sheets. 
Rolling pin - do not use your kitchen rolling pin... or if you do, do not ever use it with food again!
Two pieces of cardboard - I tore the flaps off a box - they were the ideal size, 1/4" thick.
Metal Frosting Tip or Small Circle Cutter - Again, do not use with food once you've used this on clay
Clay Knife or Xacto Knife
Tooth pick or other similar tool to create button holes

(Sculpey included a box of tools for working with clay that had almost everything I needed for this project and they made things a ton easier)

Now that we've gathered all of the supplies, let's get started!

Choose what color you want your buttons to be.
Cut 1/4 piece off of the clay bar.
Condition clay per instructions on the box - rolling into a snake, a ball, etc. Really work the clay until it is warm and easy to manipulate.
Roll into a ball and place on your working surface.
Place the two pieces of cardboard on either side and begin rolling out the clay.
The cardboard helps keep the thickness of the buttons uniform.
Once the clay is rolled out, use the circle cutter to cut out the buttons.
My clay pieces did get stuck in the bottom, so I blew through the top of the tip until a portion of the clay popped out and then gently worked the rest of it out. Try not to warp the edges or leave finger prints.

A few days after my first attempt, I made a few more buttons and it hit me!
If I used plastic wrap over the clay, it wouldn't get stuck inside my cutter... and it worked!
But it does change the shape of the buttons - makes the edges rounded more.
What a great discovery! Now I can get two different button styles with the same cutter.
I also used the cover of an old food coloring bottle to add a rim to the button - so look around your house for items you can use to embellish your buttons.
Place the button back onto your work surface and using a sharp object, create your button holes.
I chose two for these ones.

That's it! You're done, unless you want to embellish in other ways - a rim of dots, combining colors or placing an indent in the center of the button!

Place the wax paper inside a disposable aluminum pan, or a baking pan that you don't need any more, and bake according to the directions on clay package. Mine went in the over at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.
Easy and adorable, right?
What do you think? Will you give it a try?

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April 16, 2014

Inspire Me Wednesday #16


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April 14, 2014

Smarty Pants Graduation Card

I don't have any graduates in my family this year, but I have been receiving emails asking if I had any graduation related printables. I didn't, so I decided to remedy that! Hope you enjoy.
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April 13, 2014

Graduate Subway Art

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It's almost May, which means many schools are gearing up for Graduation time.

Do you have a Grad in your family?
If you'll be hosting a Graduation Party this year, I have the perfect printable for you:
 Download the 8x10 Graduation Subway Art, place it in a matted frame and have all of the guests sign it and leave encouraging messages for the graduate!

April 11, 2014

Monster Embroidery Hoop Art

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Monster Embroidery Hoop Art
Hello seven thirty three friends!
I am so excited to be here today!  I need to start by telling you how much I love Kim.  She is such a gift to our little blogging community.  She continually offers tutorials and advice for new bloggers and inspires each and every one of us daily with her creative projects.  To be a contributor on her blog is a true honour! 
 BIG virtual {{hugs}} Kim!  Thank you.

April 10, 2014

Gorgeous Business Cards from JukeBoxPrint.com

I am so incredibly thankful that I found JukeBoxPrint.com and that they were willing to sponsor my business cards for the upcoming Snap! Conference that I will be attending.

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