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January 2016

Craftsy – Draw String Bag

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It has been snowing here all day long.  So what a great day to spent some time in the craft room.  I made this bag for one of my favorite three year olds – Walker Wolf!  I followed along on the Craftsy class “Bag-Making Basics” which you can find here.

I have an embroidery sewing machine which is what I used to embroidery Walker’s name and border for the bag. I will be doing some future blogs on using the embroidery sewing machine.  I also used my Silhouette Cameo to make some images of trains and train tracks.  Cuz Walker loves trains!

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Craftsy classes are a great way for a newbie or a seasoned seamstress to work on their skills.  You can work at your own pace and/or watch the classes over and over.  They have all kinds of genre of crafts.  I am planning on taking a Food Photography class which I will be blogging about.  I also have my eye on the Colored Pencil Essential Class and the Everyday Thai Cooking class.

If you are looking for something to do on this snowy day go on over to Craftsy.  The are having a sale today that ends tonight.

http://shareasale.com/u.cfm?d=321162&m=29190&u=1234537

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Meatballs

paleo, meatballs, low carb, make ahead

Meatballs is another stable I prepare on the weekend and freeze to have on hand whenever I need something quick. This is a very simple recipe and you can customize to utilize whatever spices you like or to change the flavor.  Try taco seasoning, lemon pepper, garlic seasoning, seasoning salt, and the many flavors of Mrs. Dash’s seasonings.

This recipe works equally well with ground turkey or chicken.

 

Meatballs
Print Recipe
Make the meatball as large as you like. I like to make them about two bites or two ounces each. You can bake them in the oven or on top of the stove.
Servings Prep Time
12 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Meatballs
Print Recipe
Make the meatball as large as you like. I like to make them about two bites or two ounces each. You can bake them in the oven or on top of the stove.
Servings Prep Time
12 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put the sweet potato and mushrooms in a food processor and process until fine.
  2. Add the meat to a bowl and mix all the seasoning in and the the mushroom, potato mixture.
  3. Form into meatballs.
  4. Place on a lined cookie sheet if baking and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  5. Let them cool and then place in freezer for about ten minutes to an hour to flash freeze. Then place them in a freezer safe container.
  6. To reheat use the microwave for a minute or so or the stove top.
    paleo, low carb, gluten free, meatballs
Recipe Notes

This is an easy way to have a nutritious snack or meal on hand when you get busy.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Fun Way to Create a Creative Habit!

Have fun coloring?  Think coloring is for kids? Adult coloring books are currently best sellers on Amazon.  You may also have noticed when you walk in any craft store the adult color books are right in front as you enter the store.  I have written this month about how much joy I get when I am creating something. I found this coloring challenge #thedailymarker30day.

#thedailymarker30day, coloring, Copic, colored pencils, cards

I am going to play along.  It runs for the month of February. The challenge is to spend a little time (or a lot if you have it) coloring.  It may only be 5 minutes a day.  But just get started and I would love to see what you are coloring. You can use whatever medium you are comfortable with.  We can post via Facebook, Twitter, Flicker or Instagram.  You can also post on Kathy’s blog at the daily marker.

So you maybe asking what will I color.  Well, … I have lots of ideas for you.  Here we go.

The first idea is a follow-up on yesterdays video regarding free digi stamps.  You may be left wondering  “how do I make this image into a card”.  The first thing you do is save the image on your computer or device.  Then use Pages or Word to bring the design in.  If you want to design the image to be on a single layered card.  Drag it to the bottom of the page for a top folding card.  What I usually do is place four imagines on a page to cover roughly 4.25 x 5.5 inches across and down.  I color the image and then cut out the panel or image itself to use for a card.  You can find some free digi stamps that I found and set up on a page here to get you started.

The next idea is free coloring pages on the internet.  Here are some links.

Coloring Pages for Adults

Coloring Pages for Adults 2

Coloring Pages for Adults 3

You can use whatever stamps you have and stamp them out.  I have attached a few I am going to work on.
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The last idea is to purchase an adult coloring book.  I link below a few that I own and have had fun coloring.

I hope you will play along and share what you are coloring with me!

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Here is a fun class on Craftsy that will get you coloring step by step! Watercolor Flower Bouquet, Mary Murphy

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Video: Card Making Basics

This post is a post for beginners who are new to card making or who may not have considered it before and wonder how to get started.  I have to admit for many years of my life I never spent any  time devoted to any creative process.  I have to tell you that spending time creating gives me a lot of joy. So I would highly recommend that if you are not spending some time in your life creating you should start!  There are a lot of options out there and I will be posting about some of them.

Today I am going to show and tell you how to start making cards if you are so inclined.

In the video I walk you thru the following:
1. How to make card panels
2. Why you make a card panel
3. How to make an A2 card which has the dimensions of 4.25x 5.5.  It can fold on the top or the side.
4. If you don’t like cutting them yourselves you can take them to Kinko’s and have them all cut at once
5. Tools that I think are must haves are a paper cutter, paper scorer, a good adhesive, one that moves and one that doesn’t, Score tape which is a super adhesive tape and a Scotch 3M glue gun – the work horse of adhesives and the more economical way to use adhesive.

Supplies you need to have. Include card  stock, ink, stamps, something to color them with whether it is color pencils, gel pens, markers, or watercolors are just a few of the options.

Here is the video:

You don’t have to purchase stamps you can find free digit stamps all over the internet.  I will link to some of them below.

Paper Smooches Free Digi Stamps

Free Digi stamps

These are my favorite!

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If you are interested in purchasing any of the products I have used in making these cards I have provided the information below. Affiliate links maybe used with some links.

Neenah Solar White Card Stock

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Scotch 3M Advanced Tape Glider Refill

3M Mounting Tape

AC 80 lb Red Card Stock

Gel Markers

SCOR Mounting Tape

Simon Says Stamp


03441 Fishers PREMIUM CUT LINE Paper Trimmer 12 Inches

from: Simon Says Stamp

Buying a card kit is a good way to sample number of supplies. You can purchase card kits here:

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month February 2016 SWEETHEART CKFEB16 – $29.95

from: Simon Says Stamp


Martha Stewart MINI SCORING BOARD Score Craft Tool 42-05013 – $10.99

from: Simon Says Stamp


Sakura KOI WATERCOLORS SKETCH BOX 24 Colors With Waterbrush 38895 – $35.99

Glue Dots 3/16 MINI DOT N GO Disposable Dispenser Adhesive – $5.49
from: Simon Says Stamp

Prismacolor PREMIER COLORED PENCILS 12 3596 – $20.49
from: Simon Says Stamp

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