Inspiration Is Everywhere…

Hello everyone!  I went to the Phoenix Quilt Show this last week and about decided to pack up all my scrap supplies and become a quilter.  Oh. My. Word.  My eyes were drooling with delight.  (Usually that’s called tears, but not in this case).  And don’t worry, I did buy a couple of kits to try, but I don’t intend to quit paper crafting anytime soon.  I will just have to try and get by on 3 hours of sleep in 24 so I can fit everything in!  Shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Anyway, when it came time to make something for today’s blog post, I could only think about fabrics and colors and patterns and I remembered one booth in particular where I wanted to own  everything my hands could touch.  I’ve long loved vintage Chenille.  I used to make teddy bears from chenille bedspreads to sell.

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img_6724I loved discovering that there is a very cool, easy way to replicate the chenille look with bias cut cotton ribbon.  It gets sewn on flat, and then washed, making it fluff all up like that!  And it gave me this idea.

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Using some of the hand-dyed seam binding that Lori has made for the store, I stitched it around this watercolored stamped image for a “chenille-like” frame.  I stitched it onto the last piece of the Prima paintable canvas that I have, and adhered everything to a card front.  It’s pretty quick and easy and gives just the effect I was looking for!

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Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you found something to inspire you too!

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This post was written by Norine on January 31, 2016

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Love Fest (photo heavy)

Hello folks, today I have a whole lotta love to show you … so let’s get started.

(all photos can be enlarged, on my computer … it’s right click, and view image)

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I have been dying to alter one of Kaisercraft’s MDF words … and what better time to do it then when Valentine’s Day is approaching.  I used Krylon ballet slipper spray paint (which is in the store) … let it dry … sanded it down a bit … and then added just a few embellishments.

(by the way, just in case you didn’t know … all of the underlined words - if you click on them - it will take you to the store - or somewhere I would like you to go to see something.  Someone was in the store last week, and they didn’t realize that … so thought I would mention it)

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I made it to go with this layout (attached to a canvas with 3M command poster strips) that I did in one of Finnabair’s classes when she was here last July.

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This week the layout and canvas and the altered word will be sent off to Justin and Katherine (my son and daughter-in-law).

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I guess you can say I have been busy … busy getting ready for Valentine’s Day … and the month of love.  I have altered some coffee tin bags which are ready to be filled with some yummy goodies.

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I also had a pile of fun decorating some cupcake boxes, for boys, girls, men or women - there is one for everyone.

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Did you know that we have Happy Hippo bath bombs and accessories in the store?  For a little gift idea, we have made up these extra cute packages of mini manicure bombs and pedicure bombs … (half strawberry and half vanilla).

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What would you put in the treat bags … nuts n’bolts, peanut brittle, nibblers, an assortment of candy and/or chocolates, cookies, or maybe you would like to try Red Velvet puppy chow (recipe below).

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I am sure you have noticed these awesome little gift tags adorning the bags and cupcake boxes … and if you guessed that they are the creative designs of Norine, then you are exactly right.

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On the bags and boxes I have decorated, I have foiled them with gold, and two with turquoise.  If you wish to purchase these and do not have the means to foil them yourself, please ask and we can do that for you.

And now for some close-ups…

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A cupcake, muffin, or a tasty treat can fill up these cupcake boxes.  You also could use them as a little gift box - maybe a t-shirt, pj’s, socks or maybe some Happy Hippo products … lots of possibilities.  What a nice way to say Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I so enjoyed making the cards … I have to admit … making cards has become one of my favorite things to do.  (seriously, did I say that?)

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I couldn’t resist decorating some mini notebooks … and the heart shaped egg cartons were a must do on my list.

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The store is loaded with things, you can fill a mini pink bath tub with bath bombs and shower spritzers …

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or fill a heart shaped egg carton with some Happy Hippo lip balms.  How perfect and cute is that!

As you can see, I have had a lot of fun in my scrap space … and it’s been fun filling up the store with all kinds of goodies.  Whether you want to purchase a bag, cupcake box or card that’s already decorated … or purchase the products to make your own … we can help you put a little gift together for those special people in your world.

Thanks so much for dropping in today, your visit is much appreciated.  I will close this post with the Red Velvet Puppy Chow recipe and also one for Red Velvet Oreos.

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Red Velvet Puppy Chow

1  package Chipits white chocolate chips
1/2 cup Chipits milk chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
1 box Shreddies or Rice Chex (I used Rice Chex for this batch, but I won’t again as it crumbled too much)
1-2 cups peanuts (optional)
1 cup Red Velvet Cake mix
1/2 cup icing sugar
Melt peanut butter and chips in microwave.  Check mixture often, and stir until smooth.
Add Shreddies and mix making sure all Shreddies are coated.
Have Red Velvet cake mix and icing sugar pre-mixed together.
You can stir cake mix/icing sugar mixture in, or place everything in large bag and shake to coat.
Spread mixture on cookie sheet to cool and dry.

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I also made these and they were a hit.

Red Velvet Oreos

1 box Red Velvet cake mix
2 eggs
3/4 cup shortening
Preheat oven to 350.
In large bowl mix red velvet cake mix with eggs and shortening until well combined.
On a sprayed cookie sheet roll dough into balls. Make them all the same size.
(I got 42 balls out of this - and the balls are sticky, I refrigerated for awhile which made them much easier to roll)
Bake for about 10 minutes or until done.
Allow to cool for a couple of minutes then transfer onto cooling rack.

Cream Cheese filling

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
8 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat all the ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth.   Spread between two cooled cookies.

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This post was written by Lori on January 27, 2016

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