Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homemade Hand Scrub


How many of you use Mary Kay or Bath & Body Hand scrub? I know I do (I mean .. I did). Going thru all the pins on Pinterest I found a ton of homemade sugar scrubs... all of which needed about 4 or more ingredients. I love to make things but these days I don’t like to spend a lot of time or money for them ;) Well, I was in luck... I happened to stumble on this pin for homemade sugar hand scrub that only included 2... Yes I said 2... Ingredients.

It said it was just like Mary Kay hand scrub... well I am a bit of a pessimist, so I did not totally believe it. I went to the local store and bought the 2 ingredients... Dawn soap (with Oil of Olay) and sugar. Found some jars I had here at home and embarked on a journey that I was sure was due failure.

Let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised.... it works and it works great! I made some for my mom, her friend and some of my friends in the moms group. Everyone that uses it loves it. I added a cute little saying on the top and a ribbon to add the "Tina Touch". By time I was done it cost about $3 for 8oz of it... that is far cheaper than any Mary Kay I have ever bought.

So if you are looking for an inexpensive gift for a lady in your life, this one is a HIT !!!

P.S. - I do know a couple of men who have used this as well.. its great for removing grease and grime.

Teacher Gifts from Pinterest

The first day of school was quickly approaching and my mind was racing... what to make the new teacher. What better way to get the creative juices flowing then to log into Pinterest...I hit the jack pot, I found this tutorial on how to make these cute little Post-It note pad holders.

I had these cute little gifts ready for Josh's teacher... then we went to Meet the Teacher Day... Let’s just say that Mr. Powers isn’t the crafty type. The remaining Teacher gifts this year will be more male focused.


Here is the link to the tutorial on Pinterest... Gotta give credit where credit is due :) This is the link to my Pinterest but in the top right corner it will take you to the original post.

Halloween Toppers


Like I said earlier, we have recently moved to Florida. If anyone is from Florida or been to Florida in the summer you will know that people generally spend the summer inside. This is great if you have lived here for a while, but when you are new to the area and want to meet people... not so much. The way we overcame this was to find and join some meet-up groups.

We found some... joined some... and meet some great people. Why am I telling you this, well because one of the groups is a Moms group and one of the things we do is have MNI (Mom's Night In). I Love to host and plan parties; so I decided to host a MNI where we make some Halloween Toppers for our kid’s class.

I know this sounds like a lot of babbling but I just wanted to give you all a heads up on why I am posting Halloween Toppers in August :)

Now to the Halloween Toppers...

BOO & Witch Way to the Candy Halloween Toppers


Here are the basic steps:


1 Cut black base cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5

2. Score the base at 2 1/2 giving you a 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 card

3. Cut strips of white cardstock in various widths... I uses approx. 1/4 inch plus or minus a bit

4. On the computer type the word BOO and print out

5. Glue the white strips of paper in random patterns

6. Ink the edge of BOO with a grey ink

7. Add googley eyes

8. Add a cute sentiment on the back

Witch Way to the Candy

1. Cut base cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 (I used a Green I had)

2. Score the base at 2 1/2 giving you a 2 1/2 x 4 1/4 card

3. Cut out the Witch boots 2" from the Happy Hauntings Cricut Cartridge

4. On the computer type the words "Witch way to the CANDY" and print out (I used CK Fonts)

5. Adhere one boot on the base

6. Using Pop Dots, adhere the 2nd boot

7. Use liquid glaze on the black part of the boots

8. Ink the edge of Witch way to the Candy with an ink that matches your boots

9. Add a cute sentiment on the back

I then used some Halloween Bags I had from Target last year and filled with candy then folded over and stapled to the toppers.

Back to School

Good Morning Everyone,

Sorry for the big gap in posts... as some of you know we have recently moved from Michigan to Florida and with all the packing..moving.. and unpacking I have to say that I neglected my blog.

Worry no more, I am back ;)

Currently I am a SAHM... and LOVING it... so I have the ability to craft all day :)

Down here school starts in August, so I have had school on the brain. I wanted to send a cute little something to my friends kids back home. Seeing these cute paper bag card/envelope ideas on Pinterest (yes I am addicted) my creative juices started flowing. I made 2 iterations of these.. one for teenage girls and one for pre-teen boys.

Teenage Girl ones:
Here are the basic steps:
1. Take the 5x7 paper bag fold it almost in half
2. Found some cute pattern paper and cut it to fit the front of the envelope
3. Inked the edges to match the color combo
4. Sewed the edges of both the pattern paper and the paper bag (no glue.. it will mess up your machine)
4. Then I cut some white and corresponding card stock, added a ribbon and left a cute sentiment for the girls.
5. Found a ribbon that matched and tied it around the whole card/envelope
6. I added some of the cute litte magnetic clothespins I make (See earlier post under Teacher Appreciation gifts)
7. Lastly I added some cute little notepad and a pencil that I found at my local Walmart.
Pre-Teen Boys:
For the pre-teen ones,  I made them the same with the exception of the sewing; I only glued the edges... and then stapled a cute ribbon to the edge to make sure they did not come unglued.
Hope you like them.... the kids who received them did :)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cute Teacher Gifts

Hello again !!

While sitting at an assembly at my sons school, I ran into one of the teacher and saw this cute bookmark... so I decided I was going to "Craft Lift" and make it myself... but improve it. Instead of using stamps I used cricut cuts from Doodlecharm , Locker Talk and CTMH Art Philosophy, a 4" paperclip and some magnetic close pins from Office max. Added a bit of Ribbon... and viola... cute teacher bookmarks and magnetic clips.

P.S.  Josh's teacher LOVED these too..

Teachers Appreciation Gift

Good Morning,

While I was at Cropping Daze Scrapbooking Retreat in Chesaning Michigan having a WONDERFUL weekend with my peeps.. we were listening to the radio and heard that Teachers Appreciation week is coming.. wanting to see when exactly it was, I googled it and found out that Teacher's Appreciation week is May 7th - May 11th, so when I needed a break from doing my layouts and wanted to just create something fun and new, I decided to create a little gift for my sons teacher. I used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge and created some pretty flowers with dum dum suckers as the centers. I took the cute little flower pots that I found  at the store and painted the with Chalkboard paint, added the flowers and some floral stuff in the pot. Topping it off with some cute ruler ribbon along the edge. Once at home my son and I used chalk to add a cute little note for her.

When I dropped him off at school this morning, we gave it to her and she LOVED it... hopefully you will too.

Red Hatters Special Name Badges

Hi !

I received a call from a friend of my moms who is a Red Hatter... she wanted to have some special badges made for each of her Chaperetts. I used my CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge and my Gypsy to create their custom badges. I added a special touch with a bit of bling and to make it a true Red Hatter item, I added a fun purple feather. Just got word.. they LOVE them.