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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

Beaded Hearts

                                                                   BEADED HEART  

I was inspired to make a thread spool Valentine heart last night at midnight – why does the crafting fever always hit you about then?  I found the wire easily enough – BUT –  even though I found the thread spools the day before I could not locate them last night!  So, what was I to do?

Soooo, I dug around in my stash and found some baby wooden spools and some beads and made one  but I wanted to make MORE!   BUT I didn’t have enough to make another heart so the search was on for where I had stuck the rest of the wooden beads.  You know how it is, don’t you?   I tried to use white pony beads and heart shaped pony beads but I just did not like the look of the heart so I took it apart.  And as much as I looked I couldn’t find the other wooden beads.  In fact I didn’t find them till today!

And yes, I made a second one this am!  I even used some of my ladybug wooden beads.

So, anyway, for your crafting pleasure I am presenting to you my wooden bead & wire heart.  Let me know what you think?


  • 14 inch piece of stiff wire
  • Assorted beads and buttons
  • Ribbon or trim
  • Wire ornament hooks

Also Needed

  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers


  • I had all the items on-hand from other projects so this was a free craft for me.  If you had to buy the materials I think it would be around $5 to make a dozen or two of them.
  • The beads I used came from two or three garlands bought after Christmas AGES ago for maybe 50₵ each for the beads and a beaded belt I bought for 25₵ around Halloween last year.  It also had triangular beads on it that were perfect to make candy corn maganet with!  If you keep on the outlook for cheap items with beads, you will always have beads on-hand.


Photo 1: Assemble Supplies.

Photo 2: Using the bend as a guide bend the wire into a heart shape. String small beads in the center point of the heart.

Photo 3: String beads alternating very small with larger beads. When finished twist the ends together.

Photo 4: To finish the heart thread the ends of the wire through a button shank.

Photo 5 Twist wire around until wire is pulled taut and there is no slack in the mini wreath.

Photo 6: Turn over and make any last-minute adjustments. I added a dot dash border to the star. Attach a wire ornament hanger.

Photo 7: On this second wreath I could not get the wire to pull snug. finally I twisted the heart around until the twisted ends of the wire were in middle of the heart.

Photo 8: Then I wrapped a strip of burlap around the gap in the bends. Loop it several times and pull taut then tie.

Photo 9: Tie a bow and insert hanger and the ornament is ready to hang.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

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Last year we had a sleepover for our girls at church.  We wanted them to do a craft that was tied into our motto for the year “Keeping the Peace In!”  And we really wanted something that they would use during the year.

With guidance from my pre-teen granddaughter I developed a memory book that combined secular and Christian elements.  I choose to include spaces to record favorites – color, tv show, song, etc. and other secular matters instead of just making a prayer journal to increase the likely hood that the girls would use the journal on a regular basis.  It also has a scripture reference for almost every page of the journal.

The girls were to do some of the journaling at the sleepover but most of it was for them to do at home.  There is also plenty of room to glue in photos and keep a daily journal.

I found single subject notebooks after the start of school for 20 CENTS each.  At that price I thought we could not do better.  Because we were limited in time one of my helpers cut and glued the journal inserts into the notebooks.  You could also not cut the insets but put them in a pronged folder.  We also gave the girls a pen on a rope so they could each have a pen they could keep up with to work in their memory books at the sleepover.

To fit our theme for the sleepover I had lots of material, scrapbook paper, large foam shapes, foam stickers, etc. with a peace symbol theme.


  • Single subject notebooks or 3 prong folder
  • Scrapbook paper (letter sized sheets)
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon & trim: rick-rack, lace, etc.
  • Embellishments: foam stickers, buttons, etc.

Also Needed

  • Pinking Shears
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • White craft glue
  • Journal inserts
  • Pen


Photo 1: Assemble supplies. Print out insert and make copies. Cut out and glue in the journal inserts. This allows it time to dry before you are ready to write in it.

Photo 2: Cut a piece of fabric with pinking shears about 3 inches larger than the notebook cover.

Photo 3:Apply a thin layer of glue with a glue stick (a glue stick holds the fabric on GREAT!).Lay the fabric on the front of the cover putting the edge by the spiral wire down first (lay it flush against the spiral).Press down to remove any air pockets or wrinkles.

Photo 4: Pull fabric edges around to the back side of the front cover and glue down.

Photo 5: Cut a letter sized peice of scrapbook paper or cardstock to fit with zigzag scissors (covers the fabric edges).

Photo 6: Glue the paper down by lining it up with the outer edge of the inside of the cover.

Photo 7: Apply a thin line of white craft glue to the fabric edge on the front cover.Cut the ribbon about 10 to 12 inch peice inches loneger than needed and allow this to hang over the top to function as a bookmark. This tip comes from my granddaughter! Embellish the front with rick-rack, stickers, etc.

Photo 8: Open cover and lay flat to dry.








  • If you are pressed for time, have the inserts glued in before the event.
  • Or have the girls write on the inserts first and then glue them in.
  • If you are going to use scrapbook paper; roughly cut it to fit the cover, glue down and then trim around the edges.


Copy and paste into a word processing program.  Then insert spaces to make book pages.  Customize for your use.

girl’s sleep-over

memory book

__________ __, ____

“keeping the peace in”

“May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.


You may think you will always remember the time that… or how about the time that… or what your favorite song was when you where you were 12 or that your favorite food was fried chicken or, nah!, SOME things NEVER change!  But the more you grow, the more you will know and some of this “stuff” will get lost or will change (some of it).  We all like to “tell stories” about when we were younger, that’s because that’s how these memories making it into our long term memory, through repetition and make well – MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME.  That’s what this book is about, that and a fun way to pass the night (who did fall asleep first at the sleepover and got whipped cream in their…), putting some memories to paper – and permanence.


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

All About Me

My name is ________________________________________   ________________________________________     ________________________________________ .  I get my name from: _______________________________________.

I am also known as (nick-name/s):  ___________________________________________ or, ____________________________________________ or,  ___________________________________________ or,  ___________________________________________ or,  ___________________________________________ or,  ___________________________________________ even or ,___________________________________________.   My Birthdate is ________________ I am _____________ years old.  I was born in ______________________________________ Medical Center/Hospital in _______________________________________________, ______________________________________________

I live in __________________________________________, ___________________________________________________.

Describe your town, neighborhood, rural community in 10 words or less:

I also have lived in these towns & states: ____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________.

If lost please return to me:  My cell:___________________________________________

My e-mail addy________________________

My Physical “Stats”:   Height: _____________    Weight: ___________ (on the moon●)    Shoe Size: ___________

Eyes Color: _________________Hair Color: _________________I wear it: __________________________________________________________.

I have _________ sisters and _________ brothers.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

My Friends

Name She/He is special to me because…… Our favorite things to do together are: We have been friends since:

A friend is loving at all times, and becomes a brother (sister) in times of trouble. Proverbs 17:17








Room of the House:

God, who is really in control of everything in your life, simply wants to be your partner. When you choose to become a partner with God, you will experience the “peace of God.”

My   School

I go to:   __________________________________________________________________.
I am in the   _____ grade.  My favorite subject is:   _______________________________.
My favorite   teacher is Mr./Mrs. ____________________________ who teaches _________________________.
5 things I love about school:
5 School Activities I like to do:

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

My Church

I go to: _____________________________________________.  I have been going there for ___ years.

My pastor Is: ____________________________________________________.

My Sunday School Teacher Is: ____________________________________________________.

My Team Kid Leaders are:

My favorite Bible story is: ____________________________________________________.

My favorite Bible verse is: ____________________________________________________.

5 things I love most about church:

5 church Activities I like to do:

The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.  Psalm 27:4

Book Ends

My favorite book is: —————————————————————-

I ____like or ___ don’t like reading because:

Books I have read this year:

Books I want to read this year:

I like stories that are

  • Funny
  • Short
  • Scary
  • True
  • Mysteries
  • ___________________.

Movie Magic

I like movies that:

  • Are Scary.
  • Teach Me A Lesson.
  • Are Funny.
  • Are Sad.
  • Inspire Me.
  • _________________________________.

My Top Five All-time Favorite Movies Are:

My Five All-time Least Favorite Movies Are:

It costs _______________ for admission to the movies.

Popcorn & a coke costs _________.

The person in a movie I’d most like to be like is _______________________________ in __________________________.

The person in a movie I’d like to look like is _______________________________ in __________________________.

The best lesson I have learned from a movie is:

Sing, Sing A Song

My Favorite Group Is:

My 5 top favorite songs are:

My 5 top least favorite songs are:

This song, _________________________________________________, is close to my heart because:

My Favorite Christian Group Is:

My 5 top favorite Christian songs are:

My 5 top least favorite Christian songs are:

This Christian song, ________________________________, is close to my heart because:

In T.V. Land

Five TV Shows That are popular now are:






My favorite is: ___________________________________________________________.

It stars: _________________________________________________________________.

I will always remember the time this happened:

A Road Less Traveled….

My Favorite Trip This Year Was:

We Went By:

  • Car
  • Plane
  • Foot
  • ___________________

Other Places I Have Visited This Year Are:






My “Dream Vacation” Would Be:

My Feelings

When I am: I do this:
Tired I   sleep until noon.

No Matter What, This can always make me laugh _______________________________


Three things I scared of are:

Three reasons I get grumpy are:

I am grateful for:


  • Save scraps of strings.  Someday strings everywhere will thank you.  Whatever strings are anyways.

Oh, It’s So Good!

My Five Favorite Foods Are:

The Foods I Dislike Most Are:

Foods I Once Hated But Now Like Are:

I Am Allergic To These Foods:

  • I Am Lucky Enough To Not Be Allergic To Any Foods.


I Want To Be:

  • A Rock Star.
  • A Teacher.
  • A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
  • Another Year Older And Deeper In Debt.
  • ______________________________.

I Plan To Go To:

  • Trade School.
  • College.
  • The Kitchen For More Ice Cream With Hot Fudge.
  • Any State My _____________ Is Not In!

I Am Good At _________________________________.

I Am Not Good At ___________________________________________________ (But I Keep Trying).

New Living Translation (©2007) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!


What are three adjectives that describe you?

What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?

What do you say when you talk in your sleep?

What is your biggest phobia?

If you were invisible what would you do?

If you were an animal what would you be?

What was your last dream about?

What is one thing about you that no one here knows?

SleepOver Facts!

This Is Who Came To The Sleepover:

Who Was Voted “Best In Pajamas”: ___________________________

Who Went To Sleep First?: ________________________________

Who Went To Sleep Last?: ________________________________

Who Won The “Beauty Pageant”: _____________________________

What Did You Have Done At The Party?:

  • Manicure.
  • Pedicure.
  • Mani – Pedi, Of Course!
  • Hair.
  • Make-Up.
  • The Works!

What Did U Eat?: __________________________________________

What Did U Drink?: ________________________________________

The Make Your Own Best Ever

“What To Do At A SleepOver?” Checklist

The SleepOver is done when you’ve checked everything off, all the food is gone or everyone is comatose!

⃝  Do Each Other’s Hair

⃝  Do Makeovers

⃝  Eat Junk Food

⃝  Eat Popcorn

⃝  Have A Fashion Show

⃝  Have Pillow Fights

⃝  Look Up Your Weight On The Moon

⃝  Make Cookies

⃝  Play “Test Your Taste Buds”

⃝  Play Freeze Dance

⃝  Play ________________

⃝  Play The “Mummy Wrap” Game

⃝  Share Your Favorite Bible Verses

⃝  Share Your Testimony

⃝  Stay Up All Night

⃝  Take Millions Of Pictures

⃝  Talk

⃝  Talk Some More

⃝  Talk About Guys

⃝  Tell Scary Stories

⃝  Tell Secrets

⃝  Watch Movies

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1


Now take photos of u and ur friends doing things and paste them in ur memory book.  Here are some suggestions to get u started.  Cut (the old fashioned way) the title and paste it under the photo in ur book!

Photos of Me & My Friends Eating Ice Cream

Photos of Me & My Friends Being Silly

Photos of Me & My Friends Wearing Disguises

Photos of Me & My Friends With Our Pillow Pets

Photos of Me & My Friends Studying Our Bibles

Photos of Me & My Friends As Clowns

Photos of Me & My Friends With One Friend Sleeping

More Photos of Me & My Friends

Still More Photos of Me & My Friends

Even More Photos of Me & My Friends!

Cookie Cutters, Not Just For Cookies Anymore: Valentine Versions

Valentine Versions of “Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore” Crafts

A garland hanging on the wall is my answer to having a seasonal tree.  I can have my “tree” AND not have my furniture crowded right out of the room!  And my two bull moose-es (meeses?) and one girl moose (moosessa?) can actually walk by it without knocking off a dozen things!  An added bonus is that it is safe from the tree eating cat!

Hanging the garland was the easy part, finding something special to put on it was another story all together!.  So I turned to my “Cookie Cutter Craft” tutorials for inspiration.   It was so super easy to alter the end product simply by changing the cookie cutters templates and the paper, fabric &embellishments used to seasonal patterns and colors.  Then follow the tutorial instructions and you have the perfect seasonal ornaments for your tree, wreath or garland!

I would like to share photos of the Valentine Versions of my “cookie cutter crafts” I created that with you today. The link for each tutorial is listed below each photo. Any special tips, instructions, etc. for creating the Valentine craft project are listed in the photo caption or in the description of the craft.  There are a couple that the tutorial will be published soon.  Please stay tuned!

Valentine Versions of My Cookie Cutter Crafts:

Photo 1 Heart Cookie Cutter Graland

Photo 1: Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter Garland:  Change the cutters to hearts, cupids, etc. and you have the perfect garland for your wall or seasonal tree.  The added bonus is that with this craft if you’d later like to use the cutters all you need to do is cut them apart!


Photo 2 Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

Photo 2: “Cut-Out Cookie” Applesauce, Cinnamon, Salt, or Bread Dough Christmas Ornaments: The cinnamon ornaments smell wonderful for years!  And last forever (or at least 20 years)!  The applesauce ornaments are fragile if you make them thin.  Use seasonal cutters to make great ornaments, package decorations, etc.





Photo 3: Quilted heart. I braided a fabric hanger for this ornament.

Photo 3; “Quilted” Cardboard Cookie Cutter Shape Valentine’s Ornament:  this ornament gives you the appearance of a sewn crazy quilt without the needle and thread!  All you need to make this ornament is a bottle of white glue, cardboard, and fabric scraps.


Photo 4: Scrapbook Paper Backed Cookie Cutters

Photo 4: Scrapbook Paper Backed Cookie Cutter Valentine’s Ornament:  Enhance a plain cookie cutter by backing it with seasonal scrapbook paper and adding embellishments if desired.


Photo 5 Valentine’s Baking Wreath

Photo 5B: Close-up of baking utensils.

Photo 5: Valentine’s Baking Wreath:  This wreath just came together once I realized that I had all the elements already made and I just needed to put it all together.  It’s perfect in my kitchen!


Photo 6: Cookie sheet with homemade foam cookies.I pnched a white foam heart, then glued it to tan craft foam and cut it out with decorative scissors and glued a pink or red small heart punch to the center.

Photo 6: Heart Shaped Valentine’s Cut-Out Cookies on Copper Cookie Sheet:  Simply by using homemade heart shaped cookies and lace for a hanger & bow this ornament just screams Valentine’s Day!


Photo 7: Heart Shaped Stuffed Felt Ornament

Photo 7; Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shapes Valentine’s Ornament: I don’t sew but this is an easy ornament to make simply using glue.  You can use fabric glue, but I just used white craft glue!


Photo 8: Heart Shaped Paperbag Backed Felt Ornament

Photo 8: Ladybug Paperbag Backed Foam Ornament

Photo 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam or Felt Cookie Cutter Shapes Valentine’s Ornament:  Create ladybugs or hearts for your tree from craft foam or felt.


Photo 9: Heart Shaped Paper Bag Ornament

Photo 9: Paper Bag Valentine’s Cookie Cutter Shapes Ornament:  Use a plain brown wrapper to make a really cute heart (or other seasonal shape) to decorate with fabric or paint.  Hang on your tree, in a window, or use the shapes to make a wreath.  To make the fabric covered heart shown above make a pattern with a large heart cookie cutter.  Cut out a heart shape from red fabric and glue to a paper bag.  Double the paper and trim around heart leaving a two inch boarder.  Stuff and glue or sew together.  When dry, pink around the edges.  Add “stiches” with a marker or glitter glue.  Embellish as desired.


Photo 10 Paper Cut-out Cookies

Photo 10: Paper (Scrapbook, Construction, Wrapping, Etc.) Valentine’s Cut-out Cookies:  This is a great craft for kids.   A great use for old greeting cards or kid’s Valentines.  This craft is very inexpensive too if construction and “found” paper are used.


Photo 12 Play Box Decorate box to resemble a stove

Photo 12B: Fill box with baking utensils.

Photo 12: Cookie Cutter Crafts For Kids:  The sheer range of crafts that kids can make with cookie cutters is staggering.  Take a minute (or three!) and take a look at these crafts that are kid friendly.  This is a busy box I designed and made using a photo storage box (substitute a shoe box) and a kid’s baking set from Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Keep this box in the kitchen to entertain your little one while you cook.  You can also put together your own baling set with a small rolling pin, felt with “cookies” cut out & mini cookie cutters, cookie sheet made from a silver metallic poster, and wooden spoon.  Customize the kit for the season with seasonal cookie cutter shapes.

Tutorial pending.

Photo 13: Food Shapers: Your cutters don’t even need to leave the kitchen for this “craft”.  Craft with food!  Cut decorative shapes from food to serve as accent pieces.

Tutorial pending.

Photo 14: Hand-decorated Greeting Cards

Photo 14: Greeting Card Decoration:  Add a few extra special touches to blank greeting cards and you have a beautiful handmade gift for your child’s teacher or a good friend.

Tutorial Pending

Photo 15: Cookie Cutter Shaped Note Cards

Photo 15: Cookie Shaped Note Cards: An alternative to making a hand decorated card is to make a shaped note card.  Trace a cutter that “fits” the recipient (ex: football for a sports fan, rooster for chicken lover, etc.), trace it on a note card, then cut out the shape and embellish.

Tutorial pending.

Photo 16: Cookie Cutter Shaped Note Pad

Photo 16: Cookie Shaped Note Pad: Make a cute notepad as a little special gift for someone special.  Add some favorite saying or scriptures for that extra special touch.

Tutorial pending.


Photo 17: Heart Shaped Cut-Out Cookies

Photo 17  Cut-Out Valentine’s Cookies:  Don’t stop with crafting up a batch or two of foam cookies – break out your favorite recipe (or try mine) and roll out some edible cookies.  Don’t have time to make up the dough?  Then add a couple of ingredients to refrigerated cookie dough and get RAVE REVIEWS!



Here is a “sneak peak” (sneak tell?) at my upcoming Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore tutorials.  Look for these posts within the next month.

Package Decoration & Name Tags: Make these little for your next event to get custom made themed name tags!  Great for any occasion!  To add a little pizazz to your gift wrapped package or gift bag, make a custom combination package decoration and name tag.  You can make seasonal shapes or select a shape that “fits” the recipient. Example: For a crafting supply basket use a pair of scissors cookie cutters.  For a new baby use a ducky cutter and some of the gift wrap leftover from wrapping the package.  For a end-of-the-year gift for your child’s teacher use an apple cutter.  Go a step further and tie a cutter and several die cuts made using the cutter in coordinating colors to serve as a package decoration and bonus gift!

Party Favors: Give cookie cutters as party favors for a wedding or baby shower for a gift your guests will use for years to come!  Combine them with a blank card to make a place tag.

Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders:  Instead of collecting thimbles on vacation, stop by a shop that sells baking supplies & cookie cutters and get a unique cutter.  This is something you can use and will remind you of your vacation every time you make cutter with that cutter.  Cookie cutters are inexpensive to collect.  Most are less than $5 each.  So each year around Christmas add a cutter to your collection that represents a special event from that year: baby rattle for a new baby in the family, pair of bells for a wedding in the family, school bus for a child’s first year in school, ect.

Stencils:  Before you buy a stencil or if you can’t find the stencil you need, take a look at the cookie cutters you have on-hand.  Simply place the cutter on paper and trace.  Or to make a durable template, trace the cutter on a thin piece of plastic (I found a package of five plastic binder dividers for 50 cents around the start of school.  This could make a ton of stencils.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the links to my Valentine’s craft projects.   If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

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Mini Wooden Valentine’s Spoons

Mini Wooden Valentine’s Spoons

Make several of these little cuties for a Baking Wreath or to hang on a seasonal tree for Valentine’s Day or Christmas.  They are very easy to make and super inexpensive too!

  • Wooden ice cream spoons
  • Cardstock scraps
  • Metal ornament hanger

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Permanent markers
  • Brown colored pencil or marker
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush
  • 3/8ths inch heart punch


I bought some ice cream sticks in a bundle of arts & crafts supplies for $1 so maybe it cost me 15₵ for 25.  The paint, cardstock scraps, Mod Podge, and fabric were leftover from another project.  So basically this was a free craft for me.


Photo 1: Assemble materials. Punch hearts.

Photo 2: Draw a spoon pattern on the ice cream stick lightly with a brown colored pencil..

Photo 3: Begin cutting the handle out by making a horizontal cut on each side of the ice cream stick where the “handle” begins. Then cut vertically on each side down to the horizontal cuts.

Photo 4: Sand smooth CAREFULLY. This wood splinters very easily. Watch out!

Photo 6: Tie ribbon around the bottom of the handle. Insert metal ornament hanger (or short piece of wire) before pulling tight. May also glue a magnet to the back of the ornament instead of hanging it on a tree.

Photo 7: Tie ribbon into a bow. Push the bow up a lttle on the spoon handle and apply a little glue. Pull the bow back down and allow to dry. Hang on tree or wreath.











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Plastic Lid & Leftover Valentine Card Ornament

Plastic Lid & Leftover Valentine Card Ornament

Here’s another ornament for your tree!

These simple to make ornaments are also inexpensive enough for a crowd to make.  Consider making these at a craft fair, etc.

This is a great kid’s craft. As it uses items already on hand it is essentially a FREE CRAFT! 

Make a dozen of these to decorate a seasonal tree with. 

Or make them with your child for their class as a unique Valentine’s Day card.

these can also be easily adapted to fit any season or holiday!


  • Pringle’s lid
  • Valentine’s card
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon and other trim
  • Foam adhesive squares

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Pencil or pen


Photo 1:  Assemble supplies.

Photo 2:   Trace & cut scrapbook paper background if needed. Trace & cut Valentine card to fit inside the lid. Cut it out a little to the right of the trace line.

Photo 3 Add embellishments. To make ornament 3D, cut out parts of the card and use adhesive foam squares to attach embellishments

Photo 4:  Glue on a bow and your ornament is ready for the tree!

Photo 4: Glue on a bow and your ornament is ready for the tree!

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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards

Flash cards remain one of the best tools for memorizing facts.  By constant repetition and reinforcement flash cards increase the student’s comfort with and familiarity with the material to be learned.

To intrigue a child who is learning to read (or to spell, add & subtract, etc.) make flash cards using large cookie cutters. Flash cards are great for teaching numbers, letters, and arithmetic equations. Having “fun” flash cards can help your kids really want to learn!

Throw a set of flash cards in your child’s back pack or in your purse and anytime the child has “downtime” (while they wait for the bus, on the car trip home, waiting for a table while eating out, etc.) they can pull out these personalized “shaped flash cards” and have fun learning!


  • Unlined index cards
  • Stickers
  • Binder ring, large paperclip, ribbon, etc.

Also needed

  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
  • Markers or crayons
  • Large cookie cutters


Photo 1: Assemble materials. Choose your cutters. Use the largest simply shaped cookie cutter that will fit on your index card. Use at least a 4”x6” index card.

Trace the cookie cutter shape to be used on a piece of cardboard to create a template. Cut the template out.

Trace the template on a large unlined index card and cut out cards in a stack of 5 to 10 at a time.

Photo 2:.Once all the cards you need are cut it’s time to write the information to be learned on the cards. For example: Ask a question on one side and give the answer on the other or list a word on the front side and the definition of the word on the back.

Photo 3: Give the kids markers, crayons, stickers, and other art supplies to personalize their art supplies. Color is a great way to enhance the memorization process especially for visual or tactile learners. Consider using a different colored index card for each subject


Photo 4: Punch holes in the left top hand corner of the cards. Attach the cards together with a binder ring, large paper clip, ribbon, elastic, etc.

Tips on Using Flash Cards

  • Include one blank card to record the date, child’s name, subject, etc. pertaining to that set of flash cards.
  • As you study make a small check mark on the right hand corner of the questions, words, etc. you get right. When you have three or four marks on a card you know the information and you can put that card in a separate pile. Study the flash cards until all of them have at least three check marks.
  • Let your children write out the information to be learned on the flash cards. Some people learn better by actually writing out the answers themselves. This is also good penmanship practice.
  • You can customize flash cards to use only the concepts your child is having trouble with.
  • Save the flash cards for the end of the six weeks (semester, year) review.
  • Consider laminating the cards if they will be in use for a long time.


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Curtain Ring Ornaments: Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, Theme

Curtain Ring Ornaments

You may never think of wooden and shower curtain rings in the same way again! Just don’t rip yours down and leave your shower curtain all caterwompass!

A trip to a thrift store netted me 18 wooden curtain rings for $1.99 last spring and I knew I just had to think of something to do with them!

Initially I thought of photo frames (which is still a good idea) but Vacation Bible School was coming up and I felt lead to use them in making Christmas ornaments for the VBS kickoff. I had on hand some religious sayings scrapbook paper and presto – the idea was born! I framed the words I wanted highlighted inside the curtain ring and it made a really cute ornament for the tree.   Since the theme was New York I added a freehanded skyline in blsck cardstock and a tiny apple punch.  The kids really enjoyed making them too and even a few adults made one!  They were a big hit!

So I have been on the lookout for more rings at the local thrift stores ever since, and have found some smaller ones that worked pretty well. But I wanted still more and was having trouble finding them (Did you know they are over $5 in stores?) – – – then, at a fairly recent trip I picked up some shower curtain rings for 99 cents. And they work just great too!  If you wrap the bottom part of the ring that comes open with ribbon (and then make it the top of the ornament) you would never be able to tell what they are.  You can find them in any color you need.

This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at under 10 cents an ornament (using shower curtain rings) it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.

You can customize it to the season simply by changing the scrapbook paper, color of the curtain ring, and ribbon. So it works for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras (fleru-de-lis), Easter, Harvest, Christmas, or other holidays equally well.

It makes a great package decoration as you can even use sticker letters to spell out the recipient’s name.


  • Curtain rings, wooden curtain or shower curtain
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Cardstock
  • Stickers: alphabet, seasonal
  • Torn fabric strips, ribbon, lace, etc.
  • Feathers, string of seed pearls, etc.


Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
  • Permanent markers
  • Pen
  • Cotton swabs or paint brush



The scrapbook paper was bought on sale for 20 to 44 cents a sheet and one sheet will make 12 to 18 ornaments, depending on the pattern.  The cardstock was on-hand from another project.  The rings cost 6 to 11 cents each.  So each ornament was 15 cents or less to make.  This makes it an excellent “bulk craft” for “Make Your Own Ornament” events.  It is easy enough for kids, yet adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.


Photo 1: Assemble materials needed. Choose scrapbook paper with a pattern that fits inside the curtain ring. A large pattern does not work as well as a small pattern. Choose cardstock that coordinates with the paper.

Photo 2: Lay the rings out on scrapbook paper. Start by framing the design you want displayed within the curtain ring. Trace the ring with a pen or pencil then roughly cut around the ring with scissors.

Photo 3: Next glue cardstock to the back of the scrapbook paper with a glue stick to reinforce it. This way you can cut out the backing along with the “front” so that both circles will be even. It is very hard to get them to match up otherwise.

Photo 4: Cut out the circle. Write name, date, and any other information you’d like on the cardstock now with a marker. Add sticker letters or other stickers as desired.

Photo 5: Wrap the bottom of the shower curtain ring several times around with ribbon, lace, etc. and tie off. Insert feathers, string of seed pearls, etc. before pulling taunt. Insert a metal ornament hanger under at least one loop. Tie into a bow. The bottom of the ring now becomes the top of the ornament. If using wooden curtain rings with an eye hook, thread ribbon through the hook and then insert hanger then tie into a bow.

Photo 6: Now you are ready to glue the scrapbook paper to the ring. Apply a thin line of glue around the scrapbook paper/cardstock circle with a cotton swab. Apply a second line of glue around the back of the ornament. Allow to set for a few minutes to get tacky. You may also use a cool melt glue gun. I prefer the white glue because it gives you time to adjust the paper circle so the design is aligned.

Be sure to match the top of the paper to the top of the ring place the paper on the ring. Turn over to check placement of pattern within the ring and adjust as needed. Press firmly for at least 30 seconds. Lay the ornament face down to dry.


  1. I use Wal-Mart’s Foam Glue because I have found it has superior holding power and when it dries the bond remains slightly flexible and is less likely to come unglued when gluing to plastic.
  2. You can use Glue Dots if you need instant drying.
  3. When doing a crafting party where the ornaments need time to dry, give each participant a cheap white paper plate to place ornaments on to dry.  Have them write their name on the plate with a marker.  When it’s time to go home, it will be super easy for the participant to find their plate!


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Blog Review: Kids Craft Tutorial: Valentine Heart Mobile

My Valentine GarlandThe ladybug beaded ornament.

Kids Craft Tutorial: Valentine Heart Mobile

These cute hearts by Heather were featured on Dollar Store crafts very, very recently. They are so cute I had to drop everything and try a couple.  The photos here are my takes on the project.   But Heather’s look much nicer!

See the tutorial at this link.


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Here is what you will need to do this craft project:

  • 3 chenille stems (pipe cleaners), on hand or $1
  • 18 medium-sized beads, on hand or $1
  • 1/8″ ribbon or yarn, on hand or about $.50 at your local craft store
  • Pencil

These are the instructions for what I did differently than Heather.

  1. The only chenille stem I could find was a red & white striped one.  When I went to work with it my beads wouldn’t fit and I discovered that it was actually two stems wrapped together.  So I unwrapped them and they were curly!  I think it’s cute and didn’t try to straighten them.
  2. The first one I did only with heart shaped pony beads.
  3. Then I remembered I have some ladybug beads I have been panting to try in a project.  The only problem is that the hole in the bead is too small for the chenille stem to go through.  SO, I threaded the bead on a short piece of wire then threaded each end of the wire through the pony beads and tied the wire off by wrapping it around and around the stem.  Then I bent the stems up a little so the pony beads were even with the ladybug bead.  I also wired another ladybug to the point of the heart.

I really like these ornaments because you can make each one different. I am using mine as ornaments on my Valentine’s garland.

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Thread a short peice of wire through the bead and twist behind the bead.

WOYWW 1/25/12

Photo 1: Sectioned Fabric Box

It’s time to see WHAT’S ON YOUR WORK DESK for 1/25/2100!

Yeah!  It’s Wednesday again!  So, let’s see what’s on my work desk this week:

We are going to go “off road” today and I am going to show you some of my finds this week.

I am still working on my origination process.  And I found some cool things that might help me out.  So here are my recent finds!

Photo 1:  First off we have this cool fabric box from the Dollar Tree.  It has compartments and is fairly sturdy for a dollar!  I got 2.  They are low enough to fit in a plastic drawer or on a bookcase.  I happened to have some cardboard that exactly matches the box and used it to reinforce the bottom so I could put paint and stuff in it.  I will probably store this on the floor and put the paint I am working with at the time in it.

Photo 2: My Timesavers

Photo 2:  The second photo shows some more dollar store finds that are going to be so helpful to me in crafting!
  • First in line is a holder for cotton swabs. I am probably going to take the cotton balls and pads out and fill the space with cotton swabs. I use these to apply glue and to do some painting when I just don’t want to look around for a paint brush and really don’t feel like washing one out if I did!
  • Second in the line-up is a holder of toothpicks. I have kept having to get up and go to the kitchen for them or dig around in my paint box for one. Now I have them in a handy holder and boy do they come in handy! I use these as teeny tiny paint brushes where you just need a dab of paint or need to get in a small area. I use them to draw features on figures (ex: a gingerbread boy’s face) or to dab a tiny bit of touch up paint on a project. They also work great for applying glue too. Another thing I put them to use for is paint drying racks. When I need something elevated slightly like when the paint has run around the back and I am working on the front, I use these to make an impromptu drying rack so the painted item doesn’t stick to my paper plate. I have also recently acquired about a dozen chopsticks I paid 25 cents for at a secondhand shop. I plan to use these for bigger drying projects.
  • Last in line is a container of bamboo forks. See above for the uses. These are just a little wider and I plan to use them when paint or glue needs to be smeared. They also have two tines on one end and I think they could be used to make cool patterns in paint.

Photo 3: Stackable Embellishment Tote

Photo 3:  The third photo is of a storage “tote” I found at Target for $2.50.  It has 3 stackable trays with a lid.  It also has a handle so it’s “toteable”.  I haven’t decided what I am going to store in it yet.  Maybe my punch shapes?

Photo 4: 25 Cent Storage Containers

Photo 4:  In this photo is another Dollar Tree find – 4 stackable see through containers to store small stuff in!  These are wonderful and for 25 cents each can’t be beat!  They are short enough that they will fit in one of my deep plastic drawers.  Plus they have a see through top so I can just look down at them and see what is in the container.  I got two sets. But I might be back for more.  I plan to use these for all the small craft items that are bulky– like pom- poms!  They also fit in the plastic baskets they have at Dollar Tree (six fit in one) so they could easily be put on a shelf.

Photos 5 & 6:  In the fifth and sixth photos are some nice deep trays that I found at Target for $2.50.  I am using these to store all the items I am using for one project.  I work on multiple projects at a time – I don’t get bored that way – and as my desk space is none existent – I have to move the keyboard to craft –  I keep things on trays that I can stack when they are not in use.  The yellow tray has all the stuff I am using to create my heart shaped magnets (link below) and the red all the deals I have found this week.

Photo 5: Craft Tray With Valentine's Maganets

Photo 6: Craft Tray With This Week's Deals

Photo 7: Storage Box With Listia Auction Items

Photo 7:  In photo 7 are the deals I found for my “Baby It’s Cold Outside” craft auction on Listia.  If you are interested, Listia is a site where you win things for free using credits you earn by auctioning off your unneeded items off.  It is a great place to pick up new craft materials and share some of your excess items.


I also am working on a few other things this week too.

Please Vote For My Project: Also on my desk (well maybe the computer) is a site I just reviewed (link below).    SHinDigZ has a GREAT GIVEAWAY going.  You can enter your idea to “make life more fun” for someone.  Enter it by “liking” SHinDigZ on Facebook and then writing a paragraph on whose live you would like to make more fun and why.  You can win a gift certificate for up to $250.  Of course I have entered and if you could please run over to Facebook and VOTE FOR MY IDEA I’D APPRECIATE IT GREATLY!  You can only vote once in 24 hours. You can submit a new idea every week.  I am hoping to win a gc for my Wednesday night kids group to provide encouragement for three mission families in our state by sending them a party favor packet and handmade (by the kids) birthday card on their birthdays.


Guest Blog: I am also working on a guest blog for February 3, 2012.  Lisa of Lisa’s Craft Blog is hosting, starting January 30th, “A Love-Filled Valentine’s Event” that will run right up to Valentine’s Day.  There will be guest bloggers, tutorials and a special linky party.  Read more about it at the link below.  Sounds great.  Please stop by and support Lisa’s effort.


Cookie Cutter Crafts Series:  I’m still working on tutorials and posting my “Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore” series.  I am more than half way through. Please check out my posts if you love cookie cutters! I have also combed the web looking for uses I did not have yet and have found quite a few. If you Pinterest check out my board “Ways to Use Cookie Cutters” for 100 pins about uses for cookie cutters other than making cookies (I might have a few duplicates, but not many). I will do a wrap-up post after I have posted my last tutorial. This post will give you links to the tutorials I found (did not duplicate any I have or will do) for those that have tutorials and a description of the project for those that I could not find tutorials for.  If you have any cookie cutter crafts leave me the link for your tutorial.  I will be sure to credit you when providing the link.


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buggalcrafts by Melba


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Gingerbread Angels

Gingerbread Angels

This project was recently updated.  Please take a moment to view the revisions here:  Valentine Gingerbread Angels Revisited

I made these little Gingerbread Angels for my Valentine’s Garland but I plan to make more for my Christmas tree. I used punches to create mine but you can just as easily cut these out freehand or use a stencil to create a pattern.


  • PAPER/CARDSTOCK:  You can also use sandpaper for the gingerbread shape.  When doing this punch a second shape from brown cardstock and then glue it to the back of the sandpaper one.  You can sandwich a hanger between the two shapes.
  • PUNCHES:  Make paper rick-rack by taking a about a 2”x2” scrap (a little longer than twice the length you need for each arm/leg) of white cardstock.  Then using zigzag scissors trim one edge closely to start the pattern.  Then move the scissors about one half the blade’s width to the left and make a second cut.  By keeping the piece of cardstock small you can cut the entire length with one scissor’s stroke (thus keeping the width from wandering all over the page) and by making it double the length needed for each arm/leg the rick-rack on each arm/leg will be the same width.  Savvy?



  • Light brown cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Narrow rick-rack or other trims
  • Narrow ribbon

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • EK Success Large Slim Paper Punch – Gingerbread Man
  • Heart punch (1.5 inch)
  • Small diameter hole punch (1/4th inch)
  • Glue stick, Elmer’s purple


  • You can also use sandpaper for the gingerbread shape.  When doing this punch a second shape from brown cardstock and then glue it to the back of the sandpaper one.  You can sandwich a hanger between the two shapes.
  • Make paper rick-rack by taking a about a 2”x2” scrap (a little longer than twice the length you need for each arm/leg) of white cardstock.  Then using zigzag scissors trim one edge closely to start the pattern.  Then move the scissors about one half the blade’s width to the left and make a second cut.  By keeping the piece of cardstock small you can cut the entire length with one scissor’s stroke (thus keeping the width from wandering all over the page) and by making it double the length needed for each arm/leg the rick-rack on each arm/leg will be the same width.  Savvy?

Photo Tutorial

Assemble materials. Punch all shapes needed. Punch the number of gingerbread men needed from brown cardstock. Save the “faces” to use on another gingerbread project. Punch new faces for each from white cardstock. Punch two “wings” (hearts) from the scrapbook paper of your choice and a second set from the brown cardstock for each angel.

Glue the patterned and brown wings together (pattern side out).

Glue trim to the arms and legs on the front of the gingerbread shape. Allow the lace (paper rick-rack, etc.) to hang over the edges of the arms and legs. Trim to fit when dry and before attaching the wings.
Glue on the eyes & mouth and buttons and bow. By using a disappearing purple Elmer’s glue stick you can coat the entire face and then run a line down the front, see where to stick the pieces and it will dry completely clear and you can’t see it!

Glue the wings to the back of the gingerbread shape (between the “shoulder blades”) with the points touching. Turn angel over and check wing placement. Move around until you are satisfied with the look of the wings. Allow to dry.

Check wing placement and adjust as necessary.

Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and thread lace or ribbon through it to create a hanger. Or glue a hanger to the back.
Glue on a halo from narrow ribbon, string of pearls, etc.
Allow to dry completely before hanging.

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