Favorite Finds for the 7th Week of 2010

Chiffon Pom Flower Earring
So I bought these from Forever 21 for my birthday...in fact, they were so cute and came in three colors (pink, white, black) and I couldn't decide so I bought them all. I actually saw them on a friend Megan Hoeppner from CK Media wearing them the other day and LOVED how cute they were on her...I just hope I can pull them off (or my daughter will have some really cute earrings).

Jersey Ruffled Scarf Tutorial
I always love a good tutorial and Sew Much Ado blog offers up this darling scarf tutorial. Enjoy!

Amazing Quilling
This is for my friend Amy...years ago we did a demo on how to Quill at a convention in Chicago and being fairly new to paper crafting we were open minded. But after we twisted and glued a share of paper strips, we decided quilling was a "lost" artform that should probably stay lost (at least for us). However, I came across a site for Yulia Bodskaya, who is said to be the Queen of Quillers. Her work is AMAZING and I hope she gets paid lots and lots of money to roll those paper strips...check out her gallery here.

Fat Free Chocolate Cake
I finally found a chocolate cake that wouldn't make me fat!! This awesome FELT creation by Patisserie Soleil, totally made me giggle. Coolest part is the site this and may other yummy felt treats are found on are "kits"...all precut and ready to assemble.

Lounge Pants
My daughter is just learning to sew and she'd sew something every weekend if I had the energy to work with her on it. So in the meantime I stall by having her look for things she wants to sew and then search for the perfect fabric. Well this is one project I found on my own and hope she'll be interested in doing...so cute. DYI Style is such a great site that I still haven't found enough time to search through.

Fabric Flower Bib Necklace
This gorgeous piece of artwork or neck-wear can be found (along with many other delightful creations) at Second Sister Designs shop. Look around and be sure to check out her blog...love her style and ideas.

Sunshine Clips
I came across this fun website called Old Soul New Heart...
iPod Valentines
I know it's after Valentine's Day, but had to remember these come next year. Too cute and all my daughter's friends would love them. So do with it what you want, but thanks Crafty Chicksfor posting it.


Favorite Finds for the 6th Week of 2010

Ribbon Flowers on Cards
What a simply cute idea to embellish a card. If you haven't already checked out Kelly Rasmussen's blog, then be sure to hop over there and follow her. She always posts super cute card ideas.

Chic Pearl Necklace
I've seen a few of these ideas and always love the idea of combining jewelry with flowers of all sorts. Lei explains how she created this on her blog.

Love & Food Storage
I thought this was a cute idea that you could give for Valentines or any other special day, couldn't resist showing it to you all. For the tag – that reads “Because I always want you to be safe” and contents list, click here.

Olympic Cookie Medals
In honor of the Olympics beginning I thought I'd share a fun idea I found at Alpha Mom. Check it out to see step by step how to create this fun and useful medal!

My Composition Notebook
...was featured on Scrapbook Trend's blog this past week...wahoo! It was created with Imaginisce's Sweet Cheri Collection. I used a technique that Janna Wilson taught in an online class I participated in...such a fun technique and perfect for this project!!

Erin's Fabric Flower Tutorial
The great Erin Bassett not only posted the how to make these fun flowers on her blog, but she also posted a "video" tutorial for all of us that need the extra visual help.

Pie in a Jar
Love this yummy idea...I think I've even posted about it before. But what I really wish is that one of my talented friends would make one for me!! Check out the how-to here.

Heart Newspaper Blocks
A ton of great ideas for Valentines were posted around the web...this one from Brown Paper Packages stuck out for me.

Zipper Ruffle Shoes
I loved these when I saw them on Diary of a Craftaholic's blog. She bought the flats for a discount at TJ Maxx and simply added the zipper...I can't wait to try this. Check out her blog, she's suppose to post a tutorial soon. UPDATE 2/16/10: Tutorial can be found here!

CARD CLASS: by Sue Neal
I have always loved Sue Neal's designs, ever since I saw her first card published in Paper Crafts. Now she teaches at Robert's stores along the Wasatch Front and I'm so excited about her latest class, Tender Mercies (sympathy). I loved these designs that I ran home after seeing them posted at the store and hoped on her blog so I could sign up for her class!! Join me if you can!


Favorite Finds for the 5th Week of 2010

Little Girl's Floral T-Shirt
I love these fun, bright fabric flowers, but then to add them to a young girls t-shirt made them even cuter!! If you want to see how to create these for yourself, visit The Idea Room blog!!

Lovely Headbands
I'm not sure I've shared a fun site I enjoy checking out called "The Recessionista"...but they have the lovelist headbands I've ever seen and if my budget would allow it, I'd be ordering all of them. This is one of the newest and the yummiest!

Banner Tutorial
These darling banners seem to be all the rage for paper crafters everywhere, but I loved this quick tutorial to create one from 5x5" fabric squares. Click here to learn how.

Quilted Composition Book - Tutorial
Loved this fun idea to cover a composition book and you can remove it and add it to another book when the book is done. Check out this fun tutorial here!

Inkbloom: Design Your Own Fabric
I've seen products similar to this, but loved what they did with it. They even have a section on their blog to download designs. Skip to My Lou website featured this product and offered a great tutorial on how to use it and make this fun bag. Love the graphic, they have a link at the end of the post that tells you to subscribe to their newsletter and they'll send you a link to download it for free!! Can't wait to play with this!

Cardstock Rose Tutorial
I was super excited to come across this blog...they actually show you step by step how to make these gorgeous paper roses!!
And the more I looked around, the more tutorials Helen had on her blog...love her!
And she had another flower tutorial.

Fun Valentines Socks
I thought this was one of the cutest ideas I've seen for Valentines and it's not too late to do it for yourself. Check out Saltwater Kids Blog for a free download of the tag!!

Eclair Squares Recipe
Okay I have to admit I haven't made these (yet) but I wanted to remember the recipe I found on NoBiggie.net blog and thought if I posted it here I might find it easier.

Eclair Squares Recipe

1 stick butter
1 Cup water
1 Cup flour
4 eggs
3oz. cream cheese
2TBL. milk
1 large package Vanilla Pudding
1/2 Cup Milk
8oz. Package Cool Whip
Chocolate Syrup
Fresh Berries

For the Crust:
Boil: 1/2 Cup Butter (one stick) & 1 Cup Water
Add: 1 Cup Flour & 4 Eggs (beat well between each egg)
Spread into a greased pan.
Bake @ 400 for 25 minutes until puffy, and then let cool.

For the Filling:
Beat together: 3oz. Cream Cheese with 2TBL. Milk
In a separate bowl mix together: 1 Large Package Vanilla Pudding with 1 1/2 Cup Milk
Combine both until thick
Fold in 8oz. Package of Cool Whip
Spread over the top of crust. Refrigerate. Serve with chocolate syrup and fresh berries.


Imaginisce Sketch Challenge

Typically I don't participate in the Design Team challenges, but I couldn't resist playing with a the new Imaginisce sketch and loved this one by Julie Bonner. But I also couldn't help but use some new papers that only I have access too (a perk of being the coordinator)...it's from the new To Love & Cherish Collection shipping in April. I was going to add in red, but figured I'd keep it classic and use a photo from sooooooo long ago. Hope you like it!!

Leave a comment and you could win $50 worth of Imaginisce product. Then hop back over to the Imaginisce blog and leave a comment there and on any of the other blogs of our Design Team that participated in the sketch. And if you want to create a layout based on this sketch, you can!! Check out the details on the Imaginisce Blog

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