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1  You have to try my Banana Pudding! in Dessert by I Sew Cute on: September 12, 2014 12:10:28 PM
This is hands down the best banana pudding I've ever made/had. My husband was dying for me to make it, so here it is. He says it tastes more like a banana cream pie than pudding, so I guess that's a compliment.  Cheesy

Ingredients:
4-5 large bananas
1 box Nilla wafers (vanilla wafer cookies)
1 lg box instant vanilla pudding (Not banana pudding...Weird, right? Just trust me.)
3 cups + 1/4c. milk
1 pkg. cream cheese
2 cups cool whip

Mix the milk & pudding together first, then blend in the cream cheese. (leave it out of the fridge for awhile so it softens a bit to make mixing easier)
Then blend in the cool whip until creamy.

In a deep dish/pan, what have you, line the bottom with the nilla wafers.
Spoon on a layer of pudding mix & smooth it out.
Slice up a layer of banana on top of that.

Repeat these steps until you have come to the top of your dish & have hopefully ended with a layer of fluffy pudding.
With the leftover nilla wafers, I crushed them up & sprinkled on top. I know it's not perfectly pretty, but for what this is lacking in good looks, it more than makes up for in taste! It's banana heaven baby!

Enjoy! Smiley
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2  Snap Clutch Purse - Batik Patches - by isewcute in CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES by I Sew Cute on: September 07, 2014 05:12:22 PM

This photo is by Loves2Experiment... my partner in a make a friend swap last year. Smiley


I had a great time creating this clutch because I was doing a craft I love...piecing squares as you would for a quilt...and doing something I was completely unfamiliar with...making a snap clutch with a purse frame. One of the things I love most about swaps is that it pushes me to do or try things outside of my normal comfort zone.

For this project, I cut strips of batik fabric & sewed them together, then cut the sewn together strips into yet more strips, then matched up the corners & patterns how I liked them & stitched them into a workable piece of patchy fabric.


Sewing was a little crazy, but the challenging part for me was to fit the fabric piece into the purse frame.  Roll Eyes After a couple of trial & errors...it came together as planned. Don't you love it when a plan comes together?  Grin


I think it turned out so cute!... or 'sew cute'! Cheesy Best of all, my awesome partner, Loves2Experiment, seemed to really like it!
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3  Jewelry & Trinkets Featured Projects - Summer 2014 in JEWELRY AND TRINKETS by I Sew Cute on: September 02, 2014 10:46:20 AM
Here are some of the amazing featured projects for summer 2014 selected by you & the craftster community by hitting the 'this rocks' button. Thank you all for sharing your amazing crafty creations with us!  Smiley

Beaded Electric Mayhem Bracelet
by calixita


More Spoon Pendants...galaxy themed
by lidehtium


Pixel Heart Necklace + Zombie Hands
by Kaoticat


Fibre Based Jewelry
by Belladune


Peter Pan Necklace
by Deumira


Lazy Super-Duo Bracelet
by Beholderess


Embroidered Pendants
by artsycandice


Gnome Charm Bracelet
by Mistress Jennie






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4  Re: GALLERY: Craft My Pet For Me in The Swap Gallery by I Sew Cute on: August 01, 2014 09:22:03 PM
Photo time! Blasphemy the Blasphemer sent me the cutest Yuki crafts! She really captured Yuki's look!

First, an origami Yuki with big beautiful eyes & pink in her ears!


Next, a wee marshmallow bunny that can hide in a magician's hat! I love this because we adopted Yuki from a magician & I often refer to her as my marshmallow bunny! She's magical & sweet! Cheesy


And finally the Pièce de résistance... beautiful bunny art to hang in my craft room once I find the perfect mat & frame for it. I really love this!


This has been an awesome swap & I hope to participate if there will be a round 2. It was so fun to craft Blashphemy's kitties, I didn't want it to end!  Smiley
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5  Re: CRAFT MY PET FOR ME! (SU June 7-21;SO July 21, 2014) ***1 SPOT LEFT*** in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by I Sew Cute on: June 15, 2014 09:08:53 PM
Staying up past my bedtime & just sent in my info so I wouldn't miss out on this. Here is my house bunny Yuki. Smiley





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6  Anybody want a peanut? Princess Bride Movie Stitchalong. in Needlework: Stitchalongs by I Sew Cute on: April 01, 2014 06:11:01 AM
I'm so in love with the movie, "The Princess Bride" & have been inspired to stitch up some of my favorite characters & quotes. Would you like to stitchalong with me? Here is Fezzik as played by Andre the Giant & my favorite quote of his, "Anybody want a peanut?"

Print out the pattern & trace onto fabric with a lightbox or against a bright window & stitch up some Princess Bride awesomeness!



Printable pattern here.
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7  Flea Market Finds to Child's Vanity & Jewelry Organization in CHALLENGE 95 ENTRIES by I Sew Cute on: February 10, 2014 03:03:08 PM
This is my little girl over the moon with her new vanity I surprised her with today when she came home from school.


This is what I started out with. A couple of flea market finds; a wicker framed mirror and a shelf made from a shutter + leftover paint from painting my daughter's room 6+ years ago.


The mirror had been made to hang vertically & I wanted it to be horizontal which is just a tad wider than my shelf is long, so I added some hardware to the back for attaching it to the wall.


I then masked off the mirror area & began to paint.

Wicker is a total pain to paint in case you might want to try this, you've been warned. Wink You can see I'm using an old ice cream bucket to store the paint in...it's great! Has a handle & is airtight! So much better than messing with the can which had rusted a bit around the lid from being stored for so long in a damp area.

I also painted the shelf with 2 coats.


I mounted the mirror to the wall at my girl's eye level & then hung the shelf directly below it. It's really fabulous for my daughter because it has these great big pegs for hanging her necklaces, bracelets, & little purses from.

She can keep all her lotions, hairclips, hair brush, & whatnots on the shelf...so organized, so cute, so fun! She absolutely loves it!  Grin


I'm so thrilled to have finally completed this project. I've had the idea for a few months now & it's been one of my new year resolutions to get to that 'crafts to do' list hanging over my head.

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8  Grumpy Cat Shrink Plastic Chandelier Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by I Sew Cute on: February 06, 2014 09:48:08 AM


So my latest craft obsession has been working with shrink plastic! I have been wanting to make a pair of Monday earrings to beat the Monday blues. What better subject for such a project than Tardar Sauce aka 'Grumpy Cat'?

This is the brand of ink jet printable shrink plastic I used:


I created the printable art file & lightened it by about 50%. Printed them, cut the pieces out, & punched holes for assembly. Shrank them in the toaster oven set at 275...according to the package instructions. I did one piece at a time to prevent the pieces from melting & sticking together.


If I were to do the art for this again, I would've made it even lighter as they became quite dark after the shrinking process. Check out how much they shrink up!




I attached the limbs with various jump rings & attached an earring hook at the top:

They have a bit of movement because of the dangling limbs & make a little plastic clinky noise while they're being worn.




I hope this project inspires you! My next project with shrink plastic will be my bunny, Yuki. I need to think spring & get over this cabin fever!


Haven't tried working with shrink plastic before? Check out this video tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341442.0#axzz2sZ0G7pKx

Here is an easy DIY Valentine jewelry shrink plastic project you can download & make for Valentine's day: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431298.0#axzz2sZ0G7pKx
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9  Valentine Earrings Craftalong with Shrink Plastic Cupids in JEWELRY AND TRINKETS by I Sew Cute on: February 04, 2014 08:31:41 AM
Make yourself or your sweetheart a pair of cute-cupid shrink plastic earrings!


What you need:
My cute cupid artwork provided for personal use only
printable shrinky dink plastic for ink jet printers
an ink jet printer
scissors
hole punch
jewelry findings: jumprings & earwires
jewelry pliers or needle nose pliers to open jumprings
lacquer (not necessary, but recommended)

I was inspired to make some valentine earrings & since it's all about the love, I thought I'd share this with y'all if you'd like to make them for yourself, a friend, or a sweetheart.

Here is the ready to print artwork of my cupids (printable file here). I drew one in my sketchbook & scanned it into the computer to work with. You can see I made a mirror image so they aren't flying the same direction. The color looks washed out here because I decreased the opacity by about 40% so once they shrink, they won't get too dark or muddy looking.

This is the brand of shrink plastic I used:


Cut out the cupids & be sure to leave a little bit of white around all the edges.


Punch a hole for hanging before you shrink them...and it saves you having to drill one later. Wink


Now they're ready to shrink!


Preheat your oven according to the shrink plastic instructions. I used my toaster oven at 275 because there is less air flow & I've had much better experiences shrinking plastic in it rather than my large oven.

Place your pieces to shrink on a tray covered with paper. This is just as I put them in the oven.


This is what they looked like after shrinking:

They do darken up quite a bit.

Once they've cooled to the touch, you can give them a protective coating of clear lacquer to protect the ink.
Add the jumprings & ear wires:

I used two jumprings so that the earrings will hang straight:


Now you're all set to rock your super fun cupid earrings or give them as a gift!

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10  Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites - Party Food Appetizer in Recipes and Cooking Tips by I Sew Cute on: February 04, 2014 06:10:15 AM
We made these for our family superbowl party & they were epic...so good I just have to share with y'all!



Ingredients:
2-3 lbs. boneless/skinless chicken breast
1 lb. thick cut bacon
1 cup brown sugar
one packet chili seasoning
1/2 tsp. cloves

Preheat oven to 350

Prepare a tray to bake on. I used a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil & placed a rack on the top & sprayed it with a non stick cooking spray.

Cut the bacon strips into thirds.
Cut the chicken into one inch cubes/pieces
Mix the brown sugar, cloves, & about half of the chili seasoning together in a plastic bag for dredging the chicken.

Completely coat the chicken with the brown sugar spice mix.

Wrap bacon around the chicken & secure with a toothpick.


Place the pieces on the prepared tray.


Bake for about 35 minutes. You can rotate the pieces halfway through baking to crisp up both sides.


Enjoy!
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