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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Cute Easy Magnets on: July 07, 2006 09:24:05 PM
I was printing images tonight to make earrings as inspired by Kaleesi's post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45717.0

So, I printed a few more images to make super easy magents. These are the images I used:





Simple and easy. Print, cut out, cover with either packing tape or contact paper and add magnet sheet to backing. If you'd like more detailed pics, please let me know Smiley Have fun!
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Reptile (& Other) Drawings (IMG Heavy) on: June 14, 2006 05:13:50 PM
I've modified this post to include other drawings as well Smiley

This past week I've been challenged to draw reptiles for an ATC swap. Sooo...out came my many books and mags, pics I've taken, and so forth. I've created 2 ATCs and one larger pic that I am keeping. Thanks for looking and comments are welcome Cheesy

Since I've first posted, I've been given a job as a book illustrator! I am freelance, but earn $25 an hour (to start - it goes up to $50 after a few jobs are tucked under my belt). There are few illustrators in my area, so needless to say I am psyched to have this job.

The images are all mine, some are "fan art", others are originals. All will be listed on my site this weekend (got the priliminary work done, now just need to fine tune it all). Most of this is very old - 96-97, but still worth a look IMHO. Thanks again for looking!


















13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ack!!! Sour Milk! on: June 06, 2006 12:45:30 AM
Alrighty - last night I turned the fridge temp down, thinking I was turning it up Shocked Now, I have 1/2 gallon of sour milk. Not icky chunky, just a little sour. Anything I can do with it?
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Craft Night? on: June 03, 2006 09:09:42 PM
Hey all. I am seriously thinking about having a craft night, once a month, with a bunch of people that I know. I have a seperate room for crafting, so thats ok. I need a few ideas for themes, what to ask people to bring (eg. food ideas, and craft items, etc), if we should have music, etc. Also, I would like to invite people from a few online groups that I am a member of - any ideas on how to invite them without appearing crazy, lol? Any and all ideas are great, thanks in advance!
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Wire Wrapped Beads (IMG Heavy) on: June 02, 2006 06:32:47 PM
New Pics will be added as they are available, to this post Wink
I made some pedants over the past couple of days, from some great gemstone-type beads I got in a huge bag of mixed beads. These are the results - sorry some are a bit blurry Roll Eyes Thanks for looking! These will be available on my site shortly (jewelry page).













New ones (added 06/03)!











And a clear pic of all 11 pendants:



Added 06/04:

























Added June 10/06




















16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wire Wrapped Marble Earings on: June 01, 2006 06:40:05 PM
I made these last night, with textured marbles Cheesy I found the marbles at the dollar store - about 50 marbles for $1. Thanks for looking & hope you like!

Red textured:


Green textured:


Blue textured:
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Homemade Mixes on: May 29, 2006 12:28:05 PM
Well, I have many many many recipes sitting here on my computer, and I thought to myself "Self, wouldn't others benefit or at least enjoy reading these?" So, here are some homemade mixes - I've tried many, others I have yet to try. All were tested by my mother and she makes them all the time. Enjoy! Oh, if you don't see a mix for something you like, here, please let me know - my mom has many more that she has yet to email to me Wink

Homemade Cool Whip

1 teaspoon gelatin
2 teaspoons cold water
3 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup ice water
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons oil

Chill a small mixing bowl. Soften gelatin with 2 teaspoons cold water,
then add boiling water, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved.
Cool until tepid. Place ice water and nonfat dry milk in the chilled
bowl. Beat at high speed until mixture forms stiff peaks. Add sugar,
still beating, then oil and gelatin. Place in freezer about 15 minutes then
transfer to refrigerator until ready for use. Stir before using to
retain creamy texture.


Homemade Egg Substitute:

3 egg whites
2 T. instant nonfat dry milk powder
1 t. water
2-3 drops of yellow food coloring, optional

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.  Use as a
substitute
for eggs.

Yield (1 serving)  equivalent to 2 eggs

64 calories, 156 mg sodium, 2 mg cholesterol, 5 gm carbohydrate, 10 gm
protein, trace fat.  Diabetic Ex:  1 very lean meat and 1/2 skim milk

Dill-Lemon Rice

The Mix:
4 cups raw long-grain white rice
1/4 (one quarter) C. dried grated lemon peel (I had none so used a
bit less mixed candied peel)
1/4 (one quarter) C. powdered chicken stock
2 T. dried dill
1 tablespoon dried chives
1/2 t. salt (I omitted this)

Combine all ingredients and store in a large, labeled glass jar or
plastic bag.  Store in a cool dry place.  Use within 4 months.

To make 4 - 6 side servings (2 main course servings):
2 cups water
1 C. rice mix (I had already divided the mix into 1 C.  servings in
plastic zip loc bags)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
(I added 2 T. of lemon juice - would use more next time)

Bring water and butter to a simmer in a medium saucepan.  Stir in
rice mix and reduce the heat.  Cover and cook until liquid is
absorbed - about 15 - 20 minutes.
******************************************************************

PALOUSE SOUP MIX
2-1/2 C.  green split peas (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 C.  lentils (16 oz. pkg.)
2-1/2 C.  pearl barley (16 oz. pkg.)
2 C.  alphabet macaroni (8 oz. pkg.)--I use brown rice instead
1 C.  dried onion flakes (2 3/8-oz. pkgs.)
1/2 C.  celery flakes (1 3/8-oz. pkg.)
1/2 C.  parsley flakes (1 1/4-oz. pkg.)
(Optional: 1-1/2 t. thyme; 1-1/2 t. white pepper)
Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting
lid. Stir before using. Makes 10 C.  of mix. TO COOK: Combine 1 C. 
of soup mix with 4 C.  of water or seasoned stock in large pan. Add 1
C.  of cooked chopped meat, if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat
to low and cover pan. Simmer gently for 45 to 60 minutes, or until
peas are tender. Add 1/2 t. salt if desired.
*********************************************************

TURKEY-NOODLE SOUP MIX

1 C. Uncooked fine egg noodles
1 tablespoon instant minced onion
2 and 1/2 T. chicken-flavored
bouillon granules
1 and 1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. dried whole thyme
1/8 t. celery seeds
1/8 t. garlic powder
1 bay leaf

Combine all ingredients in a small plastic bag; store in a cool, dry
place.

(To insure even distribution of seasonings, each recipe of soup mix
must be
mixed individually.)
Yield: about 1 cup

To make the soup:
Combine soup mix, 8 cups water, and 1 carrot, diced, in a Dutch oven.
Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Discard
bay leaf. Stir in 3 cups cooked, diced turkey; simmer an additional 5
minutes.
Yield: 2 quarts

NOTE: For the carrot I plan to add 1 T. diced dried carrots and add 1
can of
cooked turkey so that this will be a "just add water" recipe.
**************************************************************

INDIVIDUAL OATMEAL PACKETS
3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats
Salt
Small sized Zip Baggies
Put 1/2 C. oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set
aside in
a small bowl, and repeat procedure with an additional 1/2 C. oats. If
you're using a food processor, you can do the 1 C. of oats in one
batch.
Put the following ingredients into each zip baggie: 1/4 C. un-
powdered oats, 2 Tbsp. powdered oats, and 1/8 t. salt. Store in an
airtight container.

To serve: Empty packet into a bowl. Add 3/4 C. boiling water. Stir
and let
stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water - for
thinner oatmeal, use more water.

Variations:

Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 T. sugar, 1/4 t.
cinnamon, & 2 T. chopped dried apples.

Sweetened Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 T. sugar or 1 packet 'Equal'

Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 T. brown sugar &
1/4 t. cinnamon

Oatmeal w/Raisins & Brown Sugar - To each packet add 1 T. packed brown
sugar and 1 T. raisins.

Health Nut Oatmeal - To each packet add 2 Tbsp. any kind of wheat germ

Fruit & Cream Oatmeal - To each packet add 1 T. non-dairy coffee
Creamer and 2 T. dried fruit

Fun Fruit Oatmeal - To each packet, add 6 or 7 pieces of 'fruit
snack'
Type dehydrated fruit.

Confetti Oatmeal - To each packet, add 1 t. decorative cake/cookie
sprinkles.

S'More Oatmeal - add 6 miniature marshmallows and 1 T. Milk Chocolate
Chips to each packet.

Cookies n Cream Oatmeal - add 1 crushed Oreo cookie and 1 T. non-dairy
coffee creamer to each packet.

Exploding Oatmeal - add 1 t. sugar, and 1/2 t. 'Pop Rocks' candy to
each packet. This one is fun for celebration days, such as birthdays.

Bart-man Oatmeal - add 2 T. 'Butterfinger B.B's' candies to each
packet.

3 C (750ml) Quick Cook Oats
8 Plastic Sandwich Bags
scant Salt (just a small dash)

Blend one C. of the oats in a food processor or blender until very
coarse grind. Into each sandwich bag place 1/4 C.  (60ml) quick cook
oats, 2 T. ground oats, and a scant of salt.

Add optional flavorings to each bag. See Optional Flavoring Section
Above.

Label each bag and place the bags in a large jar or box for storage.

To make a serving, empty packet into a bowl or large cup.

Add 3/4 C.  (175ml) boiling water, stir and let stand for 2 minutes.

For thicker oatmeal, use less water.

---------* Special Flavorings *---------------

Add any one of these additional flavorings to each bag to suit your
taste.

Dried Fruit & Cream -> 1 tablespoon dry milk (nonfat) and 2 T.
chopped dried fruit

Raisins & Brown Sugar -> 1 t. packed brown sugar and 1 tablespoon
raisins

Spice Oatmeal -> 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 t. cinnamon, and a scant 1/8
t. nutmeg

Wheat Germ & Brown Sugar -> 2 T. wheat germ, and 1 t. packed brown
sugar.
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hand stitched Mini book w/Tute (Img Heavy) on: May 27, 2006 05:35:20 PM
Here is a book I tried to make this afternoon. I thought I would capture it all on the digital camera, in case it worked and others may like it. So, here it is!

I started with 1 mini playing card (1 1/2" x 2 1/4"):


Fold the card in half, so that it is 1 1/8":


Find something for the cover, something that you like...I picked a notepaper from Michael's:


Glue to card to the center, leaving room around the edges. Also trim the paper so that it will overlap the card:





Glue the edges onto the card, fold over the pointy edges and glue them too:






Fold the card again:


Choose another paper, and cover the inside of the card, leaving an edge around the card:


Next, cut a few pages for the interior - I cut 3 pieces (2" x 1 1/4"):


Now stitch the pages inside - I used invisable thread, really strong and clear:






Next cover with wire-edged ribbon, gluing on the inside only (so you don't have glue on the outside of the cover):


Then, add satin ribbon to cover the edges of the wired ribbon (glue on the inside, and one dot on the outside), like this:






Finally, you are done with the basic construction, and have an adorable little mini book like this:


Mess around with the papers and ribbon (or whatever you want!). I'd love to see if anyone else makes these Cheesy These can also be done with any sized card, I just wanted a reason to use the mini cards Wink
19  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Gift Tags/Bookmarks on: May 27, 2006 02:57:06 PM
I've been on a crafty binge this week, and have made loads of things, from earrings to tags to ATCs Cheesy Anyways, here are some of the tags/bookmarks I've made (only 4 so far - still making other things as well). So, thanks for looking and comments are more than welcome Smiley











20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Mans Wallet on: May 22, 2006 11:21:11 PM
Hey all...I've spent several hours going through all of the great tutorials here, but haven't found what I am looking for. I'd like to make a mans wallet for my dad for father's day. I'd like to be collaged with primate pics (his fave), so obviously not made using fabric or juice pouches. Does anyone have a tute or link for ideas on how I can construct this? I am considering just winging it (taking pics on the way), but if someone has already made something similar, it would help to have a starting point. Thanks for reading!
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