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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coloring Book Cats--then what? on: May 06, 2016 06:43:10 AM
I am absolutely obsessed with coloring books...I find that is is relaxing and helps me get creative and motivate to make other projects if I spend a little time coloring...I also love to experiment with pens, pencils, paint, markers, gel writers, glitter, etc.

In the Sunshine Swap, ChameleonHound sent me the cutest coloring book with cats...I colored a page the first day, using gel pens and glitter pens...well, after you color pages, then what?

I am using some of the pages to make junk journals, and I also cut some pages up to make notecards...

I decided to cut out each of the kitties and glue them on card stock to make notecards that I can use in swaps, etc.  Simple and fun!



Close-ups fo my favorites:





What do you guys do with your pages? Grin
2  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / Create a Postcard of Where you Live on: April 11, 2016 08:53:54 AM
One of the things I request when I swap is a postcard from where the person lives...usually I get a landmark of some architectural wonder or nature scenes...just love them!

I thought a fun challenge would be to see a postcard hand crafted with a craftster point of view...perhaps of a local yarn shop if you are a knitter...your favorite place to get "used" supplies, like coffee sleeves at a local coffee shop...anything that you consider special from your area...

If you don't have such a thing, how about a postcard of something from your point of view...and not the usual "touristy" point of view?

Your postcard could be made altered art style, sewn, felted, painted, drawn, collaged....

It would be fun to then print them and send them along to your fellow craftsters when you swap or maybe we could do a handmade postcard swap!

3  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / Lucky Cat, sure...Lucky Poop, uh, what? on: April 11, 2016 04:57:48 AM
In my family, where my mom was Japanese and my dad Irish, we had a lot of lucky charms.  I grew up to the sound of bells and the dingling of charms that my mom hung on our doors, in our cars, and even our lunch boxes and purses.

Many of you are familiar with the Japanese lucky cats...well, I learned that there are many, many lucky charms that include owls, frogs, dharumas and coins....but did you know that there is also a lucky poop? Grin

In Japan, the word luck is "un"...apparently, little kids also say that when they need to go poop...the word poop is "unchi"...somehow, in someone's warped mind, the lucky poop was born...more specifically, the Golden Poop!

Yes, it is a lucky charm and can be found in all sorts of charms, drawings, cartoons, and even candy (ick!). I could not believe it when I googled it!

So, here is my entry, the Golden Poop...



and just in case it does not work, I have included some of my lucky cats, dharumas, and go-ren (lucky 5 cent coin)...Grin.




Hope this made you smile! Thanks for looking!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / A Different Kind of Fry! on: April 01, 2016 06:54:40 AM
OK..now, don't get grossed out, but some of you might know that my hubby loves SPAM...I have tried to wean him off of it over the years, but every once in a while, he gets a SPAM craving.

I figured out that if I can't beat it, might as well join it!

So, I found this recipe online and made it...

SPAM FRIES!



You will need Panko bread crumbs, eggs, and the SPAM of your choice...I chose Lite:


Put your crumbs in a bowl, your eggs in a bowl, and cut up your SPAM:


You can make thick "fries" or skinny ones--whatever you prefer!


Deep fry them, because we all know how tasty fried foods are. Grin  I used a wok to fry:


I served the to him in the can, lining it with parchment paper (after I soaked off the grease)...served with sriracha ranch dressing and a nice pretty splash of sriracha since he likes it spicy!


I think it came out just like the recipe picture, don't you? 

How did they taste?  Well, you will have to ask him... Grin.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Scrapbook what you eat! on: April 01, 2016 06:32:15 AM
My hubby's birthday is coming up May 1.  I am making him a journal of something he eats...SPAM!

I made a cardboard cover and filled it with a dozen pages using a simple binding.  I then started embellishing some of the pages with vintage SPAM advertisements and other will fill it with SPAM facts and recipes...I would appreciate any good family favorites made with SPAM to include in his book.



Here are some pages:



The vintage adverts actually have meal ideas like SPAM and eggs; SPAM and spaghetti; Baked SPAM roast; oh yummy!

The last picture shows cute SPAM musubi...I will have to try to make those for sure!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SPAMalong - April Fool's 2016 [CLOSED] on: April 01, 2016 06:07:04 AM
Everybody likes SPAM, right?  Well, why haven't we done any swaps or craftalongs with SPAM?

Spam was created in 1937 and is sold in 41 countries on 6 continents. By 2007, 7 BILLION cans of Spam were sold around the world!

Spam is the most popular in the state of Hawaii.  They created Musubi, which is a kind of sushi made with Spam.  Some of it is really cute! In Hawaii, Spam is sold at McDonald's and Burger King.  Yes, it is that popular!

What does Spam stand for?  Some people say it stands for "Spiced Ham".  Others thing is stands for "Spare Meat". It might even an acronym for "Specially Processed American Meat"...SPAM!

Did you know that there is a museum in Austin, Minnesota, the home of SPAM?  What a fun place to visit!

There are now over 39 varieties of SPAM...there is even a lite Spam for those watching their waistline!  My favorite is hot & spicy Spam...

What are some of your favorites?

Let's craft some SPAM!


Here is am using my favorite can to hold my gel pens for coloring books!  Great way to organize!


7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Don't throw that SPAM can away! I can make a Purse out of that! on: April 01, 2016 04:32:32 AM
Yep--I found this cool mirror hanging hardware and some rivets.  I lined the can with a simply fabric...but I am going to add a drawstring top, because it really is not that useful since stuff might fall out...but, I like it and will probably carry non-money things like lip balm and gun in it when I walk the flea markets this year...

I actually used a regular hole punch to get the hardware on and glue to hold in the fabric.  The strap came from an old purse.



Here is the side view showing the hardware:



All ready to go!

8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Warhol would be Proud! Another can to immortalize! on: April 01, 2016 04:27:26 AM
My hubby loves SPAM so each year for his birthday, I try to think of something to give him.  This year, I decided to give him something to hang in his studio, along with some other things I made for him.

Kinda hard to make SPAM into art, so I decided to try doing it Warhol style!  Pretty easy...find an image and use a photo editor!  PicMonkey is free and has a Warhol effect already built in!

What do you think?



Close-ups!
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Eau De SPAM ! on: April 01, 2016 04:22:39 AM
A few years ago I was rummaging through an antique store and saw a full box of soap from a closed department store in Hershey, PA. The soap was in perfect condition...it was dated 1949!  One problem...it looked a bit faded and it smelled a bit like...SPAM!

So, I decided to go with it and package it up really pretty for any of my SPAM-loving friends!



A simple wrapper made from a printed image. I can't wait to see what they think of it!  I am sure their dogs are going to love it when they smell like SPAM! Grin
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Party Snacks That Are Always A Hit! on: April 01, 2016 02:35:29 AM
Ever been to a party and not recognize some of the food being served?  Well, I did not want that happening to my guests!  Since I like serving unusual food, I thought I would make some food markers.  I have a lot more to make, but these in particular were the ones that my friends wanted me to make the most.  I guess they really don't want to miss out on one of the best things I serve....SPAM right out of the can!  Yummy!



They were really easy to make, too.  I just found an image on the internet of a SPAM can, loaded it into my picture loader and printed it out.  I used two pieces back to back around a fancy toothpick.  I can do a tutorial if anyone wants to make these.  You can use a regular toothpick as well, but I like to spoil my guests with fancy eats and fancy picks! Grin

Here is a close-up of the picks:




And, another picture of the kind of food I like to serve...cheese and SPAM!  Happy crafting and happy eating!

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