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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: iPod Valentine on: February 01, 2011 12:47:32 PM
These are really cute!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / iPod Valentine on: February 01, 2011 12:09:07 PM

I made these iPod Valentines for my kiddos in the after school program. I'd originally got the idea from here, and the instructions here. I made 19 total, and I'm super excited about seeing the kids reactions! I can only imagine them pretending to be listening to music Smiley

I used lots of purdy colors Smiley

Here's one...

Here's the back! I'm thinking about adding something cheesy and music related. What do y'all think?

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Quick Heart Garland on: January 30, 2011 01:13:37 PM
Part of my to do list for this weekend was to finally make my Valentine's garlands Smiley

Here they are! I made two to hang from each side of my mirror in the dining room.

They are super easy and super fast. Here's a quick little tutorial.

Cut strips construction paper. I cut the red strips to be shorter than the pink.

Fold in half and crease. Put a small piece of tape on the outside of one edge.

Tape together. Continue to add more hearts but when you tape them, they need to be intertwined. This is what it begins to look like. I use my finger to help curve the paper.

Hanging from my mirror Smiley
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Nutella Hot Chocolate on: January 16, 2011 03:53:21 PM
I'm just about to make it- but I have one question- for the cocoa powder, you just have 1/4.  I'm assuming its 1/4 of a cup, but I just want to make sure!
Sounds delish- can't wait to try it!

Thanks for pointing that out! Yes, 1/4 c.
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Nutella Hot Chocolate on: January 16, 2011 08:51:52 AM
Cheesy Hope y'all enjoy!!

I actually made it with just Nutella + milk, and it was fantastic. The second time around I added a few things and it was even MORE fantastic! You can't go wrong with Nutella Hot Chocolate.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Nutella Hot Chocolate on: January 16, 2011 07:46:33 AM
There isn't a beverage section, so dessert it is! This is a dessert; it's definitely a sweet treat.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Need I say more?

Why yes I do! The recipe, that is!

Nutella Hot Chocolate
4 cups milk
4 heaping tablespoons Nutella
~ 1/4+ cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of ground cloves
Dash of cinnamon

Pour the milk into a pot, and spoon in the Nutella. Add the cocoa powder and vanilla. Whisk continuously until Nutella melts completely, approximately 5 minutes. Add ground cloves and cinnamon to your liking.

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Vday FLIP IT book TUTORIAL on: January 16, 2011 07:40:05 AM

I made this last year for my boyfriend (at the time -- he's now my fiance), and he loved it. He's "easily entertained," and this is one of those books that you flip through like a shark eating a fish, or a monster truck going through a ring of fire.

I have to give all the credit to a Craftster member, suganspyyce. I don't think she did a post about it, but she's the one that told me she had also made it for her husband.

You will need:
A video of yourself
Papers with a short message (I love you/Happy Valentine's Day/etc.)
Windows Movie Maker
Two 1" binder rings

Step 1. Choose or make your own video. For the tutorial, I am using a video that I already have of Robus chasing a laser light. For the one I gave Matt last year, here's a summary on what I did...

Draw/Create/Print your message (I love you, Happy Valentine's Day, You're the Best, etc.) on card stock. I recommend card stock because it's easier to hold during your video. Use one paper for each word so it's easy to see.

You can record yourself or have someone record you. I recorded myself by sitting in front of my bedroom door with the camera on my dresser or nightstand, can't remember. Or use a tripod.

As you are recording, SLOWLY flip through each sign. Hold each one for several seconds. Try not to make any funny faces or fix your hair. Just smile and look pretty Wink Needless to say, it took me several attempts. At the end I held up each word (not gonna lie, that was tricky. Card stock helps).

That was the fun part. Now comes the time-consuming part.

Step 2. Upload your video to your computer. Find your video. Right click it, Open with, Windows Movie Maker.

You should now see your movie in Windows Movie Maker. Make sure it's facing the right way; you can fix this my clicking "Rotate right/left"

About 20 seconds worth is plenty for the book.

Step 3. Play your movie, pause for your first picture, and click Snapshot located at the top of the program. When you click Snapshot, it allows you to save that particular frame to your computer. I *highly recommend* creating a separate folder and numbering these frames in order as you save them!! This will make it easier, trust me. When I did it, yes, I had to go back and forth between the Snapshot and the original video. You can't pause, Snapshot, save a picture and then press play again from where you left off -- you have to play it from the beginning. Maybe y'all can figure out an easier way.

Step 4. Continue to play, pause, Snapshot, save.

I used exactly 40 frames.

Step 5. Select all the photos you plan on using. Again, I used 40 frames. You can select them by holding down shift while clicking on each frame or left click + drag your cursor/mouse. Right click, Print. Don't worry, it won't start printing automatically.

Step 6. Now you can choose how you want to print your photos. I suggest doing 4/page (3.5X5) or 9/page (wallet). Be sure the settings are correct at the top. I say that just because my printer setting used to automatically set itself to OneNote. Annoying.

Step 7. After they've all printed out on card stock, you'll need to cut them.

I cut them one by one. I left about half an inch of extraness on the left side to give me some room for when I hole punched them. That's important. Wouldn't you hate to punch all those stinkin' holes on the side and then it tears? Leave room so it doesn't tear! Make sure they're even because if not then it's difficult to flip through the book.

Step 8. After you've cut out all the frames and your hands ache, make them ache some more by punching two holes in each picture. Again, make sure the holes are even and aligned throughout because if not then it's difficult to flip through it at the end. Secure together with two 1" binder rings.

Step 9. Lastly, decorate your cover. I wanted something simple and not too mushy gushy, so I just wrote "flip it" in a Sharpie and added a little heart.

Step 10. Flip it to your hearts desire.

Here are some photos.. enjoy!!

Thanks for looking Cheesy
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: In need of inspiration!! Long distance valentine gift... on: January 15, 2011 06:47:04 PM
What kind of things does he like?

You could make some super comfy PJ pants, stencil some t-shirts with freezer paper, make a blanket (with manly colors, of course), bake him some goodies (my man loved that whenever we were in a LDR), gift card to his favorite stores or restaurants, compile a CD of his favorite songs, make a flip book (I'm posting about the one I made last year on my blog tomorrow), make a photo album (there are small ones out there, doesn't have to be anything huge), send his favorite snacks with little hidden messages (like I got cheeseballs or something and opened the lid, it stayed sealed shut, and added a love note), 52 reasons deck is neat and you could get really personal with it and add some clipart...

hope that helps.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Boyfriend Valentines Day Present - HELP!! on: December 27, 2010 10:17:08 PM
You can't go wrong with baked goodies. What are his favorite sweet treats? You could bake those, add a little V-day flare with red icing/sprinkles/sugar, and pack it in a nice Chinese takeout box or something similar with red, pink, and/or white colors. Bakerella has a cool edible heart shaped box you could do.

Coupons are always good. My fiance loves a "fill in a blank" coupon every now and then lol. Let him use it for whatever he wants. Of course, you could set the boundaries if you decided to do coupons (or a coupon book!). For Christmas last year, I made a little coupon book. You could get those binder rings to keep them together if there's a lot. I did things like he'd have to "open" the present, I made rudolph 3D, and things like that. Make them interactive where he'd have to move or open things.

A home cooked dinner and some wine, perhaps? Light a few candles and pop a lil bubbly. I feel that's better than going out to eat. Cooking for him, regardless of how great of a cook you are, really shows you care.

Edible roses, as seen on Craftster.

You could do a scrapbook (or just a page or two like I plan on doing for our scrapbook we've had for a while) or a photo album.

What are his hobbies? You could make something that correlates with a hobby. If he likes to read, make some bookmarks or book covers. If he likes to play video games, make a blanket that has his favorite character/game logo on it.

There are other things to make like a duct tape wallet, freezer paper stencil T-shirts (super cool and easy!!!), a scarf, bomber hats...

Hope that helps Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Orange Purse - Xmas/Bday Gift on: December 27, 2010 09:32:02 PM
Erica, as you already know, I love this purse! Smiley Great job, hun!
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