Let’s Craft Tissue Paper Flowers and Have a Giveaway Together!

I’ve been on a bit of a crafting kick lately…it’s hard not to be inspired to do something while I’m in the midst of planning an amazing crafty Spring Blog Hop over at Spellbinders (which kicks off on the 30th of April btw).

I’ve also been preparing to represent Spellbinders™ Paper Arts at a booth at the upcoming SNAP conference. We’ll be doing a “make and take” project and I’m going to share the instructions with you right here! Yay! It’s really easy… I promise! (And if you stick around to the end… I’m giving something away!)

Spellbinders Supplies:

  • S2-124 Classic Scalloped Circles die template
  • Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur®

Spellbinders Cross Promotional Partners:

I actually didn’t use any in today’s project… but you can get some beautiful ribbon from Creative Impressions!

Other Supplies:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Punch

First Steps:

I placed my tissue paper stacks on the cutting plate and the dies on top of that… so that you can see what’s happening! Then… I covered the cutting plate with the base plate and ran my plates through the Grand Calibur. (If you don’t have a Grand Calibur… you can use Spellbinders dies in other machines! Here’s a compatibility chart) The Spellbinders die template will cut through roughly 15 sheets of tissue paper!

Next… I fold my finished cut circles in half and punch two holes in the center. Be sure that these holes are only half on the fold (see photo). Then I laced my ribbon through the holes. The ribbon will be used to tie my flower in my hair or around my wrist later! To create the flower… I started crunching up the tissue paper towards the middle one sheet at a time. the crunching starts small and gets bigger as I use more sheets.

Finally… I used my dangling ribbon to tie my flower onto my head like a headband! And that’s it! I told you it was easy! It’s going to be so fun sharing this simple, sweet craft with our friends at SNAP. I probably should also take this time to let you know that I wasn’t compensated for this post… unless you count my salary at work. I kind of am using this post as a test to see if my mad scientist skills work.

And now for the GIVEAWAY!

Normally… you’d read a summary of rules right here and I’d probably link you to some super official rules… but I don’t really have any. The only rule I have is that you help me test my giveaway form below. I’ll randomly chose a winner from the entrants! You can of course leave me comments of praise and adoration below… but those will not be contest entries. :) I’m giving away a set of Classic Scalloped Circles for you to make your very own tissue paper flowers! Thanks Spellbinders!

Please enter here: ENTRY FORM

Thanks so much for reading my tutorial and entering the contest! Stay tuned because Spellbinders™ Paper Arts will be having a Spring Blog Hop with more participating blogs and more chances to win amazing crafty prizes!

If you have any questions… feel free to contact me!

Crafty Craft Time: Cord Catchers


Since November… I’ve been working as the Social Media and Community Developer @Spellbinders Paper Arts. It’s inspired to create again. Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I used to be a crafting machine!

Today I’m going to show you the easiest craft in the world… and it’s useful! If you’re anything like me… you have cords all over the place getting tangled up. Well… Let’s make some cord catchers!

Supplies I used:

  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine (But you can use an die cutting machine you might have or even scissors I guess!)
  • A banner shaped die template (I used one from Samantha Walker’s Nautical Frames and Accents collection)
  • A tiny hole puncher
  • Tiny brads
  • Colorful heavier weight cardstock

*Note: All of these supplies can most likely be found at your local craft store!

The first thing I did was set my paper on the cutting plate and my banner shaped die on top of the paper (cut side down!). Then I laid my base plate on and ran it through my machine. (It’s technically supposed to be base plate, paper, die, cutting plate… but I’m different like that.)

Then I folded my newly cut banner and punched a small hole with my hole puncher!

Finally… I gathered up my cords, wrapped a banner around them, and secured it with a tiny brad!

And we’re done! Yay!

Now… wasn’t that easy peasy!?



Healthy Living… Essentially

For those of you that have been following along… I’ve been making a serious effort to live healthier. This has meant going to the gym several times a week, training with a trainer, attending cooking classes at Love’n the Kitchen, and changing our eating habits.

Part of changing our eating habits has been replacing certain food items. It’s sort of a take on “eat this… not that”. We’ve ditched butter in our cooking almost entirely. We’ve replaced skillet fried meals with George Foreman grilling. Whole fat, greasy chips have been replaced with baked varieties. And this week… we’ve made a swap in our baking ingredients: Splenda Essentials for sugar.

The recipe is one of my own. The only replacement was to swap out the sugar in my recipe for Splenda Essentials with Fiber. This no calorie sweetener has the same sweet taste of Splenda, but also has an added benefit of a gram of fiber. It’s also packaged in a bag that makes it easy to measure out.

The biggest benefit for this switch? Lowering the carbs from added sugar allows Allison, age 5, who has Type 1 Diabetes, to enjoy baked goods in a healthier way. Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetner Products are helping me to make better choices for my family without taking away dessert.

Kelly’s Essential Splenda Cookies

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

The food that we eat… whether it’s dessert or not… doesn’t just influence the way we look. It also influences the way that we feel. Taking control of the types of foods we’re putting into our bodies will help manage our weight and get us closer to our over all health goals as a family.

Because I’ve personally had such a great experience using Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener… I’m going to share a fabulous prize package with you.

One lucky winner will receive ($75 value):

One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener with B Vitamins
One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener, 1 gram of Fiber packets
One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener, 1 gram of Fiber granulated
One (1) SPLENDA® ESSENTIALSTM No Calorie Sweetener to-go mug
One (1) Splenda-yellow blender
Two (2) Splenda-yellow bowls
One (1) Splenda-yellow fruit juicer  

The Rules:

Leave me a comment on small healthy changes you’ve been making in the lives of your family and “Like” Splenda on Facebook. One entry per contact method (Email or Twitter).

The winner (who leaves some way for me to reach them) will be announced on Friday, Oct. 21st. Contest is closed on Thursday, Oct. 20th, midnight pst.

Disclaimer: I wrote this post on my own. The recipe is my own. The thoughts and feelings of my health journey have been my own. Splenda financially supported the use of their product in this post. I’d be baking cookies regardless. xoxo

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Elmer’s Can You Top This?

I’m entering a contest sponsored by Elmer’s through Collective Bias. It’s called… Can You Top This? The basic idea is this… You purchase an Elmer’s tri-fold project board and come up with the craftiest use of it!

My family loves games… we came up with a bean bag toss! I cut the side of the tri-fold board to a slant and used a craft knife to cut the three holes in the center. Then I spray painted it pink!

Not everyone is a sewer… so I created some no-sew bean bags using scrap cloth and a glue gun. Simply cut two squares and then glue 3 sides. Lightly fill the bags with pinto beans and then glue the opening closed!

This project was a fun way for my family to craft and play together! Thanks Elmer’s and Collective Bias!

DIY: Organize School Papers

School papers are taking over my life! Well… not my life but certainly my desk area. Both of my girls are in school this year. Allison attends Pre-K at the same school Rachel attends 1st grade. I am bombarded with duplicate PTA notices, fundraisers, birthday invites, permission slips, and of course… worksheets.

They slowly began to take over my desk… creeping ever so quietly over my sewing table… lightly cluttering the dining room table. ENOUGH!

In order to bust this paper jam… I’ve purchased cardboard magazine holders. I let the girls color all over them for a personal touch. Their names are written on the outside spine of the box. I also designated a box for TRASH.

When the girls get home from school, they go through their school folder and pull out any important papers. These papers are then put in their respective boxes. Any other papers… such as busy work or seat work are promptly disposed of.

Things are looking brighter for us in our battle with school paper clutter. Hopefully, this idea will work for you too!

Check out this post and other great organizing ideas at Sandy’s Organizing Link Party!