WOW is it a beautiful day out there today!!! +8 degrees!! That's unHEARD of in Edmonton, Canada in mid January!!! It makes for SUCH a nice change from the nasty cold we've had this winter. Oh sure, I almost break my neck walking the dog, but I suppose it's better than getting frostbite!!! Craig made the Best-Dad-Ever list with the girls today as we pulled them from school at 11:30 so he could take them skiing!!! Oh ya - Daddy Rules!!!
I'm home cleaning and catching up on some work before "Craft Night" tonight. My craft room is 90% tidied/organized (notice I didn't mention purged?! Having trouble actually PARTING with anything ... but managing to stack it really nicely *lol*)
Thought I'd throw out a few Valentine ideas as the next big crafting *event* is fast approaching! I had a lot of fun playing around with some of my new toys ... and some of the *stuff* I found kicking around my craft room shelves!
I punched out the banner, folded it in half and taped it together, over the twine. I stamped the "sweet" from Fabulous Phrases (page 70) in Early Espresso and added a Real Red Heart made with the small heart punch. Ta da! Quick, easy and adorable!!
Next up are some great little fabours ... they are chocolate/sprinkle covered pretzels!
You can buy these large, fat pretzels at the *M* store ... and they also sell the pretzel bags to put them in (who knew??!!) The pretzels are 8" long and almost 3/4" fat. I think they are Snyder's brand. I looked elsewhere for them but Michaels is the only place I found them $2.99 a bag ... but I got a discount because a lot of them were broken!) AAAAAAAANYway ... I bought some Candy Melts (also at Michaels) ... melted them in the microwave, slathered the chocolate on the pretzels then sprinkled sprinkles on them. The girls and I actually made these on Christmas Eve ... they were SO quick and easy to make (they HAD to be for me to be *baking* on Christmas Eve!! (No ... I'm not giving these to anyone 2 months later ... I just used them for the picture *lol*)
Once the pretzels are ready (put them in the fridge so the chocolate hardens again) then you make the tag. I used my Hearts framelits for the hearts (Real Red and Strawberry Slush) for the large hearts then made a banner with a 2 3/4" x 3/4" strip of whisper white cs. I stampes the "thanks" in Staz-on with one of the stamps from the photopolymer set Another Thank You. (LOVE that set!!!) a little small heart finished it off.
OK - now I'm hungry and have to go eat an orange pepper. Yep - still on Jenny Craig and working out. I'm down 20 pounds since I started 5 months ago. OK. I can't lie. I WAS down 20 pounds ... the day before Christmas. Then Christmas happened. Now I'm only down 16. But I'm going string and will be down the 20 again next week, I'm SURE ... if I can stay away from the stale, soggy pretzels *lol*
OK - gotta run - have an awesome, stampy weekend!