Monday, November 28, 2011

30 Days of Handmade Gifts - Day 28

Welcome to Day 28 of The Scrapoholic's 30 Days of Handmade Gifts.  I woke up yesterday morning panicked that my day to post was yesterday!  Needless to say, I was very relieved when I saw it was actually Jann's day. 

I managed to get a few gifts bought without venturing out into the madness of Black Friday.  How do you feel about Black Friday shopping?  Myself, I prefer to avoid the crowds.

Anyway, on to my project for today.  I started with this:

A plain wood step stool, sponge brush (I used 2), Liquitex Burnt Umber acrylic paint, Triple Thick, a piece of patterned scrapbooking paper, and not pictured is one piece of brown cardstock.

I didn't take photos of all of the steps.  Paint the step stool with your chosen color of paint.  Let it dry thoroughly.  Cut the patterned scrapbook paper to size to fit the top of the step stool.  I used the Triple Thick to stick it down.  Let it dry thoroughly (this will help keep your paper from bubbling up).  Next figure out what lettering you need for it (Time Out, child's name, etc.).  I used my Cricut and Make The Cut to cut 2 inch letters in Oklahoma font to say "Time Out".  Using a ruler to keep them straight, place the letters and glue them down.  Let the glue dry (I know, lots of drying time). 

The top isn't dry yet in this picture.  I still need to add something, but not sure what.  This is supposed to be a hunting theme.  I tried taking a picture of a shotgun shell my husband let me borrow, but I didn't like the results.  If anyone has any ideas to finish it off, I'm all ears! 

I'm working on two more of these, one will be very girly, and the other a dinosaur theme. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!  Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project.

Monday, November 21, 2011

30 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts - Day 21

Hello!  I hope everyone is enjoying The Scrapoholic's 30 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts. 

My project for today is homemade chocolate truffles.  I actually used two different recipes.  One is from The Pioneer Woman, a fellow Okie.  I've made her chocolate truffles with sea salt twice now with amazing results.  The other is from a local church's cookbook, but I'm guessing the recipe for Oreo Truffles is easily found on the internet.  Its a pretty easy recipe requiring only three ingredients.  My only advice is to buy plenty of the candy melts or almond bark, whichever you choose to dip your truffles in.  I followed the recipes and had to send my dear husband out for more at midnight!

A friend of mine came over and we actually made in excess of 300 of these delicious tidbits as favors for my niece's wedding Saturday.  They were a huge hit with the wedding guests.  They would be great packaged in a homemade take-out box.

I used an assortment of dark chocolate and milk chocolate candy melts for the outer shell. 

Thanks for looking.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  Hope everyone has a great Monday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

30 Days of Gifts

Welcome to Day 7 of Jill The Scrapoholic's 30 Days of Gifts. 

Let me tell you, we had a wild weekend here in Oklahoma.  I got home from work Friday night and made a beeline for the bathroom to change into comfy clothes.  Well, the cat was in the bathroom with what I thought was a cricket.  It turned out to be a copperhead snake.  We've had snakes in the house before, but never poisonous ones.  Saturday after work, I was watching college football when shortly after the games we had a HUGE earthquake. Okay, for some of you a 5.6 magnitude earthquake doesn't sound HUGE, but for an Okie like me that's more accustomed to tornadoes, it was HUGE!  We've apparently had several aftershocks Sunday that were 4.0 magnitude or less.  If you're interested in earthquakes, check out USGS.  There's a really cool realtime map that shows earthquakes and gives information about them.  Let me just say now, I'm very thankful I don't live in California after studying that map.  Luckily, our house wasn't damaged and everyone's fine.  I'm not sure if my heart can take much more excitement.

Enough of my excitement and on to my project.  I made an alcohol ink-dyed candle.  From start to finish it took 10 minutes or less. If you don't count shopping.

3 X 6 pillar candle (I used an ivory colored vanilla scented one)
Tim Holtz Adirondak Brights alcohol Inks (I used the citrus)
Recollections Bling On A Roll
Strathmore Paper Palette (you can probably use wax paper instead, but I'd probably use a double layer so the ink doesn't bleed through)
Disposable gloves would also be a good idea if you want to keep the ink off your hands

1)  Put droplets of your chosen alcohol ink on the paper palette.  (I forgot to take a picture of this step.)

2)  Roll your candle through the alcohol ink.  You can add more alcohol ink to the paper palette and roll the candle until it looks the way you want it to.  Make sure you let it dry between layers.

3)  If you want to add more ink, drop it directly on the candle and roll on the paper palette to spread it out on the candle.

4)  You can also put drops of alcohol ink on the candle and just let it run until it dries.  (I didn't do this to mine.)

5)  Add Bling On A Roll or other embellishments as you wish.

You're finished and have a gift out of the way!