Elsa Paper Snowflake

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This was a lot simpler than I thought it would be when I first saw the idea. This one I found from a picture circulating Facebook. No link attached, so I’m sorry to say I can’t credit this one.
You can do this in different sizes, but for an easy first one, I’d recommend the big one, meaning you’ll need six pieces of paper.

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I have the picture guides from when I made my small one, but the idea still comes across. You need squares, so from your six 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, cut them into six 8 1/2″ squares.
Fold them in half diagonally:

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And fold it in half:

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Then you make three cuts in the triangle, make sure you start your cut from the crease side, the further you get down the triangle, the longer the cut. Don’t cut all the way across!:

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When you unfold, you will have something like this:

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Take the two smallest corner pieces, fold them toward each other and tape them together:

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Flip your paper over and do the same with the next set of corners:

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Continue alternating your corners, until you end up with this:

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Now you need to make six of these. I just plopped myself in front of the tv and it went really quick!
Once you have your pieces made, lay them out, with all the points facing the same direction. Pull out your stapler and attach three together at the tip, do the same to the second set. Once you have two pieces, attach them like so:

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It can be a little awkward, but have a little patience and it will work. It turns out beautifully too!

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This was my little one that I made using 3″ squares, meaning one sheet of paper.
Happy crafting all!

Scrabble Tile Ornaments

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First of all, don’t judge me! Yes, I’m sure many of you are sick of the Frozen franchise, but I’m still very in love with it. I had purchased two bags of assorted scrabble tiles, approximately two sets of what comes in the board game, from Amazon.com for a seperate project. After pulling all of the tiles I needed, I still had quite a few tiles left over. My crafty soul couldn’t stand to leave them alone!

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Tony and I spent a few days playing around to see what we could spell out. He mostly found naughty words, which I shot down, yes I can be a buzzkill, but I did settle on a few that I thought would be cute ornaments.
After making final decisions, I got out my mini glue gun and went to town. I did get a little overzealous with the glue in places, but it was still fun.
I have this tiny bag full of ribbon scraps, part of some leftover goody bag the kids had received, and I decided they would work perfectly for this project.

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I ended up layering two or three ribbons per ornament, just for a little more color interest.

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Using the glue gun again, I attached the ribbon, like so, so we have something to hang the ornament from.
So far I’ve only completed ‘Let it Go’ and ‘Read Books’

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I still have to add ribbon to the ‘I Love You’ tiles, but I think these will make cute little Christmas gifts. What do you think?

Have a Valentine

Have a Valentine
It’s rolling around to the time where kids exchange those cutsie cards, or little candy treats, maybe even both! I remember the excitement, when I was younger, of getting to pick out which one I got to give out to all my classmates. Of course this was all pre-Pinterest, and I had no idea of the excitement I would experience when my kids turn came! I won’t lie to you, the first two years my son was in preschool, also Pre-Pinterest, I bought the cute little boxes of Valentine’s at Wal-Mart. Last year I did a Pinterest Valentine, and if you want those details, you can check it out at https://superstevied.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/my-fishy-valentine/. This year, Arthur is in kindergarten and Chiara is in preschool, so double fun for mommy!
I started this project a few weeks ago by posing my kids in front of a door for a clean backdrop. They thought I was a little crazy. Understandable, as I was making them look off in the distance and hold their fist out. It took a few takes to get one I could work with. Arthur has kind of a silly face on in his, but he’s still one of the cutest six year olds on the planet! He was getting bored with standing there, so I decided it was fine. Once I had the picture, I cropped it to a size I was happy with.
The first time I sent them to be developed in the Wal-Mart photo lab, I had forgot to put the message on the picture. After realizing my mistake, I did a little playing around in paint. I chose simple, and wrote on them “Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Arthur” and obviously “Love, Chiara” on her’s. I then sent those to be developed. Be sure you take into account where the top of your sucker will be when you place your words!
When they were finished and ready for pickup, I selected my choice of treats, going with the cherry Blow-Pops. Looking back, they may have been too big for my project, but they still work. After getting back to my hotel room, I’m currently away from home for some training, I sat down with all of my supplies.
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I used my trusty Wal-Mart box-cutter, but I needed to be sure not to damage the surface I was cutting on. Before you ask, yes, that is a Pizza Hut box. It was trash anyway, so I could gash it all up. You use your cutter to cut a slit at the top and bottom of the fist. Make sure the slit is big enough to slide a sucker stick through. Then you slide your stick through and you have a Valentine!
I hope you enjoyed this little project. I got my inspiration for this particular one at http://www.ambersantics.blogspot.com/2012/02/youre-best-valentine.html. Be sure to check them out as well!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Grinch Pills

I know I posted that I had hoped to get all of my Christmas-y blogs done before the first of the year, but oh well. Vacation to NC trumps blogging in this case! Besides, I try to start thinking about Christmas as early in the year as possible. Normally I start plotting in January, then buying or putting together no later than May. This past year was a personal worst because I didn’t start until August! I’m sure some of you hate people with that mentality, but I can live with that!
I don’t normally gets gifts for people at work, occasionally someone I’m really close to outside of work will get something cute, but as a rule I try not to. You run into the issues of who qualifies for a gift, how to deal with people who didn’t get one, and so on and so forth! It’s just easier to avoid this all together! This year I decided to make candy gifts for people either on my team or part of the manager team. I already posted about the candy cane sleighs, https://superstevied.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/candy-sleighs/, which I made for the people on my team, but I wanted to make something different for the management team. I also decided this because I found so many great things on Pinterest and this was a great reason to make them!
I started this gift with buying two bags of the red and green Christmas M&Ms. Looking back, I should’ve known to buy way more! Tony and I had a little party on the couch while sorting them out, as I only needed the green ones for this craft. I also purchased the tiny treat bags from the party section at Wal-Mart, they come 50 to a pack for a few dollars. I printed off a favored picture of the Grinch, you can choose any picture you like, however one with a white backdrop would work best. Then you can either print the poem yourself or print it off the computer yourself. I went this way because when writing stuff for cards or gifts, I focus on my writing so much that I grip the pen to tightly, leading to hand cramps! Not good!
The poem is as follows:
Feeling kinda grouchy?
Holiday spirit can’t be found?
Just try these little “Grinch Pills.”
They’re the best medicine around
Whether eating a whole handful,
Or muching one or two,
These tasty little “pills”
Take the “Grinch” right out of you!

I dug into my scrapbook paper for the next step. I glued the Grinch picture and poem onto some festive paper and left enough space above the Grinch picture to fold over my M&M bag. Then I put a handful of green M&Ms into the plastic treat bag, folded the craft paper over the top of the bag and sealed with two staples. Simple, fun and festive!
"Grinch Pill" front
View from the back

Original idea and pin came from a photo found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiermoore/5302094905/in/photostream/

Candy Sleighs

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So, I’ve been perusing Pinterest, like you do, and I have filled a board full of fun Christmas ideas. Not surprising with how many cute and fun ideas are available through that source! Sadly, this is one of those that I can’t reference exactly where this pin links too. It keeps sending me to indulgy.com, however I can’t find the actual craft on that site. Maybe I’ll find it the next time I try, if so I will come back and update!
I’m sure it’s come up before, but I work for Wal-Mart. I am an area supervisor and I have a specific team of people that work with me. I’ve never made gifts for my team before, but this year, I took advantage of the fact that I have a team, to make these awesome little sleighs!
The best part about these sleighs is that everything you need for them can be bought in bulk. That’s another reason these are great gifts for teams or large groups of people. I bought myself 4 packs of candy canes, 2 of the giant bags of assorted Hershey’s candy bars, 4 6-packs of Kit-Kat bars, some Christmas-y ribbon and 3 of the 10-pack mini bows, all of which I picked up at my Wal-Mart.
I did initially start out using Elmer’s glue to attach all of the pieces together, and to an extent, that works. I tried super glue as well, but believe me, you will want to a hot glue gun, especially if you have a porous ribbon, as I did.
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It helps to give yourself a plan before you break out the glue. I wanted to keep my layers all one type of candy, so I plotted my sleighs out. Once you have a plan, if you want one, you can use Elmer’s glue to connect your chocolates together. On top of your Kit-Kat, your first layer should be 4 small Hershey’s, then 3, 2, 1. Simple, yes? You’ll end up with something like this:
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Elmer’s glue will get you this far, but now it’s time to move onto a hot glue gun! Next step requires a little finger dexterity, or help from a friend. You need to hold both of your candy canes upright, like sleigh skis, and run a line of hot glue down the top of them. Once the glue is down, place your Kit-Kat on the two candy canes. You do need to move fast, because hot glue sets FAST!
After the hot glue has hardened, you can attach your ribbon. Run a piece under the sleigh lengthwise, then widthwise, including the candy canes in the width one. Once that glue has dried, you slap a bow on top and call it done!
I found it easier to work assembly-line style. I attached all the Hershey’s to the Kit-Kats and let them sit for about an hour. Then you can plug in your glue gun and attach them all to the candy canes. By the time the “skis” are all attached, you’re ready to start on the ribbons. It goes faster that way, and you get a better feeling with how much you’ve accomplished!
*Update* I was showing off to my mom about how I made these cute little sleighs and then I found out she had made something similar for people at her work. Check out her candy sleighs!
My mom's giant candy sleigh
These are cute and fun little gifts, so keep them in mind if you need something cute for co-workers or neighbors!

My Fishy Valentine

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I know I’m out of season, but this is one of the few pins I completed well before I started blogging myself!
Arthur just finished his last year of preschool, he’s off to kindergarten this fall, and I didn’t want to do the traditional store bought valentines. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with them, but I’ve always bought them, so I wanted to be different this year.
Schools these days are really cracking down on what’s healthy and what’s not. I’m not saying my kids sit around popping chocolate drops all day, but I don’t see anything wrong with candy every once in a while!
Enough of that rant! I know goldfish are on the approved snack list, so I knew this would be ok with all the other parents.
I’m a big scrapbooker, so I have a whole lot of paper in my stash. Then it was just a matter of making myself a fishbowl stencil and cutting them all out. There weren’t that many kids in his class, so I decided to include his teachers too.
I couldn’t find any bags that would work, primarily because I waited until zero hour to try and put this all together, but a Longaberger friend saved the day with these. Thanks Theresa! I raided Tony’s supply of teeny tiny zip ties, the ones he never uses, to seal them off.
I was really excited with how they turned out, but looking back at the original pin, I found a few differences. I’m ok with those differences, but they are as follows:
1. Original pinner used white paper and drew a water line to show the fish bowl.
2. Somehow the original pinner shaped her bag around the bottom of the fishbowl.
As I said, I’m completely ok with the differences, but just thought you ought to know. ^.^
Happy Valentine’s Day, even though we’re less than half way there!
Original pin is on the blog site http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/?m=1