Welcome Weekend

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you were able to treat yourself with the yummy recipe from my previous blog post (go check it out) 🙂

I had a super busy week with legal writings and midterms. Phew! I survived. It’s hard to get back into the learning groove but I’m glad I am. This next phase of my career will be a welcomed change. I encourage you to do what you have always wanted and accept the challenges ahead. Learning something new is always a great adventure. Since I was overwhelmed this past week, it was hard to get creative. But creativity of recent past rewarded me and I want to share that with you in hopes that it will inspire to to share your creativity with others.

My creations for donation

Since this pandemic and my recent retirement, I have found myself with extra time and a thirst for positivity. I know I am not alone and I was introduced to a great organization at the same time. Cardz for Kidz is an organization that accepts home made cards and sends them around the world to kids in hospitals and seniors in retirement/assisted facilities. They also donate much needed technology and supplies to those facilities. You can find them on my Instagram @sewmuchglitter in my posts just to see what they are all about. Don’t forget to say Hi while you’re there!

A great Michael’s find

I recently made a lot of cards participating in The daily marker 30 day coloring challenge. Above and beyond what my trusty card keeper from Michael’s can hold. So I sent them on to Cardz for Kidz. Like I said, I was introduced to the organization by one of my Instagram followers, I investigated and found them to be a reputable organization, so I felt comfortable that my creations would be appreciated. If you ever doubt an organization that accepts home made cards, go to Scrapbook.com and they have a section for reputable organizations that accept card donations (they also accept home made cards).

I tried to keep this short, sorry! I was featured on their Instagram account with a fun note about how they appreciate home artists and their creations. Go check out the post on my Instagram, it is always fun to share appreciation and spotlight worthy causes that help others. If you feel inclined to make up some cards and donate them to Cardz for Kidz, check out some of my previous blog posts for inspiration. If my projects do inspire you, tag me #sewmuchglitter with your version of what was created.

Remember my sneak peek?!

I am still participating in the coloring challenge and encourage you to take time for yourself as well. Have a great weekend, be well and stay safe. I will be back next week with a post to keep you motivated 🙂 Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see a fun food project of if you would like to see a creative paper project. It is Christmas in July, so don’t think I won’t throw a fun Christmas project in there somewhere.

See you soon!

Sewmuchglitter

Red, White and Blue Sweet Treat!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND! While our celebrations may look different this year, we can still enjoy some of our favorite traditions. FOOD! Before we heat up the barbecue let’s prepare a flavorful dessert.

Our gardens or markets are full of flavorful goodness this time of the year and I enjoy taking advantage of these seasonal foods. This shortcake is no different. I’ve had this recipe for awhile and love doing something different with it each time. Let’s start with the basics.

  1. 1 package yellow cake mix (angel food cake, chocolate cake or white cake work beautifully).
  2. 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (thawed). Homemade whipped topping is delicious too. (Pioneer Woman has a GREAT recipe)
  3. 1 small package instant vanilla pudding mix.
  4. 1 Cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint strawberries sliced (rinsed and drained)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare the cake according to directions in a 9×13 inch pan. COMPLETELY COOL THE CAKE.
  2. in a separate bowl: Mix the vanilla pudding mix, milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping (gently).
  3. Place the blueberries in a square on the top left of the cake and place the strawberries as stripes to make the American Flag. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. ENJOY!

I would love to hear what sweet treats you enjoy on this holiday weekend. Comment below how you would mix up this recipe. Sometimes I like to macerate the fruit but be careful not to turn them into mush. This is a versatile process that is all about your choice of taste. I enjoy getting my recipes from multiple sources such as Pioneer Woman, All Recipes, or the good old Food Network. I always enjoy the creative process and have fun making things my own.

Don’t forget to stay safe and healthy this weekend. Check out my Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter for the latest creations. If I have inspired you, post to your social media and tag #sewmuchglitter.

HAPPY FOURTH! ENJOY.

Sewmuchglitter

Summer Pasta

Thanks for joining me again! Today I have a delicious summer pasta dish to share. It can be a meal or a side dish. It’s perfect for a get together or as an alternative summer meal. Prepare ahead of time and keep refrigerated or make and serve, it’s versatile. Let’s get started!

The summer months in Southern California can be long and hot so its nice to take a break from traditional cooking. Let’s start with the ingredients I use. First, I start with a rainbow rotini pasta but tortellini works great too! Next up I use fresh from the garden cucumber and tomato (cherry is a favorite but not required) if you’re not a gardener the stores are plentiful during the summer months. Don’t forget the onion and garlic if desired. Depending on who I’m serving. I may add some sliced black olives. I also use an Italian dressing (wish bone robusto or olive garden Italian is a win for me). If you’d like to make a complete meal out of this dish, you can add some protein such as chopped ham or chicken. Let’s prepare!

Boil the pasta in lightly salted water until soft but not too much, al dente is perfect. Drain and set aside. Now it’s time to chop the veggies and dice the onion and garlic.

Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add the veggies and lightly toss. Next up is the dressing. I add 1TB of dressing at a time, lightly tossing in-between until my desired amount is added. Cover and refrigerate or serve immediately. Top with shredded parmesan or chopped parsley as desired. TADA! You’re done. Quick, easy, filling, and refreshing!

Comment below what your favorite summer dish is. If you make this family favorite don’t forget to comment and tag #sewmuchglitter on your social media. Check out my other creative ideas@sewmuchglitter on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest. I can’t wait to see how this dish inspires you.

See you soon!

Blending Tools

Welcome back! In my last post I said I’d be back soon with my favorite blending tools, so let’s get started!

First off, there is no right or wrong blending tool. There is a better technique but tools are a personal preference. Use what you’re comfortable with and use what gets you your most desired results. The market is overwhelmed with crafting products and I admit that I also fall prey to buying the latest and greatest.

My most preferred blending tool is a blending brush. As you can see, mine are color coordinating. Using similar colors on brushes helps with ease of use and cleaning (or lack of cleaning). The brushes give me the smoothest blends and can fade as desired. These bristles hold color well and clean off well. Their soft providing a smooth blend. I got mine on Amazon.com and they were inexpensive (under $15), not bad for repetitive use.

Next up there’s a blending tool with foam Velcro (on the back) heads. I have a flat attachment and a rounded attachment. Both are for the same purpose but from different companies expecting different results. I find the flat head to leave a harsher line but I’ll discuss techniques later. These are foam and need more ink to get a fuller blend. They do serve a great purpose on smaller projects. The rounded attachment is also a foam but not as porous as they seem to have a slicker surface. These blend over my papers more smoothly than the flat heads. I still find myself reaching for more ink mid project and I DO NOT with the brushes mentioned above. I still use these in color families. The blending handles can be purchased at any major crafting store or my personal favorite, Scrapbook.com. The flat foam attachments can be purchased with multiples in a pack at your local craft store or the rounded attachments at Scrapbook.com as they are a Scrapbook.com exclusive. Both have great price points and both clean well. Let’s talk technique!

Techniques. Start off the project 1st to avoid harsh lines. Remember I prefer a glass mat or a craft mat for easy cleaning. Next, I start small. DO NOT BLEND LARGE AREAS AT ONE TIME. You’ll never get the results you want. Once you get a smaller blend, move out to larger areas. Before you know it, you’ll have a fully blended project! I learned this the hard way and gathered my inspiration from Tim Holtz and experience. Don’t stop here, there’s more!

Color coordinating. As I stated in a previous blog post, I use Distress Oxide and Distress Inks. I stated the formula difference in simple terms. Go check out my blending post. I use Distress Oxide and my other inks aka. Other brands, with the same tools. Clean in-between by simply rubbing on a paper towel or baby wipe. TA-DA cleaned! May be stained but won’t contaminant each other. Remember Oxide is a hybrid. Now, my Distress inks are a little different. I only use specific tools on that formula (not hybrid) they can get contaminated. For the purpose of cost, I use my Velcro heads for this. I’ll show you how I store them in another storage post coming up. Subscribe so you don’t miss that!

I hope this helped inspire you and answered any follow-up questions you may have had since my last post. DON’T FORGET to check out my other forms of social media: Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest @sewmuchglitter Let me know you were there and what you would like to see more of. If you are inspired by any of my projects or techniques please tag me on your social media #sewmuchglitter

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SEE YOU SOON!

Boredom Busters

Happy Saturday! As this situation progresses, more of us are finding extra time at home. Sometimes it isn’t always quality time. We just have to remember that we are all in this situation together. We can help and inspire each other. Be kind in the grocery store or pharmacy. I would love to hear what everyone is doing to bust through the boredom. As I know I have promised a glittery project, I have been having trouble finding all of my supplies in the stores or online but……My friend did reach out to me and has some of those supplies on hand. I tend to use up my “pretty” supplies first. Just know that is still coming.

MY BOREDOM BUSTERS. I have found during this time that keeping a daily schedule helps with productivity. Spring is coming and now is the perfect time to start our gardens. For those kiddos stuck at home driving you crazy, home made play dough or a nature hunt are fun ways to occupy their time and minds. I remember the days of struggling to keep them entertained (and that was when we were allowed to roam free). The internet is a perfect educational tool as well. There are a lot of museums and zoos offering free looks into their worlds via webcams. My daughter and I have checked a few out and it is worth a look. I love baking, so now is the perfect time to experiment with my recipes. Spring cleaning is always a good option too, especially with the kids. They like to feel productive too. I had to make a game out of it or the kids weren’t going to help me clean.

On the crafty side, I am still making cards for seniors who are alone during this time. My last blog post highlighted some great organizations who accept card donations for just this occasion. Take a look and let me know what organization you like the best. The daily marker 30 day challenge is still happening through the end of the month, kids can partake as well. Check out my Instagram (sewmuchglitter) for some great ideas and how you can hop into the fun. Check out some new crafting techniques on Youtube, I like to watch Melody Lane, Jennifer McGuire, Scrapbook.com, or May May made it to name a few. Tim Holtz is even doing some fun Facebook lives. It’s great to learn new things and keep entertained at the same time. Let me know if you enjoy YouTube or interacting on Facebook during this time.

KEEP HEALTHY! As part of my daily routine, I have been exercising and continuing my daily vitamins. This helps with positive attitude and feeling better. Plus don’t forget the hand washing ritual, 20 seconds never felt so long but Alexa is there to count down to keep things interesting. Or good old fashioned counting or singing. Anything to get to 20 seconds. Check me out on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with my boredom busters and let me know in the comments what you have been doing.

AS PROMISED. My next blog project is coming very soon. I just need to grab the supplies from my friend’s front porch (social distancing). SEE YOU SOON!

Spring Forward

Happy daylight savings time. These are the hardest days to get used to the older I get. But, it does mean brighter days are ahead. We don’t experience much rain or cold weather in San Diego but when we do, it is extreme. With the news freaking out about this virus spreading like wildfire, I am excited to get fresh air and spring cleaning underway.

Speaking of spring cleaning, it is also time to evaluate my crafting organization. I recently re-organized my stamp and mini ink collection. You can check it out on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter. Michael’s is a great resource for organization and coupons!

As a crafter, I don’t normally purge my collection. So, I try to save space as I can. And of course, we all want the latest and greatest to improve our crafty skills. When new products come out, they are not always the same quality as others. I find that I cannot use the same blender applicator with different type of inks because they are all meant to be used in different ways. I LOVE using Tim Holtz distress inks but they are a different formula than my other inks. So of course……I want them to have their own applicator because it is one more thing I can shop for (shhh. our secret). In the name of saving space and using the right supplies for the right job, I found a fun way to store my applicators.

I have the scrapbook.com blending tool and enjoy using the domed applicators but find that Tim Holtz applicators are more available and I can use those fun COUPONS! I discovered that either of those applicators fit nicely under my mini distress inks, and they still fit in my storage. WIN WIN! In order to get them to stay in place I use Velcro dots. The opposite side of the applicator adheres perfectly. I have found Velcro dots at Walmart and the Dollar Tree. That is my fun tidbit for now. I hope this helps or inspires you. I would love to hear how you save space while still adding to your crafting collection. Let me know in the comments below. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram where you can see my new stamp storage.

I hope you have a fabulous week! I am having a lot of fun exploring my creativity with the 30 day coloring challenge. You can hop in and out as you desire or just check out everyone’s creativity. I have the # on my Instagram where you can find the details and beautiful artwork.

I’ll be back soon with a fun tutorial that will add sparkle to your spring gatherings!

Sweet Treats

Everyone loves a sweet treat now and then and sometimes hand made gifts are most appreciated. These candy bouquets are the perfect option! The best part is that they can be for any occasion and you can personalize them to everyone’s liking. Please find my tips and tricks below then go check out other gifting options @sewmuchglitter on Instagram or Facebook.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: All project supplies can be found at the dollar tree. Floral foam (or glass jar), wooden skewers, ribbon, candy (I found buying in multiples produces a fuller bouquet), hot glue, confetti filling, washi tape (if desired). **TIP** Next time I will wrap the floral foam with coordinating wrapping paper as the foam sheds.

STEP 1: Hot glue the boxed candy to all four sides of the foam (it makes the affect of a vase or flower pot). While this is setting up cut your skewers to your desired length and wrap them in washi tape as desired.

STEP 2: Begin hot gluing the candy to the top of the skewers. If using chocolate, don’t press too hard as it may melt the chocolate creating a uneven package. Once they are cooled and adhered, you may want to tie ribbon to the skewer or top of the candy and curl the ribbon. **Don’t forget to glue the candy to the flat end of the skewer **

STEP 3: Now is the fun part, arranging the bouquet. Arrange the larger items toward the center by poking them into the floral foam. With the different lengths, the candy arrangement should have depth. Once you are happy with the arrangement you can either glue candy on the foam around the bottoms of the skewers to cover up the foam or glue paper confetti. This gives the arrangement a fuller look.

VARIATION: IF you choose a vase or jar, you will want the paper confetti as the skewers will sit securely inside. For a color variation, I added candy to my jar as well. As a fun filler, you can also add artificial flowers. The beautiful paper flowers from my previous tutorial would also be perfect in these bouquets too!

I hope you have as much fun as I do personalizing this gift. I would love to see what occasions and themes you create. You can tag me #sewmuchglitter or #craftingwithcarrie

Please let me know in a comment below what you think of my new blog format. I am excited to show you what’s next, in the meantime visit me on other social media @sewmuchglitter (Instagram and Facebook).