Sunday, April 20, 2014

Egg Free Easter Eggs

**This is not my original idea.  The credit for this post goes to a friend of mine Joy who gave me permission to share this and her pictures with you.**

  Joy has a daughter that is highly allergic to eggs and wanted her to be able to participate in the fun of dying Easter Eggs.  She came up with an idea that is brilliant and fun!

Dye-able Rice Krispie Treat Eggs

Supplies Needed:
  • 18 + Average Size Plastic Eggs
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cooking Spray
  • Milk or Milk substitute *if you are dairy free*
  • Box of Rice Krispies
  • Food Dye (Joy used PAAS Color Snaps)

Lets begin:

You can sterilize the plastic eggs either using hot soapy water letingt dry, spraying them with 90 % alcohol letting dry or even using a 10% bleach and water solution and of course letting dry.

Next you will want to grease the inside of the plastic eggs using either cooking spray or butter/margarine.

Time to  prepare a basic recipe for rice krispie treats (here).  While the treat mixture is still warm you want to mold your eggs.  Put the treat mixture into the top and bottom portion of the eggs and close.

The treat eggs are going to need to cool for at least 4-6 hours.  Towards the end of their cooling phase mix together a simple frosting recipe of:

4 tbsp of butter/margarine
4 c of powdered sugar
Milk or milk substitute to desired frosting texture/thickness

Remove your treat eggs from their plastic shell and cover in frosting.  Set on wax paper to allow the frosting to harden.

Once the frosting has hardened your Egg Free Easter Eggs are ready to decorate. Use food dye or  PAAS color snaps (I am not sure if PAAS dyes are edible I know they are are food safe, so use your best judgment) to decorate your treat eggs.  

I hope you enjoyed reading and a big thank you to Joy for allowing me to share her egg craft with you all.

Til Next Time

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The Idea Room ~ The Party Bunch
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Sew Can Do ~ Craftastic Monday

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mixed Media Art Journal

I have recently developed a liking for making mixed media.  I have made a couple of canvas collages and wanted to try my hand at Art Journaling.  I have this crazy idea I can make it portable.  The actual crafting portion of it.  We shall see.

Anyway I thought I would share my very first layout.  The whole layout was inspired by a new stamp release over at Taylored Expressions.  Specifically this stamp set, A Life She Loved.  I thought the saying was a perfect fit for my newest craft.

From start to finish here is my first art journal layout:

My journal is a $3.99 basic art/sketch journal from Michaels.  It was not specific for mixed media/art journaling, so the first thing I did was glue pages together and went from a 40 page art journal to a 20 page journal.  From start to finish here is my first art journal layout:

I glued scrapbook paper to my first two pages.  I actually think it is a reprint of some text from Huckleberry Finn repeated many times.  Then I used some Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink in the color Stream.  Using the blending blending solution and a paint brush I painted my pages in yummy blue color.

I then put swirls of Wild Plum Alcohol Ink on the page and did too much too soon because it dried too fast and no amount of blending solution was going to get the ink to spread.  Using white Gesso I toned down the pages and began adding stamped images.  

After getting pages all stamped I decided to use some Light Modeling Paste, over a stencil of raindrops I made using my Silhouette (I cut the stencil out on transparency sheets that are used for overhead projectors).

Next I set out to create my saying using different alphabet stamps I have.

After it was all stamped out I cut out each word and colored them either blue or purple depending on the emphasis I wanted on the word.  I edged each of my word pieces with black chalk ink.

All that was left to do was fit my words on the pages.  I outlined/shadowed each of the words using a similar color of Faber Castell Big Brush Pens 

The little girl with the umbrella on the left is Pure Innocence My Umbrella By My Favorite Things Stamps.  I paper pieced her using different pattern papers and ultimately ended up deciding to use Diamond Glaze on her wellies, rain jacket and umbrella to give it a wet look.

I am pretty pleased with how it all came together and I am already working on my next layout.  Thank you for visiting!

Til Next Time