Thursday, March 22, 2012

Birthday Cupcakes

It was D3's Birthday last week.  17, I can not believe it.  I am not sure how I got to be so old as to have one married daughter, one getting married, one in collage and one a junior in high school. CRAZY!!

Anyway, to celebrate this birthday, she simply wanted to go to dinner with her dad and I so there wasn't much of a party this time around, but we still couldn't forget the cupcakes.

To make them, I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe.  When the cupcakes were cool, I made this frosting recipe from Wilton.  (It tastes nummy, its not to friendly for the waist).
Using a big decorating tip we just swirled the frosting on and added some purple sprinkles. To finish it up, I  added a cordial cherry to the top. They were a huge hit and so good!


(a not so good picture of the birthday girl)



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hippity Hoppity- Easter Kits

New Easter Kits are here.  It's time to get your "crafting groove" on and get those Easter projects started. 

Bright colors, whimsical bunnies and fun letters; that's what you will find in these fun new kits.

Hippity-Hoppity
Cost $15
Remind everyone that Easter is coming.  This is a fun block kit to set on a shelf or mantel.
Kit includes painted wood, paper, letters, vinyl and embellishments.
 *Class for this kit will be taught March 29th at Heartfelt Creation, Cost for class is $18.  Call or click to reserve your spot.


Ears are the best part
Cost $15
Peeps, Chocolate bunnies, it doesn't matter what kind of candy goodness it is, the ears are always the best part.
Bring a smile to your kids and visitors faces with this cute kit.  Includes painted wood, vinyl, paper, and embellishments.

*this will also be a class on March 29th.  Cost for class is $18.


Easter Subway Art
Cost $12
If you didn't get your Easter Subway Art last year don't forget to grab it this time around. It will be updated with new colors of ribbon and buttons to match this years kits.  Includes unpainted wood, vinyl, ribbon and buttons.

Please have all orders emailed to me (rushton_tracy@yahoo.com) by Saturday March 24 so we can get all the kits out by the 30th.

Update: I have been busy working on new spring kits, Relief Society (group) kits, two new Silhouette/Cameo tutorials, an Easter Banner, and an updated Facebook Page. Be sure to become a follower and keep up on all the happenings here at the Idea Closet.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St. Pattie's Banner

As I have mentioned before, I have been using my computer a lot to scrapbook and craft.  I have really gotten into digital scrapbooking and find myself at the computer most evenings while the kids are working on homework and various other activities. 

I wanted to put together a banner for St. Patrick's day so here is my project from yesterday.


I used my Cameo and It took a little longer than I thought it would, partly because I was learning a few new things and partly because I had to stop, throw laundry, pick up kids, take kids, help kids...you know the drill.  I finished it last night after FHE and everyone was in bed.

I didn't have a lot of paper to choose from so for the pennants I used a free digital paper kit I had downloaded earlier from My Memories


Using the SSDE, open your shape-pennant.  (I used two different ones.) In a new window open the file that contains the digital paper you want to use. Simply grab the paper and drag it to your shape.  Its that easy (who knew?)

Next I opened up a scalloped circle.  I cut them out of different colors of green cardstock that I already had on hand but I could have very easily dragged paper in again to fill them.  

Next I created two smaller circles to fit inside the scalloped one (one black, one white.)
I also cut out 2 large and 3 small shamrocks.

Last I made my words and letters.


This is what my screen looked like when I was all done. (Creative minds are seldom organized)

To finish, I inked the edges of the pennants, drew stitch marks in the white circles (hm, bet I could drag some of those in digitally also- have to try that) and then glued it all together.  I added dimension with a few pop dots. 

Last I cut some Jute and folded the tabs of each pennant over and glued them down.



Here is a close up of the first pennant. 

I was going to add ribbon and buttons but I loved the way it looked without all the stuff.


 PS.  If you missed out on the Lucky letters and the Shamrocks I have one set of each available.  They are finished and ready to go out today.  email me.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Chocolate Banana Crepes

So between Christmas, New Years, Valentines, D2's wedding and just being lazy, I have found my jeans getting a little tight around the middle and decided it was time to shed a few of these extra pounds.

Here is what I had for breakfast:


Recipe for Basic Crepes

1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt ( I think I used even less)
1 egg
2/3 Cup nonfat milk

1. Pour flour into a small mixing bowl, add salt and stir with a hand whisk.
Make a well in the center of the flour and add egg.
2. Whisk egg and flour while pouring milk into bowl, mix well.  Batter should be lump free
3. Let stand for 5 minutes
4. spray a 6 inch pan with cooking spray.  Heat on medium heat
5. add 1/8th of a cup of batter to hot skillet and swirl around the pan to cover the bottom.
6. As the edges cook, use a spatula to lift the edges.  After about 1 minute flip the crepe and cook for 30 more seconds or until crepe is light brown and cooked through.
7. Continue till all the crepes are done (makes about 10 to 12 -6"crepes)
30 calories per 6" crepe, .75 grams fat, 4 gram Carbs and 2 grams protein


To turn it into the OH SO YUMMY Chocolate Banana Crepes
spread 1 tsp. Nutella, 1 TBSCool whip Free, and 4 thin slices of banana.
roll up. 
Top with a small dollop of cool whip free, a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a pinch of Cinnamon.

2 crepes = only 186 Calories.  Who would ever want to eat a bowl of cereal again?

Oh and by the way.  If your family doesn't eat all the crepes (or you hoard your diet food like I do), you can refrigerate or even freeze the crepes and do it again tomorrow!