Thursday, June 30, 2011

Road Trip Bingo!

Cover and frame a piece of sheet metal, and add Lifestyle Craft/QuicKutz die cuts to create a Bingo board perfect for entertaining kids on a long car trip. Make your own rules, or fill the spaces with icons to look for as you travel ~ FUN!!
(dies used: new square punches, Wildflower Alphabet, 2x2 road sign, 2x2 camper, 2x2 train, 2x2 luggage,
2x2 airplane and 2x2 push pin)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Today is my daughter's birthday and we made cupcakes. What better way to "jazz" up the cupcake to highlight the "princess" in the family by using some perfect Lifestyle Craft dies.......
(dies used: crown cupcake liner and party flag inserts)

Yes I need a little help on my baking skills, too much batter and then the icing leaves a little to be desired but hey, my daughter loved it!! and I really shouldn't take up another craft............)

I have to say though, I tried a new icing recipe I found on the web and WOW it is sooo good!  It's like a whipping cream frosting ~ it was a little weird to hear that flour was in the ingredients but I highly recommend this recipe next time you are looking at making a cake or cupcakes!!
That’s the Best Frosting I’ve Ever Had


5 Tablespoons Flour
1 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Butter
1 cup Granulated Sugar (not Powdered Sugar!)

Preparation Instructions:

Bake your favorite chocolate cake and let it cool.
In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. You want it to be very thick, thicker than cake mix, more like a brownie mix is. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. (If I’m in a hurry, I place the saucepan over ice in the sink for about 10 minutes or so until the mixture cools.) It must be completely cool before you use it in the next step. Stir in vanilla.
While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You don’t want any sugar graininess left. Then add the completely cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat the living daylights out of it. If it looks separated, you haven’t beaten it enough! Beat it until it all combines and resembles whipped cream. Spread it on a cooled chocolate cake.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New Gift Bag die

I'm lovin' the new gift bag die ~ it's just the right size for many different little things to give!  Check out the little "lotion" bags I made, they are a perfect size for the small lotions at Bath & Body Works!! 

(dies used: Gift Bag, Nesting Scallops, 4x4 Awards and June Club die- 2x2 butterfly)

My thoughts are running wild with so many possibilities to use this new Gift Bag............

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sweet Simplicity Release in store now!!

Get the party started with lots of different box/cupcake dies from this new release!!  Check them out at to see them all!
Here are a couple of ideas from Lifestyle Crafts:
 (dies used: crown cupcake liner and cupcake stand)
(dies used: nesting Scallops, nesting circles, bloom and popcorn box)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dad's Day Card

I found this card over at the Paper Crafts website and thought it was a wonderful way to use the Dots & Dashes Alphabet set:
Mustachioed Dad Card by Erin Lincoln

And make sure you visit the Lifestyle Crafts website: for a FREE Father's Day Card Download Template!!
You won't have any excuse not to make a card for Dad by this Sunday!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

QuicKutz (Lifestyle Crafts) Club for July to December 2011 ~ Join today!!

It's that time again to renew or start our QuicKutz Club!! This Club continues to be a huge hit and grows each term ~ sign up today!!

Lifestyle Crafts (QuicKutz) Club Members receive:

-an exclusive Bonus LC item each month, designed by Lifestyle Crafts just for club members (min. retail value ranges from $6.99 to $16.99)

-a monthly LC Event (3rd Tuesday of the month) where you can see the latest dies first and do a make & take project using Lifestyle Craft dies for FREE !! (Only club members get to do the fun project! -comes in a kit along with your FREE LC bonus item!) (Pick up on the 3rd Tuesday or anytime after during that month)

-a 20% discount off regular price Lifestyle Crafts dies everyday with a minimum $15.00 LC Purchase.

-6 month membership fee is only $55.00! You will be receiving at least $80.00 worth of products over the 6 month period with your one time membership fee, not to mention your 20% volume discounts in LC purchases. (July 2011 to December 2011)

Why Lifestyle Crafts?? Why wouldn’t you, this is an exclusive club that is giving you the best bang for your buck, getting fun perks and a chance to be part of a community of fellow LC enthusiasts!!

Ask us about how you can JOIN TODAY~ you don’t want to miss this one!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Father's Day is one week away today!!

Dig out your QuicKutz dies and start cutting!!  There are lots of dies that help with the "masculine" card making. Check out the card I made for my "golfing" Dad:
(dies used:4x4 golf and 2x2 Blossom font) 
I also used Martha Stewart Fringe scissors to make the grass ~ love these scissors!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Teacher end of year gift.....

using some of the exclusive QuicKutz club dies over the year.  Look for my "block wood" classes coming soon to Paper Cottage!!
(dies used: 2x2 scissors, 2x2 apple, 2x2 skinny mini metro font and nesting circles)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Working off the page..............

Transform a pre-made wood item into a paper craft project. 
Take some QuicKutz dies and enhance your project!! Oh and Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors work like a charm in making grass ~ invest in a pair today!!
(dies used: 2x2 tags, 4x4 flowers, leaves and Carousel Font)