Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chocolate Bar Gift Card

Warning:  This card is a little risque....but as you can see, she wasn't born yesterday!

A friend of mine just turned 50!  I made her a chocolate bar card using mostly items from the Dollar Store.  

Supplies needed:
Many chocolate bars (some for eating and some for the card)
2 pieces of the thick white corrugated board
glue stick
single hole punch
fancy scrapbook paper
printer paper
hot glue and gun

The hardest part of the card is trying to make it somewhat personal for your friend.  You'll want to plan what you say and the chocolate bars you will use.  When you have this all figured out, head to the dollar store and buy your bars.  Or you can buy your bars first, like I did, and eat all the unused.  Every country has different chocolate bars.  I am Canadian so these bars are from Canada.  

Print all your sentences out.   My font was bold and set at 22.  I cut all the words and did a dry run with the candy for the best spacing.  It kept it looking fairly neat.
  I used a glue stick for the paper and a glue gun for the candy.  A low melt glue gun would work best, but I didn't have one so use caution as it will melt the wrappers.
The two boards were joined by hole punching down the left side of each board every two inches, and running a ribbon through the holes for the binding.  The front was decorated using my Cricut, scrapbooking paper, and a few embellishments.  If you don't have one of these machines, just use your imagination.  There are so many things you can use on the front of the card.

Remember hanging out with your (AIRHEAD) friends down at the old (MIRAGE)   You would (SNICKER) at all the (NERDS)   Then you met your (SWEETTART) (MR.BIG)   You heard he had a (BIG FOOT) and we all know what the means!!!

He had a (TWIX) up his sleeve and slipped you the (BIG TURK)  which resulted in a (BABY RUTH X 2)   You've travelled the world;  places like New (YORK) and (MARS)

And even though you are turning the big five (ZERO)   We want you to know that you're still one (HOT TAMALE)    From your (EXTRA) (SMARTIE) friends   We (WISH) you and Happy Birthday!!!

Happy chocolate bar eating.....I mean happy card making!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Guest Post: Ten Ways To Spend Valentines Day At Home

I would love to introduce a long time bloggy friend of mine...Judy from  Pursuit of Functional Home.  Her blog is amazing.  She is one of the most versatile bloggers that  I know.  We can read anything from design and cooking, to some good old fashioned humor that helps start your week.  Stop by her site and say hi!  Today she shares a bit of romance for Valentines Day.  Something I tend to forget about.  Hopefully, this will help us all!  

 10 ways to spend Valentine's day at home

As we all know, Valentine's day is just around the corner. Have you thought of how to spend this special day?  Do you plan to go to a restaurant? Well, most restaurants are fully booked at this time even fast-food.  How about going to a cinema? For sure, it is going to be crowded as well. We want this day to be meaningful as it only comes once a year. If you plan to just stay at home or you are on a tight budget then this is for you. 

Cake on Valentine's Day
Cake on Valentine's Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Prepare a romantic dinner. 
  • If both of you know how to cook - cook together. Prepare your favorite meal. For dessert, make a valentine's cake (only if you bake) or just buy one. Don't forget the Champagne or wine.
  • Set-up the table in a romantic way. Arrange the flowers, light some candles and dim the lights. Play love songs that both of you love. You can have dinner outside your house, veranda, porch or fireplace. 

2. Wear special attire like Tuxedo and Gown. 
  • If you have kids, let them join the fun. They will surely treasure this moment.

3. If the weather permits, have a stroll outside or to the park.

4. Watch your favorite movie together. 

  • If it's a sexy movie, for obvious reason, watch it later when the kids are asleep. 

5. Dance with your partner. 

  • When was the last time you both dance together? I am not talking about disco dance here, I'm talking about the dance you had at your wedding or your first sweet dance. If you haven't done it yet, this is the time to make it happen. Create good memories.

6. Each must write a love letter. 

  • I know this is very traditional but this is a good way to let your partner feel that he/she's loved.

7. Play a game
  • Sexy games for couple. Please wear something sexy e.g. lingerie and please no PJ's. 
  • If kids are around, play a treasure hunt. You may have chocolates as a prize.  

8. Have a warm bath together. 

  • If you have a bath tub, put some rose petals and essential oils. Light a scented candle and have a glass of wine.

9. Sing a love song to your partner. 

  • If you are not gifted with a good voice, don't worry it's the thought that counts.

10. Don't forget to prepare gifts. 

  • You may buy or make your own. 

Unleash your romantic side. Advance, Happy Valentine's Day Everyone.

Thank you so much, Karen for allowing me to guest post in your lovely blog.
About the Author:
I am Judy, a mother to two lovely kids and a wife to a lovable husband. I love do-it-yourself, crafting, sewing, baking, and sharing inspiration and knowledge. I practically blog about everything. I am the author of Pursuit of Functional Home.

Thanks for a lovely post Judy!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentine Sachet

This is just a little something I whipped up from one of the   Valentine Bags   I had made.

A little bit of lavender sewn up in two squares tucked into a bag. 
This can be tucked in a drawer or put under your pillow for a restful night!

I added a decorative stitch to the top.  Kinda fancies it up

Easy and quick!


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Valentine Candy Dish

On a recent trip to the big city, I discovered two things:
  • 1.  We have a Dollar Tree in Canada, but it's called Dollar Giant.
  • 2.   I love the Dollar Giant. 
  • **UPDATE***  It is called Dollar Tree now
 We also have Dollarama, which is a great store too, but it sure is nice to have choices!

So back to the Valentine Candy Dish

Supplies needed:
Clear Glass Heart Dish
Clear Glass Candle Stick
5 Minute Epoxy
Cinnamon Hearts
Red Ribbon

And a Picture Tutorial!
Glass items purchased at Dollar Tree.  Epoxy bought at Dollarama.

Ribbon was an already owned item.

Jelly Beans never made it to the gift stage....ummmm  not sure where they went!  :D

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