Wednesday, December 30, 2009

One more freezer t-shirt plus instructions

Here's one more freezer T!
These are really easy to make and you can create almost anything you can dream up!
-Cut out your design on freezer paper. You can use a die cut machine or copy something off the internet or a coloring book.
-Iron the negative image onto the t-shirt waxy side down. High heat, no steam.
-Put a piece of freezer paper or cardboard in between the layers of the t-shirt so the ink won't go through.
-Using fabric ink or fabric paint color your design. I found that the squeeze bottles worked well. Squeeze a small section of paint onto your image and use a paint brush to brush it on. Go back and forth and up and down. You can do a couple of coats to make it darker, if desired. If doing more than one color or design, let dry and repeat process.
-When dry (about 4 hours) remove the freezer paper. Lay a new piece of freezer paper over the entire design. Iron to set the paint.

Will wash well, turn inside out for best results.

These instructions are pretty basic, if you search you can find videos or other webpages with more detailed step by step instructions. But, pretty much these are really easy to make. Try it out on one of your stained t-shirts first then let you imagination sore!

Think.... tennis shoes, bags, pants, hats, etc..... :)

I've also tried this using the positive image. I've ironed on the image and then when cooled, I've used bleach water and randomly sprayed the t-shirt. When dry and the freezer paper image is removed, it resembles tie-dyed. I did this with a black t-shirt and the bleach left red and white splashes all over the t-shirt. My nieces had a blast making theirs.

Homemade Christmas - Freezer t-shirts

I made all my nieces and nephews t-shirts this year for Chrismtas. Some were easier to come up with then others. They all loved them, so I think I did good.

Homemade Christmas gifts - coasters

I did almost all homemade Christmas gifts this year. These are some coasters that I stamped and stenciled. I baked them in the oven after I was finished and then when they cooled, I sprayed two coats of clear coat over them. Super easy and when you mess up, you just wash them off and start over!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last minute table decorations

I just watched this great video on making your own table decorations. There are some really cute ideas:
-Matching place mats and chair covers.
-Matching napkin rings and plant pot
-Pine cone decorations
-Paper wreath

This could be very useful for Christmas or any other occasion.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Graham Cracker Gingerbread house

I've never made a gingerbread house before and would've never thought of doing one out of graham crackers.
My son's class made these yesterday and it was a ton of fun. He made a structure out of cardboard and then "glued" the graham crackers on with icing.

The balcony has candy corn railing. Behind the shutters you can see the grided window. That is Santa and a graham cracker reindeer on the roof.
Not as pretty as some of the houses I've seen, but I think he did an awesome job!

Who knows this could become a family tradition.....

Monday, December 14, 2009


Buy any 1 item from my shop and get 1 of my $1.00 cards for FREE!

That's correct - you can get 2 items for as little as $1.00!
I still have plenty of Christmas tags, so get yours today.

You can see what I have at:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ritz cracker cookies - SUPER EASY

I just saw these cookies again and thought I'd pass it on. I haven't tried the mint thins, but I've done the Chocolate peanut butter ones and they are awesome. I made them for my son's teachers last year and they raved about them. Plus, they are super easy to make - bonus!

Mint Thins

Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 45 min Makes: Makes 12 servings. What You Need!1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted, slightly cooled 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract 1 sleeve RITZ Crackers (36 crackers) 1 candy cane (6 inch), crushed Make It!
MIX chocolate and extract.

DIP crackers in chocolate, turning to completely coat each cracker. Carefully scrape off excess chocolate. Place crackers in single layer on waxed paper-covered baking sheets; sprinkle with crushed candy.

REFRIGERATE 30 min. or until chocolate is firm.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter "Cookies"
Omit peppermint extract and candy cane. Spread each cracker with thin layer of peanut butter before dipping in the melted chocolate.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Heat embossing tip

I just tried this tip that I heard and it worked perfectly!

When heat embossing - prior to stamping, rub your surface with a dryer sheet. Stamp and then apply powder. The loose powder should shake off and not leave any stray speckles on your project. Heat to set powder. I just wish I had known this tip years ago!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Found this on the Etsy forum and had to help her out. Please take a look at her shop:

Having just found out that my mother has breast cancer and will be having a double mastectomy - here is a sale in honor of her, and meant to help her out. Emotionally, as well as financially. I have marked some of my nude paintings (those with breasts showing) down by 50% - which is huge. I am a nationally recognized award-winning, gallery represented, successful artist, who does not usually have sales (as I have wonderful collectors). But this is for Mom - so wish us luck and quick healing for her.