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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Muffin Pizza

Hello everyone!
I've said it before and I'll say it again....
You never know what you'll find on Kristie Kreates!
Today I'm going to show you a quick and easy little lunch
or snack, depending on how much you eat.
Y'all know that I had weight loss surgery this
past June, so I can't eat much at one time.
Well, I was looking for something to eat for lunch
and since we'd just had our first snow of the season
and I was being a wimp about going out in the cold,
I had to eat something I had.  One of the things I needed
to do in that cold was go grocery shopping.
I decided that a little pizza was in order.
All I had was some English Muffins, so I made up some
Muffin Pizza.
I split the muffin open and put it onto some parchment paper.
Then I took a bit of spaghetti sauce, yes, it's from a jar.
I don't know how to make sauce, some day I'll learn.
Then I added some mozzarella cheese and pepperoni
and put in onto a baking sheet and into the oven.
I baked it until the cheese was melted and the muffin 
was crispy around the edges.
I'm guessing it was about 15 min. at 350*
Boy was it tasty!
And, yes, that is a Star Wars plate.
My kids are grown, but I still have the Star Wars plates
and I use them all the time for lunch or snacks.
I'm not a dietitian or anything, but here's a little break
down of the calories and protein
English Muffin 130 calories 4g of protein
Sauce is 90 Calories for 1/2 cup, so barely any for this amount, 
I only used about a tablespoon
Cheese 1/4 cup 90 calories 7g protein I'm guessing I used less than
1/8 cup
pepperoni 15 slices is 130 calories and 6g protein. so 
52 calories and about 2.5 g protein.
That means less than 250 calories and 10g of protein.
Now I don't know if that's how to really figure it out,
but it doesn't sound too bad to me. 

Thanks for stopping in today,
have you ever happened upon a tasty 
treat because
necessity was the mother of invention
like this?
I'm glad I did, I'll be making these again.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Snap Bags

Christmas is getting close all you crafty people!
Welcome!  
Today I'm going to show you a gift that
I made for an exchange.
I have a group of crafty friends online and a few of us 
decided to have a gift exchange for Christmas.
My sister in law told me how to make these cute 
"snap bags" She has made a lot of them for her church 
as part of Christmas gifts that they give out.
The size she does and the one I'm going to tell you 
how to make is the size for a glasses case.
The first thing is to purchase double sided quilted fabric
Our Joann's doesn't have a lot of variety, but I found
this one that I really loved.
I had a great coupon, so I bought a yard of this fabric
so I could make several if I liked how the first one turned
out.
Cut a square measuring 10" x 10"
On one side, fold over about 1/2"
Now fold that same side over about 1" and pin in place.
Fold the piece in half with the right side out.
Measure 2 lengths of ribbon about 3" long.
Measure the width of the bag and find the middle, keep
in mind that you will be sewing a seam at the side of the
bag, so adjust for that.
  Fold the ribbon in half and put the raw ends under the
folded down top edge and pin in place.
Repeat this on the other side.  
To be sure they are even, you can push a pin through from
one side to the other and see if the pin comes through
the ribbon.
Once you have the ribbons in place, unfold the bag and 
sew along the edge of the folded over top.
Cut approximately 4" pieces of a tape measure.
I bought mine at the Dollar Store, so they weren't a very
heavy metal, so I cut 4 pieces.  If you have a heavier 
tape measure, you can use 2 pieces.
I used a pair of heavy duty kitchen scissors for cutting,
if you have a pair of tin snips you can also use them.
Now round the ends of each piece of the tape measure.
Be careful this can be very sharp and small pieces can 
go flying.  My sister in law holds hers inside a box to cut,
this way the small sharp pieces don't go flying.
Stepping on one of these with bare feet wouldn't be very 
pleasant.
Now you have rounded ends and no squared corners.
If you are using the light weight metal, put 2 pieces together
on top of one another.
I used electrical tape, my sister in law used duct tape,
to tape around the ends. This will keep the sharp edges
from tearing through the fabric and possible cutting 
the person using the bag.
Be sure to use a heavy duty type of tape.
Now slide the tape measure pieces into the "pocket" at 
the top of the bag. One from each side of the bag and
push to the center of the bag where it will be folded.
Be sure the tape measure pieces are curved the right way.
You want them to bump out to the outside of the bag,
as shown in this picture.
Fold the bag in half again, right sides together,
and sew a seam close to the edge of the fabric.
I sewed mine with the edge of the fabric right along
the edge of the presser foot, only about 1/8" seam allowance.
Be sure your tape measure is pushed in far enough
that you won't be hitting it.
Sew down the side and across the bottom of
the bag.  
Turn right side out and you have your 
snap bag.
Perfect for sunglasses.
Here is a quick little demo of how the snap bag works.
It's easy to pull open with the little ribbons and snaps
closed on it's own.
Not only is this great for sunglasses, but for any number
of other things.  Make up, a pad and pen, maybe some
feminine products for your purse, even craft supplies..

You can make them in whatever size you choose.
These are 3 I made for my friend for our exchange.
All different sizes.  They have already been sent out 
and received. She opened them and has thanked me for
them already, she loves them and has a lot of ideas
what she can use them for.
These are easy to make and anyone can use something
like this.  I know my brother asked my sister in law to make
one for him for his glasses, she is planning to put a small pocket 
on the outside of it for extra hearing aid batteries.
I believe he's going to use his in his golf bag.
So many uses for them!
I'm guessing you could use another kind of fabric,
but it would have to be something with some
"substance" It needs a bit of thickness and/or stiffness to it.

I'm glad you stopped in today, I hope you are too.
I also hope you have been inspired in some way
and maybe will give these bags a try.
They really are quite easy to make and 
come together quickly. 
They make lovely little gifts for anyone.
See you again soon,
until then, happy creating!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Baby Gift Tag

Hi there!
Welcome, I hope you'll take time to have a look
around on Kristie Kreates.
Today I have a quick post for you.
I was recently invited to a baby shower and
wanted to make a tag that was a little different.
I used
"Baby Zebra" stamp from Eureka Stamps.
I stamped it then colored it with 
colored pencils.
After fussy cutting it I attached an action wobble
to the back, then attached it to a tag I made from 
a watercolor background I found in my stash.
I punched a hole in the top and tied it to the 
gift with ribbon.

Thanks for popping in for this quick 
post, I hope you enjoyed it and will come
again soon.
You never know what you'll find on
Kristie Kreates!


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Our Christmas Cards

Hi there crafters!
Today I'm showing you some of my Christmas cards.
I was totally inspired when I saw 
this video by Kristina Werner
I loved those cards and decided to make my 
own cards in this kind of design.
I have a few different tree dies and decided to use
some of the backgrounds that I had in my stash.
I went with whatever colors I had and I have to say
I love how they turned out.  Most of them 
are not traditional Christmas colors, but that's okay
with me.
Here you can see the background panel.
The white was just too stark, so I embossed them
with snowflakes.  This added just the right touch.
Here's a picture of some of the different colors
I used for the trees.
All in all I made a little over 50 of these cards
that will be sent out to family and friends
this Christmas season.

Thanks for stopping by today,
have you started your Christmas cards?
Christmas is coming quick, so better get to it!
Until next time,
be creative!


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Black Friday Crop

Hi all you crafty people!
Today I'm going to tell you about my 
Black Friday Crop.
Every year on Black Friday I hold a crop at
My Happy Place Scrapbooking and Crafting.
This is my favorite crop of the year,
I come up with all the ideas and
do all the planning and prep and run the crop.
I so enjoy doing this.
These are what we call our 'Specialty Crops'
First of all, I came up with the idea of making 
Rice Krispie Treats shaped like turkey legs, since
it's the day after Thanksgiving.  I don't want to serve
Thanksgiving type food, but wanted to give a nod to 
the holiday we had just celebrated.
These are what they looked like, once they 
were shaped.
I decided that they need to be "browned up" so I 
brushed on some melted milk chocolate.
Each leg was put into a little bag.
 I ended up having enough for
my family dinner, so they all got them too.
They were quite tasty, if I must say so myself.
A "turkey leg" went into each "goodie box" at the crop.
I picked up these cute boxes when I was visiting my friend in 
Toledo.  I filled them with some goodies, ribbon/trim,
a ticket for a free drink, wooden cut outs, cherry cordial kisses and
and eye glasses cleaner.  The eye glasses cleaner is great for
taking fingerprints off pictures, especially glossy prints.
Every year I come up with a game to play,
in the past we have played, Let's Make a Deal,
Wheel of  Crafts (Fortune), Price is Right to name a few
This year, we played
"Crafty Jeopardy."
We had 3 rounds and a Final Jeopardy.
I had categories like
Yummy Yum having to do with holiday foods,
How It's Done - all about techniques
Bling It Up - about embellishments
Not Just Fun and Games - about holiday traditions
What We Do - crafts other than paper crafts
We simply went from crafter to crafter and they
picked a category and dollar amount,
if they got the answer correct they got money.
If not they didn't lose anything.
I used the money I made for MHP a few years ago,
this money has served us well many times.
In the end, the two that had the most money won the
prizes of the day.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the prizes.
Can you believe a scrapbooker who forgets to take pictures?!?!
For dinner I simply set the table with large 
fall themed plates and napkins, which made dinner
a little more homey and personal.
I served:
Ham
Gourmet Mashed Potatoes
Carrots
Scalloped Pineapple
and 
Parmesan Au Gratin Asparagus
for dinner we had
cheesecake.
Everyone seemed to enjoy their dinner
and I enjoyed planning and executing the crop.
As they say;
a good time was had by all!

Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until then, Happy Crafting!



Saturday, November 25, 2017

One more Card Drive post

Hello friends!
Today I'm posting the last of my Christmas cards
for the Caring Hearts Card Drive.
These are the last of the cards I made,
I ended up with a total of 111 cards to be sent out.
I got together the cards from my friends at
My Happy Place and mailed them all out together.
Between all of us, we sent in over 230 cards for the
card drive.
I'm so thrilled that my friends joined in the fun of
bringing smiles to the faces of those in 
care facilities.
Thanks to:
Danielle, Emma, Judy and Lorraine
for helping out with cards.
Can't wait till my packages come and I can deliver to some 
local homes.
Thanks for stopping in today,
I hope you're having a wonderful day
and getting something made that will 
give someone a smile.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to leave a 
Happy Thanksgiving!
for y'all.
I hope you have a lot to be
thankful for.
I know I do.  
There are so many wonderful
people and things in my life.
I have talents that I enjoy
and friends and family that
I love and make me smile.
Here's a blast from the past.
This is a card I made for 
Thanksgiving 2010
I'm also thankful for all my blog friends
who follow my posts.
Even though I don't get a lot of comments,
I know you are there and I 
appreciate you and am so thankful that
you come by to check things out on 
Kristie Kreates.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!