Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine's Day coloring greeting card free printable



Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and since the adult (And kids) coloring trend is in full swing I figured it would be nice to offer a free coloring printable greeting card for Valentine’s Day.


All you need is some white cardstock.  The card will be 8 ½” x 5 ½” when folded and uses a 6” x 9” envelope.  You may, if you have them use the half-fold greeting card kits that come with the right sized envelope included.  Your Valentine, (or you) will have relaxing fun coloring the card. 

Experts are hailing adult coloring as an anti-stress technique.  Actually when I hand draw these free coloring pages it is an anti-stress mechanism for me as well so we all benefit.  I hope you enjoy the Valentine’s greeting card and print up a few to send to loved ones.

And if you have a few moments check out History.com for some interesting facts about St. Valentine.  You may be surprised at the truth of how this romantic holiday began. 

Valentine's Day card




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Easy Bacon Breakfast Pizza


Since the Pizza expo is just a couple of weeks away Vegas.com inspired me to create a Vegas type Pizza recipe.

I just got back from visiting Las Vegas in November where my husband and I renewed our wedding vows for our anniversary.  While we were there we visited so many awesome Las Vegas hotels.  It is truly an amazing place!

So it fits that I would create a breakfast pizza recipe with golden cheese nuggets.  See the connection?  These cheesy bacon pizzas on a crisp flatbread crust are great for breakfast, brunch and even cut into smaller pieces for those super bowl parties coming up.  It’s so easy you will be amazed.  Make some in advance and keep in the fridge up to a week or wrap and keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

And if you don’t like bacon, turkey bacon is just as delicious!  Want more recipes and free craft tutorials?  Visit Bowdabra blog today.

Ingredients:

For four individual pizzas

Artisan flatbread (two) 12” x 6” in each package (One flat bread cut in four 3” x 6” pieces)
5 slices thick cut bacon cooked and crumbled (about ½ cup)
1 mild cheddar snack stick

Cheese sauce:

3 tbsps. Butter
3 tbsps. Flour
¾ cup milk
¾ cup shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions:

In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the flour and whisk together till smooth.  Add the milk and stir.  Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens.  Remove from heat and add the cheese blend stirring well.  Cook on low till all the cheese is melted.  Remove from heat and set aside.




Meanwhile cut the flat bread into the individual pieces.  Cover a cookie sheet with non-stick aluminum foil and place the flat bread pieces on it.  Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. 


Spread a layer of cheese sauce on the flatbread the cheese sauce will be oozy and stringy.  Spread the cheese right up to the edges of the flat bread.  Add crumbled bacon evenly on top of each flat bread pizza. 




Cut a cheddar snack stick into little squares and place about 6 or 7 pieces on each pizza.  Cook in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes till the crust is crispy and the cheese is bubbly.





Saturday, January 30, 2016

Textured Valentine Shrink heart necklace



Did you know that you could use any typically tossed out container that is marked with the (6) inside the recycle symbol to make awesome jewelry?  Many take out containers have this symbol, as do many egg containers.  After you paint or decorate with markers you simply bake it in a 350-degree oven for about 2 minutes and it shrinks to a third of its size with about the thickness of a nickel. It is also amazingly hard and durable.  It is very similar to the familiar kid’s Shrinky Dinks.

You can use these shapes for key chains, necklaces, zipper pulls, pins and more.  This little Valentines heart necklace is a super kids craft.  I use thick tube acrylic paint and layer it on.  When you bake it to shrink the paint texturizes and looks pretty amazing.   This is a fun snow day craft for kids.  The kids can cut out the shapes and decorate them and parents can bake them. 

Supplies:

Number 6 plastic egg carton (Look for the little recycle triangle with a 6 inside)
Red tubed acrylic paint
Small paintbrush
Paper hole punch
18 inches rat tail ribbon
Two large jump rings
Needle nosed pliers
Cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil
Home oven or toaster oven
Paper, scissors or pinking shears, pen or pencil, paper plate for paint

Instructions:

1.     Cover your work surface with paper to protect it from paint.  Cut out the top flat area of the egg carton.  Cut out a heart shape from paper and use it as a pattern to transfer on the flat plastic egg carton piece with pencil or pen. Be aware that whatever size you use it will shrink to about 1/3 of it's original size.

Look for the 6 in the symbol




2.     Cut out the heart shape with scissors or pinking shears if desired. 



3.     Squeeze some acrylic paint onto a paper plate for a palette.  Working on a protected work surface, use the small paintbrush to apply a liberal amount of paint on the heart cut out.  Let dry.




4.     Use the hole punch to make a hole in the center of the heart. 


5.     Place the heart on a cookie sheet lined with foil and into a preheated 350-degree oven.  The motif will begin to curl and may distort somewhat but will eventually lay flat, shrink and thicken.  Remove from the oven and let cool.



6.     The paint will have texturized and there may be a little distortion in the shape but that is desirable and makes it quite unique.


7.     Cut an 18-inch piece of rat-tail ribbon.  Using the needle nosed pliers, open the jump ring by twisting rather than pulling apart.  Insert the jump ring through the hole in the top of the heart (It will have shrunk as well) and close in the same manner.  Add another jump ring and close.  Insert the cords through the top jump ring and tie a knot.








Thursday, January 28, 2016

Focus on creative designer Gail, Purple hues and me



For the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of working with craft designer, Gail of purple hues and me.  Let me tell you this gal is so very creative.  She is my kind of person who always thinks outside the box and comes up with the most awesome crafts. 

You really need to head on over to Gail’s blog and check out some of her newest craft tutorials.  You will find fantastic recycled crafts like this Valentine heart that uses a coat hanger and some leftover wrapping paper!!!



Although Gail insists she’s not a cook, she recently added her crockpot lasagna recipe to Bowdabra’s weekly dinner easy segment and let me tell you my mouth is watering just viewing the photos! 


Gail is one of the super creative design team members at Bowdabra blog contributing weekly free crafts, tutorials and recipes.