Monday, December 11, 2017

How to make a sweet puppy card brooch for the holidays

Do your children need a cute little gift for the teacher this year?  Maybe you would like to make something special for a friend or co-worker.  If you are like me you get lots of cards in the mail and never throw any away.  They are just too cute, especially the puppies, kittens and other cute animals.  So this year, I grabbed a few simple supplies and made adorable a sweet puppy card brooch.  They were an immediate hit.  I mean who doesn’t love puppies or kittens? 

You can make some too and they cost practically nothing so when you need a few simple gifts they very budget friendly.  Simply look through old cards or new ones that you can pick up at the dollar store, or even samples you get in the mail.  Choose a small animal image, cut out and create your brooches.


Christmas cards with puppies or kittens or any adorable animal
ModPodge Dimensional Magic
Stiffened felt in coordinating color
Waxed paper to protect your work surface
Tacky craft glue
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Tiny bows, usually 10 in a package


1.     Find your image. Cut out your image. Use some tacky craft glue to attach the image to the stiffened felt and let dry. 

2.     Place your prepared image on some waxed paper.  Do not shake the ModPodge dimensional magic or you will have bubbles form.  Use the ModPodge dimensional magic to cover the image right up to the edges.  Let dry for several hours. 

3.     Now, add another coat of ModPodge dimensional magic up to the edges as you did before.  Let dry completely.

4.     Using the hot glue attach a little ribbon to the front of your brooch.

5.     Add a pin back on the back. 

We hope you enjoyed this simple and easy craft tutorial.  This is a super kid’s craft.  Kids just love when they something for their teacher or Grandma!  Visit Make it easy crafts again for more fun and easy DIY crafts! And please follow on Facebook, Pinterest, G+, twitter, and bloglovin.  We love comments.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Chicken and dumplings - easy to make comfort food your family will love

chicken and dumplings

Chicken and dumplings is a meal that brings back memories of childhood.  And it is easier than you may think to make!  When it’s cold outside chicken and dumplings warms you up like no other meal.

This meal is very budget friendly and can feed 4-6 people.  Every time I fix it, I get tons of compliments.  So tonight warm up from the inside with some chicken and dumplings!


2 lbs. chicken breast tenders cut into 2-inch pieces
1 lb. petite red potatoes cut into quarters
16 oz. bag of frozen mixed vegetables
½ small onion chopped
Clove garlic, minced
2 quarts of chicken stock
2 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. poultry seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsps. Flour (optional)
¼ milk (optional)

For dumplings:

2 cups buttermilk biscuit mix
2/3-cup milk
½ teaspoon parsley


Add olive oil in a large Dutch oven pot.  Heat the oil, and add the chicken pieces.  Cook on medium heat until the chicken is slightly brown stirring occasionally. While the chicken is cooking chop the onions and cut up the potatoes.

 Next, add the chopped onion to the chicken and cook an additional 5 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, and poultry seasoning and stir well.

Now, add the chicken stock, potatoes, and frozen mixed vegetables. Cook on medium-high heat until the potatoes are done.

Mix the dumplings.  In a medium bowl add 2 cups buttermilk biscuit mix, 2/3-cup milk and ½ tsp. parsley.

Check the chicken and vegetables for doneness.  If you like a thicker stew in a small bowl, whisk together 2-3 teaspoons flour and cold milk.  Add to the stew, stirring well, and cook for five more minutes till you reach the thickness you want.  Please note that the dumplings will also thicken the stew slightly when you add them.

Now add the dumplings.  Drop the biscuit mix by teaspoonful onto the boiling stew.  Reduce heat and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.  Cover and cook an additional 10 minutes. 

Serve in bowls.  Serves 4-6

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Friday, December 1, 2017

How to paint a snowflake rock for the holidays

snowflake rock

Rock painting is all the rage these days.  It’s fun to paint a rock with a positive message on the back and leave it somewhere for someone to find.  Then, they, in turn, leave it somewhere else.  Kids, adults, anyone can paint a rock.  The cost is minimal only requiring some paint and anything goes.  And this little snowflake rock is so easy and so much fun!

You can make your snowflake rock individual by varying the shapes and sizes of snowflakes.  Then to finish, write a simple word on the back.  I chose Joy, but you can use peace, kindness, snow, or any other positive word that fits the season.  They make a great gift as well to use as a desk decoration or paperweight!


Acrylic paint, light blue, white
Tiny silver beads
E6000 glue
Sharpie paint marker in black
Small paintbrush
Newspaper or something to protect your work surface


1.     Paint the entire front of the rock light blue, let dry and then turn it over and paint the back.

2.     Next, use a pencil to outline the snowflake.  First, draw a vertical line.  Then draw a horizontal line.  Finally, draw an x with two lines in the center.  

3.     Now, draw lines near the base, connecting the snowflake all around.  (See photo)

4.     To finish your snowflake pattern draw two lines on each spoke all around. (See photo)

5.     Use white paint to go over your pattern.  Let dry.

6.     Go over the snowflake for your snowflake rock a second time if necessary and let dry completely.

7.     Turn the rock to the back and using the pencil, write your message or word.  Then go over it with the black sharpie and let it dry.

8.     Use E600 glue to attach some tiny silver beads on the ends of each spoke. (Optional)  Let the glue dry. Your rock is ready to spread some kindness!

snowflake rock

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to make amazing dimensional gift bags quick and easy

dimensional gift bags

Black Friday comes and goes.  And you’ve bought a few gifts you will want to come home to wrap them before anyone sees them.  What happens when the gifts are small and hard to wrap?  You grab a gift bag, right?  Well, you can make several dimensional gift bags in minutes that will definitely be a showstopper! 

These dimensional gift bags are quick and easy to make using some elements cut from Christmas cards and then embellished with little extra touches.

I always buy my Christmas cards through the mail and in the months that precede the holiday I receive stacks of samples with just the covers to choose from.  I would never throw them away and that is how the dimensional gift bags came about.  You just need at least two card fronts that are identical.  If you don’t get card samples just use an inexpensive pack of cards that are all the same for your dimensional gift bags.


Two Christmas card fronts with individual elements you can cut out
Small sharp pointed scissors
Dimensional foam circles
Gift bags (I purchased a pack of 10 for under $5) or you can even use a plain recycled store bag and cover the logo with your image
Tacky craft glue
Small bows, rhinestones, jewels, pompoms or any coordinating embellishment
Dimensional fabric paint – Crystal sparkle

1.     Gather your supplies. Carefully, cut out both chosen images from the card fronts.

2.     Spread some tacky craft glue on the back of one of the images.  Center the image on the bag and attach. 

3.     Next, remove the paper from the double-sided sticky surface on the foam circle and attach to the image on the bag.  Add them all around randomly.  I like to add a second foam dot on top of the first one for extra height.  You can if you desire, use only one.

4.     Now, remove the paper from the dots and add the second image on top of the first one making sure you line it up evenly.

5.     Then, add the embellishments with some tacky glue and let dry. 

6.     Use the crystal sparkle dimensional fabric paint to accent the image.  Let dry.

7.     Add the gift to your bag and you will be sure the gifted recipient will save it and re-use it for years to come.

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