Saturday, December 29, 2012

Maggs Makes Festive Samosas

Maggs made these delicious samosas and I thought we should share the recipe.
They were so good!
Just the right amount of spice and sweet.
She's written up a recipe card for you.
She used STAEDTLER triplus colour fiber tip pens to do the food graphic.

Hope you're having a wonderful winter so far.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rainbow Bright Bread

Today Maggs and I decided to make some bread.

Here's what we came up with.

Looks like cake, but it's just plain white bread.

Here's the dough pile before we baked it.

Here's the loaf in the pan before it proofed and rose.

It's going to make the cutest sandwiches ever!
How are you spending your extra free holiday days.
I hope you get some extra time to try new things and play with the family.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays

Thanks for a fabulous year my crafting friends.
Here's wishing you a joyous and wonder filled next year.

Thanks for playing with me!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Decorating Shoes With Style

We like to decorate shoes at our place.
We came up with this design for  pair of plain red micro fiber shoes for Mercy.

and used the new owl mold I made to showcase the new line of STAEDTLER fimo effect colours.
I also found some red rhinestone bling and made a couple of gingham rosettes. 

Here's a pic of how we arranged everything on the shoe. We used Fabritac glue because it remains flexible. 

What do you think? Do you like decorated footwear?
I think these guys would be super for a new years eve party.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snowman Place Card Holders

I made these little guys for a friend who was overworked and didn't have time to make her own table decorations for the holidays. 
They went together lickety split and we had a ball making them.

Here are some of the supplies you'll need to make some of your own:

acrylic craft paint in black red and green
tiny twigs for arms
a bit of festive wool
card stock
iridescent glitter
white glue
hot glue gun and glue sticks

clay roller
craft blade
detail paint brushes
parchment paper
2 inch star shaped cookie cutter used for clay not food

Roll the clay out on a parchment paper protected surface to about 1/4 inch thick.

Print out this little snowman shape to the size you'd like. Mine was about three inches tall. Cut around the snowman shape with scissors. Place the cut out snowman shape onto the rolled out clay and use the craft knife to cut the shape out of the clay following the edges of the template.

Add some twig arms to the front of each snowman cut out and set them aside to dry overnight.

Use the star shaped cookie cutter to cut out some 1/4 inch thick stars and set those aside to dry overnight as well.

after your snowmen and stars have dried you can use the acrylic paint and detail brushed to paint on some faces and a hat. I used the other end of my paintbrush to make dots for a smile and buttons. I also used the tangerine fimo soft to make little cone noses. I baked the noses for 15 minutes at 230 degrees. After they cooled off I glued them on with white glue.

Use the white glue to glue the snowmen to their star bases. I propped mine up until they dried.
After they were able to stand on their own I used the hot glue gun to really glue them on. I added a big glob of glue to the front and the back of each base. Then I covered the bases, glue and all with white glue and dusted them generously with iridescent glitter. Set them aside to dry for a bit. 

I cut out little flags and wrote names on them with the STAEDTLER triplus fineliners. I used festive colours and had fun with it. I put the flags onto a stick and propped it up onto the snowmen's base. You could also just put the place card name onto the base of each snowman.

Here they are with their little woolen scarves. 
Hope they don't eat too much!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Lots of Missile Toes

 We've stayed busy this weekend playing with STAEDTLER fimo.
We created some missile toe ornaments.
There are so many of these on the interweb that I have no idea who to credit with the original design idea.
Who ever you are..... you're clearly a genius!

I also used some glitter and some craft paints
Grab an eye hook to hang the piece and you're done collecting supplies.

These will make spectacular gifts for those folks who are hard to buy for,
Everyone could use one of these!

Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

More Shots of the New STAEDTLER Fimo Effect colours

I wanted to be able to show you exactly how cool these new STAEDTLER fimo effect colours are. It's pretty hard to get good shots of they're colour shift capabilities but I think I've come closer with these pictures.

I made some sample chains using my geranium mold. I varnished the back of each cluster to show the glitter and shine inside of each clay bit. The front of each cluster is matte and shows the colour shift without gloss.

So what do you think?
Gorgeous aren't they?
They'll all be available in late 2013.
Some smaller shoppes are featuring the rose quartz and ice blue quartz already.
Hope you're lucky enough to track them down.
You'll be seeing allot more of these soon!

What would you use these delicious new colours for?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Candy Canes That Won't Melt

Wanted to share how I made these forever candy canes.
I used my favorite STAEDTLER fimo.
These can go outside on wreaths and never get sticky. They're great for centerpieces and garlands too.
Make mini ones to wear as jewelry or to add to scrapbook pages and cards.
They're fun and easy enough for the kids to help.

Grab the following items to make about five candy canes:

Cutting blade for clay
Parchment paper for baking
gloves to keep white clay white

I always start with the lightest colours first. I rolled the white clay into a 1cm thick worm and then made a 1/2cm thick worm of both the mint and then the red clays. I changed my gloves after handling the red clay.

I pressed two red and one mint worm onto the sides of a white worm and rolled it slightly on my work surface. (I protected my work surface with a sheet of baking parchment.)  I began to twist the new multicoloured worm to swirl the colours into a candy cane pattern.

I cut the worm into 5cm lenghts. The worm was about 2cm thick.

I rolled each 5cm worm onto my work surface until they were one cm thick again. I tapered one end to a point and made sure to keep the twist in the candy cane pattern as I rolled.

I curled up the end that I pointed so It looked like a little festive snail shell.

I made a cane shape and baked the candy canes in a preheated 230 degree oven for twenty minutes on a piece of baking parchment.

I really love these colours but I think next time I'll experiment with silver and gold and lime-green additions.
Hope your having a great season so far!

Sunday, December 2, 2012


I made some Bon Bons from STAEDTLER fimo a while back and wanted to share how I made them with anyone who might need some pretend candy lying around. Beware though.... these look delicious and I had more than one passer by try to eat them. I glued mine firmly to the paper and glued the paper into the box so there would be no scarfing of the very real looking clay chocolates.

I used a core of Styrofoam wrapped in a sealed sheet of tin foil as a base. It's very important that the Styrofoam never touches the clay directly. It's also important not to overheat the Styrofoam core. When Styrofoam is overheated, toxic fumes are created. Please ventilate well and watch both your baking time and temperatures. I'm not too worried about under baking the clay because it's being glued into the package and won't be handled very much.

I made a bunch of different shapes. some are wine corks cut in half and covered in tin foil. If you're worried about the fumes it might be advisable to use scrunched up tinfoil as a core instead of the foam. It's a bit harder to shape but might do the trick more safely. Maybe a core of STAEDTLER fimo air dry clay would work. Make sure every shape is covered completely and the surfaces are a smooth as possible.

Make a flat sheet approximately 1/16 inch thick, of whatever brown chocolaty coloured clay you'd like. I used STAEDTLER fimo soft #75 chocolate. Cover the top of each shape with the sheet of clay and smooth the clay eliminating any trapped air between the shapes and the clay.

Make another sheet if clay and place each shape onto the sheet cutting around the shapes to create a bottom. Smooth the seam where the two clay sheets meet with your finger tips.

I used a wet wipe to get rid of any seams and finger prints.

I made a curly worm of clay for the top of this candy. After the candies are all smooth and look the way you want them to look. Bake them in a preheated 220 degree oven for only 15 minutes. Remember not to over heat or overcook these if you are using a Styrofoam core. The fumes are toxic! Watch your time closely and use an oven thermometer to make sure you don't go over temp.

This candy got a worm made of STAEDTLER fimo soft #70 sahara. It really does look like white chocolate.

This bon bon is made using STAEDTLER fimo soft colour #7 caramel with a worm of #75 chocolate on top.

Some of the candies got a worm of clay before I wrapped them in their mock chocolate sheet. This gave texture without that icing look.

They really do look like delicious bon bons.

What do you think? Believable?