Good To The Last Bite Poison Apples

Hi Stampers, welcome to my creative spa.  Or should I say my kitchen today? My daughter and I saw Poison Apples on Pinterest.  Once I saw the stamp set Merry Everything, I new I had to make some poison apples.

My first batch of poison didn’t turn out well.  I think I had the heat too high because my sugar was burning before it reached 250 degrees, let alone the 302 degrees it needed to be.  Luckily, I had a large bag of sugar :)  On my second attempt, I lowered the heat and I did manage to get get to the hard candy state.  These remind me of the candy apples I used to get at the fair (except they’re black instead of red).  They have the hard candy shell that it took several attempts to break the shell.

Here is the recipe:

  • 6 small apples washed & stems removed
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c/ light corn syrup
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. black gel food coloring
  • candy apple sticks

Instructions:

  1. Place candy apple sticks into clean & dried apples
  2. In a sauce pan combine all ingredients
  3. Heat over med-high heat and let candy mixture come to a boil
  4. Let candy come to 302 degrees
  5. Once candy reaches 302 degrees, remove from heat and dip apples quickly
  6. Let excess candy drip off, place apples on a cookie sheet (either greased or covered with a sheet of parchment paper)  I use parchment paper so I don’t need to wash the cookie sheet.
  7. Allow apples to dry & harden
  8. Wrap in plastic & decorate packaging.  **I got the recipe from Sweet as a Cookie.image

Don’t they look just supper cute?  I think this may become a new family tradition.  Candy making was so much easier than I thought.  It only took one batch of burned sugar to get the hang of it 😉

 

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Leader 2 Leader- Behind the Scenes

Hi Stampers, welcome back to my creative spa.

I haven’t said too much yet, but I was selected to join Stampin’ Up!’s  Leader to Leader program.  Stampin’ Up! Headquarters wants to learn how people are truly use their stamps.

I’m partnering with a team at Stampin’ Up!’s corporate headquarters and we’re working to observe our own crafting practices as well as the practices of our customers. They’ve asked me to gather information about a few of my customers’ crafting spaces by collecting photos of the area in their homes where they craft.

Would you be able to e-mail me one or two photos of your crafting space? It should only take a few minutes because you just need to capture the space as it is right now (no cleaning up allowed!).

Thank you so much for your consideration. Let me know if you can help me out!

It seems like lately I am just asking for help with my homework.  I do truly appreciate it.  It’s  funny, as children we can’t wait to get out of school so we don’t have to have homework.  As adults,  we realize how important it is to continue our learning-even if it is just learning to craft :)

So once again, thank you for emailing me your photos.  Don’t worry about the mess on your craft table.  CREATIVITY IS MESSY, AND I’M VERY CREATIVE! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

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Fabulous Frankie Treat Holder

imageHi Stampers! Welcome to my creative spa.  Did you need a last minute Halloween treat holder?  These little Frankensteins are super cute and super easy to make. They hold a little snack size candy bars.

They are start with a 3″x3 1/2″ piece of green card stock.  I used Old Olive for most of them.  In the video, I used Garden Green.  I also used a grass punch for the hair, but a few snips with scissors can make the hair just as easily.

I love the fact that these only take a few minutes to make since I am always doing things last minute.  The exception to this, is planning my November Classes.  Make gift bags, Christmas cards, or a scrapbook tin.

On another note. My daughter has finished soccer.  She is now in tumbling, which is only one day a week instead of three.  I am also taking classes for my teacher recertification this semester. One of them is Google Analytics.  Since I have to analyze data, I will have to be more consistent with this blog.  Other classes kept me away- this one ail actually allow me to combine both my jobs.  Woohoo! Feel free to leave comments here, on my Youtube Channel, or my Facebook page.  Share it as well if you like.  The more data I have to analyze the better.

Here is the video to watch. Fabulous Frankie Treat Holders.

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November Classes

Hi Stampers, welcome back to my Creative Spa.

I can’t believe we are half way through October all ready.  Where has this year gone?  My grandmother used to tell me time went by faster and faster as you get older.  She was right on that one.

If you have been following me on Facebook, you know I have been preparing for many upcoming events.  Several of them are classes for November.

 

Gift Giving Galore: Let people know how special they are by wrapping those special gifts in a handmade gift bag with coordinating Christmas card. Make 6 bags and cards Dates: November 8 or November 22 at noon. Fee: $30

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS STAMP-A-STACK: Christmas will be here before we know it. We all need Christmas cards. Come make 20 cards, five each of four designs. Matching envelopes included. Dates: November 8 or November 22 at noon. Fee: $25

 

 

CHRISTMAS SCRAPBOOK TIN: Make a cute Christmas scrapbook for a gift, or

keep it for yourself. This adorable metal tin will have places for up to 8 photos or journaling. Dates: November 5 or November 19 at 5:30pm. Fee: $15 (max limit 25)

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All classes will be held at the Bucksport Middle School Library.

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Please register 10 days before class date.  Space is limited. Contact me to register today!  Enjoy an afternoon or evening creating and socializing with a great group of crafty people.  Don’t forget to bring your scissors and favorite adhesive.

 

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Congratulations Michelle & Adam

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Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa!

Today is a quick post about a former coworker.  Or should I say the gift bag and matching card for her and her groom.

The bag was made with 12×12 Designer Series Paper.  I used the 2013-2015 In Colors pack.  The card is Bermuda Bay card stock and ink, along with Whisper White card stock and Jet Black ink.

I used the Chalk Talk stamp set. The verse is the Label Love Bundle. Don’t you just love the bundles? I makes stamping and punching so much easier! (And who doesn’t want to save 15% on stamping supplies?)

If you want to see how to make your down gift bag, I have a video here.

So now I am off to a soccer game.  The final one of the season, then to Michelle and Adam’s wedding.

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October Pumpkin

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa.

imageThe other day I talked about keeping up with my blog and the next thing you know, I had internet problems.  I am not a computer savvy person.  It took me a while to reach someone to find out all I needed to do was unplug my modem and router box.  Luckily it wasn’t anything more than that because I wouldn’t have been able to do it myself.

October is here, which means leaves changing, corn stalks, and pumpkins.  I am sure you have seen all sorts of boxes made with the new Curvy Keepsake Box.  I made a little pumpkin box with it.

Isn’t it just the cutest little box?  It only takes moments to make one of these.  The leaves were stamped with the Fall Fest stamp set.  Instead of the matching framelits, I used an oval punch to cut them out.  a little twine and an Autumn Wooden Elements.  I love easy peasy projects, don’t you?

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