Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year Tinsel Foil Stirrers

Here's a last minute craft for a New Year's party. Tinsel Foil Stirrers!

You will need:
- Skewers
- Tinsel sheets about 3" x 4" 
- Scissors, better if you use fringe scissors
- Clear tape

Just cut the tinsel sheet into fringes but leave about 1 cm on the top. Wrap the tinsel sheet around the skewer and secure the end with clear tape. And that's it!

My tinsel sheets were tightly rolled that's why it looks a bit curled. I think they look more like fireworks or sparks that way. 

This is my last craft project for the year. Happy New Year, people! 2013 has been fun and I'm hoping for a wonderful 2014 ahead :)

Martha Stewart Craft Studio iPad App

Hi guys. I recently downloaded Martha Stewart Craft Studio. I got it for free instead of the original price of $4.99. I think you can still download the app for free right here. I can say that it's a really good app for virtual scrapbooking, it's easy to use and there are a lot of designs to choose from.

You can start a project by selecting a card size. The heart shaped card is only available if you purchase a valentine theme.

And then from there, you can play with the craft tools like stickers, glitter, marker, stamps, craft and punches. You can also choose different patterns and colours of scrapbooking paper, and you can insert photos that you want to include in your card by taking a photo with the iPad camera or by choosing from the photo library.

You can also type your message in different font styles and colors. When you download the app, you get four free themes which are Everyday, Birthday Party, Doily Lace, and Nature. There are more themes that you can download for $1.99 each. I bought five more: Holiday theme, Love Letters, The Great Outdoors, Summer, and Spring time. Yes, I went a little crazy with the themes so I had to stop myself from buying the rest.

Here are examples of what I made using the app. This was the first project that I did, it's just a simple New Year greeting:

And I explored more themes like Nature. This one is a thank you card that I just made for practice. I used stamps for the fern above and below the Thank You, and a flower sticker. And then I used a corner punch for the second layer of paper.

This one is an invitation to a pretend Holiday Party. I just layered stickers and placed the text on top. Not bad, right?

And here's a late holiday greeting from me to you! My favorite work so far. You can share your projects on Facebook, or send it through email, or you can even have it printed via Snapfish.

I think overall this app is very useful and I love the designs. If you are interested in virtual scrapbooking, then do not miss the chance to download this sweet app for free. :) Have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays from The Pink Doormat!

Hi guys! Are you all done wrapping your presents? I sure am! Isn't it fun when you have a color scheme for all of your gift packaging? I decided to reuse the brown paper bags from the grocery, because I didn't want to throw them away, but I didn't really know what to do with them. And after adding a touch of red and white, here's what I got!

For the record, I'm not giving away those Christmas cookies. Those are mine, actually. I just wanted to include them in the shot. But anyway, I just wanted to greet you all...

Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you enjoy the holidays and I can't wait to have hot cocoa this evening!

Credits to:

Monday, December 23, 2013

Peppermint Bark

'Tis the season to make everything with peppermint! I'm so excited to show you how I made the classic Christmas Peppermint Bark. It's easy to make, and it's perfect for giving away after a Christmas party.

You will need:
- 300 g (about 10 oz) dark chocolate
- 300 g (about 10 oz) white chocolate
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 candy canes, crushed.

*No peppermint extract available in your area? Use dark chocolate with mint like Valor or Lindt or other brands

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. Melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler. Once melted, stir in the peppermint extract. Pour the melted dark chocolate on to the cookie sheet. and spread it until it's about 1/8" thick. Wait for about 20 minutes to harden. 

Melt the white chocolate using a double boiler and keep stirring. Pour it on top of the layer of dark chocolate and spread evenly. Sprinkle the crushed peppermint on top of the white chocolate and wait for it to completely harden.

Once it's done, peel off the parchment paper and break the peppermint bark into smaller pieces. Serve on a fancy Christmas tray and enjoy.

So I had a little accident, I poured the hot white chocolate over the dark chocolate and as I was spreading it with my spatula, the dark chocolate melted a bit. That's why it looks marbled. But nonetheless, they still taste great!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cabin Christmas

This is my interpretation of what Christmas in a log cabin looks like - a rustic home with a delightful feast on the dinner table, the rich taste of hot cocoa, warm blankets, the smell fresh of pine trees, and the sound of wood burning in the fireplace.

1. via Anastasia Volkova
2. via Stocksy
3. via Lexington Company
4. via Anastasia Volkova
5. via Anastasia Volkova
6. via Anastasia Volkova
7. via Architecture Art Designs
8. via Skimbacolifestyle
9. via DecoratingIdeas1.com

Have a Cabin Christmas in your home with these items:
1. Donner 18" Pillow, Crate and Barrel
2. Apotheke Holiday Gift Set, West Elm
3. Holiday Heart Decoration, Lexington Company
4. Peppermint Bark and Hot Chocolate Set, Williams Sonoma
5. Holiday Checked Tablecloth, Lexington Company

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Paper Neighborhood - Italianate Style Rubber Stamps

To all the rubber stamp fans and old architecture enthusiasts out there, this is a pretty sweet find. This box of Italianate Trappings endorsed by the Cincinnati Society of Rubber Architects is needed for the construction of a paper neighborhood.

With just a can containing 21 pieces of wood-mounted rubber stamps depicting Italianate style, you can design awesome buildings on paper. The set also include a stamp pad and an instruction manual.

Italianate Architecture is a style that was common in Cincinnati, Ohio during the 19th century. You can view such examples on the streets.

1735 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio:

1323 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio:

I really do want this for Christmas! Unfortunately it's sold out at the moment. You can get this set at Steam Whistle Letterpress and Design.

All photos by Steam Whistle Letterpress

My Favorite Christmas Ornaments

Hello all! How to you buy or make your Christmas tree ornaments? Is it by color, by shape, or by theme? Anyway, I have compiled a list of cute ornaments according to theme that all of you will love.

Sweet Ornaments
1. 2" Dessert Delights Whoopie Pie with Pink Filling Christmas Ornament, Walmart
2. Cake Slice Ornament, Bloomingdales
3. Pink Cupcake Glass Ornament, Bronners
4. Big Donut Christmas Tree Ornament, Urban Outfitters via Shelterness
5. Neapolitan Ice Cream Ornament, Bloomingdales

Christmas Critters

1. Carved Wood Horse Ornament, Crate and Barrel
2. Winter Scene Disc Ornament, Crate and Barrel
3. Woodland Prep Animal Ornament, The Land of Nod
4. Scandinavian Reindeer Ornament, Crate and Barrel
5. Soiree Bunny Ornament, Anthropologie

Christmas Around The World
1. Christmas Around the World Ornaments, Pottery Barn Kids
2. Michael Storrings for Landmark Creations, Bloomingdales
3. On-Holiday Ornaments, Anthropologie
4. Around the World Ornaments, Crate and Barrel
5. Round the World Ornaments, The Land of Nod

Friday, December 13, 2013

Washi Tape on Gifts

Hi there! Only 12 days to go before Christmas! This week I attended two parties and I'm about to attend to another gathering later today. Anyway, I bought soap as Christmas presents for a party and decided to wrap them with old brown paper bags and dark paper twine for the bow. But before I finished wrapping everything I ran out of twine so I decided to decorate my small gifts with washi tape. You can cut them into smaller pieces to create the shapes that you want. Here's how they turned out:

I made a snowman, a present, and a Christmas tree! Cute, no? The concept of just cutting tape and sticking it on paper is quite easy, but it does take time to finish it. I only did it on three small presents though.

Speaking of washi, my friend Drea has loads and loads of washi tape packed in her storage box and she is the master of making art out of washi tape. You can check it out here!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Merry and Bright

Who says Christmas has to be just about red and green? Here are some merry and bright colors for the holidays that will make you feel like a kid again!

1. Advent calendar via Real Simple
2. Ho ho ho washi tape via Target + Oh Joy Pinterest
3. Christmas gift wrapping via Studio ToutPetit
4. Christmas ball wreath via Bright Bazaar
5. Neon Christmas tree via Print and Pattern
6. Colorful Pompom Trees via Target
7. Geometric ornaments via Design Sponge

1. MT Vibrant Solid Washi Tape, Cute Tape
2. Multi Colored Shaped Wreath, Paperchase
3. Geometric Paper Ornaments Set of 8, Field Guide Design
4. Purple Glitter Stag, Paperchase
5. Rainbow Stocking, Land of Nod
6. Marty Moose Shot Glass, Urban Outfitters

Monday, December 9, 2013

Make Your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper 2013

Hi All! Are you done buying the things on your Christmas list? Im about 90% done ordering my gifts and Im in the process of wrapping my presents. Last year I taught you how to make your own gift wrapping paper with gold and white paint, which you can read here and here. And this year, Im going to show you a different way to create your own design using the trusty correction fluid pen.

You will need:
-    kraft paper
-    pencil
-    correction fluid pen

First I had to sketch my design on a piece of paper. I chose Christmas balls, stars, holly and candy cane for my design. Then I measured how much kraft paper I will need for my gift box. Remember the huge roll of kraft paper that I bought last year? Yeah, I still have some. With your pencil, lightly sketch your design on the kraft paper and using your correction fluid pen draw over your pencil markings.

Heres how my design turned out:

You can erase the pencil markings if theres any showing. When youre done designing your paper, then its time to wrap your present with your awesome handmade gift wrapper!

It takes quite a while to do this thats why I only made this design for just one present. But Im sure the person who will receive your gift will definitely like it!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Decorate Christmas Gifts with Paper Snowflakes

I made a simple craft project for Katha Magazine's November/December issue - Paper snowflakes. If you haven't read it, don't worry. I'm going to show it to you! 

You will only need paper and scissors for this project. First, cut your paper into a square

Fold in half,

Fold it again in half

Then fold into three. Cut that excess triangle portion.

Make a crease at the center to make a guideline

And just snip away!

When you're satisfied with the holes that you've made,

Unfold the paper and be amazed!

They're not just for decorating your home, You can also use it to embellish your Christmas presents. I did it in two ways. I covered the top portion of the paper bag with the paper snowflake and used twine to secure it. As for the other gift wrapped in kraft paper, I just placed the paper snowflake on top and wrapped it with red yarn.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have been looking for the perfect chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe for the longest time. Whenever I bake chocolate chip cookies they turn out to be too cakey. Recently my sister recommended a recipe that she found online by Two Peas and Their Pod. She told me she uses this recipe whenever she would give out cookies as gifts for her friends. And of course I had to try making them and here's how they turned out:

Gorgeous cookies! This is the best batch of chocolate chip cookies I have ever made. Everyone in the family loves it. They're warm and chewy in every bite. And I think the sea salt makes it even better. This recipe by Maria is worth sharing!

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter at room  temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup caramel bits
*(since we didn't have Kraft Caramel Bits at home, we chopped hard caramel candy into smaller pieces)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
sea salt for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven at 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla beat until smooth.
3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornstarch, baking soda and sea salt.
4. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients. Then stir in chocolate chip and caramel bits.
5. Form cookie dough into balls with the help of a spoon. Place them on the cookie sheet two inches apart.
6. For chewy cookies, bake them for 10 minutes. But if you want it a little crispy, leave it in the oven for 5 more minutes.
7. Let the cookies cool before transferring to cooling rack. You might break the cookies when you transfer them while they're still warm.
8. Sprinkle sea salt all over the cookies.

Go try it out for yourself and let me know how they turned out! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dreaming of a White Christmas

It's already December! The last month of the year! I don't know about you, but I've been thinking of Christmas every minute. I'm going to post Christmas decor inspiration in different themes every week and I'm going to start with White Christmas. 

1. Photo by Roy Alsen via Mad About The House
3. Stag Head via Dobbies
4. Jute Cushion Cover via H&M
5. via Trendir
6. Aðventukransar via Rakel Ósk Sigurðardóttir

Neutral colors, clean crisp white sheets, warm and lovely candles, Scandinavian decor - all of these produce a calming vibe for your room. Here are some items that you can use to decorate your White Christmas home:
1. Tree in a box 3 pieces, &Klevering
2. Engel Set 3 Snow Stars, &Klevering
3. Town Square Sculpture, Anthropologie
4. Grey Gran Pillowcase, Nordic Design
5. Stuffed Ornaments, Ferm Living
6. Candleholder String, Ferm Living

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gingerbread Man Ornaments

I'm pretty sure by this time you already have started setting up your Christmas tree. How about decorating it this year with cardboard ornaments? They're cute and eco friendly! I'll show you how to make them.

You will need:
- cutter/scissors
- cardboard - you can cut your cardboard box into smaller pieces.
- liquid paper correction pen
- ribbon
- glue or tape

First, you need to look for a gingerbread man template. I just printed template this from the internet. Or you can use your gingerbread man cookie cutter. Or you can just hand draw your own design.

I traced the template on the cardboard with a pencil and I used a sharp cutter to cut out the gingerbread man. Then I used a pair of scissors to trim the excess cardboard.

When you're done trimming the gingerbread man, it's time to decorate it with fake icing. Use correction fluid pen to draw the man's face, its clothes, and so on.

The correction fluid pen that I bought dries quickly so I didn't encounter smudge problems and that's good. If you want more color, you can use red and green pens or colored glue. You can also use beads for the gingerbread's eyes and buttons.

Then use glue or tape to stick the ribbon at the back of the gingerbread man so you can hang it on the Christmas tree, or elsewhere.

Tada! All done. It's not only gingerbread people that you can make as ornaments. You can also make Santa, reindeer, gingerbread house, 2D christmas balls, and then outline them with correction fluid pen.

Easy, right? Yay!
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