Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Facebook Cute Baby Contest Starts NOW

The long awaited date is here! I know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for my Facebook Page to hit 1000 LIKES so this contest could start. I have over a DOZEN cute babies that are waiting for you to vote for them!

One lucky winner with the most LIKES on their photo will receive a gift certificate to The Crafty Tortoise worth $32.50.

There are also FIVE extra Giveaways Going on at the end of the PHOTO ALBUM! These 5 items are being given away and ANYONE can enter! After you have Voted for your favorite CUTE baby, read the rules under each item and follow to enter!
Below are some of the items you can win!

How to vote: go to my Facebook Page Cute Baby Photo Album. You will find all the entries there pick your favorite (or two or three) and click LIKE right under their photo!

Comments on the baby photos will not count, but are welcome. Make sure your favorite wins by sharing a link to the contest! 

This contest will run for only 2 weeks so get your votes in early! 

The photos are wonderful. So many cute babies to choose from I don't know how you will choose just one... the good thing is you don't have to. I myself will be giving each baby 1 vote to start them off!

This Contest Officially Starts Wednesday January 11,2012 through January 25, 2012!

Hurry over and check out all the cuties!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Ornament Tutorial

I was making Christmas ornaments for my family this year and realized about halfway through that it had been a while since I did a free tutorial... so Here it is!
This is a common recipe I tweaked to make the ornaments a bit darker. I got about 12 large snowflake ornaments out of this recipe.

Cinnamon Salt Dough Ornaments
1/2 cup Table Salt
1/4 cup Cinnamon
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup Tea or Coffee (I used Carmel Vanilla Tea to make them smell awesome)
Puffy Paint to decorate

Measure out your ingredients and mix them together in a large mixing bowl. Knead together until it makes a dough. Add flour or water as needed. Dough should not be too sticky. Place dough on floured surface and roll out with rolling pin. Cut out with Cookie Cutters and place on backing sheet. Punch hole to hang your ornaments with a bamboo skewer or straw. Place ornaments in 200 Degree Oven for 4-6 hours or until centers are hard. Turning if needed to speed up the process. Let stand until cool.
Decorate with puffy paint.

To make this look as professional as possible I traced my cookie cutter on sheets of paper (I took advantage of my copier making this much easier) and practiced my designs. I find this is a good way to make your end result much nicer!

These when dried and finished will be my gift to my family members. Along with designing the front I will add their names and the year to the back to make them a bit more personal. A cheap but heartwarming gift for anyone! Merry Christmas!