“Firecracker” Rice Treat Pops

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The other day I saw a super cute cookie treat idea  for the 4th of July on CakeSpy– you make cookies with Pop Rocks Candy and then roll the creamy filling with more Pop Rocks for a “firecraker” type of effect when you eat them. I loved the idea- but I needed to crank out my own lazy-and-cheap version. So what’s a gal to do? Hit the Dollar Store, of course! There I picked up the basic necessities: craft sticks […]

Happy Memorial Day- We Remember

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Happy Memorial Day to my US friends. It’s a day for family, friends, food, and fond remembrance. Here at CTD WHQ we honor our active, retired, and deceased military heroes as well as the families that make sacrifices so that their loved ones can serve all of us.   I love this image from The Scrap Shoppe – and it’s a free printable download you can print and use today and for all of your patriotic celebrations. If you click […]

Happy Independence Day & Patriotic Locket

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To my fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day! We’ve got three different holiday events planned, and every year I try to wear something homemeade. This year, I literally pulled together a “Patriotic Locket” from things I had in my studio. The only item you need to purchase- or find a similar item- is the locket. I got mine from Consumer Crafts- it’s the Tonal Duet brand and is under $5.00. But like I said, you can find other options easily. I […]

Allium Dried Flower “Fireworks” Patriotic Centerpiece


Need a quick patriotic centerpiece? I made one with dried flowers- alliums- in only 15 minutes! You can bring the look of fireworks to your Fourth of July party for pennies using SPRAY PAINT!   A few years ago, we planted some globe allium at our new house. It’s a member of the garlic family- actually, it reminds me of giant chives. These blooms are HUGE- they are at least 5 inches in diameter. And when the bloom fades, they […]

Paper Lantern Summer Party Craft

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Here’s a little goodie I posted over at CraftsUnleashed-blog- and I thought I’d share it here, too. You can whip up one of these beauties just in time for your Labor Day festivities! I have to admit that this wasn’t my original idea- I saw a project on Martha Stewart’s blog that used butterfly punch cut-outs on a purchased paper lantern and I thought it was super cute. I was tickled, too, because ConsumerCrafts.com sells these fabulous battery-operated paper lanterns […]

Patriotic Earrings

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Need some fun, quick earrings to wear on Independence Day? I designed these for CraftsUnleashed as member of their design team, and I wanted to share them with you as well. Memorial Day feels like it was just yesterday, and Independence Day is right around the corner. What could be better to wear on the 4th of July than little sparkly star earrings that show your patriotism? You can whip these up in a snap- and they are so inexpensive, […]