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Valentine Ribbon Pouch Banner by Crafty Journal

Valentine Ribbon Pouch Banner

By Noreen Doll. I’m very excited to be chosen as a designer for Bowdabra, a great tool for making creative bows! My first project is on their site, and you can find the Valentine Ribbon Pouch Banner here.   Stop by and check out my project, and the Bowdabra I used for making the beautiful […]

Lollipop Angel by Crafty Journal

Lollipop Angel

By Noreen Doll. This sweet lollipop angel is a great favor idea for kids. And it is also easy for kids to make, so it would be a great class or group project. Create it in pink or red for Valentine’s Day. Supplies. Double Sided Colorful Paper or Construction Paper Lollipop Scrap of Ribbon How […]

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart by Crafty Journal

Paper Plate Pop Up Heart

By Noreen Doll. A paper plate pop up heart is a very festive Valentine decoration. It is so easy to create that even a very young child can do it with assistance. This heart requires only a few supplies, most of which you probably already have. Supplies. Paper Plate Red Tissue Paper White School Glue […]

Paper Plate Valentine Card by Crafty Journal

Paper Plate Valentine Card

By Noreen Doll. Make a paper plate Valentine card that can be as intricate or as simple as you want it to be. It’s a good and easy project for kids because they can use crayons, markers, stickers or cut-out pictures. Most kids will like making a giant Valentine card to give to someone special. […]

Gingersnaps - A Favorite Family Recipe by Crafty Journal

Gingersnaps – A Favorite Family Recipe

By Noreen Doll. These gingersnaps are an old family favorite, although we like them soft and chewy rather than crisp. They have a wonderful spicy flavor and don’t last long when we make them. You can tell this recipe card is 4 or 5 decades old. I finally covered it on both sides with packing […]

Heart Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

Heart Soda Can Lights

By Noreen Doll. Heart soda can lights can be used for many festive occasions. It’s a fun way to recycle your soda cans while creating colorful decorations. They can be used for Valentine’s Day, weddings, anniversaries, and even a prom. Simply change the color of the soda can you are using to get the color […]

How to Print a Sturdier Template - Crafty Journal

How to Print a Sturdier Template

By Noreen Doll. Have you ever tried to trace around a paper template? The edges are so flimsy your pencil slides under or over, and makes a mess. Here’s an easy way to print a sturdier template. Cut a manilla folder in half, and then cut one side to 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, […]

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How to Print a Sturdier Template - Crafty Journal

How to Print a Sturdier Template

By Noreen Doll. Have you ever tried to trace around a paper template? The edges are so flimsy your pencil slides under or over, and makes a mess. Here’s an easy way to print a sturdier template. Cut a manilla folder in half, and then cut one side to 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, […]

Easy Way to Remove Burned-on Food from a Pan by Crafty Journal

Remove Burned-On Food from a Pan

By Noreen Doll. Here’s an easy way to remove burned on food from a pan. I had a non stick pan with severely burned on food that needed to be cleaned. The food was so welded to the pan I couldn’t even scrape it with a spoon edge. First I added water to it and […]

Super Quick Way to Shred Meat - Crafty Journal

Super Quick Way to Shred Meat

By Noreen Doll. Many recipes call for shredded meat. Here’s the quickest way I’ve found to shred meat. Before cooking, cube the meat into 2 inch cubes. Cook meat in your crock pot, oven, or stove top. When the meat is finished cooking and ready to shred, simply use a potato masher to shred it. […]

Easy Way to Remove Rust Stains from the Shower by Crafty Journal.

Remove Rust from the Shower

By Noreen Doll. This morning I noticed rust stains on a shelf in the shower, left by a metal can of shaving gel that had been sitting in water. I decided to try my usual cleaner, and it worked quickly and easily. I sprinkled some baking soda on the rust stain and then added a […]

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Apple Buying Tip

By Noreen Doll. Once you’ve found a bag of apples or other produce that is fairly unblemished, how do you get them home without major bruising? During the process of checking out, my apples frequently got banged around so much by the cashier that I expected to find rotten applesauce when I got the apples […]

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Printable Valentines

Printable Valentines are handy when you want a special image, or just don’t have time to be more creative. Look here for free printable Valentines Day cards, printable coloring pages, printable Valentine games, and printable Valentine crafts. Printable Kids Valentines Tons of free printable kids Valentines. Printable Valentines Day Coloring Pages Lots of great printable […]

Hanging Heart Ornament by Crafty Journal

Hanging Heart Ornament

By Noreen Doll. Use up smaller pieces of paper to create a hanging heart ornament that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. And you can make it any size you like.   This very easy heart ornament can be made by both kids and adults. All you need to make it is paper, glue or double sided […]

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Unusual Valentine Cards

Sometimes you want to go to the extra effort to make unusual Valentine cards that are different from the cards you can buy. I’ve found some really interesting Valentines to share here. Most of them use decorative paper or cardstock, and some have pockets for adding an extra sentiment or small treat. See also Valentine […]

Lollipop Bouquet - Crafty Journal

Lollipop Bouquet

By Noreen Doll. Here’s an easy lollipop bouquet that would make a fun centerpiece for a kid’s party. Or the lollipops could be shared with classmates for Valentine’s Day or Easter. Kids could easily make these pops. It would be great scissors practice for little ones. If you are making the lollipops with a group, […]

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Valentine Crafts to Make

Need ideas for Valentine crafts to make? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to use all the frills and embellishments your heart desires. You can treat your family or friends with heart shaped foods in pink, red and white. Paper Plate Valentine Card   Heart Soda Can Lights   Twilight Vampire Bath Pouf Craft small […]

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Printable Valentine Games

If you need Valentine activities for your kids, try some of these printable Valentine games. Quick to print and fun to play, they can also be used for classroom parties. Valentine Cootie Catchers Print fun Valentine cootie catchers for your child to share. Valentine Concentration Print two of each card for Valentine Concentration. If you […]

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