Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Heart 2 Heart Party: DIY Decorations

I love Valentine's Day! It's my favorite holiday so I'll share some Valentine's day inspired ideas. This is going to be the first of a two part series on creating your own Valentine's day inspired crafts and treats. 

Every party should have decorations so here are a series of projects that can be used to brighten any setting. 

1. DIY Hanging Heart Craft by Hank and Hunt
Supplies:
1. Clear fishing line 
2. Heart punch, 
3. Card stock in fun colors 
4. Tape (regular and painter)
5. Scissors

  

Directions:
1. Cut a piece of fishing line and strand your garland on the table with tape
2. Tear off ten pieces of painter's tape and place five on each end about six inches apart. 
3. Take the fishing line and pull it out 12 inches. 
4. Tape it down at one end of the floor and pull the spool down to the second piece of tape. 
5.  Tape the line taut and cut. Start at the other end and tape down four more pieces.
6. Once your lines are taped, add each set of hearts by lining up the center of the heart underneath each line, about a foot apart. Repeat until you have all of your hearts under the lines.
7. Then take a small piece of tape and attach each heart to the line. Make sure all of your hearts are attached before peeling back the painters tape and hanging.
8. Hang your garlands one at a time, starting five feet from the wall, and hang one garland to the edge of your photobooth area.  Add the remaining garlands 1 foot apart, also attaching to the ceiling.
9. Make 5 more garlands on the floor and hang the first one one foot closer to the wall and six inches left to where you placed the previous row's garland. Hang the rest of the garlands and repeat with the next two rows.

2. DIY Heart Pinata by Ellen Foord 

Supplies:
Heavy Watercolor Paper or Card Board
Candy
Tissue Paper
Tape
Scissors

Directions:
1. Fold the paper in half and roughly cut a half heart shape.
2. I used that first heart to trace an identical one on a second sheet of paper.
3. Grab your scissors, and get to cutting.
4. Next, cut a few 2-3 inch strips of the same thick paper to make up the sides of the piñata.
5. Using the strips of paper, start taping the sides on the first heart.
6. Attach the sides all the way around.
7. Now attach the second heart, leaving a small unattached section. This is where you’ll put in the candy when you’re ready. 
8. Cut the tissue paper.
9. Once you’ve got a few sections of tissue fringe, you can start applying it. 
10. When you’re ready to apply the fringe, start at the bottom and layer up.
11. Time to give that bad boy a little trim….
12. Now you’re ready to fill in the candy.
13. You can use more tape to close up the piñata, but a few drops of hot glue is faster.
14. Once the glue dries, you can cover the sides with a few strips of tissue paper.
15. Done!

Friday, January 16, 2015

{FREEBIE FRIDAY} Valentine's Day Candy Bar Wrappers

Hosting a Valentine's Day Party?   Here are some  FREE downloadable Candy Bar Wrappers.
Click on the image to download. Enjoy














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Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Top Tools I Use to Run My Business!

You may not know but Talia's Creative printing is just one person! Allow me to introduce myself, I am Talia Foster and it's nice to meet you! I currently work full time as a Coordinator in a medical facility, mom of a teenage young lady, business owner, event planner, crafty aunt, girlfriend, daughter, and much more! Organization, time management, great tools are key to running a successful business.  My motto for this year and beyond is to "Work Smarter not Harder".


1.) Picsart -PicsArt is a one-stop-shop for all your mobile photo editing and drawing needs. A full-featured editing and drawing app packed into a sleek and intuitive design, it will help you transform your photos into works of art or create masterpieces from scratch. With PicsArt the sky's the limit and anyone can be creative.  You can use PicsArt to add filters, create collage, edit photos, add effects and so much more! I use it to add my logo to my photos before sharing them with the world.  


2.) Dropbox-I'm always on the go and I need my files to be with me. With Dropbox I can upload files and access them anywhere, mobile phone, tablet, etc. All I have to do is log in to access my files. Dropbox is also great for sharing files with clients especially if you have large files that you cannot send via email.  Get up to 500 MB of free space by using my link to join. https://db.tt/nlTtxYuf




3.) Bit.ly-I am a very ananlytical person and love reading my web statistics. With Bit.ly you can shorten a url of any site, blog, etc, capture data from the link, use the data to optimize your marketing. Bit.ly offers you statistical data for people who click through your shortened link.


4.) Paypal- I've used paypal since starting my business. Paypal offers secure check out and invoicing options for business owners and clients. It's hassle free and the fees that are charged to the business owner are small. You can create checkout buttons, add to cart buttons and donation buttons to go on your websites/blogs. Paypal also offers a debit mastercard. The PayPal Business Debit MasterCard accelerates your cash flow by providing direct access to your PayPal balance. Plus, you can earn unlimited 1% cash back on your eligible purchases everywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted.  Paypal also offers a credit card reader for taking in person payments.

5.) Hootsuite-Hootsuite is a social media Management utility that allows you to Manage social networks, schedule messages, engage your audiences, and measure ROI right from your dashboard. I can post to my most used social networks all at once instead of having to post to each one individually. The free option allows up to 3  social media accounts.


6.) Outright-Accounting software.  Managing my business finances is extremely important and this actually should of been number one!  I've been using Outright for 3 years now. It used to be free but now it's $10-$11 per month. Outright has simplified my tax prep at the end of the year I just have to print the report. Each month I do small reconciliations to stay up to date. I use the reports to see what I am spending money on, where can I minimize my expenses, see what's selling and much more!



7.) Google Drive- Similar to Dropbox, Google drive allows you to share and store files. You can create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more all in one place.

8.) Google Calendar- I use google calendar to note all of my events, tasks and appointments. I have it synced to my phone so if I edit my calendar on my phone or online using google it will automatically synced both calendars.

9.) AsanaAsana puts conversations & tasks together, so you can get more done with less ... Run your day, your team, and your company with Asana—from everywhere. You can also use Asana as a to do list. 

10.) Internships- Need a little extra help? Hiring an intern (paid or not paid) is a great way to get some extra help with your business while they are earning experience and college credit. I've successfully hired 2 interns in the past 6 months and they are currently with me. You may see one running my blog and the other does some of my photography. The 2 websites I use to find interns are www.internships.com and www.barefootstudent.com

11.) TimeStation- Do you have employees and interns? Time station is great for tracking their time. TimeStation is a quick-to-setup, easy-to-use time and attendance system that runs on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with a front-facing camera. Using our Fast-Scan technology, employees can punch In & Out in less than a second, and because TimeStation runs in the cloud, there’s no software or servers to maintain. Managers can see who’s in and run time and attendance reports anytime, anywhere.  TimeStation is the perfect solution for small and medium businesses looking to track time and attendance without the usual costs and overhead of traditional systems.

11.) Mailchimp-Mailchimp is an online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. You can import your currently email list into mailchimp and send campaigns/emails to your clients. With Mailchimp you can tract statictical data such as open rates, click rates, subscribers, unsubscribers, social activity and more!


Thank you for taking a peek into my life! I hope that some of these tools can help you in your business. Please leave a comment below!



Talia's Creative Printing


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Part 2: Fa-La-La-Love with Winter with Recipes and Activities!


2015 is here! New year, new recipes to start the year. Winter is still in season, so it's important to pick recipes that will keep you warm and your tummy full. 


Indoor S'mores by Christina Lane
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Ingredients:
1 cup chocolate chips
8 large marshmallows
graham crackers for dipping
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Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, add the chocolate chips. Snip the large marshmallows in half and top the chocolate chips with them. (You could also use a scoop of mini marshmallows alternatively.)
  3. Once the oven is up to temperature, add the skillet to the oven. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until the marshmallows turn golden brown.
  4. Serve with graham crackers for scooping.
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Snow Ice Cream by Gimmie Some Oven
How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com
Ingredients:
1 cup milk (any kind)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
8 cups clean snow or shaved ice
Topping: sprinkles

Directions:
1. 
In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined.
How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com
How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com
2. 
Immediately stir the snow or ice into the milk mixture, and keep adding until an ice-cream-ish consistency is achieved.  It should be fluffy and scoop-able, but not runny.
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Than top it with sprinkles!
How To Make Homemade Snow Ice Cream -- in just 5 minutes! gimmesomeoven.com
Snow Ball Cookies by Cooking Classy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Pecans or Pecan chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar, for coating
  • Directions:
  • 1. Mix butter on medium speed until creamy. Blend in 2/3 cup powdered sugar and salt. Mix in vanilla. Sprinkle cornstarch over mixture (just so it doesn't blend into one area) then with mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour and mix just until combine. 
  • 2. Stir in Pecans. Scoop dough out 1 Tbsp at a time and roll into a ball, then place balls on Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake in preheated oven for 16 - 18 minutes, until bottom edges are lightly golden 
  • *These are a cookie that I think are best when they aren't moist in the center so I'd say don't under bake them. These actually are a cookie that are meant to be dry. Dry but a melt in your mouth kind of dry.
  • 3, Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes then while cookies are still warm, pour 2 cups powdered sugar into a bowl and roll cookies in powdered sugar. 
  • 4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool then once cookies are cool, roll in powdered sugar once more, this time to generously coat 
Popcorn Snowball by Life Made Simple Bakes
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Ingredients:
½ c. popcorn kernels
3 tbsp. canola oil or butter
½ c. sugar
4 tbsp. butter
5 c. mini marshmallows
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. M&Ms
sprinkles or peanuts
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Directions:
  1. Place a heavy bottom dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil and popcorn and stir the kernels so that they are evenly coated. When the oil becomes hot and sizzles, add the sugar. Shake the pot or pan until the first few kernels pop. Place the lid on top and continue gently shaking back and forth while the remaining kernels pop. Once the popcorn stops, remove from heat and place into a large mixing bowl to cool.
  2. Next, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and marshmallows. Stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and add the salt and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour over the popcorn and coat evenly. Add M&Ms, sprinkles or nuts.
  4. Cover your hands with a light layer butter or coconut oil. Form the popcorn mixture into 3" balls. Set them on a piece of wax (or parchment) paper to cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Part 1: Fa-La-La-Love with Winter with Recipes and Activities!

Four Winter DIY Projects-from The Everyday Home: FREE Winter Chalkboard Printable

It's winter everyone! The season to sit around the fire, smuggle against love ones, and and eat hot sweet treats. Here are some amazing recipes and arts and crafts that the whole family can do together. 

Crafts:
Paper Scrap Christmas Tree by GlueDots

Christmas Paper Scrap Tree
Supplies:

Directions:
1. Roll a piece of green paper into a cone shape and secure it using Craft Glue Dots.
2. Use  a stash of paper leftovers. I recommend double sided paper on the tree.
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3. Cut the paper strips to a 1″ thickness x 3″ width. Wrap the paper pieces around a pen or pencil to give them a nice curl.
4. Finally, using Craft Glue Dots stick each curled piece of paper to the tree. Start at the bottom and work around the base adding the curls and then move up the tree. Top the tree with a star pin by Maya Road.
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Maya Road Star Pin Tree Topper

Sock Snowman by Darkroom and Dearly

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Supplies:
1. White sock.  Use one that has a mid-calf or knee high tube on the top.
2. Decorative socks
3. Rice for filler
4. Twine or ribbon
5. Rubber bands
6. Buttons
7. Map pins 

Directions:
1. Cut off the top of the sock from the foot.
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2. Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock. Then turn the sock right-side out again.
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3. Fill the sock with rice. Make sure to pack it down as you go so the sock gets a nice round base.

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4. Rubber band the top of the sock closed and put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top for the head of your snowman.

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5.  I used map pins for the eyes and nose.
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6. Use the toe of your cut socks to fashion a stocking cap. 

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Ice Luminaries by One Little Project
Ice Lanterns: How to make your own ice luminaries from balloons.  A great activity for this cold and dark weather!

Supplies:
1. Balloons 
3. Really cold weather or freezer. 

Directions:
1. Fill up the balloons with water
Ice Lanterns: How to make your own ice luminaries from balloons.  A great activity for this cold and dark weather!

Ice Lanterns: How to make your own ice luminaries from balloons.  A great activity for this cold and dark weather!

2. But then you are going to have to freeze them. You can freeze them on a cookie sheet in your freezer or put them outside in the snow.  
Ice Lanterns: How to make your own ice luminaries from balloons.  A great activity for this cold and dark weather!

Two Days Later:
Ice Lanterns: How to make your own ice luminaries from balloons.  A great activity for this cold and dark weather!

3. In the photo below, is a ball of ice on top of a battery operated tea light.  You don’t need a groove cut out for the tea light or anything, it’s just the ball directly over the light.

Ice Lanterns: How to make your own ice luminaries from balloons.  A great activity for this cold and dark weather!

Ice Lanterns: How to make your own ice luminaries from balloons.  A great activity for this cold and dark weather!