Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Freebie: Witchy Woman Styles

Pink Igloo Designs is also my company.  Please don't share the link to this download, instead, send them here to download it!! Thanks in advance!

Here are some puffy/glossy Halloween Styles I made for you to use in Photoshop or
 Photoshop Elements.

If you are unsure how to use these in your PS/PSE program, just try googling something like
"How to install (and use) photoshop styles".  Good luck!

Please make sure to abide by and read the TOU's (Terms of use) inside the download.

(Only available for 1 week)

*If this download has expired and you are interested in purchasing this particular freebie after the link has expired, you can have access to this Friday Freebie and all the previous "Friday Freebies".  Just email me at senderikaaletter (at) hotmail (dot) com.  PLEASE BE SURE TO WRITE "PURCHASE ALL FRIDAY FREEBIES" in the subject line. You can expect an email response within 24 hours (although I do check my mail more often then that.) A Paypal invoice will be sent to your email requesting the amount of $5.00. Once the $5.00 is paid, I will email you all the previous download links.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Visiting Teaching

I know this post is a little late, but I thought I'd share it anyway. 
Check out my blog post HERE to follow the directions for making the "Gourmet Caramel Apples".
You can find and download the adorable printable from Liberty's Layouts.

I found a similar poem from Pam at Strong Armor
if you'd like to make your own handout.

Since this is the time for goblins and bats
Halloween parties and ghosts and cats
Weird costumes and strange masks too
These are the things I wish for you-
May the only ghost that comes to stay
Be the Holy Ghost to guide your way.
May the only spirits you chance to meet
Be the spirits of love & warm friends sweet.
These are Halloween wishes for you
And may God bless you in all you do.

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Original Recipe From:  OUR BEST BITES

Caramel apples are a Guymon family Halloween tradition. Depending on the year, it has varied from easy store bought caramel wraps, to homemade gourmet caramel apples such as these. Thank goodness it was a homemade year!
Please remember this recipe takes some work, time,  and ingredients that you more then likely WON'T have just lying around your please plan accordingly. (But definitely worth it!)
A special thanks to Our Best Bites where you can find the recipe, along with a great picture tutorial.

Homemade Caramel for Apple Dipping
Recipe from Bon App├ętit, slightly adapted by
1 pound dark brown sugar (about 2 cups packed brown sugar)
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup dark corn syrup
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 medium sized apples (that’s a pretty conservative measurement, this makes a lot of caramel)
popsicle sticks or chopsticks
assorted toppings for dipping (toffee bits, chopped nuts, coconut, crushed cookies or candy bars, etc.)
Optional: melted chocolate in zip-top bags

Wash and dry apples; place sticks in cores and place on a baking sheet in the fridge to chill. Prepare all toppings in bowls and have them ready to go.
To prepare caramel, combine first 8 ingredients in heavy 2 1/2-quart nonstick saucepan (about 3-4 inches deep, at least). Stir with wooden or silicone spatula over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves (no crystals are felt when caramel is rubbed between fingers), occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush or scraping with spatula, about 15 minutes.

Attach a clip-on candy thermometer to side of pan. Increase heat to medium-high; cook caramel at rolling boil until thermometer registers 236°F, stirring constantly but slowly with clean spatula and occasionally brushing/scraping down sides of pan,  about 12 minutes. Pour caramel into a bowl.  Submerge thermometer bulb in caramel.  Cool to 200°F, about 20 minutes.  If it cools too much just heat it up a little.
While caramel cools, line 1-2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or buttered foil.  Set up decorations and melted chocolates.

Holding stick, dip 1 apple into 200°F caramel, submerging all but very top of apple. Lift apple out, allowing excess caramel to drip back into bowl. Turn apple caramel side up and hold for several seconds to help set caramel around apple.  If needed, gently scrape the bottom of the apple to remove excess caramel. Place coated apple on prepared baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining apples and caramel, spacing apples apart (caramel will pool a bit on foil). If caramel becomes too thick to dip into, gently heat in microwave, or add 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream and briefly whisk caramel in bowl over low heat to thin.

By the time you have dipped all the apples, the first ones should be ready partially set enough to add toppings.  If not, chill in fridge for a few minutes.  Lift 1 apple from foil. Using hand, press pooled caramel around apple.  Then firmly press decorations into the caramel and return to baking sheet.

If desired dip caramel-coated apples into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off, then roll in nuts or candy. Or drizzle melted chocolate over caramel-coated apples and sprinkle with decorations. Chill until decorations are set, about 1 hour. Cover; chill up to 1 week or wrap in cellophane bags for gift giving.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

 Credits: Original recipe found HERE
Digital Scrapbooking Kit: Fall Festival  By: Down This Road Designs

Need pumpkin pie seasoning in a hurry?  No worries...make it at home!

1 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground ginger
1/8 t. ground cloves

In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Store in an airtight container.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wooden Punkin' Heads

I wrote this post several years ago and posted it on my Everyday Is A Super Saturday Blog.
Wooden Halloween Pumpkins

Craft Paints
Foam Brush
Vinyl Lettering, or Black Heavy Scrapbooking Carstock 
Antiquing Ink

Clear finishing spray
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge

DOWNLOAD Punkinhead Font HERE
  • Cut the wood into a 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" x 1 1/4" square. Sand the wood using a hand sander or sand paper. Dust off the wood. Paint the wood your desired color (I used 3 different orange variations). My blocks needed two coats of paint. Let dry.
  • Download and install the free Punkinhead font. Using your vinyl plotter (or other craft cutting machine) and cut out desired pumpkin faces making sure to fit the correct wood dimensions.
  • Once your wood block is dry, sand the edges and add antiquing ink (optional). You can choose to spray with a shiny or matte finish clear spray. Let dry.
  • Once the wood is completely dry, add your vinyl (or paper).You can finish the block by adding  ribbon, tulle, or cut out a wooden stem and glue to the top.

*Add scrapbooking paper to the wood using mod podge.
*Add glitter to your project for a sparkle you will LOVE!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Bribe for "Followers"

 Welcome "Miss Crafty Pants" friends and other newbies!

Restarting a blog is quite the undertaking!  I've decided combine my other blogs
 Pink Igloo Designs
Miss Crafty Pants
Erika The Cooking Queen
Off The Wall Creations
Blogging A.D.D
to one simple blog called "A Little Bit Blog". "Where you'll find a little bit of this, and a little bit of that!"

I've had my hand in too many pots for too long.  I've decided simplifying really is a good thing!
So here I am starting over.  I wish I could combine all my followers and friends from my other blogs, but I can't.  So here I am asking all of you, to once again become a follower of my blog.  In fact...I'm bribing you!
If you become a follower, email me at senderikaletter (at) hotmail (dot) com with 
the message : "I'm a follower" and I'll email you links to this digi scrap kit I created. 

I have great hopes and dreams for this blog.  I hope to see you follow along, participate, and somehow become inspired!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Freebie: 5 x 7 Card Template

I made a shoppe freebie for you all!  (Don't forget that it's only PSE/PS compatible.)
I'd LOVE to see what you come up with!

Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

Welcome to the "Little Bit Blog" Pumpkin Recipe Roundup!

Growing up, I couldn't stand foods that had pumpkin in them. As of the last year or two my palette has changed and I just can't get enough. Now I'm making up for lost times, by trying new pumpkin recipes. I've added a few recipes that looked good in the bar below, but if you keep scrolling down, you'll be able to see where you can add your favorite pumpkin recipes also. 

Oatmeal Breakfast Bar

What warms the little bellies of my children on a chilly day like today?
OATMEAL of course!

Make a big pot of oatmeal (we're NOT talking instant here).  The good old hardy stuff that Grandma told you would "Stick To Your Ribs" kind!

Set out various ingredients and let the children add the toppings into their oatmeal as desired.
We used:

Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
Diced Peaches (can use canned)
Canned Pumpkin (along with pumpkin pie spice to the side)
Chopped up bananas
Canned Apple Pie Filling
Vanilla Sugar
Cinnamon & Sugar
Brown Sugar


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Don't Forget To Take Those Fall Photos!

Don't forget to take fall family photos! 

This is my little "Brighty" as happy as could be playin' in the leaves! Those colorful crinkly leaves made an easy distraction for a 10 month old... It made for some good picts!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Need To Alphabetize A List?

I was attempting to organize and alphabetize a list (that seemed a million pages long) when I thought "There's GOT to be an easier way to do this".  After a little googling, I found an alphabet generator.This was just what I needed.  Hopefully this can help you out in a time of need!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"Spookable" Digital Scrapbooking Kit

 Need an adorable kit to scrap your little goblins, ghosts, and witches?
Whether you are digi scrappin' or completing a hybrid project... "Spookable" is packed with fun papers and elements that are perfect for all your Halloween pages and projects.

If you are interested in purchasing this kit, please email me at
senderikaaletter (at) hotmail (dot) com
Little Bit Shoppe Designs: Spookable Kit in the email subject line.

A digital scrapbooking kit by Little Bit Shoppe Designs.
 Full Kit
 Only Elements
Only Papers

Digital Scrapbooking Halloween Kits