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The Travel Journal

Hey Sweeties,

Here is a travel journal that was cooked up from prompts picked by my daughter. She sure knows how to pick them. There are two videos out there for this journal and there I explain how this came about. The colors she picked were green and gold. The craft type was travel journal.

What better way to create a journal!! I love using green and gold in crafts. The first thing I thought about were my trips to Germany and maps. I used a map stamp that was gifted to me, one of the Bo Bunny stamps, packing paper, a ceral box, and some texture paste. The journal is complete. I thought about decorating it this week, but I’m not big on journal decorating. I really need to learn how.

How to Make a Traveler’s Journal | Let’s Make the Cover | Thelisha’s Journals 

How to Make a Traveler’s Journal | Let’s Make the Signature & Assemble | Thelisha’s Journals 

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Monthly Blog Challenge @Artsy Solutions: Beach Theme | Thelisha’s Crafts

From the Early Access Patreon Post:

Hey Sweeties,

This is one of those moments where I think about Mrs. Sonya’s blog challenge all month, come up with 100 different ideas and take a piece from each one. As much as I don’t like waiting until the end of the month, I find that I put out the best stuff at that time.

So here we are with a beach theme. If you check out Mrs. Sonya’s blog on WordPress at Multimedia Crafts Digital, you can find the list for the entire year. I am so proud of myself because I’m still going strong.

Anyways…

With anxiety and all the stuff that’s been going on for the last 3 or so years, I learned a lot of lessons. This and my previous two posts really put it out there. I’m not one for getting personal with the world, but I only put it out there because I know I’m not the only one.

Before I get too deep, the quote will tell it all.

Free your ocean of plastic and embrace the driftwood.

-Thelisha

I’m gonna leave y’all with that and the videos. Love y’all! ❤️

Part 1
Part 2

#augustfav2022

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Greeting Card | Small Craft Haul: Goodies From Amazon | Thelisha’s Crafts

Hey Sweeties,

Here’s part two of the small craft haul. This is the project post. I made a greeting card that I love. For anyone that knows me, I’m not the greeting card type. I truly don’t like making them, but damn, I’m good at it.

I wanted to dive deep into using everything and doing more than one project, but it took me an hour to pump this one out. That’s made with time and love. I did use a Stampin’ Up! stamp set and their inks, but that’s because I couldn’t bring myself to extra overthinking and make something I wanted to throw away. If you would like the inks or the Gather Together stamp set (if it’s still available. I have had this for a while), check out one of my crafty friends below. They’re all demonstrators and are some of the sweetest people alive. The links below are to their YouTube channels where you can find all the rest of their information.

I will make more videos using the stuff from the haul. Y’all know how I like my clusters and layered ephemera. Be on the lookout for those project videos.

Here are the links to the products from the haul:

150 Sheets of Scrapbook Paper: https://amzn.to/3QX7qSG   

200 Piece Stickers, Paper, and Ephemera Set: https://amzn.to/3CtirXA   

670 Piece Stickers, Paper, and Ephemera Set: https://amzn.to/3T7Mvyb   

Archival Permanent Black Ink w/Re-inker: https://amzn.to/3A6khed   

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators’ YouTube Channels:  

Mrs. Mimi: https://youtube.com/c/StampinwithaGrandmaGigglesMimiTakehara   

Mrs. Kathy: https://youtube.com/c/RandomActsofCraftingbyKathyChampion   

Brian: https://youtube.com/c/BDCraftsMore

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Color, Fussy Cut, Embellishments & More: Mixed Media Cookbook | Thelisha’s Crafts

Hey Sweeties,

I know it’s been a long while. I haven’t posted to my blog since July 26 or something like that. There has been so much going on between that time and now. If you want to know what’s been going on with me, check out the video below. But anyway, let’s get down to it.

I put together a project using my Breakfast Time digital. I made a cookbook with the most cooked breakfast items in my kitchen. There are a few tips in there as well. Some may be surprised that waffles aren’t on the list. I cook waffles, but for the number of waffles I need to cook, having two waffle irons isn’t enough. I will say, the pancake recipe in this book can be used as a waffle batter too. So hey, whoever this goes to didn’t completely miss out. I would love to get one of those waffle irons that you put the batter on one side and flip it to do the same on the other side. The thing is, I don’t have anywhere to put it. That would require letting go of some gadgets that I’m not ready to part ways with yet. I’m a baker as y’all know, so a lot of my gadgets are very much useful.

I had so much fun putting this together. The Breakfast Time digital started out with pancakes. I’ve been trying to draw some decent-looking pancakes for over a year now with no success. I was sitting with my daughter one night and asked her what should I draw. She said pancakes… Yeah, she took it there. So you know I had to make her proud. She already thinks I can fix and do everything. She thinks I know everything. Even after telling her and the boys that I am not a magician, a superhero, or a genius multiple times. Not to disappoint, I took it the extra mile and drew bacon, maple syrup, eggs, orange juice, and bread.

Here are a few pictures of the project. The only flip-through will be the flip-through in the video. Enjoy!

What I used in this project:

Breakfast at Thelisha’s

This cookbook will go up for sale in my store. At this time, there will only be one, but if you’d like to request one, let me know. I hope you enjoy the video, the post, and the story behind the digital. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you in the next one.

*Disclosure: I only recommend products I use or have used in the past. This post contains affiliate links, that at no cost to you, pay me a small commission.

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Me on Camera?!?

photo studio with white wooden framed wall mirror

Hey Sweeties,

If you follow me on YouTube or anywhere else, you know my face is never on camera. Yeah, I popped in on one video for about 0.5 seconds, but never a full-on face cam situation. I am very much camera shy, and I wouldn’t say I like taking pictures. Also, I wouldn’t say I like talking either.

Over the last year, I received a few requests and suggestions about showing my face. I had it in my mind that I didn’t need to show my face because I’m a crafter, and the point of my videos is to show what I was making and not how I look. Do you agree? Some creators show their faces before their videos start and even throughout them, but that’s not me.

BUT

If I decide to show my face on camera, it will only be for my Bronze, Silver, and Gold Patrons. It won’t be just a general conversation type live/video; we will connect like friends, getting to know each other.

All Bronze and above patrons can access private videos and live sessions. I will have giveaways and contests for participants.

Have a great day!

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10 Baking Tips for Success

Hey Sweeties,

Today, I’m going to share 10 tips for baking success. Even the best of us think we know what we’re doing since we’ve been baking for a long time. Then we try something new and mess it up. We’ve all been there. But this isn’t for our more experienced bakers. We know better, but we have our moments. When going through the list of tips, I will put myself on blast with some of the mistakes I’ve made from a beginning baker, all the way up until now. Here are the 10 tips for baking success.

  1. Read the recipe
    • This is the one mistake everyone will make no matter what. I am super guilty of this. Where I tend to mess up is when I’m trying something new. Every time I try something new, I skim the recipe, make my list and go to the store. I can’t tell you how many times I went to the store to come back and find that I didn’t complete my list. Another thing I tend to do is buy something extra that I don’t need.
      • Double-check the recipe, better yet, take a picture of it. This will save you time and money. Don’t be like me and pick up extra stuff.
  2. Gather the ingredients
    • Along with reading the recipe, get all the ingredients out. Make sure you have all of them out. The ingredient I tend to forget the most is the baking powder. I can’t tell you how many times I forgot the baking powder. So disappointing. I don’t want to think about it.
      • Double-check everything like it’s a headcount on a school field trip. Or how I get when my 12-year-old son can’t be seen at a glance. My poor baby is so short.
  3. Prep ingredients
    • After getting all the ingredients out, let them sit as they should. If your butter needs to soften, let it do so. If your eggs need to be at room temperature, take them out.
      • This is another thing I’m guilty of and it delays baking. In my beginner baking days, I went ahead and used the eggs while they were cold (annoying) and called myself trying to cream the butter with the sugar and I hadn’t let it sit long enough (super annoying). Give yourself enough time to get along with baking, because one mistake normally leads to another, and baking isn’t as forgiving as cooking. It’s the one thing that requires the most accuracy or the end product will be a tad upsetting.
  4. Preheat the oven
    • When they say to preheat the oven, preheat the oven or you’ll find yourself delaying the process once again. You mixed everything and now you have to wait until the oven gets hot.
      • Guilty as charged and sentenced all on the same day.
  5. Get the proper pans or baking dishes for what you’re making and prep them
    • Make sure you have the right-sized pan for the job, make sure you grease and/or line as specified in your recipe.
      • There were many cakes and brownies that didn’t want to part ways with the pan because I forgot to spray or line my pan.
  6. Measure out all ingredients
    • Measure all ingredients in separate bowls and/or ingredient dishes before mixing.
      • Remember, you can always add, but you can’t take away. It’s easy to lose count when measuring with cups. The best way to measure is by weight. Weighing ingredients is the most accurate way to measure ingredients. Either way it goes, use separate bowls and don’t let someone calling you from the other room, distract you in the middle of counting cups of flour…..my kids….
  7. Combine in the order the recipe states
    • Combine the ingredients and mix as it says. Simple as that.
      • This matters. If you don’t cut the butter or shortening or butter into the flour for biscuits, or if you’re directed to add part of the liquid mixture, part of the dry ingredients, and mix until combined and you don’t–don’t expect it to turn out as good as it should or even turn out right. I made that mistake my first go-round with biscuits and donuts. The way you mix makes a big difference.
  8. Ser your timer
    • This doesn’t always let you know that your product is done, but it’s surely telling you to check on it.
      • If you’re following a recipe from a book or on the back of a box, DO NOT put all your trust into the time or the temperature you see. For a baker, its easier to understand, but if baking just ain’t your thing, and you decided to test that water, use the temp, but watch the time. The times given on the packages are for test kitchens. Not all ovens are created equal. If you see something that says 15-22 minutes, go for a time in between those two OR cook for the lowest amount of time and check your goodies before letting them cook any longer. I’ve been through quite a bit of ovens in my life and the only thing they do exactly the same is get hot and burn stuff.
  9. Check for doneness
    • When you let all the time needed for baking, do its thing, check it again before taking it out of the oven.
      • I don’t ever remember making this mistake, but I’m pretty sure I have in my early days. Never be left without a 1000 pack of toothpicks. They go a long way.
  10. Let it cool
    • I know it looks good when it comes out of the oven, but don’t cut into it, don’t rip it, or scrape it. Let it chill.
      • If you cut into something like a cake or a loaf of bread while it’s hot, it makes the exposed end weird and dry. Don’t scrape the cookies off the pan right away because they may fall apart. Don’t go icing your cake while it’s still warm either.

There is much more to learn about baking, but until you get through the basics and can get the simplest things down, there’s no graduating, whether you’re self-taught or going to school. I’m a self-taught baker. I watched my mom bake and even helped sometimes, but I didn’t think about baking deeply at a young age. In my 20’s I started leaving the boxed cakes alone and doing my own thing. Experiment and failing, experimenting and succeeding. No one taught me how to handle the dough or know when it’s right. No one taught me to know when my cake mix was mixed right or how to build a cake. There were things I learned by watching people and there were things I learned on my own. However you go about it, make sure you go about it the right way.

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you would like to read more about baking, make sure you subscribe to the blog, let me know in the comments, and come back. See you in the next one.