Saturday, November 22, 2014

Party Planning: #DoYourRanch

I am so excited to share a quick party planning tip with you - it's a delicious RECIPE!  I am in the #DoYourRanch campaign with the #LaurasAreCool gang - and they are so cool let me tell you.

I took my FAVORITE GO-TO SPINACH DIP and made it even tastier by adding a 1/2 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix!  This dip is so easy as it only has 6 ingredients and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.  I actually shared it before on a post this summer!  To see the basic recipe, click here.

Here is the #DoYourRanch version:

#DoYourRanch - Hot Spinach Dip Recipe

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 can diced green chiles (4oz)
1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts (6 oz) / drain, rinse and dice
1 box of frozen chopped spinach (10 oz) / thaw, rinse and dice
1/2 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
Optional: Roast and dice 2-3 yellow chilis, this will give the dip a nice medium kick.

Step 1:  Mix all of the above ingredients.
Step 2:  Heat in microwave for 3-5 minutes. 
Step 3: Broil until top layer is brown, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Serve with Corn or Tortilla Chips & enjoy!

Enter to win the fun GIVEAWAY below for a chance to win a $75 Gift Card to Color Me Mine or a local Duncan Ceramic Studio in your area and of course - yummy Ranch Dip Mix Packets! 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Got CRAFT Coupons?

It's that time of year - Miss Rina is busy shopping and couponing for the holidays!  We are so excited to have Sara Barba of xoxorganizing offer her tips on craft store coupons.

Craft coupons (paper and electronic) and gift cards are the best! The question is- where does one keep their stash? 

Here are a few tips:

  • Keep paper coupons in the same place so you always know where to find them
  • Keep your paper coupons accessible
  • Make sure you're aware of your inventory by looking through your stash every couple weeks
  • Incorporate taking your paper coupon with you when you go shopping
  • Document the date (date= expiration date minus 3 months) in your calendar, giving yourself plenty of time to get to your favorite craft store

For phone apps and electronic coupons for craft stores like Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft and Hobby Lobby:  set a reminder on your phone to remind you of when your coupons expire. Set your reminders, at least, one week before you know your coupon will expire. This will give you plenty of time to drive to your favorite craft store and pick up what you need.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team: November "Favorite Recipes" Challenge

I am so happy to share that Eileen Hull's latest collection "Vintage Kitchen" of Sizzix dies will be available in December!  It is rather delightful to be able to "craft and play" with her die samples before they get released.  These dies are perfect for holiday crafting and every day projects.

You may recall my creative use of her COOKIE JAR die!  Here is my lovely Lip Gloss Container - it is so fun and it helps me to start my day off with a smile.
For this project I used the following products:
- Sizzix Big Die - Cookie Jar
- Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Box, Make-It-3-D
- Gold glitter paper
- Washi Tape
- Fun quote by Actress Mindy Kaling
- White paper
- Paper with lips (Nikki Sivils) and circle punch
- Sequin bow embellishment
Tape Runner
- Foam dots
Step 1:  Run the Sizzix Dies and glitter paper to get the perfect cuts for your lip gloss container.  Adhere the container together with Aleene's Tacky Glue (you may want to use clothespins to help too.)

Step 2:  Cut quote and white paper (mount the quote on the white paper) to fit the Cookie Jar, adhere with tape runner.

Step 3:  Cut the washi tape to look like a flag, adhere with tape runner or foam dots.

Step 4:  Adhere the sequin bow embellishment with foam dots.

Step 5:  Use a circle punch to add a fun embellishment to the side of the container.  I used some scrapbook paper by Nikki Sivils that had lips!

What would you craft up with the "Vintage Kitchen" Cookie Jar Die?  Let me know!

Check out Eileen's post this month and enter to win her "Art with Heart Challenge" drawing to win some awesome crafting goodies.  Click here to go to Eileen's blog.
For those who were following the Paper Trail... Eileen is home safe and sound.  She is such an inspiration to me and she definitely was a Wonder Woman handling countless meetings, events and teaching for 52 days and driving to 22 states!  Can you tell I'm pretty proud to count her as a friend and mentor :) 

Happy November!

- Miss Rina

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mothership Scrapbook Gal's Guide to Inland Empire Scrapbook Stores

An Exclusive Mothership Scrapbook Gal 
Guide to Inland Empire Scrapbook Stores 

Scrapbooking, crafting and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) has recently become all the rage. Whether you attend scrapbook parties or would rather just look at final creations, it’s always good to know “where to go” to get supplies that are niche and hard to find. Many scrapbook stores come and go – in an effort to encourage small business and consumerism, I highly recommend that you shop locally from these “Mom & Pops” businesses. If you visit these local scrapbook/stamp stores (LSS) be sure to tell them that you read about them in the Mothership Scrapbook Gal Scrapbook Guide on  Enjoy our Guide by simply clicking on the store names below to go directly to the store websites for the address, hours and events information. 


Collective Journey (Redlands) – Collective Journey is a store that every scrapbooker or card maker must visit. They have a monthly calendar of events, including late night crop events. They also have Open House Events and Garage Sales which you can pick up great bargains on craft cast-offs. Crafting is always taking place at Collective Journey and their sales associates are very kind and cheerful.

The Stampin’ Post (Temecula) – The Stampin’ Post is the place to be if you want to have a fun crafty time in Temecula.  A recent shop customer tells me that the owner is very personable and also gets craft-celebrities to teach from time to time.   

This N That Scrapbooking (Chino Hills) – Blink and you might miss This N That Scrapbooking – it’s also a dry cleaners and business center!  They have a lot of fun crafting activities including specialty classes with instructors from Prima Marketing and Copic Marker.  Jollene’s Paperie (Banning) – This store carries a very large variety of inventory and is a hidden gem in Banning.  The best way to keep up with Jollene’s Paperie is to follow them on Facebook.  They announce upcoming classes, discounts and sales on their wall.

Prima Scrapbook Outlet Store (Chino) – Head to this Outlet for amazing deals from Prima Marketing Flowers and fun events.  The prices are outlet for sure as most items sell 3 for $10 or 8 for $20.  I also got a Free Make-n-Take (to do on site or at home) with my purchase.  To be notified of special crop events and classes, be sure to follow “Prima Outlet Store” on Facebook and become a member of their email list.  

Wooten’s Scrapbook Co. (Ontario) – Wooten’s has a very large inventory of all scrapbooking supplies.  From baby, to Disney princess, to vacations, they have a great variety of papers and embellishments.

Special thanks to our fabulous intern from UCR, Samreen Sandhu, for the awesome graphic design for this Guide.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Crafts Workshop at Sweet Epies Bakery on December 5th and 6th

Join Mothership Scrapbook Gal for a
Holiday Crafts Workshop
at Sweet Epies Bakery
3540 Ninth Street
Downtown Riverside

Craft Projects Include:  
Beautiful Wreath
Christmas Cards - Set of 10
Gift Wrapping 101

All craft supplies are included with your workshop registration fee.

We will also have a Holiday Pop Shop with DIY Craft Kits and Stocking Stuffers for you to shop til you drop and if you cannot make it for a workshop, please feel free to stop by to shop and enjoy some treats at Sweet Epies Bakery.

Friday, December 5th, 6 - 8 pm

Friday Crafts Workshop will include:
6 - 7 pm - Beautiful Wreath ($30)
7 - 8 pm - Christmas Cards (Set of 10 - $25)

Take both classes on Friday for a discounted price of $50!

Saturday, December 6th, 2 - 5 pm

Saturday Crafts Workshop will include:
2 - 3 pm, Beautiful Christmas Wreath ($30)
3 - 4 pm, Gift Wrapping 101 ($20)
4 - 5 pm, Christmas Cards (Set of 10 - $25)

Take all 3 classes on Saturday for a discounted price of $65!

If you have questions, please email

Holiday Crafts Workshop at Sweet Epies Bakery


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