Jan 17 2017

The Best Printable Count Olaf Paper Doll is Free


“Look away. look away. Look away, look away,” unless you want to see the worst Paper Doll filled with Unfortunate disguises that only add to the everyday sorrow that we feel. Actually, this newest Paper Doll by Cory has to be one of the best I have seen in a while. Count Olaf and his costume collection are idolized printable paper doll inspired by the Netflix series “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Not only do we have Count Olaf in all his horribleness, we also get Stephano, Captain Sham, and Shirley T. Sinoit-Pécer.

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If you are looking for a cutesy paper doll of a princess with closed eyes and lots of very fancy dresses then please move along. Run away from this computer of handheld device as fast as you can! This is NOT that paper doll. It is with great regret that I share this Vile, Fiendish Doll made by my associate, Jersey Conn. Jersey is a paper doll artist for a top secret organization which is never to mentioned publicly. My life is in danger just for volunteering to post this here. Our hope is that this doll will reach the appropriate members of our organization, as all other forms of communication have been unsuccessful, including telephone, plane, train, fax, pigeon, and the flawed postal service. You can see where enemies of the organization have tried to destroy this paper doll by burning down the malt shop where the soda jerk had been ordered to use it as a wrapper for a cheeseburger and discreetly pass it along to a man with dark glasses. “Paper doll” is a phrase which here means, “a tool to be used by fellow volunteers to help discover the villainous Count Olaf in his many disguises which he uses to attempt stealing the Baudelaire Orphans’ fortune.” So I beg you on behalf of my associate, Jersey Conn, do not download or print this paper doll! And PLEASE do not cut out these disguises and dress the nefarious Count Olaf (as Played by Neil Patrick Harris in the terrible new Netflix series) in them! It is an activity that can only lead to sorrow and regret. You will be much Happier if you lock all your doors, turn off all the lights, and hide under the soft comforter on your bed. Paper Dolls by Cory

To download this paper doll simply click the image below and save it to your computer. Then Print and create to make the Count Olaf Paper Doll. Be sure to see more of Cory’s Paper Dolls by going to his Facebook page Paper Dolls by Cory.


Jan 16 2017

Free Princess Palace Pets Coloring Page of Nola

Jasmine has a new Palace Pet! She is an adorable little Hippo named Nola. Like many of Jasmine’s pets, Nola’s main color is light aquamarine. Nola also has a pink tail and toes. Her jewelry is purple with gold accents. To finish off her adorable look, Nola has a matching purple bow.

We have yet to find out how and when Jasmine found Nola. I am guessing Jasmine found her during an around the world trip on a magic carpet.

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In honor of Nola becoming a Princess Palace Pet, I have created a free printable coloring page!
This Printable coloring page is free to download, print and color. If you do download this printable please consider donating. It takes a lot of time to create these fun printables and every little bit allows me to continue to bring these fun printables to you.


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To download the Nola coloring page:
1. Click the image below
2. Save the PDF to your computer
3. Print, color and enjoy

You can download more free printable Disney Princess Palace Pets on my blog here:

Once the page has been colored, please share. I would love to see the art and share some of them on my facebook page.


Jan 13 2017

Voltron Legendary Defenders Mask and Sword Craft

The universe’s greatest protector will rise again! The fan-favorite sequel DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Season 2 is coming to Netflix on Friday, January 20th. Anyone else feeling like January 20th is still so far away? I have never been good at waiting, so this is nearly unbearable.

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I know I have posted a few blog posts regarding Voltron Legendary Defenders, but that’s because this Netflix Series is that good. I have enjoyed the story, characters, and art! It is certainly one of my favorite animated series at this point. Not to mention, Voltron Legendary Defenders totally brings on nostalgia. I can remember watching the classic animated series and being totally enthralled in the story and adventure. I love stuff like this.

In celebration of DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Season 2 coming to Netflix, DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix have released a brand new activity that every fan will love! To get ready for season 2, fans are given these awesome printable templates to create our very own Voltron mask and sword! What a great way to spend the weekend!

With just a little cardboard and some colored card stock we can be the new Voltron force, defenders of the popcorn.

Mask
Sword
Instructions:

  1. Cut out all template pieces and arrange them on cardboard sheets. Trace around the edges of the template onto the cardboard. Cut out each sword piece and set aside.
  2. Arrange template pieces on cardstock sheets. Trace around the edges of the template onto the cardstock. Cut out each piece and set aside.
  3. Apply glue to the back of each cardstock piece and stick to the front of each matching cardboard piece.
  4. Place double stick tape on the pack of piece B through F. Starting with Piece A as your base, position Piece B on top of A, then C on top of B and so on
  5. Staple on elastic band to the sides of the mask to wear it hands free. or glue a wooden craft stick to the back center for a hand-held version

Instructions:

  1. Cut out all template pieces and arrange them on cardboard sheets. Trace around the edges of the template onto the cardboard. Cut out each sword piece and set aside.
  2. Arrange template pieces on cardstock sheets. Trace around the edges of the template onto the cardstock. Cut out each piece and set aside.
  3. Apply glue to the back of each cardstock piece and stick to the front of each matching cardboard piece.
  4. Place double stick tape on the pack of piece B through F. Starting with Piece A as your base, position Piece B on top of A, then C on top of B and so on
  5. Repeat step 4 to cover the reverse side of the sword

To get the templates for these fun activities, click the image below. The PDF will save to your computer so that you can print it and start the fun! Remember, the colors are suggestions to match Voltron. BUT..bring on the imagination and make them your favorite colors. Purple would make an awesome sword 🙂

There are so many more crafts and printables featuring everyone’s favorite Legendary Defender on my blog. Be sure to check them all out and grab the ones you love the most. The Party kit is especially awesome!


Jan 13 2017

Cubeecraft of Mirage From The Aladdin TV Series

Mirage is a dangerous villain from the Aladdin TV series. Her dark powers and uncontrollable malice are second to none. I believe she even rivals Jafar in terms of sheer evil. Due to her appearance with cat like features, one may want to try and pet this Dark Side wielder, but don’t let her looks fool you. Mirage’s evil is well set and is uncontrollably released in burst of vengeance and the need for destruction. According to Iago, “She hates good. She annihilates good. Evil is all she does.”

Mirage is one powerful sorceress. Her abilities seem to transcend time itself. Especially since she seems to have all of eternity to cause chaos. She also has many other powers including flight, teleportation, inter-dimensional travel, shape-shifting, and illusions (hence her name). Warping her victims surroundings, creating false scenes, and confusing her enemies are simple with her illusion abilities. Mirage is not a “kitty” Aladdin or Gene wish to mess with.

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In fear…I mean honor of such an Evil villain, I have made a cubeecraft papercraft of Mirage. My other Aladdin Cubeecrafts can be found with the other Disney Cubeecrafts.

This Cubeecraft is free to download, however, I will accept donations. These projects take a long time to create and any amount is much appreciated!


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To Build the Cubeecraft:

Materials needed:
Printer
Card stock
scissors
x-acto knife

To make:

  1. Cut out each item along the outer black lines.
  2. Cut along the white on each tab using the x-acto knife and along the white around the hat snake
  3. Cut along each red line using the x-acto knife
  4. Fold along each inner solid black line and slide each tab into the slots you created with an x-acto knife to form a cube of the head, body, arms, and feet
  5. Slide the arms through the red slots on either side of the body.
  6. Slide the feet through the red slots at the base of the body.
  7. Slide the now completed body through the red lots of the head.
  8. Fold the ears carefully. They should not separate. Slide each tab into the ear slots with the light side facing down.

Mirage is now complete. If you are having any troubles, use the image above for an example of how she should look when completed.

To download the template click the image below and save it to your computer.


Jan 11 2017

Printable Voltron Legendary Defenders Paper Crafts


January 20th brings the continuation of Voltron Legendary Defenders. However, it is still over a week away. I am doing everything I can to be patient and wait for the release on Netflix, but this isn’t easy. I have to admit, January 20th cannot come fast enough. I decided to do a search for more Voltron related printables to pass the time. Who knows, in the last 24 hours someone could have posted more…right?

Turns out, the answer is yes. Well sort of. The printables have been active for a while, I just recently found them at Dreamworks Create website. Talk about exciting! Dreamworks has an official website where they have posted several free printables featuring some of their top movies and TV shows including Trolls, Puss in Boots, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and…VOLTRON! Who knew!?!?

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While they are not overloaded with massive amounts of paper crafts or printables, Dreamworks Create does have 3 Voltron crafts that are fun to download, print and create! These should help pass the time as we wait in anticipation for Voltron Season 2.

1. The Voltron 3D Paper Crafts
Print the template out, cut where stated and clue together to create the coolest paper toy of Voltron.

2. Voltron Printable Phone Case
Print this template out to wrap your phone in a cool frame while watching Voltron Season 1 (or season 2 January 20th). It comes complete with a stand to perfectly angle the phone for the best viewing experience.

3. Voltron Coloring Page
If paper crafts are just a little too much, there is also a coloring page featuring the Voltron Defender. Print and color, it doesn’t get much easier. 🙂


Jan 09 2017

Delicious Candy Cane Cookies Recipe


It’s that time of year where the Christmas tree comes down. The ornaments are removed and carefully placed in their boxes to be stashed away until the next holiday season. In my family, that is when we find all the unwanted broken candy canes. I am not sure why a broken candy cane is so unwanted. I mean, they have the same flavor as an all-in-one-piece candy cane, but none the less they are stashed and hidden away within the tree to be discovered at seasons end. Each one I find looks as if it clings to the branch of the tree hoping it won’t fall because the cane part of the candy is severed within its candy cane shaped plastic wrapper.

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I couldn’t bring myself to throw away these yummy morsels, abandoned by the need for perfection. They weren’t bad or opened they were simply broken. So I decided I would use these flavorful cane pieces to make an end-of-the-holiday tradition. All broken candy canes are opened and placed in a large Ziploc bag. They are then pounded into oblivion, which is actually really fun for the whole family. It is amazing how cool it is to be allowed to break something while making a ton of noise. I can tell you there is no hint of a candy cane when we have finished the job. FYI, do this on a very strong surface or cutting board.

Once the candy canes have been pulverized, they have to be sifted to remove all of the larger pieces. The larger pieces are not used in this recipe so I save them to put in hot chocolates and/or coffee. It gives them a slight peppermint flavor and it is so yummy.

To finish off the Candy Cane mixture, I add 3/4 cups of powdered sugar and mix it together. This mixture will be used in the filling and on the outside of the cookie.

Once the Candy Cane mixture is done the rest is pretty simply to prepare. For the cookie dough, I cream the wet together until soft and fluffy. Then I add the dry until it is well blended. The dough must chill for at least one hour, so I place it in the refrigerator as soon as possible. This chill process is very important. It makes the dough much easier to handle and it makes it a yummy crumbly cookie.

While the dough is chilling, I make the cream cheese mixture using soft cream cheese. I Cream the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually, I add the powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of the pounded garnish. It will get a bit clunky. This is where I add the milk to smooth it out and I blend it until i’s smooth and creamy. It then gets scooped into a piping bag with a large opening nozzle. It doesn’t matter what shape. This is just to make filling each cookies easy and fast.

Here comes the hard part:
Once the dough has chilled for an hour, I remove the dough from the refrigerator. To make the cookie I first take about a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Then using the handle of my large wooden spoon, I shape the dough around the bottom part of my handle. This is creating a hole or cavern in the cookie so that I can fill it with the cream cheese mixture. Gently twist the handle and pull the dough off the wooden spoon. It will look like a little dough teacup without the handle. I then fill the cavern 2/3 of the way up with the cream cheese filling mixture. The dough is then pinched closed and shaped back into a ball. The filled ball is then placed on a creased cookie sheet. The process is then repeated 35 times. This may not be as simple as “Scoop and Bake” but the work is oh so worth it.

The round balls are then baked for about 12-15 minutes. They must be removed from the oven before they brown. Browning them kills the crumbly goodness and that would just be sad.

Once they are fully baked, they are then partly cooled. While the cookies are warm, not hot, they are rolled in the remaining pounded candy cane garnish. They kind of look like powdered doughnut holes when all is said and done. But, they taste nothing like a doughnut hole. They are more like yummy pieces of peppermint candy heaven wrapped in a fluffy, crumbly, cakey goodness. The candy canes are no longer rejected, they are embraced and devoured.

I have provided the recipe for free below with a little print button to save it for later. No candy cane should be rejected and these cookies are a perfect reason as to why all candy canes matter.

Candy Cane Cookies

  • Servings: 36
  • Time: 2 hr
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Ingredients
For the Dough

  • 2 sticks of soft butter
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2.5 Cups of flour

Garnish

  • 6-8 Peppermint Candy Canes (depending on size)
  • 3/4 Cups powdered sugar

Cookie Filling

  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
  • 1.5 tsp milk
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp of Garnish mixture (the candy cane Mixture)
Directions
Cookie Dough

  1. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy
  2. Add flour and mix until it forms a dough like consistency
  3. Place in a glass bowl, cover and place it in the refrigerator for at east 1 hour

Garnish

  1. Place candy canes into a tough ziplock bag (I use a freezer bag, they seem to hold up better).
  2. Pound candy canes into a candy cane powder. I used a cheap rolling pin I bought just to crush candy or nuts. A sanitized mallet or other crushing tool could work as well.
  3. Once the candy canes are a powder, run them through a fine grid to remove the larger pieces of candy cane and set aside the larger pieces.
  4. Mix the fine candy cane powder with the 3/4 cups of powder sugar and set aside.

Cookie Filling

  1. In a bowl cream the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar and Garnish gradually.
  3. Add milk and mix until well blended.
  4. Scoop into a piping bag and set aside. (It doesn’t matter what nozzle you use, as long as the cream cheese mixture can flow through it with ease. You will be using this to fill the cookies.)

Making the cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Remove dough from the refrigerator.
  3. Pinch off about a tsp. of dough, it will be hard and crumbly
  4. Shape the dough into a ball
  5. With the handle of a large Wooden spoon, carefully mold the dough around handle to create a cavern in the middle. twist the handle slightly and carefully pull the dough off.
  6. Fill 2/3 of the cavern with the cream cheese filling.
  7. Pinch the dough together to seal the cavern, carefully shape it back into a ball, and place the now filled ball of dough on a greased cookie sheet (I used a glass pan)
  8. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough. You should have around 36 balls
  9. Bake for 12 min (It took 15 on my glass pans). Be sure not to brown them.
  10. Once baked, place the cookies on a cooling rack.
  11. halfway into their cooling process, gently roll the cookies in the rest of the garnish. Be careful not to break the cookie.
  12. Let cool the rest of the way and then serve.

Makes around 36 cookies


Jan 05 2017

Voltron Legendary Defender Season 2 is Coming!!

The universe’s greatest protector will rise again and pick up where last seasons cliff hanger left off with DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Season 2! In celebration of this fan-favorite sequel coming to Netflix on Friday, January 20th, DreamWorks Animation Television and Netflix have released the trailer everyone’s been waiting for! Can we all say…FINALLY!

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We have been waiting to see what happens with the team of Voltron for what seems like forever. These cliff hangers are enough to make fans go mad! Good thing we can re-watch our favorite episodes from Season 1 while we wait for Season 2. Abd thankfully, we now have a trailer to amp the excitement. Season 2 can’t get here fast enough!

Be sure to check out the free Voltron Party Printables by clicking the image below. These will certainly help throw a fun premier party for Voltron season 2!

There are more Voltron printables and crafts on my blog here,


Jan 02 2017

Holidays to Celebrate in January


The last two weeks have been nothing but holiday parties and New Year celebrations. Celebrating the classic times and then shedding the old to bring in the new. I know my last couple of weeks have been fun celebrating with family and watching as 2016 left to bring in the hopefully better 2017. It is almost sad to see the celebrations end as January 2nd rolls in. However, don’t despair. There are plenty of things to celebrate in January!

I bet you are quizzically looking at that last sentence. What on earth could there be to celebrate in January other then New Years Day? Much, I am happy to say! And we can have a party for each of these days! (I didn’t mean for that to rhyme, it just sort of happened that way)

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Holidays to celebrate in January:
January 4 – National Spaghetti Day

    This one will be easy to celebrate. I am going to have a Family and friend dinner party featuring Spaghetti with several different sauces. Is it wrong that this may be my favorite holiday in January?

January 8 – Bubble Bath Day

    Now here is one everyone can enjoy…Although it may not be a “Party” day. It is more of a “Soak in the tub and let all the stress melt away” day. Of course kids will love this day as well. Get their favorite toys and explore the Bubbles of Mount. Bathtub.

January 10 – Houseplant Appreciation Day

    Here is something I didn’t know. Apparently houseplants can feel under appreciated. Therefore, Houseplant appreciation day is very important. Make sure every houseplant knows how much they are needed, I would say this is a perfect opportunity to throw them a party to show how much you care. Invite some plant friends (I hear spider plants are great at parties) and really set the music to ensure growth. Maybe some special plant food would be a great appreciation gift.

January 15 – National Hat Day

    The Mad Hatter has to be looking forward to this day, I mean Hats…that’s his thing. I know I will be wearing a rather unique piece and my family will be sharing in the fun. Disney Family created a fun Goofy Hat Printable to give us all something a little more…goofy

January 18 – Winnie The Pooh Day

    This day speaks for itself and is rather easy to create. Celebrate Winnie the Pooh day with a fun Winnie the Pooh party. I have posted a few Winnie the Pooh printables and party ideas that are sure to help with the celebration of a cute cuddly bear.

January 19 – National Popcorn Day

    Yummy Buttery bite size morsels that nearly melt in your mouth upon entry. Yeah I can live with that. Time to celebrate this day with a Star Wars Marathon!

January 25 – Opposite Day

    This day will be the worst. Simply Horrible as I try and figure out just how bad everything is in the world.

January 28 – Chinese New Year

    Happy New Year! And with that, Celebrations shall commence. PARTY TIME!

Obviously there are many more days to celebrate such and National Hug Day or National Bird Day. The trick to having a few good parties in the month of January is to find the days that speak to us. For me, Popcorn Day and Spaghetti Day are a must, as well as Winnie the Pooh Day. My family will enjoy these celebrations.

To help us figure out what holidays we would like to celebrate, Disney Family has created a fun printable calendar. Print and fill with the holidays that match what the family wishes to celebrate. It also helps to keep track of the many birthdays that seem to occur in January. Download the calendar at family.disney.com.

Here’s to a New Year and many more parties!


Dec 22 2016

DIY Battle Armor and Sword for Trollhunters


This Friday, only on Netflix, an ancient battle of good and evil premiers in the new animated series TrollHunters. This epic battle will determine the course of the world and must be fought and won for all that is good…right after school. Jim is just a kid after all. However, his role is crucial in the battle and he must dawn his armor to fight for what he believes is right.

We can also join in the battle of good and evil with our very own Battle Armor and Sword. Use the DIY instructions below and create your very own epic armor!

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape or glue
  • 2 rubber bands (cut and tied at ends)
  • Stapler
  • Felt-tipped marker

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To download the template click the image below. Then follow the instructions to create the best Battle Armor this world has ever seem. Be sure to get the TrollHunters Rock candy recipe here and immerse yourself in the world of the TrollHunters.


Dec 21 2016

Liam Neeson Reads A Monster Calls

Those of you that live in Los Angeles and New York can catch “A MONSTER CALLS” THIS FRIDAY, December 23rd! The rest of us who live everywhere else in the US will be able to see it in theaters on January 6th, 2017.

In anticipation of A Monster Calls arriving in theaters, Focus Features has provided a special treat featuring Liam Neeson. Close your eyes and let your imagination do the work while you listen to Liam Neeson as he reads the first chapter of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls:

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More about A Monster Calls:
Directed by J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible,” “The Orphanage”)
Written by Patrick Ness, based on his novel A Monster Calls
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson

A visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.


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