Monday, December 29, 2008

Love You Much Card

Here is a card I did using the Love You Much bundle. I cased this card from Mary Brown. She has some amazing cards on her blog. The card base is the Sizzix Top Note die. If you take your folded card and put it just below the cut line on the die, it makes it a perfect card in the top note shape. I love this stamp set. I used the new punch to do the faux embossing (just like Mary did), a small piece of the new Candy Lane DSP, (love the colors in this DSP), and the 5/8" chocolate grosgrain ribbon. We will be making this card on my next SAS, January 11, 2009. 

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Milk Carton Holder

I found this cute project on Becky Roberts blog. 
I used Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette & Very Vanilla c/s along with the Love You Much stamp set, punch and Candy Lane DSP. Becky's instructions are great. I think I'm going to put inside one of the cartons some home made caramels. I found the recipe here. Not sure about the other cartons. These aren't too big so you don't have to put a lot inside them. And they have this cute bottom closure so you don't have to mess up the top to put your goodies inside.
On another note, I finally got the Love You Much flyer on my sidebar. If you click on it, you will see the Love You Much promotion that is going on until the end of January. 20% off this bundle. You get, Love You Much stamp set, Punch and Candy Lane DSP. They are so yummy! So check it out! I used the punch on the front and back of the carton holder. 3 hearts on one punch. I heard a rumor that we are also getting a large heart in the new catalog that comes out on January 18th. Yipee!

Love You Much Bundle

I have finally added the Love You Much bundle to the sideline on my blog. But I'm having issues for you to see the flyer when you click on the image. I am working on it, hopefully I will have an answer in the morning. And yes it really is 2:50am. Another night not being able to sleep. Will this ever get better (the sleep part)?
I will be posting a couple of new projects in the morning, as I still have to take photos.
I almost forgot, I finally posted the retired list on my sidebar as well. Just click on the image and it will take you to the list. Got that one to work, yeah!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Nestle Stixx Mix

These pails are the cute little gifts my Stamp Club ladies received form me. I found the pails at Target in the $1 section and filled them with Nestle Stixx Mix. (Cheryl & Sandie, I have yours too!) Everyone loved the Stixx Mix and so I will share the recipe with everyone.
Nestle Stixx Mix
4 cups oven-toasted corn cereal
2 cuts popped popcorn
1/2 cup walnut halves, pecan halves, slivered almonds or dry-roasted peanuts
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 box (3.64 ounces) any flavor Nestle Stixx, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
Directions:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease 12 x 9 inch baking pan. Combine cereal, popcorn and nuts in prepared pan. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted. Boil without stirring for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract and baking soda. Pour over cereal mixture; stir to coat. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely in pan, stirring frequently. Stir in Nestle Stixx and cranberries or raisins. Store in airtight container.
Makes 8 servings. 
Once you start eating this, you won't want to quit.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pine Cone Bird Feeders

I decided that my granddaughters would enjoy making their gift to Mom & Dad and Miss Carol. So the pine cone with peanut butter and birdseed seem to be the best project for a 2 & 3 year olds. They had a ball. Not sure if they ate more of the peanut butter than actually got on the pine cones, but thats alright.  Even though I tried telling them this is a surprise for Mommy and Daddy not sure if they told them about their gifts. Last year we did hand imprints and made them into Christmas ornaments.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ghiradelli Holders

I had a question from Dixie about my Ghiradelli holder that I posted last week. So Dixie here are some more photos. I hope this helps. Send me an email if you have any other questions. You use 2 Sizzix envelope die cuts and cut off the bottom (below the fold line) to about the same width as the sides. Put sticky tape around the 3 sides and adhere together so you have a box. Then decorate.

Pretzel Jars

These are the pretzel's we dipped in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles, then piped red, green and white chocolate all over the dipped chocolate. I decorated the jar with rub-ons but you can't tell in the photo. I found these jars at Winco, which is a local grocery store in our area. They were really inexpensive too! I gave this jar to Danelle who has been cutting my hair for over ten years. She always cuts and colors my hair perfect! (Don't tell anyone about the color part.......).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Goody Trays

This is what my trays look like when I finished putting them all together. I wish I would have taken a photo before I put them in the cello bags with a bow.  I make fresh wreaths to give away too.  This is the one I made for our front porch. It was huge. The others I make are much smaller. Since we have a screen door on our front door, I put ours as you are walking up to the door. My adopted Mom, Carol hangs hers in her kitchen and leaves it up for a couple of months. I give her a small goody tray, and tell her I will refill it if we have any cookies and candy left. My Other friend/neighbor told me that because of me, she will have to run a couple more miles everyday. I think she runs about 5 miles a day. I've been making these goody trays and wreaths for probably over 10 years. Since my daughter has been married (3 1/2 years) we make our goodies together and she gives them to family and friends too.  Its a tradition now, every year we go shopping before the crack of dawn (this year we were in line at Kohl's at 3:45am), (yes you read that right) the day after Thanksgiving, and make our goody trays together. My Mom and I use to do the same thing. I was really glad my daughter wanted to keep this going, as we lost my Mom five years ago to ovarian cancer. My Mom is also the one who bought me the wreath maker.  She always supported my sister and I (no matter what craft we were doing at the time) and gave us some great crafting tools.

Ghirardelli Holders

This cute little Ghirardelli holder is made with  the Sizzix Envelope die. You cut 2 out and trim the bottoms of each to the same thickness of the sides and use sticky take to adhere them together, so you can get 2 Ghirardelli chocolate pieces in each holder. I used the Peppermint Bark. This went in my goody trays that I make as gifts. This year I put all kinds of different little candy holders in each one. One of the other holders are test tubes. I put cinnamon Tic Tac's inside the test tubes. Add a little ribbon and make your boxes.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday SAS

Here is another card from Sunday.  We used the stamp set Take Three, which is on the retirement hit list. Used Holiday Treasures DSP and Kiwi Kiss Grosgrain ribbon. The base of the card is Riding Hood Red. The inside has a place for a gift card. I thought with so many giving gift cards now a days we should do a couple in my SAS. The other gift card holder is from Patty Bennett I used Baja Breeze for the base of the card and matted with Riding Hood Red and Ski Slope DSP. The ribbon is also Riding Hood Red Grosgrain. Almost forgot about the Little Felt Flurries snowflake that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog. You can get the pattern on Patty's blog, just click on her name. 

MIA

I know I have been MIA for the past 2 weeks. I am almost caught up and ready for Christmas. I finally finished Gianna's Christmas stocking I've been working on for 2 years. (Youngest granddaughter), and the only big thing left is to get my Christmas cards in the mail.
Ok now onto the cards we did on Sunday for my last SAS. Both of these cards use Holiday Trinkets. I cased the one with the three ornaments, but can't remember from who. I changed it up a bit with the Kiwi Kiss Grosgrain ribbon and I think my greeting is different. The other one uses the 1 1/4" Riding Hood Red/Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot.  

Monday, December 1, 2008

Stationary Boxes

Here is the second one. I used Maine Blueberry DSP & Old Olive c/s. I am showing the 3 x 3 note cards in this set. 

Stationary Boxes

I made these two Stationary Boxes for my Best Girl Friends for Christmas. This one is using the Bella Rose DSP and Kiwi Kiss textured c/s. I got the pattern from Jackie Topa's blog. Inside are four, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 thank you cards with envelopes, four, 3 x 3 note cards with envelopes & 2 tags. I will be adding some postage stamps to complete the set.