Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Bags

Finally a snowy cold morning here!  Perfect time to show you the Christmas bags I was working on.  In total I made 10 of these and started them back in October.  Well started planning and purchasing. I added a lot of photo's for these since there is so much detail.
Every year for my husband's company Christmas Party I make a little something for a staff giveaway.  This year I decided on Kraft Bags.  I went to a local packaging store to get some goodies and inspiration.  There are 5 bags shown here but in total I made 10.  These Kraft bags were a great price at $1.89 per.

I picked up the ribbon and bells from Michaels and this mesh ribbon from the $1 Store.  It has gold in it to, so very festive!

I ended up last minute adding some tags.  For these I stamped a French Script on the background then stamped these Tim Holtz Holiday stamps in clear, then clear embossed.  Once that was done I distressed with some TH Distressing inks.

The designer paper is new this year from Stampin Up.  The stamp is a Vintage Holiday Post Card which I embossed in black.  I then coloured the key with my markers, re-stamped and cut them out.  Then popped them up for dimension.  Notice the Antique Brads, also SU.

Inside the bag is another bag holding the Gift Cards.  I picked up these little Kraft bags from the same packaging store, $3.99 for 100!  I stamped these TH trees then added some Martha Stewart white glitter glue for snow. The tag is the Buck again stamped and punched as a tag to tie in the two bags.

I stamped the tree again on each Two Tags Die Cut Tag.  Then tied off a button with Twine.

In each bag there are 5 tags tied together with a Gift Card on each.  The front tag has my husband's Business card (not shown) representing a day off to the lucky employee. 

Here is the full set of 5 laid out for you.  These bags took me a total of 3 hours per bag to complete.

 Each bag is worth about $200 as a gift. Due to the fact of the day off. 

I'm so proud of these little bags and I was proud to stamp my Oh Scrap on each of them. 




 
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Embossing Cookies


Embossed Cookies...for real!!!!

Now I realize to some of you use your embossing folders to emboss your shaped cookies may be sooo last year.  But I JUST saw this and was like...O.M.G.EEEEE!  Now why didn't I think of that.  I feel awful, I can't link the blog I found it on.  I was scrolling Pinterest when I saw the picture and I guess I didn't pin it.  Really sorry, I think it's SOOO important to link the blogs we find stuff on. 

My apologizes on the photo's, it's overcast here this morning.  And despite the whole rear of my house being glass the pictures still turned out dark:(

I'm still Holiday Baking (7 batches of Biscotti yesterday) and these are my Moms Shortbread.  Sorry, not allowed to share the recipe.  However, I changed it up and used this new little cutter I picked up.  This recipe yielded 70 cookies.  Make sure you wash your folder in hot water and soap first!


LOL...This is NOT one of those fancy Gourmet Blogs.  It's a craft blog so my counter is a direct reflection of my craft desk...messy but produces greatness!  *SNICKER*


I positioned the pattern on the folder to center on the cookie then pressed firmly. 


This is  Stampin Up Folder, Vintage...something?


Here are all 70 of my cookies...with my mess!  And a bag of caramels for the Chocolate Turtle Cookies I made next. 


Thanks for stopping by.  Have you thought of embossing your cookies and done it?  If you have let me know.  I feel like I'm the last to know!

Let me know if you're going to try this too?
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mini Album Week 2

 It's week 2 Mini Album

 ...and I didn't get as far as I would have liked on my Mini Album.  I had some other crafty commitments to get done.  But those are out of the way and I can get decorating.  That's the fun part!

I did get to cut all my designer paper.  This took some time especially since I had 52 cuts...well 54 including the cover and back.


As you are cutting be sure to trim all your extra pieces.  Here I have a file folder to keep them all together for this project.  These will come in handy when you get to layering your pages.

I used an old coffee tin for the scraps.  It gives you an idea of how little waste there was once I trimmed and saved the big pieces!

I taped the top and bottom of each piece.  One, this saves on tape (I went through a full roll) and two it allows me to tug tabs or ribbon through the openings if I want.  I can always add glue if I want to seal the paper to the file folder page.

Keep your pages organized!

If there is a piece of DP that has something you want to show off be sure to use it fully on your page.  This is my front cover..."52 Things I "LOVE" About You"

Here are all my pages together. 

OK now I knew this could be an issue. Yep, too many pages! So I am going to cut them in half to 26 pages. It's still going to be big! But, now I have extra pages for another mini album or 2.

Stuff to embellish...

buttons
felt
tags
envelopes
metal
clips
twine
ribbon
photo's
tickets
assorted punches
tabs

These are just a few ideas I will be using to embellish:)

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Apple Butter Recipe


A Recipe and Craft Project!

I have 2 passions, cooking and crafting.  Sometimes they even come together!  If you're on FACEBOOK with me then you know what I've been up to for the past couple of days.  Where did this come from?  My new obsession, Pinterest!  If you've been wanting to make Apple butter then break out your crock pot!

(My new Pinterest Button for my Blog)

I tripled the recipe since I hade a Costco bag of Fuji's.  This yeilded 7 cups (or 7 jars) of Apple Butter.
I have a big family so 3 jars wasn't going to cut it.

I decided to can my Apple Butter so I could store it.  Submerge your jars and boil for 15 min.  Cool them on a rack and wait for the "POP"  That's my favorite part!

My batch yielded 7 250ml jars.  I gave 3 jars to my friends and neighbors. 

I was so excited to use my Preserves cartridge.  The recipe cards are cut at 5", the font is 1" and the apple cuts are 2" with layers.  Then add your recipe.

I used the Lid Feature too and cut at 2".  And added a little button up there.  They turned out so cute!

Apple Butter Recipe

click HERE to see where I got the recipe.
(This was grabbed from http://www.skinnytaste.com/)

  • 2.5 lbs (6 large) apples, peeled, cored, finely chopped (I used honeycrisp and gala)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
Place the apples in a slow cooker. Top with sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg and mix well.

Cover and cook on low 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
Uncover and puree with an immersion blender. Cook on high uncovered 1-2 hours
Spoon into sterile jars, or containers and refrigerate.
This is a really easy recipe I promise!  I have never had Apple Butter and I was so excited I made Sourdough Bread (and english muffins).  I used my sourdough starter and used the recipe from my William and Sonoma Cook Book. Click HERE to see the recipe.  This was my first time making bread without a bread machine!  I was stressed but the bread is WAY better!  It turned out more like an Artisan bread.
Are you hungry?
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What's New Wednesday

Welcome to What's New Wednesday

This weeks Guest Designer is Kimberly with Just Wordz.

First off I would just like to say…THANK YOU Nicole for sharing your spot in blogland with me. You are the most giving girl I’ve met in this world of blogging. So that being said here is a little about me…

I am.... www.justwordz.ca or to my family I answer too...kimberly, kim, kimbob, kimmer, kimmy....wow I get called many names eh??? Canadian, yes, live in the North yes, but not in an igloo. ha ha

I'm a full time employee of Atlas Copco making diamond drill bits and when I get home I’m either crafting or checking out the 600 plus blogs I follow, crazy I know, but I love it. I've just joined this fabulous world of blogging this past December, and boy have I learned a lot and still have much to learn. It's great getting inspiration from all of you....so many thanks all. I've been crafting for as long as I can remember, and have been into so many things but I just love card making.

My quest for everyday stamps that are not puny sayings was hard to find, so any great crafter will tell you, if you can't find it, make your own. So that's exactly what I did.

I've just released my second set of clear stamps Christmas Season, and Party Time. These are made from the best photopolymer. The Christmas Season has 89 and the Party Time has 112 Wordz you can mix and match to create hundreds of different sentiments for all your card making ideas... You can even have a chance to win a set. Check my blog for deets this coming Friday for our official release blog hop. I’ll also be hosting our first challenge as well. www.justwordz.ca







 Not only am I showcasing my two new sets of stamps I’m joining forces with my niece who is a fabulously talented lady who I pushed to make some digi’s for all my friends on blogland. This card was made using her newest one…isn’t it the most adorable. You can take a look and purchase them HERE
She’s just building her designs so check back often for new releases from her… I hope you drop by and visit for some great inspiration from me any old day or from my new design team each Friday.

Check out Kim's AMAZING Blog.  I heart this Canadian Blogger!!!!

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