Friday, December 28, 2012

Gotta Love That Clustering

This is one of those layouts that I really wasn't sure where I was going when I started but I loved where I ended up.  The collection is one of the latest from KaiserCraft, Forget-Me-Not.   I really tried to work on my clusters on this layout and adore everything that is going on.  Lots of little nooks and crannies to discover things.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Were you Naughty or Nice?

I hope everyone had a Merry, Merry Christmas.  So I have one question to ask, were you naughty or nice?  LOL.  Our big party of the year is Christmas Eve and this year was no exception.  We blew it out well.  One of the dessert was the naughty or nice trays.  I made regular Rice Krispie Treats for the nice side and Oreo coal for the naughty.  I'll list the recipe for the Oreos chews at the end of this post.

I made the little signs for the trays using products from Scrap-Mart.  I would have brought them home to take a bit better photos, but there was a precious little girl at the party who wanted them, so off they went in the spirit of the evening.

Here is a list of supplies used for the signs:

Sizzix Frame Back Ornate #3
Amazing Paper Grace Kit of the Month November: Stamp
Spellbinders Circle
Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Now the recipe for the Oreo Coal.  Let me warn you cut these very small as they are really chewy.

One package of Oreo cookies/ processed in the food processor to crumbs
4 Tablespoons of Butter
5 Cups of marshmallows

Melt the butter and the marshmallows in pan over the stove top.  Once everything is melted add the cookie crumbs and stir to all mixed.  Pour out and press into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Wait to cool and cut into small bite size pieces.

Have a little Christmas money that needs to find a good home?  Remember you can get one item 40% off regular price at Scrap-Mart, just use the STOCKING coupon code.  Ends the 31st of December so hurry.  

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Jesus

This year something so small really struck me in such a profound way.  I have a client who was leaving to go to Jerusalem for the holidays.  I just happened to ask in conversation if they thought they knew the place where Christ was actually born, I have always heard it was cave.  My friend was quick to tell me yes they believe it to be the Grotto of the Nativity and in fact that is where he is going to be on Christmas Eve.  I asked if he would take a picture for me, in which he replied " not only will I bring you a picture but I'll light a candle for you".  I honestly started to cry.  To stand in a spot where Christ actually was born just takes my breath away.  I know that Jesus lives in my heart with me everyday but to see his humble beginnings and think about him as an infant, it's so amazing.  I must say this was one of my greatest gifts this season.  I feel very blessed to actually know someone that just happens to be going to Christ's birth place the eve he was born...WOW.    Just thought I would share with you.

I hope you all have a blessed Christmas season.  That you get to be with friends and family and are able to focus on the greatest gift that we have ever received.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fancy Pants and Scor-Pal Gift Hop

Products Used: Scor-Pal, Scor Tape, Fancy Pants Hopscotch Card Stock, Card Stock, Stamps, Donna Salzar Ink, KaiserCraft Flower, Spellbinders Dies, Velcro Tabs and corner rounder

There is nothing like a last minute gift, and gift cards are perfect.  Today I'm going to share a simple project with you that will really take your gift cards to the next level. 

Step 1: Cut a piece of card stock 4 1/2 x 10 inches and score at the 3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch and 8 inch mark. 

Step 2: Fold as shown below and use your Scor-Pal Tool to make the edges crisp. 

Step 3: Round the corners on the outside edges

Step 4:  Cut the following designer card stock pieces and corner round your end pieces 
(4)  4 x 2 3/4 
(2) 4 x 1 3/4 
(2) 4 x 3/4

Note: this will decorate the outside and the interior of the wallet

Step 5: Flip your wallet over the the outside and apply a line of Scor-Pal Tape to the very bottom of the score line between the small peaks that are going to form where the gift card sits. Apply the to peaks together. 

Step 6 : Flip back over to the interior and use a Spellbinders Die to line up just on the edges of the small pop up flap.  This will make a slit for your card to sit in and when the wallet is opened the gift card will flip up.  TIP: if the die doesn't cut all the way through just trim it up with scissors as the score line will be embossed enough. 

Step 7: Slip your gift card in the open notch

Step 8 : Apply velcro tabs to the flap of you wallet to open and close.  If you don't have velcro tabs you could easily use ribbon or twine to close the wallet. 

Decorate your wallet as desired and give away with love!!!!