Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Cookies?

Some traditions are just meant to be upheld.  I've been decorating and baking Christmas cookies since I could stand on a chair at the kitchen counter.  I've rolled, cut, glazed and frosted many a cookie.  I didn't really feel like upholding that tradition this year but it lives on in Simon and Lizzy.  They couldn't wait to make cookies.

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It's great that they are able to frost and take care of their own cookies now.
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Of course I only let them decorate the ones they're going to eat, for obvious reasons...

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Even Dad got into the decorating this year...

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent Calendar Take 2

I posted my advent calendar here.  I filled it, showed the kids on the morning of December 1.  Sent them to school with a promise of opening the first day after dinner.  At 11am I received an email from Fletcher that Mocha had eaten my lovely advent calendar.

At first there was no way I was going to make it again but the kids were very excited so I sat down and made a new one.  Sadly Mocha did not eat the ones I disliked the most.  She ate mostly my favorites.  She could have at least opened the tops but she just shredded them instead.

Here is the new calendar, moved to a higher location with no hearth to get a boost on.

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And the kids with one of the days...

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I think this might just be a new tradition at our house. I want to make new ones every year. I'm thinking these envelopes might be a great thing to use in my December Daily album.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Quick and Easy Gift Idea--Dare to Be Fabulous x 30

This year for a quick present why not create a signature note card for someone?  I whipped up 30 of these Dare to be Fabulous cards in a little over an hour.  I used different colors and ribbons to create a variety of looks but still the same design.  It was also a great way to use up bits and pieces of ribbon and paper.

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Initially I started with this pomegranate and black combo. I felt like it has a more modern feel.  I love how rich the Pomegranate looks when paired with the black.

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Then I tried a dark chocolate with some vintage cream from Papertrey.  I feel like this card has a more elegant appeal.

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Lastly I tried out a blue with the brown.  I think this has an almost western feel.  I started to use twine on the card but I went with ribbon to help tie all the card sets together.

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Paper: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, True Black, Vintage Cream, Stamper's Select White) Stampin' Up (Purely Pomegranate, Buckaroo Blue)
Ink: Chalkbox (chestnut roan) Stampin Up! (Purely Pomegranate, Buckaroo Blue)
Other: Ribbon (various suppliers from the vast reaches of my ribbon stash)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Calendar

I have always wanted to make the kids an advent calendar. We've had the junky ones with the bad candy before but never a good one. Last night I sat down with my 25 (26 if you count the mistake!) basic office envelopes (55 for $1), a bunch of Christmas stamps and embellishments, my vintage photo distress ink and applicator, 25 clothes pins, and a pile of candy and toys.

I started by sealing the envelopes and stamping. Think I applied a little vintage photo around the edges but of course that wasn't enough so I covered everything with vintage photo. It gave the envelopes a very aged and rustic look. Once I had the envelope embellished I cut about 1/8 inch off the top to create the pocket to hold goodies. The envelopes are clipped to a garland across the mantle with a clothes pin. No fires for a while as I don't want my candies to melt!

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Over all I am very pleased with the turn out. There are a couple of days I was not as happy with once they were done but it was past my bed time so I put them at the beginning and I won't have to look at them for long!

A couple of my favorites...

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I just love this new stamp from Deadbeat Designs.  As soon as I saw it, I had to have it.  I think I'll do my Christmas cards with it this year

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Paper: Making Memories (numbers)
Stamps: Deadbeat Designs, Papertrey Ink, Inkadinkado, Studio G, Misc. Unknown
Other: Making Memories (poinsettas, frame embellishments) Ranger (stickles)Office envelopes, Clothes pins, Garland