Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Last Minute Gift Blog Hop Winners

Last Minute Gift Blog Hop Winners

Winners have 7 days to contact me via email at

Please put BLOG HOP WINNER as the subject and include you name and your mailing address.

Winner of the FREE Class from 

Now why didn't I think of that????

Winner of the Authentique Paper Set.

Blogger lorby said...(FROM Craftin with Barara B.)
Great projects! I have wanted to try the glitter thing with some of my wine glasses and really appreciate that you did it more than one way and explained what you used. I have a few wine glasses I have stored away to try this. Thanks for sharing some great projects.

Winner of the Graphic 45 Paper Set

So pretty! The recipient could remove the snowflake and use it as an ornament!
Merry Christmas

Winner of the Authentique Create a Card Set

I need to make some of these. It's such a personalized gift.

Winner of the Card Starter Set

Lisa K says:  (FROM Katydid Cards)
Cute ideas. I like the hand santa-tizer one,

Friday, December 18, 2015

Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop

Welcome to the

We've got some awesome ideas today to create those last minute holiday gifts.

Each of the bloggers has one or more great idea for fabulous, easy gifts that can be 
created at the last minute for those holiday gift giving opportunities.

You may want to create a few of them to have on hand in your "Gift Closet." 
Doesn't everyone have a gift closet full of gifts ready to give? 

We just can't have a hop about gifts and not give a few away, so be sure to hop to
and comment on each of the blogs by Wednesday 12/30/15. 

Theresa at ScrapsByGracie will choose 5 winners. 

One will receive a class of their choice from today's hop sponsor

One will receive this Authentique Paper Set.

One will receive this Graphic 45 Paper Set.

One will receive this great card starter pack handpicked for you by me. 

One will receive this Authentique Create A Card Set

Now on with the projects!

I've got a great and easy (really it's 6 days until Christmas, we need easy!) 
last minute gift idea for you papercrafters out there.  

Even those who aren't papercrafters can make this gift with only a few supplies.

What you need:

1 boxed set of card blanks and envelopes 
(I used the Pearl Dots from Joann)

1 or 2 stamp sets 
(I actually used 3)

1 or more ink colors 
(I used Versa Fine black and Melon Mambo by Stampin' Up and Craft White)

(I used a variety of them, but you can use just one style)

Embellishments *totally optional, by why not!
(I used sequins and twine)

Some kind of adhesive/glue

For my sample today, I created 5 cards for my set, 
but you can do any number per set you'd like.

By making 5 or 6 in a set you can get 3 - 5 gifts out of one box of card blanks.

 Here are close-ups of each card and let me be honest, I am a papercrafter and I've got tons of supplies and tools and gadgets and "STUFF" so I did emboss with embossing powder and my heat gun  most of the sentiments.   

All 5 of these card blanks came in the same pack so there is a lot of opportunity for variety.  
You could create a set for each color, so all the white with white blanks go together as a gift set or like me you can mix and match. 

Have fun! 

Thanks for hopping by today, don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into
the drawing for the 5 great prizes. 

Happy Crafting & 
Merry Christmas

Next up is Kim.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Santa Baby Blog Hop

If you are hopping in the Cookies for Santa Hop CLICK HERE.

Welcome to the 

hosted by ConnieCanCrop.

If you started hopping at the beginning , 
you should have arrived here from Pam's blog. 

Today I'm sharing a layout of my wonderful in-laws.

For several years, Ron & Marilyn played Santa and Mrs. Claus for the local small train association.
In 1996, my hubby was in charge of the company holiday party.  
He convinced my in-laws that even adults in business would appreciate a visit from Santa. 
He was of course...right (but don't tell him that.)

We had a professional photographer there to capture the event and they took this photo.

We lost my sweet mother-in-law in 2001 and my father-in-law in 2010, so this is one of our most treasured memories.  We know that they are enjoying heaven but we miss them greatly.

It is a very simple layout, using just the photo, a little journaling and some
adhesive vinyl stickers. 

Now for the good stuff.  We can't have a hop based on Santa and not give away some great goodies.

Connie and our wonderful sponsor Betsy Flot are giving away, 
Betsy's  awesome book,  Progressions of Expressions Volume 2.

This wonderful book is filled with thousands of scrapbook page titles, 
card sentiments and journaling prompts and more. 

Entering this giveaway is easy, just follow the blogs on the hop and comment on each one.

 Happy Crafting

Up next is Angela.

Here's the full hop line-up in case you get lost.

Cookies for Santa Blog Hop

If you are hopping over for the Santa Baby Blog Hop CLICK HERE.

Welcome to the 

This a one day hop with 10 stops along the way that will be filled with all different kinds of cookie projects. 
You will see cards, layouts, altered art, recipes and all kinds of amazing wonderful projects. Remember this is the time of year when the gloves come off in the kitchen, no low cal nothing, no skimping on the sugar or sprinkles. 
It's the best kind of baking, high test, holiday baking. 
So be sure to grab your favorite cookie and beverage and hop through this yummy tasty blog hop with us.

It's that time of year, cookies for Santa and cookie exchanges too.  
Yesterday was the cookie exchange at work.  
I made these super tasty Super Soft Sprinkle Pudding Cookies.

I found the recipe on Pinterest.  It is from Cookies & Cups blog.

Super Soft Sprinkle Pudding Cookies

Serves: 24 cookies  (My batch actually made 36)
¾ cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 (3.5-ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix)
2 cups flour
½ cup sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. 
Mix until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Next mix in the pudding mix for 30 seconds.
Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just combined.

Finally add in the sprinkles and mix until incorporated evenly.
Using a medium (2 tablespoon) sized cookie scoop drop dough onto the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are almost set. 
Don't over-bake if you want super soft soft cookies.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes 
before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

I also made a card to leave for Santa with the cookies.
I found this image free on the internet and printed it out and colored it with Copics and a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen.  If you notice the smudges on the mug that's because inkjet ink is not water proof, so the WoS pen smeared the ink a bit.  I don't think Santa will mind. 

Thanks for hopping by.  Your next stop is Haidee's blog
Don't forget to leave a comment. 

Happy Crafting

Today's hop lineup:

Friday, December 4, 2015

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

Hi, Today I'm a guest artist on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.

If you haven't had a chance to check it out start HERE at Lisa's blog.
You should have arrived here today from her blog, 
if not please stop back and leave her some love too. 

There are some amazing sponsors and giveaways during this fabulous hop.

Honeybearz Designs:  Stamp Sets
Stampin Up:  Punches and Stamp Sets
Scrappy Moms Stamps Fan Page: Stamp Set
Craftin Desert Diva's:  Stamp Set
Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons:  $15.00 gift certificate
Pretty Cute Stamps:  $15.00 gift certificate
Kathy's Cozies:  $25 gift certificate to her Etsy shop.
TreasureBoxDesigns: Three FREE files of their choice.
My Creative Time!  Stamp Set
SVG Attic:  $15.00 gift certificate
Pink and Main:  Christmas Stamp Set
Little Scraps of Heaven Designs: (Sponsoring 2 Days)  $15.00 gift certificate each day
Jessi Buehrle: Twine bundles, and Three CTMH Stamp Sets
Paper Nest Dolls:
Cuddly Cute Designs: 3 Free Files
Too Cute By Jessica: $25.00 Gift Certificate
 KaDoodle Bug Designs: 12 $5 gift certificates 1 for each of the 12 days of Christmas.
SVG Cuts:  $35.00 gift certificate
Lettering Delights: 50% coupon code on any purchase of $10.00 to all hoppers and a Christmas themed free printable for anyone that visits.

The more you comment the better your chances to win, so hop through and comment on each day if you can. :) 

Now on with my project for the day...

I made several cards based on this video by Jennifer McGuire Ink



I used Ranger Distress Inks for all the backgrounds and Perfect Pearls or 
Pearl EX Powders to create the faux metal effect. 
I used a variety of Darice and Sizzix embossing folders.

Hope you like them.  I highly recommend giving this technique a try. 
It is lots of fun and produces an awesome card.

Please leave me a comment and don't forget to check out the daily bloggers and other guest designers in the hop (links are posted below).

Next up today is Shannon.

Happy Crafting

Daily Bloggers List

1. Lisa ~
2. Madge ~
3. Ashley ~
4. Sandy ~
5. Elizabeth Jeanne ~
6. Angela ~
7. Alicia ~
8. Miranda ~
9. Daphne ~
10. Rhonda ~
11. Charmagne -
12. Barbara-
13. Lisa ~
14. Sharondalyn ~
15. Jessi ~ 

Guest Bloggers List

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December 4th:
Theresa at  YOU ARE HERE.

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