Simple Elegance What could be better than an elegant thank you card with dazzling gold bees? I love the gorgeous detail of this stamped image and the pop of gold ink on black cardstock. I’ve got two quick and easy options for creating this card. Scroll down for my simple instructions. Country Bee + Thin Cut Handmade Card Instructions Supplies: Kraft paper Black cardstock Sentiment die “Merci” or “Thanks” Delicata ink pad in Golden Glitz or VersaMark Watermark ink and gold embossing powder with heat tool Country Bee stamp Adhesive Random stamp bees in gold ink on black cardstock or use VersaMark Watermark ink and sprinkle with gold embossing powder. Melt embossing powder with heat tool to create texture. Diecut sentiment from black cardstock and assemble as shown. Give this gorgeous project a try and share a photo of your results in the comments. I can’t wait to see what you create!
On today’s episode of the podcast, I’m sharing a topsy turvy trip down a YouTube rabbit hole that reminded me of how much I value the books and films that have inspired me and shaped my values. If you’ve ever heard a fictional character perfectly sum up your feelings or a song lyric capture a feeling you didn’t know how to put into words, this episode is for you. Here is the video promised in the recording. I’d love to know which books, quotes, lyrics and characters have had an impact on you and how you chose to include them in your album. Please share them in the comments.
That Extra Something Special Looking to add a handmade touch to your presents? Gift tags are easy to make and easy to customize. I made dozens this year and they each have a unique look plus I got to use up lots of paper scraps! Srep-by-Step Instructions Here is the formula I use for creating gift tags. Supplies:Cardstock: die cut tag, strip 2 1/2″ x 1/2″, and a 2″ circlePattern paper: 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″White Daisy cardstock circle 2 1/4″Holiday stamp setExclusive Inks Stamp Pads MarkersTape RunnerFancy Tags Thin CutsNested Circle Thin Cuts Die cut tag from cardstock using Fancy Tags Thin Cuts. Adhere pattern paper to tag as shown. Center cardstock strip and adhere to tag front. Stamp stamp image or sentiment on White Daisy cardstock circle and color as desired. Mat with cardstock circle and adhere to tag front.
One Lucky Winner It’s Friday and I am so ready for a fun weekend. With the holidays next week, the next few days are going to be a rush of shopping, wrapping and cooking. Let’s add some fun and games to the mix! I’m running a little contest over on my Facebook page. It only takes a minute to enter and one lucky winner will receive a Merry Christmas Tree stamp set. I featured this beautiful base and shade stamp set in my Best Stamp Sets of the Holiday Catalog post. Ready to Enter? Answer this question for your chance to win. What is the name of the squirrel mentioned in my most recent podcast? Hop on over to this post on my Facebook page and post your entry by noon (EST) on Monday, December 23, 2019. Need a little help with your entry? Secret Squirrels can find a big hint here.
Handmade Holiday Gift Looking for an easy handmade holiday gift? Infused sugar is the perfect gift for a tea drinker, baker or hostess. Sugars need at least a week to infuse so get started on yours now. Orange Bourbon Sugar 2 cups Turbinado sugar 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 teaspoons Bourbon 1 cinnamon stick 1 vanilla bean Zest of one orange Mix sugar, ginger, Bourbon and orange zest together in a large bowl. Spoon one third of mixture into glass jar. Add cinnamon stick. Add one third of the sugar mixture. Top with vanilla bean. Add remaining sugar and close tight. Store at least one week before using. Put the finishing touch on this present with a handmade gift tag. I’ll be posting more holiday gift ideas and instructions for crafting your own festive gift tags soon.
One Legendary Recipe I was working on a recent podcast telling a story of my mom and her best friend and it included one of our favorite holiday traditions. Every year my mom hosts a cookie exchange party. One of Mom’s recipes has been a huge success and I’m sharing it here today. Be sure to check out the story behind these amazing cookies here. Cookie Ingredients: 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 egg 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla 8 dozen maraschino cherries Heat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixer bowl blend butter, shortening, sugar and egg. Gradually add in flour. If dough does not come together, add two to three tablespoons of milk. Once flour is fully incorporated, stir in baking powder, salt and vanilla. Use only enough dough to cover each cherry. Shape cookie into a ball working quickly to avoid warming the dough. Place two inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool. Glaze ingredients: 2 cups confectioners sugar 3 tablespoons water Food coloring Sanding sugars (red and green) Mix water with powdered sugar to create glaze. Divide into bowls for each color you desire. White glaze looks lovely with colored sugar on top. Dip top of each cookie in glaze and roll in sanding sugar if desired. Makes 7 to 8 dozen.