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.
Icy Blue, Pale Pink and Snow White They may not be traditional holiday colors, but the frosted pastels in the Holly Jolly paper collection have inspired me to put together a snow themed card with Candy Apple accents. This card has a lot going for it with color, texture, pattern and shine. Even so, I decided to really go all out and add an interactive shaker element. I can’t wait to show you how easy it is to put this impressive card together! Step By Step Instructions Supplies: White Daisy card with envelope White daisy cardstock 5″ x 2″ Smoothie cardstock 5 1/4″ x 4″, plus scrap for die cutting Candy Apple cardstock scrap for die cutting Blue Snowflake paper 5″ x 2 1/2″ Plaid paper scrap for die cutting Zip strip Snowflake embossing folder Scallop border die or punch Shaker Window Thin Cuts Shaker Window Foam & Acetate Liquid Adhesive Tape Runner Sequins Center darker side of Smoothie cardstock on card front and adhere. Emboss White Daisy cardstock using Snowflake folder. Adhere to lower section of card front. Adhere Blue Snowflake paper to upper section of card front Die cut Candy Apple cardstock with border die and adhere to card front cover seam. Adhere zip strip to border. Die cut Plaid paper to create back panel of shaker. Optional: stamp sentiment on this panel. Adhere panel to card front as shown. Remove adhesive from one side of shaker window foam. Carefully align and adhere on top of shaker back panel. Add sequins. Remove adhesive cover. Remove protective cover from acetate window and center over adhesive . Die cut stitched shaker window frame from lighter side of Smoothie cardstock. Apply liquid adhesive to back and place carefully over acetate window. I’ve got lots of ideas for the Shaker Window Thin
Honeyed Cranberries I love making presents for the holiday season. A thoughtful, handmade gift such as soap, infused honey or a lavender eye pillow add a bit of luxury to the recipient’s days. I especially like to bring an edible hostess gift to a holiday party or cookie exchange. Recently, I took an online class on infusing honey with dried herbs and it got me thinking about similar projects. These projects need time to infuse or ferment so you need to start early. Step By Step Instructions Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries 1/2 cup orange juice Zest of one orange One stick cinnamon 6 slices fresh ginger Honey Sterilize a glass pint jar, washing thoroughly in very hot water Puncture cranberries with toothpick or fork, but do not mash. Add cranberries, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon stick and ginger slices to jar. Add honey to fill jar leaving roughly one inch of head space. Cap tightly and shake. Place jar in a bowl in case liquid spills over during fermenting process. Loosen lid and leave in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Tighten cap daily and shake mixture. Do not store with a tight cap during the fermentation process. I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and use your paper crafting skills to create a handmade gift tag to really make the presentation special. I’ll be posting more DIY gift ideas soon. Leave me a comment if you’re crafting a handmade holiday this year.
A Rich Autumn Palette Isn’t it amazing how certain elements evoke a season? The scent of wood smoke, the coziness of a soft throw, and the delicious taste of apple cider are some of my favorite seasonal delights. Fall is a feast for the senses with crisp breezes, crunchy leaves and so many tasty treats. When I see the perfect apple red, bright pumpkin orange and rich chocolate brown, I know it’s Fall. I think the Autumn color palette must have been inspired by Mother Nature and that got me thinking about how well the colors would work with our Woodland Greetings stamp set. Step By Step Instructions Supplies: White Daisy card with envelope Saffron cardstock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 3″ x 3″, 1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ White Daisy cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″, 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″, 2 at 1 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ Woodland Greetings stamp set Exclusive Ink Pad in Black Adhesive Markers or colored pencils Random stamp acorn and leaf images on two smaller pieces of White Daisy cardstock using black ink. Change directions and allow some of the images to be cut off by the edge of the paper. Color as desired. Stamp Fall element wreath and sentiment in black ink on square piece of White Daisy cardstock. Color as desired. Mat with Saffron cardstock. Mat large piece of White Daisy cardstock with Saffron cardstock and adhere to card front. Adhere 3 panels – 2 stamped pieces of White Daisy and 1 piece Saffron cardstock to cardfront. Center sentiment piece over panels and secure with adhesive. Want to take this project to the next level? Use one of these adorable animal stamps or the Fall garland image to decorate your envelope. Get your Woodland Greetings stamp set today!
Merry & Bright Holiday Colors Let one of Santa’s elves deliver a colorful message this year in your handmade holiday card. This simple card comes together quickly and is easily customized. For today’s project I’ve selected the sentiment “you made the nice list”, but not all of my recipients will be so lucky! Step By Step Instructions Supplies: White Daisy card with envelope Clover cardstock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ White Daisy cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″ plus scrap for die cutting Snowflake embossing folder Holly Jolly Cardmaking kit stamp and Thin Cuts Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Markers Adhesive 3D Foam tape Emboss White Daisy cardstock with Snowflake folder. Mat with Clover cardstock and adhere to card front Die cut both pieces of the elf and his sign from White Daisy cardstock Using Black ink, stamp elf face and body onto die cut pieced. Stamp sign frame and sentiment “you made the nice list” Color stamped images as desired Place the sign under the elf’s eyes and gently lift the end of his hat to overlap. Secure with adhesive Adhere elf and sign to card front with 3D foam tape I love the versatility of this stamp and Thin Cuts set. I even featured this set in my Best Stamp Sets from the Holiday Catalog post. Customize the sign to create a funny card, a gift tag, or a place card or use the present stamp and die cut to fill his arms with gifts. I can’t wait to see what you make with Santa’s helper. Please share your ideas in the comments
Talking About the Book of Me Are you missing from your scrapbook pages? If you are the one who is always behind the camera, I’d like to invite you to change things up. We each have important stories to tell and loved ones who will treasure them. The Book of Me is a place to document what makes you unique, what you value, and how you became the person you are today. I’ve been sharing about layouts and ideas for my Book of Me this month over on the Bewitched Crafts podcast. If you’re looking for scrappy inspiration to listen to while you craft or on your morning commute, be sure to tune in. Just click the link below to hear today’s episode. Find me on iTunes! Please be sure to subscribe and leave me a review. I’d love to hear from you.