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.
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