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.
Savoring the Fall Season When I got up this morning it was 54 degrees outside. Fall has arrived at last here in Northeast Florida. The sun is shining but the air is crisp and cool. It won’t last but lets hope we are done with the hot humid days we had earlier this week. It is just no fun trying to pick a pumpkin in 90 degree heat! Autumn is my favorite time of year and I have been waiting to indulge in all of its special delights from pumpkin spice lattes to sweater weather. I’m ready for pots of chrysanthemums at my front door and plush blankets on the couch. I can’t wait to savor the colors, the scents and the flavors of the season. Inspired by our Hawthorn Papers One of the best things about Autumn is the richness of its color palette. From Sangria and Toffee to Saffron and Paprika, the hues in the Hawthorn collection are classic choices for Fall. I knew I wanted to play with the Autumn Air stamp set and a seasonal theme so these papers were just what I needed for today’s project. Step By Step Card Instructions Supplies: White Daisy card with envelope French Vanilla cardstock 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, plus piece for die cutting Hawthorn Paper Pack -Sangria plaid paper 3″ x 4 1/4″ -Saffron dotted paper 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ -wood paper 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ October Stamp of the Month, Autumn Air 3″ circle die Exclusive Inks pad in Sangria Sangria ribbon Bronze Sequins Adhesive Die cut 3 inch circle from French Vanilla cardstock. Stamp “Fall” from Autumn Air stamp set on circle using Sangria Ink. Adhere Sangria plaid paper to French Vanilla cardstock panel one quarter of an inch from the bottom. Adhere strips of dotted
My Must Have Stamps This Christmas Season Our brand new holiday catalog has just been released and I couldn’t wait to tell you about the stamp sets I like best. I’ve picked three sets that I think are versatile enough to work with any of our pattern papers to create several card styles from traditional to playful and bright. Just click on an image for additional details. I’ll be posting loads of projects from cards to gift tags with these sets in the days to come! Cedar & Pine—Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Pair this nutcracker with gorgeous red, gold, and green for a traditional look or add him to pastel cardstock with Ballerina Pink and Sugarplum inks to evoke memories of Tchaikovsky’s ballet fantasy. Create a row of unique nutcrackers for your scrapbook page when you customize his hat and mustache. I think this is the perfect die cut gift tag too! Merry Christmas Tree I have always been a huge fan of Base and Shade stamp sets. There is no easier way to add depth and texture to your stamping! Simply change the colors of the ornaments to go from a bright Holly Jolly look to the classic look of Cedar & Pine. New to Base & Shade? Check out this quick video demo to learn how to use them. Holly Jolly Cardmaking Workshop Kit I love this adorable elf. Whether you choose to stamp him holding a special delivery page or Santa’s list, he is so easily customized that he had to have a place on my must have stamp list. Let’s be honest. I know exactly what I am going to make with this set and I am going to have a ton of fun putting my little brother’s name on the Naughty List! I hope