Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chocolate Crinkle Top Cookies Recipe

Hi Everyone,
Well I thought I would have a picture of a project for you today, but you know how it goes around the holidays. I'm scrambling to get stuff done and this past weekend when normally I would work on a project or two, I baked cookies with Ethan...Sunday I shared a recipe HERE
Here's another yummy cookie recipe for those chocolate lovers....

Chocolate Crinkle Top Cookies
Oven 350 degrees-Bake 10-15 minutes
Ingredients:
2 cups chocolate morsels
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
6 tbls butter
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips for 1 minutes, stir and microwave 20 seconds; stir (repeat 20 seconds/stir until smooth).
Combine flour, baking powder, salt in small bowl
Beat sugar, butter, and vanilla in large bowl until crumbly
Beat in melted chocolate, add eggs 1 at a time.
Gradually add flour and stir in remaining morsels.
Cover and chill until firm
Roll into balls and roll in powdered sugar

and here are a few pictures of our baking extravaganza this past weekend....




Have a great Tuesday everyone...

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Rosette

Hi Everyone,
Quick post for today.
Today I have a Christmas card that I'll be sending out to a few of my crafting friends...I love making my own rosettes. (See my tutorial HERE).


Supplies: Basic Grey Jovial Collection, Fiskars Punch, Martha Stewart Scor Board, Martha Stewart Large Snowflake Punch, Martha Stewart Bakers twine, Red Core'dinations cardstock, Ivory cardstock, Lindy Stamp Gang Scintillating Silver Glitz, Misc Sewing.

Just wanted to let you know that I'm taking a little holiday break from videos (but not posting) and will be back in the new year with lots of fun videos. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Carmel Cinnamon Grahams Recipe

Hi Everyone,
Started making Christmas cookies yesterday and thought I would share on of my favorite and easy to make Christmas time cookie recipes.

I can't remember where I found this recipe, but I've been making them since Scott and I have been married. They are super easy and if you like Heath candy bars, you'll love this cookie.

Carmel Cinnamon Grahams
Preheat Oven 350 Degrees

Ingredients:
1 pkg Cinnamon Graham Crackers
1 Stick Margarine
1 Stick Butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans

*Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, cover with single layer graham crackers.

*In a saucepan combine margarine, butter, and brown sugar until melted.

*Bring to boil and cook 2 minutes (be sure to stir constantly will cooking)

*Pour mixture over graham crackers and sprinkle with pecans

*Bake for 12 minutes.

*Cool completely and break apart.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Another Frame

Hi Everyone,

I'm running late for work so I can't go into the supplies used in this frame right now, but I'll come back tonight and update it with the details...

This frame is for my Mother-in-law to give as a gift. I had made her one to go with Ethan's school picture and I told her I would make one for her to give a friend as a gift....





Enjoy your day...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Treat Box

Oh my goodness it's 18 degrees out there this morning. brrrrrrrrrr

Today's project are little treat boxes that I'm making for some of the teachers at Ethan's school....I used the "Merry Christmas to my teacher" Cutting Cafe file. Regina thinks of everything....I also used the Tie The Knot Cricut Cartridge and I just love how it looks like a little Christmas Tree. I don't think I would have found this box if I didn't visit www.cricutsearch.com. Its a great site if you haven't checked it out already...
Hope you enjoy...

supplies: Gypsy, Tie The Knot Cricut Cartridge, Cricut Expression, Bazzill Green, Red and Brown Cardstock, The Cutting Cafe File "Merry Christmas to my teacher", ScorPal Tape, Amerian Crafts Pop Dimensions, Martha Stewart Bakers Twine, 1-3/8 " circle punch, Stampin' Up Scallop Punch...

Here are a few pictures...

Have a great day and stay warn....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Frame

Hi Everyone,
I'm a little late posting my Tuesday project. Better late than never right? Here's a frame I made for Ethan's 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. K.

The Green polka dot pattern paper was a very bright BoBunny paper. I white washed it with some acrylic paint and water. Love the tone down look....I inked the edges with vintage photo distress ink.
The frame overall measures 9 in. x 7 in. and holds a 4 in. x 6 in. picture. I picked up a couple of these frames from Michaels...this one has a more angled picture area and the others are straight up and down. I didn't think I would like the angled frame but I love it. I think a trip back to M's to get more might be in order....

The satin ribbon is just a wide piece I had in my stash. I used some Eline Prima Pearl bling and those beautiful flowers are petals from IamRoses.com. I sprayed the flowers with Marshmallow Glimmer mist and added some mini roses (also from iamroses). Stuck behind the flowers are some small skeleton leaves (yep Iamroses) and a beaded stick pin, you probably can't see the pin in the picture..

Well I have two more frames to work on as gifts and I'm done with those. Hope your having a great week. Maybe I'll actually get around to those Christmas cards tonight...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ho Ho HO Santa Card

Happy Monday,
Christmas is around the corner....I still haven't gotten my Christmas cards out in the mail. How about you?

This past weekend I felt like using a Cricut cartridge from way back when...Doodlecharm is a great cartridge. Lots of stuff for everything....

I love Echo Park and really love the Echo Park Merry Christmas collection. Generations Crafting has it on sale 25% off...They are out of the Collection pack, but plenty of singles left....

Here is a card I made this weekend using the EP Merry Christmas paper...Ho Ho Ho....

Supplies: Echo Park Merry Christmas Pattern PaperDoodlecharm Cricut CartridgeDark Chocolate, Paper Trey Ink, White Neenah Cardstock ,Martha Stewart Glitter (Garnet), Thicker Raw Chipboard, Stickers, Flower Soft (Polar White), Tombo Mono Adhesive, Quick Dry Scotch Glue, Stampin' Up Dimensionals


Also don't miss out on this sale over at Lindy Stamp Gang....

Have a great Monday :)


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Embossing Folders

Hi Everyone,

I was playing with some embossing folders from Generations Crafting this past weekend. It was really fun to play with different techniques.
Today's video is a tutorial on some techniques you can do with your embossing folders...
The Basic Grey are my favorites for the holidays....

 Here are a few cards I made using the techniques in the video




Hope you have a great day....

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Cutting Cafe and Photoshop Elements

Hi Everyone,
What a nice weekend. Did a little gift wrapping, watching TV and playing in my scrap room. However over the weekend my throat was feeling a little funny and today I just feel blah...

Today's project is how to using The Cutting Cafe files with Photoshop Elements. I get lots of questions on how to change colors and sizes, so I thought this would be helpful....



Have a great Monday....Only 19 shopping days left til' Christmas....
OH WAIT...that reminds me...
Lindy Stamp Gang is having a sale today...20% off everything in the store. They are celebrating St. NikLaus Day.....Today Only...Use coupon code st-nik

Have a great Monday....

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Card Money Holder

Hi Everyone,
WOW! The first 1/2 of the pre-order for the Gypsy Series on DVD is going out today. My mom is delivering them to the post this morning. Thanks Mom....I should have the 2nd 1/2 finished up tonight and out tomorrow. Thanks to all of you who pre-ordered. I never thought so many would want the series on DVD...Thank you....

OK now for a little tutorial. My nephews are getting older and it's getting harder to buy them presents, so I'm going with good ole' cash. Of course you need something to put it in....
Here is a tutorial with the measurements on how to make a Christmas card money holder.



I hope you all have a great day...

Monday, November 22, 2010

MS Punch Around The Page

Happy Monday everyone....
WOW it's Thanksgiving week already...We decorated the outside of the house over the weekend. Once it got dark out, like the Griswald's we were out in the front yard admiring our work. The only difference was the lights worked when Scott plugged them in and my aunt didn't come over with a cat wrapped up as a jello dish (or was it a present?)...Christmas Vacation is one of my favorite movies to watch this time of year. It's one of those movies that when your flipping through the channels and come across you stop and watch it....enough of my rambling....

I figured if I did a video on how to use the Punch All Over the Page punches, I should probably do one for the Punch Around the Page punches. (Note: The dimensions for the large punch around the page punches are different...video to come on that later this week or next....Thanks Bridgette for the reminder, totally forgot about the large punch). 
Here is a video showing the different sizes you can punch with your punches....Enjoy


Have a great Monday....

Friday, November 19, 2010

Treasure Box

Happy Friday....
WOW this has been a long stressful week and I'm glad to see it come to an end. Looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend....We're going to start decorating the outside of the house tomorrow for Christmas. Ethan is extremely excited, he's been talking about it for days.

On to today's project.
Ethan's piggy bank was this pig that he was given many many years ago...it's sorta baby, so I made him a treasure box to keep the money in he's saving to buy something...

I have to give my hubby some credit on this project. I got as far as painting, covering and putting the metal letters on the box, then I got stuck. Scott came up with the rope idea, the lock, and coins hung on the side.
I must be rubbing off on him...




First I took a paper mache treasure box and painted it brown, then white washed it with some watered down white paint. Then I look some Basic Grey Marjolaine paper measured and trimmed the sections to fit. I sewed along the edges of each section and then used walnut stain distress ink to edge the pattern paper. Once I had the paper sections glued down with mod podge, I started embellishing the box. I wanted to keep it simple and not too little boyish...Added the metal Ethan letters, a Tim Holtz lock and corners. Then added the rope and Tim Holtz coins on the sides.

Time for work. Have a great Friday...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Masking Technique with Lindy Stamp Gang

Hi Everyone,
I was playing around this past weekend and decided to finally try making my own mask (aka stencil) on my Cricut. I used my Gypsy to layout a pretty big size mask. I started in the middle of the mat with a 2" snowflake and just worked my way out using smaller snowflakes. I have some thin transparency sheets and it cut beautifully on my Cricut....Just think of all the different masks we can make....

Today's video is on how I made a background using sticking back canvas...

supplies: Sticky back canvas, Lindy Stamp Gang Starburst Spray (Frosted Forget me nots) and Glitz (Silver), Mask.

If you haven't tried or just getting into Lindy Stamp Gang sprays...check out their sale...Click HERE for more info.


supplies: Lindy Stamp Gang: Starburst Spray & Glitz, BoBunny Midnight frost pattern paper, Martha Stewart large and small snowflake punch, Martha Stewart Course Glitter,  Paper Trey Ink On Ice Stamp Set, DMC Floss, Hand Dyed Crinkle Ribbon

Hope you all have a great day. See you tomorrow :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Webster Pages-Stocking Garland

Hi Everyone,
I'm sooo excited to be guest designing today for Generations Crafting. If you haven't checked out their store yet you have to head on over and see what they have...Webster Pages, BoBunny, Basic Grey, Echo Park, Prima and a whole lot more....Also check out their amazing Design Team and subscribe to their blog. Lots of great inspiration...Click HERE.

My project as guest designer is this stocking garland that I had a total blast playing with. I got to use the Webster Pages "Waiting for Santa" collection. I hope you like it...Lots of pictures.


Here are some close up pictures...






Supplies:
Webster Pages "Waiting For Santa": 
Pattern Paper: Delivery, Frost, Reindeer Cottage
Prima:
Other Scrappy goodies:
Miscellaneous Supplies:
Gold Tulle, Alpha Stamps, Twine and Buttons








Monday, November 15, 2010

Cricut Winter Frolic

Hi everyone,  I hope you had a wonderful weekend :)
With my four day mini vacation I got lots and lots done. Cleaned, did some Christmas shopping, crafting, and my fav...time with the family...
I feel like it's been forever since I opened up my Cricut and did a little cutting...The weather is getting cooler and I was feelin' the need to make a snowman....(Video Below)

and a video too....(Click HERE to watch on YouTube)
Supplies: Cricut Expression, Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge, Paper Trey Ink: Enchanted Evening Cardstock, ribbon, and ink. Paper Trey Ink Stamp Set On Ice, BoBunny 6x6 pad Midnight Frost. Core'dinations canvas cardstock.

I hope you all have a great day and see you tomorrow :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

MS Punch All Over The Page

Hi Everyone,
WOW did I have a great time shopping with my coupons yesterday...They are still good today...Click HERE.

I've seen these punches done as a sneak peek a few weeks ago and thought they looked really cool. So  yesterday while I was at Michael's looking all the the marvelous Martha Stewart stuff, I found that the have the new Punch All Over The Page Punches....So many to choose from, but I only picked up one since I've never tried it before....I will certainly be buying more...I love them

Here is a quick quick video...


I wonder if I should run back to Michael's today and pick up one or two more?

I hope you all have a  great weekend :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

CraftRoom

Hi Everyone,
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I did a little work on my craft room this weekend...
Here are a few photo's.

This is my Ikea Desk...I put up some of the Bygiel rails on the wall to hold some baskets and my favorite punches that I use the most...

Below is the view from the front of my desk. I have plenty of room to grow on my embellishments center and my CD rack that used to hold my stamps is now a quick reach shelf that holds baskets that I can easily take out and put on my desk.

OK I'll confess this area in the below picture needs a little work. I really dislike that bracket shelving, 
but it works for right now...

and the next picture you've seen before in other photos...
My punches are on the Ikea Bygiel rails and my storage area is
the white Jetmax cubes you can find at Michaels. I got most of mine last year
on Thanksgiving night when they had them on sale for 55% off...


Have a great day everyone.

PS Scott tells me my video thingy I'm waiting for shipping :)