December 28, 2012

Quick and Simple

     Hello!  Today's card is a quick and simple card that would be perfect for a Christmas "thank you".   I cannot take credit for this card but I can't seem to find the original inspiration...  If you know where it came from please let me know so I can give credit! 

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green
Ink: Gumball Green
Tools & Accessories: Postage stamp, Merry Minis and 1" square punches, dimensionals

December 21, 2012

Four-Square Christmas

     Hello!  Today's card is CASE'd from Debra Currier's blog ARTfelt Impressions (here).  If you haven't checked out Debra's blog I highly recommend it, she's so talented!
     And I have to admit that just like last week's card, I {loved} everything about her card and changed nothing! 

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Silver glimmer paper, Festival of Prints DSP
Tools & Accessories: Postage stamp, 1" square and Merry Mini's punches, seam binding ribbon, dimensionals 

December 14, 2012

Merry Trio

     Hello!  Today's card was inspired by Debra Currier's CAS(E) This #5 card over at her blog ARTfelt Impressions (here).  I loved absolutely everything about her card and used what I had in my craft room to CASE her creation.

Stamps: Christmas Greetings (retired)
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Paper: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Silver glimmer paper 
Tools & Accessories: Merry Mini's punch pack, taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

December 11, 2012

Oreo Martini

      Hello!  Looking for an adult drink to serve at your Christmas party this season?  Look no further - I've found it!  And you'll be happy to know that I've already taste tested this concoction (several times) and I can personally guarantee that it not only tastes delicious but it will be in instant hit at your gathering.  
    The recipe calls for Pinnacle Whipped Vodka which I found easier to locate in the liquor store than the JELL-O Oreo pudding mix.  I looked behind every single box of pudding mix in that aisle and eventually conceded that my grocery story was out of the all-important Oreo mix... So I substituted white chocolate pudding mix and to be honest you'd never taste the difference (just add a few Oreo crumbs to the shaker and you're good to go).   
     You can make this drink semi-skinny by using skim milk rather than full fat milk or cream.  The drink comes out a little thinner and tastes about the same, just a little less creamy.  But really,  who sticks to their diet during the holidays anyways?!  If you're going back for a second helping of dinner or dessert at a party you might as well go all the way and have the full-fat martini... 
     And one more thing... keep in mind that this is definitely a sipping drink!

Oreo Martini (1 drink)

  • 1/3 cup milk or cream
  • 1/4 cup Pinnacle Whipped vodka
  • 1 1/2 tsp JELL-O Oreo or white chocolate instant pudding mix
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Crushed Oreo's
  • Whipped cream

1. Mix milk/cream, vodka and instant pudding mix in shaker container with ice.  Shake for 30 seconds.
2. Dip rim of glass in chocolate syrup, then in Oreo crumbs.
3. Strain drink into glass, top with whipped cream.  Enjoy!

December 7, 2012

3-Layers of Christmas

     Hello!  Today's card was inspired by Nance Lempinen-Leedy's Triple Treat card over at her blog, Canopy Crafts (here).  I {loved} everything about her card and decided to change only the sentiment.
     While stunning to look at, this technique is incredibly simple.  Cut three pieces of Vanilla card stock, adhere with removable glue dots in layers and stamp!  Carefully remove the Vanilla layers and adhere to Artichoke card stock.  It's ok if the stamped image doesn't stamp 100%, the edges will be disguised with the colored card stock.

Stamps: Watercolor Winter, Rejoicing with You
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red Always Artichoke
Paper: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke

December 4, 2012

Butterscotch Glazed Cookies

     Hello!  Today's recipe comes from (here).  If you've never been to Bridget's blog I highly recommend it, she's so talented!  I wish I had the patience and dedication to cookie decorating that she does!
     I have to clarify one thing... Bridget calls her cookies "Butterbeer Cookies", not butterscotch glazed cookies.  When I brought them into school for my coworkers I had waaay too many questions about what kind of beer I added to the glaze and had to explain at least 15 times that there is no beer in the glaze or the cookies.  So I changed the name.  But that's all I changed. 
    I tried to make mine look pretty, in the shape of a pumpkin and a leaf, but once I got the gooey glaze on they turned into brown blobs.  But they are so buttery good that after one bite I don't think anyone will mind how they look!

Butterscotch Glazed Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp butter flavoring
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350, line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 

2.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg, butter flavoring and vanilla extract; mix well.

3.  Gradually add flour and baking powder and beat until just combined (the dough will be very thick at this point).

4.  Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/4" thick and cut into shapes.  Bake for 9-12 minutes, depending on thickness of cookie.  Let cool for 2 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Butterscotch Glaze

  • 2/3 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/8 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • pinch of salt

1.  Place all ingredients in a double boiler with simmering water.  Heat until completely melted.

2.  Place cookies on wire cooling rack and pour glaze over cookies.  You may want to spread the glaze with a knife for even distribution.  Enjoy!

**I doubled the glaze recipe to make sure I had enough to cover the 2 dozen cookies.  There was a bit left over for "taste testing".

December 3, 2012

Holiday Packaging Bundles

     Around the holidays, people are always looking for  cute ways to package little treats and gifts for co-workers, teachers, neighbors and friends.  At 20% savings, holiday packaging bundles are an affordable  and adorable solution.  Simply add a treat or gift and assemble.

Trimmings & Tags Bundle (132769, $13.50)

  • Gusseted Cellophane Bags (25 bags, 5"x3"x11-1/2")
  • Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags (25 double-sided tags)
  • Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Sweater Trim (10 yards)

Petite Treats Bundle (132770, $13.50)

  • Glassine Bags with die-cut edges (10 bags; 3"x5"11-1/2")
  • Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt (8 pieces)
  • Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (10 yards)

     This offer is available November 29 - January 2
To view the official flyer click (here)
To place an order 24/7 click (here)