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December 11, 2010

12 Days of Christmas..Day 8

Welcome back to Melissa's and Mishie's 12 Days of Christmas countdown. Today we're on Day 8 and our theme is Fabulous Felt and Fabric.
Both Melissa and I love to use fabric and felt on our projects so today we have some more inspiring projects for you. For my projects, I've created some fun little doo-dads to use as embellishments. Here I've created a thank you card with a pretty, embellished envelope.

For the simple card I used Shimmery White Cardstock, the negative die cut image from a new butterfly die coming out this month from Papertrey, and a Vintage Pure Poppy Button tied with Rustic Twine. A simple stitch down the front of the card secures my paper in place. The sentiment is from Delight Dahlia.
For the embellished envelope, I used a Polka Dottie Envelope from my Etsy shop (I'll have more in stock at a later time in lots of colors), a Dainty Doily and a tied ribbon in Spring Moss.

As for my butterfly doo-dad embellishment, it's all about lots of fun layers. I used Pure Poppy Felt circle as the bottom layer. Lots of circle layers of white netting is the next layer. This adds a lot of fluffy dimension to the embellishment. Then I used a circle of fabric, another layer of netting and a red circle of fabric. The finishing accent is a diecut butterfly that will be released with Melissa's new stamp set this month at Papertrey Ink. It's so cute! I ran all the layers through my sewing machine and then fluffed each side to add dimension. A Mini Clothespin is perfect to clip the doo-dad to your finished project.
The little doo-dads can be used in so many ways. Here you can see one on a mini envelope which could be used to hold a tiny card or tag or small candies. I also took a few and clipped them to some wire baskets that hold Etsy items above my desk. I think they'd be adorable strung up on a garland too.
Here you can see all the layers, so easily held together with a single line of stitching. Hope you enjoy! Be sure to check Melissa's blog for her beautiful creations today too. Be sure to check out her post about her first stamp set for Papertrey Ink too. The set is called Love Lives Here and has coordinating dies. It's good. You need it.
For my recipe today I'm sharing a treat we made last night.....Peppermint Milkshakes. I'm doing some fun treats and family night events for the holiday season and this was a good one. I nestled our fun milkshakes mugs into a little serving basket and threw in some candy canes. Such a fun little treat that I delivered to the reds.
I don't have exact measurements but the ingredients are: Peppermint Ice Cream (we used Blue Bunny), Vanilla Ice Cream, milk, Cool Whip and crushed candy canes. Blend up for the most creamy milkshakes ever. Oh so yummy. The peppermint ice cream has little crunchy candy canes in it and by adding a few of your own to the top makes the milkshakes even better.
See this? The dollops of Cool Whip on top are like heavenly little clouds. It's Cool Whip people. Not UnCool....but Cool. I love it. My family loves it. It's good stuff.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend friends. The little reds are cleaning house in preparation for their friends to come over. Tonight we're going to a church dinner that we look forward to every year....the Mexican Methodist Church combines with our local church for a wonderful feast, complete with pinata, Santa Claus and music. Good times. Then it's home for a big movie night and lots of laughter. I'll be busy working on my Papertrey projects. Have a great weekend everyone!

November 29, 2010

12 Days of Christmas...Day 2

Etsy Shop Update: My new kits inspired by today's post are up in the shop. Perfect for a fun crafty session on a cold winter's night. Enjoy! And thank you for your nice comments....Melissa and I have done a ton of planning for our 12 Days of Christmas, so of course your nice comments are just icing on the cake. :)
Hi friends. Welcome to Day 2 of Melissa's and Mishie's 12 Days of Christmas. Today's theme is Shimmer and Shine. During the holiday season, the sparkles and glitters seem to take on a magical feel. I am particularly loving the look of Mercury glass latey in our home. The vintage, worn look of it is so pretty.
I even found some candles that have that same look. So sparkly resting on our fireplace mantle.
And even prettier when grouped together on a mirror with a glowing candle. These pieces from my home were my inspiration for today.
I wanted to recreate that beautiful shimmery, worn, silvery look on my projects...thinking of old cards and letters from long ago...tucked in an old hope chest. With the nice variety of products these days, it's easy to get the look you're after. Here are some of my favorites when wanting to create that mercury glass look: Real German Glass Silver and sparkly glitters. These are made from real glass and have a fine but chunky, shiny look to them......Papertrey's Vintage Tea Dye Duo inks....Wrinkle Ribbons in wonderfully faded and muted colors....Papertrey's Chocolate Baker's Twine....found objects like these beautiful, real glass sequin pieces.....faded sheet music and vintage ledger sheets.....my Dainty Doilies that you can distress with inks.....little envelopes in Kraft....you just have to do a little searching, then group all your goodies together.
Here, I've used all my goodies to create a very soft looking card with beautifully faded yellow colors. Old sheet music ties my card and envelope together by the use of Papertrey scalloped border die and the envelope liner die.
By using old ledger paper along with newer patterned papers, the old and new blend together beautifully. A little glitz from some Silver German Glass Glitter on some clothespins and a little German Glass Glitter on a felt butterfly embellishment adds just the right touch. A few of my glass sequins finish off the card along with some nicely faded Wrinkle Ribbon. To get a faded, old look on my Parcel Tags, add a section of a doily and simply ink the edges with the Tea Dye Ink Duos.
I love to add these little clothespins into the mix. So pretty to clip on a little note. I use Scor-Tape to get a nice, sticky adhesive for the glitters.
I used some of my extra supplies to embellish the inside of the card too. So fun to write your card message on lined, vintage ledger paper.
For my next project, I created something that evoked a lot of memories for me. Jordan loves to open my grandmother's hope chest that is full of old items from our heritage. As we took out the items one by one the other day, my heart swelled with love just thinking of my ancestors that have passed. We saw my pink baby quilt that my grandmother made for me...my brother Jeff's and my baby brushes....some silver pieces wrapped in soft cloth....aprons and potholders that my grandmother made.....a tiny, faded bible that was given to my grandmother by her sister Ruby in 1912....my grandmother's clip on earrings that she wore every day....an old rouge compact that smells just my grandmother.....so many items that are treasures to me. And will some day be handed down to my girls.

It got me to thinking that I need to add some of my own treasures to that wooden chest. How wonderful will it be some day for my girls to see some of my things in there. Then it dawned on me that I don't save many of my paper creations. So today I created an item especially for that chest. I made a beautiful little envelope that will hold a special message tucked inside.
I used more of the same goodies from my Mercury glass set up to create a beautifully embellished butterfly that is adhered to my envelope. I lined a Mini Kraft Envelope with more sheet music, adhered half of a Dainty Doily, some old sewing pattern pieces and some Chocolate Baker's Twine. A little rusty safety pin holds some yellow buttons.
Inside my little envelope, I used a White Parcel Tag that I distressed, then stamped and added some Cork Paper and Wrinkle Ribbon. I'm going to write a message about how I always enjoy going through Grandma's hope chest with the girls...and maybe to encourage them to add some of their own items from time to time.
Well I hope you are inspired by today's sparkly and shimmery post. I know that Melissa will have something even more beautiful so be sure to check out her blog. Stay tuned because later today I will be putting a kit up in my Etsy shop that uses some beautiful items from my projects today.....and tomorrow Melissa and I will continue our 12 Days of Christmas with our Day 3 post. :)

Edit: I almost forgot to add my recipe. This is a recipe that is very simple to make but very handy. We make a lot of veggie trays during the holidays and there always seems to be those last few veggies leftover, looking a little wary. This recipe is a great way to use up those scraps...hence the name Scrap Dip. Enjoy!


Scrap Dip
1-2 packages cream cheese

Desired seasoning: garlic powder, season salt, ground black pepper, coarse salt, red pepper flakes, parsley, etc

Leftover veggie tray foods: cauliflower, broccoli, celery, carrots, green peppers, radishes, jalapenos, onions, etc


Chop all veggies very finely. Dump into bowl with cream cheese and desired seasonsings. Mix thoroughly. Refrigerate to let flavors blend. Serve on crackers. Also great on bagels or sliced, crusty breads. Perfect for using up the last of the veggies from a holiday veggie tray. Enjoy.

Michelle Wooderson November 2010.

November 27, 2010

Polka Dottie Gift Card Kit

Update: The Gift Card kits and Mini Polka Dottie Envelopes are now sold out. Thanks so much for your orders. The kits will not be offered again but the red envelopes will be a standard item in the near future. Have a good evening everyone.

Hi friends. I'm back to introduce a new kit and some fun new products that I'll be adding to my Etsy shop shortly. First up is my Polka Dottie Gift Card Kit. Lots of traditional red and green colors with fun embellishments to create holiday gift cards...or just some fancied up envelopes if you want to add a card.
In the kit you'll see some new products that I'll be carrying in my Etsy shop. I've found some darling polka dot envelopes that are just too cute! They're making their first debut in my kit today. I'll also be selling some of the envies as separates too in limited quantities for the holiday season.

Each year it seems that sometimes the best gift might just be gift cards or cold hard spending cash. I know that I give out a lot of ITunes cards to the teenagers. These fancied up envies are the perfect way to package up those flat items that otherwise seem a little boring.
These are just some samples of what you can do with the kit contents. This gift card features a Small Red Polka Dottie Envelope Write the recipient's name on the tag and slip this little cutie to the Christmas tree. Then watch as everyone searches for the envelope with their name on it.
This next gift card comes in a mini size featuring an open ended Mini Green Polka Dottie Envelope. I'm lovin' the Dainty Doilies lately. Here I've cut up and used a small section of a doily on my mini envelope. So cute!

The mini envelopes are the perfect size to hold my Medium Parcel Tags from my Etsy shop. They tuck right inside to create an instant mini card enclosure. Love that!
Here's a looky at the kit contents. You'll receive all the supplies shown below to make at least two of the larger gift card envelopes and two of the mini gift card envelopes....plus red seam binding, additional tags, glittery trees and a snowflake, 2 Dainty Doilies, mini clothespins, red baker's twine and more.

Ohh, and you'll get two of these vintage holiday print fabric rounds to dress up the doilies. My favorite part.
The kits are all packaged up and will be in my shop shortly. The kits are in limited quantity so once they're sold out, they're gone.
I'll also be listing lots more envelopes in the shop today so be sure to look for those. What you see listed are the quantities available this holiday season. I'll be adding more colors of the Polka Dottie Envelopes at a later date. These will be regular items in my shop. Hope you enjoy!! It's time to get crafty friends, Christmas will be here before we know it!

November 22, 2010

Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas

Edit: The next 12 Days of Christmas post will be after Thanksgiving. Have a great turkey day everyone!

The much anticipated day has arrived. My sweet friend, Melissa Phillips is joining me for 12 wonderful days of Christmas blogging. Welcome to Day 1! Here is the link to Melissa's post for today.

We're not quite past Thanksgiving yet but we wanted to kick off this week with a special post. We know you all love the notebooks, especially the holiday planners. So our theme today is notebooks. I can't wait to see what Melissa has created, I know it will be swoon worthy. I think a holiday planner is a must during this busy time of year. I like to give my creations to friends and family a bit before the holiday rush begins. Thanksgiving gatherings would be the perfect time to give out these wonderful paper treats.
I wrapped my holiday planner up in a Long Sleeve so that part of the notebook peeks out. I used Wrinkle Ribbon, a glittery holly sprig, baker's twine and a vintage silky threaded ornament to fancy up my packaging. There's nothing prettier than a fancy package.
Here's the front of my holiday planner. I decked it out with papers from Papertrey and The Girl's Paperie. The notebooks themselves are from Papertrey.
I couldn't create a holiday planner and not use my Take Note set from Papertrey. I added a word sticker from The Girl's Paperie to the top of my circle accent. Underneath the circle accent are lots of Papertrey dies and more sticker accents from The Girl's Paperie.
Here I've added some Wrinkle Ribbon tied up with a button, baker's twine and a Small Metal Tag stamped with *no peeking* from Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers and some chunky Martha Stewart glitter. Under all that are some fun banner shapes die cut from Cork Paper and patterned paper.
More word stickers are along the bottom. I love that these have some of the letters colored in.
Here's the inside of my double padded notebook. I covered one side with patterned paper so that nosy little redheads can't see what's inside.
More letter and border stickers. I love those things! And of course, an embellished clothespin that has patterned paper, chunky glitter, and a button tied with jingle bell and baker's twine. Those are perfect for holding recipe cards, little notes and coupons during the holidays.
More word fun with the stickers...
Double sided patterned paper makes for easy work on this cover sheet.
I hope you are inspired to create some holiday planners of your own. Be sure to check out Melissa's sweet creation. Before I go for today, Melissa and I have another surprise for you. Each day of our 12 Days of Christmas countdown, we'll each be posting a recipe. That's a total 24 recipes, peeps!

Today I'm sharing a soup recipe that I made over the weekend for guests. It was the best dish of the night. My nephew ate 3 bowls and said *Awesome Aunt Michelle*. Gotta love that from a teenage boy! The girls said *Mom, we should not just make this when company comes, it's a keeper*. Double bonus points from the reds! Seriously, if you make one soup recipe this winter make this soup. It's creamy and yummy and the best comfort food evah! I served mine with some crusty bread that I drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with cracked black pepper...and we topped it with cream cheese and some of my candied jalapenos that I made a while back. Heaven in a soup pot, I tell ya! Hope you enjoy!
Of course I had to make a recipe card. The above photo is the front of my 4 x 6 recipe card. Below is the back side of the recipe card. Papers are from Wild Asparagus and My Mind's Eye.
Here's the recipe that you can copy and paste, enjoy!

Potato and Onion Chowder

2 cans chicken broth
1 cup water
½ cup yellow onion, chopped
2 bags frozen, shredded hash browns
½ teaspoon parsley flakes
2 cups cured ham, chopped
1 can celery soup
1 can onion soup
1 cup velveeta
1 small tub cream cheese with chives
half and half, 1 pint
cracked black pepper to taste

Brown onion and ham in large soup pot in a little olive oil. Add chicken broth and water and bring to a boil. Add hashbrowns and cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add parsley flakes, soups, cheese and cream cheese. Let dissolve and cook for 20 minutes. Add enough half and half to create desired consistency. Add pepper to taste. I like to serve with a crusty bread that has been sliced, drizzled with olive oil, topped with cracked pepper and warmed in the oven. The ultimate comfort food and soooo yummy on a cold day. from Michelle Wooderson Nov 2010.

Edited for questions: Both soups were the cream versions...Cream of Celery and Cream of Onion (not French Onion Soup) and I don't know what size the hash browns were...not the giant bags.

November 17, 2010

Yum-Dee-Dum....Treat Boxes

Looking for clever ways to package homemade treats this year. My Twinkles and Tinsel Box Kits offer up a fun way to offer up your best treats this year. Sometimes just a few little treats is you need to show someone you care. Today I've made some of my family's favorites...Peanut Butter Cup Cookies. Again, we enjoyed these at the basketball game the other night. The bus driver really appreciated a little goody! :)

With the kit, you'll get supplies to assemble 4 completed boxes. Bonus: For the remaining kits in the shop, I'm adding in 4 free sheets of tissue and 4 free Dainty Doilies so you can package your treats just like I'm doing today.

First up, assemble the boxes and tags as shown in the kit photos...or any way you'd like.
Prepare your treats and stack two cooled cookies in a cute cupcake liner. I found these holiday ones at Michael's in the Martha Stewart section.
Fold a sheet of tissue to fit the width of the box.
Nestle the treats into the box. Goodbye little morslets of chocolate and peanut buttery goodness. :)
Tuck the fold tissue paper neatly into the box.
Fold up the box. Fold over about 1" of a Dainty Doily. Lay on top of the box and wrap twine around the box. Tie on an embellished tag. Write the recipient's name on the label. Deliver to your favorite peeps!
Oh, such a cute way to hand out some little goodies. If homemade treats aren't your thing, you can add in chocolate truffles or fudge from the candy shop.....stacks of pre-wrapped candies, Hershey Kisses, etc. Enjoy!

If you'd like to purchase any of the items used in these kits separately, I used Dainty Doilies, Small Kraft Boxes with Tissue, Small White Boxes with Tissue, Small Holiday Tag Trio, and Cotton Twine.

Recipe for cookies: Take tube of peanut butter cookies (I used Pillsbury) and roll into 1" balls. Bake in mini muffin tins as package directs. Immediately push mini Reese's peanut butter cups into cookies when removed from the oven. Sprinkle with holiday sprinkles if you wish. Cool. Eat two or three or six and package up the rest for gifts. :)

November 15, 2010

Coffee Break Notebooks

Update: The Notebook Slicks are sold out for today. I will be back tomorrow to add a few more to the shop. Heading out to ballgames right now. :)

Etsy Shop Update: My shop is now updated with the new Notebook Slicks, more Bookmark Slicks, some projects from this month's PTI release and a few new kits. Be sure to check out my Candy Cane Cutie kits for some fun packaging and a recipe! Enjoy friends!

Hey there, I hope your week is off to a good start. I'm really enjoying this new time change. I'm getting up extra early and am an hour ahead on my work day. If you're one that struggles when it comes time to head off to work then maybe one of my Coffee Break Notepads is just what you need. This notepad is a Papertrey project for this month's release created with Take Note and Pine's new Warm Happiness Too stamp set. I just love the colors of the papers which are from the Library Ledger collection from PTI. For the main focal point I stamped and die cut a cute mug. The new mug die is great! I then die cut a new Fillable Frame shape from Cork Paper then stamped on more images. I love the glitter filled heart. As a finishing touch I added a tiny pencil from Take Note along the bottom of the mug. It's a coffee break waiting to happen. Who wouldn't love to receive one of these at work? It would surely make those long office days go by more quickly.
For extra embellishments, I added a wide strip of vintage velvet (totally hoard worthy though). My Small Metal Rim Tags go perfectly with the whole notebook theme. I stamped a sentiment, added some glitter and finished it off with some PTI baker's twine.
I'm loving vintage ledger paper right now on my projects. This little strip has been stamped with multiple paper clips. You can never have enough paper clips.
I enjoy making my notepads into double deckers. One Papertrey notepad on each side.
I decided to go ahead and wrap this notepad up for little gift. I have been so eager to show you a new product in my Etsy shop. I've already introduced you to the Bookmark Slicks and now I've got Notebook Slicks! The long notepads fit perfectly into the clear sleeves making for a great presentation. These would be perfect for holiday notebooks that you want to give out this year.
I finished up by tying on some Wrinkle Ribbon, a Small Manila Parcel Tag that has been adorned with more ledger paper and a small office sticker. A Mini Clothespin finishes off the tag along with a scalloped punched border. Love.
Hope you enjoy! I'll have the Bookmark Slicks in my Etsy Shop a little later on today.
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