Sunday, December 21, 2014

I think I need professional help!

After a banner day of cookie baking yesterday, I set out to make the remainder of my Christmas cookies this morning.  First, I made a yummy batch of chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips.  Next I made a batch of batter for the peanut butter cookies with a hershey kiss on top, one of my DH's favorites.  I've seen numerous recipes for these, but I think I've found the easiest and yummiest one.  With one tray of cookies in the oven, I began removing the foil wrappers from the hershey kisses.  
Then it hit me, this foil would 
"look good on a card"

I began unwrapping the kisses a bit more carefully because the foil is thin and tears easily.  When the cookies were all done baking with the hershey kisses placed on top, I headed to my craft table while they cooled and the kisses solidified again. 

I carefully spread out the gold striped foils.  Next I applied adhesive to a sheet of CS and attached the foils.
Cut to size, I embossed the foil.  
I thought this CTMH sentiment stamp was perfect for a card that actually smells like chocolate.   Won't it be great to accompany one of the cookie trays I distribute to my neighbors?
The unfortunate part of this story is that my brainstorm put an end to today's cookie baking. 

I'll enter this in a few challenges and then I'll share my recipe with you below.
Pile it On Challenge #49 - Anything Goes Christmas/Holidays
Scrapbook Blessings Club December Linky Party - Anything Goes Happy Holidays
QKR Stampede Challenge #118 - Lots of Layers
Completely Christmas Challenge #43 - Anything Goes with a Twist of Your Own (Recycling)

Peanut Butter Kisses
1 jar (18oz) creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs 
48 hershey kisses, unwrapped (9 oz bag)
Preheat over to 350.  Combine first 3 ingredients until well blended.  Dough will be sticky.  With floured hands, toll 1 Tbl. of dough into a 1 1/4 inch ball (walnut size).  Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 12-14 minutes until cookie dries and starts to crack.  Remove from oven and immediately press hershey kiss into top of cookie.  Allow to cool on cookie sheet 1 to 2 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. 

And now, I must finish addressing my Christmas cards so they can at least be postmarked before Christmas.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CTMH Christmas

Slowly but surely!

I mailed half my Christmas cards today and baked 7 kinds of cookies.  My brother, who is very allergic to nuts, is visiting from out of state today.  So I only baked those that wouldn't send him to the hospital.  Tomorrow the cookies with nuts and peanut butter  and the rest of the cards are on my agenda.  

(All CTMH stamps and papers)

Earlier this month I pulled out just 2 sheets of this double sided DP and one sheet of matching CS and I'm making cards with it until there is no more.  This is the 4th one I've posted so far.

While dinner finishes cooking, I have time to enter a few challenges:
QKR Stampede Challenge #118 - Lots of Layers
Cards in Envy Challenge - Christmas Carols (We Wish You a Merry Christmas)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Birthdays

Due to my current push to get our Christmas cards finished and mailed, anyone who happens to have a birthday at this time will likely get a red and green card made from the scraps on the table.  Since golfers spend a good bit of time on the greens anyway, I think this is fairly apropos!
(stamps by Art Impressions)
I am entering this card in the following:
Wonderful Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Stampotique Designers Challenge #176 - Anything Goes
Scrapper's Delights Challenge #37 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #208 - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything Goes
Divas by Design Challenge - Anything Goes
Sparkles Forum Challenge #63 - Anything Goes
Clear It Out Challenge - Anything Goes (everything came from my stash)
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge #131 - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Today I also have the last of my Progressive Challenge cards to show you.  

This is for Digi Stamps 4 Joy December Challenge using their digi image We Three Kings.  They added an Add Bling twist to this challenge so I've used some corner dazzles and great gold glitter tape to bling up the gold BG paper.

And last but certainly not least, yesterday I introduced my great-granddaughter to Nana's can of cookie cutters.  They have entertained all my grandchildren and now Laila, too.

I know she will be inundated with toys for Christmas, but Fisher Price can't begin to compete with a noisy can of easy to hold, plastic shapes and colors.  Some of these old tupperware cookie cutters are probably collectors items by now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December Progressive Challenges

Before I forget, I have two cards for Progressive Challenges that I want to post.

First I have a card for From the Heart Challenge using digi images from the December  Christmas Spirit Birdbrain set.

And I also have a card for Challenge #21 - Christmas at East Wind using the using the freebie image found in this month's newsletter, Lala's Merry Christmas, which is available to all who subscribe. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do you wanna build a snowman?

This cute snowman image, Olaf from the movie Frozen, was this month's free image for the Progressive Challenge at Sassy Studio Designs on Facebook.  I took the 2 sentiments supplied and rotated them in all directions to create the blue BG paper which was layered between 3 different sheets of glitter paper. 

I think this fun fellow would be happy entered in the following challenges:
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #242 - Winter Cards with Glitter
Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge - Winter Fun 4 Kids

Mojo on the run

Lots of things to do today.  
Here's a quick post with my Mojo Monday card.  
Hopefully I'll be back later to add it to a few challenges.
(Using CTMH papers and stamp.)

Have a great day everyone!

ok, I have a few minutes ...
I am entering this card
in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenge #97 - Christmas
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Christmas Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes

LTSCB Challenge #44 When Nature Calls

Today starts a new challenge, When Nature Calls,  at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog.  
For this challenge you'll need to feature something on your project that's found in nature - living or inanimate. I decided to feature snowflakes and butterflies on my DT card using a digi stamp called Snowflake Butterfly from Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet, the sponsor of the challenge.

I hope you'll join us for the current challenge at Love to Scrap, check out the projects made by my teamies, 
leave them a little love and 
be sure to stop by Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet 
for a great selection of  digis.