Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Long time coming

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday.  

I have been busy, busy the last month.  I thought I ordered an elf to come help me during December but he never arrived!  I have had a fabulous time preparing this year and had a Very Merry Christmas.  I am thankful to be blessed with such great family & friends.  

Like everyone else, I had shopping, wrapping & decorating to do on top of endless commitments but I did manage to craft by making cards, tasty treats & calendars for the family. 

The first picture I would like to share is a little snowman treat wrapper I found from Laurie Furnell.  I downloaded her image and used a great tutorial from Kerry's Paper Crafts for the rest.  We made these for Sophie's class party along with a card.  Her teacher had spent the week instilling the idea that this is the season of giving so to reinforce the point we donated our finished product to the nursing home to be handed out to the residents. 

For my Christmas cards I used the Papertrey Ink sets Signature Christmas, Snowfall Additions, Snowflake Serenade & Vintage Ornaments Additions.  

I tried to keep these simple to mass produce.  I added the sparkle with stickles and drew in the black outline.

I mixed up the colors between red & green.  I wasn't sure about the green on green but I like the way the red in the center makes it pop.  The ornaments were cut using Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornament Collection.

The last card was more whimsical than the first two.  The polka dot paper was punched using a Marvy Uchida Snowflake punch.  This one turned out to be my favorite. 

After all the card making was complete I moved on to treats.  We did make cookies but what I liked best were the Caramel Vanilla Rice Krispy Treats.  Some were plain and some were dipped in chocolate.  These are sooo yummy!

I followed the old rice krispy recipe substituting Jet-Puffed Caramel Vanilla Swirl Mallows.

1/4 c. melted butter
10oz. package mallows
5 c. rice krispies
melt butter, add mallows and melt on low
when melted remove from heat and stir in rice krispies quickly
spread in greased 9x13 pan

Use greased spoon to mix.
Line pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Lightly wet hands with cold water and even out mixture in the pan.  It will not stick to you with the water.

I leave you with a picture of my heart.  This was taking at Breakfast with Santa.  Notice the new earrings!  She finally found the courage to get them pierced. 

Hope you found some inspiration here.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Rebecca


Debbie Gaydos said...

Your Christmas cards are lovely and so festive! Wonderful job!

Liz said...

Glad you're back!! :) Yay on pierced ears! I didn't have the courage until I was in 8th grade..haha

Your cards turned out fabulously! I like the green on green. And those snowmen are way too cute! I'm gonna have to put those on my to-do list for next year :)

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

Great cards! Very Christmassy colours, they are great.

Monica K. said...

So glad you are back, Rebecca! Sounds like you had a great Christmas! Those snowman wrappers are adorable and your cards are very pretty. I like the bold colors. And thanks for sharing the recipe too. I might have to give those treats a try!!