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Washi Tape Gift Tags December 21, 2013

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Washi Tape Gift Tags

Washi Tape has become my newest obsession!  I love this stuff!  There are so many fun things to do with it.  I even have a “washi tape” board on my Pintrest site.  Because I am the queen of making things more difficult than they need to be when I’m a mother of young children, I decided it would be fun to make my own gift tags this year.

Don’t get me wrong they have been so fun to make, but it has usually been about 9:30 at night when I sit down to make them!  They are cute, though, right?

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Gift Tags (either bought or cut on the Cricut – I cut mine using the Art Philosophy Cartridge)

Christmas Washi Tape

Red and White Baker’s Twine


Washi Tape

I bought this Christmas Washi Tape from Pick Your Plum on a whim!  They had a deal on Thanksgiving Day so how could I resist.  My favorites were the “Merry Christmas” and “Green & White Chevron ones”!

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I just jumped in and got creative with the tape.  Here are a few examples.

Gift Tag Collage

Here’s how they look on the gifts.  On my wrapped gifts I opted for these cute tags rather than adding bows (that always fall off anyway).  I hope people enjoy them!  I may have found my new thing.  I see having a big stack of these tags on hand to use all throughout the year.


The 12 Days of Christmas – Student to Teacher December 20, 2013

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We celebrated Will’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. T., with 12 gifts for Christmas.  It was so much fun to bring something each day.  I think his teacher enjoyed seeing what she was going to get each day, too!

I found this fun idea from “A Bushel and a Peck”.  Please visit this blog to see how she put the gifts together.  You can also get a free printable of the labels to attach to each gift.

Clipboard Collage

1st Day:  Clipboard

“For the 1st day Christmas,
something for you to use,
I’m giving you this clipboard,
so your papers you won’t lose!”

This is the day I went all out for.  I bought a small clipboard and added some magic to it with some craft paint, ribbon and washi tape.  It was quick and turned out pretty cute.

2nd Day:  2 Red Sharpies

2nd Day of Christmas

3rd Day:  3 binder clips

3rd Day of Christmas

4th Day:  4 dry erase markers

“For the 4th day of Christmas
Dry-eraser markers come in four…
As my Kdg teacher,
You really help me soar!”

4th Day of Christmas

5th Day:  Popcorn

5th Day of Christmas

6th Day:  6 packets of cocoa

6th Day of Christmas

7th Day:  7 packs of gum

7th Day of Christmas

8th Day:  8 paper clips

8th Day of Christmas

9th Day:  9 Candy Canes

9th Day of Christmas

10th Day:  10 magnets

10th Day of Christmas

11th Day: Pencils

11th Day of Christmas

12th Day:  12 Apples with Caramel Dip

“For the 12th day of Christmas,
12 apples you’ll find in here,
I wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!!”

So, I forgot to take a picture of the 12th Day’s gift — oops!



Initial Frames January 7, 2013

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Initial Teacher Frames

I wanted to share with you the gifts I made for Will’s preschool teachers and a slight variation on this gift I made for my office co-worker friends.  I did hi-jack this idea from my friend, Tanya, when we were gone on our annual scrapbooking trip to Minnesota.  She was doing the same for her sons’ teachers and her co-workers.  I loved the idea so much I had to copy her. 😉


First, I found two 8 x 10 frames.  I found these frames at Michael’s Crafts.  Next, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the frame.  We found this super cute paper that looks like handwriting paper at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud, MN.  I wish I would have picked up a few more pieces.  It was just perfect for the teacher gifts!


In order to turn the frame into a hanging piece I added two prong hangers to the back of the frame and strung it with hanging wire.  This was the hardest part of the whole project.


I attached the prongs right to the cardboard backing piece of the frame rather than the wood of the frame.


One on each side.


I found ribbon that matched the paper I used to cut out the teacher’s initial  for the frame.  I cut them about 4 inches long.  I think I used about a spool of each color for each picture.

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I tied one end of the hanging wire to the frame, but left the other end untied.  I started tying the ribbons to the wire in a pattern.  I tied them really close together to create a fuller look.  When you get close to the opposite end tie the other end of the wire to the prong.

 teacher frames

Here are the finished teacher frames.  I cut the initials out of another piece of scrapbook paper using my Cricut machine (Alphalicious cartridge).  Lastly, I hand wrote the teacher’s name below the initial.  I have to add here that we are so thankful for Mrs. Tams and Miss Congdon who have enriched our little guy’s life with so many great learning experiences at preschool!


Here is the variation on the initial frame that I made for my co-workers in the office.  I used a 5 x7 frame and cream paper with black stripes for the background (Jo-Ann Fabrics).  Instead of making it a hanging picture, I added three ribbons tied around the base of the frame.  The frame just stands on its own.  I also used their first name initial instead of last name.


Christmas in July ~ A Christmas Photo Collection Book July 21, 2012

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With all this severe heat we’ve been experiencing this summer, I thought it was a perfect time to recall the cooler days of Christmastime.  Each Christmas we are blessed to receive so many cards and photos.  Up to this point I would group each year’s photo cards together and put them in a box.  When I saw this idea I thought what a perfect thing to do with all those Christmas photos sitting in a basket next to my crafting desk!  So, today we are celebrating Christmas in July with a Christmas photo collection book.


Christmas scrapbook paper

Cardboard or Cardstock

 3 Book Rings

Rubber Cement or other adhesive


Christmas Photo Cards from the year

First, I sorted all the Christmas photos by size.  This way I knew how long and wide I needed to make the covers of my book.

Next, I cut two cardboard pieces to fit the largest and longest cards.

Then, I cut the Christmas themed scrapbook paper to the size of the cardboard.  I glued the paper to the cardboard using rubber cement.

The most intense part of this project is three-hole punching each of the photos so they fit together just right.  I punched the longest card and then used it as a template to punch the holes in the cover and the rest of the photos.

Hold your book together with book rings.  I tied ribbon to the rings to make it look pretty.

I also added a stamped title to the front of the book.

I’m going to plan to set my books out with my other Christmas decorations so the pictures can be enjoyed year after year.  It will be fun to see the changes as all the kids grow up.  I just can’t throw away those beautiful cards that people spend so much money on.  This way I have them collected in a way that I will surely look at them again and again.


Cup Cozy January 10, 2012

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I found this adorable snowman cup cozy about a year ago in Disney’s Family Fun magazine.  Making them has been on my “to-craft” list for that long as well.  This year I decided it was the perfect gift for my co-workers, teacher gifts and other friends.  They were very fun to make and so quick!  Can you believe they are made from a SOCK?




I cut about a 3-4 inch tube from a fun pair of socks.  I had been collecting fun socks when they were on sale or clearance.You can also find some fun socks in the Dollar section at Target.  I got about 4 cozies out of a pair of socks. 




Next, I slipped the cozy on the cup.  I used both reusable coffee mugs and the insulated straw cup depending on if I knew the person was a coffee drinker or alternative-caffeine-morning fix-drinker.  I learned after my first batch of cups that is was smart to put a small index card behind the cozy before gluing the snowman piece to the cup since the glue tended to seep through to the cup.   


You could add just about any decoration to your cozy.  I thought the button snowman was so cute.  I used clear buttons with white cardstock adhered behind.  Then I cut a tiny scarf out of red felt. 

Using a strong glue, I glued the buttons and scarf to the cozy.  That’s all it takes — so, so easy!


Reindeer Noses December 27, 2011

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I found this idea on Pintrest, which originally came from “A Personal Touch” by Zoe Robson.  I thought it was so cute that I shared it with a couple of my friends, and we actually made 100 of them to give as school and daycare Christmas treats.  It was a lot of work to make 100, but I think the kids enjoyed them!



Here’s how I made the tag. 

My Cricut was my best friend and I’m surprised it wasn’t smokin’ after cutting all the pieces.  I used the Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridge “Art Philosophy” to cut all the pieces. 



I cute this shape out of light brown cardstock and cut them in half.  I cut the shape at 2 3/4 inches.



Then I cut the layer piece of the same shape out of red cardstock at 2 3/4 inches and cut them in half.  I then used adhesive to glue the red piece to the brown piece. 



On the tag, I stamped the words “Reindeer Noses” in CTMH Cranberry ink and the snowflakes in CTMH Bamboo ink.



Here’s where the assembly line took shape.  Bobbie stamped the snowflakes, I stamped the words and Amanda did the following step.



Next, I cut three different sizes of circles.  The outside brown was cut at 1 1/2 inches; the red circle was cut at 1 1/4 inches; and I used a 1 inch circle punch to cut the inside brown circle.  I found this adorable reindeer stamp at Michael’s for only $1!  I stamped part of the reindeer on each 1-inch circle using CTMH Chocolate ink and used red Stickles to make the nose glitter.  I used adhesive to glue each circle on top of the other. 



Lastly, we filled the treat bags.  We used 8 Whoppers and 1 Cherry Sour Ball in each bag.  I found the Cherry Sour Balls at Menards of all places (thanks Aunt Nancy for the idea).  I believe the original directions called for a red gumball.  Once  all the bags were full we stapled the tag to the bag. 



Red Velvet Cake Balls December 7, 2011

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I first tried this recipe last Christmas.  They seemed to be a big hit, so I wanted to give them another try this year.  We did some tweaking to the process to make them much easier to make.  Hope you will enjoy this recipe.



Red Velvet Cake Balls

1 Red Velvet Cake Mix

1 can Cream Cheese Frosting

White and Chocolate Almond Bark or Candi Quik

Sprinkles or other things to jazz them up

(Makes approximately 60 cake balls)



Bake the Red Velvet cake as instructed on the box.  After the cake has cooled, break/crumble it apart into a bowl.  Mix it together with the whole can of cream cheese frosting. 



This is what it will look like.



Using either your hands or a small cookie scoop, form your cake balls.  My mother-in-law came up with the genius idea of inserting a toothpick into each ball for easier dipping (this was a great change!).  I placed the cake balls into a cake pan lined with parchment paper so I could freeze them.  I did this first step one day, and the dipping a couple of days later.    Place the cake balls into the freeze so that they will chill for easier dipping.



The next genius idea came from my husband (this must run in the family).  He suggested to melt the almond bark in the microwave and then place it into a mini crock pot so keep it melted.  This was another great addition to the process.  Dip each frozen cake ball into white or chocolate almond bark, covering the whole thing.  Place them on waxed paper and to harden (remove the toothpick).  About half of the batch I sprinkled with Christmas-colored sprinkles after I placed them on the waxed paper.  The other half of the batch, I drizzled with the opposite color of almond bark . 



Ta-da!  Church women’s Christmas potluck and work cookie exchange here we come!



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