Sugar Cookies for Santa Card

Cookies for Santa Card

One of my favorite Holiday Traditions is making Frosted Sugar Cookies.

I use the same recipe year after year.

It’s a simple recipe, written on a piece of notebook paper in my mom’s handwriting.

She wrote out the recipe and gave it to me the first Christmas after I married.

It’s stained, and the edges are tattered.  (I keep it in a protective sleeve now.)

I think of her every time I make them.  (sugar cookie recipe at the end of the post)

Cookies for Santa Card

The “Cookies for Santa” card is just about as easy to make as the cookies themself.  

And you don’t have to wait for it to cool before enjoying it.

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Cookies for Santa Card

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Cookies for Santa Card

Directions:

  • It’s important to use white pigment ink* and white embossing powder* to get the whitest white cookie outline.
  • Stamp the cookie outline with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock.
  • Pour a small amount of white embossing powder over the stamped image, shake off excess powder.  (If you pour over a piece of scratch paper you can easily repour the excess powder back into the jar.)
  • Use an embossing heat tool* to melt the powder until shiny.

Cookies for Santa Card

  • Align the matching die with the stamped image and die-cut using the Mini Maker Die-Cut Machine.
  • The raised embossed edges make it easy to watercolor.  Use a waterbrush* along with a combination of markers and inks to watercolor the stamped images.
  • I used paper and labels from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad for the front of the card.
  • This Christmas Card called for something a little shiny, so I added a piece of red foiled paper as a layer.
  • Adhere the frosted cookies onto the front of the card using thin foam squares.
  • Tie a red bow to finish off the card.

Snowman Cookie Tag

The Snowman Cookie Tag would look great on a wrapped plate of fresh Christmas cookies.

The base was made using a die from the Nested Arch Die Set.

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Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here’s Mom’s Recipe.  (Enjoy!)

  • 1- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Cream sugar & butter, add egg & flavoring, mix thoroughly.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in.  (I dump)
  3. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375°.
  5. Divide dough in half & roll out on lightly floured pastry sheet.
  6. Roll thin, but thick enough to pick up the design with the cookie cutters.
  7. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each cutting.  Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible.  The least amount of working with the dough gives the best cookie.
  8. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 7 to 8 min. or until delicately golden.
  • For the Glaze I dump around a cup of powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add a dash of vanilla.    Add milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you want.  (hint:  not too runny)

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

This Fall, I was invited to a lovely outdoor wedding by the lake for this special couple.

After seeing their wedding photos, I knew I wanted to make them a Photo Transfer

Ornament for their first Christmas together.

I swiped the little wood hearts used on the front of the ornament off the center

of the table where I was sitting. (with good intentions, of course)

Photo Transfer Ornaments are a great way to celebrate special occasions during

the Holidays.  And they make great personalized gifts.

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

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DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

Directions:

  • Very Important… You must use a photocopy made from a dry toner type copier.  (Do not use the actual photograph, trust me, it will not work.)  Try your local office supply store that makes copies.
  • Lay the wood slice over the photocopy and trace around the wood slice.  Cut around the traced lines.

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

  • Using a paintbrush, brush over the image with a medium application of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium*. The transfer medium will be opaque.
  • Carefully lift the image, making contact only slightly with the image edge. Flip the coated image over and position it over the wood slice.   Lightly press from the center out to release any air bubbles.   Wipe away any excess medium that may have been squeezed out.
  • Allow drying overnight.

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

  • Wet a sponge with water, squeeze excess water from the sponge then dampen the exposed backside of the image transfer. Immediately as the paper is wet, an image will appear. Allow the wet image to rest a couple of moments to soften the paper.
  •  Using your damp sponge or a fingertip, begin to lightly rub over the damp paper to peel away layers. Be careful not to be rough with the wet paper as it may be fragile. After removing several layers of paper, stop and allow the transferred image to dry. Once dry, white areas will appear where paper remains. Repeat steps to moisten and lightly rub the surface to remove the remaining paper layers. Allow to dry.

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

DIY Wedding Photo Transfer Ornament

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Pillow

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How to make a Rainbow Ribbon Pillow.

If you have a little girl in your life,  

this bright and colorful Rainbow Ribbon Pillow is sure to make her smile.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Pillow

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DIY Rainbow Ribbon Pillow

Directions:

  • Cut several 4″ strips of ribbon in a variety of rainbow colors.  
  • Lightly glue the ends of the ribbon together to form a loop.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Pillow

  • Cut a 7″ x 7″ piece of white felt.  Glue the ribbon loops around the four edges of the felt.  

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  • Hand cut a sun, raindrops, and the word “SMILE” out of Kunin Classic Felt.
  • Cut another piece of white felt 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.  Stitch the felt cut-outs onto the white felt square.
  • Iron on the Rainbow Applique onto the middle of the felt square.
  • Cut a 7″ x 7″ piece of blue felt.  Center the decorated white square onto the blue felt and pin it into place.  Sew around the white felt using a sewing machine.  (This is the pillow front.)
  • Lay the “pillow front” onto the white felt square with ribbon loops.  Sew around the edge of the felt.  Leave a small gap for adding poly-fil*.  After stuffing, finish sewing the edge of the pillow to close.

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Making it Merry with Xyron

Making it Merry with Xyron

Happy Holly Days

Christmas is my favorite time of the year,

and this weekend we’re decorating the house for the Holidays!

Being a crafter, I like to make a few new decorations to add to the mix every year.

The black and white buffalo plaid “Merry” letters are a quick Holiday project

made even easier with the help of my Xyron Creative Station®*.

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Making it Merry with Xyron

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Making it Merry with Xyron

  • Directions:
  • After choosing the word to use, lay and space out the letters. Measure the length of the board that you will need for your base. Cut a groove into the center of the board the thickness of the letters.
  • Paint the board and wood letters with black acrylic paint.
  • Cut pieces of scrapbook paper that are slightly larger than the letters.
  • Place the paper, design side up, into the Xyron® Creative Station*.  Turn the handle of the Xyron® Creative Station* to run the paper through the machine.  As the paper goes through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.

Making it Merry with Xyron

  • Remove the paper from the backing and stick it directly onto the letters.
  • Smooth over the letters to make sure that everything is stuck down.

Making it Merry with Xyron

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

  • To make the bow, you’ll need approximately 24” of ribbon.
  • Fold the ribbon in thirds.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

  • Gather and wrap red twine around the center of the ribbon a couple of times and tie tightly. Add jingle bell to the twine and tie again.

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  • To create a pine swag for the front of the letters, gather real or faux pine sprigs and secure them together with wire.
  • Use the Xyron® Multi Stick Glue Gun* to attach the bow to the top of the greenery.

Making it Merry with Xyron

It’s a great decoration to add to the mantel or any place that you want to make it Merry.

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Xyron Holly Days

“Making It Merry with Xyron” is Day 4 of Xyron’s Holly Days.  

You won’t want to miss out on Xyron’s Holly Days Giveaway where you have a chance to win more than $900 in prizes for you and your craftiest friend!

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Xyron Holly Days

Xyron Holly Days

Xyron Holly Days are here!

Xyron is partnering with some of their favorite crafters over the next couple of weeks to give you some fresh crafting ideas for the holiday season.

You can check out the projects here.

Make sure to come back tomorrow (12/4) as I will be the featured crafter. 

You won’t want to miss out on Xyron’s Holly Days Giveaway where you have a chance to win more than $900 in prizes for you and your craftiest friend!

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How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

Welcome your guests this Winter Season with a Snowflake Door Hanger

that you can leave up until Spring.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

The White Snowflake Welcome Door Hanger measures 10″ and is happy hanging as a

Holiday Welcome on your front door or just hanging out on the wall.

Add it to the center of a wreath for even more pizazz.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

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How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

Directions:

  • Cut the Welcome Snowflake out of StyleTechCraft White Ultra Metallic Vinyl* using the Welcome Snowflake SVG file and a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.
  • Remove the excess vinyl from in and around the snowflake and cut letters.
  • Paint the 10” Unfinished Wood Circle* with one or two coats of black acrylic paint.
  • Lightly sand over the painted area with a Sanding Block* to smooth the grain.
  • Drill a small hole in the top of the wood circle for hanging.
  • Trim the paper around the vinyl snowflake and lay it onto the wood circle to determine the placement of the red stripe. Line the tip of the snowflake with the top hole.
  • Place a pencil mark on each side of the first double line. Draw a line between the two pencil marks.  Measure two inches down from the first pencil marks and draw a second line.
  • Place Removable Painters Tape* above and below the pencil lines.
  • Paint the area within the two-inch strip with red acrylic paint.
  • Lightly sand over the red paint to smooth.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

  • Cut a 10” x 10” piece of gridded vinyl transfer paper*. Remove the backing from the transfer paper and place it over the vinyl snowflake welcome.  Rub over the transfer paper* with a vinyl scraper tool to make sure that the vinyl has transferred.  (You can use a bone folder or credit card to rub over it if necessary.)  Remove transfer paper.
  • Add the piece of natural twine through the top hole for hanging.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

  • To make the bow, you’ll need approximately 24” of ribbon.
  • Fold the ribbon in thirds.

How to make a Holiday Door Hanger

  • Gather and wrap red twine around the center of the ribbon a couple of times and tie tightly. Add jingle bell to the twine and tie again.
  • Using a hot glue gun, glue the bow to the top of the wood sign, glue greenery under the bow.

Red Snowflake Welcome 10" Wood Door Hanger

The Red Snowflake Welcome is another example of what you can make.

I used a walnut stain on the wood base and a dark red metallic snowflake for a completely different look.

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Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Add a little “WOW” to your Holiday presents this year…

with a sweet Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament.

The Holiday Shaker Tag made using The Shaker Ornament Die and a few Holiday Shaker

Sprinkles is the perfect addition for those who like to shake the presents.

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Go ahead and shake it…

The nice thing about the shaker tag is once they’ve opened the present,

they can use the Winter Globe Shaker Tag as an ornament.

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Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

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How to make a Elegant and Easy Christmas Card

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

Elegant and Easy, Quick and Simple…

that pretty much sums up this beautiful Holiday Card made with the Believe Die Set

from The Maker’s Movement.

Don’t tell my family, but this may be this year’s Christmas Card.

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

If you’re a fan of clean and simple cards, it doesn’t get much easier than this one.

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Directions:  

  • Cut a 2 ½” x 5″ piece of cream cardstock.  Place the cardstock into the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini*.  Crank the handle of the Sticker Maker to run the paper through the machine.  As it runs through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Cut a gold foiled paper and run it through the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini*.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

  • Place the “believe” die sandwiched between the Mini Maker cutting plates.  Turn the handle to run the die through the Mini Maker Die Cut Machine.
  • By running the paper through the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini* first, it creates a sticker out of the die-cut piece.
  • Cut the gold background and stars using the adhesive gold foiled paper, die, and the Mini Maker.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

  • Cut a 3 ¾” x 5″ cream cardstock layer.  Place the gold foiled believe background, believe words and gold foiled stars directly onto the cardstock layer.
  • Place several thin 3D foam squares* onto the back of the cardstock layer.
  • Adhere the layer onto the front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” cream card.
  • Tie a simple gold ribbon around the front of the card.

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card

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How to make a Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card 

using the Sweater Embossing Folder* from Sizzix* and Eileen Hull.

I have a “thing” for cable-knit sweaters. (just ask my family)

So it comes as no surprise how much I love this new embossing folder.

It’s perfect for creating quick and easy cards.

Sizzix Eileen Hull 3D Sweater Embossing Folder       Sizzix Big Shot

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Warm & Cozy Embossed Sweater Card

Directions:

  • To create the embossed sweater layer, place a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of cream cardstock into the Sweater Embossing Folder*.  Place the embossing folder onto the Sizzix Big Shot* platform.   Crank the handle of the Big Shot* to run the embossing folder through the machine.
  • Adhere the embossed layer onto the blueberry cardstock layer. Adhere those layers onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cream cardstock base.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the wood snowflake and adhere to the front of the card. Add the adhesive pearl to the center of the snowflake.
  • Tie a small bow and glue it onto the top of the snowflake.
  • Using a computer generated font, print the words “warm & cozy” onto a piece of cream cardstock.  Cut the cardstock into a strip with a v notch on each end. Place thin foam mounting squares under the cardstock strip and add to the front of the card under the wood snowflake.

FYI…This is a thick card.  You will need extra postage to mail it.  (It might be best to hand deliver.)

Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder

Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

The Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder is great for sticking a little money

or a Starbucks gift card.  Who wouldn’t love getting that for Christmas?

The card uses the Coffee Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

The sleeve around the coffee cup uses the NEW Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Plate*.

Coffee Die Set from The Maker's Movement    Maker's Movement Alphabet Die Set

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Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

Directions:

  • The tri-fold card was made from a 5 ½” x 9 ¾” piece of Kraft Cardstock. I scored the cardstock on the 3 ¼” and 6 ½” mark.
  • Adhere the green plaid layer to the gold cardstock layer. Adhere onto the front of the tri-fold card.
  • Assemble and adhere the die-cut pieces of the coffee cup onto the front of the card. The red plaid pieces and vellum coffee lid have been made into stickers using a Xyron Creative Station.  The “coffee sleeve” was embossed using the sweater embossing folder.
  • Remove the backing off the gridded transfer paper. Apply the transfer paper over the word “Holiday”.  Gently rub over the transfer paper to make sure the word has transferred.  Apply onto the top of the card.
  • Add clear adhesive enamel dots to the lid of the coffee cup.
  • The transfer paper is reusable. Use the transfer paper to apply the small snowflake onto the cup.
  • On the inside of the card… Open the trifold card. Adhere the thin red plaid adhesive strip to the top of the cream cardstock layer.  (Leave a 1/8” margin on the top) Trim the excess paper strip.  Using the transfer paper, transfer the word “Enjoy” under the red strip.
  • On the third-panel measure and mark 1 ½” on the outside edge of the panel. On the inside fold of the third panel, measure and mark 2 ½”.  Draw a line from the 2 ½” mark to the 1 ½” mark.  Cut along the line and the inside fold to create a diagonal pocket flap.  Adhere the thin green strip to the top of the diagonal panel and trim excess.
  • Punch a small hole in the center of the green panel and attach the small cream tag with twine. Apply the small red plaid heart to the center of the tag.
  • Add adhesive to the bottom and side of the flap. Adhere flap to the center panel.

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