Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Gifts for my Family and Friends

My cousin Jon is quite a hunter...

This one is for my very dear friend. She's a great, funny, smart, amazing lady... and my friend!

Dad belongs to a bowling league, and when I saw this paper, I thought immediately of him.

My nephew is finishing architectural school soon...

My uncle LOVES his hunting dog from long ago.

My mom is an avid bird watcher, and I know she'll love this.

This one goes to a very dear friend who has become like a sister.

My husband requested a Texas notebook for his office.

This went to a dear friend who is more musically talented than any other person I've ever met.

This was the first notebook I made as a gift. When I saw the paper, I knew it was for my sister.

This one goes to my youngest nephew. He loves wolves, and his bedroom is decorated in that motif.

My brother-in-law is an avid hunter, and has taken a black bear.

My dad loves to travel to Alaska, and I just had to make this for him.

I made this one for a colleague at work. She and I have very similar styles, and I enjoy talking with her.

Our latest task for the Lime Light Design Team was altered notebooks for the Ronald McDonald house, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis. I had such a blast with these, I made one for every one in my immediate family.

Christmas Cookies!

After I received a comment, I realized I didn't post the recipe! Sorry!!!
Sugar Cookies
1 c. butter
1 c. confectioner's sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t. flavored extract... (orange)  Orange Emulsion is the best flavor. LINK to Orange Emulsion
1 t. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
fine zest from one orange

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and extracts.
Combine flour and salt. Add and beat until barely mixed.
Roll out to 1/4 in.
Cut with cookie cutters.
Bake 375 7 - 9 min.

Variations: I use orange or lemon extracts with fresh zest. They are DELICIOUS!!! Very tender and nice.

One comment I will make is that I never make a single batch. I use those 3" Wilton cookie cutters, and even a double batch only makes like 2 dozen cookies. I usually make 2 to 3 double batches to make LOTS of cookies!

Check back for my Valentine's cookies. They are already in the planning phase!

I found a recipe last year (Christmas 2007) for sugar cookies. They have never been my favorite, but this recipe has totally changed my outlook! I have the Wilton cutters, cookie decorations, and the frosting in the bottles, and make them now for every holiday. This is how my trees turned out this year. Aren't they gorgeous! I made cookies for Easter, and they looked just terrible compared to these. Technique really counts!

We are going to visit a dear friend, and they will be going to her neighbors.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

CD Case Calendars DONE!

It took me so long to make these - only because I was working on so many other projects, and the calendar just had to wait.
Well, here it is! I've seen so many versions and so many crafters have their own ideas of a calendar. Here's mine!
I figure I'll make another 25 of these or so to give to friends and sell. It will be a busy time getting them all done, but I will set up my assembly-line style, and all of a sudden, I'll be finished.
I hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cards for Soldiers Challenge 12/8 -1/5 Valentine

It's been so crazy busy here with making Christmas gifts and all my other projects, not to mention WORK... But since school was cancelled these past 2 days, I knocked out these Hello Kitty Valentine Cards. Aren't they just the cutest things?? Yes, I know I'm biased.

The Hello Kitty's were made with Stampin' Up Wheel Stamp - Hearts as a border around the bottom and some side edges. I used DCWV paper from the Spring Stack as a background. HK was cut at 4 inches, and since some of the pieces were SO small, I just used Christmas Red stickles in her bow for some pieces, and Baby Pink stickles on her nose. Her eyes are sparkly from the Black Diamond stickles, and I again used the Christmas Red stickles on the I Love You sign. It was cut at 2 inches. Since I had some space above the I Love You wording, I used some of my Studio G month stamps - the heart and circle are from the February set.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Just the Cutest Kitty Video!

My husband found this one evening, and we just had a huge laugh over the kitty! We are in process (when there's time) to make one of these for our two babies. They're going to LOVE it!

Enjoy the video!