Holiday Stocking fun!

 

 

 

Good Morning and Happy Labor Day! Today I have for you the other great way to use the Tags & Trimmings Bundle from the NEW Catalog! I was thinking to myself when I was playing around with this framelit….Why does this bundle make me smile… why does it make me excited to use….and why is it on my “tops of must have’s”?

Well let me answer that. It is super unique and fun! It is MUCH BIGGER (the stocking) than you think making it quite the “fun statement piece” to your crafting fun!

I will do my best to walk you  through this but I am going to say….I might need to “cave in and do a video” as I think it would be a huge help. Videos are not my strong suit but I do think that there are tips that might help! I hope that the pictures will shed some light into this fun bundle.

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a collage of pictures that will show you the size and the way that the pillow box “works” with the stocking. In hindsight I should have used a different color of card stock to show you but we’ll get through it!

You can click on the picture to make it larger but here are some “key points” of each picture.

  • #1 – showing you the size proportions….the overall size dimensions of the pillow box is roughly 2 1’2″ X 4″ and I have laid a gift card on the stocking to give you a visual of the size of the stocking….it is much bigger than you think…roughly 2 1/2″ X 6 1/4″ (that is from the corner to the end of the toe)

 

  • #2 – To make the stocking into a pillow box stocking you use (1) stocking and just (1) on the pillow boxes…you adhere the pillow box TO THE STOCKING….this is why you only need 1

 

  • #3 – The is the flip side that I think gives you the visual of the “connection of the 2”…you would be putting a wee bit of adhesive to the rectangle piece and also to the other long side…..put it together and SMILE!

 

  • #4 – You can see how the box is finished and it is directly behind the stocking….a BRILLIANT way to have a place to put a gift, a check or even a note wishing someone a wonderful holiday and then they can proudly hang the stocking and think of you each time the see it!

 

 

 

 

 

Whew….I hope that that explanation gave you a better idea of the “how to’s” – Let’s move on to more pictures….(we all love our pictures as “visuals” are our friends)

Clearly the sky is the limit as to how you can decorate these. The framelits in this bundle we so well designed that the guess work has been eliminated for to let your creativity go wild! The gem I used the fun paper from the Merry Little Christmas DSP pack and then I used the Garden Green to give the greens an off set. The neutral of this is Very Vanilla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you can see the details a bit better. When I stated that this was so well thought out….just look below and you will see what I mean. The snowflake is in the bundle as well as the stitched star. There are many framelit elements that can be used with many other projects/cards you will make!

I have yet to master the “how to do” with the hanging of the ribbon (probably the right way) but here is the quick way I did it….I punched a hole and knotted the ends of the ribbon and it worked! A gold faceted gem in the center of the star was the perfect amount of bling!

 

 

 

 

 

I used the stamp from the stamp set of the bundle to add a sentiment to the front of the stocking. Don’t you think that these are jut too cute for words? I am excited to hear your feedback.

Before we get to the next example I want you to get an idea of the size again…I have had emails form people saying that they still have a stocking punch….well that is GREAT but this is totally different – these are sooooooo much bigger and being that you can make them into a 3-D project makes them fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now here is another way that you can use them! You will read in the pictures some of the tips and why’s but wouldn’t this be adorable as a table favor or to give to co-workers for their desks. Again, the sky is the limit with how you can use them and how to decorate them.

This guy is the traditional holiday colors of Real Red and Garden Green – the Quilted Christmas DSP Stack is a perfect compliment to this. Wrapping Hershey Nuggets seems to be a “peanut butter and jelly” thing for me during the holidays….they make a PERFECT compliment.

Enjoy these pictures…I think that they show you the fun you can have. I am just giddy over the pom-pom die that goes under the band of the stocking….do you agree – these framelits are just so well thought out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that I mentioned it above….but I had a bunch of people email me about the size of the pillow box. Below you will see the one that we used to have (you see….I do keep some “keepers”) as I started to sell it with retired inventory but then I changed my mind as it is a fun size as well.

The one that I blogged about on Saturday is roughly 2 1/2″ X 4″ – the perfect size to slip in a gift card. I hope that this helps and you can see the retired one is much bigger.

 

 

 

 

 

WHEW….this was a BUNCH to try to put together for you and I hope that I was able to accomplish the “scoop” on this bundle. I hope that it helps you see the versatility of this bundle. Please do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment if you have any questions.

I knew that I was going to love this and true, it is more steps to make but I think we all can agree, it is super cute and to me…it is a work of art and love. I am excited to continue to learn ways to put this together but I think that once I get on a roll with them….I will be ROLLING!

My Dad does not put up a big Christmas Tree anymore….but you bet that he will be getting several of these to enjoy. They just are too cute and the sky is really the limit in decorating!

Enjoy the holiday and please be safe if you are traveling! Thanks for hanging in there for this long post…..

 

 

 

 

I am smiling…too cute!

 

 

 

If you are anything like me…you can remember the first time you flipped through the new catalog and you said – WOW, I just HAVE to have that! Well, that’s what I did with page 15 with the Tags and Trimmings Bundle. I knew that it would be on the Brown Truck rolling down Randall Lane.

 

I ask you, How cute is this?

 

My head immediately starting swimming with ideas on how I would use it. The very first thought was the stocking – sooooo cute and just look at all of the trimmings there are to jazz it up! Next was the pillow box (I think that’s what you call it)….I can remember inside I was sayin’ yippee – a fantastic way to “gift” a gift card!

 

 

 

 

 

Today we are going to see the Pillow Box and pop back tomorrow and we will see the stocking! Stampin’ Up! does not have a video on this bundle yet but my bet…they will as it is going to be a fun and popular bundle that I am sure that many would enjoy a video (fingers crossed that they do or I might need to) 😐 

Before we get going into the tips and tricks that I found when making these….I wanted to share with some of the amazing photos that are in the catalog! I love it that Stampin’ Up! has these available for us to share! (click on them to make them bigger, the details are just wonderful)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the Bundle and yes, I would get the bundle as you will save an instant 10% and the stamp set is a classic to use for other projects, The fonts are fun and I like the “thickness” of them as they make a statement.

One stamp in this set that you will use over and over as the proportions of it are fantastic for card making….is the sweet snowflakes and dots (I love my dots). The picture below the bundle is the 5″ X 7″ piece of all of the stamps after I “condition” them  –  I tuck this in my stamp case for reference..

 

 

 

 

 

 

By doing this I accomplish 2 things…they are ready for me to have a great clean and crisp stamp and it is a great visual.

I know that this sounds crazy and you are probably saying Silly Susan….just look at the front of the case – YEP, you’re right…the images are there but I like to stamp them myself to get that “look and feel” – to me…it’s kind of like holding a catalog in your hand or looking at one on line – they both work but there is noting like having it in your hands!

 

 

 

 

 

I am sure that many of you remember we use to have a pillow box that was much bigger than this one. It retired and I can remember the buzz with SUD’s and customers of the “oh no’s” why did it retire? I can’t help you there but one thing I have learned….KEEP IT if something retired….if you like it – why not keep it? Only you know what works for your needs.

Here are some tips that I discovered while making this….hang on to them (I would pin one of the pictures so you will always be able to come back to this post) that I think will come in handy. It looks like a bunch but it is very straight forward, I know you all enjoy the “in’s and out’s” and you know me, I love to share tips!

 

 

 

 

 

  • You need (2) of the Pillow shapes (dah, I know that seems straight forward but…) and you can get (2) from a 1/2 of paper
  • You will cut one of the “flappy rectangle ends off”
  • Use your bone folder – this makes a huge difference with the sides and structure of the pillow box

 

 

 

 

 

  • The score lines on the short sides….these are curved (dah again…pillow shape) so the best way to score them it to keep your hand on the inside of the line and gently press into shape from the outside (hard to describe but you’ll get it)
  • Use Tear & Tape for the side edge to adhere, not only is it super strong it is so easy to pull that strip off and go. All you do is meet up the 2 and press!
  • For the rectangle flap that you did not cut off…I would put a small piece of tear & tape there and once you have it all put together on the sides….slide your bone folder in the box and rub it….
  • To make a belly band – you need a 6″ piece of DSP. I was THRILLED with this as it is a perfect solution for 6 X 6 paper and also great to use up scraps that you have. I just used fast fuse to adhere.
  • I made my own tag with the stamp as well as with the Everyday Label Punch…a must have staple!

 

 

 

 

 

That is really about it! The sky is the limit with this sweet box and you can easily see that it can be used all year long with a variety of themes…and the decorating of the box  – endless possibilities.

Here is another thing that I love about this pillow box. I am one that likes to make up MANY at one time just to have them ready to go. You could easily go ahead and cut the box shape with Mr. Bigs help…go ahead and put the tear & tape on the sides and just do not put them together.

This way you have a stack of pillow pouches ready to go and then all you have to do is decorate when you need them. WORKS FOR ME!

There you go…a perfect way to jazz up and make a gift card  FUN and UNIQUE! To me it is a win-win on both accounts….YOU are getting your “I made this fix” and THE RECIPIENT is getting not only an adorable presentation/gift….but a useful gift….a gift card!

 

 

 

 

My dear Dad like to give checks….(nothing wrong with that either) and I know each year I make him up something fun for his gift giving. A check will fit in here perfectly –  rolled with a simple bow around it (too cute, right?) or you could just fold it….options are always the best!

I can’t wait for you to see what’s up for you tomorrow….it will be stocking fun! I wish that you were all here to see me play with this bundle…I would do a little squeal of joy as they are so cute!!! It’s funny how the little things make you happy!

Enjoy your day, be safe and have fun with this new catalog. When you hit the Paw Print below all you have to do is hit that Holiday Catalog Tab and presto….all of the drop downs will be there for you!

I just love to be able to click and see all of the bundle in one section….here is a screen shot of what I mean! Remember – DOUBLE PAW PRINTS from me this Holiday Weekend thru Monday evening…..(woot-woot!!!)

 

 

It is a rainy day here in Maryland but that’s ok – my job for the day was to get a load of hay….oops, that’s not happening….I think that I am giving myself permission for Milo and I to craft together!!! Actually, I am kinda glad that it is rainy as I need to keep working on the Product Share Swatch Books…..remember – tomorrow is the LAST DAY for you to get in the Product Share!

Don’t forget…one lucky Product Share person is going to win the exclusive Merry Patterns Stamp Set….I say yippee for you and a big thanks from me for the Product Share order! Please see yesterday’s post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s simple…just add dots!

 

 

 

 

Hello and Happy Thursday! I am all mixed up and the truth be told, THAT CORN GOT ME YESTERDAY! I think that my mind was larger than my energy and taking the task of putting up 200 ears of corn…CALGON, take me away!

We need to have a chat….do you have friends that tell you….“I can’t do what you do” or “I don’t have the time to do what you do” or how about this one…“I don’t want to get involved in another hobby to have to buy the whole store” – well….we all know that these statements are simply NOT TRUE.

I love kits…..and many of you know that “kits are my thing” but before you CLICK ME OFF…please look at this kit that Stampin’ Up! has put together in the new catalog that comes out tomorrow….IT IS OVER THE TOP and I can honestly say that the ONLY thing I did different than what was included in the kits and as the directions go was…to JUST ADD DOTS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a quick Video that Stampin’ Up! did showcasing this fantastic offering!

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEP, that’s it….It is funny…I do not seem to have problems selling the kits that I put together but you all are shy in purchasing the ones that Stampin’ Up! puts together (well, I am speaking for my customer base) but please hear me out….THIS ONE IS STELLAR and I would be proud to send it just as it is directed!

You know me by now that I love to “tweak things” and I love to add my own mark to it but for this “go-around” I stuck to the directions and I loved it. I will do a future post that I make some changes (if I can think of any as this is just great) and share it in a future post. Here is a picture of the contents in the kit – 20 cards!

 

 

 

 

 

I ask you…..how can you walk away with 20 cards and 20 gold lined envelopes for just $20.00! Please let me answer that for you, YOU CAN’T.

 

 

 

 

 

True the stamp set, Watercolor Christmas is sold separately but HELLO….this is a great one….just look at those sentiments! I can easily see Holiday Tags and thank you notes with those (3) tree images. Love this stamp set!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do not do many “in person” classes but this project kit…I am super excited to reach out and teach. It is a kit for everyone and a kit that you will feel very proud of.

Tomorrow is the big day to begin the ordering frenzy…I know that we are MONTHS away from that magical day of December 25th but I must admit, I am feeling great to have one kit completed (that is already 20 cards DONE) and I am having fun working on the one I am going to tweak!

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for you today…I am very passionate about this kit and I do hope that it is on the TOP of your list. Speaking of list…I would take some “me time” and write down your must haves as if you are anything like me…you just get so darn excited when the green light os on to order that you forget something – (this happens to me all the time) if I do not make a list!

Enjoy the remained of the day….I will be UP WTH THE CHICKENS in the morning to order all of the Product Share goodies and if I were you….I would POP on as I think that there is something that you just “might want to see”…….tee-hee-hee!

Please remember, the last day to order a Product Share for the 1st wave is this Sunday, September 3rd…..I will be offering another one later in the month but if I were you….I would HOP ON NOW!

 

 

 

 

A card for the “masses”!!!

 

 

 

 

Happy Hump Day! Now this is what I am talkin’ about…a card that is as easy as 1,2,3 but carries a PUNCH! I have a question for you and one that I think we can all relate to…

 

 

Why is it that we feel the need to complicate things?

 

 

I ask this because as I was making this card I admit, I felt a bit guilty. I was thinking“this is too easy”…”I need to jazz it up with something”….then I thought...”wow – I like this”…”this was a no-brainer, it’s done”…

There is nothing wrong what so ever having a card that uses minimal products and one that can be pulled together and completed in a matter of minutes.

The star of the show is the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (now say that 3 times). Just look – it is…one BIG…one SIMPLE SNOWFLAKE…that makes a STATEMENT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am using Very Vanilla today as I have been “neglecting it lately” and I am just still kickin’ my heels that is it available now in the  Thick – Heavy weight. I love the softness that it gives and for me, it is still my “white” as there is nothing like having the “white space” on a card and today….that is one of the elements that makes this card.

You really do not need me today but while I am here….let me keep yackin’ away!

  • The base is a vertical A-2 – 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″
  • The Very Vanilla piece that I embossed is 4″ X 5 1/4″ and I ran it through Mr Big with the Winter Wonder Folder
  • The Mat of Real Red is just a smidge larger, 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″ and YESI did cut some shapes out of the center of the red not to waste it! 
  • The sentiment for both the outside and the inside is from the Flurry Of Wishes, a Photopolymer one carried over from last year.
  • The envelope love is from the Quilted Christmas 6″ X 6″ DSP….(one of my favorites in the new catalog).

Look at that nice and deep impression that you get…with just a little crank from Mr. Big! (he does such a great job) I am trying to be better about using Embossing Folders…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that I rarely show you all the inside of a card but I just had to snap a picture for the other simplicity of this showing you that 1,2,3 – DONE this whole project would be! Can you image how many cards you could crank out in a “me time block” and the other great factor…this is a very inexpensive card to make.

I am guilty of making several different cards…I usually go off of 3 or 4 designs that I come up with and I know that we are really early in the Christmas Card game…but this might be in the running for the need of the “quick and easy category” 

 

 

 

 

 

We need to STOP and CHAT about this new DSP Stack. It is wonderful – it is as simple as that! I think when you hear the word “quilt” you think is something old fashion and perhaps dated….well look below and smile!

This picture does a great job but to me there is something even more BOLD and CRISP about these colors together. It is just one great stack and remember, with my Product Share…you will get (1) full sheet of each of them.

If you were to make this card “in the masses” you would have plenty of the “red options” for your liners….heck – if you were to use the one that I am using today you would be able to make (12) envelopes alone from this one design.

 

 

WHAT…HOW??? Easy – I cut the DSP into a 2″ X 6″ strip and you get (4) sheets of this paper = 12 cuts!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is your picture to pin! Clean and Simple is the name of this Hump Day Card! For those of you that have small children or grandchildren, this would be a great card for you to make with them.

They would LOVE to crank Mr. Big and then you could do the stampin’….and a win-win….you will not only have fun doing a project together, but you will love the end result…a great card!

 

 

 

 

 

You know what tomorrow is….the weekly game day….let’s play Tic-Tac-Toe! Games are so much fun…even as an adult! I am hoping to have a productive day…I am getting 200 ears of corn to put up! To me there is nothing like having the freshness of the summer all winter long and I always try to take advantage of produce when it is super yummy!

I will try to snap a picture of my helpers! I put a plastic sheet down in our family room…watch You Tube Videos on our TV and shuck away with my furry friends before the blanching of the corn. At first they think something fun is going to happen because of the table and change of the family room but once they see that it is rather boring they do what they do best….SLEEP!

Remember, if you want in the 1st wave of my Product Share you need to email me by this Sunday, September 3rd so I can save a spot for you. I will do another share but that will not be until the 3rd week of September.

I will be up with the chickens (heck – they will probably be asleep still) to order the products for the share. I do expedite the shipping so I can turn them around to you in a jif! IT’s kind of a bummer that Monday is a Holiday so no USP…..but I know you will be smiling BIG TIME when you see how fast I will turn your shares around!

 

 

 

 

Woot-Woot I’m back with Blog Candy!

 

 

 

Good Tuesday to all and I will say that it feels great to be back in the saddle BUT….I wish that I physically felt better! It is July and I have a cold like people get in the heart of Winter…YUCK! I am excited to share with you some of the “fun” John and I had in Thailand and I decided to add a drop down box at the top of my blog so I am not clogging up blog space! (they should be up this afternoon….I need to talk to my dear helper, Brian Watt as you know me….technical difficulties with the computer)

I will continue to add some fun times and pictures as time warrants throughout the week but I can say…we arrived home late on Friday and we are both still out of wack with the time thing and then Sunday it happened….a cold from nowhere and I feel like a bowling ball!

Enough of the saga….let’s get to this sweet card…..a total “Susan kinda card” and while I was away I came to “truths with myself” and that is – I really do not care for the whole concept of Christmas in July.

While we were away…it was July…there was no push for the Christmas in July concept that the media loves to do, the stores and even “us, your bloggers” seem to do. I already made this sweet card up before I left and I do adore it so naturally I want to share it with you…but I am going to try to embrace the rest of July.

I was lucky enough to see the NEW Holiday Catalog and Stampin’ Up! spoiled us with many of the new products on the trip…(super de-de duper cute) but they will have their place in time…..just let the calendar go forward a bit more. The preorder does start for demonstrators on August 1st (and that is exciting) and of course…I will place my order but until then….I want to enjoy the goodies in the Annual Catalog.

This stamp set, Watts of Occasions is so much fun! I encourage you to pull that catalog out and turn to page 63. Isn’t it adorable? I am sure at first glance that it was breezed by but I do hope that you can see the fun it brings – to me, it is a smile maker stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see another post that I did with this stamp.  😀

You all know that I adore square cards and yep, I do enjoy making custom envelopes for them using the envelope punch board but please remember, a 4 1/4″ square card (like this is) could easily fit into one of our regular envelopes therefore there would be no need for additional postage.

It’s a personal thing for me….I just love to jazz up an envelope and the custom size always makes someone feel special when they open their mailbox.

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, I am using the basics….WHAT??? Well where do I start….the trimmer, the big shot, the square framelits yada…yada – you see  – these good old basics always help you create a clean and crisp card!

On this card I think that I have really, really allowed the simple stamp and the classic houndstooth print of the DSP be the star of the show! I adore the classic feel and simplicity of this DSP….if they sold it in single sheets….darn, I would STOCK UP! 

You can see that I am trying to use this print sparingly but I just had to add it to the envelope to pull it all together! (I guess you could say that I am being frugal about it) but it works…actually like a charm! The gold foil paper and then the embossed piece adds soooooo much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about the gold heat embossing….super cute – right????? That always is a smile factor each and every time and you know how I adore my Bakers Twine…you can NEVER have enough of that!!!

After I had heat set the sentiment, I simply cut it into sections to make it a bit more whimsical over the card. This is something that I do not do a bunch but I will say that I like the look and feel!

 

 

 

 

 

I am just giddy over this card and I honestly think that it might be in the running for a Christmas Card that I would make in the masses to send out this year…..we have LOTS of time for that decision and we have many AMAZING new kids on the block coming our way very soon but there is the quirkiness of this card that tickles my fancy!

What do you do? Do you just make up 1 card and make multiples of it or do you make up several different cards? This is what I do…..I make up several different cards and then make up a dozen or more of the style…..I adore making up in the masses as it is sooooo rewarding and heck – I am used to it with my card kits….but there are times that I like to switch it up…..how about YOU?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now let’s chat about Blog Candy! I shared with you that it is my turn to be the “Candy Man” for your amazing support to my Stampin’ Up! fun as without your support and inspiration that you give to me each and everyday….this amazing Thailand trip would not have been possible!

Everyday this week I am going to be the “sweetest person on earth with Blog Candy” and before we get to and am also “Sweetening the deal” with orders places with me.

I have updated the Hostess Code and if your order is $75.00 or more with me….you can GO TO THE VAULT and pick out any stamp your heart desires. I did this last year and it was a huge hit….but now….it is STOCKED TO THE MAX….as it is up to date from the Catalog that ended on May 31st.

I might not have had internet while we were flying and sitting at airports but I did have “Word” that I could work and get everything in order and I am a PROUD MAMA that the list is as good as it will ever get!

 

 

 

If you had already placed an order with me of $75.00+ this month, no worries….I will reach out to you and share the link for you to get your goodie. I know that you will be happy but also overwhelmed because it is a bunch and I am thrilled to have it in order.

Now for the Blog Candy…..leave me a comment and let me know how you feel about the Christmas in July media push…..does it get you excited????….does it get you sad/stressed????? but also, PLEASE let me know how you like this sweet card! (ha-ha)!!!

 

 

One lucky winner will win this stamp Set….

Watts of Occasions….just leave a comment and GOOD LUCK!

 

 

Now HERE IS SOMETHING to take heart of and I will say that you really should view this as a great marketing strategy…..for every $50.00 you spend in July, you will receive a $5.00 coupon to use in August!

I LOVE this promotion and have taken advantage of it personally but if I were you……I would add that extra $25.00 to be able to pick a free stamp from my fault…..(just saying as there are 100’s of stamp sets needing a new home)

 

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t like Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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To end this FUN week that we have had with “Practical Posts” – how can we not end with a good Old Fashion AMAZING Chocolate Chip Cookies! I honestly do not thing that I know of one person that does not like Chocolate Chip Cookies!

You know that I LOVE presentation…and today is no different! Mason Jars are a classic…and Chocolate Chip Cookies are a classic, so I ask you ~ how can you go wrong? These are a great gift to give all year long as again, how can you go wrong with a classic!

Here you go with a super quick recipe!

 

Mason Jar Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

For every one-quart jar,(use the wide mouth) ~  you will need:

1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 t. baking soda
1 /2 t. salt
1/2 c. white sugar
3/4 c. (packed) dark brown sugar
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl – pour into your mason jar (I found a funnel to be VERY useful )– especially when making a bunch of these!

Using your “tool” – I like a long ice tea spoon, tamp the flour mixture down till it is firmly packed and level. The BEST tip I can give you is to start with the flour and also tapping the Mason Jar firmly on your counter as that also makes it good and tight.

Add the Dark Brown Sugar and White Sugar….with the chocolate chips and if you have room ( I always have room) – I add some walnuts or pecans…..YUM  and THEN seal the jar.

Here are the directions that I put on the tag.

Empty contents of jar into a large bowl.

In separate bowl combine 3/4 cup of butter (use the real stuff), 1 egg and 1 yolk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add to dry mixture. Drop by tablespoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on a rack and grab some milk and go to heaven!

Here is a baking tip that I have always found to be a fool proof way to have your cookies come out perfectly. I keep (2) cookie sheets for JUST making cookies and I ALWAYS use a Silpat Mat on my baking sheet. Here are the type of sheets I use – you can get them anywhere but for ease sake – I am linking them to Amazon (I get mine at Sam’s Club)

As I have been saying that I am stocking up the PEEPS kitchens this year and yep, they are each getting the tools for making perfect cookies plus one of these jars! I bet I have had my Silpat Mats for over 15 years – they are the best and a game changer!

 

 

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The sky is the limit on how you decorate the jar! (a great way to use up leftovers!) and I added a strip of tear -n- tape to the back of the ribbon and then it was a breeze to adhere.

Let’s chat real quick about the fun tag. I used the Santas Sleigh Thinlits for the tree and this IS being carried over BUT NOT THE BUNDLE PRICE….so if you do not have this set….I ask you , “why not?” as it is an all time Christmas classic. Next year, you will be able to buy them but NOT at the bundled price! I cut (2) of them from Garden Green as type A Susan liked to cover the back so you did not see the the red tag that I adhered to the tree.

 

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The sentiment is from the Candy Cane Christmas and this IS walking the plank so if you want it, scoop it up! I heat embossed it with white, I just LOVE that pop!

I think that you can see that this is a “keeper” that you can use all year long and with many different recipes. It would be perfect for any occasion to give and trust me, when someone sees a Mason Jar filled with love and then realizes that YOU took YOUR time to make this…you will be their NEW BEST FRIEND!

I often look for these when they are on sale and then when I make them….I make a bunch because you can go down a list real quick with who would love them – also a PERFECT hostess gift!

Well…I hope that this made you happy and that you will also make someone else happy with a great gift like this! This is a great project to do with children and as I said before, they are fun to make in the “masses” – they is nothing like seeing a bunch of these on your counters ready to go!

Jammie shopping on on trend…..”just saying” 🙂

 

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