Christmas Card #7

Another Santa... You know the saying, "Think Christmas, Think Snow, Think Santa, Ho! Ho! Ho!"
The base of the card is a standard A2 in green.  I used a pre-made blank card from DCWV.  Michaels had a box of 30 in Christmas colors with white envelopes.  The red card was just that red card stock.  It came from a collection of papers that Mary sent me as a gift.  The paper is shiny and heavy.  I used a Sizzix embossing folder from the Flower Vine & Twizzle Set then sanded off the red.  I inserted gold brads on some of the motifs.  Another paper from that collection is the white/red dot I used for the border.  The scalloped edge is punched on the EKS "scalloped scallop punch".  I glued a thin green ribbon across the top of the border.  The golden reindeer are from a ribbon I  purchased at Really Reasonable Ribbon (link on side bar).  They have beautiful ribbons.  The winter white roses are from Prima.  Santa came from a calendar (365 days of scrapbooking) I received for Christmas 3 or 4 years ago.  I adhered the image on green card stock, then trimmed it and mounted it to the card with foam tape. Everything is chalked with walnut brown.  Here are some closeups of the card:

Have a great day.

Holiday Cookbook Day 4

It's two for one day.  I'm taking a break from the sweet stuff and heading over to some appetizers.  When I make cheese spreads, I make these two at the same time.  They are similar in structure and require like ingredients.   
The first spread recipe came from a co-worker.  My son loves this spread so I make it for every holiday.  In fact, he's the one who made sure I got the recipe in the first place.  I've seen it on the web as Dried Beef Spread, but we just use the Buddig beef from the deli case of the grocery store.  
This is a simple but hearty spread, and usually a favorite with the guys.

The second spread is a creation I made because I like smoked salmon, but it is way too expensive for my budget.  This recipe turns out creamy and spreads well on crackers or cocktail bread.  You can use canned salmon but you need to skin and bone it (sorry but yuck!). I was really happy when Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea came out with the sealed bags already cleaned.  I use one large or two of these packages. This is my daughter-in-law's favorite so I make it for every holiday.  Notice a pattern here? :)

So, everyone start your mixers!  

The double page spread (no pun intended):
Page one:
Page two:
These are 6" by 6" cards with a 2" border at the top. I chalked the edges with light blue. The words "fish" and "beef" are cut from "From My Kitchen".  The cow is from Paper Doll Dress Up (pg 47), and the little boy fishing is from A Child's Year.  All were cut at 2".  Since the cow didn't have layers, I cut out 3 (1 pink, 1 white, and 1 brown) then pieced them to make the final cow.  Isn't he cute?  I love animals and cows are near the top of the list. I used  3 buttons on each page tied with dark brown jute.  The titles are printed on my computer.  I was looking for a button that said "go" so my card would read "eat beef" and "go fish", but I didn't find any.  So "cheese" is there until I find a "go".

Hope you like them.  If you have a chance, leave a comment.  It's so nice to hear from you.  I won't be posting tomorrow, but this weekend I'll post my Stuffing Sandwich Bread.  I can smell the sage now...


Winner Second Request for address.

The second prize winner....

Hey, Nicole Z. are you out there?  I need your addy to send your prize.  Please email me
at suescraftymess at gmail dot com.   Thanks    Sue

#101 is Nicole Z. Here's the comment:

Nicole please email (suescraftymess at gmail.com) so I can get your address to mail the mini album.


Christmas Card #6

Here's Christmas Card #6 - Good Ole St. Nick. 

Since I grew up in the 50's my early remembrance of St. Nick is the "Coca Cola Santa."  He was always bright, red, fat and jolly.  I started to like other Santa images when my mother began her collection of  Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus figures.  Now my favorites are the old European Santas with long hooded, coats and "grand fatherly" expression on their faces. 
A close up of the top of the card I cut the flowers from Walk in my Garden.
A close up of St. Nick
And the inside of the card
 The papers are from DCWV Christmas Stack (last years).  The card is a standard A2.

Holiday Cookbook Day 3

Welcome to day three of the Holiday Cookbook series.  Today is one of my favorites - Lemon Bread.  It's very easy to make.  If you like lemons, this will be your cup of tea.  In fact that's what I like.  A slice of lemon bread and a cup of hot tea - yummy.  When you slice this bread the fragrance pops like a breath of Spring.  I also like that it is a light treat.  So many of the recipes I make at the holidays are heavy and rich.  Lemon bread is a laid back sorta light and airy way to have a pick me up.  So here it is:

The double page spread:
The individual sheets:

I had some problems with the camera today so everything seems muted.  Sorry.  I started out with  6" by 6" squares of blue patterned paper.  I added a 1 3/4" strip of glitter paper to the opposite sides. These papers were in a stack I bought at Big Lots.  Before adhering the strips down, I attached a piece of heart lace.  The lemons and the words were cut from Preserves.  I used the blue paper for the shadow cut and a yellow card stock for the word.  The lemons were from a really bright yellow card stock.  I embossed it with the Swiss Dots folder (Cuttlebug) and dabbed ivory chalk over the top to tone the yellow down.  The green and blue flowers are Petaloo Color Me Crazy Jeweled Floretttes.  I used markers to color them.  Everything is inked with Tim Holtz Walnut. The buttons are from my stash.  The recipe is printed on DCWV paper from either Stack 6 or 7.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Leave a comment if you have the time.


Holiday Cookbook Day 2

Welcome back to day two of the 10 day series of Holiday Recipes.  Today's recipe is a very versatile sour cream cookie called Plantation Creams.  This was a recipe my mother relied on every Christmas.  She made hundreds of them to add to the gift baskets she and my father gave out each year.  Since this is a plain cookie that has a soft dough, you can add tons of things to it to stretch the recipe into making 6 to 7 dozen 2.5" cookies.  Ours typically included a cup each of chocolate chips, chopped dates, chopped nuts (walnuts and pecans mixed), chopped Maraschino cherries, coconut, and raisins.  However, I have used this cookie to make just chocolate chip cookies, macadamia nut and white chocolate chip cookies, date and nut cookies, and plain soft sugar cookies.  My son's favorite is still the original 6 cup mix.

Here is the double page layout:

The same "recipe" for the page layout continues.  6" by 6" squares of white card stock.  Topped with 5 3/4" by 5 3/4" designer paper - this time green.  A green and white border rectangle, 1 1/2" by 5 3/4", is placed at the top of the page.  Embellishments include white paper flowers with red brads, silver stick on buttons, and stick on snowflakes.  A tan card stock was used for the computer generated recipe and titlesHere are the closeups of both pages.

Thanks for stopping by.  Let me now if you have any questions. 
Tomorrow - Lemon Bread



SMMA Winner(s) Announcement

Oh my gosh, thank you everyone for viewing the So Many Mini Album Bog Hop and leaving such a great response.  I am really honored to receive such wonderful and thoughtful comments.  Thank you.  Wasn't this blog hop just the best.  I learned so many new ways to make minis and I can't wait to get started on them.  But first let's get to the winner(s).  I really wish I could everyone a prize; I really do.  But I am very happy to give the White Christmas Mini Album to # 53....
# 53 is MenanBerretts.  Here's the comment :

Since this blog hop put me over the 125 followers, I am selecting two more winners!!!
Winner #1 will receive the Christmas Mini #1 that I posted here.

And the winner is

#101 is Nicole Z. Here's the comment:

Nicole please email (suescraftymess at gmail.com) so I can get your address to mail the mini album.

Winner #2 will receive the Dream Mini that I posted here:
And the winner is:
#151 is Traci L. Here's the comment:

Again, I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and participating in this great blog hop.
 I hope you'll keep stopping by and visiting.  I'm doing my Christmas Cookbook now if you're interested.


The Guessing Is Over

Thank you to everyone who left their guesses.  

It is in fact a Holiday Cookbook.

I wanted to share a project I'm making for my granddaughters.  Over the years I've tried many holiday recipes.  A few of them have become part of our Holiday traditions.  In order to pass this tradition to my granddaughters, Brenna and Beth, I am making a 6" by 6" album filled with their favorites.  Each recipe will be made on two 6" by 6" sheets. So instead of jabbering, let's get to it! Here is the album cover:

I purchased this 6" by 6" green checked binder at Hobby Lobby.  I used self stick red and gold ribbon, an ornament from the dollar bin at Michaels, and wooden snowflake buttons to make the cover festive.  There is a clear plastic sleeve to go over the album cover to keep it clean.

And here is the first recipe. VIRGINIA'S FUDGE

I worked with Virginia at my first full-time job back in 1966.  She was a wonderful lady who made the best fudge.  One day I asked her if she would share her recipe, and she was sweet enough to jot it down on a piece of scratch paper.  I tried it out when I got home that night.  It's been the only fudge I make ever since.  It makes a big batch of fudge.

Each page is a 6" by 6"square of white card stock.  This is topped with a 5 3/4" by 5 3/4" of tan patterned paper that I ran through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots folder.  I used the Martha Stewart arched lattice edger punch to make the top 1 1/2" border from brown dotted card stock.  The embellishments include silk flowers, press on sticker snowflakes, stick on heart button and a silver charm that says "A Spoonful of Love"- it is covering part of the word chips - sorry.  The recipe and titles are printed on the computer on cream card stock.

Here are individual images of both pages for closeups:

I hope you follow me for the next 10 days to see the other recipes.  I really hope you try to make your own book to pass down your Holiday favorites or just have them all in one place.  Please feel free to print and use the recipes if you wish.  Let me know if there are any questions.  

Tomorrow - a great cookie.

Thanks for stopping by.  Sue


Tomorrow's the day

In case there is anyone who didn't guess what's coming, here is the final hint:
  • Inside this mini is something delicious
And here's the last visual hint as well.

Tomorrow's the day everything will be revealed.
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