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Friday, December 14, 2018

Bringing home the Christmas tree...

I am most often inspired by other papercrafters, and one person who inspires me regularly is Hannelie, or "Desert Diva" as she is known in blogland. She made a card very similar to the above cards some weeks ago, and I couldn't help but CASE it.

You'll find Hannelie's card here. The card design came from LoveSVG, and if you'd like to give it a try, you'll find it here. It's a free SVG file and so much fun to put together. I cut out all the pieces, including the snowy frames, with my Silhouette. The paper for the frames is from Stampin' Up.

The sparkly snowflakes that you see near the car and tree were punched out with a Recollections punch. I did add some vellum behind the car windows, but it was totally unnecessary, because you really can't even see it. Not even IRL!!

The big bow was cut from some shimmery gold paper, and then I added a shimmery enamel dot at the center.

My "Merriest Wishes" stamp is from a Momenta set.

I decorated the inside of my card with a couple strips of the snowflake patterned paper and two more of those glittery punched snowflakes.

The sentiment here is from the same Momenta stamp set I used on the front.

I am finishing up my cookie baking today. When I started getting out the supplies I needed, I found I only had two colored sugars--red and green--for my cut-out cookies. I could have gone with just the two colors, but I decided that was a little dull, so I quickly made my own yellow and blue sugars.

To make my colored sugar, I put 1/4 cup of white sugar into a small jelly jar (see it in the photo above?) and added 10 drops of food coloring, scattering them over the sugar. I covered and then shook the jar until the color was evenly distributed. Finally, I spread the sugar out on a plate to dry, stirring occasionally to make sure no lumps formed. It only took about an hour to dry, and--voila!!--perfect colored sugar.

The finished cookies are nothing fancy, but they do add some color and variety to my Christmas cookie platters. I have 10 different kinds of cookies to serve (I'm SO tired of baking), plus some sugared almonds. Closer to Christmas I'll bake some banana bread and a couple of pies. Then I will definitely quit my kitchen duty. We're going to my daughter's for Christmas day, so she'll be in charge of the kitchen then. Yay!

I hope all your Christmas preparations are going smoothly. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.


Hannelie said...

Thank you so much for your kind words and link to my blog Cheryl. I LOVE the way you used this adorable cut file!
Have a wonderful day!

designbydonna said...

Love the tree on top the car image. We were that just last weekend. We were at our son's house and went with them to pick a tree. It only took about and hour for the girls to find THE tree. You have certainly been busy in the kitchen. I remember my mom making her own colored sugar. Loved her sugar cookies.

Lynette said...

Great cards, Cheryl! Love the large shimmery bow. Nice cookies, too. I don't do any baking. Our daughter and her family are here from Chicago are here this weekend, so we celebrated with them. Fun times!

Glittered Paws said...

How clever are you with making your own colored sugars, I ould have probably just sighed and went with the red and green. This car/tree and bow makes an absolute darling card. We are going to grand daughters so no cooking for me - well except a cranberry salad. Enjoy your Christmas.