Monday, December 8, 2008

Secret Pal Cards

This is a Christmas card for us to give our hair dresser, Tammy is the best, and so we are giving her a gift on Saturday!!!

Dawn and Jodi work at the same place and they have secret pals. Their reveal and Christmas Party is this Friday. I made things for them to give their secret pal. We made the candy, and I found the cutest boxes at Party City, and I made a set of cards for each of them. Here they are. I made each of them a Just because, 2 birthday, and a thank you card.

My Ink Spots are here!

I joined a Stampin Up club a couple of months ago. My Aunt Deb told me about a girl in my area that had a Stampin Up club that she was going to join, so I said I would join too. If you love to make cards and scrapbooking. This is a great thing to join. You only have to have a $15.00 min each month and it is a 10 month commitment, and one of those months you get so much in product free and a free stamp set, and my Stampin Up demostrator is the best and adds lots of goodies to your order. I got a stamp set and versa mark the first order and it was my hostess month, so I got a free stamp set and Ink I think. This month I got Ink Spots, and paper, and a versa mark pen, and my free gift this month is a pack of paper, plus a few other things. Samantha is my demonstrator and she is a very giving and loving person. I am lucky to live close to her where we can get together, and I can't wait for my aunt Deb to come down so they can meet. I don't have a ton of stuff so I am adding to it each month and Samantha has given me so much stuff out of her own things. Samantha thank you so much for being so kind, and I love spending time with you. I will have a craft room like you one day.

Nothing like getting together with friends.

I have great friends. We decided to get together and make candy for the holidays and my annual Christmas Party. I always have something for my guests to take home from any party I have. It is a way of saying Thank You for attending. So I always have about 10 things I need and want to do but time is not on my side most of the time. Well here are what I have made and a couple of pictures.

The first thing we made was a sweet party mix and it was easy.
Get the following items: 1 box golden grahams, 1 box apple cinn cheerios,
1 bag stick pretzles. 3 bags white choc chips, and peanut butter.
Take 2 cups of each item and put in bowl. Melt 1 bag of choc and about 1 good heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and mix with the choc as it is melting. once it is melted, stir over the mix then on wax paper spread out good and it will harden fast and break up into pieces and store. It has a very good flavor and it will make a bunch. Great as a bagged gift.

Next we made thin mint, grasshopper like cookies. (This was easy)
Get 2 boxes of Vanilla wafers, peppermint flavor, and melting choc.
melt choc, add flavoring after choc melts. then dip wafers in choc and let dry. We used the forks from my fondue pot, turned the wafers over and after dipping into the choc, and then pressed firm on one side and it layed perfect, it took no time for this.

Last we just covered pretzles in choc. I for some reason I hate doing this with a passion. Dawn loves these, I just hate making them.

I have made other things like peppermint meltways, I don't think I will make these again, they turned out very pretty, but too much work and stuff in them, and cranberry oatmeal cookies, these need something more they are kind of bland, they are still good though.

It finally made it here! IT was MIA for 5 days

I have to say that I am one lucky person and I feel very blessed to have wonderful grandparents like I do. I have a grandmother(I call her Aunt Debra), that I love very much and she is so good to me. I can talk to her about anything. She is one of the most talented people I know and I envy her so much. I love to craft things, but she can do circles around me. She sent me my Birthday/Christmas present out the day before Thanksgiving and I just recieved it on Friday. It was a CRICUT!!!!!!! As I opened the BIG box I was like a little kid, after getting thru all the peanuts and paper there it was another big box wrapped so cute, It was half Birthday and half Christmas paper with ribbons to match both,and tags. I am jumping around the kitchen calling Adam he pretends to be excited for me. Like I said, I am a very lucky girl and I wish my Aunt Deb and Pawpaw Dickie were closer, I really talk about moving to be closer to them so we can craft and just see each other. To my aunt Deb, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and I love you and pawpaw very much.