Sunday, December 21, 2014

day 4: christmas cookie tube

As I mentioned before, we love to visit our friends and neighbors, sing carols, and drop off holiday goodies. Another treat we made to share this year is Cake Mix Snickerdoodles in an upcycled low cal drink mix container. This little tube is the perfect size for cookies and is food grade so no worries!

I started by trimming my paper to fit the tube (6 ¼” x 10” in this case). Then I wrapped the paper around the tube and hot glued the ends down. I cut a 2” x 10” and a 1” x 10” border to fit around the tube and hot glued them down.

I cut apart one of the journaling cards to create a “Merry Christmas” tag and hot glued it over the borders on the front of the tube. Then I cut a 2 ½” circle of paper to cover the lid. Finally, I embellished the tube with some decorative brads, jute twine, stickers and sequins.

Then I filled the decorated tube with some Cake Mix Snickerdoodles. I love to use easy recipes during the holiday season to save time. These cookies are quick and delicious. Here’s the recipe:

Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

1 vanilla or white cake mix
1 stick butter or margarine (1/2 cup)
1 egg
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°. Add cake mix, butter, and egg in bowl and stir until well blended. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl. Shape dough into 1” balls and roll in cinnamon sugar mix. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2” apart. Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and place on wire rack to cool.

If you'd like to snag the full supply list for this project, visit the Echo Park Paper blog HERE. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

day 5: christmas printables

I stumbled across this fabulous blog post with a collection of over 100 free Christmas printables from around the web. If you'd like to see this amazing line up of freebies CLICK HERE to visit Moritz Fine Designs. Here are just three of the 100+ beautiful pieces of printable art linked to her post.

Subway style decor by Jen Gallacher of Insiteful Living

Chalkboard-style tags by Poppy Talk

Holiday planner by Crazy Little Projects

Friday, December 19, 2014

day 6: winner!

The winner of the Scrapbook and Cards Today prize package is...

Lin Murray said...
This is a great magazine - one of the few left in print form. I like the Essentials section (page 10) and also the article on using 6 x 6 paper pads (page 21). I have lots of those that need to be used more often.
Thanks for a chance to win this great magazine and planner!
December 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM Delete

Congratulations Lin!! Please send me an email (link's in the sidebar) with your full name and mailing address and I'll ship those to you ASAP. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

day 7: reindeer chow

Another favorite tradition our family participates in each Christmas is caroling and dropping off goodies to our neighbors and friends. Some years we buy goodies, and some years we make them. This year one of the goodies we're making is this yummy and easy Reindeer Chow recipe (AKA Muddy Buddies).

If you'd like to snag the recipe for yourself, visit This Silly Girl's Life blog HERE. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

day 8: christmas breakfast recipes

Our family always makes Christmas Casserole the night before Christmas so we can wake up and simply bake it. That way we can spend more time together enjoying each other and our gifts. It's a fun tradition, but we're ready for something different now that our kids are older. So, I found some awesome and delicious Christmas breakfast recipes to share with you. Check this out!

You can find all of these amazing recipes on the Made From Pinterest blog HERE. We'll be trying a few of these this year. Can't wait!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

day 9: holiday gift tag set

Need a last minute hostess gift idea for the holidays? How about a quick and easy set of gift tags in a handmade box. I created these snowflake gift tags using some of my favorite dies and my Evolution Advanced, then I made a cute little matching box to wrap them in with my Envelope Punch Board.

Holiday Gift Tag Set by Aly Dosdall

First I die cut five tags using the Tag It Kit. Then I used one of the single dies from the Snowflake Punches Dies to cut out a snowflake shape from the bottom of the tag and backed it with white cardstock. Then I added a gold sequin, a simple sentiment, an eyelet to the top with my Crop-A-Dile, and I tied some twine through it to finish the tags.

Holiday Gift Tag Set by Aly Dosdall_close 1

Next I used my Envelope Punch Board to create a little gift box to wrap the tags. My tags are about 1 3/4 "x 3 1/4", so I created a 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" box.

Holiday Gift Tag Set by Aly Dosdall_close 2

For a full tutorial on how to use the Envelope Punch Board to make this cute little gift box, visit the We R Memory Keepers blog HERE.

This little set makes a great hostess gift, a holiday gift for teachers, or stocking stuffers for your crafty friends!

Monday, December 15, 2014

day 10: sct giveaway

Today's giveaway is brought to you buy the wonderful, sweet and talented ladies at Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine. I've got the Winter 2015 issue and the 2015 Planner and Sketch Calendar to give to one of you wonderful readers.

If you'd like to be considered for this giveaway hop on over to Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine's free online Winter 2015 issue HERE and take a minute to browse through the pages. Come back here when you're done and leave a comment telling me about one of the projects that caught your eye and which page it's on so we can all go see the eye candy.

Comments will remain open until midnight (MT) on Thursday. I'll choose one random winner that I'll announce on Friday morning. Don't forget to check back to see if you won. Good luck!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

day 11: family traditions--music

Music is a huge part of our family Christmas celebration. We start playing our favorite holiday tunes the weekend of Thanksgiving when we're decorating. We play music while baking goodies for neighbors and friends, and on Christmas Day we blast the Christmas music all day long. Oh, and my fav Christmas radio station is a preset in my Excursion. Love it!

Here's an awesome Youtube video featuring some of my favorite Youtube stars playing one of my favorite Christmas songs. It's a beautiful moving video, and I hope you enjoy it!

Each year I buy a new Christmas CD to add to our family collection. This year I bought the That's Christmas To Me album from Pentatonix. I just love them! Here's an amazing video of them singing one of my favorite songs on the album. Sit back and get ready for the chills. =)

Are you a fan of holiday music? What are your favorite holiday songs and artists?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

day 12: pinwheel christmas ornaments

We put up our Christmas tree recently so decorating for the holidays is on my mind. Plus, I've been dying for an excuse to play with my new Pinwheel Punch Board, so guess what I made? That's right--a Pinwheel Christmas Ornament!

Pinwheel Ornament by Aly Dosdall

This was super easy to make, and I could see a whole tree covered with these in beautiful holiday colors. I loved using the Pinwheel Punch Board to make this ornament--I simply trimmed my paper to the desired size according to the instruction sheet. Then I lifted the cutting arm and punched all four corners of my paper with the punch feature on the board.

punch corners

Next, I aligned my punched paper corner with the coordinating size on the board, placed the cutting arm down, and inserted the blade into the guide and cut all four corners.

cut corners

I cut a 6" pinwheel and a 4" pinwheel and layered them together. Then I die cut a snowflake shape from an Adhesive Metal Sheet using the single die from the Snowflake Punches Dies and added that under the brad that holds the pinwheels together. I added some black Sew Easy Glitter Floss for hanging and...voila! I love it!

Pinwheel Ornament by Aly Dosdall close

I can't wait to make more of these!

Friday, December 12, 2014

day 13: we r memory keepers giveaway winner!

The winner of the Shine 12x12 paper pad is...

Terri Burson said...
Stumbled on your site. I like it! Followed on IG and FB, tagged a friend. :) Terri @wavingmywand

Congratulations! Please send me an email (link's on the sidebar) and I'll get you your goodies as soon as possible! Enjoy!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for another project idea.