Julie Moenck

Card making, home decorating and an occasional random musing.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Last-Minute Christmas Prep!

I'm pretty prepared for Christmas, but there is always just that "one more thing," isn't there? I made these tags for a workshop early in the month, but they would be a perfect last-minute touch for your gifts. Just get out your card stock scraps, some Stampin' Up! Designer Series (patterned) paper, some punches and ribbon, et voila!

These were inspired by (nearly "CASEd," which means Copy and Share Everything) by my friend and fellow local SE MN demonstrator Angie Bennett. The cardstock is Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke. The Designer Series Paper (patterned) is Deck the Halls from the Holiday Mini Catalog (only available until Jan. 4!), and the ribbons are Very Vanilla satin, twill tape and Cherry Cobbler seam binding. The stamp set is Perfect Punches, and the punches used are Fancy Label Punch and Round Tab Punch.

Now, the food portion of the program! Since my husband's snowmobile broke down as we were on our way out of the neighborhood, we didn't ride on Saturday. I baked instead. Notice the Christmas Crappies in the lower left?

The sugar cookie recipe is from Real Simple and the Royal Icing from allrecipes.com. This icing worked better than the Martha recipe I tried last year. Just sayin'.

And these couldn't be simpler. I first got the recipe from Kahla years ago...it's so simple, I probably shouldn't tell you how easy it is! But here goes...buy a bag of mini Reese's Peanut Butter cups. Buy a tube of prepared chocolate chip cookie dough. Cut the dough in slices and then in quarters. Place one piece in each cup of a mini muffin tin. Bake five minutes at 350 degrees. Quickly place a PB cup in each half-baked cookie. Bake five more minutes. Yum.

Good luck with your last-minute activities? What do you still have to do? I haven't wrapped a single gift. Guess that's my answer!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Blizzard Activities

Today's blizzard showcases my husband's and my very different personalities. He is outside, smoking meat:

I am inside, making Christmas cards:

Later, the baking will commence. I love Christmas!

Thanks for stopping,

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tag Alongs

No, not the Girl Scout cookies, the Stampin' Up! stamp set that benefits the Ronald McDonald House! These cute penguin tags were made with the Tag Alongs stamp set, which includes three other images to use throughout the year. From every sale of this set, Stampin' Up! donates $2 to the Ronald McDonald House. It was one of the first sets I purchased this (catalog) year.

If you'd like to help the Ronald McDonald House out this year while you do a little Christmas shopping, I'd be happy to set you up with this set.

Happy Holiday Crafting!