Inspired by this week's MFT Card Challenge and this month's goal to use up the Gold Glam 6x6 paper pack.
One of my favorite elements of the Balloon Triplets dies used here is the heart cut-out layer of the big balloon, which leaves behind lots of little hearts for future cards! I made two in this design, with the pink and lavender in opposite configurations on the other card.
This cake was a combined effort. I baked the numbers on Friday and MOMO decorated them on Saturday.
There was batter left over after making the seven (hardly surprising, given its small profile), so we followed the same baking and frosting protocol.
While trying to find the silly Valentine's paper I bought for $2 at Michael's last June, I came across this 6x6 Gold Glam paper, bought on clearance at JoAnn several years ago. Most of my paper stash originated on a clearance display, or one of those Michael's Hot Buy tables on 70% off day (especially when there is an option to stack an additional coupon on top). Most of my paper stash was bought with the best of intentions, because it filled some gaping hole in the collection. This pad, and its 12x12 big brother, are no different, except that they taught me, through sad experience, to stick to only one size of paper pad for any given design, because both sizes is just waaay too much paper for my purposes.
This pad is more than halfway gone, so I have formed a bold resolution for January: use up the rest of it! If this works, I may be emboldened to use up a few more paper pads, or at least to resist buying (m)any more in 2020!
Here is the first official card of the decluttering scheme. Actually two cards, because both of the "love" script pages were still in the pad. The gold words are really pretty, but I had struggled to find a way to soften the effect of the stark white background. There are vertical and horizontal strips left over for more cards.
The original plan was to have three small hearts instead of one, and use it for the MFT card challenge, but the card looked much better this way. It's okay--I never win that contest anyway!
More fun with Michael's bargain paper pads! I made two of each card, because that's how many of each sentiment or image were included.
This card is standard A2 size (4.25x5.5"), and is somewhat similar in personality to the previous one.
This one is 4.25" square, which means it can fit inside an A2 envelope! The frame was so fancy that it didn't need anything beyond the three-layered "joy", die cut from glorious gold cardstock for the visible layer. The card is much shinier in person!
This card is 4.75" square. Again, it was a fancy image, so a few rhinestone stickers and a mat seemed like enough embellishment. I will make a custom envelope for it before next Christmas!
My mother needed custom-sized envelopes for some cards she found in her stash, so I was forced(!) to buy paper on the Michael's clearance a few days before Christmas. The A6 envelopes required 8-7/8" squares, so I now have a whole collection of beautiful 3-1/8" patterned paper strips perfect for greeting cards! The Nutcracker paper pad had a lot of little sentiments, so there should be many more fun projects from this purchase.
The Lawn Fawn Little Music Notes dies and I are definitely brand new best friends! Next time, it would be advisable to die cut the notes and the staves in different colors, to make each more distinct, but it was fun to do a neutral palette, too.
Inspiration is ephemeral. It is important to act quickly, before the window of opportunity has closed. So this afternoon, when I realized that our household was seriously lacking in cinnamon chip desserts, I found a recipe to deal with the situation. Here is the result:
I used half whole wheat and half white flour and omitted the optional nuts (of course). The glaze in the recipe would have been very scant and thin, but it was not hard to improvise there. The fancy Bundt pan someone on facebook sent me some number of Christmases ago made it even more festive! It always seems a shame to glaze cakes baked in fancy shaped pans. . .but in our family, we always do anyway.
Final verdict: this cake tastes good, and it makes the whole house smell wonderful as it bakes!
The latest MFT challenge looked like a great way to use up smaller pieces of cardstock. Remnants from the snowflake cards formed the background panels, the star was already cut (from decorating a birthday gift bag, most likely), and the tree emerged from a partially die-cut, moderately-sized square of green cardstock. A few sparkles, and it was all finished. I thought about adding a sentiment to the front, but it just didn't look right, so there is a big, bold "Merry Christmas" inside instead!
A loosely organized collection of happy things.
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