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!
It's turkey time! Some of these birds went to Primary yesterday, and the rest are at home contemplating their fate.
Turning five is a serious business! After much discussion, our friend decided that chocolate cupcakes with blue frosting would be best for his party. He added lots of white balls as a finishing touch. These balloon cupcake papers are foil-lined, which is a big improvement when baking a dark cupcake!
A restrained color palette, some sparkles and silver cardstock, and an incredibly fun set of Flip-Its dies all came together in this card. The snowflake paper is from a Martha Stewart 12x12 pad that was surprisingly inexpensive on Amazon. So much fun!
My lovely niece Abigail (author of this guest post) recently made a Kiwi Crate project that involved, among other things, adhesive-backed foam. After she was finished, much of the foam remained, so she donated it to my craft stash, where some of it has found a new life as letters! It seemed doubtful that the skinny little pop art alphabet dies would cut all the way through the foam, but they did so with no trouble whatsoever!
I do not own a speech bubble die, but hopefully this oval has much the same effect. The owl certainly does not seem aware of a difference.
My brother-in-law's birthday is today, and rather than going through the ever-expanding greeting card stash in search of one that is not blatantly feminine, I decided to make a new one using the Spellbinders Art Deco letter dies that arrived as a result of their summer Warehouse Moving Sale. I cut a piece of black cardstock that measured 4" by 11 3/4", and scored it at 3.5" and 7" to create a zig-zag card. There was just enough room to fit "Happy Birthday" when the card is open. . .
. . .and "Happy" when it is closed.
For a child, this card would probably involve more colors and embellishments, but this seemed appropriate for an adult.
Here is the coordinating envelope, made using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board and the measurements for a 4"x5" card.
In between starting and finishing the card, I happened to look at the latest MFT Birthday Project Challenge, and was very surprised to see that this card fits the criteria!
An early birthday treat for my Primary students. King Arthur promised a yield of one dozen, but instead the recipe produced 18 slightly overfilled treats. Next time, I will leave out the chocolate chips, so that I can pipe the batter into the pans as usual--the chips were too big to go through the tip of the piping bag, so it was necessary to use a spoon. The mix of milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips made them more exciting to my students, but was not necessary to make these taste good.
I usually teach the oldest children in our Primary (Valiant 10), but today there was a meeting for everyone eight years old and older, so I got to teach all the younger children instead! The reading assignment was the entire book of Galatians, which includes a discussion of the Fruit of the Spirit. We used the coloring page from this blog post by Penny Pinching Mom (I changed the labels on three of the fruit to match what it says in the King James Version of the Bible) and discussed what all of those big words mean. It was fun to structure a lesson for younger children and to learn together!
This was a good recipe from Wilton! I used half whole wheat and half white flour and omitted the nuts called for in the recipe. The yield was a baker's dozen, although the baker tested one to make sure it was all right before taking the photograph! The doughnuts themselves tasted so good that it seemed excessive to frost them, so a dusting of powdered sugar (using a fancy OXO tool that Rachel gave me last Christmas) was in order. Next time, we'll double the recipe!
How could I resist trying this recipe? Could have used more specific instructions -- does two graham crackers mean two squares or two sheets (I tried the latter this time, and it came out a bit crumbly, so maybe they meant the former), and how big should the balls be (I guessed and came out with 14 instead of twelve)? I substituted soy powder and butter for the expensive Orgain and almond butter. My milk chocolate chips and starmallows went into the food processor and were briefly pulsed with everything else, for a more homogeneous texture. The result was a bit sweeter than my usual homemade protein snacks (the pumpkin and chocolate ones are my favorites), but still a fairly healthy way to eat graham crackers and chocolate!
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