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Friday, December 18, 2015

Last minute gifts blog hop

Welcome to Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop
We've got some awesome ideas today to create those last minute holiday gifts.
Each of the bloggers has one or more great idea for fabulous, easy gifts that can be
created at the last minute for those holiday gift giving opportunities.
You may want to create a few of them to have on hand in your "Gift Closet."
Doesn't everyone have a gift closet full of gifts ready to give?
You should have arrived here from 
Charmagne ~ www.sanurascraps.blogspot.com.   If you haven't had a chance to check it out start HERE at THERESA's blog.

You should have arrived here today from her blog, if not please stop back and leave her some love too.

We just can't have a hop about gifts and not give a few away, so be sure to hop to
and comment on each of the blogs by Wednesday 12/30/15.
Theresa at ScrapsByGracie will choose 5 winners.
One will receive a class of their choice from today's hop sponsor http://onlinecardclasses.com
One will receive this Authentique Paper Set
One will receive this great card starter pack.

 One will receive this Authentique Card Creator Set

 One will receive this Graphic 45 Paper Set.

Now on with the projects!  I have made several projects, but each center around a candle or a snow globe.   My first project is a lighted snow globe in a mason jar.
 These are the items I used  to make it.  A large mouth mason jar, Owl ornament from walmart, white cardboard, mini lights from dollar store, scrapbook paper and some embellishments.

First, I started by tracing around the lid on scrapbook paper twice and twice on cardboard.  I cut the circles out and glued with my xyron machine one cardboard circle to bottom of one scrapbook paper circle.  I glued one set of circles to bottom of jar and other set to metal lid circle and inserted into metal ring.

Next, I cut a 4 1/2 x 5 piece of double sided scrapbook paper.  I adhered two trees I cut with my sizzix.  I laid one down on the paper and then adhered the second one slightly off the other one with pop dots.  I used rhinestones to decorate like ornaments.

I added my mini lights into the bottom of the jar and use glue dots to attach the battery box to the back of the mason jar.   I added snow to the bottom so it covered the wires.  Then, I added my decorated square with trees to it covered the battery box.  Next, I attached glue dots to the bottom of my owl and lowered him into the mason jar.  I attached the mason jar cover and ran a jingle bell on to the wire tinsel ribbon which I attached to the mason jar rim lid.  I made a bow and placed it on the top with two snowflakes.

My next project is two different wine glass candle holders.  For the purple holder, I used glitter spray paint on it.  For the green one, I use modge podge and green glass glitter.
For the green one, I applied the modge podge in sections and then sprinkled the green glass glitter on it.  I eyeballed it and didn't mark off where I was going to stop.  It is a little uneven and I would suggest marking off the area.

After it was completely dry, I waited 24 hours to be safe.  I decorated it by attaching snowflake rim around the top of the area with the glitter to hide the uneveness.  I attached a bow and ribbon with a snowflake.  

On the the bottom, I attached another bow with a bell.  Shortly under the wine glass, I glued a small piece of gold rim around the stem to hide a spot with no glitter.  I added some snow into the glass and inserted my flameless candle.

For the purple one, I did mark it off with painters tape and then proceeded to spray the area I wanted to cover with Krylon Glitter Spray(Grape)  After it sufficiently dried, I decorated it basically the same way as the green one except it wasn't necessary to put a gold ribbon on the stem under the goblet portion.

For my final project today, I made these two combination snow globe/candle holders.(My sister Connie gave me the idea)  I made them basically the same way but with different creatures in the globe, and one is obviously smaller.   

I started by tracing the bottom of the goblets onto scrapbook paper and the metal rim of large mouth mason jar cover.  I traced the cover twice for each candle.  I cut the circles out and ran them through my xyron machine.

I adhered the goblet circle to the bottom of the goblet, and the mason jar circles to each side of the mason jar lids.  I then planned out my positions of my little globe friends on the mason jar lid.  I tried the goblet over it before hot glueing the contents down to ensure everything fit perfectly.  Once I was sure it fit, I glued the items to the lid.  I filled the goblet with a little snow.(I inverted the mason jar lid with the little creatures into the goblet and turned it over several times to make sure the amount of snow I put in the goblet didn't drown my figures. )  Then, I ran glue around the edge of the lid with the figures and inserted the figures and lid into the goblet.  I took some tinsel wired ribbon and ran it around the outside of the goblet/metal lid rim.  I glued it in place with hot glue. I then glued a large hot pink snowflake to the bottom of the goblet/lid.  I glue a white snowflake to the top of the globet.  I layered a lt pink snowflake on top of the white and glued it down to the white.  I tied a ribbon with snowflake and christmas light bulbs around the stem.  I added my flameless candle to the topl.

Thanks for hopping by today, don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for the 5 great prizes.

Your next stop is 
Sharondalyn ~ http://clippingsbysharondalyn.blogspot.com

Here is the lineup in case you wander off:

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Cookies for Santa Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Cookies for Blog Hop.  This is a one day hop with 10 stops along the way that will be filled with all different kinds of cookie projects.  You will see cards, layouts, altered art, recipes and all kinds of amazing wonderful projects.  Remember this is the time of year when the gloves come off in the kitchen. no low cal nothing, no skimping on the sugar or sprinkles.  It's the best kind of baking.  high test. holiday baking.  So be sure to grab you favorite cookie and beverage and hop through this yummy tasty blog hop.   Before we go any further though I want to make sure that you stopped here after visiting Lisa be sure to click HERE if you need to start at the beginning .

Here is a complete line up for the hop in case you get lost along the way. You wont want to miss any of the wonderful projects these talented ladies have made.

First, I made a cookie called Hot Cocoa Christmas CookiesThere are many versions of the recipe, but I used the recipe from Brandy at BD Design.  I followed the recipe but I used chocolate soy milk rather than hot cocoa as I have food allergies.  And, mine didn't seem to turn out as nice looking as Brandy's.  Not sure if it was the chocolate soy milk or something I may have done wrong, but they were delicious despite their look.  And Brandy's tip that it is better to undercook than overcook is right on.  These in the picture where cooked as directed, but I did accidentally did overcook a tray and I had to toss them.
 Next, I found a recipe for Red Velvet Santa Hat cookies at Target's site. So, I made a batch.  I purchased my santa hat cookie cutter at Hobby Lobby(came in a set of three with reindeer and santa).   I made a buttercream frosting to decorate them.  The recipe called for coconut on the white fur rim, but I don't like coconut so I left it off. It also called for a marshmallow on top of the frosting on the tassle but I was so proud of my swirl, I left it off.
 And, I made two different cookie boxes.  The first box was from a cutting file called Christmas Cafe from SVGCuts.  My glue job on the box was not so neat, so I added some ribbon, and of course, a little bling by cutting the top layer of the snowflake in glitter paper and adding a rhinestone in the middle.     I added my cookies to the box but I put wax paper down first, then an open napkin, more wax paper and then my cookies.  

 And for my last cookie box, I found a cute and quick idea from Autumn with directions on how to use a paper plate to make a cookie box.  I not only stuck wax paper in mine, but I stuck a napkin which hides the cookies.  Next time, I will skip using a napkin. 

Thanks for stopping by, but I am smelling something terrific coming from Jessica, so head on over to Jessica's blog to see what she has been baking up at her blog. I am sure it is going to be something yummy.