Some things with the best of intentions things go terrible awry. This is one of those times. I make some fabulous almond short bread cookies and least they are in my mind and they sold very well at the farmers market this summer. So to make them look nice I used my spritz cookie press but that is so much work and would confuse people as they would think they were Spritz cookies. So when my sister told me about a Norticware shortbread pan I bit, hook line and sinker.
Looks pretty cool, doesn't it?
Here is a picture of what the cookies should look like.
Looks delicious doesn't it? In my mind this is how my cookies were going to look.
In reality this is how my cookies look.
Almost the same, right?
I'm not giving up hope yet, I'm going to try the recipe that came with the pan, and if that doesn't work ......
This year I decided since cards are my business there is no reason why I shouldn't be sending out lots of Christmas cards especially to my customers. Now you might think I would just whip out 50 simple cards and be done with it but no, I had to do it the Cindy way.
Here is just a sampling of some of the cards that were sent. In case you aren't familiar with the Cindy way, it means lots of stamping, burnishing, punching, cutting, embossing and layers.
Now I can think of a reason not to send out lots of cards, it a massive amount of work, ha ha. I'm raising my right hand, and next year I solemnly swear to start in October, not the second week in December.
With the cold and snow comes my yarn. Since I complain and get totally stressed and whatever I'm working on ends in disaster when it comes to knitting I've decided to stick with what I know and that's crocheting. I made this little bracelet a while back and don't think I've ever posted it.
It was one of those super quick and easy projects fun little funky projects that I like to do. I added some Stampin' Up vintage looking buttons.
I also found a cute little rustic looking star over on Rivalry.
I like to decorate one of my tress with an old fashion feel to it so I'm thinking some of these stars and a few hearts might just be the ticket. I used Sugar and Cream cotton yarn and a size F hook. It came out to be about 3.5 inches.
This is a super easy crochet scarf that I found on Ravery. It's called the Rapunzel scarf and it's just five crochet strips that are braided together. It's made using the double crochet foundation stitch. You can see the you tube video here if you want a little peek at how to go about learning how to go about it.
I always put a little something in the bags when I deliver to my Stampin' Up customers so this time I made some tree cards that I absolutely love.
I used one of the in colors, mossy meadow for the trees and the base cardstock and crumb cake for the outside and inside. The trees and stars are from the stamp set Festival of Trees and punched them out with the new tree punch. These are from the seasonal catalog and you still have time to purchase your set if you haven't already.
The embossing folder is Filigree Frame, also from the holiday catalog. I have been hoarding a couple of products and decided to use them. Some of the cards I used the Natural Trim Ribbon and the ribbon slides and the others I used the antique brads with the seam binding ribbon.
The inside of the card.
I also made a couple of these funky little cards just for fun.
This Halloween I decided not to give out candy. Since we live on the edge of town and don't get many trick or treaters, I decided I really don't want any extra candy laying around so this year I'm giving out cash.
I cut orange paper 3 x 3, then got out my envelope punch board and punched and scored at 1 1/2 inches. I then placed three quarters inside, folded it and used pearl cotton to tie it. I had leftover stickers from Paper Pumpkin so I used those to decorate them.
I went out and cut some branches off one of my shrubs, put them in a fruit jar and proceeded to hang the little packets of money on the tree. I didn't anticipate the money being so heavy so it really didn't work out as well as planned, as the braches aren't really strong enough but I did manage to get a few of them hung.
Saturday I got together with some friends that formed a cricut club so we can learn and use our cricut cutting systems more. Each month two people design cards and bring the supplies needed to make the cards. I still don't use mine (it's just so much easier to grab a Stampin' Up punch) but they keep me in the group anyway. And I'm so glad they do because we always make super cute cards.
Stampin' Up has a program where you can sign up to get a monthly box of fun paper projects to put together. Sine I am a demonstrator I thought I better subscribe (at least for a while) to find out what it all about. This month is was all about Halloween, now I usually don't really get into Halloween that much, but I really didn't want boxes of unused projects sitting around so I'm going to try to keep up with making the projects.
These are the little burlap treat bags that came in the kit, along with the little stickers, paper, Halloween stamp set, orange ink and sequence. I'm not a fan of sequence in any way shape or form, but since it came in the kit, it was either use it or toss it, so I used it.
Last night I had the honor of being the guest at a local homemakers group. I was invited once before and they decided I should come back again. Last time I did Easter projects and this time they wanted Halloween/fall projects.
They are such a fun group and many of them seem to pride themselves on not being crafty so I started out with a tiny little file folder candy holder.
These are so much fun to make with the envelope punch board I can't stop making them. I've made them in so many sizes I can't even count. This size is 4 x 2 5/8 inches and scored at 1 3/4 and again at 2 inches. The top is punched at the top at about 3/4 inch.
Next we made a mason jar card. I've made a few of these in different sizes as well.
Then we moved on to decorating small boxes.
We saved the best for last and made a little luminary.
We stamped on vellum and put a little tea light inside. The measurements for this are - black cardstock 10 3/8 inches x 4 1/4 inches. Score along the bottom at 1 1/4 inches and for the sides score at 2 1/2 inches (4 times). The vellum is cut at 2 5/8 x 2. The windows were punched with the decorative label punch. I used glue dots in the corners of the vellum to attach them to the card stock then used red score tape to put it together.