Homemade Christmas Gifts

It’s nice to give a homemade Christmas gift, but it’s getting harder to think of things to make.  This year, one of the things I am making is some decorated wooden houses.

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I really enjoy making these and it’s been fun using some different dies to make pieces to add to the houses.

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With these houses, I will be giving a bag of White Chocolate Chex Mix … which just happens to be the recipe of the day.  This recipe was also given to me by Jane … who gave me the awesome stuffed pepper recipe here.

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White Chocolate Chex Mix

3 cups white chocolate chips
3 tbsp oil
Melt together on low on stove.

In a separate bowl mix together the following -
2 cups salted peanuts
5 cups corn chex
3 cups Cheerios
3 cups M&M’s
2 cups mini pretzels

Pour melted white chocolate chips & oil over the cereal mixture and mix well.
When mixed spread on wax paper and chill.  Break apart.
I keep mine in the fridge.

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This post was written by Lori on December 4, 2014

Tag you’re it!

If you haven’t been to the shopping page recently pop over and you will see that Lori has so kindly posted a Christmas countdown for us…although it freaks me out a bit how quickly Christmas is coming haha!

Every year I think ‘I’m a scrapbooker, I have all the tools and paper, I should make my own Christmas gift tags’….then December rolls around and no tags made, under the gun to get everything else done and well it goes on.  But I’m not giving up on the idea, one of these years (maybe this year) I will make my own tags rather than using store bought ones.

So to get the juices flowing I went to my favorite site Pinterest and found hundreds of great Pins full of inspiration that I thought I’d share with everyone.  Ok I won’t share hundreds, but enough to hopefully inspire you to make your own Christmas gift tags this year.

You can click on all the photos to take you to the original Blog posts!

This first tag is so elegant looking they would stand out on any gift!

This next tag is just adorable, it appeared on the Jillibean Soup blog a few years ago and was created by Kathleen Kelley Skou…what a great idea for using the Tim Holtz Rossette die!

This next one is a great way to use those embossing folders, and I love that she used such a basic shape for the this tag showing that you don’t have to use just Christmas themed products!!

This next tag is adorable and even though it has all the traditional Christmas colors the soft hues make it feel modern and fun!

And what would the winter holidays be without some mittens?  This would be a fun project to do with your kids, you could use their hands to create the mitten templates for even more personalized gift tags!

If you’re really adventurous and are looking to make a gift for that person on your list that seems to have everything how about this fun box of homemade Christmas gift tags!!  The blog even includes instructions to make the box!

And of course what would a post all about tags be if I didn’t include at least one by Tim Holtz!  Originally he started with the 12 days of tags which always kicked off the Christmas season for me.  In the last couple of years he started posting a tag each month so that we could enjoy his inspiration and creativity all year round!  Here is his December 2014 tag!

Phew that’s some awesome inspiration, aren’t you glad I didn’t show you ALL the fun tags I found on my search! ;)

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For today’s recipe I wanted to share a Christmas tradition from my childhood, one that I have kept going with my kids!  Now in my house we call these Chipit Crunchies, but most people refer to them as Haystacks.  Whatever you call these little clusters of goodness it doesn’t matter, they are quick easy and oh so tasty!!

Chipit Crunchies

1 pkg Chocolate Chips

1 pkg Butterscotch Chips

1 cup Chow Mien Noodles

1 cup Chopped Walnuts or Peanuts (you can substitute with any nut of your choice)

In a double boiler melt the Chocolate and Butterscotch chips together until smooth.  Stir in the Chow Mien Noodles and Nuts.  Drop onto wax paper and allow to cool.  Eat!!  (note:  when storing be sure to keep the cookies in a cool room or freezer)

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This post was written by Lisa on December 3, 2014

Grab your Glubers #2

So many customers ask me what to do with their glubers, and I have done many a little in-store demo to show how they work.  Jennifer has made a gorgeous flower out of glubers right here in her post - Grab your Glubers.  Julie Comstock’s video tutorial on how to use glubers is right here.

But … if you have some glubers laying around, and still have not quite got them figured out, you just might want to kiss me after you read this post.  This might be the coolest and fastest way to use a gluber yet.  All you do is take some twine, start in the middle and start winding round and round until you have this.

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So, as much as I would love to take credit for this idea … I can’t.  Here is what I saw on Pinterest … and from that I was inspired to use the glubers I made in the following ways.  (first one is my take on the one I found on Pinterest)

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These would work just as well on a layout or card … I will also try some that way, I just needed to get some packaging done.

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Today’s recipe is my go to fruit salad, makes a great big bowl that will last a few days in the fridge.  Around our house we love it, and it’s great addition when packing a lunch.

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Fruit Salad

1 (29 ounce) can peach slices, undrained (I cut the slices in half)
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, undrained
1 (3 1/8 ounce) box dry vanilla instant pudding mix
1 lb strawberries, stemmed and quartered
1 banana, sliced
1/2 pint blueberries
1 bunch grapes, cut grapes in half (I use the red ones)

Drain juices from peaches and pineapple into separate bowl.  Add instant pudding and mix well until pudding is dissolved.  Add peaches and pineapple.  Stir in strawberries, banana, blueberries, and grapes.

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This post was written by Lori on December 2, 2014


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