All Saints Day Cookies

    To be honest, this was one of the main reasons I bought an icing printer.  Saint cookies have been on my mind for years now.

    If you don't have an icing printer, don't worry.  Scan the images you want, format them to fit your cookies and take your file to the grocery store bakery or local bakery supply shop to have your images printed.

    These are going to kiddo's teacher.

    Here's what you need to make them:
    • cookies
    • an awesome aunt who is sweet enough to scan and email you a zillion saint cards
    • frosting sheets
    • white royal icing
    • #2 or 3 tip and #16 star tip

    The cookies look cute plain, but I really like the something extra a little piping adds to them.  I added the border with a #16 star tip.

    Did they all turn out perfectly? Well, no.

    You might recognize the guy on the left.

    St. Marguerite.  When my Nana traced our family tree she found we were related to her.  Which is obvious given my saintly nature.

    My favorite saint?  St. Bridget (or Brigid), for obvious reasons.  BUT, when the priest who married us gave me a copy of this prayer attributed to her, well, it sealed the deal.  It's a must read.

    Here's St. Lucy...
    Yes, those are her eyes on a platter. You guys, the saints are interesting!!!

    Do you have a favorite saint?

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Revisiting Halloween Past

    Yesterday I said there would be a surprise post today - surprising to both of us as I had no idea what I would be making.  Well, sadly what I made was a horrid headache!  The headache stole both my creative mojo and my concentration so the surprise Halloween project I am sharing is from last Halloween.

    I really liked this treat box and card set.  The box is the classic matchbox style with a wrap around sleeve and a slide out box. I chose Basic Grey Halloween print paper to make the box spooky fun. I welded the spider web from Paper Doll Dress Up into an oval to make the top of the box for a spooky touch.  I also crafted an oval tag with it's cute little monster and attached the tag to the box. 

    I also made a matching card to go with the box.  One of my favorite little goblins received this box (with six fun size candy bars inside) and this card.

    My headache is fading so I am hopeful that as the pain goes away my creative mojo will return!  Let's hope so because I have not completed my BBTB2 project of the week yet!Source URL:
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Wags 'n Whiskers - Black and White challenge plus there's a change in the challenges!

    Happy Friday!!! I'm super excited about our new challenge from Wags 'n Whiskers today!! Our fabulously talented Angelique has asked us to make a black and white project.  I'm so excited becuase it's something I've never tried before. I honestly didn't know if I'd be able to color an entire scene with just six different markers all in the same color family! But I did it!  What do you think? I used the adorable Sammie's Surprise along with a Magnolia background image and a Tim Holtz fence die, and I colored them all with the cool greys.  Now while I went the cutesy route, you have GOT to see the amazing creations my Diva sisters came up with!!!!  I was astounded at how gorgeous a black and white card could be!!  Do yourself a favor and go take a peek!

    I also wanted to let you know that there has been a change in the way the Wags 'n Whiskers challenge is run! You are now welcome to use any stamp or digital image on your Wags 'n Whiskers challenge project! Just follow the guiedlines of the challenge and you'll have a chance to win! I can't wait to see your black and white creations this week! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!
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Spooky Boo Alice Card with Nesties

    Only two days left until All Hallows Eve so my week of Halloween themed projects is close to winding up.  Today's card features some of the same elements that I have shared in earlier posts this week, Graphic 45 paper, Prima flowers, fun fall papers, and Halloween ribbons.  Of course the elements are put together differently making a completely new card.  I love that about paper crafting.

    The main image of the card is from Graphic 45's Hallowe'en  in Wonderland line.  The image was cut out with a nestabilities, as was the cardstock mat behind the image.  The matting was embossed with a Spellbinder's metal embossing sheet before being affixed behind the top image.  

    The base card is black (as is the matching envelope) with wonderful orange and cream print paper added to the front.  Atop the front paper I added an angled rectangle of lighter colored matting to create a bit of contrast between the orange background and the copper image matting.

    I trimmed the Hallowe'en in Wonderland card and tucked it under the edge of the image and added a yellow Prima flower that matches the gold color in the image.  I added a row of lace and topped the lace with a fun Halloween "Spooky Boo" ribbon and bow.  A bit of black doodling around the edges of the card added a bit of interest to the edges..  Inside I added a square of smooth white cardstock to hold the Halloween message.

    This card is one of my favorites of the season.  I like the simplicity and elegance.   I will be back tomorrow with a new project to share.  This project will be a surprise - for all of us as I have NO idea what I am going to make!!  I will see you tomorrow!
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Thank you to Carole - My Sweet DT Sister

    I have to send out a big thank you to my BBTB2 Design Team Sister - Carole Lowe Beath!!  I left a comment on Carole's blog Paper Arts telling her that I liked her banner and that should it need a good home I had just the spot! Carole is such a sweetie, she mailed her BOO Banner to me!!  What a fun surprise when I opened my mail today!!!

    Thank you SOOO MUCH Carole.  I love my new banner!!!!

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Blog Candy Winner from Monday's Blog Hop

    The blog hop winner for this month is:

    Tammy (who) said...

    Beautiful banner Susan! I love fall decorating too. Looking forward to more banners on the blog hop!

    Tammy I will need to give your email address to Custom Crops and they will be sending you a voucher worth $25 in their on-line store.  You can pick whatever you would like.  Cool huh?  I love free shopping!!!

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Halloween cookies so easy, it's scary

    {Are you scared, yet?!?}

    OK....these have to be the simplest cookies EVER!  You need 3 things:

    Outline and fill the cookies with black royal icing.   While the icing is wet, sprinkle on the Disco Dust.

    THAT'S IT!!!

    Disco Dust is like bling for cookies.  I can't even describe how sparkly and pretty it is.  It captures the light like nothing I've ever seen.  I hope these pictures do it justice:

    I bought my Disco Dust from Amazon and if you are using Swagbucks, it's a great way to try it for free.  Sweet Baking Supply also sells it and has it in a huge variety of colors!  (I used the one called "Rainbow.")

    And since it's almost Halloween, let me share with you the SCARY thing about Disco gets EVERYWHERE!!!  If you have a toddler, I'd definitely keep it out of reach.  I made these cookies a few days ago and and still seeing sparkles on my table, my floor, my FACE.  You've been warned! ;)
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OOPS! Winners from the Now You're Cooking blog hop!!!!

    Please scroll down for my Delightful Challenges post!!!

    Thanks so much to Bobbie for reminding me to get my winners posted for the Magnolia-licious Now You're Cooking blog hop!!!  Check below for some important info for you helping me! So here we go....

    Winner of the recipe card is.....

    #71 Chris !!!
    Chris said...

    I gained three pounds just reading the recipe! This card is just fabulous, Sharon! I love the warmth you've given it. It's beautiful! Someone is going to be a very lucky girl - I hope it is me as I would be so honored to have this work of art! I'd probably frame it and hang it in my kitchen!


    And the winner of the blog candy is....

    #68 Marlene !!!
    Marlene said...

    What an adorable little recipe card!! Please feel free to send it to me...along with some chocolate chip cookies. Thank you. heehee

    Ok ladies, please send me your addresses so I can get your goodies out to you! And a huge thanks to everyone!!  Bobbie, since you were gracious enough to remind me, but didn't win, send me your address and I'll get a little something out to you especially from me!  Have a fabulous day! Hugs!Source URL:
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Delightful Challenges - Round and Round along with a new mini-release

    Hello friends! We've almost made it to the weekend! Is everyone ready for all little ones this weekend? Chris wants to be a ghost, and Bennie is a frog this year. LOL! I can't wait to see them all dressed up. So do you get all dressed up for Halloween?  

    With it being Thursday, it's time for a new challenge from Delightful Challenges, and this week it's "round and round".  I used this adorable image called Gingerbread Cookie from Digital Delights by Louby Loo. Isn't she too cute??!!  The image is colored with Copic markers. I also used glossy accents on the icing. For my "round and round", I used the loops MS punch around the page set.

    Cardstock is Bazzill, PP is from Nitwits, and the only other thing I added was a couple bows made from May Arts silk ribbon that's always available over at Stamp and Create!!  Please be sure and visit Delightful Challenges to see the rest of the DT creations, then we'd love it if you would join us in the challenge. 

    Also, Wendy has a brand new mini release of stamp set called "A Child is Born". Please be sure and check out all the fabulous creations made with this set!

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Spooky Halloween Layout with Happy Hauntings

    Today's spooky Halloween offering isn't really spooky at all!  This is one of four Halloween layouts I will have to make this year.  Normally I complete a two page layout for each of my children, but this year there will be one more.  It seems that no matter how old we get our family still loves Halloween (what was it I said yesterday about fun for kids of all ages - yes, I meant all of us).

    This two page layout was creating using layers of Halloween themed paper.  The two base papers are Halloween pinstripes of oranges and greens with two three inch strips added to the bottom half of each page - a pretty orange floral print and a bolder stripe.  My favorite paper in this layout is the rectangle added to upper half of each page, a green cardstock with pumpkins and leaves.  Love this paper...!  I added a strip of ribbon to each page - fun witches feet going across the seams.

    The main focal point (do I even need to say?) on this layout is the fun over-sized Trick or Treat bag.   I would love to tell you that I cut this bag with the cricut but that would be a big fat lie!  This great embellishment was a $1.00 coupon purchase at the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte - in 2008.  Yes, I have had this embellishment stored for two years and had not used it.  Embarrassing but true.  The good news is, I am FINALLY using it.

    Normally I use solid cardstock for my photo mats.  But this simple black and light, light gray Halloween paper is perfect for photo mats.  I tried to cut the paper so that some of the fun phrases will show at the edges of the photographs.  After adding the matting to the pages, I felt like more definition was needed.  I used my two layer Stampin' Up corner punch to create corners for the photo mats and random page corners.  This punch is one of my favorite Stampin' Up products!

    I used Happy Hauntings to cut the double layer title, Spooky 2010. I used a black cardstock base layer and a scrap of paper printed onto archival paper using the Cricut Imagine (leftovers from a previous project).  The Imagine is going to be a treasure trove of great paper!!!

    Finally, I added leftover (from a previous year) Halloween journal squares.  I used another Stampin' Up punch, the label punch, to shape the label in lower left corner of the layout.

    With two Halloween layouts done I would normally only have one more to go.  But this year I too will need a Halloween layout - I dressed up for the Halloween Chili Cook Off at work.  This was my Charlie Chaplin get up!  I liked how the costume came out and I love that other than the hat and moustache the costume was put together with things we mostly had at home!

    Do I even need to tell you that I will have another Halloween project again tomorrow???  :-)Source URL:
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Hairy-Legged Spider Cookies : a guest post at TidyMom

    While my girlfriend Cheryl of TidyMom is on a trip to Napa, I'm guest posting over on her blog.

    {Although, if she were a real friend, she would have taken me along.}

    Want to learn how to make these FUN and EASY hairy-legged spider cookies?  Hop on over to TidyMom...I'll show you how.

    {PS...while you're there, you might want to tell Cheryl that if she's not going to take her Texas friend along, she better at least drink a glass of wine for her!} ;)Source URL:
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Beware Card with Prima and Happy Hauntings

    Continuing my week of Halloween, I have another card to share today.  In case you have not guess, I love the Happy Hauntings cartridge.  I think Halloween should be a fun for children of all ages.  Happy Hauntings has some very fun cuts.  I have previously shared the 3-D house, some of the treat boxes, the frames, and a character or two. Today I am going to focus on the BEWARE gate.

    I used a black base card and added a triangle of fun Halloween paper to serve as a background on the front of the card.  The second layer on the card front is a wonderful glittery Halloween paper with shimmering jack-o-lanterns.  I cut the gate at 4 inches tall in a heavy weight black cardstock and affixed it to the front of the card.  I added the gate plate with black brads as well as the spooky BEWARE gate sign.  Beware would frighten me away!!!

    I embellished the card with strips of natural twill.  On the left of the card the twill is attached with black brads.  On the upper right corner I knotted a small strip of twill and attached it to the card with a medium sized glue dot.  I added this fabulous black flower to the lower right for a bit of dark beauty.

    I will be back tomorrow with results from a chili cook off in which I am involved.  I made vegetarian chili tonight and I have the "bring it on" attitude. 
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