Sunday, December 31, 2006

{ happy new year }

Happy New Year! I hope you've been enjoying a nice, relaxing Christmas break like we have. We had a good Christmas with my parents & sister at our place. The girls were so excited to have them there. When I asked them what the best part of Christmas was I thought they would mention their gifts or whatever, but they said the best thing was having Grandma and Grandpa and Sushi-House (Auntie Tina) over. They wished their cousins could have come, too... hopefully next year!
Other than the fun of being with family for Christmas, I'd have to say the next best thing was receiving a Cuttlebug from my husband & daughters! Woohoo!! Now I know first hand what all the excitement was about! Oh WOW! This little toy is amazing. I have definitely been bit by cuttlebugitis and I hope there's no cure.
The girls gave me the hearts die and the swirls embossing folder and then on Boxing Day I went to Michael's with a 50% off coupon and picked up an alphabet and some more embossing folders, etc. I can't even remember what all I bought... but I will let you know when we get home tomorrow!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

{ and the winner is }

The winner of my Christmas Blog Treat is Steph! Congratulations. :-) I hope you enjoy the album!

"Cindy,
I must say you really do have an impressive and amazing blog. Constantly doing new neat things. You are so creative, inspiring & sweet....I am so lucky to have you as my friend!!! I have passed your blog on to a few people who I know will enjoy frequenting your blog as I do.
Steph"

Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

{ one more day }

Hello! I just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who left the wonderful comments on my Christmas Blog Treat post. I read and enjoyed each one of them.

Just a reminder that I will be doing the draw tomorrow afternoon and will announce the winner on my blog. Please check back to see if you've won... I will need the winner to email me with their address.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

{ christmas blog treat }

Enter here to win a beautiful brand new, still in package Stampin' Up! 6x6 Natural Linen Album, pictured to the left nestled amongst the Christmas village on our piano.

I've been planning a little blog treat for you all to thank you for visiting my blog regularly and for leaving your comments. I'm really enjoying sharing my creativity with you and I thoroughly enjoy reading your blogs as well.

I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas season.

To be entered in the draw please...

1. Tell someone about this give away. (email a friend, post it on your blog, phone your mom, whatever you choose, LOL! I don't need proof).

2. Leave a comment on this post by clicking on "Comments" below. Be sure to put your name on the comment so I know who the winner is.

This will be my last blog post until I announce the winner of this draw on Christmas Eve. Please check back on Christmas Eve to see if you've won. The winner will need to email me with their mailing address so I can send their prize to them after Christmas.

Baking :: Ginger Snaps

Hello!

These cookies are so moist, soft and delicious. They taste almost as good as the ones Grandma makes. To dress these up for Christmas you can drizzle them with white or dark chocolate.

Ginger Snaps

1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup real butter
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
Granulated sugar

Beat brown sugar, butter, molasses and egg on medium speed. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar.

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour (I rarely do this).

Heat oven to 375°, spray cookie sheets (I prefer stoneware) with Pam.

Shape dough into balls, roll in granulated sugar. Place on pan and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.

Bake 9 to 12 minutes or just until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Tip: you can also roll this dough out (if you refrigerate it first) on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out gingerbread men or other cookie shapes.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

{ bohemian scarf }

Here's another scarf for a friend . . . I finally sewed the ends in! I love to knit, but I don't enjoy the sewing in part. Anyway, it does feel good to get this done in time to send it away to a good friend just in time for Christmas.

For this scarf I used 2 balls Patons Bohemian yarn and size 9 circular needles. I casted on about 160 stitches and knit about 14 rows. This scarf is so amazingly soft!!

I wonder what my Christmas Blog Treat is going to be . . . any ideas?

{ fun christmas present }

Every Christmas the Canadian Stamp Talk group has a gift exchange that I like to participate in. Two days ago I received my gift in the mail from Linda Jones. I just had to take a picture of this amazingly wonderful gift to show you!! Didn't she spoil me rotten?! Thank you so much Linda, I had so much fun opening this and I'll have even more fun playing with everything - especially the MARVY UCHIDA CLEVER LEVER MINI ENVELOPE PUNCH!! You have no idea how long I've wanted this baby!

My girls were quick to claim the stickers and candy canes and being the nice mom that I am, I didn't mind sharing.

If you want to take a better look at my gift you can click on the photo for a close up view.

Stay tuned for my "Christmas Blog Treat"... I have something really fun planned for a give away!


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

{ christmas cookie party }

Last night I made 8 of these cute little cards for my girls to invite their friends to their Christmas cookie party. We'll have ten girls here all together, and here's what we're planning to do.... make and decorate gingerbread cats (& other cookie shapes), make Christmas ornaments, play a gift exchange game and have lunch. It'll be lots of fun!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

{ just for jill }

Jill stopped in this afternoon for a lovely visit, peppermint tea and almond cookies (and to pick up her SU order!!). While she was here I thought I would give her her Christmas card, but alas I could not find it anywhere. So after she left I made this card for her. It was totally inspired by Jody's christmas cards.

Jill, your card is now addressed and waiting to be mailed, so you should receive it in a couple days! It was great to see you this afternoon. I can't wait til you get your blog up and running so I can see all your beautiful creations.

Have a great week everyone! Leave a comment and let me know how your Christmas preparations are coming along.

I'll be hosting some sort of give away on my blog before Christmas. You might want to sign up for email updates (on the right) to make sure you don't miss it!!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

{ blog candy }

One of my favorite bloggers is giving away what she calls "blog candy"... FREE STAMPS! Be sure to check out her beautiful blog and leave a comment to be entered in the draw.

{ pretty in pink }

Here's a cute baby card that I just whipped up tonight. Hopefully Tracy has a girl so I can give her this card.

Remember awhile ago when I asked if anyone would like to trade punchies with me? Well, I used some that Denise sent me for this card. Thank you Denise!





So, here's what I used to make this:

  • Stampin' Up! Riveting stamp set
  • Stampin' Up! On the Spot stamp set
  • Stampin' Up! Noteworthy stamp set
  • Stampin' Up! Pink Gingham ribbon
  • Stampin' Up! circl punches in 3 different sizes
  • Stampin' Up! Pink brads
  • Michael's organza pink dotted ribbon
  • Stampin' Up! pretty in pink and pink passion inks & card stock, glossy white card stock, confetti white card stock, basic black ink.
  • Pop dots
  • Sponge
  • The circle punchies from Denise were made with the Marvy Uchida scallop circle in giga and mega sizes.
  • This card is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".

Thursday, December 07, 2006

{ contest winner }

Every year the Canadian Stamp Talk yahoogroup has a holiday card contest with fantastic prizes that are donated by vendors and other members of the community. This is the card I entered this year and I am excited to say that it was a winner!!

My prize is a $30 Stampin' Up! shopping spree... so I will get the stamp set called Bundle Up. Thank you Nancy for organizing this contest and for donating the prize that I won!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

{ free stamp set give away }

This evening Tracy told me about a free draw for a stamp set on one of her favorite blogs, so of course I had to check it out. If you'd like to enter this draw all you have to do is visit Terri's Blog and leave a comment saying you were referred by me (Cindy Keery). The stamp set she's giving away is by Stampin' Up! and it's called Paint Prints. I actually have this set already and love it!


Monday, December 04, 2006

{ more butterflies of happiness }

When I first saw the Butterflies of Happiness stamp set in the Stampin' Up! Winter Mini catalogue, I had absolutely no desire to get it. However, the moment I saw this card by JeanneS, all that changed! Isn't it funny how one card can totally make you fall in love with a stamp set that you otherwise wouldn't have given a second glance?

This morning I made this card, which is quite similar to the one JeanneS made, but not completely identical. I used the following colours: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Lavendar Lace, Cranberry Crisp, Certainly Celery. For stamps I used Linen and Butterflies of Happiness.

So, what are your "must haves" from the winter mini?

Sunday, December 03, 2006

{ 2 easy christmas treats to make }

Here's a couple of recipes that I enjoy making every year. In fact, I have just made the fudge and put it in the fridge and I have the popcorn popping away as I madly type this. ;-)

These treats are so simple to make and everyone absolutely loves them!

Chocolate Fudge

3 cups (750 ml) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. (5 ml.) vanilla
nuts (optional - I never add them)

Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with waxed paper.

In a heavy saucepan, combine the chocolate chips and the condensed milk. Melt them together over low heat, stirring once in a while, until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.

Pour the mixture into the lined pan, spreading it evenly and smoothing the top. Put it in the fridge until it solidifies – about an hour.

This makes quite a lot of fudge – about 1½ lbs. (750 g).

Poppycock (otherwise known as caramel popcorn)

A big bowl of popped popcorn (I pop it on the stove in a little canola oil)
Toasted mixed nuts (I toast them for a few minutes on a hot frying pan, just until you can start to smell them)
1/2 cup real butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup light Karo Syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Boil brown sugar, syrup, vanilla and salt for 5 min. Then add 1 tsp baking soda (it will foam). Quickly pour over popped corn. Bake on flat cookie sheets (I prefer to use a metal jelly roll pan because it has edges to prevent everything from falling into the oven) for 1 hr at 200 degrees, stirring corn every 15 to 20 minutes.

I'd love to see what your favorite Christmas treats are! Please leave a comment to let me know what treats you love to make and/or eat during the holidays.

Friday, December 01, 2006

{ butterflies in winter }

I just made 6 of these cards tonight. When I get a new stamp set it has to stay on my table until I use it... finally I have used all of my latest stamp sets. I guess that means it's time to buy more, eh? Good thing stampers club is coming up next week.

For this batch of 6 cards I used the new Stampin' Up! set called Butterfly of Happiness. The color combo was inspired by the ribbon... Cool Caribbean, Pink Passon and Gable Green. To make the ovals I used the Coluzzle nested ovals, the Coluzzle companion ovals and, of course, the marvy uchida giga scallop oval punch!! I spritzed the background with markers and the color spritzer. To finish it off I added some stickles to make the butterfly sparkle. The verse (that you can barely see in the lower right corner) is from Curvy Verses.













Have you seen my new ribbon holder? Awhile ago my friend Stephanie got her husband to make me this gorgeous holder! It's solid wood, that he even stained for me, and the rods are solid copper so they won't sway under the weight of all that ribbon!

Also, in the photo you can see that my prisma pencil crayons are now within reach in a big mug! I had been storing them safely in the box they came in, tucked away in a drawer - and, of course, not using them!! Now that they are out there I'm sure I will get a lot more use out of them.

{ card give away }

December 1 already, wow! This afternoon I wrote & addressed my Christmas cards and realized that I have an abundance of cards!! My solution is to give away a card similar to the one shown here to the first 10 people to leave a comment on this post.

Have a joyous December as you plan for an exciting Christmas holiday.

ETA: Wow, I have 10 comments already!! That didn't take long. Would the 10 of you please email me at creativecards@shaw.ca with your mailing address so I can get these cards sent out? Thanks!!


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