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Holiday Showcase part 1

As we wrap up the year and get ready for the new beginnings and hope of good things to come in the next year, we wanted to take a little time to share with you a little bit of our personal holiday celebrations.

 

Family Ties by Lisa Spiegel 

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Featured Collection: Stella & Rose 

This Hanukkah has been one spent with family, so I created this layout to remember some special family moments of the week.  The fabric flowers and buttons and twine all represent the ties of family...

 

Merry Christmas by Jana Eubank 

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Featured Collection: Lost & Found Christmas

I LOVE the classic Christmas colors of the Lost & Found Christmas collection. I especially love the red glittery accents on the patterned papers, die cuts, chipboard elements, and decorative brads. It takes me right back to my childhood Christmas' and was the perfect choice to scrapbook the family traditions that I have passed down to my own little family. Every Christmas Eve, after coming home from the family parties, we gather together to open presents with one another. Mom & Dad always give the kids new pajamas (to look good for Christmas morning pictures, of course!), and the kids exchange the silly gag gifts they have bought for each other. We then have family prayer and the kids run to set out a plate of cookies & milk for Santa. It's all so magical. I love it!

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2011 Holiday Hoopla WINNERS!!!

Check back soon – we are in the process of randomly selecting all the winners for 2011 Holiday Hoopla.

Thank you for participating with us.

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2011 Holiday Hoopla Blog Hop

We hope you have enjoyed our 2011 Holiday Hoopla celebration!  We aren't quite ready for the celebration to end!

We'd like to invite you to join us in one last celebration: our Holiday Hoopla blog hop!

ONE winner will receive one of everything in our 12 Days of Christmas AND both Kraft Funday collections!

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We are going to send you on a scavenger hunt to collect all the parts of the secret phrase. Here's what we’re going to do:

  • Start here, at the My Mind’s Eye blog, and “hop” on over to every blog you are sent to (be sure to hop in order).
  • Each of our fabulous designers will share a part of a secret phrase with you.  Gather each word as you visit the blogs. Be sure to start at the My Mind's Eye blog and hop in order so that you have the correct secret phrase!
  • Leave a comment on each blog.
  • At each blog, you will be directed to another blog. Be sure to visit and comment on each blog, to increase your chances of winning!

***IMPORTANT: Begin the blog hop at the My Mind's Eye blog so you make sure you visit each blog.***

  • When you hop back to this blog, leave a comment saying that you are done AND email the secret phrase to: amber@mymindseye.com.  (don't include the words in your blog comment)

Our blog hop will close Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at midnight.

There will be two ways to win at our party:

1) Grand prize: After visiting every blog, email Amber the secret phrase.  One winner will receive our 12 Days of Christmas collection and both Kraft Funday collections!

2) Bonus entry: We will randomly draw one of our designer’s blogs and draw one winner from the comments on that designer’s blog.  This winner will receive our entire 12 Days of Christmas collection!

Are you ready?  You will first hop from here to … Amber’s blog

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Holiday Hoopla day 11

We hope you enjoyed the recipes and traditions shared with our designers yesterday!  Today we enjoy favorites from Anam Stubbington, Suzanne Sergi, Tamara Jensen and Amber Packer.

Twisted Brussel Sprouts from Anam Stubbington

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Anam-Stubbington_thumb3I hate boiling vegetables – normally because i over cook them so we do our vegetables this way. We spend Christmas with Ian’s parents so instead I cook a big meal for either New Years Eve or New Years Day with meats and roast potatoes.

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 30 Brussels sprouts and other green vegetables
  • 8 to 10 slices of Bacon Rashers
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Mandarin Oranges (or Satsuma)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Wash and then peel off any loose or damaged leaves from the sprouts. Trim the root end and cut each sprout in half.

Cook the bacon and walnuts in a large oven-proof skillet over medium heat until bacon just begins to crisp and walnuts are toasted, about 4 minutes. Transfer the bacon and walnuts with a slotted spoon to a bowl and set aside. Add the Brussels sprouts to the skillet and season with salt and pepper.

Put the pan in the oven and roast the Brussels sprouts for about 30 minutes, add the bacon and walnuts and continue to roast until the sprouts are cooked through and golden, about 10 to 15 minutes more.

Right before serving add the mandarin orange segments.

The textures and tastes work really well together.

 

Jumbo Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Suzanne Sergi

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Suzanne SergiI am not a seasoned baker, but I love to bake at the holidays. I enjoy packing  assorted cookies, and giving them to friends at Christmastime. Baking is also something I enjoy doing with my children. Martha Stewart's Jumbo Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are a tried and true favorite of mine. I make this cookie all year round. The recipe is foolproof, so it has become a family favorite. I do not have to worry of making a mistake, because these cookies are so easy to make. Since they are a bigger size cookie, they make for a gorgeous presentation in a Kraft gift bag tied with twine. I also like putting a layer of parchment in between each cookie.

Jumbo Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Martha Stewart)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Add oats, raisins, and coconut; beat just until combined.
  3. Drop level 1/4-cup measures of dough, 1 1/2 inches apart, onto baking sheets.
  4. Bake until cookies have spread and are golden brown and soft to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. You can also freeze unbaked cookies and bake them later. Place unbaked cookies on baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. Transfer to resealable plastic bags (label and date); keep up to 6 months. Bake as many as you need (without thawing); place 1 1/2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Cook's Note

Freeze unbaked cookies on baking sheet until firm, about 30 minutes. Transfer to resealable plastic bags (label and date); keep up to 6 months. Bake as many as you need (without thawing); place 1 1/2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

 

Tamale Queso Dip from Tamara Jensen

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This is our family's FAVORITE New Year's Eve recipe - a flavorful and addictive Tamale Queso Dip.  Be careful, after one bite -  you just can't stop.  We have wonderful memories of sitting around the island - laughing, talking, and feasting on this delicious dip.  We also like to make it for a Christmas Eve appetizer.  We love that it is so simple and easy to make.  Be prepared for everyone to request this recipe from you.  Enjoy!

 

Tamale Queso Dip

1 lb. (4 c.) Velveeta Cheese

2 cans Rol-tel Tomatoes

1 can Chili Con Carne (without beans)

1 can tamales

Dash Worch. Sauce

Dash of garlic salt

Melt the cheese, add tomatoes, then chili, over medium heat.  Remove paper from tamales and mash them with a fork, and add remaining ingredients. Serve in a warm crockpot with corn chips, Fritos, etc.  (We always double this recipe, or triple for large crowds)

 

Cinnamon Rolls from Amber Packer

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If you have ready my blog for a while, you probably already know this… but I LOVE my Mom’s Cinnamon Rolls.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t make them as good as hers!

That’s okay that I can’t make them the way my Mom does, because when we go to my parent’s home on Christmas, we get some!!

There is something about food and childhood memories that are comforting in a world that is constantly turning upside down, isn’t there?

Now, since we have these on Christmas morning, my Mom does not wake up early to bake.  The night before she gets the recipe to the point where the rolls are cut and on the cookie sheet and puts them in the fridge with plastic wrap sprayed with pan so it doesn’t stick to the rolls.  Then she pulls them out on Christmas morning and allows them to rise.  This will take a little more time because they are cold.  You’ll finish the recipe as instructed.

Unbelievable Cinnamon Rolls by Ann Ishmael

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. scalded milk
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 2 pkg. yeast
  • 2 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. mashed potatoes (can use dehydrated potatoes if you don’t have mashed potatoes already made)
  • 7 c. flour
  • 1 c. raisins (if desired)

Icing:

  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 to 4 c. powdered sugar
  • milk

Pour milk over shortening and allow to cool to lukewarm.  Soften yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water.  Add to milk mixture with eggs, sugar, salt, mashed potatoes and 4 cups flour.  Beat with mixer until smooth and well blended.  Add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft but still slightly sticky dough.  (Dough should be at just about right when it pulls off the edges of the bowl)  Cover and allow to rise until double.  Divide dough in half and roll in rectangle 1/2 inch thick.  Spread with softened butter.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  Roll up and cut into 1 inch slices.  Place on greased cookie sheet and cover.  Let rise until almost doubled.  (Rolls will rise in oven as well)  Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  Ice.

Icing: Cream the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.  Add powdered sugar.  Use milk to thin.  Add vanilla.  Ice the rolls while they are still a bit warm, so the icing will melt into all the crevices.

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What foods remind you of your childhood?  Create a scrapbook page about food and childhood memories.  To help you, we’ll give one winner our 12 Days of Christmas collection.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, December 25, 2011.

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Caught Our Eye–whimsical trees

We know it’s not really time to start new projects, but we couldn’t resist!  Besides, who wouldn’t LOVE one of these darling, whimsical trees designed by Tammy Martinez?  Tammy shared these darling trees with us on the My Mind’s Eye Facebook page earlier this month and we had to share them with you!

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Be sure to visit Tammy’s blog to learn how to make these darling trees!  Wouldn’t these be a fun activity with the kids at a family party?

Thank you for sharing with us, Tammy!

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Holiday Hoopla day 10

We are quickly coming to the close of our Holiday Hoopla celebration posts.  Sad.  We aren’t sure about you, but at this point, we don’t want to start anymore last minute projects (we’re still finishing the ones we’ve already started *wink*).  That being said, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite holiday recipes and the traditions associated with them!  Today, we have favorite recipes from Jana Eubank, Laura Vegas and Lisa Spiegel.

 

S’mores Toffee from Lisa Spiegel:

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During Hanukkah, families often celebrate the miracle of the oil lasting 8 nights by eating foods fried in oil.  Potato Latkes and Donuts are the most popular choices, but our family has created our own tradition with our dessert of S'mores Toffee. 

S'mores Toffee is so decadent and yummy...and so easy to make...your family will be asking for "S'more", too!!

Ingredients

1.5 Sleeves Graham Crackers

1 Stick of Butter

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

2 Cups Chocolate Chips

1.5 Cups Mini Marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with foil and spray with baking spray.  Layer graham crackers to fit entire baking sheet with no crackers overlapping.

Cook butter and sugar over medium high heat to a rolling boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Immediately pour evenly over graham crackers. Bake at 350 until bubbling.  Let cool 1 minute and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the crackers.  Allow to melt a minute or two then spread the chocolate evenly over the crackers.  Sprinkle the marshmallows over the top and lightly press into the melted chocolate.  I like to add some crushed graham crackers to the top as well.  Refrigerate 1 hour, then break the toffee into pieces and serve. Get ready to make S'more because it's SO good!!!  Happy Holidays everyone!!

Lisa

 

Gingerbread cookies from Jana Eubank:

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Jana EubankEvery year we make Gingerbread cookies as a family. I love this recipe because it is very mild and makes soft cookies. We especially like to eat them when they are frosted with Cream Cheese frosting. Actually, I would probably eat anything that had Cream Cheese frosting on it . . . Mmmmmm!

 

Gingerbread Cookies
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. shortening (butter flavor)
3/4 c. light molasses
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 egg
6 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. baking soda
4-1/4 to 4-1/2 c. flour
Beat sugar, shortening, molasses, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and egg. Mix in 6 Tbsp. water and soda. Mix in flour until like soft dough.
Roll out on floured surface to 1/4-inch thick (for soft cookies); thinner than 1/4-inch for crispier cookies.
Cut into shapes and bake at 375 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes. Eat plain or frost (we like cream cheese frosting).
This recipe is a MUST in our family. It's just not the Christmas season until we spend a day making these as a family!
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Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar
Frosts 9-in. X 9-in. cake.

Turkey from Laura Vegas:

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Laura Vegas"I have never actually cooked an entire turkey before. The thought of it scares me, even though I hear it's very simple. I got the idea from Rachael Ray, a few years ago, to cook turkey breasts, instead of an entire turkey. They only take about 45 minutes to cook, and there is hardly any mess at all. I have the butcher take the bones out, so that I simply have to slice them up and serve them. I usually cook 2-4 breasts, depending on how many people I'm serving. I'm all about making the cooking simple and easy, so that I can spend more time visiting with family and friends, and this has been a huge help in making that happen."

Roast Turkey Breast with herb Butter (Rachael Ray)

Ingredients

6 sprigs thyme, leaves removed

Zest of 1 lemon

1 stick butter, softened

Salt and black pepper

2 boneless, skin-on turkey breasts (about 5 pounds each)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
In a medium size bowl, mix together the thyme, lemon zest, softened butter, salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to use.

Loosen the skin of the turkey breasts by gently working your hand between the skin and the meat. Rub the herb butter under the skin, season the outside with salt and pepper and transfer to a roasting pan fitted with a rack. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons EVOO and transfer to the oven. Roast until deep golden brown and cooked through, 45-50 minutes.

We’ll share more of our favorite recipes with you tomorrow!  Do you scrap your favorite recipes?  We think recipes are a wonderful addition to your scrapbooks.

To help you scrap your favorite holiday recipes, we’ll give one winner our 12 Days of Christmas collection.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, December 25, 2011.

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Holiday Hoopla day 9

Happy Holidays! 

Have you finished preparing for the Christmas festivities? I will admit, I still have quite a bit on my list to complete. However, I did find time for one last Christmas craft. My favorite time of year is here, and I love simply playing with Christmas paper. I love creating homemade tags, and simple home decor projects. Today, I have a set of three tiny wood houses all decorated with Lost & Found Christmas.

Last summer, I found these  wood houses while in San Diego. After seeing images on Pinterest (via Melissa Phillips), I was reminded that I had something similar, tucked away. I was inspired to decorate mine with paper, and a little glitter.

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These tiny wood houses measure about three inches, by two and half inches. So small, and perfect for adding a bit of holiday magic to your home. I have mine nestled on a cake plate, and are a part of the kitchen holiday decor. I covered them first with an antique white acrylic paint, and then used several papers from the Lost & Found Christmas. This collection has a vintage color palette, and added such a lovely charm to them.

Here is a peek at the houses individually:
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I covered the outside with the music paper found in the 6x6 paper pad.  I inked all the edges with a vintage brown ink. On top of this block I used an ornate chipboard frame, and nestled the Santa embellishement on top. The Santa Chipboard is found on the Glittered Accessory Chipboard Sheet. You will also find the cute banner chipboard element on there, too.

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Here I used the Glittered Trees paper to cover this block. I added a few star elements, such as the star pin, and the gold glittered star. I finished this tiny house with a burgandy crinkled ribbon, and a brad from the Lost & Found Christmas Decorative Brads package.

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On this final house, I added more of the glittered tinsel paper, and used a banner tag from the accessory sheet to wrap around the bottom.  The tree nestled in the circle is also from the accessory sheet, and I simply cut the tree away from the tag. The Be Merry banner strip is also from the decorative brad package.

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A peek at the side of the houses that I covered with spray adhesive, and sprinkled with snow glitter. What is Christmas without a bit of snow?  

I hope you can find the time for that last Christmas craft, and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Suzanne Sergi 

We will send one lucky winner our 12 Days of Christmas collection!  Leave a comment on this post by midnight, December 25, 2011 to be entered to WIN!

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Blog Challenge 30 Winners!

We are taking a short break from our Holiday Hoopla celebration to announce the winners from our Blog Challenge #30!  As always, we would like to thank those of you who took the time to create a layout and/or card to enter in our challenge!  We are grateful you shared your talents with us!

If you are looking for some great inspiration, please be sure to check out the layout and card galleries!

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The winner of Blog Challenge #30 is: Nadia Cannizo

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Blog Challenge #30 Honorable Mention winner: Frances A Sylvia

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Blog Challenge #30 Card winner: Cindy Lee

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Congratulations Nadia, Frances and Cindy!  Please email your shipping information and prize choices to: amber@mymindseye.com.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow as we resume our Holiday Hoopla celebration!

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Holiday Hoopla day 8

I can be a little challenged when it comes to creating "projects", instead of my normal layouts and cards. But the one altered project that I love to create are these covered paper mache boxes. They come in such a wide variety of sizes and shapes, and you can find them at any craft of hobby store. Altering these boxes is so easy to do, and really takes no time at all. These come in very handy at Christmas time, since you can easily slip gifts in these boxes and stick them right under the Christmas tree. No wrapping required.

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I used the 12 Days of Christmas collection to create these boxes. To start out, I simply measured all four sides of the boxes, and the four sides and top of the lids. I picked out the papers that I wanted to use for each box, and trimmed the papers to the sizes I needed. I put aside each set of papers, marking which box they went too. Then I used some white acrylic paint, and painted all of the edges of the boxes and the lids. Because the papers won't go all the way around the edges, this will help finish off the edges. There is no need to paint the entire box or lid, since the papers will cover most of it.

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Once the paint dries, you can go ahead and adhere your papers to the boxes and lids. Sometimes, I just use regular adhesive to adhere the papers, if I'm not going for a really finished look. Or I will use Mod Podge, like I did for these boxes. I brushed the Mod Podge onto the backs of the papers, and then flattened them out on the boxes and lids, smoothing them from the inside to the outsides edges, to get rid of any air bubbles. Once they dry, I brush an additional layer of Mod Podge right over the paper, to give the boxes a nice, shiny finish.

Once all the boxes and lids dried, it was time to decorate them a bit. I used the Trims and the Chipboard elements to embellish each box as desired.

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What beautiful gift packages Laura has created!  We’ll give one lucky winner our 12 Days of Christmas collection.  Leave a comment on this blog post by December 25, 2011.

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Holiday Hoopla day 7

Decorative Notepads

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I love that I can pick up a 6-pack of 5x8" notebooks in yellow or white at my local Walmart for $2.50 and create six uniquely decorative notebooks as gifts for friends this holiday. I'd like to share a few quick and simple options on decorating these notepads in literally minutes.

#1 Decorative Notepad

Rather then write up a step-by-step tutorial for one of my favorite styles of decorative notepads, I decided to show you a video featured over at My Craft Channel that I created for all of you. Simple click here to view how easy these notepads are to recreate.

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#2 Notepad Wrap Tutorial 

Supplies Needed: Everyday Fun Collection, 5x8" Notepads

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Cut: 8 x 12" Everyday Fun "In Print"; 1 x 12" Everyday Fun "Remember This"

1. Score In Print (dot) paper from left to right: 5 1/8" then 1/4" from the first score line, then 5 1/8" from that score line and then 1/4" from the last score line.

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2. Adhere 5 x 8" notepad in place inside of folded paper as shown in image above.

3. Score Remember This (striped) paper as follows: 3/4" from edge, then 1/4" from first score line, then 3/4" from that score line and 1/4" from that score line and repeat. Fold this strip of paper so it looks like a pleat.

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4. Cut pleated piece so there is a 4" and 2" (approx.) pieces. Adhere 4" piece flush with top edge about 3/4" from left edge. Adhere smaller piece flush with bottom edge.

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5. Wrap Everyday Fun Twine around front flap and tie in knot.

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6. Trim around "Friends Forever" quote*, ink edges if desired and mount to black cardstock and mount 2 1/4" from bottom edge and flush with the left edge of book using foam tape.

8. Punch small hole in center of small flap and 4" piece of twine through hole. Punch Everyday Fun Decorative Brad through quote and notebook cover (you will twist twine around this to hold flap in place.

9. Embellish the over as desired using coordinating Every Fun Layered Stickers and Buttons.

*Download your copy of the Friends Forever Wordart by Bethany (Elegant Wordart)

#3 Notepad Cover

This is a simpler option then Notepad Wrap listed above.

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Simply cut a 5 x 8 1/4" strip of paper of your choice. Score paper 5 1/8" from left edge and then 1/4" from first scoring line and fold. Here notepad to right side of inside of paper as shown here.

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Create a few of these fun notepads, wrap them up with some ribbon and you have a darling, useful gift for all of your friends!! Happy Holidays and wishing you a very Merry Christmas.

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Continuing our holiday hoopla – we’ll give one lucky winner the Kraft Funday collection of their choice.  Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on December 25, 2011 to be entered to WIN!

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2011 Holiday Hoopla day 6

It’s here - the time of year where I waver between having a comfortable “I’m almost done” feeling and a feeling of panic when I realize that even though I thought I was almost done, I have realized all the things I have forgotten.  I am blessed in so many ways, one of which is with spectacular friends.  Unfortunately, I have not planned in advance and am quickly running out of time to come up with something as spectacular as my friends.

I love the style of jewelry today – eclectic, feminine and fun with lots of ruffles and glitz!  I thought about going to a jewelry store to find something special and then I started thinking of the fabulous Lost & Found 2 trims! 

Guess what!?  They make fabulous flowers for use on layouts, why not use them for jewelry?

I went to my local Hobby Lobby (Michaels, Joann’s or a jewelry store will work too) and picked up some blank adjustable rings with a flat top, flat circles for necklaces (and small ones for earrings), a bangle bracelet and bobby pins with a flat top.

Then I got to work: twisting and gluing; stitching and gathering and came up with these:

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They were fun to make and so easy!  If you want to really enjoy yourself while you create for others, this is the project for you!  You’d better make sure you make a few for yourself.

What do you think?  Is this something you would like to make?  I have included instructions here: Download 2011_12_14_MME_Ribbon Rosette Jewelry

I also demonstrated this project on Good Things Utah this morning.  I will upload the segment when it’s available this afternoon.

Since this is also part of the Holiday Hoopla celebration there IS, of course, a giveaway!  Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, December 25, 2011.  We will send one lucky winner the trims and brads I used on this project!

Good luck in your preparations!  I know I need it in mine. *wink*  I hope you are able to get your preparations done in time to reflect upon the majesty of this season.

Amber Packer 

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2011 Holiday Hoopla Day 5

Sharing the Light.

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Candles are a big part of my celebrations at this time of year - I have a lot and love the feeling they give to an event.I love to personalize them with ribbons and jewels but this year I thought I would try to add stamps to the mix.

The easiest and neatest way to do this is with tissue paper. You design your image on the tissue paper and then adhere it to the candle by melting the wax.

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Supplies:

My Minds Eye Stamps - I used "12 Days of Christmas", "Lost & Found Christmas" and the 'so happy' stamp (one of my all time favs) from The Lost & Found 2 Breeze collection.

My Minds Eye Ribbons from Lost and Found two collection.

Heat Gun, Ink Pads and some Tissue paper - mine was recycled from a package but you can buy some or ask a crockery store nicely for a sheet as it goes a long way.

The great thing about this technique is that it is so versatile and easy to do. One of the big parts of my celebrations is remembering that that have passed and to celebrate their lives.

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So I used more stamps and then wrote on the name of the person. I then cut out the image as I did not need to cover the whole candle.

The possibilities are endless: think of weddings and birthdays. You can even draw your own images or the kids doodles. Print out photographs onto the tissue paper - just tape down all the edges on a piece of regular printer paper and set it to transparency.

Just remember that the colour of the wax will change the colour of your image so my colours that looked bright on the white tissue became muted with the cream candle wax.

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Decorate and add final touches. I used tiny pins to hold in the ribbon and you can add adhesive jewels too. just remember to removed them before the candle flame reaches them or they might burn and cause a fire hazard.

I hope you are enjoying these creative days.

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Just like the past few days, leave a comment on Anam's blog post and we will pick one winner who will receive the stamp sets and trims that Anam used!  We will announce the winner on Monday, December 26, 2011.

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2011 Holiday Hoopla Day 4

Country Christmas Tree

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When I first ran my fingers across the Kraft Fun Day Happy Days collection, I immediately thought about how fun these papers would look as country-inspired gingerbread men hanging on a Christmas Tree. So that is what I decided to create today for my Holiday Hoopla post today. However, I didn't just make Gingerbread Men, I created an entire mini tree to add Christmas Cheer to my scrap room. Wouldn't this make a great decoration for an office desk or teacher's classroom as well?

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Tree Topper The first thing a Christmas Tree needs is a star on the top. I used the Chipboard Elements to layer together a tree topper for my tree. I used one of the scalloped circle pieces and then layered two stars on top of it. I added Happy Days Rhinestones for a little shine and shimmer. I used the other scalloped circle accent to adorn the tree's pot.

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The Kraft Fun Day Happy Days Circle Garland is the perfect size garland for this mini Christmas tree! And the best part . . . it is already done for you! Just drape it across the braches of your tree.

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Next, come the ornaments! I used my Cricut Expression machine to cut out several shapes from the Gingerbread and Just Because Cards cartridges. I added a little pizazz to each one with the Happy Days Buttons, Rhinestones, Wood Banners, and Twine.

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Finally, to finish my Christmas tree, I added a couple of lengths of Stella & Rose Gertie trims and a Kraft Fun Days Happy Days chipboard element to the pot. My cute little tree is the perfect size to add a little Christmas cheer to any room, office desk, or even a teacher's desk. Try making your own! It's fun! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Jana Eubank

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2011 Holiday Hoopla day 3

Merry Christmas Advent Calendar

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When I saw this wooden sled I knew that it would be fun to cover in paper and embellishments. (And it was!) This is a pretty simple project to put together and I just loved working with the line 12 Days of Christmas. I decided to use it for an advent calendar, but another variation could be to place a photo in the chipboard frame instead.

Supplies:

· 12 Days “It’s the Season” Paper

· 12 Days “Joy” Paper

· 12 Days “Tinsel” Paper

· 12 Days Chipboard Accessories Sheet

· 12 Days Rhinestones

· 12 Days Trims

· Wooden Sled

· Vintage White Paint

· Chalkboard Sticker

· Chalk Ink Marker

· Matte Varnish

Instructions:

1. The first things I did were paint the sled and seal it with a matte varnish.

2. I then decided what patterned paper I wanted to use to cover the four different areas of the sled. I traced the sled onto a piece of computer paper and then cut out the shapes to use as stencils. Worked great!

3. Once you’ve got your sled covered in the paper of your choice you can then have fun with the embellishments!

I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Melissa Bell

How do you count down the days?  Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.  We will draw one winner on Monday, December 26, 2011.

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2011 Holiday Hoopla day 2

Hi everyone!
I am here to share some super-simple Christmas ornaments with you. While I love making things for the holidays, I often feel overwhelmed and don't like to undertake a huge project. Which is exactly why I decided to keep these very simple. You can always add more complexity if you prefer that!
Ok, let's get started. My Christmas tree is blue and silver so I took out all my blue, silver and brown trim.
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I then took a blank ornament and adhered one layer of trim to it. I used my ATG gun to adhere mine. I assume a glue gun would work better if you have one (I don't!).
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I then adhered a dark trim on top. If you're not using blue and white like I am, you can go one of two ways. You can either use different tones of the same shade or you can use complimentary colors. It really depends on your personal taste. I do recommend varying the texture, width and type of the trim just because it makes it more interesting.
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My final step was to add one more trim as my top layer.
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and here it is on my tree. It's simple but I think it still looks really nice.
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I then wanted to do one with my six-year-old. So we took another empty ornament and glued buttons all over it.
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then we cut of pom poms from the trim and glued those in the middle of the buttons
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and hung it on the tree, too, of course.
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And for my final ornament, I created another one using trims. This time I put three rows of trims and then one more as a second layer in the middle.
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Just to jazz it up a little more, I added a decorative brad and hung it on the tree.
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and there we are. Three simple ornaments. All of these will take you maybe 20 minutes. I hope you get your trim and buttons out and play!

We’re going to give one lucky winner trims and buttons so they can make ornaments like Karen did in this project!  Leave a comment on this blog post and we’ll draw a winner on Monday, December 26, 2011.

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Display Your “Christmas Past”

Welcome to the first day of the My Mind's Eye "Holiday Hoopla".  Tamara Jensen starts us off with a simple, classy way to display your favorite holiday layout from seasons past.

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You don’t have to wait until December 26th to scrapbook Christmas photos!  Why not dust off pictures from your “Christmas Past” and scrapbook a layout to use as holiday décor?  I really enjoyed scrapbooking this older photo of my kids in their Christmas PJ’s – and setting it on my accent table for all to see.  The gorgeous GLITTERED Lost and Found Christmas papers coordinate perfectly with my holiday decorations.  My kids love looking at it every day as they walk by – it gets them excited about all of the Christmas fun that is just around the corner!

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Supplies:

  • 12” x 12” Lost and Found Christmas “Merry” Glittered Paper
  • 7” x 9” Lost and Found Christmas “Boughs” Glittered Paper B side
  • 5” x 12” Lost and Found Christmas “Tinsel” Glittered Paper B side
  • 6 1/4” x 8 1/4” Lost and Found Christmas “Holly” Glittered Paper B side
  • 1 1/4” x 12” Lost and Found Christmas “Noel” Glittered Paper B side
  • 1/2” x 12” Lost and Found Christmas “Noel” Glittered Paper
  • Lost and Found Christmas Accessory Sheet
  • Lost and Found Christmas Glittered Adhesive Chipboard
  • Lost and Found Christmas Decorative Brads
  • 6” x 8” Photo (or 2 – 4” x 6” photos), Brown Ink, Brown Pen
  1. Adhere 1 1/4” x 12” cream sheet music paper about 1/2” from the bottom of the page.  Layer the 1/2” x 12” striped paper above it.  Adhere the brown 5” x 12” over the striped.
  2. Using a ruler, draw a line border around the 7” x 9” green dot paper, then adhere it along the right edge of the page, about 1” from the top. Mat the photo with the 6 1/4” x 8 1/4” cream text paper and pace in page.
  3. Tuck the “December” die cut accessory under the right edge of the photo.  Place the “Remember these Moments” journaling spot on the page, then layer the “Merry Christmas” circle, “Be Jolly” chipboard circle, and green/cream paper circle with a brad on the left edge of the page.
  4. Insert the “Tis the Season to be Jolly” title with a brad into the page, the red “Noel” cardstock accessory die cut, then the “Be Merry” below it.  Insert 2 green brads along the right edge of the brown paper.  Place layout on a decorative easel and enjoy!

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Lost & Found Christmas Cards

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It’s time to spread some holiday cheer and let your friends and family know how important they are to you. Nothing says LOVE like a home made card!

The Lost & Found Christmas collection with all its glittery goodness makes the most gorgeous cards. Have fun playing with the Accessory Sheet and Chipboard accessories for endless possibilities!

Every year when I am preparing my Christmas Card, I think of a dear friend of mine. One year I was going include a photo of the boys only in my Christmas cards and she reminded me that she likes to see photos of her friends, too. I think of that as I’m picking pictures each year. 

It’s also important to include a photo of how things really are. My youngest doesn’t like to look at the camera when I am “making” him. So, unless we get out to get new photos, we may just have to send a picture of him staring at the ground!

I am demonstrating these cards on Good Things Utah this morning. I’ll post the video on the blog when it’s ready. In the meantime, I have written instructions and included them here: Download 2011_11_29_MME_Christmas Cards

Have a wonderful day!

Amber Packer

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Blog Challenge 30: Layout

Are you ready for a challenge?  Take time for yourself out of the hustle and bustle of the holidays and join us in this month’s card challenge!

The challenge: Design a layout based on this fabulous sketch and any theme you want on the card (sketch by Anam Stubbington).  That’s right – it’s your choice!

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The rules: Use ANY My Mind’s Eye products (current or past) as long as your project has at least 80% My Mind’s Eye products.

The deadline: Add a link to your project to the bottom of this post using inlinkz by Sunday, December 18, 2011 (midnight, MST). Please include your first and last name and project name when uploading. (a photo of your layout or project will show directly in the post)

(For tips on how to best photograph your entry, click here)

The PRIZE: The winner will receive three ENTIRE collections of their choice! We will also award an honorable mention winner with one collection of their choice! All winners will be featured in a blog post and have bragging rights!

The fabulous Suzanne Sergi and Jana Eubank created these beautiful samples to help you get your creative juices going!

Suzanne Sergi: Merry Christmas

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Featured Collection: 12 Days of Christmas 

 

Jana Eubank: Remember When

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Featured Collection: Lost & Found 2 

We can’t wait to see what you create!

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Blog Challenge 30: Card

Are you ready for a challenge?  Take time for yourself out of the hustle and bustle of the holidays and join us in this month’s card challenge!

The challenge: Design a card based on this fabulous sketch and any theme you want on the card (sketch by Anam Stubbington).  That’s right – it’s your choice!

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The rules: Use ANY My Mind’s Eye products (current or past) as long as your project has at least 80% My Mind’s Eye products.

The deadline: Add a link to your project to the bottom of this post using inlinkz by Sunday, December 18, 2011 (midnight, MST). Please include your first and last name and project name when uploading. (a photo of your layout or project will show directly in the post)

(For tips on how to best photograph your entry, click here)

The PRIZE: The winner will receive the collection of their choice and will be featured in a blog post and have bragging rights!

The fabulous Suzanne Sergi and Jana Eubank created these beautiful samples to help you get your creative juices going!  Both cards feature our 12 Days of Christmas collection.

Suzanne Sergi: Happy Holidays

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Jana Eubank: Seasons Greetings

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We can’t wait to see what you create!

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November Word of the Month

Sunshine by Jana Eubank 

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"Sunshine" seems like a strange word of the month for November considering it's the month the weather really starts to turn cold. :) But when I saw the quote on the Lost & Found Two die cut card, it is exactly how I feel about my kids. They truly are the sunshine in my life, and I am so thankful for them. They brighten my day with their funny antics and unique personalities. They make life interesting and a joy to live! I used the beautiful Lost and Found Two collection for this page. The yellow, natural, and black color combination of the Sunshine range complimented my sepia-toned photos wonderfully. The papers have such a classic and timeless appeal about them. They make the memory I'm recording that much more "special" and "important" with their beautiful design. I can't help but reach for this collection again and again. It's just BEAUTIFUL!

Family by Karen Grunberg

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