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Archive for December, 2013

Check out the fab party favor using some of my New Year shapes and get ready to ring in the new year over at the Silhouette blog:

Hello cute confetti!  Click here and here to get the shapes in the Silhouette store.

Cheers!

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Favorite Things About Today:

1.  No school till January 6

2.  Sledding party for Coleman over at Quinn’s house

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3.  Mini BLTs in the works for the family party at Grandma’s (evening will include the Nativity reenactment by the grandkids and the telling of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” – from memory – by my brother, Uncle Kent)

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How to make these tasty treats:

  • cut white bread into about 1.5″ circles using a fondant cutter
  • toast bread quickly in the oven
  • add a dab of mayo to each circle using a condiment squeeze bottle
  • place a slice of tomato on top (I use cherry tomatoes and can get about 2 slices per tomato)
  • add another dab of mayo then top with crumbled bacon

4.  I finally buckled down and tackled some EPIC Christmas quotes for the Silhouette store.  Click here for the Grinch, here for the Messiah and here for the Night Before Christmas.

5.  Birch tree card tutorial over at the Silhouette blog.

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This card uses my Seasons Greetings shape but I’m in love with those birch trees.  Use this idea all winter long, just add an appropriate phrase from my shop to fit your occasion.   Here’s one that I just added last week.  Most of my phrases come with a layered option as well as a merged option depending on your project.

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Happy Christmas.  Let the festivities begin!

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Easy.  Inspiring.  And a great way to tell the teachers in your life that they are important to you.  Look for more finished projects at katierosecompany shop on etsy.

Find this shape in my Silhouette store here.

Thanks, teachers.

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We did it again.  Click here and here for a detailed plan of how to carry out a Christmas gift swap “Favorite Things Party” for a group of girls or teens.  We invited all of our Activity Day girls, which means we had girls 8-11 years old.

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Here’s the invite for this year.  Look familiar?  I went with what worked and Hobby Lobby had the exact same gift tags for sale so I snatched them up, changed the date, clarified the instructions and they were ready to go.  Note the change in information we gave them this time:

1.  food was changed to include appetizers (thanks for  bringing the cheeseball and fruit plate, Ava and Sharrai – they were both almost gone at the end of the activity).

2.  we also specified that we wanted only 4-6 servings because there was WAY TOO MUCH FOOD last year.  Specifying the quantity definitely helped.  We had plenty to go around but not too much.

The girls did a good job of being creative in the food they brought – swirls and snowmen, hand-dipped chocolates and Oreo pie.  Lots of different treats and foods to share and feast on.  They are getting better at this party!

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For our lesson, we showed this age-appropriate but meaningful video, (The Reason Behind Christmas – Mormon Message)  talked about how each person in the video committed to giving a service for Christmas.

Then we asked each girl to follow the video example and share a service they were going to give this Christmas.

“This year for Christmas I am going to….”

They then gave their gift to the person who’s name they drew from “the hat.”  Once it was opened, the giver shared why it was their favorite.  Before we started giving, we practiced how to be a good receiver and encouraged the girls to say, “Thank you!  I love it!” to the giver.

Keeping the giving moving along was my job and with over 30 girls there, it was important to move quickly through each person and to remind the girls as time passed to show respect for one another, even if they have already received their gift.  The lesson and gifting took  about 50 minutes, then we spent about 25 minutes sharing about the food we brought and tasting each other’s treats.

With almost all of our girls attending, we’ve proven once again that the Favorite Things Party is always a hit.  I get a lot of traffic to last year’s Favorite Things Party posts so I hope that many of you are running with this idea.  Let me know how it goes so we can share ideas together!

Merry Christmas!

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Here are two ideas for neighbor gifts with great tags using some of my Silhouette holiday shapes.  Click here for all of the shapes in my Silhouette store or get the svg files for other cutters in Lori Whitlock’s shop here.

Check out Lisa’s neighbor gifts and the sleek tag she used.   The cracker toffee recipe and steps to creating this fabulous gift idea is found here.  Want to find this “Merry Christmas” phrase?  Click here to see it in my Silhouette shop.

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I’m making this cracker toffee….NOW!  Yum.  And oh so cute.

Next….

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All those Mrs. Clauses out there – this is the perfect gift to give to all of the women in your life.  This is a clever and creative idea from the Silhouette blog using my “Sweetest Christmas Wishes” layered phrase.  Click here to find the phrase in my Silhouette store.  For the entire Mrs. Claus Treat Box tutorial, click here.

Enjoy!

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I know.  You want this on your mantle too, right?  Lisa over at greylustergirl.com is at it again.  This time with this beautiful but simple vinyl tutorial using the theme for LDS youth in 2014 in a Christmas format (vinyl found here, printable found here).   I have updated my theme post by adding a more masculine printable geared toward the young men.

I love this project idea and the application is simple (especially when you have to put a new floor down during the holidays and have some scraps hanging around and a handy husband!)

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This project will work with any of my phrases and quotes – they are selling like hotcakes over at the Silhouette store.  Click here to go to my store.  Then the hard part starts – deciding which ones you want to use for your project!  Don’t worry – they’ll all look great so load up.

Happy Holidays and enjoy!

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Really?  You made that?

That was my response to Lisa’s latest project over at greylustergirl.com.   The “believe” comes from my Silhouette store and the interfacing is from the Silhouette store but the fabulous leather application is all Lisa.

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Check out the full tutorial (yes, YOU can do this!) here and amaze everyone on your gift-giving list with this “doesn’t-look-DIY” project.

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Also, you’ll see the Kolette Thick Jot font used on Lisa’s advent calendar over at the Silhouette blog.  Scroll down to see it in action here.  My favorite part of her calendar is the simplicity that looks anything but simple because of her special touches (i.e. gold bow = super cute).   Find the Kolette Thick Jot font here.

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Now is a great time to snatch up all of my holiday (an non-holiday) shapes because all shapes are 50% off at the Silhouette store till December 8.

Enjoy the holiday season with all of my new shapes and phrases for Christmas!  Find them all here.

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