Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Biscotti Gift

Hi Friends! In yesterday's post I mentioned that I had packaged up some of my homemade Christmas Biscotti to give to a friend and I promised you the recipe, as well as how I packaged it up (in a matter of three minutes because I was short on time!).  Here's the recipe:

Christmas Biscotti

3 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp anise extract
1 tsp vanilla
Combine above and set aside.

In a separate bowl add:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves

Slowly combine wet and dry ingredients together. Stir in 1/2 cup mincemeat and 1/2 cup chopped almonds. You may need to add a bit more flour, but dough will be sticky. Shape into log and place on stoneware baking pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350' for 30 minutes. Take out of oven and cut into 3/4" slices (use a bread knife).  Lie each cookie flat side down and bake another 10 minutes, flip and repeat. You'll need to do this in 2 or 3 batches. Once cookies are cool sprinkle with icing sugar or drizzle with melted chocolate.  Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!

These are sooo good and my house smelled amazing while they were baking too!

As I mentioned, I had only a couple of minutes to come up with some cute packaging for the biscotti, as my husband was ready to head into town to deliver this gift. Stampin' Up! has all kinds of fabulous bags, boxes and tags which makes it so easy to create pretty gifts.  I used the Petite Cafe Gift bags (I seriously need to order more of these - they're great!) as well as the Under the Tree Tag a Bag accessory kit. I also had some embellishments on my desk leftover from other projects. This was the finished gift:

Soooo quick and easy! It really did take about 3 minutes to put together! Gotta love Stampin' Up!  Our products make gift giving fun and quick too!

Supplies Used:

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Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

PS: I couldn't resist sharing a photo with you, of Rosey eye-balling the biscotti as I took the photos for today's post. Cooper was right behind me, also drooling.  Yes, I did give them a teeny weeny bit (without any raisins, which are bad for dogs). Lord knows I don't need two hounds tearing through the house on a sugar rush, but suffice to say they were pretty pleased.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Wine or Liqueur Christmas Gift

Hi Friends! Today I'm sharing a fun way to dress up a bottle of wine or liqueur for a nice Christmas (or any time) gift.  Recently I had mentioned to a couple of my friends that my husband and I really enjoy Drambuie (a blend of aged Scotch whisky, heather honey, spices and herbs).  They were intrigued as they had never tried it before so I thought I'd get them a small bottle for Christmas (along with some yummy biscotti!).  If you've ever tried wrapping a bottle before, you know it can be a little tricky. But I've discovered a really easy and practical way to wrap bottles and other gifts too.

I can't recall the last time I purchased wrapping paper - I stopped using it when I realized it's not recyclable.  We used to get brown paper packing in with our Stampin' Up! orders so I'd smooth it out and fold it up until I needed to wrap a gift. Then I'd stamp it, wrap my gift and embellish - voila! A pretty present ready to go! Unfortunately our packing is no longer paper but bubble wrap instead - it's not so easy to wrap gifts with that! LOL

So my newest favourite way to wrap gifts is using decorative tea towels! It's like two gifts in one now! And there are so many fun ways to wrap presents using tea towels - just take a look on pinterest.  All of our pillow gifts at this year's Founder's Circle Retreat were wrapped with tea towels too - they were lovely! I actually used one of the towels we received for my friends gift today:

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The tag was really easy to make and then I stamped onto the Natural Cotton ribbon, just to jazz it up.  To wrap the Drambuie I simply folded the towel in half (top to bottom) and then just rolled up the bottle (tightly). I used two straight pins to hold the seam together and the ribbon finished it off!

I added a package of homemade Christmas biscotti along with the Drambuie. I was really pressed for time but thanks to Stampin' Up! bags and tags, the treats were packaged up and ready to give out in no time!  I'll post some pictures, along with my recipe for the biscotti tomorrow.

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Snuggles and Smooches

Hi Friends! It's been a few days since I last posted - as I'm sure you can agree, life is busy, busy, busy at the moment! I have been stamping cards and getting them ready for the mail for my customers and members of my "Serene Stampers" downline group.  I've also got all my winter classes lined up through the local community recreation program as well as other fun events which you can view HERE.  And tonight I'll be teaching a workshop in a neighbouring community, which I am really looking forward to! So on that note, I must press on. In the meantime, check out a cute new stamp set, released just this week:

If you live in CANADA click HERE to shop with me.
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 If you live in the UK click HERE to shop with Jenny

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

PS: The Prissy Pig Cafe now carries my handmade creations for sale in their gift bar, so scoot on down for a coffee and a bite and do a little Christmas shopping while you're there! 

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Friday, 5 December 2014

Year End Close Out Starts Today

Happy Friday! I've got something awesome to share with you that will start your weekend off REALLY well....a massive Clearance Rack blitz full of deals to make ya' squeal! We're talking up to 80% off and that includes Christmas items!!!! So if you still have gifts to buy for your crafty friends (or for yourself!) today is the day to cross all those gifts off your list.  Don't wait to get your goodies either - items on sale are only available while supplies last (and they'll go quick).

If you have any questions or if you'd like help placing your online order pop me an email at and I'll be happy to help you.

Be sure to use this month's hostess code (see below) and you'll receive my December Thank You Gift too, which is full of fun projects created by myself, Frenchie (France Martin) and Jenny Moors, from the UK.  I think you'll really enjoy it!

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Have a lovely weekend! I'll be at the Lochaber Christmas Tree Festival tomorrow, so if you live in the area and need a tree come on down - any size for $20. I'll also be selling Stampin' Up! Christmas ornaments and all proceeds from this event will be going back into the community centre. 


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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Get Your Santa On with Crumb Cake

 Hello Passport Pals
   Frenchie here for our bi-weekly share. I just can believe that we are in December so time to get those card done and mail right well today card is way quicker then it look. I use the stamp set Get Your Santa On stamp with memento ink on crumb cake card stock. color with the cherry cobbler blendabilites I only use the light color so no blending involve in this card, the boots I use the medium blendabilites in Smoky Slate, *yes you can use the blendabilites to color on color card stock not only on white (the crumb cake is one of my favorites) the white part of the jacket and hat I color the white gel pen.
Well Pals hope this inspired you to try to use your blendabilites on different color card stock you will be shock of the result.

Supplies list

Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes - 133766
Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Cherry Cobbler Assortment - 130995
Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Smoky Slate Assortment - 131005
White Signo Uni-Ball Gel Pen - 105021
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock - 120953
Champagne Glimmer Paper - 127885
Get Your Santa On Photopolymer Stamp Set - 135761
Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock - 119685
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock - 121045
2-1/2" Circle Punch - 120906
2-3/8" Circle Scallop Punch - 118874
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad - 132708
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad - 126975
Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad - 126966
 Now time to CLICK HERE and see the lovely project that Tina is sharing on my blog.

Till next time Happy Stampin' and stay warm.


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