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Ginmabread house...



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Nate's very favorite thing about Christmas is building a gingerbread house (he says ginmabread which is so cute!) He and Cristina, his therapist, make one every year. This is the third! He decorates it and then the next day, he eats every little piece of candy off of it. He even tries to eat the house!

I am so very sorry that I forgot to post a winner for the Shimmerz Paints. Carmen, email me your address and I will send them out to you! Thank you for the link!



Warm Winter Wishes (and a Shimmerz giveaway!)

It is very chilly here in Idaho this week, definitely mitten weather! Here is another card design that we created at my recent Shimmerz Ed class:


We used a stipple brush with Pixie Dust Blings on Bazzill Swiss Dot white cardstock on the top of the mitten to give it a little texture.


We used Angel Wings Shimmerz on the flowers. Did you know that you can add embossing powder to wet Shimmerz or Spritz and then heat emboss it? Well, now you know! I added clear embossing powder to the wet flowers. I love the way the heat gun curled the edges. Embossing them puts a glossy coating over the shimmer. I purposely left the heat gun on a little too long and burnt the edges for a shabby look.

We stamped a little message inside:


I made up a bunch of these cards and plan on giving them to friends and neighbors with some of these:
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Here is the recipe for my sugar cookies:

Sugar Cookies

1 ½ cup powdered sugar
1 ½ cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups flour
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients (I use the paddle hook in my kitchen aid mixer) until well blended. Roll out dough on floured work surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake for about 15-18 min. depending on the size of your shape, until golden.


3 cups powdered sugar
1 cube butter, melted
2 tbsp warm milk
1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Chill icing for about 15 min while cookies are baking. Ice cookies while they are still warm. Add sprinkles before icing hardens. Icing will smooth when cooled.

I like to put them in the freezer for 15 minutes to let the icing get hard and then I package them in cello bags.


Leave a comment here with a link to a recipe for a yummy holiday treat and I will choose from the comments for a winner of two jars of Shimmerz Paints! I've got Green Olive and Candle Light to give away. I will choose a winner on Saturday, December 5th. These colors are perfect for your holiday projects.

I can't wait to start baking. I love being in a warm kitchen in this cold weather!

Keep warm!


Shimmery trees...

As promised, here is another one of the Christmas cards we made at my recent Shimmerz Ed class.

We used some finger tip sponge daubers to add some Pixie Dust Blingz to the trees. I love this neutral color and find myself using it more than any other! I love the extra "spahkle" in the Blingz paint!

We then used another finger tip sponge dauber to dust the edges of our patterned paper and the label with Hotty Pink Blingz. I have always been a big fan of using distress ink on my edges but I love using Blingz even more because of the shimmer factor.



It's not too late...

...to get yourself some Shimmerz and make some handmade Christmas cards to send to those special people on your list. All this week I'll be sharing with you the cards we created at my November Shimmerz Ed class!

For this card we punched out lots of little hearts from scraps of green patterned paper. We then Spritz them with Bamboo Leaf and dried them with a heat embossing gun. I love the way heat drying makes the ends curl up a little bit to give the tree dimension. We then arranged the hearts upside down to create a tree. You can make it your own by adding bling, garland, buttons, brads, whatever!

I also want to share with you that the Shimmerz Education team has a new blog dedicated to sharing all of our video tutorials with you! You will learn so many new techniques from these videos! I will be posting a brand new video next week so check it out!

Blessings to you this holiday season!