FREE mod candy cane printables

 

I’m just in the giving spirit this week! Click now to DOWNLOAD my mod candy cane snowflake rounds, “have a sweet day” tags and recipe cards. I’ve pre-filled the recipe cards with my Peppermint Bark recipe, or you can type your own recipe directly into the cards before printing.

Perfect for gifting sweets this holiday season! Oh, and have you downloaded my free printables featured in this month’s issue of All You magazine?! Make sure you grab those too! ENJOY!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY punch design gift bags

Yesterday I mentioned that I teamed up with All You magazine on a holiday savings article and that we were giving away FREE printable gift tags and recipe cards.

Today I’m sharing my craft for the article. I wanted to share an idea that would be adorable, easy and of course, inexpensive. I personally like to give little “happy” gifts to my sons’ teachers, our neighbors, and a number of others who make an impact in our lives throughout the year, but it can get pricey. So I bake! This year I’m going to make our favorite, no-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies (so yummy when warm) and I’ve added a peppermint twist.

For the packaging we’ve designed recipe cards and holiday tags (both can be personalized right in the document before printing) and I got a bit crafty too! I embellished white lunch bags and inserted a gusseted cello to keep my goodies fresh and to keep the bag crisp. 

You’ll need white lunch bags (picked mine up at Target), gusseted cello bags (picked mine up at Target), a hole punch (this one is a Martha Stewart punch that I picked up for 40% off at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, it has three hole sizes to choose from!) and ribbon or twine (this twine is from the Martha Stewart collection too).

Here’s how:

  • Fold the bottom of your bag down on both sides so that you don’t punch through it
  • Punch a simple design (Christmas lights, snowflakes, ornaments, Christmas tree) on a self-healing mat if you have one (if not, grab a piece of wood or other hard surface you don’t mind scarring) ~ I recommend placing it near the bottom of the bag if your treats are short
  • Bag your treats and insert them into the lunch bag
  • Download our free tags and recipe cards
  • Personalize them with your name and your recipe, print, cut and give!

And here are a few other punch ideas: Tall ornament (like the one on our design) and

a Christmas tree. 

And the best part, this adorable Christmas packaging will cost you less than $.40 per gift! Check out this issue of All You magazine for more wonderful savings ideas this holiday season!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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free printables for Christmas!

I’ve teamed up with All You magazine on a holiday savings story and we’re giving you FREE and easily PERSONALIZED gift tags and recipe cards! 

Download my recipe cards now, personalize them with your own recipe (or use mine) and print! Download my gift tags now, personalize them and print!

And make sure you check out my DIY punch design holiday gift bag idea (all for under $.40 per package and super cute if I do say so) and peppermint no-bake cookie recipe and pictorial!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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introducing Santa collection

I’m already head over heels in the Christmas spirit this year. I’ve even already started styling my Christmas cookie decorating party by creating new printables for my Santa collection! You see, each year, we invite 6-8 children and their moms over to decorate cookies for Santa a couple of days before the big guy arrives. It’s messy, the kids have a blast, I drink too much hot chocolate… it’s great!

So this year my designs are taking a page from Santa himself! And what’s better, they match our custom invitations! I’m mailing mine out next week and my oldest is addressing them (love to see a child’s handwriting on mail… especially to a Santa party!).

In addition to the Happy Ho Ho Holidays mat and the Santa beverage wrappers (on cappuccino bottles I picked up at Target), we also designed cupcake wrappers, and

dessert table tags, which could also be used as placecards!

You can see the entire collection in the shoppe! And make sure you check out our BELIEVE and Mod Candy Cane collections too! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY jingle bell bracelet

I love jingle bells at Christmas! When I was in grade school I actually got in trouble for putting them on my shoestrings. Not that I was a fidgety child or anything! {wink} So when I saw these beautiful red jingle bells at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores I had to pick up a bag and make myself a bracelet.

Of course little ones ran off with it after I jingled them into giggles. They eventually gave it back and I plan on wearing it on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. (It’s a great way to make them think Santa’s on the roof! His reindeer always have bells on their reins, right!) 

I thought it also a great idea for kiddos to make as Christmas gifts for moms or moms to make as gifts for their little girls. Here’s how!

You’ll need a few supplies: jingle bells, thin elastic and ribbon.

Measure or estimate wrist size and then thread your bells. I alternated large, medium and small.

Next cut equal lengths of various coordinating ribbon and tie them on to fill in the spaces. It’s that easy!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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snowman party ideas

I’ve been collecting some ideas to host a snowman party this January. I know… it’s not even Halloween yet, but I’m a planner. (I already have my Christmas party planning underway too with some fun new designs; more to come on that soon!)

January here in Ohio will be cold and most likely white. And by then, with the holidays over my kiddos will be getting a bit closterphobic from hibernating! Here’s what I’ve got so far:

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introducing 2011 holiday cards

I’m so excited to share our 2011 holiday photo card collection! It’s been in the works for some time and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. These are just a few of the 27 designs (all carrying their patterns to the back)! We have modern, we have whimsy, and we have just plain lovely. Come see!

And the process is easy, you send us your image (recommended pixels provided per card) and your custom text and we send you a high res digital proof for approval before we print.

And the best part, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING all season and if you order by October 23 you also get 20% off! Everyone signed up to receive The Celebration Shoppe’s newsletter will be getting this offer in their inbox shortly. Do you receive our newsletter? It’s a great time to join us!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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kid craft: hot plate artwork

I just want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and share with you my first gift of the holiday season {proud mom moment}. My kindergartner surprised me on Tuesday with a hand-painted tile. He explained it to be a hot plate, but I’ll never put anything hot near it (and my hubby better not either!). It’s just too lovely. Plus, the back has an outline of his little hand and his signature!

He explained to me the process and the tools you’ll need:

  • smooth white glossy tile from the home improvement store
  • Sharpie markers
  • spray sealent (Update per his teacher: Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating)
  • marbles for the feet
  • wood glue (Update per his teacher: she attached the marbles with regular wood glue)

How tos as explained by my six-year-old. {wink}

  1. Draw your favorite picture with Sharpies {I of course am in love with his snowman and snowflakes}
  2. Spray the picture (with sealant) and let it dry
  3. Attach marbles for the feet
  4. Write your name on the back (and outline their little hand so you can always remember how small they are)

And now you have a precious keepsake! I have to write his teacher a sweet note because this is one of those things I’ll have in my “happy box” and proudly diplay every year for the rest of my life, much to his chagrin in his teen years I’m sure. {giggle}

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Talk with you all next week and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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baby Jesus’ birthday cake

My boys schools celebrated Jesus’ birthday in the last few days before the Christmas break and I signed up to bring the cake for my youngest son’s class party. After I signed up then it hit me what a tall order it was going to be: it had to have meaning to the kids and I couldn’t use anything fancy because let’s face it… what four year old is going to eat a fondant cake… plus that seemed a little over the top for a preschool class. 

So in the end I iced a normal homemade cake and adorned it with the manger scene. I tried to keep it simple so I chose to make the stable from graham crackers with a party mix roof and pretzel posts, the manger from pretzel sticks, the lamb from marshmallows (four for the body and one for the head) and coconut (I wish you could see the coconut ears better!) and the beautiful baby Jesus was made of Cheerios. My son liked that part best!

And of course there had to be a star, so I swiped another ornament from their playroom tree (it’s going to be bald soon if I don’t stop crafting) and I tied it to a piece of floral wire and a lollipop stick, which I stuck in the cake behind the stable, so that it could hang in the sky. Last, but not least, I wanted the little lamb to be looking up in awe of the glorious glow (his little face was drawn on; you can find food dye pens at your craft store or bakery supply shop).

For the stable, cut the back graham cracker on a slant with a serrated knife. If you use a sawing motion they won’t break. Then bond the pieces with icing, allowing dry time before finally assembly. All other items can be assembled with icing as well, just allow dry time. I would recommend 30 minutes just to be confident they won’t break when you pick them up. If you need the process to be quicker, refrigerate.

I hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas season and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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“allergy-free” Santa pops

I love weekends when I just get to play in the kitchen and the craft room without any looming deadlines. This weekend was a bit of half-and-half, but I still managed to watch a few Christmas movies and make a few goodies with my boys. And for those of you with little ones like mine, that suffer from severe food allergies, this goody is for you. It’s easy, fun and completely dairy and egg allergy-free.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Double Stuff Oreo cookies (Vanilla is best when you’re using light colored icing and Double Stuff makes it much easier to apply the lollipop stick without the cookie breaking)
  • Pillsbury white icing
  • red Starburst candies for the hat
  • sugar crystals/sprinkles for the trim
  • red and blue mini icing tubes (not gels) for the eyes and mouth
  • resealable plastic bag
  • lollipop sticks
  • wax paper
  • cooling rack (very helpful if you have one)
  • optional: #46  icing tip, connector for mustache (or you can just slit the resealable bag)
  • optional: 4″ cello bags for gifting

Here’s how you make the pops:

  1. Open your Oreo cookies and place a lollipop stick, longways, into the filling. Press down so that the lollipop stick is even with the filling.
  2. Place white icing in a small bowl, a heaping tablespoon full for each cookie you plan to dip (I recommend no more than two to three at a time), and microwave it for no more than eight seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir. It should be completely melted. (Don’t overdo it or the icing will dry with a crystallized look and won’t be as yummy.)
  3. Using a spoon, place a small amount of warm icing on the cookie over the lollipop stick and put the top back on. Allow the icing to set for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Tilt your bowl on its side and dip each pop. Again, I recommend only doing two to three at a time because you don’t want your icing to cool and you don’t want to have to reheat it.
  5. Place the cookies on the cooling rack with a piece of wax paper underneath for easy cleanup.
  6. Quickly spoon another tablespoon full of icing over each cookie. If the icing is still warm enough it will coat, drip and dry flat.

Embellishments:

  1. On a sheet of wax paper, gather your goodies: Starburst, sprinkles, tube icing, and a small amount of white icing in a resealable bag. I used the flat side of a #46 icing tip with a connector for the mustache, but you could slit your resealable bag in a straight line. You’ll just want to play with it on the wax paper a few times before applying to the cookie to make sure you have the cut correct.
  2. Heat one red Starburst on a small piece of wax paper in the microwave for eight to 10 seconds. Each one will make one Santa hat. While warm, careful not to burn your fingers, mold the Starburst into a triangle. You can dampen your fingers if you need to work with it a bit.
  3. To apply the sprinkles, lightly dampen the bottom rim and the top point of your triangle with your finger. Add the sprinkles, pushing any that landed on the center section back into place before they dry. 
  4. Pipe on a few drops of red icing for the mouth.
  5. Pipe on the mustache with the resealable bag (if using the icing tip: cut corner of bag, insert connector, attach tip to outside of bag with closure and fill with white icing).
  6. Attach your hat with a small amount of icing. (Tip: Use a flat spatula or butter knife to lift it off the wax paper so the candy doesn’t stretch.)
  7. Pipe on eyes.
  8. Allow Santa to completely dry for at least three hours before inserting into cello bags.

If you’re not up for the Santa pops, my boys loved the simple snowflake sprinkle ones just the same. Just add your sprinkles before your icing dries and you’re all set.

I’m so excited to be able to serve my youngest, who as most of you know has a severe milk allergy, a super fun treat that all the kids will want. Please share with any other moms who have little ones stricken with food allergies and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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