Tear-Free Gingerbread Building

Even with a kit in hand, many of you can attest that building a gingerbread house can be a frustrating and tear evoking task, especially when the kids are eagerly waiting to adorn it with editable windows and sugar-covered roofs. Through the years (and trial and error) I came up with a tear-free solution to building our beautiful brown baked houses, and it all comes down to planning.

Advent “Wreath” in a Box

One of my favorite observances this time of year is the Advent wreath and the weekly candle lighting that leads up to Christmas. This year I decided to incorporate this idea into our home and created an Advent “wreath” in a box.

Pinecones and Pompons Kid Craft

To make this super easy Christmas kid craft all you need are some medium-sized pinecones, small colorful pompons and some basic craft or school glue.

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“What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”

-Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

  • Cards & Crops

    Bee Sweet Little Gal

    Cards for kids was the call of this week’s Operation Write Home Midweek Challenge, so I dug through my embellishments and found some cute little bees that were just begging to be freed. . . and of course, I just happen to have some new bee-themed paper that needed a home. Add some punched shapes, yellow Glimmer Mist, some brown ink and an orange rhinestone and I had a very simple card for someone’s little gal.

  • Cards & Crops

    “Beeing” Thankful for the OWH Sketch Challenge

    This is my interpretation of Operation Write Home’s latest sketch challenge. It was a simple sketch, but with a little embellishing and the right paper I think the possibilities are endless. I used four coordinating papers from My Mind’s Eye called ”Follow Your Heart – Be Amazing.” I try to pick up these cute 6×6 packs whenever I see a good deal — they are perfect for card making. After I cut, inked and placed all my papers, I simply stamped and embossed the sentiment, added three dots of liquid pearls and attached a little bumble bee brad. I also colored over the bright yellow on the bee with the…


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