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

    A Little Peach and Roses

    It has been awhile since I participated in the Operation Write Home sketch challenge, but I took a little time for myself this Mother’s Day weekend to do a bit of quilting and crafting. This sketch was actually basic enough to make for a quick card creation, even with the spin on interpretation. There’s no bling, just the basics on this one, but it still turned out pretty cute. I used Authentique’s Humble Bundle 6×6 pack for all the papers, added a stamped sentiment, inked the edges and added a line of stitching. I usually keep my paper sewing machine at the ready, so it’s easy to add an accent here…

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    Washi, Pleats and Butterfly Feats

    See, I told you I was in a card-making mood yesterday, but this creation to a bit more time than the shamrock I posted earlier. When I first saw the Operation Write Home (OWH) sketch challenge, I was a bit perplexed, but I quickly went to my newest washi tape clearance purchase for inspiration. I was so excited to use this butterfly tape only a few days after purchase (that rarely happens), which quickly led me to two stamps I had yet to use and an unopened 6×6 paper pack — The Sweetest Thing by My Mind’s Eye. I stuck the washi tape onto plain white paper and trimmed it, then…

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    “A Real Cute Chick” Card

    Whew, this latest Operation Write Home sketch challenge was a toughy. But after much thought and lots of digging through all sorts of stamps, stickers, papers and punches, I finally came up with a concept to follow the sketch. Since Easter is quickly closing in on us and the OWH deadline for these cards is at the end of the month, I decided to go with a card befitting this celebration (plus I had those really cute egg stamps that had never been used). While it’s not my most favorite card ever, I think it turned out kind of cute.

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