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Here’s another tutorial from the Savvy n Sassy Christmas Crop for y’all. This project is so SUPER easy and can be made totally out of scraps. A great way to dress up those gift cards at the last minute. Sorry for the bad photos, I tried to get good ones in the dark, but it just didn’t work out very well. 🙂

Ingredients:
Arrow cardstock scrap approx 8″x3 3/8″
Arrow Christmas patterned paper scraps
Arrow ribbon scrap 4″-6″
Arrow hole punch and/or eyelet setter
Arrow eyelets or brads
Arrow embellishment for front of tag (chipboard, flower, paper cutouts, or whatever)
Arrow ink or paint (optional)

Directions:
1. cut corners from top of cardstock rectangle to make a long tag shape

2. fold up approx. 2 1/2″ from bottom of card

3. cut paper scrap to fit and adhere

4. ink edges of paper and cardstock if desired
5. punch holes in (a) top of card for ribbon (b) through both layers of cardstock on corners in the middle of card. it should look like this:

6. add eyelets or brads

7. embellish front of pocket as desired and add ribbon to top


8. slide gift card into pocket and there you go!

December 18th – Felt Flowers

Sorry for the nighttime pictures, but I’m playing catch-up!

Supplies:

  • Felt circles in varying sizes (I used a sizzix die to cut these in four sizes between 1.5″ and 3″)
  • Hot glue gun

Start with one of the smallest circles and roll up like this, securing with a dab of hot glue.

On another of the smallest size circles, put a line of hot glue.

Roll around the first rolled circle.

Hold till the glue starts cooling.

Should look about like this.

Add another small circle following the same procedure.

Should look like this.

Once you have a complete circle of “petals” around the center rolled petal, start the next larger size.

I find it works a little better if you pinch the larger petal at the bottom, then add the glue and apply to the flower.

Should look like this.  You can trim off the excess felt now or wait till the end to cut it all off at once. When you have a full layer of this size petals, you can move up to the next larger size following the same procedure again.

When you like the size, just stop, trim off any excess felt on the bottom and use in the project of your choice!  You can add a pin back for a brooch or use to decorate with….OR you can hold on to them for a project I will post soon that uses these!

The flower on the left is made with four sizes of circles, the one on the right just uses three.

These are pretty much the perfect salty/sweet combo, if you ask me!  And super fast and easy.  All you need is:

-Mini Pretzel Twists

-Rolo Candies

-Pecan Halves (raw or toasted)

Start with unwrapping all the rolos.  I promise, this is the hardest and most tedious part.  (Watch a Christmas special while you do this. :-))

When they are all unwrapped, cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 300.

Arrange pretzels on parchment covered sheet and then put a rolo on top of each one.

Bake for 2 minutes in preheated oven.   The chocolate will be shiny, but not all melty.

Press a pecan half into each rolo, squishing it down.

Chill in fridge or freezer until set back up.  Now, give them away before you eat all of them!  🙂

I adapted this recipe here for these cookies. It’s doubled and makes a LOT.

These cookies are soft and stay soft for a while.  Taste yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 5 teaspoons  ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • extra granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar, then add liquid ingredients and mix well.  Add all dry ingredients except additional sugar and mix.

Use a cookie scoop and drop each ball in granulated sugar.  Roll each dough ball to cover in sugar and place on cookie sheet.  Use a glass (dip in sugar if dough sticks) to flatten each ball.

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Let cookies set up on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to wire racks to cool.

This is a re-post of a super easy gift tag idea from a year or two ago.  Enjoy! -KT

my new favorite way to use up scraps of ribbon and paper!

In the past I’ve done a lot more elaborate decorating of my goodie bags for Christmas, but this year I decided it was going to be really really quick and simple or it wasn’t going to be done at all. Oddly enough, the quick and simple solution I used has gotten far more comments than anything I’ve done in the past.

It’s so easy! Just use a 2″ circle punch and a slightly smaller circle punch. Use the 2″ punch on scraps of cardstock and the smaller one on patterned paper (or another color of CS). Stack them together with a little gluestick between, punch a hole, and you’re done! Oh, but make sure you tie the bow with REAL ribbon. Real ribbon makes people feel so much more special than the plastic stuff. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Check out the Savvy n Sassy store if you need some!

I’ll be posting a few recipes for cookies a little later this month, but wanted to give you this ahead of time.  If you get all your hangtags and toppers done in advance, it makes the whole baking/packaging/delivery process so much simpler!  (Now, if only I could follow my own advice on that!)

First, gather your supplies.

You will need:

  • coordinating cardstock-weight patterned papers (some at least 8.5 x 11)
  • ribbons and trims (this is a great use for tiny scraps)
  • scalloped circle punch (around 2.5 inches across)
  • pen
  • sharp scissors
  • glue stick and tacky glue
  • stapler
  • hole punch or crop-o-dile
  • cellophane goodie bags that measure approx 4″ across
  • 3D adhesive foam dots or squares*
  • bakers twine*
  • mitten template here: mitten template

Step One: Print mitten template on back of an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of patterned cardstock, adjusting printer settings as needed.  Using sharp scissors, cut out all the mittens along the lines. (if you have trouble, I can email you the pdf file as well, for a limited time)

Step Two: Choose other patterned papers in coordinating colors and cut into 4×5 inch rectangles.  Then fold them in half to make cards that measure 4×2.5 inches.

Step Three: Punch out scalloped circles from co-ordinating cardstock using a scalloped circle punch approx 2.5 inches across.

Step Four: Using your pen (I love my extra-fine sharpie), doodle stitches around each of the mittens and circles or stitches around each scalloped circle.

Step Five: Using tacky glue, apply a scrap of paper to the “wrist” of each mitten for a cuff. You can use ricrac, ribbon, or whatever trim scraps you have on hand.  I LOVE the pompom trim from savvynsassy for this.

Step Six: Attach the scalloped circle to the folded card.  You can add more ribbon here if you like.

Step Seven: Using 3d adhesive, attach the mitten over the scalloped circle.

Step Eight: put your cookies in the baggies and fold over the top of the bag.  Slip the topper over it and staple on each side to hold shut.  Now go give them away!

Hang Tags: if you want hang tags, just make the mittens and scalloped circles.  Punch a hole in the top and run bakers twine or ribbon through the hole.

My little elf delivering baskets to the neighbors

Big thanks to my friend Kimmy for drawing the mittens for this template-thank you!

I’m going to apologize for all the photos for this (and the last few) tutorial(s).  We’ve been having some really dark rainy weather lately and I just haven’t been able to get very good pictures.  Finally have some sun this weekend, so maybe the ones I get photographed now will be a little better.

These are a fun project with kids, or just to do by yourself.  You can use sheet music, patterned paper, copier paper, or even magazine pages.

Supplies:

  • paper
  • scissors

How  To:

Step One: Start with a rectagle of paper (pretty much any size works as long as it’s not too small to fold.

Step Two: Fold top right corner down so that it meets up with the left side of the paper as shown above. It should then look like a triange on top of a rectangle.

Step Three: Fold the top left corner of the folded triangle down to meet with the bottom right corner of the triangle as shown above. When finished it should look like the picture below:

Step Four: Flip the paper over and it should look like the above picture.

Step Five: Now you are going to fold into thirds from the top point.  You will probably need to practice this a few times to get the fold in the right spot, but after you do it a couple times it gets a lot easier. Start with folding the left side over as shown here.

Should look like this:

Step Six: Now fold the right side over.  It should look like about like this:

Step Seven: Flip it over and it should look like this:

Step Eight: Cut off at an angle as shown here:

It should look like this after it is cut:

Step Nine: Now comes the fun part!  Cut shapes however you want!  Play around with different patterns and shapes.

Step Ten: When you have finished cutting, carefully unfold your snowflake.  You should end up with a beautiful six-point snowflake.

Stick to your windows, hang on the tree, attach to cards…