Sunday, November 30, 2008

Oreo Snowmen and Sharon Johnson!

Hello Friends, this is an update on the following Oreo Snowmen treats!  I want to re-share this treat because it is around Halloween/Thanksgiving time that these Oreo White Chocolate Cookies begin to appear on grocer's shelves!  We are in Michigan, and usually get mine at Target!  Some Meijer stores carry them too in my area.  If you are planning to give these easy Snowmen a go, it's time now to ask your grocer if they will be carrying these!  It is much easier using these as opposed to dipping your own! 


I am linking this to Debbie Doos Linky Party...wait till you see all the creations there!  Go ahead, enjoy and have fun pinning all the goodness!

My friend, Sharon Johnson recently achieved a milestone of 1,000,000 hits on her NoTimeToStamp blog! To celebrate, Sharon is throwing a party like no other! Starting today challenges, blog candy give aways, and ideas galore have begun. Keep checking PARTY CENTRAL for the next 12 days and I will keep posting here each day with party details and updates. Today, Sharon is offering candy on her blog that would be Just Rite for anyone! **If you like cookies, you won’t want to miss the activity today over at Janine Orchard’s blog, 2bKrafty. She is hosting a Cookie Recipe Exchange. Janine is turning it into a Challenge involving YOU, and also offering BLOG CANDY. Plus, Janine offers us a special end-of-the-week treat!!! It’s all happening, starting today, over at Janine’s, so be sure to check it out!!! Be sure to post your favorite cookie recipe on your blog and or upload to SCS, using the keyword SSC08 -- we want to see what you create! **My sample today for Janine’s challenge is a cookie that I have been making for about 20 years! When our girls were in school these were always the requested Christmas party treat! They are a staple on our Christmas cookie platter, and Santa ate these for many years when visiting! Kid friendly, family doable and no cooking: OREO SNOWMEN. This will be an extra long post, probably my longest ever, as I have packaged these cute snowmen in repurposed containers for different gift giving ideas. Sit back, fix a cup of tea and I hope you enjoy!

Here is a picture of all the snowmen packaged and a picture of ingredients. I used to hand dip Oreos before they came out with seasonal white chocolate dipped ones! Talk about super simple now! I stock up on these OREOS during the holiday and purchase mine at Target. For the icing I tried the new Wilton icing this year, I have to say it worked great. The earmuffs are created using kitchen scissors, leaving a good portion of the gumdrop left to eat! Yum! The orange gumdrop nose is cut on an angle and shaped a bit. Mini chocolate chips for eyes, and sprinkles for the smile! We don’t always place a smile on the face, they are just as cute without, but for today I wanted you to see how they looked smiling at you!

First up is a re-purposed clear stamp box. I cannot throw these away and have used them often for small gifts. This box fits six cookies easily with a small side empty space. After making a tray for the box, I used the same Martha Stewart paper for a small filler insert. I thought it worked well, and added a little pizzazz to the packaging! I knew

 I would not want the cookies to slide around, so check this out! A little dab of the frosting to perfectly hold them in place! Better than glue dots and edible too! LOL! Gotta love that!
All packaging tags use Kim Hughes set, Baked with Love that is available at Cornish Heritage Farms. Ribbon and ric rac added to the outer packaging make it complete for gift giving. Wouldn’t this be a cute teacher gift? Bus Driver, Principal, Mail deliverer, UPS driver, the possibilities are endless!
The next two packaging items are leftover cut card boxes that I had in my stash. The other box portion was for this project. Cookies are individually cello wrapped, one set of two tied with yellow PapertreyInk twill ribbon. A little fake snow sprinkled in the bottom and you have a cute little package! Talk about easy! Adding more color on the second sample, I used Martha Stewart DP for bag headers and sentiment along with buttons and sentiment gem. The buttons are secured with Martha Stewart bakers string. I am loving this Martha designer paper!
The small tin holds two cookies. This tin was previously used for hot chocolate. Now wouldn’t it be cute to give two tins, one with cookies and one with hot chocolate mix? Hmmmm. LOL! Martha Stewart DP, Martha Stewart border punch to create scallop edging. Tag with button embellishment and a bit of ribbon make this a cute gift container. Love the clear top to see that snowman cookie peeking out at you! My final package is a repurposed jewelry box. I loved the slim line look to the box, and the slide feature of the outer portion. You can see what the box looks like, inside, and the outer portion before I covered it with DP. I covered the foam with the polka dp and placed it back into box. It raised the cookies to the perfect height! This box holds four cookies comfortably! I love the green ribbon on this festive stripe paper! Tag attached with Martha Stewart bakers string. All containers, so easy and a wonderful way to be green and save some green!
I hope you enjoyed these Oreo snowmen and will be inspired to get going on those Christmas cookies! Enjoy, and be sure to show us what you create! Take good care and thanks so much for stopping by, I am blessed by all of you, the readers who visit here! Thank YOU!
Check out all the sample makers for Janine's challenge! Along with Janine and Sharon of course!
AJ Otto
Deb Saaranen
Darlene Pavlick
Jerri Kay
Jennifer Buck

Friday, November 28, 2008

Snowflake Legend

Won't this snowflake look beautiful glistening among tree lights? It is textured plastic and quite thick, which makes it very sturdy. These snowflakes were found at my local Dollar Tree store, 6 in a pack for one dollar! Years ago I received a small snowflake with a similar legend written on the card. I don't know who wrote it, therefore cannot give appropriate credit but have seen a similar saying in the Oriental Trading catalog. I did adapt it somewhat to fit on the scallop punch I felt suitable for the snowflake. The silver hanging cords were already attached! I added ribbon and a snowflake bling from JoAnn's.
Here is a closeup of the legend tag. It is computer generated. I stamped a Flourishes snowflake stamp with Memento london fog for a light touch. For the snowflake centers and tag edging I used the stardust gelly roll pen. I also purchased a package of the blue snowflakes and applied the same tag and embellishments. This would make a perfect package tie on, easily writing the to and from on the backside of the tag. And for sure these would sparkle and glisten among tree lights. So much fun, easy, and affordable. These last three posts have been small gift items that are economical to make. Not only is it a goal to raise funds for the church youth group, but to make items that are affordable for others to purchase. A two fold mission. We have raised 300 dollars so far!
I have a few more items I made for the youth sale, and cannot wait to show you! They will be featured starting Monday as my friend, Sharon Johnson, Notimetostamp begins her Stamp Simply Celebration. Can you believe Sharon has reached 1,000,000 blog hits? This will not be your ordinary blog party, this 10 day celebration will include daily challenges, bloggers providing samples for each challenge, blog candy, and Christmas ideas galore! I am so blessed that Sharon has asked me to join in and help her celebrate this momentous accomplishment. Be sure to stop by each day to see what is happening starting this MONDAY, December 1. ! You are not going to want to miss this party!
Take good care! Thanks so much for stopping by, I pray you had a blessed thanksgiving with your families and surrounded by dear loved ones. I will be back tomorrow, I have been tagged and will share!