Monday, December 8, 2014

Sugar High!

It seems like ages since I've stretched my stamping muscles in the craft room! Due to traveling last week, there was no crafty goodness going on. This weekend I didn't get to step foot into my inky palace either because I was having an EPIC cookie bake!


This was the finished result... Most of those cookie piles are stacked three or four cookies high! As a side note, don't expect to see any more pictures of me on my blog for a few months.... I may gain twenty pounds in the next month and will need time to burn it off. 

This was about 1/3 of the ingredients we used, and this was a list of the types we made.

 

Of course we had to have some wine with our cookies. ;) 


So what's a girl to do with all these cookies? Give them to her neighbors so they can look at you like you're trying to poison them, of course! Haha. The first year I moved to North Dakota I was pretty lonely so I decided to have a cookie bake to make friends. Since I didn't have friends, that didn't turn out so well because everybody flaked on me and I was left with a whole heap of cookies that I dutifully delivered door-to-door with a smile. People looked at me funny. I think my neighbors are now beginning to catch on that I am determined to be their cheerful, friendly next door girl, gosh darnit! 

I went to the local thrift store and found some fancy old-fashioned tins. Then I wanted to make a bunch of tags to further fancify my cookie giving experience. (And you were just beginning to think this post had nothing to do with crafting...) 

I started by making a tag and using a brand new Tim Holtz stencil I've been dying to play with. I also got a jar of Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste and I spread that through the stencil to create dimension.


Next, I glittered the ever-loving gee willikers out of that paste and dried it with my heat gun to create even more dimension!


I added another tag in green and embossed a sentiment. 

Then I added a silver charm. I love this thing and I'm sad I only have one because it came from a garage sale! I've been hoarding it like a mad woman, but if there's any time to give, I guess it's at Christmas right? Even though it only cost me a quarter, I am going to regret giving it away. Haha!


Look at the dimension on that embossing paste!


If this doesn't solidify my neighborhood friendship, I don't know what will!

I'd like to support the following challenges (and thank them for giving me ideas!):
Just Us Girls Challenge - Sparkle
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Use a Charm
Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Celebrate the Season


I will leave you with one last laugh. 


I made my boyfriend take a silly picture of all the caramels we unwrapped. We had to triple the recipe for two kinds of cookies that called for caramels: Caramel-stuffed gingersnaps and Turtle delights. On the third package, I challenged him to an unwrapping contest. He kicked my butt and was gloating so I said, "Honey, who's the real winner here? You unwrapped all my caramels!" 

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34 comments:

  1. Oh, how I wish I was your neighbor, I'm sure there is a house for sale in our street... somewhere. What a wonderful person you are and the decorated tags are 'the icing on the cake', love the gold!

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  2. Your glittery tag is awesome Becca. And what ALOT of cookies! Your neighbours will be happy to see you

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  3. Whoa! You have a LOT of neigbhours, then??!!!! That's a pile of cookies & the flavours sound delish! LOOOOVE your tag - especially all that lovely dimension....& I'm hoping you find another metal tree since you're giving your fave one away :) Good on you!!!!

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  4. I love your glittery tag! Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  5. That glittery tag is gorgeous! Love the dimension. Looks like a baking bonanza went on in your kitchen. Thanks for taking time out to play with us at JUGS!

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  6. I'm certain I just gained 5 lbs.
    Awesome pictures...yum!

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  7. Watch out for the influx of people in North Dakota lol! That is some pile of cookies, I'm drooling here....love your tag too, I'd be loathe to give it away. Carol x

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  8. It would be awesome to be your neighbor, Becca! Those cookies look scrumptious and I know it took a lot of love and work to produce so many. Your tag is beautiful - love the glitter.

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  9. what a fun post to read - i have always been a cookie maker and love how you packaged your cookies - wonderful tag!

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  10. I am impressed with your cookie bake and your tag! Love all that glittering gold and your garage sale find just finishes the tag. Hugs, AJ

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  11. Oh my goodness girl!! That's some TON of bakery going on!! I make cookies every year as well, but certainly not THAT many!! LOL!! I bet it was fun though!! Plan on doing this myself after this week so I can pass them out in time for Christmas! :) LOVE LOVE LOVE your gold glittery tag!! Beautifully done...I want one!! LOL!! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
    My Blog: Stamp Smiles

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  12. Becca, that's a TON of cookies!!!! They all look so good and the cookie bake sounds like fun. I love your tag as well. The gold glitter is so pretty on there. Love this!
    Lynn

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  13. Wow, lots of cookies. Thanks for sharing with Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

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  14. Holy, moly, Becca! That's one load of cookies! That was definitely a marathon cookie bake! They all look yummy! Your BF was a good sport to unwrap all those caramels, but I'm sure you will share the cookies with him LOL! Maybe you could even give him a can of his own - how about the one with the charm and then he can give it back to you after Christmas to use again next year hehehe. If I were your neighbour, I would be your friend - I think you're an awesome neightbour and this is a lovely thing to do! Oh, and I almost forgot your gorgeous tag - love, love, love all that glitter and wonderful embossing! Well done! I enjoyed your post!

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  15. Look at all the cookies!! Wowzers and I still have to get some baking done:) Love the tag and the richness of the sparkle with the paste-great look and your neighbours should appreciate it since you truly are in the spirit of giving. At least your boyfriend helped out big time with unwrapping all of those caramels

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  16. I want to be your neighbour, never heard of half those cookies on your list. will have to google the recipes someday or will you be sharing them with us?

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    1. Ha! I thought about including all the recipes, but it seemed like a long post already! If you let me know which ones and give me your email address, I can do my very best to get them to you! :)

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  17. Wow, that's ALOT of cookies! but good for you! And your tag is very nice!

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  18. I Sure wish I was your neighbour ;) boys can be so silly lol, keep crafting and smiling :)

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  19. I'm so impressed with this, Becca! You are such a sweet and generous person! Also, funny. I can just picture the neighbors looking at you askance when you rang the doorbell and gave them free cookies. It's sad that neighborhoods are like this now, but you are keeping old traditions alive!! And I sure hope you picked your best neighbor for this gorgeous triple tag and charm!! I confess I would have had a hard time giving it away, too! But all that love will come back to you tenfold some day! (And, haha on your boyfriend for tricking him into a "contest!" You're a clever girl!!) Hugs, Darnell

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  20. Such a lovely project Becca, but at CC & CC we only do cards. We would love to have you make one and share it with us. Anet DTx

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  21. Very pretty tag! I love that stencil, and it looks great in gold. Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

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  22. That is a heck of a lot of cookies! Your tag looks fabulous though and I'm sure the recipients will be grateful.

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  23. Yummy Yummy, Becca :) What a wonderfully nice thing to do!! Who can't resist a yummy, homemade (with love) cookie?! Way to GO!! XOXO-Shari

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  24. So pretty, and all those cookies look wonderful!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for this challenge!

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  25. Wow, you've been busy! And this lovely tag is just part of it :) Love the gold sweater pattern! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

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  26. OMGee -- what an amazing amount of cookies! I gave up baking 2 years ago when I also had a bake-a-thon - which, were also for co-workers and neighbors. When not ONE of my goodies got out of the house [and 10 # later] I told DH no more baking going on at this house! Meanwhile wonderful "sparkley" tag -Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

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  27. Now that's called baking, wow! They look so delicious, I wish the technology could enable me to grab cookies right from my laptop screen LOL. Great tag !

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  28. I haven't done a cookie exchange in years, but it was always so much fun. Now my mouth is watering! If your neighbors don't appreciate this they're crazy! Love your gold glittered embossing paste--gotta do that!

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  29. Stunning and gorgeous! I absolutely love your Christmas card! the designs and stampin are superb! Thanks for the inspiration. Lovely Christmas wishes you got there. Thanks!

    Happy holidays,
    Nancy

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  30. Yum, cookies!!! I've got a mere three batches done so far. Christmas is such a great excuse for eating and drinking. :D I Love your tag _almost_ as much as cookies! ;)

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  31. Cookies AND a gorgeous tag? You win the prize for best neighbor ever! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  32. That is some epic cookie making! I bow to you! What a great decorated tin! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  33. Now I rather desperately want cookies....conveniently (or not) I have to bake some for hubby's work xmas party this week. Taste testing! Quality control! I absolutely love the tag - glitter & paste? Yes please! And I totally get the mixed feelings about letting go of a hoarded item, no matter how much it cost. Good on you :)

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