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It seems I’ve been working on these cute little jars for weeks. First I couldn’t figure out the conversion amount from the recipe…it called for a sleeve of graham crackers and I had bought graham cracker crumbs…thinking that would be faster, silly me.

So then I had to run out and buy some graham crackers in a box to measure how many cups of graham cracker crumbs equal a sleeve of graham crackers and shoot since I was out anyway why not get more snowman…you can never have too many snowman peeps! Then I ran out of the little baking hershey bars and M&Ms so another trip to the grocery for chocolate chips and shoot since I was out anyway, why not buy more snowman peeps as you can never….you’ve got the picture!

I did take a partially finished jar to my downline meeting to show them and tell them that I was still working on their Christmas present! So now if I hurry up I’ll have it done in time for a New Year’s present. At least there is not need for more trips to the store, and since snowman peeps are out of stock (I think I bought the whole stock of snowman peeps in the west valley) I think I should be able to get them done tomorrow.

So watch my blog for the photos. And if you are one of my downline, these little guys may just show up on your doorstep soon.

My original plan was to do enough of these for my downline and then have the extra Mason jars left over to make it again at Easter with bunny peeps and chicken peeps, but will the glut of snowman I purchased I just made them all into Snowman S’mores. BTW I still have a package of snowman peeps left…I think I’ll make up a batch of S’mores for myself as they look yummy.

I’ll have to see if any of my stamping students want to make these for Easter…that would be fun. At least I have the recipe committed to memory after all these snowmen!

——-UPDATE—–31 Dec 07——–

And here they are–I made 12 total and still have one lonely little package of snowman peeps left, along with about 10 pkgs of milk chocolate chips (hey they were on sale!) and cute little Hershey chocolate bars (not on sale but too cute to pass up), plus a box of graham crackers, and about 4 pounds of brown sugar. Can you say Easter Bunny S’Mores? I’m ready, well almost I’ll have to get more graham crackers. I think I’ll wait on those as my pantry shelfs can’t stand any more peep s’more supplies!  Oh golly, I just realized I don’t have any more mason jars.  Shoot I’ll have to make up a shopping list after all.  Hopefully, I’ll restrain myself and get only a reasonable amount of peeps for Easter.

Snowman S’Mores

This is your last chance to get any of the retiring accessories still in stock. See my blog page above titled: “2007 Retirment List” for details of everything that is retiring and what is still available to order.

Not a single stamped was inked in the preparation of this tin album! All the images are from Stampin’ Up! Simply Scrappin’ Kit. One of the nice features of the images is that they are almost cardstock weight so you don’t have to worry about tearing them when you rearrange them on your project…which by the way is easy to do because the adhesive is permanent only after a few hours. So if you are like me and can’t decide what looks good without trying it out…no worries.

I made this album and the next one you’ll see here for my nieces for Christmas. I used the tin as a handy place to put in a Christmas check and then they can use the albums for their photos.

Rachel’s AlbumRachel’s Album Inside FrontRachel’s Album Inside Back

Well this one was crying out for a stamp so I inked up a word stamp for the front cover of this tin album. Although that is only place where ink was involved.

This is from another Simply Scrappin’ Kit. I really love these colors. Both album were fun to make. The only challenging part of the project was getting the accordian folds right sized for the tin. These tins are the same size that Stampin’ Up! Accents & Elements come in. Since I’m still hording my elements tins I was glad with SU offered just the tins for sale.
112410 Tin 3-Pack $9.95
The offer is only good until 31 Dec so I guess I’ll need to buy a few more 3 packs. Since I have the pattern already made for these and a load of Scrappin’ Kits on my shelf that have been calling to me to be made into something…anything!

LauraLaura  Inside BackLaura Inside Front

Gift Card

I made this gift card for my Mom to give to my sister-in-law. The card comes scored and slots already cut to tuck in the flap. I thought it needed a little something more so I added a belly band (very vanilla strip) and then punched a scallop and 1 1/4 circle in old olive to match the gift card and then another punched circle of 1 3/8 then finally stamped the Holiday Hell0 from Circle of Friendship stamp set and punched it out with a 1 inch circle punch. The gift cards are still available as part of Stampin’ Up! Wrapping Up the Holidays sale. They come in a package of 6 with three designs.

110264 Designer Gift cards* (30% off) $4.55

build_a_flower_closed.jpgBuild a Flower Class with cards open

I’m so excited about my class tonight. We are using the Build a flower kit. Here are the projects: The card with the flowerpot is a popup card. Really fun and easy to make. We are also going to do an altered Tin making a little purse from the tin the Build a Flower comes in. This is a project we did last July at convention. The other ideas are from my friend Cathy, most are slightly altered but CASEd none the less. Sometimes I wonder what I’d do with out my Stampin’ Up buddies for inspiration!


Stamping on candles is so easy. These are a few of the ones I did last week. All you need is some tissue paper (cheaper the better) and embossing gun, stamps and ink.

Touch of Nature

Just stamp the image you like and fits the candle on a piece of tissue paper. Trim the tissue close to the image. Then hold the tissue paper against the candle (this is the only tricky part as you may burn yourself with either the heat gun or the wax). Heat the tissue paper until the wax underneath melts through the paper..it is like the tissue paper is disappearing in the wax. You may have to take the heat gun away from the candle several times in the process you don’t want the candle wax to melt too much.

OK I admit it I am a hoarder. I love all the accessories that are in my Stampin’ Up!® catalog but have trouble actually using them, I just don’t want to part with them.

My solution to this dilema is to buy two, one to use and one to hoard!

Horrors – my “one to use” build a brad tin is now empty! I actually shared some of them with my stamp club members on a recent card we did during their club monthly meeting.

The cute little tin that the Build a Brad came in is a perfect fit for 8 chocolate nuggets. Here is my creation:

Build a Brad Tin Recycle

Now my problem is I want to hoard the decorated tin….

Solution…buy more Build a Brads, take picture of this one and for goodness sakes send it to Sister-in-Law as originally planned!

When I was a high school math teacher in one of my prior lives I taught my geometry class how to do line design…they thought it was fun. I had them using a protractor and compass…but wait! If you use a scallop punch you don’t have to mess with that.

Here are some of the ones I’ve been playing with, I plan to show it to my club members this week and see what sort of great projects they can come up with.

Scallop Punch Meets Line Design

Time to bid adieu to the Stampin’ Up!® 2007 Fall/Winter Collection catalog. In addition to a load of stamp sets retiring, here is the list of “discontinued accessories” announced today! These items will be available while supplies last-You snooze, you loose. Some of these items may sell out quick, so if you see something on this list you want, don’t wait. Email me or call me (623)203-4489) with your order ASAP.

Retired wheels and accessories are available while supplies last, so make sure you place your orders no later than December 31, 2007. To keep you informed of inventory levels, SU will update this list daily, I’ll have the updated list handy when you order. If I see an item on your list that is already sold out I’ll give you a call.

To see the complete Retiring Accessories list look on the “2007 Retirement List” page above.

To download the retiring stamp sets click here:

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