Thursday, November 12, 2009

CC&M Bog hop

Hi blog hoppers! Weren't Karrie's projects great? (If you didn't arrive here from Karrie's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The CC&M Blog Hop starts at the Diecut Diva blog. If any of the links in our blog hop are broken, don't worry! Just hop back to Diecut Diva's blog for a full list of blogs and skip over the broken link!

Follow through our blog hop to get some great Holiday ideas! Whether you are looking for decorations, cards, gifts or just have come to the right place!

This month, I created a challenge for myself. After seeing all the really cute ideas that the rest of the CC&M design team has been doing with this little castle album, I had to try it myself. But since it is so close to the Christmas season, what better thing to do than a nativity?

Here is the front cover. Terry sent me the album, but she also has the dies to match, so she die cut the pages for me so I didn't have to cover them! It went together SO much faster that way!! After getting the pages, I stamped the flourishes on the background. ("In the Garden" by Fancy Pants and Dot Flourishes by HeroArts) I stamped with Versamark ink and embossed it with Ranger gold embossing powder.

After tackling the front cover, I moved to the inside pages. This is an accordion album, so all the pages can be seen at once. I got all the die cuts (Nativity scene, wisemen and animals) from CC&M. All I did was add some Shimmerz, distress ink the edges and add some bling. I also used pop dots behind some of the die cuts because it added some dimension and gave the scene some depth. I then wrote a bible verse at the top from Luke 2:11.

The other side of the album is stamped, and I'll admit, isn't don't yet. I am planning on putting angels over there and also the words "Everlasting Father". This nativity scene folds up nicely for storage and can easily be kept from year to year. Or better yet, make one for yourself and then make another for a gift to give away to celebrate Christ's birth!

This is one last photo of the whole album laid out flat. (Sorry for the poor photo quality. The light isn't the best today because it is overcast and I was in a hurry. )

As part of our celebration, CC&M is having great sale. They are offering 15% off everything in their online store! Act quickly, this sale will end November 15. Make sure you enter this code: ccholidaybloghop1109 during checkout.

Also, as part of the celebration, we are giving away a FUN Christmas Card kit! Find out how you could win it by going back to Diecut Diva for the details.

So now it's time to hop along to Amber's blog! Be sure to leave us some comments too! We love to hear your feedback! Thanks for hopping by today!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Welcome to the CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hope Day #2

Hi blog hoppers! Weren't Cambria's projects just "the bomb" ? (If you didn't arrive here from Cambria's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hop starts at The Diecut Diva's Blog.

Welcome to the first day of the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop, which will feature the Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Kit. We have 24 designers who will be creating wonderful pages to inspire you. Plus we all will be sharing some of our own delicious family recipes.

The apron, rings, Doodlebug paper and gingerbread man are all from this adorable apron kit. However, I blinged up Mr. Gingerbread using Liquid Aplique and some rhinestones out of my own stash of stuff. Also, the sticker letters are from my own little supply too. The scallop along the bottom is an American Crafts stamp from their new Shortbread stamp set. I stamped it in Versamark and then used American Crafts white Zing! embossing powder on it. The trees were cut from green Doublmates paper included in the kit.

I didn't take a separate picture of the recipe, but it is one of my family's favorites. It is my personal adaptation of the Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookie recipe. So here it is:

1 C. Butter

1 C. Brown Sugar
1 C. White Sugar
2 Eggs
Stir in: 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. vanilla and a pinch of salt
2 C. whole wheat flour
Blenderize and then add 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal
12 oz. chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Also, here is another photo of the apron album:

This is done with more Doodlebug paper that is included with the kit. The best thing is that it is already cut to the apron design and just had to be adhered down to the chipboard!! That cute bowl die cut was included and I backed it with some white. I then used my glue pen and sprinkled some Our Craft Lounge Sparkly Fluff (Brown Sugar) to make it look like dough in the bowl. The star and spoon were buttons (also included with this fabulous kit) and I adhered those on the pocket of the apron. The recipe inside is a peanut butter cookie recipe, but I am not going to give that one to you, as most people who like peanut butter cookies already have a personal favorite for that!

Be sure to hop on over to Laura's blog to see how she decorated her apron. Also, be sure to check out what yummy recipe she is offering. Do you think she will leave us some samples? ;O) Thanks for hopping by! Be sure to go all the way through the hop and check out the inspiration that is being offered. Also, be sure to go to the Diecut Diva blog to find out about your chance to win one of these fabulous kits!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Welcome to Day #1 of the CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hop

Hi blog hoppers! Weren't Suzannes's projects great? (If you didn't arrive here from Suzannes's blog, you don't want to miss what our designers have in store for you! The CC&M Mega Recipe Blog Hop starts at the Diecut Diva Blog.

Welcome to the first day of the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop, which will feature the 8”x8” Treasured Family Recipes Kit. We have 24 designers who will be creating wonderful pages to inspire you. Plus we all will be sharing some of our own delicious treasured family recipes. This kit is just packed full of good things! I love Cosmo Cricket and this is got lots of the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird line...including the Elements AND Ready-Set-Chipboard! LOVE THAT!!!! What a great value!

This is a page from my album. I will confess, I am not someone who really enjoys cooking. So I wanted the focus to be on the Treasured Family part, not on my recipes. However, I did stick a tag with a recipe behind the photo. So it is included. Since I didn't shoot a second photo of the recipe, I will post it below. I used the paper and the tree die cut from the kit. I did use my In the Garden stamps (Fancy Pants) and Fern Zing! embossing powder in the upper right hand corner of my layout. I also used some dewdrops that I had on hand to decorate my tree.

One other thing I loved about this album (besides all the Cosmo Cricket paper and embellies...) was that the album is cut from black chipboard. I didn't have to paint it, cover it or anything! What a great time saving step!

Okay, here is my Zuccini Bread recipe:

3 C. flour ( I use whole wheat flour)
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 C sugar
1 C. oil (I substitute applesauce)
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 C. Chopped zuccini
1/2 package of chocolate chips

Combine sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Blend. Sift together flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Add dry mix to wet. Mix a little at a time. Blend. Add zuccini and mix in chocolate chips.
Put in two greased pans and bake 50-60 minutes at 325 degrees.

Wasn't that easy. Sorry I don't have samples to share...BUT as part of the celebration CC&M will be having a great sale. For the next six days, we will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly, it is only for six days – this sale will end on Nov 14th. Make sure you enter this code recipebloghop2009 during checkout.

As a continuing part of the celebration CC&M will of course give away great gifts. Each day we will give away one kit. Here is the twist – go through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return to and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit. Help us also make this a great recipe swap.

Now hop on over to Cathy's blog and check out her projects and also her recipe!

Make sure you check back at Diecut Diva's blog tomorrow for the Holiday Treats Apron Recipe Kit Blog Hop. We will also have 24 designers who will be showcasing their great creations and sharing holiday treat recipes. Can't wait to see you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!