Hands up anyone finding it difficult to believe we are getting ready for Christmas and 2014 is almost behind us! Yes, that's my hand waving... it's Melinda with you today and I'm still getting used to the idea that my craft desk is covered in a Christmas decoration production line.

Melinda Spinks Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Ornaments

Here are the products used for my decorations:

Melinda Spinks Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Ornaments supplies

Supply List: Jolly Good - Caroling (JG14OS03), Christmas Eve (JG14OS01), Holiday (JG14OS08), Snow Play (JG14OS09), Sugar Cookies (JG14OS02), Sweater Weather (JG14OS04). Illustration Stickers (JG14EB01), Mini Brads (JG14EB08).

Layout Recipe:

1. I was lucky to find a wonderful selection of paper maché baubles at a local craft store so the difficult task was done and all I had to do was decorate. I'm a big fan of having a different colour scheme each year and this year I opted for pink. I used different techniques with each item to add extra interest and texture to the tree.

Melinda Spinks Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Ornaments technique

2. I'm sure the little flower punch I used for this bauble is quite possibly due for retirement as it must have punched thousands upon thousands of little flowers over my years of papercrafting. I simply punched out the flowers, folded the petals slightly and adhered them to the bauble before finishing with larger flowers, brads and leaves.

Melinda Spinks Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Ornaments close-up

3. I used a similar approach with this bauble but swapped my flower for a small circle and instead of adhering with glue I used foam pop dots to raise one edge of each circle.

 

 

Melinda Spinks Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Ornaments close-up 2

 

Melinda Spinks Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Ornaments close-up 3

 

4. The final bauble was probably the hardest to work on as I had to try and cut each panel the right size and shape as each side seemed to differ from the one next to it. I scrunched up the paper pieces before adhering and then roughed up the edges where they joined the next piece.

Melinda Spinks Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Ornaments close-up 4

Now as much as I loved creating these tree ornaments, I can honestly guarantee that our tree will not be solely decorated from hand-made items... I don't have enough hours in the day to completely fill a tree. Perhaps I can continue to work on it over the next few years.

 

In the meantime I will be getting my Christmas grocery list organised and one recipe that tops the list every year is our Christmas Chocolate Ripple Cake. Now there's not much involved in making this cake that's not really a cake, but it tastes delicious and it's everyone's favourite.

Ingredients:
Chocolate Ripple Biscuits x 1 packet (250g)

Cream x 2 bottles (600ml)

Vanilla Essence (1 teaspoon)

Icing Sugar (2 heaped tablespoons)

Chocolate and sweets to decorate

Bailey's Irish Cream

Method:
Add cream, vanilla and icing sugar to a mixing bowl and mix on high until firm peaks are formed. Pour enough Bailey's into a bowl to dunk biscuits. Take one biscuit and dunk quickly into the Bailey's Irish Cream add a dollop of cream and set down onto your tray. Repeat the process joining each biscuit to create a log or circle depending on your plate shape. Completely cover with remaining cream. Grate chocolate over the top and add sweets to decorate. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to soften before needed. Cut on a diagonal across the biscuits. Note: For a children friendly version you can replace the Bailey's with milk or orange juice.

Thank you for stopping by today and don't forget to come back tomorrow as you don't want to miss Tessa's amazing project!

Melinda Badge

Carson Riutta 12 Frames Advent Chickaniddy CraftsHello Chickaniddy friends, its Carson here again and I'm super excited to share a labor of love with you today. Four years ago we made the move from the Bay Area to Seattle. It's been a wonderful change, but one of the things we miss most is getting together with the whole family over the holidays. I'm pretty awful at keeping in touch with people in general, and with the hustle and bustle that the holidays bring, I'm almost always incommunicado! In an attempt to change all that I thought I would make an advent calendar that would commit us to contact a beloved family member or friend every other day throughout December.

Carson Riutta 12 Frames Closeup Advent Chickaniddy Crafts

The idea is, flip the frames over every other day during the month of December and contact that person via phone, e-mail or send a handwritten note. I'm hoping this will bring us all closer together despite the physical distance this holiday season.

Carson Riutta 12 Frames Pucker Up Chickaniddy Crafts

Because advent calendars are mainly for the kiddos, I attempted to make it fun for my four year old as well as for his Papa and I. The Jolly Good Collection made that part so easy! This kind of large scale project is perfect for using a whole collection. The papers and stickers all coordinate seamlessly and make the embellishing process fun and easy.

Carson Riutta 12 Frames Faces Full Chickaniddy Crafts

It was a pleasure deciding which pictures of our loved ones to use. Again with the four year old in mind, I tried using pictures of the family member he could most relate to, and I have to say that the Picasa face recognition software made this a breeze!

Carson Riutta 12 Frames Closeup Sorin Chickaniddy Crafts Carson Riutta 12 Frames Closeup Wes Chickaniddy CraftsThis project was not quick and easy, but it was very satisfying and I'm so excited to put this advent calendar to use. The project can be broken down into two separate stages, the assembly of the frames and the embellishment of the frames. In this first picture you can see everything I used to put the frames together. I used the balsa wood shapes as a foundation for each photo and cut a slightly larger, overlapping frame from an assortment of Chickaniddy's Jolly Good patterned papers using my Silhouette Cameo.

Carson Riutta Chickaniddy Crafts 12 Frames Supplies 1Chickaniddy Supplies: jg14os01 - Christmas Eve Paper, jg14os03 - Caroling Paper, jg14os06 - Deck the Halls Paper, jg14os05 - Holly Jolly Paper, jg14os07 - Making Spirits Bright, jg14eb08 - Mini Brads Other Supplies: Scotch Permanent Double Sided Tape, Scotch Mounting Tape, Glossy Accents, Balsa Wood Shapes, Bakers Twine, Silhouette Cameo, wire nails, family pictures

 

IMG_3058

1. Wrangle all the supplies pictured above and make sure you have extra adhesive, you'll be using quite a bit

IMG_3075

2. Cut your picture to fit the wood base and tape your picture and frame to the base.

IMG_3078

3. Turn your framed picture over and use dimensional adhesive to give your frame some stability as well as adhere the remaining frame onto the back. I used Scotch Mounting tape, cut in half and doubled up. Be sure to leave a little room around the outside edges of your adhesive. This is where your twine will be hidden in the final stage.

IMG_3086

4. Peel off the adhesive backing and adhere your remaining frame. Tape your chosen insert into the frame.

IMG_3089

5. Turn the frame over and thread your twine around the frame, nestled between the two pieces of paper.

The second stage of the project is of course the beautifying stage and just look at all the gorgeous embellishments I was lucky enough to play with. This stage is pretty self explanatory, play, have fun, create beautiful things, but don't forget to add a number to the front side of each frame.

Carson Riutta 12 Frames Embellishment Supplies Chickaniddy CraftsChickaniddy Supplies: jg14eb01 - Illustration Stickers, jg14eb03 - Journal Tags, jg14eb09 - Enamel Star Stickers, jg14eb04 - Die Cut Tags, jg14eb02 - Alpha Stickers, jg14eb05 - Mini Sticker Banners, jg14eb07 - Min Sticker Sentiments, jg14eb06 - Mini Sticker Tags, jg14os11 - Tis The Season Paper, jg14os05 - Holly Jolly Paper, jg14os07 - Making Spirits Bright,

Carson Riutta 12 Frames Family Chickaniddy CraftsAnd last but not least I want to share my absolute favorite holiday recipe with you today. This bread brings back so many memories from both Thanksgiving and Christmas throughout the years. It was first introduced to the family by my cousin's grandmother "Katie Mono". Since she passed, it has been my cousin Christian who keeps the Cranberry Bread tradition alive and now that we are so far from them, I have started making it for my little family. Give it a try, it's an easy crowd pleaser, just sweet enough, but with that tart zing of cranberry and orange.

GRANDMOTHER KATIE'S (and Christian’s) FAMOUS CRANBERRY BREAD

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup butter or margarine

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

¾ orange juice

1 ½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped

Sift (or just mix, I’ve given up sifting) flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl.

Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.

Add egg, orange peel, and orange juice, stir just until mixture is evenly moist. Fold in cranberries.

Spoon into a greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from pan, cool on a wire rack. (I let it cool in the pan for a bit before trying to remove it.)

You can add more chopped cranberries if you wish, Christian usually goes a bit lighter on the cranberries and adds chopped walnuts (a cup or so).

Thank you so much for reading today, I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!

Carson Riutta Chickaniddy Crafts Badge (square)

Hey there, friends!  Missy here with you.  I'm so excited to share some fun Christmas projects with you today!  I like taking objects that are plain and ordinary and jazzing them up to put around the house.  This is a fun and easy thing to do here...these are just small wooden blocks that I altered!  They took no time at all.  Didn't they turn out cute?  I think so!  The Jolly Good collection is so much fun!

Missy Whidden Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Blocks

 

Supplies Used:  Jolly Good: JG140S12 Happy New Year paper, JG14EB03 Journal Tags, JG140S05 Holly Jolly paper, JG14ST01 Clear Stamps, JG14EB01 Sticker Sheet, JG14EB09 Enamel Stars; other: silver thread, Stampabilities ink, Signo Uniball White pen, wooden blocks.

 1.  I pulled out the 12x12 Sticker Sheet and chose the images I wanted.  I loved the little Santa, the man with the tall stack of gifts and the gorgeous flower.

Jolly Good Stickers

 

2.  Next, I chose the patterned papers I thought complimented the stickers best.  I simply traced the block onto the paper, cut it out, and glued it down.  I used some sandpaper around the edges to smooth them out.  I also used pop dots behind the stickers to give them some dimension.

Missy Whidden Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Blocks close-up

 

3.  I also used the stamps in this collection for my sentiment on this block.  I inked up the "December" stamp with some green ink and then traced around it with a white gel pen.

Jolly Good Stamps

 

4.  Lastly, I added some "tinsel" behind the stickers.  It's just simple silver thread, but I love the tinsel effect!  Very easy and cute!

Missy Whidden Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Blocks close-up 2

 

I hope this inspires you to turn something ordinary into a festive little holiday decor piece!  You could do this with any theme and brighten up your shelves or tables throughout the year!

The lovely design team has been sharing their favorite holiday recipes with you each day, and honestly, I'm not a big baker at all.  I do surf Pinterest a lot for fun things to make, and I stumbled across these delicious cookies.  I found this at insidebrucrewlife.com, so you can go there to find even more fun treats to make!

Holiday Cookies

 

Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix (15.25 oz)

1 stick of butter, melted (8 tbsp)

1 egg

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup Oreo cookie chunks

1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch pieces

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

1.  Combine the cake mix, melted butter, egg, and extracts.  Beat until a soft dough forms.  Add the cream cheese and beat in gently until combined.  Stir in the peppermint crunch pieces and chocolate chips first.  Then gently stir in the cookie pieces by hand being careful not to break up the cookie more.  Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes.

2.  Roll the dough into 36 balls.  Bake on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.  Do not over bake.  The cookies will be very soft and look undone.  Let them sit on the hot cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then gently remove them with a spatula to a piece of wax paper on the counter.

3.  Very gently, tap the tops of the cookies with the bottom of the spatula to even out the tops.  Let them sit until completely cool.  Store in a sealed container.  Makes 36 cookies.

 

Good morning! Erin here with a fun holiday project that my kids are so excited for. I have always wanted to create a handmade advent calendar, and this year we have a beautiful (and fun!) advent calendar for the kids to enjoy each day in December.

Here are the products I used on my calendar:

 
Erin Taylor Chickaniddy Crafts Advent Calendar supplies

 

 (Supplies used: (All supplies are from the Jolly Good collection). 6x6 Pad jg14pd01. Alpha stickers jg14eb02. Die cut tags jg14eb04. Illustration stickers jg14eb01. Journal tags jg14eb03. Mini brads jg14eb08. Mini sticker banners jg14eb05. Mini sticker sentiments jg14eb07. Mini sticker tags jg14eb06. Enamel stickers stars jg14eb09.)

 

 
Here is a look at the whole calendar, taped to my refrigerator using washi tape. 
 
Erin Taylor Chickaniddy Crafts Advent Calendar
 
Advent Calendar Step by Step:
 
1. Purchase 24 Kraft bags (3x4 inches each). These are the foundation of our calendar.
 
2. Beginning with Day 1, decorate each bag using Chickaniddy's Jolly Good collection. 
 
3. Use washi tape to attach each bag to the refrigerator (or chalkboard!). Make sure not to cover up the top of the bag with washi!
 
I plan on putting dollar bills, McDonalds coupons, quarters, gift cards to Subway, and a few notes to each of the kids in the bags. Nothing big or expensive, but something for them to look forward to each morning.
 
It's a little hard to see each bag in the above picture, so here are some close ups:
 
 
 
 

Erin Taylor Chickaniddy Crafts Advent Calendar close-up 1

 

 
 
Erin Taylor Chickaniddy Crafts Advent Calendar close-up 2

 

 
Erin Taylor Chickaniddy Crafts Advent Calendar close-up 3
 
 
Erin Taylor Chickaniddy Crafts Advent Calendar close-up 4

 

 
 
Erin Taylor Chickaniddy Crafts Advent Calendar close-up 5
 
You can easily adapt this project for a smaller space if you don't want your entire refrigerator covered in kraft bags. You can string them up on a mantel or along a coffee table, or stack them and place them in a basket. Another fun idea that I've seen on Pinterest is to use clothespins to hang the bags from vertical ribbon that is hung on a wall. So many possibilities! 
Here is a yummy recipe for you!
Betty Crocker recipe
1/2 cup butter/margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt (I usually don't add this much)
1/2 teaspoon red food colorHeat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix thoroughly butter, shortening, confectioners' sugar, egg and flavorings. Belnd in flour and salt. Divide dough in half; blend food color into one half.

Shape 1 teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope. For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist. Complete cookies one at a time. Place on ungreased baking sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane.

Bake about 9 minutes or until set and very light brown. If you wish, mix 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Immediately sprinkle cookies with candy mixture; remove from baking sheet.

Yield: 4 dozen cookies.

 
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week!
 
Erin badge

 

Hi there! Leigh here with a fun & festive treat bag to share, that I made using the wonderful Jolly Good Collection.

I decided to make a batch of butter crunch (which is always a hit!) and package it up in a clear bag.  And, of course, I couldn't resist making it fun & pretty!

Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Treat Bag

1. I made the tray holding the butter crunch in the bag using some Jolly Good patterned paper from the 6x6 Paper Pad and by following these instructions.

Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Treat Bag directions
Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Treat Bag directions 2
Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Treat Bag directions 3
Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Treat Bag directions 4
Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Treat Bag directions 5

2. Once the goodies were in the tray and in the bag, I made a tag to finish it off. I started by diecutting two tags -- one from white cardstock & two from patterned paper. I left one of the tags whole, but cut off the end of the second tag and adhered it to my cardstock tag.

 
 
Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Treat Bag 2
 

3. Next, I stamped my sentiment (from the Scrumptious Mini Illustrated Clear Stamp set -- so perfect for a treat bag!) in red and framed it with a Jolly Good Die Cut Tag.

4. I added a Mini Sticker sentiment with some dimensional adhesive in the middle & an enamel star.

5. I thread some ribbon through the hole, wrapped it around the bag and tied a bow. And voila -- a super sweet treat bag, all ready to give away!

Leigh Penner Chickaniddy Crafts Treat Bag 3
 
 

 

 Supplies: Jolly Good Collection 6x6 Paper Pad (jg14pd01), die cut tags (Die Cut Tags (jg14eb04), Enamel Stickers -- Stars (jg14eb09), Mini Sticker Sentiments (jg14eb07), Scrumptious Mini Illustrated Clear Stamps (sc14st02).

 

This is a holiday recipe to share with you.

Butter Crunch:

 
35 to 40 saltine crackers (unsalted works well, too)
1 cup butter (or margarine)
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups chocolate chips
1/4 to 1/3 cup toffee pieces (like skor pieces or bits o'brickle)Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease it. Line the foil with crackers, cutting them in half if necessary to cover the pan.In a pot, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 4 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over crackers and spread it out evenly.

Bake at 350F for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and top with chocolate chips. Let the chocolate chips melt and then spread them evenly over the surface. Sprinkle toffee pieces over top. Put in fridge for several hours. Remove from fridge and remove foil backing. Cut into pieces. Store in fridge, with waxed paper between the layers.

 

 
Thanks for looking!
 

Hi! It's Meghann with you today to share a beautiful milk carton treat box using the cheerful Jolly Good collection.

Meghann Andrew Milk Box Treat Box
 
Only one piece of patterned paper is needed for this project and the remainder of the supplies are for embellishment, which make it a perfect project for creating multiples- one for each friend or neighbor!
 
Meghann Andrew Milk Box Treat Box supplies
 
Supplies: Jolly Good- Holiday/jg14os08, Illustration Stickers/jg14eb01, Journal Tags/jg14eb03, Mini Sticker Tags/jg14eb06, Mini Sticker Sentiments/jg14eb07, Die Cut Tags/jg14eb04, Enamel Stars/jg14eb09, Mini Brads/jg14eb08, Mini Countdown Clear Stamps/jg14st01, Mini Illustrated Clear Stamps/jg14st02
 
This project literally took me under 10 minutes to create. Here's how I did it.
 
1. Using a milk carton box digital die-cut file (I used this one), enlarge the file to fit across a 12"x12" piece of patterned paper and cut.  Fold the box up to decide which side will be the front and then flatten again. (I find it's easier to adhere everything to the box before the box has been put together.)
2. Choose a frame from the die cut tags package and place on the front panel of your box. Trace the inside of the frame with a pencil. Remove the frame and cut the penciled box with precision scissors or a craft knife. Adhere the frame around the hole. Stamp 'jolly good' to the top of the frame, place the 'homemade treats' sticker at the bottom left side of the frame and add an enamel star. On the backside of the frame, adhere a piece of transparency to create a window.
3. On the top panel, attach a piece of glitter tape. Punch a hole and insert a mini brad into the center of the flower from the Jolly Good Illustration Stickers. Adhere to the top panel with dimensional adhesive.
4. Stamp 'to' on a tag from the Jolly Good Die Cut Tags and add the 'Merry Christmas to you' sticker. Attach to a hole at the top of the box with baker's twine. 
5. Put your box together with ultra-strong red tape. Fill your box with homemade treats in a food-safe bag. Insert a ribbon into the holes at the top and tie in a bow. 

 

Meghann Andrew Milk Box Treat Box close-up
 
Your neighbors will be sure to love the treats, as well as the beautiful packaging.
 
 
Here is a recipe I wanted to share for the holidays.
 
Cranberry Bliss Bars
(courtesy of Living Artfully)
 
cake ingredients
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1-1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups dried cranberries, diced
6 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks
 
frosting ingredients
8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons orange extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries, diced
icing ingredients
2 ounces white chocolate, melted
 
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan.
2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
3. Add eggs, extracts, ginger and salt to bowl and beat together.
4. Slowly add in flour and mix until smooth.
5. Add cranberries and white chocolate, then stir by hand.
6. Pour batter into greased pan and spread evenly.
7. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until cake turns slightly browned.
8. Remove from oven and let cool for approximately one hour.
9. Make frosting by combining cream cheese, powdered sugar, and extracts with an electric mixer until smooth.
10. Spread frosting onto cooled cake.
11. Sprinkle cake with cranberries.
12. In microwave, melt 2 ounces of white chocolate.
13. Place melted chocolate into small plastic sandwich bag and cut a small hole in the tip of bag.
14. Use as a "piping" bag to drizzle melted chocolate over cake.
15. Allow icing to set, then cut as desired.
 
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Jolly Good collection for your holiday gift giving!
 

Happiness! That's what I am calling this post. Elizabeth here excited to share with you a simple, yet cute way to decorate and doll up a gift bag! I took ordinary gift bags and made cute & decorative bags using the Jolly Good holiday collection and I know my friends are gonna love them for Christmas time!

Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags
Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags close-up
Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags close-up 2

 

 

Supplies:
Twine
Ribbon
Decorative Punches
Pop Dots
Treat Bags
Hole Punch
Ruler

 

Directions:
1. Fold top lip of treat bag over 1.5 inches. I measured from top of bag down to get the 1.5 inches and then marked with a pencil.

Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags directions

 

Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags directions 2

I folded bag lip over from the pencil mark down and this will get the 1.5 inches needed. Then I folded both ways to ensure crease.

2. Place in to punch and punch desired shape of top of lip of treat bag ensuring you are to the edge of the bag.

Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags directions 3
Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags directions 4
3. Unfold top lip of bag to add ribbon or washi tape to the front side of bag. I used hot glue to keep ribbon down.

Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags directions 6

4. From here on out, you can create the bag as you desire. I am giving these to my bible study girlies and I wanted them all to be different for their personalities so I just cut and used the collection as I saw fit.

Here is each bag separately:

Elizabeth Hellum Chickaniddy Crafts Treats Bags 2
 
Favorite Family Christmas Recipe
Every year on Christmas Day we wake up very early. We gather around and read the birth of Christ, open our stockings, and eat a really yummy breakfast. We've been doing this tradition for years and this recipe is something we've been eating for years as well, its a family favorite!
Breakfast Casserole
Ingredients:
13x9 pan
Jimmy Dean sausage
Package of hash brown slices
8-10 eggs
Shredded cheddar cheese
country gravy
Salt & pepper to taste
Dash of garlic salt
Cooking Spray
Directions:
1. Spray bottom or 13x9 pan
2. Place Jimmy Dean sausage in to pan and spread in thin layer.
3. add hash brown slices (6 total) across the top of sausage.
4. Beat eggs, and spices in to bowl then add on top of hash brown slices.
5. Mix country gravy packet together and pour completely over top and cover.
6. Add shredded cheese over entire top.
7. Add salt & pepper.
8. Bake on 350 for an hour. Cover with tin foil.
Thank you so much for coming by today and allowing me to share in my happiness!
 
 
 

 
Hello Chickaniddy Fans!
 
It's Amy here with an Treat Idea combining Chickaniddy Jolly Good & a hinged tin!
 
Have you stocked up on the awesome Jolly Good Collection?  Seriously, who can resist the pink and green combo?!
 
 
 
 
Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Altered Tin
 
Here's how I created my altered tin.
 
1.  I started by collecting my supplies.  I love the color green, it's my FAVORITE color, so I knew I wanted to do a mostly green project with pops of pink!
 
Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Altered Tin supplies
 
2.  Jolly Good Sugar Cookies has to be one of my favorites in this collection.  I adore the repetitive pattern and used it for the 'belly band' on the tin.  Rather than scoring the strip and making sharp 'lines' I gently wrapped it around the tin and adhered the ends together with Scor-Tape.
 
Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Altered Tin close-up 2
 
3.  I topped my belly band with a fish tail banner using the Jolly Good Christmas Eve pattern.  The contrasting pattern and pink of Jolly Good Caroling was perfect as a strip across the top!  A vellum punched snowflake with a Jolly Good Mini Brad is a great POP of color.
 
Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Altered Tin close-up2
 
4.  The fun diagonally striped die cut is a great center piece that I layered a sentiment sticker and tag.  Using foam dimensionals, I added the stickers '25' in the center.
 
5.  Inside the tin, I've lined it with heavy parchment paper and sealed it off with a Journal Tag.
 
Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Altered Tin inside
 
Inside?
 
Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies!
 
Amy Tsuruta Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Altered Tin and cookies
 
This is when I reveal that I'm really not much of a cooker/baker.  There are several dishes that I cook, including Yellow Curry and Spinach Lasagna but the kids are the bakers in the household.
 
This particular Peanut Butter recipe is ultra-simple...3 ingredients:
 
1 c. Peanut Butter
1 c. Sugar 
1 egg
 
Mix well {I use less than 1 cup of sugar}.  Roll into balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Using a fork, flatten each ball.
 
Cook at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

 

Peanut Butter Cookies photo
 
Super easy smeasy and absolutely delish and rich in flavor.
 
Peanut Butter Cookies
 
Supply List:  Jolly Good: Sugar Cookie/jg14os02, Christmas Eve/jg14os01, Caroling/jg14os03 Jolly Good Embellishments:  Alpha Stickers/jg14eb02, Die cut Tags/jg14eb04, Journal tags/jg14eb03, Mini Brads/jg14eb08, Mini Stickers Sentiments/jg14eb07, Mini Sticker Tags/jg14eb06
 
What is your favorite cookie recipe?
 
Thanks so much for stoppin' by.
 
 

 

Can I be one of the first to wish you a Happy Holiday? Happy Holidays! Hello, it's Tyra and I have already started playing holiday music and was equally delighted to start playing with the Christmas-y goodness known as the Jolly Good Collection from Chickaniddy!

When I combined my die cutter with the beautiful colors, patterns and images from the Jolly Good collection, something wonderful happened! I went a little crazy with gift packaging, hence the title, "Good Things Come in Small (Holiday) Packages.

Tyra Babington Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Package Collage

 

The Jolly Good Collection provides everything you need to make fabulous little packages for co-workers, family and friends.

 

Tyra Babington Chickaniddy Crafts Jolly Good Collage

 

Supply List: Jolly Good - 6 x 6 Pad/jg14pd01, Deck The Halls/jg14os06, Happy New Year/jg14os12, Rainy Day/jg14os10; Embellishments - Die Cut Tags/jg14eb04, Journal Tags/jg14eb03, Illustration Stickers/jg14eb01

 

Tyra Babbington Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Collage close-up 1

 

Tyra Babbington Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Collage close-up 2

Let's get to the fun part, shall we?

Holiday Gift Container:

  1. The container featured is a 6.1 inch by 3.9 inch gift container available from most popular craft stores.
  2. Cut one strip each of 4 x 6 inch, 2 x 6 inch and .75 x 6 inch strips of paper. Die cut a circle shape to fit the top of the container.
  3. Adhere the 4 x 6 inch strip to the inside of the container. Make note of where the seam is placed
  4. Adhere the 2 x 6 inch and .75 x 6 strips to the outside of the container, lining the seam up with the larger strip from above.
  5. Use a sticker as a main element and place on top of the seam.
  6. Punch a hole into a few die cut tags, add christmas-y string and tie to handle.
  7. Add the die cut circle to the container top. Place a coordinating sticker on top of the circle.
  8. Ta - Da! done!

 

Tyra Babington Chickaniddy Crafts Big Things Small Packages red polka dot gift package v2

 

Tyra Babington Chickaniddy GiftBox Tutorial

Gift Box

  1. Double sided papers are great for this gift box and make for a great looking pattern inside and out!
  2. Select a gift box pattern and use an electronic die cutter to, well -- cut your design!
  3. Fold perforated sides and use a super strong adhesive to adhere the sides together!
  4. Add a little string and maybe a tag. Ta-Da! Done! (Really!)

 

Tyra Babington Chickaniddy Crafts Big Things Small Holiday Packages

I also am sharing a delicious holiday recipe!

Choco Chip Cookie Surprise
1-2 rolls of your favorite refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1 package Snickers Miniatures

Preheat your oven according to the cookie package instructions.  Unwrap the entire package of Snickers miniatures.  Unwrap the cookie dough roll and make 3/4 of a inch - to 1 inch slice portion of cookie dough.  

Take the slice of cookie dough and place a snicker miniature in the middle.  Wrap the cookie dough slice around the snickers candy, hiding the candy completely with the cookie dough slice.  Use the palms of your hands to roll this sweet concoction around until you end up with a ball. Make sure the Snickers candy is completely covered by the cookie dough, or else the candy caramel will leak and ruin your surprise!  You may find that you will adjust the size of the cookie dough slice once you become an expert at hiding the candy in the dough ball. 

Bake according to the cookie package instructions, or until your cookies are set. Cool the cookies completely. Ta-Da!  You are done! People will love you! Adore you! You will be the cookie star at your next holiday party!
 

I hope these quick and easy gift ideas inspire you to get into the holiday spirit! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! xo, Tyra

tyra Badge

Good day to all! It's Cassandra here back with some fun! Have you seen/bought Chickaniddy's Christmas collection - Jolly Good?! The collection is so sweet and cute and perfect to share a peek-a- boo gift box tutorial and a baking recipe for Christmas! It's never too early to start preparing for thanksgiving and Christmas ya!:D

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Project

Interested to know how to create this? It's really easy and you don't even need a cutting machine for it! Here are the supplies needed for the peek-a-boo gift box:

 

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Project template supplies

 
  1. This is the measurement for a 5x5" gift box. I made it to be 5x5" so that it's easier to change the scale according to your needs. These are the actual cuts needed since the largest paper size is only 12". Illustrations are drawn using a black pen for clearer view but use a pencil instead so that it's easy to remove those lines.

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Project template

 

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Project template2

 

2. Cut it out and fold along the lines. If you are interested to create the see through effect, use a pen knife to cut the square out and stick a transparency over it.

 

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Project template product 1

 

3.Glue the areas marked in green and hole punch the small square tab.

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Project template product 2

 

4.Decorate the box and string a ribbon through the small square tabs, glue them to the sides and it's done!:D You have just created a gift box in 10 minutes! It's now time to bake the cookies!

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts Christmas Project 

Supplies: Jolly Good – Caroling(jg14os03), Happy New Year (jg14os12), Holly Jolly (jg14os05), Making Spirits Bright (jg14os07), Die Cut Tags (jg14eb04), Illustration Stickers (jg14eb01)

 

 

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies Recipe:

Cassandra Chen Chickaniddy Crafts recipe

 

Makes 24 cookies

Dry ingredients:

 
  • 1 cup allpurpose flour  
  • 3/4 cupwhite sugar
  • 1/3 cup darkcocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoonbaking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoonsalt

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter(softened)
  • 1egg
  • 1 teaspoonvanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cupchopped walnut

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degree celsius)
  2. In a big bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together with a whisk.
  3. In your electric mixer, add the softened butter and sugar and mix it on medium speed for about 1 minute or until it is well mixed together.
  4. Then reduce to low speed and add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix it for about one minute till it's light and fluffy!
  5. Thereafter, add in the dry ingredients (except the chips and walnut) and mix it for about one minute until it is well mixed.
  6. Then add in the chips and walnuts (I like to bake/toast the walnut first to bring out theflavor)
  7. Transfer them to a well greased tray with a spoon and add them into the pre-heated oven for about 8-10 minutes! 

EASY PEASY! And let it cool on a rack and have your whole house smelling of chocolate walnut!! 

Either eat them fresh with warm milk or place them in air tight containers and add them in the nice gift boxes that you have created  for your loved ones nearing Christmas! What a sweet gift to receive!:D

 

I like to wrap them in plastic bags before placing them in the gift box as it might be quite oily overtime. And tell your friends not to throw away your gift box after eating the cookies!:P Cut the top part off and add a tea candle and it instantly transform into a candle holder!:D Another Christmas piece for the table! 

 

Thanks so much for dropping by and hope you try this gift box tutorial and chocolate walnut recipe! I would love to see your creations! Hashtag chickaniddycrafts on Instagram k! I will be on the lookout!:D It's never too early to prepare Christmas gifts! Till my next update, take care and God Bless!:D 

Cassandra badge

12-days-of-gift-wrapping Chickaniddy Crafts

I have a holiday secret.  I LOVE being a secret Santa! I've never been one to rob a bank for thrills, but sneaking up to a door, placing a gift down, ringing the doorbell and running off to hide in a bush is where I get my kicks!

Today for my 12 days of gift wrap I wanted to share the perfect gift wrap for your sneaky secret Santa deliveries. It's pretty, fast to make, and everyone will love them. This door hanger will keep your gift from getting wet in the snow or rain because it's off the ground and it looks so pretty hanging there. Don't you think?!

Heidi Sonboul Door knob Secret Santa Chickaniddy Crafts

Step to create this:

CHICKANIDDY-CRAFTS-DOOR-HANGER-GIFT-BOX

  1. Print out the template on cardstock or cut out the cut file HERE.
  2. Trace the template on your paper and cut it out.
  3. Follow the folding lines and glue together.
  4. Fill the box with candy, gift cards, a small gift and maybe even a fun clue.
  5. Decorate with stickers and ribbon to finish the look.

Come on.... wouldn't you love opening your door to this?! Just think, you could even do this for all your loved neighbors. I hope you have fun this coming Christmas and enjoy the gift of giving. It will truly make your spirits bright! Happy Friday everyone!

Heidi-Sonboul-Chickaniddy-Crafts badge (Large)

12-days-of-gift-wrapping Chickaniddy Crafts

Heidi Sonboul fast food boxes Chickaniddy Crafts (2) (Large)

For most, craft pattern paper is a passion and they have TONS of it. Today I have a fast/fun gift box to share. Around the beginning of November I love to pull out all of my really busy pattern papers to make Chinese takeout food boxes. These boxes are the perfect size for any homemade baked goods and the busy pattern paper allows the box to stand out. The shape of this box is so darling and a handle makes it easy to deliver.

Heidi Sonboul fast food boxes Chickaniddy Crafts (1) (Large)

The instructions are super simple and anyone can follow them

  1. Print out the template and cut out
  2. Trace the template on your pattern paper
  3. Cut out the box and fold the areas needed
  4. Punch out side holes
  5. insert wire for handles and shape in place

If you have a cutting machine, you can find a cut file HERE. If you want to print it out, you can download it here:

CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS CHINESE FOOD BOX