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A New Year

Adventures in Card-Making

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 450 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

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Merry Christmas

Dear Fellow Crafters,

As we finally put the finishing touches on those Christmas cards, wrapping paper and tags and finalize our plans, let’s take a moment to remember the real meaning of Christmas. This post comes from an email sent to my family from a dear friend.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas season. Thanks for following us this year!


Teach the Children


I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree. He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. “What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know.

He then answered me with a simple statement. “TEACH THE CHILDREN!”

I was puzzled; what did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said, “Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.” Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle. “Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind. All the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.”

He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.”

He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.”

Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”

He then pulled from his bag an ornament of HIMSELF. “Teach the children that I, Santa Clause, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.”

He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. “Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly represents the blood shed by Him.”

Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave His Son” “Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the holy babe and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.”

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDYCANE and hung it on the tree. “Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherds’ crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keeper.”

He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. “Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”

Suddenly I heard a soft tinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL. “Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.

Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, “Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. Do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship Him, our Lord, our God.”


PaperCrafting 101

Secrets of scent embossing

Dear Fellow Crafters,

If you are like me and you thought you were done with cards, think again!  Someone in your family has just thought of another person you need to make a card for ! Right now, you are thinking how can I make this experience exciting ’cause I don’t feel very motivated and certainly not creative. Well, I have good news for you. You can make a card with scented embossing powder and get in the spirit of the season really quickly…..

People love heat embossing because it adds eye-catching dimension to paper projects. You probably made lots of your holiday cards using embossing powder. Did you know that you can add a variety of fragrances by mixing ordinary kitchen ingredients with embossing powder? Some of these ingredients include: ground coffee, Kool-Aid, and cinnamon. You can use almost any fine powder that doesn’t contain sugar because sugar when heated becomes caramelized.

The instructions are really easy. Take a small container with a cap. I use small empty and clean embossing jars. Combine embossing powder (like clear) and fragrance ingredient in the container. Shake to mix. Ink your project, sprinkle your mixed powder on top and heat set. Oh and one more thing inhale the wonderful fragrance!

   Useful tips

     1. Use this technique on die cut accents, paper and wood.

     2. Store leftover mixtures in clear plastic containers. Label them so that yo can identify the mixtures again.

     3. Mix larger-granule ingredients like coffee with embossing enamel or UTEE to ensure that the mixture adheres. The fine grains slide under larger particles. Embossing enamel has granules the same size as coffee.

     4. Try heating from underneath the object so that the granules don’t blow away.

Til next time,