Saturday, December 01, 2012

12 Days of Home for the Holidays Welcomes Becky Olsen!

Welcome to Day One of the 4th Annual 12 Days of Home for the Holidays.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you about how you are enjoying and being inspired by our 12 Crafters.

I noticed Becky Olsen's crafty creations several years ago in Making Memories, Creating Keepsakes, Paper Crafts and many other publications.  She fast became one of my heroes of the scrapbooking community.  Welcome Becky!
Olsen Family Tradition:

During the holidays we love to make treats to share with our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. The treats are always delish, and we have a wonderful time working in the kitchen as a family, but preparing a holiday worthy presentation is the part that is the most fun for me. Getting out my crafting supplies and putting together bags, boxes and cards is an exciting challenge. The look on the faces of our special people when we drop off the goodies is worth all the time and effort, and a reminder of the reason for the season.

A recipe that is easy to make with children and that most people love is “White Chocolate Peppermint Chex.”

Start by measuring about 6 cups of Rice Chex into a large bowl
Remove plastic wrapping from 3 medium sized candy canes and chop in a food processor until you have small crumbs.

Measure about 1 cup of white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds. Mix with spatula until all the chips are smooth and drizzles easily, you may want to heat for an additional 20 seconds and mix again to make it easier to pour.

Drizzle the chocolate onto the Chex and lightly toss until all the pieces are coated,


Sprinkle the chopped peppermint crumbs and mix lightly.


Cover a cookie sheet with waxed paper, spread the Chex out onto the sheet to cool and then place in treat bags and finish decorating as desired.


*When preparing foods for others, always use good food handling practices. Wash hands, surfaces and prep tools and containers thoroughly, and handle foods with clean gloves.

To make the cellophane bag topper and the small gift bags, I used the Ruby Rock-It “25 Days of Christmas” paper collection and die cuts and some garden twine. I liked this paper collection for these projects because it is a little lighter in weight, it is a lot more flexible when scoring and folding and doesn’t crack when being scored or folded. It has a nice body for supporting weight and the patterns on the paper are very versatile and cute.

A wonderful way to present smaller gifts, treats and gift cards is in a cute bitty bag! You can make up a bunch in a short time frame and have them on hand for those last minute gifts. They are cute tucked into the branches of a tree or on top of bigger box for a topper.

Instructions for the small gift bag:

1)      Score the paper at 4” and 8”, turn the paper and score at 5” and 7” 
2)      Fold along all the score lines
 3)      Place folded edges together to get diagonal fold and form shape of bag.
4)      Place double sided adhesive tape along inside of score lines and adhere in place along the center of the 4” fold to form the front and back of the bag
 
 5)      Place adhesive along sides of outside folded areas, remove protective covering from adhesive as you work to shape bag. 
 6)      Put gift or goodies into bag. 
7)      Punch holes on either side on top of bag 
8)      Loop twine through holes, attach tag, and tie either a bow or a knot. Decorate front with die cuts or other details. 
9)      Use different papers and shapes for unique looks for each individual. 
The time we spend together as a family cooking, crafting and delivering goodies are some of favorite memories every season. It is a tradition that I learned from my mom and is one that I hope my children share with their children.

Many wishes for happy Holiday crafting!
B-

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Well, I'm hungry for White Chocolate Peppermint Chex.  I think I'll have to have this for Santa instead of the traditional cookies or with...either way I can't wait to give it a shot.  Visit Becky's blogs that are full of real inspiration and more. 

GIVEAWAY


What an incredible giveaway from  Graphic 45, X-ACTO, Sizzix, and May Arts!  Leave a comment for Becky and I’ll put your name in the drawing. Leave a comment on each of the 12 day's posts to be entered for 12 opportunities to win this gorgeous prize package!  You can also go to X-ACTO's, Graphic 45's, Sizzix's, and May Art's Facebook page and “like,” leaving a comment you came from D’s Paper Studio and leave another comment on one of the blog posts letting me know to be entered again.  One blog reader's name will be drawn and announced on Monday, December 14th. On your Mark, Get Set, Go....! 
Included in the Giveaway: 
Graphic 45:  Nutcracker Sweet 12x12 paper pad; both sets of coordinating stickers; Ornate Metal Keys; Ornate Metal Key Holes; Flower Staples, Envelope Tag Staples
May Arts:  (as pictured) Red and Green Center Strip 25 yards; Jute 400 yards; Mini-Pom Poms 30 yards;  Velvet 50 yards; Cotton Strip 30 Yrds
X-ACTO: X-ACTO Designer Series 9’’ Fixed Blade; X-ACTO Designer Series Precision Scissors; X-ACTO Designer Series Corner Punch; X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster; X-ACTO Designer Series Shapes Templates; CraftBond Glue Spots; CraftBond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen; CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
Sizzix: The New Tim Holtz Texture Fades  They include: 658269 Holly Pattern; Wreath Set;  658273 Brush Poinsettias; Winter Berries Set;  658270 Textured Poinsettia Pattern Set; and 658272 Holly Branch; Pine Branch Set 

Have a Wonderful Crafty Holiday!

67 comments:

  1. what a cute bag, and so easy! I love the recipe too.

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  2. WOW! Such a sweet gift!

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  3. This looks absolutely YUMMY...PLUS a fun crafty!...Thanks for sharing!...ps and thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. this recipe looks absolutely delicious and I LOVE the idea if making your own bag adding even more of a personal touch!

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  5. wow, very cool idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. yummy, fabulous gift idea!!! Love the packaging. TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com

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  7. YUM!!! I have never had white chocolate peppermint chex mix!!! I want to make this asap! TFS!!! And those treat bags, SO CUTE!!

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  8. Yummo . . . can't wait to make some . . . maybe tonight!

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  9. I am so hungry and this looks delicious!!! Will have to try this! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  10. Left some lovin at Each of the FB pages!

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  11. Love the cute bag tutorial. Might have to try it to wrap some gifts! :)

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  12. Let the snacking begin! I think the bags would be adorable for tiny gifts also. This inspiration is going to make me get all creative up in here :)

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  13. WOW that is a cute bag and great tutorial!! Thanks Becky for sharing with us.

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  14. I left some love each one of the sponsors Facebook pages!!!

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  15. Thanks for this fun, easy idea! The food processor tip will be handy as my daughter smashes candy canes in a plastic bag for topping hot chocolate all season long--and it often breaks the baggie spreading the "crumbs" all over.

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  16. What a great idea for the craft bags! Such a nice way to add a special touch to homemade gifts!!

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  17. This is a definite go for me.I was going to make chocolate covered pretzels-but this is so much easier and sounds even tastier.Perfect for the neighbors and the mailman!

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  18. The white peppermint check sounds yummy, love the gift bags :)

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  19. Yummy, and I love the gift bags!

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  20. What a great way to start this off! Yum - it sounds SO good. Thank you for the bag tutorial.

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  21. What a great idea. Things get a bit hectic for the Holidays and this recipe looks easy and quick to make. Love the gift bag ideas.

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  22. So great to meet you Becky.
    And those chex sound Devine!
    Love the tutorial on the gift bag too. Thanks so much.

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  23. oh that sounds so yummy I think I could make that without to much stress. . . Love the gift boxes!

    Carol reminded me to stop on by I can not believe it is the first already!

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  24. Cute bag!!! Love the recipe!!!

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  25. Oooh...that looks really yummy! I'll have to give it a try! I love the bitty bags too! Thanks very much, Becky!

    Hello, Debby! I haven't been by in ages! Thanks so much for the invitation to your wonderful event!...Nancy :o)

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  26. Oh wow! That recipe sounds awesome! Definitely easy for my kids and something we all will like. Thanks for the recipe and crafty inspiration, Becky!

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  27. What cute bags and the recipe sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing Becky and thanks for doing this Debby!

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  28. Love all of these fabulous ideas!!! Looking forward to the days to follow!!! Thanks!!!

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  29. I have to try that recipe! It looks so yummy!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  30. This recipe sounds wonderful! What a cute and yummy gift idea!

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  31. What a great gift idea. I'm always looking for cool ideas. thanks for the recipe.

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  32. Wow sounds so yummy, will add that to my cooking list this season, And I love the bag tutorial too

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  33. Anonymous10:49 PM

    thoes look yum and cute
    Danielle
    ladylovley37134@yahoo.com

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  34. that bag was so adorable! thanks for sharing it! <3

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  35. what a great way to make such a yummy treat even more yummy ~

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  36. Thanks for the great holiday ideas!

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  37. Visited, liked and commented at all the FB pages of your great sponsors!

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  38. yummy treat! going to make some for my family gathering in two weeks! thanks for sharing your holiday treats..

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  39. Thank you so much for adding the recipe. I never had it and come to think of it, never even heard of it. I also love how you packaged it. Very pretty!

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  40. Oh my goodness- peppermint chex- I am in heaven already! I make a white choc chex, peanut and pretzel mix every Christmas but this year I am going to make this peppermint one as well! Love those gift bags too Thank you so much for sharing!

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  41. What a great gift bag! Thanks for the recipe too!

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  42. Becky, thanks for sharing. I get it. The look says it all. I love the treats. Your quick & easy, 1 page bag instructions. Brilliant! Easy is best when you have a lot of Christmas Cheer to spread.

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  43. Yummy!! Love the little treat boxes, too!

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  44. Great little boxes/bags and the chex mix look super yummy!

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  45. Thanks for the box pattern. The sweet chex mix sounds yummy. Never tried this before, just the traditional chex mix.

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  46. Okay, I'm getting hungry, and now I want a cute bag filled with the goodies. LOL. TFS this cute treat bag and recipe for treats. Threads18@aol.com

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  47. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  48. Beautiful packaging and beautiful recipe! Can't wait to try both. Thank you and thanks to Debbie for hosting the 12 days again!

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  49. We make the savory Chex Mix at our house but the sweet version looks mighty fine too! Will have to try it. Your little bags are super cute!

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  50. I appreciate the detailed pictures of making the bags. The recipe is awesome also. I will be making some of these bags for roasted pecans but I might just have to try your recipe too.

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  51. Great recipes and projects. Super instructions and photos too. Thanks so much.

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  52. Yummy! Thanks for the recipe and the tutorial!!

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  53. Thank you for the recipe! I planned on making some this year for goodie bags. :)

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  54. What a tasty snack! The cute bag must make it taste even better!

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  55. I have to make this snack! I'm loving the bag.

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  56. First of all....YUMMY!!! This sounds so good. And your sack is so darn cute. Love all your projects.

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  57. I love the bag! I have never seen this particular cued mix.

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  58. I liked the sponsors pages.

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  59. Love love LOVE this recipe and I know my kids will devour it!

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  60. Loved the tutorial and thanks for sharing!!

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  61. Thank you for sharing a tradition! Loved the tutorial on how to make the gifting bag!

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  62. What a precious bag! I cannot wait to try one for my self, to give away, of course! :) I was so glad to be a part of the "12 Days of Home for the Holidays"!

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  63. Yummy what a great idea

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  64. Kam mccallan8:49 PM

    Love the treats and the bags! So cute!

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  65. How cute and the Chex look so good right now.

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