The crop has a cookie recipe swap for eight people. I took the last place but my sister is helping me out. We couldn’t decide between recipes so we’ve decided to overachieve and do two. The basic swap is just to make 8 copies of your recipe. Embellishments will get you extra raffle tickets which sounds good. As does making some cookies to share. So we went a little crazy. Tish Boyle’s Coconut Macaroons are outstanding – I become one of the most popular people at work when I take some in. And for my friend Julia’s son’s engagement party, we tried up chocolate chip cookies on my sister’s recommendation from Mel’s kitchen cafe and they were the best that we had ever tried. So, as I said, we did both.

I printed the recipes on Very Vanilla card in my printer and then used the oak leaf from the For All Things set to decorate. I used Hello Honey, Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow. I feel like a rebel because I’m crossing families! I found that I needed to stamp the Cajun Craze off once and the Mossy Meadow twice to ensure that they didn’t obscure the instructions. I then matted half in cajun craze and half in mossy meadow because I couldn’t decide on my favourite.


choc chip cookies

If you make either of the cookies, let me know how you like them!


Susan Itell hosted a card swap recently where readers sent in a Halloween or Fall themed card and she would send everyone back another card. It seemed like an interesting challenge especially as I had no Fall or Halloween themed stamp sets or DSP. It took me some time to create my card therefore and I mailed it off on the Wednesday hoping it would make it from NJ to Maryland by the deadline of Saturday. Actually, it took 2 weeks! But Susan kindly featured my card on her blog anyway. And she said that I’d get something from her as I’d missed the swap – I wonder if it will take 2 weeks in the reverse direction! I hope my card enjoyed its scenic adventure.

celebrate swap card

To make this card I used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set along with the coordinating Wonderful Wreath framelits. I also used Fabulous Four – the sentiment actually has two lines – AMAZING.SPECTACULAR.FANTASTIC.YOU is underneath the celebrate. I decided that I’d use the celebrate more often on its own and so cut off the second line. It is easy to put them back together whilst putting them on a clear block so I think this is more versatile. I stamped the sentiment in versamark and then used the crushed curry embossing powder.

Since I did this card, I’ve read in Stampin’ Start about cutting out the middle of the wreath before stamping. This makes it much easier to line up – I am looking forward to trying this tip because it really is hard to line up after cutting. I coloured the stamp using the Stampin’ Write markers in crushed curry, cajun craze, pumpkin pie, pear pizzazz and wild wasabi. After huffing on the stamp to moisten the ink I stamped it and then cut it out with the framelit.

I adhered my wreath using stampin’ up! dimensionals.