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Birthday Celebration Class recap

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I finally held my big birthday celebration class a couple of weekends ago.  I celebrated 9 years with Stampin’Up! AND Stampin’Up!’s 10 years in Canada.

21 friends came to enjoy 5 birthday-themed projects and a whole lotta fun.

I featured the 5 projects a couple of weeks ago, but here are some photos of the actual event.  Please note the lighting in the rented room was terrible for photo-taking!

This photo shows the prizes for the evening.  A few were door prizes and then we had to have prizes for the games which were “Name that Stamp Set” and “What is the Stampin’Up! Color” – catalogues on the tables were a big help to some stampin’newbies!  lol

This mini cupcake box was filled with delicious chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting.  Instructions to make the box  can be found in my Homemade Goody Packages Tutorial.

A blossom box filled with kisses – and it fits a lot of those tasty little guys!  The blossom box die is on the retiring accessory list and won’t be around much longer!

This little cutie is also carrying a bunch of kisses.  You can find the instructions to this purse at  Inking Idaho and is in Becky’s Tres Chic Handbags tutorial.  My friend who won this bag was so thrilled!! 

I prepared quite a birthday spread for my friends too.  I used colors from the Sweet Shop designer series pack to decorate the table and the cupcakes!  We also had red velvet birthday cake, mini banana split bites, ice cream sundaes, strawberry shortcake kabobs and 3 different punches.  No one went home hungry!!

A very special thank-you to all my friends who came to celebrate my anniversary with Stampin’Up!  I had a great time visiting with you one-on-one!!





Yummy Party Favors

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My sister held a bridal shower for Chalisse on Friday and she did a great job!!  She took care of all the invitations, food, games, and set up.  All I was asked to do as mother of the bride, was to provide some party favors for the guests to take home as a “thanks for attending” momento. 

I wanted to incorporate a bit of Chalisse into these party favors.  Her favorite thing in the world is cookie dough so I came up with a cute way to wrap up some for everybody.  It was a hit!!

I had to use some non-SU paper as I needed 35 sheets in her wedding colors.  I did use Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake cardstock, Boho Blossoms and 5-Petal Flower punches to make the flower embellishment.  Chocolate Chip satin ribbon finished off the ends. 

Have a great day!  TTFN!



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Spaghetti for Supper

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Showcasing stamped projects is going to be a bit on the low side here at Inkingoutofthebox in the next couple of weeks.  Last week, I had surgery, good necessary surgery, but major nonetheless.  Because of this, creating is not on the top of my priority list this month – darn it! 

But just because I can’t create very much right now, does not mean that we are letting boredom set in at the Zandbergen home – no way!  Please forgive the bragging I am about to do – I’m not allowed to do much else this month!!

Kira, my 14 year old daughter, had a  foods class assignment this week to prepare a cake to be graded.  Being the fun-loving girl she is, a regular 2 layer chocolate cake just would not do:



How adorable is this cake???

She baked regular golden yellow cake batter in an oven proof bowl so it was shaped like a dome.  Then she piped yellow-tinted icing all over the cake to look like pasta.  She spooned on some seedless strawberry jam for spaghetti sauce and the finishing touch was the “meatballs”!  These are hazelnut chocolates covered in jam and boy, do they ever look real!!

My sister invited us over for supper last night (she is taking such good care of me!!) because her twins were celebrating their 9th birthday.  We took this over to share with them and Daniel, my little 4 year old nephew , was adamant that his cake piece NOT have a meatball on it – he was having none of it!!  So, so funny!!

Have a lovely creative day!



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Very Handy Discovery

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I’m interupting my baking session today, to share with you a pleasant discovery I made yesterday. 

I wanted to package my giant pretzel rods in a special way to give away as teacher gifts this year.  I went into my work area to start measuring and designing. 

I looked over to my shelf and noticed my mini cupcake box from the Homemade Goody Box tutorial sitting there…


 and wondered if my rods would possibly fit in that.  I took it off the shelf, held my breath, laid in one pretzel rod and…

…did the dance of joy!!!  They fit perfectly!

I quickly made up a couple of boxes and they are ready to go – I love those serendipidous moments!

I used this card layout as inspiration for the top of my box.  The poinsettia flower at the top was created by layering 3 – 5 Petal Flower punches and 2 small flowers punched with Boho Blossoms punch.

Supplies used:

Stamps – Four the Holidays, Notably Ornate

Paper and Ink – Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP

accessories -5 Petal Flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch,  Scallop Edge punch, ticket corner punch, Big Shot and Little Leaves sizzlit, pearl accent

Now back to my baking!




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Tis the Season for…

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In other words, dipping fondant, truffles, turtles and giant pretzel rods…

…mixing and rolling cookies…

…baking pans upon pans of squares…

…stirring up eggnog, cinnamon and gingerbread loaves…

…I could go on and on…

December for me is all about the kitchen and the wonderful aromas I can create with the ingredients I splurge on this time of year.

This photo represents all the dipped chocolates my girlfriend and I pump out every Christmas and about 18 hours worth of work.  Every year we seem to add another flavour or two!  We made:

2 batches of Peanut Butter truffles

2 batches of Oreo truffles

2 batches of Cinnamon truffles

200 turtles – once you’ve had homemade – you can’t go back!!

600 dipped fondant chocolates in almond, vanilla and coconut flavours

Every year, I also get together with my two very best friends and we spend a day dipping these giant pretzel rods in caramel and then chocolate.  In one day, we were able to pump out at least 500 of these – I didn’t get a final count!

These are simply amazing – caramel, chocolate and salt together in one heavenly marriage – who  could ask for anything more!

So now you may be able to understand why my absense for the blogging world – I’m a bit preoccupied right now with my ingredient pile – they must be used!!!

I do have a card for you today though. 

 I had a lovely evening with one of my stamp clubs last week (or was it the week before?  I can’t keep track as the days are moving so fast!) and we made 4 projects while enjoying a lovely pot luck spread.

This card was pretty much a direct CASE from Chat at Me, My Stamps and I.  So greatful to talented designers out there for making my creative days more productive!

I’ll post all the projects from this class over the next week – you’ll just have to come back for a nice little visit! 

I wish I could give you a dipped pretzel…







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Cookie Box Tutorial

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How many of you give out a plate of cookies at Christmas? 

HaHa!! I knew it – lots of you!!!  Me too!

This year, let’s throw away those paper plates and plastic wrap and give cookies away in this!

I was able to fit a dozen cookies in this box – the dimensions are 2 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ .

 Here’s the step-by step instructions for you:

Step 1:

Stamp a 12″x 12″piece of cardstock as desired.  I used Bravo Burgundy, Bells & Boughs stamp set and shimmer paint.

Score one side at 2 3/4″ and 9 1/4″; turn cardstock 90 degrees and score at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 8 1/4″, and 11″.

Step 2:

Cut off the two un-neccessary thin ends.

Step 3:

Cut on all horizontal score lines up to intersecting score lines – this creates your side ends.

Step 4:

Cut off  1  3/4″ off set of 1st tab ends. This creates the box lid…

Step 5:

Round all 4 lid corners.

Step 6:

Create a 2 1/2″x 4 3/8″ rectrangular template; lay template on box top and trace; cut out with paper cutter.

Cut a piece of acetate sheet to 3 1/2″x 5 1/2″ and adhere to inside of box covering the window.

Step 7:

Fold on all score lines folding the acetate sheet as you go.

Step 8:

 Apply double-sided tape to the last two tabs on each end as shown in photo above.  Fold up box starting at far end and finished at box lid.  Fold lid into box with tabs on the inside.

Decorate as desired…then send me a link or photo of your creation- I want to see!!!