Archive for Christmas Holiday Planner 2012

One more card using the Winter Memories stamp set from the Holiday catalogue…

Supplies used:

Stamps – Winter Memories

Ink & Paper – Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Be of Good Cheer DSP

Accessories – Big Shot & Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Labels Collection framelits, scallop edge punch, stitched satin ribbon, dimensionals, Dazzling Details

It’s my favorite week of the year – Christmas decorating time!  This passed weekend, we put up all the decorations in my house and my mother’s house.  I was even able to fit in some Christmas shopping time!   Have a great week decorating at your house!




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A Card and a Meal Plan

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First up today, a card:

A stamp club hostess chose the stamp set Winter Wishes from the Holiday Catalogue to be featured last week.  This is one of the cards we made.

Supplies used:

Stamps – Winter Memories

Ink & Paper – Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla

Accessories – Big Shot & Woodgrain embossing folder, Delicate Doilies sizzlit, blender pen, antique brad

And now onto our holiday planning…


In our efforts to be organized and stress free this Christmas, meal planning is an important step to make this happen.

Page 3 of the Christmas Holiday Planner, is a calendar, seperate from your holiday activities, and just for planning out your meals.   Here are the three main steps to meal planning for this December:

1.   Decide meal components – write down some family favorites meals that can be prepared quickly during December on page 15 of the Christmas Holiday Planner. Mark down where to quickly find the recipes as well. 

2.  Schedule meals on calendar – keep in mind any holiday parties or restaurants you are going to in December where no cooking is needed.  Scheduling can be done weekly, every 2 weeks or the whole month in advance (like I do).  It all depends on how many times you want to go purchase groceries during this month.  Write down which meals will be made during which week.

3.  Making the grocery list – as you go through each recipe, list the ingredients you will need to purchase for the meals you have planned. Page 16 of the Christmas Holiday Planner is a great tool to do this!  Don’t forget to check your pantry and freezer to see if you have some of the ingredients needed – no sense buying what you already have!

That my friends, is a pretty basic overview of meal planning.  I am an avid meal planner and it is the only way I get things accomplished! 

Now, to get you started and hopefully convince you that meal planning rocks, I am giving you a full week’s worth of planned out meals!  By full week, I mean 5 meals as I have found over the years that scheduling 5 meals rather than 7 works best because of leftovers and eating out during the week.  Overscheduling is never a good thing either!! 🙂

So here is a PDF document containing the recipes of 5 tried and true, easy meals that never receive complaint from my girls – and they are tough critics!

SU! – Christmas Planner Meal Plan

I hope you find it useful!!





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This week, to stay on task for an organized Christmas, let’s think about all the cooking and baking that will need to be done.  Maybe you do a lot of cooking/baking or maybe just a little, but it all needs to be planned in advance.  Here we go…

This week, take some time to list all the must-have baked goods you intend to have made this season.  Use page 13 of the Organized Holiday Planner and don’t forget to write the source/cookbook the recipe is located.  Then you may want to try some new recipes this year – write those down as well!

Once you see how many goodies you will be making, you’ll know how many baking days to schedule for yourself into your December calendar.  This can be made into quite a fun task by inviting girlfriends or sisters to come spend the day baking with you!  I know I already have 3 baking days with friends scheduled and I’m so looking forward to them!  It’s that scheduled time with friends that I really enjoy each year!

Once the baking list is complete, use page 14 of the Christmas Holiday Planner to write out the grocery list of baking items needed.  Don’t forget to inventory your pantry first as you may have some of the ingredients  stocked and ready to go!

Okay – I’m off to start my list – see you tomorrow!




Gifts from the Heart

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Today it’s all about the homemade gifts! We all need a few little “gifts from the heart” this time of year. Whether it’s for your UPS man, your next door neighbours, coworkers, or your child’s teacher, start thinking about which gifts you’d like to make this year to show your appreciation!

Here are some samples for you to get your creative juices flowing:

These little cuties are easy to mass produce if you need several gifts.  It’s easy to cut many stockings at the same time with the stocking die and the Big Shot.  I cut several stockings from Real Red cardstock and Vellum cardstock.  I sewed up the edges, filled them with M&M candies and stapled them shut.  The stamp comes from the set “Tages Til Christmas”.


You know I’m all about the chocolate, so here is another nifty way to wrap it up for the holidays:

Here’s a few instructions to help you recreate this little package:

1.  Cut Gumball Green cardstock to 2 3/4″x 5″ .  Score lengthwise at 1/2″, 2 3/4″and 3″.

2.  Fold on all score lines; staple front tab up and adhere chocolate into matchbook.

3.  White cardstock front measures 1 3/4″x 2 1/2″ and DSP pieces measures 1 9/16″x 2 5/16″.  Decorate front cover as desired.  I used the Scentsational Season stamp set and matching framelits as well as the Tiny Tags stamp set.

Have a great weekend!!  TTFN!





Before I get to the Organized Christmas assignments for the week, I have a card to share with you!  Three of my stamp clubs meet this week and for one of them, I’m showcasing the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set.  This is one of three cards using this set that I’ll be teaching on Wednesday night.  I found this layout here and loved it, so I kept it the same but I changed up the colors of ornaments from the original.  I love it’s simplicity and elegance!!

Supplies used:

Stamps – Ornament Keepsakes, Fabulous Phrases

Ink & Paper – Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White

Accessories – Big Shot & Holiday Ornament framelits, Holiday Frame embossing folder, dimensionals, rhinestone gems, 1/8″taffeta ribbon


We are officially half way through our holiday planning!  It may not seem like it right now, but if you have been keeping up with the weekly suggestions, you have done SO much already!  Now, let’s get to some REALLY fun stuff this week – SHOPPING!

Today let’s think about the Christmas stockings.  I don’t know about you, but most years I get caught last minute, December 23rd or 24th, with not having an even amount of stocking stuffers for each of my daughters.  Talk about stressful!!  Then I’m making another extra trip to a store to try and even things out!  Let’s avoid that this year…

Page 11 of the Christmas Holiday Planner is a list to keep you on track as you make stocking stuffer purchases.  Each time you are out and pick up some little thing for a stocking, write it down.  You can keep this list with you as you shop, or at home – whichever works best for you.  I know this will be a life saver for me – and I hope you – this year!







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This is the tenth and final card for my annual Christmas  card class held a few weeks ago.  If you would like to CASE this card, here are a couple of hints for you.  I stamped off TWICE with the tree image before stamping using Always Artichoke ink.  This is so you can see the words clearly when they are stamped overtop.  To make the “leathery green piece behind the lable, I sprayed a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock with water, crumpled it up, uncrumpled it and dryed it with a heat tool and then ripped it to the size I wanted.  The gold star at the top of the tree is made using the Big Shot and star framelit from the Holiday Collection and our gold cardstock.

Supplies used: 

Stamps – Evergreen

Ink & Paper – Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core’dinations cardstock, gold cardstock

Accessories – Big Shot & Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Labels collection framelits, Holiday Collection framelit (star), 1/8″taffeta ribbon, dotted scallop ribbon punch, paper piercing tools and Festive paper-piercing pack, dimensionals, sanding block

Now for our holiday planning this week, you should start thinking about and assigning extra holiday chores that may need to be done before guests arrive or before you even decorate for the holidays.  Page 10 of the Christmas Holiday Planner is ready to be filled!  🙂

Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking:

– carpet cleaning needs – book early!

– spare room cleaned up and readied for guests

– windows cleaned; inside and out

– ceiling fans and light fixtures dusted/cleaned

– blinds dusted/cleaned

– holiday dishes brought out, cleaned and set in cupboards for winter months

– coat closets cleaned out and organized

– outdoor Christmas lights set up

Those a just few things to get you thinking.  So this week, start thinking about the chores  you want finished before the holidays set in and write them down.  Then assign them out to family members and give them a due date to have it all accomplished.  Post the list where everyone can be reminded of their responsibilities.