Merry Christmas!

The stockings are hung, the cookies are baked, and the gifts are just about wrapped! We’re in full celebration mode here in my home – and I’m wishing you all the best, brightest, merriest, and glitter filled holidays as well!

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We’re taking the week off from challenges over at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week, but we are sharing holiday greetings and such – and the image I’ve got posted over there is this final gift to go under my tree. I used:

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Spritzing a gift with perfect pearls mist adds shimmer and magic without mess or any real dry time since it dries off so fast. For my tag I just colored then inked up and watered down my toy soldier, then of course stamping on a second tag for details on who gets this treasure.

Kraft paper (aka brown paper packages tied up with string) really are one of my favorite ways to wrap!
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I wish you all the best for some seriously jolly holidays! I’ll be enjoying some quiet time with my girls and of course delivering a ton (quite possibly literally) of cookies to the fire department, including my new concoction “white chocolate macadamia bars”.

white chocolate macadamia bars:

1c butter cream with 1/2c sugar 1/2c packed brown sugar

then add 2eggs 1tsp vanilla

then mix in 2c flour 1tsp baking soda 1c oats

fold gently in 1c chopped macadamia nuts (or more if you like!) 1bag white chocolate chips

bake 350 in 9×11 (or similar size) pan for 30+ minutes until done.

They’re REALLY tasty! I added the oats in because my batter seemed too liquid-y – I like the texture and taste that adds. Gotta add this to my December Daily book – the third new cookie I’ve made up from this base of “1cbutter + 1c sugar + 2 eggs + 2c flour + 1tsp baking soda” deal. COOL! I love that this time of year has me getting creative all over the house.

Speaking of creative…

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Simon Says Stamp is also saying Merry Christmas and Happy new year with a special discount code – 40% OFF EVERYTHING in our end of year sale category 

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Comments

  1. Stunning tag May! I hope you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas!!

  2. Your holiday tag is so cute! I love Tim’s, MJIII’s, Blueprint Stamps! Yummy sounding recipe for the bars! Thank you so much. May, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2013. <3 Candy

  3. Happy holidays to everyone! Enjoy your family time!

  4. stampersuzz says:

    SO sweet! Love the kraft with the beautiful tag. Lovely! A very merry christmas to you and your family!

  5. What a pretty tag. And the gift is beautifully wrapped! Thanks for the recipe! Merry Christmas to you and yours! Hugs, Sandra

  6. Love those brown paper packages tied up with string….Merry Christmas, and thanks for all of your inspiration this year!

  7. Such a beautiful tag. OMG! That reminds me that I still have to wrap the gifts for all 9 of my beautiful grandchildren, my three children and their significant others, the love of my life, two dogs, and a partridge in a pear tree. Thank goodness I have some of the best help around. Have a beautiful Christmas filled with joy.

  8. Happy Christmas May…I look forward to more inspiration from you in 2013.

  9. Have a very Merry Christmas…love your tag,thanks for the recipe…

  10. May, thanks for everything you share here on your blog! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  11. Lovely tag May, that soldier really suits that treatment! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  12. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your whole family!!!

  13. YUMMY! Gorgeous make! I love how you give out to so many!!! Merry Christmas to you!

  14. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas May

  15. You have great wrapping style, May! It’s a perfect combination of whimsy and old fashioned fun :)

    Happy Holidays!
    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

  16. Love the tag, and the cookies sound like a keeper. Thanks!

  17. I just love your gift wrapping and the tags are fantastic!! Happy New Year!!!

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