Top 10 Blog Posts for 2016

It’s always fun to take a peek back over the past year before the new one starts. Today we thought it would be fun to share the top ten most-viewed blog projects during 2016 to celebrate before we start 2017 this weekend. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy looking back over the past year’s most popular posts! (In order from least- to most-viewed.)

Enjoy an end of the year roundup of the most viewed blog posts in 2016.

10. Craft Room Organization Tips

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In this post, designer team members Kimberly and Aly have a few tips to share with you for storing your favorite We R supplies. Aly starts things off with some DIY Party and Punch Board storage, and Kimberly shares how she packs her Crafter’s Shoulder Bag for on-the-go crafting. Check it out HERE!

9. Unique Ways to Use Washi Tape

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Washi tape has been a staple craft supply for several years now, and it just never gets old! Check out THIS POST with some great ideas for using washi tape in fun ways in your cards, layouts, and other craft projects.

8. DIY Mini Notebooks

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These little cuties are easy to make and super useful. They’re a great way to use up extra 3×4 journaling cards, and they make great gifts. CLICK HERE to learn how to make them with The Cinch binding tool.

7. Accordion Fold Mini Album with the Template Studio

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With the Template Studio, a sheet of poster board, and your favorite photos, papers, and embellishments, you can make an interactive 4×4 inch mini album perfect for documenting your own memories, or for gifting to a loved one. Grab a step-by-step tutorial on the blog HERE.

6. Pop Up Cupcake Card

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Check out THIS POST where you’ll learn how to use the DIY Party Honeycomb Pads and Stencils to make a fun interactive birthday card. Video tutorial included!

5. Cinch Baby Book

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Create a custom baby book with The Cinch binding tool. Keep track of monthly milestones and exciting events in a giftable mini album like THIS ONE.

4. Pop Up Birthday Cake Card

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Our Pop Up Dies make for fun interactive cards for birthdays, and celebrations of all kinds. CLICK HERE for a full tutorial.

3. Make Bows with the Envelope Punch Board

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This video tutorial for making bows with the Envelope Punch Board has been a long time favorite project on the blog. CLICK HERE to watch it yourself.

2. Envelope Punch Board Mini Album

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Not only was this envelope mini album the second most popular blog post this year, but it’s the second most popular post overall on the blog. Check it out HERE.

1. Scrapbook Layout: Photo Flipbook with Tabs

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This post featuring a photo flipbook indexed with tabs continues to be the most viewed post this year and for the past several years. You can find more photos and details HERE.

We hope you’ve enjoyed looking back at the blog over the past year, and we know you’re going to love the inspiration we have in store for you in 2017! Happy New Year friends! Have a safe and fun weekend.

2017 Desk Calendar [Free Printable]

Hello We R Fans, it’s Aly here today. Are you looking forward to the new year? I am, and I’ve been making some goals and getting some planning done. Since organization is on my brain, today I’m sharing a 2017 desk calendar along with a free printable if you’d like to make your own.

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I started by gathering my supplies: the printed and cropped calendar (which you can download below), some washi tape (1/2 inch wide), and a mini clipboard (or you can use method to bind it).

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DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE CALENDAR SHEETS HERE:

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I added a 3 inch long strip of 1/2 inch wide washi tape to each calendar page under the month. You could also add patterned paper, ribbon, or a border.

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I tried to select colors that represented each month, ie pink for February (Valentine’s Day), red for December (Christmas), etc.

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I used mostly pastels for spring, and more rich colors for fall.

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This easy desk calendar would make a great gift idea for friends or co-workers for the new year. You could also pull out your Cinch binding tool and a spiral binding wire. Thanks for stopping by today, and Happy 2017 friends!

Supplies:

Trim and Score Board
Animal Washi Tape Dispensers
Watercolor Washi Tape
Mini Clipboard

Year in Review Layout with the Fuse

Hello everyone, Wendy here today to share one last look at our 2016.  When I began looking at the pictures that told the story of our year I was baffled at how to get everything in one layout.  Thanks to my Fuse, I was able to print varying sizes of pictures based on their importance and clearly portray our year to the fullest.

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After printing my pictures in various sizes, I began working on this layout as if it was a puzzle.  Arranging things in the order they happened and so the sizes fit well in my spaces.  My next piece that I knew I wanted to include was the year punched from the Mini Alpha punch board.

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After establishing the basics of the layout, I used the Fuseables collection to dress up the empty spaces and bring unity to my layout through color and images.  I love that I didn’t have to take my different elements out of their spots, but instead I was able to fuse the items right to the front of my page, adding dimension and making my job so much easier!

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I had a lot of pictures of friendships we made this year that I wanted to include in the layout, but there wasn’t room for each individual picture.  Using the Fuse and the Instax waterfall photo sleeves, I was able to add in 5 additional pictures of friends that made a huge impact on our lives.

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Design Tip:  Adding different layers to a layout adds interest to your page and makes it stand out more.  In my page, I have the pieces in the photo sleeves, then I have the embellishments on top of the page fused on, and to add one more layer I chose to pop up the bird and add in an element that could sum up our year.

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Our year has been a whirlwind one, one full of change, but as a family we are thankful for all that we have experienced this year.  The friendships and adventures will always hold a dear spot in our hearts.  Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for a great year creating here with you all!

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Supplies:

Typecast card basics
Fuse Instax Waterfall Photo Sleeves
Fuseables Die Cut Shapes
Fuseables Embellished Cards and Envelopes
Photo Sleeve Fuse
Mini Alpha punch board

Happy New Year Photo Lights Display

Good morning We R readers. I can’t believe that this year is already coming to an end and we are getting ready to embark on a brand new fresh start. Once the holiday decor goes down, it can feel a little bare in my home so I like to add some warmth back in to keep away the cold, dreary days of winter.

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I love the new Photo Lights photo frames that were recently released. You print out your design on special backlit film that you can print out right from your home computer.

I thought it would be fun to create a glittery happy new year photo that I could display to celebrate the new year. I started by designing an 8 inch x 8 inch design in Photoshop Elements.

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Note: To use this photo, simply right-click and save the image.

The backlit photo paper comes in 8 ½ x 11 inch sheets. I printed my image and then trimmed it to fit on the frame.

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You can see right through the image, but it is still very clear.

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The photo frames are so easy to use. The front attaches with little magnets in each corner.

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Add your special photo paper to the frame, secure it to the front with the acrylic magnetic photo cover, add your batteries and turn it on. It even has a timer so you can have your frame turn on and off when you would like.

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I created a little light garland behind the frame using the DIY Party lights and some gold tassels. The DIY Party line makes it easy to add some sparkle and shine to any project.

The frame looks even prettier in person. It is sparkly and fun – perfect for ringing in the new year! And I can easily change out the frame when I am done celebrating.

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Supplies:

Photolights Frame

Photolights Backlit Film Paper

DIY Party Gold Glitter Light Strand

DIY Party Gold Pinata Pull Tab

 

New Year’s Eve Party Decor

Hello, We R friends! Tessa Buys here. I love setting up decorations for New Year’s Eve, and while the store-bought things are just fine, making my own is much more fun. This year, I was inspired by the “Kiss Kiss” paper from the Urban Chic collection to create a “kiss me at midnight” display:

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Using the DIY Party Rosette Punch, I made several rosettes from Urban Chic patterned papers, We R Memory Keepers cardstock, and Bazzill cardstock and foil papers.

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To make the rosettes you see here, you will need two sheets of each paper. Cut each 12×12 sheet in half (6” x 12”). Score three halves at 0.5” increments and use the rosette punch to add the detailed edge. Fold and attach the three 6” x 12” pieces together to form the rosette. For the smaller rosettes, cut the last 6” x 12” piece in half again (3” x 12”). Score the two pieces at 0.5” intervals, use the rosette punch to create the decorative edge, then secure together to form a rosette. I added a silver foil cardstock circle to the center of each rosette for some extra shine.

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I couldn’t stop at the rosettes, so I made banners, too! For the “kiss me at midnight” banners, I used a piece of Bazzill pink foil cardstock and the Mini Alphabet Punch Board. I punched each letter according to the directions, and added the decorative notches with the punch board. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch two holes in each letter and strung the letters on silver ribbon.

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To make the “2017” banner, I used the regular sized Alphabet Punch Board to punch the numbers from plain, white cardstock. Next, I used the DIY Party Confetti Punch to punch a lot of confetti from the silver foil cardstock that I used earlier. I covered the “2” and “1” with adhesive and placed one little piece of confetti at a time. It took a while, but the mirror ball-like effect was definitely worth it! I used DIY Party fringe tape in silver to cover the “0” and the “7”.

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There’s no need to go to the party store for décor when you can make your own! We R Memory Keepers DIY Party tools make it so easy and fun. Happy creating and Happy New Year!

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Supplies:

Kiss Kiss Urban Chic Patterned Paper

Hello Love Urban Chic Patterned Paper

5th Ave Urban Chic Patterned Paper

Crop-o-Dile

Trim and Score Board

Alphabet Punch Board

Mini Alphabet Punch Board

DIY Party Fringe Tape Silver

DIY Party Rosette Punch

DIY Party Confetti Punch

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer: Gina Lideros

Hello, and happy Friday friends! Today we’re lucky to have guest designer Gina Lideros with us. Get to know a little more about her, and then scroll down to check out the lovely Christmas Goodie Bags she made with our Scallop Goodie Bag Guide and Christmas Glassine Papers.

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I started scrapbooking back in 1996 when supplies were limited. Back then it was mostly stickers, decorative scissors and colored cardstock. It has been so fun to watch this industry change and grow over the years and grow with it. I am passionate about scrapbooking and photography and I love sharing it with others. I have been fortunate enough to study photography and work with Canon as a Special Projects Representative to train store employees in digital photography. I currently enjoying being on a few design teams while I share my love for scrapbooking and photography with others.
Favorite We R product:   I love the original crop-a-dile tool.  It is always a favorite go-to and must need in my tool supplies.  I’ve had my crop-a-dile for over 5 years and it is still going strong!
Favorite scrapbooking/papercraft tip:  My favorite scrapbooking/papercrafting tip is to keep your supplies organized.  This way they are always easy to find and access for that last minute
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Hello everyone!  Gina Lideros here, and I am so excited to be the guest designer this month.  I was invited to create a couple of treat bags using the Scalloped Oh Goodie Bag Guide tool as well as the glassine papers and accessories.
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The Oh Goodie Collection has everything that you need to make easy treat bags.  I used the scalloped tool guide along with the Oh Goodie Christmas themed glassine papers to make holiday treat bags for family and friends.
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The tool cuts the glassine paper so easily, the possibilities are endless.  After using the tool on the tops and bottoms of my bag I then folded the sides over and used my Sticky Thumb adhesive roller to glue the sides shut.
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I filled my treat bags with candy, confetti and gift cards for loved ones.
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I just love how these treat bags came out.  So festive and much more personable then just gifting a gift card.  Have you tried making your own treat bags for friends and family?

Holiday Treat Piñatas

Hello We R friends and happy holidays to you all.

I’m sure many of you will be preparing special treats to take with you to gatherings or for simply enjoying while snuggling up on the couch!

It is has become a bit of a tradition in my circle of friends to gather together and celebrate the passing of another year while enjoying delicious food and of course, each other’s company. For our annual get together, I am going to bring along some tree-shaped cereal treats which are a snap to prepare and to show them off, I’m complimenting my plate with a custom Christmas Tree Mini Piñatas.

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These little piñata kits are new additions to the oh-so-fun DIY Party Mini Piñata collection.

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You will find everything you need to put them together in one convenient kit. They are a great way to whip up some charming décor and are an easy and fun activity for kids!

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What Christmas tree is complete without some twinkling fairy lights? Mine has been given a bit of a customization in the form of some battery-operated lights, hidden inside the piñata shape.

To start off, I traced a rough idea of where I wanted my light string to be on the tree. I then punched some holes into the card with a paper piercer, (which I made slightly larger with the back of a pencil so as to accommodate the LED bulbs.) I opened the bottom of the tree up, extending the opening/closing flap part so I could fit my hand inside. I then popped a little light bulb into each of the holes I had just made. The excess bulbs were tucked inside the piñata and the battery pack placed near the opening for easy access.

I then went about decorating my tree with fringe tape, carefully working around the bulbs sticking out. As a final touch, I popped on some stickers, which come included in the kit. With enough supplies to create 3 Christmas Trees, you can really have fun decorating each one differently

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Here you can see a peek of how the lights are stored inside the piñata. This was a string of 20 lights, which fit inside comfortably.

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Switch them on, and my little tree comes alive!

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I’m sure you’ll agree that these shapes are just so adorable! What’s fun about including the lights inside, is that once these goodies are all gobbled up, I can keep my little tree on my desk or as part of our holiday décor in our home.

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I just love the little light show dancing off the servingware.

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These DIY Party Mini Piñatas also come in this super cute snowman shape. Best of all, he won’t be melting anytime soon!

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If you want to make these yummy cereal treats, here is the recipe, which I found online:

 

Ingredients:

4 cups miniature marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal (or equivalent)

Green food colouring

Sprinkles/decorations

 

Instructions:

Prepare a baking tray by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with cooking spray.

 

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.

 

Add the marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted. Stir in the green food coloring.

 

Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies.

 

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a piece of wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray, press the mixture firmly into the pan.

 

Allow it to cool completely. Lift the foil from the pan and cut out shapes by hand or with a cookie cutter.

 

Decorate with frosting (I used icing sugar mixed with a bit of water) and sprinkles.

 

Store in an airtight container for up to three days.

 

Tip: Work quickly or the marshmallows will start to go stringy.

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Wishing you and your families joy and peace

Chantalle

 

Supplies:

Mini Pinata Kit – Christmas Tree

Christmas Cookie Boxes & Recipe

Hello everyone!  It’s Eva here today bringing you a fun Cookie Box with a hidden message inside.

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I have always loved to bake. In fact, before scrapbooking, I spent most of my free time cross stitching and baking.  Cookies are one of my favorite things to make (and EAT) during the holidays, so I always prepare a batch or two of simple sugar cookies. I think they are delicious and you can decorate them with kids–it’s a super fun activity! (I have copied my recipe at the end of this post)

A small box of homemade cookies it is a wonderful gift for friends, neighbors or for someone you want to thank for what he or she has done for you during the year.  Make your box with your 123 Punch Board and some pretty patterned paper. I am using the Holly Jolly line by our sister brand at Pebbles Inc. The boxes are very easy to make. You don’t need to glue or cut anything, the punch board does everything for you!

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To make the hidden message, use your Mini Alphabet Punch Board to spell your word or phrase. My message is going to be “Fa La La”

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With an embroidery needle and some twine create your vertical message.

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Attach the end of your twine to the bottom of your box with some washi tape.

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Place your cookies inside your box and wrap them with a strip of corrugated cardstock

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Close your boxes and decorate them with twine, ribbon or a bow made with the 1,2,3 Punch Board and some gold acetate from the Clearly Posh collection.

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I placed my message on top of my cookies so when you open the box it is the first thing you see. I glued two “Enjoy” stickers together to lift the message easily.

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You could spell the recipient’s name or another phrase and adapt the box to other holidays like Valentine’s or Thanksgiving.

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And there you have it! Cute boxes in minutes with the help of a few We R tools. The 1,2,3 Punch Board is one of my favorites! What’s your favorite Punch Board?

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Have a great day!

Eva

 

Supplies:

1,2, 3 Punch Board
Clearly Posh 6 x 6 Paper Pad
Typecast Typewriter
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
DIY Party Confetti

 

Sugar Cookies

For the cookies:

400 grams sifted flour, 220 grams butter, 200 grams sugar, 2 eggs, pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, zest of 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the icing: mix together 1 egg white and juice of half a lemon. Add powder sugar until desired consistency.

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, lemon zest and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 370 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely and cover with icing.

 

Christmas Treat Bags & Recipe

Hello We R Fans! Kimberly here today with handmade treat bags for giving a homemade sweet treat, plus scroll down for the recipe if you want to make some yourself! The Scallop Goodie Bag Guide, along with Glassine 12×12 Papers make quick and easy treat bags. I always say that making these projects is easy, but We R Memory Keeper’s tools really do make beautiful and thoughtful gift-giving simple!

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I started with the snowflake glassine paper from the Holiday Classics pack along with the Scallop Goodie Bag Guide. Following the easy instructions included with the tool, my basic treat bags were done in minutes.

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To begin, the food-safe glassine paper is torn along the guide, both at the top and bottom of the paper. This guide leaves a scallop finish to the edges. Then the straight edge is used to create the folds. Adhere the edges closed, and the bag is finished.

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After making the treat bags, I decorated the fronts. On both bags strips of Chevron Washi Tape were added. On this bag chipboard heart stickers and a “xoxo” sticker was used. I love the gold shine from the stickers! So, festive!

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On this bag, I spelled out “for you” with Thickers. A starburst closure and a gold bow finished things off.

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Once my treat was put inside the bag, I closed the bag with a sticker. It’s a nice finishing touch.

Inside each of the bags is homemade caramel popcorn. It’s a special family treat that was always made to enjoy on Christmas Eve at my great-aunt’s house. As we waited for Santa to arrive, she would fill bowls full of popcorn. It’s a tradition and memory that brings a smile to my face every time. I have shared the recipe with you below. It’s a sweet treat meant for sharing!

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What treats do you like to give to friends, loved ones, and neighbors during the holidays?

 

Supplies:

Scallop Goodie Bag Guide

Oh Goodie! Glassine Paper Pack-Holiday Classics

Oh Goodie! Gold Foil Stickers

Oh Goodie! Starburst Closures

Chevron Washi Tape-Tomato

Clearly Posh Acetate Bows

Crush Collection Gold Thickers Gold Foil Alphabet

Crush Collection Gold Thickers Words

 

Caramel Popcorn Recipe:

6 quarts of popped popcorn

2 sticks butter

2 cups brown sugar

½ cup corn syrup

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 TBSP butter

Place popped corn in a large roasting pan or two metal cake pans. Do not use glass pans.

Bring sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and baking soda. Stir. It will rise and double in amount.

Pour the mixture over the popcorn. Stir and evenly coat the popcorn. Bake in a 200-degree oven for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Once cool, store in an air tight container until ready to give or serve.

Photo Lights Winner!

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Happy Monday friends, and thanks to everyone who entered our Photo Lights giveaway! We’ve selected a random winner to receive the bundle shown above, and that winner is…

 

This would be really cute to set up on a buffet or dessert table. Cute. Merry Christmas

 

Congratulations Brenda! Please send an email to alyd@americancrafts.com with “Photo Lights Winner” in the subject line. Include your name and shipping address, and we’ll get you your prize asap. Enjoy!