Tuesday, December 15, 2009


We hope that you enjoyed our Christmas Blog Hop last week and were inspired by our lovely Design Team's Cards and Projects! Remember you have until Midnight tonight to enter your name in Mr. Linky for the Blog Hop and the Sketch Challenge if you haven't done so already. Thank you so much to all of you that participated. We really enjoyed viewing all your wonderful comments and appreciated your flattering responses. We will be randomly drawing names tomorrow for the prizes and announcing the winners on Friday. Good Luck to all of you who entered and be sure to check back for the winners.

This week we have another little treat for you. Our design team chose to feature a "Baking" theme with our sketch this week. Lots of people bake for the Holidays and share their yummy goodies with family and friends. We wanted to share with you a way to present those homemade gifts. This is a tradition in many a households that sure has been made easier with today's premade cookie doughs found in your grocer's dairy case. But, there is nothing like the smell and taste of made from scratch cookies. They fill your home with the fragrance of spices and chocolate. They can be crisp, buttery, rolled, glazed, sprinkled, frosted, decorated, filled with jelly, coconut or nuts and even fried. So, with that in mind, be sure to check each of our Design Team's blogs because we have shared with you some of our favorite cookie recipes for the Holiday Season.
Our Gold Star Winner Winner this week is:
#73 Jessica G
Our Remarkables this week are:
#37 Mrs. Plum
#64 Vickie (basement stamper)
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Here is my project for this week.....hope you like it!

I decided to re-use a little box I had laying around and make it into a cookie holder. I love to be able to recycle things that I have around the house, don't you?  I used a couple of Dustin Pike's adorable gingerbread girlies and chose to make the box in my favorite color.....pink! I have to admit, I just love how this one turned out!
The box top opens up to reveal the recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on a little tag card, the directions for the recipe are on the back of the tag. The top little gingerbread girlie is the gift tag where you can write your own sentiments. The box itself....well it's full of cookies of course, both Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin!!! Well it was when I took the photos! On the back and front of the box are candy canes...and they are still there!!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually beat into butter mixture. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Cool slightly, remove from sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Enjoy them!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I truly appreciate all the lovely comments you leave me each week!
Have a wonderful week!


  1. This is so soft and beautiful CharlottE!!! Waht a wonderful gift for someone!! So many elegant details!! Stunning design!! Love it!! Do you need my address. Tee hee!! Sweet gingerbread image and all your embellishments go so will with the baking theme!! Awesome job on this week's challenge!!

  2. Hi Charlotte!! WOWZER!! This is sooo gorgeous and so very elegant!! I love the pretty ribbons and colors!! The image is so darling!! I certainly love your yummy treats as well!! Thanks for the recipe!! :) Beautiful take on the challenge and thanks so much for choosing me for a remarkable award hun!! HUGS

  3. This is awesome Charlotte. I love how you incorporated the recipes in this box. It is just spectacular and what a wonderful gift to give to someone special. Fabulous job!


  4. Love your cute treat box! Beautiful colors, papers and gorgeous ribbon!! You always do such wonderful work. Thanks for sharing with us! I hope that you and your family have a beautiful Christmas!!


  5. I LOVED how your box treat holder turned out, what a vision you had girl!! Love the colors you picked and the 'from our house' very nice touch. Whoever gets this is very lucky, cookies and a keepsake!! Holiday Blessings, Jane

  6. Charlotte, you've gone above and beyond with this project! Wow! So many special details and embellishments! I love the little cookie cutters. :) And did I mention I LOVE Oatmeal Cookies! :) Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hugs! Michelle

  7. Hi Charlotte - this is just amazing and totally gorgeous - I always love your work and it just seems to get more amazing each week - how do you do it!?!? Your recipe looks so-o-o YUMBLY - my blood sugars have gone off the chart just reading it! LOL! Such cute images and so perfect with the lovely shades of pink! Absolutely gorgeous Charlotte - oh, and the card too! LOL! Thanks for sharing and always inspiring! God bless you my friend! {{{HUGS}}}

  8. wonderful job saw it on dustin blog and had to jump over to read all the details great job.

  9. Yummmmmy!!! Your box is amazing Charlotte!!! I love the colors, and the added details you've put on this lovely box!!! How do you do such fabulous things so quickly?! My goodness, I keep going back to look at it and admire it! And the ribbon is LOVELY! This is such a wonderful gift Charlotte! As for the cookies ... oh my ... they look like they'd be gone in about 10 minutes with me. LOL! Absolutely scrumptious!!! Any person who recieves your box is going to be TICKLED PINK and touched by such a beautiful gesture. :) I love this Charlotte!!!! I can't wait to see what you make next!
    Big Hugs to You my Friend,

  10. A most elegant and adorable gift -- you've given great attention to every detail right down to the last little bit of ribbon. Thanks for sharing.

  11. this is adorable, I luv boxes and cookies.....great combo...have a wonderful weekend!

    enjoy *~*

  12. I tried your delish recipe and blogged about it.
    Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe...my mom especially loved them!

  13. This is adorable Charlotte! So soft and pretty. The images fits so perfect, and they are quties!

    I want to wish you and your family a very merry christmas!


  14. Hi Charlotte :) You have inspired me to use some of the boxes I have saved that are lying around my house LOL Love how you used the candycane on your box. You are such a valued DT Memeber..thank you for being on this team. I wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas.

  15. Aww, this project is superb! Love the papers, gingerbread image and all the little details.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Alex from England x

  16. This is gorgous, cant wait to have ago


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