Ringing in the New Year with…

January 4, 2010 by  
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Cari Locken!

1. What is your most treasured Holiday memory?
When my grandparents could spend Christmas with our family and meet our oldest child. That was the only one that they were able to see in person. So I treasure that memory!

2. Do you have any special Holiday traditions that are unique to you and your family?
We like to do an advent calendar every year. Chopping down our own Christmas tree. Baking and eating certain foods only at this time of year.
Well, we just started this but it will be a fun tradition to continue for many years. We were given a pickle tree ornament. You hang it on the tree on Christmas Eve and the 1st child to find it on the tree (in the morning) gets an extra present! … and trust me -this thing is hard to find!

3. What kind of {scrapbooking} projects are you creating this year for this Holiday Season?
I made christmas cards this year but nothing else. That was it!

Cari is sharing this beautiful card with us today. The white cardstock and embossing is really classic…a perfect way to ring in the new year.

We’re counting down until the New Year…

December 29, 2009 by  
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… with Kim Moreno!

1. What is your most treasured Holiday memory? It had to be when I had all my kids together at the house with all the grandkids.

2. Do you have any special Holiday traditions that are unique to you and your family? The kids always open a package after church on Christmas Eve service. They laid out cookies and milk for Santa. I decorate the outside of the house like the Grizwalds – about 50+ strands of lights. I have tons of Christmas decorations.

3. What kind of {scrapbooking} projects are you creating this year for this Holiday Season?
I am (still) working on two mini albums for my nieces for Christmas. I make around 50 Christmas cards for family and all the people I work with.

The second to last day of our Countdown has arrived…

December 23, 2009 by  
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And here on the East Coast it is cooooooooold and we just got hit with a ton of snow! We have our final day for the countdown today with Ellen Sosnoski.

Make sure you check back later this week…we will still be blogging!

1. What is your most treasured Holiday memory? My favorite Holiday memory is making cookies with my Grandma and Aunt Sandra. Every year I would go over to one of their houses and we would bake ALL day. We made THREE batches of butter cookies. Since I was the young one, I had to mix everything {you have to do it by hand at the end} and I would have to do the cookie press. I still swear til this day that they just used me for my muscles ;) But seriously…it was “our thing” and even when I was in college I would go over on Thanksgiving break before I left and we would bake the day away. This is the first year we made Grandma’s butter cookies without her.

2. Do you have any special Holiday traditions that are unique to you and your family? We have started some on our own, one of the most fun ones is the Pickle. There is a German tradition to hide the pickle ornament on the tree and the first one up that finds it gets a special present. Owen and I also make some kind of Gingerbread structure every year…this year we are making a train.

3. What kind of {scrapbooking} projects are you creating this year for this Holiday Season? I did a lot of hand crafted things this year…a lot more than other years. I did a few ornaments, some altered tins for gifts and an advent wall hanging. No cards though, I still order them ;)

Here is a little Wall Hanging I did using some Chocolate box Cardstock:

Lydia is up next for our Holiday Countdown!

December 21, 2009 by  
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Make sure you check out Lydia Jackson’s gallery here.

1. What is your most treasured Holiday memory?
One of my most cherished Christmas memories is a bit of a sad one. The year my Dad died Christmas was very quiet there was just my mother, my brother and I. We spend all of Christmas morning in my Mothers bed and my brother and I took turns going down stairs to fetch a gift for each of us from under the tree. It stands out in my mind as really special becuase it was truly one of the most relaxed Christmas’s. It was about comfort and Joy. It was not loud and crazy there were no big meals to plan and no where for us to go. Now don’t get me wrong I love the crazy loud christmas’s. The whole family thing and running around. But this one Christmas, was just what my broken heart needed at the time, A Peaceful, warm and safe white Christmas.

2. Do you have any special Holiday traditions that are unique to you and your family? We have one of the coolest holiday traditions, every year we make Christmas Strawberries. These Tasty treats are mostly made of coconut and are topped with a green cherry and green tooth pick. They are a ton of fun to make with the kids and are delicious. I have never come across anything like them, it has been a secret family recipes for as long as I can remember.

3. What holiday crafts are you creating for this festive season.
This year I have been having so much fun crafting. I have sewed two gifts. {sorry I can’t share those until after christmas, you never know who will see this} I have made an advent Calender and I am hosting a Christmas Card making party at my house this week. On top of that I am doing some fun daily crafts with the kids. We are making Foam snowmen, paper snowflakes, painting toy trains and pipe cleaner garlands. There is an activity for every day in advent.

Here is a layout Lydia did for the Holidays. If you can’t get excited for the Holidays from this sweet face than I don’t think there is hope for you! ;)

The Core’dinations Countdown to Christmas continues….

December 17, 2009 by  
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… with the wonderful Heather Bowser!

1. What is your most treasured Holiday memory? When I was little on Christmas Day after the presents were all opened we would go to see a Disney movie.

2. Do you have any special Holiday traditions that are unique to you and your family? It is not unique but we look forward to going to a tree farm to cut down our tree. Now that we have teenage boys they get to do the cutting. We love to decorate cookies and we do an advent with the children. and on Christmas morning we read the Chrismas story from the book of Luke.

3. What kind of holiday crafts are you making this year? For gifts I made a pin for my Grandma. She is a Red Hat Lady and my Mom bought her a purple coat and I made a pin from a tutorial at www.heatherbailey.typepad.com

I used a Sizzix die and my big shot to cut out the box template. I then ran the template through my big shot again with the Cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder. I lightly sanded the dots. I assembled the box and added ribbon. I stamped and punched out the tag, adding glitter for sparkle.

Here is a close-up:

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