Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ginny's Cookie Treats

Something a little different for my project today.  This is a gift basket for our local Abuse & Rape Crisis Center.  They're having their annual silent auction on Saturday so my two sisters (in-law), Pam & Judy & I decided we wanted to make a donation.  Pam & Judy provided most of the material & I assembled it.  Judy gave the basket, bead board, faux cookie & a bunch of white & green pine picks.  You can see the faux cookie hanging on the front of the basket.  I happened to have twill ribbon with gingerbread men & candy canes so I hot glued it around the top of the basket

Pam was selling her collection of Department 56 lighted houses so she donated Ginny's Cookie Treats from Elf Land which is part of the North Pole Series.  This is a limited edition set of 7 which I think came out & retired in 2000.  It includes a lighted building, 3 pine trees, 2 figurines and a bag of snow.   We collected these buildings back in the 90's.  My attic is full of them & what a shame I don't put them up any more.  My grandson, Zach found them in the attic & is insisting we set it up.  Now that he's older I may put some of them up this year.

In the bottom of the basket I put in 2 layers of 2" white bead board.  This stuff is easy to shape & will hold picks & trees plus you can even shape it with a wire brush to build mountains.  Of course that can get a little messy.  The building has a couple of small holes in the bottom so I poked shortened wooden skewers into the bead board and slipped the building over them to anchor it down.  From there I added the white & pine picks in the background & put the bead picks in between. I wove the red bead garland in through the trees.  Next, the figurines & trees that came with the set are hot glued in place.  I also added a bag of flour (behind the sign) & sugar.  Finding accessories that are scale is very hard but if you're baking alot of cookies would you want BIG bags of flour & s ugar?.  Once everything was in place, I sprinkled 

Viola, you have a whimsical Christmas scene! 

Sorry this post has odd spaces...I had problems tonight.

Thanks & hope you enjoyed looking.