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melissa's and mishie's 12 days of christmas

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Hi everyone! Today I was invited to play along with Melissa and Mish for their 12 days of Christmas posts that they have been sharing - Dawn is playing today too! Today is day 10 and the theme is stocking stuffers and gifts for girls.


The project/gift that I have to share today is something that I give to my girls every year - and ornament with a picture from the current year. They both have a collection of these ornaments and I know that when they are older, they will love looking back at all of the ornaments and how they looked as they were growing up each year. I found the frames last year after the season and snapped them up - who can't resist a little buttoned up frame? You could definitely do something similar yourself by just getting a plain frame and glueing buttons onto it too!


I made a tag to attach to each frame that has their name and the year along with this super fun and festive Santa from Hero Arts. The date stamp is from my MSS: Library Ledger stamp set and the alphabet that I used to add the girls names is from Hero Arts.


I die cut the snowflake from my Peace be Still die set from a lightweight coasterboard that I purchased here. I wasn't sure that the die would cut through, but it did! I also cut a circle of the lightweight coasterboard to layer behind the red patterned paper. That makes this tag extra durable and an ornament in itself.


The present is paper pieced with patterned papers by My Minds Eye and Basic grey.


I covered the snowflakes with Mika flakes - I been on the search for these since Betsy shared holiday projects that included them. I finally found them at my local craft store - they were called "Retro Flakes" and I got a nice big container of them to last me a long time.


Here's a look at the back of the tag/ornament. I attached another snowflake from my Peace be Still die set with a snowflake brad and red button layered on top.

And now... Mishie and Melissa have been sharing holiday recipes with all of you and Mish said that I should include one too. I really, really am not much of a cook. I do make cookies once in a while, but usually under supervision ;)

If you are like me, you will LOVE this recipe for these frosted sugar cookies:


Get in your car and drive to your nearest grocery store (I usually stop by my local Target...)

Head over to the bakery area. Scope out the cookie selection. Think about the color theme you are going for... 

Choose a box of frosted cookies, grab one more just in case.

At home, get out a festive Christmas plate (or any plate.)

Arrange cookies on the plate.

Rest. And eat cookies from the extra box you bought.