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Gensis Toys has introduced this 18″ interactive doll is sure to quickly become your daughters best friend. My Friend Cayla Party Time offers hours of imaginative play complete with Birthday party accessories. Your child will interact with Cayla through your media device and will even talk to her.

And for the first time My Friend Cayla is featuring My Touch Technology™, helping Cayla to magically recognize and talk about her accessories, and no smart device is needed for this. Simply place the accessory in her hand and Cayla will interact with your child about that object.

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Download Cayla’s App and she can do even more amazing things. This amazing doll can talk with your child, play games, read stories, and tell you about photos in her phot albums. This amazing doll is available at store

 

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Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming at Skimmerhorn Studio.  These glass ornaments will be going to a gallery in Okotoks, AB in time for their Spirit of Christmas show.

 

 

Skimmerhorn Studio

Skimmerhorn Studio

Wordless Wednesday (late!)

Heading Home

Heading Home!

Wordless Wednesday

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Family Christmas Traditions

There are so many great family traditions, especially centered around the holidays.

I have always loved to bake and the traditions of baking certain recipes was an easy one for me to keep.  Handed down from my Mom and my handyman’s Mom are treasured recipes for Christmas cookies.  There are also a few grownup recipes too.  Like Butter Tarts!  mmmm I still remember having those around the Christmas Table.  I think they were my Dad’s favourite.  Butter Tarts

The best recipes are ones that are just a little tacky looking!  Maybe a few thumbprints over the years.  Or written out on scraps of paper!  Some of mine were typed on an old manual…remember what those were?   A couple of my recipes were given to me in a recipe box that I received from a dear friend for my bridal shower.  Oh I love the memories.  Looking at these and using them help to keep the love alive.  Old recipes

Shortbread, one of my favourites, is a recipe I found many years ago and have tweaked till it’s mine.  Do I have to share?

The Jam-Jams are from my Mom.  She loved to spoil “her boys” as she called them and my sweetheart was thoroughly spoiled by her.  So guess who has to make them ever year now?  They are a soft molasses sandwich with homemade jam in the middle.  So Rich!Shortbread and Jam Jams

And last but never least, are “Mom’s Christmas Cookies for Tiny Tots”.  This was from my mother in law.  It is the best sugar cookie recipe ever.  doubled it makes tons of cookies.  We often try to have a cookie decorating day with the grand boys.  As you can see, I have yet to start these cookies.  They are mixed and thinking in the fridge, waiting for me to start.  Cookie Cutters

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Easy, Mailable Christmas Cards

Do you mail out Christmas Cards?  My sister was telling me how many she has going out.  Forty or more just in Canada, then there are some going to the UK, Australia and the US.  I thought she may have to take out a second mortgage just to get them all sent!

I do love to receive cards but find that over the years and too many moves to count, we have lost track of friends over the years.  I still send out a few, those determined to keep track of us!

Handmade cards are still my favourite to send.  They can be expensive and a bit of a pain to mail however.  Canada Post likes to stuff your envelopes through this tiny slot to see if it “measures up”.  And that is the trick with handmade cards.  All those lovey embellishments that stick up or poke out just don’t make the tiny slot and you end up paying more for each envelope.

Here is a bright wintery card that will definitely make the grade this year.  What do you think?Christmas Cards 5

The stamped image is on watercolour paper.  I like to use watercolour paper because of the quality and the ability to wet it without having the paper curl on you. This does not have to be expensive paper.  You can buy a relatively cheap paper from almost any department store, or wait until Michael’s has a coupon.  I buy the Canson cold press pad.  It is 140lb, acid free.

Next I scored the a sheet into rectangles 3.5×4.5  This was just enough to print one image, the Christmas Tree.  I got six trees from one sheet of 9×12 paper.

Using a juicy ink, my white is hardly ever used so was perfect, I stamped the tree in the center of a couple of the rectangles.  Because I was going to emboss the trees, I only did two at a time.

With all the trees done in silver embossing, I was ready for the colour.  You can use petty much anything to add colour.  I used my Acrylic paints as they were bright and intense.  If you like a softer look, watercolour or pencil crayons would work.  For more intense the copic pens would be great as well.  But, as you know, I love to splash paint around and so used my Acrylics.Christmas Cards 4

The paint exceeded all my expectations.  I loved the look and how the colours blended into one another, without rolling out over the edges of the embossed tree.  While the last two were wet, I tried to sprinkle over some silver glitter.  Ha!  Glitter Dump!  It was fun.

The background was from my stash.  I cut them 4×5.25, smaller than my 4.25×5.5 cards but larger than the rectangle trees.  The edges are just run over with some matching ink.Christmas Cards 3

There are no embellishments of any kind, but the embossing power and the brilliant colours make the tree stand out.  I love them.

Do you send out cards?  Bought or handmade?

 

 

DIY Easy Christmas Card

With all the Christmas decorations going up in stores and the touch of white stuff on the hills, I want to start all things Christmas!

On Penny Black blog there are so many great designers and ideas that it is hard to pick.  There was one called Frosty, Cool Colors I just had to try.  Of course, I did not have their great design stamp or for that matter any of the materials.  In fact this is pretty much not like theirs at all.  But it did inspire me to try and make something like that.

Here is what I used.

Watercolour paper – these were pages that the original painting was, well let’s say “not up to par”.  I cut them 1/4 inch smaller all around than the card I was placing them on.

Watercolour

Watercolour

Next I swished water over (on the clean back side!) in a back and forth slant, not really filling in or covering my paper.  On to this, I dropped or splatted four different colour blue paints from my palette and let it run where it wanted to.  Once all the colour was dropped in, I took a blow dryer to it.  I am terribly patient that way.

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I stamped on the Christmas/Winter design from my Close To My Heart Stamps and poured over silver embossing power. My stamps were not as loose and airy as the one in Frosty, Cool Colors but I was still pleased with the results.

Next I managed to find some Close To My Heart paper.  This was a feat as most of my studio is still stuffed into the front porch, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do!   Christmas Cards 6

Don’t you just love those colours?  I cut the background paper the same size as the card and used some thin glue dots to attach both the background and the picture.  It was such a fast easy method and I think the results are great.

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Are you sending cards this year?  Will you make your own?

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