Saturday, November 21, 2009

First ever Paper Garden Projects Holiday Hop!

Welcome to the first ever
Paper G
arden Projects Garden Walk blog hop!

Makin' a list, Checkin' it twice!

This will get you in shape for your holiday list checking. ;o)
We know you've been nice & never naughty, so
to win some goodies, please just:

1) Follow the hop order (below)--visit the Paper Gardeners' blogs & subscribe
2) Make a little list with the designers and their treats on it
3) Email to by midnight-EST Nov 24

1...Blog hop prize information
2...Candy Cane cookie land (cookie tin gift idea)
3...Cookie recipe (Walnut Shorbread with Candy Cane)
4...Blog hop order

prize info

Here's all the prize info, courtesy of Cathy:

"Everyone who sends the correct list of designers and treats will be entered in a random drawing to win one of 3 prizes. You need to send an e-mail to the address above; please don't leave your list as a comment. You have until midnight (EST) on Nov. 24 to make your list and check it twice....

The first prize is a festive collection of Holiday paper crafting goodies.

The prize includes:
The second prize is a $7 gift certificate to the Paper Garden Projects store.
The third prize is a $5 gift certificate to the Paper Garden Projects store."

Candy Cane Cookie Land

PGP candy cane hop CLOSE mel stampz

This is a speedy project to dress up holiday baking. And these sweet tins from Paper Garden Projects are the perfect size for cookie giving--you won't be cursed silently for an over-sized box of confections that will shatter someone's diet. LOL.

from Paper Garden Projects
Step 1) Wash out the tin.

Step 2) Stamp the Winter Neighbourhood image and emboss it. Two Winter Neighbourhood images fit perfectly around these tins.

Step 3)
Colour it. I used Copics in shades of Candy Cane. :o)

Step 4) Add puffy velvet pen snow

Step 5) Add quickie glue & glitter to the snow

Step 6) Cut the neighbourhood out

Step 7) Adhere it to the bottom of the tin

mmmmmm..... Cookies!

Your diet is gonna hate me! The cold butter & baking until golden makes this a delightfully crispy shortbread & the walnuts give it a bit of a twist.

Walnut Shortbread with Candy Cane

1 cup butter cold
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup finely ground walnuts
1 1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup icing sugar
1 pinch salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Crushed candy canes (to top)

1) Add cold butter (chopped up into pieces 1" or less) & sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat some

2) Add ground walnuts & vanilla to the mix. Beat some more.

3) Sift dry ingredients (flour, icing sugar, pinch salt, & cinnamon.)

4) Beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture in 3 parts. Whip well with your beater for flaky crispy cookies.

5) Shape into balls & flatten with a cookie press, a very clean stamp, the bottom of a glass...or your hands. Top with crushed candy canes.

6) Place 1" apart on an ungreased Cookie sheet & bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 15-20 minutes (or until golden.)

7) After baking, put them in the tins...and give them away as soon as humanly possible. LOL ;o)

PGP candy cane hop mel stampz


Thanks so much for stopping in!
Hope your day is a sweet one,


Rhonda Miller said...

Mel, I love the cookies tin. What a cute gift idea. TFS.

CraftyFoody said...

Love the tin and the cookies look so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Tracy Durcan said...

What a fantastic idea to use the winter scene around the tin!! Love it!

Cathy at Paper Garden Projects said...

Oh Mel! Awesome idea for those tins. I love that winter-y scene and its perfect with the tin!

Cindy said...

Fabulous tin, Mel!! Ummm... yeah.... those cookies are definitely not on my diet, but oh so tempting!!

lisa808 said...

Cute & yummy!

sgute said...

This is very cute. You did a good job. Cookies sound and look good also!TFS

Kathlene said...

I always make homemade cookies for neighbors and friends at Christmas, but usually doll up a pretty paper plate. I am just LOVING this tin idea and what a darling one you've created. Thanks, Mel!

Lee - grandmalee said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy! Everything is so beautiful & TFS the recipe, too! I need one of those puffy velvet snow pens.

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

wow, is this ever adorable, I luv it!

enjoy *~*

Tricia said...

What fun! That tin is so cute and the cookies look scrumptious!! TFS!!

Stacy said...

YUMMY! Such a pretty idea!

Debbie, said...

Oh my! This is the cutest tin ever! I love the 3D effect with the snow and glitter. Now if I could only resist those cookies!

MD said...


DiVaS iN ReCycLinG said...

OMG! Great idea! thanks for sharing!


Beth said...

OMG GF this is so cut and I hope you saved me some of those yummy looking cookies thanks Mel for the recipe I am going to try these.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an amazing tin, must have taken you hours, and those cookies look pretty yummy!

sandi maciver said...

OMGOsh, you did an absolutely incredible job on that tin, after all that work, I would hate to give it away.....yummy cookies too.

Lisa said...

What a beautiful tin! Love all the texture. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas!

khunter47 said...

Love your cookie tin. Thanks for sharing the idea and the recipe.


Maria said...

Hey Mel! Oh my gosh, those cookies look very yummy as is your container. What a fabulous gift. I love that you created a scenic design around the tin! What a fantastic idea! You always come up with such fun stuff!

Hope you are doing well!!


Carol said...

Wow, the work you put into your projects!

Shaela said...

adorable tin - thanks for all the great "recipes"!

margie c said...

This is such a sweet and fab gift idea! and thank you for also sharing the recipe ;)

~ margie

Amber said...

Oh Mel this is adorable!!! You are so crafty and talented! Happy blog hopping!

Dawn said...

too stinkin' cute and those cookies sound ever so delish!!!!!

Magia da Inês said...

Olá amiga!
Conheci seu cantinho e é tudo de bom!...
Que trabalho mais belo, original e inspirador!
Parabéns pelo seu talento!
Espero sua visita em:
Um ótimo domingo!
Uma ótima semana!
Beijinhos carinhosos.
Itabira - Brasil

mawmaw2-4 said...

I love the tin and the recipe! Gave me a great gift idea!

Anonymous said...

Love this darling festive gift! Perfect size!

Kim Etherington said...

I just love this little tin. It's absolutely adorable and awesome. I would never have guessed it to be so small in size. Great pictures! What a cute little gift to bring to someones house over the holidays.

Elena said...

Oh, Mel, I love how you decorated this cookies tin! Thank you so much for sharing delicious recipe!

Catherine said...

Awesome project, Mel!
I have a way out of control addiction to tins, and I can't believe I never thought to decorate them like this! Duh!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You are a crafting genius!

TFS your wonderful ideas and talents!