Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas in a Jar and Stampin Queens #18 card sketch cards

Happy Holidays!!
Here are some more holiday-type things for you!
First is Christmas in a Jar!  

What is that, you ask??  
It is just plain yummy, and if you like red velvet cake, you will really 
love this! If you want to see more pictures of this delectable delicious item during its making, you can check it out on Cristena's website.  
But I will post it here too!

 Christmas in a Jar (Cristena Bagne)  
Pics and directions available on her website 
posted on 12/21/11 at

You will need:
Mason jars - just the small 3" tall ones
Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 - 12oz can of coke (has to be leaded! diet won't work)
cupcake pan (no liners)
cooking spray
cream cheese frosting
decorations - fabric, plastic spoons, tags
 The cream cheese frosting recipe:
(maybe you can use the already prepared cream cheese frosting 
in a can they sell in the stores?!)
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.

The cake part:
Pour your Red Velvet cake mix in a mixing bowl.
Pour in your coke (you will use a can of dark soda for a dark cake mix, and a clear soda for a light colored cake mix)  Spray the heck out of the cupcake pan with cooking spray - you are going to be able to see your cakes through the jar…so they need to be pretty :)
Fill the cupcake pan with the mixture, and bake. These are going to be SUPER MOIST!!!  Even putting frosting on them is a little overwhelming…so you need to cook them about 3-5 minutes longer than normal. This cake mix called for 22 minutes and I cooked them for 25. Everyone's ovens are different so you may have to play with 
yours until you find the magic number.

After they cool for a couple of moments, SMOOSH them in the bottom of the jars and I mean SMOOSH just cause it is fun :)  Now to put some of the cream cheese frosting in…now you can use a ziplock baggie and cut the corner out of it and put it in that way. But I found the easier way to do it is to take my teaspoon measuring spoon and just scoop it in the jar. That way I can spread it around and not using more than what is needed.  I normally can put 3 cupcakes in each jar with 3 
layers of frosting.

Then just decorate your jar with a strip of Candy Cane fabric, a plastic spoon, and a little stamped cute tag on the top and voila 
you are done!  Christmas in a Jar!!

So I wanted to share the cards from this week's Stampin 
Queens' card sketch challenge #18 too. 

Here is the card sketch #18.

 Here are the cards the design team did.  
Some of the new Stampin Up items that will be in the January mini-catalog were used in these cards.

I didn't have time to do one because I was writing out my Christmas cards (way late!) and first had to make up a magnetic mini-calendar to enclose....

It took longer than I planned because my craft room stuff is in 
3 different rooms, so I spent most of the time looking for the stuff to make them with - sure can't wait until my room is finally done!!  
I'll post pictures of the mini-calendars this week; they 
turned out really cute! I made an owl one, cat one, bird ones, and of course, dog ones!!

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season with family and friends!! I know I am enjoying the treats everyone shares lol.

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