Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gift Tag for Yummy Treats!

Hello Friends!  I hope your Christmas was filled with lots of Love and Happy Memories!

For today, I made a tag that I wanted to put on a goodie bag for a friend of mine.  I planned on making her those Chocolate Pretzel Rods and placing them in the Martha Stewart bag with this little tag on the top.  I used Pizza Time .. yes yes yes!  But I covered up the pizza with sprinkles of little colored beads to make it look like she was baking little donut cookies or something of a dessert straight out of the oven.  :)

Thank you so much for visiting us here .. we love seeing you!

Big Hugs,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and our Final Winner

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
Was "Santa" nice to you this year?

We want to take this time to say a special
Thank You to each and every one of you who came and visited us each day throughout this years Advent Festivities.
It sure does mean a lot to us that you are all stopping by, and of course leaving some love.
It sure makes what we do as BnW Designers feel worth every second of our time.
We truly hope that you will all find some time to join us in some challenges over on the Belles 'n Whistles Challenge Blog.
We've had a nice assortment of winners this year, and I know that we can't wait to see what beautiful things you'll all make with your new stamp.

Now, as promised, the final winner of 2011....


Wowee - Congratulations hun... Today is your lucky day.
Please Email Summer, and tell her that YOU are the lucky girl to win the final prize of our Advent Festivities.... 
She has a special prize for you.  =)

Thank you again to all who joined us this year.... 
Wishing you all a joyful Christmas and a Happy 2012.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Advent Door #24

Merry Christmas!!!  Today is the last day in our Advent festivities... I'm soooo very sorry for the delay in today's post.  This time of year it gets a little hectic, and to help fix our "oops" I went into my files to see if I had anything that would be inspiring for you today, and I DO... We truly do applogize for our delay. 

We have a winner to announce.....  Congratulations Marion H  You are our lucky winner today.
Please use the button on the side bar to contact Summer, and let her know which "Holiday" stamp you'd like to have.  =)

Okay, I'm going to make this short and sweet....  How about a Snowglobe?  It's the very 1st one that I've ever tried,  so I am pleased with the outcome.  However, I'm sure there is much more that I can learn when working with these.

What do you think?


Thanks so much for stopping in today.
This is your last chance to enter for a chance to win a special prize from Belles 'n Whistles.
Today's Prize is extra Special....  You'll just have to come back tomorrow and see if YOU are the lucky winner or not.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Advent Calendar Door # 23

Hello dear Belles'n'Whistles friends!
This is Kathrin here with our 23rd day of advent.

Before I tell you a bit about my creation I want to announce the winner of advent calendar day # 22. 

Congrats! Please contact Summer with your choice of stamp.
Oh, it's only a little bit til christmas - here in Germany we are celebrating christmas eve and this is where the family comes together, the tree is up (yes, we don't put up ours earlier, christmas eve is the traditional day of putting it up and decorating it) and the kids - and also the adults of course - can finally get their presents.

Well, I guess some of you are like me - there's always something missing but with christmas being so close or even for older kids giving out a gift card or money is the best. But handing out these does not mean they can't be wrapped beautifully... And so I made a gift card/money holder to share with you today.

I made it the shape of a gift - and

was the perfect stamp to use here.
I even made the ribbons on the bows matching.

The gift card/money holder opens up like this - it's just folded in the middle - and on the inside I added a little pocket for the money/gift card and of course a little greeting. 

I had my tags made first so I made the whole gift card holder match in color - which meant mainly browns again. But I love the elegant touch this adds.

Also today you have  a chance to win a stamp of your choice. Just add your name to Mr. Linky.

Wishing all of you peaceful and very merry christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Advent Calendar #22

Welcome to day 22 of the BnW advent calendar.
First of all I want to congratulate julieprice3
who is the winner of the advent calendar day 21.
Please contact Summer to claim your prize. 
Remember to let her know what stamp you would like to have.

Today I want to show you how to make a chocolate box card.
You need: cardstock, pattern paper, glue, gelantine, spellbinders dies, score pal, a paper cutter, pencil, scissor and embelissments
I begin with the card. 
Use a cardstock 24,5cm x 15cm
Score at 11cm and 13,5cm.
Fold the card
 Now it is time for making the box inside the card.
Use a cardstock 22cm x 20cm.
On the longest side of the box I score at 8cm, 10cm, 18cm and 20cm
 On the shortest side of the box I score at 2cm, 4cm, 16cm and 18cm
 Here is a picture of the scored lines (I have used a pencil to draw the lines so you can see them better)
 Then cut of the cornes as you can see in the picture above.
 I distress all the edges on the box and the card.
 I also distress the pattern papers I am going to use inside the card, before I glue the parts together.
 Then it is time to make the window in the box, inside the card. 
I use a spellbinder dies as a template and draw the shape on the pattern paper.
Then I use a scissor to cut ut the window.
 Here you can see the pattern paper after I have cut out the window.
 I cut a square in the box and glue a plate of gelantine to make a window.
 Glue the pattern paper over the gelantine window. Glue the box together, and put it inside the card. 
Remember there has to be an opening at the top of the box, so you can put chocolate inside.
 Then it is time to decorate the front of the card.
 Here is the inside of the card. I have used spellbinder dies to make a frame so you can write greetings. 
I have also cut out a frame and placed it over the gelantine window
Thank you for joining the advent calendar.
Welcome back tomorrow.
To have the chance to win a stamp of your own choice, remember to put your name below.

Hugs Audhild

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Advent - Door #21

Greetings my friends,
Oh my oh My......  Look how close to the end of our Advent festivities we are! 

I hope that you all have been enjoying the fun, and the inspiration that you've been seeing here at Belles 'n Whistles, this holiday season.

We have a winner to announce....  Yesterdays winner is....  hellerlittle

Congratulations!!!  By now, I'm sure you all know the routine....  Simply click on the "Email Summer" button on the side bar, and shoot her an email letting her know that you won, and which Holiday stamp you'd like to have.  Whether new or old, the choice is yours. =)

I really didn't prepare anything in particular to show you all today, BUT... I do have something quite messy to share....  You see I've been a part of an art journaling class...  The assignment was to be messy.... They said that the sloppier your work looked, the better, they didn't want to see any sort of neat and tidy work... OHHHH MY... that was quite a challenge for me, BUT.... It's fun, the art journaling class, really helps you start to think outside your comfort zone....  since I used an absolutely Darling stamp on this crazy mess of mine, I just had to share it....

Talk about an honest to goodness MESS....  LOL

Alright, that has nothing to do with what we're doing today, but I just had to share it anyway.. LOL

Today, we have TWO questions for you... and we TRULY WOULD LOVE to hear your anwers...

So rather than putting a linky thing at the bottom of the post, you can simply enter by leaving your comment with your answers.  This is going to be fun to see what you all think!
Question #1:   If you could choose ONE THING that you wish you could do better (in the crafting world) What would it be? 

Question #2:    What things do you hope to see from Belles 'n Whistles in the coming year?

Summer, and the rest of us here at Belles 'n Whistles can't wait to hear what your answers will be.

Simply leave your answers in the comment section, and we will choose a winner using, come back tomorrow, and see if you've won.  It's THAT Simple!  =)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Advent Calendar - Day 20

Hej ladies!
Today I would like to show you a little card with a matching lamp. But before doing so I need to tell you who the lucky winner from yesterdays window no 19 is (chosen by randomorg) - and it's Penni! Please contact Summer with your choice of holiday stamp! (see contact info in sidebar)

Remember the star tutorial presented on my blog earlier? Well - here's another take on that. It's the same technique - with the folds - but I used a wine glass as the lamp stand.

A view from above:
I also made a matching card to go with the "lamp". Here using Christmas Angel Daniella.

Here's the card and the lamp together! Note - I will use an electrical tea light - just for safety.

I hope you like it. In order to enter for a chance to win a Holiday Stamp of YOUR Choice from BnW - simply enter your name below. The lucky winner will be announced in the blog post tomorrow.

Kram - Anki

Monday, December 19, 2011

Advent Door # 19

Happy Monday - We are on the Home Stretch now for our 3rd Annual Advent festivities.  Have you all been enjoying all the fun and inspiration?

I can't believe that Christmas is only a week away.  I feel as though I haven't had a chance to sit back and enjoy looking at my tree, and lights, it seems I'm always crafting, or baking, or just creating something instead.  Such a busy time of year!

How about a winner from yesterday before I share with you what I've made to show you all today?

Congratulations go to #26 Scrapalajen!!! 
Please contact Summer with your choice of holiday stamp! (see contact info in sidebar)

Okay, so now for a little "Home For The Holiday's" Treat....  and I do mean treat!

Who wouldn't want to come home to a nice tray full of their favorite cookies?  I have created just the thing for such an occassion.

I had so much fun painting, and then decorating this tray, I also brought it to a craft fair, and believe it or not, it was one of the first things to be bought.  I know the girl who bought it, so I know it's gone to a good home.  I really hated to part with it, but you know how it is...  How many things can I really keep???

I have found that after applying a good coat of Modge Podge, and allowing plenty of drying time, that I can then spray a thin coat of Shellac on it, and it will no longer have a slightly sticky feel.  I also tested it out, and used a damp cloth to wipe it, and it works wonderfully. 

I just had to put it to the test of "Cleaning"...  Obviously, this is wood, and you wouldn't want to submerge it in dish water, but wiping it with a dish cloth that is damp doesn't do it any harm. 

This tray was such a hit at the craft fair that I was at, that I ended up needing to make 2 more trays for someone else, because they also fell in love with it.  Gotta love getting a special request, right?

I really got lucky too, because wouldn't you know that today there is a new challenge over at The Belles 'n Whistles Challenge blog, using "Warm Colors"....  If this isn't warm, then I don't know what is... We certainly would Love it if you could find some time to come join us for the challenge. 

All you need to do to win a Holiday Stamp of YOUR Choice from Belles 'n Whistles is simply enter your name below, and then come back again tomorrow, and see if your number was the lucky number chosen.  =) 

Good Luck, and Thanks so much for visiting today!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy 4th Advent - Door 18

Happy 4th Advent Everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful 4th Advent weekend. Only one more week to go! Are you all ready?

Today we have another question and answer game for you. But before that we like to congratulate yesterdays winner, which is: Mary DPlease contact Summer with your choice of holiday stamp! (see contact info in sidebar)

Ok and to be in todays drawing for one holiday stamp of your choice you only have to answer the following question:

From all Belles 'n Whistles stamps released so far
which one is your favorite stamp?

Please leave your answer in the comments section after entering your name in the Linky Tool and you'll be entered into today's random drawing!

The BnW DT

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Advent Calendar Door # 17

Hello dear B'n'W Fans!
Oh, where has time gone? Door # 17 of our advent calendar is opening already...

This is Kathrin and today I am sharing with you my favourite christmas tradition. But before I do so I am sending congrats to

for winning one of those georgeous BnW christmas stamps, drawn randomly. Please send us a mail.

Okay, now on to my favourite christmas tradition. I know there are several and different ones in each country anf of course most of the ones we have in our family are german. Some are taken over from my own childhood, some are just "because you do so" traditions but we also added one to our family - and maybe because we created it ourself it is my favourite one.

Here in Bavaria, in the south of Germany, it's not Santa who brings the gifts but "Christkind" - christ child. It's meant to be little Jesus but it's always shown as a beautiful angel with golden locks, big wings and a long dress. 
Of course it's not working alone - it has a big amount of angels helping her/him (it's neutral in German so I really don't know if I should call "it" her or him LOL). And some of them are out every night to pick the wish lists from the kids'  windows where they put them. 
Every year on the first or second sunday of advent the whole family comes together at our dining table, we bring papers, pens, cookies and hot drinks, are listening to christmas songs and are all together writing our wishlists. Well, we are not only writing them but also decorate them and each year we create some real masterpieces including decorated envelopes. I kept them all... ;) And we are always having a lot of fun together, are laughing and singing and every year this one special afternoon ends way too fast - but the girls are so much excited about placing their wishlists so the angels can pick them up.
We had to think of something special since there is a balcony conected to my girls'  room and so they have two doors and two really big windows so nothing the little angels might find those wish lists. So we have a string with cloths pins that have letters attached forming the word "Wunschzettel" which is the german word for wishlist. And to those pins we connect the letters... During the night the angels come to pick them up and in exchange they leave a little chocolat angel every year.
The girls have always been wondering how those angels can come inside the house to take the letters and I remember that one year when they just started thinking about what a classmate said about Christkind and his/her angels not existing. Exactly the night when we took off the whishlists our cat seems to have jumped on the table where our advent wreath was standing and it was decorated with that golden angels' hair. One of these stuck to the cat's fur and fell off close to the string with the wishlists. I didn't even realize it before my girls saw this one "angel's hair" and were sure again Christkind and the angels are real and one of these angels has come to our house last night...

So, for the card I am sharing today I have used 

since it fits so wonderfully to my story about the Christkind's angels...

So, I hope you've all written your wishlists! And if you forgot to do so just enter your name to Mr. Linky here to have a chance to at least find one gift under the tree - a beautiful BnW stamp.

Happy 4th of advent everyone!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Advent Calendar Door 16th is open!

Hello all, Iris here! Today I have some yummy recipe to share with you and also a card I made! But before I continue let's congratulate ScrappyAndrea who was randomly drawn from yesterdays entries! Congratulations - Herzlichen Glueckwunsch! :-)  And the song we were looking for was of course 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' !

Ok let's start with the recipe now.  It's not only a very yummy recipe i have to say, it's also pretty quickly made. Do you bake Christmas cookies? I love to bake! Especially baking all kinds of different Christmas cookies and cakes has a huge tradition in our family. So I have to admit my first Christmas cookies for this year I already made in early I'm not joking! Of course they didn't last long ;-)  I always find a reason to make some more and try new recipes too. But the recipe I like to share with you is one my Mom already made every year and they are one of my favorites and on my cookie plate every year! They are called: 

Fruchthaeufchen - Fruit Piles


200g / 6.5 oz unsalted butter
125g / 2/3 cups sugar
1 TL / tsp vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
finely grated peel from 1 lemon
pinch of salt
250g / 2 cups flour
2 EL / tbsp milk
100g / 3.5 oz slivered almonds
100g / 3.5 oz raisins
150g / 5 oz finely diced fruit cake mix (candied, diced mixed friuts)

Using an electric mixer or stand mix whip the butter until frothy. Gradually add sugar, pinch of salt, vanilla, egg yolks and finely grated lemon peel. Spoon by spoon add flour and milk and mix until combined. Fold in almonds, raisins and mixed fruits. Using  2 teaspoons put little piles on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 - 20 min. at 175 C / 350 F.



And this is the card I made with the stamp 'Andrew's Christmas Stocking' from the new 2011 Christmas Collection! This cutie stamp is available in the store right now, but you have to hurry there are only 10 left!! More details and info about this card is available on my blog!

Please leave your name with the linky tool for a chance to be in the drawing for another Holiday stamp!

Thanks for stopping by today and good luck to you all!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Advent Calendar - Window 15

WOW !!!!  We've already reached our 15th day of our Advent Calendar... Where is the time going?

Congratulations go to Mary Lou Please be sure to contact Summer, using the email link on the side bar, and let her know you won, and tell her what Holiday stamp you would like to have.

We have another quick and easy.....but definitely fun, one for you today!!!

In order to be in the random drawing for a chance to win one of the BnW Holiday stamps, whether it be NEW or OLD, You'll have to answer JUST ONE Question......

Can you tell us what Holiday Song these lyrics belong to?

"With Candy Canes and silver lanes a glow..."

Simply leave a comment, and tell us what you think the song is, and you'll be entered into today's random drawing.

Have Fun!

The BnW DT.
Please leave your answer in the comments section after entering your name in the Linky Tool...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Advent Calendar - Day 14

Hej ladies!
Thank you for following our Advent Calendar. Before I show you my Holiday tutorial I would like to announce the winner from yesterday. The lucky number is:.........12 - Gila

Please contact Summer through the sidebar button to claim your stamp of choice.
I decided to create a little lantern/lamp. I'm sure you've done these before - as I did a long time ago in school.
* Take your favourite DP and cut it in the desired size.

* Score at the bottom and the top - I scored at 3 cm - please note cm and not inch.
* Cut stripes from the top score line to the bottome one. Note - do not cut all the way. I cut 1 cm wide stripes.
* Then - roll the paper together to a cylinder and glue the sides together.
* It should look like this now:
* Take a window sheet and glue it together so that it also forms a cylinder.
* Insert the cylinder into the paper lantern/lamp and decorate as you like. I used cute little Brooke, some lace, ribbon with X-mas stars and socks etc, flower and leaves.

Then I inserted a little tea candle - but not a real one - but one that runs on battery. Here's a pic from another angle.  

Hope you like this tutorial and try to create one as well. Remember to leave your name in the Linky Tool below so that you have the chance to be in the random drawing for a Holiday Stamp from
Belles 'n Whistles. Then check back in tomorrow to see who the lucky winner is and what hides behind Advent Calendar - Day 15.

Kram and good luck!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dashing Thru The Snow Day 13

Hello Friends!  Thank you for joining us daily on our Advent Calendar .. we love your visits!  Before I continue, the winner for yesterday is:
#19 Alethea

Please contact Summer through the sidebar button to claim your stamp of choice.  Congratulations hun!

For today I created a card with the image "Angel's Grace" and added Liquid Pearls around her to look like snowflakes floating around her.  I really love her ... she looks so peaceful and comforting.

Also, a reminder .. have you all been checking back at the Belles 'n Whistles Store every Thursday?!  If you haven't .. then click here to see what's going on all through the month of December.  I'll give ya a hint ... "HUGE SALE".  lol!
Thank you all for visiting us daily and being so wonderful!  Hope you're all enjoying the Holiday Season and we'll see you back here again tomorrow!
Warm Hugs,

Monday, December 12, 2011

The 12th Day of Advent....

***Yesterdays winner has been announced now - sorry for the delay again***
The linky tool is now up an running!!! All earlier commentators will be added as well!

Helllllooooooo!  I almost broke out into song when I wrote the title of this post....  LOL  I was beginning to sing "On the 12th Day of Christmas my True Love Gave to me....."  ha ha....  but oh no.... That does NOT fit today's post.....

Yes it's me, Lynda....  I'm the silly one of the group, so it would end up being me who would just start singing randomly....  Speaking of randomly.... we have a winner to announce, don't we?

Congratulations go to Louise Please be sure to contact Summer, using the email link on the side bar, and let her know you won, and tell her what Holiday stamp you would like to have.

Alright, today I have a handmade ornament to share with you.  You just know that I can't get through the holiday season without creating some ornaments, right?  Well guess what?  THIS ornament was created for a very special girl....  a fellow DT member from one of my other Elisabeth Bell teams...  I think she will like this one for sure....  What do you think?

Of course, you are going to want to see the back side of this ornament.  I can tell you, it's not going to be anything that you'd expect it to be.  LOL

My goodness, this one took a little bit of time and patience, and a whole lot of modge podge too.  ha ha...  But I fell in love with it, and will definitely be making more of these from time to time...  Who knows, you may even find a tutorial soon....  =)

Thanks so much for stopping in today, and joining us for our Advent celebrations...
Don't forget to leave your name in the Linky Tool below in order to be in the random drawing for a Holiday Stamp from Belles 'n Whistles. Then come back again tomorrow, and see if you've won or not.  Are we having fun yet???  LOL

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Door 11 - Happy 3. Advent

Hello Belles 'n Whistles Friends! Wow can you believe it?? Today is already the 3rd Advent Sunday. That means we are lighting our 3rd candle on the Advents wreath already. Just two more weeks ....

Congratulations to Sissy4477 who was randomly chosen from all the entries yesterday. Please contact Summer (see contact link in sidebar) with your choice of one holiday stamp. And of course you were all right, the lyrics are from the song  12 Days of Christmas.

Sleigh Bells Ring

Do you like the sound of sleigh bells? I think it has something magical and whimsical to it and there is just nothing like the unique soft jingling noise they make.  Whenever I hear them I instantly think of a sleigh ride through the mountains in a starry winters night, covered in thick blankets and lots and lots of snow. I can hear the horses stamping and snorting and I can almost feel the wind in my yes you can say I really love them :-) I also have them decorated everywhere in my house through winter season. Even though I'm living here in Florida now where there's no snow at all ;-)

Thanks for visiting us today and don't forget to enter your name in the linky tool for another chance of winning a Holiday Stamp of your choice!

Hugs and Good Luck to you all!

~ Iris

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Enter ONLY your Name in the Title Spot.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Advent Calendar - Day 10

***Yesterdays winner has been announced now - sorry for the delay***

Here we are - already up to our 10th day of our Advent Celebrations... Can you believe it???

We have another fun one for you today!!!

Congratulations go to Sandy Mathis Please be sure to contact Summer, using the email link on the side bar, and let her know you won, and tell her what Holiday stamp you would like to have.
In order to be in the random drawing for a chance to win one of the BnW Holiday stamps, whether it be NEW or OLD, You'll have to answer JUST ONE Question......

Are you ready for the question?

Do you know these lyrics?

"On The First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me...."

Simply leave a comment, and tell us what you think the song is, and you'll be entered into today's random drawing.

Have Fun!

The BnW DT.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Advent Calendar - Door 9

Hello Everyone, Iris here again! Today I have a special 'Holiday Spotlight' for you! I have three Spotlights to show, picked from recent BnW challenge entries! Wow that was really hard, choosing only 3 holiday projects out of all these fabulous entries! I also want to say a big thank you to all of you who are entering our challenges and like to play with us every other Monday! HERE you can enter our on going challenge!

But before I can treat you now with some eye candy I would like to announce yesterdays stamp winner :-) I don't want to keep you waiting any longer:

is our winner! Congratulations! Please contact Summer (see link in sidebar), tell her that you won and what holiday stamp you'd like to have!

And without further ado here is some eye candy for you....
This beautiful card is created by Marlies from Scrapcards by Marlies, using  'Catch a Flake' Snowbaby.

 Kylie from Inklings from Kylies Kraft Room made this gorgeous card using another Snowbaby: Snow Fight

Another stunning creation made by Sandy from Sandy's Stamping Scene. The cutie she used on her card is called 'Merry Sledding'.

And now don't forget to enter your name in the linky tool! Maybe tomorrow it's your name that will be announced here as the daily winner! :-) Good luck!

Thanks for visiting today!
~ Iris

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Enter ONLY your Name in the Title Spot.