Friday, October 30, 2009

Belles 'n Whistles Christmas and Cookies Blog Hop and Friday Sketchers 76



Happy Friday and oh my goodness what excitement there is for you today!! I hope that you have had a nice week and are ready for the FUN and EXCITING Belles 'n Whistles Christmas and Cookies Blog Hop where you will get complete pictures of the newly released Elisabeth Bell stamps. They are the cutest things and are available starting tomorrow from Summer at the Belles 'n Whistles Shop and they will be shipping next week!!!

So if you have arrived here from the gorgeous creations of Kathrin, you are well on your way to see even more lovelies!!! If you are arriving here first, please take a moment and go to our Belles 'n Whistles Blog where you can start the hop, get your directions, and be eligible for some magnificent prizes!

For my card, I have used the magnificent sketch given to us on Friday Sketchers by the fantastically talented Aud from Norway who is hosting this week. We hope that you will join with us in using Aud's sketch this week--we would love to see your interpretation of the fun sketch!! Please remember to not only link us to your blog, but also make certain that you link back to Friday Sketchers in your posting!!



The absolutely darling stamp that I have selected is "GINGERBREAD LOVE" and these little munchkins are just precious!!! I just had to make another tea chest showcasing these lovely children. For the project I used last year's FaLaLa papers by Making Memories and all coloring is Copics.


But, hey!!!! I mentioned cookies!!!! So this card and tea chest is certainly reminiscent of one of my very favorite holiday motifs!!! That being Gingerbread Boys!! I just love them and have collected gingerbread people cookie cutters for years! So it was only natural that I would make gingerbread cookies. I used the recipe given to me by Suzan for The Perfect Man cookies and made my cookies...before decorating them I went to a downtown kitchen shop to get some decorations and the lady there told me about a 95 year old woman out in the country that had made gingerbread boys for years for a particular museum and holiday events using the family's age-old recipe and a cutter that her father made for her as a small child from metal he found on the farm. I was so curious that I contacted the nice woman and told her what I was doing and also told her that I would come visit her one day. Lo and behold I had a call on Thursday asking me to come by and pick up my gingerbread boys...so the cookies you see are not my Perfect Man cookies but rather some really traditional, downhome gingerbread boys...aren't they the cutest things???? I just love them!!!!



For those of you who are interested, you will find the Perfect Man cookie recipe below which is on the inside of the tag from the card front. Just click on the picture and you will be able to see the recipe clearly.



Without further ado, I would like to thank you sincerely for visiting with me today and hope that you will return again and again. The next stop on your merry way will be with the lovely and marvelously talented Iris who has not only an exquisitely lovely card for you to see but also some out of this world delicacies to share with you...Hold on!!! I think I will just go with you!!! While you are particpating in the Hop, please remember to leave comments wherever you roam so that you will be eligible for a MAGNIFICENT prize--a complete set of the newly released stamps!!!!! AND there will be two winners!!! And hey!!! Whistle while you go!!!!

106 comments:

Jodi said...

Jacque!! This is just adorable!! I love love love your card, and the pretty decorated tea chest!! I love the story about the perfect man cookies too!!
Hugs
Jodi =)

Kris said...

mmmm... your gingerbread cookies look so yummy! what a sweet image this is... great creation! your coloring is beautiful! hugs, Kris

Anki said...

Wonderful and so nice to see a new recipe for gingerbread cookies. Kramis - Anki

Tracey Feeger said...

Oh my I am in love with this image. Absolutely gorgeous creation. Thanks for sharing.
mwah
Trace

Shirley N said...

Your card and tea chest are both so beautiful. That is such an adorable image and so is your perfect man cookie!

hayward69 said...

What lovely creations you have made with such a beautiful stamped image - I love it and will be a must in my stamp collection. Your colours and dp are just great. Will have to try out your recipe asap.

Jayne xx

sumzmom said...

This is such a cute image of beautiful children enjoying gingerbread cookies. The card with recipe is beautiful, and the tea chest is certainly a treat! I really admire your style and creativity.

Summer... said...

Jaaacque!! What a brilliantly done set! Your card is absolutely perfect, as is your Tea chest and the cookies....CLASSIC! What a beautiful story to them too! Mmmm, mmmm! =)

Krümel said...

I knew this is going to be a stunning creation! Totally love the idea of "hiding" the recipe in the tag. And you colored these two cuties eating the gingerbred men - something that by the way I never could do because they are way too cute! - so real and with so much love. Just adorable!

A big hug to you - and give a hug to this wonderful old lady that shared a treasured tradition from her life with us!

Kathrin aka Kruemel

Annie said...

I love gingerbread cookies and this stamp is just adorable! love your card and gift you made with the stamp. hugs, annie x

Kathi said...

Hi,
what a very sweet image and your workis wonderful. And I love the story about the old woman. I hope, somebody keeps up her tradition or she passes the recipe on.
The little details are so lovely, so many things to find :-)
xx Kathi

ribenaruby said...

Absolutely gorgeous creation, love the beautfiul colours! The recipes are all so delicious, will have to come back again to write it down!

Rosette said...

Wowee Jacque!! these are sooo gorgeous!! I love what yu did with that lovely stamp! Wow!! You are sooo talented my fried, and ech of your creation is priceless!! Lovely job.. I'm off to hop :)) Big big hugs xx

megastamper said...

oh jacque, your card is so amazing and really lovely. with this card comes a wonderful christmassy feeling. really great.
have a nice weekend, hun.
big hugs, bea

Vanja said...

Just beautiful! I love the colours and the papers.And another gorgeous stamp!
Hugs, Vanja

L.Nielsen (Lynda) said...

Jacque Jacque Jacque.... You are ALWAYS doing something to amaze me! What a WONDEFUL Blog post today, and Yummmmmm those cookies look delicious! I am absolutely in LOVE with that card, if I could sneak it right off this page, I would... LOL So much fun, gorgeous coloring, and beautiful layout and design. You rock!!!!
Great Big Hugs
Lynda =)

Teresa said...

Love this stamp. You have made it so lifelike. Very pretty set you have made.

Iris said...

Oooohhhh this is so STUNNING Jacque!!! You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful creations!!!! This is just out of this world! I also love the story which is behind those yummy gingerbread cookies :-) And Lynda is right you do ROCK!!!! I'm off to hop onj :-)

Hugs to you!
Iris

Mimiko said...

Oh my, this stamp is so cute! You've made something really beautiful with it :)

Mina said...

wow stunning, I think this stamp is my favourite so far...so cute and pretty and your colouring is fabulous
Minaxxx

Carrie's Craft room said...

I just love your card and the new stamp image you did such a great job, thanks for sharing

Stamping Susi said...

So sweet! Your card looks great, thanks for sharing.

Anna said...

Stunning card! Love the new image!

CraftyC said...

Your card is adorable Jacque, love the new stamps!
Clairexx

slbela59 said...

I have the same addition as you!! I can't wait to get these! I really loved your card!!
thanks for sharing.

Jeanette said...

I am runnning out of adjectives for your gorgeous creations! Love your project. It is perfection right down to the last detail and how wonderful to have been gifted with these cute gingerbread man cookies.
Have a great weekend!
Hugs Jeanette

Mickey said...

Hop, hop, and here we are at a very nice blog. Love this stamp, so cute.
thanks,
Mieke

Andrea said...

Beautiful new stamps and your card is great.
xAndrea

Heather said...

Oh my what a beautiful set of things. Lovely!!

Sharon Caudle said...

GORGEOUS!!! I'm with you, I LOVE gingerbread people!! Always have, always will! And I love your entire beautiful display of yumminess today, Jacque! Your card is exquisite, your tea chest divine, and those cookies look so delicious that they're making my mouth water! Amazing work as always! I'm now off to see the rest of the fabulous creations! Have a wonderful FRIDAY!! :) hugs!!

Tracy said...

Love the card and the stamps. How cute is this release!!! Wow

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

OH wow!! What an adorable image first of all!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the gingerbread accents you have going on here!! What a scrumptious creation hun!!! Thanks for sharing all of this fun!! HUGS

Moni said...

You made fab project as always, and image is so cute. Love papers and gingerbread accents! Have a fab weekend! Hugs,Moni

Simone P. said...

Wow! I love this image and your creative design work! The sketch is great. And the cookies too!

Lee said...

Love it all!!! The image is delightful, your design is wonderful ... the recipe sounds delish! Can't wait to try them all. Thanks for sharing.

cabio's craft corner said...

A delightful set and beautiful image for the card. Those cookies looked so yummy. Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea!
Hugs,
Cabio

Vicky (Angeldrummer) said...

wow thisis so lovely i was hoping the gingerbread sketch of elizabeths would be turned into a stamp = thank you summer

hugs Vicky x

Mary said...

Gorgeous! And those cookies look so yummy!

hugs
Mary

Piia said...

Cute and very beautiful card!!! And I'm drooling over my keyboard now.... wanna have a bite of those cookies <3

Smiles from Finland,

Piia

Anonymous said...

What an exquisite card and tea chest!!! I just love that sweet image and you colored those cuties to perfection.
A magnificent Christmas card and a warm, cozy, story to go with the card. What a sweet, wonderful elderly lady to share this treasured tradition with you!!!!
Being from Germany, I always bake gingerbread St. Niklas cookies, covered in chocolate, with a vintage picture of St. Niklas on top. I wrap it in cellophane with a ribbon on top.
Hugs, Christina C.

Lauretta See ( LadyPou) said...

so gorgeous!!!! i love your coloring ;))) great great job!!

Hugs,

Dragonlady said...

Hi there

The card and chest are fantastic. The image is so gorgeous - the gingerbreadmen look fab too.

Ali x

Suzan L said...

Oh My Goodness Jacque, This gingerbread set is so amazing!! You are always creating the most wonderful things!! I love the card with all the details that you have added...and the image is the cutest. I also love the darling tea chest. How lucky are you to get the chance to meet this sweet lady. The gingerbread boys that she made are soo cute!! And, I bet they are so delicious!! Thank you for sharing the story with us and thank you for sharing your cardmaking talent with us. You are such an inspiration!!
Hugs, Suzan

artfulwhimsies said...

What an adorable set you have put together. Just precious~

Nettie said...

Hi Jacque
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. What a lovely story. Thanks for the great blog hop. Take care Nettie.xx

Nicole Bailey said...

Totally beautiful! I LOVE everything about it!!1

LOUISE said...

Hi Jacque, I love your card! The image is gorgeous, and beautifully coloured. Those gingerbreadmen look so yummy, I starting to feel hungry now, with all the lovely cookies I have seen so far. Louise x

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

Love precious! Love the cookie cutters on the tree!

Natalie said...

Love your page! Your pics are so cute !:)

HazelQ said...

Beautiful card! Those cookies look delicious :)
hugs
Hazel

ann marie said...

gingerbread cook look great . love our creations and cards

beadz said...

Such a cute stamp and all of your details are amazing!

hugs,
Gini

Anonymous said...

How to sweet are these little characters.. I love your darling card!
Hugs
Judy
SCS~jaydekay

lorraine00 said...

I love your creations! and mmm, gingerbread cookies. This stamp reminds me of the past.

craft_princess said...

What a sweet image and the card looks great!!

Norma said...

Jacque, fabulous project. This new Christmas image is so adorable. You've done an awesome job with, which of course doesn't surprise me. And I just love gingerbread men--the eating part more than the making part, hee hee.

Hugs.
Norma

Christine said...

I'm not a gingerbread lover but I think these are so cute!!! Love your gift set too and also the one below!!!

Blessings,
Christine

Stampin Mindy said...

Beautiful card. LOVE this stamp!

cdm317 said...

This is one stamp that is a must have for me! I really love the design, and will have to try it soon! I'll also have to try the cookie recipe! Thanks

Alaine said...

Beautiful Stamp! Beautiful Card. Thank you for sharing.

Crazy Creations said...

Great cad I love it .That is a must have !TFS.Hugs Sarah

Mausel said...

great creation, your blog is wonderful!

best wishes Mausel

Kim Y. said...

Oh my, LOVE LOVE this image! And I love what you did with it! Great inspiration! Totally awesome!

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh my goodness Jacque, this is fabulous!! Love all of the details and that image is adorable!

Hugs, Kelly

Marion said...

Oh my, It is getting very difficult to decide which image I like best. You have showcased this one marvellously. I love the papers you used and both items are fabulous. Thanks for the recipe.

Deb said...

Gorgeous card Jacque! The cookies look yummy also. I will have to try out the Perfect Man recipe! Hugs, Deb.

Alex said...

Adorable! Will have to try the recipe, I am always on the lookout for good gingerbread :). And those mini cookie cutters are PERFECT!!

Kathy said...

GOrgeous card Jacque!! This is another adorable image and I can't wait to order mine!! Love this sketch and your take on it is fabulous! The papers are so pretty as are all your details!! Thanks so much for the peek!
:)Kathy

Melissa said...

Mmmm! Now I'm hungry for gingerbread! Thanks for the recipe. Your card and tea chest are adorable!

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

Those gingerbread cookies sure look delish! And I LOVE your card!

torontoteachermom@hotmail.com

Kraftychick said...

Jacque:
The card and tea chest are just beautiful! and what a wonderful story about the gingerbread cookies (see you even made a new friend) - thanks for sharing and I love this image!
Jackie

coquine1635 said...

love your work and the gingerbread man on the tea chest to cute.
Suzie

Vicky said...

I love your card, it is so beautiful and what a fantastic stamp.

Ann (Madge) said...

Absolutely adorable Jacque, and what a lovely story to go with your beautiful card set - just perfect. Ann xxx

Tracy said...

I love what you've created, it's so beautiful.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Crafts and Me said...

A LOVELY CARD AND THE COLOURING LOOKS SO NATURAL WELL DONE!
FROM TERESA

montygonza said...

They look so cheeky, eating those cookie.

Wow I love your card.
Amanda

Marianne said...

Gorgeous image and fab colouring. Marianne x

Tracey said...

Incredible Jacque! As always, I am awed by your work!! GOrgeous!! Have a great weekend darlin!! xx

charlene aka scrappygma said...

What a great little card and cookie receipe...you never cease to amaze me Miss Jacque !
Big Hugs

megline said...

Beautiful cards and the coloring is amazing.
Hugs, Line

hungeryjack said...

Nice post - pictures of cookies ..Keep Posting


Ron
pictures of cookies

weewiccababe said...

fabulous projects, and those two wee cuties are going on my wish list
Debbi
xx

Candy said...

Hi Jacque,
Gosh I am a day late getting here - but finally made it! Oh I love your tea box it is another beauty! Your card is AWESOME! I loved reading about the elderly lady you met who made the gingerbread cookies. They are one of my favourite Christmas treats to make and to eat!!
Another beautiful set by a wonderful lady!!!
Love Candy

Mae said...

How yummy Jacque & so super sweet. I want those cookies!

Maria Matter said...

Fabulous!
beautiful coloring Jacque!
Blessings, Maria

Aud said...

Finally blogger is 'allowing' me to post a comment on your card!
And WOW - what a card, and tea chest! Love the papers and colors, and a super cute image! Such a fun and clever idea with the tag and recipe! You're just fabulous, you know! =0)

Big hugs,
Aud

Jessica G. said...

Adorable image and I love how you decorated the tree for them to sit next to! Awesome idea to include the recipe, too!!

knag said...

Darling images! You did a wonderful job creating a beautiful card.

Handmade by Vivi said...

wow Darling, this is gorgeous!!
I think it is a difficult sketch to play with and you have done so nicely!!
xxx
Vivi

Tammi said...

Oh SOOO CUTE! These are fabulous, love how you used the gingerbread with the image and I love your story about the older lady, TFS!

Janelle said...

This is a charming stamp! I adore the color scheme you used to color it. I'd love it if you posted the actual colors because I think I may need to 'steal' it at least once! Thanks!

Mary said...

What a beautiful card! And I tell you each image is cuter than the next! Yikes I am in trouble!

Thank you for sharing!

Kim. said...

Wow what a gorgeous card, with a fantastic image and the most wonderful story. 95 and still baking cookies they have got to be the best cookies in town.
Kim xXx

Tanja said...

WOW! That's so beautiful and a lot of work! Absolutely wonderful!

Have a great sunday, big Hugs Tanja

Lil Sis said...

gorgeous cards to go with those glorious gingerbread men.

Beccy x

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Teresa said...

I think this is my most favorite image so far, so cute! And you have done a marvelous job with the card..(and cookies!) hugs,T

Deb (dcorder) said...

Love it! Just love it - you know I'm all about the recipes! :D

Rhonda said...

I so love this stamp! Gingersnaps are the favored cookie of course in our home. This would be perfect.

Hilde Larsen aka. Tindaloo said...

So sweet image! Love the card & the gingerbread cookies looks scrumptious! :)

Raquel said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous!!!! You did an awesome job with this image!!! It is too cute!! I love your layout and your coloring, and that DP is just perfect with the gingerbread cookie theme. I just love it!!!!

Samantha said...

This is just sooooo lovely and scrummy! so sweetttttt too! YUM! :0)

Crafty Dawn said...

Love these stamps and the matching Ginger bred man brad so cute! cam to look at the candy bust so many entried I thought I would leave it lol but you do have a wonderful talent

Love Dawn xx

sandra said...

I spoted that cookies in the background and can only say...yummy!!!
And your card is stunning!
Image,coloring,details,papers,colors....all PERFECT!
I love it!
Hugs!
Sandra!

Sabto said...

What a great little card and cookie receipe...you never cease to amaze me Miss Jacque ! Big Hugs