Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Christmas Card Making Day 2012

What happens when you have 48 ladies PLUS 10 consultants in one room for a 7 hour period? J

christmas tree cardOur 5th
Christmas Card Making Day
in Lancaster County!!! Yayyy!!!

Our day was FILLED with laughter and fun, there was scrumptious food to be eaten AND of COURSE – BEAUTIFUL Christmas Cards were created!!!!

This day is always a special day and well worth the time and energy put into creating this day for our customers!!!  This year we SOLD OUT of tickets 2 weeks prior to the event and were packed full with 48 people!  Everyone created 12 items to take home with us, won some door prizes and took home MANY ideas they plan to create on their own!!

Continue reading, to see what a FUN day we had – and maybe YOU will be able to join us for next year’s event! J

***Recipes for the Cranberry Jell-O & Taco Soup will be at the end of this post. J

48 Goodie Bags – READY TO GO!!!  Everyone received a bag to put their created masterpieces inside.  They also received in their bags – sparkles and pre-cut Cricut pieces that were cut with our NEW Artiste cartridge! Christmas Card Making day 2012_goodie bags ready to go
As everyone came to pick up their goodie bag, they also had opportunity to use the  October Stamp of the Month to create a tag for their bag! 

My teammate, Nickie Hoffer, created this ADORABLE display board, showing how they could create the different tags!  The customers also had pieces in their bags to create the 3x3 card shown in this picture.  The standard card, was an example of how they could create a 2nd card with the extra pieces in their bags! J
Christmas Card Making day 2012_tag display

These were all the Cricut pre-cut items in everyone's bag.  In their spare moments throughout the day, each person took time to come back up to this table to stamp their tag, card, banner, etc. and then could take those items with them.
Christmas Card Making Day goodie bag cricut items

Nickie even created a cupcake to show how the stamped cupcake wrapper would look used!!!

Here is the layout of the room…yes, it is an older fire hall, complete with interesting, decorative, 50’s wallpaper! J

We had 6 tables around the room.  Each table had a group of 8 ladies. This group of 8 ladies stayed together the entire day as they rotated clockwise to each of the 6 tables, creating a new item at each table. Six items were created in the morning, and six items in the afternoon for a TOTAL of 12 items created during the day!!! 
Christmas Card Making day 2012_room set up

The beloved – DOOR PRIZE table!  Each person at Card Making Day went home with a door prize!  It may have been a handcrafted item, or a product from CTMH…there were MANY items to chose from!!!Christmas Card Making day 2012_door prize tableJPG

The GRAND PRIZE of the day was the Pear & Partridge Card Making kit!!!  Everyone’s name was put back into the pot – to have a chance at WINNING this kit!!!
Christmas Card Making day 2012_grandprize

If there was any extra time…everyone had the opportunity to come to the “middle table” to use the many different sentiments to stamp inside their cards, their envelopes, etc. 
Christmas Card Making day 2012_sentiment table

One of my FAVORITE display items, created by my team member – Brenda Rutt- is her traditional, yearly Christmas Trees!
I love how she chose to decorate them….using Christmas CARDs, rather than ornaments!!!  LOVE this idea and our customers love it too!!!
Christmas Card Making day 2012_Christmas trees

Here are a few pictures, sharing with you artwork from our display tables.  Take a look at the room layout picture above…the entire left side of the room was lined with tables, displaying MANY pieces of artwork!!!
Christmas Card Making day 2012_Christmas display
The wreath below is beautiful!  Designer is Elizabeth Mindemann

Christmas Card Making day 2012_fall wreath

Flirty & Avonlea creations
Christmas Card Making day 2012_avonlea and flirty display

Items shown are mostly using the La Belle Vie paper pack.
Christmas Card Making day 2012_cardinal artwork

I hope you enjoyed the quick view of what our day was like…

I ENCOURAGE you to check back here at my blog in the next day or so J …I will be sharing all TWELVE items we created during at our Christmas Card Making day!!!!

Now for the RECIPES – that many of you have been asking about…

ENJOY and Blessings to you!!!
 Krista Hershberger J

Layered Cranberry Jello
16 oz. can crushed pineapple
2- 3 oz. pkgs. cherry or cranberry gelatin
16 oz. can whole cranberry sauce
1 cup sour cream
1. Thoroughly drain and reserve juice from crushed pineapple.
2. To pineapple juice add enough water to measure 2 cups.
3. In a medium saucepan bring juice and water to a boil.  Stir in gelatin until dissolved.
4. Remove from heat.  Stir in pineapple & cranberry sauce.  Pour 1/2 of mixture into a glass serving bowl and chill until set.  Keep remaining gelatin mixture at room temperature.
5. Spread sour cream over firm gelatin and pour reserved gelatin mixture over sour cream.  Refrigerate until firm. 
Makes 10-12 servings

***for Card Day – I did a double batch of this and put it in a 9x 13 pan.

Taco Soup

1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
15 1/4 oz. can corn, undrained
15 oz, can black beans, undrained
15 1/2 oz can red kidney beans, undrained
1 envelope dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
1 envelope dry taco seasoning
1 small onion, chopped
Tortilla or Corn chips
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
1. Combine all ingredients except the last three, in the slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
3. Garnish individual servings with chips, cheese and sour cream!


  1. What an awesome tradition you have created. It looks like a great time was had by all!

  2. Looks like a great time! I was thinking of you on that day as we were miles away doing the same thing!


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