Friday, September 14, 2018

Planning ahead... Christmas Cookie Exchange

This is a special blog hop post for Spellbinders Paper Arts... after this feature you can hop over to another blog for more paper crafting fun if you’d like.

As soon as the weather changes I start thinking of autumn and winter fun.
But it's only fun if you plan ahead so there's no last minute time crunch.



Luckily my new Sweet Christmas crafting dies are just out from Spellbinders Paper Arts!  For me, the heart of the celebrations revolve around shared food, especially cookies. My grandma used to say cookies are made of butter and love. I agree and celebrate with plenty of both!


First up: invitations for the annual Christmas Cookie Exchange.
I love to keep it simple so I used the Love & Cookies die for the main image, adding a strip of decorative paper and a swash of striped washi tape.



True confession: I adore the recipe card set. I'm using it for everything this year.


It will be tucked into the vellum envelope to make the envelope just that much fancier.


If you come for the Christmas Cookie Exchange you'll get a little booklet like this with the recipes for everyone's cookie contributions and a box for taking home your cookies. I did the recipe booklet mock up two ways... which one should I use to bind the recipes together? Or both?



As always, each friend will go home with a lovely box of delicious festive cookies! I'm using the gingerbread boy die to make decorated boxes so everyone will go home with a special container.


And I promise not to be smug about the fact that I made it all without stress or rush in September so I can enjoy myself during the Christmas season! Hurrah for doing it ahead... 


You can order your dies here if you'd like these Sweet Christmas crafting dies. And more!


83 comments:

Jennifer Snyder said...

Oh cool idea for the cookie exchange. I love the creativity here.

Rai Guidone said...

Cute!

Lynda Mellor said...

Happy days ahead😊
Loopy Lyndax

Becky Reeder said...

Love the timeless feel of your designs!

Sandra Smith said...

I haven't done a cookie exchange in years but they are such fun. You've done an excellent job creating festive party decor!

sheron Egolf said...

Love the new sets. I think I've only been to one cookie exchange in my life. What fun it would be to do one.

Cynthia Cole said...

Lovely invitations for the cookie exchange!

Joy Meadows said...

Your cookie exchange will certainly be a big hit with all of your crafty creations! Love these dies.

Karthikha said...

What a wonderful idea!! Lovely work :)

Becca Yahrling said...

Awesome cards and projects! That gingerbread is my favorite. So adorable!

Quilt lady said...

Love the recipe booklet. Such cute gift ideas.

Clare said...

What a great idea! Very nice.

bev p said...

perfect for a cookie exchange party! I like the tags both ways, and you could go whole hog and have them all be different! these designs perfectly evoke the feeling of Christmas and all those memories. thank you

justMarie said...

What a cute cookie exchange. I like the second way to hand out the recipes. You could put a title and date of the exchange on the outside. Very cute!!!

TrainWithMeghan said...

What a great idea for a cookie exchange! I love the bright colors you used! That gingerbread man is so cute!

Cindy Thick said...

Love the mini album. I like the binding with the bow on top. Cute gingerbread card. What a great idea to make boxes up early for cookie exchanges.

shabbypinkhouse said...

Love the gingerbread die and the baking set! I bake cookies every year at Christmas! These would make great toppers! Tfs Hugs, Christine

Diane said...

I want to come to your Christmas Cookie Exchange! What great projects; sure to make your event a standout.

Peggy said...

Love the Cookie Exchange idea and the gingerbread card and such cute recipe card!

Unknown said...

Ooo, I can’t wait to order my baking dies! I absolutely love them!!

SHartl said...

I love to bake all year round but especially at the holidays. These cards and dies are my very favorite!

Ivette Concepcion said...

Love the baking die set its beautiful

Sherri Little said...

I love how you “tied” it all together with baking twine.

Teresa Stevens said...

This is an awesome holiday set of dies, Sharyn! I love to bake, especially at the holidays, and host a very large cookie exchange luncheon every year. You can bet I am going to use some of your ideas to make this year's exchange the very best yet! I love the details you added to your projects here! They are all so special!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love silhouettes.
the family baking together is fantastic.
thanks for sharing
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Shirley Hutchins said...


So very pretty. Love all of them. Thank you for sharing.

Denise Burks said...

I love the new silhouette dies. I have several of your previous collections. They make beautiful cards and embellishments for my scrapbooks.

Carol said...

Very cute. Thank you.

Lillian Child said...

What fun projects!!! Thank you for sharing your talent and inspiration with all of us!!

Sophia Vida said...

Your cookie exchange sound like fun. Love this idea!!

Michelle Byerley said...

Oh Sharyn, what cute cute cards. I love the gingerbread man as it brings back so many happy days baking with friends and cooking for hours on end. All the baking dies remind me of everything we used and with recipes cards on hand. Now I bake with daughters and granddaughter and what fun.

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

very cute idea
thanks for sharing

Barb Housner

Adrianne Fane-Hervey said...

such fun cards

Rose Mary Smalley said...

I have never done a cookie swap or exchange....it sounds like so much fun....How festive......I loved all of the samples....YOU cannot go wrong no matter which choice you make....they are all great ideas.....loved your samples......I may have to see if my daughter and I might plan to do something like that this year....it would be such a great way to connect with friends, co workers..and family....
Thank you so much for the great ideas...and to Spellbinders for having such cute stamps and dies.....Great Blog Hop!!! Big hugs...

DJ said...

How clever! I really love the recipe book. So cute. TFS

sharon g said...

I just adore the rolling pin with flowers!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic new dies! Love the SWEET theme! Those silhouette images are amazing... lovely samples. The cookie exchange invitation is so pretty!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What pretty cards!

Mrsfish02 said...

Love your new dies Sharon. The cookie exchange is wonderful. I am a big fan of gingerbread. Nicely done.

Cyndi Morris said...

Wonderful projects. I love the silhouettes, and the gingerbread man is adorable.

Peachy Wessels said...

What a cute idea and great for your cookie exchange - so warm and cozy, I really enjoy great packaging ideas! Your dies are really fun to work with, the rolling pin is my favorite!

Lynn Harrell said...

Love the projects you made with these dies. Cookie exchange is a terrific idea.

Pam Young said...

I love all of your products, but I am in love with the silhouette calendar topper!! The cookie exchange invitation is a great idea too!

craftyd said...

Beautiful projects, great cookie exchange idea.

Nikki said...

Such great projects, they're awesome.

happyhappyjavajoy said...

I love how you put together the whole package for each person, what a great way to spice up the cookie exchange!

Unknown said...

I absolutely love these dies. I can already envision all the projects I'm going to be making. Thank you!

Tina Strosnider said...

I will certainly be ordering these dies. Thank you!

Nancy-Anne Rockwell said...

Love the cookie exchange card!

Penny Walker said...

Such a sweet little gingerbread man. Love it.

Helen Budz said...

Sharyn, this creative project is delightful. Love the baking scene silhouette. tfs

mindy1414 said...

I want to participate in your Cookie Exchange lol, I love all that you've created for it. I'm thinking both recipe books, they are both perfect :) You've don a fantastic job of showcasing this set and that little Gingerbread boy....just adorable.

Unknown said...

LOve the box, so pretty. The recipe cards also lovely. Always nice to be ahead of the game. Have a great holiday season!

Balsam Ridge Crafts said...

What a great idea for a cookie exchange! Love the Gingerbread man. Catch me if you can off to the next on the blog hop. LOL

Birgit said...

So many cute ideas! I love the idea of making gingerbread man tags. so fun!!

Darlene Christian said...

These cards do capture the concept of family, home and what we do most at the holidays which is baking good things to eat.

Sue D said...

Cute invitation and packaging.

Sheila said...

You did an awesome job on all your projects. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

The cookie exchange invites are gorgeous. What a great idea!

Lori Podolsky said...

Your fabulous projects are the essence of the holidays! Beautifully done!

Janell said...

The little recipe booklet is a great dea. Fun!

Unknown said...

You are all so creative and talented

Unknown said...

Your projects are lovely and the recipe booklet is a great idea.

Jacquelyn Alexander said...

Your projects are lovely and the recipe booklet is a great idea.

Diane17Lynne said...

I love the idea of the recipe booklet for your Cookie Exchange. Wish I could be a participant.

Linda Anderson said...

A truly lovely plan for a cookie exchange! The recipe booklet is a great idea. I think I like the single thread enclosure, but whichever one opens easiest would be my choice. These dies are the perfect design elements to pull it all together. TFS.

daffy said...

great idea for a cookie exchange

Dee Earnshaw said...

love how you used these new sets - awesome work - thanks for the inspiration :)

Patti J said...

The cookie exchange is a delightful way to use these sets! Great job...thanks for sharing!

Cynthia Koop said...

I think you should make both styles of the recipe book because I can't choose they are both so cute!!! Always a great idea to start ahead so the time crunch is not so bad. My Mom taught me that! Great release!

cindy m said...

The recipe cards are awesome! I bake a lot of gifts for the holidays, these would go great!!
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Denise Bryant said...

I love to bake during the holidays too! Thanks for sharing your projects and inspiration!

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

I was just thinking that, and then you did it but your inspiration is so gorgeous!! Am saving this for my next cookie exchange! Great inspiration!

Lynne Wilcox said...

All the holiday tags are wonderful

Miriam Prantner said...

I love that rolling pin with the cutouts, and your recipe booklet idea is such a good one!

GrannieR said...

The cookie exchange with the recipe booklet is a wonderful idea!

Connie Wood said...

Oh my! These dies are absolutely perfect for my holiday gift giving of candy and cookies.

Nandini said...

This collection is really great. And I love the cute gingerbread boy. The Let's Bake set is also a great addition to the stash.

Leanne said...

Fabulous projects!

Dana M said...

Oh what fantastic projects! So creative to create tags, recipe cards and gift packaging for a cookie exchange.

Jean said...

So very creative and pretty!

Anna Rodgers said...

What a cute way to announce a cookie exchange party! And I love the box decorating you did for each guest! That Gingerbread Man is just adorable!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love that tag. The gingerbread man is sure cute. TFS