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371  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Important Notice! Lurking posts will be deleted. on: February 02, 2008 01:43:38 PM
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372  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Takeout boxes full of treats! (complete w/ photos) on: January 06, 2008 03:28:57 PM
In 2005, I made my boyfriend's department 14 gel candles https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=69356.0
In 2006, I made my fiance's department 24 mugs of treats https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140952.0
And then, in 2007, I made my husband's department 28 of these boxes full of sweet goodness... Smiley

This year hubby will be in a new department with only 4 employees - hallelujah! Grin  I can't wait!

Peanut butter chocolate Oreo bark! (recipe below)

World's easiest peppermint bark

Chocolate-covered cashews


mr.sweets4ever wrote out all of the cards and filled the boxes!! Smiley

Here are the supplies (plus some supplies for other projects I worked on that night)...

We also slipped each person a scratch-off ticket in a cute little felt holiday pouch, some peanut butter cups and left over starlite mints.

I got the boxes, felt pouches, mints and cards from Dollar Tree.

Edit for recipe add! Smiley Smiley
Some of my measurements are guesstimates because I tend to just be crazy in the kitchen (i.e., I eat the supplies...). Smiley

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oreo Bark

1 package or so Oreo cookies
1 bag or so semi-sweet baking chocolate (chips, chunks, whatever works for you!)
1 bag or so white baking chocolate
2 - 3 tablespoons peanut butter (I used JIF...nummy!)
Wax paper & cookie sheet

  • Melt chocolate in separate bowls (microwave or double boiler)
  • Add peanut butter to melted white chocolate
  • Crumble cookies and distribute into both chocolate bowls
  • Spoon globs of chocolate mixtures onto wax paper covered cookie sheet (alternating colors...very important!)
  • This is the fun part!  Use the tip of a butter knife to swirl through the mixture...blending some of the dark into the white and vice versa.  Have fun & swirrrrl, swirl, swirl!
  • Chill until firm (30 minutes maybe?)
  • Break into pieces/chunks with your hands
  • Gobble Grin
373  COOKING / Dessert / Oreo balls/bombs/delicious bits of bliss on: January 05, 2008 06:29:21 PM
I've noticed a few recipes for these around Craftster, so I'll include the links to as many as I can locate. Smiley Smiley

I didn't follow either recipe precisely because, by the time I got to these, I was too tired to measure anything. Cheesy  Here's what I did, though...

  • Crumble a bag or a bag and a half of Oreos into a bowl.  I used my Kitchenaid mixer for this project.
  • Drop one or two packages of softened Philadelphia cream cheese into the bowl.
  • Let the mixer to do alllll the work.  I let it mix until it was thoroughly blended into a disgusting bowl of thick mud-like sweetness.
  • At this point it was bedtime, so I let the bowl chill in the fridge overnight. Grin
  • In the morning, I rolled out all of the balls onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.
  • Chill the tray of balls (until lunchtime when I had another break Cheesy).
  • Melt chocolate in double boiler (glass bowl on top of a metal sauce pan with simmering water on the stove).
  • Take the chocolate off the stove and rest on a hot pad.
  • Throw (not really...more like a gentle toss) a few balls in the chocolate bowl at a time and flip around with a spatula until thoroughly coated in chocolate.
  • Remove balls, one at a time, from the chocolate bowl to their final resting place on the wax paper cookie sheet.  I used a wooden skewer for this.  It worked GREAT!
  • After all the balls are coated and resting the sheet, let them cool again in the fridge.

That's it!

For fun and to make them look a bit more like evil bon bons, I decorate them with melted white chocolate.
  • Melt white chocolate in double boiler.
  • Pour into Ziploc bag
  • Snip teeny tiny corner in the bottom of bag (to serve as a piping bag)
  • Drizzle, drizzle, drizzle

I don't like to waste supplies, so I drizzled out the extra white chocolate onto wax paper to make fun plate garnishes.

  • All of the chilling might seem excessive, but it's really necessary.  After mixing, the goo will be too soft to roll into balls and after rolling the balls, the balls will be too soft to dip.  Chilllll!
  • I tried using a toothpick to fish my balls out of the chocolate (erm...uh...), but it was too flimsy and breakable.  The wooden skewer was fabulous.
  • Don't try to eat too many at once!  They are VERY rich.  I ate half of one at a time with tall glass of milk.
  • And lastly... enjoy! Smiley
374  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Personal/Private Swap Gallery January 2008 on: January 01, 2008 07:17:53 PM
Wowww... another year!

Smiley  Cheesy  Grin This swap gallery is intended as a way to recognize all the wonderful personal swaps that are done in this community!   Grin  Cheesy  Smiley

Personal swaps are not encouraged or supported by Craftster.  This is only a thread to post pictures from your personal experiences.  Personal swaps are not and cannot be tracked in Swap Feedback on profiles and should not be linked to Craftster's Organized Swaps in any way.

Folks who have participated in a personal swap and wish to share pictures of the items they have sent and received may do so by posting in this gallery.

Please note that this gallery is meant for those who have had a good experience with their personal swaps!  This is not the place to air your grievances about being "flaked" on...please keep it positive and give love to those awesome personal swappers! Wink

Each month a new gallery will be started.  If you have received from a personal/private swap, within the month, feel free to post pictures here!   Grin

Or browse previous galleries...
375  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Crazy quilt Christmas stocking on: December 03, 2007 12:39:19 PM
Woohoo!  I'm still learning how to sew, so I was really excited this bad boy actually came out (in one piece Cheesy).  I made it for a swap and tried to incorporate some funky colors and textures for my partner 'cause she's just that awesome. Smiley

I thought it needed a little more zing, so I beaded the loop.

No flash...


376  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Embellished winter doggie jacket! on: December 03, 2007 12:34:47 PM
First off... I did not make the actual jacket. Smiley  Secondly... I had a blast decorating it!!  All of the tattoos are iron-ons (my first time working with them) and then metal star studs.  I think it's a simple and colorful way to add a pop of color to an otherwise bland winter jacket.

I made it for a swap, so hopefully I can con an action shot out of my partner's pooch! Smiley
377  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Quilled card (my first quilling!) on: December 03, 2007 12:30:17 PM
Don't laugh, but I am entirely excited about this card. Cheesy  It was the very first time I tried to quill anything and I love how it turned out! Grin

378  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Melted bead Day of the Dead wallhanging on: December 03, 2007 12:28:04 PM
Verrry colorful melted bead wallhanging I made for a swap.  I didn't drill holes in the top for ribbon because I wasn't sure if she would want to hang or lean it.  She said she is going to drill the holes & hang it for sure, though! Smiley

It's pretty big - I used a big ole cake pan to form the beads.  It's the same size as this elephant https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160351.0 so it's 16" in diameter.

379  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Spoon/star necklace! on: December 03, 2007 12:23:37 PM
I made this for a swap! Smiley  It was inspired by this piece.  I'm entirely addicted and am making all sorts of pieces from our wedding silverware now. Cheesy

Edited to insert some tutorial information provided later in the thread. Smiley

I used the one on the right right to drill the initial hole and to drill out the entire star shape.  I just looked it up in my Dremel's manual and it's the Tungsten Carbide Cutter.  "These are tough, long-lived cutters for use on hardened steel, fired ceramics, and other very hard materials.  They can be use for engraving on tools and garden equipment.  1/8" shanks."

I used the one on the left to sand all over in long, smooth movements.  It made it super shiny and removed any ugly surface blemishes.  I couldn't find that one in the manual, but I think it's some sort of grinding stone?  Maybe someone will post here and tell me! Smiley

Edit with more info! Smiley
I bought the dremel cutting bit today at Home Depot.  The part number is 9903 and cost around $7.50 in case anyone was wondering.
380  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Button wreath ornament on: December 03, 2007 12:17:42 PM
I made this little piece for a swap.  I used Martha's tutorial and LOTS of buttons... Smiley

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