Monday, November 28, 2011

TGF Presents a real TREAT today: a SURPRISE December Guest Designer!


Hi everyone!

Hope you and your families had a wonderful weekend and to all of our US friends, a very happy Thanskgiving!  I for one, am stuffed!  It's amazing to me that my block literally "lit up like Christmas" just a day or two after the Thanksgiving holiday...but I'm ready and EXCITED For it!

Before we begin, thanks to all who took time out of their busy weekend schedule to participate in our "Thanksgiving Twilight" hop! Congrats to MARIA THERESE and SHARON G!  You are the two winners of the "I DO" set- be sure to email me (jess) and let me know your addresses!  How fun! 

We have quite a few surprises for you throughout the month of December, including some awesome posts from Peggy Toole, winner of our December Guest Designer contest and much more...however, today, I'm THRILLED to introduce you to Jammie Clark, our Holiday Treat Guest Designer and you'll be seeing a few other projects from her as well in the coming weeks :)

You might remember THIS post  showcasing the AMAZING COOKIES I received from Jammie as a gift back in May.  Seriously, if you haven't' seen that post, you have to go back and read it- they incredible!

We were SO impressed with her awesome baking skills, I thought what better a way to showcase some non-traditional ways to use TGF than with some delightful treats by Jammie?

Please give Jammie a warm welcome and check out her first post w/ us today!

  Happy Holidays to you all!
Gosh, it seems WAY to early to start saying that, but alas, here I am announcing it to anyone who casts a glance in my direction. To say I love this time of year, is a gross understatement. Which brings me to telling you a little bit about myself:

I moved to Idaho five years ago after a career as a 911 dispatcher and perpetual Administration of Justice student in northern California. My husband, who is also in law enforcement, and I were expecting, and decided that two parents working shift work was not the way to raise a child. So we re-located (along with some other family members as well, because who wants to raise a baby without grandparents around right? My parents and my husband’s mom also moved to Idaho around the same time frame).
After moving to Idaho, I became crafty. I opened a bakery, and got a few stamp sets from my cousin, Lena, who was selling SU! at the time. After she got me addicted (yeah, that’s the word) she opened me to a world that I had never imagined possible. Inks and stamps, markers and pencils, and every type of paper and scrap you could glue to another! I never looked at any item the same again. Then one day it happened, we were online together searching for something new, something fun, and I found TGF! Oh happy day!!!

I enjoy collecting TGF stamps. To me, they are sort of like adopting children. They look at me with their big eyes and just beg to be taken home and loved. So it do! he he he! I do EVERYTHING with my beloved stamps. So much so that my mother (yeah my mom!!!) suggested I get Cheeky Rockabilly tattooed on me (that’s just how much I use her!)!!! Perhaps… we’ll see…. maybe…..
It occurred to me that I was limiting myself too much by just using these adorable kids on paper… I mean… there’s got to be more! And being a baker… my natural instinct was…CAKE!!! After baking 3 different cakes, and frosting them, I would wake up to crumbs on the plate (my husband works graveyards mostly, so I either had a very big mouse, or a man with a very early morning sugar addiction, I’ll let you decide!) So, I needed to be even more creative…. hummm…… CHOCOLATE!!!!!
I present to you…..drum roll please… CHEEKY CHOCOLATES!

I made a double layered chocolate bark with milk and white chocolates, then I spread a very thin layer of milk chocolate (next time I’ll use Dark so that it shows up a bit better) on parchment paper and “inked” my stamp. I pressed the image, very carefully, onto the hardened bark (yeah, I broke a few in the process) and broke it into pieces. The other stamps you see here are a SU! set I purchased from my cousin. And there you have it, Cheekie chocolates! How fun is that?!?!?!? (Notice my fave girl is front and center, yet again!)

Check back often to see what else I come up with. Who knows…. I may even break down and make a card or two… hahahahha
Happy holidays Farmers and Friends! Enjoy your families and your selves this season!
And a HUGE thanks to Jess and Marie for honoring me with this GD spot on the Farm, to say I’m Elated could never express how very excited I am to be here! HUGS girls!!!!
(for more sweets or to place an order, visit www.think-cake.com)

6 comments:

Annie Rose said...

Welcome, Jammie! Can't wait to see your awesome work. Cheekie Chocolates! I'm dying here. :)

Maria Therese said...

Yaaaaaay I won ♥ Thank you :) Address sent :)

Anita said...

What a cool idea! Congrats to the winners!

Denice said...

Jammie, how SWEET to have you with us as a Holiday Treat GD...I just know you're going to spoil us with your talent this month!

:Dx

Lena said...

Yay thats my pal! Can't wait to see what else you do ( of course i get to see it first since she messeges me all her pics) . COngrats on being a sweet guest designer I know you are super excited!!!

Carisa said...

omg, i soooooo need some cheeky chocolates!!! i love what you do with these stamps - fabulous. i am looking forward to more sweet treats this month. :D