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Welcome to the Echo Park November blog hop!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!! *waves* Thanks for joining us for the Echo Park Paper monthly DT blog hop! I always love you all stopping by to tell me how much you love me, lol jk! (But.. feel free to! Heh!)

Welcome to the Echo Park Paper Design Team Blog Hop! Today the Echo Park Paper Design Team is showcasing projects from our latest collections. Be sure to follow the blog hop list below as you hop from one blog to the next. Return to the Echo Park Paper blog at any time for the next blogger on the list in case you get lost or confused! ONE winner will be selected from each blog to receive an Echo Park Paper collection kit of their choosing. To qualify for the kit, comments will be due by midnight EST, Sunday, November 25rd to qualify for the drawing. The winner will be announced on each blog Monday, November 26th,  so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won! Good luck!


I have two little projects and a recipe to share.. oh, yes! It’s that time of year! All our butts will grow two sizes and I am here to help! No need to thank me.

But just in case you’re lookin’ forward to a more round back side…. You’re welcome.


First up I have this DARLING snowman container. This doesn’t have too much Echo Park going on, but that’s ok! That’s why I have two projects to share. For both my projects I used Echo Park Paper’s ‘This & That Christmas’. So lovely!

I mean seriously. I die. How CUTE is this? Look at this face! Looook!

To create this I used my Sizzix eclips cutting machine and the SVG Cuts kit,  Christmas Open House. I absolutely love how this snowman goes together! A perfect sized treat container, too! I cut the body out with Carta Bella kraft cardstock which is GREAT for die cutting. It’s nice and thick and holds shape very well. I used some Echo Park clear stamps (Holly Jolly Christmas and Season’s Greetings from 2011) to stamp brown snowflakes all over. The idea of this was inspired by my friend Thienly (since she recently did a kraft paper snowman), and also the banana bread packaging that I am about to share..

Yup! ‘nana bread packaging.. here it is! Mmmmmmm! Smells SO good! If you wanna smell some too.. I am going to share the recipe with ya in a bit! Until then, feel free to lick your computer screen.

A big yummy loaf of greatness!

Yes, folks.. dust off that paper crimping tool! I love mine and especially love it over kraft cardstock! Made a beautiful textured bread wrap. Love the look of the brown stamped snowflakes all over.

See that ’25′ flair? That’s from my little flair shop, Paper Play Studio! You can find it in the December Daily 8pk of flair!

And TODAY (Monday 11/19) is the last day to use the code ILOVEPPS for the buy 2 get 1 free deal! This is my LAST sale of the year!  Check out my FACEBOOK page for more details or head on over to the store to check out all my FLAIR!

Sooooo.. here’s where I ask ya, “What did ya think?.. You likey?”..

I hope I’ve inspired ya.. and if not.. I hope you leave here with a craving for banana bread at least! LOL!

Not inspired and hate bananas? Well, you’re just no fun then!


I am kidding of course.. You’re still fun…. ish.



Preheat that oven, y’all and find some practically rotten bananas!

Here’s the RECIPE I use. I do make it my ‘own’ though. I use 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 4 VERY ripe smallish/medium bananas (mash ‘em reaaaally good.) And people, for the love of muffin tops, use REAL butter! It makes all the difference in your baking. Oh.. and I do 1/2c brown sugar and a 1/2c white sugar. PERFECTO! This recipe is FABULOUS and peeps ask me all.the.time how to make it.

Now that I’ve rambled, threw some photos at ya, and made you hungry, I will send you off to the sweet and talented Linda Auclair

If you happen to stumble upon my blog, or ya lost your way.. here’s the hop list! Remember to leave comments for a chance to WIN!! PLEASE try to remember to leave a way to contact you. If you enter your email address for my blog, it will NOT show up when you post. Only I will see it….. and I only send SPAM emails for discounted Viagra to people who don’t like bananas.

That’s it! Have a great week!

Huh.. just realizing that someday someone might Google ‘discounted Viagra’ and end up on my blog.. LOL! “I don’t have that, but here’s a very exciting paper snowman to look at!!”

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  1. Beautiful work Tamara! I happen to have a few black… Errr brown bananas that would be perfect for some bread! And of course some real butter too!

  2. Jamie Greene says:

    Stunning!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

  3. Nathalia says:

    That snowman is seriously one of the cutest things I’ve seen lately. Love it!

  4. Adorable projects! I am a new follower just cuz your post cracked me up…..and if my butt seriously does grow 2 sizes I will know where to come to find you….that is providing I can get out the door!!!

  5. Your snowman is fantastic, just love the detail. Too much cuteness first thing in the morning!

  6. Keri says:

    WOW wow, that snowman is just too amazing, I LOVE the look! Great technique with the stamping and corrugated cardstock too, thanks for the inspiration!

  7. maria mendoza says:

    I love the snowman. he is super cute

  8. Becky Litz says:

    Great projects Tamara. I love them both (and I always love the addition of your PP flair). We put over ripe bananas in the freezer and save them for when we have enought to make some banana bread. When they defrost they are totally black and mushy, you just squeeze them right out of the skin. It works great, you hardly have to mash them up! Thanks for sharing your recipe as well!

  9. julie e says:

    Great projects – and I love your flair!

  10. I loooooove that snowman is super cute. I can’t apart my eyes of him hahaha.
    Banana bread yummie.

  11. Ange says:

    Great projects! Love, love the snowman!!!

  12. Ilda says:

    You are so funny Tamara! Love reading your posts!!! Great projects, the snowman is adorable! Where can I find one of those paper crimping tools? Love it, got to get me one :)

  13. Tania says:

    oh, this snowman is so cute! I’ll take it to my christmas board on pinterest)))

  14. Flo says:

    Your snowman is adorable. Love it and banana bread too. Great decoration on it.

  15. Donna Idlet says:

    Love your projects, I especially love the snowman!

  16. Debbie says:

    That snowman is just so adorable. Love the packaging on the banana bread. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Anne Ayers says:

    OMG!!!! This is amazing!!!!!! Just to freakin cute!!!!!!!

  18. Miriam Prantner says:

    That snowman is just too cute! Love him and love his corrugated hat!

  19. Heather Sweet says:

    First off, this is the first time I’ve ever been to your blog and your flippin’ hilarious! You now have a new follower! Second, I adore that snowman! What a great idea! Third, I really do have a craving for banana nut bread now. I’m bummed I’m at work (the place that pays for my crafting addiction) and can’t bust out some bread like right now. Thanks for the inspiration and you’ll see me back here!

  20. JoAnn Pollock says:

    I LOVE the snowman and I have some bananas that need to be made into banana bread!

  21. Gina says:

    I love this snowman! Love it!!

  22. susan kopp says:

    Cute snowman, just love it!

  23. I love it! This is perfect timing…I just got a crimper and now I know what to do with it. Thanks for the inspiration~

  24. Rhiannon Metzger says:

    Wow, just wow!! You outdo yourself everytime! I so wish I was your best friend or neighbor!!

  25. Karine C says:

    LOVE the snowman!! it’s super cute as my daughter would say

  26. Jeanne J. says:

    I love the snowman! Your projects are so creative!

  27. DisneyLisa says:

    Licking the computer screen didn’t work. :( Great projects though. Love that snowman.

  28. Tenaya says:

    What a cute snowman!!!!!

  29. Pam says:

    OMG ! How cute is that snowman ????????? I LOVE HIM ! Beautiful work.

  30. Kayla Foister says:

    Oh my that snowman is just too cute!! Very creative! :)

  31. Sue D says:

    Adorable snowman and very cute bread packaging–I have banana bread baking in the oven right now!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  32. christine says:

    I love that little snowman…he’s so cute!!

  33. Tiffany M. says:

    That snowman is so cute! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Teresa S says:

    That snowman is amazing! I am going to have to get one of those eclips machines someday.

  35. Ruth G says:

    OK, so some people say I’m bananas so if I eat banana bread is it cannibalism?
    Sweet projects with lots of fun discussions in between! Thanks for sharing!!!

  36. Olatz Garaiyurrebaso says:

    The hop is such a great idea to discover new blogs and inspiration! Thank you so much for the hop and for the chance to win some EP candy :)

  37. andrea says:

    love the snowman !! great job !kisses ! Andrea

  38. val gould says:

    wiping up my drool from seeing the banana bread and reading the recipe! The snowman is sooo cute too!

  39. val gould says:

    so busy cleaning up my drool I forgot to leave my email.

  40. NinaN says:

    You are hilarious!!! And that snowman is too cute!!!

  41. Wow, I love your packaging inspiration! Gorgeous

  42. madeline says:

    Ooooo…that banana bread sound delish! Love the packaging, and your adorable snowman!

  43. MaryLouH says:

    Love banana bread. Your wrapping is really pretty. If the recipient doesn’t like banana bread they can enjoy the packaging and pass the bread on (kind of like fruit cake).

  44. karenladd says:

    oooh, love your warm and cozy projects! That snowman is the cutest and I have been inspired to pull out my paper crimper for sure!!

  45. Donna Broussard says:

    You did a beautiful job on the snowman.

  46. Mandie Wade says:

    LOVE your projects!!! The snowman is SERIOUSLY adorable!!! And now I’m hungry… :)

  47. KellyG says:

    Super cute projects as usual! LOVE that snowman! Awesome way to wrap up a yummy bread!

  48. Kim Thomas says:

    Super cute projects! Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. :)

  49. C says:

    What a treasure you’ve offered here: awesome project plus a recipe. All told – A++++ in every way. Question: do you have a recipe for the snowman for those of us….er, me …who don’t have electronic cutting machines? From your blog to your facebook; from your paper projects to your buttons to your recipes – you are absolutely AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  50. Melinda T says:

    Oh, that snowman is too cute!

  51. Bethany Becker says:

    Amazing projects. I love the snowman.
    bethanybecker at

  52. Julie H says:

    That snowman is amazing, and the packaging looks great – fab idea to wrap a home-baked gift so beautifully!

  53. Lynn Darda says:

    Love the brown snowflakes on the Kraft, very homespun look.

  54. Tanya S says:

    Gorgeous projects, I so love Christmas packaging!

  55. Cassie says:

    wow – gorgeous!

  56. lisa808 says:

    Love, love, love the snowman! The snowflake paper is perfect for him.

  57. Cute Cute Snowman! Love the brown snowflakes!

    And what a way to make Banana Bread even more Special!

    ~Love all the little details! Wow!

  58. beatrice lawson says:

    Tamara, before I start hunting for bananas… did you first stamp and then crimped the kraft wrapper… or the other way around. I know it sounds stupid but I have not ever used a crimper and I love the look of your snowflake studded banana bread wrapper. Please share:-)

  59. Heather Mayfield says:

    Love the snowman container.

  60. Ohhhhh myyy I am in love.. Lil’ snowman is the cutest. You’ve got to show us how you made it.

  61. Denise Bryant says:

    Fabulous bread wrappings, and I LOVE that sweet snowman! Wonder if I could figure out how to make one without an electronic cutter? He is adorable!

  62. Dyna L. says:

    That cute lil snowman is to die for!!!!! TOO CUTE. Love your altered projects.

  63. Myoriah says:

    That banana bread looks yummy. I love the wrapping you put together for it. The snowman is my favorite though. He is totally awesome! Thanks also for a chance to win a fabulous Echo Park collection.

  64. Holly C says:

    How cute is that snowman! Love it

  65. Thienly says:

    That snowman is soo cute! Now my brown snowman has a friend! Makes me want to line it up next to this guy! Love the magic that you work with the crimper… I really need to pull it out and start using it, too. and lol… yup, I’m craving banana bread, and please don’t send me SPAM mail! :) You’re so funny – can totally imaging you cracking up and rolling on the floor writing this!

  66. Earlene Bost says:

    Great projects! Cutest snowman, ever. Everything you’ve done here is really beautiful ( the stamping, crimping, palette, etc.) No joke! Love your style and ‘Flair.’ (GOT to get some of that! “Flair that is! )Hate I missed that sale, though. Have got to be more careful!

  67. Scrapalex37 says:

    I adore this snowman !!! So cute !

  68. Liz Lumsden says:

    Both projects are great, and the snowman is just too lovable!

  69. Christina says:

    By far my fav so far.Love that snowman!!

  70. Carmen Denovan says:

    That snowman is seriously fantastic!

  71. Janet K says:

    I seriously do not know how you continue to create such beautiful projects month after month after month. I think the creative juices just flow thru your veins on a continual basis. Thank goodness you love to share and inspire. And you certainly do that. LOVE your creations once again. WOW- is about all I ever know to say when I visit your blog. Smiles!

  72. Judy S says:

    Absolutely love it all! The snowman (just searched out the site etc and will buy that Christmas set soon!), the snowflakes on kraft and on the `cardboard´ paper, and your banana bread recipe (just went into my recipe box with your changes). And bookmarked your site. Now am off to look at your store!

  73. Amy Jones#8546 says:

    For one I have to say that you are Hilarious. So funny…Now on to your projects. I love them…. The snowman is so adorable….. And your Banana Bread packaging is so Pretty. Wonderful job on these. Oh and NO spam please….See if I put my email out there for just everybody I will end up with Viagra mail anyway….so Forward on!!! LOL

  74. Carie Thurgood says:

    Oh how I love Snowmen & your projects Tamara! And Viagra not so much! lol Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Christine Kiehl says:

    That was hands down THE funest blog post to read today ever! This week, month! I have a Nana too! Bread and Gma! Don’t we all? Great projects that you crafted and shared in your delightful post, thank you so much for taking the time to care and share with us!

  76. {vicki} says:



    your snowman!
    He is the ‘coolest’!

    and by the way—I LOVE BANANAS—I love them so much I had to quit eating them—my potassium was too high!–can you believe that?—I wish I had one right now.


  77. Taunya Butler says:

    You have got such flair and style. Love all your designs and I am a big fan!!

  78. Caryn S. (Scrapnsing) says:

    The banana bread packaging is so pretty! Wouldn’t it be fun if store bought stuff was packaged this prettily? It would be more expensive sure, but I wouldn’t be able to put it in my pantry! And ohhhhh that snowman is SO CUTE!! I can’t stand it.

  79. janelle shultz says:

    omgosh, i’m so happy i found your little blog thru the blog hop :) you are just such a dose of funny! seriously girl…love! thanks for the giveaway & i’ve added you to my google reader!

  80. Justasiam says:

    I love Echo Park and I really enjoyed a look at your snowman project too. I would love to win a collection pack so thank you for the chance to do just that!

  81. Sara B says:

    That snowman of yours is so cute! Love your inspiration and Thanks for the chance to win.

  82. Luanne says:

    super super cute snowman love the kraft patterned paper and the red hat.

  83. Katina says:

    You had me at the Snowman! But then continued to reel me in with the Nana bread covering and all the giggles!! Thanks for fun post, and love both the projects!

  84. Kamie Dorssom says:

    Love that snowman…amazingly cute!

  85. Kim H says:

    the snowman is so adorable, I love it. the pattern paper you created really works well. and the loaf wrapper is wonderful, love how its crimped. thanks for sharing.

  86. Tamera says:

    What a cute little snowman! And I love that your broke out the crimper! Rock on sister! Fabulous crimped banana bread wrapper.

  87. Kraft paper browns aren’t usually high on my list of likability-ness, but you’ve made me rethink that, this one time. Even so, a loaf of banana bread in that wrapper would make me grin so big you’d wonder what I’d been doing the minute before. Good on you!

  88. Jenn Z says:

    WOW, I love your snowman, WOW!!

  89. Gossip Girl says:

    Love the paper snowman!! Very cute indeed.
    The flair buttons looks good too.. Will be checking out your Facebook for some good deals, I hope.
    I’m a die hard Echo Park fan. Hope to win!!

  90. Lynda says:

    Your snowman is just too adorable! And the banana bread recipe is the perfect finishing touch!

  91. Brandy S says:

    Love me some crimped echo park paper!

  92. Lenny says:

    WOW!!! Love your projects

  93. Joan Bronson says:

    I love the snowman. You have some great creative ideas.

  94. Tamara, your little guy is just too cute! I love the stamping and crimping you did, just gorgeous! I have a crimper and I’ll have to dust it off and start playing with it again! I actually forgot all about it! Love the way you dressed up that awesome bread! And as far as my “butt”! Well, it’s been spreading just by looking at these great pics of good food! Ugh!!! Oh well, some of us got it and some of us reeeealllllllly got it! hehe! Like me!!! Thanks for the inspiration! Hugs, Debra

  95. Kristie says:

    I love your snowman and your humor! (I need to go buy a crimper!)

  96. Donna Sue says:

    Your snowman is adorable!! I have to make one. As far as bananas go…I have 2 frozen ones in the freezer waiting to be we go!

  97. RachelV says:

    Oh.My.Goodness!! I absolutely LOVE that snowman!! Seriously. And banana bread is one of my favorites! Especially when it’s packaged as beautifully as yours! Would you like my address so you can mail me a snowman and a loaf of banana bread? Please? ;)

  98. Fantastic Snowman!!! And love the banana bread wrapping! Gorgeousness!! As for bananas, we had oatmeal banana bread pancakes this very morning, so yes, I love bananas!! So no viagra emails for me, thanks. LOL! I get enough spam every day, anyway!

  99. eunice says:

    LOL!! LOVE your humor, first off. Craft-wise – it’s all cute, but the crimping is great on the kraft paper. And, I’m always looking for an improved banana bread recipe so will have to try this one. Thanks!

  100. Angel says:

    If I had received that nana cake with that gorgeous cake… It would be so lovely!!!

  101. Lisa C. says:

    Your projects are awesome!! And I always enjoy a good laugh when I visit your blog!

  102. jackie says:

    Wow – love that snowman. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll be making it soon :)

  103. Tracey says:

    WOW! Your projects are awesome but that snowman is INCREDIBLE!!

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