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Hi Everyone… Wishing you all a very belated but very Merry & Bright Christmas. I hope you all had a magical day with family and friends.

I did manage to get my Christmas cards made and posted just in time! I had hoped to show you before Christmas but my computer caught a bug and was out of action for a few days and I only picked it up the day before Christmas!!

I know Christmas is done with for this year but I thought I would still show you the cards I made. They are quite simple but when you are mass producing cards I think keeping it simple is the key.

So which design do you like the best? To be honest I didn’t have a favourite I liked them all!

While I am here I thought I would also let you know that things may be a little quite on the blog front for the next week or so. I am spending some time at my folks farm with my girls… I love being here and I love how the girls love being here. They have the most wonderful farm experiences – they have been picking and eating fresh peas and cherries, getting dusty and dirty and are getting a good dose of clean country air.

I on the other hand have been doing a whole pile of absolute nothing… but I have packed 3 huge tubs of craft stuff and hope to get lots done while I am here so I should have heaps to show.

And before you go my best wishes for the New Year, I hope that 2009 is a wonderful year for you. A huge THANKS for visiting my little blog and for the lovely comments you leave – it always puts a smile on my face.

Take care

Christmas Cards 2009

  • Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
  • Inks: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip
  • Stamps: Season of Joy, Punches Three, Best Yet
  • Accessories: Scallop Square Punch,  Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle punch, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch, Riding Hood Red Taffeta, 1 3/4″ Cirle Punch

Seeing Christmas is only 9 sleeps away I thought I had best show some of the little bits and pieces I have been making.

Firstly is this very cute stocking filled with all sorts of yummy treats, which I have made over and over again and have been giving away left, right and centre . You have probably seen them around on a few blogs – I first came across it on Tania’s blog (a very talented scrapbooker, her work is just beautiful… check her out!) and she very kindly had a link to Timeless Templates where you can download the template. Once I saw this adorable stocking I had to have a go at making one. So here is my version.

I also made these little candy filled bags to go in the stocking.

Sorry this is short and sweet but I need to get on with making my Christmas cards if I have any intention of them being received before Christmas!

Stocking and Candy Cane Bag

  • Stamps: Punches Three, Season of Joy
  • Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, holiday Treasures DSP, Whisper White
  • Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, White Staz On
  • Accessories: Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Square, Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Small Flat Cellophane Bags

Luke is another Kindy friend who celebrated his 5th birthday a couple of weekends ago. I generally find boy cards really hard to make especially since I own very little in the way of boy specific stamps.

I got the inspiration for this card from Luke’s invitation which had a space theme – it got me thinking about rocket ships and I started flicking through the catalgoue and found Pun Fun… problem is I don’t own it!. Thankfully I was able to borrow it from Angela who is in our team – THANKS Angela!!

The idea to use the Sweet Treat Cups to make the ‘earth’ just came to me. I love when that happens… wish it would happen more often!

So here is my space inspired card.

I almost thought I would have to go on the scrounge for some star stamps as well but thankfully I had my Season of Joy stamp set sitting on my desk so I used the star from that set and also the little star from Riveting (retired).

I was really pleased with how it came together. I made a very special “peel me off” section inside the card in the hope that all my hard work wouldn’t be destroyed in an attempt to get to the mini MM’s!

Luke’s Birthday Card

  • Stamps: Pun Fun, Big Bold Birthday, Season Of Joy, Riveting (retired)
  • Paper: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Vanilla, Ruby Red, Watercolour Paper
  • Ink: Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive
  • Accessories: Sweet Treat Cups, Paper Peircer and Mat Pack, Scallop Edege Punch

Baby Luca belongs to Melissa and Mario who are one of the Kindy parents – he also has two lovely big sisters, one of them is in Kindy with Ruby. Anyway Luca arrived at the end of October and this is the gift and card I made for him. I struggled to get a good photo of the frame because of the reflection from the glass, this was the best of all the photos I took.

I covered a wooden letter with some Brocade Blue DSP and added some Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon and a Bashful Blue Button from the Sherbet range in the new Summer Mini Catalogue. I also got to use the brand new Framed with Love Stamp Set which again is from the Summer Mini Catalogue. I had been busting to have a play with that stamp set!

As you can see I made sure that the card and frame co-ordinated – Here is a better photo of just the card.

I love making personalised gifts especially to welcome a new baby and the frames have been my favourite gift to make. I think that most of our good friends and family that have had babies over the past 2 years all have a personalised frame.

Luca’s Frame and Card

  • Stamps: Framed with love, Punches Three
  • Paper: Patterns Pack II DSP Brocade Blue (Level 1 Hostess gift),  Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery. Whisper White
  • Ink: Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: Bashful Blue Button (Sherbet Range), 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Wide Oval Punch, Rub-ons (nonSU), Frame (non SU), Wooden Letter (non SU)

So this post has very little to do with craft… but I just wanted to share cause I am still on the biggest high (all natural I can assure you).

I went to the Green Day concert last night…. OMG it was AWESOME!!… I had the best time. It took me right back to a time when I owned high top converse and short tartan skirts and got away with bright red/pink hair (well least I thought I did :)) and well I could include a couple of other things but I think I have shared more than enough!

But the best thing about the whole night was that I got to hang out with my sister and brothers.  We are all Green Day fans – I think that may have been my influence since I am the oldest 😉  It was great hanging out together, well I thought it was great… they happened to think that it was somewhat embarrassing and weird seeing their big sister ROCKIN’ OUT!!!

Well it is not very often I get a night out like this and it was AWESOME!

Here is  the full layout and list of ingredients as promised!

I  sent this layout to my secret sister in New Zealand (* waving Nadine*)… (minus the photo of Miss Ruby of course!) and have since been meaning to recreate it for my album – I might have a go at turning it into a 12×12.

I want to say that it is quite a simple layout, but it does involve a fair bit of cutting out. However once all the cutting is over and done with… easy peasy! It’s just a matter of cutting strips of DSP, rounding corners, punching a boarder, adding some ribbon and a Life Definitions definition. And then the fun part of layering the flowers.

I had lots of fun putting this layout together with all these bright happy colours and I thought the little bird from Cheap Talk just added to the fun. I think he looks quite cute there with his little head just poking out don’t you think?

Petal Pizzazz Layout

  • Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Cheep Talk, Life Definitions,
  • Inks: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Riding Hood Red, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Gable Green, Ballet Blue, Rose Red, Summer Sun,
  • Paper: Naturals Ivory, Pixie Pink, Sweet Always DSP
  • Accessories: Eyelet Boarder Punch, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Round Tab Punch, Corner Rounder Punch

Hi Everyone

A huge thanks to everyone that has dropped by the past couple of days… I wish I had more here to show you but it is a work in progress and it is getting there… so please drop by again 🙂

Just while my girls are eating their breakfast I thought I would show a snippet of a layout… I haven’t got much time at the moment but I will be back with the full layout and list of ingredients tonight.

Summer Mini Catalogue