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Friday, December 30, 2011

Fancy a drink?

Hi all,
I'm sorry I'm a day late with this, but I completely forgot to post it yesterday. My parents left today. It was lovely to have them up and the girls really enjoyed playing with them. I am now madly washing the bedclothes as we have some friends and their children coming up tomorrow to stay for the night as it's New Year's Eve and we prefer staying in with friends than going out and freezing. I know, I sound so old! The spotty paper is by Funky Hand. I'm not sure about the swirl one. The shapes are cut with my Grand Calibur - I have finally had time to play with it.
Over at CRAFT we are sponsored by Lia Stampz and Sew Many Digital Stamps. Our theme this week is New Year, and I have used Miki Celebrates by Sew Many. I hope you can find the time to join us. I'll be back soon with hubby's birthday card.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Walking in a winter wonderland

Hi all,
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day. Daisy was so excited, she was awake at 4am. I wasn't particularly impressed! We had a lovely family day, with good company, food and presents.
Over at Incy Wincy, we are sponsored by Meljen's Designs. Our theme this week is Winter Wonderland, so I have used a blue and white colour scheme. Please check out the projects from the rest of the fab DT.
I'm sorry this is short and sweet, but I am going to go and play with my daughters and their new toys!
I will see you soon.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jelly bean, anyone?

Hi all,
We had a lovely day chilling at home today. I bought a make your own gingerbread house kit, so me, the girls and my Mum made it this morning. Martha ate more jelly beans than she decorated the house with, but we all enjoyed it and ended up covered in icing sugar. We then headed out to the park, but nearly got blown away by the wind, so we came back sharpish.
Over at CRAFT, our theme is pastels for Christmas, so you can make any really last minute projects. We are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish and 2 cute rubber stamps. I have used Christie Angel by Robyn's Fetish. The handmade paper is by Pie Lane, and the sentiment paper is from Funky Hand.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 sleeps to go!

Hi all,
I bought my last present today and now it's only the food to sort. Daisy is getting more and more excited so I am finding lots of things to do to wear her out!
I don't have a share today, but I want to let you know that Creative Craft has a new challenge, which is white on white Christmas. It isn't my team's turn this fortnight, and I usually take part anyway, but I am busy with preparations and want to spend time with my Mum and Dad, so I didn't make a card this time. Please check out the fab projects from my teamies and I will be back in a day or two.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Going round in circles

Hi all,
I hope you all had a good weekend. My parents arrived safely on Friday. Daisy was very pleased to see them. Martha is getting used to them again as she sees them on skype but hasn't met them many times. On Saturday we went to meet Santa. We paid just for Daisy as Martha is quite scared of him, but the elves were lovely as they gave Martha a little present too. On Sunday we visited my in laws to exchange presents as they are off to Berlin for Christmas to stay with hubby's oldest brother and family.
Over at Incy Wincy, we are sponsored by A day for daisies, who kindly gave the DT some images to use. Our theme is to make a circle card and I have used Candy Elf A by A day for daisies. I don't yet have any large nesties, so I found a plastic circle template in my stash and drew around this for my circle layers. The flowers are by Wild Orchid and prima.

Friday, December 16, 2011

A blue birthday

Hi all,
I know, I'm not normally posting on a Friday, but I had to make a birthday card for our friends little girl who is 2. We woke up to snow today and it was the nativity play at Daisy's school this morning. I wasn't sure whether to go or not, but we did make it safely. My parents are driving up today to spend Christmas here. I am expecting a call soon to let me know where they are. I'll be happier when they are here safe.
Anyway, the image on my card is by Stamp Fairy. I have used my label nesties and some paper from a popcorn the bear CD I printed off a while ago and forgot about. The rosette uses sparkly card by Pie Lane. It's my first attempt at a rosette and I quite like the effect.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Can you spot a heart on this?!

Please scroll down for my Digital Delights DT post
Hi all,
Over at CRAFT this week, we are sponsored by My Creative Classroom and Bows and Berries. Our theme is a Christmas card with a removable item. Now, I found this quite a challenge, but eventually I decided to make Martha's Christmas card and include a tree decoration. I chose the image Elfie by Bows and Berries and have taken the heart theme for the decoration.
Have a great day.

We're off to see the windows...

Hi all,
Martha and I are off to Newcastle to meet friends and see the display in Fenwick's window. It's a department store, which always does a Christmas display for children in its windows. We then have to buy some presents for Daisy's teachers as I had completely forgotten about it. Ooops!
It's time for my weekly show of Digital Delights products. I have used my Grand Calibur to cut and emboss a tag and have added Skier Slippy from Digital Delights. I have used pearls from my stash and that's it. Fairly easy, but I like it.
I'll be back later with my CRAFT DT post.
I would like to enter this into:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cards by Daisy

Hi all,
Daisy's performance was lovely. The reception class were all dressed as angels and had lines to say, a song to sing and a rhyme. They were the stars of the show (I know I am biased!) We are now at home, keeping out of the way of the wind. I had to drive to get Martha from nursery earlier and was so glad to get home.
Yesterday Daisy made some cards for her teachers and support assistants. She said what she wanted to do and I helped decide how to do it. Daisy did nearly all the cutting out (I helped with Santa's boots) and all the sticking, painting, etc. She gave them out today and said everyone liked them. I hope you don't mind me showing them to you, but she was very proud of them.

I'll be back tomorrow with another card. Have a lovely evening.

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's up!

Hi all,
I hope you all had a good weekend. Ours started with some snow, but thankfully that went quite quickly. We got our tree on Saturday and the girls helped us decorate it. There were a set of lights spare, so Daisy put them in her room. I can't see them coming out too quickly. She is so excited, and also 'borrowed' some tinsel to put in her room.
I am off to see her in the school play this afternoon. I was going to go tomorrow morning with hubby, but Daisy wanted someone both days, so I said I would come along Monday (I'm not sure if this is instead of or as well as Tuesday!)
Over at Incy Wincy, we are sponsored by Nicecrane, who are offering the winner a $15 gift certificate. The DT were given some images to play with for our theme, which this week is Christmas AND use brads. I have loads of brads, but keep forgetting to use them. I almost forgot to put them on my projects here too! I used two Nicecrane images and made some tags. As the images are quite vintage-y I used traditional Christmas colours.
I would like to enter this into:
Catch the bug - Santa baby

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Another one down!

Please scroll down for my CRAFT DT post
Hi again,
The time has come for my weekly show of Digital Delights products. As I have lots more tags to make, I thought I would make one this week. I have used a lovely image by Wendy, called Jingles and tree. I have used freebie papers again and corrugated card from my stash. Please check out the fab projects from the rest of the DT.
I hope you have a lovely rest of the week.
I would like to enter this into:
ABC Christmas challenge - Anything Christmassy
My mum's craft shop - traditional Christmas
Penny's paper crafty - Merry Christmas

A little bit sketchy

Hi all,
I can't believe how few days there are left until Christmas. I am nearly sorted present wise, but nowhere near sorted for Christmas cards and tags. Aaagh! Daisy is very excited as she is rehearsing for her nativity play. As the school only has 50 pupils in it, the whole school takes part in the play and the reception class are all angels. They had to take in white sheets for their costumes and Daisy is very proud of the line she has to say. I can't wait to see it next week.
Over at CRAFT, we are sponsored by Glitterbabe and Floppy Latte. We have a wonderful sketch for you to use. I have rotated the sketch 90 degrees to suit the Glitterbabe image I have chosen to use. The label die cuts were cut with my new Grand Calibur (I love the machine, although I haven't had a lot of playing time) and the ribbon and pearls were from my stash.
Please check back later for my Digital Delights post.
I would like to enter this into:
Crafts and me - winter (snow/snowflakes)
Bearly mine challenges - un-traditional Christmas
The stamping boutique - no traditional Christmas colours

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's a stitch up!

Hi all,
Well, we had some snow yesterday. Daisy was very excited, as she hasn't seen snow for 2 years and one thing she was looking forward to when we moved back here was snow at Christmas. I think I liked the hot weather of Sydney! I'm hoping we won't get too much bad weather, as my parents are due up here next week and I won't want them driving in snowy conditions.
Over at Creative Craft, we are sponsored by Joanna Sheen and Stamping Boutique. Our theme this fortnight is stitching, real or faux. I decided to make an easel box card, and followed a fab tutorial from the wonderful Brenda. The dress form and thread advert are from The graphics fairy and the other images are from the haberdashery stamp set by Joanna Sheen. As soon as I saw the theme, I thought it would be a perfect time to get inky. I don't get my proper stamps and inks out as much as I should, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I used antique linen and bundled sage distress ink for the background, and then stamped with antique linen and a darker brown ink pad. I also spritzed the background with glimmer mist. The bobbin has been wound with thread and is popped out on a 3D foam pad for depth.
The backing paper is by Basic Grey and I have used a metal bobbin from my sewing machine kit for the drawer handle. This shows the construction and the stamped tape measure on the base.
I would like to enter this into:
Make it Monday - always anything goes
Catch the bug - anything goes
Cooking it up with Katie - anything goes
I also decided to make a tag, using an image from the Stamping Boutique. This time, I used faux stitching and a mix of pink Christmas papers. I need to make lots more tags, but as this one is nearly the size of a small card, I need to make them smaller and less time consuming.
Sorry for the photo heavy post here. I do hope you can join us this fortnight.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Another blue Christmas

Hi all,
I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was lovely, but busy, as they all seem to be at the moment. We went to a local Christmas market in Alnwick on Saturday and then Daisy went to a birthday party at a soft play on Sunday. The next birthday in the class will be Daisy's, so I now have to think about what to do for her. No doubt she will have much to say about what she wants!
Over at Incy Wincy this week, we are sponsored by the wonderful Prairie Fairy. Our theme is non traditional Christmas colours. I have used a lovely image by Prairie Fairy, and have used a blue colour scheme. I have used glitter on the wings, although it doesn't show up very well on the photo. I have always thought that traditional colours are a bit over-rated, although I have used them a bit more this year for certain projects. The papers are more magazine freebies and the embellishments are from my stash. Please check out the fab projects from the rest of the wonderful DT.
I would like to enter this into the following:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Anything Christmas with pearls
Craft your passion - Anything goes with glitter
Make My Monday - seasonal with glitter

Friday, December 2, 2011

DT call reminder

Just a quick reminder about the DT call at Incy Wincy. Hop over to the blog for more details. You only have two more days to apply, so give it a go!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Get your skates on!

Please scroll down for my CRAFT DT project
Hi again,
Here is my Digital Delights project. The wonderful Wendy has some fantastic new releases for you today. I am using Skating Donita and also the Winter Background. The snowflake papers and the sentiment are also from Digital Delights. I have used puff paint to create the snow. The flowers are by Prima, and the lace, brads, pearls and gems are from my stash.
Have a great rest of the week,
I'd like to enter this into:
Digistamps 4 joy - Christmas but no animals.
Fab n funky - anything goes

For me? You're too kind!

Hi all,
I hope you are having a good week. Daisy was off school yesterday because of the strikes, so she and Martha had fun at toddlers and then they played at home as the weather was too bad to go too far.
Over at CRAFT this week, we are sponsored by Lauretta's digi images and Crimson Cloud. Our theme is Christmas present - so maybe the image shows presents, or your project is a present for someone. I have used Pingo by Lauretta's and have made a tag to go on a huge candy cane that we will put into Daisy's stocking. I am sure that Martha will want a bit too, but she wouldn't manage a whole one, so we will find something else for her stocking. The papers are more magazine freebies and the ribbon is from hobbycraft.
I will be back later with my Digital Delights inspiration.
I would like to enter this into:
Whimsy stamps - anything but a card