Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Some Thank You's and.....

.......did you know that there are only

358 days to Christmas 2014!!! 

Heee heee heee!!

Sorry, my fabulous friends, just had too!  I hope you are all ready to bring in the New Year 2014, I would just like someone to tell me where the last one went!

I wanted to share some blog candy wins that I received in the run up to Christmas.

Firstly, a big thank you to Lori of Chouxchoux Paper Art.  I would just like to say that this is the third year that Lori has done her Visions of Sugarplums hop and I loved hopping around for the 4 days.  I was lucky enough to win Lori's big week prize, as well as some files from Nicecrane Designs and Moonlighting by Mary (feel better soon Mary).  Here is what I received in the post on Christmas Eve, off Lori.  Thank you so much!

And a picture of the tag she enclosed for me :-)

Next is Nana of My Crafting Channel, for her Harvest Hop.  Will you look at all these goodies she sent me - thank you so much Nana.

And her so so adorable snow globe card!

Next is Carmen of Carmens Creations for the Creative Knockouts Blog Hop.  There were also some Promarkers in this candy, which I forgot to put in for the photo!  Thank you Carmen.

Yep another one :-)  Kelly of Crafting Creatively for the Creative Knockouts Blog Hop too :-)  I won $50 worth of CTMH goodies and was able to choose what I would like - thank you so much Kelly.

For having the Craftin Desert Diva's blinkie up for the Holly Jolly Christmas Hop, I won some lovely files from Graphics n Bits - Thank you so much.

And lastly, but by no means least, I won over at Decorate to Celebrate for my Christmas Scallop Tree. Rhonda kindly sent me this little Christmas Mini Album - thank you Rhonda.

Thank you all so very much for your generosity.  Of course with all these goodies that arrived, I now have to have a big sort out in the craft room - yay!

Wishing you all a wonderful New Years Eve, enjoy the celebrations.

Thanks for continuing to visit and support this little blog.

Happy crafting everyone!

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Christmas card for my sweetie :-)

Hi everyone.  I hope you all are enjoying your family time and having a most wonderful Christmas.

Just popping in to share with you the Christmas card I had made for Andy.  On Christmas Eve, yep, I realised I hadn't a card made for him. So after preparing all the veggies for Christmas Day, I went down into my craft room and came up with this.

I had used this little stamp from Crafter's Companion called All Wrapped Up for Christmas.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I have to say that in the rush of making the card, I didn't keep a note of the pens used - sorry.  Here is a close up of the image.

My base of my card is Kraft card and then the papers are from an American Crafts 6" by 6" stack called Kringle & Co.

I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangle to cut around the image and also used a Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen on the snow flakes and hat.

The sentiments were part of the stamp set.  I really must get round to buying some EZ Foam and sorting out all my stamps - something to do for 2014 :-)

The inside of the card was made up using the same elements as the front.

I then used my WeRMemory Keepers envelope board - I so love this tool and was a great purchase to make and made an envelope for the card using a DCWV 12" by 12" stack called Christmas Made.

Hope your Holiday season is going well.  Andy goes back to Winnipeg today - sniff sniff!!  We have had a fabulous Christmas holiday with him being home.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 27 December 2013

A Christmas Treasure Hunt

Hi everyone.  I hope you Christmas festivities are going well and that you all had a most wonderful Christmas Day.

I wanted to share a little something with you from our Christmas day.  We decided to do a treasure hunt for the girls this year.  We don't do this every Christmas, but we had a big surprise for them this year :-)

Normal present opening was in the morning, at a respectable time of around 9am.  We don't hurry in this house, as we like to stretch out Christmas Day as much as possible.

We enjoyed the time getting to see their faces and beaming smiles, as they opened their presents. Even though they are older now, I still love Christmas morning.

Anyways, the treasure hunt was planned for after dinner - see I did say I like to stretch Christmas as much as possible.  We had a lovely Christmas meal, we don't do turkey in this house, chicken and all the lovely vegetables.  My husband is the roast dinner chef in our house, so he gets to enjoy the cooking and I get to relax and enjoy the day.

Once we had finished eating and the dishes were cleared away, we gave each of the girls a little box with an ornament inside for the tree.  On the pretence that it was just something little for them to add to the tree ;-)

The box was made using my Silhouette Cameo and a cut file from the very generous Bird of Birds Cards, Box 1 cutfile.  I sized it to cut at 11" and ended up with a box that was 2 5/8" square.  I added a little 2" rosette to the top of each box, with the girls initials on the top.  Perfect.

However, I had attached a little tag to Emily's ornament, so that when she took the ornament out of the box she would see the tag.  Which states, "Pull the golden cracker".  Here is where the treasure hunt begins!

The tag shape was used for all the clues, just resized accordingly and the text added.

I made the golden cracker with another file from Bird - Christmas Crackers file.  I loved how the cracker turned out and it was so easy to put together - I will definitely be making more of these next year!  The cracker was sized at 10.5" wide; finished length of cracker 9", with the body of the cracker being 5" long.

Next up, I made envelopes for the clues to go inside, using my WeRMemory Keepers envelope board.  I love this board and once I used it once or twice, it was great and easy to use.  Different sized envelopes as some of the clues were longer than others :-)

I wrote the number of the clue on the back of the envelope, just to remind me which clue was inside :-)

All the papers I used were from a DCWV 12 by 12 stack called Cup of Cheer.

They got so excited once they pulled the cracker and read the first clue, as they new the fun was about to begin.

I led them all over the house with 5 clues to find in total, leading them back to the family room for the last clue that would lead them to the surprise gift.

And this is what they received!  Oh my, tears galore off not just the girls, even I cried to see how happy they were.

So, as you see they each got a laptop!  And for added individuality I used my Silhouette Cameo to create some cut files and using vinyl made each of their laptops a lid art work.

For Shannon, she loves horses, so of course I had to place a horse on top.

For Emily, she loves wolves, therefore a wolf for Emily.  Don't you just love the scene inside :-)

I love how they both turned out.  One thing I did have to remember when making these was, as I was using the black of the laptop as the actual image, was to remove the correct parts of the vinyl. Normally, the black spaces would have been the vinyl and vice a versa.

So, not only did they love the surprise, when they opened the boxes, they had the additional surprise of finding the images - these were hidden by a sheet of paper on first opening the boxes :-)

My apologies for the long post.  I hope you enjoyed a bit of my Christmas fun.

Wishing you all the very best for the rest of the Christmas Holidays and a Very Happy New Year to you all.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas One and All!

Hello everyone.  Can you believe it's Christmas Eve?!

Just a quick post today to share with you a little creation.

I had to make some money gift holders.  I had these cut files from SVG Cutting Files, called Elf Money Holder.  They cut really nicely and I sized them for Canadian money.  So the cut was sized down to 8".

I had to make 4 and am so pleased with how they came out.  I inked the edges of the striped collars with red ink.  The belt and buckle with gold ink.

I really love these patterned papers from the DCWV stack Cup of Cheer.  Used them again in some other creations which I will share with you after Christmas :-)

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you have the most fabulous of days with your families.  This is our tree - sorry it's a bit blurry wanted to show the pretty lights :-)

Merry Christmas

Friday, 20 December 2013

A Christmas Birthday!

Hi there.  Are you all getting excited that Christmas is almost upon us!  Andy comes home today for the holidays, and he is home for 10 days - yippee!!   We have lots of little things planned for the holidays and are so looking forward to having this long family time together.

Here we are with Polka Doodles last challenge of the year!  Yep, we will be into the New Year when the next challenge is up.  For this challenge we ask that you make a birthday card for someone whose birthday is in the winter or around the Christmas season, but you can also enter with Anything Goes.

Now, I have to admit, that I actually made this card for Emily to give to her Sister at the end of November - but she really loved it and it fit the occasion perfectly.

All the papers and toppers are from the Studio 12 Picknix 2 CD - Gingerbread Twist.  I love this little ginger person - isn't she sweet.  

The sentiment on the heart I made up myself in Word and used the font Black Rose off my computer.

I inked all the edges with some red ink.  The buttons are also from the CD, but I topped them off with some little button shaped brads.

For the inside I used the backing paper that is on the front.  The paper isn't creased - it is how it is meant to be printed :-)

The stamps on the inside are from the set that comes with the CTMH Art Philosophy package.

Emily loved the poem on the front and Shannon loved receiving it!  

I hope you will go along and enter.  I know we can squeeze one more challenge from you all, before the celebrations begin!

Nikky has a fabulous offer on at the moment over at the Polka Doodles shop - why not go check it out!

Have a fabulous Christmas everyone.  I may pop in one more time to wish you all the joys of the season!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Rosettes, Rosettes, Rosettes!

Hi everyone.  My turn to share with you all here and at Sheila's blog, She's a Sassy Lady.

I would like to start off with an apology to all of you, my wonderful friends.

I would like to say I'm sorry
For sorely neglecting my blog!
Christmas has me in a pickle
Eyes and mind all in a fog!

Don't know where the time is going,
Seems to be creeping up fast!
Only 8 more sleeps
Till Christmas comes to pass!

I feel a little lost,
And I'm all in quandary
So many things I'd like to do
But no time to get crafty!

I will have a few things to share
With you, once Christmas is gone;
Secrets must be kept
Until present opening is done ;-)

I hope you are all getting there,
The wrapping I have completed!
One less job to think about
I will not be defeated!

Christmas will be a time for rest
To enjoy some family time,
Andy will be home for 10 days
Won't it be sublime!

Now I best get on
You probably think I'm mad!
I do have something to share
So, read on, you'll be glad :-)

Wishing you all the joys of the season
Merry Christmas everyone !

On my blog recently, I made a rosette Christmas Tree, and whilst trying to work out lengths of paper, diameter of finished rosette, etc etc, I thought I would put together a useful little table and rule of thumb.

Apparently, the rule of thumb to make a nice size rosette is to take the diameter that you want your finished rosette to be, multiply this by 4 and this will be the length of paper you need to pleat.  Also the width of the paper is to be half the diameter of the finished rosette.  Are you still with me :-)

So, for example,  if you want a 6" rosette - the width of you paper strip needs to be 3".  The length of your strip is to be 4 x 6" (the finished diameter), 24" in length, so two strips of 12" connected.

So, once you have your strips of paper ready, you will need to score them.  I found for the bigger rosettes, I scored every 1/4" for the smaller rosettes every 1/8" worked well.

I am going to make a four inch rosette.  So, I have two strips of paper one 12" and one 4" for a total of 16" in length.

I find this works for me.  First place your paper right side up on the score board and score every 1". Then flip it over and score every 0.5".

Now, you can fold this strip.  Start right side up and start with a valley fold and you will end with a valley fold.

Now, when I was trying to find out how to make a rosette (I had never made one before - I know, sad isn't it!), the only tutorials I could find were all saying "after scoring cut this little strip off the both ends in order to connect the two pieces of paper properly."  Like below! Doing it this way though, you are cutting off 0.5" of length and then when you join them another 0.5".

However, I found when I was experimenting, that if you just flip the second strip of paper before scoring, then you do not need to take off any little pieces.  See below.

Flip over and score every 0.5"

Now with your second strip scored, you will start with a mountain fold and end with a mountain fold.

So now you have the two strips folded, one with a valley and one with a mountain fold, you can connect them. And you only lose 0.5" instead of the 1" off the length when connected.

It's all in the fold.  When you score the card stock, (I'll show you on the white side as it's clearer), your indents are valley and mountain.  However, you actually fold the opposite way!  So if your score line is valley, you actually mountain fold it and vice a versa.  This stops the card stock from cracking :-) 

Connect the ends to form your circle and then press down to make your rosette - securing with a circle and I use hot glue :-)

I have also put together a table for rosette sizes, diameter, width of paper and length of strips needed and hope you find this useful.  If you already have something like this, then I apologise, but at least it is a permanent record for me :-)

Finished Diameter of Rosette
Width of paper strip needed
Length of paper strip needed

For my Rosette Christmas tree I did two of each rosette and only one of the 1" size for the top.

Thanks for stopping by today.

And - don't worry I won't be giving up crafting for poetry any time soon :-)

Happy crafting.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas Gift - full of yummy.....

Wow - another week has gone by.  I really do not know where the time is going.  Christmas is sneaking up on us really quickly with only 19 more sleeps to go before the big day!

At Polka Doodles this week (week 49), we were asked to Make a Gift for Christmas, but you can enter with Anything Goes for Christmas.  I decided to have a go at making a 4-drawer easel card, which I have wanted to make for ages.  I found a fabulous tutorial by a lady called Kris and heres her blog and link to this tutorial.

I really enjoyed putting this together, the tutorial is very thorough and easy to follow.

I did use my Martha Stewart scoreboard to score the card stock, for the drawers, so I could get really good creases and used my bone folder too!

I used 4 large brads as my little drawer pulls, making a small hole in the centre of each drawer to push the brad through.  I inked all the edges of all the layers, drawers and elements with red ink.

All the elements of the card are from the Polka Doodles, A Home for Christmas CD.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the pre-coloured images.

Look, I filled the little drawers with yummy Swiss chocolates, each little drawer held 9 little chocolates.

For the easel stopper, I used several different sizes of holly laid on top of each other and then placed those up on a pop dot, along with the little rounded square sentiment.  One last photo to try and show the little sparkle.  I added some Sakura Stardust Gel pen to the stars, the snow on the house and the little lady's dress.

Now, who do I give it too?  That is the dilemma.  Maybe I will have to make some more :-)

So, as you are all no doubt busy making lots of gifts and things for Christmas, why not go along and enter this weeks challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

More Cute Treat Boxes

Hi everyone.  How are things with everyone out there?  It is my turn to share with you all here and over at Pam's blog, The Bug Bytes.

Andy was home the past weekend, so we managed to get caught up on a little family time.  Andy also managed to put the Christmas lights up outside.  So thought I would share a photo of his fabulous job.

I told him that he should have climbed up and should have done the upper eaves, however with all that snow it might have proved a little dangerous.  I did try and tell him that he was insured LOL!  Didn't he do great :-)

I have two adorable treat boxes to share with you today.  I made a snowman and penguin the other day, you can check these out here.

I decided they were so cute and easy to make that I had to make another couple from My Scrap Chick and the file Winter Paver Favor Boxes.  I used my Silhouette Cameo, to cut all the pieces.  Father Christmas is almost done, but I will have to share him another day.

Today, I have Rudolph and the Gingerbread Man to share with you.

I so enjoyed putting these together.  For Rudolph, I inked around all the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink, also rubbing some of his face.

For the Gingerbread Man, I again inked all the edges, this time with a little red ink.  For the cheeks, I used some chalks.  Using a black fine line marker for the smile.

For Rudolph, I finished off his nose with some glossy accents and the heart on the Gingerbread Man with some nice red glitter.

I enjoyed making these ones too!  So adorable!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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