Monday, 30 December 2013

Crafty Christmas Presents

And in a blink of an eye Christmas has been and gone. Did you all have a lovely Christmas? 
Mine was the usual family affair, over to my folks for Christmas morning opening our stocking (well Christmas gift bag) presents and presents from other family members and friends and for Christmas dinner before heading to the inlaws in the afternoon for presents and tea. Then on Boxing Day it was Christmas Day take two where we exchange presents with mum & dad and my brother and sister in law and have a general family day laughing at poor mum trying to work out dad's quiz for opening her presents. This years quiz was Christmas number 1's, on the label was a year and she needed to name the Christmas number 1 for that year, cue mum sitting there perplexed while my brother and I looked them up on his phone and tried to give her clues. 

After opening our presents we now have chocolates, wine & toiletries coming out of our ears! I was lucky enough to receive some crafty presents from Ian though. Presents I chose and added to online carts and left him to pay for lol! For my stocking presents (we buy each other our main presents after Christmas in the sales) he brought me some lovely goodies from Angel Crafts
Two more 6x6 paper pads from Alison Kreft Recorded collection & Glitz Love you Madly collection which were both reduced. I love the Alison Kreft collection and had my eye on it for a while but I had not seen the Glitz collection before but the muted pink, aqua and grey colours are lovely. Of course I had to have some more Washi tape too! The ribbons were a freebie. 

I have been looking for a new paper trimmer for a while as ever since I changed the rubber track on my Woodware trimmer it has not been cutting straight. At first I thought it was just me being a bit dim but after chatting to the girls at Meadow Barn in March I realised it wasn't lol! So for my main present Ian said he would buy me a new trimmer and after lots of YouTube watching I decided to try a Fiskars one. I placed a thread on UKS asking if anyone stocked it and The Mad Scrapper responded and even better it had 20% off. Naturally more things fell into my basket as it was sale and my parcel arrived today
As you know I'm a sucker for stars and I thought the Martha Stewart punch would be great for birthday cards, something I really want to try and make more of. I also received the Picked Raspberry (not pickled as I keep calling it) and Peacock feathers distress ink pads which are both lovely vibrant, bold colours. 

Just to leave you with a cute snap of Boo from Boxing Day 
Happy New Year xx

Monday, 23 December 2013

'Twas the weekend before Christmas

And it flew by! Here we are in the final two days before Christmas and boy am I on countdown mode! I had a busy weekend dashing over to deliver the girls pressies in Kings Cliffe and then working. I had a nice surprise waiting for me when I got to Kelly's though, this
A Christmas hamper! I had brought some raffle tickets for the school Christmas fair and I won a prize for the first time ever! I'm very chuffed as it's full of wine, biscuits, chocolates, a cake, jam, etc. Apparently people were not as generous as previous years as they have been fuller but I'm not complaining lol! 

Finally to leave you with a funny sign spotted on the market! 
Merry Christmas everyone!!!!! Xx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

At least I made one card for Christmas!

Can you believe it's only 10 days until Christmas! I hope everyone's preparations are going to plan, I've got a handful of presents left to wrap and then I'm ready! As I think I've said in a previous post I had intended to make my Christmas cards but the idea I had in mind did not go to plan. But all was not lost as I did manage to make at least one card, a birthday card for my sister inlaw Jojo. 
Lately I've been buying 6x6 paper pads with the intention of using them to make cards as the patterns are smaller and wouldn't over power a card too much. The spotty paper is from the Mayberry collection from American Crafts, not a collection I would have used for scrapping but when I saw the paper pad on sale I thought it great for cards. The Polaroid frame is also cut with some Mayberry paper using my MFT frame die. The cupcake and ribbon flower were readymade embellishments I'd had in my stash for ages so I was pleased to finally use them. I stamped a Stampin Up greeting to an Elle's Studio banner and that's the card! Not a Christmas card but a Christmas birthday card!