The past few years, I find myself getting to this time of year and my list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. How about you?
My preparations for Christmas start later now that Miss Three has come along in December. I used to be ready for Christmas by the start of December. In addition to the general busy-ness that is usual for this time of year, I have a birthday to prep for too.
So whilst I haven’t been able to blog much lately, I have been busy in the background so let’s play catch with what’s been happening….
Lots of cards have been made. I usually send about 50 Christmas cards each year. I’m sure I forget people too each year (hopefully it’s not the same people every year!). Here are a couple…
Is it wine o’clock yet? I’m so in love with the Half Full stamp set. It’s another one of those great sets with sentiments for the front and some for inside too. Here I have teamed it up with the new Stampin’ Blends and that lovely Woodgrain paper stack.
Here is the inside with the funniest sentiment in that set!
Gift card / Money holder… This time of year, I need plenty of these. So here, I have given my Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set and Pocket thinlit dies a Christmas make over.
Ice Skating anyone? Whilst here in Australia we usually swelter at Christmas-time, a lot of the world is cooler, snowing or icy. Ironically while making this card, I was sweating through 37 degrees Celsius (or 98 for my Fahrenheit friends)! We have family in the northern hemisphere that would enjoy this one.
Here I have had some punch-art fun with the Trim your Stocking die. Creating an ice-skate for a more wintery feel, with the addition of some punching, fussy cutting and paper piercing.
December classes have finished for the year. We always take this time to look forward to the next year, creating a calendar project. This year I stepped it up a little more making a notes station with the standard stamp cases using the Fresh Florals Designer Paper Series, Large Number framelits and the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp set.
I found these cute little Flamingo flags at a stationery store and just HAD. TO. USE. THEM! So cute and of course they went well with the stamp set, so it was a no brainer.
Inside we decorated a little note book and included some calendar tabs too. My class attendees loved this project.
Do you dress up your home for Christmas? I love to, and along with all the Be Merry Ornaments hanging around, I have this gorgeous one.
I love when I find little gems like this hiding on bottom shelves in cheap stores. Add some crafting supplies and next thing you know you have a beautiful centrepiece. This one lights up too, to create a lovely glow.
I kept the heart shape as the centre of the theme and teamed it up with a number of heart shaped dies. I framed them with some of that lovely Copper Metallic trim – stretching it out to create a subtle texture.
Memories of the year. Lastly, I have had this project floating around my craft room for easy four months. I just kept changing my mind on what I wanted to do with one of the most gorgeous photos I took of Little Miss (now) Three. I just love her smile in this photo. I remember the fun and joy she experienced as I pushed her on that swing that day.
I didn’t want to detract from that, so I went really simple. Allowing the photo to speak freely. This sheet of paper is from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack and I just love the blends between the two colours, remind me of the blue sky and green grass. Which matched in perfectly with this photo. Some simple trim with the ribbon border punch in some Calypso Coral and a Daisy in blue to match finished it off.
Lots of products where used in these projects. I’ll come back shortly with individual posts for each of these, with more instructions and supply lists.
I have more…. but that will need to wait for another time…
Until Next time… Stamp Creatively,