Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 26 December 2009
Happy Boxing Day everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that Santa brought you all everything that you hoped for (and maybe some surprises too!)

I'm sorry I didn't get round to posting these before Christmas, but the last week was so busy that I didn't even pick my laptop up!

Whilst we didn't get anymore snow after Monday, it was still pretty treacherous outside and I ended up falling over twice on my way home from work on Wednesday. Unfortunately Jon wasn't with me as he had to stay at home as our boiler had leaked everywhere Tuesday, but that's another story entirely!! Let's just say that we've had BG out again today!!!

I've posted photos here of the cards that I made for my sister, dad and mum. Sorry that I've loaded this post up, put thought everyone might be fed up with seeing Christmas cards by now!

The first up is my sister, Jo's, card. I used the ever so cute Popcorn Bear from the Frosty & Bright set. the image on the front has been decoupaged slightly and sprayed with Silver Spray & Sparkle.
This is a close up of the front of the card. I did include some invertiage on the inside but forgot to photograph this!

Next up is my dad's card. Again I have used the Frosty & Bright Popcorn set and the front has been decoupaged slightly and sprayed. I've decided that I prefer to use silicone glue for decoupaging now, rather than the foam pads.

Now I come to my mum's card. I saw this decoupage set in Hobbycraft and knew instantly I had to get it for my mum. She loves robins, especially as the road they live in is Robin Way! You can't appreciate from the photo how glittery and sparkly it is! My mum couldn't believe that it was handmade to begin with and was convinced that I had brought it from a shop!

I tried to do and "arty" shot her but completely messed it up! More practise required me thinks!

I hope you're still with me after this longish post!!
I should be going to football today with my dad, but unfortunately my mum went down with the norovirus during the early hours of Christmas Day and was very poorly. Because of that, I didn't get to see my mum, dad or sister as they could all be carriers and need to be symptom free for the next 2-3 days before seeing anyone else. I spoke to my mum this morning and she's feeling a bit better now, so hopefully I will get to see her next week. I hope my sister doesn't come down with it as her boyfriend is coming down from Sunderland tomorrow and she can't wait to see him.
Sorry to have rambled even more! Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Boxing Day.
xx :0)

Let it Snow!

Monday, 21 December 2009
We have had some serious snow here this afternoon! It started about 1pm and stopped about 90 mins ago although according to the BBC Satellite pictures show another band hitting us at about 3am!

Some of my friends have been trapped in town unable to get home because the roads are gridlocked and the buses have been suspended. I know some people have walked home taking between 3-4 hours.

I took these photos about 2 hours ao to show you how bad it has been!

Hope everyone is okay.

xx :0)

Snowman Soup & Treat boxes!

Friday, 18 December 2009
See, I told you I'd be back! It was great walking in the snow this morning, so fresh & crisp under foot! It's when it starts to melt and freeze again that I don't like it so much.

It's certainly helped me feel Christmassy and I'm now sat here watching Love Actually. Such a great film!
Anyway, I said I would show you some photos of the snowman soup and little treat boxes that I've been making to sell at work.
I used one of the fabulous Lauren Meader Timeless Templates called It's on the House. You can get these fantastic templates from Papertry Ink for just $5. Lauren is so amazing that she's now branching out on her own. If you haven't already done so, you must pay her blog a visit.

I made 10 of these to sell and have sold 6 so far! Whilst I love them they took quite a while to cut out and assemble. Each box contains:

  • 1 sachet of hot chocolate
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 peppermint candy cane
  • 2 little Dairy Milk chocolates

I wanted to do something similar for some of my friends at work but instead of cutting out more boxes, I opted for some mugs which were wrapped in acetate! However I'm afraid I didn't have a chance to take any photos of these so I apologies.

Anyway, lastly are some treat boxes that I made to sell as well. I was inspired by the wonderful Steph for these. I already knew I was going to use the Bigz Shaker Box die but wasn't quite sure how to decorate them and then I saw Steph's post with the boxes she made for her children's friends. Thanks Steph!

I made 20 of these to sell and only have 6 left! They were filled with little chocs including the Cadbury's chocolate elves!

Sorry for the long post! Must go and put my dinner on. Thank you for stopping by and any comments you may leave as they are greatly appreciated.

xx :0)

It's snowed!!!

Woohoo it's snowed!!! Boo I have to go to work!!

I'm sorry I've been a bad blogger again but I have been working really hard and will upload my photos hopefully this evening.

I've been really busy making Christmas cards for our team at work which has grown to nearly 50! I have also been making my snowman soup boxes and some little treat boxes which I have been selling at work. I do have photos of all so will try and edit them this evening.

I'm sorry I've not been taking part in any challenges or blogging but I've been so busy that this is the first time I've picked my laptop up in over a week!

I have already been making my New Years Resolutions but I won't post them just yet.

So, are you all ready for Christmas?!?!? I think all the presents have been purchased. Just have one last trip up the town tomorrow to make sure but then it's the wrapping! I'll warn now, you may not see me for a while as I have so much to do and I don't want to still be doing it on Christmas Eve!!! I think I've spoilt Jon a bit but he's such a fabulous husband and he did buy me my laptop so he's worth every penny!

Anyhow, I'd best start checking my train times to see if they're all still running and then think about getting ready to tackle the snow!

I hope you all have a good day and thank you stopping by and still supporting me through my lack of blogging. It's is greatly appreciated!

xx :0)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Can you believe it's the first day of Advent already?? Where has this year gone? It doesn't seem 5 minutes since I was thinking about my crafty New Years Resolutions (which I didn't keep!) and now we're almost there again.

So I guess it's no surprise then that I'm showing you another Christmas card! I've used another cute Bear Essentials stamp that I got from Dies to Die For. I've kept the layout simple again so as to not detract from the image. I've used some new Sizzix Textured Impressions Folders for the embossed background.
Doesn't Santa look jolly?!! I'm sat watching my favourite Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, at the moment (the remake with Richard Attenborough). It always helps me feel festive and wish I was a little girl again!

Stamps: Bear Essentials - Dies to Die For; Inks: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black
CS & Paper : Stampin Up!, Bristol Board ; Tools: Sizziz Textured Impressions Winter set #2 & Christmas Set, Nestabilities,

So, what's your favourite Christmas film?!?!
Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, they are greatly appreciated.
Have a good evening.
xx :0)

Elzybells Advent Calendar Giveaway

It's that time of year again where over at Elzybells Elizabeth is being very generous! Up until 25th December Elizabeth is giving someone the opportunity to win a prize with a daily Advent Draw. All you have to do is a leave a comment on the post saying what it is you love about Christmas. How easy is that?!?! Elizabeth will then draw one winner each day using from all the comments. You could even be lucky enough to win some of the unreleased Valentine's stamps for 2010!!

Go on, pop over and have a go and who knows, you could be one of the lucky winners!

xx :0)