Saturday, 20 December 2014

Knock knock......







.............. is anyone around?  With just a few days to spare I'm sure you're all up to ears in Christmas!!!!  Here in Australia we've had a less than happy run up to the festive season and I'm thinking our usual laid back attitude is going to have to endure a high security presence over the holidays. Still it is what it is, the poor families of those involved have a lot more to come to terms with.

Here in our little corner, it's been a hectic time since we returned from the UK.  We're upping stumps and moving again.......is it less than 3 years ago that I was packing up a house to move......yes!  This time I plan to take less of everything with me, I have way too much stuff and to tell the truth it's weighing me down.  I was a much happier crafter with less 'stuff', so lots of that 'stuff' has to go.  Don't be surprised to see a list on my blog (somewhere) of bits on offer and eBay too, probably.

We're not moving too far from here and it will be all new........I've never had a new house before so I'm quite excited about that.  We've sold our house on the river in principal, just waiting for the contracts to be exchanged and with Christmas on the doorstep that might get pushed back until early Jan.  We'll have some time to kill before we can get into the new place so 'the boyfriend' is talking about hitting the road in a caravan!!! He thinks it's too good an opportunity to miss and would be a great adventure. I'm sort of on board, trying hard not to worry about all the things that need to be organised first.  My imagination runs riot when my head hits the pillow, thinking of things that could go wrong...........but that's just me, as he says ..... not happy unless I have something to worry about.

I've been a very bad blogger I know,  only really blogging the things I was committed to.  With everything else going on I've lost touch a bit and my interest in card making has taken a nose dive.  I hope it's just gone into hiding and will re-emerge when we're  settled  down again.  I've been taking a few photos and keeping a bit of a journal so that might be something I can keep up whilst we're 'between houses'.  The blog will definitely be a bit quiet.

I know I said I'm getting rid of lots of 'stuff' but here's the thing.........Santa came early, bringing me a Silhouette Cameo V3. Well, it's got to be a lot easier than lots of metal dies and hand cranking machines.........right.  Oh and being able to print and cut, not to mention adding digital design paper! Think of all the possibilities.

I'm loving it so far its great it is to be able to hook this machine up to my Mac and just play!  I've had for a few years a Pazzles Inspiration cuter which works on the same principle, but mine uses a Windows operating system and I've had way too many issues with it connected to my Mac. Yes....Pazzles now have a version of their software in Mac format but I decided on a complete change, so these's another thing going on sale :).  I'm tossing up between my sewing machine and my Cameo to take away with me. What do you think, maybe take the cameo a printer and my lap top with just some hand sewing? Decisions, decisions.............

After all the chat I do have a card to share with you today.  It's a Christmas shadow box card and was cut on the Cameo from a design by Lori Whitlock called Winter City.



How cool is this and really quite simple to make up.  It folds down flat and measures 5 x 7 inches. The Silhouette Store have lots of designs by Lori in this style and sooooooo many other great cuts too.

Well that's it from me this side of Christmas.  I hope you have a wonderful festive season and thank all those who have stuck with me, even though my posts have been few and far between :-)

Merry Christmas from our house to yours, see you in the new year................




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Friday, 12 December 2014

SBB - Avery Elle - North Pole


Hi Bloggers,

Not too long to go now.........are you ready?






I've shared a fun Christmas card using Avery Elle stamps and dies on the Scrapbook Boutique blog today.

Check it out if you have time :-)

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Treat Box for 2014 -Scrapbook Boutique December Blog Hop

It's time for the last  BLOG HOP and Inspirational Challenge from Scrapbook Boutique for 2014. 

The Hop starts and ends at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog.  If you're following along you should have arrived from Narelle's blog and when you leave me you hop over to Therese's Blog.

The hop is open for one week, closing at midday Wednesday 17th December. 
To be eligible to win the prize, leave a comment on each of the blogs, with the SB blog being the last one.  The random winner will be drawn from the  SB blog and announced on Thursday18th.

Unfortunately the blog hop prize (and the inspiration challenge) are only open to anyone with an Australian mailing address.

Join the Blog Hop and you could be the lucky person to receive 
a $10 gift voucher to spend in the store.


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Join us if you can for our regular monthly inspirational challenge.
   Make a project using the following picture as your inspiration.



You could be the winner of a $30 gift voucher for Scrapbook Boutique.  

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I thought this challenge would be perfect for my 2014 Christmas Treat box.

It's actually a variation of last years box here, I've just given this one  square box for the base.




If you'd like to make one you can download my pattern here which will give you a shape for the top (tree section or box lid).
I cut mine from green card with scissors and scored using a Scor-Pal. 
Decorate with gems or pearls.

Using a die I cut 2 stars from gold foiled cardstock.
I used liquid glue to adhere the two hearts together keeping the bottom point open so it adheres to the actual tree.

The base is made from a 6" x 6" square of card or corrugated card.
Score the card at 2" and 4", turn and score again at 2" and 4".
Trim down to the score line, fold in and adhere to two sides in and the bottom up to make an open box.
The green tree top sits down over the bottom open box.


Mine was finished with a little stamped and coloured label. I also added a velum label (a name will be hand written here). Lastly I cut and stamped the red tag with a Christmas sentiment. Punching a whole in all three pieces and threaded to some stitched ribbon which ties around the base of the box.

I think these would be nice as a place setting on the Christmas table with some lollies added.


Thanks for calling past, now on with the hop............

Merry Christmas!

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EDIT: I'm so sorry, I didn't link back to my template in the original post.  I have done it now so if you would like to cut one of these boxes just go and snag the cutting template :)





Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Love...

that I have a non Christmas card to share today!!!




I really love the pretty colours in this DSP by Teresa Collins.  It's called Nine & Co and is part of a 6 x 6 inch designer pad. Great for card makers and also to use in Project Life Journals.

I've also used sequins and wood shapes from the same collection, all available from Scrapbook Boutique.

Head over to the store BLOG for all the information on today's card.

Thanks so much for taking the time  :)

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