Thursday, 24 December 2009

the out takes - our Christmas photo shoot

Every year we attempt to get a family shot in front of our tree with the boys dressed up in Christmas gear and the cats in hand. This year has proved to be hardest yet. The end result was not the picture perfect image I had in my mind when thinking about how I wanted it to look but it sure was fun trying. Here are a couple of shots that didn't make the final cut but they are probably the best two of the lot! Previous to this the cats had been placed a little too close together and while they get on quite well fur to fur contact is rarely tolerated. One had started to bat the other with it's paw and hiss. Time to drop and regroup! but Jakey thought it was hilarious!
Wishing you and your family a blessed Merry Christmas!

Monday, 21 December 2009

more stamping on bags - with Circle circus

One thing my mother in law can always use is new glasses. I found these funky ones at IKEA and there were matching serviettes - how cool is that? I reckon however the serviettes may actually last longer than the glasses! I think it's because they hand wash and don't have a dishwasher so things get broken more easily as they are handled more frequently while slippery - who knows! It wasn't hard to think of Circle Circus to decorate the bag with and it was easy enough to pick colours that matched. Purely Pomegranate would have been perfect however I'm hoping for a new In Color coming in April from the current US Stampin' Up! catalogue called Rich Razzleberry - it's gorgeous! In the meantime I used Pure Plum, Mellow Moss, Garden Green and Basic Black Unlike the last gift which was difficult to wrap these being rectangular would have been so easy however it's just so easy using a bag!

Sunday, 20 December 2009

santas little helper

Nan told the boys that Santa's elves come watching through windows to see if you've been good or not and they may leave lollies under the bushes so you know they've been - thanks for that Nan!
So after looking in the back garden to no avail the front garden produce 4 little packets of lollies. Wow the elves had really been to our house!!! Tobes was wondering if the neighbours might have some in their gardens but as they are older folk I said that the elves probably only visit the houses of children. Tobes didn't think that was fair so he donned his Santa's Little Helper outfit, found some lollies in the cupboard and went on a secret mission. He then changed back to his normal clothes before yelling over the back fence at our neighbour who was mowing the lawn what he might find in his front yard. I had to go out and explain a little more so Ross, our dear neighbour, knew he should go out the front where the boys were waiting for him. They of course helped him find them although one was missing!!! We discovered that while Tobes had been out the back telling Ross another little elf had decide they looked too good to pass up and we found the empty wrapper in our garden - what a cheeky little elf or should I say imp!

Friday, 18 December 2009

difficult to wrap gifts?

I hosted a Salt City Candle party a while ago and fell in love with their beautiful candles. As part of my hosting I was able to get quite a lot for not a big spend. One thing I got was my MIL's Christmas gift. This massive Christmas Tree shaped candle and it smells so Christmassy! But how do you wrap something like that? I go to my trusty bag stash - I had to buy in bulk {200 Kraft and 250 White that is} but they hold awkward gifts beautifully. Then I get out my stamps and Stampin' Up! Ink which works so well on just about any paper surface. This bag got the Season of Joy treatment - I really love that set- so versatile. I take inspiration for the Designer Series Paper Stampin' Up! sell for the colour combos so Real Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip went together here. Sorry about the dodgey photo - it was just before I gave it to her as they were leaving to head home to Bathurst and a bit rushed. Come back again to see what I did with my MIL'S birthday present.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Discounted Stamps and Accessories

Until 24 January, 2010 you’ll get amazing discounts on select, high-quality Stampin’ Up! products* with no minimum purchase, and no limits to how many you buy! Some alphabet sets are at half price! Email me to place your order now before supplies run out! Below is the Code Page Number Item Name Regular Price and Discounted Price 115918 26 Happy Christmas Mate stamp set $37.95 $28.46 115934 30 Occasionally stamp set $69.95 $34.98 115944 40 Voilà a la Carte stamp set $29.95 $22.46 116432 40 Voilà stamp set $45.95 $34.46 116368 56 Great Grads stamp set $45.95 $22.98 115916 62 Family Favourites stamp set $33.95 $25.46 116380 64 Life’s a Breeze stamp set $56.95 $42.71 115924 68 Just Netball stamp set $24.95 $18.71 115926 68 Just Rugby stamp set $24.95 $18.71 115922 68 Just Cricket stamp set $24.95 $18.71 116442 68 Just Riding stamp set $24.95 $18.71 116418 92 Sprinkles stamp set $24.95 $18.71 116420 96 Stem Sayings stamp set $39.95 $19.98 111255 97 Daisy Dash jumbo Stampin’ Around wheel $15.95 $11.96 116408 100 Seeing Spots stamp set $29.95 $22.46 115920 106 It’s Maori, Mate stamp set $45.95 $22.98 116434 107 Wanted stamp set $43.95 $32.96 116346 107 Boho Backgrounds stamp set $29.95 $22.46 116436 114 Warm Words stamp set $39.95 $29.96 115946 115 Wonderful Favourites stamp set $39.95 $29.96 116382 120 A Little Birthday Cheer stamp set $26.95 $20.21 116344 121 Big Deal Alphabet stamp set $77.95 $38.98 116376 121 Jumbo Outline Alphabet stamp set $77.95 $38.98 116440 122 Wild West Alphabet stamp set $77.95 $38.98 115928 123 Life Definitions stamp set $90.95 $68.21 113976 132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper $16.95 $12.71 111376 144 Blooms die cuts $16.50 $12.38 111343 145 Chunky Sprinkles Stampin’ Glitter $31.95 $23.96 111325 149 Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware® $57.95 $43.46 111846 150 Rose Red 1" (2.5 cm) Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon $19.95 $14.96 111849 150 Chocolate Chip 1" (2.5 cm) Double-Stitched grosgrain ribbon $19.95 $14.96 *Discounted products available only while supplies last.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Gingerbread House

Last night I got together with a few friends and we built and decorated Gingerbread houses. It's something I've done for quite a few years now. It's always lots of fun, good therapy my friend said, plus working with lollies you can't go wrong! Here's the front door. Note the mosaic tiled entrance made from liquorice all sorts sliced into their colours squares and quartered.
This is the flower garden before the snow fell.
I always attempt a snowman and they always look like they have melted which I guess is okay considering we are in Australia. Check out my snowman from last year!
Always love a good tree - this also is a bit more Aussie than I usually do - and who can beat a licorice all sort present? I actually have an extra kit available including everything you see here plus cellophane and ribbon to wrap. If you are in the Parramatta/Hills area and would like to buy it it's $27 dollars but you need to tell me before Saturday.


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