Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Hi there,

Happy New Year to you all.  It's the very last day of 2011 & what a year it's been.  It didn't start off so well what with all the floods, earthquakes & loads of other disasters.  Lets hope 2012 is a better year all round.  I guess it also means New Years Resolutions as well.  I'm still trying to decide what mine will be this comming year.  I think I will have to think on them for a bit.  Have you decided on yours yet?  I'd love to hear what they are.  Or are you one, not to make any?  I make them & then usually they go by the wayside like everyone elses.  Maybe I should turn mine into a list & keep it out where it can be seen everyday.  Either way I think they are something to strive for.

Are you planning to have a party or go to one?  Me I will be home alone with the girls whilst my dh is at work.  I don't mind as I'm socially awkward.  I am hoping to not get side tracked tonight as I want to make some cards & possible start on a Christmas Organiser for 2012.  Anything to help make the "Silly season" a little easier. 
I thought I would post a couple of pictures of my Christmas tree from this year.  Do you like how the ornaments are about two feet off the bottom of the tree?  I can't wait for next year when maybe all of the ornaments can go on the tree once again & maybe all of the tree will get decorated.  If you look closely you will see heaps of Emsy's decorations from the last three years at Preprep, plus the beautiful ornaments I got in Hannah's ornament swap from a few years ago.  All out of harms way from the monster err I meant Lilly.  Even the pressies didn't make it under the tree until after Emsy & Lil's went to bed.  Just to be safe.

Well we are about to head upstairs for tea (Corned Silverside & salad - yum), bath & the girls, bed.  Have a Happy & safe New Years where ever you are celebrating it.  See you all next year ;P

Hugs to you all
Paula xoxoxoxoxo


Saturday, December 24, 2011

One more Christmas card

Merry Christmas everyone,

Well I've almost done it all.  The baking is finished, the cards are almost done (just one last one for this year), but the trampoline is still waiting....................

Any hoo here is a card that I made using one of the lastest challenges from CAS-ual Friday Blog here.  Of the two challenges I chose the brown paper packages tied up with string.  So hope this is ok. 

I made this card for the ladies at my LSS.  They are the most wonderful caring people that you could ever meet.  Barbi the owner is such a sweetheart!  They often let me display my cards (& some of yours) in the shop.  

Well dear friends I want to wish you all the most joyous of Christmases & I do hope it's all you ever wanted. 

Merry Christmas & hugs to you all xoxoxoxo

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to you all

Merry Christmas everyone,

I do hope that you all enjoy yourselves & have a fantastic, safe Christmas & that 2012 is a wonderful year for you all.

Don't you just love this "traditional" Christmas photo of my two girls?  Every year we get a photo with Santa, although I uaually have to be in the picture somewhere.  This year was the first time I didn't have to be in the actual photo but as you can see Lils' wasn't a "happy camper" about the whole thing.

I also hope that at this time you are stress & worry free, if that is at all possible.  I know for me it will be a bit stressful.  All I have to do is put together a trampoline (with some help from my dad) make some Rocky Road, Fudge & mini Christmas Puddings - nothing to it (yeah right).  My plans have sort of gone out the window as I was hoping to get the bulk of the cooking done this morning whilst Emsy was staying over at her Pa Pa's for the night.  Execpt that she didin't go but she will be there tonight so I am hoping whilst LIls' is having her nap I can get the bulk of it done then.   It's easier to cook when I only have to wrangle one kid.  I have organised for the girls to spend tomorrow afternoon at my parents place whilst my dad & I put the trampoline together.  If all goes to plan I will bring the girls home just after dark, park a little further back on the drive way & get them upstairs before they notice it.  I also must remember to draw the kitchen curtains so they can't see it.  I so hope I can pull this off.   Doug will be working so as usually it will be just me & the girls (I hate that) but at least Doug doesn't have to work Christmas Day night & will also get the next two nights after that off as well.

Wishing  you all the very best & have a safe & wonderful Christmas, see you all in the New Year.  Hugs Paula & the girls xoxoxoxoxo 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mojo Monday - Sketch 218

Hi Lovelies,

Yet again this is a second post in the one day.  Please feel free to scroll down or go here.  I am hoping not to make a habit of this. 

This card I made using the latest Mojo Monday Sketch.  I made a fairly simple card today.  I used my oval nesties & added a sticker then found some small scraps to add to the card base & a stamp (no idea who made it) for the sentiment.  I went around the edges of the sentiment & sticker with distress inks to help them pop.  At first I found the sketch a little challenging but got there  in the end.

Have a great week ahead & happy crafting xoxoxoxo

CPS Card Sketches 247

Hi Lovelies,

Well I got a little carried away with this sketch & made two cards.  Still using up my scraps & still making Christmas cards.  This time I went looking through my stamp draws to see what I had that I haven't used for a while & this is what I came up with.  My personal favourite is the second card.  I think of the two it's more festive.  I used vellum with flocked snowflakes on the first card & that seems to have dulled it down quiet a bit.  I guess you live & learn.  I also used distress inks on the sky & reindeer which has given it a mottled effect, not sure if I'm a fan of that yet. 

Well I'm off to try & make about 5 more cards in 2 hours (mission impossible).  Have a great weekend & have a wonderful week ahead xoxoxoxo

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge 44

Hi Lovelies,

This is my second post for today.  You can scroll down or go here to see it ;).  I really enjoyed doing this sketch.  I didn't stick to it exactly but hope it is still ok for the challenge.  I decided that my flowers should have their own row of music.  This was such a simple card to put together.  I used some more of my scraps & a piece of vintage music sheet.  I inked the edges of the music sheet & the Basic Grey papers with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts & was stamped with Versamark Black.  The flowers are from Kaisercraft, I layered them together (I was going for a Pointsetter look), using the red & white colours before putting a small hole in the centre so I could thread the yellow flower (not sure who makes them) through them.  I added glue dots to the back to keep them all together before sticking them to the card.

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful creative weekend xoxoxoxo

Card Pattern Sketch 144

Hi Lovelies,

Here is a card I've done using Card Patterns latest sketch here.  I've have turned the sketch sideways.  I used my circles nestie on the vintage music paper then added a doily to the back of it, just to add some extra interest.  I then fussy cut the penguin & trees.  I used glue dots to adhere them to the card adding pop dots to the middle tree for something different.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The patterned papers are from my scrap stash. 

Thanks for stopping by today & have a great weekend :D xoxoxoxo