Monday, July 25, 2011

The Inklings Christmas In Winter Blog Hop

Merry Christmas! I'm so glad you can join us for this special festive occasion!

Today I'm taking part in a Blog Hop filled with great ideas for Christmas. If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived here from Fiona's blog. At the end of this post you'll find the link to the next post on the chain and I've also added a list of everyone who's taking part in the Hop today in case you get lost along the way. Exciting news - there's Blog Candy! Just leave a comment on every blog in the Hop and then email Claire to let her know you did and if you're the lucky winner you'll receive some fabulous surprises in the post! (Sorry, Blog Candy prize not available to international hoppers or SU demos.)

And now   ...on with the show!

I've designed two projects for you to enjoy today. The first is a Christmas Card using the Delightful Decorations set.

The card has lots of sparkle with Frost White Shimmer Paint (in a few layers!) and some Rhinestones. Can you spot where I used the Tasteful Trim Big Shot die (only available until 31st July in the Autumn/Winter Mini!) ? I'm also loving how simple it is to punch out my ornaments with the Ornament Punch - so neat and quick! My sentiment is from the Occasional Greetings set - every occasion you could want for is in this one - it's a fabulous stand by set!

The second project I have for you today is a Treat Wallet. 

It's the perfect size to fit a cellophane bag filled with home made treats and finishes it off into a gorgeous gift! I decorated the front with the Welcome Christmas set in Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler, along with an Antique brad and some tiny pearls. The window made with the Decorative label punch adds to the detail and gives a sneak peek at the contents! The back is finished off with some Metallic Eyelets and a simple bow tied in Hemp Twine. This came together quickly and I think I'll be making a few of these this Christmas!

I've filled this one with some slice I made this week - Decadent Chocolate and Walnut from the ever popular Womens Weekly! Watch out for it at Stamp Club this week - if I can keep it hidden from my husband until then ;)

The next Blog on today's hop is the lovely Clare. Once, you've commented on Clare's blog, continue on commenting on each of the blogs you visit until you get back where you started from. Then, don't forget to email Claire with 'Inklings Blog Hop' in the subject heading and she'll put you in the draw for some lovely goodies! 

I'm looking forward to reading all your comments - thanks!


Here is the full list of the 15 Blogs in todays Hop.

1. Clare      
2. Janice      
3. Christie
4. Kari      
5. Joanna
6. Michelle
7. Alana  
8. Carol
9. Cath  
10. Amy
11. Vanessa  
12. Michelle D
13. Ryn
14. Fiona B
15. Liz Halbisch

Friday, July 22, 2011

Christmas in Winter coming soon!

The Inklings Christmas in Winter Blog Hop is happening on Monday!

There will be lots of beautiful Christmas projects to look at and some blog candy on offer so pop it in your diary and stop by to have a look!

See you Monday!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Birthday Parties......

It's been Birthday month here at our house! My girls were due 2 years and 1 week apart. The due date for my second daughter was our Wedding Anniversary! Fortunately she was quite happy to wait a little longer and their birthdays are 3 weeks apart, but that's still very close! So with a 5th and 3rd birthday to celebrate we had some little parties. And what's a party without a party bag?

I made these party bags (very hastily photographed before being given out!) for the guests at our 5 year old party.

This pretty lady was dubbed 'Princess Claudia' when the 3 year old birthday girl had contained her excitement - she was very well loved!

And what's a 3 year old party without rainbow jelly?

We had another party today - this time for a pre-school friend. The request was for a pink cupcake card and this one met with approval.


Until next time.....