Life has been hectic here recently, even more so than usual! Our daughter came back from University last night, and it was so nice to see her again, not having seen her for three whole months. The longest she had ever been away form home before was for weekends away, so I really missed her. We do everything together, shopping, walking, going to the pictures, the theatre, you name it, we go together, so she left a bog whole in my life. It meant I had to drag hubbie along to the pictures to see the Three Musketeers and he was not impressed!
However, because I have been so busy with work (the 31 January tax filing deadline really does have a habit of interfering with Christmas ;), this meant I hadn’t got around to finishing my daughter’s advent calendar – and don’t even mention the calendars for my elder two boys and my eldest’s girlfriend. they are still waiting to be cut out and stuck together…… So yesterday was spent in a combination of making the sleigh (which you will see below), preparing the church notices for today and finishing off our daughter’s advent calendar. I ended up putting the last chocolate into the calendar as hubbie and daughter got back form the station! Talk about timing!!!!
I have also been playing around with various kits from The Studio recently in an attempt to make more Christmas cards. After all, there are so many gorgeous Christmas kits around, why not use some of them to make unique personal cards this year?
So, I used the following kits:
Christmas cards – set 1 by Darlene H
Decadent Season kit by Julie C Designs and Paper Capers ~Designs (I fell in love with this kit when I first saw it, it is absolutely gorgeous!)
and one I have previously used, Winter’s Delight kit by Lara’s Digi World. This is another gorgeous kit:
I only used a few element from each kit and this is what I came up with:
I just printed the Christmas tree on cardstock, and then added the glitter glue ( I did use several different colours though!). Apologies for the photograph as I know the lighting was awful. It was difficult to get a good shot in artificial light. The card is actually white linen (very white indeed) although it looks cream in the photographs.
The second card was from the Winter;s delight kit and again, all I did was print out and add glitter glue:
Both cards turned out really well and I am so pleased with them :).
Well you may have seen from my earlier post that Card Carousels have been offering a free Santa’s sleigh template. I haven’t yet received mine but I thought it was such a neat idea that I’d create my own (patience has never been my strong point and I just couldn’t wait for the Card Carousel template to arrive in my inbox 😉 ). I managed to find a free template on the internet:
which looked straightforward to use. One thing you do have to watch out for (and which I didn’t realise until after I had printed, cut out and covered in glitter glue) is that the sleigh pieces face different ways. this means that when you print them out and try to put them together, on side is facing forward, and the other side is facing backwards – not a good look on a sleigh, to be honest!
So, this time I played with the new monthly mega kit from The Studio, Reindeer Games, which is full of really cute elements and lovely papers:
Anyhow, this is what I ended up with:
I was so pleased with how it turned out! As I’ve already said, I added glitter glue (let’s face it, it’s Christmas, how can you not add glitter glue to absolutely everything? 🙂 ). The only other thing I added was the “Merry Christmas” gold embellishment as I have a whole bag of those to get through in the next week!
Well, that’s it for now. I am i the process of completing an ornament card/gift box, so I will be back soon with that.