I know it's a bit late, but I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, I hope that you are having a wonderful day. We've had my parents here since just before christmas which is lovely. Unfortunately I have I have now gone down with the girls cold/virus so am feeling a bit pants! Getting no sympathy from hubs as I haven't been given him any as he has it to!
Good morning, my turn to set the challenge at Charisma Cardz and I have chosen New Year Celebrations. Thought it would be a good idea to get something made in advance, I know myself I won't have much if any time for crafting over the festive period, I must admit I kind of cheated for this challenge!! It was very last minute, in fact I got it finished at 10.30pm tonight!! It's a very simple printed calendar page from a program I had with my camera years ago, I've once again used my musing and the picture it was drawn from, layered it twice on co-ordinating card and heh presto one calendar!
We have 2 fab sponsors this week which means 2 fab prizes, for details please check out the blog.
The girls have done much better examples for this challenge, so don't forget to check them out!
I've had a mad few days what with ballet all weekend, madly baking before work, then work, straight onto school to see Hollie's nativity, yesterday was the carol services for Lillie's year and then shopping straight after that! This is my first 'normal-ish' day, thank goodness!! I still have to write almost all of my christmas cards, and must do some ironing as I am running out of clothes to wear lol!!! and then there's the mountain of wrapping that needs to be done!
Well the time has finally arrived for the ballet show! After months of lessons, extra lessons, rehearsals, full dress rehearsal today etc the big day has finally arrived! We cannot believe it was less than 2 years ago that we were doing it for the first time, but we only had Lillie taking part, now it's both girls, which is better for us as it means they 'appear' on stage more!! Lillie is part of 3 dances and Hollie in 2 dances, I totally up the time they 'appear' and it's approximately 10 minutes in total lol!! I thought I would share a few pictures of the girls in their costumes which I took at Tuesday evenings lesson in their costumes. First up is Lillie in her sparkly number! Funny how all the girls like this one!
Here we have Hollie as a 'flower' as part of the garden party
which is where Lillie is a waiter!
and then there is the picnic dance, Lillie is part of a family who are out in the park for a picnic
when along come the naughty 'teddy bears' who see the picnics and decide to help themselves to the families food whilst they are off playing!!!
I think this piccie is really cute, it's when Hollie is a hungry bear and spots the yummy picnic! (Well imaginary picnic at the time lol!!)
Fingers crossed it will all go well, they have 2 performances to do, so we are expecting very tired children at school on Monday lol!! I can't wait until tomorrow evening when we can sigh a big sigh of relief that it's all over and we can get back to some sort of normality!
Finally here are the good luck cards that I made for the girls using the fab musing that SJ drew for me.
Here I am with a couple of cards, first up is a card that I am entering into the Daring Card Makers 'snow much fun' challenge. I have made this for my step-daughter who is spending christmas in Portugal (at her aunties), I am going to pop a candy cane mouse inside and tell her not to open it on christmas day, so she gets a surprise with the piccie of her and her 1/2 sisters and also a little treat!!
Next up is my card for the Meljen challenge = red, green & gold. I have used the wonderful musing of my daughters which I comissioned SJ (SJ's Little Musings) to draw for me. As any one who reads my blog regularly will know I absolutely love SJ's images and use them loads, so just had to have a personal one done! The image is of Lillie and Hollie doing a ballet pose! They have their big show tomorrow, 2 performances, they are at their dress rehearsal as I type!! I left my baby in tears bless her, I think she is a little worried about it all, and me stressing whilst getting organized doesn't help matters! The girls are going to give this card to their ballet teacher, each year I make a ballet themed christmas card, this year it has that 'personal' touch!!
This is one of the photo's that I emailed SJ to work her wonders from! I have also put a copy of this inside their teachers card so that she realizes it's them on the front!!
Good morning, it's all frosty again this morning. We were up and about earlier this morning, getting organized for a day of madness lol! My eldest is off to a museum to see what christmas was like in Victorian times, she's all dressed up in long skirt, top, apron, shawl and bonnet!! Hollie has her christmas party this afternoon and we have 350+ christmas lunches to do today OMG it's going to be crazy!!! Anyhow onto the new Charisma Cardz challenge and this week is a 'christmas gift' bag, box, envelope etc. Now I misread the challenge and posted a christmas 'gift' but was told it was ok, thankfully as things have been a bit mad these past few days and I've not had a minute to make anything. So here are my absolute favoutite makes of the year I think! Candy Cane Mice! Aren't they cute?! I first saw these on Karen's blog, she certainly has some wonderful crafty ideas!
I also made some snowman soup. A different set up to the ones I've made in the past, but far quicker to put together, instead of making toppers for the bags, I just printed out the poem (thanks again to Karen) cut it out, popped it in a cello bag with the soup ingredients behind it.
We have 2 fabulous sponsors this week, and the girls have made gorgeous examples and stuck to the actual challenge lol!!! To take a look at these please nip over to the blog HERE.
Good frosty morning everyone, boy it's coooooolddd........!!!!!!!!! Time for our last A Spoon Full of Sugar challenge of the year, and it's an easy peasy one to end on!! We would like to see some 'christmas cards!' I need to count mine up and see if I need to make any more in a hurry lol!! Then there's the chore of writing them all ugghh..!! Anyhow, here is my card for the challenge it's an 8x8 so a really nice size, this was made especially for my mum and dad from the girls or as written inside the card, their '2 little angels'! The papers are papermania naughty and nice christmas, I added some glitter glue to each of the white dots as it needed a little something and I didn't want to add anything more i.e. embellies! The gorgeous angels image is on of SJ's musings (SJ's Little Musings) and I absolutely adore them, I so wish I had more time to create with them! The pointsettia is from a bunch of artificle ones that I got from QD, just added the pretty button as the centre.
We have 2 fabulous sponsors for this challenge :
Whimsy Stamps who have very kindly donated a $15 gift certificate.
Bunny Zoe's Crafts our very own Nikki has donated a £10 gift certificate. She also has a christmas sale on so go take a look!
I would like to enter this card into the Secret Crafter challenge = christmas and also into the Simon Says sketch challenge.
My card today is for the One Stop Craft - christmas cuties challenge. I thought this little image fitted the theme perfectly, I have this in my Pollycraft folder but I'm not 100% that it is so please don't take it as gospel! It doesn't show very well in the picture but the tinsel and star are coloured with metalic pencils, and the fir trim on the hat, gloves and coat are all glittered along with the snow, am really loving my white glitter at the moment!!
Today's card is for the Secret Crafter challenge which is to use 3 snowflakes, 2 circles and lace.
As soon as I saw Sarah Jane's (SJ's Little Musings) angels on Friday I couldn't wait to get my hands on them, they are just the most adorable, cutesie images ever! I absolutely love SJ's work and have used many of her images, I have comissioned her to do a musing of my girls I soooo cannot wait to see it, it's soooo exciting!
Hi I'm Joanne, I am 41 years old, happily married to Matthew and we have 2 beautiful girls, Lillie and Hollie and our dear little boy Jacobie (the dog!!).
I love crafting and tinker around for hours! Card making is my favourite pastime, I also do a bit of jewelery making when I have the patience! and have now started blinging shoes/trainers/anything blingable lol!! I also love to cook/bake, therefore if I'm not at my desk I'm in the kitchen! Anything other than housework!!
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