Friday, 19 December 2008

Card Decorations.......

This is a really quick post to show you two Swedish style cards that I made using some wooden reindeer tree decorations I found in a supermarket. The background was stamped using snowflakes from a set of stamps by Crafters Companion (Cute companions) using Real Red ink by stampin up. I also used a fine crystal glitter on the whole reindeer in the first card and just the antlers and pattern swirls in the second.

And the second card.

This is probably my last post before I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas!!!

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Cinnamon Dough and more Christmas cards

I bought a huge bag of cinnamon last year to make some ornaments for the tree, but didn't do anything with it, so this year I brought it out and found a recipe to make cinnamon dough.
I made a lot of dough and took some for the boys to play with. It smells heavenly and is so gorgeous to work with. Here's the recipe I used:

1 cup ground cinnamon

1/4 cup applesauce (smooth, I blitzed a bramley apple sauce)

1/2 cup PVA glue

Use a glass or ceramic bowl (it's easier to clean) and mix together the cinnamon and applesauce. Do it slowly so that you don't create clouds of cinnamon powder. Then add the glue and continue to mix until it is blended in and the surface looks smooth. Now cover bowl with clingfilm and leave for an hour. When you want to use the dough, roll out small portions at a time keeping the rest covered with the clingfilm to prevent drying out.

I used cookie cutters to cut out stars and gingerbread people and I had some letter cutters so I cut out the letters for the word JOY. Lay your pieces on some baking parchment and let air dry for at least 24 hours, but turn the pieces over roughly every 5-6 hours to prevent them curling.

You can then glitter the surface or paint it.

In this gingerbread people card I used a white souffle pen by Sakura to draw on the icing. The stamp set was from Hero Arts.

In this card I glittered the front of the letters with a fine blue glitter. The snowflake stamps are Cute Companions Let it Snow set and the swirl is from the U-mount range by Creative Expressions.

Balloons and cabbage balls...

Well the christmas spirit is being dished out in bucket loads this week. Tuesday saw the boys having their school christmas dinner.
Now when I pick them up from school I always ask how their day went and what did they have for dinner. Yesterday both boys were carrying balloons home which they got with their christmas lunch and Jack, who is 8, had managed to blow his up to probably twice the size it should have been. Sam, who is six, was having a little problem: no matter how hard he blew only his cheeks inflated, not the balloon. He finally thrust the limp rubbery thing at me and asked "can you do it!". Well let me tell you a balloon that has been nearly blown up by a six year old is extremely soggy!!!!! After some judicious cleaning with my coat sleeve (must pack some more tissues), I blew it up and he happily made rude noises with it all the way home.
"So what did you have for dinner then?" I asked. Sam thought for a moment, then said,
" Roast potatoes, sausage, white stuff and cabbage balls."
A quick question to Jack resolved that the white stuff was turkey, but I think I shall from now on refer to sprouts as cabbage balls!

Monday, 1 December 2008

A Special card

Last monday was 1 year to the day that my grandmother died. It could have been a very sad day, but my mum and I visited with my aunt and we spoke via phone to most of the other members of our family.
My gran was wonderful. She was a small (4ft 8ins) welsh woman who had eight kids (4 of each). She was the centre of our family and we all congregated around her and her home.

Last Christmas was tough and this one will probably have it's moments.

I found a card that I had made for her for last year, but never got to give her. It's big and bold with embossed words down the side because her sight wasn't that good. I treasure this card and keep it in a box and I'll not part with it now because although I didn't give it to her, somehow it's still hers.

We won't forget you gran!