Hello December 2016

How do you document your Christmas…..

For the past 2 years I have been using the Project Life Hello December Card Collections

and Accessory Pack.

Christmas Project Life Album 2015
Christmas Project Life Album 2015

This year is no different…in the Seasonal Catalogue on page 31 you will find the 2016 Hello December 2016 Card Collection, Accessory Pack, NEW Album and NEW Pocket Page Variety Pack 2.

The card collections has 71 cards in 2 sizes (7.6 x 10.2 cm & 10.2 x 15.2 cm) that just slip beautifully into the Pocket Pages. There are card for the days of the week, cards for journalling and cards that are just for decoration.

The Accessory Pack has all the embellishment you need to decorate you pages including small 5.1 x 5.1 cm cards, a stamp set, red foil numbers, sticker sheets, wooden shapes and washi tape.

The Album for this year has the beautiful and bright Emerald Envy down the spine.

The Variety pack 2 is new to the collection and offers a different range of pocket pages and can be used in conjunction with the others available.


I am doing my album to be a pictorial Journal of all the events that happen throughout December for family and I.

Today I started sorting my cards and planning where I’m going to place them…but I know this will change as I work my way through December.

As we go through this month I will give you up dates on how its coming along and will post a few pictures. I will also add tips along the way of how and why I have done curtain pages.

My first tip is..

Tip 1.

The Hello December 2016 card Collection and the Accessory Pack are part of the Year End Closeout Sale…and its while stock lasts. So don’t leave it too long to order yours. Go to my SHOP here or from the top of page and order directly with Stampin’ Up! You don’t want to miss out.

Tip 2.

Once you have your cards and if you are Memory Keeping by date add your dates (from Accessory Pack) to the 7.6 x 10.2 cm cards that have been printed for this purpose


Have added a video to show yow you this great collection.


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Old Memories……

Yesterday, my son Robert  was having a chat to his Dad about one of his subjects, Modern History. I reminded them that we have an old suitcase in the shed with lots of bits and pieces from Europe, brought over by my Father in-law.

My husbands family came from Croatia and moved to Australia after the War.

So we went in search for this suitcase…..

We found an old suitcase (thinking it was the one we were after), we cleaned it up and brought it inside.


It was so funny because here was my 17 yr old son looking at this case and wondering how to open it.

“Are there keys?”

He had never seen a suitcase before with locks like this.

So I showed him how it opened and had a good laugh…how times have changed.

Unfortunately it wasn’t my father in-laws case but it was my mother in-laws.

We found her sewing box, old costume jewellery, photos and some Bibles (written in German and Croatian). We also found my husbands school records which he had thought were thrown out years ago.


But the treasure we did find was my mother in-laws cook book, with all her hand written recipes.

What a find….but they are all written in Croatian. Now I just have to get translated.


Last year my husband wanted to have a Croatian Christmas with traditional food and we didn’t know where this cook book was. So I down loaded recipes from the internet and we gave them a go.

It was a fun Christmas Lunch  and it was great trying different food to what we would normally have. I made sure that we took photo’s of me making these recipes and of them on our table for Christmas lunch. And put these photos into my 2016 Christmas Project Life Album…they are a great reminder.


So this year if I can get these recipes translated in time…I maybe able to make some of these goodies for Christmas lunch this year too…

So whats the reason behind all this..

Memories are great, get them out of those old suitcases and share them. take photos and remember the stories.

A great way to do this is through Memory Keeping and Project Life.

Project Life gives you a simple way to get photos into albums so you can tell the stories and share with family and friends.

Go to my shop and check out the Seasonal catalogue for this years Hallo December Project Life Card Collection,  Accessory pack, 6 x 8 Emerald Envy ASlbum and Pocket pages.

This is only available until 3rd January 2017

To find out more about project life contact me and attend one of my classes where I can help you to get started.



Global Design Project #062 | Sketch Challenge… Joy to the World

Joy to the world
The lord is come
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing

This is a song we sing at Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus…..

It is a song that brings JOY to my heart at the thought

of the coming of our King.

Christmas is not only about gifts and food

its about the JOY in knowing Jesus Christ was Born.


The challenge by Global Design Project this week is a Sketch Challenge.


My card today I have kept very simple.

 I love plaids in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack

(it must be the touch of Scottish in me).

And this card needed only a simple statement

“Joy to the World”.

  This stamp can be found in the Tin of Tags Stamp Set..

it is such a wonderful set which I have used a number of times.


I have kept the colour palette to the same colours as in the plaid,

using the black to add pop to the Garden Green and Crumb Cake.

The Dazzling Diamonds adds that bit of BLING!


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One Sheet Wonder

I am so behind in my Blog, so please forgive me…..

Last month for my Monthly Card Class I decided to do Christmas Cards..

using the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.

I wanted something a bit different and I wanted to give the class something a little more advanced.

As I normally pre-cut everything for them.

So in my search on Pinterest. I came across One Sheet Wonder…

now this is something I have never done but it was something I’ve wanted to do.

 I found a site where the designer used a 6″ square of paper and I loved the ideas.

The site is called “Poetic Artistry”, and her cards looked great.

so I hope Julee Tilman doesn’t mind but I CASED her beautiful work…

click HERE to go to Julee’s page.

All the information on how to make these cards are on this site.

 I did change one of the cards a little to suit me and the products I had.

Also the charms are from last years Holiday Catalogue and are no longer available.

The Dazzling Diamonds Paper stars I sponged with Crumb Cake Ink,

as they needed to be dulled a little and it added to the aged affect.

The embossing folder is also no longer available and I didn’t have another I thought suitable.

I used the Tin of Tags and Oh, What Fun stamp sets.

I am very pleased how these cards turned out and I think so was my class.





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Global Design Project #052 | CASE the Designer

What a week…..

I have been sick all week with end of winter Flu/Tonsilites

but the best news of the week has been ….

Robert (my No: 3 son) has been chosen to be the next School Captain.

So proud of him.


But to the task at hand……

This week Global Design Project have given us another Challenge “CASE the Designer”

and it’s none other than the talented Teneale Williams.

I just love her cards…they are so beautiful.


I really like the layout of this card, so I have taken my inspiration from there.


For this card I have used the Cookie Cutter Bundle.

A great set for adults and children…a great way to get them involved in making this years Christmas cards

for family and friends.

Its a simple Stamp Set with some great images for Christmas and includes a Builder  Punch, which makes cutting out so easy..

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Father Christmas – ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

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The New 2016 Holiday Catalogue has just been released….have you seen or even had a try of some of the wonderful new products as yet?

Through this Blog Hop you will find many wonderful ways in which you can use these products….

If you have just arrived from Kathryn Ruddick’s Blog or are starting this adventure with me ,I would like to welcome you and say…..

“Hi and I hope you enjoy this experience”

 Make sure to click each link to see all of the wonderful creations.

Who doesn’t love a great Santa?

I love Christmas and I love Santa.

My parents every Christmas Eve would gather my sisters and I together

and read to us “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

by Clement Clarke Moore

So I love the traditional Santa decided below

“He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.”
This year Stampin’ Up! have given a wonderfully traditional Santa and I couldn’t resit
purchasing this stamp set.
So here is my card using this the “Father Christmas Stamps”
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I wanted to achieve the old world charm of this stamp set.
So I have used  Crumb Cake and Always Artichoke as my card stock. The images were all stamped in Early Espresso.
In stamping the top and base of this card the “Stamp-a-ma-jig” became my best friend in lining
everything up nicely.
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Using a Blender Pen and Always Artichoke Stamp Pad I traced around the
finer scroll lines in the boarders top and bottom.
Santa was then coloured in softly to allow the fine detail of the stamp to come through.
The edges of the layers of card stock was sponged in Early Espresso and Always Artichoke
to add to that Aged Old Charm.
I hope you have enjoyed my part in this Blog Hop.
Make sure you check out this next blog from Carolina Evans
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  1. Lou Kitzelman
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Nicole Wilson
  4. Rachael Lewsley
  5. Cathy Pinchbeck
  6. Kelly Kent
  7. Leonie Schroder
  8. Delys Cram
  9. Monique Fielder
  10. Richelle Fletcher
  11. Barbara Williams
  12. PapillonPapercraft
  13. Kathryn Ruddick
  14. Michele Jutrisa – You are HERE
  15. Carolina Evans
  16. Liv Ingle
  17. Rochelle Blok
  18. Emily Campbell
  19. Samantha White
  20. Andrea Buckland
  21. Maree McIntosh
  22. Renee Lynch
  23. Peta Stephen
  24. Jackie Noble
  25. Alisa Tilsner


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Tin of Tags Project Kit

I love a GOOD project

and better still I love one that is easy to put together and can be shared or used.

This year in the Holiday Catalogue Stampin’ Up have given us another

great Tag Kit.

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There are 30 tags, 3 of each design to make and they come in a great little Red Tin to keep them in until Christmas.

Gather with friends and have  your Demonstrator (“Me”) bring the extra supplies.

Or make it on your own with these additional products…….

Tin of Tags Stamp Set

Ink Pads- Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Old Olive, and Real Red

Adhesives –  Fine-Tip Glue pen, Glue Dots , Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I will be announcing a little later on my Events page of an upcoming workshop with this kit..

so stay tuned!

Merry Mice….and Global Design Project #050

Who feels like Christmas is just around the corner and is sneaking up on us?

I do!

Recently one of my friends posted on Facebook how many Fridays until Christmas….

and that was scary!

I haven’t even started thinking about gifts or anything as yet……

but Stampin’ Up! has……

and look what they have coming out on the 1st September

 the new

“Holiday Catalogue”.

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Global Design Project have given us this week a “Sketch Challenge”

And I thought why not give you a sneak peak at one of the new Stamp Sets from the Catalogue,

using the challenge. So here’s the Challenge.

sketch Challenge GDPAre you ready for it….


Isn’t it cute…its called “Merry Mice”

This is such a cute set and really great if you enjoy colouring in.

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So using the Blender Pens and the Stamp Pads I spent a lovely afternoon

colouring in and bring these little guys to life…..

Here are all three  cards for you to enjoy

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Now if you would like a your own copy of the “Holiday Catalogue” then just contact me

and I will get one into the post to you.



My Life through out December

Where are your Christmas photos?
Last year I started a Project Life Christmas Album about all the things I did in December leading up to Christmas…..

In all I probably only did 20 pages (one day a page)…this year I have been very busy and by tomorrow will have done nearly every day for December…WOW!
Here are some of the pages completed.

Project Life 1

All is calm, all is bright……Global Design Project #GDP013

Global design project have set us another beautiful challenge…

and this week its a colour challange

GDP013 Colour ChallengeIts so much fun…you should give it ago..click on this link to find out more…..HERE

Today I have been having so much fun..a friend came over and we talked and made cards all day.

I think we did more talking than card making, so great to catch up.


So here is my card…very simple. Lots of layers..tearing…singing..keeping calm..mmmm. Not sure on that one but fun YES!

Come and JOIN us on Global Design Project

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