Christmas Eve tales

Do you ever have those moments where you doze off in front of the tv and when you wake up you feel a bit disorientated……… It takes a moment to work out how long you’ve actually been asleep……… Do you know the feeling?     Well- I had a similar experience this morning.  I woke up with a start this morning.  I went from a deep sleep to jumping out of bed.   You see I thought I had dozed off to sleep on Christmas Eve and forgotten about ”leaving the door open to let Santa in” (If you know what I mean)    I looked to the side of my bed and my husband wasn’t in the bed.  I thought to myself “Oh my goodness he must have fallen asleep in front of the tv again and he has forgotten too! ”  I then heard the sliding door leading to the children’s rooms and immediately ran from the bedroom- thinking “Oh my gosh- it is the kids heading for the loungeroom they are going to be SOOO disappointed to not see anything under the tree!!!”  I was still half asleep and almost ran straight into the door frame trying to reach the kids before they made it into the lounge room.  I was greeted by my husband who was standing near the sliding door.  I hissed at him (still half asleep) “Don’t let them though!”  and then pointed to the Christmas tree with NO presents.  He of course looked at me puzzled and said “It was me closing the sliding door.  The kids are still in bed”……. I’m sure he thought I had totally lost the plot but then he caught on……”and it isn’t Christmas yet”.    I then woke up a little more and realised that I was a day ahead of myself…….. :-)   Don’t worry- go ahead and laugh.  Every time I have thought about it today it has made me giggle.

Anyway- it is now later in the evening and the kids have just crawled into bed after returning home from looking at the Christmas lights displays.   Before letting Santa in to leave some presents under the tree I thought I would write a quick blog entry to share my Christmas Eve tale and also show you some of the ways I packaged some small Christmas gifts.

First, some simple Christmas pouches made with a stamp from “Winter Post” and the “Holiday Treasures” designer series paper.  I used the Eyelet border punch along the edge of the patterned paper.

Here are some simple gift bags

 

and…..a Close up of the tag.. I used white embossing powder with a small amount of glitter added to the embossing powder.  It doesn’t show up well in the photo… but there is a nice touch of sparkle

At the end of the school term I also spend some time in my kids’ classrooms helping the kids to make some Christmas cards to give to their family and we also made some packaging for “Rudolph’s spares“.   I have made these cute bags filled with “Jaffas” before  and you can see them here http://www.creationsbymiriam.com/?p=742 I wanted to make a more simple version with the kids (bearing in mind that the kids were aged 5-7 years) and so used the stamp from “Forest Friends”

Anyway I have a few little jobs to get done this evening.  Christmas is only one sleep away….and I want to be sure I actually get some sleep. 

Oh…and before you think I have forgotten- I will definitely show the Christmas cards I made this year for some friends and family.  There are still a few family members who are yet to receive their cards and I wanted to give them in person before posting on  my blog… so stay tuned!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Stamped cellophane bags

When I saw the White Staz-on ink the SPRING Mini Catalogue I added it to my MUST HAVE list as it is the perfect kind of ink to stamp on the Stampin’ Up! cellophane bags. I could just imagine stamping gorgeous snow flakes all over the bags at Christmas time. I got the opportunity to show a few customers this neat ink however the Spring Mini catalogue ended before I knew it and I was really hoping to show more people. Can you imagine how thrilled I was when we received an update from Stampin’ Up! to say that this particular product would be appearing in the next main catalogue and we are able to continue to sell this item even though the Spring Mini has finished. There are a few other items that are still available too!

ITEMS STILL AVAILABLE FROM THE SPRING MINI

112534 Jumbo brads 5/16″ Neutrals Assortment $15.50
112533 Jumbo brads 5/8″ Neutrals Assortment $13.50
114889 Scallop Oval punch $30.95
106960 StazOn ink pad (White pad and refill) $22.95
109196 StazOn Cleaner $9.95

Anyway- back to the the white STAZ-ON Ink…..

Here are some cute little bags I made that were inspired by a project Bonnie demonstrated at Perth Regionals. I have stamped all over the LARGE cellophane bags using the snowflake stamp from WINTER POST

The little box inside is separated into 4 little compartments as shown

I then made an assortment of tags using various Christmas stamp sets which were placed inside the compartments before sliding into the cellophane bag and tying with ribbon.

A hostess received this cute little box in a cellophane bag as her little thank-you gift for hosting a demonstration at her place. Of course she was also able to select Stampin’ Up! merchandise of her choice and also able to select from a range of stamp sets only available to hostesses. Does this sound good to you? Please be sure to get in touch as I would be more than happy to conduct a workshop for YOU and your friends.

Tri-shutter Christmas card Tutorial

One of the cards we created recently at one of In-Home Cardmaking workshops was a Tri-shutter Christmas card.  We used the Winter Post stamp set and Holiday Treasures patterned paper. The ladies looked at the sample and gulped but when it came time to make their card, they realised it wasn’t nearly as difficult as it first appeared.

Here’s the card

Now C’mon admit it- Did you gulp in amazement?  Yes?  Good! That’s the reaction you want when your recipient opens their card.  Now pick your jaw up off the ground and I will show you just how simple this card is to make!! 

Start with a piece of cardstock that is 30cm x 15cm

Score fold lines at 5cm, 10cm, 20cm and 25cm (Using the scoring blade on your paper trimmer or your bone folder)

Use your paper trimmer to cut along the PURPLE lines in the following illustration.  (The purple line is measured in at 4cm from the each edge)  The paper trimmer available through Stampin’ Up! allows you to position the blade so that you can commence cutting at the 5cm score line and stop cutting when you reach the 25cm score line.   The paper cutter is only $39.95 (pg 155 of the catalogue)  If you don’t own this paper trimmer please let me know and I would be happy to process the order for you!

You now need to fold your card into position.  If you look at the following photo (taken from above) you will get the best idea of how the pieces should be positioned.

 

Here is card again folded into position ready to go into an evelope

 

To decorate the card- the following measurements may come in handy (This is especially for you L  :-) )

Cut your cardstock mats to the following sizes

2 pieces that are 14.5cm x 4.5cm

4 pieces that are 3.5cm x 4.5cm

1 piece that is 6.5cm x 9.5cm

2 pieces that are 6.5cm x 4.5cm

2 pieces that are 3.5cm x 9cm

The patterned paper needs to be cut according to the following measurements

2 pieces cut at 14cm x 4cm

4 pieces cut at 3cm x 4cm

1 piece cut at 6cm x 9cm

2 pieces cut at 6cm x 4cm

2 pieces cut at 3cm x 9cm

 

I hope you have fun creating your own Tri-shutter card!

Christmas fun with Stampin’ Up! cellophane bags

Here’s a bit of fun with Stampin’ Up! Cellophane bags.    I just love creating with these little bags- lots of fun things you can make.    Create your own packaging for cards and other handmade items, sweet treat containers, lolly bags for kids paties- Add a topper for the bag, tie with ribbon…..the possibilities are endless.

 Due to the fact that they are clear- they don’t jump off the pages of the catalogue and unfortunately many people miss them. You will find them on page 130 of the catalogue.

They come in three sizes.  The small size is 7.6cm x 12.7cm ($7.50), the medium size is 10.2cm x 15.2cm ($8.50) and the large size is 15.2cm x 20.3cm ($9.50).  Are you interested in ordering some cellophane bags from me?  Please be sure to get in touch if you are.  Please read on for the Christmas bags I made.  If you are not tempted now- you might just be soon!

MAGIC REINDEER FOOD- To be sprinkled on the lawn on Christmas Eve

Just Sprinkle on the lawn at night

The moon will make it sparkle bright

As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam

This treat will guide them to your home

 

 

Rudolf has a job to do on Christmas Eve- it’s true

His nose will always light the way for Santa and his little sleigh

But if his nose should ever go out don’t cry or whine or yell or shout

 Take out this bag and use a bit from Rudolph’s red nose repair kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

and last but not least

Santa checked his list not once but twice

and found you’ve been naughty and not very nice

Since coal is expensive, here’s the scoop

He’s filling your stocking with reindeer poop

 

 

 

STAMP SET: Winter Post

PATTERNED PAPER: Holiday Treasures Designer Series paper,

CARDSTOCK: Old Olive Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Whisper White cardstock,

INK: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

PUNCHES: 1 3/8 Circle punch, Scallop circle Punch,

OTHER: Heat and stick powder, versamark dazzling Diamonds,  Rhinestones

Magic reindeer food contains glitter and porridge oats