Monday, December 30, 2013

Starry First Birthday

We are off to a first birthday in the morning, so tonight I made the birthday boy a card that was bright and fun to match his personality!

I used white embossing with pops of colour and a colourful sentiment to match the banners. Some ribbon and a coloured mat tied it all together.

As always, I gleamed inspiration from the following places.

Seize The Birthday- Anything Goes

Supplies used (all Stampin' Up unless otherwise specified)
Punches: Merry Minis Punch Pack
Embossing Folder: Starburst (Cuttlebug)
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red
Inks: Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red
Stamps: Bring On The Cake
Embellishments: Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon
Tools: Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Cuttlebug

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Warm Winter Wishes

Being in New Zealand, we celebrate Christmas in Summer. However, I still send cards overseas where the temperatures are not so warm.

The theme over at CASology this week is:

Kimberley's card on the Design Team reminded me of some paper I had lying around from last Christmas. Paired with some ribbon in the shape of a scarf and a Winter sentiment, this card came together quickly. Yay for patterned paper!

All CTMH unless otherwise specified.
Papers: Nordic Christmas (CM)

Cardstock: White Daisy, Riding Hood Red (SU)
Inks: Riding Hood Red (SU)
Stamps: Scandinavian Wishes
Embellishments: Riding Hood Red Ribbon (SU)
Tools: Glue Dots, Tombow Adhesive.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Edible Christmas Trees

Lucas is always finding ideas for things to do, and one day he saw some Christmas trees made out of ice-cream cones. Of course, he immediately wanted to try creating his own so it was off to the supermarket to get the ingredients.

You will need:
Ice cream cones
Desiccated coconut
Green food colouring
Icing sugar
Lollies for decoration

All you do is mix the icing sugar with a little bit of boiling water and use that to coat the ice-cream cones.

Colour the coconut with a few drops of green food colouring and then sprinkle it over the trees.

Finish off by sticking lollies onto the cone.

Lucas was very excited about the finished product- we had a picnic dinner and these were our dessert.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Preschool Christmas Cards

My son's preschool has finished up for the year, and Lucas wanted to make a card for his teachers.

We started off with some silver painted cardstock and he painted green paint over the base. Finger painting was suggested, but this boy prefers to use a brush.

We cut triangles out of the green painted paper to form our Christmas trees.

Lastly, we cut some trunks for the tree using Christmas themed scrapbook paper.

Lucas had a lot of fun gluing the trees to the card base.

A very proud boy with a card to give to his teacher!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sneak Peek- Candy Cane Wreath

Today over at my Close To My Heart blog I am sharing a step-by-step tutorial on making a Candy Cane Wreath.

Here is a little sneak peek...

For full details on this wreath please click here.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Advent Activities 2013

Ah, it's December! When did that happen? Less than three weeks until my son turns four and I am hoping I am organised enough to pull off his birthday and Christmas.

We put up the Advent countdown yesterday and someone was very excited.

I thought I would share the list of what we have planned this Christmas for our Advent activities. A bold number indicates a weekend. A lot of these are quite personal as we have a lot of family and friend's birthdays, as well as some events that are invite only, but it is always fun to see what people are up to over the holiday season.

I have linked activities from other websites where applicable.

I am sharing some photos from the events we have already done since I was a bit behind in getting this post up.

1st Celebrating my nephew's first birthday party and putting up the Advent Calendar!

2nd Mail out Christmas cards and make cards for Lucas' preschool teacher.

3rd Preschool craft morning and Get Santa Photo taken

5th Secret Bloggers Secret Santa Evening and go to New World customer day

6th Oaklands School Twilight Gala

7th Preschool Christmas Party and Family game evening

8th- Santa Parade and CTMH workshop plus dinner

9th Have lunch at Ballantynes and see the window display

10th Preschool craft morning at The Make Café.

12th Crafty Christmas night at The Make Café. (You can still register by clicking on the link!)

13th Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt in the evening with Dad as well as Storytimes at the Library. 

14th Emillie’s birthday party

15th Lucas’ birthday party

16th Ride the Tram in town and do the Santa Hunt at the Museum
17th Preschool craft morning at The Make Café.

18th Lucas’ fourth birthday  

19th Put up the Christmas tree and decorations

20th Watch a Christmas movie for Family Night, complete with popcorn and a fancy dinner.

21st Visit the Christmas Grotto

22nd Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

23rd Candy Cane Pancake Breakfast and Christmas Crafts

24th Christmas Eve- new pyjamas and a Christmas Story plus a movie.

25th Christmas Day

26th Boxing Day

27th BBQ with family

28th Day trip to Kaikoura

29th Outdoor Play Day using ideas from

30th Picnic and biking at Bottle Lake Forest

31st New Year’s Eve celebrations all day

I hope this enough to keep the family entertained!

If you are in Christchurch and are interested in coming to a Cookie Exchange, please let me know and I will send you the information.

Best wishes to everyone for a happy and fun holiday month! I would love to hear what you have planned for December.


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