Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Scrapping...

Ive been playing with My Digital Studio... I havn't really played with it (other than a couple of hours) since I bought it... BOY! do I wish I had used it more?!! In the space of 2 hours Ive finished about 7 pages. Im only doing 8x8" scrapbook pages because I can print them off at home but am finding I like this smaller size. For those of you starting with scrapbooking you should try the smaller 8x8", 6x6" or even the A4. Its not as intimidating as the larger 12x12" page which I still find hard to fill.

The kids actually cooperated on Christmas Day and posed for some really nice pictures in front of our tree.. I think I bribed them with more presents and Cadbury's Chocolate!
Anyway heres some more photos from Christmas...

Grandma & the Monsters.
Those of you who know your SU! Will be wondering what the colour is in the blue scallop square and the date... Well, its not a SU colour. Theres a nifty little button called "Colour Match" and you can select a portion of your photo to use as your colour. I chose Abbis sweater as I thought it was such a dominant colour in the picture I needed another 'pop' somewhere to balance it. Clever huh?

As you can see I kept the basic layouts really very simple. With these last two I ended up with the same layout for both and just highlighted the faces with a little frame over the top of the photo. I love how you can do this with the software, and you can also change the opacity (strength of colour) in your shapes so it looks transparant like vellum.

Well thats it for today. Back soon!!


C xx

Monday, December 28, 2009


A few Random photos from our first Christmas in Texas...

An elf broke into my kitchen and made mince pies, and cherry pies, and bluberry pies! Yep! He made waaaay too much pastry!

The results of the excessive pastry making. An incredible feat of engineering... An Exploding Mince Pie!!! Dont ask me how... I have no clue!

For about an hour on Christmas Eve we thought we would have a white Christmas! Yes! We had more snow!!! The day before it was 75f, but in the evening it dropped about 40f in 1/2 hour (!) and was freezing overnight with high winds, hail and thunderstorms. Next morning we woke to blowing snow... It didnt stick though... No white Christmas here. For all of you in the UK who got gobs and gobs of the stuff, be grateful! Dontcha love Abbis face... 'Hurry up and take the picture already... its COLD'...

I bought a Gingerbread House Kit this year. The plan was to just stick it together and let the kids go for it. Well, said kids got bored waiting for the 'glue' to set and decided to watch TV instead. One came back every now and again, looked at the box and demanded I make it look like the photo! Ha ha ha ha ha! Heres MY effort... sad.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, filled with fun, family and laughter. I should be back in a couple of days with a fun post... Im planning to do a top 10 favourite post of the year. Hopefully...

C xx

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

A festive photo of our Christmas Tree... With Best Wishes and Love for the holidays.

I will be back after Christmas with more updates...

Carolynne xx

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Baking...

I know you are all wondering whats happening here.... Well, not a lot of crafting I can tell ya!

Why do we feel the need at this time of year to suddenly spring into 'Suzy Homemaker' mode and start making things from scratch? I must admit that I make alot of these sugary, buttery goodies as teacher gifts but somehow this year I still have about 6 bags left over!!!

And this is whats inside...

Yummy homemade Vanilla and Pecan Fudge, made with the pecans from the tree in our yard!

This is Holiday Bark. Really simple, I just melt some dark chocolate and some white chocolate in separate bowls. Crush up some Christmassy Mints and stir 1/2 into each of the chocolates. Drop blobs of the choccy onto some wax paper, lightly mix the 2 choccies together and smooth out then pop in the fridge to set. Break it apart and pop into bags. Super Simple!

Now this last photo is in tribute to my fellow Military Wives... Out here at the base every christmas the students all go home. Its called Exodus. Now the lovely wives like to send all the single boys and girls home with a little bag filled with homemade treats and cookies. Some good friends of mine had about 200 baggies to organise and needed a silly number of dozen cookies to fill them. This is my small offering... only 4 dozen, but I hope it helped a little. I know the boys and girls were really thankful, I think they went away with about 5 cookies in each bag along with some other bits n pieces...

You girls are superstars!

I will be back with more holiday photos soon. The kids & I have made a Gingerbread House! ARGH!!!!!!


C xx

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My favourite link from last Christmas...


Amazing Grace 2008 - Holdman Christmas Display from Richard Holdman on Vimeo.

Still my favourite this year! There are lots of songs with different light combinations, visit the website to see more and to make a donation to the Make A Wish foundation...


C xx

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Promised Projects

So heres the projects I made this week... The first one was for Abbis class. They all had to take in their Christmas Stocking and enough little treats for each child. On Friday the class will have a little party and look in their stockings which should be filled with 17 goodies from their classmates...

As money is tight I must admit we visited the Dollar store... BUT we found these fab marshmallow candy cane thingys! And of course me being me(!) I HAD to decorate them...

Very simple... I punched the green with my curly label punch, stamped the greeting and the little star. I used my Crop-o-Dile and SU silver eyelets then threaded some silver cord in a loop so they could be hung on the Christmas Tree! Makes something out of nothing really! Im told I do that alot...

The next project is a cute little box (Which gave me a huge headache due to its size - 4X4X4" and me only having A4 paper...Hmmmmmm!). Anyways I went to a Christmas dinner with some of the girlies from my craft club (Thanks Karen & the girls it was a blast!) and we did an ornament exchange. My ornament didnt come in a box so I made one...

I thought that putting a window in the box would be a good idea and then took it a step further and extended the window to the front aswell.

Kraft carstock, white craft ink and some stickles glitter finished the project. If you make a box like this please remember to decorate before you assemble... Ask me how I know...?!

Please enjoy... If I remember I will take photos of the foodie projects Ive been working on too!


C xx

Away with the Christmas Faries!

Apologies for the absence (it make the heart grow fonder you know!) The usual pre-Christmas hysteria has well and truly set in. The kids are off school as of friday so we are running around like loons trying to get everything done before then. Plus you have gifts and wrapping and cards and boxes and posting to the UK and other distant parts of the USA, plus last week of school/dance presents and festivities.

To top it all off I have developed a nervous twitch in my left eye!!! Looks like Im winking at you. The trash man at Walmart was giving me strange looks yesterday so I smiled at him (you know Christmas Spirit N all that!). Then I realised he thought I was winking at him... OMG!!! Aim High thats what I say!!!

I do actually have a couple of projects, a box for an Ornament Exchange with my craft group and my Daughters presents for her class... AND today Im making fudge... GALLLONS of the stuff! Teacher gifts etc... I might even take some photos of that if all goes well!

I will post tomorrow I promise... Dont desert me!


C xx

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Nutcracker Gifts

Ok, so Ive probably bored you already with The Nutcracker Ballet but I have gotten something crafty out of it too! I wanted to show you the gifts we made for all her co-dancers in the production...
This is the gorgeous outfit for the Gingerbread boys and girls...

And heres the gifts they will be getting today from Abbi.

Just a little baggie with some sweeties inside but I managed to use my punches and make a Gingerbread Girl that looks like Abs! The boys gift tags are mounted on blue, the girls on pink.

Next, heres the outfit for the Mice...

And heres the gifts!

I found some pink and silver organza bags in my stash and used those this time (same sweeties) and again used my punches to devise a mousie (I have seen something similar online but cannot find it again to give credit... if it was you - thanks!) I added the pink hands coz the girls wear little pink glove... Too Cute!

Its been really hard work this week between late night rehearsals and long nights performing... Last show today and its a matinee so by 4.30pm everyone can collapse in a heap and congratulate themselves on a job well done. The show is amazing! The girls (and boys) have done themselves proud and I look forward to next year... (do I, really?)

All cardstock is SU! Too many colours to mention. Anyone like a tutorial? Let me know and I might just come up with one!


C xx

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Star...

I was invited into my son's middle school today to see all the Christmas Trees he has decorated this last week... I must say I was impressed! The little 'grotto' area in the entry-way is really sweet and I was told that the little kids from the after school club run up to it every day for a good look... Well this tree needed a star so I made one for him...

This is a better look...

Theres alot of instructions around in blog-land on how to do this star but I got mine from the lovely Abi. Great instructions and easy to follow... Only thing I added was a star punch in the middle... This is 2 layers with the bottom layer punched with 2 small holes and some elastic cord threaded through. The 2 stars are glued together and I added gobs and gobs of red glitter to the top. The star is just tied around the centre and the ends of the cord are used to tie the star to the top of the tree.

I used some spare papers from the SU!- I wish Scrappin Kit from last year! For those that remember... Its the same one I used for my Craft Class! Nearly all gone now!!!



C xx

Snow in Texas...? Surely not?

Yep! It happened!!!

If you are on my facebook friends list, check out some really cute photos from Abs Dress Rehearsal...
Might be another post later - I made the star and it now sits proudly on the tree at Lewis' school...


C xx

Thursday, December 3, 2009

We have Mice!

First dress rehearsal for Abbis Ballet Show last night and the costumes are so stinkin' cute!

This is her mouse costume for Act I... The Gingerbread costume for Act II is even cuter! I didnt get a photo of that yet, will try tonight. I actually took some really nice group photos and a video of the rehearsal but out of respect for the other families wont post them here...

Final Dress Rehearsal tonight with full make-up and the professional dancers from New York will be here too! Exciting!

Sorry theres not been much crafting this week as things are pretty hectic, rehearsals every night till late, trying to make sure both kids are fed before practice, homework done... Things will be back to normal next week...

I do plan to make a Christmas Star today for one of Lewis' teachers. He has been the head Christmas Tree decorator at his school and decorated the trees for classrooms. One however is missing something for the top soooo... Come back to see what I come up with!

Back soon...


C xx

By the way, the music you should be hearing is the music for the Gingerbread Dance!