Sunday, 21 December 2014

It's Red and Green...

Hello there,
THANK YOU so much for your wonderful welcome back comments, so glad to hear you are still hanging around :)
My blog title is very fitting at this time of the year isn't it? nothing says Christmas more than red and green. And almost all of the cards I made this coming Christmas we using these traditional colours.. note I said almost :)
Here's a few of them
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    I have made tons of these as they are so easy, these cards were part of a gift ensemble I designed for my PaperieTreat. Yummy kraft card bases with a combo of Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Gold. 
    Another version using the same set, Wondrous Wreath which I taught at one of my Card Clubs..
    And even the gorgeous White Christmas set was presented in the traditional colours.
    I am sad I didn't have the time to shoot a video tutorial of this easy peasy window I cooked up but it is my mission to make a spring version so I can still share the method with you... keep watching here :) it might happen before Christmas 2015 :)

    Even my gift service goodies were wrapped with red and green touches. This was the last set collected this morning, if you are still looking for a quick stocking filler for that crafty person I offer gift vouchers in £5 denominations and you still have a few days to order these from myself. 


    I love that little Santa gift holder made with the Gift bow die, so cute !!!  I need to mention that the original version was designed by one of my team members, a very talented and beautiful demonstrator called Claire Dean :), I get lots of comments on him whenever I display him at my events.
    And guess what? I even added touches or red and green to my Christmas decor this year :). Now I need to mention something I have lost count of the amount of people that asked me to post my holiday decor again this year, which is so funny to me but not surprising I LOVE looking at other peoples houses decorated. So if I get some time to drag my camera around the house these next few days I will post a mini tour but if not I will share it in between Christmas and New Year while we take a bit of time off :) 
    But here's a snippet for you, only iPhone pics I m afraid but I am sure you'll get an idea. We have a little porch in this new place we bought and a porch is something I never though I needed but it turns out I love it and I think every house should be built with one, keeps the dirt off from the hallway and keeps all the smelly shoes out of the house :)
    Come in .....

    I dislike our front door with a passion (we have a lot of work ahead of us) and I covered as much of it as I could with some greenery and a pair of vintage ice skates instead of a traditional wreath. I replaced the original white laces with some gingham ribbon and called it done ( two minutes job). Is one of our favourite things they year :)
    I stuffed half of a tree in there ( I will tell you the story of the half tree another day) and decked it in reds, greens, golds and browns. It makes me happy every time I open the door. 
    And then just because MORE IS definitely MORE at Christmas time I stuck a wreath on the inside of the porch door :)

    Yes the Many Merry Stars kit was turned into a majestic wreath (I saw it first on Erica Cerwin's blog, thanks for sharing Erica). It looks so beautiful IRL and I made it with lots of my customers this year. I loved this kit and it is still available if you would like to make one for yourself. It will last you years you can BUY IT HERE .
    Ok back to work I go still a few things to get sorted, I hope you enjoyed this bumper post :) Thank you for stopping, have fun preparing the last little details :)
    Till next time xoxoxoxoxo
    Monica 



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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I am back and Counting Down to Christmas :)

Hello there :)
I feel I want to ask you how have you been dear reader but I am almost sure I am talking to myself after this long break.
Since my last post life has been busy and exciting and hard work and exciting, the short of it goes like this
We Moved, then it was time for my Paperie Treat at the beautiful Monk Fryston( another amazing event) then we celebrated our European Convention in Bruxelles, then I came back and I ran some workshops and some classes and started decorating the new house, then we moved onto repairing the new house when water started pouring down the walls one day. And then we started getting ready for Christmas and now we are nearly there so I can finally talk to you and thank you for bearing with me, for still placing orders with me and supporting my business :) I appreciate you even if I didn't have a lot of time to inspire you here on the blog.
So in light of this I am sharing some festive makes, I am still making my cards and my team cards I will probably still be making my neighbours cards the night before like I always done at our old address, but somehow it always gets done so I am edited and looking fwd to it all.
It feels exciting to be back *I MISSED MY BLOG* and the ramble :) so here goes.

I am sharing my favourite stamp set from the Christmas catalogue this year and the cards my neighbours will receive , (now let me tell you first -I am back but not with fancy photos yet)

It's a stepper card and made quite quickly. You emboss the Holiday Home houses in white powder on Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo and Old Olive card then cut out with the matching framelits.
A little bit of dazzling diamonds and you are done :)
Oh and you can quickly turn the leftover house into a cute gift card holder


To make the folder simply fold a chevron paper bag to create a pocket for the gift card to slot in, secure at the ends and decorate the front :)

Thank you for visiting and as alway I am sending you all my XOXOXO


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