Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Little Red Wagon Challenge # 61- Recycle those Christmas Cards, Wrap or Ribbon

This week Deanna is challenging us to recycle leftover wrap, ribbon or cards.

I dug through some of my cards and found a couple to create from.

From the first I created this gift tag:

And from the second this set of small thank you cards:

As always, we love to see what you create so if you can, please join us by linking up your last minute creation!

And be sure to check out what everyone else has created too!

Happy New Wishes to all of you!

Monday, December 27, 2010

A Christmas Table

I have lots of pictures from Christmas to share but today I thought I'd link up my Christmas table to Marty's 45th Table Top Tuesday.

I decided to go with a red and gold theme this year using the red tablecloth and gold chargers I already had.

For the centrepiece I used paperwhites I started earlier this month alternated with tealights on dollar store mirrors and surrounded with gold glittered wreaths.

I placed specially chosen ornaments at each person's spot along with a Christmas cracker.

Oh and I put the cutlery in little gold stockings that I also already had.

And before I end this post here's some paperwhite forcing details for a couple of my friends who were curious. Using dollar store vases and some decorative marbles, I snuggled the bulbs in the marbles and watered them regularly. The water level should be kept just below the bulbs so that the roots reach for the water and the bulbs do not rot. I put them in the room with the most light around the last week of November and continued to water them every other day or so.

These bulbs are very easy to grow and once they sprout, grow an inch or so every day until they bloom.

They have now been blooming for just over a week and are still doing really well. And they are an inexpensive way to have fresh flowers for the holidays!

Now I have to wait for the hyacinths to bloom, they are much slower to grow but will be cheerful in later January!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We sure did!

I slept in today, drank a couple of cups of coffee, tackled some clean up from yesterday....then I decided to make a card for this month's Papertrey challenge.

The challenge this month is to create something using scraps of wrapping paper, parts of holiday cards, recycle gift tags, etc.

So using a card I received last year, I cut out Christmas trees which go amazingly well with the PTI Everyday Blessings line of patterned papers, I created this card:

That's one card done for next year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Brittany and I Have Been Crafting

This project would actually qualify for this week's Little Red Wagon challenge.

Brittany made these cute bird favours from a Basic Grey kit I bought on sale after Christmas last year.

Sweet aren't they?

Then I had some fun the other night creating these gift embellishments.

I just used what I had on hand.

Well, except for the bells, Karen gave me them ;)

I'm almost ready for Christmas, how about you?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Little Red Wagon Challenge #60 - Last Minute Table Favour or Place Card

Happy Wednesday!

Are you all ready for Christmas? I'm getting there.

This week my Little Red Wagon challenge is to create a last minute table favour or place cards.

I broke into my Papertrey's Place Please stamp set with matching die to create these cute place cards!

So easy and I think very cute!

Check out all the other girlfriend's creations over at Little Red Wagon and if you can, please join us by linking up your last minute creation!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Shortbread Surprises

Brenda surprised me with these shortbread surprises!

And they are yummy! She conveniently included the recipe so I can share it with you.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 T. instant coffee granules
pinch salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Combine all dry ingredients well. Cream butter and vanilla. Add dry ingredients in batches. Cover and place in fridge for 1 hour. Roll into 1" balls and place 1 1/2" apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Flatten in a criss-cross with fork and bake at 300F for 20-25 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Thanks Brenda!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tiny Treats Christmas Cards

I recently made some cards using Papertrey's Christmas Tiny Treats stamps. It is such a cute stamp set!

Then Brianne was inspired to make her own cards using the same set:

Aren't they cute? She particularly liked the penguin. And I like how she used the border punch on some of them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

More Tag Swap Pics

I'm back with more tag swap pics, this time of the people and goodies!

Sorry Jeannie, I ended up with the pic of your eyes closed so I could include Kathryn! Also in these pics, is Regan, Deanna, Tammie and Brenda.

And here's Avril with some of the goodies I made! A snowman cheeseball and cranberry feta roll-ups!

And more goodie pics along with jars of candy!

I love homebaking at this time of the year!

Have a great Sunday, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 17, 2010


Its winner day here on the good ole' blog!

I happened to win the tags from 2 Scrapbook Friends! And they are all lovely! I did steal these pics from the 2SF blog!

Here they all are:

Then I happened to win a pair of funky earrings by Canadian artist Jon Klar from Fab, a terrific jewellery store in Waterloo who's having a Countdown to Christmas giveaway on Facebook.

And finally, today is the day to announce the winner of my tag giveaway:

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Comment number 5 was by Sarah of littlebabyfeet. Congratulations Sarah(who also happens to be from Saskatoon, yea Canada!), I'll e-mail you for your mailing information.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Decorations 2010


Thought I'd share a few pics of this year's Christmas decorations. I've changed them up a bit from previous years.

How often do you change your Christmas decorations?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Little Red Wagon - Use a Rub-On

Happy Wednesday!

The Little Red Wagon challenge this week is to use a rub-on!

Every Christmas I make each of my girls a small scrapbook containing pictures of them over the past year. I ended up using a few rub-ons in the creation of this year's books and here's a preview of one of the pages:

Priceless is created from an alphabet rub-on set.

Check out all the other girlfriend's creations over at Little Red Wagon and if you can, please join us by linking up your creation that features a rub-on!

Thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to enter my tag swap giveaway by commenting on this post.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Village

Today I thought I'd share some pics of my Christmas Village I have set up on our piano.

I have accumulated these Dickens Village pieces from both my Mother and Grandmother and the piano top is filled!Thanks Mom and Grandma!

Unfortunately some of the faces on the figurines are blurred :(

But here are the closer views anyway!

Just keeping it real :)

Do you have a village or other Christmas vignette you set up every year?

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter the tag swap giveaway in the post below this one.