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Thursday 31 December 2020

Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos Day 5

   

 I was all ready to start this and then suddenly I was caught up in all manner of Christmas preparations so couldn't get near my computer, never mind my craft room -

 I have several projects left in progress!!

Anyway as the theme is Reindeer Games I had planned to use images from

The poem A Visit from St Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore has always been a favourite... (see the poem at the end of the post #2) including the lines

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!


Day Five's theme is Make us laugh:


I was going to use Dancer with his pink ballet shoes as it made me giggle - but then I went for Stella


Recipe:
  1. White card blank with fancy trim edge.
  2. Layer of red plus text Stampin Up Paper.
  3. Stella December Calendar - image and sentiment printed and colour added to image with Copics. Trimmed and with faux stitching round edges with a fineliner.
  4. Stocking embellishments added.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday 30 December 2020

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #604

         WOYWW         

It's Wednesday again - so I am linking this post to the Stamping Ground.

Again a very busy week so not much crafting has been done.

And in fact I didn't know whether I would be able to post anything. I managed to visit a few of you last week but then my computer crashed and it has had to be put back to factory settings - consequently no files on here at the moment...

Anyway here's my desk picture for WOYWW 604!


It's my messy area in my utility room - my daughter gave me a kit for one of my Christmas presents and the white painted pieces are part of it. I will show more as it proceeds. You can also see part of a journal - two pages still unfinished!
The liquidiser is just there because that is where it lives!

 My next step is to continue with this
 journal page courtesy of Niamh Baly as I have just managed to watch the rest of the video - I will show it finished next week!


We did make a gingerbread beach hut and mince pies - and we burnt the last of the Advent candles...


and Christmas Day came and went.
We were very fortunate as we could have our family for either breakfast


 or dinner (or both)





 The restrictions in Victoria have very much eased as we now have had more than 60 days with no new cases, deaths or active cases!

The granddaughters persuaded Kevin to put on a Santa Suit and then had fun wearing it themselves.


On Boxing Day we went out in the canoes to see the Christmas lights around the Lakes - some of them are amazing! The second picture shows as we approach our house on the way back.



And now - well we are starting to pick tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden. We tried crispy kale Shoshi - it is delicious!


Hopefully more craft next week...


Wishing you a very happy 2021!

Happy WOYWW !!


Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos Day 6

    

 I was all ready to start this and then suddenly I was caught up in all manner of Christmas preparations so couldn't get near my computer, never mind my craft room -

 I have several projects left in progress!!

Anyway as the theme is Reindeer Games I had planned to use images from

The poem A Visit from St Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore has always been a favourite... (see the poem at the end of the post #2) including the lines

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!


Day Six's theme is a Photo Challenge:


This time I used Rudolph printed and trimmed to size. I also cut out the name.
I used a strip of washi across a rectangular card blank, then the image.
Over this I placed the Snowflake frame, cut out and coloured with Speckled Egg Distress Ink around all edges and a touch of Cool Shadow Copic.
I placed the name below...


Happy Crafting!


Tuesday 29 December 2020

Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos Day 4

  

 I was all ready to start this and then suddenly I was caught up in all manner of Christmas preparations so couldn't get near my computer, never mind my craft room -
 I have several projects left in progress!!

Anyway as the theme is Reindeer Games I had planned to use images from

The poem A Visit from St Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore has always been a favourite... (see the poem at the end of the post #2) including the lines

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!


Day Four's theme is Bingo:



I have used Distressed, Bugaboo Image (Prancer) and Twine.


I used Distress Oxide inks smeared across an embossing folder and then rolled it through my Big Shot with white card inside to form the tree background.
I used a white card blank matted with black and added the trees and a white strip.
I then added Prancer printed and cut out, above the white strip, and the name on black card on the strip.
I then added twine along the division.


I will link this to Day Four of Catch The Bug Holiday Chaos.

Happy Crafting!


Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos Day 3

 

 I was all ready to start this and then suddenly I was caught up in all manner of Christmas preparations so couldn't get near my computer, never mind my craft room -
 I have several projects left in progress!!

Anyway as the theme is Reindeer Games I had planned to use images from

The poem A Visit from St Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore has always been a favourite... (see the poem at the end of the post #2) including the lines

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!


Day Three's theme is Anything but a card:


I decided to make a small gift box - big enough to take a tea towel. It is 5 by 7 and half an inch deep, cut, scored and folded from a piece of 12 by 12. As the net is 11.5 inches wide it just fit on my Cricut mat...

To decorate this I have used Comet..


Again I used then paper from the 12 by 12 pad Australian Animals and Christmas Trees by Jocelyn Proust.

I cut the image with a die, in my Big Shot, in two pieces to add some interest.

Then I added some embellishments.

I will link this to Day Three of Catch The Bug Holiday Chaos.



"A Die-lirious Holiday Season


Thing 1: Trouble Maker 
I used my Big Shot for the die cut image.

Thing 3: Twisted Sister 
I used a ribbon to tie the box together

Thing 2: Double Dare 
I will also link this to Bitten by the Bug having used my Cricut and Big Shot..


Happy Crafting!


Monday 28 December 2020

Catch the Bug Holiday Chaos Day 2


 I was all ready to start this and then suddenly I was caught up in all manner of Christmas preparations so couldn't get near my computer, never mind my craft room -
 I have several projects left in progress!!

Anyway as the theme is Reindeer Games I had planned to use images from

The poem A Visit from St Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore has always been a favourite... (see the poem at the end of the post...) including the lines

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!


Day Two has a sketch for the theme:

The first reindeer to be named is Dasher so I have used Dasher...


Recipe:

  1. White rectangular card blank matted with red card then paper from 12 by 12 pad Australian Animals and Christmas Trees by Jocelyn Proust.
  2. Red card layer followed by Dasher (printed pre-coloured) also matted on red cad.
  3. Three embellishments along the side are gold fabric deer.

I will link this to Day Two of Catch The Bug Holiday Chaos.

Happy Crafting!


    ’T was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.

    The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
    And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
    Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap;

    When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash,
    Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

    The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
    Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
    But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
    With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
    I knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick.

    More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
    And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
    “Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
    On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
    To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
    Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

    As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
    When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
    So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
    With the sleigh full of toys, and Saint Nicholas too.

    And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
    The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
    As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
    Down the chimney Saint Nicholas came with a bound.

    He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
    And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
    A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
    And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

    His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
    His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
    His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
    And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

    The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
    And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
    He had a broad face and a little round belly,
    That shook, when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.

    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
    And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
    A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
    Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

    He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
    And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
    And laying his finger aside of his nose,
    And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

    He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
    And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
    But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
    “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”


Just a quick Oddball rerun...

It has been such a busy time I have not managed to get a lot of crafting done - so I thought I would rerun my favourite Oddball makes from two years ago...


I used two images Rudolph Image 485 and Big Eye Alex
 to make a card and a table decoration.



The card is a kraft card base matted with a white card that I ran through the Big Shot in an embossing folder.
 I then added the images, coloured with Copics and cut out.
Finally I added a banner stamped with a Happy Little Stampers sentiment.


The jar is one that I had by me - I decided it would be good with some candles inside and a little decoration - 3 of each of the images  arranged round the jar.




Picture taken in the dark:



Happy Crafting!

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