Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!! I’m not sure that i’ve even got any readers left after my abysmal posting record for the last few months!!  I’m hoping January can bring some regularity back!?!

I can’t do a post without some kind of picture to show you so here is the paper poinsettia flowers that I made for We Stamp For Lara:

December 14 saw Miss Lara head into hospital for the “routine” op to insert grommets and remove tonsils and adenoids.  Whilst we knew that any kind of surgery or anaesthetic has it’s risks and that nothing would be routine, we didn’t anticipate the development of the pneumonia and being in hospital for a week.  She was so sick and in so much pain it was heartbreaking.  The decision to have the op was not done lightly, however when she was on antibiotics for ear and chest infections from March until October, we needed to do something to help improve her quality of life.  Thankfully she is on the mend now, albeit slowly.  I was concerned there that we’d not be together for Christmas but all is well!!  I am so grateful to all the gorgeous nurses that work at the Mater Children’s Private Hospital.  They’re all angels and looked after my baby so well!!

We have been busy doing last minute preparations for Christmas this week as well.  I *thought* I was organised.  Then my two big ones tell me that they have asked Santa for *certain* things.  If Santa wants the magic of Christmas to continue, he’d better get his elves onto those specific gifts this morning! Lucky we’re all traipsing off to the shops to get the Santa pictures done this morning.  I was devastated to think that for the first time in 8 years we wouldn’t have a photo, but we’re going to be braving the hoards of crazy shoppers and having a quick pic with Santa!  Yay.  Happy Heart again!

Anyway, if  you’ve stayed with the rambling this long you’re to be commended!

My wish to you all is for a Happy & healthy Christmas!!!  May your day be filled with the people  you love the mostest!  I’ll see you all in the New Year!!

Love

Mad

It’s starting to look a lot like…

Christmas!!

I’m sorry I’ve been so neglectful of the poor old blog!!  It’s been so crazy this last month I don’t know where the time has gone.  To think! It really nearly IS Christmas!!  Lucky I’m just about done on the present front.  Still need to get one more gift.  But it’s a tricky one so I’m not sure about it.  I’ve spent an age today getting all my Christmas cards done.  Last week was spent finishing up teacher gifts.  Wanna see some of what I’ve been doing??  I’ll make it up to you for my absence with a photo heavy post eh??

Ok, teacher gifts.  My Kate had 2 teachers this year and Tommy just the one.  I also wanted to make gifts for the extra special ladies from Xavier Children’s Support Network that support my Lara and our family.  Here’s what the outside looked like:

A close up of the tags:

And the following picture is of the Male Teacher’s gifts.  The girls ones were a bit different, I used a variety of papers for those but didn’t think to get pictures!  The girls also got a covered notebook as well.  The small diaries all had the teachers initials on them. The little bags were made using a Big Shot Die and I filled them with treats.

I love making the tags match the kraft coloured bags.  They looked so impressive all lined up in a row. So cute!!

This year I wanted to incorporate a photo of the kids in the Christmas card.  Snapfish had a great special on photo cards so I used them to print a panel with a greeting and then I used some red and white bakers twine to give a lift and added it to a card base so I could write a message on the inside as well.  I know that seems like a lot of work, but I didn’t want to “cheat” too much!! LOL

Then I made a whole stack of cards for my down line and other Stamping Friends.

My favourite was the one with the Melon Mambo Base:

I used a non-Stampin’ Up! texture plate to get the Merry Christmas embossing on the Marina Mist Card stock.  A bit of a non-traditional Christmas coloured card!  I hope everyone likes them!

Ok, I’ll run along now as i’ve still got Miss Alexandra’s 3 teacher gifts to make.  No rest for the wicked I say!!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!!
Mad