Friday, 19 December 2014

December Daily: Days 5-8

Hi All!
I'm back with the next few days in my December Daily album.  As I am pretty much up-to-date with it I want to do all my posts for it actually in December if I can.
So without further ado:

Day 5: Presents for the grandchildren
I took a photo of the whole stack of presents bought for our 6 grandchildren.  I am using Stampin Up's Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla for any add-in pages I want to make.  I made a little tab card and stuck my photo on.  There are lots of little word stickers in the Cosy Christmas kit, so I put on: Santa Claus/He's making a list/No peeking.  The number 5 is made with the circle from the Clockworks kit and the numbers are from a Hero Arts journaling set.  There will be one of these for all 31 Dec Daily days, but if I just want to put in something general that happened I am using my regular date stamp.  The picture with the santa hat was so lovely I decided just to leave it as it is.

Day 6: Today's temperature

The left hand page describes an act of random kindness that happened at work that totally made my day so I wanted to include it in my album.  The right hand side shows a photo of the car dashboard as it was -2 and flippin' freezing! I added a sticker that says, 'Jack Frost nipping at your nose,' and another one that says, 'Bah humbug!' There's one at the top that says, 'Let it snow,' so I've put 'no!' next to it. (I don't do winter!)
That's why, underneath there is a picture of my first Costa hot chocolate for December, as I needed it to warm up!  Yes, I am a Costa-babe and proud!  I am taking it as a personal challenge this month to try all of the festive drinks they have on offer.  I looked at the little card bottom right for ages, debating whether to tick 'naughty' or 'nice' and then decided it had to be both!

Day 7:  In Town
So here's the story.  We go to town to go to church and it just happens to be the day of the Santa Fun Run.  The entrance to church is surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of Santas.  It is quite surreal!  Of course I have to take some pics, it's a gift to anyone doing Dec Daily really.

Yes, there is a picture of a Santa with her dog!  Who knew? 
But we'd actually gone to church for the Christingle service.  I realised I've been doing this all my life and have probably never missed one.  I decided not to take a photo until we got home. I got a sheet of acetate and wrote 'The real reason for the season - Jesus, the light of the world,' rather than writing it on the actual photo.  I challenge myself to have at least one 6x8 photo each month, because they just look fab.  I also include one acetate page and one vellum page if it's at all possible.

Day 8: Secret Santa

We do a Secret Santa at work every year.  We have to pick one member of staff and one resident and buy a present for them. I don't think it's particularly secret this year, to be honest, I think we all know who's buying for who, but never mind!
The resident I picked likes her sleep (almost as much as I do!!)  I knew I wanted to buy her pyjamas and when I saw these with 'I love sleep' on I realised they'd be perfect.  Then the next thing I knew, John had bought a pair for me as well!  I used some Teresa Collins Stationery Noted paper for this, that has little grey dots on.  The bauble at the top is a long sticker from the Cosy Christmas kit.  Very happy with this page.

So that's it for now.  I should be back soon with the next few pages, but I'm at work for the next couple of days.
Happy crafting everyone!
Jane xx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December Daily Part 2

Hello there everyone!
I'm back with the first few pages of my December Daily album.  You can see my cover here.
I've never done December Daily before but I was so impressed with what I've seen on Pinterest I just had to have a go this Christmas.
I trawled the internet and decided the papers I liked best were by Simple Stories and they're called Cosy Christmas. I am totally in love with the colour scheme.  I ordered the 6x8 papers, plus loads of stickers and journaling cards. I got mine from Craftie Charlie and I just want to give them a shout-out because I've ordered from them a few times now and I am always thrilled with how quickly they deliver, which totally makes my day.
Anyway, I gave myself a set of prompts, one for each day of December, which I am to fall back on if nothing better happens.  But by the time I did this, I knew I'd be going to a panto, going out for a skittles evening with my Bible study group and that I had two works' parties to go to, so I scheduled them in as well.  I took account of which weekends I'd be off and which weekends I'd be at work and around this I crafted my 31 journal prompts.
So here are the first few pages:

Sorry there's a bit of glare on the pics, I'll swap them for better ones asap, but the light is so bad every day at the moment, it's difficult to get nice bright pics of anything.

Anyway, Day 1: Advent calendar.  This is a little wooden tree, that has 24 drawers in it, all numbered.  We've had it for some years now.  I fill each drawer with tiny sweets and John and I take turns in opening ones each day.  Back story:  The first year, we didn't realise how small each drawer was, so I bought tiny jelly babies to go in them.  Unfortunately they were too big to fit the drawers, so John and I bit all the heads off and rammed the bodies into each drawer.  Not very appropriate for the season of peace and goodwill to all men, but there we are!!

Day 3: Christmas Card List:

I really wasn't sure how to do this at first, as I wanted it to be an actual working list that I can refer to again next year.  I have a lot of people to send cards to.  I asked for any tips on the December Daily Uk fb group and one lady said to write them and put them in a pocket.  In the end, this is what I did:

Each flap lifts up to show the names of the people on each list, work/church/family etc.  I was so pleased with how this turned out.  I've actually started ticking them off.

Day 4: Pantomime

Every year the am dram society puts on a panto in the village hall.  I managed to avoid it last year but this year I volunteered (and the hubs!) and actually we thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm really glad we went (that doesn't automatically mean I want to go again next year though!)
So as you can see, things are coming along quite nicely.  I have never been behind, but I do have to be organised as I print my photos off at a shop in town so I'm going twice a week in December instead of only once, so I don't get behind.
Back soon with some more.
Thanks for looking in today, your comments are really encouraging.
Back soon
Jane x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Is Coming

I am finally able to pop on with some Christmas cards.  I have been making some every day.  I am NOT going to take such a frantic approach next year and you can hold me to that!  I need about 200 cards a year so I have got to make some every week next year.  I could easily do it if I gave myself enough time.
Anyway, on with the cards:

I am finally using up the last of my Holly Berry Bouquet papers, which I must have had for about 3 years.  The colour scheme is real red, wild wasabi (although the ink I've used here is gumball green) cherry cobbler and chocolate chip (with very vanilla obviously!)  I've bought brand new inks recently so I could make lots of cards and the cherry cobbler is stunning to work with.  I kept some silver thread from a gift box earlier in the year knowing I was going to make cards like this with it, so I was very pleased to discover this in my stash.

I've used various stamps that I've acquired over the years.  The actual postcard is the newest, which is from Urban Stamps.  This is so versatile I'll be using it all year round.
I am sad to be saying goodbye to these papers, they're so beautiful and one of the first dsp's I ever bought.  A nostalgia moment for me, then.
Back soon with some December Daily I think.
Jane xx

Friday, 12 December 2014

Card For Lesley

It was a birthday for one of the card swap group members earlier in the week and this is what I made for her:

The cardstock is crumb cake and the stamp is from the Faith In Nature set, which I think was a hostess set a while back.  I also got to use my jewellery tag punch, which is something I wish I could use more often, it's so sweet.  I popped on some pearls, and Bob's your uncle!  A really fun card to make actually, I might make another one soon.
I will be back soon with some Christmas cards as I've finally posted ones to the card swap group so it doesn't matter if they appear on here now, so watch this space.
Happy crafting!
Jane x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Card For Eric

Hi there!
Popping in today with a card for one of the residents, who is in his 90's.

I still struggle with masculine cards, but mostly for younger men, and have to admit, this card came together very easily.  I am never going to go off this SU Sail Away stamp, it's just too beautiful.  The colour is Midnight Muse, cardstock and dsp.  A quick and simple card.
Back soon y'all!
Jane x

Monday, 1 December 2014

December Daily: Day 1

So are you doing it?  Huh?  Huh?!
Yes I have succumbed to the attraction of December Daily for the first time ever.  Actually I'm throwing myself into it.  I've got my folder, I've got my journaling cards.  Now I just need to take some photos!
I'm going to show you the cover, but before I do, I need to tell you I'm not very keen on it, so don't expect a work of art, because you'll be disappointed!!

I'm using Simple Stories Cosy Christmas and it's really lovely stuff. The colour scheme is very close to Very Vanilla (used here on the cover), Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke, which are the colours I'm using to make my Christmas cards this year, so I ordered some extra cardstock just to be on the safe side.
The little postcard is from the Cosy Christmas set and the washi tape is from Hobbycraft, as is the little wooden stag on the post card (wooden embellishments with everything, right?!)
I know it's hard to believe, but I actually played around for two hours, as I had so many possibilities, yet this is the best I could come up with! I just think it looks like a school project folder or something, so I may change it towards the end of the month, but for now it will have to do.
The folder is £5 from Staples.  It has a plastic sleeve on the cover, so I've made this and slotted it in.  I will show you the inside, but I'm desperate for some sunny weather, to try to get some decent photos, as this wet, miserable weather is dreadful for trying to get a worthwhile picture.
Oh well, I'm off to get my advent calendar out.
Back soon
Jane x