Christmas Tags

Christmas is just around the corner! Bit of a cliche, I know, but it's true. Here's something to get you in the festive mood if you missed out on seeing these in real life on Thursday.

It's a little hard to photograph (being nearly 80cm long) but click on the image to see it bigger.

Now since I don't have a mantlepiece, all I have to do is figure out where to display them; the kitchen windowsill is looking good right now.

Props to Sharon Johnson for this one ;)

Butterfly Birthday

Last week we celebrated my daughter's first birthday. It was so fun to do something a bit girly and with Stampin Up! dies and colours, it was easy too! I did the decorations with longevity in mind and have now put the mobile and 3D art in her room. She loves to blow the mobile with us and points enthusiastically when asked 'Where are the butterflies?'

Before and...
I wish you could see the framed butterflies better - they're more 3D in real life!
My cousin, who did all the catering (THANK YOU!), did so well matching her icing to our theme colours.
Me with the birthday girl. The M&Ms went down a treat!
'Til next time!

Go Confidently

My little (well, not-so-little, really) brother in law has just finished year 13 at school. I remember the sense of great accomplishment and how grown up I felt at the time so I wanted to share in that moment with him. Is it just me or does school still feel like it was just a couple of years ago?

I've actually been planning this card for a while. Now my Cupcake Builder punch has finally been used to make the clouds on this brayered background. And then I embossed it with the Stripes Embossing Folder. It's a really easy way to make something pop.

I'm really enjoying my new 'Word Play' stamp set. One of the wee perks with being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is they send you a 15% off card in your birthday month (on top of your normal discount). Happy almost Birthday to me :)

Christmas Cupcakes

Ok, so this post isn't really about stamping but I had to share a couple of cupcakes I made at a Christmas-themed cupcake class last night at Miss Bon Bon.

This one was my favourite. It was shared four ways at lunch today - the 'fewer calories' way to eat cupcakes! Needless to say I bought myself some glitter.

And, while everyone tried to get their snowmen standing just so, I went for the low-risk-of-toppling approach and took a bit of inspiration from our little friends Calvin & Hobbes... (If you're not familiar with Calvin & Hobbes, see some of Calvin's snow antics here.)

Hope your taste buds are tingling. xx