Sunday, December 30, 2012

Jules' Twelve Days of Christmas

Hello everyone,
Just a little note to tell you about a fun little game that Jules is having over at
I have had so much fun playing along.
She stumped me well and truly on two images but once I realised they where not what I was thinking they were, I got it.
 Anyway pop on over and have a look and play along.
talk soon
x joy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas

Hello and a hearty Merry Christmas to you all,
I am a little late with my greetings but better late than never.
It has been a busy few weeks here in Smithville
(although I am sure it has been busy for everyone, everywhere)
So we have spent a lovely Christmas, with family and all of our favourite foods and traditions. I think I must be a few kilo's heavier but I have a smile on my face hehehehe
 I love Christmas goodies yummo!!!!!!!!!!!!
fruit mince tarts, rum balls, apricot balls, shortbread, baked ham, turkey . . . . . . .
 yummo I could go on, and on
 Brussels sprouts (yes I love them) crunchy roast potatoes, caramelised carrots
plum pudding
I love it all and even after eating way too much of it all I am still not sick of it  
hehehehe guess what is for lunch again today
all of the above again
Anyway I hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas.
I have been thinking a lot about all of the people who are doing it tough this year. Particularly those in Sandy Hook America, who have lost all of those precious little ones. I can only imagine what heavy hearts they have and my prayers are with them. And then there are those in the UK with all of the floods there. I hope everyone stays safe.
Oh dear, you really have to count your blessings and be thankful for all that you have. 
Ok well now I will show you some of the stuff that I have been up to, in between celebrating Christmas and some study. Do you remember my Christmas card that I shared with you a little while ago? Well I was chatting with my lovely Sister about Christmas cards and I mentioned that I was doing a blue card as this years card and she reminded me that I had in fact already done a blue Christmas card. Yes I could remember that I had done a blue themed card before but I wasn't sure when. And quick as a wink she messaged a photo of my 2007 card that was in fact blue . Hehehehe how was I supposed to know that someone was keeping track of which cards I sent hehehehe (isn't it nice to know though that someone does keep your cards and remembers them).
Ok well just to keep her on her toes I decided to whip her up a special card to make sure I had not done one in the same colour before. And what better way than to make a rainbow card:

It is exactly the same as the blue one only made up with small pieces of rainbow papers. Complete with rainbow gems. I really love it! But couldn't of made all of my cards like this, as it took quite a bit more time than the blue ones.

 I inked up the stampin' up sentiment with markers to get the rainbow effect.
Then I wanted to have a go with my Stampin' Up happy family set, for some token gifts for my nieces and their families. Here are what I came up with: 

 This one was a special one for a friend of my nieces husband who insisted I make something for him as well hehehehehe.
And finally here is my first ever attempt at icing a cake - Oh by crikies I might leave that to the experts - it's not as easy as card making. I had icing sugar everywhere!!!!!!!! I kid you not - everywhere!!!!!!!!!!
It is meant to look like snowflakes on a bed of snow hehehehe
it does look nice in real life
but I think I will stick to card making hehehehe

Ok well that is it for me. We just had some visitors leave this morning so I am off to go wash sheets and towels and do a little house work.
So I will catch you all later.
Talk soon and take care
x joy

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Christmas Snowflake or Star

Hello and a super happy Friday to you all,
It is a super happy Friday here in Smithville because I have finally caught up with my studies and have spent a very relaxing day with my lovely friend Leah catching up sitting out under the tree's at our lovely Daisy's cottage.
What a nice way to spend the day, then home to sit in the air conditioning - ahhh bliss!
Anyway as I said I have caught up with my studies so have had some spare time (in between house work hehehe) to have a little play. I should of been making Christmas cards but when I saw these little beauties over on Jim 'the gentleman crafter's' blog - I just had to have a go.
Jim called them snowflakes but I think they could be either snowflakes or star's. And just for the record if my memory serves me correct - I think snowflakes are 5 sided - aren't they?
I don't really know for sure because I have never (in my memory) seen snow :( - one day I will though!!!!!!!!!!!

How pretty are they - and oh so easy!!!!!
I ended up whipping up a couple. Firstly one out of plain old copier paper just to see how they went. It came out huge and will look great hanging from my high ceilings. Then I made two of these silver ones with the rosette centres ( one for Leah and  one for Benji's teacher). Pop on over to Jim's blog and see how we made them. He has a great tutorial video showing you step by step. I think they will be  a great project to do with the kids while they are on school holidays. Jim made them with 6 sides but I couldn't get them to sit right with 6 so I did 8. Anyway however many sides they have - they look soooo pretty.
Ok well I am off to go make myself a batch of my Mum's fruit mince ready for my pie making next week. OOOOOOhhhhhhh did I tell you how much I love Christmas? Yummy food, pretty decorations and sooooo much fun.
Ok talk soon
x joy

Sunday, December 2, 2012

I am still alive

So sorry I haven't been around.
Hopefully I will be back and making cards soon.
talk soon
x joy