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December 2016

Merry Christmas 2017 and Some Watercolour Background Cards


I love the greeting on this stamp.  Wishing all of my customers, class ladies, team members and blog followers a very merry Christmas.  May your season be peaceful and your new year be bright. 

We're enjoying Christmas Day feasting with the Madex Clan then John's side of the family are gathering on Boxing Day so lots of family, fun and food for us for a few days.  I hope you are spending time with those you love this Christmas. 

I forgot to 'degrey' myself at the hairdressers before Christmas so while I sit and wait for my home colour to do it's work (and cross my fingers that I have applied it properly) I thought I'd share a few cards I made a week or so back when I woke up with a sudden urge to watercolour some backgrounds.  I used Smoky Slate (a very light grey), Soft Sky and Marina Mist with a touch of Night of Navy as well.  I used a damp aquapainter and picked the ink up from inside the cover after giving the ink pad a bit of a squeeze.  The cardstock I used was Shimmery White - doesn't buckle as much when it is damp.




Some silver embossing and some foil and glimmer paper looked good with the washed backgrounds.  I quite like these ones.  And do you know - I then buried them on my desk and forgot they were there when I was writing and mailing cards to family and friends.  So I'll have to post them to someone next year.  Sort of fits with my slightly disorganised 2016.  Aaaah well, there's always next year to morph into a minimalist, uncluttered, tidy, organised person.  Ha ha.

Have a wonderful week.

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up Catalogue Update

DetourHello everyone! 

Just a quick update on your Stampin' Up Occasions and Saleabration catalogues. 

One of my boxes (the one with the Occasions catalogues) decided to travel from Sydney to Avondale Heights via Western Australia so has only just arrived.  I'm currently filling envelopes and writing addresses so if you're waiting on a catalogue - keep an eye on the post, they're coming very soon. 

I hope your 'week before Christmas' is going well.  Are you all organised?  I knocked off the last of the Christmas shopping yesterday at Highpoint (which was surprisingly not too crazy for the most part.)  My dining table looks like a craft explosion has happened as I madly made a bunch of Christmas cards and made resolution #57 that next year I'd start earlier than the weekend before Christmas! 

I'm embracing my inner Star Wars geek this year and John is getting me an X wing Lego.  Can't wait!  (I was tossing up between that and a watch and decided I could keep wearing my current watch and have fun constructing!)

Well - more envelopes to fill so I'd best go rustle up another coffee and get stuck into it. 

Have a great week. 

Cheers, Sue

Stampin' Up! Year End Closeouts

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Just a quick note to let you know there's a big year end sale on with lots of discounted products.  All the things retiring from the Holiday Catalogue are listed - with some sale prices. 

Lots of the items are while stocks last so don't delay if you see something you're after.

Check out the list and shop online here:  Sue's Online Store End Of Year Sale

I've been busy with my craft stash this past week making some little end of year gifts for the students in my maths groups.  Very happy with how they looked.  (I had a Christmas and non Christmas version, and a chocolate and non choc alternative.)

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To make the tags I cut note cards in half then used some stamps and washi tape for quick and easy tag making.  I love how the little choc buttons look so cute in a cello bag with ribbon.  A little time on packaging makes such a difference to a gift doesn't it.  They were fun to put together.  I've got a great group of students this year - it is always a little sad saying farewell at the end of the school year, but exciting to see them growing in confidence.   One of my students last year told me "You know, I used to hate maths and now it is my favourite subject."  Little moments like that make me so happy to be a teacher. 

Happy December! 

Cheers, Sue