Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Tale of Two iPods!!

We decided to get the boys an iPod each for Christmas. They do Podcasting at school, so this way they can download and listen to them (and watch the video ones). When I got mine the other week, they both commented that they were going to save up for one out of their pocket money and birthday money and announced which colours they wanted (how easy was that to choose their colours!!??) We wrapped up their Docks and put them under the tree with everything else, so when they opened up the docks they were convinced that there was an iPod somewhere!! But no iPod appeared and beneath the tree was empty!! I reminded them that they said they were going to save up for one from any Christmas, Birthday and PocketMoney that they get. So they accepted this and moved on (I was very convincing!!) Then later in the afternoon - well after lunch - Zoe reminded me about them, so we sneakily placed them under the tree and announced that we wanted a photo of the boys and Zoe & Josh in front of the tree, then Zoe casually looked around and said "Oh, what are these, we missed some!!" I think the following picture says it all

Needless to say they were over the moon!! I had already loaded them up with Podcasts and some of their favourite music for them, and had them fully charged ready to go. (that was a marathon mission through the wee hours of the morning last wekk!!). They have all the old records that I listened to as a kid on them - silly songs which they love, their Pokemon CD etc, and they can download some newer stuff over the holidays!!

All in all we had a lovely Christmas Day, had a few drinks, lots of laughs, got out some old photos, played Harry Potter Cluedo!! How cool!! Zoe & Josh decided to stay another night. Then later in the evening my Boss and family came over with the most awesome Chrissy Pressie!! Which I will blog later when it is all filled and labelled!! WOW Thanks Wendy!! and Trevor, Eilish, Shelby & Kristen!!

Anyway, I am off to finish playing with my HUGE Pressie!! and then another Cluedo challenge is scheduled for a little later on!!



Monday, December 22, 2008

My Exciting News!!

Ok, we'll here it is!!

Today in the mail I received my monthly subscription of Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft, but this is a special one!! I have been published in it!! This is my first ever time and I am very (very) excited!! Can you tell? Just go look in the sky! That beaming ray of light is my smile!! (haha) Anyway, it is on sale from December 26th, Vol 14 No 6 - go check it out!! Oh - my cards are on Pages 52 -54!! Also, back in August I posted a little Thankyou Card. This is what it was made for, I sent it in to the magazine with my instructions! I have known that these cards were accepted back in August! and have kept it a secret from my crafting friends all this time! Boy was that hard!! Anyway, enjoy!

I couldn't of asked for a better Christmas present!

A Comment via gmail...

I just received this lovely comment from Gally in Bulgaria! So I thought I'd share. It is truly amazing to see people from all over the world visit my little blog!! Thankyou and Merry Christmas to you all!!

Hi from Bulgaria, Europe!
Congratulations Caroline ! Very nice cards, perfect work.
Thank you very much. I wish you Merry X-mas!
King regards,Gally ,Varna, Bulgaria
Saturday, December 20, 2008

Teacher Gifts

I was running a bit late with getting my Teacher Gifts organised this year, but still wanted to make something special (I have a reputation to uphold!! hee hee). So I managed to put these together. The chocolate boxes were Kims yummy little boxes that hold the Cadbury Eight Moments Chocolates. I have used the (retired) Palette O Prints Designer Papers in Almost Amethyst and used Lovely Lilac Cardstock. The Stamp Sets used were Pick a Petal (whoops that was for christmas!! I shouldn't have used it yet!) and True Friend. A couple of flowers and a Rhinestone Brad from the Pretties Kit. I have stamped the petals onto the designer paper.
The boxes, I came across on ...Hmmm...can you hear the cogs?....Nope can't find it! and it's getting late. Anyway, I came across these cute boxes using acetate to make a clear box. So I had a play, I picked up some Clear Binder covers from Officeworks, made up a couple of boxes - like the bases in the 'box in a bags'. Used one for the base and one for the lid, for the green one with the Nut in it I made a slightly smaller box, only a couple of mm and put it inside so that the 'Nut' sits up so you can read the Message on it. Anyway, I scallopped the base and lid like with the bag in a boxes, stuck the acetate - which had been scored and bent to form the tube thing - in to the base, popped the lid on and tied it with a ribbon! (Hope that's not too cryptic!!) The 'Nut' I picked up from a little store at Garden City, they had heaps of Nuts (including me!!) It reads "Life is about dreams, a TEACHER makes them come true" they had one with another saying but I put that on the Notebook I made for Mr Fuller last year. I used up some left over dashing DP to decorate, and filled the Red one with Celebrations Chocolate Balls. I ws rather chuffed with them. Will have to think of something special for Mr Fuller next year as he will be finished with my two - after 3 years!! (Explanation - as he is the 4/5 teacher, he had Jayden last year for Yr 4, and has had both boys this year Jayden Yr 5 and Owen Year 4 and next year will have Owen for Yr 5!! confused?)
Well, as I said - it's late. we have our Chooks Christmas Breakky tomorrow morning so we need to be up and out by 6.30am, then I go to work after that, so a long day for me. I may not post before Christmas now so I wish everyone a safe and Happy Christmas!!
Love Caroline
Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Update on the Christmas Raffle

Well, last night we had our school Granduation Concert! It was a fun night all the classes presented their acts, the Year 7's had their send off and Awards were presented. Then we had a supper and the raffle was drawn.......we won the NINTH PRIZE!! (Out of 10 Hampers) We just made it! haha And guess what?? I won back my Milk Cartons and the Box in a Bag!! How lucky am I!!?? LOL
Anyway, if I don't post before Christmas, everyone have a safe and Happy one!!

Love Caroline
Thursday, December 11, 2008

Donations to our School P & C Christmas Raffle

Here we have another little project that I was working on the other week. Donations for our schools P & C Christmas Raffle. Instead of just putting something in the basket, I thought I'd make up some handmade gifts. I came across the Milk Cartons on Becky Roberts blog, then she sent me the link to purchase the tutorial!! (Well worth it if you ask me!!) They are not that hard to make and are just adorable!! Then I couldn't go past 'Ye Old Treat Box', the Box in a Bag and the fantastic little Chocolate Folder that Kim made for the Eight Moments Chocolates. I took them up to the school yesterday, and our Principal and Office Lady (Registrar) loved them. (So much that I have been asked to make a couple of treat boxes up!!) I decided to stick with a theme using Dashing Papers and matching cardstock. Goodies inside are Treat Box - 600gm Box of Favourites, Box in a Bag - Pascal Memorables, Milk Cartons - Dove Individually Wrapped Chocolates 12 in each! and Eight Moments in Kims Folder thingy!!

Materials Used - Stampin Up! - Stamps - Rivetting, Snow Burst. Cardstock & Inks - Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Water Colour Paper. Papers - Dashing DP. Accessories - Real Red & Old Olive Markers, Scallop Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Slit Punch, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, 5/8" Real Read Grosgrain Ribbon, River Rock Double Stitched Ribbon. Stamp It - Stamps - Merry over Christmas & Kitty's Christmas.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Harrsion's Card

Here is a quick(ish) card I put together the other night. Harrison's birthday was actually late November, but, as usual, time got away. It is actually a copy of another card I have done previously, and just changed the name and age!! He loved it though! Harrison is a 'dudey' kind of kid, so no cutesy 'wild about you' cards for him, nor bright colours, not even a cupcake! Skateboards and bikes etc for him!! I have used my Cricut, the Cuttin' Up Cartridge and have used Basic Grey Paper - I think they were called 'Hang Ten' (How appropriate!! haha)
I plan to photograph my donations for our school Christmas Raffle today, as I want to take them to school this arvo, so will try and post them tonight. Have a nice day! :-)

Yes! I am still here!!

No I haven't dropped off the face of the earth! Though my MOJO has! I have been working on a couple of little projects but time is just getting away from me and I have so much to do! and the increasing incidence of migraines isn't helping much!! I do hope to post a couple of projects this week!! (Hope to!!) Plus with a bit of luck I will have some exciting news to share next week!!
Till then, take care and stay sane!!