I have my dining table all prettied-up with the centrepiece I made at a workshop recently so I decided to make the plain napkin rings into something a little more decorative. I cut 6 Spellbinder Poinsettias out of gold and silver card, mixed them up and hot-glued them together. A gem in the centre and then glued to the rings and they really look so much cuter than they did. πŸ™‚

On the charger plate ready for Xmas Dinner

Charger

Napkins included

Napkins included

Napkin rings

Napkin rings

A few more cards

I taught ‘Ghosting’ at two Stamp Club sessions last month, it’s a great technique where you stamp – on this occasion on kraft card – with white ink and then over-stamp, slightly offset, with a coloured ink. It needs a stamp positioner to do this properly so my hubby made a load of right-angle blocks and I cut plastic squares and we made our own versions β€” got to say they worked perfectly!

I’ve added some photos of the stamp positioners being used to show how well and how easily they worked. I was going to make the corner pieces from Lego until Nigel offered to go play in his wood-working shop and the plastic I used came from packaging I’d kept knowing it would ‘come in’ sometime!

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

I think I stamped these the wrong way - put the white on top! It works though.

Baubles

Positioner1

Positioner1

Positioner2

Positioner2

Positioner3

Positioner3

Positioner4

Positioner4

Positioner5

Positioner5

Positioner6

Positioner6

Michael Strong

I sent a few Christmas cards to certain members of a Yahoo group I belong to – I made them flat so they’d be easy to post but tried to make them interesting too. The ‘baubles’ were made using the CloisonnΓ© Circle stamp with the hanger taken from a Chocolate Baroque set. The style is called ‘Bordered Sentiment’ and I found it at Splitcoast Stampers.

Lots of colours

Lots of colours

Close up

Close up

My tree

I have a ‘fake’ tree which I love – it’s big and bushy and fills the corner of the hallway beautifully. A photo really doesn’t capture it nicely I’m afraid, you can’t see the many strings of lights I have on it, for instance. Several years ago I got rid of all the shop-bought, boring ornaments and decided I would only hang those that meant something to me. So, the tree is full of ornaments I’ve made over the years; some made for me; some bought for me; dated ones from special years…. and Millie! These are even harder to photograph but you get the idea, I’ve made one for every Christmas she’s had so far (and made several of each so family and friends can have one also) β€” you can see how she’s growing-up. πŸ™‚

Tree

Tree

2010

2010

2011

2011

2012

2012

2013

2013

Snowglobe

Snowglobe

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