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I have a ton of pictures of projects and happenings to share cos, of course, my post-writing skills are rubbish.

Birthday and Christmas present galore these past two months.

  • 4*6 photo frames  (the other one was sent off before I remembered to take a picture)

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Three months in one post

It seems I’m really not good with this time-management thing – unfortunately.

I had all the right reasons and best intentions but alas those weren’t enough to make me stick to my “resolution/wish” to post at least one project a month. The only way I can make up for it is to post all the finished projects at once!

So…there was a birthday project, a couple of Valentine’s and a couple of baby projects for me from January till now. 

The best friend of my little daughter (and when I say best friend I mean they are joined by the hip!) celebrated her 13th birthday. I made her a word-art card using my Cameo and a cupcake box from Svgcuts’ Happy Birthday kit. I used First Edition’s  Bella Rose Premium Paper Pad cos they have the sturdiest patterned paper. The top layer was pop-dotted on the card base (on three sides of the base the word-art shaped the card.)

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Christmas bazaar

December is just around the corner which brings the culmination of the holiday season into focus. Store windows are decked with Christmas decorations, pastry shops fill the air with scents of seasonal sweets, the weather seems to catch up to its norm (in Athens/Greece the weather was uncharacteristically mild for November), radio stations have Christmas songs on a loop and  full-force preparations are being made in every home.

We kicked off the season a bit early with a gathering at a friend’s house. It wasn’t per se Christmas-y but meeting up with friends is reason enough to celebrate with all of our busy schedules!

I was “surfing” Pinterest and was inspired to make a cone-shaped flower tower which I baptized then a flowery Christmas tree. Until the end, I was unsure but the end result was impressive – if I may say so myself.

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Pinspired cards

Christmas crafting for me is always… for lack of better word, personal. Everything I make, I make it with somebody in mind. It’s not the case this time around.

I was browsing Pinterest for new ideas and tho card making is not my forte I was mesmerized by designs, colours and versatility. I’ve found greeting cards from oh-so-simple-yet-beautiful, to magnificently layered and complicated, and everything in between.

My time on these boards (christmas cards) inspired me to try and recreate some of these cards myself. If nothing else my friends and family will receive handmade cards for this Christmas.

I think I started out trying to incorporate too much into my card design like embossing folders, inks, modeling pastes and stencils, die-cuts, ribbons etc.

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Then I made a complete 180 and made absolute simplistic cards with only one or two “techniques”.

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Thank You For The Music

In my family music always played an important role. I went to a music-oriented school from the very beggining till graduation; played the piano and was singing in the school’s choir. I got to see half of Europe with that choir and loved every second of singing with others together whether it was in a church, by a camp-fire or a concert-hall!

My older daughter falling in my footsteps also plays the piano and is singing in the Children’s Choir of Kodaly Conservatory in Athens, Greece …and she turns 13 in August. And that is important because…

When SVGCuts came out with the Thank You For The Music kit I died and went to Heaven…the crafty Heaven that is! I had cut and assembled the grand-piano as part of my girl’s birthday present (larger by approx. 25% than the original, cos I just can’t leave the files alone lol) in an hour and was itching to post it immediately but I didn’t want my daughter to see it before it was her bday. So I had to wait until now. 

I went with white, red, gold and vellum and of course the obligatory black.

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Paris

No, I’m not going to nor coming back from Paris but I loved the Eiffel-tower box file from SVGCuts Amelie’s accessories so much I wanted to make it for someone.  I hope my cousin, Stella (who will get the box filled with goodies for her birthday), will get to go someday and see the real Eiffel tower for herself!

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Birdhouse a’la Snapdragon Snippets

I have a really long list of gifts to craft and my time alone and undisturbed is coming to an end soon (tho that doesn’t mean I’ll stop crafting of course!)  I still need to make a god head-start on some Christmas projects too. 🙂

One of the gifts I wanted to make is this birdhouse for my Grandma. I purchased the file in the Silhouette on-line store and made it bigger. It is a fairly simple assembly but I didn’t want it to be so “plain” so I searched my SVGCuts file-library and found the bird that was an embellishment on the matchbox book. Made it double-sided so it can “sit” on branches that were also SVGCuts files.

 

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