Happy Thursday friends!! How are you all doing this winter's day? Are you finished all of your holiday shopping? I'm THRILLED to say that I am FINISHED with all of my shopping---YAY!!! The only things left to get are some candy & stocking stuffers--now for the wrapping. My hubby and I wrap all the presents in one night before Christmas---it's like a wrapping extravaganza, LOL! We have snacks, watch movies & wrap until we're all done--it's a tradition for us & then we get up off of the floor and we're sore as heck!! But we always have fun :o)
I love having traditions--something to look forward every year ya know. Like on Christmas Eve, we always go out to dinner--just the 4 of us. It's a bit of a relaxation present for me since I always fix a huge Christmas dinner for the whole family. Then we come home and the kids open 2 presents--1 is always new pajamas and the other is a small toy or game--then we get our jammies on, sack out on the couch & watch some Christmas movies and read a new Christmas story before bed! Then hopefully the kids don't get us up until 7 am, they have to wait upstairs until I've turned on all the Xmas tree lights (all 10, hee hee), turned the Xmas music on and James sets up the video camera. Then an unwrapping frenzy occurs, James is the lucky "plastic toy getter-outter" (they package stuff like it's gonna go thru a tsunami) and I get breakfast ready which always includes some gigantic, yummy sticky rolls! YUM! Just a peek into our world during the holidays for ya, hee hee!
What is your favorite holiday tradition? (If you leave a comment with an answer---some lucky commenter will win a few & new yummy goodies from me that I like to use all the time)!!
-You are not seeing spots on my blog, LOL! That is snow falling (the only kind I like to have around me is the fake kind, hee hee) on my blog :o) If you too want snow on your blog it's super easy to do--go HERE to get instructions on how to do it (these instructions are for blogger blogs only)
Christmas Eve Tilda" from Magnolia-licious. There are so many wonderful, new holiday stamps from Magnolia--that it's hard for me to figure out which one's I want to use first, hee hee! I really like this Tilda though because she can be used for so many other occasions other than the holidays (birthdays, weddings, showers, etc) which makes her uber-versatile! To go with the card I also made this fun stocking-gift-card holder (you can find the instructions & printable template right HERE)--they're so much fun to make & easy too! My papers are from Little Yellow Bicycle (red/cream dp), Melissa Frances (brocade ornaments) and SU cs.
Tonic Distress Tool (it makes the job very quick & easy) and then I add Ranger Distress Ink (in old paper) to the edges. Tilda was colored with copics and I added Stickles to her shirt & hairbands. The music background behind her is a CB embossing folder as is the embossing on the red cs. I used one of my brand new Fancy Tag Nestabilities for the swirls (I just cut it in half & added it to the edges of my image). I added some pearls and the sentiment is from PTI's "Stocking Prints" set.
(COPICS USED: Dress-B97,B95,B93,B91/Sash & Cuffs R24,E08,R22,R20/SleevesE41,E42/Hair-E27,E33,E53) Tip for making NEW Copic Colors--I needed a brick red which copic doesn't make, so to create it I colored with R24 and then added E08 on top to create the red I needed--don't be afraid to layer colors & try color combos out!! You can add W2/3 to reds also to make them deeper in tone.
HERE), decorate and put together. I just added all the same elements that I used on my card to the stocking, only change I made to the template was to punch a hole in the corner & thread some cording thru so I can hang it on the tree.
Today is James' grandmother's funeral so I will be out most of the day--thank you again for all your sweet comments & support over the past few days. I'll see you back here tomorrow!