Merry Australian Christmas!

I had a custom order for a Christmas Card-in-a-box, and the instructions were that it had to be Australian and that it had to have a warm sun. Hmmmm, didn't know where to start with this one, but once I worked out the Australian part it all started coming together nicely.
I put the punch art kangaroo at the front as it looks like he is pulling Santas sleigh. I used Santa's List Stamp set, stamped in Sahara Sand and then water coloured his skin in Blushing Bride and his suit in Cherry Cobbler.  The sun was made from a scallop circle punch, punch once, then you turn it so it punches again in the middle of the scallop, giving that sun burst look.  There are tiny hand cut presents from Best of Birthdays, in the sleigh with Santa. Some leaves from the bird punch, similar to gum leaves and the card was complete.  This was made for a friend's daughter who will be overseas for Christmas this year and she loved it, so I am happy.

Happy 18th Birthday

I had a very busy week last week with my daughter turning 18 and a family party to organise for her. She didn't want a big party so it was just immediate family and my best friend, who I consider to be family as well. I made 2 huge woks of fried rice, mexican mince and cauliflower cheese. Mum made apricot chicken and we also had garlic bread. For dessert we had mud cake, toblerone cheesecake and a cream sponge cake.
I made her a card in a box, with 18 hand cut paper candles and paper from birthday basics and Cycle Celebrations stamp set. I gave her money for her trip to Paris in January and wrapped up a box with Monopoly money in it (her real money went straight into her bank account. I was very fortunate that I had arranged Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday as annual leave so had plenty of time to get organised.