Sunday, 15 November 2015

Getting Ready for Christmas

Welcome to the November Cross Canada Blog Hop and our theme, Getting Ready for Christmas! We hope you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers, whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn more about. By leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you. Now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle in Nova Scotia. If you came from Kirsten's blog, then you are in the right place! If you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle's blog for the full list of bloggers.

Christmas is my favourite holiday. The colours, the smells, the music - I love it all! I used to do a lot of decorating when the kids were at home but now I just put up the Christmas tree and a few other ornaments. I do some baking to enjoy when company comes to visit or on Christmas day after dinner, usually my Shortie Bars, shortbread, and Skor bars. My husband loves slice and bake cookies so I make a batch with candied fruit just for him. This year, I am also making ALL of my Christmas cards! If you see one (or more) that you particularly like and would like to recreate, leave me a comment and I will send you the instructions.)

The first is a Windmill card. I LOVE these! They are a bit fiddly to put together, but so well worth the effort! I used Close to my Heart White Pines paper, Cranberry cardstock, silver Shimmer Trim, and a Silver Sequin and Bitty Sparkle in the center.

This next one is a Sunburst card made with the Close to my Heart Pear & Partridge (no longer available) and White Pines papers. Easy peasy! I made several more and no two are alike!

The next one I made for a friend at work who loves cats. I am so happy with how this turned out and I hope she loves it as much as I do! The cat is a pennant that I just turned upside down! The whiskers are a piece of Whisper twine that I divided in half and then threaded through the paper, trimmed and frayed. The nose is a piece of pink Washi tape! I also used some of our new Silver Foil Tape for some added bling!

I have a ton more that I made and will share in another post. Again, if you are interested in making any of these cards, just leave me a comment and I will share the details. Thanks!

That's it for this month! Next on the hop is Kirstin's blog with some more great Christmas ideas and artwork. Next month, please join us again when we show you Where We Create! Some of us have amazing craft rooms and some, like me, have a work in progress. So hop on by and get some ideas for your own creative space or leave some ideas that you would like to share.

See you next month!


  1. Really like the pinwheel card but the sunburst card is my fave. The cat you created is very unique and I am sure your co-worker will love it!

  2. Wonderful cards Janet! I really like you cat, Meowry Christmas to you.

  3. That little cat is so cute! Beautiful cards.

  4. awesome cards! I love them! I'm totally going to try your first two. I especially love the second one.

  5. Great cards! Love the bit of sparkle you added to each one.

  6. My favourite is the cat card. I have friends who have cats and would love this. Other cards are really beautifully done.

  7. The pin wheel is my favorite. It reminds me of a cozy quilt.