Sunday, 2 December 2012

T'is The Season ...

When I think I should get a head start on Christmas but always end up chasing my tail!

Oh well ... at least I have discovered that my Pazzles Inspiration paper cutting machine is a very good 'Mother's Little Christmas Helper'!

Christine has created the most wonderful little ornament gift box cutting file, available to members in the Pazzles Craft Room. If you aren't a member of the Craft Room I urge you to join! The number of excellent ideas, tutorials and cut files on offer is worth every penny of the monthly membership fee.

I initially tried out the cutting file using a lovely Graphics 45 paper called 'Exquisite Motif' from their 'Olde Curiosity Shoppe' collection. The ornament is the perfect size to hold four of the new little Lindt teddies - a lovely idea for teacher presents!

I spent this afternoon cutting and creating four more ornament boxes using a hybrid scrapbooking paper collection I printed off at work last week. I can't remember the name of the designer or the collection, which is terrible of me! If you recognise it let me know! I have only recently discovered digital and hybrid scrapbooking ... but that is a whole other story for another time.

These ornaments are for the four kids who live up the back from us. I found the Lindt Father Christmas and Reindeer collections at our local Woolworths store and there's enough room in each ornament for one entire set. Here are the ornaments made and filled, ready for their final decorations.

And here they are all finished, with their tags on ready for Christmas Day giving. I must say I have always been totally in love with wired-edge ribbon - especially at Christmas. it is SO EASY to make a present look a million dollars with a twist or two of lovely wired-edge ribbon and a sprig of fake holly!

I have to admit that these little ornament boxes have sparked my imagination, and I am going to make more to house the gifts I am planning for some of my friends.

Have you started your Christmas gifts yet? Let me know!