Tinsel Town Advent Trees

November 30, 2007

These are fun and quick to make . Take one polystyrene cone, glue a tinsel garland around and around it working your way to the top. Paint a polystyrene star and attach it to the top off the tree with a tooth pick. Write the numbers 1 to 24 on small tags (I used jewelery tags). Take a Roses chocolate or wrapped lolly and pin it on to the tree with one of the numbered tags. Repeat this process till all the tags are used. I found some cool star pins at Spotlight. You could also put some little decorations onto your tree. If you wish you could use feather boas or greenery (vines) instead of tinsel garlands. Then the lucky person who is the recipient of the tree gets to have a chocolate a day till Christmas. I ate so many chocolates making these. I had to do that trick of drinking water and eating something savoury and only then I could eat some more chocolate. How many of you do this trick? I can’t be the only nut out there.


There’s one for each of the children:



No, I haven’t been drinking – the mantel has a curve.

Happy Creating. Fi.


Goodbye Hannah =(

November 22, 2007

It’s time to farewell and congratulate Hannah who we have all become fond of for her inspiring work and happy commenting on this blog.

Hannah made the DT over at Scrapbook Essentials where she has been a forum member and frequent visitor since the site began (it’s like her second home).
We are SO proud of her for giving it a go and getting it! We knew she would so it was no real surprise but we are still disappointed to have to say goodbye.

So congratulations and good luck! We wish you well and hope to see you around the blog still (she has promised to still come and visit!).

xx Kate, Fi and Steph.

Sneak Peeks Start Tomorrow

November 22, 2007

Hi everyone

Our sneak peeks for the December Paper Pesto Kit start tomorrow, and I guess it’ll come as no surprise that it’s a Christmas themed kit. The boxes have been sent to the DT – this month Ilka, Michelle and Marni will be coming up with some wonderful seasonally themed layouts and projects to inspire you all.

In the meantime, here’s a quick project you can complete with the kids. I made this out of scraps I had lying around (not from our kit papers, more’s the pity – they’d look lovely). No need to buy an expensive wreath – make your own. Arrange paper leaves, in whatever colors you’d like, in a circular pattern (I drew a template to arrange mine on at the back, using a compass to scribe two circles which I then cut out to make a hoop). I then added a bit of glitter, and the end result was quick and effective. As per usual I’m rushing out the door in a few minutes, and the glue hadn’t even dried when I took the photo (lol), but hopefully you get the idea.


Steph, Fi and Kate.

Advent calendars

November 20, 2007

In previous years I’ve always bought those licenced advent calendars from the supermarket – the ones with the smidgen of chocolate in each teeny plastic mould. So this year I decided I’d make them for the family, and made the mistake of asking Laura (my youngest) what she’d like. Of course she didn’t want any of the Christmas themed papers I presented her with, nor the layout I wanted to go for. But at the end of the day she has an advent calendar that she helped design and make, and that’s what it’s about.


Laura painted the edges of a 12″ x 12″ canvas pink and chose some Basic Grey Romani paper for the background. She then chose some co-ordinating Bazzill colours, which we cut into flower topped boxes using the Cricut, topped with numbers and adhered to the canvas using sticky velcro. In each box is a Roses chocolate – Laura went through a box and picked out all the good ones, I mean, all her favourites.

Didn’t take long, and she enjoyed being part of the process. I’ve also made one for my husband, once again in non-traditional Christmas colours. I’m afraid his was slapped together in record time, and was made by tying the chocolates onto tags. It was a case of getting it done or once again he’d be stuck with a “Shrek” or “Cars” advent calendar.

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I dunno how pleased Barry will be once he discovers they’re not in sequential order (hee hee). Despite loving chocolate (I practically live on the stuff) I’ve never been one for indulging so early in the mornings, which is when the others have theirs.  But maybe the odd nibble of Roses chocolates before breakfast is on the cards this year.


Delight tag # 10

November 17, 2007

Delight is the word that has been drawn out of the hat.



And just a little something to share.

This morning I bought this cute as sewing basket with all these goodies for a bargain price of $15.

Sophia (my oldest daughter) was with me at the time and thought it wasn’t a bargain and I’m a bit weird. But I say what a score, love it.


Where there are friends, there is wealth.


some neat scrapping blogs to check out

November 13, 2007

I have been doing a lot of blog surfing lately, way too much but I’ve come across some pretty cool sites that I thought I’d share. You may already know about them but anyway… could be useful. Let me know what you think.

Aussie Scrap Source

Adrienne Looman

Multi photo scrapbooking

Journaling Junkie

Scrap Scene


That should keep you busy for a little bit =) I’ll put some more up next week.

xx Kate.

Leila’s take on the tag challenge

November 3, 2007

Hi everyone

Leila Norton has once again been kind enough to share with us her take on Fi’s tag challenge. Every subscriber gets a couple of tags in their kit, so if you too wish to take part you can. By now they could be building into a beautiful collection of inspirational tags, perfect for getting the creative juices flowing or for some quiet contemplation.

In any case, her are Leila’s latest lovely tags:

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Fi, Steph and Kate.