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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

White Christmas - Christmas Eve 2014

Good Day Friends,

Well here we are, all the preparing, wrapping, card making almost over for another year! I want to begin this post by saying a big thank you to each and everyone of you for your support, inspiration, friendship...I love our community; sharing tips and techniques, looking at all your wonderful really are a talented group of people!

I hope that you all have a happy and healthy Christmas Holiday with family and friends and look forward to seeing you all 'the other side'.

Glad you liked my Tilda Santas/Pixies yesterday...they probably took the longest to make of my Christmas projects, they weren't difficult, but there were two of them! lol!

Excuse this for being a bit of a picture heavy post, but I wanted to squeeze in my last 'makes' before Christmas...

Today I am sharing the card I made for Tom...he will be given it tomorrow, but he won't be looking at the blog...

I have no idea if this type of card has a name  - 'illuminated card'?? It is a tent fold shape, made using acetate and die cuts. I'm not going into details as you probably have a lot to do without me listing everything...but if you have any questions just ask in your comment and I'll let you know.

The base of the card has a little holder which I made to take a tealight, so when the card is on display it lights up.

Did I tell you that most occasions Tom makes my card too? I put some pieces/elements together in a 'kit' and leave him to decide what to do..generally he is very good. I'll photograph it after Christmas so you can see what he comes up with!

As this is my last post for a few days over the Holidays, I wanted to share the last few projects I made this Christmas...

Snow Globe

This has to be the easiest decoration to make...a dry snow globe!

All you need is a jam/mason/kilner jar, some figures, craft snow and foliage.
I pinched a few more figures from our Christmas Village (sssh!) and using glue dots adhered them to the base. I then added the craft snow. With more time I am planning on making a water filled one next! Just add the ribbon and foliage to the lid and it's all finished. I just wanted mine to stand on a shelf as an ornament, so I did wrap some snow acetate around the inside of the jar as well.

My final Tilda Christmas decorations for this year...

Snowmen Tree Hangers

I made these little snowmen tree hangers....the noses are broken wooden cocktail sticks coloured with orange promarker.

Here is one of the gingerbread men as a tree hanger.. 

Snowmen Pot Sitters
Here is one of the snowman pot sitters I made...loved making the little ear muffs with left over fabric from the polar bears.  He is simply sitting on cotton wool 'snow' and twigs in a clay pot. I dry sponged the edges with white paint for a dusting of snow. I think these are one of the favourite things I've made, he's so cute! The one thing I should have added was a little shovel, but time ran out to source one for this year.

I had a lovely surprise yesterday when these flowers from Tom were delivered...they are so festive and beautiful, the photo doesn't do them justice...

Christmas Village
These villages are incredibly hard to friend in Australia and myself were comparing our scenes on Facebook (they are really big there and the USA and growing here) and we both agreed there is no good time and way to snap them, but here is a little glimpse of ours...this year we added the windmill.

Tom started this after one of our 'closer to Christmas' trips to California..also at the same time they started to sell it at our local garden has grown each year and of course, I'm the one who puts it all up and believe me, it took the best part of a day!

The complete village with the house lights on and flash...a bit harsh but the only way to get it all

snippets of the village, you can click to make them larger if you wish

So my lovely crafty friends, I hope you all have the most beautiful Christmas and Santa brings some fab craft stash to put under your trees...thank you for all your visits and comments over the past are all brilliant!

Love, Hugs, Peace and Holiday Joy,
Carole XXXX


  1. Morning Carole,
    Wishing you and Tom a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. My you have been very busy, lots of lovely decorations, your house must be a picture. Lovely flowers too.

    1. Thank you Lydia...yes it is rather full of Christmas crafty cheer this year! Wishing you a fabulous Christmas and New Year, Hugs Carole X

  2. Merry Christmas and A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
    Hope 2015 brings you all you wish for.
    Love all your wonderful projects, every one a winner.

    Patricia x

    1. Thank you Patricia and the same to you and yours...have a wonderful Christmas, Hugs Carole X

  3. Carole, I just love your project card for Tom. It's stunning. As with all your projects they are so different and gorgeous. You and Tom have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Can't wait to see all your wonderful makes next year. Hazel x

    1. Thank you Hazel and a Happy Christmas to you and your family too! I think I'll be starting with Easter after Christmas :) Hugs Carole X

  4. Hi Carole what a fantastic post with so much to look at. Tom's card is gorgeous he will love it when he sees it tomorrow. I especially like the snowy village I have often looked at the displays in the Garden Centre but so far we haven't bought any. My Keith is at work today so Christmas for us starts when he gets home. Hannah is going to be making a Guiness Chocolate cake later. So we still have bits to do. I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas. Hugs Jackie

    1. Thank you Jackie and a Happy Christmas to you too! The Guiness cake sounds delicious!!! Hugs Carole X

  5. Hi Carole, thanks for the visit. Everything is just gorgeous, as ever. Have a great day tomorrow, big hugs, Angela x

  6. What a lovely post Carole, it is always a pleasure to see your beautiful makes! I hope you and Tom have a wonderful Christmas and the very best New Year my friend. Big festive hugs, Anne xx

  7. Merry Christmas Carole: I wish you the best and hope all is going well with you! Love your acetate card :), all the decorations are wonderful...I have a Victorian village too and I place all my nativities as well...yours look so cozy...wishing you the best!
    big hugs on this Chirstmas eve day

  8. Wow Carole, these creations really adds cheer to the occasion. You are one of the few people I know that go all out to celebrate the birth of our awesome King.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  9. Each and every project is a work of art!! I think your first card for Tom is the most beautiful I've ever seen!!

    I love seeing your amazing creations!! Thank you for sharing and thank you for your friendship.

    I am so super blessed that your card arrived today! Perfect timing heehee

    Merry Christmas Carole!


  10. Brilliant creations each and every one and gorgeous flowers from hubby.... Thanks for being a wonderful friend and may it grow in the new coming year..xx
    {The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

  11. What a wonderful post, just filled with your creative creations! You are one very talented lady, I wish we lived closer to each other so we could have a play date! Merry (one day late) Christmas my friend!

  12. Wow! All fabulous makes & I agree, that snowman is so cute! :-) Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. Happy New Year to you & Tom.
    Amy xxx

  13. I am here again! but this time is to wish you a happy 2015!,have an excellent new year, may all your wishes come true, good health and lots of positivity. I hope this year will be more "relaxing" for you after all your challenges! thanks for all your support and nice comments left at my blog through the 2014, I look forward for new things to share with wishes
    and warm hugs from the USA

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Bibiana, X

  14. Hi Carole! Belated Christmas and New Year wishes! Hope that you had a wonderful time. Your projects are splendid, how do you manage to fit in so much? You are one of my first blog friends, have thoroughly enjoyed our inspirational journey over the years and looking forward to much more in 2015!xxx

    1. Hi Oksana, yes I always remember that we have been blog friends from the start! Our journey continues & I too, am looking forward to your wonderful creations this coming year...hope it's a good one! Xxx

  15. Hi Carole,
    what superb creations.
    They are all so very beautifully designed, and created.
    Thank you for all you well wishes.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  16. Hey Carole! Happy 2015 to you and Tom. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, all your beautiful Christmas makes will certainly have made it festive. I am extremely grateful to have met you in 2014, you have been a wonderful friend and I wish you lots of love and happiness throughout 2015. And obviously a lot of crafting mojo :) Cx

    1. Aw thanks Claire, you know I feel exactly the same way back!! Hugs, XX

  17. Happy New Year Carole! I hope 2015 brings you good health and lots of happiness! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too :) x
    This is such a stunning post, I enjoyed looking at all of your pictures so much! So many gorgeous creations and your Christmas village is beautiful too!