Sunday, December 21, 2008

One of our most fun holiday traditions is having the cousins over for an afternoon of baking and decorating gingerbread cookies. We've been doing this since the oldest were 2! I used Amanda's wonderful Christmas in Bordeaux kit for this page, along with two Christmas cookie actions by Alessandra Designs, also available at Digitals.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Cracker Anyone?! Freebie!!

Christmas crackers, (known as bon-bons in Australia), are an integral part of British Christmas celebrations. Usually placed on your side plate at dinner or lunch over the chritsmas festivities.

It consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper or coloured foil, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled by two people and, much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly. The split is accompanied by a small bang produced by the effect of friction on a chemically impregnated card strip (similar to that used in a cap gun).

The person with the larger portion of cracker empties the contents from the tube and keeps them. Typically these contents are a coloured paper hat or crown; a small toy or other trinket; and a motto, a joke or piece of trivia on a scrap of paper.

Assembled crackers are typically sold in boxes of three to twelve. These typically have different designs usually with red, green and gold colours. Making crackers from scratch using the tubes from used toilet rolls and tissue paper is a common activity for children.

It is a running joke that all the jokes and mottos in crackers are unfunny and unmemorable. Similarly, in most standard commercial products, the "gift" is equally awful, although wealthier individuals may use custom crackers with more expensive rewards.

At Digitals, we are celebrating by giving guests 12 Days of Christmas Crackers. Today is my day! Go to the forum HERE and get the clue to find the GREAT Christmas cracker I have for you! THere's also a FABULOUS coupon in the cracker (good on sale items too!) so be sure grab it while it's up!

For my loyal blog readers, here's a preview of the free gift enclosed!

Christmas in Bordeaux Sparkly Paper Pack

Paper Pack coordinates with my Christmas in Bordeaux Collection--on sale now!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!

Can you feel it?! One more week to revel in the sites and sounds of the season. I hope that you are taking time this year to soak up the atmosphere and spend some quality time with the family. I am. I've missed the regular postings to my blog, but the family time has been worth it. After Christmas, I'll return to regular blog posts.

For now, how about a fun little freebie! You can print off to make a sticker, you can use it as your avatar on the digital scrapbooking sites, or you can decorate your fabulous, memorable Christmas layouts with it!

Remember that all of my Christmas designs are on sale--BIG SALE!

Christmas in Bordeaux

It's a Wrap

Christmas Rhapsody

A Little Christmas Flair

Christmas Comfort

And here's your free CHristmas Flair!

Download HERE or click on preview

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Like Mother, Like Daughter Chat and freebie

Be sure to stop by the Digitals chat room tonight for another fun-filled "Like Mother, Like Daughter" chat with Silvia and Ale, and Tina and Me. We'll be talking holidays and I'll have this great tumbler insert for you to take away free! Get a start on your holiday gift making tonight!

Chat is at 9:00 Eastern Time (Sunday night)

Tumbler insert is made with my new kit, "It's a Wrap" available at Digitals for only $3!!

I thought I would share our family's Christmas card for this year. I made this with Amanda's Christmas Rhapsody kit. It was a lot of fun to make and much more satisfying than having to pick from a pre-designed selection. I printed these six to a 12x18 page at Costco and trimmed them myself. They turned out great!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Calendar Chat Tonight--Freebies, Prizes

Join me in the Digitals chatroom at 9:00 pm Eastern Time for the always lively calendar chat! I'll have 2 mini kits just for attending!

While you're there, join in on the calendar challenge and get these mini kits with which to make your layout.

Post your calendar in the gallery, and you'll get this great mini kit free. Mini kit coordinates with the Challenge mega kit at Digitals this month. (ignore that the preview says Scrap Therapy)

Mini kits coordinate with my kits "It's a Wrap" and "Nanny's Garden", both suitable for Christmas and both on sale for 50% off!

The performance of the Nutcracker by the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle is really wonderful. The sets are designed by Maurice Sendak (children's book illustrator) and are fabulous. My sister-in-law took me, my mother, & my daughter to a performance the day after Christmas a couple years ago. Amanda's new "It's A Wrap" kit had the perfect colors and designs for this photo!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Tis the Season to be Digital!

Ho Ho Ho! I've started my Christmas shopping (yes, I know--some of you have been finished since July! That's just CRAZY if you ask me! No one should be that organized!) and I'm just full of the Christmas spirit! You get to reap the rewards! I've put ALL my Christmas designs on sale for 25%-57% off! They're on sale through the end of the year! Be sure to take advantage of this sale!

Here are just a few of the designs that are on sale:

It's A Wrap: $3.00

A Little Christmas Flair: $1.50

Christmas in Bordeaux: $4.03

Christmas Rhapsody: $3.90

Christmas Postcards 2: $2.10

Nanny's Garden: Full Collection is 25%-57 off

Christmas Comfort: $2.63