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Monday, 19 December 2011

Baking is's official!!

Hello everyone...sorry for my lack of posts but it's a busy busy time as you all know and this blogging malarky isn't quick....especially if you're like me and talk a load of rubbish lol.

I've been making Christmas cards till they're coming out of my ears and thought I'd finished but found I'm about 20 short. I was so tempted to buy some (shock horror!!!) but couldn't bring myself to do the dirty deed so last night came up with a quick ... and yes I mean quick...10 minutes max....card so will make them once I've finished here.

I was making the card in between baking. Normally I've been baking up a storm by now (and eating most of it hmph) but just haven't had the chance. I started with one of our favourites...Rocky Road.'s so calorific but yummalicious!!! I had all the ingredients sorted, melted the chocolate, combined everything and poured into pans waiting to cool then started on my shortbread. As I was measuring the flour I realised I'd forgotten the butter in the Rocky Road. I quickly got my big soup pot out of the cupboad above my oven, turned away to grab something then turned back to get the butter out of the fridge and at full speed whacked my face on the open cupboard door!!! Talk about seeing stars and almost knocking yourself out lol. I gingerly felt my face for blood and my nose for breakage but apart from a graze on my forehead and a tender nose I escaped relatively unscathed....but let that be a lesson...close cupboard doors!!! I do hope my kids appreciate my life and death efforts lol.

Once I've made the shortbread (gluten free as well for Ben's mom) I'll make Kris Kringle cookies and everyone's favourite....TURTLES!!! Thank goodness I only bake at Christmas!

I thought I'd share the 4 Christmas cards I've made...

This one took the longest because of the colouring so I only made 18! I used card blanks (don't shout at me Tams!) and Basic Grey pp I've had for years. I finally used my pretty Frosty Border die and added Siam Swarovski crystals to the center of the snowflakes.

IRL this card is gorgeous...the white is so stark against the Card Candi. This was super easy...again I used a card blank, ran some white cs through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder, stuck the candi to the pre-cut tree with gluedots, computer generated the sentiment, layered everything up and stuck it together. I made 40 of these :-D

I borrowed the idea for this one from BFF. I stamped an Inkadinkadoo snowman in Night of Navy ink onto white cs and cut out with Nesties along with a couple of mounts. Night of Navy cs was run through the CB with the snowflake embossing folder, stamped and punched out the sentiment, added a Swarovski crystal to the hat and sentiment and finally I spritzed the shimmery whatchamacallit from SU! over the finished card only for the ink to run and the snowman end up a blobby mess hmph! I had to re-think and instead of spritzing AFTER I stamped the image I spritzed BEFORE, let it dry then stamped and it turned out there's a top tip if you're using a water based ink :-D I made 22 of these :-D

Finally my 10 minute card! I placed the SU! Poinsettia embossing folder across the middle of a card blank and ran it through the Cuttlebug along with a shimmery red piece of cs for the band across the middle. I punched 2 x 5 petal flowers (SU!) in the same red cs, curved the petals under, stuck them together with GA and added Swarovski pearls to the centre with GA. I remembered I had some gorgeous PTI Christmas sentiments so stamp one on white cs and cut out and embossed with a Nestie. I wrapped white SU! ribbon around the embossed red then stuck everything together and there you have it...a card in 10 minutes or less! I wish I had of thought of this one FIRST lol. I'll make about 20 of these :-D

I am a little bit perturbed (dontcha just love it when a word pops into your head that you NEVER use lol) cuz my birfday present hasn't been claimed and I only JUST realised! The same thing happened with my blogaversary prezzie so I'm thinking you don't like prezzies??? I don't know ANYONE who doesn't like prezzies so what I've done is consult with Mr Random Org again and he's chosen:


Please, please PLEASE contact me to claim my birfday present otherwise I'm gonna just hafta keep it for myself!!

Okey dokey...I must get on. It was BFF's birthday yesterday and I need to make her card eek!!! Lucky she's VERY understanding and TBH she can't get mad cuz I just received my b'day card from her on Saturday hee hee.

I hope you have a great week. Hopefully it won't be too stressful with Christmas only SIX days away!!

Catch ya later x

PS...Michelle from Make It Monday has chosen Sadie's birthday card as her favourite from last week's Linky Party!!! Woo hoo, thanks Michelle :-D


Lisa Jane said...

ooh they are all fab but my favourite is Magnum lol.. i saw you card on Michelle's bog too - well done you!
Lisa x

Catherine said...

OMG! You have so put me to shame! I have only made about 50 cards in total this year and I thought that was pretty good going!!! lol..... These are amazing and if you weren't so far away I would be coming to taste the baking!!! lol

Jane said...

O Kerry I'm so sorry, Ive been SO busy that I have only just caught up with you recent posts......I saw I won but didn't get in contact :0( .
If Wendy doesnt come forward I am still here...but obviously I wish her congrats! Love your new cards and I hope your head is better!
Jane x

Jane said...

PS I emailed you x

Diane's Card Designs said...

Wow Kerry you have been busy and baking as well!...Oh my gosh how do you get time for all that. I've made Christmas cards but no where near that many. All the cards are gorgeous and I love the embossing and the wow card with candy on the tree is stunning.
Diane xx

Mary J said...

All of these are fab Kerry! I found that I didn't have enough cards and still don't!! Going to have to make a few more tonight!

Sue U said...

I'm still so far behind with my cards!!! Next year, next year!!
So sorry to hear that the cupboard door jumped out right in front of you! Hope you have recovered... did I mention that I LOVE rocky road :-D

Gorgeous cards, I think Magnum is my favourite though!

Sue xx

DesignerDiva said...

Gluten Free shortbread! I'm super impressed - my son is Coeliac and has to have a gluten free diet, not easy to bake GF stuff!
Kerry I love reading your blog - so much stuff happens to you! Never a dull moment!
I'm also really impressed with all your Christmas makes, you put me to shame with my Marks and Sparks buys!
Hugs Laurie x

Faith A said...

These are ALL stunning cards Kerry, hope you've done all your baking :)

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year and thanks for the laughs through this year and the inspiration.

Whimsey said...

I like them Magnum, but I think my fave is the snowman!! :D GREAT colors on all of them; love!

Um, sometimes when you say people have been naughty when you know that's not true, it's kinda sorta like lying and sometimes Santa sends paybacks...THUNK!

tee hee

Just kidding; so glad you didn't break anything; you poor thing! Bet you had a headache. :(

Marianne said...

Great cards, all of them. I've been creating a few pointessias out of parchment paper. I think they would look great on sth. similar to your last card, so I hope you don't mind me "borrowing" your ideas. Still haven't finished all my cards, so I think I'd better use a Happy New Year sentiment instead, lol.
Love the frosty border btw. Must put that on my wishlist.
Marianne x