Hi friends,

Happy Christmas!  I hope Santa was good to you this year and you got everything you ever wanted!

I thought I would post a Crafty Christmas update after the big day as I didn’t want anyone to see their presents before they actually received them!

This year, because I have been struggling with back problems I wasn’t able to do all the sewing and knitting I needed to do in order to make the gifts I planned to make, so I had to change my plans and think of things that I could make in the time that I had available without putting too much strain on my back!

I started with something easy and made these gift tags using an older Tim Holtz stamp set called Watercolor Trees.

I decided on hampers with lots of handmade items inside that were quicker to make, candles, cookies, Scottish tablet etc. Then I used various stamps and diecut the Christmas word to put on a box that would hold the candles and go in the hamper.

I made “12 Days of Christmas” candles with all lovely Christmas scents and painted the tins in Christmas colours.

All the family got one of these hampers but my mother got some other things instead of the candles, including this crocheted scarf I made for her and a special altered notebook for the Cat Grannie, which is what she calls herself sometimes lol.

Here’s a closer look at the cover…

This notebook is made in the same way as the previous altered notebooks I made earlier in the year, and you can see them plus tutorials in this post and this post and this post and this post or if you just want to see all the notebooks and not read the posts, here they are…


Till next time,


GSL Cuts – Cat Shapes set,
A5 clothbound notebooks
Black gesso
Finnabair Metallique Paints and waxes
Tim Holtz Handmade font dies, Watercolor Trees stamp set, Christmas word die
Concord & 9th Notable Numbers stamp set
Candle supplies
Crocheted scarf
Homemade biscuits and tablet
From Stash: cereal box cardboard, gift box, snowflake acetate, ribbon etc


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