Saturday, December 26, 2009

Birthday Rolodex

Lovely isn't it?
This year for girl's Christmas we decided on only making one gift and we would do a grab bag so whatever we made would have to work for any of the 5 of us. I spent tons of time trying to think of something that would be unique and easy to make as well as suitable for a tomboy (my niece Sierra is not into girly things even though we tease her constantly that we are going to make her something pink and lacy!). I finally found over on Split Coast Stampers a birthday Rolodex. What a great gift idea! Unbeknownst to me - the hardest part of this entire project was finding the raw materials - Rolodex's are fairly pricey and hard to come by!!

I made the monthly card a tad bigger than the cards that would be used to keep track of the birthdays, rounded the corners and then punched the card using a business card punch that I found at the office supply store where I found the mini Rolodex (for under $10 -which was one of the requirements of the swap) and then inked the edges to enhance the distressed, aged look.

Once I had the idea and the Rolodex the next hardest part was figuring out what paper to use - could not be too girly - so I finally settled on a Cosmo Cricket TSV from QVC that I just HAD TO HAVE back in the day - you know, when QVC still had Scrapbooking shows??? Does your memory go back that far?
It was doubled sided and already mostly distressed, a look that I really like.

I used the dollar clear stamps that I had picked up at M's with all the months on them - Studio G's I believe - have no idea what series they were from - just know that like most of my supplies, I had to have them! I then used the oval scallop punch from SU (thanks mom!) to punch out the months, inked the edges with dark brown cat's eye chalk ink and then cut out a larger scalloped oval using my Nesties with co-ordinating paper and inked those edges as well then glued onto the cards I had made from the doubled sided CC paper.

This shows that the month card is slightly larger than the cards which will list the name and date of the birthday person - there is also plenty of room on the back of the card for an address.

I really love how simple and quick these went together and plan on making lots more for friends and family for next year. I will start on these soon as I have managed to find some Rolodexs at my local Wal-mart and have even found a supplier online that is not too expensive.

all dressed up......

I did what I could for her....she was lovingly decorated and before the deadline. Not the usual pretty tree but this was not the usual Christmas~ I had my gall bladder removed on the 23rd so I was done with my shopping and decorating and preparing for the holiday whether I wanted to be or not! Everything worked out fine - my surgery was a success and I had lots of help at home with the last minute things that needed to still get done - my niece Sierra was my in house nurse for the first 36 hours of my recovery and Chuck has been wonderful as well.

We postponed Christmas Eve with the chicks but my sweet Kaytlyn called me to wish me a Merry Christmas and to tell me that she missed me as this was the first Christmas Eve that we did not spend together. She even told me that she didnt think that she had been good enough to get everything on her list from Santa - it was so funny! I told her that honesty counted towards being good so I was sure that Santa would bring her lots of good presents.

I did manage to join both of our families for the holiday - it was good to see everyone; even my brother and nephew from out of town made it for the gathering. My niece Madison was sick so she and her parents stayed home which really worked out well - I dont think I could handle being sick with these incisions!

I am so thankful for having a wonderful caring group of family and friends. I hope everyone is as blessed as I am.

Friday, December 18, 2009

the saddest Christmas tree

yes we paid twenty five dollars for this beauty......she's short, she's fat and TOPLESS! I don't think that this will be one of the beautiful trees that we've had.........usually we go for the not perfect ones, but this is just crazy!!