Saturday, 4 June 2016

A Christmas Card and some Holiday Pics

 Hello my lovely visitors and welcome to my bloggy space.  Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Before I went away on holidays I mentioned that my mojo had gone AWOL and I was hoping that, when we returned, it would all be ok again.  Unfortunately that didn't happen .. the cobwebs are well and truly still in place.  I had started a couple of bigger projects that I was having problems with and still am not able to concentrate on them to get them right.  So, for a while, I am going to focus on just making cards and tags and maybe get back into some Art Journaling.   Hopefully, mojo will return soon, and then I can finish those pesky projects off .

So, I made this simple Christmas card .. and quite enjoyed it too!

The papers are from Kaisercraft and the top layer was cut using one of the new dies from Tim Holtz. 

Added a small piece of gauze under the cluster.  The baubles were taken from a cheap Christmas decoration and the pine boughs were cut with an Impression Obsession die.  Think I have used these items on every one of my Christmas cards this year.  Just love the look I guess.

I've had these gold stickers in my stash for years and am finally getting around to using them.  Simply stuck them on a small banner .. so easy.

The fabric flowers were hand made with some ribbon.  I followed a tutorial by Pamelia Johnson from
My Little Craft Things.  Mine are not as pretty as hers but I'm still happy with them.  HERE is the link to Pamelia's post which includes the video.

The inside .. with a little pocket at the bottom and plenty of space for a personal message.

Added a few splashes of white paint .. and that was it .. done and dusted!!

I set myself a schedule at the beginning of the year to make at least 2 Christmas cards each month.  Well, I'm way behind .. should have made about 10 by now but this is only No. 5.  Still, that's 5 more cards than I had at this time last year so I'm pretty happy with that.

Now, for those of you who may be interested, here are a few shots from our holidays.
We went on a Cruise to the South Pacific and these were shots taken at our first port of call.  This is the island of Lifou in New Caledonia.  It is part of the Loyalty group of islands.  I believe it is actually the largest one in the group.

This was taken from the ship as we were coming in ..

.. as was this one.

Have no idea what the place is called where we landed.  It was quite small with a few huts and a little market.  This little place did hair braiding .. not a good look for some!!  LOL!!  We had the option of going on different excursions but didn't bother this time.

It was really hot and humid so it was good to get out of the sun.  I bought a fan at that market  .. really needed it!  LOL!!


 There was no actual Port here so the ship anchored off shore.  We were taken in on the ship's Tenders.

Some passengers took the opportunity to go swimming.  The water looked amazing .. so clear and clean.

 In line at the jetty waiting to get back on board.  We didn't stay long, only a few hours (because of the heat) but it was really interesting and very enjoyable.

Hope you enjoyed this little look at Lifou.  I will share more photos of our trip in the weeks to come.  Have to say I love Cruising and we will be doing it again.  Probably not back to the South Pacific but we would love to go back to New Zealand and also do a Cruise around Australia.  One day!!

Thank you so much for visiting  and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care, stay safe and God Bless.

Happiness isn't about getting what you want all the time. 
It's about loving what you have and being grateful for it.


  1. Good to see you crafting again Margy and sorry Mr. Mojo is being a spoil sport. Still, it's a good chance to catch up on the Christmas cards. Love the holiday pictures and yes, cruising sounds like a lovely, relaxing holiday.

  2. HI Marg, well for you that card might be simple, but it looks so lovely all the same! Love the flowers and the baubles and the back ground.. your little stop off looks wonderful.. I am sure the locals there depend on tourism to survive at times.. what a simple little hut too.. not much room for a scrap table I would think.. we are very blessed with what we have i think.. I am sure your mojo will come back soon Marg, this card looks wonderful.. enjoy the rest of the weekend..

  3. Oh, I am so sad your mojo isn't back up to speed....but good idea to work small & have a play, really! AND you've more Christmas cards done than me! I was a machine last year...but just haven't had time this year. BOOO!!! Love yours. I thought the sentiment was heat embossed to start with! Great cheat, right there....& good to use up stash:) Keep going at this, & you'll be ahead on the card making!!! Love seeing your holiday photos, too. That little island looked soooo idyllic. If hot!!!

  4. Hello Marg! (I am just now seeing you leave off the "e")
    I was excited to see you posted : ) And your Christmas card is stunning! I love every aspect of it Marg~ The die cuts symmetrical like that is so smart! and the paper choices and 'greens' are beautiful. Love the details too, like splatters of paint (why can't I remember to do that !? : ) and the gold letters; so elegant!
    Thanks for sharing more of your Holiday with us as well! Looks luscious over there ; }
    Have a nice week ahead Marg~ Hugs to you, Karen O

  5. Wow, gorgeous Christmas card Marg!! Nothing wrong with making cards and tags, great creations to get the creative juices flowing! Sure looks gorgeous where you were, thanks for sharing the pics, they are beautiful. hugs :)


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