Hands up anyone finding it difficult to believe we are getting ready for Christmas and 2014 is almost behind us! Yes, that's my hand waving... it's Melinda with you today and I'm still getting used to the idea that my craft desk is covered in a Christmas decoration production line.
Here are the products used for my decorations:
Supply List: Jolly Good - Caroling (JG14OS03), Christmas Eve (JG14OS01), Holiday (JG14OS08), Snow Play (JG14OS09), Sugar Cookies (JG14OS02), Sweater Weather (JG14OS04). Illustration Stickers (JG14EB01), Mini Brads (JG14EB08).
1. I was lucky to find a wonderful selection of paper maché baubles at a local craft store so the difficult task was done and all I had to do was decorate. I'm a big fan of having a different colour scheme each year and this year I opted for pink. I used different techniques with each item to add extra interest and texture to the tree.
2. I'm sure the little flower punch I used for this bauble is quite possibly due for retirement as it must have punched thousands upon thousands of little flowers over my years of papercrafting. I simply punched out the flowers, folded the petals slightly and adhered them to the bauble before finishing with larger flowers, brads and leaves.
3. I used a similar approach with this bauble but swapped my flower for a small circle and instead of adhering with glue I used foam pop dots to raise one edge of each circle.
4. The final bauble was probably the hardest to work on as I had to try and cut each panel the right size and shape as each side seemed to differ from the one next to it. I scrunched up the paper pieces before adhering and then roughed up the edges where they joined the next piece.
Now as much as I loved creating these tree ornaments, I can honestly guarantee that our tree will not be solely decorated from hand-made items... I don't have enough hours in the day to completely fill a tree. Perhaps I can continue to work on it over the next few years.
In the meantime I will be getting my Christmas grocery list organised and one recipe that tops the list every year is our Christmas Chocolate Ripple Cake. Now there's not much involved in making this cake that's not really a cake, but it tastes delicious and it's everyone's favourite.
Chocolate Ripple Biscuits x 1 packet (250g)
Cream x 2 bottles (600ml)
Vanilla Essence (1 teaspoon)
Icing Sugar (2 heaped tablespoons)
Chocolate and sweets to decorate
Bailey's Irish Cream
Add cream, vanilla and icing sugar to a mixing bowl and mix on high until firm peaks are formed. Pour enough Bailey's into a bowl to dunk biscuits. Take one biscuit and dunk quickly into the Bailey's Irish Cream add a dollop of cream and set down onto your tray. Repeat the process joining each biscuit to create a log or circle depending on your plate shape. Completely cover with remaining cream. Grate chocolate over the top and add sweets to decorate. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to soften before needed. Cut on a diagonal across the biscuits. Note: For a children friendly version you can replace the Bailey's with milk or orange juice.
Thank you for stopping by today and don't forget to come back tomorrow as you don't want to miss Tessa's amazing project!