Sunday, 6 December 2015

CTC #58 Christmas Trees for everyone!

Welcome to the Bloghop for CTC this week where we look at Christmas trees!. You may have come from Stasia's blog or you may be starting here. Either way you are welcome. Be sure to cruise all the way around the hop to see everyone's projects. If you get lost you can find the full list of participants at the CASEing the Catty webpage. 

Well it's time to put the tree UP!
In the past it's been hard to balance Christmas and birthday in our house because my daughter's birthday is the 11th so we used to wait until after her birthday and not make much fuss about Christmas in the early part of December.
However,  now that it's just the two of us left at home we can put it up earlier which is lovely. This weekend is the one!

Our 3 children have all left home, and the problem with living in a regional area is that they are all minimum 7 hours drive away. We will have to travel to them to spend time with them all over Christmas. They are all busy and I know they won't make much fuss about decorating their own homes so until we get down there I think my children need a little bit of Christmas in their own respective homes and maybe a little touch of handmade decor - and maybe a little bit of Mum.... Therefore I am sending them little a Christmas tree each, and that's where the catalogue comes in handy for ideas.

I loved the wreath on page 6 the first time I saw it, but I never did buy it. I do still love the little garland of trees and that inspired my gifts. 

This year our family colour scheme is green (cucumber crush), white, silver and a touch of turquoise..

I attempted to make the garland of trees but couldn't quite get them to hang properly. So I opted instead for individual tags which worked much better. 
The gorgeous Festival of Trees and matching punch is still a favourite and worked well since the are 5 of us and I needed 5 trees.
I stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock to add to the festive feel, and the plain tree is clear embossed onto Cucumber Crush Cardstock. The tags were cut to 9cm before punching, and I used Glimmer Paper for the hearts and stars. I cut the love using the retired Expressions framelits, but Peace or merry would also have worked in the silver foil. The good thing about being a bit of a hoarder is that I found other bits and pieces which were perfect- the little mini jingle bells, different ribbons and string, and I bought some clear and white Christmas Decorations to add into it. They are all slightly different, and I have one too so we are all the connected just a little.

The three garlands for the kids.
Remember the cute boxes from last week's post which are only 0.60c each? they have worked perfectly for me to post these.

The Decorative Window Box is also from the Clearance Rack
132146 food safe Kraft
$3.59 for a pack of 6 (down from $8.95) , that's only 0.60c each.

10.2 x 10.2 x 3.8cm  (4 x 4 x 1 1/2") 
Parcelled up and ready to go!

Next on the bloghop circle is Rebecca. I know she has something lovely for us this week.

mine hanging in the hallway at home.
Thanks for looking, 


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  1. That's a lovely project to share with your family, Liz, and I've ordered several packs of those boxes from clearance too, they're a bargain!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel, I miss them! Glad you got some boxes, they're awesome.

  2. This is beautiful! Your swags are really gorgeous, and what a lovely way to decorate for Christmas - I think of Red so much, that I forget about the green - and it looks wonderful!!

    1. Thanks Julia, we have a different colour theme each year (first world problem) and we've done a lot of red and gold combinations, this year it was time for something different, and I love the freshness of it.

  3. Love your work...what a beautiful project!

    1. Thasnk so much Alison, just makes me feel connected to them all!!!Sharing the Joy!

  4. Your family garlands are gorgeous, Liz, & the packaging is just as pretty! Fabulous project!

    1. Thanks so much Helen. I must admit it was so nice to be creating something for me for a change.

  5. Oh what a lovely idea to share with your family!! They all look great!!

    1. Thanks Rebecca, and I'm so pleased to say my youngest son sent me a photo of his garland hanging from his bookshelves in his uni college room! Nice.


thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it, Liz