Let's Create a RACK_ET!

In recent weeks I have been saddened by so many horrible events taking place globally and being shown on the news that I have kind of lost my Christmas Spirit. These include the Sydney Siege, The Pakistan School Shootings and the New York Execution of Two Police Men. There are so many more personal tragedies we don't hear about and other circumstances that mean not everyone will be having a FESTIVE end to 2014.

The true spirit of Christmas seems to have also been lost to the demands of being politically correct with the debate over Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays and the expectation of presents and lots of food to eat. 

I was touched also by the recent honesty of a crafty acquaintance who said she was signing off of Facebook for a while as she just wasn't in the mood to be Merry this year.  I wanted some way to let her know that I am thinking of her so have put together an arty bundle to send to her to help kick start her new year in a bright way.  And then I thought of everyone across the globe who would be feeling similar.

What we often forget and what I want everyone to spare a thought to as the year draws to a close is that there are many of us who for one reason or another are unable to spend Christmas with their loved ones, they may be dealing with tough times in their lives and so will not be celebrating or having a Merry Christmas this Year.  Perhaps that person is someone you know or it could be a complete stranger.

As always the best way to spread awareness is to create a RACKET about the topic and hence came the idea of my spreading some love and promoting Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.

Will you join me in Creating a #RACK_ET and putting right the Christmas Spirit across the globe!

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iving your Time and Kindness ……via Random Acts of Christmas Kindness is the perfect way to share let the Christmas Spirit Shine.

Simply getting in touch and asking R U Okay? can brighten a person’s day, or why not extend an invitation to your Christmas Dinner if you know someone is going to spend the day alone or perhaps if you know a person has a good reason to wanting to be alone, simply take a plate of dinner to them to at least let them know you are thinking of them. Do some extra baking of Christmas Goodies and leave on a door step. For strangers it may be that you pay for their coffee at the local Coffee Shop, pay for their groceries or even adding a toy under the tree for those charities already collecting with the needy in mind. De-cluttering your home and taking the unwanted items to your local thrift store can be an act of kindness for another. There are plenty of ways to show kindness that are within your budget and means. Simply reach out and let someone who needs to hear it know you care!

I invite you to share ideas or what you have done, even photos of you in the ACT!

Let’s spread a little love this Christmas because it not only will brighten the day of those on the receiving end but it will make you feel good too!

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Create a ‪#‎RACK_ET‬ and share our random acts of kindness with each other and share a little Christmas Spirit and love via the Act of Giving!

Please share this page and your RAK this Christmas with your friends!

Time to Play, Live Laugh and Love Layout!

It's been ages since I have done a layout, but armed with some new supplies that I purchased yesterday I decided to scrap the one and only photo of Rod and I which I like taken from our recent holiday to New Zealand.  Its like a once a year occurrence for me, allowing a photo to be taken of myself and this one had a bit of significance given it was a few days before my birthday and this holiday was also our way of celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary.

Supplies Used:

  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint:  Colors Tropical Water and Yellow Oxide
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang:  Industrial Chic Starburst Sprays in Shabby Turbine Teal, Steampunk Sepia and Steel Shimmer.
  • Carabelle Studio Stamps:  French Lilly Background and Layered Strips by Birget Koopsen
  • Digital Chalkboard Sentiments by Gecko Galz
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Punchinella
  • Very Vanilla and Soft Suede Cardstock
  • Chipboard Stars, Die Cut Leaf & Gold Sequins from Embellishment Stash.

Close up of Photo and Stamping

Chalkboard Sentiment from Gecko Galz and
Layered Strips Stamping on Starburst Sprayed Paper

Die Cut Leaves, Chipboard Stars and Gold Sequin Embellishments

Smearing Paint, Spraying Color and Fussy Cutting was just what I needed to be doing this morning, I was Home Alone, enjoying the Peace and Quiet and avoiding the heat of the day (another extreme heatwave kinda day).  I am really happy with the color combo and how this page turned out given how long its been since I have done any scrapping.

I can see lots of potential for these beautiful new stamps and the chalkboard sentiments too!

Framed Holly Christmas Cards

Yep another Gelli Print and another Christmas Card, this time for my Altered Pages Post and using the Beautiful Framed Holly Stamp from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.

For a close up of my card and all the details on how I made this one please pop over to the Altered Pages Blog.

I am also linking this card up to the Unruly '12 Days of Christmas' Party.

Creating with Mum - More Gelli Print Fun

For those of you who don't know my Mother who lives with us has Mid Stage Alzheimer's.  Once a week on a Tuesday she attends what is called the Platypus Club.  It is a weekly group get together run by a wonderful group of volunteers and supported by Legacy for Seniors in the community. Tomorrow is their Christmas Breakup and each attendee is asked to bring along something to decorate their tables.

So today I broke out the Red and Green and got creating with her table decorations in mind, firstly I die cut and put together some Red and Green Treat Boxes that dad is going to fill with Chocolates for each person sitting at mum's table.   The treat boxes are yet to be finished.  Once filled with chocolates they will be tied at the top with some decorative string and tags.

Next using a Gelli Print I ran off a heap of copies on specialty laser printer paper and cut them into strips to make some paper chains.

Making paper chains was something I knew Mum could help me make and would occupy her time for a few hours (as her Alzheimer's gets worse she is capable of doing less and less of what normally would have filled her day, but sufferers still need to feel useful, so finding activities to occupy her time is important). As I cut each print into strips, mum folded them in half for the perfect size chain and so the printed design could be seen on the inside and outside of link.  Then once all the pieces were cut and folded she created the loops, adding them to the chain and would pass them to me to staple while I passed her the other end.

I know she will proudly tell the other ladies at her table that she made them and thought it would be something a little different to tinsel.

To finish the Christmas Treat Boxes I am going to use my Christmas Tree Carved Stamp from yesterdays post and punch out some circles as tags and I might also add some to my paper chain to give them even more of a Christmas feel.

I am linking up with the Party again today!

Some Creative Christmas Carving

It's been ages since I have played with my Lino Cutting Baren Kit and carved some of my own stamps so with a few minutes spare the other night I took some Speedy Ball circles and carved 3 Christmas Designs.  Some Holly, A Christmas Tree and Gingerbread Man with a circle outline.

For a quick addition to a variety of  projects I decided to ink up a colored background using my Dylusions Spray Inks and stamp out my new designs in Black Ink.

They are the perfect size to punch out with my Stampin Up 1 and 3/4 inch punch.

A little touching up if needed with a black pen and some inking around the edge and they are ready to go.  A hole punched at the top and a little twine will turn these into the perfect little tag to add to a gift don't you think?

I am linking up this Christmas Project to the Unruly PaperArts '12 Days of Christmas' Link Up Party.

Believe - Snowflake Christmas Wishes

Gelli Prints always provide a quick way of getting a multitude of cards done in one go, and have been a favorite of mine this Christmas from creating a variety of projects.

This print done in a mix of blues and using The Crafter's Workshop HoneyComb 12 x 12 Stencil was the perfect background to add some black and silver snowflakes to for a quick Christmas Greeting.

From one print I was able to make 4 cards, and finished them with a little ribbon and the word Believe from the Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer Stamp Set.

I am linking up with the '12 Days of Christmas' Party once more.

More Gelli, Gingerbread and some Candy Canes Too

May your Christmas be full of Sweet Surprises is the inside sentiment for my card today using some more of my Gelli Prints I created earlier in the week.

The Gelli Print Background done on Watercolor Paper used a mix of 12 x 12 stencils from the Crafters Workshop, Triangle Plaid, Honeycomb and Switchback with acrylic paint colors, yellow ochre, deep red and green.

I have then added a mix of stamping in black including some words and a gingerbread man and some chipboard candy canes which I die cut some time ago and had on hand ready to paint and color.

Once more this week I am linking up with the '12 Days of Christmas' Party over at Unruly PaperArts.

Gelli Print Pillow Boxes for Gifts or Treats this Christmas!

If you caught my post yesterday you would have seen that I was playing with my Gelli Plate and a Christmas Themed foam stamp recently to create an assortment of prints (on watercolor paper) to use for my Christmas Projects.

There are so many great ways to use your Gelli Prints and today I have taken a couple of the prints using snowflakes to create some pillow boxes.  A few years back I brought a book called Gift Box Studio which was full of different types of boxes, ready to just press out, fold and put to use.  I used one of these boxes from the book as a template to draw and cut out my pillow boxes.

These are quite a generous size box (measuring approx 15 x 7.5cm) so they are perfect to house a small gift for a loved one this Christmas or to decorate the dinner table filled with some treats for each guest.

To finish I have simply tied some seam binding in a complimentary color around them in a bow which can also be used to hold a coordinating tag on the box.

If you don't have lots of different color trims it is easy enough to color some plain white seam binding or ribbon with your Distress Inks or Stains or your Spray Inks to coordinate with your projects.

A close up of the foam snowflake stamp and one of the prints used today.
Supplies Used:

  • Water Color Paper
  • Gelli Plate
  • Acrylic Ink
  • Foam Stamp
  • Seam Binding
  • Pillow Box Template
  • PVA Glue or Double Sided Tape
  • Small Tag

I am Partying once more today at Unruly PaperArts for their '12 Days of Christmas' Link Up Party!