Santa is coming ...

and the girls are excited! 
Comments have been made about leaving out
the carrots for the Reindeer and Beer & Cookie for Santa!
Stockings are all in position - now just need to
get them into bed & to sleep!
Where ever you are and who ever you are with,
wishing you all the best for a wonderful day,
filled with peace, joy & happiness!
Merry Christmas
from my family to your's


Paper Christmas Tree

This is so cute and if you have time, I think would be quite easy to make.  Of course it would look great in colour as well or maybe a group of three.  Love it!



Present Packaging

In the previous post, Sally has the tags all sorted and
here a neat idea for presenting that special present. 
The good old brown paper all dressed up!




Hi there!  Couldn't reist this gorgeous yummy Authentique sticker sheet that Scrap Box NZ has in.  Such good value.  I used them as a starting point for my Christmas tags. 

Other Scrap Box products used:  Seam binding (assorted colours), mini pom pom trim and Kaisercraft background sheet music stamp.

Hope you're enjoying the silly season and not feeling too overwhelmed with all that is happening and needs to be done.  Blessings.  Sally.


Scrapbooked Spoon

Isn't that gorgeous!
 Would work well on a wooden spoon or old ladel 
- maybe for a "cooking person's" present! 
Thanks again Pinterest!


End of Year Dancing!

Wow I'm pleased that's all over.  Both my daughters have been in end of year Dance Concert's for the pass three days.  Different Dance Schools, different venues (20 min's drive from each other) and same times!  One does Hip Hop and the other Jazz.  We've been dropping off and picking up, taking other girls home and getting our girls picked up by relatives.  But we did manage to see them both (one night each) and they did a great job.

Somewhere in between all that we got the Christmas Tree up and the decorations around the house.  Isn't it great to revisit the decorations.  The girls asking when did we make this and where was this one from.  Me saying be careful, as that one from an Auntie that is no longer with us.  That's one's precious and that one's really old.  Among them too are one's from Kindy and School days.  Little photo frames with their pictures in from Preschool.

Love the home made decorations as much as the brought ones.  Pinterest has such inspiration and great ideas - now just to find the time to make them!


A Christmas Set

This one's not from Pinterest, but something I made up.  I was asked by a Mother at school to show some ladies at the Over 50's Club some craft.

So I put together this set.  Gave them a kit with everything in it.  It was all die cut, embossed, stamped & cut to size.  All they needed to do was glue it all together and thread the buttons with bakers twine.  They all enjoyed it and were off to make more lolly bags for Christmas Gifts. 

As the number of people who were going to do this worked out less than predicted, I do have Kits for sale.  They are $5.00 a kit (sweets not included)and would be a great  set for your children to make for "Teacher Gifts".  Email fiona@scrapboxnz.com if you would like a set - postage would be $2.10 or could be couriered for $3.00

The Lolly Bag could also be used for Baking, Fudge, Chocolate or Bath Salts, Soap, Bubble Mixture and just by changing the paper on the top could become a Birthday or Thank you present too!



The Silly Season !!!

The 1st of December 2012 - it feels like it's come round so fast!  The Christmas CD's came out today and the Christmas countdown has begun. Even got some shopping done today! 

I've just had a lovely time scrolling through Pinterest and finding some amazing images I'm going to share with you over the next 25 days.  There are so many clever and inspiring people out there and great, easy, simple but effective ideas.


Everybodies busy ...

and the "to do" list is getting longer and the days shorter.  Only got two entries, so am a bit disappointed, more for Vicki & Jo who completed the Great Scrap Box NZ Christmas Challenge and were super organised with them sending their entries to me early November.  Below are their entries:

Sketch Layout

Vicki's above & Jo's below

Card Challenge

Jo's above & Vicki's below

 and this is where things were going to get 
tricky deciding on the best entry!

 Table Centerpiece

Vicki's above and Jo's below 

Absolutely fabulous ladies - I love receiving challenge entries and see how you interpret them.  A real shame there weren't more entries - always think three or more make it a competition.  Really please that both of you entered and I've decided to split the prize, so you both receive a $40.00 gift voucher to spend at Scrap Box NZ.  Lots of great new products and papers to get loaded onto the site, so keep an eye out and put them in your wish list.

Huge thanks and congratulations to Vicki and Jo - happy shopping!


How's the tweeking going!

Just a few more hours, to get the final bits done on your creations for the Great Scrap Box NZ Christmas Challenge - Midnight tonight!

Get the camera out and email them off to fiona@scrapboxnz.com.

Check here tomorrow and see how clever you have all been.

Hope you've all had a great weekend - lovely sunny 21 deg here in Nelson, although it felt hotter than that.  The garden's had a late spring cutback and I delt to the weeds too!



Time keeps marching on ..

and as you often hear - Christmas will be here before we know it! and that's so true - arrrh !!!

Love the comment from Mrs Frizz - "365 days is beyond stunning ... just saying".  And you've said it well, they are gorgeous in real life and the computer doesn't really do them justice.  I'm really loving the Kaisercraft collections and have some more papers and stamps coming shortly.

Just a reminder that you have just under a fortnight to finish off your projects for The Great Scrap Box NZ Christmas Challenge.  I've already received some wonderful entries - your deadline is Midnight on the 25th November 2012.


More products added

I'm busy opening boxes and getting them loaded onto Scrap Box NZ's website.  Just got some great collections, stamps and accessories from Kaisercraft.
Here's a selection below - pop over to Scrap Box NZ and look under "What's New"!

365 Days  
This collection is made up of six different pages set out like a calendar, with a sticker sheet of months & reminder dots, it also includes a stamp set to complete your own calendar for 2013.

Sweet Nothings
With paper name like Dozen Roses, Cupid Arrow, Love Letters, Silver Lining and more, I'm sure you are going to end up with a gorgeous romantic layout.  Lovely colours with butterflies, flowers and birdcages.
Nan's Favourites
Remember Nana's biscuit tin was always fill with homemade baking.  Put together a recipe book with these great papers, die cuts and printed chipboard, so you can recreate them and pass that secret recipe on to future generations.

Hope you've had a great week and your weekend is going well!


New Papers from ...

This range of Christmas papers are beautiful. 
Heavy 12 x 12 papers and wonderful stickers, great for making gifts for presents. 
Would be good for boxes, pockets, envelopes and of course 12 x 12 layouts. 
Check them out over at Scrap Box NZ.
Hope everyone had a great Labour Weekend!


Missed deadline !!!

Scrap Box NZ's last Sketch Challenge had a great amount of entries - hope the The Scrap Box NZ Great Christmas challenge get's just as many.  I know you are all busy and trying to fit it all in, sometimes we put things down to come back to later.

That's what happened with Nic with the last sketch challenge.  She cropped her layout and saved it, thought I'll send it later and did other things.  Forgot to send it and missed the deadline!  I wanted to share it with you, because as you can see below, she has done a fantastic job!

I love seeing how you all interpret the sketch - thanks Nic and sorry you were late - it's great!  By the way she submitted it the next morning when she remembered and I said I would share it.  I then went off and did other things and forgot about it - till now!  Don't put things off!  Do them when you remember, or write a note to remind yourself otherwise they may not happen at all or you could miss important deadlines !!!

Have a great Labour Weekend everyone!


Now that's a worry !!!

No Comments - I hope I haven't scared you all away!  Jo & Mrs Frizz were looking forward to the Christmas Challenge and now that the projects are revealed - No Comments!!!

Maybe it's the third project - Christmas Centerpiece!
Here's some ideas:
Topiary Tree
Christmas Angel
Photo Tree
Die Cut Flower Arrangement
Bucket fill of something scrappy

Hope that helps with the ideas - don't forget to tuck a holly leaf in there somewhere!

I think I'll send out a newsletter and drum up those that don't check the blog!


Here we go ...

The Great Scrap Box NZ
Christmas Challenge

Three Projects over Six Weeks
Terms & Conditions found on previous blog posting!

Your three projects are:

A 12 x 12 sketch layout 
with a Christmas Theme

A Christmas Card

Off the Page -
 A Christmas table centrepiece!
(This can also be displayed on top of the TV, mantelpiece, sideboard and of course on Christmas Day on your table).

Don't forget to include the "Holly Leaves"

Here is the sketch for the layout:

Any queries please don't hesitate to email me on 

Get your thinking caps on and have fun creating!


Rules & Conditions

The Great Scrap Box NZ
Christmas Challenge

This is how I hope it will all work:
Six weeks to complete three projects
 Starts Mid-morning on 15th October - Finishes Midnight 25th November 2012
All three projects revealed tomorrow - It's all about time management - work at your leisure or complete in a hurry to make the deadline!
Email your finished projects to fiona@scrapboxnz.com no later than midnight 25th November 2012.  They can be emailed earlier as they are completed or all together at the end.
One entry per person - One photo per project!
Have you been watching the "Hint's" on the Blog
EVERY project must include "Holly Leaves"!
Tuck them in behind a photo, flower,
ribbon or make a statement with them.

Points awarded for each project:
1 Point for Participation
2 Points for Second Place
3 Points for First Place
All points added together to give an overall winner.
$50 Scrap Box NZ Gift Voucher
for the Overall Winner
$10 Scrap Box NZ Gift Voucher
for each Catergory Winner
Participation present for those that
complete all three projects
As you've just read, nothing to loose and everything to gain - at the end of it all you will proudly have three Christmas projects completed in November - Well Done!
Hope to see lots of entries and therefore making my job of choosing a difficult one.  Please spread the word, get your friends involved.  Most of all have fun and enjoy the last Challenge set from Scrap Box NZ for 2012.


One more hint !!!

The Great Scrap Box NZ
Christmas Challenge

Back tomorrow with some rules and conditions!
Hope you're looking forward to joining in and playing along!


Another Hint !!!

The Great Scrap Box NZ
Christmas Challenge

Above are some idea's,
but not necessarily to use in the challenge !?!
It's just another "hint"


First Hint !!!


 The Great Scrap Box NZ 
Christmas Challenge

Holly Leaves

With all three challenges that will be set - they all must have one or more holly leaves on them!  There's something to think about!



Card challenge winner

Congratulations - Jo Eden
Well done, love the detail with the handstitching and punches.  The little duck is so cute and as I soon as I saw your card, made me think of spring.  I will email you shortly with the details of your $10 voucher. 
Have a great weekend everyone!


Spring Card Challenge entries

Thanks for entering and will be back shortly with the winner!
Good Luck!


WOW - Finally Decided!!!

Great to have so many layout to choose from - but wow makes my decision harder.  Love how you all interpet the sketch differently with the subject you choose to use.  Some of you are very clever changing it around too.

Winning layout is:  Trudie Trillo

Congratulation Trudie - really please you took the plunge and entered.  This is Trudie's first time she has entered any challenges and wasn't too sure how to submit it.  I love the white space you have used and can see some glimmermist, doilies and washi tape.  Great subject to use for the sketch.  Well done!  I will email you shortly with the details of your $20.00 voucher. 

Thanks to everyone who took part and really hope you will give the "Great Scrap Box NZ Christmas Challenge" a go.  $50.00 winning voucher and spot prizes throughout!


Nearly the end of the challenges for this year !!!

Great that we got so many entries - although that makes it hard to choose the winner.  Still deciding so will be back later with that winning layout.
Next challenge will be placed on the 15th October 2012.  Let you all enjoy the School Holiday's and use that time to put your thinking caps on.  On the 15th I will reveal to you

The Great Scrap Box NZ
Christmas Challenge

 This is going to run for six weeks - finishing on the 25th November 2012.  I know you are all busy, so I've come up with the idea of doing three different things (maybe a layout, off the page & card or something like that), but the difference being you will be given all three challenges on the 15th and they are to be completed by the 25th.  It's time management and all up to you.  If you want to get them all done early and emailed to me that fine.  Spread them out and take your time, or be like me and leave it all till the last minute and panic that you've not going to get them finished.
Keep popping back here to the blog and see the hints that I will give you and more information on how it will all work.  Hope it doesn't scare you off and you are all keen to have a go.  This will be the last challenge for the year.


Sketch Challenge Entries

Some people out there must have been busy recruiting people to do the challenges. If that's you - thank you so much - Yay!  Last challenge I had one entry from Brenda and this time I've got EIGHT entries.  Thanks so much to you all for entering and especially those that haven't entered before.  A couple are new to challenges all together and this is their first time submitting a layout.  Hope the bug catches on!  Good Luck to everyone!

Just in case you forgot what the sketch looked like - it's below, along with your interpretations of the sketch.