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Mistletoe & Holly

Here’s the second set of Christmas cards I made. With these I went with the more traditional style. Naturally, I got a lot of admiring comments on these and once again I got suggestions to sell them. That’s when I usually point out that the what I can sell these for and how long I spend making these, aren’t exactly a match made in commercial heaven ;)

Sometimes it shuts people up, sometimes it doesn’t.

*le sigh*

Anyhoo, the techniques I used on these were pretty basic. Some washi tape, faux stitching, Distress-inking…The usual. The papers are from the Basic Grey’s 25th & Pine-collection.

I just realized I made one more card but I don’t have a picture of that. Bummer. Would it be embarrassing to go to my neighbour’s and ask if I could take a picture of the card I gave them? Or just plain creepy?

The challenges I’m participating in with these cards:

The Sisterhood of Crafters- Anything Goes (new thing was the paper kit)
Crafty Creations Challenge- #281 Something Old, Something New (new papers, old style)
Top Tip Tuesday- Something New (the paper kit)
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination- #17 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door- Anything Goes

Comments and criticisms ARE welcome :)

-Thrifty Finn-

Mint & Gold

Yesterday I began posting my Christmas cards and named my post lazily a Pt.1. Today, as I was going through my card photos, I realized it would make sense to post them as two sets as I designed the cards to go together. I know, I know, it doesn’t matter for the recipients but for me, putting in more design effort when crafting  is important.

To the cards then…

Like I said yesterday, I love the minty paper in the 25th and Pine-set and it inspired me to make this stylish, minty winter collection. I focused on two colours, mint & gold, as they go together so well.

These cards were very well received. Be merry went to my god-daughter, Merry Xmas to my godson, the lone bauble to Paris and the three bauble one to Lapland. My godson (naturally) didn’t make any comments but I heard the words “most beautiful card ever” used.

Sometimes there’s just no point in being modest, you know what I mean? Anyhoo, here are the full images of the cards:

My local craft store still has that paper in stock. I better hoard a few for Christmases to come. I’m participating (excluding the one posted yesterday) in these challenges:

Party Time Tuesday!: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge: It’s All New (I busted out a paper kit from my stash)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Sister Act Challenge: #89 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

Christmas Cards pt.1

Well, well, well…My Christmas themed posts continue. It sucks that I couldn’t post anything before but I just didn’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone.

Last year, I couldn’t send cards because I was in the middle of move and then I had the operation so there wasn’t any time to make cards. However, I did buy 25th & Pine, the Christmas-paper set by Basic Grey and I was so happy that I got to use the papers this year. Here’s the first of the cards I made:

christmas card, thrifty finn, basic grey, 25th & Pine

This paper is probably my favourite in the entire collection. So fresh, wintery and modern but definitely holiday’ish with the gold. The bauble strings are just random floss I had in stash and the glitter letters are Thickers by American Craft. The glitter dots on the background are just dabs of glue glittered over. Here’s the full image:

christmas card, thrifty finn, basic gre, 25th & pine

I’m participating with this card in these challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Challenge #107 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge: #36 Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland: Show Us Your Metals (gold and silver glitter)
Creative Inspirations: Challenge #296 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X is for X-periment (finger painted glitter dots)

There will be 7 another card posts still coming. Just a heads up ;)

-Thrifty Finn-

On The First Day of Christmas…

 

partiolaisten joulukalenteri, scouts Christmas calendar

Few weeks back, after the Twitter training, I got cornered by bunch of scouts selling their traditional Christmas calendar. Today I got to open the first door. As ever as exciting:

kalenteri2

So sweet! This year’s calendar is illustrated by Noora Katto. You can check out her work HERE. And if you are interested, you can see ALL the calendar designs from over the years in HERE. My personal favourite is this one from 1970, so cute and retro:

partiolaisten adventtikalenteri vuodelta 1970

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. I know it’s traditional to put up your Christmas decor up on the 1st advent but since I’m no longer member of the church, I can do whatever I want. Hence my decor went up three weeks ago. My defence is that November is very dark and we need all the cheering up we can get.

Joulupuu Charity

Image via awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

Image via awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

Christmas is coming, isn’t it nice? (Although I prefer the Finnish word joulu because it reminds me of the pagan roots of the celebration). The season of giving and over-eating. The best! Have you already started your Christmas-crafting and present buying? Or are you finished already? Either case, I’m here to get your attention to Joulupuu…

Joulupuu is a charity for getting Christmas gifts to those most vulnerable in our society; the kids in the social care system. It’s organized by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and it’s a national event.

joulupuu-logo-pieni-2012

How it works then? Joulupuu has published a list of most wished/preferred gifts on their website. The gifts are then collected between certain dates in one location. In Helsinki that’s Forum Shopping Centre. I’ve also seen Christmas trees with hanging tags where child has written themself what they’d like to get.

Now to the best part…Handmade gifts are cool too! I did the work for you and here are some ideas (picked from the official list) you could make yourself.

Girls/Boys Ages 0-1: Clothes sized 80cm, soft toys
Boys Ages 2-4: Clothes 86-92cm for 2-year olds, 104-114cm for 3 to 4 year olds
Girls Ages 2-4: Clothes 86-92cm to 104-114cm, play food, dolls and their accessories, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony-themed things
Boys Ages 5-7: Role playing outfits. Good themes: Pokemon, Spiderman, Turtles. All kinds of superheroes would do well here.
Girls Ages 5-7: Dolls and doll accessories, role playing costumes, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony-themed things, jewellery
Boys Ages 8-10: Sports related items, wool socks,
Girls Ages 8-10: Jewellery, wool socks
Boys Ages 11-18: Toiletry bags, sports related items; knitted socks, hats, mittens, scarves
Girls Ages 11-18: Make-up bags, jewellery, bags; knitted socks, hats, mittens, scarves

I’ve seen wishes for bedding sets too. Pillowcases and duvet covers. I would think that for especially older kids anything for building a home would be appreciated. Couple of cool cushions, bedspreads etc. I wouldn’t buy random mugs but for example that starter dinner set at IKEA would be quite bitchin’ and pots and pans would be quite alright too. And this leads to…

I spoke with the organizer Jeni Suhonen and she said that especially teenagers need gifts. Everyone wants to buy presents for babies and young children and teenagers get completely forgotten! Not cool, peeps. The full teenager wishlist include: music, makeup, gift cards to popular clothing stores like Stadium, H&M, Gina Tricot, sports equipment, clothes, books, perfumes and scents. You know, stuff that normal teenager would like.

The full list in Finnish is HERE. The list of all Junior Chamber joining is HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-