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Well, hello there!

It’s been a busy Labour Day weekend for DH and I.  One of my brothers is visiting from Ontario and we entertained him (and his lovely wife) on Saturday evening.  I went a little overboard cobbling together the meal as we weren’t expecting company and I did NOT want to go to the supermarket on the Saturday of a long weekend (I don’t know about the rest of Canada but in NL when it’s a long weekend everyone acts like the stores will be closed for a week instead of one day).

I made a blueberry cake (as blueberries are one of NL’s very few agricultural exports) and homemade multigrain rolls to go with our meal so there was much washing of dishes before and after the meal but it was a great evening and it was good to see my brother (I see him an average of once every 2 years).

On Sunday, we had a BBQ for some of the people DH works with.  This WAS a planned event and entertaining a group of young music students was extremely entertaining…the stories that were told last night would make you pee in your pants!

This morning I got to spend some time in my craft room finishing up a project I’ve been working on over the weekend.  I’m making some small packages of cards to sell at Christmas time and created 4 different designs and made some packaging for them as well.  I’ll be sharing all 4 designs this week but I’ll start with one of the Santa cards today:

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I stamped and cut a handful of this adorable Santa image – I purchased it at There She Goes stamps and it’s illustrated by the talented Torico.  I’ve wanted this stamp for a while so I’m happy to have it in my stash (and you’ll probably see a lot of it this year).

I only had one 6X6″ sheet of cream-coloured patterned paper and was making 3 of each card so I distressed some white paper to make it look similar to the background paper I actually wanted to use on the cards. (The “original” patterned paper is on the left – the one on the right is a sheet of white Basic Grey paper that I sponged and used the DTP technique on to make it similar to the first sheet.  I could have went all out and added additional colours but I’m not QUITE that insane…yet!)

The coloured patterned papers were scraps I had on my worktop from recent projects.

Must go finish off a few more jobs as it’s back to work tomorrow and it’s incredibly busy at work after a long weekend – I doubt there’ll be much mojo in the coming week so it’s good I already have some stuff to share!