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It's been ages since I've been here and to be honest it's been a refreshing little break, although I must apologise for not mentioning that I would be taking a little blogging hiatus.

I didn't really plan to, but with Christmas, New Year and extended school holidays and everything that goes along with it, I've been thoroughly enjoying just hanging out and doing nothing in particular.

Except swimming.  Lots of swimming, plus discovering new parks with the girls and generally having a lovely summer!

You may have noticed that my banner is back to normal and I am dressed in my usual Cameo Coral attire again and have done away with the Christmas hat, hence the title of this post.

Had I myself been wearing a Santa hat for two months, aside from an exceedingly itchy scalp, I'd have had the most atrocious case of hat hair you've ever seen.

Thank goodness for digi-me in all my bouffant and hat hair-less glory ;-)

Despite not having been blogging, I have still been creating and gearing up for some fun stampin' stuff in 2010.

I've been editing photos galore of some long-ago projects and will be sharing these in the next little while, as well as some newer stuff as well.

How about a little something to get the 2010 party started....?

My Christmas card designs for 2009!

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You'll notice I stayed well away from the Trendy Christmas Tree debacle of last year...

Forgive me for not adding in the materials lists for these cards - I may pop back in with that information, plus a little 'how-to' on the Christmas trees in the first cards, but I'm going to spend some reading time with my chickens before they pop off to bed.

What I will do is leave you with a little poll though, as it's something that I've been thinking about a bit lately and thought I would throw the question out there, although possibly the Trendy Christmas Trees comment fest should warn me otherwise...

Anyways, here goes...

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For a dear friend

The most difficult cards to make are always the ones conveying sympathy for the loss of a loved one, and I had reason to make one of these this week for a dear friend of mine who lost a long-time friend of hers in the most tragic and terribly sad of circumstances.

This is card that I took around to my friend today.

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The soft look of the flowers in the Upsy Daisy stamp set is achieved by colouring directly to the rubber with Watercolour Wonder crayons, spritzing the stamp with water and stamping onto watercolour paper.  It was exactly the soft, muted look I was hoping for.

Thinking of you Deen...

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"Just Because I Care" Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Sanded, Best Yet Paper: Always Artichoke, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Mellow Moss, Watercolour Paper Ink: Always Artichoke, Regal Rose Accessories: Watercolour Wonder Crayons (Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke), Eyelet Border Punch, Rose Red wide stitched grosgrain, Button Latte Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Sponges

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Some special cards - the full edition!

As promised, here are the whole cards that I gave you a brief sampling of yesterday.  I know that one of the cards has been received due to the very sweet and enthusiastic comment left earlier (*waving* SJ!) and I'm going to take a chance that the other two will have been found before the recipients check in here....

So here we go....

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This card was sent to my lovely Aunty Mary, sister of my mum, frequent blog commenter, enthusiastic cheerleader and a wonderful influence in my life.  I wanted her to know just how much I love and appreciate her.

For the card itself, I stamped the birdie using Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I used markers in the colours of the cardstock I had chosen and coloured in the little "carved out" bits through to the cardstock below.

"A card for Aunty Mair" Stamps: Always, Best Yet, Sanded Paper: Old Olive, Cameo Coral, Pink Pirouette Ink: Versamark, Old Olive Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Old Olive wide grosgrain, Old Olive & Cameo Coral Markers, Stampin' Sponges

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Here's the next one...

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This one landed in the mailbox of my dear friend and fellow demonstrator, Sarah Jane Kalé, one of many friends I have made due to my association with Stampin' Up! and one of the reasons I am thankful that I became a demonstrator at all.

During the recent school holidays, SJ and I were meant to catch up with our little ones but on the morning in question I woke up with a raging migraine and had to cancel to spend the day on the couch with an ice-pack on my head.  Sarah offered to have the girls for me so that I could ice my thumping head in peace - just one example of the sweetness that is Sarah, not to mention that she is one of the most talented stampers I know!  Love ya SJ! ;-)

The sentiment on this card is perfect and I wanted to use a bunch of vibrant colours, so I chose a combination of markers that I liked based on the colours in my small girl's current favourite dress and coloured the words all differently.  The Baroque background stamp is embossed with clear embossing powder.

"A card for Sarah Jane" Stamps: Occasional Greetings, Baroque Paper: Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Pink Passion, Whisper White Ink: Versamark Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Certainly Celery wide grosgrain, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink & Apricot Appeal Markers, Eyelet Border Punch, Button Bouquet Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Now for the last one...

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This one went to Makeesha, another demonstrator and gorgeous friend who endlessly shares her boundless stamping talents.  I was looking forward to catching up with her at the Perth Regionals last weekend, but this time the migraine monster came visiting her and she wasn't able to attend.

I wasn't the only disappointed one, as I know many Perth stampers were busting for the opportunity to breathe the same air and maybe even exchange a word or two with Keesh, stamp-star that she is, and I'm sure she was also saddened to have to miss out on such a fun day of stamping.

For this card I inked up Garden Whimsy, which I haven't done for quite some time, and was happy with how it turned out.  You might notice that the layout is pretty much the same as Aunty Mary's birdie card, just different stamps and colours :)

"A card for Keesh" Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Best Yet, Sanded Paper: Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue Accessories: Pumpkin Pie striped ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Marker, Eyelet Border Punch, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

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I hope you enjoyed checking out my cards as much as I enjoyed making them :)  If you'd like further information about any of the techniques or products involved in the creation of these cards, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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