Did I say lazy? I meant easy, convenient and adaptable.
'Free' and 'Christmas' go together especially well, I think.
So, this is a set of cards I designed for PaperCraft Inspirations. There are ten altogether, and they're all free to download via this post on the PI blog.
If you look closely, you'll see that each of the cards is just a little bit unfinished - not due in any way to my incompetence, but so you can lark about and add your own decorative details. This means that (1) your finished cards will be that little bit more special and personalised, and (2) the recipients will think you spent ages making them and be doubly impressed.
It's kind of like buying mince pies from Marks and Spencer, then taking them out of the box and shaking on your own icing sugar so everyone thinks they're homemade.
Rather than icing sugar (sticky), you'll probably want to embellish the cards with things like ribbon, buttons, sequins, stitching and stickers. Should you need specifics or extra inspiration, the full set of finished cards is in the current issue of the magazine.
To the rest of us? Happy normal-Thursday-working-and-not-eating-turkey-or-whatever-it-is-that-vegetarians-eat-on-Thanksgiving-instead.
That it's Thanksgiving today, apparently means it's Black Friday tomorrow, and Wikipedia informs me that this involves shopping. Lots and lots of shopping. I have nothing more exciting planned than a supermarket run, although I have a feeling they won't be offering the same kind of deals as this.
Does it still count as Black Friday, even if you're only shopping from your sofa on the opposite side of the world?
In case you haven't already seen it, I wrote a guest post for Julie's Purple Phase series over at her blog, Notes on Paper. It has notes and templates and a tutorial and everything.
Don't be put off if you're not a fan of purple. Firstly, you don't have to use it to make your version of the project, but secondly - and more importantly - Julie is every bit as persuasive and convincing as she is talented. I defy you not to end up changing your purple-prejudiced mind just a little bit after you see some of her colour swatches, projects and beautifully put-together outfits.
I'm thrilled, excited and still quite shocked to be sharing this happy bit of news with you today.
It's been while since I was inspired to apply for a Design Team, but I love Hambly and the versatility of their products so much, I couldn't resist the call this time. Not for one minute did I think I'd be lucky enough to land a spot, but here we are, and I feel very, very lucky indeed.
Here's to a year of amazing inspiration, pretty projects and lots of mega-talented team-mates!
I picked it out as today's Pingpong challenge for Gabrielle. If she's managed to stop with the gazing for a few minutes, you'll find both a palette and a project over at her blog, the green gables. Or, as they might call it on the pretty website where I found the photo in the first place, os oitões verdes.
Yes, that's right - I speak the Portuguese. And no amount of suggesting I found the picture during a lazy browse around Pinterest will get me to confess otherwise.
So, I had a feeling it was around this time of year I first started blogging, and have been meaning to check the exact date for a few days now. I finally got round to it this afternoon, and what do you know, it's my blog-birthday. On this day exactly three years ago, I popped my posting cherry. It wasn't ground-breaking stuff (things you might have learned: my dad is clever, I'm afraid of moths, I'd like to have a butler one day), but I like to think it's improved and we've had some fun along the way.
I'm working on a few plans for the future right now - some changes, a little revamping, maybe some new features - so it seems like a good time to be taking stock of everything that's gone before.
And I've even introduced you to some of my friends.
It's been quite a ride, and a good chunk of that is down to you. Whether you've been around since my wanting-a-butler era, or are here for the first time today, I'm both grateful and very glad to see you. Have a piece of birthday cake won't you, and let's see what happens between now and the end of year four.
My mister isn't taking part in Movember this year (he's from Liverpool - Harry Enfield ruined moustaches for his people), but I have a couple of friends who are. This is just a small tribute to their bristly self-sacrifice, and the matching rashes of their womenfolk.
May you all be blessed with bushy mo's, much sponsorship and plenty of soothing aloe vera gel.