A budget-friendly Christmas


Anyone not in the spirit of Christmas? Those of you who aren't, rest assured... You're not alone!

This year, I decided to do things a little differently. First of all, no gifts for the grown-ups in my husband's family. Next the kids. It's always tricky to find something for our nieces and nephew as they have too many toys. Usually, I'd contribute €20 per child which is a lot of money, so instead they're getting a handmade craft kit this year. I love browsing charity shops and if you take your time to look around, you'll find some brand new, unused items such as toys and books. At the RSPCA shop in Princes Risborough I got new sticker books, pencils and a cardmaking kit at half the original price. Tucked between the toys was craft kit to make funny bobble heads. At the local sewing shop, I got some googly eyes for free.

Back at home, I put together a stack of patterned paper, stamped cute images and die-cut foxes, grassy borders, clouds, fences, cars, planes with goggly eyes and stars (great way to use up paper scraps). I filled a bag with colourful buttons (which the kids love!). Everything went into separate clear bags and was wrapped with the items from the charity shop. I still had the gingerbread house which I'd made for Papercraft Inspirations so I filled it with sweets and wrapped it, too.

Let's hope the kids appreciate my effort! Luckily, I don't need to worry about my family as we don't exchange presents. The only exception are my aunt, uncle and cousin who receive a parcel full of sweets every year.

Time to share my latest designs! These were made with the gorgeous free papers from Making Cards magazine.

We posted the last Christmas card today. I know that some of you are still busy with their Christmas crafting, so why not try this easy design to make in big batches? It would also look lovely in a frame as a gift! Click here to get your free iris folding template.

Happy crafting!
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