This card was inspired by a design that one of the ladies that attended my December workshop stamped on the front of her altered notepad. It reminds me of an over-grown garden that has just been disturbed.

This week was my nephews birthday and I used two sweet treat cups to create this card. I got the idea to use rolled licorice for the car wheels from Julia Leece's card and added a trap-door on the inside so that the licorice can be taken out without destroying the card.

As a small Christmas treat, I gave everyone who attended the December workshops last week a candy cane with a little stamped tag.

At our workshops in the past week, I have given everyone an opportunity to play with the new Butterfly Prints stamp set and the co-ordinating Butterfly punch. This is the little make-and-take that anyone who attended my workshops got to make:

I have been playing with the new buttons and grommets from the Summer Mini. I made a Christmas easel card with both of these (keep an eye out for easel cards in the January workshops).

Oooh, I just love the new Butterfly Prints stamp set in the Summer Mini and the co-ordinating punch. I think the stamped butterflies are lovely designs and I also like the way that it has the butterfly body as a 2-step stamping process. And the punch fits perfectly.

Yesterday was our Christmas break up for MOPS (Mother's of Pre-schoolers). MOPS is a fantastic idea, which started in America, and has had groups in New Zealand for more than ten years. Basically it is a place where mothers of pre-schoolers can have their children looked after for a morning while mums have some timeout to catch up with others, do some craft, and have discussions about life, family and kids. If you want to know more about MOPS, click HERE to check out the New Zealand MOPS website, or HERE to check out the MOPS International website.

The Summer Mini Catalogue is here! Here is one of the products found in the Summer Mini - Sweet Treat Cups. Used in conjunction with the new 1-3/4" Circle Punch, they can add dimension and small gifts to your cards. Also in the Summer Mini are padded envelopes specially designed for cards using the Sweet Treat Cups.