Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Highlights From Spotlight's Christmas 2015 Launch

I love Christmas! I love everything about it! I love the Christmas lights, the Christmas decorations, the Christmas food, the Christmas spirit and even the planning, creation and shopping of special presents for my loved ones.

I love making Christmas a special and memorable time of year for my family and friends, and every year in the lead up to Christmas I can be found making special Christmas decorations and food, nowadays with my teenage daughter's eager assistance. She has definitely inherited my love of Christmas, my love of craft and my love of pretty things!

As a result, even though I'm predominantly a beauty blogger, when the opportunity arose to attend Spotlight's 2015 Make It Merry Christmas launch I couldn't attend fast enough!

The highlight of the Spotlight launch for me was definitely the opportunity to get hands-on, using some of the Spotlight Christmas craft supplies first hand at the launch. 

This included Christmas card making. Spotlight stocked, Jolly & Joy, have a wide range of Christmas themed stickers, glitter and bling stick-ons that make beautiful cards easy to create even for young children. Here's one I made. Of course the beauty blogger in me couldn't resist adding a couple of touches of bling! 

My Quick & Easy Christmas Card Creation

I then had a go at creating Christmas decorated biscuits using Wilton fondant. I never realised before how easy it was to decorate cakes and biscuits with fondant. Look at my creation!

Creating Christmas Decorated Biscuits

Tips are to dust cornflour onto your hands, the surface you are rolling the fondant out on and your roller before you begin. Brush water onto the back of the edible decorations to stick them onto the fondant. For the tiny balls tweezers are required.

You can either bake your own biscuits or just cheat, like I intend to, and decorate store bought biscuits! Shhh, don't tell! Everyone will be so impressed by the decorating they won't care who baked the biscuit!

Here's a biscuit decorated with Wilton Green Decorating Icing which comes ready made in a pouch with a round and star tip included. The lovely ladies from Zoratto Enterprises who were demonstrating the Wilton products made this. I received a red and green pouch of this icing in my goodie bag and my daughter and I will be making these for our extended family Christmas celebrations. 


Wilton Icing Decorated Christmas Tree Biscuit

Another effective yet easy Christmas decorating craft is painting Jolly & Joy ready made paper mache angels, baubles and stars and then decorating them with glitter and bling stick-ons. Here's a star and angel I decorated with blingy stick-ons once again, of course!

Creating Christmas Tree Decorations
At the Spotlight Christmas launch I was also introduced to the Heidi Swapp MiNC Foil Transfer Machine! OMG! This machine is amazing! You can foil any design that you can print on a laser printer. The possibilities for creating foiled Christmas place setting cards, photos, cards, wall art etc are endless! You are only limited by your own creative imagination.

Heidi Swapp MiNC Foil Transfer Machine

Here's the Heidi Swapp Marquee Winter Xmas Tree Light Kit decorated using the MiNC Foil Transfer Machine. No, unfortuantely I can't lay claim to having done this myself, it was already a completed example at the launch.I love the green foil leaves!


Decorated Heidi Swapp Marquee winter Xmas Tree Light Kit

As expected Spotlight also has an extensive array of Christmas fabrics in-store including loads of Jolly & Joy Flat Fats. Here's an example of a Christmas stocking that my daughter is enthusiastically tempted to make for all our family members! Doesn't the pom-pom embellishment look fabulous!


Christmas Stocking

During the launch we were advised that Spotlight has brought in an astronomical $30 million worth of Christmas craft supplies and products to be sold this Christmas season across all its Spotlight stores! In other words it is likely you will find every Christmas craft related item you have ever dreamed of, plus a whole lot more, in Spotlight stores now!

In conclusion, because I know my enthusiasm for Christmas is making this post way too looooong, at the launch it was announced that Spotlight's Christmas tree decorations this season fall into three categories:

  • Merry & Bright  - Fun & playful - Includes loads of glittery items - Whimsical & novelty decorations capturing children's imaginations - Bright greens, reds & aqua blues with a pop of crisp white!                                                                                                           

Spotlight Merry & Bright Christmas Decorations

  • Deluxe - Elegant & opulent - Inspired by a modern day take on classic style - Includes gorgeous, ornate decorations e.g. angel wings, stars, bows & bells - Gold, black & a hint of animal print! - Glittery range perfect for lovers of glamour! I'm definitely going to buy some animal print ribbon to add to our family Christmas tree!                        
  • Crafty Nordic - Nordic Scandinavian inspired range - Loads or organic textured decorations including wood & felt finishes & handcrafted touches - Grey, silver & white with a hint of red!   
Crafty Nordic Christmas Decorations

If you are looking for further DIY Christmas inspiration I highly recommend The Australian Women's Weekly Craft Make It Christmas book pictured below which I received in my event goodie bag. It's full of easy and creative crafty ideas for Christmas.

The Australian Women's Weekly Craft Make It Christmas Book

For the curious among you, photographed below is the rest of the contents of my event goodie bag! These Spotlight items are going to result in hours of fun and creativity for myself and my three children during the next school holidays! They'll especially love the Spray Dye Kit and my daughter has already claimed the two cute lip glosses!

Spotlight Christmas Launch Goodie Bag Contents

Thank you so much Spotlight and Kids Business for inviting me to the Spotlight Make It Merry Christmas Launch event and for the generous goodie bag. It is very much appreciated! 

Are You Planning to DIY Christmas Decorations, Cards & Biscuits This Year?

xxx
Ingrid.

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* All products photographed were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.



37 comments:

  1. I can't believe that Christmas is around the corner!!!! DF xoxo

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    1. The year has flown past so quickly, that's for sure!

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  2. What a great goodie bag! And sounds like a fun event too! :)

    Christmas is getting so close, I feel so under-prepared!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. It's a great time now to start preparing for Christmas especially if you are hand making items.

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  3. I love Christmas! It looks like you had fun!

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  4. I'm ignoring xmas at the moment....that will no doubt come back and bite me!

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  5. How fun . . . I wish I had more craft skills! I always enjoy Christmas and it's going to be even more fun this year now that my daughter is old enough to get the whole concept.

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    1. The beauty of a lot of the activities I participated in at the Spotlight launch were that you didn't really need too much craft skill - just the right materials! The card making, bauble decorating and even biscuit decorating all required surprisingly little skill and are great activities for involving the kids :)

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  6. I saw that foil machine and really want it even though I have so many other crfty things I "need" to do...xx

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    1. The foil machine does do amazing things! If I owned one I'd be foiling and framing sayings for my walls, adding foil decorations and quotes to enlarged photos, making foiled and liquid glossed placemats, and making foiled Christmas cards galore! I'd go absolutely foil crazy I suspect! I love a bit of glitter and sparkle!

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  7. This lookslike a sensational event! I love craft and would appreciate learning to make those cookies!

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    1. I'll let you in on a secret. The fondant comes ready made, you just need to colour it and then roll it out and smooth it onto the cookie with a little water underneath! Similarly you just add the decorations with a little water underneath. I'm planning on decorating bought cookies - simple and easy yet very effective! I'm even thinking of letting the kids decorate their own cookies as a special Christmas activity.

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  8. I love Christmas for all the creative goodies everywhere. Looks fantastic!

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    1. Me too Karin! Christmas craft is fun, for me and the kids!

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  9. It was such a fun day wasn't it? The cookie decorating was my favourite and it inspired me so much, I'm going to pop my fondant decorating cherry! I think you did and excellent job. I'll be well chuffed if my effort looks nearly as good as yours!

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    1. With all your skills I suspect your decorated cookies will look amazing!

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  10. I wish I was more creative! What a fun event and great job with all your crafty creations. Can't wait for Christmas! :)

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    1. Thanks Di! It was fun getting creative, crafty and inspired for Christmas!

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  11. Wow these look great. I love Christmas to and have to start getting into the swing of it.

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    1. Thanks Julie! I love getting prepared for Christmas early so there's no mad last minute panic!

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  12. I've been a bit Bah Humbug about how early Christmas stuff appears these days, but those Christmas tree cookies do look amazing!
    #TeamMM

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    1. If you are wanting to craft or sew items for Christmas you do need to start early so it's good that Spotlight launched its Christmas range now! But then again I would always say this as I simply love Christmas!

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  13. I just can't do DIY decorations... Tried they look like rubbish.. I buy always

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    1. Fair enough - no point doing something that will stress you out and not give you the results you are after.

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  14. We LOVE Christmas in our home as well! Christmas craft is always high on the to do list, so I will now be sure to check out Spotlight to see what they have in store for us to play with. :)

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    1. Ohh there's lots and lots in store to play with! I'd love to see photos of what you end up crafting for Christmas!

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  15. Wow! Look at you! So crafty !!! I always like to think I could to DIY but I think I find too many excuses at the last minute but these ideas look pretty easy and pain free (I think!). Might have to be a DIY Xmas this year...lets see how I go!

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    1. Have a go! Most of the crafts, apart from the sewing which I leave to my daughter who's doing textiles in high school, are definitely fun and easy!

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  16. I used to be REALLY into it as a kid. I'd plan out the xmas light decorations months before December so mum knew exactly where to put them all. I lost interest for a few years after working in retail and being inundated with xmas stuff for months on end. But, this year I have a 2yr old and I'm planning on starting new traditions like Elf on a Shelf + we're holding xmas at our place for the first time this year. I'm super excited! Might need to go to Spotlight to grab some goodies.

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    1. I wish I had of known about Elf On A Shelf when my kids were younger. I would have loved to have had that tradition with them. I'm sure your 2 year old will love it!

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  17. I love Spotlight. Don't go there near enough! Great goodie bag! This would have been awesome :)

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  18. Hi Ingrid. You girls look like you had a fantastic time. Pity it didn't happen in Brisbane. I would've been there in a flash! Spotlight is like a drug to me. I can't get enough of it and have to stay away at all costs! Thanks so much for linking up to the Thriving on Thursday linky party. It was a real pleasure to have you visit.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing your post with us at the #AnythingGoes Link Party! The new party goes live today at 6 PM ET.

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