Christmas …

I can’t believe that it … 2 more days before Christmas, and I am very late in posting.

Sorry, I have not had the energy to post.  I come from work with exhaustion.  Exhaustion from Christmas shopping and arguing with our cell phone providers (Rogers), and at this moment, I really hate Christmas this year.  I now understand why people go away for Christmas and have to think about anything else except for the sun.  I tell you if you were in my shoes, you will need a vacation soon.

What is the dig?  Last month, thinking I am well prepared for Christmas, turned out to be a disaster, with I finally got it (today).  I finally got an iPhone for Ryan.  You all probably thinking why it took so long.  Well this is my story:

  1. My initial christmas gifts to the boys were blackberries, and so that is where I began.
  2. When I received it, I contemplated for awhile and wondered whether these were the perfect gifts for them.  NOT.  Good thing I did not activate it yet.
  3. I received my Rogers bill, and they charged me $800 for the phones … I fell off my chair!
  4. Called Rogers up to say that I am returning the devices, and would like all the charges reversed.  They told me that they cannot reverse the charges until they received their devices back … Fair Enough Right?  Right.  So waited a week, called to check on the device … long story short … they received it, reversed the charges but they did not clear the upgrade dates.  They told me that it will take up to weeks before it is clear.  Waited two weeks, still no iPhone upgrades.
  5. December 18, 2009 – was told that they have reversed the charges, and I can go ahead to the retailer store to purchase one for him.  Got to the retailer, and found out that they have not removed the hardware upgrade date.
  6. December 19, 2009 – called HO again, asking them to take the hardware upgrade off.  They said that I already own an iPhone back in September 2008.  I argued that I do not own one … again long story short … it took about 5 personnel to deal with this situation and finally had them remove the hardware date …  I actually had to put them on hold and contacted the Rogers dealer to make sure the “HUB” was off.  Was told it was off and hung up with the HO thinking everything was ok.  NOT THE CASE.
  7. December 22, 2009 – by this time I am fuming and ready to give up and cancel my cell phone plans with Rogers.  Having said that I could not cancel because the contract date does not end until September 2010.  If I cancel, I will have to owe them a great amount of money to get off the contract … UUGGGH.  The dealer says the hardware upgrade is removed but I cannot get an iPhone for this account because again, their system reads that I own an iPhone.  How is that possible I ask.  I know what I have and I know what I am paying.  Can they not see in their system that I don’t have a data plan?  OMG these reps were morans.  Geesh.  At the end of the day went home and had a bottle of wine to settle my nerves.
  8. December 23, 2009 – called Rogers again, and finally got to the right person who knows what they are talking about.  She has gone through my plan and I couldn’t believe my ears:
  • I don’t own an iPhone;
  • Hardware was removed but they did not update the system, therefore, dealers were not able to access the “HUB”;
  • had everything reset back to its original contract, end date being September 2010;
  • told me that I can get a refurbished iPhone through them and not through the dealers and without changing my contract to another 3 years.  I settled for the refurbished one which will be Ryan’s Christmas and birthday present.  Still expensive.

Now that is all said and done, do you now believe me that I need a holiday??  If they all do their jobs right, this would not have taken over a month to deal with.  Needless to say, Ryan has an iPhone for Christmas but he won’t get it on Christmas day :0(.  It is being delivered via UPS and he will get it after Christmas.  It is a good thing that I got him a $0.00 gift certificate.  It has a picture with the iPhone on it.  Inside it will read “on its way”.  Santa is late in delivering.

Enough about me and my unsuccessful story.  I wish you and your family a very, very Merry Christmas!  Here is something for you to make over the holiday cheer:


  • Calendar Alphabet & Numbers
    (set of 56; item 111610)
  • Fundamental Phrases
    (set of 24; item 114968)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes
    (set of 24; item 115370)
  • Winter Post
    (set of 7; item 111780)


  • Bordering Blue card stock
  • Sahara Sand card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Not Quite Navy textured card stock
  • Bella Bleu Designer Series paper
  • Bride Specialty paper
  • Newspaper


  • Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • VersaMark pad
  • Platinum shimmer paint

Accessories and Tools

  • Heat & Stick powder
  • Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter
  • Whisper White 5/8″ organza ribbon
  • Button Latte Designer buttons
  • Pewter Build-A-Brad
  • Pretties Kit
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Heat tool
  • Trio Flower punch
  • 1/2″ Circle punch
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Snowflakes #2 Sizzlits die
  • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die
  • Pouch 4 pattern from Pattern Library
  • Pipe cleaners

These instructions are provided as a general guideline only, how you decorate your hat is completely up to you. Go all out!

  1. Stamp snowflake image repeatedly in VersaMark ink on Bride Specialty paper. Cover images with Heat & Stick powder, and heat until images are sticky. Cover images with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, and shake off excess.
  2. Create hat  from stamped and glittered Bride paper using Pouch 4 pattern from Pattern Library.
  3. Freehand cut scallops along edge of Bella Bleu Designer Series paper (12″ x 1-1/2″). Adhere second strip of Bella Bleu paper behind scallops (12″ x 2″), and snip edges to create “grass.” Adhere strips of newspaper behind Bella Bleu paper, and snip edges. Crinkle all snipped edges and fan outward. Using Pouch 4 pattern, trim straight edge of Bella Bleu so that it will curve with bottom edge of hat. Adhere to hat.
  4. Ink bottom edge of hat using VersaMark ink, and cover with Heat & Stick powder. Heat until sticky. Cover with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and shake off excess.
  5. Staple ribbon lengths inside bottom edge of hat.
  6. Snip off top of hat, and adhere more crinkled newspaper and pipe cleaners inside.
  7. Stamp year in Not Quite Navy ink on Whisper White card stock, and punch out using 1/2″ Circle punch. Insert into Pewter Build-A-Brad. Attach to centre of one butterfly. Adhere butterfly to hat.
  8. Decorate hat with shimmer paint, glitter, die-cut butterflies and snowflakes, buttons, Pretties, and punched circles and flowers.
  9. Stamp “Happy new year!” and “Celebrate” in Not Quite Navy ink on Whisper White card stock. Notch ends to create flags, and adhere to hat.