Friday, 21 November 2014

Advent you had a great week ;-)

Hi everyone.  How the dickens are you all?  I hope you have all had a fabulous week.

I see you really liked the Christmas tree from a book, well I am probably going to make some more of those for gifts, so stay tuned on that one :-)

I finally finished my Advent calender.  25 boxes, cut on my Cameo using a file from Birds Cards - thank you, you are so generous to share your free files with everyone.


The little wire tree was a hanging ornament from the Dollar store, I couldn't resist adding it to the calender.


I once again, used a lid off of a gift box, but today I bought some cake circles that I might use for the next tree I make.

I inked all of the edges of all boxes and numbers with CTMH Cranberry.  The papers are from a DCWV stack called Christmas Made!


The ribbon on top of the number 25 is from Michaels Celebrate It ribbon - it was on sale :-)  I made a few loops and joined them together, and then added a sparkly button.  I think I should probably have stitched the button on to the bow - sorry.


All the small boxes are 1.5" square and the big box is 3" square.  Each box holds 4 Hershey's Nuggets quite nicely and the the big box, well that holds the mother-load for Christmas Day :-)


The advent numbers are taken from the Polkadoodles Work & Play 5 Festive Hollybobs collection.



And there you have it, already for December 1st, and we all get a chocolate not just the girls :-)


I am entering this in the following challenges.

Silhouette Challenges - Challenge #19: Advent Calender (closes 30 Nov)

Love to Create Challenge Blog - Challenge #142: Make it for Christmas (closes 23 Nov) #2

DL.ART - Thankful Thursday Challenge #144: Anything Christmas (closes 25 Nov) #2

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

WOYWW #285 - You Guessed It :-)

Hi everyone.

Hope you all are having a great week.  Happy Hump Day.

I thought I would join in again this week at What's On Your Work Day Wednesday #285.


As you can see from the photo, all the boxes are made up and raring to go - you all guessed an Advent calender for the boxes.

However, the trashy novel that was on my desk last week, nobody guessed that one.  You can see it there in the back of the desk - yep that Christmas decoration was the book.  You can see more detail and photo's on this, on yesterdays post - either scroll down or click HERE :-)

I still have to ink up the boxes and add the numbers and then it just is a case of putting it all together, so hope to get that done over the next couple of days.

The tray of "cheese cake squares"  LOL!  OK, they aren't cheese cake squares,  I have been making some little inking squares, with old blocks off rubber stamps.  That is getting ready to finally sort my ink storage out :-)

There's a little pile of things top right, I am sending those in the post soon (have to make a card to go with them) to a crafty friend.

I hope you all have a fabulous week.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

From Trash to Treasure!

Hello everyone.  Last week you may recall me mentioning that I was going to do something with a "trashy" novel!  Some of you thought decoupage of some sort, but I'm afraid no-one came close :-)

I am sharing this post over at She's a Sassy Lady for my little visit each month.

Today I have something a little different to share with you all.  Grab a coffee and stay awhile.

Have you ever wondered what to do with those books you no longer want?


Well, I recently found this great tutorial on You tube to Change a book into a holiday tree.

I just couldn't resist doing this and found the folding quite relaxing.  You need to have a book that has 150 pages or more.  Start off folding the pages.  Here's the first few folded.


The first 50 folded :-)


You keep going to at least 150, don't think you will get much more than that but you can try.


Next I sprayed it with some Tim Holtz Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  Also some Perfect Pearls mist, Heirloom Gold and then I had to add some really fine Glitter glue, to give it a little more sparkle.


Next up, some luxury ribbon, and a lovely star.  The star was from Michaels, there were three and they are called Merry Mini's.  They are meant to be hanging ornaments but I cut off the small link and was able to use it for the top of my tree :-)


Then came the fun part, finishing it off.  I wanted to make it into a table decoration.  I took the lid from a 9" round Christmas gift box and used it as the stand.  I placed the tree on a little lid (just to raise it up a bit) from another small box.  


The tiny little gift boxes were cut with my Silhouette Cameo, using the box from Birds Cards, I sized them in Silhouette Design Studio, so that my finished boxes were 1.5" square, 0.75" square and even as small as 0.5" square. Then added some ribbon to make them look really Christmassy.


The Father Christmas was just a little find at the Dollar Store, he is the perfect size for my little centre piece.


I so enjoyed making this and can see me making more, I might even make some for some gifts.


And there you have it, from "trashy" novel to a Christmas treasure.  What do you think?


I think I will have to make another one, because I would like to see if I could add some miniature Christmas lights to one :-)

I hope to have my Advent Calender, yes you guessed right on that one, completed in the next few days.

I am entering this in the following challenges.

Winter Wonderland - Christmas Decorations (closes 20 Nov)

Crafty Catz - Challenge #255: Christmas is Coming (closes 20 Nov)

DL.ART - Thankful Thursday Challenge #144: Anything Christmas (closes 25 Nov)

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Challenge #285: Anything but a Card (closes 21 Nov)

Love to Create Challenge Blog - Challenge #142: Make it for Christmas (closes 23 Nov)

Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #95: Anything Goes (closes 28 Nov)

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and encouragement, I really do appreciate each and everyone of you.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 17 November 2014

A little sneak peek, or a tease :-)

Hi everyone.

Just popping in to say hello and hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  Been catching up with some house hold chores the last couple of days and then yesterday I spent some time in the craft room to finish up one my latest projects :-)

I wanted to give you a little tease for tomorrows post.


LOL!  It's a book, yep :-)

Oh go on, I will give you another peek.


Hee hee - sorry, only teasing.  You will have to wait until tomorrow to see the full thing.  I am hoping to get some better photo's taken :-)

Hope this is the start to a great week for you all.

Thanks for supporting me and my blog ;-)

Happy crafting.


Friday, 14 November 2014

Resistance is futile ;-)

Hi everyone.  Iiiiitttt's Friday!  I hope you have all had a wonderful week.

I have spent more time in the craft room this week, than I have in a long while, and I am so enjoying myself.

I am working on some Christmas projects that I am sure you will like, when I finish them!  I gave you a little sneak peek the other day.  Some of you guessed correctly that I am working on an Advent calender but none came close as to what I will be using the "trashy" novel for.  I can't wait till it's finished so I can show you :-)

Anyways, back to today.  We have another challenge starting over at Polkadoodles and our theme this fortnight is CAS - Clean and Simple.

I used a snowman off the fabulous Work & Play 5 - Festive Hollybobs Collection.  The sentiment is from A Home for Christmas CD.

I have never made a CAS card - at least I don't think I have LOL!


Now, I have to make Christmas cards for my overseas posting, however, my card has been decoupaged up (I used my Silhouette Cameo and Design Studio) and I found it a little too thick for overseas.  I will give this one locally.


I embossed the back layer with a Darice Snowflakes embossing folder.  The temptation to add some bling to those wonderful snowflakes was terrible, but I did resist!!


Neither could I leave that white alone, so I inked all the edges, after distressing them a little, with CTMH Cranberry ink.

For the inside I placed a little snowman and some snowflakes, using the print and cut feature in Design Studio, and once again inked those edges.


Even with today's creation, I gave in and added some ribbon, but I think it still qualifies as CAS.  See I said "resistance is futile" LOL!


So, how CAS can you go?  Do you find it hard or easy?  

These are the CD's I used today.

** Work & Play Collection 5 FESTIVE HOLLYBOBS Collection

A Home for Christmas CD Collection

You have until Friday, 28 November, noon GMT to enter our Polkadoodles challenge - CAS.

I decided to use my card, or at least the design, for my overseas cards, just didn't decoupage the snowman.  So here are another four :-)


I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra November 2014 (closes 30 Nov)

Bearly-Mine Challenges - November Challenge: Christmas Cards (closes 29 Nov)

3 Girl Jam Challenge - November Challenge: Christmas/Holidays with ribbon (closes 30 Nov)

Christmas Cards All Year Round - November Challenge: No Patterned Paper (closes 29 Nov)

DL.ART - November Linky Challenge (closes 30 Nov)

Little Scrap Pieces - Show it off Saturday Linky Party (closes 15 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.