Wednesday, 26 November 2014

WOYWW #286 - Folding Folding Folding!

Hi everyone.  How is your week going?

I had Shannon of school poorly on Monday, but she is fine now.  However, whilst she was home it meant I had to do the dreaded house work - after all that is what Mommies do whilst they are in school, isn't it ?!! :-)

Guess where I would have been if she hadn't been home?  The craft room of course LOL!

Taking part in What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday? #286.


So, on my desk this week, a folded tree, which I am making into a gift for a friend.  You can see my first one that I made HERE.  Also trying another twist on the folded tree, will show you that once it is done, I am in the middle of folding that one.

Just behind the books are some cake bases, which I am thinking of using as bases for the gifts.  

Top right, my advent calender is all finished from those boxes that you saw last week.  Scroll down to see more or click HERE  for the post.

There's some ribbon and garland, some snow flakes and a couple of little statues to use for the gifts I am making.  My mists are on the left there ready to go and will hopefully get these done over the next few days.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

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 Workdesk 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.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

WOYWW #284 - Crafting, crafting, crafting :-)

Hi everyone.  Happpppy Hump Day :-)

Just wanted to stop in and let you know I have been crafting.  Thought I would share with you what I have on my desk and see if you can guess what I am up to ;-)

Trashy novel there.  Sorry, but if you like trashy novels, this one won't be when I am finished with it ;-)  Lots of little boxes, three made only ...hint... 22 to go !

What do you think the trashy novel will become, and what do you think the boxes will become - two different creations but the same theme :-)

The papers for the boxes are probably a big give away.

Thought I would share this over at What's on Your Work Desk?  Wednesday #284.


A couple of Polkadoodles cards in there for the making too.

There might be a little sneak as to what the book becomes in there too - if you look carefully.

Hope you all have a great day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Monday, 10 November 2014

One of --- those ---- cards ;-)

Hi everyone.  I hope you had a fabulous weekend.

On Saturday, I took the girls to see Big Hero 6, whilst Andy went in to watch Interstellar (too long a film for me, I would have fallen asleep!), Big Hero 6 was a great movie and I have to admit it, but yep, I filled up LOL!

I was pottering around in the craft room yesterday, getting some design stuff done, and I decided to have a play with the new Polkadoodles Work and Play 7, Less Work & More Play.

For my card I decided to use one of the fabulous Design sheets, which include all the elements you need to make up a card.  To make one of - those.... masculine cards :-)


I distressed all the edges and then inked them up with CTMH Pear.  The little fisherman is all decoupaged up too, all from the design sheet.


Nikky's colouring is so fabulous and the fact she shares so much in these CD collections, that you can really make a quick card too.  The images, of course, also come in black and white so that you can colour them up yourself.

I printed off some the backing papers too, to go behind the design elements.

For the inside, I couldn't resist adding the little Gone Fishin' sign, along with some little fish :-)


I added some wonderful ticket sentiments for a birthday.  I love these and they are now a regular in the Polkadoodles collections.


This is the collection I used.

** Work & Play Collection 7 - BONUS EDITION

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - Challenge#11: Anything Goes (closes 30 Nov)

Paper Creator's Crafts - Challenge #32: Anything Goes (closes 21 Nov)

Love to Create Challenge Blog - Challenge #141: Anything Goes (closes 16 Nov)

I hope that you all have a wonderful week.

I will be in the craft room, in between school runs etc :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Recycle It - yes we can!

Hi everyone.  So, did I tease you enough with the empty bottles - hope, you aren't too disappointed with the result.

It's Friday, and inspiration week over at Polkadoodles for our Challenge - Recycle It.

I so had to use these empty bottles!  They used to hold little paper flowers.


After removing all the labels, I then put the bottles in the dishwasher to sterilise them!  And what better way to reuse them, than to fill them with lovely treats.  These will be great stocking fillers for my girls.  Shhhh, don't tell them :-)


I used Design sheets from the fabulous Work and Play 5 - Festive Hollybobs CD collection.  These design sheets are great, as they have all the elements altogether, so things can be put together quickly and easily.

Rudolph as been decoupaged to add some depth.  I did add some sparkle to his nose and bell :-)


I firstly wrapped each bottle with papers from the CD, then added elements from the Design Sheets.

I used my Sakura Gelly roll pen, to add some sparkle to the sleigh and Rudolphs nose.  Difficult to see in the photo though.


I made some little 1.5" rosettes, out of papers from the CD, and added these to the bottle tops, along with some Christmas ribbon around the edges.



Of course I had to add some sparkly ribbon around the necks of the bottles too!



I filled them up with wonderful Christmas crunchy eggs, and some mini fruit candies.


I am so glad I was able to use up these bottles and I'm sure the girls will enjoy their Candy :-)

You have until Friday 14th Nov, noon GMT, to get in your entries.  Doesn't have to be Christmas, just recycle something.  Could be ribbon off a package, sweet wrappers or something you have had laying around for a while just waiting for the right crafty project.

This is the collection I used.

** Work & Play Collection 5 FESTIVE HOLLYBOBS Collection

I am entering these in the following challenges.

3 Girl Jam - Challenge Nov 2014: Christmas/Holidays with Ribbon (closes 30 Nov)

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge extra - Nov 2014: Always Anything Goes (closes 30 Nov)

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Nov 2014: It's All about Christmas (closes 5 Dec)

Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #94: Getting Ready for Christmas (closes 13 Nov)

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

Little Scrap Pieces Show it off Saturday Linky party - Anything Goes (closes 8 Nov)

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #28: Anything Goes (closes 30 Nov)

Sisters of Craft - November Anything Goes Challenge (closes 30 Nov)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A little sneak peek!

Just a quick stop in today, and checking that you are all doing well.

I will have something to share with you on Friday. This is what things look like before, I know not much of sneak peek, but that's all you are getting :-)


Yep, finally getting around to using those empty flower bottles.

I will admit now, that the next few weeks of posting are probably going to be Christmas related, after all, there are only 48 days until the Big Day!

I have to get some cards made for overseas posting and already have a few ideas in mind.  Also some special cards need to be made too.  

I even have a few Christmas decoration ideas to get done as well.

So, bear with me, I will have things to share.  I have been doing a little designing and collating my ideas so that I can get crafting.

Hope you all have had a great week so far.  Pop back on Friday, to see how I used these bottles.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Returning to normality and .......

Hubby is home :-)

Hi everyone.  Hello out there, I hope that you are all well and had a fabulous Halloween.

My apologies once again, for not being around much, but for those of you that follow my blog regularly, you will know that Andy arrived back home for good on the 24 October.  He start's his new contract on Monday :-)

We have had a fabulous week and have accomplished much.  We had a lot of catching up to do on some much needed sorting and things that we had put off for the past 2 years.  New furniture for our bedroom, including some fabulous Ikea PAX wardrobes - which we managed to put together and we are still talking to each other LOL!

I also have not been totally idol on the crafting side, however, maybe a little bit different.  Emily is the only one dressing up for Halloween this year as she is going to a party at friends.  She is very much into the games Legend of Zelda, you may have to ask you kids about this one LOL!  She wanted to see if I could make her a costume for her to dress up as Link.

Anyways, she was really pleased with how it turned out.  I made the green tunic and the hat, we used a polar neck sweater for under the tunic, along with some cream winter leggings.  Luckily had an old pair of Shannon's boot's that now fitted Emily and worked well with the outfit.


The highlight in Emily's hair is real, she had it done back in the summer :-)


Of course she had to have the Master Sword, unfortunately we ran out of time to make the Hylian Shield :-)


We made the sword out of foam board, and used acrylic paints and electrical tape for the handle. The things us crafter's will do for our kids eh!  


And ready to take on the Dark Link at any time :-)  Again check with your kids LOL!

I am also in the middle of sorting out my ink storage again - and Andy kindly put up some lights in the top of my storage cabinet where my inks are kept - it looks so much better and will be even better once the storage is done.  Also re-purposing some old stamp blocks into inking blocks, so will show you all this when I am finished.

Thanks again for continuing to support me and my blog, for the fabulous comments and support you have shown me and the laughter and virtual hugs when I needed them most.

Will be back up to speed with you all soon and back to crafting too :-)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting.

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