Sunday, December 12, 2010
We hope you have enjoyed all of the projects.
I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of the store bought Christmas Cracker / Bon Bon.
I don't like the tissue paper hats, the jokes are not funny and the toys are rubbish.
So, the 12th Day project is to make your own Christmas Crackers / Bon Bons.
Today we are going to be turning this:
Cracker snaps (bought at Spotlight)
Jokes (Google can help you here)
Scraps of Christmas Paper / Ribbon / Fabric.
Step 1: put the snap into the toilet roll. I very lightly taped them into place so they can still be pulled & snap.
Step 2: fill the roll with whatever goodies you like. I typed up some jokes that I found on the internet and wrapped these around my favourite chocolate - Lindt balls - yummo....
Step 3: roll up in brown paper & tie the ends with twine. I then used my pinking shears and trimmed the edges.
Step 4: Decorate with paper / ribbons / stamps / whatever scraps to have
That's it - all done!!! (And not a tissue paper hat in sight to ruin your hair!)
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
How about creating a layout ready for those precious Chrissy photos.
Layout Chrissy Magic.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Banners seem to be all the rage at the moment - they are everywhere - so I decided to do a Christmas banner for the 9th Day - the link being 9 letters in Christmas.
Each of the triangles is a page from the Making Memories calico album. These already came with eyelets in the top corners - perfect - no punching required!
At one of my last trips to Spotlight I spotted some coloured hessian which I though would go great in a few Christmas projects - so for this project I cut red and green triangles of hessian and sewed them onto each of the calico pages.
I did this for 9 flags.
I then cut thin strips of fabric and tied the flags together
I cut the C H R I S T M A S letters 3 inches tall using my Slice. (Now don't fall over in shock that I actually used the Slice - I have had it for years & reckon I have used it maybe 6 times in total - how embarrassing!)
I glued the letters onto the flags and decorated the letters with a bit of bling.
and then that's it - ready to hang
If you are not into fabric and prefer paper - this project can easily be adapted to suit your preference.
I hope you have enjoyed the 9th Day project.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Well... it's not 8 Lords a Leaping... I have made an 8 page 8 x 8 inch album using a mix of different media.
As this album is about our family Christmas in 2010, I have made the pages but will wait until I have the photos from Christmas Day before I decorate them. So the pages are looking a bit plain jane at the moment but I'm sure you get the idea.
Page 1 is the front cover which is chipboard covered in Fabric
I covered one side of the chipboard in heavy duty glue (Pritt Power Gel) and stuck it to the reverse side of the material. I then folded & glued the edges in.
Page 2 is a piece of 8 * 12 inch Fancy Pants Tradition paper, one side of which was folded in to make an 8 x 8 square page with a flap / pocket on one side. The top and bottom edges were decorated using threading water punch.
Page 3 is a paper bag which has the opening on the side. I have cut a semi circle into the bag opening and inside the bag I am going to put the kids letters to Santa.
Page 4 - is an 8 x 8 inch piece of Fancy Pants Tradition patterned paper
Page 5 is a Fancy Pants Tradition flocked transparency.
Page 6 is a piece of green felt
Page 7 Page 2 is a piece of 8 * 12 inch Fancy Pants Tradition paper, one side of which was folded in to make an 8 x 8 square page with a flap / pocket on one side.
Page 8 is the back cover - I have left it undecorated to show you the fabric cover folded over & glued
The pages were really quick and easy to make and once complete, it will be nice to have an album specifically about Christmas.
I have punched holes in the pages & used a couple of split rings - but you could use ribbon / twine if you want to bind the album together.
I really enjoyed creating this album & I hope you have a go at making a Christmas 2010 album too!
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
OMG, I could make one for much less. So here it is – a 7 frame photo wall hanging for day 7 – for under $20!
Remove packing and glass from frames and lay them on a desk. Move them around until you are happy with the design/layout. It helps if you have a few long edges next to each other. I couldn’t find any oval frames, so mine is all square!
Lightly sand all the wood, it helps make the paint stick.
Paint each frame in a light colour, leaving some of the dark paint showing through. You can do a few colours if you want. You can also sand them once the paint is dry to get an aged look, or do a coat of crackle median before painting if you want.
Stick them together with really strong glue and I used clamps too. This takes a while to dry, so best to leave overnight. I’ve also used the hanging wires (yah for a K-mart photo hanging kit) to help strengthen the joints between the frames.
Step Five (optional):
Decorate and fill. I've used some Prima flowers, chipboard letters, Kaisercraft wooden flourish and Xmas ribbon.
Monday, December 06, 2010
To get started you need to grab:
- Chrissy papers (4 sheets of double sided to match your decorations/table scape)
- Punches (borders and shapes)
- Crochet doily
- Dymo labeller
- Chose a diecut that will suit, in my case I have used the gorgeous Top Note from Stampin Up - such a versatile die cut. Remembering I wanted to keep this simple.. you could just cut a square 4.5" x 3.5".
- Fold in half (I used a bone scorer to give me a crisp folded edge).
- I just love this idea and what better way to introduce the very popular paper doily or benders as the catering bods call them. I was just lucky enough to have hot pink ones in my stash (gotta luv those Hot Dollar Shops I frequent).
- Wrap your doily around your cutlery and fix in place.
- Cut a length off your 12" x 12" paper - approximately 1" wide and wrap it around the doily - finish this by leaving a tail to the left and cutting on the diagonal.