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.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
We don't want Uncle Freddy getting the hankies and perfume meant for Nanna do we!!!
Creating home made tags takes next to no time & adds that personal touch to your gift giving.
I feel like I really cheated with these - because they were so easy using the Fancy Pants Traditions Tags and Titles.
Sporting a bit of a hangover thanks to a 40th birthday party last night, I made these 5 tags this morning.
I used coordinating 4 x 6 inch paper scraps for the base of each gift tag.
For the 1st tag I used some coordinating Fancy Pants Tradition - Stars & Holly paper as the base.
A strip of red & white polka dot paper through the middle topped with the Merry Christmas Tag.
Finished off with a green ribbon bow.
For the 2nd tag I used some red & cream paper as the base and corner rounded the edges.
I then matted the Christmas Wishes tag on corrogated cardstock & attached to the base.
A red semi-circle was glued above the Christmas Wishes title with a Christmas tree brad in the middle of it.
Finished off by stapling red leather strips to the top and bottom.
Using green & white polka dot paper for the base - the edges were inked in umber.
Snowflake tag was matted onto red paper and adhered to base.
Using a brown pen stitching was drawn around the snowflake tag.
Snowflake brad was put through the centre of the snowflake.
Finished off by punching 3 holes down the side with green ribbon threaded through.
Coordinating Fancy Pants Tradition Stripe & Scallop paper was used as the base.
Peace Love Joy title was matted on red paper & then adhered to base.
Finished off by punching 2 holes on the side and tying a blue bow through the holes.
Blue paper was used as base.
Used Fiskars threading water punch on a scrap of white cardstock and stuck it to the lower half of the base.
A left over scrap of Tradition Stripe & Scallop paper was adhered to the upper half of the base.
Rectangle flourish tag was stuck on top.
Finished off with green paper twine wrapped around the top which was stapled at either end to secure it in place.
This year my friends and family will receive presents wrapped in brown paper & strung with twine and one of these gift tags.
Much nicer than the shop bought ones don't you think.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Instructions For Gift Bag No: 2
1: Spray the front and back of the bag with green glimmer mist.
2: Cut a piece of pomegranite cardstock 2 1/2" x 6 1/4".
3: Cut a piece of the fabric wrap ( music, baloon & roses) 6 1/2"long, stick this to the pomegranite cardstock piece, then adhere the edges to the back of the cardstock. Stick this piece the bottom section of the bag.
4: Cut a piece of pomegranite cardstock 1 1/2" x 6 1/2", punch through the floral vine punch, the stick underneath the fabric. Trim off any excess cardstock with your scissors.
5: Cut a piece of the red script fabric & stick on the top of the punched cardstock.
Instructions For The Card:
1: Cut a piece of pomegranite cardstock 4" x 8", & fold in half to form the card.
2: Adhere a journaling card to the front of the card.
3: Stamp Merry Christmas with black ink onto the journaling card.
4: Remove the white organza flower from the boquet, cut off the back long stem piece, then stick with strong adhesive to the top left hand corner of the card.
5: Place a red rhinestone in the centre of the flower.