Thursday, 12 January 2017

Scrapbooking #14

It's been a while since I did a bit of scrapbooking so it was fun to pick it up again. I'm still working with my last batch of print photos from a film which is why this photo is from May 2015. 

The photo is from my friend's wedding and I used the invitations as a starting point for the page. I removed the ribbon and peeled off the lacy paper to use, and chose papers that would match these colours. I used the little name and date tag that came on the invitation to label the page.

The invitations also came with a jeweled decoration which I used with a flower sticker I had in a matching colour.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

My Christmas Video

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. I had a great time seeing lots of family and friends. The only thing I asked for was some digital kitchen scales which shows how much of an adult I've become.
Here's my video of all the Christmastivities I got up to including; ice skating, my friend's winter wedding, a few trips to look at Christmas decorations, family gatherings and Christmas Day itself. Enjoy!

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Handmade Christmas Cards

Over the years I've aquired quite a lot of decorative bits; papers, ribbons, things pulled off old Christmas cards etc. So I thought I would use a few of them and make a few last minute Christmas cards.

The main part of this card, the bauble in the middle, was taken off of an old Christmas card, bow included. I then found paper and card that matched the colours to make the squares behind it. I put a scrap piece of gold ribbon behind and added the Happy Christmas, which I have on a sticker sheet.

I've got a whole pack of blank red folded cards which are perfect for Christmas cards. I added some poinsetta scrapbook paper to the lower half and some gold ribbon with a bow to the middle. The plastic gold angel, which I've placed on a paper circle, is another item I got off an old Christmas card.

 This card took the longest but I'm really pleased with how it turned out. First I had so pick out all the red sequins from various packs, arrange them in a tree shape and then stick them all down. I was watching CMAs Country Christmas at the same time which made the task less monotonous.

Do you like making Christmas cards? Are you someone who saves bits from old cards for later use?

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Painted Baubles

I started painting baubles when I was at uni and every couple of years I add a new bunch to my stock. They're a good item to have on my craft stalls as they draw people's attention. They usually can't believe that I painted them.

I usually work on at lest two baubles at a time so a layer of paint can be drying on one while I work on the other. I pop on a podcast (usually This American Life) and flick between the internet tabs I have open of images found by googling something like 'winter scene'.

I use acrylic paint on plastic baubles. I've found matt, silver ones are best as they're the closest to a white blank canvas, and the paint sticks better to matt plastic rather than shiny.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

This Week I...

 ...was a bridesmaid for my best friend Lizzi! It was so lovely to spend the morning with the girls having our hair and make up done. We all looked so pretty!

Lizzi and Lewis did a great job with their decorations for a winter wedding. How cute are the light up Mr & Mrs? And that cake was delicious. Chocolate, carrot, and red velvet!

My boyfriend scrubbed up pretty well and impressed everyone with his moves on the dancefloor. Seriously, I think he's got himself a fan club.

How was your week?

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Santa Belt Sweet Pot

This quick Christmas gift craft starts with a cardboard ice cream tub.

My Mum crocheted around the pot using red wool. Nice and festive.

To make Santa's belt I cut a long strip of black felt that went all the way around the pot. For the belt buckle I cut a square of orangey/brown felt with two slits in that the black felt could pass through.

The belt could be sewn to the pot but to make things easy I just glued it on using UHU glue.

Then to make the pot into a little gift I added a handle of sweets wrapped in cellophane.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Home Made Advent Calendar

I've always wanted to make an advent calendar and pick out 24 little gifts to fill it. As this is the first Christmas living with my boyfriend he got to be the lucky recipient. Though it turns out finding 24 little gifts for a boy, that isn't just chocolate, is pretty tricky.

I went through several different options for making the calendar. I thought about hanging little packages on a string, using brown envelopes, stacking matchboxes. In the end I went with cereal variety boxes, which I found for £1 for a pack of 8.

I emptied the boxes (rice krispie cakes anyone?) and cut off the flaps from one end. I stuck the boxes together using a glue gun. Once all 24 boxes were in place I stuck card to the sides to hide the packaging.

I also thought through a few different versions for the windows on the calendar, but settled on simple card flaps that I glued to the bottom of each box. I used two different colours; maroon with a snowflake pattern and a shimmery pale gold. Completely coincidentally these colours matched the decorations my boyfriend has for his Christmas tree. 

I printed out the numbers on to stickers and used my circle paper punch to cut them out.

Then all I needed to do was fill the boxes, stick on the numbers and close the windows which had to be done by dabbing on a few spots of PVA glue on the edge of the boxes and holding down the card until it dried. Which was done on November 30th. I finished it just in time!

I won't show you what I put inside the boxes in case my boyfriend reads this, but I can tell you that so far he's received; tea bags, chocolate coins, a small pencil with a fun rubber, a Barney bear cake, a pencil sharpener that looks like a nose and a pair of Christmas pants which he wore that day.

If the calendar stays in one piece we're planning to use it again next year with him filling half the boxes for me and me filling the other half for him.