Friday, 30 November 2012

Final preparations for the 2012 December Daily

 Well it is the first of December tomorrow!! I thought I had better get ready!! I switched my album, to a Studio Calico handbook, as I was worried the Martha Stewart one would not be big enough!! I prepped the plain chipboard with Heidi Swapp  Colour shine in a mint and teal, it covers beautifully!
I wanted the 'Today' on the front cover to stand out more so I outlined it carefully in White Sakura gel pen. 
I wanted the title to be in one locating and have lots of layers, but not be too proud so it catches on everything, so I came up with this
If I hold it to the light you can see the shine! I added some Blizzard Mister Huey here and there too!
All ready to go in time for the December Daily to start tomorrow!!! TFLx

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Christmas Countdown 2012 Project 24 - Subway wall art

This art form crops up all the time on Pinterest and I liked this version for Christmas I saw on a cushion. I decided to make it as wall art, to frame.
Difficult to photograph behind glass!! I made this using a selection of fonts and my Silhouette software, using just the print option not the cut, but I am sure you could make a similar thing in word.
Using the original inspiration, I selected words and typed them in my favourite fonts. I added a few more of my own phrases too. I then converted the outline of each font to the colour I wanted and made it a no cut line. I filled in some words with colour and left some blank. This is a project which you could alter to suit your own taste. I printed out on white presentation paper, but you could print out on scrapbook patterned paper cut to A4, just think what colours of type will show up. If you had a shadow box frame you could add 3D embellishments to the picture for depth, I think I may do that. A quick and easy project to print off and give, but it does take time to compose and alter all the fonts and select all the colours to outline and fill!
With this last project in the 2012 countdown completed, it just remains for me to say, Happy Christmas to you all and happy crafting, until next year.........goodnight!
P.S. Please stay around to share in my crafty bloggings!! I am a persistent blogger!!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas Countdown 2012 Project 23 - Noel card

This 3D, Silhouette cut, card could be used just as a decoration, but because it will fold flat, I might send a few as cards. I got the inspiration from a card my sister was sent a few years ago. I save old cards that have good ideas!!
For this card, you need to write the word you want in a font you want on your Silhouette and then weld the letters together, or you could freehand draw your letters and scan them in the computer and trace them using the trace tool. 
Think of the nesting shapes you want to have inside one of the letters.
Make your cutting mat line up your word across the top and your two nesting shapes across the bottom in different colours.
This was my card and I scored it in two places to make three equal parts.
There is a notch to cut out in each of your nesting shapes so that they will link together, a tiny u shape one in the red and green shape and the opposite way up in the white background, you may have to jiggle these slightly to get them to fit inside each other and lay flat.  Then fix the coloured shapes inside the white background and your card is done!
I left this card until the end of the countdown so that the other projects might make you more familiar with your Silhouette. You could hand cut this if you don't have one.
Join me tomorrow for the last project in my Christmas Countdown. Another 24 projects have gone whizzing by!! I can't believe it!
For this year's give away, I am going to give my cut file for this card or the nativity I showed yesterday. If you would like to be entered in the draw, please leave a comment below this post. If you don't have a Silhouette, I will send you an actual card, that you could trace and cut by hand with your craft knife, to make more. Good luck and happy crafting! x
P.S I also cut this card on my Cameo for Iris folding!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Christmas Countdown 2012 Project 22 - Nativity Pop Up

You will need:
1 sheet of 12 x 12 card stock wood grain
1 sheet of 12 x 12 Kraft card stock
1 sheet of 12 x 12 Bazill card stock for backing
Thick card stock to make a box for the cover
Embroidery floss
1 brad
Wood veneer stars
Star punches
Nativity outline shapes cut from a ding bat font

1. Cut the wood grain 12 x 12 sheet into 3 strips of 4 inches wide, concertina fold each into 3 and join along the short sides to make one long strip that will concertina fold to a 4 x 4 size.
2. Cut out the ding bat shapes in Kraft card stock

Arrange along the length of the card stock strip carefully, being sure no piece sticks out over a fold. To add dimension to some elements, create pop ups by cutting a slit and pressing the fold in the opposite direction.
3. I wanted to create dimension by having the angel move up above the stable using a curved slit and a brad.
I also made the start slide up and down by creating a holder for it from some scrap card on the back.
I also cut a window shape out in the back of the stable and glued some black card stock misted with iridescent shine. Add some veneer stars and punched stars to the background.
4. Back the whole display with some card stock.
5. To make the box, I used some embroidery card and stitched a star on the front before assembling.

I made the box slightly bigger than the closed nativity scene after completion, so I knew it would fit.
Use strong tape to fasten the box together.
You can make this as simple or as complicated as you like. I welded some shapes together to create a town scape and made the stable to a size that would also fit in the scene and fold outwards. I added extra layers for some characters to sit in front of others, but you can make it how you wish.
I am really pleased with how it came out and low the subtle colour scheme!
Join me again tomorrow for another Christmas countdown project idea. Why not follow my blog and then you wont miss out on a single project!! TFLx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Christmas Countdown 2012 Project 21 - Bird Feeders

These simple bird feeders from midwestlivingcom are something I am thinking of making for my Mum and dad who like to feed the birds in winter, they seem simple enough. I will make them nearer the time. Lot's of wooden craft shapes here for the base (check out the twine whilst you're there! No connection by the way.)
I like this idea from Pinterest too
A nice recycled jar with some wild bird food and you could decorate it however you want!
This one is great from alphamom, with good instructions.
and I love this idea from the natural wedding company

and who'd have thought the birds like Cheerios! Stephanie did!
Join me again tomorrow for another Christmas countdown project idea. Why not follow my blog and then you wont miss out on a single project!! TFLx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Christmas Countdown 2012 Project 20 - Wine bottle collar

My brother in law likes wine and cheese and I was thinking of a novel way to give him this for Christmas. Sometimes I have bought him cheeses from the food festival locally and I always want to make sure the cheese is cold, so I came up with this idea!
You will need:
The two files I am supplying for the Silhouette below, but drop me a comment if you would like the templates in word form to hand cut
Wine bottle collar labels print and cut file here cut from A4 patterned paper
Wine bottle collar cut file here cut from 12 x 12 card

1. Print and cut out the files and and glue the paper cut outs to the card as in this photograph.

2. Lay one piece of template inside the other with the greeting on the outside. Fold in the side flaps and trap before folding the two looped ends towards each other, no gluing necessary.
Thread over the neck of a wine bottle. Then decorate the front however you want and tuck the triangular cheese label inside.
This can go under the tree and the cheese in the fridge for safety, particularly if you have a dog like me!!! Lol!!
Other ideas from the internet you could try too are bags of savoury crackers
A hand stamped fabric bottle bag
 A gift basket of wine cheese crackers and chutney
 Or tie a nice gift bag of cheeses together.
Hope these give you some ideas for chaps that can be tricky to buy for!
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Monday, 19 November 2012

Christmas Countdown 2012 Project 19 - Reindeer gift bag

This was another idea I saw on Pinterest. Here is my version.
You will need:
Paper lunch bags
Scraps of white and brown card for eyes
Two tiny circle punches of different sizes for the eyes
A large shiny red button for the nose
Tiny Attacher
Studio Antler file I have shared here
Brown card stock for Antlers

1. Cut the top of the paper bag into a curved shape for the reindeer's nose.
2. Press the side gussets out sideways, so that they become the ears.
3. Fold the paper bag and crease along the line of the top of the ears.
4. Cut out the eyes with the two small circle punches and glue in place.
5. Cut out the antlers using your Silhouette Cameo or by hand. Staple in place with your tiny attacher, once the bag has been filled with its contents, these staples hold the bag closed through both layers.
6. Glue on the button nose, or stitch if you prefer. These are quick and easy if you can find the paper lunch bags!
Other brown paper bag gift ideas from the net are; paper stockings here
stitch these from brown paper, or
more grown up paper gift bags, closed with a brad.
Join me again tomorrow for another Christmas countdown project idea. Why not follow my blog and then you wont miss out on a single project!! TFLx