Monday, 30 December 2013

Catching up with my ideas

Today has been a very lazy day for me, I haven't even got dressed. Instead I've abandoned everything to bring to life an idea that has been kicking round in my head. I really love the Lili of the Valley nativity scene stamps, they are so very cute.
I wanted to create a nativity scene using the stamps, as all of them have a sheet for a background I decided to make them their own 'theatre'. It has taken me all day to make it and light it up but thank goodness it worked out just fine. You know what its like when you start something you've imagined and then it just doesn't work. I'm entering thins into this months LOTV Challenge which is to create anything but a card.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

From my house to yours

I hope everybody is spending their Christmas just as they want to. I am full of Christmas dinner and desserts so now need to nap before Downton Abbey comes on TV. Before I do I wanted to show you the little configuration house I made last week. I was invited to my friend Carolines along with 4 other crafty ladies. Up until then I hadn't felt very Christmassy, yes I'd done the decorations and sent the cards out but it still didn't feel like it. Until our crafty day. Caroline gave each of us a house box that had been left over from a previous Scrapstars retreat, we were then left to our own devices to do what we wanted.
For a couple of weeks we had all been raiding our Christmas ornaments and the local pound shops and on the day we had a mountain of goodies on the table. We also all took food along for our lunch. It was one of the most relaxing and nicest days that completely turned Christmas around for me. Here was my house
The box had to be painted first, I was a bit adventurous painting it green but then the facing edge I painted in gold. Nobody was more surprised than me when it didn't smudge or run at all. I had taken the nutcracker soldier from my tree because for some reason, and I don't know why but I always think of Christmas when I see these soldiers. Each 'room' then needed a pit of paper at the back to add some interest.
He didn't need anything doing to him apart from cutting the string from his head.
At the top of the house I put some winter flora and fauna, poinsettia, mistletoe, berry branches and an acorn. I have just remembered I had holly to go in here as well but had forgotten to put it in. That's the beauty of this project you can keep tweaking it until its perfect.
I then wanted to do a 'room' about snow, although we haven't had any for Christmas this year the association is still there.
Below that I put a little light, its a battery operated snow ball light and I made a wrap for it using a Tim Holtz on the edge die. This represents all the greetings that go from house to house. I saw something like this on Pinterest and knew I had to use it in my house.
On the ground floor we had  a bell with a big satin ribbon, Santa has them on his sleigh
then the big man himself, it wouldn't be the same without him
then the last 'room' in the box was filled with presents. These took me ages to make, I wanted them to fill the space but Oh my goodness what do you wrap? So I made the boxes then wrapped them.
That left me with a problem, where did the Christmas Tree go? So I built an extension to house it.
On the outside the roof as covered with felt and so that Santa knows where to land his sleigh, I put a string of lights under the felt. These were a real bargain Poundland had them and they are battery operated, I loved them.
So there you are a tour of my Christmas house

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas Project

UKScrappers are hosting a project a day for Christmas.
 Rememeber you have to do the following to be in with a chance of winning a prize:
  1. Visit the UKS Home Page every morning to see that days project click the link to get the tutorial.
  2. Comment on each of the blogs ). Remember to leave your UKS username. If the project is not on a blog you are allowed a free pass on that one.
  3. Then comment on the UKS thread after the 23rd of December. We will compare the commenters in the UKS thread to the blog comments after the 25th and the prize winner will be announced on New Year's Eve.
Today is my turn and I have a Christmas ornament for you to make. I was inspired by a project I found on Pinterest a lady called Brenda has loads of ideas of how to make projects out of Hershey's kisses. I am not claiming this as my own idea but I took her tutorial to make a star and turned it into a tree ornament. Go check out her blog for other great ideas using Hersheys kisses.
For the ornament you will need
  • 1 sheet of double sided patterned paper or thin card stock
  • 6" piece of thread or thin ribbon
  • Sticky tape
  • Score board or scoring tools
  • Hersheys kisses - you will need 6 for each star and extras as a treat while you are making them
 From the piece of patterned paper or card stock Cut the following:
  •  1 piece at 7¾"x 1"
  • 1 piece at 9" x 1"
  • 1 piece at 5" x 3"
  • 2 pieces at 11" x 1"
 To make the star:  
  1. On the 7¾"x 1" strip score at ⅜", 3½" and 5⅝".  
  2. On the same strip make ½" long score marks at 1⅜", 2 ½", 4 ½" and 6¾". At the 5⅝" score mark, make a ½” pencil line. This mark is already scored; you will also be making a slit on this fold. 
  3. Cut each of the ½" marks to create tiny slits. Put a piece of sticky strip on the ⅜" tab.
  4.   Fold the strip along the score lines. Bring the ends together to form a triangle and stick together. Lay on the table with the slots facing upwards.
  5.   Take the 9" x 1" strip of paper and on the long side, score at 3/8", 13/8", 4½", 7⅝" and 8⅝".
  6.  Make ½" long marks at 2⅜", 3½", 5½"and 6⅝. At ⅜" and 8⅝" make a ½" pencil line. This mark is already scored; you will also be making a slit on this fold.
  7. Fold the strip along the score lines.
  8. Place the triangle from step 4 exactly as it was shown in that photo. Now take the second folded strip and interlock the slots. 
   
9. Fold the right leg of the strip and interlock it with the bottom slot on the triangle. Next fold the tab end of the left leg of the strip as shown, bend the left leg so that it interlocks with the same slot that the right leg was inserted into.
 
10. Pierce a hole in the centre of one of the outside points, this will be the top of your star.
11. Take the piece of thread or thin ribbon and thread it through the hole, forming a loop. Tape the ends of the thread/ribbon on the inside of the point. 12. Take the 5" x 3" piece of paper stock, score at 1" and 2" on the 3" side.
13. Cut into five 1" x 3" inch strips.
14. Fold these strips into triangles.  
 
15. Fit the triangles into the points of the star. 
16. Fill the triangles with  Hershey’s kisses into the points of the star. 
17. Take one of the 11" x 1" strips. Score at 1", 2", 3", 4", 5" and 6" marks.
18.  Fold the strip on the score lines and roll up the rest of the strip.
 
 19. Insert this strip in the centre of the star.
20. Take the second 11” x 1” strip of paper. Score at 1", 2", 3" and 4".
21. Fold the strip along the score lines forming a triangle. Roll the rest of the strip around the triangle. Push the triangle into the centre of the star and inside the previously rolled strip.
 
22. Push a Hersheys kiss into the centre of the triangle.
23. Hang on the tree and enjoy.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Make it for Christmas


UKScrappers are hosting a project a day for Christmas. I'm sure you will agree there have been some fabulous ideas so far.
 Remember you have to do the following to be in with a chance of winning a prize:
  1. Visit the UKS Home Page every morning to see that days project click the link to get the tutorial.
  2. Comment on each of the blogs ). Remember to leave your UKS username. If the project is not on a blog you are allowed a free pass on that one.
  3. Then comment on the UKS thread after the 23rd of December. We will compare the commenters in the UKS thread to the blog comments after the 25th and the prize winner will be announced on New Year's Eve.
Today is my turn and I have a Christmas ornament for you to make.This one is great for the kids to make and can also be used as a present tag, just write your greeting on the back with a Sharpie.

You will need:
air dry clay 
stamp of your choice
shaped cookie cutter
rolling pin 
fine sand paper
acrylic paint
ribbon

To Make:
1. Roll out the clay to about 4mm thickness
 
2. Push the rubber stamp into the clay
 
 3. Use the cookie cutter to cut the shape of the ornament. I chose to cut out mine so that half of the shape had the debossed image. I just think it makes it a bit more interesting.
  4. Make a hole at the top of the ornament, this needs to be done while the clay is still wet. I used the top off a pen to make my holes.

5. Leave overnight to dry out, make sure it has dried out completely. Smooth any rough edges with a fine sand paper.
Give it a couple of coats of paint, I used a pearl white acrylic. When the paint is dry, thread ribbon through the hole and hang on the tree for everybody to admire.
  
You can use plenty of different shapes here is another version I have made, This one was painted gold and decorated with bells and twine.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Delayed Scrap Whispers

Oops I forgot to post the layout I made for the last Scrap Whispers challenge, its almost time for the end of the new challenge and I only just realised.
This was passed to me by Rosey
 and this was my take on it
the full reveal is here, its really interesting to see how everybody interprets the previous lift. The next challenge has been completed by me and is on its journey around the other lifters.Only a couple of weeks until it is revealed.