Thursday, 26 November 2015

Frosty Festivities - Christmas Elf.....

Oh what fun!

Isnt this little Christmas Elf just gorgeous!!
Its part of

And Jennifer Grace has this fabulous template and instructions to follow
Christmas Elf Cute Felt Onament Template and Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates
Except I wanted it to be more than an ornament, so I tinkered a little and made it a 'stand-alone'!
The reason being - I made this fabulous Santa last year for the same blog event and it seemed fitting to have a mate! Though the Santa will be bigger.  (Would have loved to have photographed them together but 'Santa' is still put away with decorations)
I also enlarged the template of the elf a little too....

I got to this stage when I had a thought to make it more 3D
I also moved the sleeves out a bit, and cut two extra of them for the back part
Cut out a little gusset just by sort of measuring it might fit (and did!)

And broke off a skewer and propped it through the middle to the top of the hat
 (just in case it goes floppy)
And also padded the insides with some scrap felt

Gusset sewn in... truly simple as!

 And a little bag of rice for the bottom
(learned this from the Santa instructions last year!)

 And here she is!
Just love the hand-sewn effect on this... nothing too neat and tidy!
haha... she actually looks like she has a shawl on rather than sleeves!

You can join in the

Monday, 23 November 2015

Let's December Daily, Our Beautiful World, Frosty Festivities
I've shown how my pages have come together in readiness for December 1st... here's a bit of a peek...
Head on over to see how the pages look with the black denim fabric binding :)
You can find it HERE
Don't forget you can also link up your December Daily progress too!
The theme is
'Vintage November'
We had a wonderful stay at the most rustic old home,
and among its charms was this old wooden shoe fitter...
You can find the photography challenge HERE
Just have this little page (jumping all over the place with my dates in my 2008 Dec Daily)
But couldn't go past this beautiful photo of my Cosmo (passed away now)  and 
 were perfect for here.... 

And this worked here too..
Add tiny beads to a snowflake or a star
You can just make out my little beads on some diecut snowflakes.

You can find the challenges here

Friday, 20 November 2015

Paint Party Friday.. & Frosty Festivities Blog Event

Paint Party Friday...Week 37
Quite haven't finished this little linocut,
 and probably will paint/print some Christmas cards with it once its finished with some more detail.   I absolutely love tactile arty things.

You'll find it HERE
Paint Party Friday


A couple more inspirations projects

The first one is
So bring on the glitter paper!!!
Oh my, I've been wanting to do one of these for ages!
except I only have an 8x8 paper pad cos I used up my 6x6 glitter one, but that's okay
picked out these colours... isn't that blue gorgeous!

And with a glass bauble and an inch punch, punched out a heap of circles

Glue a half the circle....

Start at the bottom and work the way up to the top of the bauble.

And tie with a ribbon!


Next for the inspiration suggestion was....
Weeeell, I've had these little star brads for so long ...
and stars can be ornaments... so each star, held up a picture... Its a simple page :)
Got to love those!
2008 December Daily page..

 Look at this little lodger....
That's my husbands chimney scraper (to get rid of soot) and had placed it up in the eaves of the carport.... low and behold, this little bird thought it would be lovely to have an apartment built in high-rise style!  WAY cute!
 Did you spot the babies!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Frosty Festivities....

I've completed a few more FROSTY FESTIVITES inspired challenges...

And what I love about this is that these are things I would never even think of trying..
or haven't done in a loooooong time.....
so its so great to step out of the norm!
One of the inspirational suggestions is to:
I was looking for some penguin inspiration online (because penguins really weren't something I'd thought about or shown interest in scrapping) and came across a REALLY interesting site...(which is too fabulous not to share!) and as a result..... here's my end result!
He is a very cute little fellow! 
Once made up.... I added some gems.
Its a little box!
And sooooo easy to cut out fold and put together!
I printed it out on white cardstock
  There are other wonderful characters there too...
If you have children, or want to give a little gift - this would be lovely on the Christmas table for them filled with smarties or M&M's or a little play toy.
This is the SITE 
 And check out  over on the right side of the site for the other fabby little boxes!  (look at the bat, Grinch and reindeer among others!)
Now..... I would NEVER have found this had I not gone looking for Penguin inspiration!
Soooo, looking at the inspiration suggestions again.. I went with these:
I loved my last little Christmas tree card (made for the hop) so much... I had another go at another one... but this time, I've tweeked it a little...
Here's my last one
You can find the template here
And here's the one I've played with a bit, not as many branches
(is that what it would be called? Jutty out bits)
And jagged along the bottom .  I've also coloured the 'tree trunk' black.
But this time, I've sewn along the two sides and bottom and it holds closed well.....

And stamped down one side.. the 'enjoy'  turns to 'joy' because...

I've made it a gift card wallet :)

And with a hole punch in the corner.... and a bit of ribbon... the gift card could hang on the tree :)
(yes, just with the bit of stitching across the bottom, it holds really well
and makes it easy to get a gift card out)


Soooo, next, I went with these inspiration suggestions....

Use the phrase ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ on your next project

Use a digital overlay, stamp etc on your next project – either a digital project or a hybrid one
 (where you’ve printed something)

I've used a bit of this printing on transparency technique before - and like many techniques
 just forget about them!
Having a jet printer, it needs the correct printing acetate to go in it.
And a very long time ago, I found it!  In an office shop - no choice but to buy a box of 50 (A4 size) so lets just say I've got HEAPS!  
This inspiration was a great reminder to get it out and do something with it!
I always print out  a draft first on copy paper to make sure I've sized it right...then feed my transparency in...
You can actually just slightly see the textured side of the plastic... this is the side that is printed upon....

With this, I turned into a shaker card by stitching the transparency on the front of the card trapping clear sequins underneath. 

The lighter the paper underneath...the brighter the printed acetate will appear and this has a slight pattern on it... which worked perfectly without it taking over.

You can find the


 Hop on over to Let's December Daily !
Join us as you are planning yours!
(or thinking about starting one :) )



Monday, 16 November 2015

Let's December Daily 2015

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This is my seventh December Daily and the excitement has never dulled as each year has passed!
When finishing up my 2014 December Daily, I had fully planned to use some beautiful
 7gypsies envelopes purchased at a sale and turn them into an album for 2015
with some use of chalkboard features. However (fast forward to middle of this year)......
then 7dots 'Yuletide' Collection happened to me!!!
That was that!  I could not get it quick enough into my hot little hands ........
and the envelopes had been tossed aside!
 (but not really - because I stumbled across a heap of December photos for 2008 - enough for everyday!!!! So will backtrack at some stage and do a December Daily with the envelopes!! Cant have enough December Daily's I reckon!)

This beautiful Yuletide paper is now glued to 12x6 chipboard covers this year which also includes the use of black denim fabric.

 It was an instant love affair - love at first sight, and when I received this gorgeous collection- instant gratification and sense of feeling justitfied!
 (It wasnt in Australia at this stage so had to source it from the US - Strwbri Etsy )
I love its 'Grungy' feel!  So, grunge it is.... and.... ooooh that deer!
I felt I'd put myself back in square one changing ideas from the  beautiful envelopes ideas of  last year - sooooo back to the drawing board with my new goodies! Then it became a matter of finding something to become the 'covers'... and I managed to find these black chipboard covers on sale online for next to nothing in cost and with a bit of black denim, the vision was dancing in my head....I really liked the thought of a landscape look this year, and 12x6 size suited just fine! Just had to cut a bit off as  these were 13ins long...

So the gathering the rest of the stash!
There is nothing like shopping your own stash! I keep my Christmas stash in a tub of its own....  so with some mixed media....   here's some pics...EXCITING!
I might even trim the edges of the pages with some colourful fabric... not sure yet..
Will make it up as it goes along!  I'm not terribly good at planning ahead!
I think I'm in love with deers this year!

I've enjoyed every moment of creating this!
Size is 12x6ins - landscape

 It came together easily by gathering what I thought would be useful on the cover....
(there is a back scalloped cover too)

Measured the 7dots Yuletide deer paper to the black chipboard scalloped cover

And also measured the black denim with the raw edge showing and the same amount of fabric is folded in half over the back
(where the large eyelets will eventually go)  
Cant stick anything down yet......thats why it looks crooked :)

The deer paper and the denim need sewing together.... 
sewed two rows in white thread hoping it would stand out.
You dont have to sew... you could just stick it down :)

Next a decorative paper edge was pushed under the frayed edge of the denim, and some vintage ricrac was loosely glued to the bottom of the deer paper.....

Here I changed the thread to black thread and sewed the ricrac down in two rows.

Here's how it is looking.. .and needs a trim up  along the sides....

There's an extra trim added to the chipboard cover... it's a bit washed out but actually says...
'O'ver hills we go, laughing all the way......'  etc (Jingle Bells song)

All glued down...

Underneath the '2015' is some grey gauze..

 And a little holly stamp to dress up a corner or two....

 Time to decorate and pop in some eyelets, rings and trims!
Old prima sparkly branch and some gem stones....

All done!!


This came together quite easily.
I did straight stitching with these, but by all means... 
the pages still can be constructed by using strong glue.
 Here's a bit of an overview... at the very back is the cover, the one in the middle is the back cover (left plain for now) and the one in front is a page newly constructed.  The 12x12 stripe paper (from 7dots Yuletide Collection) underneath is about to be put together
as a page as an example a bit further in this post.
 The pages will sit in the album like this:
(with a bit of the scallop showing)
And when its opened up.... the reverse side is this lovely white/black grunge
Which will contrast so well with the Christmassy red and white stripe...
Now onto how to construct the pages....
Each 12x12 is cut in half... to 12x6ins. This gives two pages to each 12x12 - bonus!  No paper wastage!  The black denim I bought from 'Spotlight'  and asked the lady at the counter to cut it 30 cms wide and as straight as she could... so I've barely had to trim off the ends!  
The denim is cut here at 7cms
A quick press with the iron so it will fall evenly in half, and some spots of glue to hold it in place at the top of the paper.....
Slip the paper in between the folded denim and sew two rows

 Next is to mark out the eyelets (these are large ones bought from a hardware store)
by placing the already constructed page on top and marking through it.  
You can just slightly see the markings.
I've made up quite a few pages,  a full red one which will contrast with the red and white stripe and
 of course where would I be without my transparencies!!  These are some old Hamley Screen Graph Prints....  nicely grungy too!
 A collection of pages ready to go!!
(so excited!)
One of the transparencies might work a treat as a cover page maybe?
 The thickness of the denim and the eyelets are going to allow space between pages some layering and texture which is great.   I've still got the idea in my head I might trim the bottom edge of each page with colourful fabric if it suits... but that will wait until the page is complete
with photos etc so thats hanging in the balance.
The Christmas decorations will come out, and my past December Daily's will soon grace the coffee table again.   I love how each one is so different and how each one becomes such a conversational piece with friends and family.   
So happy another one will be making its way among the mix!

Dont forget you can link your pre-planning or stash photos up

And if you have your Covers done....
upload them  HERE

And you can even share your  previous December Daily's
We'd love to see them!