Friday, 19 December 2014

Tag Or Tree Decorations, That Is The Question

A Christmas make? Do I have any more Christmas makes? Oddly enough I do! How about some elf tags? Or they could double as Christmas tree decorations too. What do you think? Tags or tree decorations?

These two little elves are digital stamps from Alberto LoShakerato and his Etsy Shop ShakyAPlanet*.

You have Sitting Margot with skirt* and Sitting Margot with pants*.

How cute are they? I've coloured them with Prismacolor pencils in case you wanted to know.

So if you are at a loose end, not sure what to do next (as if! Like you have any spare time right?) then you might want to checkout my other seasonal makes for some inspiration?

Click on the pictures to go to the original blog post.

Have a super fun Friday.


[*The Esty links are all affiliated links, which means I get a small commission for referring you to Etsy, but it does not cost you or Alberto anything extra but it does help me to run my blog.]

Thursday, 4 December 2014

SCACD Holiday Inspiration Day

A bit more festive fun today with another Christmas make and this time I've got something from Susana's Custom Art and Card Design (SCACD) to show as part of this month's SCACD Digital stamp showcase for all the festivities going on at this time of year - thanks for inviting me guys!

I had a bit of fun with this one and used two fabulous digi-stamps Note To Selfie and Happy Holidays.

I totally fell in love with Note to Selfie and this is my Christmas version of him. I cut out the hat from Happy Holidays and stuck it on Selfie's head, after trimming off his ears. How cute?

I wonder what his Instagram feed looks like?

So that is my showcase piece and you can find the full list of participants if you hop on over to the SCACD blog.

Catch you later and thanks for popping in.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Another Tutorial Sneaky Peek

Did you have some Black Friday / Cyber Monday fun? What bargains did you bag? I didn't go mad, much to my own surprise. I bought a webinar that I've had my eye on for a while, at a super duper price, other than that I was good! *sigh*

I do have a tutorial for you, it was up on the Blitsy blog on Cyber Monday.

The idea behind this tutorial is a bit of inspiration for some super-simple last minute Christmas cards that you can mass produce if you need to.

So, go on, what bargains did you get, spill...?


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Something To Do With That Old Pair Of Jeans

I'm super excited today for a couple of reasons, one reason is that my first tutorial is up on the Blitsy blog - Wahoo!

I've been cutting up jeans to make Christmas cards. Old pairs of course, well unless the fashion now is to wear your jeans with holly leaf-shaped holes in them that is. Très trendy.

The second reason I am super-excited is we are going to get our first real Christmas tree for, ooo gosh quite a few years now. We have this cute little fake tree that we used in the flat, it is only about 2 feet tall but now we have room for a real one!

The baby tree is not retired, she will go in another room, but we need something for the cats to pull down don't we? Ok, so I might be going a little Christmas-crazy for our first Christmas in the new house.

Don't forget to check out Blitsy for the Black Friday bargains happening all weekend and Cyber Monday too.

Right, Christmas trees here I come, jingle, jingle, mmm, where did I put the elf costumes for the cats?


Friday, 28 November 2014

Bow-it-All Christmas Wreath Tutorial

Did you see my Christmas wreath with the big Bow-it-All bow on Wednesday?

Yep, this one...

Did you fancy a tutorial to go with that make? Hope the answer is yes, because here it is!

You Will Need:

Zutter Bow-it-All*
Hobbycraft 8 inch Rattan Wreath*
Berry/Wire Hobby Bag Red* or Hobbycraft Christmas Silver Berry Pick with Cone*
Ribbons - I used two 1.5 inch (3.8cm) wide red ribbon and a 8mm wide brown ribbon

The Zutter Bow-it-All is available in the Blitsy Black Friday sale* so you might want to catch it at its bargain price and they ship worldwide - just saying!

Berry confession - I bought the fab berries you can see in the photo from Hobbycraft* but when I came to write this tutorial up they seemed to be all gone *sad face* so I've linked to a couple of alternatives you might want to try instead. The ribbon was from my stash but as you are at Hobbycraft you might as well checkout their ribbon too*.)

Step 1

Set up the Bow-it-All to make a 4 inch wide double bow by placing the pegs in the 3 inch and 7 inch holes on the middle row and the 3 inch and 6 inch holes on the bottom row. I also wanted to add a piece of ribbon to tie the bow onto the wreath so used the outer 'Helping Hands Peg' holes.

Wrap the thin brown ribbon around the helping hands pegs and clamp the ribbon in place with the helping hand clips.

Cut an arrow point into the tail end of the bow ribbon (the end to the ribbon on the left of the picture above) so that you can easily keep track of it when you are tying off at the end.

Now start wrapping the working end of the ribbon (the bit that isn't arrow-cut, and may still be attached to the spool) around the two middle row pegs in a figure of eight. I wrapped the ribbon around three times.

Step 2

Once you have the number of loops you want it is time to tie the bow. Now this is where it gets hard to explain in writing and if you get stuck go check out one of the videos on YouTube.

a. Take the working end of the ribbon to the back with your right hand then wrap the tail / arrow-cut end forward, over the top of the loops, through the middle of the two pegs with your left hand. Then pass the tail / arrow-cut end under the ribbon wrapped around the pegs and through to the back again.

b. At the back swap hands, so that the tail/ arrow-cut end is now in your right hand and the working end is in your left hand (told you this was hard to explain in writing didn't I?).

c. Now make a loop with the working end ribbon in your left hand and wrap the tail / arrow-cut end over the top of the working end, round, under and through to make a knot.

d. Swap hands again so that the working end is back in your right hand and the tail / arrow-cut end is in your left hand and pull the ribbon ends to tie the knot. Check you are happy with the way the front looks before pulling the knot fully tight.

Yeah, not so easy to describe but super easy to do once you have the hang of it, honest!

Step 3

Now repeat but this time use the front two pegs.

This time when you come to tie the infamous bow knot make sure that you wrap the tail / arrow-cut end around the first bow you made, sitting on the back pegs, and the placement ribbon that has been minding its own business between the helping hands pegs too.

Tie the knot as tight as you can, it helps to scrunch up the loops and pull alternatively left and right on the two ribbon ends. Then cut the ends of the ribbons.

Once you have finished you just pull the bow off the pegs, turn it the other way up, you have been looking at it from the front but upside down when it was on the pegs, and fluff out the loops to how you want them.

Step 4 

Stick your berries of choice into the rattan wreath, if the berries are on a wire they should fit nicely between the pieces of rattan. If not you may have to use a glue or tie the berries on.

Step 5

Now turn the wreath over and use the brown piece of ribbon on your bow to tie it to the wreath. How simple is that?

Well that is another Christmas decoration done! I've made a grand total of two Christmas decorations now. Yay! I'm on my way. If you are tempted by the Bow-it-all don't forget to go check out the Blitsy Black Friday sale.


[*Just so that you know some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links and the Blitsy link is a referral link.]

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Blitsy Bow it All Blog Hop

*Giveaway is now CLOSED - but come back for the tutorial for this make*

Welcome to the Blitsy Zutter Bow-it-All blog hop!

Did you know that the Zutter Bow-it-All 2.0 is going to be one of the items in the Blitsy Black Friday Sale? Well to get you in the mood for bows the Blitsy Creative Team have been bow making with the original Bow-it-All and sharing their makes for a BIG bit of bow inspiration in our Blitsy Bow-it-All blog hop.

But wait there is also a chance to win your very own Bow-it-All by leaving a comment on my blog and all the blogs in the hop and you can find the link to the blogs below.

I'm in the middle of some Christmas decoration making at the moment so the Bow-it-All has fitted right in and for my inspiration I've made Christmas wreath.

The thing I really like about the Bow-it-All is the clever way you can use the helping hand pegs to add an extra piece of ribbon to the bow to make it super easy to attach the bow to your project.

Now don't forget to hop on through to all the blogs below and leave a comment, the giveaway will end at 10pm CST Thursday 27th Nov 2014 (4am GMT Friday 28th Nov 2014) and is open worldwide.

Good luck in the giveaway.


*Giveaway is now CLOSED - but come back for the tutorial for this make*

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

8 Etsy Finds For Christmas

If you were reading my blog a week or so ago, or following my Instagram feed, then you will have spotted that I got a bit excited about making some Christmas decoration. Well I've made one so far, progress is a bit slow *sigh*. But I have been having more success looking for Christmas decorations on Etsy* and I've collected together some of my favourite items for a bit of show and tell:

Aren't these just the cutest? It always blows me away what people make, *NEED* all of them!

So the above are:

1. Christmas Felt Bird Wreath from CuriousBloom*
2. Santa Claus Christmas Ornament from ModerationCorner*
3. Christmas Felted Snowman Christmas Decor from MyriamPowellDesigns*
4. Handmade bird Christmas ornament from PuffinPatchwork*
5. Advent Calender Antlers Wooden Reindeer from SlippinSouthern*
6. Reindeer Christmas Pillow cover from ThatDutchGirlPillows*
7. Wood Snowman Decor from TheRustyGoose*
8. Crochet snowflake garland from TheSnowflakeTree*

How are your Christmas preparations going? Have you got any Etsy* finds you would like to share? I would love to know!

Happy shopping.

[*Just so that you know some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links.]