Sunday, 27 January 2013

Christmas goodie bag with a difference

Hello all you lovely people, I have been let loose with todays piece so of course it just had to have a dark twist to it :D

All of those pretty Christmas gift bags are great, but not everyone likes cute and pretty so I thought I would show you an alternative for those friends who like things a bit different.

This is a really quick and easy way to get your gift bag personalised it has taken me about 10 minutes to do this one.

I started off with a plain bag from Different color art & stamps, they are a company based in the Netherlands, I picked up these bags at the international craft and hobby fair at the NEC last November. 
I started off by rubbing walnut stain distress ink over the edges of the bag, then gave it a spray with some perfect pearls mist in blue patina, green patina and mint. After a blast with the heat gun it was dray and ready for stamping.
I used some rubber stamped from smeared inks very skelly Christmas set  and coloured the image with promarkers, the snowflakes are from the same set and were stamped randomly with weathered wood distress ink.
To finish off the bag I used a bit of red twine to tie it up.




Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Beaded Decorations

These can be used to decorate your own tree or are excellent presents for people who are having their first independent Christmas, or just for those who love Christmas and decorations.

It is possible to make these without instructions as they are fairly easy, however I bought kits and made them with instructions.  I cannot remember where I got them but Create and Craft have them on their website and were shown on tv just before last Christmas...I am hoping to get some more this year as they are very relaxing to make, curled in a chair watching tv and they look stunning on any Christmas tree.

Here are some pics of kits I have made:

















Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Mini Art Journal

This will make a fantasic gift for those people who still write 'diaries/jorunals'.  This one allows the recipient to not only express themselves with words but also experience the therapeutic qualities of colouring too. I have used a series of stamps to add a picture that can be coloured to each page.

To make this journal you will need:


  • A5/A4 cut in half plain cardstock
  • Stamps or digi images
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch or cropodile
  • Eyelets if using a cropodile
How to make your Journal

  • If required cut the cardstock to size
  • Punch the holes at the top or side of the cardstock depending where you want to bind it
  • If you so wish, complete the holes with the eyelets using the cropodile {pictures to follow}
  • Stamp or adhere your pictures onto the journaling pages, I have also added a note for the recipient to write the date and a 'journal here' note.
  • Carefully thread ribbon through the holes/eyelets and tie in a bow to bind the journal.
  • To make the cover I have stamped a series of 'quotes' on the front page to inspire the recipient when writing in their journal.
























Saturday, 12 January 2013

Alternative Advent Calendar

This Advent calander is great if you have somewhere to hang it.








To make it I started by making 24 little bags with paper and double sided tape, there are loads of templates online if you don't want to try and do it free hand. Once they were made I picked my images, for this one I went with grumpies from smeared ink but you can use any stamps or images for yours. I printed out the digi stamps then used a circle die to cut them all out. Once they were all cut I coloured them and added a little bit of bling.

When all of the bags are finished you can add some sweets, chocolates or any other treats you wish then use little pegs to attach them to string or ribbon and hanng them up.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Advent Calender

Advent Calenders are around very early in shops and are one of the first things used/thought of during the build up to Christmas.  A chocolate one can be as cheap as chips or expensive, however recently there has been an increasing number of 'gift' advent calenders.  Most are directed at children with playmobile or lego hidding behind each door.

This week we will take you through making your own advent calender. Mine is a bought 'box' one.  I got this from Cuddly Buddly but most good craft stockiest will have them! This project may take you a week or more to complete so be prepared to have somewhere to 'leave' it to dry.

Here's how to make it:

First gesso your boxes...this is a primer and will allow you to cover the cardboard coloured boxes in whatever you choose to decorate them with. This shouldn't take long to dry as it will be a very thin layer of gesso.  Remember to do the inside of your boxes once they are dry.

Next decorate your boxes, I chose to paint most of mine green using acrylic paints. You can use decopage papers, paint, ink, anything you like.  I've used green acrylic paint for the majority of mine and papers for some just because I got 'carried away' and wanted to try something different but when it came down to it I preferred the 'tree' look.  This may take some time to dry so you'll have to be patient with it. Remember to do the inside of your boxes once they are dry. {I choose to do the inside of my boxes a different colour but you can use the same inside and out if you want them to coordinate}.

Whilst I was waiting for it to dry I stamped and coloured lots of baubles then painstakingly cut them out...however if you have the necessary equipment I highly recommend using a die cut machine and 'decorative' paper of your choice for the baubles.

Once the paint was dry I used a black stazon ink pad and stamped 'branches' all over the outer and inner boxes.  I then added the baubles to make the tree shape look more like a Christmas tree.  The shape of your chosen calender will determine the way in which you choose to decorate your calender.

Once the small boxes were dry I painted on the 24 numbers and left them to dry.

With everything dry all that remains is to find little gifts to put inside...you can use chocolates or buy keyrings and little gifts for each day.  However it is also possible to watch this blog and see how many things you can make that would also fit inside your advent calenders...{hint jewellery for girls will fit nicely in those boxes}.

Here's some pics of the one I made: