Monday, 20 December 2010

Good morning, it's a bit nippy here this morning! -8 outside as I type! Thank heavens there is no school run this morning! I do hope my Tesco's delivery is still able to get through though! We had a fair bit of snow fall here on Saturday. I'm also hoping that my sister-in-law is going to be able to make it over for Christmas! She's supposed to be flying in from Los Angeles to Heathrow on Wednesday! I really hope they get things moving soon!

Anyway, as I have a day in the house today, I thought I'd start it by sharing a few of the Christmas Cards I made for my Craft stall last weekend, which was a great success! The pint's of socks and the cookie jars seemed to go down really well! as did my packs of Snowman soup! I didn't quite manage to sell everything, so the bits I do have left over, I will be giving as gifts! No waste! I have to say that I've made very few Christmas cards this year. I have even copied some of the one's I made last year as the inspiration wasn't very forthcoming!
So, onto my first card. This was made as a request for a friend who'd seen my new Elzybells stamp set! In order to use the images of the boy & girl I decided that I would incoroporate them into an Xmas bauble! I really love the colours of this card. Something a little different!
I wanted to make a Santa Suit style card last year, but never got around to it, so it was one of my first makes this time! I had some lovely thick black ribbon in my box and I've cut out the buckle by hand to fit the ribbon. A couple of foam pads here and there and a few black buttons to finish! I think I may give these to my boys this year!
I've made this card using my new Elzybells Reindeer Stamp, and my faveourite layout of the moment! I love the combination of red & brown on Christmas Cards!
This is my favourite from last year, my punched penguin!Followed by the hand cut reindeer! I got the idea & template for him out of one of the craft magazines.Another punched character, Santa!
And finally, a punched Robin!
I may well be back with another blog update this week! I'm certainly in no rush to go out! Luckily I've managed to do most of my Christmas shopping so can snuggle up in the warm with my boys! I will leave you with a snowy picture of my garden! Take care, and have a lovely Christmas if I don't get back on!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Craft Fair Tomorrow....a long post but lots of goodies!

It's about 1.00am on Saturday. I've just finished preparing for my craft fair tomorrow, so thought I would come on and share the rest of my creations! I've really enjoyed making the gifts this year, more so that cards. I would like thank Helen at It's All Fiddle Fart for giving me so much inspiration, and also to Lisa over at A Day in the Life of a Craft Fairy
I was inspired to make this jar of cookie mix after seeing it on Splitcoast Stampers last year, but never got round to it then. I came across some of these wonderful Kilner Jars whilst shopping in Asda a few weeks ago, and they were just £1 each! For a huge 1l Jar! I bought about 10 of them! I know Tescos/Hobbycraft are selling them for £2.50 each! I found a good recipe here which is perfect for this size jar. I have layered in the ingreedients and made a simple label for the jar. I don't think it needs any more decoration. The pretty layers do all the work! I have baked up a batch and will be taking a few tasters along to display alongside the jars! I bought a few boxes of the festive peanut M&M's. I didnt know what to do with them, so I ate a box. Afterwards, I had a flash of inspiration to make some of these sour cream pouches. I've never made them before and was amazed at how easy they are to make and how effective they are. I've used Doodlebug Christmas Doodles paper and have then added an eyelet and a ribbon, so that they can be hung from the Christmas Tree. I'm kind of hoping these don't all sell!
I found a couple of cute stumpy candles in the 99p shop, which I decided that this year I would decorate and embellish rather than sticking to the stamped candles which I made last year. I invested this year in a roll of Cello wrap from hobbycraft which I think makes displaying them a lot more appealing!
These are my little Elizabeth Shaw chocolate mint's which I've made using some of the Pink Petticoat Mini Christmas images. Sadly though I don't have the nesting punches, so each one of these has been cut using my nestabilities, one at a time! It did take a long time to make them, but I think it was worth it in the end!
This is a mini chocolate bar which came in a pack of 4 from Tesco's. I decided to re-cover them using my lovely sparkly red glitter paper and made a little santa belt for them using some black ribbon and a gold buckle. I've had that punch in my drawer for a long time and I think this is the first time I've used it! I have made a couple of green one's too, so Santa has his little Elf!

The next idea, I got from Little Pudding's Nappy Cakes blog, which I thought was a fab idea! Again, on my trip around Asda I decided that I would have a go at making some of these. I picked up a pack of 4 pint glasses at £0.88p!!! A pack of 4 white Asda value flannels and a pack of basic men's black socks. This was so simple and easy to make, It took me mintues to make all of them! I then searched a few blogs and found one (sorry cant' rember who) that had attached the beer drinkers version of the Lords Prayer as the tag. I've wrapped them in cello wrap and added a little black snowflake to the card, just to Christmasify it a bit! Although they would be great for any occasion!

As If I hadn't had enough the first time round, I decided to make more of the Elizabeth Shaw style mints, only this time I decorated them as Christmas Puddings after seeing the post on Helen's blog. They took a lot longer to make than I'd imagined too! I must remember next time!

If you have managed to get to the end, then thanks for reading and I hope that these may inspire you as the did me!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Chocolate Snowballs in re-cycled baby food jars!

Last Christmas, I used re-cycled baby food jars for my craft fair. I decorated them and put a little tealight candle inside. This year, as I have my own baby, and lots and lots of baby food jars, I decided to use them to put sweets/chocolate in. I managed to pick up a few bags of chocolate snowballs. Here is the finished product!I've stamped the image using part of an Elzybells set. The paper edged around the edge of the lid is Doodlebug winter asterisks as is the ribbon. I made the little label on the computer. I hope they go down well!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Reindeer Noses

I've finally got round to photographing some of the items I've made for my Christmas Craft Stall. Here is the first, my Reindeer Noses. I first saw this idea on Splitcoast Stampers. I love the idea of the 8 brown and then the 1 red (Rudolph's!) nose! The brown one's are Malteesers, and unfortunately some of them did not pass quality control so had to be eaten! The red noses are bubblegum, which I found in a set from Poundland! I couldnt actually find anything else which was the same size as the malteesers and red. I did buy a pack of chocolate "Reindeer Noses" from Morrisons, but when I opened the pack they were more orange in colour than red so I decided not to use them.

I've used my nestabilities labels one die to make the bag topper. The reindeer is stamped using part of an Elzybells stamp.

I will be back shortly to show some of the other bits I've made.

Thanks for looking.