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I am in full santa mode this month

For anyone who doesnt know me this month is one of my busiest months of the whole year

For the past 8-9 yrs I have made Santa Letters initially for my own kids, friends kids and family members, but the past 2yrs I have been selling them and they are so popular all my customers adore them and they are so thankful for the picture on the wee ones face when reading it to them.

But last year another small business approached me about supplying them with some stuff (Reindeer Food another of my yearly sells) and asked if the labels I had done for them could be done for snowman soup, of course I agreed  they also wanted small certificates laminated to say the Elf’s had been watching them (and had the name of the elf, each child had a different elf) anyway this was to be a yearly order but sadly the project she had done was a disaster and lots of kids were very disappointed.

But using some of the ideas she had I decided to do similar but only not be so extravagant in my plans, so I decided to make a Christmas Eve Survival Kit, all the basics every child needs on Christmas Eve, but wanted to keep the costs low enough for families with multiple young children so they wouldnt feel overwhelmed by the costs.

So far I have stamped Santa’s name on @ 250 cards, I have tied ribbon on to 460-480 santa keys, they are very basic but I do offer an upgrade if they want a personalised santa key. last night I bagged up 250 snowman soup (well started as I was waiting on my belgian chocolate drops being delivered) they arrived today so thats my plan for today get them bagged up and out the way.

I have to pick up oats for my reindeer food and start getting that mixed (tomorrows mission)

my hope…. is to have all the bags (500) all made and bagged for 24th

to do list

  1. 250 snowman soup to complete and finish the other 250
  2. 250 christmas cards to be stamped
  3. 500 Reindeer food to be made
  4. 1000 labels to be printed, laminated, cut and attached to the bags
  5. wrap 500 cookies in cling film
  6. then finally add all the components into one christmas bag

Should be achievable

Then I will have  4 days to type up, print off and post all my santa letters they all need to be posted on the 28th Nov so they arrive in time for the advent season beginning, the letter starts the whole season off with some real magic.

So please please dont think I have deserted you all, I am just mega busy with all the ho ho ho nonsense x

Anyway here is a wee project I did manage to squeeze in with some of my freetime and I loved the final look

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I started by using white Gesso on the base of a 6×6 chipboard base, I then mod podged a layer of lace down to give it some textured background, I used some victorian velvet distress ink and smudged it over the dried lace layer to add colour to the base and give me a colour pallette to work from when planning the rest of my project. DSCF1866DSCF1871 DSCF1872

as always my battery died on my camera so just continued by I can talk you through it and it is not over done too much so you can still see the layers that I made.

I added in some torn coloured paper and edged it with the distress ink I used earlier (this was the only main colour I added to the whole project) I then chose a frame from michaels and painted it (took a few layers as I wanted it to look like porcelain my final coat was a glossy mod podge I then once it had dried added on the raised areas touches of distress ink to then pull the frame and background together.

I chose paper flowers which colours complimented the project and then arranged them to look unplaced, and not uniformed but flowing as flowers should be, I always start with my largest flowers and then work down size wise and use my tiny ones to fill in any gaps that may appear.  finally I watered down a tiny bit of white acrylic paint and toned down some of the flowers to make them appear more muted and make them all blend in together more. Finally I added a few leaves some I used green water colour pencils for and others I used brown water colour pencils to give it some depth at the bottom I had a gold leaf trim that I loved but it didnt fit colour wise so again I painted it with the white acrylic to blend it in to the project. I then added some wire and metal elements the leaf at the top is from an brooch again it was originally gold so out came the white acrylic 😉 the wire coil and the wire berries were gold too but I repainted them white. I LOVE the final out come and think it worked out so well.

I hope you can use so of these techniques and let you try something similar

much love and happy crafting xx

November is upon us

My gosh it is freezing in Scotland just now, brrrr winter is certainly upon us.

My cold isnt really lifting and my energy levels are very low so have been just plodding along

here is my Shabby Chic Display Pin Boards

 

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from this £1.99 cork pin board I firstly painted the frame in white acrylic and then used mod podge gloss to seal it.

 

 

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I then added some gorgeous vintage/shabby chik napkins and used mod podge to stick them down too,

finally just tidied up around the frame just love them so much xx

 

have a go perfect little travel idea for craft fayres xx

 

Speak Soon and Happy Crafting xx

Still not at myself

so crafting hasn’t been high on my agenda sadly

but I have done bits and pieces to try and ensure I have plenty of

goodies for my craft fairs.

 

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This wee set is made using Watermelon Tourmaline Gemstones they are a gorgeous pale salmon pink colour

and the silver sets it off just perfectly. the necklace is £10, The bracelet is £11 and the Earrings are £4 – but for the whole of

November this full set will be just £20 x Bargain xx

 

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These are fantastic wee mindings for neighbours, teachers and colleagues for christmas not expensive

but personalised to them but colour and by the charm you chose,. these bookmarks are £4 each.

 

I have soooooo much to do still but I am take it is a day at a time x

 

until I am on the mend I will just be posting wee bits I have managed to do inbetween sleeping off this cold x

 

Love and hugs and Happy Crafting all xxx

 

Oh and also to ADD

 

WELL DONE TO MY FRIEND AND INSPIRATION FOR CRAFTING FIONA JENNINGS (JENNING644 – ON YOU TUBE)

FOR WINNING 1ST PLACE IN THE CATEGORY OF BEST TUTORIALS

IN THE CRAFTY ACADEMY AWARDS

WELL DONE FIONA SO WELL DESERVED XXX

Pooey Friday

Good Afternoon from Scotland

 

sadly I am loaded with the cold and feeling bleugh x

so not much crafting been happening here, made a jewellery set yesterday which I love and it is not my normal colours but I love it .

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Also painted one of my pin boards last night,

anyway hope you all have a lovely weekend xx