Teachers’ Christmas Gifts

This year I only had two Teachers’ Gifts to make, so I decided to give Shell Bower’s large Christmas Crackers a go. They were super easy to make and James loved them – and so did his teachers, especially after he proudly told them his Mum had made them 🙂

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Inside I managed to comfortably fit these …

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Desktop Calendar

I made myself a Desktop Calendar a few weeks ago, but never got around to photographing it (oops!). It was super easy to make following Elaine Jackson’s video.

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For mine I used the Under The Tree Specialty Designer Paper from the Stampin’ UP! Autumn-Winter Catalogue with the Project Life Day to Day and the Larger Than Life Alphabet & Numbers Stamp Sets with Early Espresso ink from the 2014-2015 catalogue.

Only thing is – the boys loved them so much that they want one each for their rooms lol!

Bokeh Effect Technique

A couple of months ago, CraftyHallet did a tutorial on a Bokeh effect technique – I’ve finally gotten around to giving it a go lol.

I need to make sure my tape border is FIRMLY stuck – I did get a bit of seepage with the colour so had to cut off the lovely watercolour border and matt it onto some Whisper White card instead, but I’m still really pleased with the results.

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The technique works best with a large text stamp, so I busted out my new Best Day Ever stamp set which is a FREE Sale-A-Bration set you can order when you spend £45 between 6th January and 31st March 2015 – more on that in the new year 🙂

If you’d like to give it a go, check out Caroline’s YouTube tutorial HERE

Perpetual Birthday Calendar Sneak Peek

Here is your first Sneak Peek from the Spring & Summer 2015 Stampin’ UP! Catalogue, which runs from 6th January until 31st March.

The catalogue contains five lovely Project Kits, of which the Perpetual Birthday Calendar is one. The kit includes printed calendar sheets, a chipboard sheet which forms the back of the clipboard style calendar, box, die-cut banners, accent stickers, alphabet stickers, baker’s twine, ribbon, sequin trim, glitter, sequins, a folder clip and a sponge. All you need to add is your ink and adhesive.

I teamed my kit up with the co-ordinating Perpetual Birthday Calendar Stamp Set which has little accent stamps as well as the twelve month stamps and a textured background stamp.

The kit was really quick and easy to put together and I have loads of bits left over to add to other projects, so at £14.50 (plus £21.95 if you want to add the stamps) I think it is fantastic value for money.

Here are my pages, which I put together following the suggestions included with the kit.

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Journal Your Christmas 2014

I can’t believe it’s December already! And with it comes one of my favourite online classes – Journal Your Christmas at shimelle.com. I think this is the 4th year I’ve joined this class – such great value as you buy it once then come back for free year after year! It’s lovely seeing how everyone’s families change.

So far, I’ve not managed to complete an album 😦 but as I’m not working at the moment due to health issues, I’ve got plenty of time for JYC2014, so I’m really hoping I finish it this year.

I was going to make my own album – I love the albums Kathy Orta makes – but my hands aren’t up to cutting the chipboard. So I bought an 8×8 Kraft Album from Hobbycraft. The front cover is done – I wanted to keep it simple, but may add some snowflakes or flowers later.

If you’d like to follow my JYC journey I would love to take you along!

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Advent Box Calendar

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I know it’s a bit late for others to have a go at, but I’ve finally finished my Advent Box Calendars for the boys and wanted to share them with you. I just need to pop down to Sainsbury’s for some fillings (can’t give too many details at this time, but suffice to say they will all be edible – plus a few extra for Mum!)

So, to make these you will need:-

* A4 Cardstock in Green, Red and White (as with the Halloween treats, I used cheap Cardstock from Hobbycraft)
* Trimmer
* Scoreboard (or Scoring Blade for your trimmer)
* Numbers Stamp Set (I used the Stampin’ UP! 25 Days set from the Autumn-Winter 2014 Catalogue)
* Inkpads in Green and Red (I used SU Mossy Meadow and Cherry Cobbler)
* Sticky Strip
* Stampin’ Dimensionals/ Foam Pads
* Bone Folder
* Scissors

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Cut the Green & Red Card to measure 5″ x 7.5″ – you’ll get 2 from each sheet and you’ll need 25 in total (12 in green and 13 in red)

Butting the long side up to the top of your Scoreboard/Trimmer, score at 2″, 3.5″, 5.5″ & 7″. Turn the card so the short side butts to the top and score at 1.5″, 3.5″ & 5″. Cut notches as shown above and them, using your trimmer, cut the edges of the lid down to 0.5″ as shown, then notch the corners.

Fold and burnish your score lines.

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Add sticky strip as shown, making sure the sticky strip on sides nearest the lid only go halfway up.

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Fold up the sides and stick to make a box, making sure the sides with the half piece of tape are attached first.

Cut 25 squares measuring 2″ x 2″ – 12 in Red and 13 in Green. Cut 25 squares measuring 1.75″ x 1.75″ in White and stamp each number once, alternating between Green and Red ink, with the odd numbers in Green. Stick the numbers to the topper square of the colour matching the ink.

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Attach Dimensionals/Foam Pads to the back of each topper, then attach it to the front of a box of the opposite colour (green toppers on red boxes and vice versa).

I hope that made sense lol. If you’d like to buy the items I used from Stampin’ UP! then take a look at my online shop at http://www.magiclady.stampinup.net 😉

Halloween Treats Part 3

Here is the third and final part of my Halloween Treats series – a Pinch Bag for Maoam Chews. Each little bag contains three chews although you could get another couple of little ones on if you are feeling generous!

This is another adaptation of a design by Sam Donald at http://www.pootles.co.uk

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You will need:-

A4 card (you can make two per sheet)
Scraps of Patterned Paper (I used Witches Brew)
Trimmer
Scoreboard (or scoring blade for your trimmer)
Bone Folder
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Sticky Strip
Washi Tape (I used the matching Witches Brew Washi)

1) Cut your card to measure 5 3/4″ x 4 3/4″

2) Butting the long side of your card up to the top of your scoreboard or trimmer, score at 1/2″, 1″ and 5″.

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3) Turn the card so the short side butts up to the top and score at 1/4″, 1 3/4″, 2 1/2″ and 4″.

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4) Remove the 1/4″ x 1″ rectangle and then cutting either side of the score lines to the 1″ score line, remove notches as shown below.

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5) Fold each of the score lines except the two 1/2″ strips at the top as shown below, and burnish them with your bone folder to form a crisp fold.

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6) Flip the card over and fold and burnish the remaining two folds in the opposite direction.

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7) Cut two strips of patterned paper measuring 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. With the long score lines on your card raised, stick the paper to the card as shown below. Add Sticky Strip down the 1/4″ edge from top to bottom.

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8) Fold the two edges together, attaching the other long edge to the sticky strip.

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9) With the join at the back, fold in the small flaps then the back flap. Attach Sticky Strip close to the edge of the front flap, then press it down to meet the back flap to form the base.

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10) Stamp your sentiment onto a scrap of card then fussy cut around it leaving a small border. Stick this to the front of your bag.

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11) Pinch the sides of the bag at the open edge to the second score line, then fold over the top score line. Fill with your chews then stick the flap down with a little Sticky Strip. Add a second small piece between the two flaps and stick these together.

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12) Add a little decorative Washi Tap to finish.

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