Further Crafting In December

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Lately I’ve been working on a few projects for putting up in our vestry during the Christmas service, and I put some of them up ready this morning, such as the bunting.

This picture shows a table full of the crafting work that the children of the Sunday School have been working on for the last 6 weeks while going through the Christmas story and preparing for the service.

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 Nativity scenes and angels on Christmas trees.

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PAPER CRAFTING ITEMS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

This first batch are all little treat boxes:

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  1. 3D Xmas Santa got Stuck Treat or Favour Box Mini Kit by Carol Clarke
  2. 3D Xmas Polar Bear’s Present Treat or Favour Box Mini Kit by Carol Clarke
  3. 3D Xmas Singing Snowmen Treat or Favour Box Mini Kit by Carol Clarke
  4. Side view of the “Singing Snowmen” box showing the side of the inside box.

I made this assortment of treat boxes up with the help of a five and six year old nephews.  Firstly the pieces were printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  The six year old cut out the outside pieces while I cut out the inside boxes.  I scored all the lines using my Hougie Board, and then we put the treat boxes together, using a tape runner pen to attach the bottom of the box to the outside.  Then it was simply a case of putting in some sweets and I used extra strong tape to seal the top.

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  1. This is a tree I made up as an example for my nephews and their friends at the Sunday School to copy.  All the tree layers are cut out from various shades of green Core’dinations card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo machine using the cutting file design “TT Snowflake Tree” from the CD-ROM “Christmas Creations – Paper Craft”.  The angel was cut out of 250gsm cardstock and the tree skirt out of one of the Christmas Coredinations cardstock sheets.  A couple of strips of children’s plasticine has been rolled together as a weighted base, a green plastic straw was put in this, and then the tree skirt was wrapped around and stuck in place using some wet, quick grab, glue. The tree layers were then put on, one by one, in order, from the largest to the smallest, putting 3, 3mm deep, foam squares on the back of each before dropping them down onto the straw.  No need to take the backs off the foam squares, so no fiddle for my problems hands or little children’s fingers – in fact it’s best not to remove the backs of the foam squares as it allows the tree layers to be turned around so that they lie best.  I then decorated using sticky back faux gems and fake snow as decoration. Some of the children had the same fake snow as I had for decoration and some had Polar White Flowersoft.  I actually used Pinflair glue gel, squirted in strings from a syringe, around the tree in swirls and then sprinkled on the “snow”, rather than be precise about putting glue on the branches.
  2. This bunting says “Nadolig Llawen” which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  Each triangle is made from one sheet of A4 ordinary white card-stock.  After cutting I then went round the outside edge of them all in an assortment of different coloured Letraset Metalic Markers to give definition to the edge.  I made the cutting files for the letters up myself in my Silhouette Studio software.  Now when I did “The Big Tidy Up” a few months ago (not sure I ever finished the tidying up properly, but at least things are much neater now) I found lots of background sheets that I’m never likely to use – too busy, too deeply coloured, images I don’t particularly like, etc., etc..  So I decided to utilize these for cutting out the letters for my bunting out of.  For these all I was looking for was splashes of different colours.  After working out the best size for the letters to work on my bunting triangles, and cutting out using my Silhouette Cameo, I just attached the letters using a roller glue pen. The string I used is actually cream cotton yarn, with the triangles being attached using strips of sellotape doubled over the trop.
  3. This bunting says “Penblwydd Hapus Iesu”, which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday Jesus”.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. This is a necklace made using the Kumihimo technique from two tones of waxed cotton cords.  I’ve finished this off using silver tone end caps, chain and lobster clasp.
  2. This is the matching bracelet I’ve made.
  3. The two items together.

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  1. This is a bracelet I’ve made using silver tone findings and clear, good quality, glass beads.
  2. These are the matching earrings.
  3. And this is the matching necklace.
  4. This picture shows a closeup of the beads showing the different colours that are reflected because of the AB finish.
  5. The three items in the set shown together.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 10th December – here – craftsUprint has a new Elite Designer.  Sandie Burchell has now had 100,000 Designs Sold on CUP.  Sandie produces kits to make the most amazing cards and is the designer of many a new concept in card and keepsake designs – this mailer is showcasing some of her wonderful designs.  This mailer also has the fourth in the 12 Days of Christmas freebie designs, and freebies don’t come along very often so go grab yours now.  And on top of this there are lots of bits of news from CUPers from around the world.

December Card Making Competition – This month the theme is Christmas and the last entry date is 20-December-12.  Details can be found – here.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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