Annual Catalogue

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Just For Fun December























About ten days before Christmas I held my monthly Just For Fun classes. I'd recently seen a framed piece of home decor online by Ilke Teschke which I fell in love with. There are many other versions of this to be found online but the colourway, size... just everything(!) was perfect! So, rather than do four cards, I decided to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) for this months classes along with a wooden tree decoration.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't want to change one thing on Ilke's design as I loved the original so much! It proved to be very popular with my ladies too. In the end I didn't create a sky with silver stars and moon but splattered watered down white ink to indicate snow onto the grey sky.
Using a 23cm (9") square box frame from Ikea, we die cut the layers of white and basic grey card to create our picture. The dies are part of a set called Hometown Greeting Framelits.
Just a tiny touch of silver the highlight the church. Also a few silver trees on the mount and we were done.

Here is a close up of the snow splatters in the 'sky'.


I forgot to take photos of everyone with their frames but here is one I did remember. Maria and Kati -

As you can see from Ilke's original, she filled part of the box frame with pretty baubles whereas we kept ours plain.
Lots of box frame samples online have wee LED lights inside. I have popped some inside my frame now but, to be honest, the spacing wasn't done with them in mind so if I were intending to use lights another time I would decide beforehand and adjust my spacing accordingly. That being said, it didn't come out too bad although the photos don't show how pretty it really is!
Our second project was a wooden tree decoration. I ordered the wood slices precut online from China and have since seen many decorations online using them.
First we used a retired punch (Confetti Stars Border punch) on a piece of scrap card to use as a stencil, we sponged white craft ink through it then we die cut the trees, deer and sentiment (Christmas Greetings Thinlets Dies, retired). The trees were glued to the wood before putting a skim of embossing paste (shimmer, new in our spring/summer catalogue!!!) across the bottom. Then we added a little more, patting it to create texture. The sentiment was laid over this and will be held firm once the paste dries. The deer was added too, a little glue and glitter or, alternatively shimmer paste on the trees.
Finally add some ribbon and a charm. Voila!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
With love
Lesley x

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