Friday, 9 December 2016

Advent with ATDML - Dec 9th - December Daily

Welcome to another Christmas post.  I thought I would show you the December Daily album that I am making with BoBunny's Merry and Bright papers, this where I am up to so far.

On my first page I used the large Father Christmas from the ephemera and lots of glitter paste, the photo is hidden under the Do Not Open Until Christmas.

I used it for our advent calendars - this year Star Wars.

The next page documents some of our regular activities, and there is a shaker on there too as well as some of the vellum from this range and also the little squares that BoBunny make.

The third day was a party in our house - I love the little house numbers paper in this kit, they make the perfect day documentation.  I added a few vellum punched snowflakes and lots of journalling.

The 4th and the 5th are again regular type days, so I made them a little smaller and with the journalling of our regular activities and what we get up to.  I also used some older Teresa Collins word stickers that I had left over.

Again a bit more glitter paste and vellum with some gauze.

I try and note down what is happening each day, or do the album relatively quickly.  Having some pages prepped before Christmas gets in full flow really helps too.

Check back tomorrow for more inspiration

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Advent with ATDML - Dec 8th - Xmas pudding card

Short of a card or two this Christmas or just want to make a unique one for someone special? Then why not have a go at a pudding card! I saw something similar on Pinterest (plenty more ornate on the decorations I might add!) and thought it was a lovely idea for a handmade Christmas card.

I drew the pudding shape by hand onto a piece of folded brown cardstock and cut it out (maintaining the join at the top). I repeated on white cardstock so the top and the sides of the icing drips were the same shape as the card and then I drew in my drips and shaped the piece accordingly by cutting away the non drips element. I added the icing drips piece to the pudding card on foam pads and then covered the white in a thin layer of glitter paste (Bo Bunny Sugar).

When dry (didn't take long) I added a couple of leaves punched from green card, some berries (I used sequins but red gems would look great too, or punched out circles with some added stickles), a twine bow and gem and finally a sentiment sticker.

If you decide to have a go at the pudding card do share your creations with us over on the ATDML Facebook page in our Advent2016 Creations folder. See you back here tomorrow for day 9 of our creative advent calendar with your ATDML design team.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Star garland

This will be our first Christmas in our new house,  We've spent the last year working away on it and it'll be lovely to settle into winter with the wood burner on.  I'm desperate for our tree to be delivered so I am amusing myself making decorations for the house.  I really love the nordic style - the influences are all over our home and I really wanted to make a feature of our new mantle piece and dress it up with garlands and lights.  

These Nordic stars not only make a fantastic addition to a christmas tree but with a little alteration can make a fab star garland to sit across a mantlepiece.

I started by cutting some 4x4" squares - these can be any size as long as it is square but 4x4" will make a decent sized star and as you need 8 squares per star, it means that you can get at least 1 star out of a 12x12 piece of paper (and have enough to make an extra star if you make 8).  I chose kraft paper but you can easily make it from any patterned paper - why not use scraps for a patchwork effect.

I started by folding the square in half corner to corner:

I then folded in the two bottom edges to meet the middle 

I then folded in the two top edges to meet the middle - this should leave you with a diamond shape with the top half slightly smaller than the bottom

Fold the bottom half of the star across to fall in line with the edges of the top half 

Unfold and then fold the other side the other way

Flip your paper over so that the slightly smaller half is still at the top - the back of the project face up.  you will see the creases you have just made,  fold along this crease so the it looks like below. 

Now the tricky bit - fold the top point in half vertically - this will cause the pointy bit on the left to ruck a little 

Holding the top point in place smooth out the left hand point so it too has folded in half so it looks like below.  

You will have to then fold another 7 of these to complete 1 star, it seems like a lot but once you have all your squares cut you will find that you will get into a rhythm - a cup of tea and the latest episode of Grey's anatomy helps too :0) 

As you will see in the picture above the left hand pint is slightly smaller than the right hand one.  next you will tuck this smaller one inside the larger point of the next one.  It should fit snuggly inside and once you work your way round you should come full circle and they should all connect. I used red tape and it seems to be holding together well - even above my fire.

These can be popped on the tree or as I have done, can be connected to a string of lights.  As they were going above the fireplace, I picked up a small battery powered string of lights from ikea, though I have seen plenty in the pound shops that would do just as well.  

I punched a scalloped circle of green paper  - I love Claus and co 'Green stripe/stars' and then punched a circle of musical paper for the top - check out The story of us 'Music/gold foil.  I punched a hole in the middle to allow the light through and attached using glue dots.  I also put some spots of glossy accents on before sticking to give a bit of extra hold.  I then popped the light through from the back.

I then punched a scalloped circle from the kraft paper and glue dotted/glossy accented ti to the back to keep the light from falling out.  

To fill out between the stars I made some more of the scalloped green and music paper accents - I punched the middle out and put them on the lights in between.

You can make as many stars as you like depending on the length of the lights or where you need them to be.  I made 5 and the accents in between makes sure i have enough to cover the length of my mantle and still have enough lights to wind round my christmas garland that will sit above it.

I love the versatility of the design and the fact that the difference in paper can give a completely different look - I can't wait to see your ideas - please share on our page if you have a go :0)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Advent Day 6 - Clean and Simple Cards With Mel

Hello all and welcome to day 6 of our ATDML Advent Event.

Today I am sharing some clean and simple cards. Although I would most definitely say I am a scrapbooker not a cardmaker over recent years I have come to quite enjoy a little card making. However I have two big issues which I need to overcome... (only two? I hear you say but I mean related to card making!)

1) I get bored EASILY - I have friends and family who will design a spectacular card and then make 20, 30 or more of the same design. I don't have the attention span for that!

2) I want something that is easy, fun and quick to put together. No lengthy fussy cutting projects or intricate stamping and colouring for me!

So in view of these two things I am sharing with you my clean and simple, easy to change up and quick to put together cards!

  •  First I cut a selection of kraft tags, some with a big shot, some on the silhouette and some by hand.
  • I stamped, sketched on the silhouette and hand lettered a greeting on the tags ( the one with the tree I added the white cardstock snow before stamping the greeting.
  • I cut my coloured cardstock to the size I needed for my card blanks (I like a white border around my coloured cardstock - you may prefer to have none of the card blank showing)
  • Now I just chose different ways to decorate the tags - a simple reindeer head with big red shiney nose, a simple snow scene with a christmas tree etc....

With all the base bits pre cut it means that for each card I simply have to decorate a tag with a simple motif and I am done. This also means they can sit in my Christmas card making drawer and be pulled out when I have a few minutes to spare.

I hope you enjoyed todays Advent post, come back tomorrow to see a gorgeous decor item by Tricia.

Monday, 5 December 2016

December Virtual Crop Photo Requirements

Hello, our last Virtual Crop of the year, the kits have all sold out, but you can put together your own kit and download the instructions on Saturday.

Our challenge will go live at 8:00 am and then the classes are 10:00am,12:00 noon and 2:00pm - though you can also do them at your leisure.  Come and join the chatter in our Facebook Group ATDML#Create

Class 1 - Karen Moss

All the pages are Christmas themed.

Layout 1 - 4 by 6" landscape

Layout 2 - 4 by 6" portrait

It would be good to have a border punch

Class 2 - Katherine Sutton

All the pages are Christmas/winter themed.

Layout 1 - Two black and white 3.5" squared photos (trimmed from a 4" square photo) - this page is mostly pink.

Layout 2 - 6 by 4" black and white landscape

Layout 3 - Three coloured 2 3/4" squares (again you can crop elements from larger photos), you can use more or less photos for this page (the min being 0 and max 9)

It would be good to have white gesso or acrylic paint and a small piece of kitchen sponge (I cut a bit of one of the scourer sponges), a snowflake punch (or any 1/2" punch that fits with your photos) and some silver glitter glue and a stapler

Class 3 - Mel Hand

Layout 1 - Two 4" square photos

Layout 2 - 6 by 4" portrait.

Snow day!!

I am not a person who enjoys cold weather by any stretch of the imagination - i like my warmth.  However, there are some days that can tempt me out.  A few years ago we had some of the worst snow we had had as long as I can remember, traffic ground to a halt causing all sorts of issues as people tried to prepare for Christmas and it stretched right into the new year.  However, all I remember now is the fun stuff we did to amuse ourselves.  

These photos have been hanging around waiting for the right papers and as soon the Simple stores, Classic Christmas Elements papers I knew it was perfect for them.  I cut the paper to the width of the photo to make a 6 x 12 inch strip of the blue snowflake side.  I wanted to set the photo and title within the strip so I cut from it a 2x6 strip for the bottom of the page.  I applied the photo and title and then trimmed the rest down and stuck in line using a ruler - the top section on yours will depend on what size your title is.

I then cut a 10/16" strip of the plaid side of the Simple stories Classic Christmas 'Holiday Wishes' paper and the snowflake strip off of Carta Bella's Christmas delivery 'journaling cards' to finish off the sides.  As my title was a little wider I cut these to fall just below and above my title. The right hand side felt a little bit unfinished so I added a thin strip of Kraft Bazill 

I hand cut a rough cloud shape and journalled a border round the edge, I then spotted on some glossy accents to create a droplet effect and add a little dimension.

To create the snow falling I shaped some thin wire which I discreetly attached using a drop of glossy accents at the top and bottom of the page. To finish, I added wooden buttons and a punched Kraft star on top.

Your will find some great Christmas projects on the blog and Facebook every day from now until christmas - pop back tomorrow where Mel will be sharing a christmas card idea with you. 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Advent with ATDML - Dec 4th - Shaker Card

Hello, lovely scrappers, I hope you are enjoying our Advent Calendar so far.

For my project I used Kaisercraft's Silver Bells collection.

What you will need:
  • White 6 in square card blank
  • Pink Card
  • A piece of acetate
  • Foam pads
  • Beads
  • Silver Bells  - Believe
  • Silver Bells - Joy
  1. Cut out the large square, with 'Merry & Bright' from the Joy paper and carefully cut out the centre circle, also remove the grey circle.
  2. Cut a circle of acetate, larger than the aperture you have made in the large square. 
  3. Glue the acetate to the large square .
  4. From the same paper cut out the Santa with his sack.
  5. Cut a piece of pink card measuring 5 3/4 square and adhere to your card blank.
  6. Cut a piece of Believe measuring 5 1/4 square and add to the top of the pink card.
  7. Lay your square, with the circle cut out onto your card.  you will now be able to see the best placement for your Merry & Bright circle and your Santa. Glue them in place.
  8. Add foam pads to the back of your acetate, all the way around the circle, and around the back of the large square.
  9. Pour a couple of teaspoons of beads onto the centre of your card and adhere the piece of paper with the acetate , making sure that none of the beads can escape.
  10. Finally, if one of the Manufacturer's strips has appropriate works add to your card
Although I used Silver Bells for this project there are many, many Kaisercraft ranges that you can choose from.