Wednesday, 28 November 2012

JYC - It is nearly here!

For the past two years I have been taking part in Shimelle Laine's Journal Your Christmas.  It is such a fun project to work on if you really love this time of year.  It starts on the 1st  December and I am a little late in getting prepared for one of my favourite projects of the year, but I am nearly done. So pleased that this year I am able to dedicate an area in my craft room solely for this project. It just makes it easier not to have to put everything away and just pick up where I have left off the previous day.

My Kit arrived from Shimelle last week and I just LOVE it!
I am determined to finish my 2012 Journal as we work our way through December, but if I don't then that is OK too. As long as I keep my journal and photos up to date (as I have done in the past) it should be fine.

 The American Crafts 8x8 album worked well both times before so I will be using one again this year.
These are a few pages form my 2012 Album.
I have been super organised this year and completely prepared for the Silly Season so I am hoping to keep you updated as my album progresses during the month of December and into January. 

I am looking forward to drinking lots of hot Chocolaty drinks, snuggling up with winter woollies and looong hot bubbly baths after a good work out!!

Thank you for stopping by!
Cindy x

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

...too early to talk Christmas?

Nooo!  I love Christmas.  My checklist started on the 1st September already! - True story..

Last year my lovely mum bought me a chipboard Holly Wreath from Kaisercraft for Christmas and it was top of my list to finish as part of our home decorations this year. It took me a while to get started though as I thought it was going to be hard work - cutting and sanding etc. (most chipboard projects scare me a bit)
After "breaking" the pieces apart I sanded the edges where they were joined smooth.
I chose the Darling Dear 6x6 Designer paper pad from My Minds Eye.  It is an older collection, but I had it in my stash for some time now and think it is so cute. I drew the shapes out on the paper and then cut them out.
I used Mod Podge to glue my paper pieces to the chipboard and inked the edges with "vintage photo" distress ink from Tim Holtz. 
I then painted the wooden ring and edges with Silver paint.  At this point it was late and with crossed eyed tiredness mixed in with bad lighting a lot of the paint ended up on the actual leaves!  That is OK though. It looks like I meant to do that.
I am so happy with the result. I love it and can not wait to decorate the house! 
 Even I have to wait to the 1st December though....

Are you currently working on any crafty Christmas projects?

Thank you for stopping by today!
Cindy x