Holidays are Coming

Hello again,

How is everyone today?  Warm and well I hope.

It’s that time of the month, when I post my project for The Cutting Cafe design team,

so here it is……

The theme was Christmas, so I created several of these Stocking Boxes, available here-:

https://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/christmas-stocking-box/

For decoration I printed off some snowflake paper from the Playful Penguins collection,

available here -: https://www.dreamees.org.uk/

I also used Dreamees stamps to create the poinsettia and holly leaves.  The crocheted trim

and pale blue ribbon were from my stash, along with the pearls.

It’s amazing what we have tucked away in our crafty areas!

To finish I used a black fine liner pen to create a faux stitch effect, I think it adds a bit of detail,

as well as separating the layers.

These are just big enough for a small bar of chocolate such as a multi-pack Dairy milk bar.

Another idea for this cutting file is to shrink it down further,

and cut out 24, to make an advent calender, wouldn’t that be cute?  24 tiny

stockings hung on your tree.

Be sure to check out The cutting cafe blog on the 7th & 21st of the month,  heres the link-:

https://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/cutting_cafe_blog/

and you can view every project made by the design team.  Leave a comment and

you will be in with a chance to win 3 files of your choice.

Who doesn’t love a freebie?

Thanks for checking out my blog, and Happy Crafting folks xx

Dreamee Swap

Greetings from a very wet UK.

Yes it’s cold and wet here today, good thing I don’t want to venture out in this weather,

I got wet through just doing the school run!!

Anyhoo… here is the card I made for the Dreamees November swap, (yes I’m a little behind on posting).

Turned out rather pretty, don’t you agree.

The greeting, poinsettias and the frame are all Dreamees products, and the shabby wood

effect paper is a digital download from Etsy.

Everything else is from my craft stash, cos’ I have loads of STUFF hidden away in my treasure trove.

Leave a comment and let me know what your thoughts are, I love hearing from you all.

Well that was a nice quick post for today, so until next time…..

Happy Crafting xx

 

Its DT Project time again!!

Hello from a very cold UK.

Wet and windy here today, but I do believe we are expecting snow in the near future.

Not sure if it’s correct, but some areas of the country are being hit

with bad snowfall, so only time will tell.

Right then, onto today’s post…. it might be a long one.

This weeks design post for the Cutting Cafe, is using the Greeting card folder found here-:

https://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2009/02/greeting-card-folder-special-offer.html

I have used it in a variety of ways, to use as a means of gift giving.

This is the outside of the folder which uses a magnet as a closure.

As you can see I made a “Spa at Home” type of gift, which includes candles, bath salts,

face & foot masks.  All very inexpensive items.

Here is a few more that I made for the kids & as a general gift, maybe for an elderly neighbor,

your delivery guy or even your post man/lady. :))

 

Super simple yet cute, and just enough to say ” Thank You”.

The one for the kids has now been requested for my nieces wedding next year, so all the attending kiddos

get an activity pack.  Pretty good idea if I do say so myself.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s post, so until next time…

Happy crafting xx

 

 

Chocolate Heaven

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Well it is in my house at least!  What with all the Christmas fair stock taking up space.

We had our first craft fair a few days ago, so now I have to take stock of what sold well,

and what didn’t.  I also have to make sure I have enough stock for my next

fair on the 24th November, so I’m am trying to stay organised.

Here is a craft fair favourite worldwide I think, it’s the snowman chocolate bar.

Admittedly, you can’t make a huge profit on these, especially as the chocolate bar only cost £1.

I sell these at £1.50 because I buy the chocolate in bulk, making it a little cheaper.

As a result I make around 50p per bar sold, so not a huge profit, but profit non the less.

And as it draws customers to my stall,

there are plenty of other items to entice the most savvy of shoppers.

So here’s to a simple yet effective chocolate treat

for the holiday season.

Crafty Hugs….. Kim xx

Family Time

Good morning all,

today’s post is to share a little bit of holiday magic.

As some of you may know, I have an autistic son called Zach.

He still believes in Santa, and every year gets excited just like any other child

would do.

This year I have taken him to meet some of my crafty friends, ie-: The Dreamees,

and as a result he has had me buying some MDF projects for him to paint.

Here is Zach enjoying himself painting his “Santa Stop Here” sign.

It’s so lovely to see him joining in with a project, even if I’m not allowed to touch it.

I will share his finished project closer to Christmas,

when I have all the pieces finished, sshh it’s part of a bigger project,

but I’m sure you will love the completed article.

Keep an eye open for more of Zach’s crafty adventures!

That’s all for now, so until next time…..

do more of what makes you happy 🙂

Gable Box Chocolates

Christmas is just not Christmas,

without a box of your family favourite chocolate.

As a treat I always buy a tub of Quality Street & Heroes, just to have an ocassional

nibble when passing.

As a result of this, I now create a small gift box containing these sweets for others,

and to sell at my craft fair.

Gable boxes are so cute when printed in christmas designs, and decorated with my

usual snowflake and bell, it really adds a bit of festivity to what could be an otherwise boring package.

This is just two of the designs, however they all hold the same chocolates, and have the same quotes attached.

The tag on the Heroes reads-:  Heroes come in all shapes and sizes,

while the tag on the Quality Street reads-:  Thanks for being top QUALITY.

Rather Apt in my opinion, but I am biased :)))

I will be back in a few days with more of my craft fair makes to share with you.

Until next time……….  Happy crafting xx

Chocolate Candy Box

Hello there,

As promised I am sharing another item I have created for my craft fair,

and as I have found in the past, anything which involves chocolate seems to be rather popular,

and also economically viable.

I used a cutting file from https://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/

and here is the link to the file-:

https://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2009/01/candy-box.html

The box was made with a white base of 300gsm cardstock,

while the top was printed in a variety of designs before cutting on my Scan n Cut.

To finish off the decoration I used a plastic snowflake. (bought from ebay) a tag and a jingle bell.

All tied together with a piece of twine.

The mini tags also have quirky sayings on them, one of which says-:

Life happens…..chocolate helps.

And the other tag reads-:

Save the planet…..It’s the only one with chocolate.

I found them rather amusing, so I hope my customers do too.

Happy crafting folks xx

MIA & DT Project

Oh my word,

where have the last few weeks gone?

I have been so busy making stock for my christmas fairs, that I have not blogged for a while.

Well here is my DT project for http://www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com

For this months first challenge we were asked to create something using this file-:

https://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2010/09/so-thankful-circle-word-printable-stamp-set.html

or this file-:

https://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2009/10/happy-thanksgiving-huge-circle-word-.html

I chose to use the So Thankful circle, to use as a decoration on my autumn/fall wreath.

 

I do enjoy making something a little bit different, so I even found a file for a 3D pinecone,

to add extra dimension to this project.

The twine and berries were already in my stash, so there was no extra cost involved either.

Do you make home decor items?

It can be really rewarding when visitors ask where you purchased something,

and you reply with ” I made it “,  it really is a wonderful feeling.

Well until next time…….  Happy Crafting xx

DT Project

Top of the morning to ya.

How are we all today?  Good I hope, I know I am.

Today I’m sharing my latest design team project for The Cutting Cafe.

Every month on the 7th & 21st we create projects using items from -: http://www,thecuttingcafe.typepad.com

This month we could use any files we liked, so I chose to use the Fun with Crates file,

available here-: http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2015/01/fun-with-crates-template-and-cutting-file.html

 

I decided to create 3 different crates, to show how versatile this file is.

As you can see, I have used one for a spa kit, one for a christmas ” Thanks a Latte” gift, and

one just for a autumnal/fall decoration.

I would like to add that as the crate cuts in one piece, it was super easy to re-size.

Here’s a closer look at each crate. Don’t you just love em!

I also used the mini coffee cup wraps file, available here-:

http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2017/09/mini-coffee-cup-wrap-set-template-and-cutting-file.html

and the lip balm and chapstick holder, also available here-:

http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/lip-balm-chapstick-holder/

Go on over to The Cutting Cafe Blog -:

http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/cutting_cafe_blog/

and check out the rest of the design teams creations, I’m sure you will find these ultra inspirational, and

don’t forget to leave a comment too, as every month someone will win 3 files from the cutting cafe,

in a prize draw.

Until next time…. Crafty hugs

from Kim xx

A Well Planned Crimbo

Morning Peeps;)

Just here to share more christmas fair items with you.

I’m sure I’m not the only one on a crafty mission, at this time of year.

Todays post is all about being organised.  How organised are you?

I’m a list kinda girl, in fact I make a list of that list, if you get my drift!!

I’ts sad I know, but i keeps me in control, and I don’t forget anything this way.

In my fight to get everyone organised,

I decided to create a Christmas Planner, using the printables from The Cutting Cafe.

Here is the link to the files-:

http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/2009/11/holiday-plannerprintable-stamp-set.html

And here is what I created.

I simply took a piece of A4 kraft cardstock and scored it on my Ultimate pro using the DL score line.

I did this twice to create the 3 equal sections.

Next I turned it 90 degrees and scored at 1 & 1/8 inch. This small section will create pockets

to hold your printables in.

All I needed to do then was use pretty papers to cover my organiser wallet, add a little bit of glue to the edges

of the pockets, (being careful to leave ample space for my lists).

I used ribbon or kam snaps for my closures.

Not sure how well they will sell, but as they cost pennies to make, I will only charge around £1

each for them.