Wednesday, 22 December 2010

November RAK Winner @ Scrapbook Challenges! {and some Christmas Projects}

YIPIDEEDOODAA!!  Look what I discovered!

That's right peeps!  I won the November RAK over at Scrapbook Challenges!  The last RAK I won was also with a layout of Reilly - my younger son!!  Not that I am superstitious - not in the least - but he reckons it's definitely got something to do with him LOL...

And a pretty awesome RAK it is too I'm sure you'll agree?!  JAM-PACKED this one is!!!

What a list eh?!  How's that for one awesome Christmas present hey - thank you Scrapbook Challenges, Pamela & Tidbits in Time kits!  Woohoo!!

Now onto some work...yes, surprise, surprise, I have done a teeny bit between tree decorating...and tree decorating {yes we have 2 trees...don't ask why?!} and shopping...and gift shopping...and grocery shopping...and nursery shopping...{it's Spring here you see and now is PLANTING TIME!} so I am feeling slightly insane at this point....but I guess that's why they call it the SILLY SEASON!
It has been raining here a lot so these are all indoor photos and you can tell lol...Raining and hot - our air-conditioners are on while Europe freezes...

I received my goodie box full of new stash recently {just in time before the new lot of CHA goodies releases next year - ooooh how I hate the FIVE WEEK WAIT for shipping!}  I bought a pack of gorgeous Girls' Paperie Christmas embellishments (see the centre of my wreath decoration) and those are what sparked this whole idea.
I started with one in the centre (added some bling because I wanted this to be sparkly in the candlelight as it's hanging on our dining-room wall so will be a stunning showpiece for our Christmas dinner).  I fussy cut a couple of sheets of last year's Making Memories Christmas paper.

Mounted the GP embellie onto a piece of cardstock punched with my giant scallop punch then layered them onto a big flower which I painted silver (quick and easy with a big silver Pilot marker) then onto a doily, then another huge flower!
I used my new Crate Paper Restoration papers for the floral circle behind the huge flower and behind the fussy cut flowers too.  I added giant bling to hold down the petals (tip - buy cheap bling) even here you can get sheets of it for R10 {about US$1.30} and South Africa is notoriously expensive for scrappy supplies).

Punched a whole lot of 1inch circles from the yellow Crate paper (left-over after cutting the big circle) and flipped them over to use the green spotted side) LOVE that paper - then I made my own scalloping by adhering the circles slightly overlapping them as I went along.
Used some lovely red velvet ribbon from my stash for making a nice long loop to hang my wreath decoration with (I stapled it to make sure it wouldn't come apart - then covered the staple with a petal!) I added a long bow at the bottom plus some hand-dyed crinkle ribbon, webster's tinsel and some beads.

Christmas wreath decoration supplies list:-  Girls' Paperie Christmas 2010 Embellishment
                                                                 Self-adhesive bling rhinestones
                                                                 Big flowers (Mr. Price Home decor store)
                                                                 PILOT marker - silver
                                                                 Printed papers - Crate Paper Restoration and
                                                                 Making Memories Christmas 2009                
                                                                 Cardstock - Bazzill Kiwi
                                                                 Red velvet ribbon
                                                                 Hand-dyed crinkle ribbon (Pearl Lui)
                                                                 Chain and clasp (from an old handbag accessory)
                                                                 Beads (LSS)
                                                                 Fine tinsel (Webster's Pages)
                                                                 Doily (Little Yellow Bicycle)
Then I made a card!   

Christmas card supplies list:-  Bazzill cardstock - red and green
                                                  Red ruffle ribbon - Maya Road
                                                  Printed paper - Crate Paper Restoration
                                                  Embellishment - Girls' Paperie Christmas 2010
                                                  Red ink
                                                  Black fineliner (sadly my sewing machine is broken!)
                                                  Red ink - Colourbox

I'm not a card-maker generally but I was happy with this one.  I wanted simple & bold.  I used some Jenni Bowlin product packaging as a template for the bracket shape. No sentiment required.

I prepared the cover of a 7 Gypsies concertina mini-album - in the hopes that I can stash away some of the many images I know I'll be taking over the next week - in a quiick and easy format!
So glad that this time round I added in a pack of simple Tim Holtz tags 'cos they make such a good base for so many things...Used one for the base of the title.  Mounted the Girls' Paperie embellishment onto a scalloped circle , added some bling and a berry rub-on.  Added the title, date and inked the edges.

Mini-album supplies:-  Printed paper - Crate Paper Retoration
                                      Red ink - Colour Box
                                      Embellishment - Girls' Paperie Christmas 2010
                                      Bazzill cardstock - Kiwi
                                      Rub-on - Basic Grey
                                      Bling swirl (cut up) - Prima
                                      Tim Holtz tag
                                      Alphas - Making Memories and Pink Paislee
                                      Bling - LSS

Tag cardstock:-           Tim Holtz tag
                                     Red cardstock - American Crafts
                                     Pink text paper - Girls' Paperie packaging
                                     Silver pen - Pilot
                                     Hand-dyed crinkle ribbon - Pearl Lui
                                     Girls' Paperie embellishment
                                     Green cardstock - Bazzill Kiwi

Thanks for looking!  

Hope it gave you a nice little coffee break between   a.l.l.   t.h.e   w.r.a.p.p.i.n.g...


Unknown said...

wow.. beautiful projects..

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Congrats!!! Have fun playing with your new goodies!
You make great cards too, and beautiful wall hanging, thanks for sharing!

Lynette Jacobs said...

Congratulations on winning the RAK...fabulous goodies!

Lovely card and Christmas wreath...the wreath looks like a lot of work but worthwhile.

jessica_haley555 said...

Congrats!!! Great work.

Bente Fagerberg said...

YOU are a VERY lucky girl Helen Tilbury. What a gorgeous RAK to receive. Christmas came early this year,...huh..?
Well, in many ways glad it does noy come early here. I am SO behind with the preparations. It all began with me being ill and hospitalized,...
So I have an excuse...Well kind of..LOL!

WARM ( or maybe you would prefere cold..?) HUGS from a very snow-filled Sweden.


Bente Fagerberg said...

Forgot to say I love your cards!!

Diana said...

And you say you're not a Christmas person...?

Ella Swan said...

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments! Lynette the wreath decoration was surprisingly simple! The most time-consuming part was fussy-cutting the 2 sheets of MM paper {the glittery foliage} - all in all it took a couple of hours so was similar to a layout for me! LOL Diana - Those Girls' Paperie embellishments were the only Christmas stuff I bought (& 2 sheets of Christmas paper!) & that was the only tag & card I made all month!