Friday, December 24, 2010


Hi everyone

Well we have some winners to announce for the November Sketches.

The entries for the November Sketches were beautiful and very hard to choose so both ladies will receive a fantastic pack of A2Z Scraplets.


Einat - Lovers

Amanda Taylor - Urban Cowboy
Thank you so for participating in the November 1st Sketch.

Please email me at with your addresses and your Scraplets will be on the way!!


keep safe this holiday season, look forward to seeing you all here in the new year!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Scrap with V Blog Hop

Christmas Bauble

Hi All,
I have revamped idea of old ... these paper baubles you may remember being made out of Christmas cards .. I decided to give them a try using double sided Christmas paper ....
scraps of Christmas paper or one sheet ( card weight )
A circle cutter or punch
glue gun or fast drying glue
2 buttons, ribbons, & a lightweight ornament to trim
Step 1 .. Using a circle cutter or punch , make 20 circles
* mine are 6cm diameter ( the larger the circles... the larger the bauble)
Step 2 .. Fold up edges to create a triangle
Step 3 ... Glue the sides of 5 triangles to form a circle
Step 4 ... join 5 more triangles to the outside edges of circle

Step 5 .. Thread a length of string or Christmas tie through a button & thread through hole at top of circle (sorry about the blurred photo)
Step 6 .. Glue a triangle into each of the gaps
step 7 ... Glue 5 remaining triangles to outer edges , then join sides leaving 1 side not glued
step 8 .. Decorate your chosen ornament if needed, attach onto a button with string, thread into base hole of the bauble, glue the last side to form a ball
step 9 .. Tie a ribbon around hanging string , baubles may be decorated with glitter or kindy glitz if desired
and ta dah ...all finished ... pretty baubles to hang for Christmas ...
I apologize for the photos .. overcast weather and a shaky hand makes for shockers.. LOL
Have fun creating ...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Another fabulous Christmas Tree

Hi everyone

Well if you liked the lovely tree that you made with Lindy for the Cyber Crop Mystery Challenge, then I thought you might also like this one.

This tree is very similar to one we did a couple of years ago with the accordion folds however this tree doesn't have the Chipboard Tree under.

I was inspired by Vicki C with this tree and just had to share with you all.

Using Accordion fold pinwheels which are really easy, this tree can be made in under 2 hours and makes a fantastic center piece.

Now for a few simple instruction on how to make this tree.

Things you will need for this tree:

Paper Trimmer
Wooden Skewer
Old ribbon roll (this is what I used)
Hot Glue Gun or quick drying strong glue
Scoring tool (could be a butter knife) or bone folder
Pencil and ruler
Kindy Glitz or similar
Christmas Star or similar

Step 1 - Using your glue gun adhere your skewer into the center of your ribbon spool. I have packed the inside of the ribbon spool with brown paper to give the skewer more support. Then glue around the skewer and the top of the spool.

Step 2 - pick some papers (I have used scraps left over from last years tree) Cut 2 strips of paper that are equal length and width. Then cut width to the size of the pinwheel you want (my largest is 4 1/2 inches wide).

Step 3 - Using a pencil mark out on the backside of the paper your fold lines (I have done my fold approx 1 cm apart). Using your scoring tool score down these lines, then fold as accordion. Align both strips evenly and then adhere creating a long accordion strip.

Step 4 - Pull both ends of the accordion around to meet, adhere securely. Next pop the pinwheel out and push it down, you will probably need to hold it down with your fingers. Using your glue gun apply glue around the center of the pinwheel leaving a hole in the middle.

Note: I have also done mine so that it angles down and not laying flat, sort of like a skirt but ever so slight.

Continue to do the accordion folds with all the varying sizes of strips. I have gone down in size by 1/2 inch for each pinwheel and only done 5 pinwheels for my tree. You may like to make it fuller and do more.

Step 5 - Going from largest to smallest, slide your largest pinwheel onto the skewer and adhere in place with your glue gun. Continue to do this with each pinwheel. Spacing them evenly apart.

Step 6 - Kindy Glitz or Stickles the edges of your pinwheels (I have used silver Kindy Glitz). At the top of your tree at your smallest pinwheel tie a bow with your ribbon.

Finally secure your Star to the top of your tree by adhere with your glue gun to the point of your skewer.

You are now done!! Easy peasy hey??

Here is my tree and some close ups for you.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Quick and easy tutorial for Tussie Mussie

My craft is called a Tussie Mussie - a cone shaped hanging ornament that's easy to make but so elegant looking and perfect for housing a small gift, gift card, or even candy! For the supplies you will need:

1 12x12 Double-sided patterned paper (must be double sided because the inside can be seen) I used the Echo Park Wintertime Line
Strong adhesive (I used American Crafts This to That adhesive runner, and it worked great!)
Ribbon - I used Webster's Pages ribbon
Embellies - I used the Echo Park Wintertime Stickers and some MME rhinestones

First take the 12x12 patterned paper and fold it in half diagonally, then cut along the folded line so you have a triangle piece of pp.

Hold the pp with the cut side of the pp down and the pointed side up and take one corner and curl it up until it meets right along the edge of the upper triangle. You want the bottom to close in tight, and for the top of your paper to meet the top of the triangle in the back of the cone. After you've gotten it in place adhere it together.

Then take the paper hanging on the other side of the cone and wrap it around until it meets up to the point in the back of the cone (where the other side met up), keeping the cone as tight as possible. Adhere that side, and your cone should look like this at the back.

I like to smoosh mine down a bit now as it will be easier to embellish and it's made for hanging so you want it a little flat

Your cone is now ready for embellishing! Attach a piece of ribbon around the top of the cone, starting at the back and ending around the other side of the back.

Loop a smaller piece of the ribbon and attach it at the back of the cone where all the points meet. I like to staple it because it needs to be strong if you are going to put something in it that has some weight.

Now you can embellish however you like! I used the Echo Park stickers from the wintertime collection and added a little glitter and some bling to the center, and also at the point where I attached the staple. I used my paper crimper to crimp up a piece of coordinating patterned paper and then cut it into strips to fill the cone cone, then added a gift card that I bought the other day!!

I like to hang these on the Christmas tree with various goodies and gift cards for my kids!
Have fun creating!! :)


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Secret Santa Swap Update

Hi ladies

Well I thought it was time for an update on the SS swap. This swap started in the forum which is now closed.

Everyone should have posted their SS present by the 30th November and everyone should being starting to receive their pressies now.

If you have received your Secret Santa please leave a comment below and why not share with us what you received by using Mr Linky below. We would all love to see what you received.

So link up below and show us what your Secret Santa sent you.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 15th Sketch - By Jodi

Hi There fellow Scrapper..
Jodi here bringing you the mid December Sketch

Here it is...
Kindy Chritmassy and quiet layered,
but if layering isnt your style, than dont use them... I
ts just for inspiration as you will see with some of the Design Team Samples

This is the sketch....

Here is my sample

See what the Design Team have done with it...

Too Excited for Photos

- Let it Snow

Magia Swint

Smat @ Charming

Christmas Eve 2009

Nick Knopke
Christmas Joy

Please load sketches using Mr Linky by 31st December...
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone and all the best of everything for the New year!
Happy Scrapping!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Cyber Crop here tonight

Hi everyone and welcome to our first ever Cyber Crop on the blog.

We have some terrific challenges for you tonight brought to you by some of the Design Team.

Everyone has a week to complete the challenges, weather you do 1 challenge or all challenges it doesn't matter. Upload your takes on the challenges to your blog and link up to Mr Linky below to be in the chance to win some fabulous prizes.

Lucky Door Prize this month is a fabulous mystery pack of Scraplets
donated by Julie at A2Z Scraplets
all you need to do is complete all the challenges and link up to Mr Linky to go into the draw for the door prize. Design Team are eligible for the door prize as it is luck of the draw.

The Mystery/Blind Challenge with Lindy will be held in the Chat Roll in this post, all other general chat will be held in the Chit Chat over in the right side bar.

Ok so lets get this Cyber Crop rolling!!

First up with

Challenge 1 with Amanda

My challenge is a three part challenge:

1 .Scrap a Christmas layout
2. based on a night time activity
3. using NO Christmas themed supplies :)

Here is my sample layout for you

Challenge 2 - Sketch - with Natalie
The very talented Natalie has designed this sketch especially for the Cyber Crop

and Natalie's take on her sketch

Challenge 3 - Card - with Chris

It's Christmas time and we think about red, green and gold but for my challenge I want to move you from your comfort zones. I would like you to replace the red with either orange or pink and or replace the green with grey or brown. The gold has to stay and it must be a Christmas card. Please add stitching and stamping on your card too. Have fun!!

Chris's card sample

Now for the DT only Challenge
This is a challenge set for the Design Team girls giving them the opportunity to win a fabulous prize too.

Ok so girls here is your challenge

1. Use glitter & bling (goes without saying)
2. Use non traditional colours
3. Snowflakes to be added somewhere
4. Include tree and bauble shapes
5. The word Light or Lights in your title
6. Tissue Doily
7. Use a list format for your journaling

Have fun with that challenge girls!!

Now for the Mystery Challenge with Lindy
be sure to be here for this one!! Fabulous Off the Page for you.
Will be held below in the chat box in this post.
Lindy will inform everyone over in the chit chat when she will be starting.
Ensure you have your bits ready from the previous post with the goodies you will need.

Blogger Chat

Mystery Challenge with Lindy - You will need:

- paper circles of 6 different sizes and approximately 10 of each (my largest size is about 5 inches) paper circle can be newspaper, book or novel pages, Christmas scraps from your stash or any scraps of paper, you will need to scrunch these circles up.
- wire
- 2 x wavy cardboard circle of the same size of the biggest paper circle, glue together for added strength.
- wooden stick (skewer)
- paper rose
- fake holly fruits optional
- embellishments (to hang and glue at the base)
- white acrylic paint for painting the thick cardboard piece
- hot glue gun or strong quick drying glue
- pliers
- scissors
- Kindy glitz or Stickles or loose glitter


Step 1 : make a hole with the stick into the wavy cardboard.
Step 2 : Put the stick in place to make it stay firm. I usually use a huge masking tape or crepe tape because it's just perfect for this kind of things.
Step 3: This is very important step. Crush each circle before you put it on the stick. This will give to a nice airy and distressed look.
Step 4: Pin the paper circle approximately in the centre and don't be concerned if it's not right in the middle. In fact this will make even more intresting. Continue with the others and don't forget to crush them. This operation will take you some time but the result is worth doing it. Leave approximately 1 cm of the stick looking out of the paper circles.

Step 5: When you put on the stick all the paper circles put some hot glue in the wavy cardboard where you made a hole previously and place the bottom of the stick of your paper tree on the cardboard. Hold the tree till the glue is completely hard and the tree is standing well balanced.

Step 6: Add more glue to the layer between the cardboard and the first paper circle to make it completely stable.

Step 7: Now depending on personal preference on what you would like to do with glitter you can either use a brush and brush on some Kindy Glitz or squeeze the bottle and drop over the paper layers. You can also use stickles if you like or you can spray the paper with glue spray. This step depends on your taste of how much glitter do you want on your tree if you like it a lot spray it generously, then pur the loose glitter on the paper layers - shake well to allow excess of glitter to go down.

Step 8: Paint the bottom cardboard with white acrylic paint. Apply some glitter on the wet paint if desired.

Step 9: With the glue gun stick the end of the wire (1m long) somewhere between the biggest paper circles at the bottom of the tree and wrap it around the tree till reaching the top.

Step 10: Twist the end of the wire around the top of the stick.

Step 11: Glue the red holly fruits or red beads with the glue and put them into the glitter (optional). If you don't have holly fruits then another embellishment to suit.

Step 12: Take the rose and place it on the top of the tree.

Step 13: Make a bow under the rose using the desired ribbon.

Step14: Take another piece of wire and twist it around a pencil and pull it down. Now you pull the ends and there you have the twisted wire.

Step 15: Put one end of the wire into the middle of the rose.

Step 16: Now you can decorate the tree like you desire.

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