So this is Christmas (again) as someone once said. Hopefully you are able to take a few minutes out from The Madness to do a bit of crafting, or at least think about what you can craft when The Madness is over for another year.
As it is the season for reflecting, I have been reflecting on the fact that even if I live to be 150 and craft every day, all day, I shall never use up all my crafty "stash". To that end, I have just done an inventory of all my paper kits, digikits and crafting CDs in an attempt, not only to get on top of what I own, but also to get rid of some of it. And how much did I get rid of? Precisely nothing.
One good thing that did come out of this exercise though was that I re-discovered some amazing paper kits that I've not looked at, let alone crafted with, for years. One of these was Classic Christmas, a beautiful kit from Docrafts, which may well have been one of the first paper kits I ever bought. It has some fab festive papers, really useful chipboard embellishments and great toppers. I love the colour scheme too. It is black, red and green which is perfect for Christmas.
One of the advantages of crafting with a kit like this one, especially at this hectic time of year, is that you can make a whole range of items from just one kit without having to search high and low through the aforementioned crafty stash. And to prove my point, here are four quite different festive items, all made from just this one kit, Classic Christmas.
The first two are Christmas decorations which were made using wooden MDF plaques decorated with papers and chipboard embellishments from the kit. I used the traditional method of "decoupage" on the first one, which is where you tear up pieces of paper and glue them at random, overlapping as you go, over the entire surface of the item, before "varnishing" it with PVA glue to seal the papers in.
I then made a DL card using a card blank from my stash and one of the papers from the kit, as well as some small toppers. I matted the toppers onto gold mirror card first and also used a star punch to create the three central stars that match the background.
Finally, I made a piece of free-standing home decor, using a cheap frame from the local charity shop, more papers and toppers from the kit and a die-cut flourish in gold mirror card. I think that this black, red and gold combination always works well for festive themed items, don't you?
Anyway, that's my Christmas crafting done for another year. I hope you have a good time over the holiday period and I look forward to catching up with you again in 2018, when one of my New Year resolutions will be to blog here more often.
Happy Christmas and Happy Crafting!