Wednesday, 5 November 2014

#3 Christmas Decorations

Hi and welcome to our third Challenge.

We are still thrilled at all the support you are showing us, thank you. Our winner's post from last month can be found here

This month with the silly season rapidly approaching we would like you to show us your skills in creating something to decorate your Christmas. You might fancy, making some baubles, or maybe a Christmas wall hanging. What about a glorious wreath, or a fully decorated tree (no we don't mean take a snap of the tree in your lounge, but you might make a decorated tree as a decoration!). I'm sure you get the idea.

Anyhow, our hostess Angela R. will be bobbing around all your blogs and seeing what takes her fancy for our Winner and Top 5.

We hope our fabulous Design Team can inspire you. Please pop by their blogs and show them your appreciation, but before I post their gorgeous creations please also show some appreciation for our two Guests who were two of our Winners of our very first challenge.


Hello, my name is Elly and I've joined the crafting world via YouTube with my first creations of mini books in 2010. I started as a paper crafter and discovered the the world of mixed media as I found Michael DeMeng and Andy Skinner. After my first online workshop with Andy Skinner, I was infected creating art with acrylic paints and all the unlimited possibilities with upcycling and altered art. I love to create art any style with whatever I can get my hands on.

 Today it's my honor to share some Christmas decoration with you. I received six papermachè baubles a view weeks ago and my idea was to create some kind of extraordinary or maybe special baubles. Special means *timeworn*, vintage or something with a used - look for me.
Well, describing mixed media techniques can't be done in a short report. Even a bunch of pictures can't explain everything, but for those of you, who are interested to see the step by step, I would be happy if you visit my blog where I'm posting a tutorial for you.
Thanks for the invite and sharing my mixed media obsession.
xoxo Elly 

and our other Guest
  Hi everyone! My name is Ester and I live in western Finland. I've always been enthusiastic about handicrafts and a past few years I've been paper crafting. Mixed media and art journaling are my favorite things right now but I'm easily carried away to other interesting forms of expressing myself. My favorite supplies are stamps, stencils and spray inks with bright colors. Music is my muse, lyrics give me inspiration and I often use them as a quotes. You can visit me at my blog 
I made a canvas that represents my image of peaceful x-mas. Canvas was covered with gesso and snow was also made with it through a stencil. Before snow dried I added diamond dust to it. Sky was made with spray inks, water and stencil. Animals I stamped to tissue paper and colored them before adding them to the canvas, other embellishments are die cuts.
Hugs Päivi
and now over to our team and their gorgeous decorations

Angela R.@ Felix the Crafty Cat
  I am so pleased to be your hostess for the challenge this month and look forward to seeing all your fabulous entries. Once again we have had a great response for the October challenge, big thanks to all of you who joined in.
So here we go, hope you enjoy what my team members have produced to tempt you.
Here is my project for this month.
This is an altered clock and if you would like to see how I made it please pop over to my blog where you will find full details here

A simple make from me this month - A Tree ornament made from buttons, sitting on a wooden cotton reel. I have applied gesso, paints burlap and glitter, details on my Blog.

I've made this Christmas tree ornament with Julie Nutting designed Wooden doll. Hop over to my blog Neon Diary for more details.


For my Christmas project I have made a gift box using lots of  mixed media products,
details on my blog  

Rita Marie
This decoration was made with chipboard, papers, chain, wires,beads, and embellishments. I glued papers down on gessoed chipboard then used distressed inks to paint and stamp with over the papers, punched holes for wires and chain, glued embellishments to it and then added beads to wire.  I also covered with beeswax.  I used some French ephemera.  I hope this is an inspirational piece for some of you to enjoy. If you would like to see more of my artwork please visit my Blog.  Thank you! 
This Christmas ornament for my own tree started as a styrofoam ball to which I glued strips from a paper napkin.  Then I added some vertical strips of lace, metallic mesh ribbon and soutache braid along with some oval and circular panels made from foil tape that has been embossed, painted and highlighted with gilder's paste.  I also re-coloured some filigree pieces and added those along with some pearls.  Finally I made a loopy bow for the top with a pearl stick pin and then added some beads to another stick pin for the bottom. 

I created a canvas matching my Christmas decoration. I used the same papers that I used for an advent calendar and a snowflake wall ornament. Jump over to my blog to see a process video on how I created this canvas. I used my Gelatos, patterned paper, stamps and various stencils. 

My christmas decoration is this triptych in white/red.
I started with mod podge and design papers. I used distress paint 'antique linen' to paint the other parts. Other materials used; rub ons, structure paste & stencils, lots of embellishments...
For detail photos you can visit my blog!


Merethe A :)
These Heart frames are from Marianne design (sets with 3 hearts and a snowflake die) and the snowflakes are Martha Stewart punches. Each frame are double and glued them together with a tread inbetween. the frames are embossed with silver embossing poweder. Snowflakes x3 and just the egdes are embossed. Foldet them in half and glued egdet to egde with the first two and layered the tread in the middle and glued the third one with the egde so the tread got in the middle... Not har to make and you can use dies and punche, making ornaments and garlands to.... You can glue more snowflakes together, but minimum 3. Happy crafting and good luck :)

Angela Johnson
For my project this month I created this simple Christmas Tree hanging ornament.
I started with some recycled cereal board and a simple hand drawn tree.
I added several layers and Voila.
For more details please visit my blog.
03 Christmas Decs - All
I am sorry mine is so late! I decorated up three Christmas themed words from Anna Marie Designs. Please see my blog for details.


#02 The Body Beautiful, Winner and Top 5

Hi everyone! I'm Marina, a member of the design team and this time it's me turn to pick the winner and Top 5 for our October challenge.

There were so many amazing projects and I had a hard time choosing. The winner will be offered a guest spot to for a future challenge.So without further ado the winner is:-

Please contact Lin at the email address in the side bar to let us know if you want to Guest for us, so we can liaise and sort out suitable dates.

And now for the Top 5. It was so difficult to choose and everyone did such a great job. Congratulations, please take our Top 5 badge, and we will be honoured if you will display it on your blog.

Don't forget to pop back at 12 noon GMT for our November Challenge.