Friday, 23 November 2012
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree (and a giveaway too!)
I love my papercrafting dies...... you may have noticed that already! Last year I used them to make cereal packet decorations for the Christmas tree and as I've added a "few" more dies to my collection since then, I thought it was about time I put them to good use.
Angels in 2011 but this week I've gone to town with my new Christmas tree dies, one from Papertrey Ink and one from Wplus9. And once again I've used cereal packet card as my base as its just the right thickness to cut nicely with the dies and of course its free!
My very favourite cereal, both for card and to eat, is the Dorset brand. I was busy die cutting the boxes the other day when I thought how nice the trees looked 'in the buff' so to speak, ie without a top decorative layer. Dorset cereals come in a number of different varieties and the box graphics has had a new look recently with each cereal variety having its own colour scheme. I really like the kraft colour one and set about cutting the trees more carefully so that I could utilise the best bits of the box design. I thought my little trees were perfect for creating a garland and all I added were a few felt hearts and wooden beads before crocheting them together. I really like how it turned out.
My other trees are more conventionally crafted - adding vintage sheet music, layers of stamped cardstock, or of course using the matching stamp set.
If you'd like to have a go at making a small forest for your Christmas tree, I've decided to have a little giveaway - a sort of Christmas present for all my loyal followers - you know who you are!! I've loved the recent releases from Wplus9 and was absolutely delighted to find Emily at Make the Day Special had started stocking the stamps and dies right here in the UK - yippee!!! I added an extra set to my last order and if you'd like a chance to win your very own Pretty Patches Tree stamp set with the matching die just leave a comment on this post and I'll pick a winner on 1st December - which will leave you plenty of time to eat lots of cereal and make some trees for yourself before the 25th. I used my Cuttlebug to cut the shapes but if you don't have a die cutting machine you I'm sure the old way of drawing round the shape and cutting out with scissors will be just as efficient - if a little bit more time consuming. A few small elf helpers might speed things up!
Supplies: Stamps - Wplus9 Pretty Patches Tree; Waltzing Mouse Stamps Nordic Christmas, dies - Wplus9 Pretty Patches Tree; Papertrey Layered Postmarks Holiday die collection