Digi Choosday Challenge – Traditional Xmas

 

Morning, Tuesday already where does the time go??? Time to share my make for the current Digi Choosday Challenge, this week it’s Traditional Xmas. Now I’m sure you’ve all got something festive made so make sure to pop on over to Digi Choosday and share your Traditional Xmas make we’d love to see what you’ve been making, there’s a prize for the winner of the challenge and who doesn’t need more crafty goodies 🙂

So what have I made for this challenge, well I decided to make a Xmas wreath. Xmas wreaths are a traditional part of Xmas and this is made using what is essential paper chains, another staple of Xmas and who hasn’t as a child made a paper chain.

I used various papers from the Work & Play Festive Hollybobs collection, available as a digital download or on CD-Rom.

It’s an easy make, something you can get the children or grandchildren involved with. I used a glue gun but there’s no reason why wet glue cannot be used if children are making the wreath.

 

Digi Choosday Challenge, Polkadoodles, Work & Play Festive Hollybobs, Traditional Xmas

 

Digi Choosday Challenge, Polkadoodles, Work & Play Festive Hollybobs, Traditional Xmas

 

I started by cutting a large circle to create the base for the wreath. I used my largest circle die from Tattered Lace, the die is a little under 21cm across.

I then printed out various papers from the Work & Play Festive Hollybobs collection. I choose to print the papers double sided, you could leave the reverse unprinted but printing double sided meant I could alternate sides and cut down on the number of A4 sheets I needed to print out. I printed out 5 A4 sheets, double sided, to create the paper chains/loops of the wreath and the centre of the wreath, plus 1 single sided piece of the red polkadot paper.

I cut the papers into strips, I used 1″ x 5″ strips. I curled the strips before gluing the ends together, it makes the paper behave a little better when gluing the loop. Once all the strips are glued, I began attaching them to the circle base. Beginning on the outer edge of the base and working inwards, overlapping the second & third row of loops over the previous row.

I cut circles to form the centre decoration of the wreath, along with a rosette die, Tattered Lace, and a text die, Tonic Studios. Finally I added the ribbon to the back to create the loop for hanging the wreath and used 3D pearls to add the berries to the text.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your Traditional Xmas project, it could be anything a card, plaque, coaster, journal page, anything with a Traditonal Xmas theme.

I’d like to enter this make into the following challenges –

Artistic Inspirations Challenge #146

Not Just Cards Challenge #26

613 Avenue Create Challenge #152

Brown Sugar Challenge #174

Quirky Crafts Challenge #24

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beading Friends Forever October Challenge

 

 

 

Time has flown by and it’s time already for the October jewellery challenge over on Beading Friends Forever. There are two parts to the challenge, you can enter one or both, a tutorial challenge and a themed challenge. The tutorial challenge is from HoneyBeads and is a beautiful bracelet, Lady Luck, and the themed challenge is to create a Christmas themed ornament. You can check out the rules etc over on the Beading Friends Forever including details of the prize to be won, donated by Beads Direct.

I have made a micro macramé snowflake, made using C-Lon cord, 11/0 seed beads, 5/0 seed beads & a 10mm jump ring, for the themed challenge. I adapted a pattern available on Free Macramé Patterns website, Micro Macrame Seven Point Snowflake, I added the seed beads,  altered the points of the snowflake and added in a loop for hanging. The finished snowflake measures approx 3″ x 3″, excluding the loop.

So pop on over to Beading Friends Forever and check out the DT makes, full details of the challenges & rules, and get creating we love to see everyone’s makes.