Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Christmas Is Coming With Random Ramblings!

My apologies, this post goes on and on and on …….
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I have decided to start my Christmas posts from 9th September – if you’re like me, you’re looking for your ideas NOW.  I have put a few things together already ……but I am a bit worried  that I used up a lot of my ideas last year …. fingers crossed for divine inspiration!
 WHAT’S IN MY SHOPPING BAG THIS WEEK?
……. Not a lot! I have just had a really good sort out of my craftroom and I really do have too much stuff. 
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So I am going to try to “do” Christmas by only buying what I really, really need (famous last words!) It’s going to be tough and there will be temptation …. but I will be strong!  I will allow myself a once a week splurge in Poundland/Poundshop when they start putting their Christmas stuff on the shelves, but I will tell myself that I only need 5 packets of “must have” 3D Christmas stickers instead of 10, and I am praying that Accessorize Christmas stickers will be pants this year, as they could be my undoing!
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But ….. I have done a little shopping in the last week or so.  This stencil was a bit of a disappointment, (£3.99), it said on the bumpf that it could be used with most die cutting machines, well I tried it in my BigShot and Sizzix Boutique embosser (with extra layers)  but the effect is very flat and hardly visible, BUM! I thought it would look brilliant with assorted coloured gems in the centre of each snowflake …… I have since learnt that I need an "Impression Mat" to use this stencil properly ...... DOH! If you pop over to Lisa's blog, http://craftfairy.blogspot.com/2010/08/christmas-cards-made-using-metal.html     she has used it properly and brilliantly, unlike my own good self!

 Crocodile Stickers
These small fabric type stickers were 99p, so cute – I feel a “Snappy" birthday card coming on!
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These jewelled stickers were also 99p a pack. I thought I might try to doodle bodies that will fit onto the smiley faces …… not sure how that will go!

TALKING OF MY CRAFT ROOM …..
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I have finally got all my ……. (pardon the expression) fairy balls up!  How beautiful are they? I got them from a gift shop in Chester earlier on in the year and had just left them in the box, stroking them occasionally, but with my tidy up, they are now in place, I just love them.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH THESE?
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I got these for 49p a packet from HobbyCrafts Christmas sale a couple of years ago, but they are only a real bargain if you know what to do with them.  I think they are great, but don’t have a clue how to use them, other than sewing them on a “festive waistcoat” for Monkey and Darrell.  Any ideas?
Talking of Monkey and Darrell ………
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If you are thinking about getting someone a Monkey for Christmas there are always a couple on e-bay.  I have just “won” two for 99p and 89p plus P&P – BARGAINTASTIC!  You need to look for one that measures 16/17ins.  Newborn or 3-6 months baby clothes fit them perfectly or charity shops have brilliant finds.  Primark baby shoes are great too.
But remember a monkey is for life not just Christmas!!!

6 comments:

misteejay said...

Love the fairy balls...one of these days I'll actually be able to get into my craft room LOL

Toni :o)

Debbie said...

Hi, I love reading your blog and it's the one I save for last when I open my Google Reader in a morning.

You asked for ideas for using the fabric labels. I immediately thought they'd look quite funky stitched on to denim. Perhaps on a card or pencil case or shopping bag?

Helen said...

Hmmmmm Debbie, you got me thinking now ..... I have some denim card somewhere ........

I know what about a little denim gift bag???? I could cut it on my Silhouette!

Karen said...

Hi Helen
Have you thought of making cards with the fabric sayings??? You could use Nitwit backings which look just like quilted material, it'd be fab for something unusual. No doubt you could even add some gems on to it....nothing like a bit of bling is there!!! Bye for now, Karen

Lou said...

How about making gift tags with the christmas stickers?

PepPop said...

I think you should ask Poundland for commission, you've started me shopping in there. Love the fairy balls, they look great next to your window. Jaqui x