Merry Christmas! The Christmas Countdown has come to an end. THANKS to everyone who joined in the challenges. We had over 100 entries again this year and its always fabulous seeing other people's ideas. We hope you have an enjoyable Christmas Season and Happy New Year.
Head to the Gallery to see all the amazing entries and leave comments on the projects that you've enjoyed. We all love encouraging feedback! We still have 40% off ALL Christmas related products and there are plenty of 20% -50% off bargains in the Specials category. Enjoy! In each category there is a winner and also a drawn winner. Could the winners please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and let us know which challenge you won. The prizes will be sent out after Liz returns from her holiday in mid-January.
Blog Comment Competition
There were so many fabulous comments and the lucky lady who had her name pulled out of the hat was.... Nicky Durie! Congrats to you all and thanks to everyone who wrote such lovely words of encouragement to the Design Team.
Challenge Winner: Shona Chambers with an elegant set of cards
Drawn Winner: Abigail (5 years old) with a fabulous washi tape tree card
Photo Gifts & Layouts
Challenge Winner: Brenda Morgan showcasing a beautiful Christmas layout
Drawn Winner: Michele Capstick with a Friends' Frame
Challenge Winner: Denise with an elaborately decorated card. Just gorgeous!
Drawn Winner: Tanja Blinkhorn with a classy gold card
Challenge Winner: Jordy Rice with a lovely lantern
Drawn Winner: Morgan Southgate created jars of goodness for her home-based care mums
Tree, Home & Table Decorations
Challenge Winner: Robyn for this outstanding decorated book. I want to try this!
Drawn Winner: Christine Franklin with a really cool sleigh
Gift Tags, Wrapping & Stocking Stuffers
Challenge Winner: Jonece Putu offered some excellent ideas for wrapping
Drawn Winner: Karen with a Christmas Tag
Shop and Website Hours Don't forget that the physical shop is closed for 25th December and 1st January. Otherwise we're open on shortened hours 10am - 3pm Monday - Friday and 10am - 2pm Saturdays. Normal hours resume Monday 12th December. For those who live out of town, the website is open all hours and Tania is stepping in to pack and send your parcels. Merry Christmas May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support this year. We do appreciate it and look forward to serving you in 2015. I (Liz) would like to take the opportunity to remind you that the celebration of Christmas Day is about the birth of a real historical person, Jesus Christ, who was also God in the flesh, who came to earth to live and die as a substitute for our sins. We celebrate his birth at this time and remind ourselves of his message to repent and believe in Him. May his love and peace surround you at this busy time. Merry Christmas to you all!
We've got loads of prizes to be won today and it's not too late to join in! The deadline is Midnight tonight (Sunday 21st December). You can comment on any of the Artfull Crafts Christmas blog posts you like, and each comment will put you in the draw to win a $40 crafty pack from Artfull Crafts.
Or you can enter any of the Christmas challenges up to 3 times and have a chance to win one of 10 prizes.
We've had thousands of hits through to the blog and the Christmas Gallery over the past 2 months. THANKS to all of you for getting involved! It's been super to see the talent out there.
We'll do a winner's announcement later in the week... so don't miss out! Happy Christmas.
Don't forget we've still got 40% off all our Christmas Stock. Stock up for next year now!
Hi All, Fiona here. Well this is the last week of the Christmas Countdown Challenge. I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed sharing my projects with you over the Festive Season, and I would like to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas.
I have used these gift boxes to hold a Christmas Decoration and Chocolates as a gift for my son's teachers. These boxes are so easy to make using this amazing tool and in the Artfull Crafts Store you will find others in the We R Memories range!!
Don' forget to upload any photo's of Tags, Wrapping Creations for this week's Christmas Challenge here for your chance to win a prize.
The month of December is quickly coming to an end and with it the last of the inspiration for all your gift giving from the DT. I hope you've had as much fun looking each day as we have had in creating it all for you :)
Today I have a selection of things to share with you.
Sometimes when I chose a gift for someone I want to go just that wee bit further, and instead of just wrapping paper and a bow I go all out and create a little bit of magic ;) Just as much thought can go into the gift wrapping as in the purchasing/making of a gift, and I think it makes it just that wee bit more special.
First up is a selection of smaller gift boxes. These were part of a Secret Santa I participated in - now I could have just wrapped everything but theres nothing like creating something for someone who you know will appreciate it :) It doesn't have to be expensive either, the red container is just a plastic noodle box from one of the dollar stores, but they make awesome gift boxes all decorated and filled with goodies!
Ive die cut some flowers and used a small selection of the Collectables from Yuletide. See those two vials on the side? Reindeer glitter ;)
Punching strips of paper and adding pearls finishes off the sides of the noodle box perfectly.
A couple of pillow boxes are another quick and inexpensive way to wrap a gift - they're the perfect size for gift cards, cash, jewellery and of course scrapbook embellishments ;)
To decorate them I've used a selection of die cut flowers, Kaiser flowers, leaves and Collectables from the Yuletide collection. The Pillow Box die is also the perfect size for a 6x6 pad!
This box originally contained a diffuser set. I started re-purposing it by painting on Ranger Glue n Seal before painting all the edges of both the lid and the cover black. That was followed by another coat of Glue n Seal, and then I could start decorating.
I decided to go with the whole doily thing, so that die cut piece of paper from the North Pole collection became my base, and then I started adding layers as I went.
To decorate Ive die cut some Tattered Poinsettias using the Tim Holtz die with white cardstock, using buttons for the centers, popping some ribbon, a collectable tag and some Prima flowers to finish it off. Inside Ive popped some Christmas decorations and some doggy treats.
This is also my last post for December, I hope you've enjoyed what I have had to show you :) and thank you for all your comments. Warm fuzzys are always appreciated :)
Don't forget to pop by the gallery and leave your entries, the work so far has been outstanding!!
Welcome to the final days of the Artfull Crafts Christmas Countdown! Can you believe it is only six sleeps until Christmas? It is sure getting exciting in my household, especially since we finished school two days ago!
As you would've seen during the week, this weeks challenge is gift wrapping and tags. I have a few gift wrapping ideas to share with you today.
Brown paper packages tied up with string ...
They were wrapped in brown paper packaging, tied with twine, embellished with patterned paper strips from the Kaisercraft North Pole collection, and then some matching mini baubles on some.
My next group of gifts were wrapped quite differently.
They were first wrapped in an old map, then a white doily, and tied with bakers twine (an added bonus for crafty people is they can reuse the elements of the packaging, as minimal adhesive is used when they're tied with twine). They are then embellished with flowers, paper blooms, leaves, metal leaves, mini binder clips, and any other beautiful Christmas things I could find - including a picture of Rudolph my five-year-old drew last week.
Hello! Lisa here once again with a quick post featuring some Christmas tags I made recently.
The first selection are all made using the lovely North Pole range from Kaisercraft, which is one of my favourites this festive season. The light, bright colours and fresh designs suit our Southern Hemisphere Christmas perfectly, I think! :)
I've used basic plain manila tags, and covered them with a selection of papers cut to size. I added various embellishements (stickers from the sticker sheet, some Collectables, a little tree, a red paper flower and some bling) and then tied an assortment of ribbons through the tops of the tags. Quick and easy, and very cute!
The second bunch of tags are made using the same older Basic Grey range I used for one of the Christmas home decor projects in this post. I used a slightly smaller size of tag, and covered all but one of them in patterned paper, then fussy cut a mixture of the little deer from one of the sheets. I embellished a couple with bling, and left the others plain.
Again, some ribbon and natural twine through the tops of the tags finish them off. I really like how these ones turned out, and I have to admit that I'm very tempted to keep them for myself! Maybe I'll buy myself some craft supplies, wrap them up and pop the tags on the packages. ;) (I'm only half-kidding, haha!)
Thanks so much for looking, and don't forget to enter your Christmas projects in the contesthere - there are some great prizes to be won!
Hi Beverley here for my last post for the Christmas countdown. This time next week will be Christmas Eve! Today I am showing you some simple gift wrapping and tags using Kaisercrafts North Pole collection along with kraft tags, twine and paper lunch bags. This would be a great way to wrap CD's, DVD's and books.
I have used Homebrand paper bags and tied twine around a few times before tying a bow. On the one I added a doily before attaching the tag. The tags are just using papers, collectables and other embellishments. There are so many ways to decorate the bags - stamp on them, create a multi media bag or just keep it simple.
Thank you so much for the lovely comments and I hope you all have a safe and Happy Christmas - All the best for 2015! Don't forget to have a go at the competition and load your entries here for a chance to win some prizes.