Friday, 30 November 2012

Marilyn’s birthday treat

Today my sister and I went to the lovely Petworth House to take part in a Christmas Wreath making workshop – it was excellent. Taught by the aptly named florist Matthew Spriggs we each have a fab wreath to hang on the front door. We made the wreaths from scratch, starting with a metal ring and some moss finishing with as much decoration as we wanted. There was so much to choose from, dried lemons and limes, slices of dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, fir cones, some mushroomy things I can’t remember the name of, Christmas baubles, beautiful ribbons ...

Anyway here are a few photos so you can see what we did.

Sue x

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CCW Christmas Countdown Day 30

30 Nov Melissa Star How did that happen? The end of November is here and with it the end of our Christmas Countdown. :o( We hope you’ve enjoyed our projects and will share some of them with us. There’s still time to enter my little kit competitions – just leave a comment on my pages above for the reindeer noses or the tree decs, or both, before the end of today to be entered into the draw.

Anyway, we are finishing our countdown with a real flourish – just look at this beautiful decoration made by our new DT member, Mel. Find out how to make it on Mel’s blog Mel’s Mess.

Sue x

ETA Don’t forget we have a design team call, open until December 15th.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 29

The penultimate day of our Christmas Countdown – just where has November gone? Are you all ready for Christmas? Not me that’s for sure! Anyway, my little gift boxes, just a bit less than 3” cubes and each made from one sheet of A4 card, will help things along a bit.

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We’ll be using these for table gifts at Christmas Day lunch. I would normally co-ordinate them with our table theme but I’ve done a variety of designs to give you some ideas. Click the page tab at the top of the blog for details on how to make them.

Sue x

ETA While you’re there leave a comment on my reindeer noses and/or tree decs pages to be in with a chance of winning my little all-you-need kits.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


Good morning and welcome to my work desk in all its glory! I’m up to my neck in Christmas card making at the moment. This is the first year I’ve made them all by hand and I’ve really enjoyed it. I always protested I wasn’t a card maker; my experience of home made cards was the peel offs and decoupage type, not at all my cup of tea. Then my dear friend Susi introduced me to her beautiful cards … I will never make cards like Susi but at least I enjoy trying! The cards on my desk are copied from a fab card I found via Pinterest on Clean and Simple Cards.

Last week I was really bad at visiting other workdesks – time just overtook me. This week I’ll be a good WOYWWer and have a snoop at loads. :o) Join me at What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. :o)

Sue x28.11.12

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 28

28 Nov Lou bottle tag  Today we have two projects from Lou. She has instructions on her blog Loopy Lou’s Crafty Mess to make some very useful bottle tags and a little gift box.

Pop back here tomorrow – I’ve got some great gift boxes for you to make from one sheet of A4!

Sue x

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Birthday Card

Just popped by to show you the card I’ve made this afternoon. Thanks to Susi for the inspiration and to Jackie for the die cut swan. :o)

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CCW Christmas Countdown Day 27

Our DT member Susi is a dab hand with fabric. She has a very busy Etsy page and you can buy her fabulous buttons from Creative Craft World here.buttonsbirds

Especially for our Christmas Countdown, Susi shows us how to make these fab little pocket warmers. Hop to her blog Susibee’s Crafty Mess to get the details.

Sue x
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Monday, 26 November 2012

Make it Monday #117

cards Oh dear I’ve been at the coffee stirrers again! This time to make washing lines for some Christmas cards I made at the Cre8tive crop this weekend. I coloured the stirrers with TH Distress stains – these are newly discovered by me and are so good for covering chipboard and wood. The clothes on the line are cut with the Cricut Paperdolls Dress Up cartridge.

I would like to enter this for the linky party at MiM today.

Sue x

PS My favourite DT project this week is a gorgeous gift tag made by LisaS.

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 26

26 Nov Sarah M mini envelope book Bet you can’t wait to look inside Sarah’s gorgeous Christmas envelope book … nor me!  All the details you need are on Sarah’s blog Sarah’s Little Snippets.

What have we in store for you tomorrow? Come back to see a  super little gift by Susi.

Sue x

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Scrapology November Challenge, W is for Wire

Here’s my page for this month’s sketch challenge at Scrapology. I have scrapped some photos of the Cardinal Colours weekend crop that we went to in October.

Sue x

ETA I made the ‘chicken wire’ by sewing hexagon shapes.

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CCW Christmas Countdown Day 25

25 Nov Sarah W layout One month to Christmas, Heck, time is whizzing by! Day 25 of our countdown brings a gorgeous Christmas scrapbook page from Sarah. If you’d like more than this sneak peek hop over to her blog Scraps of Sarah.

Tomorrow we have another fab project from Sarah M.

Sue x

Saturday, 24 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 24

24 Nov Sarah W tags Sarah is known for her beautiful crafting and this tag is no exception! See how she made it on her blog Scraps of Sarah.

Tomorrow we have another gorgeous Christmas project by Sarah, so be sure to check back.

Sue x


Friday, 23 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 23

Now this looks intriguing, doesn't it? Pop to Ali’s blog Alipeeps’ Art to see what Ali has made for us today.23 Nov Ali Mini xmas tree

We have some beautiful projects from Sarah W over the next 2 days.

Only a week left of our Christmas Countdown! Don’t forget to leave comments on my Dorset Buttons and Reindeer Nose posts to be in with a chance of winning my little prizes. :o) Join me as a follower and I’ll enter your name twice!

Sue x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 22

An edible treat today from Susi who shows us how to make these yummy truffles and a box in which to give them as a present – should you be able to resist scoffing them for yourself! You’ll find Susi’s blog at Susibee’s Crafty Mess.

Sue xCCW

Susi's truffles

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 21

At last I can share my pièce de résistance ! I’ve been dying to show you my Tando Advent kit and here it is! Well a close up, any way. The full photo and instructions for making it are on the page tab at the top of my blog. I can tell you I LOVED doing this. I’m waiting for Lou to get more in stock (they sell as soon as they hit the shelves) and then I’ll make another one as a birthday countdown for Sophia. This kit is not just for Christmas! LOL

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I hope you like it as much as I do.
Sue x

PS I must say thank you to Bev of Bee Crafty who was so good at answering my daft questions about how she put her wreath together.


WOYWW # 181

pal·in·drome  ˈpalinˌdrōm/  noun:

A word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward, e.g., madam or nurses run or a man, a plan, Panama!.


Good morning and welcome to a palindromic Wednesday (21.11.12!) I’m fond of palindromes – my niece Anna could say, ‘I’m a palindrome’ when she was very tiny. :o)

Anyway, I’m wittering – you’re here to see my desk which is ‘beginning to look a lot like Christmas’.

21.11.12On the left are the cards I did with my mum and sister yesterday (see previous post)  and on the right are some gift boxes I’ve been making for our ‘table presents’ on Christmas Day. Oh and my Washi tape collection (centre) has grown to needing a second jailer’s ring!

Right I’m off to hop round some more workdesks on What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. Thanks for visiting mine.

Sue x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Card School

After all these years of me being afflicted with this paper addiction my sister has finally caught the bug! We spent the day around her dining table making Christmas cards. Mum was roped in too, though she’d much rather be attached to her knitting needles! Anyway, here are their efforts … some really nice cards, I think.

Sue x

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CCW Christmas Countdown Day 20

20 Nov Lou layout Today Lou has details for making this lovely Christmas scrapbook layout on her blog All Things Crafty. How cute is Lou’s daughter? :o)

Come back tomorrow – I’m so excited to be able to show you my Tando Christmas Wreath.

Sue x

Monday, 19 November 2012

A card for Make it Monday #116 …

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Today I thought I'd share with you the card I made for my nephew for his birthday last week. He qualified as a teacher this summer hence the theme for his card. I made the blackboard from coffee stirrers  (I never leave a coffee shop without a few of them tut tut) and a rectangle of black card made to look ‘chalky’ with SU Whisper White ink.

I’d like to enter this card for Make it Monday which I just discovered via Sarah’s blog Sarah’s Little Snippets.

I love this card by MiM DT member Lisa.

Sue x

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 19

19 Nov Sarah M. card Ooh now doesn't this look gorgeous? It’s a close up  of the lovely card Sarah has made for us. Details are on her blog Sarah’s Little Snippets.

I hope you are enjoying our Christmas Countdown? Please come back tomorrow for another super project from Lou.

Sue xCCW

Sunday, 18 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 18

18 Dec Tamsyn pudding and robin My good friend Tamsyn has kindly joined us today for a guest DT spot. She’s made these cute felt tree decorations and I have posted the tutorial on the page tab at the top of my blog.

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Sue x

18 Dec Tamsyn gingerbread peopleCCW 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

CCW Christmas Countdown Day 17

17 Nov Lou gift tag
Today Lou shows us how to make this gift tag with a difference – details are on her blog All Things Crafty.

Tomorrow we have some cute felt tree decorations from guest designer, Tamsyn.

Sue x