Friday, 30 November 2012

Day 30 - the final day of Countdown to Christmas

Well, November went by in a flash didn't it?  I hope by now that you're all well under way with your Christmas preparations and our little projects here at Creative Craft World have helped a bit.

Our final project is from Melissa and is a very pretty hanging decoration.

You can find out how to make it here on her blog.

Countdown to Christmas may be over but don't forget that Creative Craft World have a monthly sketch map on the first Saturday of each month and a mini challenge on the 20th of each month, both with prizes and at the moment we are looking for a new design team member so if you fancy joining us here, pop over to the blog and check out the details.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Day 29 of Countdown to Christmas

Today is the penultimate project of our month long countdown to Christmas and Sue has made us some rather cute gift boxes made from one sheet of A4 card.  Pop over to Sue's blog, Me and Mine for all the info.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Day 28 of Countdown to Christmas

We have a gift tag for a bottle and gift box today from Lou.
If you pop along to her blog Loopy Lou's Crafty Mess you'll find all the details.

See you tomorrow for a selection of boxes.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Day 27 of Countdown to Christmas

A quick and easy project from me today - I call them pocket warmers:)

Pop them in to the microwave for a few seconds and they will keep your hands nice and warm while you are taking the children to school or walking the dog.

You can also pop them in the freezer for when you have headache.

You will need:

scraps of pretty cotton fabric
scraps of lining fabric (I cut up an old flanelette sheet)
rice or pearl barley

Cut two pieces of the outer fabric in to 4" squares

Do the same with the lining.

Place the lining fabric on to the wrong side of the patterned fabric then put the right sides together.

Pin together and stitch, remembering to leave about an 1" gap.

Clip the corners and turn to the right side.

Poke out the corners using something like a crochet hook.
Using a funnel, fill with rice to about two thirds full.
Stitch the opening closed - I just oversew by hand but you could use your machine and there you have it.

Heat for about 20 - 30 seconds in the microwave.

You can make these bigger to use for different purposes and you could add a few drops of lavender essential oil if you make one for your neck and shoulders.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Day 26 of Countdown to Christmas

Wow!  Look at this fab envelope book from Sarah!
You'll find full instructions on how to make this at her blog: 

Tomorrow it's my turn to show you how to make some handy pocket warmers so I hope you'll pop back then.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Day 25 of Countdown to Christmas

How can it possibly be the 25th of November?  There are only five more projects for you in our month long countdown - I hope you've enjoyed what we've had so far and will stay with us just a bit longer:)

Today we have another project from Sarah (weren't her tags fab yesterday?) and this time it's a layout.
Here's a sneaky peek

and you'll find it in all its glory at her blog.

Pop back tomorrow for a tutorial for a mini envelope book - this one I am really looking forward to:)

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Reindeer jumper

I saw this jumper at a garden centre I visited with my friend Pam, earlier in the week and thought it would be perfect for Chris to wear when we do one of our Christmas fairs.  I wasn't sure whether he'd wear it or not, but he says he will:)

And here is one of the reindeer we will be selling!

Day 24 of Countdown to Christmas

A very pretty tag from Sarah today and if you fancy making one,  pop over to her blog you'll find further info.
Check back tomorrow for a lovely layout from Sarah again!

Friday, 23 November 2012

Day 23 of Countdown to Christmas

Ali's made some Christmas trees for us today,
Check out her blog for more details and please pop back tomorrow when Sarah will be showing us some tags.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Day 22 of Countdown to Christmas

It's my turn today and I'm going to show you how to make chocolate truffles and a little gift box to pop them in.

I hope my instructions aren't too long winded!

200g bar of Bournville chocolate or other good quality dark chocolate chopped in to small pieces

100 ml of double cream

if you want to add some alcohol then you will need a tablespoon of that too.

desiccated  coconut
chopped nuts
melted white or milk chocolate

1.  Pour the cream into a pan and heat until almost boiling.  It will bubble around the edges.  Turn off and remove from the heat.
2.  Add the chopped chocolate to the cream and leave for a minute or so.
3.  Stir the chocolate into the cream.  Add your alcohol here if you want it.

4.  Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool then cover with clingfilm and pop in to the fridge for at least a couple of hours until it is set.
5. Take a sheet of baking parchment and place it under a wire cooling rack to catch any drips of chocolate.
6.  Take the mixture out of the fridge and scoop out a teaspoon of the mixture and form into a ball  about the size of a marble and place on the wire rack.  This is a very messy business and you will need to keep washing your hands and probably have to pop the mixture back into the fridge to set again.  They don't have to be perfectly round.
7.  Pop back in the fridge and get your toppings ready.
8. Take out of the fridge and re-roll the balls which will soften them and enable the coconut or the nuts to stick.
If you want to cover them in melted chocolate,leave the chocolate to cool slightly otherwise it will melt your truffle.  
9.  Take a spoon of the melted chocolate and pour over the truffle.  I lost the plot with this and gave up and only managed to do 4 coated in chocolate.  However  I much prefer the ones coated in nuts anyway lol!
10.  Place the finished truffles back in to the fridge until you have made your gift boxes.

These truffles will keep about 3 days and really need to be kept in the fridge.

Gift Box

My finished box measured 4" square.

Most of you will know how to make a box but for those of you who don't, I'll quickly run through the instructions.
Start with 2 pieces of double sided card 8" square.
Trim the piece you want to use for the bottom of the box just a fraction on 2 sides.  This will enable your lid to fit nicely.
Score at 2" on all four sides of both pieces of card.
Cut out a slither as shown above.
Shape into a box and glue the
2 outer squares and fold up the other piece to meet it and hold in place with a couple of pegs.
Do the same for the other side.
Repeat for the lid.
Take a circle punch and punch out a half circle on two opposite sides of the lid to make the box easier to open.

That's it, you're done.  I fit 6 truffles into my box.

See you tomorrow for another great idea from Ali.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Day 21 of Countdown to Christmas

A sneaky peak of Sue's fab-u-lous Advent calender.

To find out more, visit her blog:  If you pop back tomorrow it's my turn to show you how to make some delicious chocolate truffles.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Day 20 of Countdown to Christmas

Another project today from Lou, this time it's a layout.
Such a gorgeous page and if you'd like to see how this was made, check out Lou's blog, All things crafty.

I hope you are enjoying our Countdown to Christmas and if so, please pop by tomorrow for an Advent wreath from Sue.

Don't forget, the new mini kit is out at Creative Craft World today and if you head over to the blog you will find a new challenge:)

Monday, 19 November 2012

Day 19 of Countdown to Christmas

Today we have a lovely card from Sarah and if you pop over to her blog you will find more details:)

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Craft Fair

Today was my second craft fair at Hounslow Hall Estate.  It was a great venue with 60 stalls and lots of people enjoying themselves.

Bev took these pictures, mine are still in my camera so I took these off Facebook.                        

Some of the reindeer which proved very popular.

This is baby Rio, Bev's grandson:)
Here he is again with Chris.

Day 18 of Countdown to Christmas

Look at these cuties from our guest design team member, Tamsyn.  If you'd like to know how to make Mr and Mrs Gingerbread tree decoration, head over here.

I hope to see you tomorrow when Sarah will be showing us how to make a Christmas envelope book.  I love making books so I can't wait!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Day 17 of Countdown to Christmas

It's Lou's turn again today and she's going to show us a lovely gift tag.

Full details on how to make this can be found over on her blog.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Day 16 of Countdown to Christmas

Today we have a Christmas card for you from Ali.
 If you're like me and way behind with your Christmas card making, perhaps you might give this one a go over the weekend!  Pop over to Ali's blog for further details.
See you tomorrow for another crafty project.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Day 15 of Countdown to Christmas

A different sort of planner is on offer today from Trish.  It looks like there are places for lists and I love to have a list or two on the go so this could be perfect for all my Christmas planning!!
Check out her blog for all the details;
Pop back tomorrow for more craftiness:)

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Day 14 of Countdown to Christmas

A fun activity for all the family to make between courses at dinner on Christmas Day is what Sue has on offer for us today:)

Check out her blog for full details on how to make a cute origami Father Christmas.

Tomorrow there will be another crafty project for you so I hope to see you then.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Time for a cuppa

The monthly challenge on UKs  set by Sue was a colour challenge and her inspiration came from some of my buttons
use blue, orange and cream.

I've not had much scrapping time of late and I wanted to do this challenge, so this is what I came up with.  Quite basic but another photo scrapped.  I used Sue's fab tutorial for making the chevrons - easy peasy:)

Day 13 of Countdown to Christmas

This lovely planner has been made by Lou and you can find out how she's done it by visiting her blog:

There is another crafty idea for you tomorrow so I hope to see you then.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Day 12 of Countdown to Christmas

A lovely start to the week with Sarah's treat bags.

Pop over to her blog and you will find out how to brighten up your Christmas wrapping.

Tomorrow Lou has a planner for us so I hope to see you then.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Reindeer farm

Chris has been busy making some reindeer for me to sell at my next craft fair.  He's made a pen for them so they don't escape :)

The two bigger ones at the front, Alfie and Daisy don't belong in this pen, they're a bit big!

Sorry the pictures aren't great, I should have taken them earlier when the light was better.

Day 11 of Countdown to Christmas

Have you got some Christmas papers you no longer want to use for your scrapbook pages?  Well Sue has the answer today,  make some envelopes out of them!
Further details can be found on her blog:

Tomorrow Sarah will be sharing some treat bags with us so I hope you can come back then.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Day 10 of Countdown to Christmas

 I hope you are all enjoying the projects our team members have come up with so far:)

Today Morag is going to show us some techniques we can use on a wintery scrapbook page or card

and full instructions can be seen here on her blog:

See you all tomorrow for another crafty idea by Sue -  some envelopes to make for all your Christmas cards and you can use up your unloved Christmas papers.  Perhaps I'll see you then?

Friday, 9 November 2012

Day 9 of Countdown to Christmas

Well, it's Friday, the end of the week and a lovely gift box from Ali for you to have a go over the weekend:)

If you head over to her blog you'll find full instructions.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Day 8 of Countdown to Christmas

It's our eighth day of Christmas ideas from Creative Craft World and today we have a banner from  our guest designer, Natalie.

Head over to  for full instructions and perhaps you'll pop back tomorrow to see what we have in store for you.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Purple hair

Yesterday I had an appointment at the hairdressers for a cut and colour and before I left I asked Holly what colour she thought I should have put in my hair and her answer was purple.

Here is the result:)

I was very tempted by turquoise too...maybe next time!