Tis the Season to be Crafty

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Handmade Santa Gift Tags

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I love Christmas because it’s the perfect excuse to get crafty!  I’ve already shown you how to make your own gift wrap, now to accessorise!  And what better way than with these Santa head gift tags.  They’re so cute and full of character.  I used a cuttlebug and the X Cut circle nesting dies, but you can just as easily make these with things you probably already have around the house.

What you’ll need:

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  • White card
  • Pink paper
  • Red glitter card
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Black felt tip pen
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Tea light (to draw around)
  • AA battery (to draw around)

Step 1

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On the white card, draw around the inside of the roll of double sided sticky tape and cut out.

Step 2

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On the pink paper, draw around your tea light and cut out.  With double sided sticky tape, attach to the white circle as shown.

Step 3

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Draw around the tea light on the white card and cut out, then fold and cut in half.  Attach as shown.

Step 4

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Draw around the battery on the red glitter card.  Cut out and attach to your face.

Step 5

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Cut out triangle from the glitter card and attach to the top of the head.  Make a trim using the white card, and using the battery as a template cut out a pom pom.  Attach to the hat.

Step 6

Finally, draw on the eyes.

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And hey presto, one very cute Santa gift tag.  You can also use these as Christmas card toppers, a garland or even hang from your tree!

 

 

 

 

Design Your Own Wrapping Paper

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I love Christmas, I love making gifts for my family and all of the holiday crafts.

One of my favourite holiday traditions is making Christmas cards for my family and friends. This year I wanted to try something different. I love wrapping paper all the different colours textures and designs. This year I decided I would design my own.

You will need:

Paper – I used brown wrapping parcel paper as it is cheap and widely available and fitted with my theme. You could use also a roll of lining paper for your design.

Ink – The Range have a fantastic craft section with beautiful ink pads in loads of different colours. I used these as they dry quickly so you are not waiting for each section to dry before moving on.

Festive Stamps – Again you can use any stamps for your design. I got these clear stamps from The Works for £1. I used them to make my Christmas Cards and have put them away safely in my craft box for next year.

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You can either plan your design or just go wild, I decided to use 2 different stamps, one with white ink and on with gold. I then stamped the full roll with my first stamp.

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I randomly stamped this bauble print all over. I found it easier to work at my desk moving the paper down to the floor. Once I stamped the whole roll with my first stamp I rolled it up and started again with stamp number 2.

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I filled in the gaps, again I just randomly stamped the paper. It was great fun. Don’t forget to stamp the edges too not just the middle of the roll.

Sorry for the next picture, I wanted to show you a present all wrapped up, but the light isn’t great for taking photos. I’m pleased with the end result. If your not very creative or crafty it doesn’t matter there is no right or wrong way to do this. It is a great project to do with kids too. You could use felt tips and stencils, you are only limited by your imagination.

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I hope you like this project. Let me know what you think. x

 

The ‘C’ Word

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Christmas.  I did it.  I mentioned the ‘C word’.  I know I’ve split you into two camps: those of you screeching at me that “It’s only NOVEMBER!”, and those screaming “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” as they pull their festive jumpers out of the back of the wardrobe.  But love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s well on it’s way.  So much so, that as I type this I’m listening to Christmas carols reinvented by my new favourite acapella group, Pentatonix (ptxofficial.com).

I love, love, love Christmas and everything about it.  The Christmas trees, the carols, the ugly sweaters.  And not to mention the Christmas films (Second Day of Christmas, my favourite, closely followed by Home Alone and Elf.  And whoever says Die Hard is not a Christmas film needs to seriously question their loyalty to the festive season).

With Christmas comes Christmas making.  I make it a mission to hand make a gift for each of my nearest and dearest.  A hand made gift means so much more than just buying something off the shelf.  Every one can make something, even those that say they can’t.  Knit, sew, bake whatever takes your fancy.  If you’re stuck for inspiration, take a look at pinterest.com.  They have literally thousands of ideas to suit any skill and every budget.  You’ll be surprised at what you can do with a pinecone.

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(thanks to liagriffith.com via pinterest.com)

Don’t forget to visit folksy.com/shops/AvaKitsch, where all of my products are handmade!

Free UK Postage

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Ava Kitsch is now offering free UK postage on all orders from the folksy shop.  Call it an early Christmas present from me to you, a thank you for all of your support and love.  Without you, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m so passionate about.

Don’t forget, I do custom orders too.  If you have something specific in mind I can collaborate with you to make just what you’re looking for.

Please visit my shop https://folksy.com/shops/AvaKitsch and have a gander.  And don’t forget, only 57 days to Christmas!

Bake Off Mad

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Sad face that this series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ has finished.  In a vain attempt to fill the humongous void that Paul Hollywood’s icy blue stare has left behind, I’ve been baking!  I had a want for gingerbread men and by hook or by crook, I was going to get some!

Cue scouring t’internet for a recipe that was fairly simple to follow and easy on the waistline.  And I found it, a la Slimming World:

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(the finished product.  Not ginger in colour but very, very tasty)

Serves 30 (approximately)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 10-15 mintues

Ingredients:

  • 150g plain flour
  • 60g self raising flour
  • 60g cornflour
  • 25g artificial sweetener
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp finely chopped glacé ginger ( I used crystallised ginger)
  • 2 level tbsp butter
  • 2 level tbsp low fat soft cheese
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp almond or vanilla essence

Method:

  1.  Sift the plain flour, self­ raising flour, cornflour, sweetener and ground ginger into a bowl and mix. Mix in the glacé ginger.
  2. Beat together the butter, low fat soft cheese, oil, egg and essence in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture and mix quickly into a dough, if too dry, add a few drops of cold water. Knead gently, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a floured board and roll out to ½cm thickness. Cut into 30 shapes and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 170°C/150°C Fan/Gas 3 for 10­15 minutes until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool before serving.

And top tip, if you don’t have a rolling pin to hand, you can always use a very pretty flask.

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