Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Penny Black Jolly Follies

The felt shape is an old retired MFT Die-namics Stax die.  I had the Penny Black Jolly Follies image already cut out from last Christmas so I just had to colour it in, stick it to the felt and add a bit of 'snow' felting from a few strands of white wool.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Fox

When I was first told the theme for the Christmas Tree Festival was British wildlife I knew I did not have too many dies that would work.  We were out and about one evening in our local town and I saw a few shop window decorations that were interesting.  This fox was a decal on a window so I took a photo, printed it in black and white in the size I wanted and cut it out to use as a template.  This was an easy shape to cut out with felt and I just had to add a few bits of white and black to finish it up.

The background felt shape is a Spellbinders die - large scallops and the foliage bit came from some scraps I had in a container of left over die shapes.  Not sure but I think it is a Marianne D die.  Under the fox I did some felting with strands of white wool.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Butterfly

Whilst looking through my craft drawers I found my stash of silicone moulds and this butterfly one amongst them.  I used Stampin Up Clay which is white in colour and left the butterfly in the mould to air dry.

As there are 2 butterflies in this mould I used the smaller one to experiment on as it was the first time I had used Stampin Up Clay.  I found that Distress inks and markers worked well and I used a combination of these on the butterfly.  Once dry I topped the body in the centre off with Distress Stickles and the tips of the wings off with Stickles as well.

The butterfly was glued onto 2 Spellbinder heart shapes cut from felt.  I lightly stuffed the white heart shape to give the ornament a bit of dimension.  Again I used the Felt Glue which worked well.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Cottage Cutz Mouse w/Sunflower

I just love how this ornament turned out.  The mouse is so cute !

For the background I die cut 2 x Spellbinders Scalloped Circles out of white felt.  The sleigh is a Marianne D Creatables die, the mouse is from Cottage Cutz Mouse w/Sunflower and the reindeer antlers were taken from the Cottage Cutz Festive Owls set.  All the die cuts were done out of card stock and adhered on with Felt Glue.  The "reins" were just to lines of embroidery thread.  I did add a little glitter glue onto the sleigh to jazz it up a bit.

Once the glue was set I stitched the two scalloped circles together using a zig zag pattern and added some filling in to give it a bit of body.  With card stock being rigid it is best not to add in too much filling.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Cuttlebug Christmas Tree

This old Cuttlebug Christmas tree die is perfect to cut out of felt.  I glued the tree onto a Spellbinders Circle cut out of white felt and decorated it with an Impression Obsession Rabbits die (glued on) and added a beaded string plus a couple of buttons.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Sizzix Decorative Strip Die Tim Holtz Snowflake Rosette

Not a great photo, sorry.  I cut 3 strips in each colour and mounted a punched duck and butterfly and an Impression Obsession rabbit die to the front of each snowflake.  This took care of 9 ornaments all done in one evening.  The card stock is glittery so they look a lot nicer than the photo shows.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Cottage Cutz Winter Owl

I thought hearts made for a good Christmas ornament shape.  This is a Spellbinders die and I used Cottage Cutz Winter Owl for the topping.  The owl and accessories were mainly cut out of felt with a few bits being card stock.  I found the more delicate parts of the dies were not so easy to cut out of felt as they tended to break up too easily.  I must say how impressed I was to be able to use Cottage Cutz dies with craft felt.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Cottage Cutz Squirrel

Many of the dies I dug out for the Christmas Tree festival decorations are old but it is certainly fun to be using them again.  For this ornament I cut out 2 Spellbinders Mittens, added a piece of red felt on the top of the front one only and needle felted the bottom of the mitten using individual strands of white wool.  I thought it would be cheaper and easier to use wool instead of trying to source white felting and waiting for it to be delivered.  The joys of living in a rural part of the country !

The squirrel is from a Cottage Cutz die as is the present.  The squirrel was cut from card stock and I used Distress inks and a sponge to darken certain areas.  Again I used Felt Glue to stick the squirrel to the felt.  It really is an excellent glue.

To finish off I attached a loop of ribbon on the top and lightly sewed it in.  I then sewed around the edges leaving a small gap to insert filling in before closing it up.  I am not overfilling these ornaments especially the ones I am using card stock toppings on as the card stock needs to sit as flat as possible for it to look nice.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Cuttlebug Tortoise

When I was looking through my die stash I nearly forgot about all the old Cuttlebug dies I have.  I found this tortoise, added a Christmas hat from one of my Cottage Cutz dies and did some basic felting using a little wool.  I separated the strands of the wool making a small loose ball with each one before using a 2 needle felting tool to adhere it to the felt background.  It is a bit time consuming but I like the end result.

The outside scalloped circle is a Spellbinders die called Petite Scallop.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Sizzix Die Fox #2

Continuing on the theme of British wildlife for the charity Christmas tree festival I dug out my Sizzix Fox #2 die and used the head only for this ornament.

What I did with this die was to run fairly heavy card stock through a couple of times and I then cut one of them up along the embossed lines for the black section of the head, the eyes and the tips of the ears.  This made it easier to cut these sections out of felt using the card stock as a template.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Ornament - Spellbinders Owl

After volunteering to make Christmas ornaments for a local charity Christmas Tree Festival I started to go through my stash to see just what I could create.  The theme is British wildlife.  Easy for the locals but being from another country I had to look up as to just what constituted wildlife here.

My first effort was this owl made with the Spellbinders Owl die.  I used craft felt and bought some amazing felt glue which helps a lot as hand sewing is not my strong point !  For the eyes I used some scraps of ribbon and a couple of dark beads.  It was a lot of fun.