DIY Advent Calendar round up #ShareAdvent 2013

Those of you who have been here for more than 12 months will remember that last year I participated in #ShareAdvent, championed by Anna from Skin and Blister. The idea behind the whole project is to make sure that at such a busy time of year you don’t lose sight of the little and simple things that make Advent so special. Family activities, appreciating the small things and making time to enjoy it all. I’m going to be doing as much as I can – would you like to join Anna?


Image via Skin and Blister blog

As you can see the prompts are quite ambiguous which leaves plenty of room for interpretation and you don’t have to do them all. I’m so glad Anna has put Share Advent together again – Thanks Anna!
Don’t forget to blog, Tweet or Instagram using the hashtag #ShareAdvent!


Hanging Paper bags // Red Nosed Animals // Branch and Hanging circles // Muslin Bag advent board // Mini Tree advent calendar // Hanging matchboxes // Ridiculously Easy Advent Calendar // Red Envelope DIY

As we’re on the subject of Advent calendars, I thought I’d round up a few DIY advent calendar ideas that I have seen around the internet. You need to get ready folks! Only 5 days until December 1st!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

#ShareAdvent: DIY Christmas cards

Just over a week ago I told you all that I would be participating in #ShareAdvent, organised by the lovely Anna over at Skin and Blister. Today’s theme is ‘Make a Christmas Craft/Write Cards’ so I’m sharing my DIY Christmas cards.

Let me first say that whilst I love DIY and the idea of crafting, I lack the time and the patience for prolonged projects. I have made my own Christmas cards on and off for several years now, but the last couple of years have got the better of me leaving me feeling sad that I hadn’t had time to do something I enjoyed. I was thrilled to resurrect the tradition this year with a few tweaks.

In the past I have kept things super easy by using rubber stamps and silver or gold ink with a few simple designs. This year I decided to try something similar but with a little more impact – embossing. I haven’t done this since I was a Guide in my teens, but I knew all I needed additional to my stamps was the embossing powder and heat tool – available quite cheaply online or if you’re in a rush like me, at Hobbycraft.

I’m a traditionalist when it comes to colour and love Scandi style Christmas decor so opted for a red glitter to emboss onto white cards. I also read somewhere that dark colours and jewel tones look more expensive and as I’m obsessed with rose gold and copper tones when I saw a copper embossing powder I thought it would look nice on Navy cards for a luxe option.

It’s really easy to do – simply apply your stamp with either a toning or clear ink to the card (checking it is the right way up first!)

  • Next cover the stamped area in embossing powder then shake off onto a loose piece of paper you can use to tip the powder back into the pot with.
  • Make sure you brush any loose pieces of embossing powder off the edges of your design as they will be fixed once heated.

  • Hold the embossing tool (just a craft heating tool like a small hairdryer,) over the design moving it around and allowing the embossing powder to melt.
  • Stand back and admire your handiwork!

Have you ever made your own Christmas cards?

Love,
Rebecca
xo