Sunday 1 December 2013

Whoo-hoo, it's nearly Christmas

December is upon us and it's time to start finishing the last of our Christmas cards, get the pressies wrapped and think about the festivities. Some of us love Christmas and some of us are somewhat more cynical so we thought we'd like to keep an open mind with this month's challenge with a theme of.....

Bah, humbug!

Your project can be vintage (eg Dickensian) or contemporary, celebratory or cynical, make what you will, but we must be able to see something connected to Christmas. 

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Here are our DT's makes to get you going - Brenda and Trace are both on time out this month but they'll be back with you in January...

"'Bah humbug' has several connotations for me - a feeling of a Dickensian scene, Scrooge, etc. Don't get me wrong, I lurrrrve Christmas but I'm saddened and somewhat cynical at the brazen commerciality of it all. For my first piece this month I've focused on the later and chosen one of the somewhat sarcastic sentiments from one of the Dylusions text stamp sets...

 The sentiment is on the inside and the front looks like this...

 As usual, you can find the full details on my own blog."

"Well as it's the beginning of December what better than an Advent House in some lovely muted Christmas colours? Lots of distress paint and a little die cutting went into decorating this little advent house....."


"My tag is a homage to a Victorian Christmas card using some of the wonderful new Tim Holtz Christmas themed stamps. I absolutely love the expression on Santa's face and the twinkle in his eye and so I added two little banners. I love Christmas and the build up to the 'big' day is always really a special time in our house!"


"This is my first attempt at a decorated bag and tag!  I just love these Winter Wonderland papers from Pion Design and thought they would be perfect for decorating a bag rather than a card.  The tag inside is held in place by a large brad.  I might get hooked!"

"I love the traditional side of Christmas especially the traditional images of Santa.

The vintage gold that Fresco Finish Old Gold creates over the top of Little Black Dress fits perfectly with the traditional theme too."

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This month we have a special Christmas surprise prize for the winner, you can select to take EITHER a £20 shop voucher to spend on the craft goodies of your choice OR you can select a ticket for our upcoming workshop in January worth £40 (travel at your own expense) run by Country View Crafts in conjunction with our very own Brenda Brown...

The Top 3 and DTMSM award winners will receive a blog badge and invitation to guest alongside us in February.

Whatever you do, have fun! We're looking forward to seeing what you make!

Have a great month everyone! xxx


  1. Fabulous projects from everyone, I shall indeed be back in January both on here and with my workshop, which is very exciting. Thanks Susan for offering it as an alternative prize this month.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. Terrific inspiration and a great theme! Thank you CVC for your fabulous blog. Brenda's workshop sounds exciting! Nice to have something to look forward to in January! Julie Ann x

  3. Thanks for the "kick up the bum"...was feeling a lot "bah humbugish this year, but you have inspired me to get into the spirit of things at last :D XXX

  4. Fabulous projects, and I love the theme's possibility to take us to the darker side of Christmas!!
    Alison xx

  5. Thanks for another great challenge and for the gorgeous DT inspiration and creations x

  6. Lovely makes by the DT. Hope I didn't scare you with mine. xxD

  7. The chance to win a place at Brenda's workshop is fantastic!! Fingers crossed now... Jenny x

  8. Fantastic shop, fantastic blog and fantastic inspiration! I am playing with you for the first time! Hugs

  9. Stunning creations from the DT. I hope you All have a Lovely Christmas. Hugs Rita xxx


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