Friday, August 15, 2014

Dreamweaver and Woodware: Christmas in August-Day Six

Yes! It's been that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!

Of course, there have been prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

Kristine Reynolds
Jamie Martin
Pam Hornschu
Louise Healy 
Alison Heikkila
Debs Frost 
Lyn Bernatovich
Lynn Mercurio
Lea Kimmel
Gill Wilson
Laura Drahozal 
Dorothy Adam

Here's my creation: 

Feel the need for a cuppa? How about twenty-four? That's what I have for today! I created a Christmas Advent garland using Dreamweaver's newly-released Teacup Nesting Dies. Twenty-four large cups die cut from chipboard, and twenty-four large cups from Cardworks Christmas Post papers, with a few solid colors mixed in. All of the solid colors have been ink-stenciled using Clearsnap Mixed Media ink in Jasmine White with Dreamweaver's Line of Christmas Trees, Village, or Christmas Borders stencils. Some of the patterned cups also were ink-stenciled with green ink. Each paper die cut cup was adhered to a chipboard cup on the edges, with a slight gap to allow for tucking in some little advent treats...tea bags (okay, those of you in the UK...don't judge me on the brand of tea. The packages were the right colors!) and tiny chocolates. Other suggestions could be gift certificates or cards, little notes, lotto tickets, candy canes, the thin packets of flavored coffees, etc. The Advent numbers were die cut with the newly-released Dreamweaver Dual Alphabet/number set, and each of these were adhered to the tiny die cut teacups tied to each larger one with natural hemp cord. All of the cups were then tied onto a length of thick, jute cord, which was also tied to a long bundle of twig/branches that I had saved off of my birch tree in the front yard. Some happy plaid and tartan ribbons added more homey color, and the finished result was a perfect decoration for my mantle in a few months. Each of these teacups would make a wonderful tree ornament, a tag for a gift, or the front of a card for most any occasion, with a gift card tucked inside.
The Advent garland concept could be done just as easily with Dreamweaver's newly-released Nested Stocking and/or Nested Ornaments dies. The possibilities are endless!

*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK and Notions Marketing in the USA.


Louise said...

Wow, wow, and wow!!! This is wonderful! You have been working on this for awhile! Beautiful and fun!

Unknown said...

Wow love this. Not sure I'd have the patience to copy it but it's really different and looks fantastic

Cazzy said...

I love that idea and I love peppermint tea, and herbal teas! I hope your chocolates won't melt with the heat of the fire!

Lynn Mercurio said... awesome is this amazing and uber creative banner/advent project. What a tremendous labor of love!

Heather said...

wow, that is stunning, what a great idea with the garlnad, anything would work.

Viki Banaszak said...

This is absolutely an awesome way to enjoy awesome holiday treats and it is so pretty too.

craftymom205 said...

Great idea. Love this project.

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Denise Bryant said...

such a fun garland! love the teacup nesting dies!

Lynell Harlow / Dreamweaver Stencils said...

This must have taken a LONG time to design girl! Wonderful wonderful...hear all the applause! My mind has not yet wrapped around how you achieved this massive project. Did Smoky help?

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

now that is right up my street, as we say in Durham! What a workshop project that would be! jx

Unknown said...

oh my word - what a FABULOUS project!! Such a wonderful idea - and it must have taken you ages as you have made so many different teacups. I love it!

Janice K said...

Oh my goodness what a lovely idea! A lot of work has gone into creating this masterpiece and it looks amazing. I can see that the new teacup dies would be a great addition to help decorate tearooms such as the one my daughter works in, I must spread the word! x

CraftyJo said...

Choosing tea for the colour of the packaging!!!! Ahem!

Actually, I'm most impressed with all the effort taken in this project, well done...but you should use Twinings!! ;)

Dee said...

Awe inspiring! A wreath advent, gifts all in one! Fantastic.

Katie said...

What a beautifully executed project! Love your teacup idea! And all of the stenciling looks amazing. Wonderful job!! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Diane said...

Whae a fabulous labour of love Pam !! Such a super idea !!

hugs Diane xx

Susanne said...

My goodness what a labour of love! But a fab result and a great keepsake to bring out each year!

ionabunny said...

This is fantastic. Love all those tea cups.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

this has to be my favorite project from this hop....just sooo creative!