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Wednesday 7 January 2015

Crafting for all Seasons #93 "Ribbon, Lace and Pearls

Good morning all.

Well I finally succumbed yesterday to a stinking head cold...I never left my PJ's all day! If the shopping hadn't been delivered everyone would have gone hungry.

It's time for our first challenge of the year at CFAS and this time the theme is "Ribbon, Lace and Pearls". We're  looking forward to seeing all your makes. We're being sponsored by Digi Stamps 4 Joy who gave the DT images to work with.

I've opted not to use an image this time, instead I've done some book folding...it was on my list of things to try and after seeing Karon's entry for our last challenge I thought no time like the present.

The large tree is made with an old paper back novel I had recently read and the smaller one is made with an old diary. Both have been sprayed with my new distress spray inks (love these) in peeled paint, pine needles and picket fence with gold shimmer mist to add some glitter. Ribbon, lace and pearls from my stash. Tree toppers are Christmas tree ornaments. both trees are made the same way but the larger one has an extra fold which gives it a flat bottom
I pinched the snow people off Rudolph...he's back in the craft room awaiting a re-fit!
I really enjoyed making these...something to do sitting in front of the TV which doesn't require reading glasses!

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the girls inspiration, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent - anything goes with recycling
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - altered art/mixed media
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Crafty Boots - something new (new technique and inks)
Not Just Cards - anything goes
ABC Challenge - A is for anything goes
Decorate to Celebrate - anything 3D goes
Party Time Tuesdays - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes


  1. Brilliant, lovely to see something different.....something else to add to my never ending to-try list! Hope you're feeling better today
    hugs Jo x

  2. Beautiful trees (love your cute little snowman figures too!), would love to try these. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  3. Hope you are feeling a bit better today Carol. Love these trees, as you say it's something different and great fun to try.

  4. Absolutely brilliant, I made a couple of these to display my cards.
    I hate cards "hanging" or continually blowing over. These kept them all together in one place. Tucked a card in the spaces.
    I might just make and decorate a couple as ornaments for next year.
    Hope you are not feeling too miserable with your horrible cold
    Here's a few (((((hugs)))))

    Patricia xx

  5. Sorry to hear that you are not well Carol, I hope you soon feel better.
    Your trees are brilliant, you would never think that they were made from old books, they look fabulous.

  6. I hope you feel better today, my hubby has been ill, I just hope I don't get it now! Fabulous idea and love the trees, on my list of techniques to try this year too.
    Linda xxx

  7. Your trees are so very pritty. They made a fab decoration for shure. Hope you feel better soon. Bianca XX

  8. Amazing trees , what a great new craft x

  9. I just love your beautiful trees! I remember making similar trees when I was younger. I hope you feel better soon!
    Thanks so much for participating in our Party Time Tuesday Anything Goes Challenge.I am now your newest follower and would love it if you visited my Make Time To Craft Blog and became a follower too.

  10. Oh my goodness Carol your trees are super cool! your so creative in all that you do!! l have a bad head cold seems to be lingering too long for my liking there seems to be lots of it about Carol ...hope your better soon xx

  11. Looks like you have been having fun, book folding is still on my to do list, but it looks like you have got the hang of it. I love how you have coloured your trees.

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenge and get well soon.


  12. Beautiful creation Carol lovely colour combo. My card was late, helps to put the correct date on schedule!! xx{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

  13. This is definitely in my "to do" list too. Great job done here..I am going to give it a try soon! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month. Good Luck. Rupa(DT)

  14. Thanks for the shout out and you did an amazing job with your trees - I love the little one :-) Happy New Year

  15. Wow those trees look fantastic Carol, brilliant projects, I think I saw something once with this book folding technique, but I might have dreamt it, i get quite a few senior moments these days, lol, that's my excuse, I love your work here Carol, excellent makes.
    lorraine x

  16. love these so beautiful thank you for joining the challenge at dtc

  17. Beautiful Creation! Love the folding- such a neat idea! Hope you are feeling better.

    Thank you for playing along with us at Inspiration Destination Challenges- We sure hope you join us again!

    Amy- DT Inspiration Destination Challenges
    {Lil Cutie Creations}

  18. Fabulous Trees, so clever too....
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  19. Back again,this time for Altered Eclectics...
    I so love your trees...the design is so clever and I like the ink you used...a great project x

  20. Your trees look amazing! Love the idea!
    Thank you for sharing and joining us at ABC Challenge!
    Hugs Annette

  21. Beautiful trees! I hope you're feeling better!
    Thank you for joining us at Decorate to Celebrate!

  22. What a wonderful way to use old books! Thank you for linking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit this challenge.

  23. I love your folded book page trees, this is a technique that I want to have a go at one day. Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics and I hope you are feeling better.
    xxx Hazel.

  24. Great trees - the book folding is really effective - always like to see it but never dared to try it myself ! Really clever how you've created different bases for them both and the distress inks give great colour. Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit - I hope you are feeling better now? Steffi :o)

  25. WOW! these are fabulous!! Thank you for joining Decorate to Celebrate.

  26. I'm back again (for Altered Eclectics this time!) I'm still enthralled by your folding!! I'm now wondering how you got all the pearls and bits to stick - what type of glue did you use?
    Steffi x

  27. Thanks for your comments Steffi :)
    Glue...now that's a good question, said trees went into the loft with the Christmas decs so I can't check for sure! Pearls are self adhesive ones so they're a bit delicate. I think the lace is just pinned at the join rather than glued but I may have used the very narrow double sided tape on the lace itself! Carol x

  28. Great project! The Christmas trees are beautiful, perfect for a table centrepiece.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at All Crafts Challenges.
    Hugs, Maja DT


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