Tuesday 13 November 2012

Live, Laugh, Love - Craft Room Challenge DT

Hi, as the weeks fly by, we get closer and closer to Christmas (in fact 45 days to go!) - I haven't even started my cards yet!  It's also time for a new theme at the Craft-Room Challenge - where does the time go!  Speaking of which, your Timepiece creations were absolutely gorgeous.  This fortnight, the very talented Mervi is your hostess, and the theme she has chosen is:

Die Cuts & Punches
see below for details of our sponsor

Die Cuts and Punches are things I don't use very often at all, so it was a good excuse to brush the dust off my very under-used Cricut and have a play:

I gave the 15 x 15 wooden box frame a few coats of chalky emulsion in Pale Mortlake Cream, sanding between coats and after the final one.  The recess of the wooden frame was lined in Melissa Frances dp and the back piece was overstamped with a SU script stamp.  I've then edged with Dark Walnut Stain, and added some shabby chic ribbon to the top and bottom of the recess.  The hearts were cut out using the Cricut, two of which were stamped and the third embossed using Swiss Dots, also edged with a little Walnut Stain.  They were mounted onto slightly larger hearts cut out of Kraft cardstock, then the Kaisercraft words were mounted in the same way and attached to the hearts.  A little heart was cut out of the ribbon to embellish one corner.

I've decided to make as many Christmas gifts as possible this year, so this will be the first (apart from my calendars)!

Our sponsor this fortnight is:

Liz Welch from

who is offering one random lucky winner one of her fantastic jewellery kits!
(see blog for challenge rules)

I'm really looking forward to seeing how you use your die cuts and punches, and if you would like a little more inspiration, please head over to the Craft-Room to see what stunning creations the Design Team has made to inspire you!

Crafty Cardmakers would like to see us use 1 Or More Punches Or Die Cuts in their current challenge, so I would like to enter my box frame.

Enjoy your week!

Maria xxxxx


Mari said...

So sweet! Love your creation!

Debi said...

this is so pretty- wish I was on your xmas list ;-) love those hearts, debi x

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

This would sell in any posh shabby chic boutique. It is a shabby stunner and I adore it! Love, Suzanne xx

Mervi said...

Hi Maria,
I agree what Suzanne said before, it's really stunner and gorgeous creation - lovely gift!
Thanks for brushing the dust off your die cuts;-))m

Zoechaos said...

Yet another wonderful piece of home decor, brilliant design with the perfect sentiment love it XOXO Zoe

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Really lovely. the color scheme is yummy and wonderful use of your die cuts.

Jean said...

This is really lovely maria. I love the ribbon trim and the muted colours. A beautiful home decor piece. Jean x

hazel said...

This is so lovely Maria, a great design and gorgeous colour.
xxx Hazel.

craft-roomjulia said...

Hi Maz, yet another brilliant creation. I love this shadow box the hearts are just perfect, and the colours give it a lovely vintage feel. Julia xxxx

Meggymay said...

A wonderful project, love the die cuts. Thank you for joining us at CCM this time.

Unknown said...

What A great card you have made and the wonderful design

Thanks you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.


fionalawlor said...

Oooo this is fab! Such a great idea :) Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers for our ‘More than 1 punch or Die-Cut Challenge’
Fiona x

Annette said...

Beautiful ...
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.


Anonymous said...

This looks as though it belongs in the window of a chic boutique, the ones that sell beautiful home decor items.
There is a gorgeous simplicity and wholesomeness to the composition, beautifully executed Maria.

Vicky Hayes said...

Wow - what an amazing gift Maria! Someone is going to be delighted to receive this gorgeous piece. Vicky x