Post Christmas Craftroom Roundup

A belated Happy New Year everyone and apologies for the posting  drought during December.

The craft group did carry on during December concluding with our Christmas party night on Saturday 21st, I just did not seem to have enough time to sit down and write up my posts.

What I did manage for the first time though  was to make ALL my own Christmas cards this year, not just the usual special ones for Family and close friends, but also for ALL my clients, work colleagues, relatives and acquaintances that I usually buy cards for. Really proud of  myself for doing that and actually enjoyed making them all too. Only trouble is I forgot to take any pictures before sending. Never mind there is aways this years cards to make lol.

Back to the craftroom, and after the saga of the Perpetual calendars I thought I would ease them into Christmas with a “simple” paper flower wreath.

A few demonstrations on making flowers and leaves from various dies, including Tim Holtz tattered poinsettia,  pine-cone, and leaves Bigz dies , and Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die and stamp set. I also showed them a “quick & simple” version of the Origami Kusudama flower. ( saw this on a blog post and am sorry to say that I did not pin to my pintrest and cannot remember who’s blog it saw, so apologies but thank for the inspiration).

Here is a quick tutorial for the Kusudama flowers. If you would like to have a go you will need 8 circles cut from paper (anything up to 160gsm is best)  any size, I used a 3″ circle punch for mine

Take one circle piece

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fold in half vertically and horizontally  so you get 4 quarters

2015-01-04 13.07.27take one quarter and glue/tape along one folded edge  and stick to the next folded edge

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This will give you a loop like so. repeat in the next quarter to give you two loops

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This makes one petal fo your flower so repeat this for the other 7 circles.

Then put glue or tape ( I have used a tape pen for this demo but recommend used wet glue for actual flowers) on the bottom of one folded edge

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and attach to the second petal, just make sure all the petals are the same way round when placing glue

If doing it correctly it should start to look like this

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With proper Kusudama flowers the base is pointed and the top flat, this version comes out the other way round which I have found much easier when trying to stick onto wreaths.

I also found a round fancy doily die which gave a lovely lacy effect to the flower. Margery really liked this idea and decided to use it for her flower wreath. By the time she had cut out 18 of the die cuts and poked out all the bits though, she decided it may not be such a good idea to cover the wreath in them and left at at 3 flowers making the other 3 flowers from the Arianne blooms dies. It did keep her quiet all one afternoon though, lol.

On seeing Margery’s efforts with the Kusudama flowers the rest of the group opted for the die cut flowers instead, even though I did try and convince them that the plain circle version were much easier, it was only with having the one die that  mad it time consuming, really, honest.

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Diane chose a white and gold colour scheme using the Tim Holtz tattered poinsettia die and holly sprigs finishing off with a little gold gilding wax and red pearls.


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Jackie decided on a more traditional look with lots of greenery,  lovely orange poinsettias and pine cones

Irene had a play with Heartfelt Creations Arianne die and stamp set ( I love this set – so versatile) as well as the Tattered poinsettias, don’t they look realistic?

While they were busy with their wreaths, I was able to finish off a little project of my own. Last Christmas I was given a box of chocolates by by nieces and nephew from Marks & Spencer. Although the chocolates were lovely I was more impressed with the box they came in, which was made from wood with fretwork in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Now there must be something I can do with this?

I bought some  battery operated  fairy led lights from Wilkinsons to put inside just to finish it off. Not the best photo I’m afraid, can’t see the background detail very well but it gives you the idea. Alas when I showed it to the group they all wanted one too  but sadly Marks & Spenser  were not selling them this year.


Hopefully things with be back to normal with the first craft room crafty afty on the 10th January and now my batteries are recharged after the Christmas break have lots of ideas to play with.

will be back soon 🙂




  1. lisa

    The wreaths all look fantastic. Looking forward to next Saturday 😊

  2. A very Happy New Year to you Julie, I missed you 🙂 Fantastic wreaths and love the one using the doily die for the Kusadama flowers. I shall have to make a note of that! I must make another Kusadama flower as it is so pretty. Love your altered art using the M&S chocolate box 🙂 xxx

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