Luminary Wonderland

Wow did I have fun yesterday. When I saw the Tim Holtz Luminary 3-D die in Dianne’s shop, I just knew I had to have one.

I decided to create a Christmas decoration set piece as, you know, one can never have enough Christmas decorations.

Tim Holtz Luminary Die set of 3

Finished version of a 3 piece set of the Tim Holtz Luminary 3-d die. A christmas decoration set to die for.

The ideas tumbled through my mind. First thought was to make a luminary chain to hang along the pagoda. Quickly gave that idea up as it would be destroyed by wind and rain. But you know, there is nothing wrong with thinking big.

Once I had picked my papers and cut out the pieces needed, I set to the task of assembling the lanterns. It is no easy feat first time round, but it is manageable and by the time I got to the third one, I was sailing.

I wanted to have the lanterns sitting on a pedestal so came up with the idea of using the old standby, toilet rolls. So with 3 toilet rolls and a bit of chipboard in hand I set about trying to create something that looks reasonably heavy and real.

To create the look of snow on the lanterns I rummaged around in my supplies and found some liquid applique that has been in the drawer for a few years. Adding some glitter and heat to it made it fluff up like snow. I was determined to use from my stash, so out came black handmade roses from a few years back and others bought from Dianne over time.

Steps to creating a Christmas Lantern using the Tim Holtz Luminary Die.

Work in progress showing some progress steps to a final piece.

The final touch was inserting the LED tea lights and watching them as the glow flickered in a darkened room. I had such fun creating this project. Now the mind is racing …

For full details and links to products that I used, pop over to the Art of Craft blog and read all about it there.

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French Country Recipe Box

As soon as I saw this French Country paper I knew I had to do something with it.

I think I may have said that before, but I absolutely love it.  The idea of doing a recipe box had been rolling about in the back of my mind for some time.

Top view of recipe box
A top view of the box using an embossed Fabscraps Die Cut.

As my kitchen is blue, I first looked at the blue papers in the range, and played around with some ideas. My initial vision had been a recipe box covered in sunflowers and chickens! But alas, it was not to be, it would just not come together for me, as I was consistently drawn to the black papers.

Recipe box with index cards.
Looking into the box. The “index” cards I plan to use inside the box are Donna Salazar, Kiss the Cook, A bit of this… and A dash of that…

I used Donna Salazar Kiss the Cook papers as the recipe cards.

I can see myself spending endless hours filling those recipe cards in!

G45 French Country Recipe Box.
The G45 French Country Recipe box with its counterparts.

My concern at the beginning of this project was that it would be living in the kitchen and I wanted something that would be easily wipe-able and with not too many protruding “bits”. I think I achieved this overall.

I had great fun creating this project.

For full details and links to products that I used, pop over to the Art of Craft blog and read all about it there.

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