Thursday, 1 November 2012

DT Project #2 showcasing Christmas Cottage Collection by Theresa Collins (posted by Lesley)

Hello again everyone.

As promised I'm back today with my 2nd project for this month showcasing the wonderful collection by Theresa Collins called Christmas Cottage Collection.  I will apologise in advance as this post is perhaps a bit of a photo overload, lol!  For my 2nd project I decided I wanted to show these lovely papers off and hopefully incorporate some of the stamps, die cuts and brads too so I decided to make a Christmas Organiser which would make a lovely gift (or so my DD informed me....... I think there was a heavy hint being dropped there, lol)

Front Cover

All the dividing pages were made using various designs in the paper collection and the pages for collecting all the 'information' on were cut from some Kraft cardstock in my stash.  I made good use of quite a few of my neglected dies, punches and embossing folders too.  As with the front cover many of the dividing pages are inked around the edges with Distress Ink and I've also edged each page with Gold Metallic Distress Stain. I've done quite a bit of stamping and heat embossing with Versamark and WOW Vanilla White embossing powder......... love the WOW powders but this one is my favourite I think!



Detail of Tim Holtz die cut snowflake using one of the papers and beautiful brads from the collection.
Wordy Christmas tree from the stamp set highlighting the star with Glossy Accents. I also edged the tips of the snowflake with clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter but you can't see it on the pic.



Pocket on inside front cover (inside back cover is the same) and gold pearl vellum dry embossed with a folder and one of the die cuts from the collection added.  There is another similar page at the back of the organiser which I somehow missed photographing.


First divider with a Tim Holtz die cut reindeer



Second divider with pocket and WOW Vanilla White embossed snowflakes from the stamp set.



Reverse of previous divider with punched snowflakes.



Next one with more of the pretty stamps and WOW embossing....


 ... and the reverse using bunting pieces from the die cut sheet in the Christmas Cottage Collection which have WOW embossed stamped words from the set.

The next two dividers are repeats of the second and front of the third but ...


...this is the reverse of the third.  I stamped the smashing wordy Christmas tree (love this tree stamp) using Versamark and heat embossed with the WOW embossing powder onto one of the fabulous papers.  This one is a wonderful wood grain effect design and I have plans for using some more of this with some Studio 490 Art Parts as soon as I can (unfortunately not in time to blog on here this week :-( ) .  I then cut the tree into strips and adhered them to my page, sometimes with double sided tape or foam pads.


And finally, ;D, the back cover which I just realised I had one of the die cuts earmarked to add on here ....... and it appears I forgot, lol!  The poinsettia were cut with a die of my own and I used some more of the lovely Christmas Cottage Collection brads for the centres.

I used my long neglected Bind-it-All to bind the pages together and finished off with bits of ribbon and lace.

I had a lovely time making this organiser which, by the way, is 6" x 6".  Just about everything I used (except for the dies) can be purchased from the wonderful Snazzys and of course, you can buy the full DT pack at a discounted price.  I cannot say how gorgeous these papers are.  The lovely traditional reds and greens with a mix of vintage and 'modern' designs.  They are a good weight and take ink and embossing exceptionally well and also have a beautiful texture to them.  Can you tell I really like this whole collection!  Don't forget if you leave a comment HERE you will be entered into the Snazzys draw for this month.

I'm hoping to get back before the end of the week with another quick make but if I don't make it I'll see you again in a few weeks ........ less than 8 weeks to Santa's visit now, lol!  Next week Minxy will be back with some more inspiration too.

Till next time, have fun







20 comments:

Paula (PEP) said...

Very splendid indeed with the white & kraft in combination with the deep red & green. Definitely vintage & I love those ribbons.
Paula (PEP)

Carol Q said...

Absolutely gorgeous Lesley. They are certainly lovely papers. I do like your TH die cut snowflake.

Astrid Maclean said...

Woohoo, stunning project Lesley, love absolutely everything about it!!! Great practical gift idea and I love the way you have used the stamps too. Stunning from beginning to end and it looks as if you had great fun with it too!

Minxy said...

Beautiful stunning project, and super useful too.Isn't the timmy snowflake yummy, I have a couple of those on my projects too lol

rachel said...

this is just beautiful - love it to bits xx

Beryl said...

This is fabulous Lesley - I can requests for more of these coming in - hope you have time to make some more. Love those papers and especially love the TH snowflake on the front.
Beryl xx

Paula Whittaker said...

A wonderful looking project but really useful/practical too.

Rebecca said...

Gorgeous work Lesley
Happy craftin
Rebecca

snazzyoriginal said...

Given my addiction to little books I was always going to love,love, love this but I can't believe how fantastic the kraft/red/vanilla white combo looks. I think this sets the trend for this year's yummiest Christmas colourway xx

Rita said...

Absolutely Stunning in two words. The more I looked the more I saw and its all so perfect too. I love it. Hugs Rita xxx

judith@poppy cottage said...

Gorgeous project Lesley, lovely colour combination. The vanilla white embossing just pops, it's my favourite as well. Love the details like the lace, ribbons and brads. Hugs, Judith xx

butterfly said...

Gorgeous - I love the Kraft in with the traditional Christmas colours. Beautiful detailing, andt he lace is luscious!
Alison x

Hels Sheridan said...

omg Lesley... you and me must have been separated at birth... guess what I did for my dt this month rofl Tis a book! Sssh, didn't tell anyone that tho right? LOVE what you made x

Craftychris said...

ooh this is gorgeous, I love kraft and the colours your have used with it are fabulous! xx

inkypinkycraft said...

Beautiful make , live the coloured snowflake . Trace x

Gillian .... said...

GORGEOUS ...... love everything about it Lesley, beautifully made. x

Paula Gale said...

Fantastic project Lesley - just had to come and see the whole thing - i've just been to your blog and seen the sneak peek.

I've only just discovered this blog through Mixy's blog so even though late... I'm having a look round at what the DT have been up to - i've also made myself a follower of this blog too... you're all very talented.

Paula x x x

veronica said...

gorgeous project Lesley - too nice to use!

Maryann said...

I can sure see, why you got such a hint ha ha ha, it really is an awesome gift for all who likes handmade things, and who don´t? It´s just beautiful work here.

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant design and Elegant all mixed into one beautiful gift! I am sure DD would love to have this under the tree. :)